These are bewildering times. It seems like every day, we are bombarded with more bad news about our president-elect's cabinet appointments, policy plans, and new political-cultural friendships. It's so important that we remember that there ARE things that we can do not only to stay informed, but to voice and embody our progressive values.
Join us in these five acts of Sacred Resistance as 2016 comes to a close:
1. Support the El Super Boycott
El Super has consistently violated workers' rights through multiple abuses and denying them a union contract. Now, at least one Grupo Chedraui (parent company) executive has turned his back on the Latino communities the company claims to serve by financially contributing to Donald Trump's campaign. Employees represented by UFCW Local 770 are asking the public to boycott the chain during this crucial holiday season! Sign and share the official pledge.
2. Join CLUE's Growing Network of Sacred Resistance and Sanctuary
On December 1st, over 100 faith leaders and activists gathered to envision how their denominations might participate in a new effort to protect the most vulnerable. Hosted at the Islamic Center of Southern California, discussion included potential threats to both Latin American immigrants and Muslims.
As a result of this first meeting, we've already been honored to see two major victories:
- The Episcopal Diocese, thanks to Rev. Garcia, is now a “Sanctuary Diocese!”
- The ELCA Lutheran Synod, thanks to Rev. Jaeger working with the venerable Bishop Erwin, immediately established a “Synod Task Force for Sanctuary and Protection!“
If you would like to link your congregation or denomination to this network, sign the pledge below! You will be automatically added to a list to receive email updates about future meetings.
3. Join the "We the People Resist" Listserv
Just five days after the election of Donald J. Trump, hundreds of LA progressives gathered to articulate our concerns and priorities. This meeting of minds was powerful, but it was only the first step. Now the dialogue -- and meaningful planning for action -- continues online! We The People Resist is a dynamic meeting place for progressive thought and action. Members are already sharing resources and ideas, sending calls to action for specific events, and making powerful connections with one another.
4. Advocate for Immigrants' Legal Representation
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has an immediate opportunity to protect immigrants in the county. This motion by Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn will:
- provide lawyers for immigrants in deportation proceedings, and
- prevent county resources from being used for immigration enforcement.
WHO: All Community Members and Advocates
WHAT: Press Conference and Board of Supervisors Hearing (Attend and Voice Support in Public Comment)
WHEN: Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 - Press Conference at 9:30 AM - Board of Supervisors Meeting at 10 AM
WHERE: Meet on the steps of Kenneth Hahn Hall, 500 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
5. March for an Inclusive California
From our friends at CHIRLA: "December 18 is designated by the UN as International Migrants Day. This year, immigrants stand shoulder to shoulder with working people from all communities to defend social justice, racial justice, labor rights, environmental justice and governance that reflects our diversity."
2017 will challenge us all to define new and enhanced roles for ourselves. We hope that as you follow the call to engage the world in a new way, you will join us on the front lines of sacred resistance, standing with the most vulnerable members of our society.