Activist Alert: 5 Calls (June 20, 2018)

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Child Prisons & Lies

The American people can see the policy of splitting families up as they cross the border to claim asylum is a uniquely Trumpian move, despite public claims by his administration that try to make it seem otherwise.

This week, it's not only important that we push our representatives to take action on a cruel and racist policy of this administration, but we need to push back against the idea that the administration can openly lie to the public without any repercussions.

We feel so strongly about this issue that it's the only one we're including in this email.

Just one call this week. Make it count.

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Keep Families Together

Families crossing the border to escape persecution in their home countries are being split up, with children housed in former Walmart prisons and tent encampments. Parents are being deported without their children and without any idea if or when they'll ever see their children again. This must stop.

Call to Protect Child Immigrants

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Activist Alert: Progressive Action Global Exchange (June 17, 2018)

Dear PAGE activist, 

Over the year and a half, cruelty and spectacle have emerged as the hallmarks of this administration. This week, while Trump made headlines with his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un (by many accounts one of the world’s worst human rights abuser), the domestic immigration crisis continues to be horrifying. In the past six weeks, the Trump administration policy has separated 2,000 children from their parents at the border. This tragic, inhumane cruelty demands our utmost attention and action. 

There are indications that worse is to come. We learned this week that the former WalMart in Texas being used to hold 1,500 minor immigrant children isn’t big enough to house Trump’s cruelty - his administration is considering building tent camps to house up to 5,000 more kids. Meanwhile, asylum seekers are sleeping on the ground outside our southern border, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions coldly declares that people fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence are not eligible for asylum.

This week, we keep fighting tooth and nail against these cruel policies, while keeping up our efforts to vote in a Congress in November that will act as a check against the monstrous policies of this administration. We also get to know more about the brave activists of the Afghan peace movement, many of whom have known only war in their lifetimes.

As always, our actions are curated for US Americans abroad and global citizens. If you’re new to PAGE, get in touch with us at engage.with.page@gmail.com, or check out our websiteand updated toolkit. Please help us spread the word about PAGE by forwarding this email to friends, family members, and like-minded acquaintances, where they can join our community by clicking on this link to our sign-up sheet.

In solidarity,

PAGE Global Coordinating Committee

Priority Actions

  • Mobilize your loved ones against the Trump administration's inhumane treatment of immigrants. In past weeks, we’ve reported on the effects of family separation, such as the death by suicide of a father separated from his family, and a little boy whose devastating drawing of his family shows the pain of Trump’s policies. Separating children from families is “unforgivable,” according to people who are witnessing it firsthand. The public health literature on adverse childhood experiences shows how early trauma can damage children’s health and well-being throughout their lifespan. Last week the U.N. Commission for Human rights stated “the use of immigration detention and family separation as a deterrent runs counter to human rights standards and principles,” and “there is nothing normal about detaining children.”
    • Donate to organizations that are working on the ground to help and protect children and families, such as the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, the Florence Project, and Kids in Need of Defense. Give as generously as you can, and share your gift on social media to encourage others to give.
    • Find out by clicking here if your Senator is one of the co-sponsors of the "Keep Families Together Act", which aims stop the cruel policy of separating children from their parents.  If your Senator is a sponsor, thank them by phone or on social media - if they aren’t, call and ask them to do so now! 5Calls will brief you further on this issue and link you to your Senator for a call.
    • Write a letter about how family separation is contrary to human decency and what our values should be. Herd on the Hill, a group of volunteers who visit the Washington, D.C. offices of Members of Congress (MoCs), is collecting letters urging lawmakers to exert their power to stop family separation. Write your own letter here, which will be hand-delivered to your MoC. Letters will be delivered on Tuesday, June 19th, so act now!
    • Speak to your family and loved ones about what you can do together, as a family, to help other families. Perhaps you can make a family donation to an organization supporting immigrant rights (see above!). Perhaps you can write a letter to your local newspaper.
  • Support the growing Afghan peace movement. The people of Afghanistan have lived in a state of war for the past four decades, including the American war of the past 16 years. Recently, a group of young Afghans have launched a grassroots movement for peace via a 700-kim cross-country march from the Helmand Province, a Taliban stronghold, to the capital Kabul. These activists have braved security threats, 100-degree temperatures and the challenge of fasting (going without food or water) during the holy month of Ramadan to spread their message of peace.
    • Watch this video on the march for peace from Al Jazeera. Check out more images and videos of the #HelmandPeaceMarch on Twitter - we got inspired by these kids singing an “Anthem of Peace” in Ghazni province.
    • Share what you learned on social media. Bring attention to the peace march on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or whatever social media you use.
    • Brainstorm ways to support the peace movement with your PAGE group and other friends and activists. Are there local movements for peace in your country of residence? Any ideas? Please share them with us at engage.with.page@gmail.com.
  • Keep Getting that Vote Out. Did you know that only 12-14% of U.S.-Americans abroad vote in Presidential elections, with less than 4% voting in midterm elections? Yikes! We have a lot of work to do - especially since there are signs that November’s “blue wave” may be faltering. Winning back at least one chamber of Congress is critical to stopping the Trump agenda until 2020.
    • Write an op-ed encouraging fellow U.S.-Americans abroad to vote! Our friends at Action Together Zurich have got the statistics and the arguments to encourage every U.S.-American abroad to vote, as seen in this op-ed. They’re working with PAGE members and voters abroad to exercise their right to vote. If you’d like to write an op-ed of your own, get in touch with ActionTogether-Zurich, and they can help support!
    • Join our Global Get Out the Vote Efforts! Join fellow US-Americans abroad to Get Out The Vote for November elections! VoteFromAbroad.Org has all the info you need to register you and your friends abroad. To share widely with friends and on social media, like “VoteFromAbroad” on Facebook. Don’t forget to use this form to organize and track the number of people you register to vote and tweet us @PAGEofdemocracy to tell us about your efforts, using #NotTooFarAwayToVote!
  • Write for PAGE! Do you love to write? Do you like staying engaged with progressive politics? We’re looking for 1-2 more writers and editors to support with our weekly actions. This flexible commitment is generally about 3-5 hours/month; writers get connected with a global network and receive training on digital communications. If you or someone you know is interested, email us at engage.with.page@gmail.com.

