The Trump regime is erratic. But we’re staying focused.
Another week, another wild ride.
After Trump’s speech to Congress, some applauded his “Presidential” tone -- as if an hour of reading from the teleprompter was enough to distract from the ongoing bigotry and corruption of this Administration.
But the content belied the tone. President Trump announced his plans for giant tax cuts to corporations, a monstrous (and absurdly expensive) wall on our southern border, and the sinister creation of VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement) to demonize immigrants. Meanwhile, “dreamers” like 22-year-old Daniela Vargas, an aspiring math teacher who came to the U.S. when she was seven, face deportation without even a hearing.
And the teleprompter won’t distract us from attacks on our democracy. This week, we learned that the U.S. Attorney General -- the nation’s top law enforcement officer -- lied to the U.S. Senate during his confirmation hearings. Jeff Sessions should resign (he never should have been confirmed in first place). And we must have an independent, bipartisan investigation of Russian interference in the election, and whether the Trump campaign knew about, encouraged, or participated in it.
No matter how erratic the Trump regime gets, we will stay focused. Check out this great Huffington Post article on how our #GetOrganizedBK effort can be a model for community-based resistance.
As usual, we’ve listed below some upcoming resistance events -- including a children’s carnival, and grown-up karaoke.
Upcoming Resistance Events:
TONIGHT: Friday, March 3, 7:30 PM at Union Hall
The Occasionalists Present: Eve of Destruction Live Karaoke for the Resistance: Support the ACLU & DRUM
A great way to rock out for a good cause. Join the Occasionalists, a Brooklyn-based band of multi-instrumentalists specializing in live karaoke gigs. That’s right -- it’s just like karaoke but you get a full-band to accompany you instead of a karaoke machine. Their last benefit was standing-room only, and supported Planned Parenthood & Make the Road NY. The March 3rd show will benefit the ACLU and DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving) … the organizers of the Kensington Hate Free Zone. I’m planning to be there (and there’s some chance they might even get me up to the mic for a song). RSVP here.
Saturday, March 4, 2:00 PM at PS 179
Children’s Art and Recitation Contest
The Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) and M&M Academic Support Tutoring Center join together to present an event celebrating and encouraging Bengali talents. BIPA has helped sustain the traditions of Bangladeshi immigrants and will be offering a wonderful opportunity to view the rich Bangla culture. Take your family over to PS 179 for a fun art-filled afternoon. RSVP here.
Sunday, March 5, 12 - 3 PM at East Midwood Jewish Center
Purim Carnival of Resistance & Children’s Parade for Immigrants Rights
Purim is a favorite Jewish holiday for kids, feminists, queer folks, and partiers of all stripes. Purim harnesses the power of carnival to turn justice into a celebration, heal the community, and propel us with glitter towards the world as it should be through a traditional folk play called a Purimshpil. This Sunday, young people and their parents can join Jews for Racial and Economic Justice for a social justice-themed Purim carnival with games, music, food, a puppet-show, and a direct action parade for immigrant rights. RSVP here.
Sunday, March 5, 10 AM - 11:30 AM at 55 Prospect West
NYC Teen Political Action Bootcamp
Interested in opposing Trump’s agenda through grassroots political action? Learn how at Activist Bootcamp with Indivisible Nation BK, a subgroup of #GetOrganizedBK. Using the Indivisible Guide as our inspiration, we will teach you how lobby your elected representatives to oppose Trump and to fight for democratic values. RSVP here.
Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM at Grand Central Terminal
#NotInOurCity Peaceful Vigil Against Attacks on JCCs
The #NotInOurCity working group of #GetOrganizedBK has resolved to stand up to hate crimes every time they happen – by organizing a silent vigil at Grand Central Terminal. So far, we’ve stood together against Islamophobic assaults, anti-Semitic graffiti, and an attack by skinheads on students who were wearing an anti-fascist sticker. Join the #NotInOurCity crew for a peaceful, silent, one-hour vigil at Grand Central Terminal to show that we won’t normalize or tolerate hatred, harassment, bias attacks or bias-based threats in our city. Bring a sign (without sticks) that reflects our peaceful vigilance against hate. RSVP here.
Wednesday, March 8:00 AM at Governor Cuomo’s NYC Office
Lunch at Cuomo’s - Rally for Reproductive Rights
#GetOrganizedBK’s Women’s Health and Reproductive Righs (WHARR) committee is declaring its first public WHARRior action with its weekly Wednesday Lunch at Andrew Coumo’s, beginning from Marc 8th to the Governor's New York City Offices. We need New York State to act immediately by passing the Reproductive Health Act (RHA). RSVP here.