TONIGHT: Town Hall with Rep. Ro Khanna

Town Hall with Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)
Wednesday, May 2nd
7:30 to 9:00 pm

Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino
10185 N Stelling Rd. (map)

The Cupertino Town Hall is open to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP via Khanna’s website. The RSVP does not guarantee entry.

Please contact the CA-17 District Office at 408-436-2720 if you have any questions about the town hall.

Can’t make it tonight or live in a different district? Find similar events at the Town Hall Project, or check out TWWSJ’s events calendar for other local actions.

By | 2018-05-02T12:24:19+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Actions, Call to Action|0 Comments

Get Ready for Silicon Valley May Day 2018

Join Community, Labor, Faith, and Justice organizations – and your friends at TWWSJ – to March for May Day 2018. This event is put together by the May Day Coalition. Endorsing organizations include: Calpulli Tonalequeh, Working Partnerships, SAHE, South Bay Labor Council, SEIU USWW, SCC Peace and Freedom Party, South Bay Progressive Alliance, SCC Wage Theft Coalition, Rise Up for Justice, LUNA, Unite Here Local 19, Fight for $15, SJ Peace and Justice Center, South Bay Labor Council, CWA, Stand San Jose, CTA & others.

This is not a TWWSJ event — we are there to support and show solidarity with the message of the organizers. We’ll have our banner, wear your shirt!

Please RSVP at the actual event Facebook page to help organizers know how many to expect. If you want to join TWWSJ members at the event, join our Facebook event, too.

Consider training to be a Security Monitor at the event. Training takes place on Saturday, April 28. RSVP on Facebook.

For the last 12 years, SCC unions, community-based organizations and immigrant rights groups have made the May Day March a Silicon Valley tradition. Now more than ever with the current presidential administration, we need to come together to reflect the resistance and solidarity with other communities. This year their goal is to mobilize 30,000 people!

The route of this year’s May 1st march will begin at Roosevelt Park (map). From Roosevelt Park we will march down to City Hall (map).

Schedule:

  • 4pm: Participants will gather
  • 5pm: Begin the march
  • 6pm: Program at the end of the march

Participants with disabilities: The route will be on the sidewalk and street. There will be sign interpreters and large print chant sheets.

The theme of the march is “sow, grow, know.”

Ways to help if you cannot attend:

  1. SHARE the event to your Facebook timeline and other groups you are in.
  2. Print and download a flyer and ask local businesses to display in the window. Download PDFs of flyers for printing (English and Spanish, different sizes) from Google Drive.
  3. Ask your faith community, school, community center, or other organization to march with their banner and show up in support of our immigrant and labor community.
  4. Make a donation to help defray expenses: The money would be used for the coordinating expenses of the march (permits, water, truck rental, generators, portable bathrooms, stage, sound system, etc). Please make the check out to:
    Collins Foundation, MEMO line: “May Day 2018”
    Mail to: Collins Foundation, 48 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
    (read more about the Collins Foundation)
  5. Sign up to be a Rapid Responder and/or ask your faith community about putting together an accompaniment team for immigrants being detained by ICE. There are regular trainings on weekdays, evenings, and weekends. The training is short and very worthwhile. Find out more and sign up via PACT’s website.
Silicon Valley May Day 2018 flyer

Silicon Valley May Day 2018 flyer (download in sizes and languages on Google Drive)

By | 2018-04-26T22:00:57+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Actions, 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
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