Hi resisters! The GOP’s had another big week of suppression, repression, and outright threats.
- Texas Senate Joins GOP Voter Suppression Push, Passes Restrictive SB 7 Bill (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/texas-senate-joins-voter-suppression-push-passes-bill-restricting-voter-access_n_6066076cc5b67785b7776971)
- ‘Voter suppression’: Kansas lawmakers advance changes to take control of elections (https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/election/article250349886.html)
- The GOP’s 2022 Strategy: Voter Suppression or Bust (https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/republican-voter-suppression/)
- Florida House approves draconian HB 1 anti-protest bill (https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/01/flhb-a01.html)
- Arkansas senators declare federal gun laws null and void within state borders (https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2021/03/31/arkansas-senators-declare-federal-gun-laws-null-and-void-within-state-borders)
- Georgia House threatens Delta tax break after CEO slammed new voting restrictions (https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/01/politics/georgia-voting-law-house-delta-tax-breaks/index.html)
You can see from the top graphic that there are lots of actions here – rallying support, honoring those in the crosshairs, helping others through tough issues, or educational. Pick as many as you can do. Try something you’ve never done before. Your voice and participation matters in our public square more than ever. Thank you for all that you do.
Saturday – 4/3/2021 – ONLINE WORKSHOP – “So, You Want To Learn More About Restorative Justice?“(9:00-11:00 am PT) ($25-$100)
Onlink link here. (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/so-you-want-to-learn-more-about-restorative-justice-tickets-147658230743) 1-hr asynchronous learning & 2-hr interactive Zoom workshop for folx on their journey to Racial & Restorative Justice Practitioners.**MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE THE PRE-SESSION LEARNING BEFORE THEN** (linked on the online event page)***This workshop is largely conversation driven, since people will be sharing their stories and experiences no recording will be available.***The intention of pre-session learning is to allow us to spend more time interacting and discussing rather than listening/watching in the short time we have together. There is 1 hour of video content (faster if you watch it sped up) and a few articles to read.Through a combination of pre-session learning**, interactive exercises, & group discussions, you’ll unlock a mindset & develop practical skills to:build & maintain relationships rooted in equity, respect, & compassionrepair relationships when there is harmuse Restorative Principles to dismantle white supremacy culture After the 2 hour, small-group interactive Zoom experience you’ll:Acknowledge the indigenous/ancestral roots of this work and the intentional erasure and disconnection from those roots.Examine how White Supremacy Culture harms all people by disconnecting us from ourselves and each otherExplain the basics of the Restorative ProcessAcknowledge this work is about building, maintaining, & repairing relationships and therefore, we cannot do this work aloneRespond to the needs of everyone impacted by a situation when working to repair harmCreate actionable steps to fight for equity, dismantle systems of oppression, and change individual behaviors that allow those systems to continue in personal and professional life.Integrate Restorative and Anti-Racist values into life long, internal, and external workMore information in the link.
Saturdays – 4/3/2021 – ONLINE – “Flip the West – Phone Bank Trainings on Saturday mornings“(9:00-10:00 am PT)
Sign up here. **We (Flip the West) are hosting Saturday morning phone bank trainings starting March 27th, from 9:00 – 10:00am (Pacific time). Just enter your contact information and click SIGN UP HERE to complete your registration and get your Zoom link. After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email with a “Toolkit” with information you will review at your training session.After your training, please check out phone bank opportunities on our website. We are helping to mobilize voters for a Special Election on May 1st that will be held in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Learn more about this election here: http://bit.ly/30q1M38.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Thank you!
Saturday – 4/3/2021 – ONLINE – “Saturdays, 10:00 am-noon, Virtual Letter Writing Party“(10:00-12:00 am PT) (4/10, 4/17, 4/24)
Even though lots of us are isolated right now to protect our communities, we can still get together virtually to make an impact! Join me for a virtual letter writing party, where we’ll be writing letters using this award-winning, proven tactic to reach potential voters in important upcoming elections.RSVP here, and we’ll let you know how to join this party online. Invite your friends, too and let them know that Swing Left is pioneering an innovative program, using letters to help volunteers like us turn out voters through our letter-writing affiliate, Vote Forward. Never written letters before? Hop on to votefwd.org/swingleft and make an account; download twenty letters; and we’ll show you how to write them at our virtual party!Think about it: if you help get a voter to the polls, that is an important step towards creating a more inclusive and equitable government and society. Looking forward to seeing you!
