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.

Support: Pets of Bad Hombres

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We are trying to rescue animals left behind by families collected by or fleeing from Immigration.

We are trying to help rescue/care for pets left behind when their families were taken by or fleeing from Immigration.

Please like us if you think you can help. We are looking for brainstorming, fosters, expert advice (pet rescue and legal), material support, and information on areas or homes affected.

Find out what you can do to support this mission here.

Support: Run for Something

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Run for Something will recruit and support talented, passionate youngsters who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.

We’ll take a chance on people the usual “institutions” might never encounter. We’ll help people run for offices like state legislatures, mayorships, city council seats, and more.

We’ll do whatever it takes to get more under-35 year-olds on the ballot.

HOW WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS, IN FOUR QUICK BULLET POINTS

1  We’re going to shout from the rooftops about running for office. Constantly. We won’t shut up about it. We’ll talk to reporters. We’ll talk to friends, strangers, the Starbucks barista — anyone. We’ll run online ads about it. We’ll be annoying. (You’ll love it.)

2  We’ll talk to every single person who expresses interest in running. Maybe over email, or gchat, or on the phone, or (gasp) in real life. This will take some time – but if this is what it takes to find new candidates, this is what we’ll do.

3  We’ll connect people to training organizations. Places like Wellstone, EMILY’s List, Latino Victory Project, She Should Run, Emerge, Higher Heights, and more are already off to the races with incredible conferences and curriculum. We’ll help feed people into these programs.

4  For some of those candidates, we’ll take our support to the next level: $$$ and staff. We’ll raise funds, donate to campaigns directly through state-level PACs, and help these folks hire professional staff who can keep the momentum going.

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE WERE LOOKING FOR

Millennial  Right now, that means under the age of 35. We need young people.

Progressive

Specifically, we’ll look for people who will run on the following  issues:

— A focus on inequality, raising incomes, and creating jobs

— Pro-choice

— Pro-health care for all

— Pro-LGBT equality

— Advocating for criminal justice reform

— Believing that climate change is real, man-made, and our responsibility to fight

— Pro-voting rights

— Pro-immigration reform

— Pro-campaign finance reform

— Pro-gun violence prevention

We won’t serve as the “purity police.” It’s tempting to create a litmus test for more specific issues, but when working across the country, you have to take regional differences into account. A Democrat in Louisiana, for example, can’t emphasize the same thing as a Democrat in California.

Ultimately, a Democrat who shares your basic values is someone you can apply political pressure to once they’re in office. As we’ve seen, a Republican will almost never yield.

Intending to caucus as a Democrat if elected  Our goal is building a bench.

Diverse  Our candidates will be at least half women, as well as men of color. More broadly, we’ll look for diversity of experience. We certainly need more African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and people with disabilities to run for office, and we also need more scientists, more teachers, more engineers, and more non-lawyers to run for office.

Connected  We’ll look for candidates who have roots in their communities. This is literally a measurable quality: How many Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter connections does a person have? How many contacts in their phone that live in their district still? How can we measure their possible influence in their district? We don’t want to convince someone to move home to run — we want someone who calls a place home to step up and run.

That “X” factor  2016 taught us that who the candidate is matters. How well they communicate online and in person, how comfortable they are in their skin, and how “authentic” they can be are all important factors.

In 2017, we’d like to target Virginia and possibly North Carolina. However we’re willing to invest in good talent wherever it is.

RUN – JOIN – HELP – GIVE HERE.

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.

Support: Immigrant Defense Project

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The mission of Immigrant Defense Project is to secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States.

We work to transform a racially biased criminal legal system that violates basic human rights and an immigration system that tears hundreds of thousands of immigrants with convictions each year from their homes, their families, and their communities.

We fight to end the current era of unprecedented mass deportation via strategies that attack these two interconnected systems at multiple points. We use impact litigation and advocacy to challenge unfair laws and policies and media and communications to counter the pervasive demonization of immigrants. And we provide expert legal advice, training, and resources to immigrants, legal defenders, and grassroots organizations, to support those on the frontlines of the struggle for justice.

We help lay the groundwork for a day when the criminal and immigration laws of the United States respect and uphold the human rights of everyone, fulfilling the values of equality, justice, and fairness for all.

Practice Advisories

 Guidance on developments in “crim-imm” law

Charts + Checklists

Up-to-date, easy-to-use information for attorneys

Legal Advice

Expert advice for immigrants, families, and attorneys

What’s New

Updates on IDP news, events, trainings, and more

Learn more about IDP, and how to support their work, here.

Action Agenda: 5 Calls

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Turn your passive participation into active resistance. Facebook likes and Twitter retweets can’t create the change you want to see. Calling your Government on the phone can.

Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls.

Calling is the most effective way to influence your representative. Read more about why calling works.

5 Calls:

  • provides phone numbers and scripts so calling is quick and easy
  • uses your location to find your local representatives so your calls have more impact

TOGETHER WE’VE MADE 429,643 CALLS

Why Calling Works

Calling members of Congress is the most effective way to have your voice heard. Calls are tallied by staffers and the count is given to your representatives, informing them how strongly their constituents feel about a current issue. The sooner your reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence their position.

Don’t just take it from us:

5 Calls does the research for each issue, determining out which representatives are most influential for which topic, collecting phone numbers for those offices and writing scripts that clearly articulate a progressive position. You just have to call.

Are we not covering an issue we should be? Please reach out.

Calling Tips

Calls should take less than a minute. You’ll be speaking to a staffer, so make your point clearly so they can tally your opinion correctly. The provided scripts are useful but you can add your own words.

Be respectful. The staffers that pick up the phone aren’t looking to challenge you and you should treat them with the same respect you expect from them, regardless of which party they work for.

Who made 5 Calls?

We’re a group of like-minded volunteers who want to make advocacy accessible. We hope 5 Calls will make it effortless for regular people to have a voice when it’s needed most.

5 Calls is brought to you by @nickoneill, @syntheticmethod, @monteiro, @stewartsc, @liamdanger, @capndesign, @gotwarlost, @jameshome, @robynshhh and more supporters.

Join us

This project is open source and volunteer made. If you’d like to join us in developing useful tools for citizens, please get in touch via Twitter or email.

Start Calling by Clicking Here.

Action Agenda: It Starts Today

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The one thing on which everyone opposed to Trump and this radical GOP Congress can agree is that we need a Congress that’s going to work for the people, and not just rubber stamp the Trump/Ryan/McConnell agenda. To do that, Democrats need to take back Congress. There is strength in numbers and we need to replace as many Republicans with Democrats as possible in the 2018 midterm elections.

We know that to win those races, Democrats are going to need money.

And we believe in the profound power of large numbers of people making small, monthly, contributions.

Directly funding every Democratic nominee for Congress in 2018 is not the only thing people should be doing to resist Trump and the radical GOP Congress, but it is a simple, easy thing that all of us who can afford to do should be doing along with everything else.

We hope you will join us in this effort.

You can start today – click here.