Knowledge is power. Power to the people. No change can come without joy. Build ecstatically. Look at the leaves, trees and forests. Listen. Step aside (that means long time held beliefs, too) to reach a goal. Be unconditional in your love and love and take care of yourself.
What You Can Do This Week:
Join an organization or group. Start a ride sharing/carpooling group for people of color. Make a meal, buy a massage or acupuncture or other self care gift certificate for a person of color. Reach out to your Muslim neighbors or neighborhood mosque and ask how you can support them.
Did we miss an event, march, rally, workshop? Email us!
Here’s the calendar:
Actions you can take from home or on a break at work:
Help address Portland’s Police Misconduct Problem: Continue to put pressure on Mayor Ted Wheeler and the City Council to address Portland Police Bureau reform. The misconduct of the bureau has been reported in national articles recently. Call Ted Wheeler and city council members to voice concern over the police violence used to suppress peaceful protest and constitutionally protected free speech: 503-823-4120. Wheeler ran on a platform to de-escalate police tactics. Over the last few months, the response to protests has escalated: kids being arrested, tourists shot with rubber bullets, organizers being targeted, protesters being restrained and pepper sprayed, a senior citizen had her nose ground into the pavement and broken. We need our elected officials to respect, uphold and work with us to have our voices and protests against Trump’s government heard. We need city council members to no longer be silent and step up to the plate. Cities across the country are marching, protesting and picketing Trump. The ACLU of Oregon issued 3 public statements in less than 2 months criticizing the police. The NAACP Portland Branch has supported and asked community members to make this call.
Share this link on your social media accounts to download your Deportation Defense Card to Know Your Rights in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Korean and English.
Donate: Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette needs your support to keep their doors open to all. (https://secure.ppaction.org/…/Donation2;jsessionid=EC83B74B…)
Call your state representatives voicing your opinion about daily legislation which is privatizing government, rolling back protective regulations and civil rights (U.S. exit from the U.N., Trump’s plan to kill NEA, PBS, NPR, EPA, REINS, voter suppression, making marijuana illegal, expanding private prisons, Personhood bill, Public Education). Here’s a website where you can look up current congressional legislation and find the issues you care most about. Here’s the best guide on how to be effective when calling and one for people who are shy on the phone.
These are a few of the bills up for legislation:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Is Congress on recess? Here’s how to take advantage of that time.
Consider writing to Amazon.com, signing this petition and deleting your account. After months of online activism, Amazon.com still advertises on Breitbart, the biggest media outlet for the Alt-Reich.
This Resistance Hotline provides trustworthy one-on-one support for action-planning needs. Post your question and within 48 hours, a vetted, seasoned direct-action expert will respond to you. You can keep your question as vague – “How do I do a freeway banner drop?” – or as specific – “Bannon will be speaking in my city on Friday night and I’ve never planned a disruption. Help!” – as you feel comfortable. You can also direct message us with more specific questions, and they will follow up via a more secure platform.
Articles and Manuals for Organizing:
The Ideology of the Young Lords Party (PDF)
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (PDF)
The Black Panther Party: Service to the People Programs, edited by David Hilliard (PDF)
Blood in My Eye by George Jackson (PDF)
Peoples’ War, Peoples’ Army by Vo Nguyen Giap (PDF)
Poor People’s Movements by Frances Fox Piven
Policing the Planet, edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton
The Jackson Kush Plan (by Cooperation Jackson/MXGM)
How cities can protect people threatened by Trumpism by Arun Gupta
Conflict Resolutions/Alternatives to Calling the Police:
Safe Party Toolkit – Toolkit on preventing and addressing different types of violence at parties
Navigating Crisis (The Icarus Project) – Crisis response toolkit for people with mental health problems
A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence (Creative Interventions Toolkit) – Staying Safe includes concerns, plans and actions all meant to minimize the current, potential and future levels of harm or increase the level of safety.
The Revolution Starts at Home – (an updated version has recently been published, but this version is still pretty good) community accountability, experiences of folks who’ve survived intimate partner violence in radical community, etc. Definitely applicable to other kinds of in-community violence.
Hold your elected officials accountable:
We need the support of local and national politicians. They need to be held accountable. Know who they are. Put their phone numbers in your contact list.
Emails and online petitions are great. But, they don’t get results. Take a few minutes and call your representative.
Resources for Allies:
On being an ally or comrade:
Being an ally or a comrade means understanding and checking your white privilege. It means standing up and being a shield against racism. It means listening. It means putting your ego and fragility at the door. It means stepping up and refusing to allow your privilege to harm others. It means white women understanding intersectional feminism.
Know Your Rights:
If an Agent Knocks (Center for Constitutional Rights) – Federal law enforcement; available in English, Spanish, Urdu, and Arabic
When the FBI knocks (Muslim Justice League)
CUNY CLEAR also provides know your rights trainings on the following issues:
KYR In Case of Immigration/Police Raid (INCITE!)
KYR in home and street encounters with ICE (Immigrant Defense Project)
Mad Maps guide designed to help you understand power structures and the effect they have had on you