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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

Calls to Action for Monday, January 15

TAKE ACTION by honoring Martin Luther King’s vision conveyed in his “I have a dream” speech, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights.

C2A Background information for this C2A is from the Library of Congress website.

“Martin Luther King Jr. was the most important voice of the American civil rights movement, which worked for equal rights for all. He was famous for using nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice, and he never got tired of trying to end segregation laws (laws that prevented blacks from entering certain places, such as restaurants, hotels, and public schools). He also did all he could to make people realize that “all men are created equal.” Because of his great work, in 1964 King received the Nobel Peace Prize — the youngest person ever to receive this high honor. King was also a Baptist minister. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was just 39 years old. His birthday is now observed as a national holiday on the third Monday in January.”

By | 2018-01-15T10:03:29+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Sunday, January 14

TAKE ACTION by asking your senators to protect the Dreamers now, in advance of the January 19, 2018, budget deadline, and to have the moral courage to tell Trump to dream on about his ugly wall! Let’s make sure that the only wall that Trump gets is a big, beautiful Wall-of-Us!

Click this link to launch a toolkit to call your Member of Congress and let them know that you demand that a clean Dream Act be passed in advance of the January 19 budget deadline:

Sign this petition letting lawmakers know that Dreamers are here to stay:

BACKGROUND INFORMATION Trump insisted last Tuesday that a border wall must be part of any DACA deal, effectively using 800,000 dreamers as ransom. In case there was any doubt, Trump’s tweet that same day reinforced that he is not on the fence about holding Dreamers hostage for his wall: “As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval.” Trump’s wall would cost the American people an estimated 18 billion dollars, because Mexico graciously declined Trump’s demand to pay.

However, that isn’t the biggest price America would pay. Trump’s 2,000 mile long wall would be a permanent, ugly, and undeniable symbol of a racist, xenophobic and irrational America. The wall would redefine what being American means, both in the US and to the rest of the world, and that is a price too high to pay. This isn’t just about Trump, it’s also almost impossible to overstate the symbolic importance that preventing the wall from being built holds for us as a nation. And as if the wall weren’t bad enough, Republicans are also refusing to protect dreamers unless they make wide-scale changes to family-based sponsorship laws and the visa lottery, making it more likely that families would be torn apart.

By | 2018-01-14T23:14:30+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Edition


“Let us march on ballot boxes, until someday we will be able to develop that day when men [and women] will have food and material necessities for their bodies, freedom and dignity for their spirits, education and culture for their minds.” — Martin Luther King Jr., May 8, 1966

1. There are lots of events going on during the day, ranging from the MLK Caltrain to a number of service opportunities. TWWSJ members have collected a number of such service opportunities in this Facebook post and comments (private to group members).

2. Have to work or busy during the day? Come to the TWWSJ MLK Day Advocacy Party Monday night, 7-8:30 p.m. Details and RSVP on Facebook (private to group members).

3. Read about Dr. King.

4. Watch the “I Have A Dream” speech. (YouTube)

5. Read “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” written in response to a public statement of concern about civil disobedience issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. (African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania)

6. Read about black women civil rights activists: 27 Black Women Activists Everyone Should Know (For Harriet)

7. Learn about intersectionality, a key concept underlying progressive movements. 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.”

8. Make plans to come to the Women’s March San Jose next Saturday — consider meeting up with other TWWSJ members beforehand, too! (Facebook event info private to group members)

9. And read about why we hope you’ll consider leaving your pink pussy hat at homeOn Hats, Empathy, And The Limits of Pink Pussy Prose (Lace Janine Watkins)

