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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Newsletter Archive|0 Comments

URGENT Call to Action for Thursday, October 25

Urgent! California Atty Gen. Becerra is asking urgently for everybody concerned about the proposed EPA rollback of SAFE vehicle emissions standards to comment by 9pm PDT on Friday, October 26 to Docket Number EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283.

Background

In August, the EPA proposed rolling back vehicle emission standards (in place since 2012) and put forward much weaker “SAFE Vehicle” standards that will result in worsening air pollution and greenhouse gases. Studies show that air pollution not only aggravates asthma and lung disease, it harms children’s developing brains.

See also:

Comment here: 

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By | 2018-10-25T19:11:57+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Friday, October 12

The traumatic separation of families at the border was a blatant attack on immigrants seeking a better life. Now the terrifying attacks continue: A proposed regulation from the Trump administration would punish immigrants for accessing basic needs programs like Medicaid, food stamps, and housing assistance. Do something TODAY to #ProtectFamilies! Your comments are the one way to stop this:

Action via TWWSJ’s community partner, San Jose Peace & Justice Center. Follow them on Facebook!

By | 2018-10-12T18:43:44+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Take Action to Oppose Anti-Protest Rule

DEADLINE is in 5 days (October 15)

White House Seeks to Stifle Protests Near White House and on National Mall!

1. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NPS-2018-0007-0001

2. Write a Comment OPPOSING this rule. It should be short and direct. Example:

“I strongly oppose this proposed rule. The proposal would close 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, put new limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and open the door to charging fees for protesting. The park service plans to close 20 feet of the 25-foot-wide White House sidewalk, limiting demonstrators to a 5-foot sliver along Pennsylvania Avenue. This is perhaps the most iconic public forum in America, allowing “We the People” to express our views directly to the chief executive.”

3. Your contact information is Optional!

4. Click “Continue” button.

5. Check box “I Read and Understand the Statement” then click “SUBMIT COMMENT.”

6. Make sure that you see the RECEIPT screen and note your Comment Tracking Number.

Thanks to TWWSJ member Rebecca for the steps!

Read more:

By | 2018-10-11T20:50:16+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Thursday, October 11

SO MANY upcoming phone banks and postcard parties hosted by local organizations! Join them to truly make a difference! Follow TWWSJ’s Google calendar for more ideas.

THURSDAY, OCT. 11:

  • Phone banking from 4-8:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support Josh Harder (CA-10). RSVP via CA Dem.
  • Postcards from 7-9pm at the Democratic Volunteer Center in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.

FRIDAY, OCT. 12:

  • Postcards from 9-12:00 in the Cambrian area of San Jose to support three women running for Congress. RSVP by emailing Jandy Jones at jandyrebeccajones@gmail.com.
  • Postcards from 10:30-1:00 in Mountain View to support Georgia candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
  • Phone banking from 3:30-6:30 in Mountain View to support Beto O’Rourke (TX Senate candidate against Cruz) . RSVP via Beto for Texas.

SATURDAY, OCT. 13:

  • Phone banking from 10-2:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support CA-10 or CA-21. RSVP via CA Dem.
  • Phone banking from 1-4:00 at the DVC in Palo Alto for Beto O’Rourke. RSVP via Beto for Texas.

SUNDAY, OCT. 14:

  • Postcards and phone banking from 2-5:00 at Panera Bread in Sunnyvale. RSVP by emailing loretolqd@gmail.com.
  • Phone banking from 4-8:00 at the Santa Clara County Democratic Party HQ on Moorpark in San Jose to support CA-10 or CA-21. RSVP via CA Dem.

MONDAY, OCT. 15:

  • Postcards from 11-1:00 at the DVC in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
  • Phone banking from 4:30-7:30 at the DVC in Palo Alto for Jacky Rosen (NV).
  • Phone banking from 6-8:30 on the Alameda in San Jose to support Josh Harder (CA-10). RSVP via Google Form.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16:

  • Postcards from 5:30-7:30 in Mountain View to support Georgia candidates. RSVP via Google Form.
  • Postcards from 7-9:00pm at the DVC in Palo Alto to support Democratic CA Congressional candidates. RSVP via Google Form.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17:

League of Women Voters’ presents a 18th Congressional District Debate with Anna Eshoo and Christine Russell, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Campbell Community Center.

