We must keep organizing. Here are 4 more chances.

We must keep organizing. Here are 4 more chances.

Your activism is truly what is keeping me going.

This has been one of the darkest weeks our lifetimes. Xenophobia is now the official policy of the White House. The Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines roll back hard-fought environmental wins – just as the planet once again experienced its hottest year ever. We have a President committed to lying, stoking Islamophobia, and provoking hostility with our neighbors. And we’re only one week in.

But your commitment to getting and staying organized has been extraordinary. Last Saturday’s marches were the largest democratic mass demonstrations in American history – and it felt like everyone we knew was in the streets together (thanks for all the great pictures & videos you shared). This Wednesday, so many of you helped launch the Kensington Hate Free Zone, led by Desis Rising Up & Moving and leaders of the Bangladeshi Muslim community, where we pledged to support a community defense system to love and protect our neighbors. You’ve continued to write letters and make phone calls by the thousands.

Still, each day’s news from Washington is going to be bleak. So we must stay active.

Here are four more opportunities:

Sunday, January 29, 3 p.m. at Grand Central Terminal
#NotInOurCity Vigil Against Hate Crimes

The #GetOrganizedBK working group fighting Islamophobia and anti-Semitism is committed to responding to hate crimes in NYC. This week, a Massachusetts man was charged with kicking abd threatening and airline worker at JFK Airport who was wearing a head-scarf, telling her: “Trump is here now” and “he will get rid of all of you.” Join this vigil to say #NotInOurCity to hatred and Islamophobia. RSVP here.

Tuesday, January 31, 6 – 8 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza
#ResistTrumpTuesdays Rally Against Trump Nominees

Angry about a climate change denier for EPA Administrator? An enemy of public education and private school zealot for Education Secretary? A billionaire fast-food  CEO with a history of wage theft violations for Labor Secretary? An opponent of civil and voting rights for Attorney General? Come urge Senator Schumer to stand firm against Trump’s nominees.  (Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain at Senator Schumer and Gillibrand’s offices last Tuesday). RSVP here.

Get Organized Brooklyn: Full Group Meetings

Please join us for the next full-group #GetOrganizedBK meetings at Congregation Beth Elohim (at 8th Avenue and Garfield Place, in Park Slope). We’ll try a little different format. We’ll start at 6:30, with a panel/program. Then at 7:30, we’ll break down into working groups to keep organizing and planning. Feel free to come for either part (or both, of course).

Monday, February 6th
6:30: Panel on protecting immigrants/sanctuary city policies
7:30: Working group meetings (see list here)

Monday, February 27th
6:30: Panel on protecting public education
7:30: Working group meetings (see list here)

Thanks to you, these meetings have been some of the most inspiring organizing I’ve ever been a part of -- and they’ve caught the attention of The New York Times, the Jewish Daily Forward, DNAInfo, and far beyond.

Please join the #GetOrganizedBK Facebook Group, if you haven’t already. It has rapidly become an invaluable resource for taking action every day. And many of the working groups have list-servs of their own (more information here).

Hope to see you at some of these events. In the meantime, a couple of good reading suggestions:

Lisa Raymond-Tolan (a #GetOrganizedBK activist who is helping lead the work to resist Trump nominees through Indivisible Nation BK) offers these 5 Invaluable Tips On How to Resist From a First Time Activist. My favorite: “Don't underestimate the stress-relieving power of bothering congressmen” (please don’t tell our Members of Congress I said that :-).

And I also enjoyed How to Stay Outraged Without Losing Your Mind. We’re in this for the long haul, so we’ll need to make sure to take care of ourselves, and each other.

I’m sure more vile executive orders are coming later today (personally, I would have thought “extreme vetting” at least meant that Presidential nominees had to release their tax returns).  

But the best way to avoid despair, and to save the republic, is to keep organizing.


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