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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We dedicate this week’s issue to the victims of hate violence in Portland. In their memory, we rededicate ourselves to the fight against bigotry.
- Congress is on recess – a great chance to resist bad policies! Check out Indivisible’s Recess Toolkit for info on how to contact them and make your voice heard. Specifics include:
- Find your Members of Congress here.
- Resist Trump’s proposed budget – the battle continues! 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 White House budget proposal slashes funding for basic living standards like health care, nutrition, housing, job training, environmental protections, consumer protections, and more, while giving tax cuts to the wealthy.
- #MarchForTruth on Saturday, June 3, to raise your voice and let our elected leaders know that Americans want answers. The legitimacy of our democracy outweighs the interests of any party or any president. Events nationwide will 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.
- Follow @IndivisibleData for state-specific statistics, data, and graphics on what AHCA (Trumpcare) means for your state! Use this info to tweet at and call members of Congress.
- Find more actions here, including how to resist taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBTQ youth and advocate for increased transparency and integrity from elected representatives, courtesy of Jen Hofmann.
- Get inspired! Listen to former speechwriter Eric Liu explain why “you’re more powerful than you think.”
- 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.
- Mental health and trauma severely impact people of color and immigrants. Read this heartbreaking piece, “How Asian Immigrant Traumas Lead To Mental Health Issues We Shouldn’t Be Ashamed Of.”
- Remember the roots of Pride and the legacy owed to trans womxn of color, poor and homeless queer youth, and drag queens. Read this beautiful piece, “Re-Queering Price: Why We Need to Return to the Radical Roots of Our LGBTQ Movement.”
- Check out this AAPI reading list for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
- Read up on these thoughts from eight AAPI creatives on the state of representation.
- Watch Robert Reich explain why Trump’s proposed massive tax cut for corporations is “nonsense.”
- Challenge your own perceptions of teaching black and brown students with this piece, “If You Think You’re Giving Students of Color a Voice, Get Over Yourself.”
- Explore how white protectionism operates through police forces, exacerbated by shifting demographics as more people of color move into predominantly white suburbs.
- Check your white privilege on social media through these 10 easy tips.
- Unpack the intertwined threads of food, race, and cultural appropriation.
- “There is a difference between confronting racists and confronting racism.” Learn more here.
Tools and Toolkits:
- Celebrating Ramadan? Learn more about the Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) and their inaugural WISE Ramadan campaign from WISE Founder and CEO Rana Abdelhamid.
- Learn more about 45’s federal budget here and find social media graphics here.
- Introducing the IndivisiBlog: Indivisible, which has done so much to help Americans resist dangerous policies, now has a blog, featuring in-depth analysis from the Indivisible team, groups, and allies. In the newest post, Indivisible’s Executive Director Ezra Levin explores the development of the Indivisible organization and how it supports the broader movement.
- Adopt-a-District: After their disastrous vote for TrumpCare, some members of Congress seem to be hiding from their constituents. If you’re not getting the answers you need from your representative, check out our new Adopt-a-District Guide. You can connect with a neighboring district whose member is willing to step in and help out—or, if your MoC voted against Trumpcare, you can connect them to a nearby district that isn’t being heard by their own representative. This strategy is already catching on around the country—check out how your group can make an adopted town hall happen near you: Adopt-a-District Guide.
POLITICAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS IN THE BAY AREA
- Check out the Equal Justice Society’s Resilience of Racism Conference, Thursday 6/1 – Saturday 6/3.
- Join this free, public, community event focused on strategies for an affordable Richmond. Richmond Citywide Housing Symposium on Saturday 6/3 at 9:30 a.m.
- Learn about the history of policing in the U.S., and how people have worked to resist and challenge police violence through the ages. Workshop from Critical Resistance and SURJ, Saturday 6/3 at 10 a.m.
- Dream with the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition for a Town Hall envisioning #CareNotCages on Saturday 6/3 at 1 p.m.
- Learn how to nurture and empower LGBTQ children alongside other caregivers at “The Parent, the Child, the Process” on Saturday 6/3 at 1 p.m.
