Felices Fiestas to all of you. Wherever you are, Sevilla, the US or any other part of the world, we hope you find time to relax, decompress, and reflect on the past 12 months and what you would like to do in the coming year. In these challenging times inquiry, reflection, and action make our lives more meaningful and rewarding. 2017 was far from easy — but it made us stronger, brought us together, and gave us a sense of purpose as we enter 2018.
American Resistance Sevilla
Pub Gathering & Prep for Women's March
Thursday, January 11, 8:30 pm.
Merchant Pub, Calle Canalejas, 12
Let's raise a glass together while we discuss the final details of
Seville's Women's March
coming up on
Saturday, January 20
We'll provide poster-making materials for you to take home.
No, we're not going to sit around in the pub drinking and lettering posters;
that's a road to disaster, or at least sloppy spelling and beer-stained placards!
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
Here and there
All of us living here in Spain will have our own reactions to this essay by Umair Haque on life in Europe vs. America: “every single thing you can think of that impacts how well, happily, meaningfully, and sanely you live is worse in America, by a very long way.” But his argument goes beyond who has better coffee or trains and into the area of social contacts and politics. It has generated a lot of online disagreement, like this exchange on the Gist podcast (starts at 23:15, 8 min appox).
Peace on earth, people of good will!
The New York Times: Dr. King’s Interconnected World by Drew Dellinger
Dr. King, in his last Christmas sermon before his assassination, anticipated much of the ecological consciousness and environmental concerns of the next 50 years, and the vital links between ecology and social justice.
Washington Post: Memphis to Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest: ‘Na na na na, hey, hey, goodbye’ by Fred Barbash
The city of Memphis executed a legal maneuver that allowed the removal of two Confederate statues. Mayor Jim Strickland said the city was particularly anxious to get the job done now, in advance of the 50th anniversary of King’s death.
WNYC/New Yorker Radio Hour: Children's Letters to Satan, and Other Christmas Stories (5 min)
Thanks to minor misspellings and very poor penmanship, hundreds of children’s requests for holiday gifts are sent to Satan. (The podcast continues with NY Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger’s discussion of taking over one of the world’s leading news institutions during a complicated time for journalism, 50 min).
HOT NEW RELEASE on Amazon!
Our own Karen McCann.has written a new book — and American Resistance Sevilla is part of the story!
Women of the American Resistance: You Are the One We Have Been Waiting For is available for pre-order on Amazon now and will be published January 5 to coincide with the run-up to the Women's March.
"The goal of this book," says Karen, "is to transform sympathetic onlookers into activists." Watch for future updates here.
Revenues from the book are being donated to Planned Parenthood.
For more ways to take action check out the action plans put together by PAGE (Progressive Action Global Exchange) and Indivisible; or read theDecember reflection questions for activists by the Americans of Conscience; or watch the four sessions of the Fall 2017 series of theResistance School, Leadership: Story, Structure, Strategy.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Get in the game!
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