Shutdown Day 3 – Monday Admin Post

Good morning, FAMily!

Today is Monday, January 22, 2018. We are we are 9 1/2 months away from midterm elections. Are we ready to mobilize??

This weekend so many of you participated in marches across the state and country, and millions of people joined you worldwide. We’ve seen lots of pictures – what were your takeaways from this weekend – most impactful or favorite moment? Comment below! 😁

As you know, the government shut down this weekend, after failing to come to an agreement on the budget. My favorite quip from this weekend is Senator Tammy Duckworth referring to 45 as “cadet bone spurs.” 😂. As the senate continues to debate, let our senators know what is important to you – use your voice. We want to see a clean Dream act with clear paths to legal immigration. We want to see our CHIP reauthorized. CHIP actually ends up saving the government money…so WHY we are arguing about this is unconscionable.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/11/16878388/chip-kids-health-insurance-cbo

Hey, by the way, do you know McConnell, Graham, and Paul actually voted NO on keeping the government open on Friday? And yet, somehow it’s the Dems fault….🙄

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/19/us/politics/live-senate-vote-government-shutdown.html

Let’s go, FAM! Short list today should make it easy – let’s go!! 💪🏼

Thank you for continuing to do what you do! Love you much! ❤️

Anne, Anne, and Jen ❤️

Defend Our Dreamers – Wednesday Admin Post

Good morning, FAM!

It’s Wednesday already! 😁

Did y’all feel/hear/see the meteor last night? It apparently caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake! Wild!

We are two days away from a government shutdown. My guess is that they will vote on yet another extension. At this point Dreamers need some answers. Right before the holiday recess, Peters and Stabenow voted to extend funding to avoid a shutdown, without a vote on DACA. We need you to let them know that we want a clean Dreamer vote. Give them a call:

Gary Peters: 202-224-6221

Debbie Stabenow: 202-224-4822

In the meantime, most of you heard about the heartbreaking story of Jorge Garcia returning to Mexico after 30 years in the US:

https://washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/16/too-old-for-daca-a-michigan-father-is-deported-after-three-decades-in-the-u-s/

Also needing your attention:

CHIP was extended before the recess, but is still not secure. Extending CHIP benefits actually ends up SAVING the government money ($6B to be exact!). This one is a no-brainer!

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/11/16878388/chip-kids-health-insurance-cbo

You know what to do! ❤️

Net Neutrality is one vote away from being reinstated (if/when it went to vote) – and in the meantime, 21 state AG’s are filing suits to block the repeal.

http://theweek.com/speedreads/749141/battle-save-net-neutrality-heating-court-congress

https://washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/16/more-than-20-states-are-suing-the-federal-communications-commission-over-its-net-neutrality-decision/

Talk is, even if it was sent to a vote and passes, 45 will veto and allow the repeal to stand…because, well, Trump. This is something to watch.

Let’s get busy, FAMily! ❤️. Make some calls! 😁

Thank you for your continued hard work and perseverance. ❤️

Anne, Anne, and Jen.❤️

MLK Day 2018 – Monday Admin Post

Silence also comes in the form of silencing others.

Happy Monday, FAMily!

Today we celebrate and most importantly reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we know that our group exists first and foremost to ensure that we are never silent in the face of oppression, injustice or discrimination. For many of us, that requires looking inward at our own problematic behavior and being brave enough to unpack the things we do and the beliefs we have and see how they impact those who we’re here to protect.

Today especially we understand the impact we can have and the necessity of inclusion, advocacy and honesty with ourselves and others.

Consider all the work we’ve done together, and all the work we will still do. Imagine a day when the landscape of equity and equality looks the way we know that it should.

And ask yourself if you’re committed, regardless of level of discomfort, to bringing that world into existence.

As always, we’re grateful to be on this journey with you. We are especially proud and thankful for those who have educated and engaged thoughtfully, bravely and intelligently, despite the pain and confusion.

