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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump Administration, just announced that he will end DACA by March 5th, 2018, essentially giving Congress six months to take action on DACA and pass legislation. This decision will affect nearly 1 million young immigrants.

Now is the time to show that we are not backing down and that we will protect immigrants from Trump's racist attacks. Here’s two things you can do now:

1. Join us in the streets: Visit weareheretostay.org to find the nearest action to you.

2. Sign up to join our Community Call tonight at 9pm ET. TEXT the word DACACall to 877- 877 right now to RSVP. Once it’s time for the community call, we’ll call your phone and connect you into the national community call. It’s free to participate and we’ll have experts answer your questions live.


For many of us, DACA has been a roller coaster ride. We fought hard for a less than perfect program and finally won DACA. For many of us, it changed our lives. We were able to study, to work -- and to live without fear. But since Trump took office, uncertainty over whether or not the program would continue loomed over us. But while Trump’s white supremacist agenda won today, they will not win in the end. Immigrant youth are more than the papers Trump is ripping away, they have a mighty spirit and they are #HeretoStay.

Undocumented immigrants need all of our support right now. We vow to continue fighting and mobilizing for justice so that all immigrants and people of color can live with dignity.

The fight is just beginning,

Greisa and the rest of the team at United We Dream

DACA

Sep. 5th, 2017 10:47 am
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Vox: Immigration activists are about to put “everything on the line" for DACA

Lots of information on tactics and which groups are doing what.

DefendDACA seems to be the go-to site for actions and events.
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The news of the week is Hurricana Harvey relief and DACA.

Housekeeping (the usual stuff)

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

As we don't always get the time to pull things out of the suggestions post into their own separate posts, it may be worth checking every week (or tracking the post) to see if there's any new information you're interested in.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird, who is our tag guru.

Ongoing actions and activities

Links to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Targeting Harvey Help
Houston DSA fundraiser
Harvey Relief Post from Obama.org
More Links for Harvey Donations
Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund
Traitor Radio's "Hurricane Harvey: How To Help"
Amazing Web Page on Harvey Recovery
Indivisible's Explainer on Harvey Response - talking to your Congress person

DACA
Resources if DACA Ends

Special Elections
Good news: Dems win VA school board special election 2:1

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18774 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


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called my one senator
2 (66.7%)

called my other senator
2 (66.7%)

called my representative
1 (33.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
1 (33.3%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
3 (100.0%)

attended an in-person activist group
0 (0.0%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
0 (0.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
1 (100.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
1 (100.0%)


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[personal profile] executrix
http://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-donate-money-and-other-aid-communities-color-houston
what it says on the tin

TEJAS, the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, has worked for a long time to raise awareness of the ecological risks--you can donate at https://www.youcaring.com/texasenvironmentaljusticeadvocacyservices-917974
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https://anothergulf.com/a-just-harvey-recovery/

Lots of great resources, worthy places to donate you probably haven't seen yet, what supplies are needed--and putting the storm in the context of a broader recovery effort.
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There was a special election today for Fairfax County School Board in Virginia, and it was awesome!

This seat was only open because a local Republican member retired -- and if she'd waited ten days to turn in her resignation, this election would've been in November, with Virginia's regular election. Instead, she retired early in the hopes that a special election would depress Democratic turnout and keep the seat conservative.

But we ran an amazing candidate, brought turnout *up* from projections, and won 64% of the vote!

GO TEAM BLUE!!

(read more at DailyKos)
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Just a reminder that terrible things aren't just happening in Houston, they're happening everywhere! The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has published a guide about what happens if DACA is eliminated:

https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/if_daca_ends.pdf
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https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-3833118145683060992?midqs=-8534321293867089920

special mission: helping marginalized people such as people of color and undocumented people.
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I C&pd an e-mail so the links aren't live, but there should be enough info. to find the organization:

Hello there --

All weekend, people in Houston, across the Gulf Coast, and around the country have been pitching in to aid those affected by the devastating flooding in southeastern Texas.

We've been inspired by the acts of citizens aiding their neighbors, the first responders at work on the ground, and the people around the country who have come together to support those in need.

Help is still needed, and there are many ways for you to contribute from anywhere. Here are some of the organizations providing urgent relief and essential services to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey:

Red Cross
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is assisting in the care of thousands of displaced Texans, and working to restore homes. Learn more about how to support their efforts here.

Save the Children
Save the Children is delivering family-friendly relief supplies, setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters, providing specially trained staff to help children, and planning for long-term recovery needs. Support their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts here.

Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank is providing immediate food distribution to families most in need. Donate now or learn more about how to volunteer at houstonfoodbank.org.

