Join: Incite

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INCITE! is a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities. We support each other through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.

Who We Are

INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans people of Color* Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.

INCITE! is made up of grassroots chapters and affiliates across the U.S. working on particular political projects such as police violence, reproductive justice, and media justice; a national collective that works to leverage this grassroots organizing on a national and transnational platform; an advisory collective that helps increase the capacity of national organizing; and thousands of members and supporters.

What We Do

INCITE! works with groups of women of color* and our communities to develop political projects that address the multiple forms of violence women of color experience in our lives, on our bodies, and in our communities.

We identify “violence against women of color” as a combination of “violence directed at communities,” such as police violence, war, and colonialism, and “violence within communities,” such as sexual and domestic violence.

Chapters and affiliates engage in strategies and projects that address both personal and state violence, acknowledging the ways that oppressions intersect in the lives of women of color. Some of those projects include producing a women of color radio show, challenging the non-profitization of antiviolence and other social justice movements, organizing rallies on street harassment, training women of color on self-defense, organizing mothers on welfare, building and running a grassroots clinic, supporting communities to engage in community accountability strategies, and much more.

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How can you get involved?

INCITE! is excited to build a broad movement of women of color* for peace, safety, and justice! Please visit our get involved page or contact us for more information.

Learn more about Incite! here.

Connect: Town Hall Project

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Is your member of Congress AWOL? Hiding behind the phone instead of meeting constituents face to face? Find out at the Town Hall Project.

Click the link to find your MOC and the location of their next town hall meeting. No meeting listed? Call your MOC and find out why. Is your MOC hiding behind the phone with a “Tele”Town Hall? Call them ask why. Want a one on one with your MOC? Call and schedule it.

Don’t know who your MOC is? Click here to enter your zip and find out who is representing you.

Never forget that the Tea Party movement grew from the grassroots pressure that conservative constituents put on the their MOCs at Town Hall meetings. We can do the same thing.

Find the Town Hall Project here.

Locate your Member of Congress here.

Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

March: March for Education Justice

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“Betsy “Amway” DeVos clearly demonstrated at her confirmation hearings that she is unqualified to be Education Secretary. While her approval by Republicans in the United States Senate is a national embarrassment and an insult to public school families, the bigger issue is the Republican/Trump plan to privatize public education in the United States through outsourcing, vouchers, and tax credits and to eliminate opposition and make private schools the profitable by breaking teacher unions. While all public schools do not functional well, problems are rooted in poverty and discrimination in American society, not schools and teachers. Privatization is a threat to a fundamental American institution that promotes democracy and citizenship while contributing to social mobility.

In response to Trump, Betsy, and the Republican Party’s push to privatize public education, students, teachers, parents, and community members across New York State will march on Saturday March 4 for education justice. Multiple marches are being organized by the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE).

 

AQE charges Donald Trump and DeVos with threatening to take billions of education from New York communities. They are also concerned because “Governor Cuomo has a history of woefully inadequate education investments” and they believe “his current proposal is his worst ever and would take cuts to the next level.”

 

The People’s March for Education Justice program includes:
• Full & Fair funding for all Public Schools from Pre-K – College
• End the School to Prison Pipeline: Solutions, not Suspensions
• Increase Access to Early Care and Learning Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers
• End the state’s over-reliance on high-stakes testing
• Protect Public Education: End of School Privatization
• Implement Culturally Responsive Curriculum
• Increase Supports for Students in Poverty
• Increase Supports for Immigrant Students & English Language Learners
• Protect the Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities
• Full & Fair funding for all Public Schools from Pre-K- College

 

According to the March call “The system of driving school funding based on zip codes and home values, perpetuates systemic racism through dramatic inequalities in educational opportunity. The racial inequality in school funding is exacerbated by the fact that New York State has the most segregated schools in the country. For over a decade we have yet to see a political will of urgency from New York State’s elected leaders to reverse the racial and economic inequality for our children.”

 

The issues are especially sharp in New York State where Governor Andrew Cuomo has essentially endorsed the Trump/DeVos educational agenda. According to the Network for Public Education, Cuomo branded public schools a “monopoly that he wants to “break” and introduced a bill to provide backdoor school vouchers in the form of tax credits. An analysis of Cuomo’s proposed state budget shows plans “to expand charters in NYC” by eliminating the current cap, give more taxpayer dollars to charter schools for rent, and force New York City schools to give more space in their own school buildings to charter schools.”

