Friday Admin Post

Good morning, FAMily,

I’m sorry to those of you who have a history of sexual assault and this past week (2 weeks? 2 years??) has been difficult. I know I have been struggling quite a bit. Most of us have stories.
I see you.
I believe you. ❤️

Please – let’s call senators and demand that they allow time for the FBI to conduct an investigation into the allegations, as Dr. Ford requested, before rushing into a vote on a lifetime appointment. The entire Kavanaugh circus has been a startling string of lies. The latest defense being thrown around is maybe there WAS a sexual assault, but it was by someone who LOOKED like Kavanaugh – it wasn’t him. THIS in defense of a man who belonged to a frat at Yale who’s motto was “no means yes, and yes means anal.” 😡. The next thing they’re going to say is – if there was alcohol at the party, and Dr. Ford may have been drunk, how does she remember…? 🙄. There are SO many clues pointing to the fact that Kavanaugh is just a scummy individual – why the rush? (We all know the answer to that one).

Among many of the reasons we need to stop Kavanaugh is perjury. If we can’t hold the highest judicial position in the country to follow the basic rules of law, what the hell are we doing??

Call 202-804-8191 and demand a delay on the vote, or just a no vote outright. There is too much going on with this man for him to be considered a viable candidate for Supreme Court Justice. Thanks. ❤️

#enough – Wednesday Admin Post

Happy Wednesday, FAMily!

Today we want to dedicate our action post to the brave children walking out of school and standing up to Congress, the president, and the NRA.

We acknowledge the young people who have been brave like this before – from walkouts, sit-ins, protests and marches for Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and Human Rights. We stand on their shoulders and honor them so their sacrifices might not be in vain.

We understand how far we must come to lift all voices, believe all people, and cure all suffering. This takes us looking inside and acknowledging our blinders and privilege. Though uncomfortable, it is necessary.

We thank you all for standing with us. For being willing to learn and to teach even when both are difficult and tiring.

We are proud of our group and look to the future for more bright days ahead. We commit to all of you our resolve and dedication to restoring equity and decency to our country.

Forward,

Anne, Anne and Jen

Nevertheless, She Persisted – Friday Admin Post

Hello FAMily!

Welcome to March! For some of us, it still feels like February, Don’t worry though – we’ve got a lot of action items to heat things up!

First off, March is Women’s History Month. This year the theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted”, which is obviously a fantastic nod to Sen. Warren and ALL WOMEN who persist in the face of racism, abuse, sexism, discrimination, and oppression.

http://www.nwhp.org/2018-theme-honorees/

Another note: we are seeing a large uptick in people adding their friends from outside of our state into our group. We are happy to have representation but this usually means people are just blindly adding members. Please confirm with friends before adding them–we need folks who can and will take action daily for the betterment of our world, and we don’t want people to be spammed by stuff from a group they didn’t join.

Actions-

1. Call Congress and ask them why gun control legislation is being bumped from voting for a banking bill????? Call Mitch McConnell and other Republicans and demand the cries of children in our country that have been loud for years are being silenced to line the pockets of 45s cabinet.

2. CHECK. YOUR. VOTING. STATUS. We’ve seen some huge red to blue flips in the past weeks and November is the time to continue the wave.

Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633-49313–,00.html

Check out Ballotopia for upcoming issues in your districts

Also, FAM is working to coordinate efforts with other organizations to boost voter registration and turnout. Stay Tuned.

3. WE STILL NEED A CLEAN DREAM ACT. It is disgusting that these campaign promises are left unfulfilled. Call congress and demand they provide a bill for vote that protects our brothers and sisters who deserve dignity and respect.

4. Beto O’Rourke and Randy Price are poised to take out Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan respectively. Donate to their campaign if you can. If you can’t share their campaign information/website and ask friends to get involved.

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4. Check our our Black History month educational pieces, by our very own Ayla Azar

https://www.forwardactionmichigan.org/category/education/

5. And, sign up for our BLOG!! An easier way to get our info without it getting lost in your fb feed! 😁

http://forwardactionmichigan.org/

As always, we are so proud of have you with us on this journey. Together we will keep changing the world.

