Weekly Resistance: 5 Ways to Take Action September 11-17

Good morning, gentle readers! It’s been a wet and windy weekend in the South, and a hot and fiery one in the West. There’s a lot to do, politically speaking — so let’s get to it!

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1. Help Hurricane Victims

A historic number of hurricanes have wreaked havoc across the Gulf and parts of the United States, dealing out billions of dollars worth of damage.

Know:

  • In the United States, Florida and Texas have been hit hard by severe storms.
  • In the Gulf, many nations are dealing with serious damage, and some are already impoverished – in part due to imperialist policies on the part of countries like the U.S.
  • Parts of Puerto Rico — a U.S. protectorate — may be left without power for months.

Contact: your members of Congress. Ask them to swiftly authorize emergency funds to aid affected states, as well as Puerto Rico, and to continue monitoring the situation to determine when and if additional funds are needed. Furthermore, encourage them to offer foreign aid to Gulf nations struggling with hurricane recovery.

Support: Our list of organizations dedicating resources to Hurricane Harvey relief offers ways to assist with hurricane recovery.

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Consider signing the following Care2 petitions:

Protesters carrying signs about white supremacy.

Photo credit: Molly Adams

2. Defend DACA

Last week, Donald Trump announced that he planned to dismantle Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program that helped undocumented youth in the United States come out of the shadows.

Know:

  • Almost 800,000 people applied for and received DACA status.
  • Many DACA recipients have spent almost no time in their “home” countries and have deep roots in the United States.
  • Congress has the ability to take action by passing the DREAM Act or extending DACA for three years under the BRIDGE Act.

Contact: your senators. Tell them you support the DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented youth in the United States to safely remain in the country and contribute to society. Meanwhile, ask your representative to sign on to the BRIDGE Act. Note that disrupting immigration is inhumane and tremendously costly.

SupportSome groups defending immigrant rights include: Immigrant Defense ProjectBlack Alliance for Just ImmigrationNational Immigration Law CenterUnited We DreamFamilies for FreedomCouncil on American-Islamic RelationsMariposas Sin FronterasImmigrant Legal Resource Center; and many others.

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Consider signing the following Care2 petition:

3. Stand Up for Title IX

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a nonsensical policy on campus sexual assault that would roll back decades of hard-fought gains. It’s time to take a stand.

Know:

  • DeVos’ policy proposal would make it much harder to report, and pursue, campus sexual assault.
  • Under President Obama, the anti-discrimination law, was used to fight campus rape. But DeVos thinks the prior administration’s interpretation of the scope of Title IX is wrong.
  • She claims sexual harassment codes “trample free speech rights.”

Contact: your alma mater, and/or local college. Ask these institutions if they intend to roll back campus sexual assault programs, or if they’ll stay the course, integrating the progress of the last few years as permanent policy. Also reach out to your state legislators. With lack of federal guidance, will they step up to pass robust legislation that addresses campus sexual assault?

Support: Know Your IX provides outreach and education on campus sexual assault — and so do our friends at UltraViolet!

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Consider signing the following Care2 petition:

4. Don’t Let Equifax Get Away With It!

Credit bureau company Equifax just announced a major security breach that could have affected millions of Americans. Financial data about these victims was collected without consent and used to fuel the scoring system that determines access to credit and much more.

Know:

  • The data breach impacted 143 million people.
  • Though Equifax has known about the breach for over a month, it just went public — after insiders had an opportunity to dump stock.
  • Initially, consumers who enrolled in the “credit protection” offered to victims had to sign a binding arbitration clause that made it effectively possible to bring action against Equifax, but the company reversed course after outcry.

Contact: your legislators: Tell them to support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule, which will act to prevent the use of arbitration clauses in contracts in the future. Republicans want to repeal it, and they passed a resolution to that effect in the House, sending it on to the Senate. Get in touch with your state attorney general to request an investigation, as New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has already announced he plans to do.

Support: The National Association of Consumer Advocates works on a variety of issues surrounding arbitration clauses and other breaches of consumer rights. Americans for Financial Reform holds the financial industry accountable.

A no human is illegal protest sign

Photo credit: Harrie Van Veen 

5. Keep the Cool on North Korea

With multiple recent missile tests, North Korea is worrying neighbors, as well as those further abroad. Inflammatory rhetoric can back both sides into uncomfortable corners, and it’s up to us to prevent that.

