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.
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 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 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Justice, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, etc.