Get a jump on 2020—Do you have all the information you need to vote in the US elections this year? When is your state’s primary held? What special elections are coming up? File a new FPCA form and look up voting info at FVAP.gov.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN!
Resist, Resolve, Repeat
We have a lot to look forward to in the new year! American Resistance Sevilla will focus on getting out the vote among Americans living abroad, especially making sure they have the information and tools available to vote in the primaries and general elections. (See Ballotpedia.org and FVAP.gov for resources.)
As Paul Rosenberg wrote in Salon this week, Trumpism has led to more political engagement and increased interest in how political communication works. I suppose this is the bright spot in a dire political moment: before Trump, it was easy to not pay attention. Now we can't look away.
We will be planning a get-together in Sevilla ahead of the Senate's impeachment trial, so watch for more information on that front. We hope to see you for drinks and tapas.
Call your senators! Happy New Year!
Bad hair days:
Pressfrom: ‘No blondes allowed’: 50 years after a junior high experiment, students say it had ‘a big impact’ by Diane Bernard
By the second day, blond students started to fight back. Some wore signs that said, “Blond Power.” One girl even dyed her hair bright blond in solidarity.
Christian Science Monitor: Students sue for the right to learn civics by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
Parents and students argue that Rhode Island violates students’ rights by leaving them without key skills and knowledge to exercise responsibilities such as voting or jury duty.
New York Times: Where Rent Is $13,500, She Lives Off What’s Left at the Curb by Andy Newman
An entire economic ecosystem has grown out of the 5-cent deposit, originally enacted to keep recyclable containers out of the waste stream. Expanding the deposit law would help "canners"—but is opposed by environmental activists, beverage companies, and government officials.
Just for fun:
McSweeneys: We Can’t Impeach One of the Most Unpopular and Corrupt Presidents Ever and Risk Alienating the Racist Voters Who’d Never Vote for Us Anyway by Bob Vulfov
Ready to do more?
• Learn about the Green New Deal.
• Read the Indivisible Guide 2.0.
• Check out the weekly action plan from Progressive Action, Global Exchange (PAGE) which mobilizes progressives living overseas.
• Sign up for the Americans of Conscience Checklist, a weekly action list that also provides encouragement and good news.
• Learn about climate solutions and actions at ClimateRecovery.org, a group organized by community activists and members of American Resistance Sevilla.
Ready to do your bit to save our democracy — and the planet?
Learn more about Climate Recovery!
resist the madness!
American Resistance Sevilla is a non-partisan community mobilizing Americans living abroad to take peaceful action defending our lawful rights and freedoms. Learn more