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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- Save health care! Demand transparency from your senators on their efforts to take away health care from 23 million people, gut protections for preexisting conditions, and cut $880 billion from Medicaid to fund a massive tax break for corporations and the rich.
- Follow @IndivisibleData for state-specific statistics, data, and graphics on the AHCA (“Trumpcare”) and its implications for your state! Use this info to tweet at and call members of Congress to help resist attacks on our health care.
- Resist attacks on consumer protection. Visit or call your representative and urge him or her to vote no on the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) (aka the “Wrong Choice Act”) which rolls back protections put in place the last time Wall Street gambled away our savings, homes, and jobs. It’s scheduled for a vote this week.
- Urge your Senator to reject the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA) – “The Worst Bill You’ve Never Heard Of”– which guts protections for our environment, safety, and health.
- Call your members of Congress and demand an independent commission to investigate Russian election interference and possible collusion with 45’s campaign — in addition to the special counsel. Neither the Senate nor the House committee are carrying out a complete, responsible investigation. We can’t wait to resist attacks on our democracy.
- Resist 45’s distraction-of-the-week, a flashy, phony infrastructure plan, that looks like a big scam: Selling off roads and water systems to billionaires and foreign governments, who will hit us with huge new fees and tolls. Here is what you need to know to tell your Member of Congress to stand against it.
- Help Oakland residents resist gentrification. Check out No Uber Oakland for an important new campaign to stem displacement as a tech giant arrives.
- Welcome Pride through this video celebrating the LGBTQAlphabet and dance. Co-created by Equinox and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in NYC.
- Learn more about the prison-industrial complex and public and private spending on prisons and prison infrastructure. Crack the surface here.
- Explore answers to your questions about Islam through these short videos from “The Secret Life of Muslims.” Great intro videos: “My favorite thing about Ramadan” and “Questions about my hijab.”
- Learn how intersectionality operates through the piece, “What it’s like to be an immigrant, Muslim, and queer.”
- Check out this piece, “For Brown Girls Who Struggled to Imagine Themselves as Brilliant.”
- Delve into the insidious ways white supremacy shows up in the workplace–even in well-intentioned nonprofit spaces.
- Uplift this incredible piece of Mexican-American history in California, when the Mendez family fought to resist school segregation years before Brown v. Board of Education–and won.
- Sift through the data with the latest Vox analysis of the 2016 presidential election.
- Unpack the dissonances and contradictions within white liberalism with this piece, “The Culture of the Smug White Liberal.”
- Read how transformational interracial love breeds cultural dexterity, reduces prejudice, and pushes policy changes.
Tools and Toolkits:
- Keep an eye on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ actions, policies, and stances and resist attacks on public schools: Check out DeVos Watch.
- 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.
BAY AREA POLITICAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS
- Unravel how ableism functions as mechanism of white supremacy at this workshop, “Beyond ramps: Disability, ableism, and racial justice workshop.” Hosted by SURJ in SF on Thursday 6/8 at 6 p.m.
- Organize with other queer coalition and community members for a unified #QueerResistance. Meeting in San Francisco on Thursday 6/8 at 7 p.m.
- Learn self-defense with other Muslim womxn, thanks to Qal’bu Maryam Womxn’s Mosque and Tuff Love Fitness. Friday 6/9 at 2:30 p.m. in Berkeley.
- Support the immigration activism of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance; attend their happy hour fundraiser Friday 6/9 at 5 p.m.
- Celebrate Young Workers United and its 15 years of fighting for justice. Friday 6/9 at 6 p.m. in SF.
- Rally in celebration of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion, alongside CAIR, AAAJ – Asian Law Caucus, SIREN, Islamic Networks Group, and PACT South Bay on Saturday 6/10 at 11 a.m. in San Jose.
- Celebrate black fathers with family this Father’s Day in Oakland, thanks to Uppity Edutainment and funding from the Akonadi Foundation. Event will include drumming, music, libations, and spoken word. Message from the organizers: “This unique Father’s Day celebration will seek to offer black fathers in attendance a high dosage of ‘we see you,’ ‘we love you,’ and ‘we appreciate you.’” Saturday 6/10 at 3 p.m.
- Build community with other black womxn at “Black Girls Gather” on Saturday 6/10 at 1 p.m.
