Free education workshop on line to learn about organizing around public utilities
The Chisholm Legacy Project is hosting a webinar
Wednesday 11/30 at 12:30pm CT / 1:30pm ET / 2:30pm
"Who Holds the Power: Demystifying and Democratizing Public Utilities Commissions."
Please register to attend (free)
We know it’s a holiday week but if you read nothing else, please read this. In less than a week, Kevin Johnson (KJ to those who know him) is set to be murdered by the state of Missouri. He, his daughter, and his grandchild all need our help. In this moving open letter, we see who Kevin is today to the people who know and love him: a proud father and grandfather, a man who has found comfort and guidance in his faith. And we see how he’s grown since making one terrible choice as a 19-year-old kid who had just watched his little brother die.
The criminal legal system does not prevent or end harm, but instead, perpetuates it—and the death penalty is the greatest example of this.The state should not be allowed to take a life. Taking KJ’s life doesn’t resolve anything, but it will irreparably harm his daughter, his grandchild, and everyone who loves him. So, we need your help.
Call or email Governor Parson to demand #ClemencyForKJ! Call at 573-751-3222 or email here. Call and email scripts are available in this toolkitfrom Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty’s (MADP). We now have 6 days to use our voices and our bodies to demand that Governor Mike Parson grant clemency to Kevin Johnson. We’re asking you to join us in making noise to save KJ’s life.
When is Thanksgiving?
In this lesson, you'll learn about the (English) colonies in what is now the United States including the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Virginia, the various theocracies in Massachusetts, the feudal kingdom in Maryland, and even a bit about the spooky lost colony at Roanoke Island.
What were the English doing in America, anyway?
Kick back, and learn how America became profitable.
Meet The Creators
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Lesson Plan created by Jordan Reeves
ACLU Actions for November
Here's a rundown of ACLU's key legal fights over the past month – critical gains for free speech, voting rights, the right of asylum seekers, and trans youth that you as an ACLU activist helped make happen:
On November 10 – in national security and discriminatory profiling:
On November 15 – in immigrants' rights and the rights of asylum seekers:
On November 17 – in students' right to learn and free speech:
Last week – in trans justice:
This week – in voting rights at the Supreme Court:
Miami Community Meeting
The Road to Collective Liberation --
Individually, Systemically, Collectively
Anti-Racism is not an identity it is a practice.
"..if we are to transform and bring forth the world we deserve, it’s going to take all of us. We are in a historical moment that requires us to connect with each other, expand our capacity to love and find the direct points of intervention within the system — points where public pressure can disrupt the status quo and push for change. As people who care about change, we have a responsibility to find points of intervention in our everyday lives.
How do you confront systemic oppression at home, in your organization, in your community? What small,mighty actions can you take daily to move us closer to each other and the new world? Every small interaction holds the possibility of transformation." Kendra Hicks
Artwork by: priya_roo
CALL TO ACTION - EMAIL FDCRULECORRESPONDENCE@FDC.MYFLORIDA.COM BY TODAY AT 5 P.M
URGENT: FL Dept. of Corrections is considering banning non-family members and returning citizens from visiting inmates.
Here’s my sample email, feel free to copy any/all of this--
I am a Florida citizen and an active member of my community, and am writing about the proposed visitation changes being brought forward.
I am very concerned that the proposed visitation changes will have a negative impact on inmates' chances for rehabilitation. I believe in the importance and true restorative impact of friends being able to visit inmates - particularly those friends who have previously experienced incarceration.
To limit visits to family only is harmful, both to the friends of the incarcerated person and the person incarcerated. It is a special opportunity for an inmate to remember there is more than incarceration and be given a glimpse into a future where they will not be incarcerated and have another chance to be a productive member of society.
Additionally, this change would be biased toward inmates who are lucky enough to have family that can visit them. Not everyone is lucky enough to have true family, and I am sure all of us have someone in our lives we consider to be as close as family (and sometimes closer than actual family).
I urge you to reconsider this proposed change.
Thank you for your consideration,
Tell the Senate: Ban Congressional Stock Trading
The Senate is running out of time to pass a bill that would ban members of Congress from trading stocks.
If we’re going to get this bill passed this year, we need your help to convince more Republican senators to support it!
Please send a message to your Republican senator(s) and urge them to stop Congressional stock trading:
Please join us on Monday, November 14th, 6 PM CST/7 PM EST for a virtual event on “Equity in Energy”. As you know, our area, state, and nation is facing some major energy crisis issues that need our immediate attention and response. This crisis are directly impacting our communities with increased utility prices, shutoffs, and inequitable distribution of energy. Learn more from our speakers the issues that we are all facing and actions we can take for meaningful resolutions.
Our lineup of speakers includes:
Natalia Brown, Catalyst Miami, Equity in Energy.
Mary Gutierrez, Earth Action, Energy Conservation.
Gabriela Sarri-Tobar, Center for Biological Diversity, Utility as a Human Right Resolution.
Laura Wagner, Opportunity for All Floridians, Public Service Commission, and its role in the utility rate increases.
Two ways to attend:
You can RSVP to email@example.com by Friday, November 11th.
Why Voting Matters
When you visit Environment America various ENVIRONMENTAL actions/petitions can be found
One of the smallest species native to North America needs your help.
Tricolored bats, named for their distinctive yellow-brown hair, are on the brink of extinction. White-nose syndrome, a fungal disease, is decimating the species at unprecedented rates.1
In light of this, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed listing the tricolored bat as endangered. This is critical to ensuring tricolored bats receive the additional federal protections they need to survive.
Sign onto our petition in support of listing tricolored bats as an endangered species.
White-nose syndrome was first identified in bats in America in 2006. Since then, the disease has wiped out approximately 90% of tricolored bats.2
This is not just devastating for tricolored bats themselves, but also for the greater environment. Tricolored bats play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. They contribute to natural pest control and are important to agriculture.3
Federal protections are urgently needed. Protections under the Endangered Species Act will ensure more resources are dedicated to getting white-nose syndrome under control and give tricolored bats a chance to bounce back.
FWS is currently accepting public input on its proposal to list tricolored bats as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. It is legally obligated to review and consider all comments in its decision making. By speaking up today, you can help build the necessary support to protect these tiny bats.
1. John Flesher, "Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction," AP News, September 13, 2022.
2. John Flesher, "Fungal outbreak threatens tricolored bat with extinction," AP News, September 13, 2022.
3. Anna Walker, "Managing Forests to Conserve Bat Populations Affected by White-Nose Syndrome," USDA Southern Research Center, August 24, 2016.