Forward,

Anne, Anne and Jen

Reflecting on Pink Pussy Hats: Friday Admin Post

Happy Friday, FAMsters!

As a heads up, this post will be addressing Pussy Hats. Any comments or concerns regarding this should be sent to an admin.

Yesterday a great conversation started about the inclusiveness of the Pussy Hat movement. It takes a lot of courage for someone to challenge the status quo or poke holes in a progressive or liberal, especially in defense of PoC, the LGBTQ+ community, or any community that is under attack.

Unfortunately, well measured, educated and helpful comments explaining the problems with this ideology of the pussy hats were met with dissent, aggression, and dismissive sometimes racist and transphobic comments from some of our members.

To be clear: These types of comments will not be tolerated. If our members who are marginalized and oppressed don’t feel comfortable sharing with the rest of us their concerns, problematic systems, we are doomed to repeat some of our mistakes.

As for the hats: It cannot be ignored that these hats are exclusive to a certain type of woman, and others like women of color and trans women are not represented in the pink pussy hat like white women are. This, for many is hard to hear but is also the truth. When members of our community come to us with a problem that literally hurts them on a personal and systematic level, and we meet them with “get over it” and “knit your own hat”, it means that we don’t value those voices.

With all that being said, below are some very well written, educational articles on this topic that are integral to transcending into intersectionality. It is the only way for us to truly be inclusive and to lift everyone up to where they deserve to be.

Again, we know this may be hard for some of you to hear, but it’s even harder for some among us who experience racism, transphobia and oppression on every end of the spectrum. Read these articles, sit with your uncomfortable feelings, and if after a while you’re still uncomfortable, put out a call for someone to help you work through this stuff you’re feeling.

http://twwusa.org/4809/member-voices-pink-pussy-hats/

Thanks, Sarah Butler !

http://faze.ca/feminism-101-the-importance-of-intersectionality/

https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/05/allies-say-this-instead-defensive/

Again, these are meant to educate and provoke thought. Please reach out on the pinned FB thread should you wish to have a thoughtful conversation with someone who understands these topics. We are so lucky to have members who are willing to teach this stuff to us. We are grateful!

Forward,
Anne, Anne and Jen

Stay Focused – Wednesday Admin Post

Good morning, FAMsters! Happy Wednesday! ❤️

Par for the course for this administration, there is a veritable shell game going on, in which we can’t focus on just ONE issue at a time, but fifteen or so…

Stay focused. 😊

Fusion GPS and the Steele Dossier:

This is some fascinating (and seemingly very incriminating) stuff. Y’all remember the Steele Dossier, right? Of the infamous pee-pee tapes? Beyond that salacious little nugget is a lot more meatier information. Transcripts were released by Senator Feinstein of the interview of Glenn Simpson (of Fusion GPS) and while Simpson speaks to the impeccable character and professionalism of Christopher Steele, the info and connections uncovered is astounding. Steele is an MI6 agent – Britain’s version of our CIA. He seems to have uncovered strong connections to 45 and organized crime and the Kremlin (and organized crime IN the Kremlin!) Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin did a nice job summarizing as she read through the 300+ pages of testimony:

https://www.facebook.com/elizabethcronise/posts/10214838834868070

As always, I’m not going to get my hopes up that anything will be done about this, because sadly, we are no longer a just society, but we’ll just add step leading up to 45’s legacy as the worst and most corrupt president in American history.

TPS and the Salvadorans: 45 is withdrawing Temporary Protected Status that has been afforded to Salvadoran refugees following a 2001 earthquake that devastated El Salvador. Think about what these people have done here in the US in the past 16 years – married, established careers and homes, and had (American) children. But protection is ending for 200,000. Some quick stats:

• 192,700 children born in the US

• 88% working (compared to 63% average in the US)

• 25% hold mortgages (

(Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/us/salvadorans-tps-end.html)

Please consider contacting your MoC to help fight for the Salvadorans and other populations who have been and are protected under the TPS. There should be better paths to citizenship for those former refugees who wish to continue their lives in the US.

