We’re now OPEN for grassroots art submissions! Can you or someone you know create an art piece to mobilize the vote against Trump?

People for the American Way

ENOUGH of Trump - Vote. People for the Ameican Way.

Do you doodle, draw, paint, sing, dance, write, speak, sign, gif, sculpt, paper-mâché – or make pretty much any kind of art?

Then we want you to join us to art the vote in 2020!

Everyone in the world can make art – whether you’ve been doing graphic design for twenty years or are an expert in doodling stick figures on your notebooks, we want to see why you have had ENOUGH of Trump!

All you need to do:

1) Make art that represents something (or things) you have had ENOUGH of during Trump’s time in office (and digitize it if you need to!).

2) Post it on social media. Make sure to tag @peoplefor and use BOTH of these hashtags: #EnoughOfTrump and #ArtTheVote.

We’ll be keeping an eye out for your submissions – especially on Twitter! – and we’ll choose some to lift up on our accounts. Not on social media? Feel free to ask someone who is to submit on your behalf!

You can also check out our website’s social media toolkit for inspiration and more resources on how to get involved to #ArtTheVote in 2020 >>

Last month, PFAW launched our ENOUGH of Trump campaign, designed to use art to mobilize voters and vote Trump out of office. With over forty years of experience in advocating for freedom of artistic expression, PFAW is using our expertise to highlight the work of activist artists nationwide, especially those from communities who are most negatively impacted by Trump’s bigotry, racism, and corruption.

The stakes in this election are higher than they’ve ever been, and that’s why we want to make sure our members are at the center of this campaign.

Our goal is to flood the digital world with art expressing the many reasons that it’s so important to all of us to vote Trump out of office this year.

If you’ve found yourself with a little more time at home than usual this year – whether you’re teleworking or protecting our communities by social distancing during your free hours – what better way to make the time fly by than to create something showing how Trump has failed us?

If Trump’s lack of action to combat the coronavirus pandemic has actively harmed you or your loved ones during this crisis, we want to see or hear your story!

If you have kids who haven’t been able to spend as much time outside this summer as they might want, this could be a great way to get them involved in and teach them about the political process – and we’d love to see what they make!

Take a look at the website for ideas – and get involved today! >>

The election in November 2020 is a fight for the soul of our democracy, and we need you to get out the vote by showing us how you’ve had enough.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

In unity and creativity,

– Sarah, Digital Campaigns Associate

P.S. For even more ways to get involved, sign up to be notified FIRST about the ENOUGH of Trump Kickstarter campaign, which will include some incredible rewards from participating artists!

 

 

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New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA!!!!!

 

New York Attorney General Letitia JamesImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionAttorney General James described a culture of corruption and greed at the NRA

New York’s attorney general has announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the powerful National Rifle Association over alleged financial mismanagement.

Letitia James said the NRA had diverted millions of dollars to leaders including its head, Wayne LaPierre, for their personal use.

“For these years of misconduct we are seeking an order to dissolve the NRA in its entirety,” she said.

The NRA described the lawsuit as a “baseless, premeditated attack”.

What did the Attorney General say?

Ms James said that the four named defendants – Mr LaPierre, Wilson Phillips, Joshua Powell and John Frazer “instituted a culture of self-dealing, mismanagement and negligent oversight at the NRA that was illegal, oppressive and fraudulent”.

The attorney general outlined a litany of charges against the defendants, but accused Mr LaPierre, long the face of the powerful gun lobby group, of being the “central figure” behind the organisation’s wrongdoings.

One example of misconduct alleged in the lawsuit states that Mr LaPierre visited the Bahamas more than eight times by private plane using funds intended for the NRA, for a total cost of $500,000 (£380,225).

The corruption “is so broad”, Ms James said, that total dissolution of the organisation is necessary.

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Image captionWayne LaPierre nearly three decades as executive vice-president of the NRA

Responding to questions, Ms James, a Democrat, rejected the notion that the charges against the NRA – closely tied to the Republican party – were at all influenced by her own politics.

“We followed the facts and the law,” she said. “We’ve come to the conclusion that the NRA unfortunately was serving as a personal piggy bank to four individual defendants.”

