Call to Action for Wednesday, January 31

UNCOVER the Russian Cover-Up

Keeping it simple today with 1 action – the 1 thing MISSING from the SOTU last night. Russia.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed yesterday that “Americans were ‘sick and tired of being inundated with Russia fever.’” (Source: Savannah Guthrie grills Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the ‘Today’ show over Trump targeting key figures in the Russia probe, Business Insider)

Together let’s tell Sanders just how many of us are sick and tired of the Russia cover up.

  • Write her: The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500
  • Call her: 202-456-1414
  • Tweet her: @PressSec and @SarahHuckabee
By | 2018-01-31T12:39:18+00:00 January 31st, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Tuesday, January 30

1. OPPOSE VOTE TODAY – David Stras for 8th Circuit Court appointment

2. PLAN for the State of the Uniom (sic) – Options for NOT watching the 45 show

3. MOVE Congress on Russian sanctions

Here we go…

1. Vote for appointment is TODAY. David Stras has been nominated to the Eight Circuit Court. Throughout his career, Stras has showcased his far-right leanings — ruled against government transparency, ruled to limit the rights of children with disabilities and women, and demonstrated that he is not a vigilant protector of voting rights.

Call your Senators — David Stras is unfit to serve: 1-844-USA-0234

2. Tonight is the State of the Union (which was spelled UNIOM on the official tickets). Here are some other options for tonight:

  • Watch The State of OUR Union online starting at 5 pm PST
  • Watch the Democratic response to the State of the Union, given by Rep. Joe Kennedy
  • Watch Rep. Maxine Waters on Angela Rye’s State of the Union on BET
  • Make a short video explaining your hopes and dreams for a progressive, inclusive America. Post video Tuesday (1/30) at 9pm EST/6pm PST sharp on all your platforms with the hashtag #StateOfTheDream. Then, retweet all the videos you see with that hashtag.
  • Share this link to promote voter registration.
  • Complete these C2As!

3. Russia Sanctions bill:

  • Senate vote: 98-2
  • House vote: 419-3
  • Trump: missed 2 deadlines for implementing and enforcing sanctions against Russia for past election meddling and to help stave off future meddling & claims “there is no longer a need.”

Remind MofC that there is still a need. 1-844-USA-0234

By | 2018-01-30T11:25:05+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Letter to San Jose City Council Regarding Christopher Columbus Statue

To the leaders of the City of San José:

We the undersigned are members of Together We Will – San José, an intersectional feminist community dedicated to progressive political action. We are writing to support the call for the statue of Christopher Columbus to be moved out of City Hall and into a historical museum (the airport is no more appropriate than City Hall).

Recently, the nation’s attention was captivated by struggles to remove Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina; and Los Angeles, California. Many citizens of varying political persuasions agree that the leaders of oppressive regimes should not be glorified in public places. Unfortunately, we have our own representative of murder, oppression, rape, and misogyny glorified right here in San José. Despite repeated community efforts, a petition with thousands of signatories, a well attended community vigil, and pressure from groups representing a diverse cross-section of San José’s population, a statue of Christopher Columbus still stands in City Hall.

This statue, which represents rape and genocide, is a disgrace to San José and glorifying Columbus is particularly insulting to those of Native/Indigenous ancestry within our community. Few today would agree that Columbus’s legacy is something to be proud of. Yet repeated efforts by community organizations to speak to the issue have met with road blocks and silencing. We are grateful for the contributions of Italians and Italian Americans to the United States and our own community of San José. However, we can honor our region’s Italian American heritage in better ways than by continuing to display prominently a statue that represents violence and genocide to many.

A progressive city in a progressive state should not trail the nation in dispatching this most representative emblem of our nation’s shameful history of genocide into the ignominy to which he belongs. This statue should not be in the airport, in City Hall, or in any area where its placement could condone approval or veneration. Rather, it should be moved to a historical location such as History Park and preserved as a warning to not repeat the mistakes of past times.

Sincerely,

70 signatory members of TWWSJ


Additional comments from members:

“How we represent our city really matters, and this statue does not represent inclusivity or justice. It really needs to be in a museum or history park where it can be contextualized more appropriately.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Let us celebrate our positive San Jose and California history and heroes. We can do much better than Columbus.”

