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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TAKE ACTION

INDIVIDUAL ACTIONS:
  • URGENT – resist attacks on healthcare! Senate GOP leaders want to ram their version of Trumpcare through without hearings or full debate. The time to contact your senators is now!!
  • Resist attempts to destroy consumer protection. Let’s keep banks safe: Call your two Senators (lookup or leave message). Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_, and am concerned about the House passing the Financial CHOICE Act. I think we need strong financial rights for consumers and solid integrity in our financial institutions, and this bill weakens both. I’m asking Sen. _NAME_ to oppose its passage in the Senate. Thanks.
  • Advocate for integrity from the White House. Call all three of your members of Congress (lookup or leave message). Script: I’m from _ZIP_ and am concerned that our president asked the FBI Director for loyalty and implied that he should stop the investigation of Michael Flynn. Is _NAME_ concerned about this? I expect integrity from our leaders. Could you please tell me what s/he is doing about this lack of integrity? (pause) Thank you.
  • Resist attacks on sensible climate change policy. If you don’t live in CA, CT, DE, HI, MA, MN, NC, NY, OR, PR, RI, VT, VA, WA, please ask your governor to support the Paris Agreement. Call your governor’s office (lookup). Script: Hi. I’m from _TOWN_ and would like Governor _NAME_ to join the ten states that have created the U.S. Climate Alliance. (Share why a liveable planet matters to you.) Will you please pass along my message? Thank you.
  • Californians:
    • Phonebank with Bay Resistance to save the Affordable Care Act. Wednesdays 5-8pm in San Francisco.
    • Email the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board and insist on refinery caps. Join groups like the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Communities for a Better Environment, the Sierra Club, 350 Bay Area, and the California Nurses Association for a hearing on Wednesday 6/21 at 9:30 a.m. in San Francisco.

RESOURCES

INTRO MATERIALS:
  • It’s still Ramadan! To stand in solidarity & resist Islamophobia, learn more about Muslims from the Extreme(ly Queer) Muslim series.
  • Practice radical self-love: “Wake up every day and live passionately and unapologetically raw,” thanks to “The Chingona Manifesto.”
  • Check out Van Jones’ speech from The People’s Summit 2017, where he insists that pitting people of color against the white working class is a false narrative: “Common pain should lead to common purpose and common pain should lead to common projects. And common projects should lead to common sense. And when you have common sense again, it turns out the elites in both parties have been tricking us.”
  • Curious about the role of geography in discrimination? Check out this quick piece tackling how discrimination permeates cityscapes.
  • Learn more about how to build resilience here.
  • Remember the diversity inherent to the U.S. through this piece, “You Will Never Get Your Country Back.”
Next Level:
  • What is the status of Black womxn today? Read this new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
  • Read this fascinating and enlightening piece, “The Asian-American Awakening: That Moment When You Realize You’re Not White.”
  • Discover what St. Paul schools have learned from restorative circles for students of color.
  • Read this womxn’s reflections on her internalized racism and “passing” for white.
  • Delve into what NPR’s CodeSwitch podcast calls “Racial Impostor Syndrome.”
Tools and Toolkits:
  • Knowledge helps us resist attacks on immigrants. Clarify the difference between ICE warrants and ICE detainers here. Learn more about the authority of ICE warrants here.

