WHEN THEY GO LOW, WE CLIMB LADY LIBERTY!
Thank you to all who posted or emailed me with the awesome descriptions of what you are doing to help save our democracy last week. It was deeply moving to read all the responses and made me even more aware of all the different paths we take in fighting for the values this country has stood for. I am changing things up again this week to bringing you a special edition with a sampling of the actions taken and planned by those fighting for change from every state in this wonderful union. Seeing Scott Pruitt get the boot has brought me some needed new-found inspiration, but if it didn’t energize you then I am hoping this list of people fighting for our democracy in every corner of this country will encourage you and show you no matter where you are, you are not alone. This list is the tiniest sampling of actions and accomplishments, I could go on for hundreds of pages but my point is there isn’t a single state where people aren’t standing up. This fight is far from over.
Up in NEW ENGLAND: The NEW HAMPSHIRE governor signed comprehensive bail reform while New Hampshire moms @CleanAirMoms_NH took the time to deliver hundreds of signatures to him demanding family reunification and Indivisible New Hampshire is holding a postcards to flip the house blue party. In RHODE ISLAND activists pressured the Rhode Island Democratic Party into rescinding endorsement of two controversial state house candidates, one for a pro-Trump challenger against a woman incumbent and the other for a former legislator with a criminal record over a progressive newcomer so now you can canvass with Indivisible Rhode Island @IndivisibleRI progressive candidates since their July canvassing calendar is posted. A coalition of groups @ULAnewhaven @CT4aDREAM @MaketheRoadCT @CTImmigrants @CAIRConnecticut @CTCORE @ctbailfund @womensmarchct held a Freedom for Immigrants protest outside an ICE office in Hartford, CONNECTICUT complete with arrests and Women’s March CT @womensmarchct is holding eleven events for “Justice in July.” Women’s March VERMONT has upcoming workshops on criminal justice reform and other topics. MAINERS for Accountable Leadership @mfalpac held a #postcards4family event and Mount Desert Island Indivisible @Indivisible_MDI marched in the Bar Harbor July 4th parade. Due to the hard work of Moms Demand Action and others, the MASSACHUSETTS Governor signed a gun control “Red Flag” law. Indivisible Somerville @indivisiville has an upcoming volunteer orientation and Minuteman Indivisible held a Dance Party.
In the MIDEAST: Patricia Okoumou, who came to the U.S. an immigrant herself, and a member of Rise and Resist in NEW YORK City drew national attention when she climbed up the Statue of Liberty on July 4th to bring awareness of the treatment of the immigrant children. Moms Demand Action’s hard work paid off with the DELAWARE Governor recently signing “Red Flag” gun control legislation and Delaware United marched in the Hockessin Parade. In MARYLAND, progressive candidate Ben Jealous won the Democratic nomination for governor over the more traditional democrat and the Howard County Indivisible @IndivisibleHoCo, joined by Our Revolution, the Unitarian Universalist Immigration Task Force, Columbia Jewish Congregation Tikkun Olam Committee, Progressive Maryland is holding regular demonstrations against family separation over Interstate 95. Just days after a woman encountering Scott Pruitt at a D.C, restaurant politely urged him to “resign before your scandals push you out” he did just that, who knew we just had to ask nicely and federal prosecutors dropped the remaining cases against people arrested in D.C. during the inauguration. The NEW JERSEY Governor signed bills to expand transgender rights in the state while NJ11 For Change has upcoming Friday for Family protests planned. Blue New Jersey is welcoming the liar-in-chief with a “Peoples Motorcade” as he heads to his golf club in Bedminster and Blue Wave NJ @BlueWave_NJ is out canvassing to flip NJ3. There is much going on in PENNSYLVANIA. After police removed Occupy ICE Philly’s multi day encampment outside the ICE office, protestors set up a new camp at City Hall and the Mayor announced he will allow them to stay there. PA Progress @PennProgress is holding a week of action to save SCOTUS and if your thirsty you can join Indivisible -Upper Darby @indivisible_ud for “Postcards at the Pub” Pennsylvania Together ran a training to teach folks how to talk politics with strangers.
By the GREAT LAKES: ChicagoStrong, a group formed by Chicago students, organized a large protest with thousands showing up which shut down a portion of the Dan Ryan Expressway in ILLINOIS to call attention to their five demands including gun control and better education. A church in Indianapolis, INDIANA put a statues of baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph inside a chain-linked fence on its lawn to protest current immigration policy. Groups like IndivisibleMiD9 @D9MichLevin and Progress MICHIGAN @ProgressMich helped generate enough public outcry to delay the deletion of references to gay rights, climate change, Roe v. Wade and “democratic” from “core democratic values” from the Michigan social studies curriculum. The Children’s Defense Fund organized children along with other groups and protested at the OHIO Statehouse against current immigration policy and Toledo Indivisible @IndivisibleTol1 holds a weekly “Keep Families Together Tuesday” at the office of Rob Portman. Outside the Kenosha County Detention Center in WISCONSIN Voces de la Frontera @voces_milwaukee continues to protest ICE as loud as a they can, Indivisible Madison has an upcoming picnic, Assembly, and protest, and a Washington Post story highlighted the work that the Wisconsin Public Education Network @WiscEdNetwork is doing to strengthen the public education movement.
