Dear PAGE Activist,
Holiday greetings from all of us at PAGE! Wherever you are in the world, we hope you have time to rest, relax, spend time with loved ones, and reflect on your hopes for 2018.
Following some exciting wins in Virginia and Alabama, these past few weeks have been disheartening. On Friday, the president signed a tax bill that will wreak havoc on healthcare, education, and the economy -- while ensuring a massive wealth transfer from the poor to the rich. Lawmakers have not yet passed a DREAM ACT, and also left CHIP, a critical children’s healthcare program, in jeopardy.
Around the world, during this time of year we gather with loved ones to share food, traditions and memories. While the geographic reach of the PAGE makes it impossible to bring all of us to the same place, we’re moved to think of the connectedness and solidarity of the PAGE network. Reflecting on this year’s actions across Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia brings us joy that we will carry with us to the new year, and we thank you for being in our community.
PAGE will be taking next week off, but will be back with you and raring to go in 2018.
We wish you a happy holiday season and New Year and look forward to continuing the fight together!
PAGE Global Coordinating Committee
Read up on the Global “No” Voters at the U.N. : Weeks ago, Trump announced he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an illegal move that attacks Palestinian rights and majorly disrupts regional efforts for peace. This past Thursday, the UN voted on whether to accept or reject Trump’s decree. Before the vote, Trump bullied other countries, particularly poor ones, saying he would cut off aid to countries who voted against the US. Thankfully, the UN voted overwhelming (128 to 9) to reject his declaration -- but that doesn’t change Trump’s decision, the political and physical violence of the Israeli government, and the need for us to take action.
Save your Spare Change for Bail: According to National Bail Out, “Everyday an average of 700,000 people are condemned to local jails and separated from their families. A majority of them are there simply because they cannot afford to pay bail.”
Download a new app called Appolition, which allows you to set aside spare change to fund bail, and fight back against this unjust system which punishes poor folks and their families for being poor. Please consider this compassionate gesture at a time of year when it’s particularly heartbreaking to be away from home.
Plan a virtual early retirement party: On Friday, Trump signed into law the tax bill which is a massive victory for the wealthy and for corporations, and which robs the rest of us. If your reps voted for this travesty, let them know that they’ll be paying for it. Adapt Indivisible’s Early Retirement Party guide, and throw a snazzy destination retirement party for your representatives from wherever you are in the world. Snap some pictures and reach out to the journalists, and you might get some press coverage! Consider using the party to fund raise for a local grassroots cause.
Get ready for the Global Women’s Marches: Check out what our friends at Women’s March Global are planning for January 21, 2018! Check to see if there’s a march near you, or consider organizing a sister march or solidarity activity, wherever you are in the world.
Plan some 2018 joy. Feeling worn down from all the fighting we did together in 2017? That makes sense, because we did so much - and though we’ve had some setbacks, we’ve also worked together to accomplish a lot! Plan a fun outing for your PAGE group for 2018. Consider checking out a local artist or musician; maybe you can find one who shares your group’s passion for progress and positive change.
Thank you for your progressive action !