Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action September 24-30

Fall has arrived, it’s the last week of September, and the month is not going out quietly. While developments with Brett Kavanaugh are moving quickly and occupying lots of headlines, there are many other worrying things happening too, including an attack on immigrants who use or have used public benefits and the potential rumored departure of Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, we got you: Here are five specific actions you can take this week to make a difference.

You can find information on how to contact your officials at all levels of government here. As always, if you haven’t had a chance yet, sign up for our newsletter, and stay up-to-date on the latest!

1. Kava-Nope

New information about Brett Kavanaugh’s past underscores his lack of suitability for the Supreme Court.

Know:

Act: Contact your senators and ask them to stand with the women coming forward to open up about their past. Ask your senators to refuse to vote on the senate floor until these allegations have been thoroughly investigated. And if your senators are already speaking up, thank them for their work.

2. Protect Institutionalized and Incarcerated People in Disasters

The shocking death of two mentally ill women being transported during Florence, and the outrage over the decision to leave incarcerated people in place at risk of death during the storm, highlights the need for better disaster planning for vulnerable populations.

Know:

  • People in institutional settings include older adults and disabled people in settings ranging from temporary rehabilitation facilities to sites specializing in long-term care. Some can’t safely evacuate on their own and count on authorities to help them.
  • Incarcerated people across the U.S. are vulnerable during disasters when officials fail to plan for relocating them if the facilities they’re housed in fall under evacuation zones.
  • Immediate evacuation isn’t the only concern. If a facility is destroyed, damaged, or unusable due to lack of electricity or water, people need somewhere to go in the interim.

Act: Contact your governor’s office and state legislators to ask them about the state’s plan for evacuating these populations. When was it drafted? When was it last updated? Does it reflect the latest flood hazard maps? How often do organizations and agencies collaborate on dry runs to make sure they’re prepared for the real thing?

3. Speak Up for Wetlands

Protecting coastal wetlands is a smart move if you love nature, but it can also help mitigate the effects of sea level rise.

Know:

  • Wetlands can buffer storm surge, trap floodwaters, reduce erosion, and make the water cleaner.
  • They’re also home to some unique plant and animal species you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Wetland destruction puts human communities at risk.

Act: Get involved in local development policy to advocate for giving wetlands more space and rehabilitating those that have been compromised. And contact your state lawmakers to ask them what they’re doing to carve out permanent protections for these sites. If you don’t live in a coastal state, learn more about lake and river ecosystems and press to protect these vital resources too.

4. Ban the Box

The movement to eliminate questions about criminal history from employment applications is growing.

Know:

  • Job applications have historically included a checkbox asking if an applicant has a criminal past, and that can result in discrimination against applicants who don’t get a chance to tell their story.
  • You may have heard that this movement has an unintended consequence in the form of discrimination against applicants of color. Research doesn’t support that claim, and does show increased hiring among communities with criminal backgrounds.
  • 32 states along with the District of Columbia have adopted variations of a ban the box policy.

Act: Is your state on the list? If not, contact your state lawmakers to ask them to consider this policy change, which can be lifechanging for formerly incarcerated people who are trying to rebuild their lives.

5. Where are the Children?

We know it feels like deja vu, but here we are again: The Trump Administration “lost track of” 1,500 children separated from their families by cruel immigration policies.

Know:

  • The children had left federal shelters with sponsors, and now the government doesn’t know where they are.
  • Government officials contend the characterization of “lost,” saying that family members just aren’t responding to outreach calls, and the children may be right where they belong.
  • A bipartisan group of senators is introducing legislation to increase oversight and address the backlog of immigration cases.

Act: Contact your federal officials to ask them to take action on this issue. This bill is a good starting point, but in the long term, we shouldn’t be separating families…or incarcerating families together.

Take Action Now!

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28 comments

Camilla V
Camilla Vaga2 months ago

thx

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Sophie A
Sophie A2 months ago

thank you for sharing

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Nita L
Nita L2 months ago

Thank you. Signe petitions not previously signed.

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hELEN h
hELEN h2 months ago

tyfs

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Daniel N
Daniel N2 months ago

thank you for posting

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Debra G
Debra G2 months ago

The slime balls have set the date for voting in Kavanaugh for THIS Friday. Time to step up pressure on Murkowski and Flake (I think Collins is a lost cause).

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Peggy B
Peggy B2 months ago

TYFS

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Carol C
Carol C2 months ago

Many thanks for these updates. All petitions previously signed - a start.

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Alea C
Alea C2 months ago

I painted the rear window on my car with washable paint that says "VOTE NO ON KAVANAUGH RUBIO / NELSON", but they'll never see it, but other people will.

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Loredana V
Loredana V2 months ago

Great job, as usual. Thank you!

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