Action Steps 8/23/17

IL-9 Action Newsletter 8/23/17

5 Things To Do This Week to Resist from the IL-9

Get Trained

The organizers behind the Women’s March will be hosting a training webinar on Thursday, August 24, at 7 p.m., on the topic of Daring Discussions. The webinar aims to equip participants to dismantle white supremacy through embracing discomfort and having important, meaningful conversations with fellow community members of all backgrounds. Improve your skill set in this area by participating in the free webinar.

We’re all aware of the supreme importance of every eligible voter both registering to vote and exercising that right on election days. We’re just about a month away from National Voter Registration Day, which will take place on September 26. That means it’s the perfect opportunity to learn about how you and organizations with which you work can partner in efforts to help members of the community to register to vote. The National Voter Registration Day website has resources and training tools for becoming involved. Use your networks to help ensure every eligible citizen can exercise their right to vote in the next election.

Have you been interested in showing up to demonstrate for the resistance, but the events at Charlottesville earlier this month have caused you to second guess yourself? While it’s entirely natural to have concerns for your personal safety after seeing an event like Charlottesville, you can prepare yourself to participate in demonstrations and protests safely. Take some time to peruse and bookmark this great checklist resource from My Civic Workout, which provides sensible, easy-to-follow tips for before and during a protest, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth.

Raise Your Consciousness

Hateful rhetoric and the continued tacit presidential support for white nationalist groups and ideologies means it remains imperative for all of us in the resistance to learn how we can combat hate as we see it in our own communities. The Southern Poverty Law Center has updated their publication Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide, making it an incredibly timely and relevant resource. Spend some time perusing the ten strategies they lay out for decreasing instances of hate in our community.

Have you been hearing people—not just white nationalists, but conservative apologists of every ilk—talk about a so-called “alt-left” movement and the supposed “terrorist” Black Lives Matter movement? These are two fallacy arguments at work here. First, the argument that because an alt-right exists there must also be an alt-left is inherently false; the existence of one entity does not imply the existence of its counter. Secondly, even if some activists under the Black Lives Matter banner use violence, that does not mean the movement is inherently violent. These are two fallacies that have been spreading widely, ultimately making the vile worldview and actions of white supremacists seem less vile. Read up on why these attempts at dismissing the evil of white supremacy by constructing a false counterpoint are harmful, and prepare yourself to respond when you hear these arguments made.