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The Activists' Watch

March 8, 2024

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
March 8 - 23, 2024


March 8, 4:00 pm, Democracy Rally outside the Federal Building
For more info see below "Preserve Democracy in Virginia"
contact [email protected]

March 11, 7:00 pm, NAACP meeting, contact Lynn Boyd at lboyd3@hotmail to join NAACP and get location

March 11, 7:00 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact [email protected]

March 13, 7:00 pm, DSA chapter meeting, Northside Library, 705 Rio Rd. W., Charlottesville, VA 22901 Virtual: contact [email protected]

March 14, 6:30 pm, Charlottesville Police Civilian Oversight Board. livestreamed via Boxcast at this URL: https://boxcast.tv/channel/vabajtzezuyv3iclkx1a

March 14, 3:00 pm, Housing Demonstration, Virginia Organizing, Freedom of Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall.

March 15, 10:00 am, “Work & Fun” day in the Landmark and Demonstration Forest at Montpelier! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfK_-Y7sqVwyBIvPeZRJ74dmaRSOpO0LJQk3XS76JO9V9hF3w/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

March 18, 7:00 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact [email protected]

March 18, 6:30 pm, The Charlottesville Jewish Organizing Collective, as part of a multi-faith, multi-racial effort, is introducing a ceasefire resolution for the ongoing war in Palestine to City Council. To find out more: https://tinyurl.com/cvilleceasefire, Charlottesville City Council chambers, info: Laura Goldblatt as contact, [email protected]

March 22, 2:00 pm, World Water Day Cleanup at Meadow Creek, Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy. Register with [email protected]

March 22, 4:00 pm, Democracy Rally outside the Federal Building contact [email protected]

For complete descriptions of these events, visit The Activists' Guide

DISCLAIMER: The absence of events from a particular faction does not indicate that a slanted perspective exists in Activists Guide. It means that we are not notified of the event. There is no selection of events. If we were notified of an event by an organization that appears in Activists’ Guide Directory of Organizations the entry will appear in the AG Calendar.

Activists’ Guide Directory of Organizations is reviewed at six-month intervals to ensure its accuracy.

Don’t let them walk alone

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New Yorkers Hold Vigil and Reading of the Names of 30,000 Gazans Killed by Israel Since Oct. 7
In New York, activists observed a 24-hour vigil in front of City Hall. Participants read the names of the 30,000 Palestinians killed since October 7. A number of city council members appeared at the vigil since it kicked amid an effort to pass a ceasefire resolution in New York City. More
https://www.democracynow.org/2024/2/29/headlines/new_yorkers_hold_vigil_and_reading_of_the_names_of_30_000_gazans_killed_by_israel_since_oct_7

In Global Day of Action on Gaza, Protesters Condemn U.S. Arming of Israel
Major protests against Israel’s assault on Gaza were held March 2 in a worldwide day of action. In San Francisco, police fired pepper spray and hit protesters with batons as a march passed the Israeli Consulate. Thousands also marched in New York, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Albuquerque, Charlotte and other cities. Protesters in Washington, D.C., included the longtime peace activist Kathy Boylan with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. She called on Biden to stop arming Israel.
https://www.democracynow.org/2024/3/4/headlines/in_global_day_of_action_on_gaza_protesters_condemn_us_arming_of_israel

College Dorm Decorations Become a Front in the Campus Free Speech Wars
Barnard College is requiring students to strip decorations from their dorm doors in the wake of protests over the Israel-Hamas war.
Dorm door decorations are emerging as the next battleground in the fight over academic freedom and free speech at Barnard College.
As at many schools, Barnard students often use their dorm doors to display a bit of personality. A walk around the freshman dorms early this week found sorority pledge signs, Lunar New Year decorations and a pinned-up loose-leaf paper asking: “Who’s your celebrity crush?”
But students had also posted stickers and slogans supporting the Palestinian cause and naming the war in Gaza as a genocide. “Zionism is terrorism,” one student’s door sticker said.
Concerned that some students might feel intimidated by such messages, the Barnard administration has decided to enforce a ban on dorm door decorations altogether.
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/01/nyregion/campus-free-speech-barnard-columbia.html