10. Pick up a book from a writer from one of the “$h!thole” countries Trump disparaged this week (Electric Literature).

11. Take actions in support of immigrants and people of color. Here are some options:

  • 15,927 young people have lost their DACA protections since September. Call/Resistbot your Members of Congress — and encourage your friends in other states to do the same — and demand that they support a clean Dream Act now, whether Trump likes it or not. That means opposing proposals to build a 350-mile, $18 billion wall with taxpayer dollars and to lower employment standards in order to hire more border agents. The deadline is January 19.
  • Protest the detention of immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir on Thursday after a routine check-in in New York City. Ragbir is the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York and has been nationally recognized for his work. Get details on this publicly-visible Google doc.
  • Contact your MoCs to protest ICE’s emphasis on large-scale raids like the ones that occurred this week at almost a hundred 7-11 stores. Acting head of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations Derek Banner threatened that “This is what we’re gearing up for this year and what you’re going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters.” Tell your representative and senators that this is not how we want to see resources spent, and that they must oppose Thomas Homan’s nomination as Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Contact ICE to protest the denial of a stay of deportation to Yancarlos Mendoza, the caregiver of a 6-year old paraplegic boy. Contact the director of ICE’s Detroit office, Rebecca Adducci, via e-mail Rebecca.j.adducci@dhs.gov or phone (313) 568-6036 to urge that Mendoza be granted a stay of removal so that he may be reunited with his family.
  • Support (with money, time, get-out-the-vote drives) people of color running for office. Check out Stacey Abrams, running for governor of Georgia. (Here’s an interview with her from Full Frontal With Samantha Bee!)
  • Follow and donate to organizations headed by and devoted to people of color. Check out: the NAACP, UNIDOS (formerly National Council of La Raza), Color of Change, CAIR, MALDEF, Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Lives Matter, Trans Women of Color Collective, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, The Innocence Project, Asian Americans Advancing JusticeNational Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, etc.
By | 2018-01-14T15:00:58+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Thursday, December 21


TAKE ACTION by signing the StudentDebtCrisis.org letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan to tell them the GOP Tax Scam is bad for students, borrowers, and families.

Sign the petition: Tell Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan: ‘The GOP Tax Scam is a disaster for students and borrowers’ (Student Debt Crisis)

C2A Republicans just gave billionaires a present for the holidays by passing the GOP Tax Scam. The House and Senate completed their final vote, now the bill is on its way to the president’s desk. We have to hold Congress accountable. Hard working people, like us, know that increasing taxes on families is not a win. The only way to shake up lawmakers who supported the disastrous tax bill is by denying them of their so-called “victory.” It’s up to us to make sure the GOP doesn’t get away with their tax scam. That is why we need as many of you as possible to share your voice and tell them you oppose politicians who sold out students in favor of billionaires.


TAKE ACTION by calling Senator Schumer and Minority Leader Pelosi and telling them:

“Please don’t sell out Dreamers! These law-abiding immigrants are helping our economy and they deserve a path to citizenship.”

  • Sen. Charles E. Schumer: (202) 224-6542
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965

C2A Trump has slashed legal protections for 800,000 Dreamers — young undocumented immigrants.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION There are many reasons why providing DACA recipients a path to citizenship is good for America. Humanitarian reasons lead the long list of why DACA recipients deserve a welcome mat from us. I would like to talk about economic reasons as well. There are around 800,000 undocumented young immigrants using the DACA program. After obtaining an education, these immigrants are entering the workforce, buying goods, pursuing higher educations to get better jobs to make more money, paying taxes, and becoming entrepreneurs.

All of these actions have helped grow the United States’ economy, benefiting them and you. A study by the Center for American Progress has “calculated that ending DACA would wipe away at least $433.4 billion from the U.S. gross domestic product, or GDP, cumulatively over a decade.” Ending DACA would have a drastic negative effect on the economy, which would directly harm the average American’s economic well-being.

Read more:

By | 2017-12-21T22:56:00+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Monday, December 18

Call Ro/Zoe/Anna and signup for Mueller plan:

1. Call your Representative.

“I know the House is planning to vote tomorrow on the disastrous GOP tax scam bill. I also know that Rep. ____ is voting against it. I just wanted to call and add my support since this bill is so horrific.”

  • 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. Rumors are floating around that Trump could fire Mueller this week, as Congress breaks and people are distracted by holidays. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but this is so serious that it’s best to be prepared. Sign up here to get a rapid response text message if this happens, with info on protests. Rallies are planned for San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Altos, etc.

