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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- Trumpcare – rightly called the #DeathCareBill – suffered a setback this week, but it’s not dead! Urgent action is needed now and over the July 4 congressional recess to resist this terrible bill and preserve access to health care for the millions who gained it under Obamacare:
- Kamala Harris has specific advice for folks to take action on the health care bill currently sitting in Senate.
- Check out this Trumpcare Toolkit for info on senators to call and social media posts.
- Follow @IndivisibleData for state-specific statistics, data, and graphics on Trumpcare implications for your state! Use this info to Tweet at and call members of Congress.
- Start planning for July 4th recess actions. Congress goes on a week-long recess starting this weekend. Senators will be back home in their states, going to July 4th parades, and/or hiding from their constituents. THIS is the time to resist!
- If your senator is a Democrat, thank them for playing hardball. Ask your Democratic senator to continue to resist by withholding consent on senate business. Tell them to object! Also ask your Democratic senator to try to bury TrumpCare in amendments. You can submit an amendment by visiting Org.
- For Republicans Susan Collins (Maine) and Dean Heller (Nevada), thank them for committing to voting against the bill. They’re getting pressure from the far right that they need to resist. Positive reinforcement is rare and effective!
- For all other Republican senators, tell them your stories and demand they vote against TrumpCare whenever it finally comes up for a vote.
- Remember, many of your senators will be too chicken to hold town halls, so you’ll need to make your voice heard in their local offices and at other public events. They WILL be back home in their state this recess, so they have absolutely NO excuse for avoiding their constituents.
- Pressure your governor to oppose the Senate Trumpcare bill, like Republican Ohio Governor Kasich and Democratic Colorado Governor Hickenlooper did recently. CSPAN video here.
- Brush up on these talking points for TrumpCare here:
- Join a Resistance Summer cook-out near you.
- Want to impeach 45? Impeachment Marches are happening all over the U.S. on Sunday 7/2. Look here for times and locations near you.
- Phonebank with Bay Resistance to save the ACA. Wednesdays 5-8pm in San Francisco.
- Support AB 699 and ensure all students, regardless of their documentation status, have safe K-12 educations.
- Support AB 918 and ensure all Californians, regardless of what language they speak, can have access to appropriate materials in order to vote.
- More actions here, courtesy of Jen Hofmann — including ways to resist attacks on Muslims and immigrants and how to resist Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s plans that will harm LGBTQ young people.
- Still more ways to resist: check this calendar for a variety of local events around the country.
- Delve into the lived experiences of a Black man in Minnesota, through the eyes of Man Booker Prize-winner and Macalester College professor Marlon James.
- Check out these 12 books banned from Arizona classrooms under its statewide ban on Mexican-American and other ethnic studies.
- Concerned about how to resist and avert unnecessary police shootings? Check out this Tampa Bay Times examination of “Why Cops Shoot.”
- Read more from trans Black womxn Laverne Cox on the state of the LGBTQ movement: “The people who are suffering most in the LGBTQ community are people of color, particularly transgender people of color.”
- Investigate the painful histories we uphold through the naming of public spaces, even in liberal San Francisco.
- Learn why calling enslaved womxn “mistresses” romanticizes the rape of enslaved womxn with no autonomy.
- Identify how white supremacy culture manifests in your everyday spaces.
TOOLS AND TOOLKITS:
- Confused about the Supreme Court’s #MuslimBan decision? Check out this flyer from Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
- Unclear about 45’s administration’s plans for DACA and immigrant rights? Learn more from the National Immigration Law Center here.
- Want a mid-year progress report on 2017? Democracy in Color has crafted one here.
- Preparing for graduate school? Check out “How to Prep for Grad School While Poor,” a resource especially for people of color, LGBTQ folks, and folks from other underserved backgrounds.
- Interested how your city’s demographics compare on a national timescale? Check out this New York Times analysis.
BAY AREA POLITICAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS
- Share stories, build coalitions, and learn your rights at “I Am An Immigrant” all day Thursday 6/29 and Friday 6/30 in San Francisco.
- Show up to Oakland City Hall with Anti Police-Terror Project to demand the city “invest in people, not the status quo.” Thursday 6/29 at 4:00 p.m.
- Build community with LGBTQ folks under 25 at the day-long Know Your Rights Conference on Friday 6/30 at 11 a.m. in Oakland
- Network with other Black folks at “Black Professionals’ Fab Fridays” on Friday 6/30 at 5:00 p.m. in Oakland.
- Support local Black businesses at the Bay Area Black Market – One Year Anniversary Event on Saturday 7/1 at 1:00 p.m. in Oakland
- Strategize and build with other transgender/gender non-conforming/non-binary folks at the Oakland Trans*Visible Salon on Saturday 7/1 at 7:00 p.m.
- Practice yoga in an Oakland POC-only space. Sunday 7/2 at 11 a.m.
- Build skills at “Negotiations and Conflict: Part 3 of #Tools4Organizing” on Sunday 7/2 at 6:30 p.m. in Oakland
- Learn more about DetermiNation Black Men’s Group at an Open House and BBQ, Wednesday 7/5 at 6:00 p.m. in Oakland.
BAY AREA ARTS EVENTS
- Check out “Resistors: 50 Years of Social Movement Photography” on Thursday 6/29 at 6:00 p.m. in Berkeley.
- Build solidarity at the 3rd Annual Black and Brown Unity Film Festival on Friday 7/7 at 6:00 p.m. in Oakland.
- Swing by Oakland’s Athen B. Gallery for the Closing Reception of “Two Year Anniversary,” on Friday 7/7 at 6:00 p.m.
- Support Latinx movement artist Melanie Cervantes, who has recently been diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. Honor Dignidad Rebelde’s critical work on anti-displacement, migrant justice, indigenous resistance, and economic justice with the Center for Political Education on Tuesday 7/18 at 6:00 p.m. in San Francisco.
WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
- Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Approves “Safe Transit” Policy Mirroring Sanctuary Policies: On 6/22, BART’s Board approved a new policy that directs the system’s police officers “not to expend resources enforcing federal immigration laws,” forbids officers from asking riders or employees about their documentation status, and forbids BART employees from using immigration status to deny benefits or share information.
- Pride Marches Channel Resistance, Call to Center People of Color: LGBTQ pride marches and parades across the U.S. in recent years have often been white-dominated spaces rife with corporate floats, t-shirts, and feel-good slogans. This year, more LGBTQ advocates embraced intersectionality and the need for collective resistance – and in some places brave people of color shut down parades to call for more inclusivity and leadership of trans folks, less police presence, and more explicit valuation of queer folks of color. Overall, this year’s Pride embodied #Resist more explicitly than in many years.
FINALLY, TWO THINGS TO WARM YOUR HEART
- For the first time ever, the entire class of 170 seniors from Ballou High, a predominantly Black public high school in southeast Washington, D.C., walked at graduation with college acceptance letters in hand.
- Macalester College alumni of color teamed up to compile a zine, Facing Forward, dedicated to graduating students of color as they enter the post-college landscape. Lovingly curated, designed, and spearheaded by Latinx writer and social justice activist Ariel Estrella. May these words of compassion, empathy, and encouragement speak to you.
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