During the campaign to elect Hillary (you know I’m starting to think she might have been a better choice??), Zerlina and I had a weekly email called Sunday Candy. It was the fun sugary stripe in a whole lot of tough stuff, where we sent around the best/funniest/smartest/prettiest work coming out of our activist community. Along with extra Beyonce gifs.
We still need that emotional sugar shock -- more than ever. But the stuff that’s bringing us joy in the middle of the madness is made of more substantial stuff.
Like DAY TWO of the #NoMuslimBan airport protests. And the detained refugees being let out of JFK and Logan and into New York City and Boston because this is America and that is who we want to be.
We can do this. We can stay in the streets for four more years. We can win incremental victories that change the lives of people who need our help.
So today we bring you Sunday Candy: Action edition.
Seem like everyone’s side hustle today is activism? GOOD.
Here are a few important things the Signal Boost community is doing to keep you in the fight, on the phones, and in the streets.
First, the ACLU is (as always) on the front lines fighting the Muslim ban. Send them money.
Friend and badass Mikki Halpin was one of the first out the gate with a daily email of suggested actions to help others and reduce the impact of racism, sexism, class and income inequality, disability discrimination, and more. We love it, we use it, you should too. Sign up!
Calls for Change will text or email you all the information you need—from the right phone numbers for your senators and house rep to a sample script—so you can tap to call Congress once a week. It was started by a group of women and men in Silicon Valley who focus on issues like equal pay and paid family leave, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, health care, education, immigration reform, and other concerns rooted in equality and personal freedom. Sign up now at callsforchange.com.
Start investing in 2018 and flipping those seats. Electing progressives is literally our only hope for really stopping Trump and Bannon and the rise of white nationalism in America. It Starts Today funds every single Democrat running for Congress in 2018 through tiny, recurring micro-donations. We love the idea of funding even the longest of shots -- progressives have to be on the board everywhere, making noise.
Jaclyn Friedman and Courtney Kocak have paired up to create Make It Better, a weekly news & action digest that's actually digestible. Think of it as an on-ramp to the resistance. Sign up here!
And Signal Boost buddy Neda Semnani reminds us some of your everyday actions can be acts of resistance. Like reading.
Remember that Signal Boost works both ways. What are you doing to mobilize your community and protect your neighbors? Can we help? Let us know.
And thank you. For everything you do. Now make a LET IN OUR FRIENDS sign and grab a Lyft to the airport.
Jess & Zerlina
P.S. We owe production thanks to angel Paul Bernon, movie producer, feminist, EMILY’s List Creative Council chair, and the kind of guy you want in your corner always.