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Weekly Actions: Aug. 20, 2017

August 20, 2017

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

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.

 

As always, our weekly actions are curated for US-Americans abroad and global citizens. If this is your first time receiving a PAGE email, please check out our websitetoolkit and resources for starting a PAGE group. If you’re a person of color abroad and need support processing the events of the past week, please contact us at engage.with.page@gmail.com and we will do our best to connect you with resources.

 

In solidarity,

 

PAGE Global Coordinating Committee

 

 

Priority Actions:

 

  • 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.

    • Support your hometown #BlackLivesMatter chapter. If you’re from the USA, a quick search on Google or Facebook should help you find your local BLM chapter. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and thank them for the important work they are doing during this time. If possible, give directly to them; you can also give directly to BLM Charlottesville.

    • Read-up. Watching the events in Charlottesville, some US Americans reacted by commenting “this is not who we are!” While the events at Charlottesville were tragic and shocking, the kind of racism on display last weekend is woven into the fabric of the USA. Read this short piece in Harper’s about the history of racism in the USA. See more resources in our Anti-Oppression Guide; and if you're a white person who wants to learn to be ally consider signing up for Safety Pin Box.

    • Write and Publicize a Statement about your group’s commitment to fighting racism and fascism. Here’s an example from the Coalition Berlin.

    • Reach out to groups fighting racism and fascism in your country of residence, and look for opportunities to learn and collaborate with them.

 

  • 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.

 

  • More about the budget (learn even more here)

    • Trump’s budget contains funding to hire 500 more CBP agents and 1,000 more ICE agents, continuing an extreme expansion of the deportation force which has already grown from 2,710 agents in FY 2003 to 7,995 agents in FY 2016.

    • Trump’s budget massively increases immigration detention to over 51,000 people in detention every day. This means locking up the equivalent of the entire population of New Orleans over the course of a year.

    • Trump’s budget seeks a whopping $1.6 billion to build more of the border wall, and another billion for military hardware and surveillance technology.

 

  • Take Action:

    • Congress can and should act as a check on Trump’s runaway deportation machine. Call on your member of Congress to say no and vote against wasting taxpayer dollars on an abusive and deadly immigration enforcement system.

    • Join the social media campaign to #defundhate! Here is a social media toolkit you can share with your groups.

    • Sign this MoveOn petition to defund hate.

 

 

Extra Actions:

 

  • Start planning your #NotTooFarAwayToCall picture to 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 on Sept. 6. This social media campaign will feature photos of US-Americans abroad calling their Members of Congress from locations around the world. Photos will be shared on social media with a one sentence description of the call, e.g. "Calling Senator Chris Murphy from the Great Wall of China to thank him for supporting increasing the number of overseas refugees resettled in the U.S."

    • Share photos between September 6th and September 14th under the hashtag #NotTooFarAwayToCall - but start taking photos now!

    • Questions? Get in touch with Alexandra Dufresne at Action Together: Zürich, CH.

 

  • Recruit new members. This season might be a great time to find some new members to join your PAGE group. Check in with your PAGE group and talk about if you're ready to grow and add new members.

    • One idea: see if your local university, English-language bookstore, or American cultural center is having a fall open house, and stop by with information about your PAGE group.

    • This is also a great time to reach out to local organizations and activists and see if there are opportunities to collaborate later this year.

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