Newsletter - Apr 27 2017

Unleash Your Activist!

April 27, 2017

THIS WEEK’S

WHAT CAN I DO?

People’s Climate March

Climate instability is global instability. Man-made climate change is the ultimate environmental injustice. With climate change deniers in power in the U.S., this is a crucial time to stand up in defense of our communities and climate. About the People’s Climate March.

  • Need dinner? Friday, 4/28. 6:00pm. Join the Adas Israel community and Jewish marchers from around the country for Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv, dinner, and an expert panel and participatory discussion on Judaism, Climate, and Pollution. Presented with Interfaith Power & Light (DC. MD. NoVA). A vegetarian dinner will be served. (This is a paid event.) On Facebook. On the Adas Israel website.
  • Need breakfast and transit? Saturday, 4/29, 8:00-10:00am. Join CONGRESSMAN JAMIE RASKIN at BCC High School for a breakfast reception and rally before heading down to the Climate March as a community together. Raskin is booking buses to take folks down to the rally following the breakfast reception. Co-sponsored by Unleash Your Activist! RSVP here; $20 donation.

May Day Action with CASA

Monday, May 1, 2pm. Unleash your Activist! will join CASA's May Day action in support of immigrant workers. We will display the collective power and vital centrality of immigrants to the success of America’s economy and we will fight to force the Trump administration to end or scale back attacks on immigrant families. Meet at the Dupont Circle Metro, South exit, at 2pm to march together as a group. RSVP here.

Organizing with Unleash Your Activist

May 7, noon, leadership meeting. This is when we plan, so that our events can be all about action! Join us, and help figure out how we can make a difference on an issue important to you. Let Devora know if you can make it.

Accompany Immigrants to ICE Meetings

May 18, 6-8pm: training session (near Dupont Circle). Many undocumented immigrants have regular check-ins with immigration officers. Complying with these check-ins can lead to detention or deportation. Accompanying an immigrant to a meeting is a way to protect against rights violations, provide moral support, and make sure that family and friends are notified and legal assistance is found quickly if needed. Register for training here.

Unleashed for the Virginia Election

Sunday, May 21. Come canvass for Virginia candidates in the important effort to win Democratic control of the legislature and check the tide of voter suppression and gerrymandering. Let’s help make VA blue! We’ll meet up that morning and carpool. Sign up here to join us.

BRAG YOUR ACTIVISM!

The smallest of actions can inspire others. What are you doing?

Over 50 people came out to hear Ruth Messinger’s insights and recommendations for action at Tifereth Israel on April 23, 2017
  • “Ruth Messinger was serious, funny, so informative, and right on target.”—Paula
  • “Key points: Resist. Persist in resisting. Find the passion issue for yourself. Don't try to do everything."—Susan G.
Marching for Science: “I know some Unleashed activists were there. It was a wonderful march, if damp. Highlight for me: conversation with a professor of wildlife biology from the University of Wyoming. Her research on polar bear behavior quantifies exactly how global warming is devastating the species.”—Susan (pictured with friends Mahesh, Pat, and Zach)

“I started teaching English to a mother of four who has never been to school, and am helping her husband make work connections.”—Amy

Action? Progress?

Did you take action? Do you spot progress? Have an action item to share? Write in by Tuesday for next week’s newsletter. Thanks to all who provided info for this one!

Unleash Your Activist!

We are neighbors helping neighbors engage on local and national issues.

We help one another find our voices and our way to action.

We draw on Jewish values as we educate ourselves and determine our actions.

Our strongest actions so far have been in opposition to scapegoating.

We are supporting immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers and doing election work for candidates who stand for an inclusive America.

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Affiliated with Bend the Arc (a Jewish social justice organization)

and Indivisible (making Congress listen through best practices).

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Cover Photo by Earl Dotter

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