TWW San Jose Calls to Action #C2A

C2As from TWW-SJ: Contact Gov Brown & Divest CalSTRS

Together We Will – San José is an intersectional, feminist, inclusive, anti-racist community dedicated to progressive activism.


TWO Calls to Action this week:

  • Spread the word to California educators about getting CalSTRS to divest from companies that profit from incarcerating immigrants – URGENT! Meeting is 9/20!
  • Contact Governor Jerry Brown about signing 5 bills that support immigrant and marginalized communities

Read on for details!


👉 URGENT: CalSTRS Update – if you’re covered by CalSTRS, see actions below. If not, please share with all your CA teacher/educator friends!

California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS) has promised an update to its investigation about divesting from for-profit prison companies CoreCivic and GeoGroup at its next Investment Committee Meeting on September 20th. They’ve refused to include supplying corporation General Dynamics in this investigation.
Teachers please:
a) CALL or EMAIL CalSTRS at Phone: 800-228-5453 or 916-414-1099 or ExternalAffairs@calstrs.com Let them know how long you’ve been teaching and how you feel about your pension being invested in corporations that make millions off of the incarceration of migrant families and youth of color. Ask them to divest from CoreCivic, GeoGroup, AND General Dynamics.
b) SIGN the petition by Educators for Migrant Justice (even if you previously signed the TWWSJ petition – this is a different one).
c) ATTEND the CalSTRS meeting, 100 Waterfront Pl, West Sacramento, CA 95605. Bring a sign and a short speech if you like, wear Red for Ed, or just lend your support in person. More info on the Facebook event. Agenda posted here (scroll down for Sept 20).
d) FORWARD this email to your friends & coworkers and to your union, post on NextDoor, tweet, share this public TWWSJ Facebook post – SPREAD THE WORD that teachers don’t want their pensions supporting for-profit prisons!

👉 There are many bills on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk right now, awaiting his signature. Our partners from SEIU-USWW, San Jo Brown Berets, and South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking have alerted us to these 5 important ones – please CALL (916) 445-2841, EMAIL leg.unit@gov.ca.gov AND/OR use Resistbot or other method of contact to urge the Governor to sign these bills.

a) Help stop rape on the night shift! Support the 100 brave women janitors who walked 100 miles from SF to SAC – urge Gov. Brown to sign AB-2079 Janitorial workers: sexual violence and harassment prevention training.
b) Support Ethnic Studies in California – Representation matters! AB-2772 allows for high schools in California to apply for grants to incorporate ethnic studies as a curriculum. SB-895 will require the Department of Education to make a Vietnamese American studies curriculum that will be accessible for district adoption. Studies have shown that when students feel represented in their classroom, it increases class engagement, attendance, and performance in other academic areas. Tell the Governor to sign these bills!
c) Stop human trafficking! AB-2034 will require transit employees in bus, train, or light-rail operations to undergo human trafficking awareness training by January 2021. Please email Gov Brown at leg.unit@gov.ca.gov AND cc: Ryan.Guillen@asm.ca.gov
d) Decriminalize street vending across the state! SB-946 is a way to empower and provide healthy food to immigrant and low income communities. Please email the Gov at leg.unit@gov.ca.gov AND cc: Daisy.Luna@sen.ca.gov, dsmith@publiccounsel.org, kmckeon@publiccounsel.org

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 – mark your calendar for the FIRST SUNDAY of every month! Coming Oct 7 and Nov 4: Voter Information parties to prep for the Nov 6 election.
We are always looking for members to get involved in the leadership of this group, so if you want to help out and like working with a great group of organizers, let us know! Reply to this email or PM us on Messenger, and we’ll get right back to you.  
–Miriam Martín & Felicia Gershberg, lead organizers, TWWSJ

About Together We Will San Jose
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.

Visit our Website | Follow on Facebook | Follow on Twitter

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By | 2018-09-16T12:53:48+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Newsletter Archive|0 Comments

Call to Action for Sunday, September 16

Email or send this letter to advocate for fair and accurate elections. Email is registrar@rov.sccgov.org.

Shannon Bushey
Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 611360
San Jose, CA 95161-1360

Dear Ms. Bushey,

As a registered voter from [name of your city or town], I am writing to thank you for the work you do to keep our elections fair and secure. The integrity of our elections is worth protecting, and I have some questions about our district’s election preparations for the upcoming midterms.

