At a time when new executive orders and congressional actions in the United States are putting civil liberties, religious minorities, and immigrant rights at risk, the Cultures of Resistance Network is proud to support organizations that are standing up for communities under attack. If you're feeling helpless and want to do something, here's a list of groups in our network that are really making an impact in pushing back against government encroachment on our rights. From supporting immigrants to promoting climate justice to ending Islamophobia, these organizations are refusing to give up on their missions to protect basic human rights and equality for all. Now, they need your help and solidarity more than ever before.
Our friends at the Center for Constitutional Rights do essential work using the law to fight back against racist and Islamophobic legislation. Whether it's fighting to end discriminatory policing, spreading information about creative legal strategies, or filing a Freedom of Information Act request for legal documents about the ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries, CCR bravely represents some of the world's most vulnerable populations against some of the world's most powerful people. To get involved, check out the organization's Take Action and Resources for the Resistance pages.
Another group doing important work on this front is the Committee to Protect Journalists. In the wake of the travel ban, it released a safety advisory for journalists crossing the US border. As the advisory explains, "It is important for all journalists crossing the U.S. border to be fully aware of their rights, and to know what to expect if they are stopped prior to entering the country whether they are citizens or noncitizens." Through disseminating information, conducting vital research, and offering legal resources to journalists, CPJ is working to defend press freedom in the US and beyond. Visit CPJ's Advocacy page to learn more and get involved in ongoing campaigns.
Amidst threats of mass deportation and border walls, our ally Make the Road New York has been one of the most nationally visible groups promoting immigrant resistance. In the immediate aftermath of the refugee ban, the organization's members turned out in force to protests at airports and in public parks. Now, the group is pushing for increasing the number of sanctuary cities throughout the country in order to better protect immigrants from deportation. To learn more, check out an article that Make the Road members wrote for The Nation on how cities and states can become sanctuaries. You can also visit Make the Road's new Keeping Up the Resistance page to join its ongoing efforts to push back against anti-immigrant legislation.
With climate deniers gaining power, the efforts of organizations that fight to protect our planet, as well as the vulnerable communities impacted by climate change, are becoming more imperative than ever. Our allies 350.org and the Sierra Club play a key role in organizing mass demonstrations around climate justice and led the resistance against the nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. They have also been vocal supporters of former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency who are speaking out against climate deniers in the current administration. Both groups are helping to plan a national People's Climate March in Washington DC for April 2017. Sign up to participate here!
Just days after the presidential inauguration, activists from our grantee Greenpeace deployed a banner reading "Resist" on a crane above the White House, garnering significant media attention. "The sun has risen this morning on a new America, but it isn’t Donald Trump's," said Pearl Robinson, one of the activists. "I fear not only the policies of the incoming administration, but also the people emboldened by this election to commit acts of violence and hate. Now is the time to resist." To get involved in upcoming actions and campaigns, visit Greenpeace's Get Involved page.
Our friends at Global Fund for Women are leading the resistance to attacks on women's rights with their #BuildMovementsNotWalls campaign. In addition to being an official partner of the Women's March on Washington, the organization also profiled inspiring women activists—with a particular focus on Muslim women and women from the Global South. Furthermore, the group has spoken out against the reinstatement of the global gag rule, which reduces access to comprehensive health care for women around the world. These are just some of the ways in which Global Fund for Women is mobilizing women activists in the US and beyond to fight back against attacks on reproductive rights and gender equality. Click here to get involved with the #BuildMovementsNotWalls campaign!
Another ally, CodePink, a women-led peace movement, also played a large role in turning people out for the Women's March on Washington and other inauguration protests. Now, the group is organizing women to resist the ban on refugees and oppose US-funded wars and occupations. Check out CodePink's Action Toolkit to get information on everything from direct-action tactics and organizing trainings to protest songs and banner-making!
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