If you're able, please do what you can to help out. As President Obama said, that's what we do as Americans.
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The Houston DSA chapter has raised about $46,000 of its $75,000 goal (and they will specifically be helping undocumented people). Link if you want to get them further to the goal:

https://www.youcaring.com/peopleimpactedbyhurricaneharvey-914409
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I hope everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey (and any other similar threats elsewhere) is keeping safe and well. Not surprisingly, the Minority President and his team have taken the opportunity of the news cycles being filled with Harvey to dump out a lot of bad news. See below for various ongoing activities.

Housekeeping (the usual stuff)
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

As we don't always get the time to pull things out of the suggestions post into their own separate posts, it may be worth checking every week (or tracking the post) to see if there's any new information you're interested in.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird, who is our tag guru. Both [personal profile] tassosss and I are very grateful for the help.

Ongoing actions and activities

Charlottesville
Talking points from the Democratic Socialists of America on Confederate Monuments
Assorted Charlottesville resource links
Indivisible have made a map - counter protests
Charlottesville - where to donate money
Solidarity with Charlottesville - find or plan a community event to show you're standing with the people in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy.

Recess resources
PFAW Fact Sheets for Recess
Town Halls: Congress is in recess, so find out when (if!) your representatives are holding town halls at Town Hall Project
Recess toolkits from MoveOn.org and Indivisible (check the comments)

Other issues
Resources for opposing the planned ban on transgender people serving in the military
Resources to defend DACA
Petition: stop Trump from pardoning Joe Arpaio
"Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act"
Friends of the Earth Call Script for NAFTA
Women's Convention Detroit October 27-29
Find every election you're eligible to vote in with the EveryElection app

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18749 Weekly Check In
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


This Week, I...

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called my one senator
1 (16.7%)

called my other senator
1 (16.7%)

called my representative
0 (0.0%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
1 (16.7%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
0 (0.0%)

attended a town hall
1 (16.7%)

donated money to a cause
4 (66.7%)

attended an in-person activist group
1 (16.7%)

participated in phone/online training
2 (33.3%)

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went to a protest
1 (12.5%)

signed up for alerts
2 (25.0%)

took care of myself
6 (75.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (12.5%)

did something else
2 (25.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
0 (0.0%)


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Since Trump's got round to banning trans people from the military via executive order as well as Tweet, I thought I'd pass on a rec I saw for a good small trans organization who can use any donations you may wish to throw at them (as well as the big names like Lambda Legal, who are likely to be spearheading any major legal cases on this issue):

Transgender Law Center
San Francisco Business Times: The Transgender Law Center is training the trans leaders of tomorrow

They have an action center that lets you do things like learn about any trans-specific legislation happening in your state and what local campaigning groups you can contact to get involved.

Tangentially, they're also working with the amazing Southerners on New Ground, a "a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South".

(You know you want a Bayard Rustin votive candle. Because who wouldn't?)
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Hey folks, it's been a busy week. Shout out to all the counter-protests that have seen huge turnouts where neo-nazi's have tried to get their message out. We have a lot of links and resources this week.

One bit of news is that our tag guru [personal profile] redbird is going to have limited internet time for the next week or so. That means it may take a bit longer than the usual super-speedy service for your posts to be tagged and new tags added. (Remember: you can always add existing tags to your posts yourselves.)

Housekeeping (the usual stuff)
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

As we don't always get the time to pull things out of the suggestions post into their own separate posts, it may be worth checking every week (or tracking the post) to see if there's any new information you're interested in.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird, who is our tag guru.

Ongoing actions and activities
Sunday August 20 Ready to Resist call
Asssorted Charlottesville resource links
Indivisible have made a map - counter protests
Charlottesville - where to donate money
Petition: stop Trump from pardoning Joe Arpaio
"Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act"
Day of Action: Defend DACA
PFAW Fact Sheets for Recess
Friends of the Earth Call Script for NAFTA
Women's Convention Detroit October 27-29

Solidarity with Charlottesville - find or plan a community event to show you're standing with the people in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy.
Find every election you're eligible to vote in with the EveryElection app
Town Halls: Congress is in recess, so find out when (if!) your representatives are holding town halls at Town Hall Project
Recess toolkits from MoveOn.org and Indivisible (check the comments)

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18720 weekly check in
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15


This week I...

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called my one senator
3 (25.0%)

called my other senator
3 (25.0%)

called my representative
2 (16.7%)

called my governor
1 (8.3%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
1 (8.3%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
8 (66.7%)

attended an in-person activist group
2 (16.7%)

participated in phone/online training
2 (16.7%)

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went to a protest
5 (35.7%)

signed up for alerts
1 (7.1%)

took care of myself
6 (42.9%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (14.3%)

did something else
4 (28.6%)

committed to action in the coming week
4 (28.6%)



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[personal profile] teaotter
I saw this today and it made me laugh (and cry, frankly, for the state of the country), so I thought others might be interested:

Robin Whetstone: A Bad Week to Be a Parent
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ACLU Petition: Stop Trump from pardoning Joe Arpaio

Points out that a pardon would represent an official endorsement and back-pat for systematic violations of the rights of people of colour.

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