CALL FOR ACTION, JULY 2ND, 2018

Attn: White Women

Nancy Pelosi's failure to support her colleague Maxine Waters is a big, big problem. Please read + consider signing on (and sharing widely) to this Open Letter to Rep Pelosi—it is a respectful yet unapologetic call-in (as opposed to a "call-out", which is usually less about respect and more about shame) asking Pelosi to "do better" and to use her power "to support Representative Waters and the struggle for liberation for all Americans."

As the letter states: "When you attack a Black woman for speaking out about injustice, and when you call for “civility” in the face of blatant racism, you invoke a long history of white supremacist power. Writing Black women’s words off as divisive, and chastising them for raising the alarm on unjust behavior, is not merely condescending — it echoes racist tropes that have been used for centuries to dehumanize Black people and support the structures that maintain discrimination...

We sincerely hope that you can take a moment and learn from this, that you offer an apology to Representative Waters, and that, in the future, you stand shoulder to shoulder with her as we work together to fix what is so clearly broken in this country. White supremacy is wrapped on the roots and branches of our story, and it is up to us to remove it."

Note from Andrea Grimes, one of the co-organizers of this effort: "We've specifically crafted this letter as a point of praxis for white women who need to do the work to dismantle white supremacy." There is also this great petition from Color of Change, which invites *all* Dem leaders to #BeLikeMaxine https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/Be_like_Maxine…

CALL FOR ACTION, JUNE 26, 2018

 I just got off the phone with a woman at the Southwest Key facility in Pleasant Hill, CA (about 30 min from my house, and where my mom grew up) where 2 "adolescent girls" who've been separated from their parents have been transferred and are being held. The woman on the phone obviously couldn't give me specific information, and said that at this time they are not taking donations. BUT: When I asked her if they would accept letters/cards of support + love for these young girls, she said yes, of course, and assured me they'd be passed on to the girls.

#ACTION: Send letters/cards to: 808 Grayson Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

AND/OR Find the facility nearest to you and see if you can contact them and make the same inquiry.

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting just published a list of the known facilities housing immigrant youth: https://www.revealnews.org/…/heres-a-map-of-shelters-where…/

These facilities vary dramatically in size, and I imagine they will vary in how they respond to calls, and to mail. So no guarantees that this is a broadly effective action—again, I'd suggest checking with facilities first. The one I just spoke with is very small, and the woman I spoke to seemed to be both overwhelmed and genuinely appreciative of my call (I assured her I wasn't calling to get mad or yell at her, but to inquire about how best to support). To be clear: I know very little about this facility, and this is not an endorsement of it).

If you do write letters, I suggest making the messages simple—supportive, loving, uplifting. En espanol if possible (though we can't assume they speak Spanish—many of the folks come speak other indigenous languages).

I'm very open to feedback on this idea if folks want to suggest better/different ways to go about it/approach it. I just saw the article about the one near me, and called.

 

CALL FOR ACTION, JUNE 21, 2018

MORE CALLS TO MAKE TODAY:

1) Call your House Rep telling them to say NO to Paul Ryan's anti immigration bill that will continue separating families and turbocharge immigration enforcement (ACLU) https://www.aclu.org/…/stop-speaker-ryans-anti-immigrant-bi…

2) Call Department of Justice to express your outrage at the situation: (202) 353-1555

3) Call on the head of the Department of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen to resign and tell her the practice of separating families is inhumane DHSSecretry@hq.dhs.gov - DHS comment line 202-282-84951)

Thank you Elisabeth Parco and Lena Wolff for finding such great actions.

Let's do this! We cannot stop the outrage and calls.

CALL FOR ACTION, JUNE 19, 2018

Already called your senator and donated to RAICES? That is AWESOME! Still can't sleep at night knowing that our country is continuing its horrible history of debasing people of color? Here are a few more actions.

I like to focus on the trio of CALL/DONATE/SHOW UP. Not everyone can do all, but if you can, please do!

Here you go:

1) CALL:
Call your governor and ask them to withdraw your state's National Guard troops from the border.

UPDATE: CA's National Guard is not involved with this. (https://www.sacbee.com/…/capitol-alert/article213459539.html)

2) DONATE: 
Baby2Baby and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit that provides low-income children, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves, set up a baby registry at Target to send bundles of essentials like diapers, wipes, shampoo and soap directly to immigrant children. LINK: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver…

3) SHOW UP:
Attend one of the many protest happening near you this June 30th (or different date--check what is near you) they are going to be everywhere! Make your signs and childcare arrangements if you have to have attend because the numbers matter to get the press covering it everywhere.
MoveOn.org has a great list of them locally https://act.moveon.org/…/families-belong-together_att…/20020

Have any other ideas? Please add them to this post and LET'S GET CRACKING, FOLKS!

