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.

Action Agenda: #WeWillReplaceYou

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Tell the Democrats:
Resist Trump or #WeWillReplaceYou


Donald Trump is a threat to the American people and everything we believe in. Millions are rising up in resistance, but too many Democrats have been enabling and collaborating with him instead.

Sign up to tell Democrats: “Do everything you can to Resist Trump, or we will replace you with someone who will.”

Why threaten to primary Democrats?

Elected officials tend to take the path of least resistance on most things—unless you create a political cost for them. That’s where we come in. The growing anti-Trump movement springing up at town hall meetings and protests across the country has already pushed Democratic strategy in the right direction—but not nearly far enough.

Three Democratic Senators voted “yes” to confirm Rex Tillerson, a Big Oil baron with close ties to Putin who conspired to destroy our climate by suppressing evidence about global warming. Fourteen Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to confirm Rep. Mike Pompeo to be our new CIA director, despite Pompeo’s past Islamophobic remarks and ties to far-right conspiracy theorists, his position in favor of unconstitutional surveillance on Americans, and his enthusiastic support for torture and secret detention. And Senate Democrats like Dick Durbin, Claire McCaskill, and Jon Tester have all voiced the opinion that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch deserves “a fair shake”—after Republicans refused to even meet with President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland for almost a year and effectively stole a Supreme Court nomination.

This cannot stand. We will only defeat Republicans on the local, state, and federal level if we go on the offensive.

The next crucial step is escalating our demands, and demonstrating that we won’t accept anything less than full opposition—by showing Democrats just how many people are willing to back primary challenges to Democratic collaborators and enablers of Trump. Democrats must know there is a price for collaborating with Trump. Any Democrats who would give legitimacy or support to Trump do not represent us and must be replaced by people who will stand up for our lives, our values, and our democracy. Add your name.

What does it mean to fight Trump?

Democrats have a lot of power to stop Trump’s agenda—if they choose to use it. If Democrats decided to fight, they could use Congressional rules of order to grind business as usual to a halt to stop the unconstitutional Muslim ban, fight the theft of a Supreme Court nomination, and demand Steve Bannon be fired, for instance. Instead, many Democrats seem to be operating under the delusional assumption that if they play nice with Trump, he’ll magically become more reasonable. That kind of logic just results in us losing more ground every day—and it’s why we need to hold Democrats’ feet to the fire.

Resisting Trump would mean, at a minimum:

  • Voting no on all Trump appointees and fighting all of Trump’s legislative priorities
  • Fighting the unconstitutional Republican theft of a Supreme Court nomination
  • Using Congressional processes and rules of order to systematically bring all business to a crawl to block Trump’s agenda and demand Steve Bannon be fired
  • Publicly supporting impeachment if Trump is found to have broken the law or violated the Constitution

How will you decide who to primary?

The short answer is that we’ll identify where we think we can make the biggest impact, and take direction from the growing resistance movement (including by surveying the people who sign up here.) This is a grassroots project, but there’s no limit on how big we’ll go if the support is there.

In the best case scenario, this pledge becomes a tool that successfully pushes Democrats to fight Trump harder. The goal is not (necessarily) to primary every Democrat in Congress, but to make the Democrats who are there do what we’re asking them to do: fight Trump with all they’ve got. In other words, the most effective threat is one you don’t have to follow through on.

We’re a group of organizers and activists who have helped to build both mass movements and large-scale electoral programs. Many of us were involved in the Bernie campaign in 2016, and we saw what an army of small-dollar donors and volunteers can do when they commit themselves to something important. We believe in people power, and we’re committed to helping translate the energy we’ve all seen in the streets since Trump took office into an electoral force capable of winning—starting in the primaries by defeating Democratic incumbents who are failing us.

Join the fight 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.

Volunteer: FMF Feminist First Responders

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INCREASING SEVERE VIOLENCE AND THREATS AGAINST WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINICS…

Severe anti-abortion violence and threats of violence against abortion providers has dramatically increased in the last two years. The percentage of clinics impacted by the violence and threats has increased from 19% of clinics in 2014 to 34% in 2016. These disturbing findings show the need for increased law enforcement response.

For over four decades abortion providers throughout the United States have been under attack. There have been thousands of violent incidents including blockades, invasions, chemical attacks, arsons, bombings, death threats, sniper attacks, and cold-blooded murder. Since 1993, 12 abortion providers, first responders, patient supporters, and volunteers have been murdered by anti-abortion extremists; 30 others have been wounded, some critically.

WHEN DID THE RIGHT TO LIFE BECOME THE RIGHT TO TERRORIZE?

Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Clinic Access Project, which was launched in 1989, leads efforts nationwide to reduce anti-abortion violence, to keep women’s health personnel and patients safe, to keep clinics open, and to bring violent anti-abortion extremists to justice.

The Feminist Majority Foundation has conducted periodically since 1993 a National Clinic Violence Survey measuring anti-abortion violence, intimidation, and harassment. This survey is one of the most comprehensive studies of anti-abortion violence and harassment directed at clinics, patients, and health care workers in the United States and includes abortion providers of various organizational affiliations as well as independent clinics.

FACTS ON ANTI-ABORTION VIOLENCE

Anti-abortion violence isn’t occurring in a vacuum. Abortion providers are harassed, intimidated, and terrorized with WANTED-style posters around their homes, schools, and places of worship. Abortion providers are personally harassed and threatened at 46.4% of abortion clinics. READ MORE.

WALKING THE GAUNTLET

The harassment and intimidation of clinic workers and women outside the clinics creates a hostile environment that often leads to violence. READ MORE.

Become a FMF Feminist First Responder 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.

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.