As you may have noticed, Seville's summer is heating up and soon many of us will be heading back home or off to new adventures in cooler places. Before the summer diaspora begins, we are holding one last, big, blowout gathering at a new venue, with music, free tapas (while they last), and a Political Pub Quiz.
And we'll bring you up to date on Resistance activities taking place over the summer.
The bar, Bier Kraft, is designing a special cocktail just for us. If you have ideas for naming this unique beverage, let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, here's your weekly Action Plan:
1. PRINT AND DISTRIBUTE THIS INVITATION.
Print copies of this poster/flier (on standard A4 paper) and post it at you favorite bars, cafés, the gym, your language school, anywhere that people gather.
2. INVITE AT LEAST TWO FRIENDS TO THE PARTY.
We want to build a strong network of Resisters to keep the movement lively here in Seville.
3. COME RAISE A GLASS WITH US ON MAY 31.
If you haven't discovered it yet, Bier Kraft is the snazzy new bar opened by New Yorkers Adam and Julie Anne. It's a great place for hot political dialogue and ice cold beer (and the soft pretzels are to die for).
I’m astonished how many of my American expat friends didn't register to vote in the last election. Reasons included “Does it really matter?” and “Too much hassle.” I think events have proved elections do matter. And unlike previous generations, who had to wait in long lines to register and in more long lines to vote, today you just boot up your laptop. Depending on the state you vote in, you may have to print and mail a form. Which seems a small price to pay for a chance to change the world.
1. Register and request an absentee ballot. Go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program or Vote from Abroad. You can also download a registration form directly from your state’s website. Some states let you complete the whole process online; others require you to mail in the form. Click here to find out if your state allows online registration.
2. Vote. You may not need to wait until 2018 to put your political opinion into action. Find out here if your state has a special election coming up. Some of the next significant ones include:
May 16 - South Carolina - CD 5 Special Republican Primary Runoff
May 25 - Montana - U.S. House Special Election
June 6 - California - CD 34 Special Election
June 20 - Georgia - CD 6 Special Election Runoff
June 20 - South Carolina - CD 5 Special Election
August 15 - Alabama - U.S. Senate Special Primary
That's just a sample, so check with your state election board to find out what races are coming up. Vote for the small stuff, too. Change begins at the grassroots; we need progressive candidates on every school board, town council, and — well, basically any group that's making decisions about our collective future.
3. Get your friends to register and vote. Remind them that if they want to complain about the government (and who doesn’t?) voting speaks louder than words. Shouting at the TV is fun, but taking a few minutes to go online and vote is a lot more satisfying. And effective.
READY TO DO MORE?
Resistance School, Session 3: How to Structure and Build Capacity for Action
Marshall Ganz explores how individuals can discover their ability to lead within teams and reviews how to achieve a successful team dynamic. The session includes a comprehensive set of instructions for how individuals across the world can launch their own teams. Stream it from the Resistance School site and watch with friends, because you are going to want to discuss it.
TODAY: SIGN THE PLEDGE OF LIBERATION
Living abroad, we need to do a lot of our protesting online. Signing this petition today lets us add our voices to a major collective outcry taking place Monday, May 8, against legislation that is harming our health care, our rights and freedoms, and our nation’s future. This petition is a united effort of the Women’s March, ACLU, and many other partners.
Sign the Pledge of Liberation Here
THURSDAY: JOIN US FOR DINNER
American Resistance Sevilla is hosting a series of small dinner parties in which Resisters are gathering to talk about what’s been happening since the election and collectively consider the best strategies for fighting the madness and creating a better future for our country.
The first of these dinners will be held on Thursday, May 11, and there are still a few seats left at the table. If you’d like to join us for this or similar small gatherings to be held in the coming weeks, please let us know.
Email us at
to sign up for this or other dinners.
THIS WEEK: WATCH SESSION TWO OF RESISTANCE SCHOOL
Session Two: How to Organize and Mobilize Our Communities. Grassroots organizer Sara El-Amine explores the difference between mobilizing (centralized promotion of one collective action) and organizing (engaging in widespread, diverse community actions with a common purpose). She provides tools for engaging fellow voters in effective dialogue, rather than just shouting across the divide.
Resistance School Session Two, full video
Resistance School Session Two, summary (It’s like the Cliff Notes version.)
As always, we appreciate your passion and dedication to the cause.
Want to get off the sidelines and join the team?
Help us send emails and connect with Resisters on social media.
Research issues and help decide what to focus on.
Connect with resisters in other cities and countries.
Organize social/team building gatherings.
Organize marches and online protests.
Write to me at AmericanResistanceSevilla@gmail.com. Let's build a saner future together.
Committee Coordinator, American Resistance Abroad
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American Resistance Sevilla is a non-partisan community mobilizing Americans living abroad to take peaceful action defending our lawful rights and freedoms. Learn more