Forward,

Jen, Anne and Anne

[Image: Text reading “Nevertheless, She Persisted” encircled by vines and flowers]

#BoycottTheNRA and More Actions and News – Wednesday Admin Post

Good morning, FAMily! ❤️
 
Happy day-before-March! 😊
 
Today’s edition will be a bit of a hodgepodge – a little something for everyone – some education, some news, and as always, some action items. 😊
 
Today, the students in Parkland return to school, which means their days will again be filled with academics and homework, and general teenage business. While we need to continue to let our children lead this movement, we need to continue to support and encourage, as well as to pick up where they need us. If you haven’t donated already to their March for Our Lives movement, you can do so here:
 
https://www.gofundme.com/8psm8-march-for-our-lives
 
Also consider supporting them with your presence. March for Our Lives will be on Saturday, March 24 in Washington, DC. If you are looking for a quick and/or economic trip, there are a number of Rally buses leaving that Friday night and returning Sunday morning (so no hotel stay will be required). Info can be found here:
 
http://rallybus.net/march-for-our-lives/
(Thank you Margaret Alex Kourvo for the info!). 😁
 
If you cannot make it to DC, please check the March for Our Lives site for a local sister March:
 
https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search/
 
It is worth noting that black students have been calling for gun reform for several years, Please check out their perspective here:
 
https://www.teenvogue.com/story/black-teens-have-been-fighting-for-gun-reform-for-years
 
* Y’all have been reading about Dana Loesch making the rounds, as well as comments made by the head of the NRA at CPAC. For all they talk about protecting the second amendment (it’s not going away, nor should it…), and representing “lawful gun owners,” there’s waaaay more going on here, and as usual, it’s all about money.
 
When looking up membership, there are no definitive numbers for how many “lawful gun owners” are members of the NRA. That’s where there money should be coming from, right? Their “lawful gun owner” members? The people they passionately claim to defend? The organization claims 5M members, but there is literally no way of confirming this. Membership has been leveling off, but their revenue (and thereby more money to influence lawmakers) has been increasing. Hmmmm….curious.
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/02/26/nobody-knows-how-many-members-the-nra-has-but-its-tax-returns-offer-some-clues/
 
How much money are we talking about floating around out there? Well, hold onto your jaw, lest you need to pick it up from the floor…
 
CEO Wayne LaPierre makes an average of $1M per year, except for right before election year, 2015, in which he made over $5M (with $3.8M of that coming from “other” sources). Hmmm…
 
And, related to our heroes in Florida – the top NRA lobbyist in Florida, sweet little 78 year old Marion Hammer pulled in $206,000 in 2016. Not bad for FIVE HOURS of work per week. (Not a typo -FIVE! ). Some reported years she documented one hour of work per week. This is ONE lobbyist. In ONE state. From where is the money coming??
 
By the way, sweet little Marion literally WRITES the legislation in Florida. The state has established regulations that if any local official tries to veer from the state gun laws, they can be fined hundreds of thousand of dollars and removed from office.
 
For more enlightened reading on this topic, check out this piece by esteemed blogger, Mercedes Schneider. If you weren’t pissed about the NRA before, this should do it:
 
https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/nra-lobbyist-marion-hammer-was-paid-206k-for-5-hrs-wk-in-2016/
 
* Where the F..K are the sanctions on Russia?? 😡 Call McConnell and his trusty sidekick Ryan and inquire why, once agency after agency has confirmed they have meddled in our elections (and still are!), and thirteen Russian nationals have been indicted, there are NO ACTIONS being taken against Russia and no activity being taken to protect our midterm elections!
 
* There is a potential bipartisan DREAM act solution in the works. While it appears the courts are setting aside the March 5 deadline 45 pulled out of his ass, we still need a permanent solution for our DREAMers. Put pressure on your MoC for an accessible path to citizenship.
 
* New Hampshire flipped another state seat to blue yesterday in another special election. That brings the total to THIRTY NINE! Keep it up! 👏👏👏👏👏
Speaking of, Beto O’Rouke and Randy Brice could probably use some help ousting my pals (🤮) Ryan and Cruz…consider donating to their campaigns or signing up with Postcards to Voters:
 
https://betofortexas.com/
https://www.randybryceforcongress.com/
https://postcardstovoters.org/
 
* Check our our continuing Black History month educational pieces, by our very own Ayla Azar:
https://www.forwardactionmichigan.org/category/education/
 
* And, sign up for our BLOG!! An easier way to get our info without it getting lost in your fb feed! 😁
http://forwardactionmichigan.org/
 
Like I said, LOTS of info! I know I missed a lot, but, well, I really need to get ready for work. 😉. And I KNOW y’all are on top of it. I’m loving the info that you are bringing to our page daily – keep it up, FAMily! You’re doing good work! Thank you! ❤️
 
Have a great Wednesday!
 
