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).
And leave comments!
Our hearts are heavy this week as we read the news about Texas, and about Trump’s plan to end DACA, the program which allows immigrants who arrived in the US as children to legally live in the US. If you’re a Texan far away from home, or someone who will be personally impacted by a DACA repeal, we're sending you our love this week.
Below, we share some opportunities to support those most impacted by the storm, and to demand that Congress take action to defund xenophobic policies and support immigrant youth.
Support Texas The events in Texas this week were devastating. Families lost their homes and loved ones, entire communities are underwater, and now the region will face huge challenges with mold, pollution, and disease. When environmental disasters strike, poor communities and communities of color are disproportionately affected, as they must navigate crises with fewer resources, while experiencing discrimination from government agencies and/or worrying about deportation. As this article from The Root states, in coming weeks, the waters will recede and “reveal the dangerously gaping holes of disparity between white haves and black have-nots.”
Defend DACA. Trump is very close to ending DACA, the program which allows immigrants who came to the US as children to lawfully work and live in the country. Ending DACA would have devastating impacts for nearly a million people and rip families apart. This decision would also generate profits for private prison companies, and embolden Trump’s white nationalist base. Read more about DACA in this guide from Indivisible.
#NotTooFarAwayToCall If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to take your picture! Help get US-Americans Abroad engaged from afar. Action Together Zurich and Americans Resisting Overseas are organizing a social media campaign called #NotTooFarAwayToCall that will launch this week, on Wednesday Sept. 6. The campaign will feature photos of US-Americans abroad calling their Members of Congress from locations around the world.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
The Negative State:
So far, most of this congress's accomplishments have consisted of using the Congressional Review Act to undo previously approved regulations. Likewise, there is a long list of troubling moves by the White House to dismantle actions by previous administrations. Washington Post: What Trump has undone by Philip Bump.
Congress is back in session this week--now is a good time to write or call and let your legislators know that the citizens expect and deserve better.
The New Yorker: Is There Any Point to Protesting? By Nathan Heller
Is protest a productive use of our political attention? Or is it just a bit of social theatre we perform to make ourselves feel virtuous, useful, and in the right?
Center for Investigative Reporting: Reveal: Follow the money: Citizen sleuths investigate (19 min)
By crowdsourcing this project, we will be able to monitor whether any policy changes end up benefiting members of the president’s team.
Atlantic: What Trump's Generation Learned About the Civil War by Matt Ford
History textbooks used in New York City during the president’s childhood called the Klan “patriotic,” and downplayed the role of slavery in “the War Between the States.”
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Get in the game!
resist the madness!
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