First, does our district keep an offline daily backup of votes as they are received? And will our district conduct an election audit to ensure accuracy of the vote count?

If we are using electronic voting:

  • Does our district have backup pollbooks to check in voters if there’s a problem with electronic pollbooks?
  • If voting machines break, will our voting district have enough emergency ballots on hand for 2-3 hours of voters at peak times? How do you estimate needs for adequate numbers of provisional ballots?
  • If a voting machine breaks, will each polling center have pre-printed signage that instructs voters on alternative options? What plans are there to accommodate voters with disabilities in this case?

If we are using paper voting:

  • Are there sufficient paper ballots printed to permit 100% of registered voters to participate if they all choose to do so?

I take my right to vote seriously, and want to be sure that my vote is fairly and properly counted, along with those of all eligible voters in our district. I would appreciate any information you can provide, so thank you, in advance, for your willingness to help me understand how my district is preparing for the upcoming elections. I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]
[Your address]
[Your email address]

By | 2018-09-16T16:57:28+00:00 September 16th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Show Solidarity with Immigrant Communities!

Show your Solidarity! Show up for immigrant and marginalized communities, by advocating with Governor Jerry Brown!

PART 1: ACT ON AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

a. Help stop rape on the night shift! Support the 100 brave women janitors walking 100 miles from SF to SAC and call Gov. Jerry Brown (916) 445-2841 to tell him to sign AB-2079 (Janitorial workers: sexual violence and harassment prevention training). Follow SEIU United Service Workers West for updates!

b. Support Ethnic Studies in California! AB-2772 allows for high schools in California to apply for grants to incorporate ethnic studies as a curriculum. SB-895 will require the department of education to make a Vietnamese American studies curriculum that will be accessible for district adoption. Studies have shown that when students feel represented in their classroom it increases class engagement, attendance, and performance in other academic areas. Please take the time to call the governors office tomorrow and ask him to sign AB-2772 and SB-895.

c. Stop human trafficking! AB-2034 is on the Governor’s desk for consideration and will require transit employees in bus, train, or light-rail operations to undergo human trafficking awareness training by January 2021. Please email/fax letters to:

  • Email: leg.unit@gov.ca.govm
  • c.c. email: Ryan.Guillen@asm.ca.gov
  • Fax: (916) 558-3177

d. SB-946, which would decriminalize street vending across the state, is on Governor Brown’s desk. Please send letters of support urging the Governor to sign it. Attach a pdf letter and email directly to the following:

  • leg.unit@gov.ca.gov
  • Daisy.Luna@sen.ca.gov
  • dsmith@publiccounsel.org
  • kmckeon@publiccounsel.org

COMMENT ON FACEBOOK ABOUT WHICH YOU DID AND HOW IT WENT! Please share scripts and pro tips!

PART 2: AMPLIFY in any of the following ways:

a. SHARE this post on your own timeline.

b. TAG a friend on social media.

c. REPOST in another resistance group.

d. TWEET, INSTA, or otherwise share on another platform!


CONGRATULATIONS for doing this! And thanks for showing your solidarity!

By | 2018-09-12T08:28:31+00:00 September 12th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Together We Will SJ Sept Monthly Gathering & more

Sept 2 Text Bank, Prison Strike events, and more!

Together We Will – San José is an intersectional, feminist, inclusive, anti-racist community dedicated to progressive activism.
THIS WEEK: Monthly meetings are back! Also Prisoners Human Rights workshops, Abolish ICE/Support DACA rally, and Save SCOTUS Phone Bank/Postcards – read on for details!


September Monthly Gathering:

Rapid Resist Text Banking, Sun Sept 2, 5:00-7:00 pm

Training/tutorial for anyone who is new to text banking and a workflow for experienced texters. Join in person at the San Jose Peace & Justice Center or participate from home.

More info and RSVP on the Facebook event or reply to this email.

Mark your calendar for the FIRST SUNDAY of every month! Coming Oct 7 and Nov 4: Voter Information parties to prep for the Nov 6 election.


HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS THIS WEEK


WE’RE BACK!

