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Happy Halloween Teen Resisters! This week, we're coming atcha with issues new and old that deserve your attention and dedication.
What went down:
Puppy video of the week:
PS: Don't forget that issues from past lists are still relevant! Check out our other most recent updates if you have a little extra time.
It's almost Halloween! And it seems the White House is ahead of schedule with some terrifying new legislation. Meanwhile, destruction in Puerto Rico and California is still aplenty and there were two attacks in Somalia last week. We're here to fill you in (and provide a puppy video).
What went down:
Somalia: Somalia has suffered from an abundance of terrorist attacks from extremist group al-Shabab, and there were two terrible events last week. The death toll has risen to 358 and it seems the US is going to get involved soon. At this time, there is nothing we can do about this, despite the horror of the situation.
Featured organization: International Rescue Commission (rescue.org); Somali Aid Foundation (http://saf-juba.org)
Puppy Video of the Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4pwoLhX8Xo
We're not gonna lie: this week was a weird news week. We're here to explain and empower.
WHAT went down
Relevant issues from last week's list: DACA, Puerto Rico Relief, HR 36, Gun Control
puppy video of the week
Because this political climate is crazy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3Jr2WW4rY8
Image credits: fox.com; slate.com; radio.wosu.org
Today, most of you probably have a day off from school in celebration of "Columbus Day". That's definitely a perk, but there's a lot not to celebrate about Christopher Columbus himself.
When he arrived in the Americas in 1492, it began the genocide of Native Americans that's lasted until today. He and his crew stole the land of the Arawak and Taino tribes, exploited them, pillaged and wrecked their communities, forced them into Christianity and raped, enslaved and killed them. Since then, Native Americans in America have been consistently exploited, pushed aside and mistreated. It's too much to go into the full history right now (here's a great article to read if you're interested), but we can boil it down to this: the last thing that should be happening in 2017 is exploitation of Native Americans.
Here are two ways to celebrate Columbus Day (or Indigenous Peoples Day to some other parts of the country):
Stand up against the dakota access pipeline
How you can speak out: Currently, the pipeline is still being built and the official "environmental review" has been postponed until the spring, even though it was originally planned to be finished by the end of 2017. You can call the government and urge them to stop construction until the review is over, and if you have the means, donate to the Standing Rock Water Protectors.
Script: Hi, my name is ___________, and I live in ____________. I'm calling to ask that construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline stop immediately and be cancelled and to stop the brutal treatment of Standing Rock Water Protectors. The pipeline threatens the life, land and water of the Sioux [pronounced Soo] people. It is diabolical to threaten such a basic right and resource such as water, and even more so considering the endless torture and terrorism Natives have endured in our country's history. I hope that you will separate ethics from party politics in order to see what an immoral and unjust act this is. Thank you.
Numbers: 202-514-2701 (Dept. of Justice Environment and Natural Resource Division); 202-761-8700 (DAPL comment line)
Resources: standingrockinfo.com; standingrock.org
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This week was filled with moments of horror, despair and power. Not all of the issues that are relevant specifically need you to call your senators or representatives, so we’ve provided some other ways to get involved.
happening soon, start efforts in your school related to these issues and contact your congressional representatives about police brutality
through Teens Resist’s Must-Have List.
6443 or tweet your reps.
Script: Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent. I’m asking you to vote NO on Senate Bill 446. I’m not OK with the fact that those living in the
U.S. are 25 times more likely to die as a result of gun violence than people living in other developed countries. The recent events in Las Vegas are
even more proof that we need gun control and we need it now. Please keep the safety of Americans as your top priority. Thank you.
Featured organizations: Everytown USA (everytown.org), Gays Against Guns (gaysagainstguns.net)
to answer Senator Elizabeth Warren's call to consider an immediate appropriations bill to provide disaster relief. We need to make sure we provide
adequately for a FEMA Disaster Relief Fund as well as Community Block Grants for disaster recovery! We can't continue to let more than 3.5 million
Americans suffer in apocalyptic conditions, without water, food, medical treatment, and power. Thank you. (adapted from The Sixty-Five)
Featured Organizations: Hispanic Federation, Moveon (do not donate to the Red Cross!)
Script: Hello, I'm _____ and I’m a constituent. I'm extremely concerned about the President's plan to end DACA, putting 800,000 young people at risk
of being deported from the only home they have ever known. I'm calling to urge you to support the Dream Act and protect these young people. I
value the contributions of young immigrants, and I think they deserve to live their lives free of the fear that they'll be deported. Thank you. (adapted
from The Sixty-Five)
Featured Organization: Make the Road (maketheroadny.org)
and quickly! Have more time? Call your reps (bonus points if you call Republican senators, even from other states)!
Script: Hi, my name is _____. I’m calling to ask you to do all you can to block HR 36 from being signed into action. The bill is dangerous and
detrimental to making sure that women can make choices about their bodies safely and without fear. If passed, women will be left with no safe and
legal option for abortion access after 20 weeks and doctors will be criminalized for providing healthcare. Please stand up to this terrible bill with all
your might. Thank you.
Numbers: 202-224-3121, Republican numbers (find through google)
Featured organizations: Planned Parenthood (plannedparenthood.org); NARAL Pro-Choice America (prochoiceamerica.org)
These lists include featured organizations, scripts, numbers, news updates and inspirational activists.