Know:

  • Beneficial relationships between the U.S. and other countries in the region can contribute to stability, so it’s important to maintain those connections.
  • Diplomacy works, but it requires patience and a willingness to negotiate.
  • North Korea is expanding the range and capacity of its arsenal.

Contact: your legislators. Tell your representatives and senators that you want Washington to continue pursuing any and all diplomatic options for reaching a peaceful resolution to the situation with North Korea. Less tweeting, more meetings!

SupportVeterans for Peace works on North Korea and a host of other issues, drawing on the real-world experience of former service members who want to put an end to war. The Arms Control Association promotes policy changes on arms control in North Korea and elsewhere.

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Consider signing the following Care2 petitions:

Take on a mini-challenge: Call your senators about Joseph Otting, a banking industry insider nominated to the Treasury Department as the Comptroller of the Currency. Don’t think bankers should be governing policy at the treasury? Neither do we!

Photo credit: Mike Maguire

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Stephanie s2 months ago

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s2 months ago

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Cruel J
Cruel J3 months ago

I'm too busy dealing with the aftermath of Irma where I live.

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Greta H
Greta H3 months ago

All good. Thanks.

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

We need to get rid of all these corrupt corporate Democrats and Republicans like Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, and replace them with honest progressives like Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, Alan Grayson, Jill Stein or Bernie Sanders. Corporations own both corrupt parties, and it’s time to kick these corporate establishment crooks out of office.

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One Heart i
One Heart inc3 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE3 months ago

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Wesley S3 months ago

All important! And for #1 - but thing ...stay away! Contribute and push for swift legislation (as the article suggests), but stay away physically from the areas (unless of course you live there...). Betsy DeVos needs to GO! She has no clue what she's doing and has no concept of what it is she's pushing to have rolled back. One of things not mentioned in the DACA blurb is that without the DREAMers we would loses somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 billion dollars out of the economy. That's not chump change for anyone, and some states (like Texas!) would be SEVERELY challenged. So, even if you can;t think of it in humanitarian terms, think of the positives of DACA in economic terms!

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

Mary B Give it a rest. You do a disservice to all the honest progressive Bernie Sanders supporters like myself, by constantly defending your corporatist and war monger, Hillary, and the corrupt corporate establishment wing of the Democratic party that is refusing to support progressive policies that we desperately need like single payer universal healthcare. The Wikileaks emails proved Hillary is a liar, with close ties to Wall Street, for the 21 million they paid her for speeches. You need to get over it, and stop defending your queen of corruption, Hillary. Bernie Sanders has a 61% approval rating, and is the most popular politician in America. It’s time that you support Bernie Sanders, and stop being a sellout, and defending the corrupt corporate establishment wing of the Democratic party, that’s as corrupt as the Republicans, and refuses to support progressive policies that we desperately need in this country, like single payer universal healthcare. Corporate fake Democrats like you are as bad as the Republicans, and are not real progressives like Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, Alan Grayson, Jill Stein, and Bernie Sanders. It’s time you stop pretending you are a progressive because you’re not. Corporations own both corrupt parties, and it’s time you stop defending the corrupt corporate establishment wing of the Democratic party, and support honest

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

Mary B I don’t even know why you’re on this site. You have the audacity to accuse me of not really being a Bernie Sanders supporter. As I stated before you’re a corporate fake democratic sellout, and a liar. After the DNC cheated Bernie Sanders out of his primary, lied about the Nevada convention, by falsely claiming Bernie Sanders supporters threw chairs, and anointed a horribly corrupt candidate Hillary, who most people hate, and caused this crook Trump to be elected, I don’t take my orders from corrupt corporate Democratic Hillary supporters like you. Even the DNC admitted they were corrupt in their lawsuit. Hillary sat on the Walmart board of Walmart, the company that exploits workers, and took millions for speeches from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms. It’s not about hating Hillary, most people already do, because she is a crook who supports natural gas fracking, Monsanto, supported the Iraq war, the TPP 45 times, and refused to repeal Glass Steagall, the 1933 banking law. The Wikileaks emails proved that Hillary was a crook with close ties to Wall Street. Most of the corrupt Democrats who you support are refusing to support progressive policies that most people support like single payer universal healthcare, because they are bought and paid for by big pharma, and our criminal healthcare industry like the Republicans.

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