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Weekly Actions: Jan. 28, 2018

January 28, 2018

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

Saturday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Present day USA is not Nazi Germany, but it’s still an important time to remember the lessons from the Holocaust.

 

“I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must--at that moment--become the center of the universe.” -Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor

 

As difficult as it can be, don’t become numb to the hurt inflicted by the Trump administration in the US and around the world. Evil wins when good people are idle.

 

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

 

  • Stand up for immigrants. Early this week Senate Democrats ended the government shutdown without any action to protect DREAMers. 16,000 DREAMers have already lost their protection and 1,000 more lose their status every week. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration released its immigration framework. The proposal provides a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented people, but increases funding for border security and “The Wall” and reduces legal immigration.

    • Call for a clean Dream Act. Use this resource from United We Dream to see where your member of Congress stands on a clean Dream Act. We can’t let Trump and hardline immigration politicians to hold DREAMers hostage in return for their white supremacist goals. Call your MoC and tell them you want a clean Dream Act. Even if you’ve called once, call again! We can’t stop the pressure.

    • Learn about what it’s like to be undocumented in the US. There are many excellent documentaries that depict the lives of undocumented, check out this list. Host a viewing party with your friends to spread awareness.

    • Give your money to Mijente. Mijente is an awesome organization that is pro-Latinx, pro-Black, pro-women, pro-queer, and pro-poor. Click here to donate.

    • Elect Deedra Abboud to the US Senate. Deedra is Muslim, feminist activist running against Joe Arpaio in the state of Arizona. Deedra is a former immigration lawyer who, amongst other progressive positions, is standing up for immigrants’ rights. She’s just been profiled in Feministing. We think she’s awesome! Check out her positions on the issues.

    • Defeat Ted Cruz. Beating Roy Moore showed us that, no matter how red the state, we can beat Republicans everywhere. Cruz is one of the most anti-immigrant Senators and, with polls showing a tight race, there is a real chance to kick him out of the Senate. Research his opponent, Beto O’Rourke.

 

  • Be a good ally at work. The median woman makes 83 cents for every dollar that a man makes. The pay gap is even larger for women of color, black women make 65 cents on the dollar and Hispanic women make 59 cents. Can you help address this?

    • Lift up those that make less than you. Actress Octavia Spencer shared her story about how co-actress Jessica Chastain helped her negotiate a salary 5x higher in her film. The media tend to focus on the pay gap for movie stars and other celebrities, but the difference matters much more for regular people. If you’re in a place of privilege based on your wealth, race, or gender, use that privilege to help your colleagues. Disclose your salary with less fortunate people and tell them how you negotiated your way into that position.

 

  • Make a protest plan in case Trump fires Robert Mueller. The New York Times reported that Trump wanted to fire Mueller in June. As the investigation heats up, he is sure to reconsider. This would be a huge move towards authoritarianism and an attack on the checks and balances of our political system. We must act swiftly if Trump puts himself above the law. If you live in the US, use moveon.org’s rapid response tool to make a plan. If you live outside of the US, talk to your PAGE or other group to plan your response to Mueller being fired.

 

  • Celebrate how activism has changed the political environment in 2018. The Women’s March and “The Resistance” has inspired new candidates to run for election. Check out this story on the record number of women running in 2018.

 

**Thank you for your progressive action!**

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