Friday, February 17, 2017

Daily Action: Take These Lists, Check Them Twice...

Friends, in the last few days I've had some amazing lists shared with me that I would love to share with you. 

First, the Albert Einstein Institution has published a list of 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action. I encourage you to read the whole list and spread it to your action groups, but here's a snippet for you to peruse:

The People's Calendar over at RiseStronger.Org is a comprehensive list of activist events happening around the country. I recommend using the filters to sort by your local area, or you can scroll through (like me) and look at all of the events taking place around the country (I find it to be pretty inspiring):

Lastly, I find myself focusing more and more on my city and state issues. I'm lucky to have two Democratic Senators and an amazing Congresswoman, and I call to thank them on a regular basis for voting for issues I believe in. My city and state need a little work, though, so I was so pleased to come across this list of 101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City

Friends, take time to rest up and enjoy your weekends, and please, if anything resonated with you off these lists, let me know!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Daily Action: Support #ADayWithoutImmigrants

Friends, if you haven't yet heard about #ADayWithoutImmigrants yet, here's the purpose: it asks foreign-born people nationwide, regardless of legal status, not to go to work or go shopping in a demonstration of the importance of their labor and consumer spending to the United States’ economy. 

How can we support this effort on our end? Find out what businesses in your community are closing in solidarity, and like their Facebook pages, send them a 'thank you' on Yelp, and when they reopen, take your business there. 

Resolve not to purchase anything today, if you can.

Some businesses are donating proceeds from today's sales to immigrant causes. If you need to purchase items today, try one of these businesses, or an immigrant owned business that wasn't able to close in solidarity.

If there is one happening in your community, attend a rally in support of immigrants. Offer to carpool, rideshare, or go on public transit with your neighbors and friends.

Input a raid hotline number into your phone. Here are some from a recent National Immigration Law Center training, but this is not a complete list:

Finally, donate to an immigration advocacy group. Find a group that is doing great work in your communities and/or across the country, and volunteer your time and efforts with them. I personally like United We Dream, National Immigration Law Center, and Mijente.

As always, if I've missed something, please let me know! The more ways we have to support our immigrant communities, the better.

XOXO and stay safe,

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Daily Action: Print This Card, Hand It Out

Friends, today I am asking you to print out this card from the National Immigration Law Center and hand it out in your communities. There are options to print it out in multiple languages, and you can fit four to a 8.5"x 11"page to save paper.

You can also download and hand out cards from United We Dream, which outlines what to do if ICE comes to the door. Again, these are available in multiple languages. 

While ICE is increasing their raids across the country, it is also good to note that the Department of Homeland Security is becoming more visible as well. They were checking bags at Chicago's Addison Red Line stop today (which is NOT normal).

Make note of the things that are not normal, and be vigilant in your neighborhoods.

Also, as always, stay safe.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Daily Action: Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Friends, the week of February 17-26 is the first district work period (“recess”) of the new Congress, which means your representatives will likely be home and hosting town halls. While my Senators and Congresswoman are doing a great job in office, if they are speaking nearby, I'd love to see them. Currently, I'm more focused on my Illinois General Assembly Representative and Senator, as I've not heard them speak, and I find it's more difficult to keep track of what they are doing due to a chaotic ILGA site. 

Today's daily action is to do some research and find out when your Congressional reps or state level reps are hosting town halls in your districts, and plan to attend if you can. If you're having issues finding a town hall for your rep, check out this Indivisible Guide on Missing Members of Congress. Also, here's a great list from Indivisible Guide on how to have a successful town hall. I'm already planning a list of questions, and I hope to rally my Huddle group from last week to go with me. While my reps' offices appear to be closed for today, I've left messages and will try to call again tomorrow about bills that are up for discussion, as well as when I can come see them, face to face.

XOXO and good luck,

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Daily Action: Spring Clean Your Woolen Items

Friends, apologies for the delay in writing - the huddle I hosted last week was so successful that I've been busy organizing and setting things up since!

Today's action is something you can do if you have a few minutes to spare today. Since we're now in the thick of winter, gather up any woolen (or non-woolen) winter items that you have not used so far this season, and donate them to a shelter in your area. Wash them if they've been used and you're ready to part ways, re-block if necessary, and bag it all up to go to those who are in need.