**Thank you for your progressive action!**

 

Activist Alert: Progressive Action Global Exchange (May 14)

President Trump made our world a much more dangerous place this week, as he withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement. There seems to be no rhyme or reason behind this decision; the Department of State says that they don’t know when or if Iran will renegotiate the deal.

Activist Alert: 5 Calls (May 7)

Courtesy of Nick at 5 Calls

Spring Recess is ON

Congress is on recess this week for district work, which means it’s time for a town hall. Call to find out if your congressperson is holding an event near you, and then let the Town Hall Project know when it's being held.

Call to Find Your Town Hall This Week

Stacking The Courts

Right wing attorney Michael Brennan, nominated for the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, is scheduled for a final confirmation vote on Tuesday, May 8th. Brennan has implied conservative judges should only follow precedent if they agree with it, making him a dangerous choice.

Call to Oppose Brennan For Judgeship

Bring Mueller to the Floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill to protect Mueller from being fired. It is now up to Mitch McConnell to bring the legislation to the floor for a final vote.

Call to Protect Special Counsel Mueller

Stacking the Courts, Pt 2

Extreme anti-choice attorney Wendy Vetter has been nominated for a lifetime judgeship in the Eastern District Court. Vetter’s troubling views include believing abortion causes breast cancer and Planned Parenthood kills 150,000 women a year.

Call to Oppose Lifetime Judgeship for Vetter

Activist Alert: May 7, 2018 (PAGE)

Courtesy of Progressive Activism, Global Exchange

Dear PAGE Activist, 

It seems like one thing we can all agree on - our children are precious, and must be cared for, educated, and cherished by society. And yet those who are most responsible for these tasks - single mothers and educators around the country - are not only ignored but actively denied the resources they need to raise the next generation and punished for seeking them out. 

 

This week, we focus on two important campaigns. The National Black Mama's Bail Out Day is working to raise funds to bail out moms of color -- who are disproportionately behind bars -- so they can spend Mother’s Day with their loved ones. Also this week, we're inspired by teachers in Arizona, who followed on their colleagues in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Oklahoma by walking out of their classrooms to demand higher pay and improved conditions. North Carolina teachers are expected to follow with a day of action on May 16. The movement is called #RedforEd and we hope you’ll join us in supporting those who work so hard to care for our kids!  

 

Photos: Noah Karvelis.

 

This week we also continue work to elect lawmakers who will support our country’s children by getting out the vote among US-Americans abroad!

 

Please help us spread the word about PAGE, by forwarding this email to friends, family members, and like-minded acquaintances, where they can join our community by clicking on this link to our sign-up sheet.

 

As always, our actions are curated for US Americans abroad and global citizens. If you’re new to PAGE, get in touch with us at engage.with.page@gmail.com, or check out our website and updated toolkit.

