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- Demand our Right to Protest is Protected
This National Action comes from Colorofchange.org
Last summer, we saw the strength of our people power.
Our persistent, loud, and clear voices, our presence in the streets despite the global pandemic, and organizing efforts across the country were instrumental in obtaining a modicum of accountability for George Floyd.
But as the nation reacts to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, 34 states are introducing 81 new punitive anti-protest bills to strike down the very people power that got us here.
They're trying to take away our right to protest injustice while granting impunity to counter-protesters who harm us. Take a look:
- Republican legislators in Florida, Oklahoma, and Iowa have already passed bills to protect drivers who strike and injure protesters.
- In Florida - ground zero for these bills - Governor Ron DeSantis signed sweeping anti-protest legislation that includes preventing protestors from being released on bail until they have appeared before a judge and increasing penalties for taking down monuments - making the offense a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
- A proposal in Indiana would ban anyone convicted of unlawful assembly from holding state employment, including elected officials.
- In Minnesota, anyone convicted of unlawful protesting would not receive student loans, unemployment benefits, or housing assistance.
And these are just some of the anti-protest bills up for consideration. Other states with bills pending or approved include: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Mississippi.
What we've learned over the past year is that police and prosecutors don't need more tools to abuse our constitutional rights. But that's exactly what these laws would give them.
Take action now and demand state governors to stop anti-protest laws from passing.
These bills are a direct reaction to our people's power. They saw us take to the streets, take care of each other, grow our community, and demand accountability.
2. Tell the U.S. Senate: Breastfeeding parents need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!
This National Action comes from MomsRising.org
Nobody should have to choose between their paycheck and a healthy pregnancy, but when pregnant workers are denied reasonable accommodations on the job — like a cashier's stool or extra bathroom breaks —they are often forced to make this impossible choice. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (S. 1486) would make it unmistakable: employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers who need them to stay safe at work. Due to the racist and sexist systemic forces of oppression in our labor economy that work in tandem to unfairly funnel many women of color into physically demanding jobs, this legislation will help to ensure that the workplace is a safe and healthy environment for Black moms and so many other pregnant workers. The U.S. House of Representatives passed this bill in May. Let's take action together to get it across the finish line!
Discrimination is the last thing you should have to worry about when you're pregnant, but even in 2021, pregnant workers are still being denied reasonable, medically-necessary accommodations at work (like extra water breaks or being able to sit down) because of legal loopholes in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would effectively close those loopholes and make it unmistakable: employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers who need them.
Tell your U.S. Senators to do everything in their power to PASS the *BIPARTISAN* Pregnant Workers Fairness Act!
3. Tell the ATF to Regulate Ghost Guns!
This National Action comes Everytown.org
Right now, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is accepting public comments about regulating ghost guns. The gun lobby is going ALL OUT to flood the ATF with comments opposing any regulation—and the ATF urgently needs to hear from us. Submit your comment to the ATF today urging them to regulate ghost guns. Time is running out to make your voice heard.
Ghost guns are DIY, homemade guns made from easy-to-get and un-serialized building blocks—often sold with all of the other pieces needed for a person to make a fully functional gun in under an hour. And it all happens without a background check.
The fact that these nearly-finished firearms can be purchased without a background check or any federal oversight is exactly why they appeal to people who intend to harm others—including domestic abusers, violent extremists, gun traffickers, and more generally, people legally prohibited from buying firearms.
The longer the federal government waits to confirm that ghost guns are subject to federal regulation, the worse this crisis will get. If gone unchecked, ghost guns can undermine every single gun safety law in the country.
Time is running out to make your voice heard on this important issue. Submit a comment today in support of the ATF's proposed rule to regulate ghost guns and put an end to this crisis.
4. Urge President Biden to Implement International Accountability for Racist Police Violence
This National Action comes from ACLU
The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights recently released a historic report that globally addresses systemic racism and law enforcement violence against Black people and people of African descent.
In this report, a "transformative agenda" was put forward – detailing recommendations that the United States and other nations must take to confront and uproot systemic racism that permeates through violent policing and other forms of structural discrimination against Black people – including providing redress and reparations for historical racial injustices.
Now, it is critical that the U.S. government take action. Please join the ACLU in urging the Biden administration to implement the High Commissioner's recommendations and support international accountability to eliminate systemic racism in the United States, starting with our policing institutions.
Specifically, we call on President Biden and Secretary Blinken to firmly and publicly support:
- A new international accountability mechanism led by independent experts reporting to the U.N. Human Rights Council, which would examine the root causes of systemic racism against Black people and investigate police killings, excessive use of force, and other human rights violations by law enforcement agencies, including in the United States.
- The passage of domestic legislation that is strongly aligned with the U.N.'s report, including H.R. 40 to study reparations for slavery.
- The establishment of a National Human Rights Institution and the appointment of a Human Rights Czar with a mandate to implement a national plan of action to fulfill international human rights obligations, especially on racial justice.
- Transformative and meaningful changes to our public safety and criminal legal systems, including initiatives to divest from police departments and reinvest in the communities most harmed by police violence and over-policing.
- The United States is centuries late in tackling and making amends for the root causes of systemic racism – slavery and Jim Crow. That's why our global leadership on human rights and racial justice must start at home and it must start now.
5. Supporting Black Women on Black Women's Equal Pay Day August 3rd, 2021
This National Action comes from EqualRights.org
Equal Pay Today, a project of Equal Rights Advocates, is supporting PowHer New York in advocating for these bills to be passed in the legislature. If passed, the legislation would require employers to disclose compensation or range of compensation to applicants and employees upon issuing an employment opportunity for internal or public viewing or upon employee request.
PowHer New York's factsheet, Why NY Needs a Law Requiring Disclosure of Salary Ranges for All Employment Opportunities outlines how salary range transparency will create a shift in practices and in culture, to put all workers on more equal footing and to help end the pernicious wage gap that continues to rob some workers, particularly women of color, of fair wages and economic well-being. Specifically, the bill will:
- Facilitate fair negotiations between job seekers, especially women and people of color, and employers,
- Diminish overt and implicit bias,
- Limit exploitation of workers who have been historically underpaid and undervalued,
- Create more comprehensive and complementary protections,
- Reduce rates of poverty,
- And provide more data to identify discrimination.