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“Anti-Racist Jubilee Symposia” “Celebrate..Educate..Cultivate”
IndivisibleNWIL is intentionally adopting the word “antiracist” in our vision statement. For us, Anti Racism requires an understanding how years of federal, state, and local policies have placed communities of color at risk and in crisis. It is a “call to action” that demands that we decry such policies as “racist.” We also believe Antiracism is about recognizing one’s own position in a racist society, and locates the roots of problems in power and policies that privilege one group of people over others. The adoption of the word “antiracist” in our vision statement signals our intention to identify and fight against racist practices and policies in order to achieve a more egalitarian society.
Celebrate: In spite of our circumstances, we can celebrate with our families/friends, culture, music, food, history etc.
Educate: For those who join us on Juneteenth or at any other time, it’ll be those moments where various anti-racist conversation will take place,inclusive of scenarios,personal stories,vocabulary, guest speakers, trainings, workshops. It’ll be a space for genuineness without criticism. Each member and guest will always have opportunities for self-reflection, for the purpose of personal growth. We will endeavor to educate with the purpose of unity.
Cultivate: We will endeavor to build an ongoing discussion with Allies and others for the purpose of breaking down racist barriers…right where we are.
Grassroots organizations in key states that are not only working to block restrictive voting bills, but to educate voters about their rights and turn them out to vote.
Pennsylvania Stands Up
Down Home North Carolina
Action St. Louis Power Project
West Virginia Citizen Action Group
Arizona Coalition for Change / Our Voice Our Vote Arizona
Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
Living United Change for Arizona (LUCHA)
PODER / PODER in Action
Georgia Stand Up
We the People
CASA in Action
ProGeorgia State Table
Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda
color of change - Black Business Green Book
Your weekly to-dos
Call your representative and ask them to pass the strongest possible COVID-19 relief bill to send to the Senate. While we wait for the Senate parliamentarian’s report, it’s crucial that Democrats remain firm on their priorities for a COVID-19 package that meets the moment. They should know we expect them to pass the bill without making any preemptive concessions.
Take action for democracy reform with the For the People Project. Now that we have a Democratic trifecta, we have to move quickly to unrig our democracy so all of our other priorities can be within reach. To start, that means pushing our MoCs to pass the For the People Act (H.R. 1/ S. 1), make D.C. the 51st state (H.R. 51/ S. 51), and eliminate the filibuster. Our For the People Project page is your one-stop shop to learn more about our plans and find ways to take action.
Call your representative to ask them to pass the U.S. Citizenship Act. Immigration reform is one of our core priorities and, while this bill needs some improvements, it’s a step in the right direction. Namely, it provides a path to citizenship for most, but not all, undocumented immigrants living in the United States as of this year. Let your representative know they should immediately advance this bill -- and work to make positive changes -- so immigrants can know by spring that they are welcomed to citizenship.
Check out this directory with details about how to help communities in Texas. This guide provides information about different ways to provide support to the people of Texas. It’s a long list of organizations all over the state that are working tirelessly to get people the help they need. If you are able, consider making a donation to any one of these organizations today.
Sign up for our March Indivisible National Activist Call. After a busy few weeks, be sure to join group leaders, group members, and other Indivisible activists on our March National Activist Call. On the call, we’ll cover legislative updates and a few ways to get involved in our current and upcoming fights.
"It is incomprehensible to me, the fear that can affect men in political offices. It is shocking the way they submit to forces they know are wrong and fail to stand up for what they believe. Can their jobs be so important to them, their prestige, their power, their privileges so important that they will cooperate in the degradation of our society just to hang on to those jobs?"
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SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES
A few guidelines for the use of social media…
As our goals state, “In order to work together to achieve this goal (Trump resistance), we must model the values of inclusion, respect, and fairness.”
While it’s tempting to focus on the character flaws of our opponents (and we certainly can question ethics issues), let’s keep our focus on issues and actions.
Please refrain from using any hateful speech or profanity.
Don’t just spread information. Be careful and skeptical. We certainly don’t want anyone to use our website to discredit our movement. If we post anything that is unsubstantiated, then we run that risk.
Don’t engage in argument on either Twitter or Facebook with anyone over our site. If you’d like to argue, which you are entitled to do, please use private chats, so that you won’t be speaking for the entirety of our group.
Respect and Confidentiality (Keep our business..our business). We will know what needs to be shared with the general public.
Use this well regarded norm. Disagree without being disagreeable.
When ideas are presented, they will be heard but not necessarily used or implemented, at that moment.
If someone has an idea for an event/action/training, for the group, they will be required to write a proposal. The proposal will be presented to Facilitators and the Leadership team, for consideration.
Once the meeting agenda/timeline has been determined, additional/ new information will not be presented, during the meeting.
All agendas will continue being presented with a timeframe.
Be certain that new members are aware of and understand the norms.
Share our 2020 vision statement with all new members.
All new members will be vetted, mainly via phone calls.
We will strive to begin and end on time and to remain focused.
Every voice is important. Therefore, no one person will dominate conversations.
Whomever initiates an agenda item will be recognized and asked to share details about the item.
Be sure to only share your ideas and perspectives. (Each person will speak for themselves).
Use active listening. Ask questions/ for clarification… rather than assume
Interruptions are not healthy norms. We will actively listen to one speaker at a time. (This will eliminate talking over each other.)
When sharing information, all comments are to be brief and meaningful. In this case, brief is not to be considered….relative.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus's People's Agenda
demands that our government deliver bold and equitable relief, and real opportunity, for all people within the first six months of 2021.
Provide COVID relief that meets the scale of the crisis and addresses the disproportionate focus on harm to Black, Indigenous, people of color and other vulnerable communities.
Put people back to work, give workers more power, and transform to a clean, renewable energy economy.
Ensure health care for everyone by taking important steps to expand healthcare and making equitable investments in public health infrastructure as we work towards Medicare for All.
Defend and expand voting rights, strengthen democracy, and end corruption to return the vote and voice back to the people.
Dismantle racism, white supremacy, and inequality in all institutions to create justice, ensure equality and opportunity for all and end the racial wealth gap.
End endless wars and invest in diplomacy and peace. It’s time to end massive increases and significantly reduce Pentagon budgets that fuel wars and sap communities of vital investments in education, housing and more.
End corporate greed and corporate monopolies to end poverty and stop poor and working people from getting poorer while huge corporations and the wealthiest get wealthier.
25 essential books for activists
...and more books!
NYTimes: "The Book That Should Change How Progressives Talk About Race"
food for thought