TODAY in the RESISTANCE 2/23/17

sacredfire*  The fierce water protectors made their last stand yesterday at Oceti Sakowin camp, where as this is being typed, the National Guard, local and state law enforcement are actively, forcibly, and at times violently, evicting and destroying the nearly yearlong encampment on the banks of the Cannonball River. However we know the spirit of resistance born at Standing Rock cannot be destroyed – the struggle for indigenous sovereignty is over 500 years old. Sending love, gratitude, strength and love to all who held it down to inspire another seven generations of sacred, peaceful and rooted resistance to colonialism, capitalism and extraction.

* Over 2,000 people demonstrated at Senator Bill Cassidy’s town hall in Metairie, LA, amongst dozens of similar protests at elected officials home visits during this short break in the legislature – unprecedented levels of civic engagement continue.

*  I am sure there is a lot more that happened the last couple of days, but to be honest, I can’t take my heart and mind off of Standing Rock. Anyone who was able to be there for any amount of time came away transformed, especially so for those who made camp their home. Those lessons learned, the visions created, the precedents set, the history made… trust, none of this is lost. The material evidence of camp may disappear and we know the power, potential and possibility created by camp has only just started to manifest. Mni Wiconi for life, my friends.

What have you done to take care of yourself?

What else happened?

How did you #resist today?

MORE TOMORROW.

Written by a proud #Product of #Immigrants & #PublicSchools

#NoBanNoWall #NoHateNoFear #MuslimsAreWelcomeHere
#ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere #RefugeesAreWelcomeHere
#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi
#BlackLivesMatter #DefendTheSacred
#Engage #Resist #Rise
#HealingIsTheRevolution #LoveIsLiberation

 

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TODAY in the RESISTANCE 2/21/17

* Today is the 21st of February – an important revolutionary remembrance day for the Bengali people, in particular those like me whose ancestors come from present-day Bangladesh. Today is now also known as International Mother Language Day, which has been being observed since 2000[4] to promote peace and multilingualism. The date corresponds to the day in 1952 when students from the University of Dhaka, Jagannath College and Dhaka Medical College, demonstrating for the recognition of Bengali as one of the two national languages of East Pakistan, were brutally shot dead by police (then under Pakistan government) near the Dhaka High Court in the capital of present-day Bangladesh. This led to the beginning of the Liberation War and Bangladesh’s eventual independence in 1971 after a brutal civil war and a genocidal killing massacre – none of which was able to suppress the fundamental human rights for language and culture.

*Activists unfurled a giant “Refugees Welcome” banner on the Statue of Liberty, resisting Chump’s racist and xenophobic actions against immigrants and refugees.

* The Zaptistas recently released a new global call to action The Walls Above, The Cracks Below (And To The Left) stating “it is necessary to resist, it is necessary to rebel, it is necessary to struggle, it is necessary to get organized. From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.” Be sure to read it for some inspiration and marching orders. (As always, links are in today’s blog post at loveisliberation.net)

*Personally today, in remembering the revolutionary blood in my veins, I spent some time at the river, at the Tree of Life and at the lake today wearing a salwar-kameez. Reconnecting with nature gave me a moment of reconnecting with my ancestral roots. I love my “I Am My Ancestors Wildest Dreams” t-shirt from B-Mike’s Studio Be – and today, as I saw my gold sequins glittering amongst the turquoise embroidery as the sun set and a rainbow appeared behind me standing over the waters, I felt how true that sentiment is deep in my bones. How have you honored yourself as your ancestor’s wildest dreams today?

What have you done to take care of yourself?

What else happened?

How did you #resist today?

MORE TOMORROW.

Written by a proud #ProductofAnImmigrant on #ADayWithoutImmigrants

#NoBanNoWall #NoHateNoFear #MuslimsAreWelcomeHere
#ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere #RefugeesAreWelcomeHere
#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi
#BlackLivesMatter #DefendTheSacred
#Engage #Resist #Rise
#HealingIsTheRevolution #LoveIsLiberation

 

 

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TODAY in the RESISTANCE 2/20/17

(weekend recap edition)

* Two Rivers Camp Action shut down Pumpco yard that supplies multiple Trans Pecos Pipeline sites on Sunday morning. 7 water protectors were arrested and a legal fund is currently set up to help them out, please contribute if you can. The Trans Pecos Pipeline is a project of Energy Transfer Partners, the dastardly corporation behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.

* Marches and demonstrations continued around all the interconnected struggles we are fighting – including one in Rio Grande Valley (yah Bekah!) and the Krewe for $15 march in New Orleans where Beyonce, Solange and Jay-Z showed their love! The new “Resistance Calendar” is a dope new resource to see all the things happening in our shared movement right now (h/t to Ella for the rec!)

