Showing up for racial justice
I am really glad to know about Showing Up for Racial Justice, and to stay tuned to what can be done and what is being done in the U.S. There are a couple of events this week, so I thought I would share them. Their text, unedited:
This week has been pretty disastrous. Following the largest global protest in history, Donald Trump told us exactly what kind of president he intends to be by signing some of the most xenophobic executive orders we've seen in recent political history.
However, resistance to the Trump agenda is building. We wanted to pass along two ways that you can take concrete, meaningful action to be part of this resistance:
- Our friends at Mijente have launched a beautiful campaign to pressure city/town councils and mayors to declare their communities "sanctuary" -- not just for immigrants, but for all those who are being targeted and attacked by Trump. You can join that effort by creating a petition addressing your own community leaders here: https://action.mijente.net/efforts/tell-your-mayor-to-defy-trump-expand-sanctuary/near/new.
- In response to Trump's executive order attempting to force movement on the Dakota Access Pipeline, our friends on the ground at Standing Rock have organized a national call to provide some updates on their organizing plans and how allies can "show up." The call is on Wednesday, February 1, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, and you can register for the call here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/428e196e7514e4ed8c34be5db4a05ad8.
As more strategies to resist the Trump agenda surface, and more opportunities to support those strategies evolve, we'll let you know about them. And it's more important than ever to not just pay attention to national politics, but to also deepen work on the ground in local communities. If you haven't found a SURJ chapter near you yet, you can do so here: www.showingupforracialjustice.org/affiliated_groups_local_contacts. New chapters are being added by the day, and local chapters serve as an important way to keep track of what's happening locally and how national policies are impacting your local community.