Speaking of…there is movement on DACA – I’m hoping in a positive direction. We need to continue to call to protect our Dreamers – put on the pressure. A judge in CA slapped 45 and ruled that DACA should stay in place, but I’m not sure how long that will stand up:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/trump-daca-improper.html

Lots of information today, folks. It’s a weird, wild world these days. Buckle up!

Thank you for all you do! ❤️

Anne, Anne, and Jen ❤️

A. New. Day. Is. On. The. Horizon (Monday Admin Post)

“A. New. Day. Is. On. The. Horizon.”
Oprah Winfrey

Good Monday Morning, FAMily! Are you ready for the tropical warm up this week? 😊. In case you missed it last night, Oprah hit it out of the park and had me in tears:
https://www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes/videos/1884721461569863/

First assignment for today: hit me up in the comments with your favorite inspirational quote or song lyric – something that gets (or keeps) you going. Let’s see what you’ve got! 😊

With regards to the Women’s March on 1/21 in Lansing, it looks like we don’t have enough expressed interest to book a 56 person bus. We are super appreciative of those who said they could sponsor a rider (thank you!). Alternatively, please comment below if you would like to carpool (include your home location) – maybe you can find some travel companions. 😊

We are starting to see requests for campaign workers…if you are a candidate or campaign manager and are looking for staff or volunteers, please PM an administrator (Anne Christina, Jennifer Johnson, or Anne Margaret) first. Thanks!

Personal request: Step. Away. From. The. Book.
Read it, discuss it, whatever you want to do with it…but please – DO NOT let it distract you. I’ll summarize it for you:

45 is a narcissistic asshole

There. Now we can get back to work. 😂

While everyone was agog over the book, heinous shit was slipping through Congress and the WH…the opening of all coastlines to offshore drilling, a 9 cents per barrel tax on oil was allowed to expire this week, the GOP stepped up its attacks on HRC and all-things-Mueller. Eyes on the big picture, folks…

Action items:
• Call!! We need a vote on DACA. 45 is trying to trade DACA passage for funding for the Wall. Call your MoC and demand a clean DACA bill.
• Start informing yourselves on candidates for the 2018 midterms. A great source for the who and when is Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page
• Find your passion and look for ways to support. Mine is education, natural resources, and marginalized populations. There is an upcoming conference in February in sunny Orlando with the Human Rights Campaign. Check it out here: http://timetothrive.org

Your admins had a great planning meeting Saturday and we are so excited to roll up our sleeves and change the world this year with YOU! ❤️ Please stay tuned here, in the pinned posts, every M-W-F and take action when requested. If at any time, you have ideas for us, please send them to ideas@ forwardactionmichigan.org (just remove the space in the email address).

Thank you for being on our team! We appreciate you! ❤️

Anne, Anne, and Jen❤️

Wednesday Admin Post – Important Poll in Group!

Happy Wednesday, FAM! This is the first post of 2018 and we feel so grateful to share in another year with you.

Today’s post is incredibly important so please read this carefully.

We are gauging interest on who among out members would be interested in taking a bus from Novi to Lansing and back for the Women’s March on Sunday, January 21st. Please read the details and then follow the directions to answer the poll questions. This is still in the planning stages, but we want to make sure we have interest before we set it up.

Details:

Leaving at 8am from Novi (specific location to be determined)

Return time: 4:00pm back at the pick up location in Novi

We are also coordinating to see where we can all stop for lunch and share a meal together.

Cost: $25.00 per person

Space: 56 spaces

Part of the cost includes paying for the bus, the gratuity for the driver, and scholarships for members who want to attend but can’t swing the $25.00. We want all voices who wish to join in to have means to do so. The number of scholarship seats will be need based, so please let us know using the polling options if you would be interested one of these spots. There is also an opportunity to use some scholarship money for members at lunch. Again, we will coordinate all of this before hand.