 

In solidarity, 

PAGE Global Coordinating Committee 

 

 

Priority Actions

 

  • Support National Black Mama's Bail Out Day. In the USA, Black women are disproportionately kept behind bars. Out of approximately 100,000 women in US jails, approximately two-thirds are women of color, and 80% are mothers. This injustice has devastating impacts not only for these women, but for their families and communities. Mother’s Day is coming up in countries around the world - but in the USA, many women of color and other caregivers are are in jail because they don’t have the resources to post bail. 
    • Learn more about the movement to end money bail, and the network of organizations supporting it, at the National Bail Out Collective website. Pre-trial incarceration (that is, putting people in jail before they’ve been convicted of a crime) can have catastrophic effects on the lives of people who can’t afford to post bail. Just a few days in jail can mean people lose their job, housing, and even their kids. 
    • Donate to the National Bail Out fund to help bail out black mamas and keep black families together on Mother’s Day and other holidays. Share your donation on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #FreeBlackMamas. Explain why you think this effort is so important, and encourage others to join you!
    • Talk to your loved ones about how poor people and people of color are mistreated by our criminal justice system, using points from this fact sheet from the NAACP, and talk about the deep, lasting harm inflicted by our criminal justice system. Encourage your family - and yourself - to think big, by reading this piece imagining a world without prisons at all. 
  • Support the workers who devote their lives to educating our children: teachers! Most Americans support teachers’ right to strike, and only 1 in 4 Americans believes that teachers are paid fairly. Last week, Arizona teachers strike won them a pay raise, as well as funding increases for textbooks, support staff, technology and infrastructure. However the reform only restores a quarter of the education funding cut since the last recession. Nationally, teacher pay is so low that some public school districts are recruiting abroad.
    • Research how teachers are paid and supported in your country of residence, and see how it compares to education funding in the USA. Share what you find on social media to keep this conversation going, and show your support for teachers online. 
    • Learn more about the May 16th Day of Action at this webpage - and sign up for news alerts so you can support teachers in real time! Follow #RedForEd on social media to learn about new information, actions and ways to support the movement as they appear!
    • Talk to kids in your life about teachers’ strikes and walkouts, and why it’s so important to support them. Make hand-written posters and signs in support of teachers’ strikes, and share them on social media!
  • Join our Global Get Out the Vote Efforts! Join fellow US-Americans abroad to Get Out The Vote for November elections! Share this series of skits from our friends at Action Together Zurich - here’s PAGE’s personal favorite! Their work recently was covered in USA Today.
    • Share widely with friends and on social media, along with a link to VoteFromAbroad.Org. Don’t forget to use this form to organize and track the number of people you register to vote and tweet us @PAGEofdemocracy to tell us about your efforts, using #NotTooFarAwayToVote!
    • The 2018 election is full of bold, exciting candidates; each week we feature one or two you should check out. This week we’re excited about Genevieve Jones-Wright, a former public defender running for District Attorney in San Diego. Jones-Wright supports progressive criminal justice reform, including ending the cash bail system. As she says, you shouldn’t be in jail because of your “bank account or zip code.”

 

 

** Thank you for your progressive action! **

 

Activist Update: April 25, 2018 (Indivisible)

Update courtesy of Indivisible.

On the face of it, elections are all about winning.

Don’t get us wrong, that’s important. But only judging elections by winning has led to Democrats choosing to compete in only the most “winnable” places (i.e. purple and blue states and districts). And that’s left us with a map checkered with forgotten places where progressives stopped building power for far too long (and Republicans gained control of the White House, Congress, governorships, and state houses in the meantime).

A few months back, we announced our Indivisible435 political program -- our campaign to take the fight everywhere from ruby red places where Trump won by 20 points, to safe blue places represented by candidates who don’t always support our movement’s values. And, earlier this month, we announced our first five nationally-endorsed candidates to start that work. 

One of our first IndivisiCandidates -- Dr. Hiral Tipirneni -- faced off last night against Republican Debbie Lesko to replace disgraced Rep. Trent Franks in Arizona’s 8th District. Though Dr. Tipirneni didn’t win, her candidacy showed what Indivisibles’ work across the country is all about: building power in every. single. district.

(cue wonky political analysis in 3… 2… 1…)

Few people thought this deeply red Arizona district could be competitive. Democrats hadn’t fielded a candidate in this race since 2012. This race -- without scandals, with no blue trends or history, with a progressive candidate -- swung 19 points since 2016. Republicans were forced to compete (and spend a lot of money) to barely secure a very, very safe seat. And Dr. Tiprineni and Lesko will likely both be back on the ballot, going head to head, on November 6.

