Anne, why do you resist?

Bradley Williams, People For the American Way
2017-06-24 09:04:34
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, A few weeks ago, I emailed you asking for your personal story about what you are doing in your community to resist and why you resist. The response from energized PFAW members -- 1,500 of you so far -- has been humbling. Everyday PFAW supporters just like you are joining local activist efforts, speaking out for justice, and working for change in their communities and nationally. Please submit YOUR story of resistance and Why You Resist here>> site.pfaw.org/site/R We'll use your stories to help grow the movement, inspire more activism, and put a human face on the spirit of patriotism and what it means to be committed to defending the American Way. You know that the support and activism of our members fuel our work, and that's why these stories make such a difference. They make a difference to the entire Resistance movement, in a way that's deeply personal and gives us hope for the future of our country. In fact, our words can't do these stories justice, so here are just a few examples from our members in their words. ~*~*~*~ Teri in California says, "I resist because, as a grandmother and retired teacher, I worry about the harm that Trump's policies are creating, to the environment and to the very core of our society." Teri also notes that Trump is setting "a tone of hate, aggression, and ignorance." Among her first acts of resistance were to subscribe to the mainstream and progressive news sources that are telling the truth about this administration and become a member of advocacy organizations fighting for the issues she cares about. Teri signs petitions, attends local marches and town hall meetings, and calls her senators and representatives -- something she says she never did in the past. ~*~*~*~ Garrin from Florida says, "I resist in memory of my family who perished at the hands of the Nazis ... When our civil liberties are threatened, when fact-based science and public education are threatened, when our environment is threatened, when minorities are attacked, when women's rights and healthcare are threatened, we MUST speak up." Garrin attended both the March for Science the People's Climate March in south Florida and has "signed more petitions, made more phone calls to my representatives, sent more faxes, more emails, and tweets, than I have in my entire lifetime." He's also collected petitions in support of Floridians for a Fair Democracy's initiative to restore voting rights to 1.7 million citizens in Florida and has sent press releases to the media, participated in a congressional town hall, and became an active member of Florida Action Network. ~*~*~*~ Nathan from Washington, DC told us about converting to Islam when he married his wife, who is from Egypt, about how his brother is openly gay, and about how his extended family's interactions with each other regarding religion and LGBTQ equality -- approached with love, understanding, and tolerance -- have opened the minds of everyone involved. He told us how his own experience has shown him how diversity and acceptance can lead to peace, and also expressed his deep commitments to democracy and policies that are fact- and science-based, noting that "the current administration ignores facts and research" and "this is extremely dangerous behavior for someone with the bully pulpit of the presidency." Nathan says, "I want an administration and a country that cares about ALL of my loved ones regardless of religion, sexual orientation, and gender. I want an administration that elevates research and uses it to discover and expand best practices in healthcare, the environment and climate change, transportation, and human rights." ~*~*~*~ This is just a tiny sample. We also heard from Marian in Louisiana who is frustrated that right-wing Republicans in her state's legislature have abandoned the interests of the people and won't even work with the Democratic governor to fulfil basic infrastructure needs. We heard from many veterans, many grandparents concerned about their grandkids' futures, members of the clergy, disabled people, spouses of fallen service members, and no shortage of cancer survivors and others who say they literally owe their lives to the Affordable Care Act that Republicans are now trying to repeal. What's YOUR story? Because we want to hear it too. Tell us your story of resistance here, and let us know if we can use it in our organizing efforts>> site.pfaw.org/site/R Thank you, so much, for everything you do. --Bradley Williams, Digital Organizing Coordinator donate: site.pfaw.org/site/R                                 Do not reply directly to this e-mail. Please use xxx. Trouble viewing the email? VIEW AS WEB PAGE>> site.pfaw.org/site/R This email was sent to xxx. Reaching you over email is the best way we have to let you know about the ways you can take action to fight the Right Wing and defend our constitutional rights and values. 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A new message from your friends at People For the American Way.



Anne,

A few weeks ago, I emailed you asking for your personal story about what you are doing in your community to resist and why you resist.

The response from energized PFAW members -- 1,500 of you so far -- has been humbling.

Everyday PFAW supporters just like you are joining local activist efforts, speaking out for justice, and working for change in their communities and nationally.

Please submit YOUR story of resistance and Why You Resist here>>

We'll use your stories to help grow the movement, inspire more activism, and put a human face on the spirit of patriotism and what it means to be committed to defending the American Way.

You know that the support and activism of our members fuel our work, and that's why these stories make such a difference. They make a difference to the entire Resistance movement, in a way that's deeply personal and gives us hope for the future of our country.

In fact, our words can't do these stories justice, so here are just a few examples from our members in their words.

Teri in California says, "I resist because, as a grandmother and retired teacher, I worry about the harm that Trump's policies are creating, to the environment and to the very core of our society."

Teri also notes that Trump is setting "a tone of hate, aggression, and ignorance." Among her first acts of resistance were to subscribe to the mainstream and progressive news sources that are telling the truth about this administration and become a member of advocacy organizations fighting for the issues she cares about. Teri signs petitions, attends local marches and town hall meetings, and calls her senators and representatives -- something she says she never did in the past.

Garrin from Florida says, "I resist in memory of my family who perished at the hands of the Nazis ... When our civil liberties are threatened, when fact-based science and public education are threatened, when our environment is threatened, when minorities are attacked, when women's rights and healthcare are threatened, we MUST speak up."

Garrin attended both the March for Science the People's Climate March in south Florida and has "signed more petitions, made more phone calls to my representatives, sent more faxes, more emails, and tweets, than I have in my entire lifetime."

He's also collected petitions in support of Floridians for a Fair Democracy's initiative to restore voting rights to 1.7 million citizens in Florida and has sent press releases to the media, participated in a congressional town hall, and became an active member of Florida Action Network.

Nathan from Washington, DC told us about converting to Islam when he married his wife, who is from Egypt, about how his brother is openly gay, and about how his extended family's interactions with each other regarding religion and LGBTQ equality -- approached with love, understanding, and tolerance -- have opened the minds of everyone involved. He told us how his own experience has shown him how diversity and acceptance can lead to peace, and also expressed his deep commitments to democracy and policies that are fact- and science-based, noting that "the current administration ignores facts and research" and "this is extremely dangerous behavior for someone with the bully pulpit of the presidency."

Nathan says, "I want an administration and a country that cares about ALL of my loved ones regardless of religion, sexual orientation, and gender. I want an administration that elevates research and uses it to discover and expand best practices in healthcare, the environment and climate change, transportation, and human rights."

This is just a tiny sample. We also heard from Marian in Louisiana who is frustrated that right-wing Republicans in her state's legislature have abandoned the interests of the people and won't even work with the Democratic governor to fulfil basic infrastructure needs.

We heard from many veterans, many grandparents concerned about their grandkids' futures, members of the clergy, disabled people, spouses of fallen service members, and no shortage of cancer survivors and others who say they literally owe their lives to the Affordable Care Act that Republicans are now trying to repeal.

What's YOUR story? Because we want to hear it too.

Tell us your story of resistance here, and let us know if we can use it in our organizing efforts>>

Thank you, so much, for everything you do.

--Bradley Williams, Digital Organizing Coordinator


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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