Dear PAGE Activist,
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court of India struck down Section 377 of the penal code, effectively decriminalizing homosexuality. This is a momentous victory for the basic rights of LGBTQ communities in India, and for the long, painful process of decolonization. The law was implemented under British colonial rule in the 1860s, and – like in many formerly-colonized parts of the world – has lingered poisonously ever since. This week, we acknowledge the ongoing damage done by colonialism and imperialism, and salute those in India and across the world fighting to decolonize
This week, we also launch our Get Out the Vote guide for Americans abroad, for the fall 2018 elections! Only 4% of Americans abroad vote in midterm elections. Help us increase those numbers, with step-by-step actions to register US-Americans to vote from wherever you happen to be. At the same time, as we struggle stateside with the threats of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and potential increased funding for ICE’s immigration detention, we look to decolonization movements globally and the third week of the National Prison strike locally for education and guidance.
As always, our actions are curated for US Americans abroad and global citizens. If you’re new to PAGE, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our website and updated toolkit. Please help us spread the word about PAGE by forwarding this email to friends, family members, and like-minded acquaintances, where they can sign-up to join our community.
Progressive Action, Global Exchange
1. Use PAGE’s new #NotTooFarAwayToVote guide to register Americans abroad to vote! This guide includes easy-to-implement steps to get folks in your community abroad organized, registered, and voting in the midterms. Click here for the guide, and get started ASAP helping U.S. Americans near you get registered and request their ballots for the midterm elections. Thanks to Americans Resisting Overseas for their collaboration!
Share our guide to get people voting all around the world! Do you know other U.S. Americans living abroad? Share our our guide with them, and ask them how many people they plan to register between now and mid-October, when voter registration deadlines start kicking in. Share on social media to show the world that you’re participating in your democracy - and encourage them to do the same!
Get registering - and stay accountable! Once you’ve read the guide, get out there and register voters! And don’t forget to use this form to organize and track the number of people you register to vote and tweet us @PAGEofdemocracy to tell us about your efforts, using #NotTooFarAwayToVote!
Sign up to phone bank with Democrats Abroad! According to DA, voters who are contacted from abroad are more than 3 times as likely to request a ballot! First, sign up for an account with Democrats Abroad. Then, click here to sign up to call voters to *asked* to be contacted and reminded about how to vote. You’ll be set up to call other voters to help them register.
Join Swing Left’s #TheLastWeekend. Plan ahead to join activists who have already pledged over 10,000 volunteer hours to GOTV the weekend of Nov. 3-5 that weekend. How many hours can YOU give to save our democracy? Sign up here.
2. Tell Congress to #DefundHate on September 11. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is asking Congress for more funding for immigrant detention via a short-term funding bill, even though they’ve already increased their budget by almost a billion dollars in the last two years. This money means ICE can detain and deport more people, and they already detain 45,000 immigrants every day.
Sign the #DefundHate coalition petition to demand Congress cut funding, not increase it.
Join Detention Watch’s call-in day on Tuesday, Sept 11th. Call your Members of Congress at 1-844-332-6361 and get others organized with the script and social media materials here.
3. Keep acting to #StopKavanaugh! Last week, brave activists performed civil disobedience actions and got arrested for disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings. During the hearings, we also learned that Kavanaugh won’t commit to upholding Roe v. Wade and may excuse the president from complying with a subpoena. We’re keeping up the pressure and continuing actions from last week, to stop President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, which would solidify a conservative majority on the court for generations.
If your Senator is Democratic, check this list and see if they have committed to opposing Kavanaugh. If they have not committed publicly to voting no, make the call to tell them it’s time to stop Kavanaugh now.
Use Indivisible’s sample call scripts for both Democratic and Republican senators to call your Senators ASAP, then again on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and tell them to oppose Kavanaugh!
*** Thank you for your progressive action ***