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: Now that 45 has fired the FBI director, we must have an independent investigation of possible collaboration between the Trump campaign and foreign governments.
      • Call: All 3 of your congressional representatives. Lookup here. Script: Hi. I’m from [town/ZIP] and am deeply concerned about the firing of the FBI director by Trump. Will [NAME] join Democrats and Republicans like Sen. John McCain in making a public statement in support of an independent commission to investigate Russia ties?
    • Resist the effort to kill the Affordable Care Act – the battle continues! Indivisible’s latest toolkit, Enough Is Enough: Stop TrumpCare, has everything you need, including
    • How Every Member Voted on the Health Care Bill—a handy cheat sheet.
    • TrumpCare Passed the House—Now What?—an explainer on the rest of the legislative process and all of the opportunities to resist  this bill before it becomes law.
    • The 10 Worst Things About TrumpCare—if your representative voted yes, be sure to hold them accountable for these terrible provisions.
    • Call Script: Hold Your Representative Accountable—conversations you can have with your representatives and their staff, however they voted.
    • How TrumpCare Harms Us All—talking points for your phone calls and office visits.
    • Die-In Planning Guide—to take your accountability tactics to the next level!
    • The Narrow, Tortured Passage of the GOP Health Bill Reflects a Much Larger Struggle Ahead—a guest blog post by our friend, Families USA co-founder Ron Pollack.
    • Call your Senators! Let them know what the loss of ACA would mean for you, your family, and your community members. Info on how to reach your senator here.
    • Plan your activism strategy through this Action Worksheet (or Kelly Wooten’s pocket-sized version). Print one to get started, then try this app, which makes calling elected officials easier and less stressful.
    • Resist repeal of vital environmental protections: Offer a public comment to the EPA oby Monday 5/15. Visit: Regulations.gov. Click the dark blue “Comment Now!” button, upper right. Share why you support protections for clean air, soil, and water.
    • Protect students’ health by supporting healthy school lunches. Write to Sec. Sonny Perdue, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250. Script: As a parent (or taxpayer), I oppose your plan to make school lunches less healthy. You should protect the health of America’s youngest citizens, not the interests of corporate agriculture.
    • For Californians:
    • Bay Area folks: Listen to this KPFA episode on the homeless crisis in the Bay, featuring Cat Brooks, Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, and Homeless Action Center’s Heather Freinkel.
    • Bay Area folks: Support local womxn-owned and POC-owned businesses! Check out this list and add any you see missing.
    • Host a postcard-signing party to encourage CA elected officials to resist attacks on immigrants’ rights and address bail reform. More info from the ACLU here.
    • Attend or sponsor Immigrant Day 2017 in Sac on Monday 5/15 with the California Immigrant Policy Center.
  • Political & Social Justice Events in the Bay Area:
    • Support LGBTQ API activists at this fundraiser for National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance on Thursday 5/11 at 6 p.m.
    • Build solidarity with other communities under attack. Join for an evening of spoken word, panel discussion, and live performances on Thursday 5/11 at 6 p.m.
    • Join a cross-sector panel to explore how leaders must embrace abundance to advance equity. Thursday 5/11 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Join AAPI, Black, Latinx, and immigrant community members for a town hall discussion with Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Senator Nancy Skinner, and other legislators to discuss clean air and renter protections. Friday 5/12 at 6 p.m.
    • Engage in dialogue with Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and community leaders on immigration policy and immigrant rights. Spanish and Vietnamese translation available. Saturday 5/13 at 10 a.m. in San Jose.
    • Develop tactics to work for social change through love – check out this workshop, “How to be a Unicorn Warrior in Dark Times” on Saturday 5/11 at 11 a.m.
    • Learn about Fremont and Union City tenant rights and rent control campaigns on Saturday 5/13 at 11:30 a.m.
    • Honor immigrants, immigrant labor, and diverse food cultures at “My Kitchen Hero: Celebrating Immigrants, Food, and Our Roots” on Saturday 5/13 at 3 p.m.
    • Build community at Soulovely at Lost and Found Oakland, Sunday 5/14 at 3 p.m.
    • Watch the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals discuss 45’s Muslim ban at a viewing party with Asian Law Caucus, CAIR, and members of SEIU Local 87. Monday 5/15 at 9:30 a.m.
    • Learn various models for community-controlled housing like community land trusts and limited equity housing cooperatives, and more at this teach-in. Monday 5/15 at 6 p.m.
    • Grapple with displacement and homelessness at this panel discussion, moderated by Tipping Point. “Solving Homelessness in SF” on Tuesday 5/16 at 6 p.m.
    • Debrief May Day with Climate Workers, strategize next steps, and build community. Tuesday 5/16 at 6 p.m.
    • Show up to the Berkeley City Council meeting: Urge the Council to withdraw from Urban Shield! Tuesday 5/16 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Join San Francisco Defund DAPL Coalition to urge the SF Retirement Board to implement the divestment approved in December 2015. Join them on Wednesday 5/17 at 3 p.m.
    • Resist police abuse: Build and strategize with the Anti-Police Terror Project at their monthly meeting. Wednesday 5/17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Bay Area Arts Events:
    • Unravel how disabled and/or trans people can move together towards collective liberation at this panel on Thursday 5/11 at 6 p.m.
    • Learn about former Black Panther Party minister of culture Emory Douglas’ interactions with Zapatistas and the subsequent relationship between Black Panthers and Zapatistas. Thursday 5/11 at 7 p.m.
    • Revel in Desi womxn’s stories inspired by the “Vagina Monologues” at Yoni Ki Baat. Friday 5/12 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 5/13 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Soak up young POC voices at the Root Slam on Friday 5/16 at 7 p.m.
    • Honor lessons from mamas with the Muslim Writers Collective on Friday 5/12 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Uplift QTPOC lineages and storytelling at “Mama Says” on Saturday 5/16 at 6 p.m.
    • Drum for the movement alongside other womxn of color, trans folks, and gender non-binary folks, thanks to Boomshake. New session starts Monday 5/15 at 7 p.m.
    • Join 6-week explorations through the Black and Brown Bodies Dance Series with Alyah Baker and Shemica Watkins-Johnson. Starts Tuesday 5/16.

