My Fellow Resisters,
Here are new updates and recommended actions from PAGE (Progressive Action Global Exchange) followed by inspiring reading/watching/listening suggestions from our own Kathy Sherretts (STOP, LOOK, LISTEN)
Check it out and leave comments!
This week has been tragic. Folks are still reeling after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Much of South Asia is experiencing deadly flooding and tropical storms. Forest fires are raging across the Pacific Northwest. Hurricane Irma has destroyed much of Barbuda, has caused lots of damage in Puerto Rico, and has just landed on Florida’s shores. And it looks like Hurricane Jose is following Hurricane Irma. The strength of these storms is unprecedented, and it should push us all to fight against global climate change, and to continue our financial support of those affected by these storms.
In other horrific news, in an appalling press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program will be terminated on March 5, 2018. Let’s not forget that DACA itself was fought for and won by the tireless work of undocumented activists, and let’s demand that Congress create something better for ALL undocumented folk by the deadline. Check up on your elected officials (like Kikito, pictured below, the one year old boy made by French artist JR checking up on border patrol) and make sure they do their jobs and pass a more comprehensive immigration plan.
This week we share some opportunities to keep supporting immigrants, give to storm recovery efforts, and continue our fight against climate change.
1. Support Hurricane Irma Victims
2. Continue Global Climate Action
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
My Washington Post news app flips through story headlines like a rolodex, which these days makes for a disconcerting display.
Next up: 'It’ is a baroque symphony of meta-horror and a waking nightmare" Imagine my relief when I realized this was a movie review and not a political commentary.
Washington Post: Trump administration cuts funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs. by Jessica Lander and Carolyn Smith-Lin
The authors explore the unsettling reason that may have been behind the funding cuts — as well as its serious consequences, with pregnancy being a leading factor in why girls drop out of school.
Slate Magazine/Trumpcast, Facebook's Russia Problem with Issie Lapowsky (34 min)
WIRED's Issie Lapowsky discusses Russian-linked accounts that bought political ads on Facebook during the 2016 election.
Huffington Post: McCain, Whitehouse Make Bipartisan Appeal To SCOTUS Against Wisconsin Gerrymandering, by Sam Levine
"Americans do not like gerrymandering... their sense of powerlessness and discouragement has increased, deepening the crisis of confidence in our democracy.”
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Get in the game!
resist the madness!
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