What is the NRA?

Founded in 1871 as a recreational group designed to “promote and encourage rifle shooting”, the National Rifle Association has grown into one of the most powerful political organisations in the US.

The NRA now lobbies heavily against all forms of gun control and argues aggressively that more guns make the country safer. It relies on, and staunchly defends, a disputed interpretation of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which it argues gives US citizens the rights to bear arms.

The NRA spends about $250m per year, far more than all the country’s gun control advocacy groups put together.

The organisation has boasted some high-profile members over the years, including former President George HW Bush. Mr Bush resigned from the group in 1995 after Mr La Pierre referred to federal agents in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing as “jack-booted thugs”.

Current members include former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and actors Tom Selleck and Whoopi Goldberg. The organisation strongly backed Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but has faced scrutiny over its accounting practices in recent years and backlash from gun control advocates following high profile school shootings.

 

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Petittion: Reparations Study

Sign Democracy in Color’s petition: Black Americans deserve reparations. Demand Congress commission a reparations study now! 

Attribution: Democracy in Color and DeAnn Wiley (@DeeDeeLaShee) 

SIGN NOW 

People across the planet are marching and demanding action to redress the systemic racism Black people have faced in this country since the first slave ships arrived in Virginia in 1619.

Our country’s economic prosperity was built off the forced labor of millions of Black people, who were subject to regular beatings, sexual assault, and family separation.

As the esteemed writer Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects in his article “The Case for Reparations”, “Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, our country is still plagued by the legacy of anti-Black racism, and the nation has yet to reconcile this grave crime against humanity. Despite the short-lived Reconstruction-era promise that “Forty Acres and Mule” would be provided to formerly enslaved people to assist with their economic emancipation, this country has never formally apologized or adequately addressed the effects of centuries of racism and racial discrimination, effects that endure to this day.

In the weeks after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and other Black people, the country’s consciousness has been raised and a collective cry has gone out demanding sweeping and systemic changes in policing, hiring, and economic empowerment.

But Congress has yet to act to address the role of slavery and anti-Black discrimination in creating and perpetuating the country’s gargantuan racial wealth gap and widespread inequality.

It is time for Congress to prove that Black Lives Matter by passing legislation to begin to address the economic consequences of slavery and racial discrimination and to develop proposals for redress, including reparations.

135 House of Representatives members have signed on to HR 40, a bill introduced by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18) to examine slavery and discrimination from 1619 to the present and to study and develop reparations proposals for African Americans.

A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), but just 19 of the 47 Democrats and Independents in the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors. This legislation has been introduced into Congress every year since 1979, but it has never been moved to a vote. Now is the time for action.

Sign the petition: Demand your U.S. lawmakers pass the bill to formally begin the process of studying and developing reparations proposals for Black Americans!

SIGN YOUR NAME
In solidarity,
Democracy in Color

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Petition: rename military bases named after Confederate Leaders

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Sign the petition to rename military bases named after confederate leaders

American military history is full of people who have put their lives on the line to defend the United States and everyone who lives here. To memorialize leaders of the Confederacy who fought to maintain slavery is to unquestioningly uphold white supremacy and is disrespectful to all those who have fought for our country.

Add your name to the petition supporting the measure in the National Defense Authorization Act that will require that military bases named for Confederate generals be renamed! >>

Confederate monuments, including the naming of military bases after those who willingly served in the Confederate military, rewrites the history of the Civil War – the Confederacy tried to divide and dissolve the nation, it was an insurrection based on maintaining slavery and the Confederates LOST.

Keeping the name of Confederate leaders on military bases upholds white supremacy and fails to address the shameful legacy of the Confederacy. This policy has already passed out of the Republican-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee and has broad bipartisan support.

Sign the petition urging your members of Congress to support the measure that will require these bases, including Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, and Fort Lee, to be renamed! >>

Thank you for your advocacy. Wishing you and your family health and safety!

In community,

Charlie, PFAW

Moveon.org: Start your own petition!

I’m writing to you today to ask you to take action.