On the PLAINS: Thanks to the hard work by the ACLU of MISSOURI @aclu_mo and the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP a federal appeals court ruled that the way the Ferguson -Florissant School District elects its board members violates the rights of black voters in the district. Nebraska Appleseed @neappleseed and volunteers turned in more than 133,000 which should be enough signatures to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot. Indivisible IOWA has a calendar of great events for July including fundraisers to Flip the Iowa House. MINNESOTA Congressional District 2 Indivisible group has a Save the Internet Rally coming up and people protested the killing of a man by the police at the Minneapolis City hall. In NORTH DAKOTA Indivisible Fargo-Moorehead kicked off a Peace Choir and is holding an info session on approval voting. The ACLU of SOUTH DAKOTA @ACLUSouthDakota kicked off pride weekend with “Pints and Politics.” The Wichita KANSAS Indivisible #Occupy ICE are now at five days at the ICE facility, a with voter registration drive too, and are rebuilding after the police confiscated their stuff.
Down in the SOUTHEAST: The Center for Biological Diversity @CenterForBioDiv convinced a court to order the EPA to ensure that ALABAMA and MISSISSIPPI and have plans prohibiting conflicts of interest on state boards overseeing air-pollution permits. Alabama Democratic Victory @DemVictoryAL and Baldwin Democrats @BaldwinDemocrat are holding events to help ex-felons and those without ID to become registered voters. The #March for Our Lives group that came out of the FLORIDA H.S. shooting are on the second leg of their #Road to Change to start conversations about gun control across the country and the Southern Legal Counsel @SouthernLegal is holding a “Know Your Rights Transgender Independence Town Hall and BBQ! In Orlando. Let America Vote knocked on 1,300 doors in GEORGIA. Occupy ICE Louisville @occupyicelou , Black Lives Matter Louisville @LouisvilleSURJ and the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, have been protesting outside the ICE office in KENTUCKY for almost a week and is now growing by the hundreds with the appearance of counter protestors and the group has raised $4,000 on GoFundMe to support the occupation. Indivisible NORTH CAROLINA @IndivisiblesNC is holding a training convention. Mad Dog Pac in SOUTH CAROLINA put up a great billboard. VIRGINIA activists held a die in for clean air and water. The Marion County Indivisible in WEST VIRGINIA hosted a picnic as the county’s first ever pride event. Indivisible East TENNESSEE has poscarding and canvassing events lined up. Boone County Indivisible @BooneIndvisible in ARKANSAS had a good sized group for their training on door to door canvassing. L’eau Est La Vie Camp @NoBayouBridge protestors against the Bayou Bridge pipeline in LOUISIANA were able to stop construction before they were arrested.
In the SOUTHWEST: ARIZONA’S Red for Ed campaign @investinedaz was mighty successful this week, gathering 270,000 signatures, nearly twice the number of valid signatures needed, for a November ballot initiative to increase the income tax on wealthy residents to fund education. The ACLU of OKLAHOMA @ACLUOK and CAIR Oklahoma hosted a digital town hall on the Muslim Ban. Volunteers with the Texas Organizing Project believe they have collected enough signatures on a petition to put a paid sick leave ordinance to a public vote in San Antonio in November. An anonymous sponsor in NEW MEXICO is funding a new staff person for the ACLU to work on reproductive healthcare & family services for incarcerated women in New Mexico.
High up in the ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATES: The Free and Fair Coalition, a group of LGBTQ activists defeated an effort to put a transgender bathroom ban initiative on the ballot in MONTANA. Indivisible Denver @indivisibleden had a packed house at their community meeting and COLORADO Dems had a large crowd out canvassing in CD6. Reclaim IDAHO and its volunteers turned in 70,000 signatures to put Medicaid expansion on this fall’s ballot. UTAH’S Provo Pride @ProvoPride has been granted a spot in the ‘Celebrating America, One Family at a Time’ parade without the need for a lawsuit. Laramie WYOMING’S second ever PrideFest drew hundreds and many of the speakers devoted much of their time to speaking out against the new immigration policy
And last but not least THE FAR WEST: Occupy ICE PDX in OREGON, which began June 17 and inspired many others is still going on. Oregon announced it adopted rules that increase protections against the risk of pesticides drifting off their mark when spraying occurs outdoors. Indivisible Eastside in WASHINGTON was helping with a get out the vote postcard writing event and Youth V Gov @youthvgov a group suing the federal government for not addressing climate change has a rally planned in Seattle. Indivisible Anchorage @IndivisibleANC has a save SCOTUS rally planned for Murkowski’s office in ALASKA. After a letter from the ACLU @acluhawaii demanding a polling place be opened and same day registration allowed for those displaced by the volcano eruption HAWAII election officials made it happen. CALIFORNIA is such a large state with so much activism, but of real importance was the federal judges decision that California can limit local police cooperation with immigration officials and require inspections of detention facilities. A unique partnership formed in NEVADA between the Nature Conservancy and the Nevada Mining Assoc., with support from the solar industry, where they are working together on a regulatory change to allow solar energy development on land that was previously used for mining.