Come support Congresswoman Anna Eshoo as she debates her challenger, Christine Russell. It’s a great opportunity to hear multiple perspectives about the issues we face, and how your Congresswoman is working to solve them. There is no cost for this event. We look forward to seeing you there!

By | 2018-10-11T20:41:27+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Tuesday, October 9

Voter Registration Edition

1. This is the LAST DAY for folks in AZ, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, NV, NM, OH, PA, or TN to register to vote online; people in MI, MS, MT, and TX must do so by today as well, but in person or by mail.

Ask your friends in these states if they’re registered and if they have checked their status, since the voter rolls in many states have been “cleaned.”

2. California’s voter registration deadline is Oct. 22! Register online via the official site and encourage your friends and family (especially young adults) to do the same. Don’t forget to check your own registration.

Comment below if you’ve checked your voter registration to make sure you’re still on the rolls!

By | 2018-10-09T08:52:14+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Monday, October 8

Breath deeply. Channel rage into action and keep fighting — it will pay off in a month!

1. Thank Ana María Archila and Maria Gallagher who held Sen. Jeff Flake’s elevator to ensure he heard of their and other survivors’ sexual assault experiences before he voted on whether to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process.

“Your patience and tenacity in speaking truth to power made a difference, and inspired me to continue to speak out against sexual assault wherever it is occurring.”

Address:

c/o The Center for Popular Democracy
1730 M Street NW, Suite 1115
Washington, DC 20036

2. Write postcards to help Harley Rouda defeat Rohrabacher in CA-48. Sign up at Postcards to Voters. So simple, effective, and quick. They tell you what to write, you only sign your first name, you pick how many cards and when to write, and you feel like you’re making a difference because you ARE!

3. Call Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono to thank her for coming to vote against Kavanaugh despite recovering from recent surgery for kidney cancer.

  • Sen. Mazie Hirono: (202) 224-6361 or (808) 522-8970

4. Sign up to help collate local city council and school board materials at the Democratic Volunteer Center in Palo Alto this week.

By | 2018-10-08T21:05:59+00:00 October 8th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Call to Action for Wednesday, October 3

(from Wall of Us)

“I was swallowing my secrets and making my body expand and explode. I found ways to hide in plain sight, to keep feeding a hunger that could never be satisfied — the hunger to stop hurting. I made myself bigger. I made myself safer.” — Roxanne Gay on how she coped with sexual assault, from her book Hunger

C2A TAKE ACTION by supporting victims of sexual assault.

ACTION #1 Jam the phone lines to protest Kavanaugh and support Dr. Ford.

  • 202-224-3841 Sen. Dianne Feinstein 
  • 202-224-3553 Sen. Kamala Harris
  • 202-225-2631 Rep. Ro Khanna (District 17)
  • 202-225-8104 Rep. Anna Eshoo (District 18)
  • 202-225-3072 Rep. Zoe Lofgren (District 19)

ACTION #2 Send an e-mail to thank the American Bar Association and/or the Dean of Yale Law School for calling for an investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and ask them to encourage others in the profession to speak up, here are email addresses and sample scripts:

  • abanews@americanbar.org

“I am writing to thank the American Bar Association for the thoughtful letter sent to the Judiciary Committee recommending it conducts a proper investigation of the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. In the short window of time left to influence this horrific situation, can you share the letter publicly and encourage other professional bodies to support your recommendations?”

  • heather.gerken@yale.edu

Dear Dean Gerken, thank you for your support of a proper investigation into the allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. I hope you will encourage other Deans and leaders in the legal profession to support the call for an investigation.

ACTION #3 Take the time to support ourselves and others who have survived sexual assault.

Be kind to yourself and practice self-care. (New York Times)

Volunteer to provide crisis support to survivors. (RAINN)

Donate to RAINN.

By | 2018-10-03T08:56:30+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments
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