Anne, Anne, and Jen. ❤️
 
[image: Green army tank with the letters NRA on the side, gun pointed toward young child with backpack, holding up hand and stopping tank.]

Monday Admin Post

Happy Monday, FAMily!

Today is the 26th of February–can you believe we are almost to March?

We have a lot of important information today–make sure you read on and take action. There are folks counting on us every single day to use our voices to protect them.

1. March 5th is the deadline that 45 gave congress to rectify the DREAM act. This is a cruel and unusual punishment and more proof that this administration doesn’t care about the promises it made during the campaign.

Call congress EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. and demand they protect these children–as the pro life party, it’s now time to prove they’re not just anti women or pro control and that they actually care about more than just fetuses.

2. Beto O’Rourke is a Democrat in Texas challenging Ted Cruz for his senate seat. There is a primary on March 6th filling this seat blue would mean a HUGE advantage for protecting innocent, marginalized and oppressed people from a legislative perspective. Please make a donation, and share his website on social media. If you can’t make a donation, please share his website on social media and urge others to donate and share. Cruz is a HUGE lapdog of the NRA and is not committed to any sort of reasonable legislation.

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3. As we continue to see the brilliance of young students from Parkland FL taking on powerful groups like the NRA and this administration–it is worth noting that the proposed solutions to school shootings will disproportionately endanger the lives of PoC, especially black children. It is now more important than ever to support groups like The NAACP and Black Lives Matter, as well as these students fighting the NRA.

https://donate.thousandcurrents.org/checkout/donation?eid=126523

https://donate.naacp.org/page/contribute/make-a-contribution

4. Finally, make sure you and everyone you know who is eligible is registered to vote. November elections are coming up quickly and many communities have primaries before then.

As always, we are so pleased and honored to have you with us. We hope you continue to commit to resisting and protecting those who are most vulnerable.

Forward,
Jen, Anne and Anne

Friday Admin Post

Good morning, FAM! ❤️

Happy Friday (Feb 23)!

Raise your hand if you miss having a REAL president….😢

While the head of the NRA speaks at the CPAC convention and says “socialist!” a thousand times to scare the shit out of conservatives, businesses are beginning to sever ties to the NRA – so far, Bank of Omaha and three car rental companies (Enterprise, Alamo, and National – same parent company). Consider thanking/supporting these companies with your words and/or dollars. An incomplete list of NRA supporters can be found at this link, and will be updated through that site:

https://thinkprogress.org/corporations-nra-f0d8074f2ca7/

* The “let’s put guns in the hands of teachers” idea is a distraction and will not happen. This administration is using the deaths of children to further divide the country. Stay focused on getting 45 and all of his buddies out, and getting our country back in November. ❤️

As mentioned Wednesday, consider supporting the Parkland students’ gofundme to organize marches (leftover will be donated to victims’ funds):

https://www.gofundme.com/8psm8-march-for-our-lives

Check out their Facebook page for updates on National and local marches March 24:

https://www.facebook.com/marchforourlives/

RIGHT NOW: double check your voting status, location, etc. make sure everything is in order – even if you haven’t moved recently.

SATURDAY: rescheduled Shawarma Law, La Pita, Dearborn, 6 pm. I’d love to see you there! The food, and especially the company, is fantastic! 😁

Have you signed up for our blog yet?

http://forwardactionmichigan.org

And have you been following our Black History Month educational posts?

https://www.forwardactionmichigan.org/category/education/

If you are a FAM member, and you are newly running for office, let us know, so we can cheer you on! We are so proud of our candidates!! 💕

Thank you, FAM! ❤️. Keep up the great work! 💕

Anne, Anne, and Jen. ❤️

Black History Month: Mary Elizabeth Bowser

Very little is known about Mary Elizabeth Bowser, save for her contributions to the American Civil War effort.

