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Weekly Actions: March 11, 2018

March 11, 2018

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

International Women’s Day this past week saw great showings of solidarity, and was a day to remember and reflect on so many challenges that women around the world still face. For example, 5.3 million women, backed by 10 unions, showed up for an unprecedented 24-hour national women’s strike in Spain to protest the gender pay gap, worse working conditions, and having responsibility for an unequal share of domestic chores. Here’s a round-up of sources to learn more about the history of the women’s movement, as well as current battles and wins:

 

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

 

  • Support immigrant and reproductive rights activist Alejandra Pablos

    • Alejandra, a permanent legal resident and organizer for National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, was detained this week. Her detention is another in a series of retaliatory arrests against immigration activists.

    • Sign a petition (currently at 19,192 of 20,000 signatures needed!) demanding her release.

 

  • Get out the vote and support progressive candidates:

    • Every election, tens of millions of Americans stay at home; the US consistently ranks at the bottom of turnout among developed nations. In 2016, 102 million eligible voters - 37% - stayed home, the lowest turnout in more than 70 years.

    • Check out the 526 women who will be running for office in November - see Higher Heights for America, which is “building a national infrastructure to harness Black women’s political power and leadership potential”,  and Emily’s List.

    • 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!

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

      • Veronica Escobar is running for Congress in Texas. She is fighting to be a champion for El Paso’s working families and border communities. During her time as county judge, she successfully fought to build El Paso’s first children’s hospital, extended health care benefits to the domestic partners of LGBTQ county employees, and helped pass a resolution denouncing Texas’ discriminatory “bathroom bill” targeting transgender students.

      • Stacey Abrams is running for Governor of Georgia and is a fierce champion for economic opportunity, education, and civil rights. She recently passed legislation to improve the welfare of grandparents and other kin raising children, ensuring that they have a fair shot. As Georgia’s House Minority Leader, she has stopped legislation that would have raised taxes on the poor and middle class and rolled back reproductive health care. Stacey fearlessly tackles the toughest problems facing working families, and she is committed to increasing access to affordable quality health care. Georgia has never before elected a woman or a person of color to serve as governor, and no state has ever elected an African American woman governor.

    • Keep checking 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.

 

  • Fight sexual assault and support medical care for all bodies

 

  • Fight the privatization of water.

    • Sign the open letter against the privatization of water in the Guarani Aquifer. Access to water is a human right. Share your action on Twitter with #FightNestle.

 

**Thank you for your progressive action !**

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