BAY AREA POLITICAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS

  • Join the California Historical Society for a screening and discussion of “Taking Alcatraz,” a documentary on the American Indian reclamation of Alcatraz Island in 1969. Thursday 6/15 at 6 p.m. in San Francisco.
  • Celebrate and fundraise for Tenants Together as they resist attacks on renters at “Raising the Roof for Renters 2017: Resistance = Home.” Thursday 6/15 at 6 p.m. in San Francisco.
  • Gather with other renters through the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) on Thursday 6/15 at 6 p.m. in Sacramento.
  • Join a discussion on “Bodies and Bondage: A History of California’s Prisons” with the Prison Advocacy Network and National Lawyers Guild. Thursday 6/15 at 6:30 p.m. in San Francisco.
  • Come take free citizenship/naturalization workshops through SF Pathways to Citizenship Initiative. Saturday 6/17 at 9:30 a.m. in San Francisco.
  • Build community with other Black folks at “Healing Black Lives: A Day of Renewal for Activists of African Descent.” Saturday 6/17 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Celebrate the 67th Annual SF Juneteenth Festival, the largest gathering of African Americans in northern California, complete with parade, car and motorcycle show, pony rides, games, and vendors. Saturday 6/17 at 10 a.m. in San Francisco.
  • Smash patriarchy and learn carpentry with other womxn, trans womxn, and gender non-conforming folks. Saturday 6/17 at 11 a.m. in Oakland
  • Build community with other Bay Area Black Businessmen — connect, network, and share experiences. Saturday 6/17 at 12:30 p.m. in Oakland
  • Join Arab Resource and Organizing Center for a community potluck style Iftar to celebrate Ramadan. Saturday 6/17 at 8 p.m. in San Francisco.
  • Show up and speak up for art at Public Comments on the SF Board of Supervisors Proposed FY18-19 budget. Monday 6/19 at 8 a.m. in San Francisco.
  • Learn your rights on the job at this training session with Black Worker Center, Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay Area, and EBASE. Monday 6/19 at 6 p.m. in Oakland.
  • Stop Urban Shield! Show up to Berkeley City Council and demand the Council vote to end the city’s participation. Tuesday 6/20 at 5:30 p.m. in Berkeley.
  • Grapple with the intersection of design and social justice at “Designing for Equitable Communities.” Tuesday 6/20 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Support the American Indian Freedom of Religion Act at Oakland City Hall with Idle No More SF Bay Area. Wednesday 6/21 at 5 p.m.
  • Learn more about local election systems and possible reforms with FairVote and others. Wednesday 6/21 at 7:00 p.m. in Richmond.
  • Stand in solidarity with Palestinians at “Freedom and Dignity Across Walls: From Palestine to Pelican Bay,” alongside the Center for Political Education. Wednesday 6/21 at 7 p.m. in San Francisco.
  • Join the Anti Police-Terror Project’s General Meeting on Wednesday 6/21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Uplift the stories of marginalized Oaklanders at “Oakland Shorties.” Sunday 6/25 at 3 p.m.

BAY AREA ARTS EVENTS

  • Celebrate art and artists with “The Art of Protest” this Pride. Thursday 6/15 at 6 p.m. in San Francisco.
  • Soak up words at the 2017 Bay Area Poetry Marathon #1 on Saturday 6/17 at 6:30 p.m. in San Francisco.
  • Support the queer Pin@ys of Kreatibo and their art on community, love, diaspora, and home. Saturday 6/17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Revel in the works of Oakland artist Favianna Rodriguez at her first and only Open Studio of 2017. Sunday 6/18 at 11 a.m.
  • Support emerging artists at Eastside Arts Alliance at an evening of performance. Monday 6/19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Reclaim Black Joy and Black Care! Karaoke with other QTPOC at this self-care sound healing circle. Wednesday 6/21 at 6:30 p.m.

WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

  • Mixed Couples and Families Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia: On 6/12, mixed race couples and families celebrated the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned racist laws that outlawed interracial marriage.
  • Los Angeles Pride Parade Rallies as #ResistMarch: On Sunday 6/11, the historic Los Angeles Pride Parade became the #ResistMarch, a rallying point to resist attacks on all communities marginalized by 45’s administration. The #ResistMarch celebrated folks from Muslim, Latinx, LGBTQ, and immigrant communities, among others.

AND FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART

  • Take few moments to read amazing stories from young millennials of color. #Harvard-YaleUnfiltered has assembled brave, personal stories from students of color on their experiences with marginalization, racism, and perseverance.

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