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.

If you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Individual actions:
    • Congressional recess is here (4/8-4/23) and congressmembers are back in their districts! Push your representatives to resist dangerous policies with the help of the Town Hall Project.
    • Prepare for local town halls during the April recess with this Reclaim Recess Toolkit from Indivisible.
    • Join the #FreedomCities movement to look beyond sanctuary policies towards comprehensive reform, freedom, and dignity for communities of color under attack. Convened by the Black Alliance for Justice Immigration, the Ella Baker Center, Enlace, and the New York Worker Center Federation.
    • Plug into the ACLU’s People Power project! Complete their volunteer interest form here.
  • Arts Events:
    • Celebrate 2016 Oakland Slam Team member Prophet Wright on Thursday 4/13 at 8 p.m.
    • Join self-proclaimed Nasty Womxn artists for an artist talk on Friday 4/14 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Cheer on SF Taiko Dojo’s 49th annual performance at the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday 4/15 at 7 p.m.
    • Revel in art at “Sacred Waters, City Streets: The Art of Juana Alicia” — opening reception on Saturday 4/15 at 7 p.m.
    • Uplift trans writers, comics, and musicians at “Trans Voices Returns!” on Monday 4/17 at 8 p.m.
    • Build art for May Day with food and music at “Climate Workers May Day Art Build” on Tuesday 4/18 at 6 p.m.
    • Check out the performative art installation, “Seeds of Hope – A Project in Support of Immigrants,” on Wednesday 4/19 at 6 p.m.
  • Political & Social Justice Events:
    • Rally to demand 45’s tax returns and march down Market Street at the Tax March on Saturday 4/15 at 1 p.m.
    • Support the 2017 Dyke March at El Rio’s Super Big Gay Dance Party on Saturday 4/15 at 2 p.m.
    • Watch the livestream of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s sold-out SF Town Hall on Monday 4/17 at 9 a.m.
    • Resist Keystone XL: March with SF Defund DAPL Coalition to urge the Board of Supervisors to Divest from KXL on Tuesday 4/18 at 3:30 p.m.
    • Celebrate changemaking and tactic-sharing – attend the Master’s Policy Report Poster Session at Mills College on Tuesday 4/18 at 5:30 p.m.
    • Join speakers like Alicia Garza and SF Chronicle columnist David Talbot for the “Future of the Left: Can the 45 Resistance Grow Beyond Protest” discussion on Wednesday 4/19 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Strategize with the Anti-Police Terror Project’s General Meeting on Wednesday 4/19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Trainings and Workshops:
    • Build resilient, empowering leadership skills at “The Leader You Are: A Roadmap to Resilience” workshop on Thursday 4/13 at 7 p.m.
    • Encourage educator-teacher-organizers of color and support The People’s Education Movement at a fun(d)raiser party on Friday 4/14 at 9 p.m.
    • Resist attacks on public education in California at the “Blueprints for a Future: Transforming Education Conference” at UC Berkeley on Saturday 4/15 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Strategize at the “Intro to the Prison Industrial Complex and Abolition 101” workshop for K-12 educators on Saturday 4/15 at 11 a.m.
    • Attend this 2-hour “The Frontlines Are Everywhere: Grand Jury Resistance Tour” workshop in solidarity with water protectors on Tuesday 4/18 at 7 p.m.
    • Network and learn at the “Empowerment Summit for Formerly Incarcerated Students and Families” conference at Merritt College on Wednesday 4/19 and Thursday 4/20.
    • Unpack the relationship between neoliberalism and Islamophobia at UC Berkeley’s 8th Annual International Islamophobia Conference Friday 4/21 – Sunday 4/23.
    • Build skills at the “More Than a Protest: Strategies for Building a Movement” training on Saturday 4/22 – Sunday 4/23.

WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR:

  • New York Becomes First U.S. State to Provide Lawyers for All Immigrants Detained and Facing Deportation:
    • On Friday 4/7, the Vera Institute of Justice and partner organizations announced that “detained New Yorkers in all upstate immigration courts will now be eligible to receive legal counsel during deportation proceedings,” thanks largely to a $4 million grant for the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP). Research confirms that providing immigrants with public defenders can improve an immigrant’s chance of remaining in the U.S. by as much as 1000 percent. More info here.
  • Additional States Follow California, Move to Restrict Cooperation with ICE:
    • States like Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, and New York have introduced sanctuary legislation, following in the wake of California’s ‘sanctuary state’ bill (SB 54) currently before the state Assembly. More info here.

RESOURCES:

  • Intro Materials:
    • Read up on these six black radical female artists typically overshadowed by the emergence of second-wave feminism.
    • April is Fair Housing Month: Learn more about housing discrimination from the National Fair Housing Alliance here.
    • Check out funding opportunities through the Islamic Scholarship Fund.
    • 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.
  • Tools & Toolkits:
    • Find your elected officials, bills they have introduced, and political contributions received here.
    • Amplify the need for the president to show tax transparency, using these social media resources.
    • Support youth leaders on immigration and racial justice during the We Belong Together Kids Caravan and Week of Action 4/16 – 4/22, sponsored by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, #LoveArmy, the Women’s March, and others. Check out their social media toolkit here.
    • Check out our previous #ResistReports here for more recommended toolkits and resources.

FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART:

  • When Oakland’s Pendarvis Harshaw is not working at PolicyLink, he collects wisdom from local black male elders which he’s put together in a new book, “OG Told Me.” Harshaw, the Equal Justice Society’s Chris Bridges and countless other friends launched It Takes a Village Nation, a social media platform for social justice activists, creatives, and movement-builders from communities of color to connect. We hosted the launch party here at Greenlining’s Oakland headquarters last Thursday.

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