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FILM: Local Organizations Team up to Show "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience"

East Michigan Environmental Action Council - Mon, 08/19/2030 - 8:02pm
What: Film screening of "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" with Question and Answer session to follow afterwards

When: September 6th, 2013

Time: 8PM

Where: Cass Corridor Commons
             4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services invite you to the film screening of, Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, on September 6th, 2013. The showing will take place in the D. Blair Theater of The Cass Corridor Commons.

Focusing on the lives and experiences of the Native/Indigenous community in the Midwest, Our Fires Still Burn is a one hour documentary that works to dispel the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the United States. The narrative that Native and Indigenous peoples no longer exist in the US has been perpetrated in many forms since the beginning of colonization in the US, with perhaps the most famous example being the book (and movie), The Last of the Mohicans. The narrative usually argues something along the lines that because Native peoples are now dead (or are actively dying), we need non-Native peoples to "save and recover" (read; loot) Native artifacts (very often including actual bones of human beings). Another strand of the narrative argues that names like Washington Red Skins are actually compliments that honor long dead tribes rather than the offensive insults that Native/Indigenous peoples say they are.

Our Fires Still Burns argues that the narrative that Native/Indigenous peoples are dead is harmful in that it invisibilizes and makes unnecessary the voices of the very much alive Native/Indigenous community. But as Our Fire Still Burns shows, Native and Indigenous peoples continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

The film viewing of Our Fires Still Burn will appeal to native and non-Native alike, and will be followed by a question and answer session featuring many of the people appearing in the film, as well as film director Audrey Geyer.  Ms. Geyer is an independent video producer and director whose programs have been broadcasted locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and current executive director of Visions, an independent video production company local in Metro Detroit. Visions work focuses on creating documentaries that tell the stories of communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media.

As East Michigan Environmental Action Council co-director, Diana Copeland says, the most important thing to do right now in light of various attacks on marginalized communities in Detroit is to build community responses to those attacks, "Conversations that happen where we can begin to get to know each other are essential and will only make our communities stronger."
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An exciting announcement on Women's Equality Day!

Miami Workers Center - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 2:15pm

On August 26th, 1920, women in the United States were given the right to vote, and since 1971 that day is recognized as Women’s Equality Day.

To honor this date, we are happy to announce that we will be hosting the 1st Women's Economic Congress in South Florida and your are invited!

Even though it's been almost a century since women won the right to vote, not all can exercise their democratic right. Lack of affordable housing and childcare, living wages, safe communities, access to reproductive health care, lack of public transportation, unfair work environments and practices against women, heightened racism and discrimination against people of color and queer bodies, make it hard for many women to go to the polls.

As we honor and uplift Women’s Equality Day, we must recognize that there is still much needed to ensure ensure gender equality and gender justice for women. Just like the 1920’s, women today face many barriers and economic disadvantages, which makes equality almost impossible for women and girls and prevent them from being full political beings.

At Femme Agenda we will create an inclusive gender justice space where women, girls and femme Floridians come together to talk about how poverty, inequality and lack of economic empowerment affect our lives in many ways, from being able to take care of our families, to staying healthy and being able to save ourselves from abusive situations. Together, we will set an agenda that identifies the issues we care about, the policies and politics we will vote for in these elections, and the solutions we expect from Florida’s elected leaders.

We are at a major turning point in the U.S. for women and there is too much at stake. Despite there being a woman as a major Presidential candidate, women’s issues, particularly those impacting working class women, have still not been at the forefront of this election.

Women’s vote in Florida will be crucial in November. We are a powerful part of the electorate and our votes could be highly impactful. We must vote our conscience to move a women’s economic agenda over locally, statewide and federally.

Join us on October 1st at Femme Agenda, South Florida's 1st Women's Economic Congress.

Let's build together a world where women’s equality can be more than a day.

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Can Donald Trump really round up and deport 11 million people?

