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)
This week, the United States president sided with white supremacists, Nazis and the KKK, when he said there was “blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. His comments make it clearer than ever that our leadership is morally abhorrent, and it’s up to all of us to do the hard work of fighting racism - both the extremist racism we saw in Charlottesville last weekend, the more subtle versions that show up in our everyday lives.
This week, we continue to support Charlottesville and activists fighting racism across the United States, and we take action to defund the hateful immigrations policies funded in Trump’s budget. You can also take some photos for the upcoming #NotTooFarAwayToCall campaign, and prepare to recruit members into your PAGE group this fall.
Keep Showing Up for Charlottesville. After the events of last weekend, many have made new commitments to fighting racism and dismantling white supremacy. Below, we share some immediate actions you can take; it’s also important to think about how to integrate this work into your long-term routine.
Take action to defund hate. Trump wants to use your tax dollars to finance his anti-immigrant agenda in the government’s fiscal year 2018 budget, all while making devastating cuts to health and education. Stopping the flow of money is critical to stopping Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, and this week, we follow the lead of Detention Watch Network to do that. It’s time to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on the abusive and deadly immigration enforcement system.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
My vacation in the US included visits to several museums and national parks. In more than one I noticed signs reminding visitors of the federal funding that allows them to operate, and asking us to contact our elected representatives to express our support for these spaces. It's easy to forget that there are serious budget decisions coming up—and cabinet appointees who are already planning for big cuts to arts funding and exploitation of protected land. So yes, drop your reps a line; remind them that we are paying attention to their actions and their statements—and the next time you are in the states, visit an art museum, go to see a dinosaur exhibit, hike in a national park.
The Guardian: White House Ends Ban on Selling Bottled Water in National Parks by Jessica Glenza
National parks will no longer be allowed to ban plastic bottled water, after Trump administration officials ended a six-year-old policy put in place to curb pollution. The policy change came after just a few months of lobbying by the International Bottled Water Association.
Washington Post: Why those Confederate soldier statues look a lot like their Union counterparts by Marc Fisher.
Many of the South’s Silent Sentinels turn out to be identical to the statues of Union soldiers that decorate public spaces across the North, but for one detail: On the soldier’s belt buckle, the “U.S.” is replaced by a “C.S.” for “Confederate States.”
The Medium/The Mission: This is how your Fear and Outrage are Being Sold for Profit by Tobias Rose-Stockwell
Every time you open your phone or your computer, your brain is walking onto a battleground. The weapons are the apps, news feeds, and notifications in your field of view every time you look at a screen. Your captive attention is worth billions in advertising and subscription revenue.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Get in the game!
resist the madness!
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