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)
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the discriminatory actions and manipulative distractions of the Trump administration. This week, Rep. Maxine Waters gave us a new refrain for cutting through the nonsense, when she reclaimed her time from a stalling Trump Secretary. Let’s follow Rep. Maxine Waters’ example and direct our energy to the important fights.
This week, we focus on immigration, under threat by the RAISE Act (under which Trump wouldn’t qualify for a Green Card). We'll also take action against the prison industrial complex. Trans folks’ basic rights are under threat – let’s step up for them. For motivation, check out Mykal Kilgore’s gospel remix of Rep. Waters’ wisdom.
PAGE Priority Actions
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
Greetings from Trumpsylvania.
I have been watching the evening news every night with my mom, and I see why most folks have only the broadest sense of what is going on in Washington. Even without the influence of Fox News, folks sooner or later quit trying to follow or understand all the changing and contradictory stories. No amount of explanation and background material is going to make them care MORE about a topic that is already giving them a headache.
In the spirit of curing my own headache, I want to pass along my new favorite thing: The emails from Donald Trump Jr. to Rob Goldstone, who set up the controversial meeting between Trump Jr. and the Russians, could potentially be used as evidence of collusion with Russia — or they could be the lyrics of a soulful and mellow summer ballad. If It’s What You say, I Love It by Spirit Giants (3:41 min)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: The Check In: Trump and Religion (9:37 min)
A look at President Trump's spiritual advisor, and his evolving views on religion, faith and the separation of church and state.
Moyers&Co: Taking on the Private Prison Industry’s Corporate Backers by Sarah Jaffe
Activists are trying to combat both the accelerated tracking and detaining of immigrants and the use of for-profit prisons to hold them by targeting the big banks that prop up for-profit prison companies.
Washington Post: At EPA museum, history might be in for a change By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis
The EPA museum features the agency’s work over 4½ decades, with exhibit topics such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions and the Paris climate accord. On a recent tour of the exhibit, an official said that climate displays are slated to be removed, and that a display on coal may be added.
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