NNIRR - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:05pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Brian Bennett Story Publisher:  Los Angeles Times

At rallies and debates over the last year, Donald Trump has repeatedly vowed to round up and deport the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally, sometimes saying he would eject them all in two years.

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Introducing new USAS Local Roots Trainings! (Apply today)

USAS - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 1:54pm

This fall, USAS is launching a new training program to develop deeper strategy, roots, and leadership skills for each local.

Local Roots Trainings are coming to your campuses with a build-your-own training program for USAS affiliated locals that will be catered to fit specific campaign needs, campus climate, and strengths and weaknesses of each USAS group on a local level.

Apply today to host a Local Roots Training on your own campus!

  • Host a 4 hour training on a weeknight after classes end, or host a 6 hour training on a Saturday or Sunday
  • 1-2 Local Roots Trainers will come to your campus to help facilitate– or you can join an online training for trainers and become a Local Roots Trainer to lead your own training!
  • In addition to an in depth strategy session and an organizing skills 101 training, choose from a series of workshops to strengthen your local campaign including:
    • Direct Action 101
    • Civil Disobedience / Legal Support
    • Facilitating Effective Meetings
    • Creative Actions
    • Press / Media
    • Collective Liberation
    • Turnout / Retention
    • Fundraising
    • How to Deal with Administration
    • Union Myth-Busting
    • Coalition Building
    • History of USAS / Anti-Sweatshop Movement
    • Leadership Development

Want to host? Apply here. The application deadline is September 5th, but our facilitators team will start the planning process on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply the better!

 

FAQ:

What do I need to do to host a Local Roots Training?

  1. Click here and fill out the application below by September 5th.
  2. If your group is accepted for the launch this fall, we will share resources and organizing guides to support the planning process. You and your local will be in charge of the following:
      • Outreach
      • Space reservation / logistics
      • Fundraising
      • Food (if you choose to feed people!)

 

Is there a fee to host a Local Roots Training?

Yes, there is a sliding scale fee of $500-$1000 to host, and there is a good chance you can actually get funding from your school to host your Local Roots Training! USAS will give half what you can raise from your university back to your local to fund your travel to our National Conference in February!

If you can’t get funding from your school, still fill out the host application, and we will talk through options with you.

 

Q: How many people should we have at our Local Roots Training?

A: You can host the training for just your core organizing team, or choose to have it be a larger public event and do outreach to your larger campus community and use it as a coalition building event and/or recruitment tool!

 

Q: Who will facilitate the training?

A: 1-2 Local Roots Trainers will join as many trainings as possible. The Local Roots Trainer team is made up of student leaders and our full-time national organizers.

Unfortunately, due to limited funding and capacity in our first launch year, not every local that applies will be able to get an outside facilitator to join. In that case, leaders in your local can join an online training-for-trainers to become Local Roots Trainers and facilitate a Local Roots Training on your own!

 

Q: Does my group have to be an official affiliate of USAS to host a Local Roots Training?

Yes, for more information on how to become an affiliate, click here.

 

Other questions? Email email hidden; JavaScript is required /* */ and we’ll be in touch!

Apply Today!

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20th Anniversary of TANF Reforms Action

CVH - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 4:50pm

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Join Us for Exercise Your Rights 2016!

VWC - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:49am

Run or walk a 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon this September and raise money to support the ongoing organizing work of the VWC. The weekend of September 10th VWC leaders will be participating in Exercise Your Rights across the state. 

We're asking YOU to join the team and race with us! Grassroots organizing is hard work and exercising is one way we stay healthy and have some quality rest and reflection time. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 for our grassroots organizing — in particular, our Work with Dignity and Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.

How can I join the Team?

1) Register for a Race. There are multiple options across the state happening the weekend of September 10th, check out the list below: 

2) Set up a personal fundraising page. Once you're registered for the event, it’s time to start fundraising! Set up your own personal fundraising page here. Join the Team by clicking the blue button to "Fundraise" and customize your personal page. You can set your own fundraising goal, upload pictures, and tell your story about why you joined Team VWC to Exercise Your Rights.

