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 the latest attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act – vote expected today, May 4!  Call now and tell your member of Congress to vote NO on the latest version of TrumpCare. Complete toolkit from Indivisible: How To Save the Affordable Care Act (Again).
    • Check out this wide-ranging list of actions from Jen Hofmann to resist attacks on womxn, youth, and indigenous folks, and to protect the environment, sensible energy policy, and more.
    • Californians: Host a postcard-signing party to encourage elected officials to protect immigrants’ rights and address bail reform. More info from the ACLU here.
    • Attend or sponsor Immigrant Day 2017 in Sacramento on Monday 5/15 with the California Immigrant Policy Center.
    • Defend transgender health rights! Support the ACLU and law firm Covington and Burling LLP in their lawsuit against Dignity Health. Retweet here.
    • Connect theory with action through Harvard’s free Resistance School videos.
  • Political & Social Justice Events in the Bay Area:
    • Learn about tenants’ rights at Tenant Rights Bootcamp in San Francisco on Thursday 5/4 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Resist gentrification. Learn more at “Displacement and Gentrification: How did we get here and how do we stop it?” on Thursday 5/4 at 6:45 p.m. Thanks to Causta Justa, SURJ, and Sierra Club for this workshop.
    • Join three fierce moms for “Proud Mamas Speak: Unconditional Love and Rethinking Gender,” as they share their stories as parents of gender-diverse children in Berkeley on Thursday 5/4 at 7 p.m.
    • Grab delicious food this Cinco de Mayo weekend and support Centro Legal de la Raza, a legal defense resource for local immigrants. Joint fundraising event from Oakland Indie Alliance, Oakland Food Truck Association, and Fiesta Sin Fronteras.
    • Deepen your understanding of issues for transgender and gender-expansive folks at the Gender Identity and Expression Summit in SF.
    • Build community with other African American Women at “Wisdom Rising,” a daylong celebration including poetry, meditation, and sharing circles on Saturday 5/6 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Rally for Inclusion in SF on the 135th anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act! Join speakers and performers in SF on Saturday 5/6 at 12 p.m.
    • Listen to Kamau Bell read from his new book, “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’4”, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian.” Saturday 5/6 at 2 p.m. in Oakland.
    • Learn the basics of intervening in public as a bystander on Saturday 5/6 at 2 p.m.
    • Support LGBTQ rights and dance at Ships in the Night, a fundraiser for Peacock Rebellion on Saturday 5/6 at 9 p.m.
    • Stand in solidarity with Muslim neighbors in Oakland on Sunday 5/7 at 2 p.m.
    • Attend the screening of “Tratamiento para Tod@s/Treatment for All” on Monday 5/8 at 7 p.m. Hosted by the Center for Political Education, the California Nurses Association, and more.
    • Celebrate change-makers at the Women’s Policy Institute Legislative Reception on Tuesday 5/9 at 5 p.m.
    • Join 100 Black Men of the Bay Area for their session “How to Successfully Launch Your Own Start-Up” on Tuesday 5/9 at 6 p.m.
    • Learn from digital security experts from ACLU and Center for Media Justice at this event, “Protect Privacy, Resist Profiling.” Join Nicole Ozer and Malkia Cyril on Tuesday 5/9 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Listen to the power of storytelling at “Breaking into Politics: Storytelling to Earn a Seat at the Table” on Wednesday 5/10 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Celebrate ancestral recipes and food equity at “Your Roots are Showing: Stories on Culture and Ancestry” on Wednesday 5/10 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Bay Area Arts Events:
    • Delve into Yuri Kochiyama’s legacy through “Shifting Movements,” a multimedia exhibition from over 40 artists of color celebrating her intersectional activism, open from 5/4-5/25. Opening reception on Thursday 5/4 at 6 p.m. Hosted by the API Cultural Center in SF and the Asian American Women Artists Association.
    • Celebrate with Cuban-American artist Pablo Soto Campoamor for his first solo exhibition, “La Cocinita de Mariita.” Opening reception on Friday 5/5 at 6:30 p.m. at Omi Gallery.
    • Uplift youth voices, poetry, and music at this “May Day First Friday Youth Open Mic and Family Bookmaking” event on Friday 5/5 at 6 p.m.
    • Examine the urban reality through photography from Oakland-based Philip Hennen at the Joyce Gordon Gallery. “Mood City” exhibition runs from May 5 – July 1. Opening reception on Friday 5/5 at 6 p.m.; artist talk on Friday 6/2 at 6:00 p.m.
    • Support spoken word from Bay Area students of 25 nearby high schools! Attend the 2017 Unified District Poetry Slam Finals on Friday 5/5 at 7 p.m.
    • Attend opening night of the Fist Up Festival at Impact Hub on Friday 5/5 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Workshop your writing with The Root Slam on Saturday 5/6 at 10 a.m.
    • Hear from Oakland artist Oree Originol and his “Justice for Our Lives” project, documenting marginalized people killed by police. Saturday 5/6 at 1 p.m.
    • Make resistance art in community this Saturday in Oakland, 5/6 at 3 p.m.
    • Join the art party with Idle No More SF Bay for the Refinery Healing Walks: Monday 5/8 or Tuesday 5/9 at 4 p.m.
    • Watch this screening of “Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story” at the New Parkway on Tuesday 5/9 at 6:15 p.m.
    • Uplift desi womxn stories, voices, and art and attend Yoni Ki Baat, a Mother’s Day event on Friday 5/12 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 5/13 at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Asian Women’s Shelter.