RESOURCES

  • Intro Materials:
    • Grappling with income inequality? This fascinating New York Times analysis calls for intentional remembrance of all the advantages we have each been afforded, in order to counteract the natural bias of highlighting personal obstacles.
    • Know someone who needs help understanding redlining, race and poverty? Dive into this Vox cartoon illustrating how “living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life.”
    • Read up on the politics of labeling white males as domestic terrorists, especially in the wake of the tragic San Diego shootings on 4/30 that hit 7 people–all black or Latinx.
    • Remember: Despite limited legislative success and frequent mass mobilizations, 45’s policies, executive orders, appointments, and campaign promises have successfully terrorized communities of color, immigrants, and undocumented folks. More here.
  • Next Level:
    • Curious how the Chinese Exclusion Act relates to today’s political climate? Unpack racial scapegoating, trace the hxstory of Chinese resistance, and connect political tensions of the 1880s with tensions today here.
    • Unpack the battle over privacy and surveillance, digital security, and net neutrality, especially for low-income and communities of color. Thanks to Malkia Cyril of Center for Media Justice, Nicole Ozer of ACLU NorCal, and Amy Sonnie of the Oakland Public Library and MAG-net for this discussion.
    • Delve into the gruesome history of Indian boarding schools and the pipeline into mass incarceration, thanks to the SF Defund DAPL Coalition and the Invisible No More Conference.
    • Skim the 23 environmental regulations 45 rolled back within his first 100 days in office.
  • Tools & Toolkits:
    • Want your city, town, or county to resist attacks on immigrants and refugees? Use this city resolution template to condemn the expansion of deportations and EO banning immigration based on national origin and religion.
    • Increase your personal or organizational digital security through GetSafe.org.
    • Californians: Check out the 2017 People’s Report Card of California, courtesy of the Courage Campaign. Find out how (or if!) your elected officials represent your interests and your community’s priorities.
    • Delve into this one-stop-shop for ways to stand in solidarity with communities of color, immigrants, and refugees. Check out nationwide actions, readings, and events.
    • Resist locally! Search local events, actions, and town halls near you through Resistance Near Me.

WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR

  • #BlackLivesMatter Activists Raise $250k for National Mama’s Bail Out Day, Free Over 30 Womxn Nationwide: On Tuesday 5/9, activists from Southerners on New Ground, the Movement for Black Lives, ColorofChange, and other orgs announced that they have raised $250,000 to release womxn in jail for low-level offenses like loitering and small-scale drug possession. Womxn freed in Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and other cities will include birth mothers and chosen mothers, and Black moms who “especially have not been granted that title of motherhood.” After all: “Nationwide, nearly a third of all womxn in jail have serious mental health issues, and the racial disparity is clear: Black womxn make up 44 percent of womxn in jails.”
  • Groundswell Foundation Announces “Liberation Fund” to support womxn and trans folks of color in grassroots work: As the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement, Groundswell launches this new fund to empower effective grassroots organizing to combat oppressive policies. 15 WOC advisors will lead the fund, including Mpower Change’s Linda Sarsour, #BlackLivesMatter’s Alicia Garza, CHIRLA’s Angelica Salas, APEN’s Miya Yoshitani, and others.

FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART

  • A Georgia kindergarten class read 1 million words this year, so their teachers threw them a “millionaire bash” complete with limo, red carpet – and reading logs.

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