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Weekly Actions: Nov. 26, 2017
November 26, 2017
Dear PAGE Activist,
This week many of us took a break to appreciate our families, our friends, and our amazing community of activists around the world. Here at PAGE, we’re thankful for all of you, and everything you do to fight for our shared values of justice and equality for all, which are so threatened by the Trump agenda. The best among us spent that day honoring the legacy of those who have fought for justice, like GQ Man of the Year Colin Kaepernick, who visited and spoke at the Alcatraz Sunrise Ceremony, which you can learn more about in this week’s actions.
This week we’ll work together to support Indigenous Peoples and perform other actions of solidarity in the spirit of the holiday season. We’ll also join a global campaign to stop the genocide of the Rohingya people in Burma - an international crisis and ongoing tragedy that needs our concerted attention now.
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 contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on starting a PAGE group.
PAGE Global Coordinating Committee
Practice Thanksgiving solidarity. Thanksgiving is one of America's’ favorite holidays - a non-denominational feast that brings families and friends together from all over the country. However for Indigenous Peoples, it serves as a painful reminder of our country’s genocidal past, and ongoing marginalization, discrimination and injustice. This year, start off your holiday season by practicing solidarity with Indigenous and marginalized peoples.
Get educated. Follow this lesson on the 19-month occupation of Alcatraz by Indians of All Nations, recommended by the Zinn Education Project for Thanksgiving, with your PAGE group, family, or on your own! It showcases the values of Indigenous Americans and their resistance to the oppression they have faced over the past 500 years. A great way to learn and pay respect around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Stop the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline. Last week, the existing Keystone pipeline spilled over 200,000 gallons of oil onto land adjacent to the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate reservation in South Dakota, yet days later a 5-person panel in Nebraska approved a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline. As Yankton Sioux elder Faith Spotted Eagle said about the decision, “If they don’t have a grandchild that they are not concerned about, then they do not have a heart.” Read this open letter from activists who have pledged to fight this pipeline, and learn more about what you can do to support them!
Stop ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people. How many times must we say “Never again”? The Rohingya are a Muslim and minority people who have lived in Burma for generations, yet the Burmese government has isolated them, discriminated against them, and forced them into concentration camps. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee violence, leading to drownings, and exploitation on rubber plantations and elsewhere. This week we’ll join with the International Campaign for the Rohingya (ICR), which advocates and amplifies the voices of Rohingya people to pressure international organizations, corporations, governments and civil society to end violence and repression against them.
Join us and start a wave of corporate accountability - beginning with Cartier diamonds. Cartier mines gemstones in Burma, and PAGE is supporting the ICR to coordinate action to pressure Cartier use its power to stop the genocide. Start by signingthis petition and tell Cartier to stop funding conflict with gems. Once you sign, share it on social media to elevate your impact.
This month, we will turn up the pressure on Cartier by leafleting its stores around the world, with a simultaneous social media push, on or around the weekends of Dec. 9-10 and 16-17. Please consider supporting this campaign, as it could have a huge impact if the government sees that they are losing business and the world is watching. Contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in getting involved.
Save the Internet by defending Net Neutrality! If you’ve been on the Internet anytime this week, you probably heard about the FCC’s moves towards undoing Net Neutrality, the principle that guarantees equal access of all voices to a free and open internet. But for Net Neutrality to remain in effect, we’ll need a big outcry to make our voices heard. Use this script from 5Calls to contact FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, then call your Member of Congress using this script from the ACLU!
One last push to elect Doug Jones to the Senate! As you well know, Republican candidate Roy Moore has long proven himself despicable, but did you know his opponent Democrat Doug Jones is an admirable guy? Read more about him here in his own words. Then consider make a last-minute donation to Jones’ campaign! If you’re living abroad, this is probably your last week to Join “Postcards to Voters” campaign to write postcards to Alabama voters! Check out some great examples on Twitter under the #PostcardsToVoters hashtag!
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