Welcome to the first issue of Greenlining’s #ResistReport, a new weekly feature on our blog. With a flood of bad policies coming from Washington that will hurt communities of color, we want to do all we can to protect our communities. As Greenlining’s policy teams both work behind the scenes and speak out forcefully, we also want to help our friends and supporters plug into grassroots activities here in the Bay Area and around the country to resist these attacks.
We hope you find this weekly compilation of actions, updates, and resources useful. If you do, please share it with your friends and colleagues.
- Resist the new Muslim ban with our friends at the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC). We applaud US District Judge Derrick K. Watson’s sweeping freeze of the ban issued Wednesday, but the fight against these xenophobic policies has just begun. Join us to protest today, 3/16 at 4 p.m. at the San Francisco Federal Building.
- Resist attacks on Trans Youth: Sign this ACLU petition saying that Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination protects trans students and that trans rights are not up for debate. #ShowUp4TransYouth
- Train to become a Legal Observer through the National Lawyers’ Guild: UC Berkeley is hosting free trainings on Tuesday 3/21 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. for folks without legal expertise to become qualified legal observers, to enhance police accountability during protests and other actions.
- Join the Indivisible email list for weekly email updates and action items or join a chapter in your area to learn how to strategically pressure your elected officials to resist harmful policies.
- Call your elected officials and share your thoughts on the SCRUB Act (HR 998), a bill that would undermine the regulatory agencies that protect the water we drink, the food we eat, and the air we breathe.
- Attend OneLife Institute’s ‘Healing for Black Lives‘ day of healing and renewal for activists of African descent on Saturday 3/18.
- Celebrate with other womxn of color on Saturday 3/18 at the 32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference at UC Berkeley.
- Train to become a First Responder with the Anti-Police Terror Project, hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice in the Bay Area on Saturday 3/18.
- Attend APEN’s Asian Community Town Hall: Protecting Health, Services and Rights event on Thursday 3/23.
Wins for Communities of Color:
- Defund DAPL in San Francisco: On Tuesday 3/14, the SF Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution urging the Treasurer to include a DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) screen in its matrix for city investments and contracts, an important step on SF’s path to an over $11 billion divestment from DAPL. The next day, the Treasurer agreed to implement this DAPL screen ASAP for both city investments and financial contracts. Thanks to the indigenous SF Defund DAPL Coalition for their tireless activism and to the nine Supervisors who co-sponsored the resolution, especially Supervisors Sandra Lee Fewer and Hillary Ronen for their leadership.
- Detained DREAMer Daniela Vargas released: DREAMer Dany Vargas was arrested Wednesday 3/1 by ICE minutes after giving a speech at Jackson, Mississippi City Hall on immigrants’ contributions and the arrests of her father and brother. Thanks to the National Immigration Law Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and others, Dany walked free on 3/10. Meanwhile Daniel Ramirez Medina is still detained. Follow #FreeDaniel for updates.
- Intro Materials:
- Data & Digital Security:
- New guides from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on data protection and digital security, especially for folks traveling.
- Learn about racially-biased police surveillance through big data and resistance strategies, courtesy of this virtual town hall with The Center for Media Justice and Color of Change on Wednesday 3/29.
- Immigration & Deportation Defense:
- Immigration download: Check out TheSkimm’s immigration website, designed to offer initial information on immigration in the U.S.
- Airport support: If someone requires legal support, contact firstname.lastname@example.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).
- 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.
- Tools & Toolkits:
- CarsonWatch.org tracks HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s policies, actions, and values on housing opportunities, which will most impact communities of color. This project is spearheaded by Public Advocates, Poverty and Race Research Action Council, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and PolicyLink.
- This free ResistBot converts your texts into faxes to elected officials.
- PICO’s latest project, TrumpIntelPro, offers a toolkit to defend our communities from local law enforcement involvement with the FBI’s Joint Terror Task Force (JTTF).
- ACLU’s PeoplePower.org, shares information on meeting with local law enforcement.
- Use this link to make 5 calls a day to your elected officials.
- MazaskaTalks (‘Money talks’) equips non-lawyers with information on divesting cities from DAPL.
And Finally, Something to Warm Your Heart:
- Blackfeet activist, POC Online Classroom founder and editor, and former Congressional staffer Abaki Beck authored this stunning poem, ‘Our Blood Pulses Resistance.’
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