This Week’s Actions & Events // Updates from Together We Will San José // October 3, 2017
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Together We Will – San José is an intersectional, feminist, inclusive, anti-racist community dedicated to progressive activism in San José, California. We work on local, state, and federal issues, and are a source of vetted and actionable information for our members. We support other activists, practice solidarity with the marginalized and oppressed, and work for positive social change, equality for all, human rights, justice, love, and a safe and healthy environment. We value personal connection with one another, and support our collective inspiration, education, training, and growth as activists and progressive human beings.
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MEMBER NEWS & UPDATES
Members of the TWWSJ EARTH Environment & Climate Action group did a bake sale at the Campbell Farmers Market and raised $360 for a group of environmental organizations that are working to fight Trump’s border wall in South Texas. Thanks to everyone who baked & bought from us to support this great cause.
Our TWWSJ Immigrant & Refugee Rights Action group members compiled a list of trusted, vetted organizations that were providing support for DACA recipients to pay for their renewal fees. Looking to donate to an org that’s doing important work to support DREAMers? Please use, like and share this list: http://bit.ly/donate-daca
SAVE THE DATE: TWWSJ Member Kelly Y. is co-organizing this event on nonviolence in difficult times featuring Kazu Haga, Founder and nonviolence trainer at the East Point Peace Academy. Click here share the FB invite and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1910937082457128/
SAVE THE DATE: OUR OCTOBER MEETING
Our next monthly meetings is coming up on Thursday, October 12. Please like & share the Facebook Invite. The room opens at 6:30, new member orientation at 6:45, and meeting starts at 7pm. Our guest speaker will be Matt King from Sacred Heart Community Services. He’ll be talking to us about the work they are doing and ways we can get involved.We hope to see you there!
1. Call Your Represent to Fight Gun Violence
HR 3668, the “Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act”, or SHARE act, is on its way to a House vote. It would change federal regulation of gun “silencers”, making the wait time shorter. But it also includes provisions to allow trapping on federally managed land wherever hunting is allowed, removes ESA (endangered species act) protection from wolves where they are not yet recovered, prevents the federal government from regulating lead in fishing tackle and ammo, and (this too!) allows importation from Canada of 40 already-dead polar bears. (Contributed by Kat N., OCI)
TAKE ACTION: Please call your rep and ask that they vote NO on HR3668, SHARE Act:
Zoe Lofgren: (202) 225-3072 or (408) 271-8700 / Ro Khanna: (202) 225-2631 or (408) 436-2720 / Anna Eshoo: (202) 225-8104 or (408) 245-2339
2. Comment to Stop Digital Monitoring of Immigrants & Citizens
The US Dept of Homeland Security announced a new plan to collect social media information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the new rule in the Federal Register last week, saying it wants to include “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results” as part of people’s immigration file. The new requirement takes effect Oct. 18.
Adam Schwartz, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocates for privacy and free expression, said the plan was disturbing.
“We see this as part of a larger process of high-tech surveillance of immigrants and more and more people being subjected to social media screening,” Schwartz told BuzzFeed News. “There’s a growing trend at the Department of Homeland Security to be snooping on the social media of immigrants and foreigners and we think it’s an invasion of privacy and deters freedom of speech.”
This would also affect all US citizens who communicate with immigrants, Schwartz said, who could self-censor out of fear that information they exchange with someone overseas could be misconstrued and used against them.
Here are some local progressive actions and events coming up this next week. Check out the full list on the TWWSJ Event Calendar. Comment if you are going in our Facebook group so that we can meet up!
Wed, October 4, 6:30pm – 9:00pm Bro Culture Discussion sponsored by Palo Alto Lean In. Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View. More info on Eventbrite.
Thu, October 5, 6pm – 9pm. Light Up the Night Fundraiser by Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence. San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 S 11th St, San Jose. TWW-SJ members: RSVP to the Facebook event to meet up. See the main Facebook event for more info and tickets ($35 each)
Sun, October 8, 9am – 1pm: Voter Registration at the Campbell Farmer’s Market · Hosted by South Bay Swing Left. E Campbell Ave, Campbell. Shifts: 9-11:15 or 10:45-1. Sign-up by emailing Becca.
Sun, October 15, 9am – 1pm: Voter Registration at the Campbell Farmer’s Market · Hosted by South Bay Swing Left. E Campbell Ave, Campbell. Shifts: 9-11:15 or 10:45-1. Sign-up by emailing Becca.
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