Payment:

The process of setting up our bank account has been slower than we anticipated. Because of this, we will have to use a PayPal account associated with me, Anne D, instead of a FAM one. I’ve opened a brand new account so I can provide complete transparency to the group, but want to give full disclosure that this is the process we will be using in order to collect payment.

While PayPal is preferred, other arrangements can be made in extenuating circumstances. I will coordinate that with you. We will make it work so everyone can attend.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Please select one of the following options to let us know your interest. There may be an option to add a second bus but that is not confirmed at this point in time. Your responses will help us plan accordingly.

**ANONYMOUS RESPONSES ACCEPTED! If you’d like to share your response with me privately, don’t hesitate to send me a PM. Please make sure if you do choose to send a PM to not vote in the poll so we don’t double count 🙂

As always, it’s a pleasure for us to serve you and we know 2018 is going to be our year!

Forward,

Anne, Anne and Jen

Social Justice – Part One

Alright folks! Let’s talk about racism! It is an insipid oppression that permeates our entire society and colours all of our conversations, and our lives. It can be hard to recognize for white folks, and harder to live with for BIPoC. In this series of posts, we’re going to address all kinds of topics (in no particular order):

Defining Racism
8Defining whiteness
Defining internalized racism
Defining White Supremacy, and the Default Man
The illusion of a post racial society
Intent versus Impact
Identifying overt and subtle ways in which we can all be problematic, including a lesson on listening to BIPoC voices and including us in conversations, implicit bias, microaggressions and racial slurs that have crept into our language, tone policing
Understanding Militant BIPoC rage using bell hooks essays
Identifying strategies we can use to help fight racism from the ground up, both working inside and outside the system, and through interpersonal connections and discussions
Handling call outs
White Guilt/White Fragility and how it doesn’t help us
Healing from toxic whiteness, surviving in a racist society for BIPoC and self-care to avoid burnout

First, we need to define some terms. You can check out the original social justice primer post (we’ll be posting here on the site soon), but I’m going to redefine the terms here as well.

Racism: Racism is defined as prejudice plus privilege. It refers to a system of oppression that limits the voices and abilities and opportunities and safety of Black, Indigenous and People of Color and their communities. It is NOT the same as prejudice, as it requires the backing of that system of oppression and a degree of privilege, not just power. A good example of this is an employer/employee situation.

If I, as a person of colour, were to fire you, a white person from your job for being white, that would be prejudiced, but it would not be racist. Why? I don’t have the systemic power as a person of colour that my white employee would. The system isn’t designed to protect me, it is designed to protect my employee as a white person.

If the roles were reversed, as they often are in our society, the white employer would only have to find a coded reason for firing the BIPoC employee. For BIPoC phrases like “unprofessional” which unfairly targets Black folks for their natural hairstyles, or “not a good fit for the team” are often used to hide the implicit biases, for which there is little recourse in a system designed to provide the illusion of living in a post-racial society, without actually discussing or tackling the core issues behind it. Here’s a really great link to content that explains how we define racism, and why the typical colloquial definitions don’t address the whole issue, for those of us who do better in comic form:

Why Using the Dictionary Definition of Racism Just Doesn’t Work

For those of us who prefer a more academic approach to understanding concepts, here’s a great link to a paper by Caleb Rosado of the Department of Urban Studies over at Eastern, that explains how power and prejudice combine to form racism:

http://www.edchange.org/multicultural/papers/caleb/racism.html

Because racism always has a systemic aspect, and ultimately defines a pervasive societal oppression, it differs from prejudice. Anyone can be prejudiced, but only white people, as the dominant voices in our society can actually be racist. BIPoC can be prejudiced, but they lack the systemic privilege that is necessary for something to be racist, which is why reverse racism is a myth. It is actually in and of itself an inherently racist argument that continues to force the illusion of equality when it hasn’t been achieved yet.

https://mic.com/articles/140882/what-is-reverse-racism-here-s-why-it-doesn-t-actually-exist-in-the-united-states#.mWxTfgcr6

So now that we’re on the same page about the definition of racism as prejudice plus power, we already have a tool in our belt for dismantling it: We need to cancel out privilege. The best way to do that, is to include BIPoC in our discussions on policies that we implement to make sure that our voices are heard and given priority on matters that disproportionately affect us. More on that later.