- Brainstorm with Oakland powerhouses the importance of building locally and equitably. Join “Talk of the Town: NLC Oakland’s Community Building Forum” on Sunday 6/11 at 10 a.m.
- Protest JPMorgan Chase as a top funder of Tar Sands. Show up Monday 6/12 at 12 p.m. in San Francisco.
- Show up to help reenvision jail closure. Jail replacement hearing on Tuesday 6/13 at 3 p.m. in San Francisco.
- Mobilize for a San Francisco budget that supports communities in need – from housing to healthcare, childcare to food. Wednesday 6/14 at 12 p.m. in SF.
- Pack the room for this final vote on San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ full divestment from fossil fuels. Join SF Defund DAPL Coalition and Fossil Free SF on Wednesday 6/14 at 2:30 p.m. in SF.
- Attend this “First Time Home Buyers Workshop” on Wednesday 6/14 and Thursday 6/15 at 5 p.m. in San Pablo.
- Learn from chef Reem Assil at “Real Food Real Stories” on Wednesday 6/14 at 6 p.m.
- Learn about SB562 and single payer health care – Wednesday 6/14 at 7 p.m. in Alameda.
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 San Francisco.
- Soak up warm Friday nights in Oakland! Grab food, head to the Oakland Museum, and drum with Boomshake Music. Friday 6/9 at 6:30 p.m.
- Meet author Charif Shanahan for Sweetwater Sessions at Impact Hub on Friday 6/9 at 6:30 p.m.
- Support #NoDAPL water protectors! Check out artwork and meet other water protectors on Saturday 6/10 at 10:30 a.m. in Emeryville.
- Check out the Uptown 20 for the East Bay Open Studios, Saturday 6/10-Sunday 6/11.
- Swing by for Open Studios from over 40 artists in one spot – Saturday 6/10-Sunday 6/11.
- Join this walking tour to check out Oakland murals. Saturday 6/10 at 2 p.m.
- Revel in the beautiful musical stylings of SOLATE on Saturday 6/10 at 6 p.m. in San Francisco.
- Share stories of disobedience, subversion, and courage: Attend “Stories of Resistance” on Saturday 6/10 at 8 p.m.
- Support the Queer Womxn of Color Film Festival – Sunday 6/1 at 12 p.m. in San Francisco.
- Watch “Frame by Frame” and attend a facilitated post-film discussion – Tuesday 6/13 at 7 p.m.
- Celebrate the art of low-income Chinese immigrant adults and youth through “We Are Resilient: An Intergenerational Art Exhibit on Resistance and Healing.” Wednesday 6/14 at 6 p.m. in San Francisco.
- Join this evening of music, poetry, and good vibes. Wednesday 6/14 at 8:30 p.m.
WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
- States, Cities, Institutions, and Businesses Step Up on Climate: On 6/1, 45 announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. Around the country many recognize that this inane “America First” rhetoric actively rejects the health, wealth, and well-being of communities of color, low-income communities, and immigrant communities around the globe. In direct response to 45’s announcement, over 1,200 US governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities have declared to the US and the international community, “We Are Still In.” Notable voices: the states of CA, CT, NC, OR, NY, RI, VA, WA, and HI; Mayors of Bay Area cities Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Richmond; countless UC Chancellors, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter.
- Chokwe Antar Lumumba Wins Jackson, Mississippi Mayoral Race in Landslide: On Tuesday 6/6, 34-year-old Lumumba captured over 93 percent of the vote. Lumumba is the son of the late Jackson, MS Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and community activist Nubia Lumumba. The Root describes the former Mayor Lumumba as a “beloved organizer, attorney for Tupac and Assata Shakur, founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, leader of the Republic of New Afrika, an organization which advocated for an independent predominantly Black government in the southeastern United States and reparations for slavery.” Mayor-elect Lumumba has announced his commitment to many of his father’s politics and causes.
AND FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART
- Remezcla interviews our lovely Oakland neighbors at Tertulia Coffee and Sanchez Contemporary here, as a counterpoint to the displacement driving communities of color out of Oakland. Tim shares his Puerto Rican roots and West Oakland upbringing, Maria shares her Salvadoran roots and Redwood City hometown. Together, their coffee and art gallery actively offer space to Latinx and POC communities in Oakland.
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