3) Get the word out to your friends, family, and colleagues! Download our fundraising tips and a sample fundraising email and letter for helpful fundraising strategies. We are here to help you be successful, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need fundraising tips, admin support, or encouragement.

Why should you sign-up for Exercise your Rights?

Three reasons. 1) You believe in the Vermont Workers’ Center’s mission and want to support it financially. 2) You want to challenge yourself physically and adding a fundraising goal to that challenge will make you more successful. Having financial supporters is like having a whole cheerleading squad on the sidelines. 3) It’s good for you. Exercising your body and exercising your rights just feels great.

 

Contact Us

For more information, contact: Megan Sheehan, megan@workerscenter.org

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Wear your support for #4borderjustice - order Just Borders t-shirts

NNIRR - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:51pm
Story Type:  Article Story Publisher:  NNIRR

As you may know, NNIRR has launched Just Borders to help raise awareness about the human rights crisis at the border.

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:08pm
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Become a 2016 People Mover

CAAAV - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 7:22pm

The People-Powered $10K Challenge (#PP10K) is CAAAV’s 10-day grassroots fundraising campaign that activates the collective power of our friends, families, and social networks to raise $10,000 or more to support racial and economic justice.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE #PP10K!

 

The challenge is really simple! All we need is 100 People Movers to sign up to fundraise $100 from Monday, 10/3, to Wednesday, 10/12. With our collective power, we can easily raise $10,000…

During last year’s #PP10K, 58 individuals became People Movers and fundraised over $14,000. That $14,000 resulted in system-wide impact for low-income Asian immigrant communities.

This year, as our campaigns for affordable housing and language access heat up, we know our #PP10K can do even better with new and returning People Movers like you.

So how about it? Does CAAAV give you hope?
Can you tap into your own power to support our leaders? SIGN UP TO BE A PEOPLE MOVER!

 

We want the #PP10K Challenge to be a growth opportunity for everyone. As a registered People Mover, you will be provided with:

  • Your Personal Fundraising Page
  • Fundraising Toolkit with tips and templates for asking your friends
  • Fundraising Trainings for NYC-based People Movers
  • Personal Check-Ins from our motivational Fundraising Coaches
  • List of Previous Donors to your fundraising page (for past People Movers)
  • Opportunities to meet other People Movers

Thank you for being awesome and joining the People-Powered $10K Challenge!

For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
If you have other questions or concerns,
contact Ruben at ran@caaav.org or call 212-473-6485.

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 5:52pm
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 5:49pm
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Just Borders t-shirt on sale now!

NNIRR - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:07pm
Subtitle:  Human rights, safety and dignity for all migrants and refugees Sort Order:  1
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Just Borders t-shirt

NNIRR - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 4:36pm
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Just Borders t-shirt

NNIRR - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 4:30pm
T-shirt Show your support for human rights and justice at borders! $20.00 + $3.50 domestic shipping/$12.00 international shipping Special Offer


The Just Borders t-shirt is available in charcoal grey in both men's sizes (S-M-L-XL) and women's (S-M-L-XL). The women's version is slightly tapered and has cap sleeves. Both are in 100% cotton. 

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Exercise Your Rights 2016

VWC - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:03pm

Run or walk a 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon this September and raise money to support the ongoing organizing work of the VWC. The weekend of September 10th VWC leaders will be participating in Exercise Your Rights across the state. 

We're asking YOU to join the team and race with us! Grassroots organizing is hard work and exercising is one way we stay healthy and have some quality rest and reflection time. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 for our grassroots organizing — in particular, our Work with Dignity and Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.

How can I join the Team?

1) Register for a Race. There are multiple options across the state happening the weekend of September 10th, check out the list below: 

2) Set up a personal fundraising page. Once you're registered for the event, it’s time to start fundraising! Set up your own personal fundraising page here. Join the Team by clicking the blue button to "Fundraise" and customize your personal page. You can set your own fundraising goal, upload pictures, and tell your story about why you joined Team VWC to Exercise Your Rights.

