Welcome to the latest issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, which appears on our blog every Thursday. With so many harmful policies coming out of Washington, we hope this will help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities to resist these policies here in the Bay Area and around the country.
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- Resist Trump’s proposed budget! While Trump’s disaster of a budget proposal won’t become law, it will kick off the budget negotiations. Don’t let Trump and Congress cut vital programs for poor and working class Americans to pay for Trump’s wall and pave the way for tax giveaways to corporations and the rich. The just released White House budget proposal slashes funding for basic living standards like healthcare, nutrition, housing, job training, environmental protections, consumer protections, and more, while giving tax cuts to the wealthy.
- Chime in on this budget would harm you and your loved ones at #HandsOff; share your stories through the #HandsOff hashtag to amplify your voice (e.g. #HandsOff my healthcare, #HandsOff my affordable housing, #HandsOff my contraception).
- Sign this petition as an individual or an organization, demanding a fair budget.
- Check Indivisible’s guide for key messages when contacting Congress.
- Canvass or phone-bank to save the Affordable Care Act: Join a Bay Resistance bus for a swing district canvass on 6/3 to resist attacks on health care. Join a swing district swing district phonebank for healthcare on Wednesday nights.
- On Saturday, June 3rd, take a free bus to Rep. Jeff Denham’s district in Modesto to canvass for healthcare. RSVP here.
- Successful resistance means going to swing districts, whether that’s Modesto on June 3rd or phone banking Arizona and Nevada voters on Wednesday evenings. Success means affordable healthcare and healthier lives for all of our families and friends.
- Join Indivisible on Thursday 5/25 for a Facebook Live on the TrumpCare CBO Score: At 5:30 PT, tune in with questions live during a special Facebook Live event to talk about the TrumpCare CBO score and what’s next for the legislation in the Senate.
- Send letters of support to every U.S. mosque this Ramadan: Hate crimes against Muslims spiked more than 67% in 2015, a trend that continues today. The 30 days of Ramadan celebrate community, compassion, and mercy and mark a powerful time to demonstrate solidarity with our Muslim family and neighbors. Join over 38,000 others to send letters of support to American Muslims by 6/10.
- Resist attacks on democracy: A special counsel was an important step in the right direction, but it’s not enough. We need an independent commission. Here’s everything you need to tell your members of Congress to put truth before Trump. Get started now with the Indivisible toolkit on Russia and Trump.
- #MarchForTruth on Saturday, June 3, to raise your voice and let our elected leaders know that Americans want answers. The legitimacy of our democracy is more important than the interests of any party, or any president. Let’s rise together to call for a fair and impartial investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia and demand the pursuit of truth. Marches are being held in more than 50 cities across the country so far. No march in your city yet? Sign up to host one here.
- More ways to resist bad policies here, courtesy of Jen Hofmann.
- Unpack race, power, and womanhood through these three pictures.
- Worried about media bias? Check out how conservative and liberal outlets frame news headlines.
- Read “Why I Turned My Back on Betsy DeVos During Graduation” for a recent graduate’s thoughts on their Bethune-Cookman graduation ceremony and next steps. Durrant writes: “I would change nothing. I began at my university to learn, and I now depart it to serve.”
- Explore intersectional feminism for feminists of color through this interview with author Sara Ahmed, “Feminism Must Be Lived.”
- Dig into the complexities of hiring white folks to serve communities of color here.
Tools and Toolkits:
- Get excited about ShopLatinx, a database of 200 Latinx-Owned Businesses: More here.
- Want to learn Arabic? NaTakallam connects language learners with Syrian refugees, exchanging linguistic fluency with a path towards minimum wage, and layering in the deep consciousness of shared humanity.
POLITICAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS IN THE BAY AREA
- Attend a free Legal Workshop for Immigrant Community in San Francisco on Thursday 5/25 at 10 a.m. in English and Spanish. Info here.
- Build community with the local African diaspora at “Africans Rising” on African Liberation Day 2017: Thursday 5/25 at 6 p.m.
