*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - MONDAY, 7 AM *** Katie Anthony
1. Make some phone calls this morning about our state's response to the EO on Immigration over the weekend:
- If you're in Seattle, call Mayor Ed Murray - 206-684-4000. Thank him for his pledge of resistance to the anti-Muslim executive order. Then tell the Mayor that Seattle PD needs to HALT violent actions against citizens protesting at airports and elsewhere. He and Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole have a duty to protect citizens taking action to save democracy. Peaceful protest is a First Amendment right.
- If you're a King County resident, call KC Executive Dow Constantine - 206-263-9600. Thank him for reprimanding Sound Transit for shutting down service to Sea-Tac during the protests at the request of airport police. Constantine called it out and gave a press conference denouncing the exec order as both anti-democratic and very bad for business.
- If you're a Washington State resident, call Governor Jay Inslee - 360-902-4111. Thank him for his ongoing, vocal denouncement of the exec order and his commitment to resistance at the state level.
2. If you can, donate to the ACLU, the IRC, the Southern Poverty Law Center, CAIR, please do. Every little bit helps, and all are doing great work to support the highly vulnerable population targeted by this EO.
Oh, and cancel your Uber account. Uber broke the JFK airport taxi strike in response to the EO, and the CEO of Uber is a strong supporter of the administration. Here's how: http://cnet.co/2jr89uV
3. In our ongoing conversation about race, I'd like you to take a moment to consider this scenario: You are a white person, living in a largely white neighborhood in Japan. You have citizenship, as does everyone in your family. You work, support your local economy, don't break any laws, and generally mind your own business. One day, the Japanese government signs a paper saying that white Americans can no longer travel to Japan because of the terrorist threat they pose to their society.
How does your life change? How do you feel, getting on the train to go to work the next day, the only white face in the car, suddenly named by the government as a threat?
While my heart breaks for the refugees denied asylum and the people of color who are being profiled and criminalized for no good reason, I have to confront the fact that I am still just as safe and welcome in this society as I was last week.
Indivisible of WA, I want you all to opt into smiling at strangers today, starting a conversation or just say "good morning" to someone who does not look like you, and talk about something other than a Muslim ban or systemic racism. Connect with other human beings and demonstrate that all are welcome in the place where you are welcome Love is strong medicine, and it will be good for all of us. #IndivisibleLove #DailyDos#Race101
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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