The election draws ever nearer, and brings with it all of the promise of a looming storm during a drought. There might be sweet rain to nourish some of this parched earth, or a stray lightning bolt could spark a forest fire. There will probably be a little of each. The candidates have let us know how they feel about climate change, immigration, reproductive rights, gender equality, and almost every issue that affects Americans. However, the work that needs to be done on those fronts exists largely outside of the Oval Office. That means that regardless of how you vote, there are plenty of other ways that you can make a difference.
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All Month Long:
Everywhere: Take a stand during National Bullying Prevention Month.
We all know what it’s like to feel like an outsider. Most people have been picked on, bullied, or harassed at some point in their lives — and that is not acceptable. Bullying can have serious consequences, from escalating into violence, to causing severe mental distress, to compromising the safety of schools and communities. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so now is the perfect time for all of us to come together to stop this.
It’s been 10 years since PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center first started its anti-bullying campaign, and it is stronger than ever because of people like you joining in. PACER lets you register your school or organization as Champions Against Bullying, sign anti-bullying petitions, and more.
This month, and every month, just be good to each other. It goes a long way.
We’re looking at a hurricane of feminism in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the Revolution Will Be Uterized; the #ClimateRevolution Tour is blowing into Los Angeles, California, this weekend; and Jersey City, New Jersey, is hosting a LGBTQA College Leadership Conference.
Sunday, October 23
Los Angeles, California: Party for the planet at the #ClimateRevolution Tour.
4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
2230 W 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Led by documentarian Josh Fox, a rotating list of celebrities, bands, and activists have been touring to rally folks in the name of climate justice. This installment of #ClimateRevolution will feature Ozomatli and Shailene Woodley, alongside stellar entertainment and dynamic speakers. The event is free and will educate, entertain, and broaden people’s understanding of the very real threat of climate change. After this, the next #ClimateRevolution event is scheduled for October 26 in Las Vegas.
Lanham, Maryland: Explore the dynamic between blacks, Muslims, and law enforcement at The Need for a Paradigm Shift.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Diyanet Center of America
9704 Good Luck Rd.
Lanham, MD 20706
The Diyanet Center of America, a Muslim organization dedicated to community service and cross-cultural education, is hosting a daylong conference on the black community, the Muslim community, and law enforcement. Experts from a variety of backgrounds including journalism, activism, and policing will share their perspectives and insights in the hope of facilitating positive change. These discussions will explore the roots of trauma, loss, and oppression, as well as possible solutions for problems within these communities. Registration is free but should be completed ASAP.
Friday, October 28
Jersey City, New Jersey: Convene with queer students at the 14th Annual LGBTQA Collegiate Leadership Conference.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
New Jersey City University
Gilligan Student Union Building
2039 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
This conference is a combined effort between several colleges in northern New Jersey to bring together LGBTQ university students, faculty, staff, and their allies. Breakout sessions will cover topics like creating safe spaces, self-care, and abusive relationships. Registration is free for students and $15.00 for non-student guests. More details about what’s planned for the conference are available here.
Wednesday, November 2
Indianapolis, Indiana: Get organized against misogyny at The Revolution Will Be Uterized: A Rally in 3 Acts.
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Indiana State House (South Lawn)
200 W Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The organization formerly known as Periods For Pence is now Periods For Politicians (P4P). It’s members have been organizing for reproductive rights in powerfully original ways ever since Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, enacted awful antiabortion laws in Indiana as the state’s governor. In November, P4P will present a massive event for reproductive justice. As the name says, the event has three distinct “Acts.” Act 1, called “There Will Be Struggle,” focuses on Pence’s policies and the repressive policies of the Republican Party. Act 2, “There Will Be Advocacy,” is all about how you can become an advocate yourself. And Act 3, “There Will Be Blood,” centers on what feminists and allies can do to advance equality for all. Make plans to uterize the revolution with P4P in November!
Every vote helps one candidate or another win an election, and every action we take for justice brings us ever closer to the future we need to see. Whether getting there means bringing out the sun or calling down a storm, we need you!