Jan. 7th, 2017

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American Friends Service Committee weekly "What We're Reading on Protest and Resistance"--links in the Jan. 6 issue are Jelani Cobb's New Yorker article, "The Return of Civil Disobedience,"Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn "Colleges Across America Are Fighting Back Against Trump's Deportation Threat" (Mother Jones), Sarah Lazare, "Here's How We Prepare to be Ungovernable in 2017," (Alternet), Jack Jenkins, "Democrats Prep Bill to Fight Trump's Muslim Registry Plans," (Think Progress). The author's name for the Essence article on NAACP President Cornell William Brooks' arrest to protest Session' nomination as Attorney General isn't visible in my printout, sorry.

There are more than 40,000 people registered for the NYC march on Jan. 21, and about 300,000 registered for the Washington march.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for cabinet nominee Jeff Sessions is scheduled for this Tuesday, so there's not a lot of time left for calling your senators.

I'm sure we've all heard about Sessions's racist comments and his actions against civil rights legislation. I want to point out two other reasons to oppose his confirmation -- especially if you live in a state with legal medical or recreational marijuana.

1) Sessions strongly opposes the legalization of marijuana, and as attorney general, there would be little to keep him from returning to the usual "war on drugs" for marijuana possession and use, even in states where it's legal. Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I drug by the DEA -- meaning that it is considered to be both dangerous and to have no medical use -- and is currently only avoiding federal prosecution because of a government memo, not law.

2) Adding to the problems of #1, Sessions also supports asset-forfeiture laws, which allow law enforcement departments to seize assets (like cars and houses) without any suspect being convicted of (or even charged with) criminal activity. These laws are subject to large-scale abuse, especially since the law enforcement agencies get to keep the money they make selling off the assets. Asset forfeiture is frequently used for drug cases.

Now imagine the combination of those laws being enforced in states with legalized marijuana, where growers and dispensaries are licensed by the state -- providing a ready database of targets and their assets for seizure.


Call your senators, especially if they sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee or if you live in a state with legalized marijuana. [See the first comment to this post for a list of the current committee members.]

Sample script: "Hi, my name is ________, and I'm a constituent of the Senator. I want to let the Senator know that I object to Jeff Sessions as our next Attorney General because of his views on legalized marijuana and asset forfeiture laws. Sessions is completely out of step with [the majority of Americans][the people of this state], and he should not be our next Attorney General."

(If you don't already have your reps contact info, this post has links for finding them.)
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In addition to the master post of ideas and suggestions, on the encouragement of one of our wonderful mods [personal profile] tassosss, I'm offering up a brainstorming post for batting ideas back and forth--- things we've done that seem to be effective, ideas we have, especially for making activism easier in general... and, because of the fannish spirit of this comm, any ideas for activism/tools/etc. that you've gotten from fiction and other media? Or for that matter any stories/art/music/other creations that inspire and support your activism that you want to share?


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