Here's my pile below:

Also, if you have organizations in your area that are in need of yarn, spring clean your stash and donate to them as well! I found a group called the Yarn Mission, and sent them a box last week.

Finally, if you've got leftover skeins of pure wool yarn, you can use these to make dryer balls. I'm working on making some for my holiday party that is ten months away, but will be focused on gifts that are eco-friendly and reduce waste in the environment.  

There's going to be lots coming up this week with ICE raids, new executive orders, and final confirmation hearings for cabinet members, so my next posts will be focused on those topics. 

Make sure you take time to take care of yourself, and thank you so much for reading these posts. I greatly appreciate you being here.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Daily Action: Sign Up to Speak With Potential Candidates

Friends, this week has been more than a little frustrating, with Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos being confirmed and the DAPL given the go-ahead. Here's where we can put our efforts next:

Since the election, Run for Something has been flooded with people who want to run for office for the first - over 4,300 people have signed up to take those first steps. They are looking for volunteers to speak with potential candidates right now, and even if you don't have any campaign experience (like me!), you can sign up for training conference calls to see if that is something you would like to do. If chatting with candidates isn't your thing, you can also donate to sponsor these campaigns. You can also sign up to run for something if that is what you want to do! 

If you are a fiber artist or quilter, Threads of Resistance is looking for you. If you've never made a quilt before, but one of the proposed themes speaks to you, go for it - now is the time to give it a try. This will be "a juried exhibition of work created to protest the Trump administration's actions and policies." (Many thanks to Nettie for the tip!)

The Illinois Senate is currently discussing a bill that would require general election presidential and vice-presidential candidates to disclose at least five years of federal tax returns before being allowed to appear on the ballot. New York, Massachusetts, California, and Maine all have similar bills pending right now, as well as several other states. If this is an initiative you agree with, I recommend calling your state senator and stating your support. If your state has not yet proposed a similar bill, ask your state senator if the plan to introduce such a bill in the upcoming weeks.  

Standing Rock and Native Nations are marching on Washington, DC on March 10, 2017. Details can be found here.

And for something not political:

I've been listening to many StoryCorps stories lately, and this one warmed my heart (and made me laugh out loud). If you have two minutes, I recommend giving it a listen.

Ok, off to finish cleaning the apartment as I am hosting a huddle tonight! I'm very excited and nervous at the same time. Fingers crossed that things go well!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Daily Action: Video Visitation in Prisons

Friends, this post is going to be short, due to a raging sinus infection, so please forgive me.

For today's daily action, I'm asking you to sign a petition. Senator Duckworth has sponsored an act in Congress (Video Visitation in Prison Act), and Maya Schenwar is working to get the signatures to encourage members of Congress to pass this act. Part of her story is below:

After seeing the 13TH documentary, I'm highly aware of how companies (and states) are making profits off prisoners and their families. Please sign this petition, which would allow in-person visits in addition to video visits at prisons.

Stay healthy and warm,

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Daily Action: Live Stream State of Washington & State of Minnesota v. Trump

Friends, onto the next challenge we go.

Today at 3:00pm Pacific, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments from the Trump administration on reinstating the travel ban. You can watch the live stream here


Monday, February 6, 2017

Daily Action: Last Chance to Oppose DeVos

Friends, we are now less than a day away from the Senate voting on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Democratic Senators are currently in the middle of a 24 hour protest of her nomination before the vote. For your daily action today, I ask that if you have a Republican Senator, please call and ask them to oppose DeVos for Education Secretary.

Today is the last day to make your voice heard, so if you have a few minutes to call, please do!


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Daily Action: Celebrate the Victories, No Matter How Small

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Friends, I'm not going to lie - I definitely went into this weekend with a bit of doom and gloom, especially remembering the events of last weekend...but some good things have happened. A federal judge overturned the travel ban, and then a federal appeals court denied the request for immediate reinstatement. Also, #grabyourwallet seems to be making headway in the retail industry.

So I'm going to spend the rest of this weekend celebrating these victories by working my second job (which I love), planning the huddle I'm hosting this week, and getting coffee from my local coffee shop. Also, possibly a book from my amazing local bookstore. Oh, and some Tim-Tams from my local grocery if they have them in stock.

Also, I'll be watching this again, I'm sure (because laughter is important).

Enjoy the rest of your weekends, friends!