Defining Whiteness

Another key aspect to understanding racism is understanding whiteness. There is no white culture. We can have Scottish culture, American culture, Czech culture, German culture, English culture, but we do not actually have white culture.

Whiteness is a social construct designed by rich slave owners who wanted to create infighting between the lower socioeconomic classes in order to prevent indentured servants from joining with black slaves in revolt against them. They opted to encourage white folks to align themselves based on race, as opposed to class.

Here’s a really good video explainer that does a good job of explaining this concept:

http://fusion.net/video/366531/how-rich-america-made-up-whiteness/

So if we can redirect ourselves and address our focus on fixing the damage done, dismantling racism, and putting our allegiances where they belong, in uniting with BIPoC to fight for equality, rather than stepping on BIPoC backs, we are going to be far more effective in not only dismantling class oppression (which we will talk about in another primer) but fighting the core systems in place that lead to the election of people like Trump, that ultimately protect the haves from the have-nots.

Internalized Racism

This section is primarily for BIPoC, and I’d like to ask that white folks read to understand, ask questions, but don’t offer opinions here. I’ll explain why in another section.

Internalized racism is the internalization of racist ideas or views by BIPoC toward our own communities or ourselves.

To bring a personal touch to this, I can talk about my own experiences of internalized racism:

I’m half Scottish, and half Lebanese/Palestinian. Throughout my life I tried really hard to align myself with my Scottish side more than my Lebanese/Palestinian side. As a kid I used to try to hide the fact that I’m not 100% white because I was afraid that people would mistake me for one of those people. I obsessed about scented lotions and shaved off my arm hair and put great effort into developing my accent and verbal languages so that I sounded like my white friends. I refused, outright, to eat foods I had loved because I saw them as too ethnic – there would be only hamburgers and French fries and pizza for me, no shawarma, no warak h’aneb, no kibbe b’laban. That was what those people ate, not what I eat. I refused to speak Arabic in public. As I got older, I made it a point to wear make up and try all sorts of home “remedies” to make myself look whiter.

I had essentially internalized attitudes that Arabs were a backwards people who smelled funny, were hairy, talked funny and ate a lot of weird food, and that white was best. I adapted myself to fit in more with white people so I could separate myself from my own culture and avoid racism, and I was rewarded for it with white friends who would make racist comments and then remind me that don’t worry, I’m not like those people.

This is an unfortunate side effect of racism – we, as BIPoC learn to be ashamed of our cultures and ourselves, and do whatever we can to align ourselves with our oppressors in an attempt to survive, and it is problematic.

Many BIPoC go through this stage, and it is a hard one to overcome, but it is important that we learn to embrace our own cultures, if we’re going to heal and work toward a future where we are treated justly.

Here’s another story about someone else’s experiences with internalized racism:

On Internalized Racism: 4 Lessons I Learned as an Undercover Asian

Defining White Supremacy:

White supremacy, defined, can be a difficult concept to grasp. Loosely, it is the idea or belief that white people are morally, ethically, and in all ways superior to everyone else. However, there is also a systemic aspect to it, and it is one of those things that is so ingrained into Western culture that we can sometimes perpetuate it without really seeing it.

While very, very few white folk would actively argue that their whiteness makes them superior to the rest of us, the concept of white supremacy is still perpetuated through media representations and our language.

White skin dominates fashion runways, it dominates our television, our advertisements, our make up and clothing industry (ever notice how bras and make up often come in “nude” which looks remarkably like white skin?). White is held up as the standard for beauty.

