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 (note that some of these are extremely time-sensitive):
- ACHA (“Trumpcare”) could be voted on TODAY, 3/23! Contact your representatives to resist this terrible bill: Check out this easy-to-use toolkit, complete with call scripts, images, local groups, and interactive maps. Also, check out Greenlining’s op-ed column in the Modesto Bee.
- Indivisible has a guide to calling your member of Congress to defend the ACA.
- Train to become a ‘Know Your Rights to Demonstrate’ canvasser at protests, marches, and rallies. Register for a webinar training here.
- Read bills sponsored by key organizations like the ACLU that would increase protections to communities of color, immigrant communities, and low-income communities.
- Check out this Action Item List: Private citizen Jennifer Hofmann helps us all resist with comprehensive weekly action item checklists. Follow @inspiredjen on Twitter.
- Art & Performance Events:
- Bask in the power of storytelling at Listen for a Change: Islamophobia, Masculinity, HIV/AIDS this Thursday 3/23, 7:30-10 p.m. at Betti Ono Gallery.
- Defend immigrants through art: Visit the Sanctuary City: With Liberty and Justice for Some exhibition at the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries, opening this Saturday 3/25, 6-9 p.m.
- Strategize with artists and arts professionals this Saturday 3/25, 1-2:30 p.m. in SF.
- Join Dignidad Rebelde’s Melanie Cervantes for “Visualizing Revolution: Creating Visual Culture in a Time of Destruction,” courtesy of the Center for Political Education on Tuesday 3/28, 7-9 p.m at SoleSpace.
- Political & Social Justice Events:
- Underscore the need for intersectional feminism with Women Get It Done, Thursday 3/23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in San Francisco.
- Curate questions for Sen. Feinstein and meet with Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s State Director this Friday 3/24, 11:30-1 p.m. at Berkeley Public Library.
- Join Rep. Barbara Lee for a political town hall on Saturday 3/25, 9-12 p.m.
- Build with grassroots Asian organizers at the Grassroots Asians Rising 2017 Convening Kickoff on Friday 3/24, 5:00-6:30 p.m and Saturday 3/25, 7-9 p.m.
- Learn more about activism at this Indivisible Berkeley training, Sunday 3/26, 7-9 p.m.
- Resist attacks on immigrant rights by attending an immigration forum to better understand the restrictions at play. Fundraiser for 1951 Coffee Company, ACLU, CAIR, Immigrant Families Defense Fund, and International Rescue Committee on Tuesday 3/28, 7-9 p.m.
- Join this panel discussion on threats to LBGTQ rights with Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts, Advocate Mia Satya, and San Francisco school board Commissioner Matt Haney on Wednesday 3/29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Attend this free, open to all day-long We The Future Social Justice Conference, co-hosted by Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma and North Bay Organizing Project on Friday 4/28.
WINS FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR:
- Defund Dakota Access Pipeline:
- Since San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros approved the DAPL screen in the city’s social investment matrix last week, SF now waits for an independent third party to conduct an investment review applying this new screen to both investments and contracts. This decision affects $1 billion of investment products and $10 billion of city cash flow. Huge props to the indigenous SF Defund DAPL Coalition and indigenous activist Jackie Fielder for shepherding this along.
- Next steps: The treasurer, in partnership with Sup. Sandra Lee Fewer’s office, is actively exploring alternative investment products and alternative banking partners.
- Across the U.S., Wells Fargo shareholders are voting online on an Indigenous People’s Rights Policy, slated for an April 25 shareholder meeting. More info here.
- Meanwhile, other cities are now considering divestment from DAPL, including Albuquerque, New York, Los Angeles, Raleigh, and Washington, DC. These cities hope to follow Seattle, Santa Monica, and Davis in their plans to divest.
- ING, after dialogue with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has sold its $120 million loan debt in DAPL. — a great model of how fierce activism, research, and dialogue can propel more companies to actively consider divestment.
- Divestment from Companies Working on 45’s Border Wall:
- Last week, Berkeley’s City Council voted unanimously to divest from any contractors or companies that “design, finance, or work in any way” on 45’s U.S.-Mexico border wall.
- Also last week, a similar proposal in Oakland passed unanimously out of committee and heads to the full City Council. Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillen provided leadership on this effort to resist the wall. Oakland businesses may follow suit.
- CA Democrats have proposed A.B. 946, a bill that would require the two largest public pension funds in the nation to liquidate investments in any company connected to the border wall’s construction. Assemblymembers Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Lorena Gonzales Fletcher (D-San Diego), and Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) are carrying this bill.
- Intro Materials:
- Tracking policy changes resources:
- IssueVoter emails alerts on issues of specific interest, detailing when Congress will vote; pros, cons and context of new bills; and an easy platform to share your voice without calling or emailing elected officials.
- AJ+ publishes a daily “45 Tracker,” gathered into a photo album.
- Trump’s First 100 Days: Huffington Post offers specific email lists with digests synthesizing impacts on women, immigrants, Muslims, the LGBTQ community and African Americans.
- Tracking 45’s Agenda, Step by Step: The New York Times offers a tool to visually and comprehensively track 45’s movement on major campaign promises.
- Tools & Toolkits:
- Victims or witnesses of hate crimes and bias incidents should seek these resources. You can document incidents through DocumentHate, a ProPublica partnership with AJ+ and other organizations.
- Two Muslim womxn offer free Self Defense Toolkit: Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment Founder and Amnesty International Board Member Rana Abdelhamid partners with Maryam Aziz for a new series, aimed to empower young Muslim womxn from rising hate crimes and threats of violence.
- TrumpTracker promises to track 45’s “Wall Street First Agenda,” via Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) and Democrats on the House Committee on Financial Services.
- Check out this Community Defense Zone Guide from Mijente (thanks to Movement Strategy Center for this resource!).
AND FINALLY, SOMETHING TO WARM YOUR HEART:
- Decolonize your knowledge of history and brush up on 8 amazing Native womxn and their legacies.
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