* Over 2 dozen people came together from all over the country to strategize around the use of film media in the movement for a just transition. I was honored to convene and help hold the space for this gathering hosted by Working Films. (As such, another weekend hiatus from the resistance report.) A big theme this weekend was how do we tell the stories of struggle and success in our movement in a way that doesn’t replicate the problematic urges of mass media to elevate shiny balls and simplify complex issues to black and white? How do we tell the whole story – the complicated story – the true story – the ones that are difficult to tell because so many (sometimes everyone) messed up? For those of us who have been in this movement for decades, we’ve seen how hard, contentious, and tense this work is. How years of trauma take its toll on relationships and decision making. At this moment, we need stories to be inspired by… and also to learn from. Let’s find the ways we can do it all  for our folks – we can be simultaneously honest, critical, loving and inspiring at the same time?

What have you done to take care of yourself?

What else happened?

How did you #resist today?

MORE TOMORROW.

Photo credits – Naima Savage, Bekah Honijosa, Two Rivers Action Camp

Written by a proud #ProductofAnImmigrant

#NoBanNoWall #NoHateNoFear #MuslimsAreWelcomeHere
#ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere #RefugeesAreWelcomeHere
#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi
#BlackLivesMatter #DefendTheSacred
#Engage #Resist #Rise
#HealingIsTheRevolution #LoveIsLiberation

 

 

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TODAY in the RESISTANCE 2/16/17

* “A Day Without An Immigrant” was observed all over the country, with restaurants, businesses and schools closing in solidarity. Beloved spots like all 6 of Iraqi-American owned Busboys and Poets in DC to all Blue Ribbon Restaurants in New York to all Ideal markets in New Orleans made our hearts grow even fonder of them by showing support and closing today. Let’s remember to give these places our business in the future! Many immigrants, their children (like me) and allies also refused to spend their money to make an economic point about the vital role immigrants play in the U.S. and resisting Chump’s racist and xenophobic policy and rhetoric around immigrants.

* According to CNN, “starting today and lasting through President’s Day weekend, all work created or donated by immigrants will no longer be displayed The Davis Museum at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Instead, curators will drape black cloth over cases, and line the walls with labels that say “Created by an immigrant.”They are calling the initiative: “Art-Less.” And it’s meant to highlight immigrants’ impact, even in the world of art. “We have removed or cloaked these works to demonstrate symbolically what the Davis Museum would look like without their contributions to our collections and to Wellesley College, and to thereby honor their many invaluable gifts,” the museum said. (*H/T to Cara Lisa Berg Powers for the find on this!)

 

* According to AsAmNews: “In a stunning show of resistance, 16 member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have submitted their resignations to President T***p. The ten members who resigned yesterday followed six others who resigned on January 20. “Although the Commissioners’ term ends 9/30/17, we can no longer serve a President whose policies aim to create outcomes that are diametrically opposite to our principles, goals, and charge,”wrote the latest ten to resign in a letter to the president and cced to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, co-chair of the White House Initiative of Asian American Pacific Islanders. The letter cited several actions by PresidentT***p that have alarmed commission members including the proposal to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities, the ban on refugees and those coming from seven mostly Muslim countries, the announced intention to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexican border, and the plans to repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The resignations leaves only four members still sitting on the advisory commission.”

* The Allied Media Conference is releasing highlights from 2016 AMC to get folks excited for 2017. Check out highlights from last year’s “Holding Space: Strategies for Anti-oppressive Facilitation”, a workshop that explored strategies for facilitation that center the needs of Black, Brown and Indigenous people, disabled people, LGBTQ folks, survivors and others. This year, Radical Arts and Healing Collective will be hosting a practice space around Radical Community Spaces to continue thinking such as the ones generated then.

* Today is the 100th anniversary of the Communist Revolution in Russia. As a Bengali-American whose name means “Victory for the Plough*” <*=communist>, on a day that is being observed as “A Day Without An Immigrant”, I am reflecting on my very existence, and the most-meta levels of our structures, systems, political ideas, narratives, processes lately. Luckily, I am blessed with work that allows me to think about these things too… as our fundamental notions of right and wrong are challenged, and the stories we tell ourself changes, what is the new story we are going to write/right for ourselves? How do we move from the micro-to macro-and back again, while maintaining balance and integrity? We know change is constant and let us bring our greatest selves so each and every being finds its right-full place in this constant flux.

What have you done to take care of yourself?

What else happened?

How did you #resist today?

MORE TOMORROW.

#NoBanNoWall #NoHateNoFear #MuslimsAreWelcomeHere
#ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere #RefugeesAreWelcomeHere
#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi
#BlackLivesMatter #DefendTheSacred
#Engage #Resist #Rise
#HealingIsTheRevolution #LoveIsLiberation

 

 

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TODAY in the RESISTANCE 2/15/17

* Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as nominee for Labor Secretary!

