The “Protest by Postcard” Ides of Trump Campaign …

Unitarian Universalist Chruch of San Mateo Caliornia

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The Ides of Trump Campaign was initiated by a resident of Berkeley, California who wanted to create a simple, affordable and easy way for people to show-up and be heard. To join in all you need is a postcard and a stamp. The idea is that you express your concerns with brevity on a postcard. The hope is that postcards will flood the White House on March 15, the Ides of March.

You will remember that in Shakespear’s play Julius Caesar didn’t heed the warning to beware the Ides (about mid-month) of March and was assasinated on that day. The idea here is NOT to threaten any kind of violence or other immoral behavior but to draw attention to issues of concern in a peaceful manner.

The beauty of this effort is that wherever you are in the world you too can easily have your say by sending a postcard for the Ides of Trump to:

Mr. President
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20500


In my neighborhood we unequivocally DO NOT endorse or encourage violence but there are issues of concern that residents want to bring to the fore. Hence, the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo began implementation of Justice Action Mondays: Flash Advocacy as part of its “Resist” efforts.

Rev. Ben Meyers and the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM) invited San Mateo residents to join in an open, drop-in community space where people come together in a supportive environment to make their voices heard. Justice Action Mondays, every week, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., UUSM Beck Hall, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo

This Week’s Flash Advocacy Theme: The “Protest by Postcard” Ides of Trump Campaign. Participants will write a postcard (or more) with a personal message letting the President know their concerns and/or position on the issues that are paramount to them. All postcards will be mailed. Cards, stamps, message ideas, snacks and the company of good people like youself are provided. A distribution list is updated weekly on Wednesdays and the theme for the following Monday is emailed to all.

 

Notes on Yesterday’s Phone Conference with Rev. Barber, “The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear”

The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and founder of Repairers of the Breach.

The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and founder of Repairers of the Breach.

Yesterday the call went out to clergy and lay leaders for a telephone gathering to discuss the U.S. presidential orders issued during the first week of the new administration, which I notice lately some are calling a “regime.” These orders are efforts to undermine voting rights, encourage racism and sexism, and to punish sanctuary cities.The concern is that if we don’t respond immediately to these threats, they will become the new normal.

The Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP and author of The Third Reconstruction, Catherine Orsborn of Shoulder to Shoulder, Standing with American Muslims: Upholding American Values and Valerie Kaur presented. Valerie is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, media commentator, Sikh activist and interfaith leader who uses storytelling much as we use poetry – for social change.

The emphasis of the discussion was:

  • solidarity,
  • the upholding of American ideals, and
  • rapid response.

The combination of noise on the line and my hearing made it difficult for me to track the entire conversation, but as best I could determine among the encouraged actions were:

  • Frequent phone calls to members of Congress. Numbers for the members of the House of Representatives are HERE. Numbers for the Senate members are HERE.
  • Exercise resistance in our own spheres. Use social media and take part in local resistance efforts.

Rev. Barber said this is a historic moment but not a new moment in terms of extremism and hate and not the worst moment.

“In the great stream of injustice down through the ages, this is not the worst thing we have suffered. To say so is to dishonor those whose lives were dishonored in holocausts, lynchings and Jim Crow [and other human abuses].” 

Nonviolent civil disobedience is encouraged. Rev. Barber advises self-purification, prayer, and fasting to prepare for moral resistance, for nonviolent direct action against immoral public policy agenda at the state and federal levels. Suggestions for these processes are to be found at Repairers of the Breach.

“Now is not a time to wait and see. Now is a time for action.”

Here is a video in which Rev. Barber gives us some background on the Third Reconstruction and its place in history. It’s worth your time. (if you are reading this via an email subscription you will have to link through to the site to view the video) 

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The photograph of Rev. Barber and the description below it are from his Amazon page.


51qqbcpwhul-_sx332_bo1204203200_The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II is this week’s recommended read.  If you plan to purchase this book and use the link here it will help to support this site.
Thank you!

RESIST: SIGNS OF THE TIMES … thoughts and resources

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BRAVO! to the people, the church groups, the civic groups, the students and the schools, the poets, the musicians and the artists who bare witness to the times, the historians who remind us of our roots and their lessons, the lawyers who clarify the law and fight for justice, and journalists who investigate and speak out. Bravo! to the women who are the stewards of heart for all their joyousness, their spirited defiance and their hope and faith. Bravo! to the man at the Women’s March on Washington who carried a sign saying, “I think it’s time that white men stopped talking and started listening.”

THIS WEEKEND I was proud that in the midst of fear and contention the majority of protesters were peaceful and respectful.

OFF THE CUFF/STRAY THOUGHT Perhaps it would be wise to replace “Love” with “Respect,” which is really what would be more fitting in this context and perhaps serve as a better reminder of honorable behavior and speech.

The work has just begun. Here are some resources as we move on:

  • Know Your Rights: Demonstration and Protest, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen. There’s a lot to ponder – I’ve reread it a few times over the past two weeks – but it’s an excellent and enlightening guide and worth the time and effort.
  • Inequity Media, videos that frame the issues and offer informed and measured tips for fighting the good fight, Robert Reich
  • American Civil Liberties Union, is taking legal action regarding disclosure of Trump’s tax returns and investigation into possible conflicts of interest et al. There’s an interesting feature –  “Waking Up in Trump’s America” – that details the fears of the most vulnerable among us and also a 7-Point Plan of Action to Take on the Trump Administration.
  • The Nation, the most widely read weekly journal of progressive political and cultural news, opinion and analyses.
  • 100,000 Poets for Change (100TPC), which has evolved to include peacemakers for change, musicians for change … drummers and mimes and so on …  under its banner. This is a global peace initiative started in 2011. It has grown to include over 500 events in countries around the world on the fourth Saturday of September each year. Other events are held on other occasions. To find events in your area or to start one go to the site.
  • 100TPC Global Action Calendar is a place for artists of every ilk to place announcements of upcoming events.
  • The BeZine is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits will help you to love (respect) not fear. We acknowledge that there are enormous theological differences and historical resentments that carve wedges among and within the traditions and ethnic or national groups, but we believe that ultimately self-preservation, common sense, and human solidarity will empower connections and collaboration and overcome division and disorder. The zine is published monthly, generally on the fifteenth. The BeZine sponsores a virtual 100TPC event every year.  This year it will be on September 30. Mark your calendar. The theme for the January issue was “Resist.”
 More details Rev. Dr. William Barber speaking at a Moral Monday rally