Working on races like AZ-08 and supporting candidates like Dr. Tipirneni show that the blue wave will be built by real, progressive, grassroots energy. If progressives and Democrats only support candidates who “can win” or raise a lot of money, we’ll continue to have the too pale, too male representation in Congress that often leaves us feeling the opposite of represented. 

Here’s how we’re continuing to expand what’s politically possible, and build for the long haul:

  • More progressive candidate endorsements: Voting starts tomorrow for our second round of endorsements. We’ll endorse as many as 11 new IndivisiCandidates this time next week. That’s more folks like Dr. Tipirneni that Indivisibles are ready to work hard to elect.
  • More organizing support: We’re doubling our organizing team to support the work Indivisibles are doing on the ground, e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e, to help groups win in November and build toward the next Congress. Training. Hands-on organizing support. Voter contact tools. Helping grow and retain group membership.

So, if you’re ready to get to work to elect folks like Dr. Tiprineni, there are three things you can do right now:

We’re taking chances, expanding the map, and capturing people’s imaginations, and… sometimes that means we don’t always win on election night. But we can’t win if we don’t compete and, last night, we came pretty darn close. And after last night, there’s no ignoring the fight we’re about to bring to Republicans in November.

In solidarity,
Indivisible Team

PS -- Congrats to Indivisible Westchester, NY CD-16 Indivisible, Indivisible New Rochelle, Indivisible Rivertowns, and Indivisibles across the state who supported this race for their HUGE victory last night. They put in the work -- held candidate forums, registered voters, phone-banked, canvassed, and much, much more -- to elect Shelley Mayer to the state senate (and she even thanked them in her victory statement!).

 

Activism Alert: April 17, 2018 (5 Calls!)

The 5 Calls Newsletter

Your list of actionable issues that you can call your representatives about this week.

Clients and Attorney-Client Privilege

We're starting to see the drip-drip-drip of information from last week's FBI raid on Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Cohen acted largely as a "fixer" for his clients, making sure troublesome folks like Stormy Daniels got paid to quietly slip away from the limelight so his clients didn't have yet another scandal on their hands.

But he was also notorious for recording conversations that he had with other people. Of the people he may have recorded, he has clients subject to attorney-client privilege, and non-clients who have no such protection for their communications being used in a court of law.

This is notable today because Cohen's lawyer outed Sean Hannity, long-time Fox News Trump supporter, as one of Cohen's clients. Hannity denies this relationship, of course, but the only person who knows what was on all the recordings and documents that the FBI swept up is... Cohen and probably Cohen's lawyer.

As the pressure is applied to Cohen in this case, we should see  this steady drip of information about Trump and Trump's associated intensify!

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We Might Have the Votes to Protect Mueller

As the walls close in on Trump, he has taken to Twitter to lash out. His assault on the Russia investigation has intensified with Trump singling out Robert Mueller. Some Republicans have finally taken notice and will be hold a committee vote on a bill that would protect the special prosecutor.

Call to Protect the Mueller Investigation

Who Needs Science, This is Just NASA

The final vote to confirm Jim Bridenstine, (R-OK) as the head of NASA is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th. With no scientific or engineering background, Bridenstine would be the first member of congress to lead the agency.

Call to Oppose Bridenstine for NASA

This is a War on the Poor

In mid January, the Trump administration released new guidance allowing states to impose work requirements for those receiving Medicaid. Since this policy change, 10 states have implemented new requirements.

Michigan residents: Your state may be next! A vote on SB 897 - a bill to institute work requirements for Michigan Medicaid recipients - is expected this week. Learn more here.

Call Your State: No Medicaid Work Requirements

Health Insurance is Not a Short Term Plan

Trump and the GOP continue to attempt to undermine the protections of the ACA. The latest effort extends the purchase of short-term junk insurance plans (which are not covered under ACA regulations) from 3 months to 1 year.

Call to Oppose Weakening the ACA

Activism Alert: April 15, 2018 (PAGE)

From Progressive Action Global Exchange

On early Saturday local time, President Trump launched strikes near Damascus and Homs. These attacks are the latest in a series of damaging US interventions in the country and only put Syrian lives further at risk. While supposedly acting to punish Syria for committing war crimes, Trump launched the attacks without seeking or obtaining Congressional approval and in violation of international law. With warmongers like John Bolton already in the cabinet and Mike Pompeo nominated to join, even more human lives are in imminent danger from American bombs and weapons.

In scary times like these, we must fight for peace. This week, we’ll focus on what we can do to prevent and protest U.S. military action and speak out against state-sponsored violence, as well as prepare for the November elections that are our best chance for checking this administration’s bloodlust and disregard for human life.

