MONDAY – LAST CHANCE TO RESIST TRUMP NOMINEES JEFF SESSIONS AND BETSY DEVOS
Today is literally your last chance to resist Trump by challenging two of his cabinet nominees. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Senate Committees will vote whether or not to confirm Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Let’s stop their confirmations at the Committee level.
STOP Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General
His record shows that, if confirmed, he would reverse decades of civil rights progress for women, African Americans, the LGBTQIA community, and recent immigrants.
The national organizers of the Women’s March on Washington are calling for a series of actions:
Vigils will be held outside the Senate Judiciary Committee members offices, rally to demand that Senator Sessions’ nomination for U.S. Attorney General will not be furthered.
If you do not live in a state represented on the Senate Judiciary Committee, break the D.C. switchboard and call your representatives!
Oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos to Secretary of Education ASAP.
Even if you’ve already called and/or left a message, call again. If you get voicemail, leave a message.
- Senate HELP Committee Chair, Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202-224-4944
2. HELP Committee Ranking Member, Patty Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621
3. Your two senators. (Find yours here)
Script: Hi! I am calling to oppose Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education.
Note: That’s really all you have to say. It’s even stronger if you include your name and state when you call your particular senators or representatives on an issue, but for these types of committees, it doesn’t matter which state you’re from – the committees make decisions that affect all of us.
TUESDAY – RESIST TRUMP’S RACIST IMMIGRATION POLICIES
Late last week, Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) banning immigrants and non-immigrants from seven different countries from entering the U.S. This 90-day ban applies to both immigrants and non-immigrants, including those with green cards and visas. He also signed an EO to begin the process of building a 2,000-mile along the US border with Mexico.
Opponents of these actions say that Trump’s EOs are unconstitutional and immoral. The controversial action sparked tens of thousands of demonstrators to gather at dozens of US airports, parks, and outside the White House in protest.
There are several ways you can fight back against Trump’s racist immigration policies both locally and nationally. This article outlines several of them.
WEDNESDAY – BUILD YOUR
TOOL KIT TO RESIST TRUMP
The “Take On Hate With Action” Campaign started in 2014 in an effort to challenge the growing prejudice toward and misconceptions about Arab and Muslim Americans in the US. After the 2016 election, they saw the need to step up their efforts and involve more people at the grassroots level.
To that end, Take On Hate With Action (TAKE ON HATE) has developed a toolkit and made it available for free to the general public. This toolkit includes is designed to provide people with information and resources to help fight back against hate of all kinds.
Visit their website today to arm yourself with this toolkit. TAKE ON HATE is also in the process of developing an Emergency Action Tool Kit for use when sudden acts of hatred or violence spring up right in front of you. Bookmark their website, or better yet sign up for email updates. This will enable you to obtain the Emergency Action Tool Kit as soon as it is available.
THURSDAY – RESIST TRUMP IF YOU ARE STOPPED BY AUTHORITIES
The actions of the Trump administration, and subsequent responses by police, ICE, Homeland Security, etc., have increased the likelihood that many of us will either witness someone being stopped by authorities and/or experience it ourselves. It is important that we all know our rights and that we assert them properly in such an event.
Regardless of a person’s immigration or citizenship status, everyone has constitutional rights in the US. Fortunately, the ACLU has provided a handy summary of these rights and printable cards to carry in our wallets or as images in our phones.
FRIDAY – PREPARE TO RESIST TRUMP WITHOUT BURNING OUT
Let’s face it – resistance is hard work. It can take a lot of time, and also a lot of energy – physical, emotional and mental. In order to maintain the type of resistance we are likely to need over the next several months and years, it is important that we take care of ourselves. By investing time in self-nurturing activities, we can resist Trump without burning out.
But how do we accomplish this daunting task? Mirah Curzer has outlined some simple but effective ways that we can sustain ourselves as activists and as citizens. Take some time today to invest in YOU. We need you for the long haul! If you aren’t already doing so, please find ways to take care of yourself today.
Visit SuitUp Nation’s Facebook Group to join in the conversation and become part of the #SUN movement. Make sure to let us know when you’ve taken action! Leave us a comment on our Facebook Page! Tell everyone you’re a bad a** activist who’s standing up for Human Rights all over North America!