Call to Action for Friday, November 30

REQUEST FOR SOLIDARITY!

Please show up at the event on Tuesday OR reach out to the San Jose City Council (or both!) – even if you aren’t a resident! Our mission statement says: “Together We Will – San José is an intersectional, feminist, inclusive, anti-racist community dedicated to progressive activism.” Now is the time to walk our talk and practice what we preach! Silicon Valley De-Bug, PACT, and many other organizations are coming together to say YES to womxn and children and NO to corporate greed. Let’s join them!

CALL TO ACTION BELOW BACKGROUND INFO:

Info from Jocelín Hernandez, a lifelong East San José resident, a Masters Candidate at USF in Human Rights Education and a Public School Educator:

Womyn and children are experiencing great violence because of development from companies like Google. The land that is currently in negotiation to be sold is currently zoned for housing, we have more than 7,000 of our neighbors in the streets, many whom are womxn survivors of domestic violence. We should be building housing for them and our unhoused youth instead of selling rare public land for corporate interest.

Google only hires less that 4% of Latinos and has an incredible culture of violence towards womxn and people of color. There has been no accountability in cases of sexual assault towards womyn by the company. How can we let a company of those anti-womxn values come and take over our city?

The Google project will NOT include housing, much less affordable housing. Rents will skyrocket and mortgage payments for low-income homeowners will also exponentially increase.

Currently, commercial and tech development is sold as the great answer to neighborhood poverty and disinvestment – conditions which are both a symptom and cause of cumulative vulnerabilities already present. The Google project would result is seemingly unstoppable gentrification through unsustainable tech growth and democratic encroachment.

ChromeBooks, free wifi, and coding classes are a slap in the face to educators and students whose public schools are closing down (3 so far in the south side) and who are being pushed out into the streets, into their cars and out the city. We need and deserve housing. Housing is a human right. Housing is a Womxn’s right. Housing dignity and stability is what makes a city thrive.

CALL TO ACTION:

  1. SHOW UP Dec 4th: and provide public comment demanding the City to not sell PUBLIC land to corporate interest and builds affordable housing, urban gardens and community centered infrastructure instead! The City Hall Meeting starts at 1:30, but will likely continue late. You can come at any time. Even if you’re not a San Jose Resident, come anyway and show your support!
  2. CALL OR EMAIL: your city representatives! if you’re not a San Jose resident, call them anyways! More research and talking points are below.
  3. SPREAD THE WORD: Post on your timeline, message friends, and do everything you can to AMPLIFY this call!
Dec. 4th @ 1:30pm: stop the vote to sell public land to Google!

Dec. 4th @ 1:30pm: stop the vote to sell public land to Google!

San Jose City Council district map

San Jose City Council district map

San Jose City Council email list

San Jose City Council email list

By | 2018-12-01T16:23:04-07:00 November 30th, 2018|Actions, Call to Action|0 Comments

DUE TUESDAY: Call to Action for Sunday, November 4

URGENT Call for comments!!! I know there’s a lot going on right now, but Tuesday, November 6 is the LAST DAY to comment on the Trump admin’s proposal to allow indefinite detention of minor immigrants – i.e. unending imprisonment of innocent children. Go to the regulations dot gov link to comment directly, and see more info and scripts you can copy and personalize:

From 5calls:

In 1997, a federal court decided in Flores v. Reno that the government couldn’t detain an immigrant child beyond a reasonable amount of time, defined in 2014 as 20 days. To work around this legal obligation, the Trump administration is considering detaining asylum-seeking families together for 20 days, and then forcing the parents into a “binary choice” – either stay in family detention with their children for an undetermined amount of time, or allow the children to be taken into government custody in the hopes a relatives can seek guardianship. Asking parents to make such a choice is not only immoral, but also potentially illegal under current law.

By | 2018-11-04T16:41:52-07:00 November 4th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

The Last Weekend with TWW San Jose

TTD this weekend: Movie nite, GOTV, Marriott Strike, Flores rule

Together We Will – San José is an intersectional, feminist, inclusive, anti-racist community dedicated to progressive activism.


Hello from TWW-SJ! In this issue:

  • Join us Sunday afternoon to see The Hate U Give Nov 4, 4:15 pm showing, Great Mall
  • It’s the Last Weekend to GOTV
  • Support striking workers at the SJ Marriott
  • Indefinite detention of immigrant children is not OK! **Comments due Nov 6**

Read on for details!


👉 TWW-SJ Monthly Gathering: The Hate U Give

Movie night! Join us at the Century 20 Great Mall in Milpitas, 4:15 showing, Sun Nov 4

Reserved seating – PM Felicia or Miriam or email feliciagershberg@yahoo.com to coordinate.
If there’s interest, we’ll go out after for food & discussion.
The Hate U Give is highly recommended and “examines with unflinching honesty the story of racial divides in present-day America.”


👉 GOTV: The Last Weekend

We’re in the home stretch of get-out-the-vote efforts for the all-important midterm elections on Tues, Nov 6. Looking for ways to help GOTV? Check out the many opportunities to do phone banking locally and canvassing in swing districts on our public calendar at http://twwsanjose.org/events/

Prefer to help from home? Many TWW-SJ members are text banking with Resistance Labs – go to their website https://resistancelabs.com/ for online training and to sign up to text.


👉 Marriott Strike, Day 30

Workers have been walking the picket line 24/7 for a month at the Marriott in downtown SJ. All they want is a contract that gives them fair wages and safe, reasonable working conditions. Here are some ways you can support them:

  • Donate to the Strike Fund organized by the South Bay Labor Council
  • Walk with them for an hour or two – you’re welcome any time! Just say hello, grab a sign, and join the line. Bringing food is great, too! Address: 301 S Market St, SJ
  • Special Event: Rally and March, Wed Nov 7, 4-6 pm, see Facebook event for details
  • Boycott striking hotels nationwide – see the boycott list here and spread the word!

👉 Let the children go!

URGENT: Comments due TUES, NOV 6, on the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Flores Rule. These changes would allow indefinite imprisonment of immigrant children. Submit your comment directly on the Federal Register website.

In 1997, a federal court decided in Flores v. Reno that the government couldn’t detain an immigrant child beyond a reasonable amount of time, defined in 2014 as 20 days. To work around this legal obligation, the Trump administration is considering detaining asylum-seeking families together for 20 days, and then forcing the parents into a “binary choice” – either stay in family detention with their children for an undetermined amount of time, or allow the children to be taken into government custody in the hopes a relatives can seek guardianship. Asking parents to make such a choice is not only immoral, but also potentially illegal under current law.
More info here: https://www.fwd.us/action/stop-family-detention-comment/


We’re glad you’re with us!
Are you a member of our Facebook Group? That’s the best place to find current actions, local events, news, and discussions of trending issues, but there are other ways to stay in the loop – this email newsletter for highlights, our online event calendar for local events that have been shared with the group, and our monthly meetings, usually at the San Jose Peace & Justice Center – mark your calendar for the FIRST SUNDAY of every month!
–Miriam Martín & Felicia Gershberg, lead organizers, TWWSJ

Together We Will – San José is an anti-racist, inclusive community – an online and in-person home for feminist activists. TWW-SJ members show up for and amplify the voices of people of color, immigrants, workers, and others working for social justice at the local, state, and national levels.

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By | 2018-11-02T15:55:44-07:00 November 2nd, 2018|Newsletter Archive|0 Comments
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