UVa students vote on referendum calling on school to divest from Israel
It is unlikely to have any immediate effect whatsoever
Students at the University of Virginia are voting now on a referendum demanding the school divest any and all monies in its $13.6 billion endowment invested in “companies engaging in or profiting from the State of Israel’s apartheid regime and acute violence against Palestinians.”
Israel has been at war with Palestinian terror group Hamas since Oct. 7 of last year, after the latter launched a deadly attack on civilians. To date, more than 30,000 people have been killed, the overwhelming majority of them Palestinian. Israel continues to bomb and blockade the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, a territory twice the size of Washington, D.C., but home to three times the population, more than half of which is under the age of 18.
While the United States has no troops on the ground and President Biden has urged for a cease-fire while calling Israel’s response “over the top,” it has remained a steadfast ally of Israel. That alone has many calling the U.S. complicit in the killing — even genocide — of Palestinians. More
https://dailyprogress.com/news/local/education/uva-students-vote-on-referendum-calling-on-school-to-divest-from-israel/article_dc190b34-d5b4-11ee-be71-4f74d297bd7c.html#tracking-source=home-top-story





Preserve Democracy in Virginia


An umbrella organization for a democracy coalition is being formed to advocate for democracy. Our society has not done a good job of promoting democracy. We have taken democracy for granted. Now, our democracy is under assault. It is time to take action to prevent loss of of our liberties and freedoms. The statement below is a draft of the mission for Preserve Democracy in Virginia. Any edits or revisions are welcome. Suggestions for specific goals requested.
The statement below is a draft of the mission for Preserve Democracy in Virginia.

Preserve Democracy Virginia is a coalition of groups and individuals committed to countering the authoritarian threats to our democratic institutions. We are a non-partisan coalition of diverse organizations focused on advocacy efforts to confront threats to democracy in Virginia. We provide education about threats to democratic norms and how we can confront them.

Our mission is to protect our democracy in the great state of Virginia from declining into an authoritarian form of government. The United States Constitution provides tools to constrain authoritarian behavior. But many of the norms that define our democracy were poorly written and contain loopholes that allow exploitation of the Constitution.

Preserve Democracy VA strives to share information about our democracy, and the threats to it. Defeating authoritarianism is going to take all of us. Everyone has a role to play. We all have different skills, backgrounds, and perspectives that we can share in defending our democracy.

We seek to:

1. Uphold the principle that nobody is above the law.
2. Ensure accountability for those who have attacked or undermined our democracy.
3. Stop abuses that target marginalized groups and their ability to participate in democracy.
4. Create a healthy environment for political discourse based on facts, genuine disagreement, and honest differences of opinion.
5. Counter democracy-related disinformation through radio/tv advertising, social media and other media outlets.

The heart of our democracy is local. The shortest path to preserving our democracy is often through local and state politics. We can protect our democracy just by talking about it locally, consistently and often. Speaking up at a community meeting, writing a letter to the editor or participating in a democracy demonstration reminds everyone that democracy has a powerful and motivated constituency. A chorus of people willing to say the same thing, to speak together with one voice, are louder than the sum of its parts.
We want to encourage and nurture a healthy democracy in our communities. Democracy is the one national interest that is more likely to secure peace, deter aggression, expand open markets, promote economic development, protect American citizens, combat terrorism and crime, uphold human and worker rights, improve the global environment, and protect human health. Our democratic institutions are essential to American prosperity. We strive to Preserve Democracy in Virginia.

Kirk A Bowers, PE
Charlottesville, VA 22911
(434) 296 8673 - Home
(434) 249 1439 - Cell

JOB OPENING AT VIRGINIA ORGANIZING

Director of Communications

Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Founded in 1995, Virginia Organizing has 18 active local chapter areas across the state.
Job responsibilities:
As Virginia Organizing’s Director of Communications, you will be responsible for developing materials and strategy to cultivate relationships with supporters, decision-makers, and media around the state. As with most areas of our organizing work, almost everyone on staff takes part in our communications work. You will have a central role in creating and coordinating all of the organization’s external communications.
Qualifications
Driven by a commitment to Virginia Organizing’s vision for a more just Virginia, you believe that people who are most directly affected by public issues should have a seat at the table. You are passionate about promoting leaders who speak for the organization and make decisions about local campaigns. You want to use your critical thinking and interpersonal skills to build a powerful statewide organization.
Please pass this job description on to anyone you think might be interested!
To apply, please send a letter of interest, a copy of your resume, and three references to Brian Johns, Executive Director, at [email protected]
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What Happened?

ON THIS DAY: On March 12, 1930, Gandhi began the Salt March.

Today's Quote

"The time is always right to do what is right.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr
Quote
Special event:
Virginia Festival of the Book in March of 2024
• Panel Name: Standing Up to Hate: August, 2017
• Date: 03/21/2024
• Start Time: 11:00 AM
• End Time: 12:30 PM

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