Bowser was born Mary Jane Richards, circa 1846, likely near Richmond, Virgina. She may have been a slave of Eliza Baker and John Van Lew or their extended family. She was supposedly baptized in 1846 at a white church. This was unusual at the time, as most other Van Lew slaves were baptized at Richmond’s First African Baptist Church.

Elizabeth Van Lew, the daughter of Eliza Baker and John Van Lew, further sent Bowser to school. It is unclear where she was sent, beyond somewhere in the North.

in 1855, Bowser spent some time in Liberia with a missionary community, before returning to Virginia sometime before the spring of 1860.

During the civil war, Bowser took advantage of white supremacist beliefs that Black women lacked the intelligence to be a threat to take a job as a servant to Jefferson Davis’ family in the Confederate White House. She used her access to glean information she then passed on to Elizabeth Van Lew.

Black History Month: Elizabeth Freeman

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Elizabeth Freeman, also known as MumBet was the first enslaved Black person to file and win their freedom in a lawsuit in Massachusets.

Freeman’s lawsuit, Brom and Bett v Ashley (1781), resulted in a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling ruling slavery unconstitutional. The court further cited her suit in a review of a similar lawsuit by Quock Walker, implicitly ending slavery in Massachusetts.

Freeman’s lawsuit resulted in her freedom, damages to the tune of 30 shillings (approximately $350 today).

Black History Month: Ida B Wells

Ida B Wells was a Black journalist, suffragette and activist.

In 1889, three friends of hers were killed by a lynch mob. This led Wells to begin investigating lynching from a sociological perspective, publishing her work in a pamphlet titled Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases. Wells concluded that Southerners often cited “rape” or sexual harassment of white women in an attempt to justify lynchings designed to impede Black economic progress. Wells recommended Black folk take up arms to defend against lynchings.

The lesson this teaches and which every Afro-American should ponder well, is that a Winchester rifle should have a place of honour in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give. When the white man who is always the aggressor knows he runs as great a risk of biting the dust every time his Afro-American victim does, he will have greater respect for Afro-American life. The more the Afro-American yields and cringes and begs, the more he has to do so, the more he is insulted, outraged and lynched.

This led an angry mob of white people to burn down the Free Speech and Headlight, a newspaper she co-owned and edited.

Three years later Wells published another pamphlet, The Red Record which went into further detail, describing the various excuses used for lynching throughout different eras. She discussed in detail the ways whites routinely used violence to control the black population, concluding that logic and reason would not be successful in ending lynching in America, and armed resistance may be the only option.

 

Further Reading:

Southern Horrors: Lynch Law In All Its Phases

 

The Red Record

 

The Fortune of Wells: Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s Use of T. Thomas Fortune’s Philosophy of Social Agitation as a Prolegomenon to Militant Civil Rights Activism

#VoteNoNRA – Friday Admin Post

Happy Friday, FAMily.

Today our hearts are still heavy after yet another mass shooting in a school in Parkdale, FL. We turn our actions to those families and the families of future victims if we continue to do nothing.

1. Call Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and ask them how many more children have to die before they will lead their pro life party to any sort of sensible reform on gun ownership. Ask them about The UK, Germany, Australia and Japan (see comments for literature on their approaches to gun violence). Ask them why they continue to take money from the NRA. And tell them you won’t stop until they’re voted OUT.

2. If you can, donate to Everytown for Gun Safety or Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They work tirelessly to organize, educate and impact gun violence and legislation across the country. If you can’t donate, consider following them on social media and reposting/retweeting/reblogging their posts to raise awareness.

3. Consider making a donation to the National Association of Social Workers. Social Workers and counselors will be on the front lines of dealing with the trauma people have experienced and need our support. There are more victims than just the ones who lost their lives.

4. Compassion fatigue and secondary trauma are real. They happen when support people start to feel the impact of the trauma of those they are supporting. This could be in the form of depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, sadness etc. If you’re feeling this way, please reach out to get some professional help. We need you here with us and healthy.

5. While you’re at it–call congress and let them know that this disgusting shooting will be a force in our movement, but it will NOT distract us from the other atrocities of this administration. We still need a clean dream act. Let them know you expect it to be prioritized along with gun violence legislation.

As always, we’re happy and proud of you and are a place for everyone to be heard, respected, and protected.

Forward,

Jen, Anne, and Anne