I don’t need to explain to you the unique difficulty of the situation we’re in right now. I know that you understand just how serious, important, and unprecedented this moment is. Communities across the country have been rising up and protesting police brutality and systemic discrimination, and they’re being met with disproportionately violent repression. All the while, a pandemic continues to ravage our country at an appalling rate: Over 100,000 have died from COVID-19 thus far, and that number continues to climb by the day.mail

I know that you aren’t going to just observe from the sidelines. MoveOn’s 20-year history has shown that MoveOn members like you take action in a big way—especially when things are really bad. You don’t just observe, you act.

Will you take action right now by starting an online petition on an issue that’s impacting you or your community during this tumultuous time?

Get started today and start a petition on an issue that matters to you.

What upsets you the most right now? Having seen the Trump administration’s dangerous rhetoric fanning the flames of police violence and racial hatred, will you step up and call for Trump to stop? Start a petition to Donald Trump demanding that he take the demands of protesters seriously.

Are you ready to call for massive police reform amidst all this police violence? You can start a petition to your local government to cut police funding and reallocate it to health and social services.

Have your local, state, or federal representatives accepted police union donations? Create a petition calling on your representatives to refuse donations or donate all police union donations to Black-led organizations, so that they can properly advocate for their communities without fear of reprisal.

I know that you care about many people and issues, and that you want to take action. You might think, “I do, sure, but what will starting a petition do?” It almost feels too easy. A few clicks, a little bit of typing, and that’s supposed to make a difference? But, Robert, I promise you, it does make a difference.

In May of 2019, MoveOn Civic Action joined with coalition partners to organize the largest petition delivery in U.S. history, delivering 10 million signatures calling for impeachment—and Donald Trump was impeached. Petitions show grassroots power and put pressure on politicians to act.

And on May 21 of this year, a petition started by a MoveOn member, calling on Congress to provide essential frontline workers with hazard pay and that has—as of this moment—1,397,913 signatures was delivered to the Senate, along with a petition for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights, to ensure that workers come first in the next relief package passed by Congress.

You have the power to make a difference. Will you start a petition today and advocate for an issue that matters to you?

Thanks for all you do.

–Isbah, Corinne, Arvin, Emily, and the rest of the team

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US workers to strike July 20 to highlight racism

A coalition of labour unions with racial and social justice organisations will stage a mass walkout to highlight racism.

A national coalition of labour unions, along with racial and social justice organisations, will stage a mass walkout from work July 20, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the United States [Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo]
A national coalition of labour unions, along with racial and social justice organisations, will stage a mass walkout from work July 20, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the United States [Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo]

Joining what is dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives”, tens of thousands of fast-food, ride-share, nursing-home and airport workers in more than 25 United States cities are planning to walk off the job on July 20 for a full-day strike.

Those who can’t strike for a full day will walk out for about eight minutes – the amount of time prosecutors say a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee on George Floyd‘s neck – in remembrance of Black men and women who died recently at the hands of police.

Organisers are demanding sweeping action by corporations and government to confront systemic racism in an economy that chokes off economic mobility and career opportunities for many Black and Hispanic workers, who make up a disproportionate number of those earning less than a living wage.

They stress needs for guaranteed sick pay, affordable healthcare and better safety measures for low-wage workers who never had the option of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to link these fights in a new and deeper way than ever before,” said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which represents over two million workers in the US and Canada.

“Our members have been on a journey … to understanding why we cannot win economic justice without racial justice. This strike for Black lives is a way to take our members’ understanding about that into the streets,” Henry told the Associated Press news agency.

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Protesters marched in 2015 in support of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of an expanding national movement known as Fight for 15, in Miami, Florida [File: Lynne Sladky/ AP Photo]

Among the strikers’ specific demands are that corporations and government declare unequivocally that “Black lives matter”. Elected officials at every level must use executive and legislative power to pass laws that guarantee people of all races can thrive, according to a list of demands. Employers must also raise wages and allow workers to unionise to negotiate better healthcare, sick leave and childcare support.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Federation of Teachers, United Farm Workers and the Fight for $15 and a Union, which was launched in 2012 by American fast-food workers to push for a higher minimum wage, are joining the action.

