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Weekly Actions: March 4, 2018

March 4, 2018

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

It’s been just two months since the start of the year. And February was a difficult one. In the United States, 41 people lost their lives in mass shootingsChildren in Syria and Yemen continue to be displaced, hurt, and murdered by war. And the Supreme Court declared that immigrants could remain under custody indefinitely.

 

But there were also moments of joy. Young activists called for gun-control and stood up to the adults who have continuously failed to keep them safe. Bresha Meadows, who was imprisoned for defending herself against her abuser, is back home. West Virginia teachers are coming together to fight for better pay. Black children and teenagers were able to see themselves represented in a blockbuster movie, Black Panther. So let’s move on into March with a refreshed, Spring-like energy, ready to carry out the work needed to build towards better Februaries to come.

 

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

 

  1. Get out the vote and support progressive candidates:

    • Use this form to track the number of people you register to vote during the coming months. Don’t forget to tweet us @PAGEofdemocracy, and tell us how many people you have been able to register as well, using #NotTooFarAwayToVote!

    • A member of VoteLocal, a campaign from the Center for Civic Innovation designed to engage the local Atlanta community in the upcoming elections, created an amazing tool to help the rest of us engage with the upcoming elections as well. Check out the Blue Wave Candidate and Election Information spreadsheet to see when your primary will take place, and the progressive candidates for your state and national elections.

    • We will be highlighting some of our favorite progressive candidates each week leading up to the 2018 elections. Here are this week’s picks!

      • Paulette Jordan, an Idaho state representative and member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, is running as a progressive Democrat for governor. If she gets elected, she would become the country’s first Native American governor. If you are registered to vote in Idaho, read up on her policies, and consider giving her your support come election day, and/or tell your Idaho friends about her!

      • Libby Schaaf, current mayor of Oakland, CA is running for re-election. She has recently been in the news for standing by her commitment to keep Oakland a sanctuary city and warning Oakland residents of imminent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A lot of the most important issues of our day - like gun control or immigration enforcement - are implemented at the local level, so it is important to keep these races on our radar as well as the federal ones.

  2. Push Congress to reduce spending on detention and deportation. March 23rd is the deadline for the fiscal decisions Congress must make. Trump and Republican leaders are requesting $21.5 billion for detention and deportation activities. This money would go to locking up a disproportionate number of black and brown people. From our friends at Detention Watch Network, here are a few actions you can do to keep pushing Congress to reject the prison industrial complex.

    • Sign and circulate the #DefundHate campaign petition on MoveOn.org against immigration enforcement and detention funding. Please share this accompanying graphic on social media.

    • Ask your Members of Congress to:

      • Publicly call for significant cuts to the detention and deportation allocation the Republicans are asking for, and fight against any funding which would increase our already HUGE prison industry (additional talking points here)

      • Tell Democrats how important it is to refuse to fund President Trump's mass deportation force and border wall, which is a symbol of xenophobia and racism paid by the US taxpayer.

  3. Boost Black Political Power: Alicia Garza, a key organizer of Black Lives Matter, launched the Black Futures Lab last week. The lab seeks to “harness the political power” of the Black communities by working with policy makers and organizations to advance pro-Black policies.  The first action is to promote the Black Census Project, which aims to gather data from Black folk in the US about their “the needs and dreams”. Boost this activity among your friends and family.

**Thank you for your progressive action !**

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