Dear PAGE Activist,
This week has been tragic. Folks are still reeling after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Much of South Asia is experiencing deadly flooding and tropical storms. Forest fires are raging across the Pacific Northwest. Hurricane Irma has destroyed much of Barbuda, has caused lots of damage in Puerto Rico, and has just landed on Florida’s shores. And it looks like Hurricane Jose is following Hurricane Irma. The strength of these storms is unprecedented, and it should push us all to fight against global climate change, and to continue our financial support of those affected by these storms.
In other horrific news, in an appalling press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program will be terminated on March 5, 2018. Let’s not forget that DACA itself was fought for and won by the tireless work of undocumented activists, and let’s demand that Congress create something better for ALL undocumented folk by the deadline. Check up on your elected officials (like this baby checking up on border patrol) and make sure they do their jobs and pass a more comprehensive immigration plan.
Below, we share some opportunities to keep supporting immigrants, give to storm recovery efforts, and continue our fight against climate change. 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 website and resources for starting a PAGE group.
PAGE Global Coordinating Committee
1. Support Hurricane Irma Victims
2. Continue Global Climate Action
Learn about the links between climate change and storms like Hurricane Irma. While EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt thinks this is not the time to talk about climate change, we disagree. By increasing ocean temperature, we know that climate change makes storms stronger. Read up on climate science so you’re able to explain what we can and cannot attribute to global climate change.
Push local groups to divest from fossil fuel companies. Just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Not only are these companies polluting, but they are actively lobbying politicians to avoid climate action. To address this power dynamic, 350.org has developed a divestment campaign, which actively challenges the economic power of fossil fuel companies. Write to your home town, your university, or another group with a large endowment and ask them to divest from fossil fuel companies. Use 350’s tool to find an appropriate group or a divestment movement near you.
Join our Climate Change PAGE subgroup, and lend your time and expertise to a global effort to mitigate climate change and support those most affected. Contact Duncan Gromko (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the team!
3. Defend DACA
Continue to push congress! Call selected representatives and ask them to support the DREAM act, use this script to reach them! Use the We Are Here to Stay website to learn more about DACA.
Think carefully about the language you use to defend DACA. Our DACAmented friends have reminded us that when we speak about the programs we should:
Avoid using pure economic benefits to speak about DACA recipients’ benefit to the USA. This dehumanizes DACA recipients and approves of their exploitation (they pay into the tax system, but are not allowed benefits- this is not a good thing!).
Don't use language that further demonizes the parents of undocumented children and youth. At PAGE we support the rights of everyone, no matter if they came to the US as children or adults.
It’s the last week to get involved with this campaign! Do it as a group at your next meeting, or with friends after getting a coffee! If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to take you 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 launched 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 by September 14th under the hashtag #NotTooFarAwayToCall
Questions? Get in touch with Alexandra Dufresne at Action Together: Zürich, CH.