We know that you’re busy working on the environmental actions from yesterday, so here are some easier actions for today. And if you’re going to a movie this weekend, please check out the theater’s playlist first, before giving your money to theaters playing Death of a Nation.
Write this down in your busy social calendar for next weekend!
We’re having a community potluck/fundraiser! It’s both to talk and have fun together, and to raise funds to help migrant families post bond for their release from detention and to pay for travel that will bring families back together. It’s at Oxnard Beach Park on Sunday, August 19th, from 11-2 and the weather should be great. Bring your friends, bring your kids, bring some great food to share and let’s enjoy the day together. We’ll keep updating these links with more information. RSVP’s would be greatly appreciated so we can plan a BBQ item. (people’s action)(Facebook)
Looking for some other activities to join in?
Check out the action here. There’s instruction for every activity, so don’t worry if it’s your first time to canvass, or register people to vote. Join in, (yes, even us introverts!) Get some new skills, and meet great people.
Write to save this woman from five extra years in prison.
Whistleblower Reality Winner, the young NSA worker who took a pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act to alert us to the Russian interference in the 2016 election, is being sentenced on Aug. 23. “Although Reality Leigh Winner’s plea agreement calls for a 63-month prison term, U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall is not bound by it. The crime can be punished by up to 10 years in prison, but in the federal judicial system maximum sentences are generally reserved for defendants with extensive criminal histories. Winner, 26, had no prior criminal conviction.” Contact Judge Hall and ask for leniency in this case for this whistleblower who was not properly protected. Our requests need to be in writing: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, 600 James Brown Blvd., Augusta, GA 30901
Do you have frequent flyer miles to spare?
Hundreds of children remain separated from their families, and it’s looking like the government could care less. One of the ways we can help turn the tide is by donating **frequent flyer miles** (and other needed items) to advocacy groups like Michigan Support Circle: “We help support the reunification of families by providing rides, housing, clothing and other essentials once the families have been released.” When you register with them, they ask for your name and contact information. As needs for miles arise, they will contact people on our donor registry with details about how to donate their miles to travelers. Sign up here. Click here for more information about Michigan Support Circle.
Do you remember having pen pals? Well, people still need them.
Being in detention is a lonely experience. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (lirs.org) (they also have a nice “first letter” sample!), First Friends of NJ and NY (firstfriends) and the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (qdep.org) have pen pal programs, so we and our kids can write letters to immigrants in detention centers. Visit the individual sites for more information.
Looking for other ways to help separated families?
Great short video to watch and share.
Join in MICOP’s great event tonight, from 5:00 – 7:30
Link here for tickets and more information. This event will have traditional food, dancing and music. Ventura County’s local Oaxacan restaurants will be providing tlayudas, mole amarillo, tamales de mole, enmoladas(mole enchiladas) and of course our signature mole negro! This fundraiser supports MICOP’s mission to support, empower and organize Ventura County’s indigenous immigrant community.
Are you near Carpinteria late this afternoon?
Join them in their weekly “Fed-up Friday” rally!