Because the stakes are so high, we’d also like to ask for your help right now in forwarding this email to friends, family members, and like-minded acquaintances, where they can join our community by clicking on this link to our sign-up sheet.

As always, our actions are curated for US Americans abroad and global citizens. If you’re new to PAGE, get in touch with us at engage.with.page@gmail.com, or check out our website and updated toolkit.

In solidarity,

PAGE Global Coordinating Committee

Priority Actions

 

  • Stop the war on Syria! For the third time since 2001, the U.S. is moving towards military action that will create or prolong the suffering of people in the Middle East. Dozens of demonstrations are being planned around the U.S. to say no to war on Syria.

    • Ask Congress to oppose Trump’s attacks in Syria. More violent US interventionism is not the solution in war-torn Syria. Congress cannot allow Trump - a reckless, cruel, and impulsive man -  to make a bad situation worse. Only Congress can grant the power to make war and Trump does not have their permission. Demand that your MoC call for a vote AND oppose further militarism in Syria using Indivisible’s script. Do this by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on April 19th!

    • Organize a virtual demonstration by creating signs and messages against the war on social media using the hashtag #NoWarOnSyria. Tell the media you won’t stand for their push towards war. Coverage at major media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and ABC has featured a drumbeat to war, with few if any interviews with people opposing the war in Syria. Our Twitter account, @PAGEofDemocracy will host a tweet storm at 3pm Tuesday April 17 CET - join us!

    • Take action that can actually help Syrians. The best way to help Syrians suffering from Bashar Al-Assad’s cruelty would be to allow them to enter the US as refugees. Yet only the US has only admitted ELEVEN Syrian refugees this year. Use this script from the International Refugee committee to call your MoC and tell them to fight for refugees today!

  • Show the world that Americans won’t stand for the suffering people of Gaza. For over three weeks, thousands of Palestinians have been protesting along the Gaza fence, which keeps them trapped in a prison with inhumane conditions including lack of clean water, insufficient food, and the despair that comes with abandonment by the world and the constant threat of violence. Over 1000 people were wounded on Friday, including 223 from gunshots, as Israeli forces fired on protesters along the wall.

    • Listen to this devastating report from the Intercepted podcast on this month’s massacre of 17 Palestinians who were protesting the inhuman conditions in which 2 million people are trapped in Gaza.

    • The United States has suspended funding to support Palestinian refugees via the U.N. Reliefs and Work Agency, which is mostly staffed by refugees. Show Americans care about Palestinian refugees by making a donation to the UNRWA. You can also donate to Islamic Relief USA, a highly-rated charity which has been providing humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994. 

    • Share your donation on social media, and mention it to friends and family members. Tell them what you’ve learned about the conditions and crisis in Gaza, and encourage them to donate as well!

  • Raise an outcry about Mike Pompeo’s confirmation. Following Rex Tillerson’s firing as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo has been nominated to replace him. Pompeo is a Muslim-hatingclimate-change-denyingIran deal-endangering war hawk - it is hard to overstate the danger of his taking the reins as America’s leading contact with the world outside our borders. Stopping his confirmation won’t be easy, but if every Senate Democrat votes against him, Pompeo will be blocked. 

    • Tell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee how it important it is NOT to confirm Mike Pompeo, using this form from Code Pink.

    • If you have a Democratic Senator, call him or her today using this script and information from Indivisible. Then look at this map of the U.S. Senate, and click on the “Current Senate (115th Congress)” to see every state with a Democratic Senator. Think about friends and family members you have in these states - share this information with them and urge them to act today! 

  • Join fellow US-Americans abroad to Get Out The Vote for November elections! Get people excited to register themselves and their community by checking out this series of humorous skits from our friends at Action Together Zurich - here’s PAGE’s personal favorite! Share widely with friends and on social media, along with a link to VoteFromAbroad.Org - and don’t forget to use this form to organize and track the number of people you register to vote and tweet us @PAGEofdemocracy to tell us about your efforts, using #NotTooFarAwayToVote!

    • We are highlighting some of our favorite progressive candidates each week leading up to the 2018 elections. Normally we focus on up and coming candidates, but this week we want to hold up Representative Barbara Lee (CA-D) for being one of the few voices for peace in the US Congress. 

    • Representative Barbara Lee (CA-D) was the only dissenting vote on the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) just days after September 11th, which has since been used as legal justification for the U.S.’s endless wars around the world. Representative Lee’s courageous, principled vote was criticized as unpatriotic at the time, but she has been vindicated again as Trump attacks Syria with missiles. Listen to a recent interview with Representative Lee on the latest attack and her opposition to the AUMF.

      ** Thank you for your progressive action! **