 

Currently marches are planned for Buffalo, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, and the Capital Region.

 

Huffington blogger Arthur Camins offers a thoughtful discussion of political strategy for education activists in his latest post.

Read the story on Huffington Post.

Action Agenda: Rogan’s List

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“I am a retired university librarian who is an information and fact-checking geek. Between Facebook, Twitter, email, and follower recommendations, I gather action items during the day and then update and upload the blog each morning. I then post this link to over 60 Facebook groups all over the country in hopes that it will help others take some meaningful action . We are all doing this work together! As always, please feel free to share this link and these lists with others!”

Everyday Susan Rogan posts a To Do List with Action Agenda items for activists. To Do lists are fully sourced with links to action items, stories concerning the issue and a brief explanation why the action or issue is important.

You can follow Rogan’s List here. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates while you’re there.

Join: Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.

#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.

It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all.

Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.  It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.  It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

What Does #BlackLivesMatter Mean?

When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.  We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.

#BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  We affirm our contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.  We have put our sweat equity and love for Black people into creating a political project–taking the hashtag off of social media and into the streets. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.

Black Lives Matter offers opportunities to learn, to act and to join the movement – for everybody – black folks, queer folks, straight folks, all folks. If you are not part of the black community Black Lives Matter provides excellent opportunities to learn how to be a good ally.

Join Black Lives Matter here.

Action Agenda: The Rose Resistance

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The Rose Resistance is a national movement dedicated to advocating for freedom, equality, and democracy – American values currently under siege. We are committed to nonviolent resistance through information, advocacy, and physical presence. On a national level, we provide information to counter Trump propaganda. On a local level, we organize in our cities and communities to help protect the people most endangered by the Trump regime. Get involved. Your country needs you.

The Rose Resistance began in LA on the evening of November 8th and spread across the nation within a few days. Our organization is dedicated to advocating for freedom, equality, and democracy – American values currently under siege. This group welcomes people across the political spectrum who are ready to fight fascism and white supremacy. The Rose Resistance is committed to nonviolent resistance through information, advocacy, and physical presence. On a national level, we provide information to counter Trump propaganda. On a local level, we organize in our cities and communities to help protect the people most endangered by the Trump regime.

Our name is inspired by the White Rose, a nonviolent, intellectual resistance movement against the Nazis, founded by students in Munich in 1942. The White Rose stood for truth in the face of lies, bravery against the worst odds, and the duty of good people to stand up for each other. The motto of authoritarianism is, “It can’t happen here.” We have a ten-year head start on the White Rose. We are organizing before it is too late. Because it can happen here – unless we stop it.

The Rose Resistance provides Action Agenda To Do Lists, issues education and has regional chapters that you can join.

Join the Rose Resistance here.

Join: Wall of US

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Our mission is to make it simply irresistible to engage in our democracy. We will serve up four concrete acts of resistance each week for the next four years.

OUR MISSION

To make it simply irresistible for Americans to become active participants in rebuilding our democracy.

CO-FOUNDERS

AMELIA MIAZAD is an Afghan-born American girl (no birth certificate folks, you’ll just have to trust her) who became even more true-blue after the November 8th election. Amelia has a law degree from Berkeley Law. In addition to practicing law, Amelia has founded non-profits and led higher educational programs, initiatives, and social enterprises. An eternal optimist, Amelia believes in the power of collective action and looks forward to building the wall-of-us together.

Amelia’s role is strategic vision and content development.

 

KARA GANTER grew up in rural Wisconsin, where it is not polite to talk about politics and the most appropriate way to deal with feelings is crying in the shower. When that stopped working post-election, she decided an alternate coping strategy was necessary. She’s a lawyer, a writer, and a technophile. Kara has journalism and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin and she’s trained in instructional design, educational technology and pedagogy. Now she puts all those tools to work to help build programs to train the next generation of leaders in law and social justice.

Kara’s role is creative vision, web design, and operations – because even a website about resisting ugly policies should be pretty.

 

OUR ADVISORS

We are fortunate to have advisors and volunteers who are leaders in law, policy, technology, government, media, and education.

 

CONTACT US

contact@wall-of-us.org

A NOTE FROM US

The first woman to have won the majority of votes for President of the United States recently said,

“Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years but all the time.

— Hillary Clinton, November 9, 2016

Our constitutional democracy, our world, and our planet are all under siege. All-of-us must build a big, beautiful wall of resistance.

– Amelia and Kara

Click here to be another brick in the wall.