Saturday – 04/3/21 – ONLINE – “Common Cause – Social Media Monitoring Shifts!” (10:00-1:00)Tues, Thurs, Sats. (4/6, 4/8, 4/10, 4/13…)
Sign up here. https://www.mobilize.us/commoncause/event/376200/ You can help protect voters from online disinformation by signing up as a Social Media Monitor. As a volunteer with us, you’ll help monitor social media platforms and conversations in your community for democracy-related disinformation. Each monitoring shift is 3 hours long; volunteers can feel free to come and go as they please.You will be able to access our training materials when you sign up!
Hope to see you there!
Saturdays – 04/03/21 – ONLINE – “POSTCARDING WITH LAURIE – Register Democrats in Flippable Districts!” (1:00 – 2:00 pm PT) (4/10)
Sign up here. (https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/375701/) “Join Field Team 6 at our weekly Postcarding Parties! We’ll teach you everything you need to know about our voter registration outreach through postcards.
We’re overjoyed to have Shepard Fairey designing the postcard art for our proudly partisan voter registration campaigns! So order some of his and/or bring some of your own, and we’ll start sending postcards.
Click here to check out our campaigns, download addresses and get started writing: https://fieldteam6.herokuapp.com/getting_started
Thank you for doing this fun, effective, and super important work, to build new Democratic majorities in the places we need them most! This will help us save the Senate, save the House, and win downballot in every election between now and November 2022.You will receive the Zoom link shortly after signing up. If you do not see that email, please check our Spam/Junk folder. Thank you. See you online.
Saturday – 4/3/2021 – ONLINE – “URGENT – Phonebank into Arizona and help pass S1 – For the People Act!!“(2:00-4:00 pm PT)
Online link here. (https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/381743/) URGENT CAMPAIGN: We need to eliminate the filibuster so that we can pass the For the People Act, S.1, to re-establish voting rights in states that are proposing and passing legislationion to suppress the voices of minority voters and young people! Senator Kyrsten Sinema, AZ, is one of the few Democratic Senators standing in opposition to ending the filibuster. We will be calling her constituents and asking them to call and sway Senator Sinema!
Note that H.R. 1 just went from the House to the Senate last Friday (and became S. 1), so now is the time to call!
A few things to keep in mind when you attend this virtual phone bank: Don’t worry if you’ve never done something like this before. We’ll provide a phone script and a list of voters to call. You’ll need a phone and a laptop computer or tablet to make calls. If you have questions about this event, please RSVP and respond to confirmation email you receive to reach out to the host.
By clicking RSVP, you agree to the Swing Left’s Organizer Liability Statement (https://swingleft.org/liability) and the guidelines described in Swing Left’s Community Agreements (https://swingleft.org/community-agreements).
Saturday – 4/3/2021 – ONLINE – “Join us to learn more about the Rent Relief Program“(3:00-pm PT)
(English at the bottom)Se acaban de abrir las solicitudes para el nuevo programa de alivio de alquiler, ¡y es un dolor de cabeza total! ¡Únase a nosotros el 3 de abril a las 6 pm para obtener más información sobre lo que necesita y cómo solicitarlo!—
—Applications just opened for the new rent relief program, and it’s a total pain in the ass! Join us on April 3rd at 6 pm to learn more about what you need & how to apply! Link here: https://linktr.ee/VenturaTenantsUnion
Saturday – 4/3/2021 – OXNARD – “805 Candlelight Vigil honoring AAPI lives lost to racial violence” (6:00 pm) Central Park in Riverpark, Oxnard.
** face masks and social distancing required.** NOTE: Please DM us if you would like to speak; we would like to give space for our AAPI community, whoever would like to express, share, etc. This is a safe space to heal and process.
•••Honoring AAPI lives lost to racial violence and uniting against AAPI hate and misogyny. SAFE SPACE OPEN TO ALL COMMUNITIES AND ALLIES.
•••Special thank you to our sponsor; Social justice fund of Ventura county and executive director Martita Bravo-Martinez for your immense support for Aurora and I in organizing this community event.
••• VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!! Allies; Please DM us if you are interested in volunteering/attending, and AAPI family; please DM if you are interested in speaking during this event. Thank you all, and sending healing energy and love to all.
Saturday – 4/3/2021 – ONLINE – “Biden-Harris Volunteer Choir”(6:00-6:30 pm PT) (4/10, 4/17, 4/24)
Please join us this evening as we sing songs of peace and unity.We will gather every Saturday at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time).
Sunday – 4/4/2021 – ONLINE – “Civic Sundays/Rapid Response Team: Sunday Phone Bank to Stop Voter Suppression! (12:00 – 2:00 Pm PT) (4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/14, 6/20, 6/27)
Sign up here. (https://www.mobilize.us/mobilize/event/378365/) Welcome to the Blue Wave Brigade Rapid Response Team! Rapid Response Phone Banks are a new initiative to respond to attacks on our democracy AS THEY HAPPEN. As we saw after November, attempts to undermine democracy and take away people’s basic rights can happen at a moment’s notice. We need to be able to respond just as quickly. In addition to our longer-term initiatives, these rapid response phone banks will respond to what’s happening NOW. It won’t be easy. You’ll need to be nimble. But if you want to make calls that you KNOW will have an immediate impact, then these are the phone banks for you!!
To date, 43 states have introduced over 250 bills to restrict voting according to the Brennan Center for Justice. These laws seek to limit vote-by-mail access, impose strict voter ID, slash early voting, and enable more aggressive voter roll purges.
Needless to say these laws will have a deleterious effect on voters, especially voters of color. That’s why we’re teaming up with the Center for Common Ground to call underrepresented voters in these states and let them know what their legislature is trying to do. We will then offer to patch them through to their representative so they can tell them exactly what they think of these bills. Voters in Arizona and Georgia, especially voters of color, really came through for us in 2020, electing Joe Biden and FOUR Democratic Senators. Now it’s time to return the favor!
Sunday – 4/4/2021 – ONLINE PHONEBANK – Flip the West “Adopt-a-Traitor Phone Bank – California!” (2:00 – 4:00 pm PT) (4/11/, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2…)
You’ll be targeting Mike Garcia, a traitorous Republican who voted to overturn the Biden election results.
You’ll be reaching out to get people registered as Democrats, or signed up to vote from home (vote by mail) if they’re already registered.
Making sure people are registered to vote, and that they can vote safely from home, is a super-effective way to make a difference. In 2022, we can flip this seat back to a Democrat.
But we need your help. Join us as we turn voices into votes! All training provided!
ALSO NOTE: All times listed are Pacific Time! But just to be abundantly clear, the event will be taking place from 2-4p PT/ 5-7p ET
Friday 4/2: Thank Democratic voters in Georgia!
In relentless reports that Republicans are doubling down on bills to suppress voting (Texas, Kansas, nationwide), criminalize protesters (Florida‘s HB1) and remove all federal gun laws (Arkansas), it’s easy to lose sight of some heroes who should be recognized – the Democratic voters of Georgia who stood in long lines to help elect Senators Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossof.
(From R. Hubbell) Thank those Democratic voters in Georgia who gave Joe Biden a narrow majority in the Senate. We should all shudder at the thought of another two (or four) years with Mitch McConnell as a majority leader in the Senate. That is where we would be if either Rafael Warnock or Jon Ossoff had lost. We owe a debt of a gratitude to Georgia voters. Let’s take a step toward repaying that debt. Read on for details!
Vote Forward (https://votefwd.org/district/GA2021_A_THANK) is running a letter-writing campaign to thank voters in Georgia for their part in snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Here is Vote Forward’s description of its current campaign:
Many of the people [in Georgia] who turned out to vote in the 2020 general election are new to voting, or vote infrequently. By celebrating their vote and reminding them of future voting opportunities, we can help them become committed voters. Help us send letters to show appreciation to voters from underrepresented groups for turning out in 2020, and encourage them to vote again in upcoming elections.
Think about how nice it is to receive an unexpected note of thanks in the mail. Let’s share that feeling with hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters. Join the letter-writing campaign here: Vote Forward.
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