–TWWSJ member, Mountain View

“Commissioning a new art piece for city hall to honor our Italian American heritage would be a great way to replace the Columbus statue. This would support a local artist and help spread awareness about how the Italian American history of our city.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Christopher Columbus is obviously a relevant historical figure, but he is not integral to the history or image of San Jose. One of the things I love about San Jose is our diversity. Can we be a model of getting along? Can we be respectful of people who were negatively affected by Columbus and the cascade of events he created?”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Please take action! Colonialism belongs in history not in our public buildings. Thank you!”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“It is time to put up statues of strong role models.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Please be sensitive to the hurtful symbolism that the Columbus statue represents to our indigenous fellow citizens. Remove the statue from City Hall!”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Please make City Hall welcoming for all and a place we can be proud of. It can’t be that way with a statue of a murderer in it. Thank you.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“I support finding better representation for our Italian and Italian American citizens. Christopher Columbus is not the man to showcase their contributions, nor represent them.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“It is clear from historical evidence that this is not a symbol that in any way, shape, or form promotes inclusiveness in our community.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“It is important that a public place, that should represent our city’s welcome and justice for all our residents, should not display symbols of oppression that signify a lack of welcome or justice for some of our residents. City Hall and our public airport need to feel like places of fairness and justice for all the members of our public.
“I think if we try, we should be able to find other ways to honor the long-standing contributions to our city by the Italian-American residents; ways that do not feel oppressive to other groups in our city.
“I do not want the statue destroyed. I want us to still be able to remember and honor the contribution that was made by Italian-American residents of San José, while considering the newer understanding of what Columbus’s legacy really is. I think the best location for the statue would be in a museum, such as History Park.
“I request that you hear the voices of the Brown Berets in their statement of the hurt this statue is causing, and I am here to help amplify their voice so you listen and respond to the pain of these fellow San Joséans.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

“Not only should we remove the statue, but change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in our city.”

–TWWSJ member, San Jose

By | 2018-01-29T15:26:22+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Actions|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Monday, January 29

MAKE CALLS FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS and SPECIAL COUNCIL PROTECTION.

1. ACT – Women’s Rights – Tell Senate to Back Off.

A procedural vote on the measure telling women and doctors what to do with our bodies is expected to take place on Monday. Call your senators to register your disapproval: 1-844-USA-0234

Don’t forget to call out the bill’s 45 co-sponsors, a list of which you can find on Congress.gov.

2. PREPARE – join the activists across the country who are preparing for what happens next if Trump does fire Mueller.

We can text the word “Mueller” to the number 94502 to get alerts from Public Citizen just in case, and we can find and pledge to attend “Nobody Above The Law” rallies that will take place across the country in immediate response to a firing.

3. PROTECT – Trump’s desire to fire Mueller was reported, and now he’s itching to fire Rod Rosenstein as well.

Demand action on legislation to protect the investigation from being obstructed by members of Congress. Tell them we want immediate action on proposed bipartisan bills to protect the special counsel. 1-844-USA-0234

By | 2018-01-29T10:35:37+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

This Week’s Actions & Events // Updates from Together We Will San José // January 28, 2018

Welcome to the Together We Will - San Jose Email Action List

Thanks for subscribing to TWW San José’s email newsletter! Each week, we’ll be sharing important ways you can take action to resist the Trump Agenda, upcoming events in Silicon Valley, member updates, and more.

Have something you would like to share? Send it to us!


WELCOME & WOMEN’S MARCH WRAPUP

Welcome new members, and a welcome back members who are re-engaging after the new year, or the second Women’s March! We’re so glad you’re here!  Together We Will – San José is an intersectional, feminist, inclusive, anti-racist community dedicated to progressive activism in San José, California.
There are many ways to get involved, from signing petitions, to making calls, to showing up at advocacy meetings. We put together a big list of things you can do right now, see the “Take Action” section below.
Please also consider joining our Facebook Group, where you’ll see Calls to Action, events, social gatherings, and more! For our complete listing of local actions and events check out our online event calendar. Post in the Facebook group to find out who else is going!
We are always looking for folks to get involved in the leadership of this group, so if you want to help out and like working with a great group of women, let us know! Just respond to this email with a little more information about yourself and someone will get right back to you.  
 
