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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- Individual actions:
- Keep calling your senators to tell them to resist 45’s SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch and his terrible record on women’s rights, special interests, LGBTQ rights, workers’ rights, immigrant rights and other issues.
- Get involved in local activism to resist attacks on immigrants with to this action list from Oakland-based #perSISTERS.
- The April congressional recess is coming 4/8-4/23! Prepare for local town halls with your representatives, courtesy of this Reclaim Recess toolkit from Indivisible.
- Trainings and Discussions:
- Sign up for Bay Resistance’s Nonviolent Direct Action 101 Training on Thursday 4/13 at 6 p.m. Build skills at Bay Resistance’s Nonviolent Direct Action 201 Training – either Saturday 4/8 at 1 p.m. or Sunday 4/23 at 1 p.m.
- Want to resist but don’t know how? Learn organizing skills at this workshop for non-organizers on Wednesday 4/12 at 7 p.m.
- Register for a webinar discussion with Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s EPA Administrator from 2013-2016, on Thursday 4/20 at 5 p.m. Thanks to Interfaith Power and Light for hosting this conversation.
- Arts Events:
- Celebrate womxn storytelling with drinks for the Hazel Reading Series at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts on Thursday 4/6 at 7 p.m.
- Explore Asian American and Pacific Islander identities through Vessel Gallery’s exhibit, ‘Excuse Me, Can I See Your ID?’ Opening reception Friday 4/7 at 6 p.m.; exhibit runs April 7 – May 27.
- Show solidarity with artists self-identifying as Nasty Womxn. Opening night at Oakland’s Omi Gallery Friday 4/7 at 6:30 p.m.
- Join the Community Rejuvenation Project for their Alice Street Symposium on Community Engagement Strategies and Best Practices on Friday 4/7 at 12 p.m.
- Honor the 40th Anniversary of “Roots” in Oakland’s Black Arts Movement and Black Arts District with Councilmember Lynette McElhaney on Saturday 4/8 at 6 p.m.
- Create art to resist attacks on our planet and prepare for the People’s Climate Movement Bay Area event — meet Sunday 4/9 at 10 a.m.
- Political & Social Justice Events:
- Attend the 7th Annual Race & Policy Symposium on “Race in Shifting Times: Politics, Power, and Policymaking” from Monday 4/10 – Thursday 4/13.
- Stand with SF Defund DAPL Coalition and urge SF to divest its pension funds from DAPL, KXL, and other fossil fuel industries on Wednesday 4/12 at 1 p.m.
- Infuse education with abolitionist organizing: Join AROC and the Center for Political Education for a panel discussion, “Without Walls: Abolition & Rethinking Education,” on Friday 4/14 at 6 p.m.
- Fight for justice and jobs, peace and the planet: Join the People’s Climate Movement Bay Area at Lake Merritt on Saturday 4/29.
- Explore emerging threats and authoritarian trends at “Facing the Right: A Conversation with Tarso Luis Ramos,” hosted by the Center for Political Education and featuring Ramos, executive director of Political Research Associates, in San Francisco on Tuesday 5/2 at 7 p.m.
WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR:
- Sanctuary Cities Unite and Strategize:
- On Monday 3/27 and Tuesday 3/28, Local Progress and Center for Popular Democracy co-hosted a national #SeekingSanctuary convening for elected officials from 30 cities and counties across the U.S. to “share policy innovations, litigation strategies, and ways in which local leaders can disrupt 45’s deportation policies.” More info under “Tools and Toolkits” below.
- California State Senate Approves ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill:
- On Monday 4/3, California’s state Senate passed SB 54 (de Leon), the California Values Act in an effort to resist anti-immigrant policies. The bill expands protections for immigrants by prohibiting state or local law enforcement agencies from “using resources to investigate, detain, report or arrest people for immigration violations.” After intense pressure, however, the author added amendments allowing local law enforcement to notify ICE of some releases, weakening crucial protections for certain immigrants. Let’s call this one a mixed bag. The bill now moves to the Assembly. More info here.
- Intro Materials:
- Check out these 11 books by Latinx womxn to investigate intersectional feminism.
- Webinars and Workshops:
- Sign up for Harvard’s online Resistance School, a free 4-session practical training program to enhance concrete learning, community engagement, and forward-looking action.
- Connect the dots on hyper-surveillance, digital security, and criminalization of communities of color with this recording of, “We are the Color of Freedom: Resisting Police Surveillance in a 45 Era,” from the Center for Media Justice.
- Learn about 45’s proposed cuts to domestic programs to fund a $54 billion increase in defense spending. Webinar recording available through Coalition for Human Needs.
- Get fired up to resist! Check out these videos of Bay Resistance’s March 4 Mass Meeting and Trainings, as well as the entire curriculum. Speakers included Lita Blanc (president, United Educators of SF), Guillermina Castellanos (organizer and founder, La Colectiva), Lara Kiswani (executive director, Arab Resource and Organizing Center), and Alicia Garza (special projects director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and co-founder, #BlackLivesMatter).
- Digital security:
- Educate yourself on the pervasive usage of facial recognition technology to surveil and criminalize people in the U.S. — particularly communities of color and immigrant communities. To date, not a single state has passed a comprehensive law on this. Research from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology.
- Tools & Toolkits:
- Learn about ICE terminology, tactics, and strategies from this toolkit, “Defend Against ICE Raids and Community Arrests,” a joint project between the Immigrant Defense Project and Center for Constitutional Rights.
- Locate immigrants in detention and create a visitation initiative, thanks to the Black Immigration Network Detainee Support Toolkit from the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
- Protect immigrant communities through local policy with The Center for Popular Democracy’s new free toolkit, “Protecting Immigrant Communities: Municipal Policy to Confront Mass Deportation and Criminalization.”
- Find free resources from action tools to campaign strategy to alliance-building materials from the Center for Media Justice.
FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART:
- Two 17-year-olds have created a racial literacy textbook, “Princeton Choose: The Classroom Index,” sponsored by the Princeton University Department of African American Studies and the Princeton Education Foundation. This is just the latest project from these two determined and enterprising young people.
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