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Hello Teen Resisters!
School has finally started, it kind of felt like fall today, and we're ready to get back into the rhythm of the year (hopefully, your summers were fulfilling and revitalizing). As always, so much has happened these past few weeks, and it's important to remember that everything you do counts-- every call, every protest, every donation, and every social media outcry will make a difference. We've included some urgent action (midterms! Kavanaugh!), in addition to two regular briefings/action bullets on the death of Mariee Juarez and on Betsy DeVos's new sexual misconduct policies! Good luck with the start of the year, and remember do some self-care when necessary :))
Something Exciting: We recently were given the opportunity to write about TR in Teen Vogue! We're incredibly excited to get the word out in this article-- be sure to check it out. much love!!
Midterm follow up:
As discussed in our last list, we are feeling pretty hyped about midterms and super dedicated to helping Democratic candidates win in key races. We outlined the most accessible and effective ways to help (calling! texting! canvassing!), and specified 6 candidates we think deserve your help: Zellnor Myrie, Lucy McBath, Stacey Abrams, Gina Ortiz-Jones, Beto O’Rourke, and Jacky Rosen. It’s still a priority for you to help them out. They each have big elections coming up, all on November 6th, except for Zellnor Myrie, whose big election is the New York State primary on Sept. 13th.
Each of them is in close races, within a few points of their opponents. They need your support! Please check out last week’s list for a full list of ways to help. And if you have the means, consider donating a bit of money to their campaigns: any amount helps, even $3. Finally, keep on calling!!!
Kavanaugh (Kava-NAH) follow up:
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to fill the space left by Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court bench, is currently undergoing confirmation hearings in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will determine whether the vote is taken to the Senate floor. After the Senate votes, a simple majority would cause Kavanaugh’s confirmation--an outcome which would be disastrous. Previously, Justice Kennedy was the swing vote in the Supreme Court; now, the very conservative Kavanaugh will become the deciding factor on essential cases (if confirmed, he very likely will vote to overturn Roe. v Wade, among others). Read more about him in our last list (link).
And, recently, Republican Senate leaders have refused Democratic colleagues’ multiple requests to see more than one million documents covering his years as White House staff secretary under President George W. Bush.
Kavanaugh needs to be stopped. Call your senators using this script (regarding their plans to support or oppose his nomination), and sign this petition and any others you find. Remember: there are two Republican senators--Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)--who are pro-choice. If every Democrat, both Independents, and both of these Republicans oppose Kavanaugh, he won’t be confirmed, but barely. So every single call makes a difference.
Inform yourself: here to learn about the senators who will be most likely be deciding factors in the vote, here to learn about the likelihood of confirmation or opposition by Collins and Murkowski, and here to learn about why the ongoing confirmation hearings are so incomplete.
what went down
Just earlier this month, an investigation—yet to be closed—was launched into the allegation that a child died after leaving the residential center in Texas. While Mariee herself isn’t specifically mentioned, ICE issued the following statement: “ICE is committed to ensuring the welfare of all those in the agency’s custody, including providing access to necessary and appropriate medical care. Comprehensive medical care is provided to all individuals in ICE custody.” The agency also tweeted, “Reports that a child died in ICE custody at Dilley are false.” Currently, Juarez’s legal team is working with Mariee’s family to fight for the injustices faced by her and her mother.
What you can do:
So this is all pretty bad. But the policies are yet to be adopted; there’s still time! Take the following measures to make sure that victims of sexual violence on college campuses are protected by the school institutions and courts around them:
And, finally, the puppy vid.
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