Welcome back, welcome home, and I hope to connect with you soon!
–Miriam Martin, lead organizer, TWWSJ

SINGING FOR A BETTER WORLD

On Saturday January 20th, the Resistance Chorus Silicon Valley made our first appearance at an action.  The Chorus was started in September 2017 by leader/director David Creighton. From 12 people at our first organizational meeting, we have grown to dozens of active members at rehearsals. There were 45 of us on Saturday, wearing our white scarves and singing as loudly and joyously as we could to support the thousands of people marching in the San Jose Women’s March. We are eagerly looking forward to more appearances in support of progressive causes in our area—bringing our values of peace, inclusion, justice, and citizenship and “Singing For a Better World.”  For me personally, singing in the chorus is bringing joy and fulfillment to my resistance work in a way that my other activities haven’t done.

If you are interested in joining the Chorus, or in requesting our participation in a progressive event in the South Bay area, you can email David.

Contributed by Kerry Moore.


TAKE ACTION

Keep the momentum going after the Women’s March!

Here are some actions you can do in the coming week:

  1. Sign TWWSJ’s letter supporting the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue at San José City Hall: http://bit.ly/2E8jHiY. If you can attend the city council meeting this Tuesday (1/30), please come to show your support.
  2. In line with the Women’s March theme of #PowerToThePolls, TWWSJ is helping to collect signatures to get the Voting Restoration & Democracy Act (VRDA) on the ballot in 2018! Interested in signing? Contact: Deborah Garvey through the TWWSJ Facebook group.  
  3. Are you registered to vote? Is your voter registration up to date? If not, follow this link: http://registertovote.ca.gov
  4. Also continuing the theme of the march, please support Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE), a San Jose State University organization led by women of color. During the Women’s March, TWWSJ partnered with SAHE to raise funds for this worthy group; look for donation information here: http://www.sahesjsu.org/donate.
  5. Check out TWWSJ’s latest Call to Action (C2A), located at http://twwsanjose.org/c2a/, and pick one action to do today!  
  6. Click “Comment now” and leave a comment against Trump’s plan to open oil fields to lease off the coast of California: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BOEM-2017-0074 (doesn’t work on mobile).
  7. Take action in support of immigrants:
    1. 15,927 young people have lost their DACA protections since September.  Call / use Resistbot to contact your Members of Congress and demand that they support a clean Dream Act. That means opposing proposals to build a 350-mile, $18 billion wall with taxpayer dollars, increase the number of detention centers, and fund increased interior enforcement (i.e. raids).  
    2. Save the numbers of your local Rapid Response Network to your phone, and be ready to call and report ICE activities if you see any. You can find the numbers for the Northern California Rapid Response Network here: http://rapidresponse.sfbar.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Northern-California-Rapid-Response-Network-NCRRN.pdf

More actions to do this coming month:

  1. Join one of our action teams!  They are the heart of Together We Will – San José, allowing smaller groups of members to devote themselves to specific issues (e.g. immigration, the environment, etc.).  Each team offers opportunities to take direct action, learn more and educate others, and connect with community activists working on the same issues.  You can explore and sign up for the teams here:  http://bit.ly/twwsj-action-teams.
  2. Attend a training event or workshop:
    1. Santa Clara County Immigration Rapid Responder Training: http://bit.ly/SCC-RR-training
    2. Bystander Intervention Training (hosted by TWWSJ & CAIR): https://ca.cair.com/sfba/2018/01/bystander-intervention-training-together-we-will-san-jose/

More actions to do over the next few months:

  1. Learn about intersectionality, a key concept underlying progressive movements, and how it relates to contemporary feminism. As Jarune Uwujaren and Jamie Utt wrote, “Intersectional feminism is difficult. If you’re doing it right, it should be challenging you, stretching you, and making you uncomfortable.”  Here’s their quick overview: https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/01/why-our-feminism-must-be-intersectional/.  The term was coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw; watch her TED talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/kimberle_crenshaw_the_urgency_of_intersectionality.  And you can read more about how to be an ally to people of color at: http://mashable.com/2016/01/10/ally-to-people-of-color/#shoy7SryKSqs.
  2. Find, and follow on Facebook, intellectuals from marginalized and diverse communities.  Sit with what you read and practice listening to voices you may not hear every day.  Consider paying these writers, usually via PayPal or Patreon, for their intellectual work.
  3. Learn about, follow and donate to organizations headed by and devoted to people of color.  There are dozens of excellent groups, ranging from established ones like the NAACP, MALDEF, and the Southern Poverty Law Center to newer ones like Color of Change, CAIR, Black Lives Matter, Trans Women of Color Collective, the Innocence Project, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, etc.
  4. Make a deliberate effort to show up for events and actions organized by groups led by people of color.  As a community, we can help to challenge racism and other injustices!  
  5. Support (with money, time, get-out-the-vote drives) progressives, especially people of color, running for office. Take a look at these websites for some ideas:  https://blackwomeninpolitics.com, https://www.runforsomething.net/, http://canyounot.org/.
  6. Need to take a break?  Absolutely.  As activist Jen Hoffman says, “Self care is a radical way to resist because it fuels your efforts to defend democracy, giving you energy and strength. … The goal of self care is to cultivate internal resourcefulness—no matter what’s happening in the world around you. When we’re resourceful, we can do more together.”  Take a break — we recommend checking out http://twwsanjose.org/resistcute/ — and then come back to join us!

