We’re just over a month away from the 2016 presidential election, and the next POTUS will make decisions that impact every last fight for social justice in this country. Who gets to make those decisions is up to us — all of us. On many ballots there are also policies, congressional seats, and local offices up for grabs that could shift the wind in our favor or maintain the oppressive status quo. Our future is on the line, so take action.
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All Month Long:
Everywhere: Get yourself registered to vote!
Deadlines for voter registration are coming up over the next few weeks. If you haven’t registered or need to update your voter registration, we gotchu: MTV launched its Elect This campaign to make things easy. Just head over to the site, choose the state you live in, and you’ll get everything you need to register in time. You should also check out the issues that are central to this election. The more information you have, the better equipped you’ll be to make the decisions that are right for you come November.
A storm of trans advocacy is coming to Nashville, Tennessee, with a discussion of statewide legislation; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is shining a light on immigration laws; and there’s a strong wind blowing for environmental justice with a conference coming to Los Angeles, California, next month.
Wednesday, October 5
Nashville, Tennessee: Join in The Fight For Equality, A Transgender Perspective.
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation
374 Hicks Rd.
Nashville, TN 37221
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Church are hosting a presentation by transgender rights advocate Marisa Richmond, who has worked with communities across the state to improve the quality of life for transgender people. Richmond’s presentation will cover the anti-trans efforts on the state level, including bathroom bills and obstructions to health care, and address questions about the future of trans rights in Tennessee. Registration is free, but seating is limited so RSVP ASAP.
Thursday, October 6 – Friday October 7
Dearborn, Michigan: Tell your story at Immigrant Stories Workshop.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (both days)
Arab American National Museum
Russell J. Ebeid Library & Resource Center
13624 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126
With so much anti-immigrant rhetoric getting thrown around these days, it’s imperative that people hear the real-life stories of immigrants and their families. The Immigrant Stories project of the University of Minnesota is hosting workshops to help folks make 3- to 5-minute videos that share stories of immigrants and their families. The videos will be archived by the Immigration History Research Center so that future generations will never forget the struggles and triumphs of those who have come to this country from all over the world. You don’t need any experience telling stories or making videos to attend — that’s what this workshop is all about. So come, bring a laptop for the tutorial, and contact Elizabeth Venditto, Immigrant Stories’ project manager, at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Saturday, October 8
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Get the facts on the future of immigration laws at U.S. Immigration in 2017.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
4423 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Aside from needing to have their voices heard, immigrants face serious legal hurdles to obtain citizenship and even keep their families together. Borderwise, an organization that provides support for immigrants seeking visas and green cards, is hosting a Q&A with immigration lawyer James E. Pittman. He’ll explain the process of acquiring citizenship and what the choice between Trump and Clinton means for immigrants. A brief presentation from Borderwise will follow with info on how acquiring citizenship can be easy and affordable. Registration is free, and a spread of Ethiopian snacks will be provided in case you show up hungry.
Wednesday, November 16
Los Angeles, California: Participate in the Environmental Justice for All Conference.
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Center at Cathedral Plaza
555 West Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Environmental Justice for All Conference is, as the name suggests, focused on environmental and economic justice for every individual and community. The event will offer opportunities for community members, environmental activists, and business owners to come together and discuss solutions that will build a green and prosperous future for everyone. There will be plenty of ways for folks to connect to supportive resources in the Los Angeles area and get informed on various environmental concerns. Registration is free and open to the public, but register early.
We’re getting down to the wire on making sure folks are ready to vote in November. Even as we share information, register voters, and point out the reality that our political landscape has become precarious for many social issues, we cannot neglect the work that exists beyond electoral politics. We have to keep pushing to inform ourselves and each other about what’s at stake. And whether that means bringing out the sun or calling down a storm, we need you.