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January 2017


Together, We Are Mighty

Dear Members and Friends of Equal Voice Action,

This month, inspired by the post-election call for resistance issued by Angela Glover Blackwell and her Oakland, CA-based organization, PolicyLink, we convened "Resistance!," EVA's first of an ongoing series of virtual discussions geared toward protecting and advancing our work in today's challenging political climate. 

The exchange of progressive leaders included Blackwell, as well as Chrissie Castro, a young Native American activist who leads the Native Voice Network, and Derecka Mehrens, the Bay Area-based leader of Working Partnerships USA, a family and labor rights organization.  

Our conversation, which registered leading progressive activists all across the nation, explored the need for constructive resistance to Donald Trump and his aggressive policy initiatives.

Several specific ideas and proposals emerged from our conversation and our exchange with the virtual audience.

First, the notion of maintaining a steady drumbeat of peaceful organizing and protest efforts involving as many people as possible, as often as possible, to demonstrate the depth and breadth of dissatisfaction many feel with Trump and his policy priorities.

A second important idea that emerged was the need to advance an affirmative alternative vision for the American future based on concrete policy and practice proposals intended to move the nation and world in a more inclusive, harmonious and sustainable direction.

The third, and perhaps most vital, idea was for progressive groups of diverse and even competing persuasions to join forces in common cause and mutual support to combat Trump’s initiatives more forcefully and effectively.

Clearly, we live in extraordinary times and circumstances, which in turn call for extraordinary measures. The coming years will surely be challenging for progressive leaders and causes. But we are in a moment, if there ever was one, in which basic civic duty calls for active and thoughtful... Resistance! 

Read on for more about this virtual exchange as well as links to audio and video recordings we hope you will share generously with your networks. Please mark your calendars to join us for our next discussion, focused on immigration, on Valentine’s Day (February 14th).

Thank you for all that you do. As the esteemed Angela Glover Blackwell said in our "Resistance!" discussion, "Together, we are mighty!"

Henry A. J. Ramos
Executive Director

Resistance: Action for Equity in a New Political Era - Watch Now!

Resistance: Podcast & Video

Don't miss the podcast and video from our recent virtual discussion, Resistance: Action for Equity in a New Political Era!

In the first of a multi-part series, Equal Voice Action hosted a virtual panel of social justice leaders and experts to discuss how EVA members, organizational allies, and fellow activists can mount a strong and effective response to the challenges and uncertainties presented by the policy agenda of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led U.S. Congress.

Moderated by EVA Executive Director Henry A. J. Ramos, the expert panel included:  Click here to listen to the podcast, watch the discussion in full, and check out additional resources from our esteemed speakers.

And be sure to stay tuned to our new Equal Voice podcast on iTunes for future discussions and interviews!
Join us on Tuesday, February 14th at 11 am PT for our next virtual discussion!

Upcoming Virtual Discussion: Immigrant & Refugee Rights

Mark your calendars! Equal Voice Action will host its next virtual discussion, Immigrant & Refugee Rights in the Trump Era: Next Stage Advocacy Strategies, on Tuesday, February 14th at 11am PT / 2pm ET.

The expert panel will discuss strategies for protecting immigrant and refugee rights in the face of controversial executive actions and pending or potential legislation at the hands of President Donald Trump and the Republican-led U.S. Congress. 

Click here to RSVP for this free opportunity! 
EVA Executive Director Henry A. J. Ramos with former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode at NHSA gathering in Washington, D.C.

EVA Helps Lead National Justice Discussion on Men & Boys of Color

On December 7, 2016, in Washington, D.C., EVA Executive Director Henry A. J. Ramos joined 50 of the nation's leading human services and family advocates at a National Human Services Assembly gathering to discuss the rights and opportunities of men and boys of color in America.

Ramos helped to open the gathering with formal remarks on "Community, Common Ground, and Context." Other headline speakers and participants included Blair Taylor, CEO of the White House Initiative My Brother's Keeper Alliance; Shawn Dove of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement; and W. Wilson Goode, former mayor of the City of Philadelphia, PA.

The gathering identified essential next stage policy and practice innovations to advance the life prospects and success of males of color and their families across the nation through expanded education, training and employment opportunities in private industry and the independent sector. 
Faith leaders gather at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple in Chicago, Illinois for a post-election interfaith vigil.

Chicago Equal Voice Helps Host "Protected by Faith" Vigil

By Ashley Moy-Wooten of Chicago Equal Voice

In response to Donald Trump’s presidential victory, several organizations came together on December 1st, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple to organize a powerful interfaith solidarity vigil and rally with over 650 people from different faith traditions and denominations in attendance.

During the vigil dozens of faith leaders made a solidarity commitment to stand with each other and all vulnerable communities that are targeted and at risk of great suffering by policies and incidents of hate. They also committed to reviving and realizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s great vision of the Beloved Community, and to fight hatred with love. 

Chicago Equal Voice were co-conveners together with Southwest Organizing Project (Chicago), The Resurrection Project, and Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants. This was the first in a series of unity events being planned and led by Chicago Equal Voice organizations. 

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