We’ve brought back our email newsletter to reach folks who aren’t active on our Facebook Group. That’s still the best place to find Calls to Action (C2A), local events, news, and discussions of current 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 the C2A page on our website.
We are always looking for members to get involved in the leadership of this group, so if you want to help out and like working with a great group of organizers, let us know! Reply to this email or PM us on Messenger, and we’ll get right back to you.  
–Miriam Martín & Felicia Gershberg, lead organizers, TWWSJ

ABOUT TOGETHER WE WILL – SAN JOSE

About Together We Will San Jose
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.

Visit our Website | Follow on Facebook | Follow on Twitter

Action Network
Sent via Action Network, a free online toolset anyone can use to organize. Click here to sign up and get started building an email list and creating online actions today.
Action Network is an open platform that empowers individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes. We encourage responsible activism, and do not support using the platform to take unlawful or other improper action. We do not control or endorse the conduct of users and make no representations of any kind about them.
You can unsubscribe or update your email address or change your name and address by changing your subscription preferences here.

By | 2018-08-26T18:34:20+00:00 August 27th, 2018|Newsletter Archive|0 Comments

Call to Action: Protest Kavanaugh Nomination

Sunday rally near Valley Fair to protest Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination (Sharing from MoveOn.org)

WHEN: Sunday, August 26 at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Peace Corner, Santa Clara

Corner of Stevens Creek Blvd & Winchester Blvd (corner near David’s Bridal) (map)

WHY: Protest Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court!

Supreme Court Justices are nominated and confirmed to the Court for a lifetime appointment. As Trump sits in the White House, a politically polarizing confirmation could set American justice back for decades. The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is an insult to the agonizingly slow progress of Justice that has been accomplished over the last 242 years! The Democratic party may not have the numbers to block this appointment, but do they have the will. It is frightful to think that there is a real possibility that Democrats could be responsible for ANOTHER conservative appointment.

Let’s show our community that there is real local opposition to Brett Kavanugh’s appointment! Our #StopKavanaugh action is a street protest. We’re taking our message directly to our audience, the public–directly to people who aren’t engaged yet. Directly to people who may not see our message anywhere else in their daily lives. Not to mention all of us standing out there with our signs, waving to them and engaging/inviting them to respond with their car honking, waves, and smiles. This is a great recruitment opportunity for people to see that there are others in our community that care and feel the same way they do.

See you out at The Peace Corner!

By | 2018-08-22T21:50:55+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Updates from Together We Will San José

Prison Strike Awareness, Access for All, and more!

Together We Will – San José is an anti-racist, inclusive community – an online and in-person home for feminist activists.
THIS WEEK: National Prison Strike Awareness March, Access for All in Activism and Organizing workshop, and TWW-SJ joins the Rise Up Contingent in the SV Pride Parade – read on for details!


HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS THIS WEEK


SAVE THE DATE for our next Monthly Gathering:

Resistance Labs* Text Banking, Sun Sept 2, 5:00-7:00 pm

Training/tutorial for members who are new to text banking and a workflow for experienced texters. Join in person at the San Jose Peace & Justice Center or participate from home – we’ll be sending out a link to the Facebook event.

* Formerly Rapid Resist

Monthly gatherings every FIRST SUNDAY at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center!


WE’RE BACK!

We’re reviving our email newsletter to reach folks who aren’t active on our Facebook Group. That’s still the best place to find Calls to Action (C2A), local events, news, and discussions of current 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 the C2A page on our website.
We are always looking for members to get involved in the leadership of this group, so if you want to help out and like working with a great group of organizers, let us know! Reply to this email or PM us on Messenger, and we’ll get right back to you.  
–Miriam Martín & Felicia Gershberg, lead organizers, TWWSJ

ABOUT TOGETHER WE WILL – SAN JOSE

About Together We Will San Jose
Together We Will – San José is an intersectional, feminist, inclusive, anti-racist community dedicated to progressive activism. 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.

Visit our Website | Follow on Facebook | Follow on Twitter

Action Network
Sent via Action Network, a free online toolset anyone can use to organize. Click here to sign up and get started building an email list and creating online actions today.
Action Network is an open platform that empowers individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes. We encourage responsible activism, and do not support using the platform to take unlawful or other improper action. We do not control or endorse the conduct of users and make no representations of any kind about them.
You can unsubscribe or update your email address or change your name and address by changing your subscription preferences here.

