Call to Action
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.
- Read Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail (Center for African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania)
- Donate to the NAACP so that we can continue to see more wins like we did in Alabama.
- Attend a “Day of Service” event year you.
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.”
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:
- Make Your Call Now (FWD.us)
Sign this petition letting lawmakers know that Dreamers are here to stay:
- #HereToStay #DACA (Presente)
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.
ELEVEN POSSIBILITIES FOR HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY (even if you’re working on Monday)
“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.
- Why Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day Is So Important in 2018 (Bustle)
- This 1967 speech may have helped put a target on Martin Luther King Jr.’s back (USA Today)
- Do’s and Don’ts for Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Young Children (Ijumaa Jordan)
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.”
- Start here with their overview: Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional (And 3 Ways to Practice It) (Everyday Feminism)
- Then watch Kimberlé Crenshaw’s TED talk: The Urgency of Intersectionality (TED)
- Read more about how to be an ally to people of color: 5 initial ways you can be a better ally to people of color (Mashable)
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 home: On 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 […]
1. SPEAK OUT ABOUT STUDENT DEBT
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.
2. SUPPORT DREAMERS
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.
- DACA on the brink (CNN)
- The High Cost of Ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Center for American Progress)
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.
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
“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.
- The Tax Scam Passed the Senate. What Now? (Indivisible)
- Republican Tax Bill in Final Sprint Across Finish Line (New York Times)
- Use this calculator and see how the tax bill will affect your paycheck (CNN)
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. […]
You can contact your Senators and Representatives through phone (call 1-844-6-RESIST), email (http://democracy.io), or text (text “Resist” to 50409).