- Join a book club discussing “The New Jim Crow” at the San Francisco Public Library Thursday 5/25 at 6 p.m.
- Considering running for office? Hear from Berkeley City Councilwomxn Lori Droste’s story Thursday 5/25 at 7 p.m.
- Attend a discussion and book signing with LGBTQ Pride Readings on “The Inheritance of Shame” and a harrowing story about gay conversion therapy. Thursday 5/25 at 7 p.m.
- Delve into the need for people of color needs, bodies, and voices centered in environmental equity work: Attend the 2nd Annual Oakland Environmental Equity Summit on Saturday 5/26 at 2 p.m.
- Unpack Irene Tu’s experience as a “triple minority” as a queer Asian womxn as part of the 20th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Threading Resilience on Saturday 5/27 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
- Join Fossil Free SF and SF Defund DAPL Coalition to push for full divestment of retirement pensions on Tuesday 5/30 at 6 p.m. in SF.
- Attend the Oakland #perSISTERS for a movie night and fundraiser on Tuesday 5/30 at 7:15 p.m.
- Explore implicit bias, racial anxiety, and more at the Equal Justice Society’s Resilience of Racism Conference Thursday 6/1 – Saturday 6/3.
- Overwhelmed by the Bay Area housing crisis? Join a panel discussion tackling “The Political Dynamics of Housing” on Thursday 6/1 at 6 p.m.
- Sign up for a “How to Talk to 45 Supporters: Using Powerful non-Defensive Communication” workshop on Saturday 6/17 at 9:00 a.m.
BAY AREA ARTS EVENTS
- Support the touring performance of Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls” and uplift the plight of missing Black girls and womxn. Thursday 5/25 and Friday 5/26 at 5 p.m.
- Join this month’s “Listen for a Change” event tackling sexual assault, fostercare and adoption, and autism at Betti Ono in Oakland on Thursday 5/25 at 7:30 p.m.
- Build community, soak up sun, and enjoy music and dance at the 4th Annual Eastlake Music Festival on Saturday 5/27 at 1 p.m.
- Join movement elders and activist performers for Resistance Mixtape, Volume 1 in SF on Thursday 6/1 at 7 p.m.
EVENTS AROUND CALIFORNIA
- Close out AAPI History Month at the 2017 Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival, Friday 5/26 through Sunday 5/28.
- Join the “Undocumented STEM Student Conference” in Los Angeles on Saturday 5/27 at 9 a.m.
WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
- Supreme Court Agrees North Carolina’s Racial Gerrymandering is Unconstitutional: On Monday 5/22, the U.S. Supreme Court settled a 6-year battle over 2011 congressional maps that deliberately diluted Black voting power in North Carolina in order to solidify a partisan advantage for state Republicans. SCOTUS has determined that these maps demonstrate racial gerrymandering, making them unconstitutional violations of the Voting Rights Act. Meanwhile, the need to resist gerrymandering across the U.S. continues.
- Travyon Martin Receives Posthumous Degree from Florida Memorial University: On Saturday 5/13, FMU awarded Martin with an aeronautics degree with a concentration in flight education, “in honor of his love for planes and the steps he took during his young life toward becoming a pilot.” In the words of the university’s Vice President and Provost, Dr. Howard-Vital: “Because your son has come to mean so much to so many, his story has resonated across the nation. Because as Dr. Martin Luther King once said, ‘Truth crushed to earth will rise again.’ While we cannot restore the loss you have suffered, please accept this small token as a monument that Trayvon is loved and that his life matters to us.” Martin’s shooting by George Zimmerman in 2012 and Zimmerman’s acquittal in 2013 added to a painful legacy of murdered young black men with minimal ramifications. Recap of the case here.
AND FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART
- At last, some happy news from the Flint lead poisoning crisis: Black-womxn-owned family business WT Stevens Construction will lead the replacement of Flint’s 18,000 water pipes, alongside 3 other contracting companies. Over 60 percent of WT Stevens’ employees live in Flint.
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