By | 2018-08-19T18:24:08+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Newsletter Archive|0 Comments

Call to Action for Thursday, August 9

Can you spare a few minutes THIS AFTERNOON to take one quick action to #StopKavanaugh?

We need at least one Republican senator to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. TODAY (Thursday) is a national call-in day of action around that issue. The National Equality Action Team and other organizations are organizing folks to reach out to voters in key states and connect them with their home state senators. Want to help? Read more and sign up here:

Thanks for all you do! It matters.

By | 2018-08-09T14:11:35+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Justice for Jessica demands the end of nighttime release

As some of you may be aware, many jails across our state release inmates that have completed their sentence at late hours of the night or early hours of the morning. Releasing vulnerable people in the middle of the night without support or transportation is cruel, and dangerous. Recently, Jessica St. Louis was released from the Santa Rita Jail at 1:30AM – and was found dead hours later.

The Young Women’s Freedom Center is running a campaign called Justice for Jessica, demanding the end of late night/early morning release. I contacted them about how we could help and here is what I heard back:

1. If you can attend their next action bodies on the ground it always great. The next action is August 19th.

2. You can sign up for emails from the YWFC for updates.

3. You can call your state assembly members in support of a bill to ban nighttime releases.

Thanks to TWWSJ member Erin S. for this information!

By | 2018-08-09T12:24:01+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments

Calls to Action for Wednesday, August 8

One quick action about the Supreme Court and one quick action on behalf of immigrants. Read … Rise … Resist!

1. Demand a thorough review of Brett Kavanaugh

Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has authored copious legal opinions and other documents, from testimony about Bush-era torture policies to his position that a president can ignore laws that he doesn’t think are constitutional. One continual theme is his support for a greatly expanded executive authority. 5 Calls argues that “The American people deserve a thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s extensive body of work before his nomination can be sent to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote. Yet on July 18th, Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley made clear he has little intention of doing so, saying he intends to only probe ‘relevant’ documents.” In essence, Grassley is trying to ignore or obscure large portions of Kavanaugh’s record.

Tell Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris — both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — that you want a transparent and thorough examination of Kavanaugh’s record before sending his nomination to the floor of the senate for confirmation.

Call:

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841 or (415) 393-0707
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553 or (415) 355-9041

Use this script, adapted from 5 Calls:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from San Jose. I’m calling to demand that the committee commit to a transparent and thorough review Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s extensive body of work before referring his nomination to the full Senate. I’m also asking the Senator to do everything she can to make sure Kavanaugh is not confirmed. Thank you.”

2. Push back against the Trump administration’s strategy to penalize sanctioned (legal) immigrants for using public benefits

The Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is finalizing a policy to penalize immigrants seeking permanent residency status for availing themselves or their U.S.-born/citizen spouse or children of a wide range of public benefits, including common tax deductions, Medicaid, children’s health insurance, Affordable Care Act insurance subsidies, food stamps, public housing, etc. In essence, immigrants would be disqualified from receiving a green card if they claimed nearly any benefits or if DHS deemed them likely to receive benefits in the future. By striking at the health and well-being of families, this rule — according to the National Immigration Law Center — would have the broadest effect of any immigration proposal in recent memory, with the potential to affect tens of millions of people. And by targeting low-income, Latino and black immigrant communities, it would also widen the already deep disparities in healthcare in this country. It’s worth reiterating that immigrants’ use of services is not a burden on the economy; they pay considerably more into the health care systems than they use (ditto other public benefits).

Tell your Representative and Senators that you oppose this proposed rule and ask them to do everything they can to stop it.

  • 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

Use this script from 5 Calls:

“Hi, my name is [NAME], and I’m a constituent from San Jose. I’m calling to urge Rep./Sen. ___ to speak out against the Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to penalize legal immigrants for accessing non-cash public benefits. Legal immigrants pay billions in taxes, stimulate the economy, and deserve the right to access basic benefits like the earned income tax credit.”

If you can, then call the Department of Homeland Security to tell them that you oppose this proposal; their number is: 202-282-8495.

By | 2018-08-08T17:17:16+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Call to Action|0 Comments
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