RESOURCES:

  • Intro Materials:
    • Worried about racial bias in kids? Read about how to counteract this bias.
    • Check out this list of “8 Books with South Asian Characters to Read in 2017.”
    • May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Unpack the “model minority” myth and the need for disaggregated data for AAPI communities through this piece from the Urban Institute.
    • Connect the prison pipeline to its root causes in displacement and racism through this piece, “The Gentrification-to-Prison Pipeline.”
  • Immigration & Deportation Defense:
    • Deportation defense: Join the ‘Here to Stay’ network. Text ‘HERETOSTAY’ to 877877 to keep informed on MigraWatch. Call the MigraWatch hotline at: 844.363.1423.
    • Fight panic and build power, thanks to these resources from CIYJA.
    • Print and carry these red cards, outlining your rights and protections, thanks to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
    • Print these ‘know your rights’ pamphlets, available in 16 languages, thanks to the Immigrant Defense Project.
    • Learn more about California’s TRUTH act, which took effect Jan. 1, 2017.
    • Airport support: If someone requires legal support, contact airport@refugeerights.org or use these Bay Area-specific hotline numbers: Asian Law Caucus, 415.848.7711; Council on Arab-Islamic Relations, 408.986.9874 (in English, Farsi, or Arabic).
  • Tools & Toolkits:
    • Resist attacks on immigrants with this Immigrant Ally Toolkit. Developed by Indivisible, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Local Progress, National Immigration Law Center, Reform Immigration for America, and United We Dream.
    • Learn more about 45’s immigration policies, how to get involved, and how to support immigrant rights locally from this Q&A Recording, a joint session from Indivisible and National Immigration Law Center.

WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

  • First Asian-American Womxn on Philadelphia City Council Wins Emily’s List Award: Helen Gym, Philadelphia’s first Asian-American city councilmember, received the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award last month to highlight her work for public education, sanctuary cities, and immigrant rights. Gym is also the first Asian-American recipient of the Emily’s List award.
  • Elaine Welteroth Named “Teen Vogue” Editor-in-Chief: Elaine Welteroth, the Black womxn who has single-handedly shifted Teen Vogue’s focus towards political and social issues facing people of color, womxn and other marginalized identities, was promoted to Editor-in-Chief on April 28. Read about her accomplishments and new responsibilities here. #blackgirlmagic

FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART

  • Chinese-American Texas state legislator Gene Wu delivered a tearful statement of opposition to legislation attacking “sanctuary city” policies: “I am an immigrant. My parents are immigrants. I represent a district filled with immigrants. Some are here as refugees, some are here as citizens, some are here without papers. But they are all my people.”

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