Call for Action, June 12, 2018

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS CALL TO ACTION***
(h/t to Daily Action and Rogan's List)

The Boston Globe is referring to family separation at the southern border as the “new Trail of Tears”:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/…/Z95z4eFZjyfqCLG9py…/story.html

The damage being done to these children is known:

http://www.latimes.com/…/la-ol-le-children-parents-border-s…

The separation of children from their families at the US/Mexico border is so horrifying that I struggle deeply to face it, read about it, and act on it. I really do. It just might be the most devastated and outraged and sad that I've felt since the Greatest Mistake took office. BUT. We CANNOT look away. We CANNOT ignore it. We MUST act. NOW. And we can start with supporting S. 3036, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation intended to limit the separation of families at or near ports of entry, (S. 3036).

This would allow children to be separated from a parent only if they are being abused, trafficked, or if a court decides it is in the best interests of the child. Currently, the Trump administration is taking children from their parents in an attempt to stop people from coming to the United States. The policy is a human rights violation and against international law.

"The United States must not be a country that traumatizes young children by separating them from their parents. ... Congress has a moral obligation to take a stand and say that families should not be forcibly separated," Feinstein said on Friday.

Thus far, 31 Democratic Senators have signed onto this bill. If your Senators are among them, CALL AND THANK THEM and ask what ELSE they are doing to stop this. If your Senators have NOT SIGNED ON, call and 1) remind them that this is a moral issue and that 2) separating families is in violation of international law, 3) and ask them to sponsor and pass this legislation.

THANK YOU FOR ACTING!

Call for Action May 10, 2018

Time-Sensitive #ACTION Alert for SolSunners in California! This comes from Kathryn Ann Snyder:

Hey, y’all. One of our Women's Policy Institute bills, #SB1393 authored by Senator Holly Mitchell restores judicial discretion to the five-year prior felony enhancement, and may go up for Senate floor vote ‪tomorrow morning‬. If you have capacity, can you support us by calling and Tweeting these senators?? Contact info, sample call script, and sample Tweets below!

Call Sen Galgiani at: ‪(916) 651-4005‬
Call Sen Portantino at: ‪(818) 409-0400‬
Call Sen Anderson at: (916) 651-4038

Script: “My name is _____, and I live in _____, California. I am calling to say that I support Senate Bill 1393, related to sentence enhancements for prior convictions. California wastes too much money by locking people up for very long periods of time, when it should be investing in services we need in our communities. We want fairness in our courts. Please let my Senator know that I strongly support this bill.”

Here’s another way that you can help!

Tweet to @SenatorGalgiani, @JoelAndersonCA, and @Portantino to urge them to vote yes on SB 1393.

Sample Tweets:

Support #SB1393 to end discriminatory mandatory sentencing for prior convictions. #FairSentencing

Drastic sentences impede rehabilitation and treatment and worsen the odds of successful reentry #KeepFamiliesTogether #SB1393

Call for Action, May 9th

OLDARITY SUNDAYS #ACTION...

THANK A TEACHER! Thank ALL the teachers! And tell us about YOUR favorite teacher!

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and while we should obviously be thanking teachers all day everyday, we obviously do not, and so let's be sure to heartily thank the folks who educate, care for, lift us, listen to, guide, inspire, and shape our humans of all ages.

So THANK YOU to all you SolSunners who teach! We see and appreciate and thank you!

And hey—shout out and thank YOUR favorite teacher in the comments! Who will you always remember? What impacts have teachers had on you?!

#TeacherAppreciationDay

Call for Action May 8th, 2018

**SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS MOTHER'S DAY FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE!***

Dear SolSunners! We are excited to once again partner with Circle of Health International to raise much-needed money. In honor of Mother's Day, we are seeking to raise funds to support the maternal health of women of color in America. Please consider making a donation on behalf of your own mother, a mother that you know, or a mother you might never know, but who needs support.

OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL IS $5,250. This number represents the number of women in May in the U.S. who will experience extreme pregnancy-related complications requiring medical interventions.

Black mothers in the U.S. die at 3x the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health. Put another way, a black woman is 22% more likely to die from heart disease than a white woman, 71% more likely to perish from cervical cancer, and 243% more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes.

ALL of the money raised will go directly to local, women-led community partners who will use it to purchase and distribute supplies (prenatal vitamins; contraception; WOC doula training) to their communities. COHI is an experienced organization who has built many trusting community partnerships.

THANK YOU!

Call for Action April 12

Pompeo hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

https://www.cnn.com/…/live…/mike-pompeo-hearing-april-12-18/

#ACTION
CALL/EMAIL/FAX/RESISTBOT YOUR SENATORS AND OPPOSE POMPEO
Is YOUR Senator on the Committee? If so, CONTACT HER/HIM AND DEMAND THEY VOTE NO
Bob Corker, Tennessee, Chairman
Jim Risch, Idaho
Marco Rubio, Florida
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
Jeff Flake, Arizona
Cory Gardner, Colorado
Todd Young, Indiana
John Barrasso, Wyoming
Johnny Isakson, Georgia
Rob Portman, Ohio
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Bob Menendez, New Jersey, Ranking Member
Ben Cardin, Maryland
Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
Chris Coons, Delaware
Tom Udall, New Mexico
Chris Murphy, Connecticut
Tim Kaine, Virginia
Ed Markey, Massachusetts
Jeff Merkley, Oregon
Cory Booker, New Jersey