White is seen by society as a symbol of “good” and Black as a symbol of “evil.” We talk about things that are blacklisted and whitelisted.

Studies have shown us college professors are more likely to respond to students they see as white, and employers are more likely to hire and promote white men compared to BIPoC.

White folk also perpetuate white supremacy without realizing it in the way we address BIPoC bringing up racist microaggressions that we face. We’re often asked to adjust our tone, or told that our experiences of racism weren’t actually racism, and are frequently accused of playing the “race card.”

The implicit belief behind statements like that is that white perception is the only perception that matters, even if that’s not the intent behind these statements. White perspectives and opinions, especially those of white cisgendered, heterosexual men become the default. This is the default man concept, and a further example of white supremacy, that white is default, and everyone else is “other.”

Ultimately, the only people who can decide if something hurts are the people being hurt, and it is everyone else’s job to listen and adjust and learn.

When we are in school, we learn about history from a white perspective. This is obvious when people talk about Martin Luther King Jr. and the end of racism. People frequently trot out MLK quotes they learned in school as a way to speak out against what they perceive as violent riots by the Black community. We are taught that he was a strong believer in non-violence, and so we never hear about how he once talked about how “Riots are the language of the unheard.” We don’t hear about his raging against the white moderate, or the evils of capitalism or militarism, because those views don’t fit in with the white supremacist narrative.

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/riot-language-unheard-9-mlk-quotes-mainstream-media-wont-cite

Here’s a list of ten insidious ways that white supremacy is perpetuated within our society:

10 Insidious Ways White Supremacy Shows Up in Our Everyday Lives

The Illusion of A Post Racial Society

In school, we often hear that racism died in the sixties. We learn about how Black people got equal rights, and we are all encouraged to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done.

But that’s an illusion. We may tell ourselves that we live in a post-racial society, but we don’t. We live in a society where racism is a taboo subject, and discussions of the very real, very valuable cultural differences between our various communities are silenced with “but we are all the same!”

Racism is still a very real problem for us, and its effects still hang over us like a really thick, noxious fog. While white folks can walk around with respirators, us BIPoC are choking.

Our society still treats black bodies like they’re disposable. Police brutality still disproportionately affects the Black community more than any of us.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/study-finds-police-fatally-shoot-unarmed-black-men-at-disproportionate-rates/2016/04/06/e494563e-fa74-11e5-80e4-c381214de1a3_story.html

Black folks are more likely to face harsher criminal charges, are more likely to be convicted on weaker evidence, and are more likely to face longer sentences than their white counterparts. They’re more likely to be stopped by police for traffic violations, more likely to sit in jail while awaiting trial, are offered worse plea deals, and are more likely to be arrested for drug use than their white counterparts.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/08/racial_disparities_in_the_criminal_justice_system_eight_charts_illustrating.html

People with “ethnic” names on their resume are also less likely to make it to the interview stage, and even less likely to be hired, despite anti-discrimination laws:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-sounding-names-study_us_561697a5e4b0dbb8000d687f

Wednesday Admin Post

Happy Wednesday, FAMily! ❤️

How were your holidays? I hope you are relaxing and recharging! 😊. I am stocking up on bestie hours on Edisto Island, SC (high temp today 48). 🌴🌴. Headed into Charleston today to replenish my tea supplies. 😊

Today’s post will be a little different. Since MoC (state and federal) are still on recess, we wanted to focus a bit on gearing up for 2018. Today we are starting with getting to know and understand yourself a little better. As we’ve gotten to know you over the past year, we know there is a great mix of personality types out there. Strangely enough, some of our most “vocal” members here are introverts (present company included!).

Do you know your Myers-Briggs personality type? Myers-Briggs is a personality classification system that is based on four ways in which we perceive our world – sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. Thee are very professional tests you can take to assess your type, or freebie online versions, which personally I have found pretty darn accurate (I am an INFJ). If you don’t know your type, or want a refresher, please check out

https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

(They do not ask for or collect any information).

