Weekly Roundup week ending March 03, 2017
The weekly roundup highlights the actions we took and the amazing results of our hard work. Going forward I will summarize the week in the main post then provide a link and action roundup in the first comment. If you didn't have time to act during the week, you can find the action items in the first comment.
Also, as always, I want to give a huge shoutout to every single one of you who took action this week. Activist fatigue is a real thing and it's important to guard against it. Remember that one action is more meaningful than no action, so if you can do one a day, do one. If you can do more that is wonderful, but don't ever think that any contribution is too small. Every action counts! Don't ever forget that you have a voice.
Here are this week's highlights. FOR ACTION LINKS AND INFO, PLEASE SEE THE blog posts from this week
• We committed to the two Black Lives Matter marches coming up in Seattle. (First one is tomorrow!)
• Speaking of black lives: we honored Trayvon Martin on the anniversary of his death and we spoke up for a black child who was dragged out of her car and shot by police in Arlington, WA.
• We demanded that our local and state officials support education by voting against House Bill 610 (national) and SB5607 (state)
• We wrapped up Black History Month by reading about and reading the works of Sojourner Truth and Maya Angelou and an additional 35 inspiring black women throughout history.
• We held ourselves accountable for our response to Standing Rock and pledged to continue to support the Standing Rock activists.
• We took time to develop ourselves as activists by learning how to be effective bystanders to hate crimes.
• The white members of our group took time to learn how to be effective allies to POC.
• We learned why the word "retarded" is offensive and pledged to do better.
• We committed to taking action on "A Day Without a Woman" on March 8.
• We committed to supporting reproductive rights.
• We continued to let our elected officials know we support immigrants.
• We demanded a transparent, bipartisan investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russia.
• We took a step back from the relentless pace of activism to do some self-care and center our priorities
Oh What a Week-- Here's what Happened
• Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation around Russian involvement in the election. Members of congress continue to pressure him to resign.
• The Obamas signed a $65 million book deal. I know it's not political news, exactly, but it makes me happy that they're getting some reward for the hell they went through as the First Family.
• Apparently a very orange man made a speech that was watched by some.
• The Supreme Court ruled in favor of anti-gerrymandering. In other words, they ruled against gerrymandering.
• The Florida Supreme Court made a ruling against open carry, which is being touted as a victory for the cause of reasonable gun control.
• Elected officials continue to either hold town hall meetings in which citizens are able to air their concerns, or run in screaming terror from holding town hall meetings. I think both are a win, because the elected officials who refuse to hold town hall meetings despite their constituents' insistence, are not likely to be re-elected.
• Standing rock broke camp :(