* Some U.S. intelligence officials have not been sharing information with Chump due to fears he will leak or compromise sensitive information to the nation’s security setting up some unprecedented conditions as increasingly serious allegations and evidence mounts in Chump’s inexplicable and seemingly treasonous ties to Russia.

*  Pope Francis has insisted that indigenous peoples must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands — an indirect critique as Chump’s administration seeks to advance construction on the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline despite the inspiring resistance movement up in Standing Rock.

* Some brilliant person came up with the Lemonade Rage video game, providing a great outlet when you feel like you need to smash things up like Queen Bey. (Also – belated shout out to the amazing visuals honoring divine feminine at the Grammy’s on Sunday. I Mean. Dang.)

queenbey

* C.I.Y.J.A. released “5 Ways to Fight ICE Raids with Power Not Panic” stating: “ICE and immigration raids have become a constant threat to our communities. Spreading misinformation about possible raids can bring unnecessary panic and stress to our communities (note – I am sorry to have done so myself today). We know that a safe community is an organized community, so how do we fight Trump’s anti-immigrant attacks with power and not panic?” Check out this great resource and flash card images to help us fight ICE effectively and not create more chaos in our attempt to support our folks.

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*Mijente released the “Community Defense Zone Starter Guide” – an incredible resource for all of us who are looking to create, mobilize and activate networks of community support and defense outside the police state.

* As more and more of us consider what community safety and support look like, take some time to reflect for yourself whether you feel safe right now? I know I don’t, and it’s been extremely troublesome and alarming… and realizing this is an opportunity for us to create the structures and systems we need to truly take care of each other and ourselves. What will it take for us to keep each other safe? Who do you need to be in conversations and relationships with to provide those support networks? How do we mobilize this as a community and learn from each other? In crises there comes opportunity, let’s hope that the silver lining is we come out of this frightening and dangerous time with more support for each other and ourselves than ever before. Providing our community with safety and support is resistance!

What have you done to take care of yourself?

What else happened?

How did you #resist today?

MORE TOMORROW.

#NoBanNoWall #NoHateNoFear #MuslimsAreWelcomeHere
#ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere #RefugeesAreWelcomeHere
#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi
#BlackLivesMatter #DefendTheSacred
#Engage #Resist #Rise
#HealingIsTheRevolution #LoveIsLiberation

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TODAY in the RESISTANCE* – 2/14/17

(*Catch up edition, with extra revolutionary love)

* Over the weekend, over 40 incredible artist/cultural organizer/activists gathered in Washington DC to dream and scheme together for the People’s Climate Movement mobilization that will be taking place on and around April 29th. It was truly an honor and privilege for me to help convene this group (and is why this lil Love Is Liberation Resistance Report took a lil hiatus.)

* Today, people around the country are reclaiming Valentine’s Day as a Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising! The #LoveArmy, together with the Women’s March, One Billion Rising, Moms Rising, and hundreds of organizations and leaders across the world are joining together to fight against hate and intolerance in a quest for justice.

“We resist all Executive Orders and policies that put people in harm’s way. We commit to fight for social justice through the ethic of love — love for others, our opponents, and ourselves.” Join then to take action at http://vday.revolutionarylove.net

Here are a whole bunch of things you can do today (or tomorrow) to celebrate love in the resistance:

  1. Write a Love Letter to others, to your opponents, or to yourself. Go to our Love Letters site to write your letter and share it on social media.

  2. Call 1-855-408-2357 and we will connect you to your representative to ask them to fight for justice with love.

  3. Rise up with music, art, poetry, and dance to end violence against all women and girls (cis, transgender and gender non-conforming) as part of V-Day’s massive annual One Billion Rising campaign.

Also…let’s show our love for #BlackLives today… here are some ways that you can support the work shared on the Movement for Black Lives Political Power Webinar:

  1. Go to www.jerichomovement.com and write to a political prisoner and join campaign to free political prisoners in the United States who have fought for human and civil rights for all people. #freethemall

  2. Visit www.mutuluiswelcomehere.com and ask the parole board to release Dr. Mutulu Shakur.

  3. Go to www.lumumbaformayor.com and donate and/or volunteer to support the campaign to elect Chokwe A. Lumumba as Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Please  spread the word near and far about the Campaign and encourage your friends, family and comrades in Jackson to vote Lumumba on May 2, 2017.

  4. Plug into the work of the organizations listed in the policy briefs under the V4BL Political Power section here: https://policy.m4bl.org/political-power/

Aaaand,  the #NoDAPL Global Solidarity Team is calling for a week of sustained action from February 12th-17th! Let’s “Show Some Love” to some of our targets:

  • Host Valentine’s Day Card Making Parties!