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Rev. Dr. William Barber speaking at a Moral Monday rally

And the last and perhaps most important: REQUIRED READING. The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

In April 2013, Rev. Barber began leading regular “Moral Mondays” civil-rights protests in North Carolina’s state capital, Raleigh. He is credited with bringing together a fusion movement to protest restrictions on voting and to reform state govenement. He is said to be responsible for shepharding in a new era of progressive politics.

51qqbcpwhul-_sx332_bo1204203200_The Third Reconstruction is a memoir about how Rev. Barber and his diverse allies (hence the “fusion”) came together to build a coalition. He shares his analysis of race-based inequality along with hopeful message for our United States as it continues to work toward the healing of entrenched racial and economic injustice. Ultimately, The Third Reconstruction is a blueprint for a movement, for  building coalitions and an inspiring call to action from the “twenty-first century’s most effective grassroots organizer.”

© 2017, words, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved; © 2017, heading photo and signs pictured courtesy of Rev. Stephanie Etzbach-Dale of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City, All rights reserved; Rev. Barber photo courtesy of twbuckner under CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Redwood City Community Action Rally, January 21 and Canadian Women’s March on Washington, January 21

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January 21, Saturday at 11 AM – 1 PM
Courthouse Square
2200 Broadway St, Redwood City, California 94063

Join progressive activist JOAN BAEZ, Congresswoman ANNA ESHOO, State Senator JERRY HILL, Supervisor CAROLE GROOM and many other local leaders for a non-partisan, multigenerational gathering to affirm community values about:

*Environment
*Education
*Healthcare
*Religious and Cultural Tolerance
*LGBTQ+
*Immigrants’ Rights
*Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Other Speakers will include the Reverends Kristi Denham, Marlyn Bussey, and Michael Arase-Barham; County Superintendent of Education Anne Campbell; Sequoia Hospital CEO Lee Michelson; environmentalists Diane Bailey and Alice Kaufman; and the list is growing.

On the list of musical performers is San Mateo County’s own legendary folk singer, JOAN BAEZ, and the JOHN HENRY BAND.

Local poets KALAMU CHACHE, CAROLINE GOODWIN and TANU WAKEFIELD will read.

Community groups include the AAUW, Sierra Club, and more.

You will leave the afternoon with the information you need to continue to make a difference.

This rally is inspired by and held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and other local Women’s Marches held on Saturday, January 21st, the day after Inauguration Day. If you are interested in finding out more about one of the Jan 21 sister marches in the Bay Area please follow the links below:

San Francisco https://www.facebook.com/events/1516849161665234/

Oakland
https://www.facebook.com/events/299394117127175/

San Jose
https://www.facebook.com/events/277438035986908/

Women’s March Bay Area Website
https://womensmarchbayarea.org/

Other California Marches:
https://www.facebook.com/events/214100499025206/


15966293_1887766268171836_7232800696938119235_nThanks to Zena Hagerty of the documentary film company, HamiltonSeen, for giving this announcement to me to share with you. It’s heartening to learn that our neighbors on Turtle Island (North American Continent) are joining our Women’s March on Washington with their Hamilton Public Festival Event/Women’s March on Washington – Canada.  Zena says, “We will be meeting at the Hamilton City Hall forecourt at 12:00 pm with a march on to Gore Park to follow.”

Saturday, January 21 at 12 PM – 2 PM EST
Hamilton City Hall
71 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai

HERE ARE THE DETAILS:

**PLEASE NOTE: This is the official #WomensMarch and #WMWCanada for the Hamilton local solidarity event. It is *not* the contingent heading down to Washington, D.C. See the end of the event description for a link to that page.

THIS MARCH IS INCLUSIVE AND ALL ARE WELCOME.
On January 21 2017, the first day of Donald Trump’s Presidency, women-led marches, welcoming all participants, will take place across the world, with the largest expected in Washington D.C.. We call on people of all genders to gather in Hamilton as part of an international day of action in solidarity.

The purpose of this *non-violent*, *inclusive* and *intersectional* protest is to take a stand for and support women’s rights — the rights of ALL women — with women from all races, all religious communities, all political affiliations, cis or transgender and all sexual orientations. Violence, whether from or against the right-wing, left-wing, centre or independents, is not welcome and will not be condoned. We are unabashedly committed to intersectional feminism and inclusion.

We will gather, wherever we are, for the protection of our fundamental rights and for the safeguarding of freedoms threatened by recent political events. We unite and stand together for the dignity and equality of all peoples, for the safety and health of our planet and for the strength of our vibrant and diverse communities.

We will come together in the spirit of democracy, honouring the champions of human rights who have gone before us. Please spread the word, so that our numbers are too great to ignore and the message to the world is clear.

The politics of fear and division have no place in 2017.

This event is just the beginning.

Unite with us. Stand in solidarity.

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NATIONAL AND LOCAL MARCHES IN CANADA: Please visit http://canadianwomenmarch.ca/local-marches/

US Page is here, with links to other states’ pages: https://www.facebook.com/events/2169332969958991/