A new message from your friends at People For the American Way.
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
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
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
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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