3) Get the word out to your friends, family, and colleagues! Download our fundraising tips and a sample fundraising email and letter for helpful fundraising strategies. We are here to help you be successful, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need fundraising tips, admin support, or encouragement.

Why should you sign-up for Exercise your Rights?

Three reasons. 1) You believe in the Vermont Workers’ Center’s mission and want to support it financially. 2) You want to challenge yourself physically and adding a fundraising goal to that challenge will make you more successful. Having financial supporters is like having a whole cheerleading squad on the sidelines. 3) It’s good for you. Exercising your body and exercising your rights just feels great.

 

Contact Us

For more information, contact: Megan Sheehan, megan@workerscenter.org

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Inequality Tour 2016

VWC - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 12:24pm

Here in Vermont and across the country, conversations about economic and wealth inequality have shifted. For too long, lack of dignity on the job and race-to-the bottom economic policies have placed a rising number of families on the brink with devastating effects on our communities. Social services are strained to the breaking point as people struggle to make ends meet, while costs for basic needs like housing and healthcare continue to rise. Nearly 90% of the people we surveyed in the spring of 2016 said that inequality is a problem in Vermont and in our country— and that they see it represented in their own daily lives. We found that people across the state are really struggling with healthcare, work with dignity, and discrimination in ways that contribute to people having a hard time meeting their needs. For example, 60% of people surveyed had put off needed medical care because of cost, 20% of people had experienced some form of wage theft, and over 50% had experienced some form of discrimination based on race, gender or ability.

Organizing people and communities to fight the rising tide of inequality has long been part of the Vermont Workers’ Center’s mission — whether that’s been for livable wage jobs and universal healthcare, or our leadership development and educational trainings around economic, gender, and racial justice. This fall, we’re releasing the accessible Vermont Inequality Report — what causes inequality, how we experience it, and what we can do about it. We’ll be taking the report on the road, crossing the state in an Inequality Tour, to bring what we found back to the communities we surveyed and to organize people to address the roots of inequality.

The goals for the Inequality Tour are to build context and understanding about the roots of inequality and examine growing trends in Vermont, develop deeper connections between those of us in our communities that are directly experiencing inequality, put out an alternative progressive narrative during the election season, and support and lift up local stories and struggles around inequality. JOIN US!

Locations & Dates (still being updated):

  • Barre- September 22nd, Location TBA
  • Burlington- Date & location TBA
  • Brattleboro- Date & location TBA
  • Rutland- Date & location TBA

Any questions or to get involved, contact megan@workerscenter.org

How has inequality impacted your life? Let us know in the speakout below! It’s very powerful for people to share their stories on workplace, healthcare, or community issues, especially as a part of taking action together to change conditions and build power.

First Name * Last Name * Town * Phone * Email How has inequality impacted your life? I'm interested in hosting a stop on the inequality tour or getting involved with an event locally Yes I give permission to the Vermont Workers’ Center to share my story. Yes, use my story as part of the Inequality Tour Yes, use my story but please keep my name anonymous Yes, use my story but please keep my place of employment anonymous (if applicable) Leave this field blank
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3rd Annual Colorado School Discipline Report Card

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:40pm

Every year Padres & Jóvenes Unidos dives into the state data to see which school districts are performing well and to reveal the districts that have the highest racial disparities in suspensions and expulsions. This year we did find some good news, but our work is far from done. The Colorado School Discipline Report Card is an important stepping stone for students, teachers, administrators, judges, lawyers, parents and the public to begin having an honest discussion about how we can end the school-to-prison pipeline and ensure that every child's right to an education is fulfilled. The third edition is now available with updated data and key findings:

  • After a decade of steady reductions, the statewide out-of-school suspension rate increased by 19% in 2014-2015.

  • Expulsion rates continued to decrease in 2014-15.

  • Racial and ethnic disparities have decreased modestly, yet disparities still remain unacceptably high.

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