FEDERAL AID POLITICS--As thousands of Californians struggle to recover from October’s devastating wildfires, the White House has left California’s appeal for relief funding out of its $44 billion disaster aid request to Congress, meaning the state may not receive any federal aid for them. (Photo above: Smoke obscures the sun in Santa Rosa, Calif., during the October wildfires. )
RESISTANCE WATCH--Defenders of the open internet are issuing urgent calls to action as news reports indicate that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai has set his sights on a December 14 vote to kill net neutrality and "destroy the internet as we know it."
Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity:
RESISTANCE WATCH--Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to rail against the Trump administration and its policies, but the march was nothing like the huge demonstrations held across the country after last year’s presidential election.
RESISTANCE WATCH--A coalition of more than 200 South Korean civic groups have announced plans to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's escalation of nuclear tensions with North Korea during his scheduled visit to Seoul next week. (Photo above: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump met at the United Nations General Assembly in October.)
RESISTANCE WATCH--As news broke early Monday that former chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates have turned themselves in to federal authorities, grassroots organizations, lawmakers, and former government officials warned that Trump could be closer than ever to firing special counsel Robert Mueller—and urged members of Congress and Americans to take action in response.
RESISTANCE WATCH--I am going to switch it up today. Instead of giving you this week’s stories of horrible injustice, which Lord knows there is a long list of those stories to tell this week, I want us to have a serious conversation about how we make change happen in this country.
RESISTANCE WATCH—Email Councilmember Paul Koretz! Send a message to his deputy today! AVIV KLEINMAN
CITY WATCH RESISTANCE WATCH--Many of the grass roots resist groups who passed impeachment resolutions in their 16 cities, towns and counties, have teamed up and organized The Citizens Impeachment Campaign. We are calling on all House Judiciary Dems to join Rep. Sherman, Rep Green and back HJC member Rep. Cohen in calling for Impeachment. Please help us with our efforts, as calling for impeachment now is critical in saving our Democracy!!!
RESISTANCE WATCH--Amid its crackdowns on so-called sanctuary cities, the Trump administration has faced backlash from the municipalities that don’t require local law enforcement to implement federal immigration policy. Now, California has passed legislation to become a “sanctuary state.” The Los Angeles Times writes:
RESISTANCE WATCH--A coalition of thousands flooded Washington, D.C.'s streets on Saturday with one goal: "to create a just and equitable future for communities of color and others harmed by white supremacy, so that we may all thrive together."
RESISTANCE WATCH--Wide recceivers Chris Moore and Breshad Perriman of the Baltimore Ravens kneel in prayer prior to kickoff during the NFL match between The Jacksonville Jaguars and The Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo: Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO AND OAKLAND LEAD THE CHARGE--Environmentalists are celebrating two new lawsuits filed by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco, California, in attempts to hold some of the world's largest oil companies to account for fueling climate change.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Remember back in the primaries when Hillary Clinton, backed up by a chorus of elite media surrogates, told us how Sanders' proposal for universal health care was pie in the sky?
RESISTANCE WATCH--This past year, through my work with Veterans For Peace I was given the opportunity to stand in solidarity with resistance movements in Okinawa, at Standing Rock and in Palestine.
RESISTANCE WATCH-- Lawyers for 15 states, led by New York and Washington, filed suit against President Trump on Wednesday over his planned repeal of the DACA program, arguing that federal authorities have “backtracked” on their promise to protect young immigrants who came forward and registered with the government. (Photo above: Protesters challenging President Trump’s DACA decision in the shadow of LA City Hall.)
RESISTANCE WATCH--As we reported in our last issue, communities from the ocean to downtown and back have been at the mercy of a thin aerial highway of packed air flights soaring over them throughout the day and late into the night, with rare respite. And it’s getting worse.
RESISTANCE WATCH--At a town hall Wednesday night in Oakland, California, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced that she will co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) Medicare for All legislation, which is reportedly set to be introduced mid-September. (Photo above: US Sen Kamala Harris.)
RESISTANCE WATCH--It’s been over seven months since the Women’s March -- and those of us who are in the trenches on the frontline or even on social media have not had one moment of respite.
RESISTANCE WATCH--Alana Conner, a cultural scientist at Stanford, tells Vox that, “Telling people they’re racist, sexist, and xenophobic is going to get you exactly nowhere.”
RESISTANCE WATCH--The August recess isn't over yet, but progressive organizations are using the time to mobilize against looming Republican plans—spearheaded by the Trump administration in the White House and by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in Congress—to give corporations and the nation's wealthiest individuals massive tax cuts while putting services and social programs on the chopping block.
RESISTANCE WATCH--More than 200 Durham, North Carolina residents stood outside a jail on Thursday, attempting to turn themselves in for the removal of the city's Confederate Soldiers Monument—to protest the arrests of eight people who have been accused of dismantling the monument. The group chanted, "Thank you, we love you," in support of those who were arrested.
RESISTANCE WATCH---Thousands of Americans in cities across the country rallied Sunday night to denounce the racism displayed at the so-called "Unite the Right" rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, and to mourn the death of Heather Heyer, an activist who was killed Saturday during an anti-racist demonstration. (Update on Los Angeles support here.)
RESISTANCE WATCH--Though some suggest the Republicans' effort to push through "tax reform" will likely fail like their effort to repeal Obamacare, the White House and its corporate allies have undertaken a coordinated campaign to ensure the passage of a tax code rewrite that stands to fatten the pockets of the wealthiest.