February has been chock-full of earth-shaking actions, events, and conferences that we hope you took the time to support. As Black History Month (or, as it has been dubbed by Black Lives Matter, #BlackFuturesMonth) draws to a close, it’s important to remember that we need to make sure the sun shines down on black lives everywhere, all year long.
March is coming in with strong winds of change to kick off Women’s History Month. With everything from defending reproductive rights to conferences building strategies for feminism, sisters are out there changing the landscape.
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All Month Long:
Urge Republican senators not to block a Supreme Court nomination.
The Democratic National Committee has launched a video campaign with the hashtag #FillTheSeat to urge Republican senators to allow President Obama to nominate a new Supreme Court justice. The first video focuses on LGBT Americans and the importance of the Court to LGBT equality. Use the hashtag to tell senate Republicans why it’s important to you that they do their job and #FillTheSeat.
We’re looking at hurricane-force winds of change at the Supreme Court and high concentrations of feminism heading for the eastern part of the country. Make some monetary support rain down for young black activists building strategies in North Carolina.
Monday, February 29
Arlington, Virginia: Register for the 2016 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference.
Registration closes at 6 p.m.
Doubletree Crystal City
300 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
Feminist Campus is hosting a national conference for young activists from across the country to gather and organize around feminist issues both at home and abroad. The conference itself will take place on March 12 and 13 and be followed by a trip to the National Mall for a congressional visit. Registration is $37.50 for an individual or $30 per person for a group. Register here or email email@example.com for group registration before 6 p.m. on Monday.
Wednesday, March 2
Washington, D.C.: Rally to protect abortion access with the Center For Reproductive Rights.
The Supreme Court
We’ve mentioned this rally a couple of times in the Social Justice Forecast because it is that important. SCOTUS will be hearing arguments in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which could have profound effects on clinics providing reproductive health care services across the country -- by either allowing states to shut down clinics on a massive scale or ensuring that existing clinics can remain open. Those rallying on Wednesday will be taking a stand for reproductive rights and access to safe medical services. If you haven’t already, make plans to head to D.C. now and RSVP with the Center for Reproductive Rights here.
Friday, March 4
San Francisco, California: Help fund Black Youth Project Bay Area’s trip to national conference in North Carolina
The Black Youth Project (BYP100), which works to train and mobilize young black leaders for racial justice campaigns across the country, is holding a national conference in March in North Carolina -- and the organization’s San Francisco Bay Area chapter needs some help getting there. We’ll be taking a closer look at BYP100 and the conference in our Look Ahead, but right now the Bay Area chapter needs folks to make it rain so they can reach their goal of $5,000 and meet with co-conspirators for justice in North Carolina. You can make a donation here. Every little bit helps!
March 12–March 15
Raleigh, North Carolina: Attend the BYP100 National Convening 2016.
As promised, we’re taking a closer look at what BYP100 has planned for its big national conference coming up. From March 12 to 15, BYP100 chapter members from across the country will meet in North Carolina to build up a storm front against the oppression of marginalized people through the power of young black community organizers. Individual registration is on a sliding scale of $40–$100. Registration information is here.
As March comes in like a lion, stay informed and get involved with the work for social justice where you are. Whether it’s bringing out the sun or calling down a storm, we need you.