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Have an action you think we should share? Send it to us!


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Our TWWSJ Intersectionality Action Group is planning on starting our Intersectionality 101 workshops up again and need help with logistics and planning. The role would involve scheduling participants and trainers and finding space to host the workshops. Time commitment will be just a few hours a month, in months when we have workshops. If you’re interested in learning to facilitate the workshops, that would be great, too, but not required. Contact Miriam for more information.


ABOUT TOGETHER WE WILL – SAN JOSE

About Together We Will San Jose
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By | 2018-01-28T13:53:29+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Newsletter Archive|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Friday, January 26

Make a few quick calls today…

1. Protect the Special Counsel: New reports reveal that Trump wanted to fire Special Counsel Mueller this past summer, but his lawyer refused. Contact your House and Senate members:

Rough script:

“I’m calling Sen./Rep. ________ to demand that Congress pass legislation to protect the Special Counsel. The American people need to get the full truth about the Russian attack on our democracy.”

  • Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072 or (408) 271-8700
  • Rep. Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720
  • Rep. Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-2339

2. ICE call to action from Christal Niederer

ICE has detained a greencard holder with no criminal record. Physician and legal resident Lukasz Rafal Niec, whose cousin is a TWW-SJ member, was detained by ICE in Michigan, and it has made national news.

How you can help:

Script:

Please release Lukasz Rafal Niec. He is in this country legally and has contributed to our society by becoming a respected physician, and inspiring his brother to follow in his footsteps. He has a family here in the US who needs him, and has no remaining connection to Poland. There is no crime on his adult record, and his expunged juvenile record was nonviolent. His detention is an outrageous abuse of the system and waste of taxpayer money.

Read more: ICE detains a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 40 years (Washington Post)

By | 2018-01-26T12:17:06+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Wednesday, January 24

1. Net Neutrality. In December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to end Net Neutrality, dealing a major blow to the free and open internet. But Congress has the power to overturn the FCC with something called a Congressional Review Act—and right now, 50 senators have pledged to back it! Susan Collins has joined all Democrats and Independents to support the CRA.

Call our senators to thank them for their support–or call Senator Collins to thank her for this move (if leaving a message, just say you’re a concerned constituent. No need for them to know where you’re from.)

  • Senator Collins: (202) 224-2523, (207) 622-8414, (207) 780-3575, or (207) 283-1101
  • Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041

2. Gun regulation call to action thanks to Nandini Balakrishna:

The ATF is taking public comments for only two more days on whether they should regulate bump stocks, used in the Vegas shooting to simulate full automatic gun fire. Submit a comment via the Federal Register asking the ATF to ban/regulate bump stocks:

Info to include:

New fully automatic firearms are banned for civilians. Please draft and finalize a rule that tightly regulates civilian ownership and purchase of bump stocks and similar devices that simulate full automatic fire (i.e., trigger cranks, Auto Glove, etc.). This should include, at a minimum, a licensing and registration process like the one we have for machine guns. The cost of unregulated bump stocks will be more mass shootings in which a single gunman is able to inflict massive casualties and injuries.

3. Local action on Community Choice Energy thanks to Vicki Alexander:

Save Community Choice Energy / Reject CPUC Resolution E-4907

What is community choice energy (CCE)?

Community Choice allows cities and counties to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses to provide cleaner power options at a competitive price. Because electricity can be bought from cheaper green sources, CCE programs allow cities to dramatically increase their green energy percentage.

What is E-4907?