  1. Here are some sample messages for the cards.

  2. Take a look at this article for some addresses to send the cards to!

  • Host NVDA events targeting these locations:

  1. Here are some general targets (Banks, ACOE HQ’s, Corporate HQ’s, Trump Towers & Golf Courses)

  2. Here are some more specific targets 🙂

    1. Here are some printable flyers for some of these targets.

    2. Here are some JPEG’s for social media of the same targets.

Again, check out their website for updates, targets, groups to fund and calls to action!

*Cherri Foytlin and Karen Savage got word that the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in their favor! #ChemRisk‘s defamation suit against them was ruled a #SLAPP suit (which they’ve been saying all along!), their special motion to dismiss was approved AND the court ordered their attorney, John Reichman who worked tirelessly in their defense, be awarded legal fees.

* 11,000 feminist scholars (including myself) signed the newly released Feminist Scholars Statement denouncing the election of Chump as president. Check out the statement and impressive list of signers at: https://feministscholarstatement.com/

*Climbing Poetree released their super sexy video “How I Taste” “exploring our own desires as a tangible act of self love,” reminding women of our divine feminine and to love ourselves first and foremost on V-day. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EolmP9zel4&feature=youtu.be

* The Center for Story-based Strategy released “Resistance Bingo” – check out this fun new tool for the movement.

* via Sofia Quintero’s Change Meets Love listserv: “So if you’re finding yourself feeling down or anxious this Valentine’s Day, make the decision again to fall in love. You do this by taking a moment to look for the love that is embedded deeply in your activism. Look for the love that keeps you in struggle no matter to low wages and high stakes. Look for the love that inspires you to show up for yourself and your community whether it’s taking to the streets, educating or organizing others, standing up for someone of less privilege, creating inspiring works or engaging in any other act of resistance. Love is absolutely there, and that love is YOU as expressed by the things you do to evolve yourself and improve conditions around you. This isn’t spiritual rhetoric or an alternative fact. Give yourself the gift today of slowing down for a few minutes to really feel into that fact.”

* On this day, and all days, #LoveIsLiberation.

What have you done to take care of yourself?

What else happened?

How did you #resist today?

MORE TOMORROW.

#NoBanNoWall #NoHateNoFear #MuslimsAreWelcomeHere
#ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere #RefugeesAreWelcomeHere
#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi
#BlackLivesMatter #DefendTheSacred
#Engage #Resist #Rise
#HealingIsTheRevolution #LoveIsLiberation

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TODAY in the RESISTANCE – 2/10/17

* Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was greeted with protesters when she tried to enter a Washington middle school on Friday morning. A video from the scene shows DeVos walking away from one entrance of Jefferson Middle School after being physically blocked from the entrance. One protester stood in front of the stairway entrance in the school, and DeVos walked back to her vehicle.

*  Hundreds of thousands of Iranian demonstrators gathered to protest Chump in Tehran on Friday, while celebrating the anniversary of the nation’s 1979 revolution. According to Reuters, Iran’s state television reported that the crowd gathered to pledge its allegiance to the clerical establishment in opposition to Chump’s administration stating that U.S. has put Iran “on notice.”

* People across the county continued protesting raids by ICE on communities across the United States. There have in at least 6 states so far, and protests have been erupting all over. There are also many conversations, initiatives and collaboratives emerging in communities across the nation in response to keep their families and friends safe such as the Mutual Aid Toolbox.

*REI member services is taking feedback on their contract renewal with US Bank in light of US bank’s decision to invest in the Dakota Access Pipeline. They are taking feedback seriously as a cooperative and socially responsible company. Email them at Member@REI.com or visit http://bit.ly/2ifzPDs to leave a comment on their support page. Tell REI that as a member, you demand they divest from US Bank, who is invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline. If you can only call, here is the #: 1-800-426-4840

*Carnival season is upon us and a recent article highlights a 93 year old Mardi Gras Indian who has been sewing his suits for 80 years. “What is clear is the tradition of Mardi Gras Indians — who are sometimes called black masking Indians — has its roots in and celebrates defiance and self-determination, which is why some Indians feel they’re showing their truest, innermost selves when they don their suits, according to Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame co-founder Cherice Harrison-Nelson.” (Btw, I am honored to say that Ms. Cherice is a mentor and beloved one of mine!) Long live deeply rooted cultural resistance.

* Tonight is a full moon, a partial lunar eclipse, and a comet. Remember to look up and marvel at this amazing universe we live in. No matter what is happening in this moment, keep in mind how small we are in the grandest scheme of things.

What have you done to take care of yourself?

What else happened?

How did you #resist today?

MORE TOMORROW.

#NoBanNoWall #NoHateNoFear #MuslimsAreWelcomeHere
#ImmigrantsAreWelcomeHere #RefugeesAreWelcomeHere
#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife #MniWiconi
#BlackLivesMatter #DefendTheSacred
#Engage #Resist #Rise
#HealingIsTheRevolution #LoveIsLiberation

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