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Weekly Actions: Jan. 21, 2018

January 21, 2018

 

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

It’s official - we’re one year in. One year of outrages, one year of solidarity. One year of fear, one year of loathing - but one year of hope, too. This weekend, hundreds of thousands march around the world in the second Women’s March on the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of this administration. Also this weekend, the Republican-controlled government shut down because Trump and his supporters don’t want to protect 800,000 immigrants who came to the US as children.

 

We’re reminded that we have a ton of work to do, and that we’re not alone doing it. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you can gather with fellow activists this weekend to reflect on all the good we’ve done together, and to recommit to all the work ahead.

 

Here at PAGE we are damn proud of you - when democracy called, you stepped up! And we can’t wait for the next year of activism together!

 

As always, our actions are curated for US Americans abroad. If you’re new to PAGE, get in touch with us at engage.with.page@gmail.com, or check out our website.

 

In solidarity,

 

PAGE Global Coordinating Committee
 

Priority Actions

 

  • Recommit to progressive activism with the Women's March 2018! The Trump era is tiring - that’s for sure. But if we don’t fight now, when will we? Use the anniversary of the Women’s March to reaffirm your commitment to the resistance, to progressive activism, to building a better world.

    • Check out the marches! There were over a hundred of them in the US and globally. Take a look at the livestream organized by Women’s March Global and hosted by Asia Argento or check out how the marches played out on Twitter.

    • Use the March as an organizing opportunity. Did you attend a march? Meet anyone you want to work with? When you get home, call the folks you met and tell them about your PAGE group. PAGE groups all around the world got their start this way at last year’s Women’s March - don’t miss a great opportunity to boost your membership and make connections!

    • Get the word out about global activism! NPR report Leila Fadel is covering the Women’s March from Las Vegas, and is seeking input from participants in any march about how. Click here to tell her where in the world you live and #WhyYouMarch.

    • Make 2018 the year you incorporate anti-oppression into your activism. Use PAGE’s Anti-Oppression Guide to learn more.

 

  • Show up during the shut down Recently, congress has been negotiating their next spending bill, and activists have been pushing hard for it to include protections for the 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children (also known as Dreamers). Earlier this month, party leaders made a deal on immigration which would have averted a shutdown, and protected Dreamers. Trump rejected this deal, with the racist complaint that it let in too many from “shithole countries.” Now, the government has shutdown, and Dreamers are at risk for deportation. Read these statements from Indivisible and United We Dream for a quick summary of what is going on, or watch this video with leaders from National Immigration Law Center and the UndocuBlack Network.

    • Check to see if your representative was a Dream Hero or a Dream Killer. Call them and hold them accountable for their vote.

    • Latinx and Jewish activists led civil disobedience actions to demand action on the Dream Action. Learn more about civil disobedience by watching this short video from Teen Vogue.

    • Support United We Dream, the leading youth-led immigrants’ rights organization in the US. Click this link for more info on actions, and don't forget to donate.

    • Read up on the shutdown. While “essential services” will go on under the government shutdown, vulnerable communities will be disproportionately impacted. Read more about why this happened last time the government shut down. We’ll watch this issue closely, and if the shutdown continues, have ways you can support the most impacted next week.

 

Bonus Action:

  • Make your next PAGE meeting a climate viewing party! Sign up to register for “Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance” and hear from Bill McKibben, Bernie Sanders, and other luminaries, presented by 350.org and partner other organizations. Given the evening start-time in the Eastern US, this action works best for PAGEsters located in the eastern hemisphere - or night owls anywhere else!

 

**Thank you for your progressive action!**

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