Resolution E-4907 puts roadblocks and restrictions in the way of community choice energy – delaying green energy in cities like San Jose (see the policy paper for more details). It adds a 2 year suspension to programs not in effect yet and adds a new set of procedures to create a new CCE program.

Read this policy paper from the California Alliance for Community Energy.

What can I do?

Write five postcards calling for the retraction of E-4907. Sample script:

“Please retract CPUC Resolution E-4907. It is an attack on Community Choice Energy programs and would put a two-year freeze on new ones. It also infringes on legislative and local municipal authority.”

Send a postcard to each of these commissioners of CPUC:

  • Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves
  • Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen
  • Commissioner Liane M. Randolph
  • Commissioner Carla J. Peterman
  • CPUC President Michael Picker

Mail to this address:

California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

By | 2018-01-25T13:05:30+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Monday, January 22

Pat yourself on the back if you marched, or if you did one of our suggested actions to be there in spirit/solidarity. We represented well, TWWSJ! Proud of you!

1. Practice self-care: I subscribe to Jen Hofmann’s activist emails (they’re very well researched – consider subscribing yourself!). She posted a document today about self-care. Thought it was an important activity to share. Burnout is real. Year 2 is upon us. Take care of yourself, folks!

2. Trump Shutdown – Contact our Senators and thank them for their statements and actions. Rough script:

“I’m calling to thank Senator _____ for not voting for a continuing resolution. She has been very clear about her support for Dreamers, CHIP, and more. I urge her to do all she can to negotiate to reopen the government while continuing to take a firm stance on these issues.”

  • Senator Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Senator Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041

3. Oppose new offshore drilling on the California coast. (Thanks to member Vicki Alexander!)

Please submit a public statement voicing opposition to the recent Trump Administration plan to open offshore leasing of oil fields in coastal waters off California (and in 5 other states). Go to Regulations.gov and hit the box that says “Comment Now!”

Sample script:

“I live in California, and I strongly oppose any new offshore drilling in our coastal waters. Offshore drilling has the potential for huge economic and environmental costs. More oil and gas drilling will only exacerbate issues that we’re already seeing with climate change. California has a robust renewable energy industry, and I’m asking the government to do everything it can to support renewables instead of focusing on fossil fuel.”

NOTE: Government websites may be extremely slow or down altogether due to the shutdown.

3 part 2: Protest offshore drilling in Santa Cruz: There will also be protest marches along the coast on Feb. 3. The march in Santa Cruz is at 10 a.m., starting at the Lighthouse/Surf Museum. Rally starts at 10:45 when marchers reach Cowell Beach. More info provided by Surfrider Foundation.

4. Local call to action also from Vicki Alexander to help protect Coyote Valley:

Last November, a coalition of area conservations kicked off a campaign to permanently preserve Coyote Valley. Coyote Valley is a 7,400 acre floodplain in the southernmost part of San Jose and the northern part of Morgan Hill. It has been threatened by development since the early 1960s; local environmental groups have recently stopped two developments, but more development proposals are expected. The long-term goal is to rezone Coyote Valley so that it can’t be developed.

Why Preserve Coyote Valley? It has over 4,000 acres of active farmland, over 1,000 acres of wetlands, plus open space areas for all of us to enjoy. The wetlands are a secure source of drinking water and a buffer against area flooding. Coyote Valley is also an essential wildlife habitat – and it’s the only migratory connection for small and large mammals between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range.

What you can do: Sign a pledge to support preserving Coyote Valley. The more supporters that environmental groups can claim, they more clout they have. Also, sign up for Coyote Valley action alerts from the Committee for Green Foothills.

Additional info at Protect Coyote Valley San Jose and Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter.

Share with your networks if you’re so moved!

By | 2018-01-22T10:43:29+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action, Women’s March Edition

The Women’s March 2018 is this weekend! If you’re not marching, here are some alternatives for participating in the weekend’s activism!

1. March virtually, either alone or by partnering with someone who going to the march. Learn more and sign up here:

  1. #MarchingWithMe (Suffering the Silence)
  2. Disability March 2 (read more about last year’s event at Mashable)
  3. Want to march (virtually) with TWWSJ? RSVP for the TWWSJ Women’s March continent on Facebook and post in the discussion if you’re looking for someone to march with you.

