Newsletter - Mar 30 2017

Unleash Your Activist!

March 30, 2017

Downtown Silver Spring

THIS WEEK’S

WHAT CAN I DO?

Tonight! Phone Bank to Block Gorsuch

Make calls in Petworth with Bend the Arc, Thursday, March 30 from 7-9pm.

Support the Maryland Trust Act

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed the Maryland Trust Act, but Governor Hogan has threatened to veto it, so it is vital that we continue our advocacy: first, by getting this bill out of committee in the state senate. Use this easy-to-use tool to send a letter to your state senators and delegates - then share with anyone you know in Baltimore County.

We’ve Seen This Before

Sunday, April 23, 10am. Unleash Your Activist! has invited Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador for American Jewish World Service, to discuss how Jewish history can inform democratic activism in America today. RSVP here. Ideas for collaborative actions to take immediately following her talk are welcome; contact Devora.

Upcoming on the Resistance Calendar

On April 1, March for Health and demonstrate that our power in the ACA fight was not a fluke, and that the Trump administration's tepid attempts to get the opioid epidemic under control while cutting crucial research funding is completely unacceptable. On April 15, demand Trump’s tax returns. Then it’s time to begin gearing up for the April 22 March for Science and the April 29 People’s Climate March. To help with breakfast and buses for the People’s Climate March, sign up here. Make the most of whatever time you can spare. Check the Resistance Calendar.

THIS WEEK'S

PROGRESS

Vigil Against Hate

On Friday, several dozen people from multiple communities gathered on the steps of Tifereth Israel for a candlelight vigil in response to recent hate crimes, with singing in three languages followed by Shabbat dinners in the neighborhood for all who were interested. See the story on WJLA.

Virginia Voter Registration

On Sunday, Unleash Your Activist! helped Virginians get ready for this year’s important elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and the state legislature. First, an organizer from New Virginia Majority trained us on how to help people fill out the voter registration form completely and accurately. Then we spread out at several high-traffic locations in Arlington and Fairfax counties. Undeterred by the chilly weather and gray skies, we spoke with 150 people over several hours at locations including a public library and shopping centers, where we encountered a diverse population including immigrants, people of color, military personnel, and families, and spread the word that there are important elections in Virginia this year -- not only in November, but as early as June for the primary elections. This was news to many. Most people we spoke with are registered, but they really appreciated that we were volunteering to register voters, check that registrations were up to date with current addresses, and increase civic participation. Many people thanked us, and some engaged in conversations about the current state of affairs. After returning to the New Virginia Majority headquarters we shared valuable information with the organizers to help them refine their outreach efforts. Interested in preparing for or participating in future actions? Contact Michael.

The Legislative Front

The Republican leadership suffered a real setback this week with the failure to repeal the ACA and pass the AHCA. Prepare for future fights, particularly over the budget, with Indivisible’s one-page explainers, such as Legislative Process 101—Appropriations (or “Keeping the Lights On”).

Did you take action? Do you spot progress? Do you 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

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