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Weekly Actions: March 25, 2018

March 25, 2018

Dear PAGE Activist,

 

Yesterday, people everywhere took to the streets for the #MarchForOurLives. The youth activists leading the fight against gun violence continue to inspire us and remind us of the power of community organizing.

 

"I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don't make the front page of every national newspaper" said the eloquent and powerful 11-year old Naomi Wadler, speaking before hundreds of thousands in Washington. Emma González was silent for minutes in her chilling, moving speech, showing us precisely how long it took to lose her friends at school. Edna Chávez spoke about organizing in her community, and called for us to address the root causes of gun violence. And this week, Parkland students have been working to be allies, calling out the media for not acknowledging gun violence in communities of color.


Sister marches took place around the world, from Rome to Tokyo to Oslo. Solidarity to all those who marched!


Meanwhile, personnel turnover continues in the the White House as John Bolton was named as National Security Adviser.  Bolton is a dangerous man. He advocates for an extremely aggressive military and has called for strikes on Iran. His presence in the White House makes international conflict more likely. Additionally, Gina Haspel, who ran “black site” for torture in Thailand, was nominated to lead the CIA. Haspel and Bolton’s presence represents a major shift in power towards the most militaristic tendencies of the GW Bush years.


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

 

  • Give directly to youth student activists.

    • If you were moved by Edna Chavez's speech this weekend, give directly to Community Coalition, the org in South Los Angeles where she's a youth leader. Browse through their website and check out their holistic programming which addresses the root causes of gun violence, including programs which build civic power in communities.

    • Another great option is Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) in Brooklyn, New York. As they say on their website, "YO S.O.S. gathers young people who have been exposed to violence and who want to make social change and trains them to become peer educators and community organizers in the movement to end gun violence." They are currently trying to raise $10,000 in this national moment of conversation on gun violence -- pull a couple people together and you can make an important contribution to this campaign!

 

  • Oppose Trump’s hawkish appointments

    • Block the nomination of Haspel for Director of CIA. Haspel has the blood of torture victims on her hands. What’s more, she gave instructions to destroy evidence of torture under George W. Bush. Several Senators, both Republican and Democrat, have signalled that they will oppose her appointment as head of the CIA. Call your Senator and tell them to block her nomination!

    • Speak out against Bolton! On the 15-year anniversary of the start of the war and occupation of Iraq, Bolton’s presence in the White House bares particular significance, Bolton will make the Trump White House significantly more hawkish. His appointment is entirely up to President Trump and does not need to be approved by Congress, however, it is still important for members of Congress to speak out against Bolton and show that they will oppose foreign intervention advocated by Bolton. Five Calls is organizing a calling campaign and has a script to help you call your MoC and oppose Bolton.

    • Organize your community abroad to make calls about these nominations.US Americans abroad have a particular responsibility to speak out about the government’s engagement around the world. Make sure your community, even beyond your PAGE group, knows about these nominations and will make these calls too.

 

  • Oppose discrimination against trans people. The White House has announced that it will exclude trans people from serving in the military. This step is representative of the Trump administration’s transphobic agenda; Ben Carson recently suggested that trans people shouldn't be allowed in homeless shelters. Call your representative to let them know that you oppose discrimination against the trans community.

 

  • Read and discuss this remarkable article on the wealth gap between black and white men. The New York Times put together a stunning visualization demonstrating how race impacts wealth.

 

  • Continue to Plan for the upcoming elections!  Make sure your community abroad is registered to vote! Use this form to organize and 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!

      • Emily Sirota is running for House District 9 in Colorado. Her campaign focuses on reducing the power of special interests in politics; she has pledged not to accept money from super PACs. She also supports Medicare for All, workers right, and environmental protection.

      • Kaniela Ing is running for the House of Representatives, and is from Hawaii. Currently Majority Policy Leader in the Hawaii State House, Ing is running on a left policy platform. Like Sirota, he puts a major emphasis on the importance of campaign finance reform. Additionally, he promises to fight for the well-being of the least well off through Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee, a universal basic income, criminal justice reform, and native Hawaiian rights.

 

**Thank you for your progressive action !**

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