- Build skills at this womxn’s self-defense workshop series from TuffLove Fitness Collective on Saturday 6/3 at 2 p.m.
- Dream and connect with community at Thrive East Bay’s “Dreaming the Next Economy” event on Sunday 6/4 at 4 p.m.
- Break the fast with Muslim Advocates at their Iftaar Dinner on Sunday 6/4 at 6 p.m. in Palo Alto.
- Map change and come play with adrienne maree brown and Emergent Strategy! Monday 6/5 at 6 p.m. in Oakland
- Attend the Oakland City Council Meeting and demand divestment with NoDAPL Oakland! Tuesday 6/6 at 5 p.m.
- Celebrate queer AAPI storytelling and the Visibility Project – Tuesday 6/6 at 6 p.m. in SF.
- Join Ericka Huggins for a workshop on “Strategic Questioning” on Thursday 6/8 at 6:30 p.m.
POLITICAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS AROUND CALIFORNIA
- Canvass to resist attacks on healthcare in Modesto with Bay Resistance and SEIU California on Saturday 6/3 at 11 a.m. Buses leaving from SF and Oakland at 9 a.m.
- March for Equality with the California Endowment and Equality California in Sacramento. Saturday 6/3 at 9 a.m.
- #MarchforTruth in Los Angeles on Saturday 6/3 at 11 a.m.
BAY AREA ARTS EVENTS
- Revel in an evening of performance, storytelling, poems, and presentations from Bay Area activists in the Resistance. Thursday 6/1 at 7 p.m. in SF.
- Celebrate Juneteenth, aka “National Freedom Day”! First Friday in Oakland on Friday 6/2 at 5 p.m.
- Join the Joyce Gordon Gallery for an artist talk with Philip Hennen on Friday 6/2 at 6 p.m.
- Soak up spoken word from the upcoming Poets of Color podcast: Friday 6/2 at 7 p.m. in SF.
- Dance under the stars at Jack London Square – all levels welcome. Friday 6/2 at 8:30 p.m. is Salsa Night.
- Celebrate, strategize, and engage with artists, writers, musicians, and academics at the Art and Race conference at Impact Hub Oakland: Saturday 6/3 and Sunday 6/4.
- Stop by Sanchez Contemporary for the opening reception of “Chingona rEvolution!: from Soldadera, Pachuca, Chola to modern day Chingona womxn.” Saturday 6/3 at 5 p.m.
- Grab dinner with artists, teachers, producers, and other community members to discuss cultural equity and resilience at “Thorough+Fare.” Monday 6/5 at 6 p.m. in SF.
WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
- 4th Circuit Court Ruling Keeps 45’s Travel Ban On Hold: On Thursday 5/25 the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to keep 45’s travel ban on hold, “maintaining a nationwide injunction that blocks key elements of the executive order from being enforced.” The chief judge noted that the ban “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.” A 10-3 ruling decided that the order is unconstitutional and that “claims of national security are not a ‘silver bullet’ to defeat any arguments against a decision.” This will likely end up in the Supreme Court, so it’s not over.
- Voting Rights Restored to 250,000 Formerly Incarcerated in Alabama: Alabama historically had a law that denied people the right to vote if they had prior felony convictions, thus barring 15 percent of the state’s black residents from voting altogether. Last week, the governor of Alabama signed a bipartisan law, the Definition of Moral Turpitude Act, which limits voting disenfranchisement to less than 50 specific felonies, restoring voting rights to hundreds of thousands.
AND FINALLY, 3 THINGS TO WARM YOUR HEART
- Asian-American feminist Doris Ho-Kane launched an Instagram account, @17.21women, last December in reference to the 17.21 million square miles covered by Asia. Her account features AAPI trailblazer womxn of the past and present on a daily basis.
- #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder Alicia Garza gave the SF State 2017 commencement speech on 5/25 at AT&T Park, saying, “This is an ode to Black womxn--because Black womxn are magic.” Video here.
- Founder of Natives In America, Oglala Sioux activist Megan Red Shirt-Shaw gave the Harvard Graduate School of Education 2017 commencement speech as a love letter to Lakota and indigenous voices. Watch her deeply heartfelt speech.
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