By | 2017-12-18T12:15:43+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Thursday, December 14

Today’s C2A generated based on letters from Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

TAKE ACTION by calling U.S. Senators and demand that Doug Jones be seated in the U.S. Senate now, without obstruction or “political positioning” delays.

Contact info here: Senators of the 115th Congress Directory

Here is a list of the Republican senators that have opposed or have expressed concerns about the current bill:

  • Bob Corker of Tennessee: (202) 224-3344
  • Jeff Flake of Arizona: (202) 224-4521
  • James Lankford of Oklahoma: (202) 224-5754
  • Jerry Moran of Kansas: (202) 224-6521
  • Susan Collins of Maine: (202) 224-2523
  • Ron Johnson of Wisconsin: (202) 224-5323
  • Steve Daines of Montana: (202) 224-2651

Suggested script:

“I am a concerned constitute and I am calling to demand that Doug Jones be seated in the U.S. Senate before voting again on the tax bill and any other important legislative priorities. Democracy matters – especially when it’s inconvenient.”

C2A A few short weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said we should “let the people of Alabama make the call” in the race for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. On December 12, 2017, the people of Alabama rejected the politics of bigotry and hate and elected progressive Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate. It was a historic night and a powerful reminder that Democrats can win anywhere in 2018. However, right now, the issue is Republicans need to give the people of Alabama their voice in the Senate. Instead, Republican leaders are planning to wait until January to seat Doug Jones — after we vote again on their tax plan. There is no reason other than craven political opportunism to delay seating Doug and that’s why we need to put pressure on the Republicans now.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION Republicans say they have a final tax deal. Democrats haven’t seen it (the Republicans aren’t sharing it). But the Senate could be voting on it within the next couple of days . There’s no reason to ram through that kind of massive restructuring of our economic policy that could affect the lives of every single American for a generation or more before Alabama gets its new senator. No reason that is, unless Republicans are scared that their tax deal can’t withstand a couple more weeks of public scrutiny.

Read more:

In 2010 another vote also came during the middle of a historically important policy debate happening in Washington – health care. A lot of people thought Democrats should ram the Affordable Care Act through Congress before Scott Brown could be seated. The Republicans went on and on (and on and on) talking about how unfair that would be, how corrupt that would be, and how anti-democratic that would be. Mitch McConnell said it would be “gamesmanship.” Democrats rejected the idea of ramming through the bill before Scott Brown could take his seat in the Senate. The Democrats made it clear that democracy matters – even when it means that it might slow down a political party’s agenda. Their actions sent a clear message that democracy matters – even when a Senate seat held for decades by a liberal lion is taken over by a conservative.

By | 2017-12-14T11:38:46+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments

URGENT Call to Action for Wednesday, December 13

TAKE ACTION by taking less than a minute out of your day to save #NetNeutrality! We only have one (1) day to fight the FCC and the repeal of #NetNeutrality! Thanks to John Oliver there’s a SUPER easy way to do this NOW.

  1. Go to gofccyourself.com (the shortcut John Oliver made to the hard-to-find FCC comment page)
  2. Click on the 17-108 link (Restoring Internet Freedom)
  3. Click on “+express” (It’s on the left column, a little tough to find.)
  4. Be sure to hit “ENTER” after you put in your name and information in each field, so that it registers as an entry.
  5. In the comment section write, “I strongly support net neutrality backed by Title 2 oversight of ISPs.”
  6. Click to submit, done. Make sure you hit submit at the end!

Please share your own Confirmation # with friends along with this post to spread the word!

C2A Do you enjoy Netflix? Do you find yourself spending too much time on FB? If net neutrality goes away, our Internet bills go up and we give power to companies like Comcast and Spectrum.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday on a measure that would completely gut regulations to internet providers and open the door for net neutrality to be destroyed. The vote will likely make it easier for companies such as Verizon and Comcast to start divvying up the internet and turn it into something more akin to cable TV (i.e., something more expensive, fragmented, and more focused on making as much money as possible). The vote will likely ensure no regulator can do anything to stop these companies.

More reading:

By | 2017-12-13T20:58:59+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Call to Action|0 Comments
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