Social and racial justice groups taking part include March On, the Center for Popular Democracy, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of over 150 organisations that make up the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, a strike organiser with the Movement for Black Lives, said corporate giants that have come out in support of the BLM movement amid nationwide protests over police brutality also have profited from racial injustice and inequity.

“They claim to support Black lives, but their business model functions by exploiting Black labour – passing off pennies as ‘living wages’ and pretending to be shocked when COVID-19 sickens those Black people who make up their essential workers,” said Henderson, co-executive director of Tennessee-based Highlander Research and Education Center.

“Corporate power is a threat to racial justice, and the only way to usher in a new economy is by tackling those forces that aren’t fully committed to dismantling racism,” she said.

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Protesters participate in a Black Lives Matter rally march on June 7 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania against the death of George Floyd [File: Gene J. Puskar/ AP Photo]

Trece Andrews, a Black nursing home worker for a Ciena Healthcare-managed retirement home in the Detroit area, said she feels dejected after years of being passed over for promotions. The 49-year-old believes racial discrimination plays a part in her career stagnation.

“I’ve got 20 years in the game and I’m only at $15.81 [per hour],” she said in a phone interview.

As the single mother of a 13-year-old daughter and caregiver to her father, a cancer survivor, Andrews said inadequate personal protective gear makes her afraid of bringing the coronavirus home from her job.

“We’ve got the coronavirus going on, plus we’ve got this thing with racism going on. They’re tied together, like some type of segregation, like we didn’t have our ancestors and Martin Luther King fighting against these types of things,” Andrews said.

Organisers have drawn inspiration from the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike over low wages, benefits disparities between Black and white employees, and inhumane working conditions that contributed to the deaths of two Black workers in 1968.

King was assassinated in Memphis n 1968 after giving a speech supporting the sanitation workers. At the end of that two-month strike, some 1,300 mostly Black sanitation workers bargained collectively for better wages.

Memphis sanitation strike 1968
The strike will continue a decades-old tradition of the American labour-rights movement and most notably, organisers draw inspiration from the historic Memphis sanitation workers’ strike in March 29, 1968 (pictured above) [File: Charlie Kelly/AP Photo]

“Strike for Black Lives” organisers say they want to disrupt a multigenerational cycle of poverty perpetuated by anti-union and other policies that make it difficult to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.

“The reason why, on July 20th, you’re going to see strikes and protests and the walk-offs and socially distanced sit-ins and voter registration outreach is because thousands and thousands of poor, low-wage workers of every race, creed and colour understand that racial, economic, healthcare, immigration, climate and other justice fights are all connected,” the Rev William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said in a telephone interview.

Systemic poverty affects 140 million people in the US, with 62 million people working for less than a living wage, according to the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, a strike partner organisation. An estimated 54 percent of Black workers and 63 percent of Hispanic workers fall into that category, compared to 37 percent of white workers and 40 percent of Asian-American workers, the group said.

In Missouri, participants will rally at a McDonald’s in Ferguson, a key landmark in the protest movement sparked by the death of Michael Brown, a Black teenager who was killed by police in 2014. The strikers will then march to a memorial site located on the spot where Brown was shot and killed.

In Minneapolis, nursing home workers will participate in a caravan that will include a stop at the airport. They will be joined by wheelchair attendants and cabin cleaners demanding a $15-per-hour minimum wage, organisers said.

Angely Rodriguez Lambert, a 26-year-old McDonald’s worker in Oakland, California, and leader in the Fight for $15 and a Union, said she and several coworkers tested positive for COVID-19 after employees were not initially provided proper protective equipment.

“Our message is that we’re all human and we should be treated like humans,” she said. “We’re demanding justice for Black and Latino lives.”

With Veto-Proof Majority, Seattle City Council Votes to Defund Police by 50%!

HEADLINEJUL 10, 2020

In Washington state, a veto-proof majority of the Seattle City Council has backed a proposal to slash the Seattle Police Department’s budget by 50%. Seattle’s mayor and police chief have opposed the move to defund the police.