It’s good to be back after taking a week off from the Social Justice Forecast, especially since a lot happened while we were away. Folks organized boycotts of Black Friday, held fundraisers for Giving Tuesday, honored World AIDS Day, and centered the struggles of Native Americans on Thanksgiving. The work for justice doesn’t take days off, because there’s always something to be done somewhere. So I hope you’re well rested — we’ve got work to do!
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All Month Long:
Everywhere: Sign up to build a Wall of Us.
With a soon-to-be president whose administration will be hostile toward many hard-won rights of marginalized people, where should we focus our energy? The intrepid activists Amelia Miazad and Kara Ganter have a suggestion. The two started wall-of-us.org, where each week they publish four actions that anyone can take to resist bigotry — such as putting pressure on legislators and raising money for causes across the country.
You can sign up to get the actions emailed to you automatically — a friendly reminder in your inbox that you can make a difference. Be sure to follow Wall-of-Us on Facebook and Twitter too. As it says on the website, “He promised a wall. He will be stopped by a wall of us.”
Take a stand against the Klan in Charlotte, North Carolina; hear the voices of trans, black, and immigrant people in San Francisco, California; get started working on your allyship to Muslims in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and make plans now to join the Women’s March on Washington in January.
Saturday, December 3
Charlotte, North Carolina: March for solidarity at Charlotte Against Hate.
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
800 E 3rd St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
You may have heard that a certain chapter of the KKK has planned a sort of victory lap around Charlotte, North Carolina, for Trump winning the election. Well, the people of Charlotte aren’t going to let that just happen. Activists are planning several events on the day of the Klan rally to call for unity and opposition to hate. One particular march has been organized with Black Matters and a coalition of other local groups. Marchers will speak against the hatred, violence, and systemic oppression that the Klan is celebrating.
If you can’t make it to any of the events in and around Charlotte, there’s another way you can help: Pledge to donate $1 for every minute the KKK holds their rally by going to Lemons to Lemonade’s They March, We Raise page. All donations will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the biggest thorns in the side of hate groups since 1971. You can pledge any amount per minute, but $1 is the default. And whether you take a stand with your voice or your wallet, it’s high time to let hate groups know that their day in the sun is coming to an end.
Tuesday, December 6
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Start the path to solidarity at Goals and Growth Presents: Becoming a Muslim Ally.
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
3451 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
When it comes to being a coconspirator for justice with oppressed people, we all have to start somewhere. Goals and Growth has decided to help people create spaces where we all work together against injustice. To that end, it’s holding an event in partnership with the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh to introduce allies to Islamic culture, religious practices, and calls to action that support Muslim communities. Keep in mind that events like this are only one step on the journey that is being an ally. We must continually show up and follow the leadership of marginalized people to better ourselves and our country.
Thursday, December 8
San Francisco, California: Eat, drink, and be a better person at Listen for a Change: Immigration, Black Lives, and Trans Rights.
7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
80 Albion St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Last year, a group of friends in San Francisco came up with the idea to hold a festive awareness-raising event where attendees would be served drinks, food, and a heaping helping of knowledge; after all, listening is one of the most important parts of justice work. This year, Listen for a Change is back with three presenters who will speak from their personal experiences while challenging guests to make compassion their daily mission. It’s a holiday-themed event, so dress fancy and festive. There’s no charge for admission, but the organizers do ask that those who are able make some sort of contribution to help cover the cost.
Saturday, January 21
Washington, D.C.: Walk tall together at the Women’s March on Washington.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
It’s no surprise that women are concerned that their rights will come under attack during Trump’s presidency. To defend those rights, people from all over the country are planning to attend a massive march on Washington the day after the inauguration. This will be a historic moment where women from all walks of life and their allies will rally at our nation’s capital to protest the potential policies of the new president.
If you plan on going and don’t live near D.C., you can check here to find bus rides to the march. You can also find links to how folks are organizing for this march in every state in the “About” section of the main Facebook event page. This march is intended to be fully inclusive but is centered around the concerns of women. So work out your plans now and make sure you’re going with a group. It’s always a good idea to be among people you know and trust when attending such a large action.
We’re in for some interesting days ahead as we enter the last month of 2016. And while we’re certain to see some tempestuous times over the next four years, people are already figuring out ways to brace for whatever may come. Whether that means bringing out the sun or calling down a storm, we need you!