Discussion in 'Politics Forum' started by lightning13, Jul 27, 2016.
Semi-related, but how do y'all stay up on stuff? Like knowledge wise?? In college there were classes but then also panels and lectures and protests and things where I felt like I was always have really interesting and insightful learning opportunities. I feel so... rusty now. Like I have forgotten everything and can't speak on topics as well because I'm no longer immersed in those things. I need to start reading more of the links posted in the politics forum, but most are blocked at work which is when I tend to browse most, and then I forget to go back and read them. And as interesting as it is, nothing has been as helpful to me as having actual irl discussions, which I can't really do where I live. I def miss that whole environment.
try Pocket for this! it's just basically a lil storage center for your links. for some people it just becomes a place where they procrastinate on actually reading the things they want to but it's been great for me for what youve said
I use feedly to read multiple sites, and instapaper to save links.
There will be a "Safer Scenes" tent on Warped this year.
Let's get organizing!
Just thought I'd post this with monthly awareness stuff.
2017 Awareness Calendar
So to update: This happened. A local green space organization with some big doners contributed 5 million to this part and other money in the background to make this happen. As a result, a bunch of acres of land that, as of 4 years ago, were marked for definite development, will now stay green open space. A pretty awesome win.
I've been in talks with the leader of that campaign about possibly helping me get set up with my own organization to stop the development of a piece of land I've spoken about in the Gen Pol thread. He gave me a few pointers on how to go about it at the very least, just trying to see if I have the time (and hte ability) to get deeply involved in organizing it myself. But if I do, I will be posting some links here in the future I'm sure :)
Helping organize the kickoff event for March to Springfield. We're having a march\listening tour from Chicago to Springfield where we're going to present a budget we've crafted that taxes corporations, the wealthy, and financial transactions in order to fund public schools, green energy, healthcare, and a bunch of other stuff our state has wholly neglected. I may end up engaging in my first proper civil disobedience by camping at the capital. Gotta practice my mugshot.
Black Bloc Tactics Weaken Our Struggle
When the Riot Cops Attack: Repression and Solidarity in Portland's May Day - Black Rose Anarchist Federation
One of my fave Twitter people started this if you wanna share or donate:
Non-Profit for Equal Protection under the law and Equal Pay for women. Advocacy program for Campus Rape victims, feminist lobbying & political action. #EraNow
Follow, donate, retweet, etc:
Khalsa Aid (@Khalsa_Aid) | Twitter
Great org! It has helped and continues to help victims of war & natural disasters, and refugees. Continuously brings awareness to MENA minorities and other vulnerable and lesser known/talked about groups as well. Thankful for them.
ASSYRIAN AID SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Assyrian Aid Society (@assyrianaid) | Twitter
They provide humanitarian aid, medical aid, education, child care, helps refugees, and promotes Assyrian culture.
Yazda (@YazdaOrg) | Twitter
Provides aid and raises awareness for the Yazidis.
'Yazda’s humanitarian mission supports the Yazidi people and other vulnerable groups in the areas of trauma treatment for victims of enslavement, health care, case management for vulnerable individuals, humanitarian aid distribution, and Sinjar Outreach humanitarian project.'
Coptic Orphans | Transforming Generations with Egypt's Fatherless
Coptic Orphans (@CopticOrphans) | Twitter
Cares for and provides education to young Coptic kids in need.
Curious what any other activists and organizers think of this. It has a few organizer friends of mine a bit riled.
When Organizers Are Professionals
We're helping DACA recipients pay and file their renewals here in Illinois. If you'd like to donate, check out thislink.
The mexican consulate here has agreed to pay in full the renewal app fees for mexican nationals. If you know any mexican DACA recipients that are eligible for the renewal period in Illinois, tell them to call (312) 738-2383 and ask for the protection department. If they need help filing we are hosting a workshop in Chicago this Friday, get in contact with me.
Would like to add shlama to this:
Things You Can Do Beyond Calling Your Congressperson | Current Affairs
Yay I was on the lookout for something like this
Hey all. It’s been a while since this thread was updated but a guy I grew up with was in prison for a couple years and just got paroled. He’s got 60 days to get a permanent address and a job, I guess, or he goes back to jail for 6 months - that’s my understanding of it anyway. I looked into some local organizations in the east St. Louis area where he’s currently at a halfway house with no money or transportation. I tried to get him hooked up with one called the Lutheran Social Services but I guess he feels they can’t help. I spoke with an organizer there for a while who at least helped me get in the mindspace of how to help parolees in his situation which she confirmed is likely the case (only being able to leave the house for 5 hours at a time, no money, etc)
So rather than send him money, another friend and I have teamed up and gotten him a bus pass which we had sent to the local post office .6 mile from his halfway house and we’re gonna put some winter clothes together this weekend and get him a prepaid cell phone so he can go on job interviews and work comfortably.
I guess I’m just seeing what else, if anything, anyone can recommend. Unfortunately I know he’s gotta put in the work if he wants to get out of this but he does seem to want to get back to his son who’s in the care of the state right now and has no clue where he is (again, as far as I know.) the biggest thing is we’re not sending money, just sending the things he says he needs money for. I couldn’t imagine being put in a situation where in order to succeed you need things that cost money yet you have none and no way to get it. No wonder people end up in these endless circles.
He’s in a town and state I’m pretty sure he has no connections so I’d like for any connections he does make to be positive. Still hoping to get him hooked up with Lutheran Social services if I can once he feels a little more on his feet. Let me know if there’s anything else I can do or anyone else you’d recommend he speak with. Everyone deserves a fair shot and this feels, oddly, really good to be doing for someone, not only this time of year, but in general. Wouldn’t be opposed to doing more work like this. I’ve never been a big volunteer