Did you take it? No? I’ll wait….😉

Okay. Now that you know your type, were you surprised? I’m super curious – comment with your four letters below! 😊

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Now – what do you do with this information? Use it to determine your fighting type. How are YOU going to fight this year? How are you going to help FAM take back Michigan – take back the UNITED States?

If you are an extrovert, awesome! You have no problem letting your voice be heard. Get out there! March! Demonstrate! Call! For each one of YOU, there are two or three of us introverts, feeling shy and nervous to speak up. Represent!! 😁

If you are an introvert (👋🏻), writing is the way to go. Postcards, emails, and donations are probably more your style. Something you may not have considered is helping to mobilize others – check out Postcards to Voters: https://postcardstovoters.org/. They write to voters in states with contentious election to encourage them to get out and vote.

Lastly, we can still recruit supporters. If you have friends whom you think could find a home here at FAM, send them our way – click on the “add member” button (they need to be your Facebook friend already). Make sure your friend(s) KNOW you are adding – don’t click on down your friends list. 😁.

We are going to be asking ALL of you to get involved this year. Step outside your comfort zone a little, and let’s take our country back!!!! ❤️

Love you much! (Don’t forget to share your M-B type below!). 😁

Anne, Anne, and Jen. ❤️

Friday Admin Post

Good morning FAM!

Happy Christmas Eve-Eve-Eve! 🎄

If you celebrate Kwanzaa, Joyous Kwanzaa to you (starting Tuesday)! ❤️ Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday celebrating the seven principles of African heritage – unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

We are heading into a governmental recess today, and that will give us an opportunity to rest. ❤️ We encourage you to take care while they’re out and recharge for the fights ahead. The FAM admin team (Anne, Anne, and Jen) will be meeting soon to plan out the next few months, and we’ve got exciting things ahead! Stay tuned! 😁

In the meantime, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) yesterday to continue funding the government for the next few weeks. In this plan was a continuation for CHIP funding through March (whew!) as well as $81M for disaster relief (wildfires and hurricanes, including Puerto Rico) but did NOT include any provisions for Dreamers (DACA). A lot of people are pissed off at the Dems who voted to pass this temporary measure. I have heard rumblings that Peters and Stabenow voted to PASS the CR (but have not been able to confirm). Before we get the pitchforks out and swear to vote them out of office, understand politics is not black and white. We haven’t seen yet what was voted on, and often crap gets thrown in (or taken out) at the last minute that makes the bill heinous – which means voting for one positive thing (CHIP funding, for instance) means not being able to vote for something else (DACA). This is a TEMPORARY measure. Congress will be back January 3, and this CR only goes through January 19. We needed CHIP NOW. States’ funding was already expiring NOW. We still have time to fight for Dreamers. Can you call Stabenow and Peters and voice your displeasure over the vote? Of course! Reaffirm your priorities with them. Let them know your expectations of them. Use your voices. 💪🏼

On Wednesday, Annie introduced #pledgeprogressive. This is FAM’s initiative to redirect any increase in your paycheck (if you see one) as a result of the 45’s tax plan to progressive candidates and causes in 2018!

From Wednesday’s post:
That’s why were urging everyone to publicly take the #pledgeprogressive challenge to donate the increase in our paychecks from this bill to progressive organizations and causes.

Tweet and Facebook the following:

The Republican tax scam will put money in my pocket at the expense of my country and my fellow Americans.
I pledge to give every penny I receive because of this tax bill to progressive candidates who will help America prosper. Who’s with me? Take the pledge. #pledgeprogressive Click To Tweet

Are you joining us? 😁

We are taking Monday off from the post so that we may celebrate with our friends and families. We wish you a continued healthy holiday season and we’ll be back mid-week next week (with a new action post). Keep informing each other here on FAM, keep supporting each other in our *little* FAMily. Let’s take over in 2018!! 💪🏼💪🏼

Much love to all of you,

Anne, Anne, and Jen