 

2. Contribute your financial resources to social justice. Some ideas:

  • Join our Walk-a-thon – TWWSJ is partnering with a local WOC-led organization, Student Advocates for Higher Education at SJSU (SAHE). We can support their work as we walk! You can sponsor someone who is walking or commit to donating a penny per step, or a dollar per mile, or $15 per hour spent at the march. Sign up on Facebook and post in the discussion if you’re looking to sponsor someone, or if you’re committing to tracking your steps, miles, or time to make a donation. And then make your donations to SAHE via their website.
  • Purchase an age-appropriate book on race/ethnicity or another salient theme to donate to an elementary (preschool, middle school, or high school) classroom or school library.
  • Learn about the work of a community, civil rights, legal defense, or other organization that serves/reflects a community and make a donation that supports them.

3. Commit your solidarity, time, energy, willingness to learn, and presence to social justice. Some ideas:

  • Share facts affecting marginalized communities that you think more people should know. Consider sharing these in our Facebook group, on your own Facebook wall, on twitter, or in person, as you prefer.
  • Read a (library) book or other work by a writer from a marginalized community. Or find a poem, piece of music, short story, political commentary, essay, novel, etc. from a writer of color (or immigrant writer, etc.).
  • Research the civil rights history of another community (however defined). Consider putting together an annotated bibliography on the topic to share on Facebook or elsewhere.
  • Learn about the work of a community, civil rights, legal defense, or other organization that serves/reflects a community.
  • Listen to or interview someone from an activist community or a marginalized one.
  • Read about intersectional feminism.
  • Read about critiques of the women’s march.
  • Embrace the concept of “each one teach one” and commit to sharing something you’ve learned from one of these activities with someone else.

4. Take action! You can act on any recent C2A, or you can engage in activism around the themes of the march. You can write or call your government officials/members of Congress about any issue, but consider using this as an opportunity to support issues important to women of color. More ideas:

  • Post in the comments below a picture of the postcards you wrote, or a list of phone calls to MOCs that you made.
  • Tweet pictures of postcards written to MOCs explaining why you are marching.
  • Tweet a link to a video of yourself explaining why you are marching virtually.
  • Tweet a photo of yourself explaining why you are marching virtually or in person.

When doing any of the actions on social media, use hashtags like #TWWSJMarch#HearOurVote#PowerToThePolls#MarchIntoAction and tag @twwsj and @WomensMarchSJC on Twitter.

5. If you ARE marching, find ways to include people who aren’t. Some ideas:

  • Live stream the march to our Facebook group.
  • Reach out to represent people who aren’t marching this weekend: RSVP for the march on Facebook and then post to the discussion if you’re interested in marching with someone. And/or sign up to march with someone via Suffering the Silence’s #MarchingWithMe effort.
  • Carry signs for those who can’t be there. Or add “I’m marching with…” to your signs.
  • Carry a picture of a person you’re marching with. Send them updates from the march in the format that works for them.
  • Live-tweet or Instagram the march using use hashtags like #TWWSJMarch, #HearOurVote, #PowerToThePolls, #MarchIntoAction and tag @twwsj and @WomensMarchSJC on Twitter.
  • Post your photos, thoughts, and reflections on the march to the TWWSJ Facebook group.
  • And don’t forget to look for us at the march! RSVP for the march on Facebook and then look for our booth in “Call to Action Alley” at Arena Green East after the march. We’ll be helping bring #PowerToThePolls this weekend. Come sign a petition to get the Voting Restoration & Democracy Act (VRDA) on the ballot in 2018! Read more about this effort at Initiate Justice. Or register to vote yourself or update your voter registration — we‘ll have voter registration forms and trained volunteers available to help you out.

Together We Will San José is a 3000 person-strong, progressive, feminist community. Not a member of TWWSJ? Join us on our Facebook group.

By | 2018-01-18T23:22:40+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Wednesday, January 17

Submitted by Ana Araujo

TAKE ACTION by providing a response on the San Jose Google community survey (Silicon Valley Rising).

C2A A planned Google campus in downtown San Jose has city officials and business advocates anticipating an economic boom – and activists worrying it could further gentrify an area already facing an affordable housing crisis. A deal has yet to be finalized in San Jose for Google’s mixed-use downtown campus, but new details have emerged about the potential 8 million-square-foot project’s tentative timeline, should it move forward.

Read more: Google scoops up another downtown San Jose transit village property (Mercury News)

By | 2018-01-17T10:28:34+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments
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