The Activists' Watch

March 22, 2024

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
March 22 - April 5, 2024

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

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

March 22, 5:30 pm, Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County Chapter Meeting, Virginia Organizing, Jorge Mendez for more information

March 23, 9:00 am, Public Workday, help protect Ivy Creek Natural Area and Historic River View Farm. We will be working on removing invasive plants, trail maintenance, and landscape restoration. Email [email protected] for more information or to register.​​​​​​​

March 24, 10:00 am, Tree Planting Workday, Free Bridge Join RCA and the City of Charlottesville in reforesting two acres of riverfront land with native hardwood trees and shrubs.

March 25, 7:00 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact [email protected]

March 27, 7:00 pm, Charlottesville 350 meeting, To get details, send an email to [email protected]

April 1, 7:00 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, 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.

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300+ Detained Immigrants and Allies Are on Hunger Strike in Washington State
In Washington state, the immigrant rights group La Resistencia is reporting over 300 people have joined a hunger strike following the recent death of Charles Leo Daniel, a 61-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago, and reports of several suicide attempts at the troubled Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. Activists have set up an encampment outside the facility as they — and detained immigrants — participate in the peaceful action demanding Northwest be shut down. They’re also calling for an independent investigation into Daniel’s death, who was found unresponsive while being held in solitary confinement earlier this month. Northwest is run by the private company GEO Group. Click here to see our recent interview with La Resistencia’s Maru Mora Villalpando, who’s herself on hunger strike.

McGill Students Are on Hunger Strike to Demand University Divest from Israel
In Canada, a growing list of over 1,000 alumni, faculty, staff and others from Montreal’s McGill University signed an open letter in solidarity with students on hunger strike to demand McGill divest from companies arming Israel and impose an academic boycott on Israel over its genocide in Gaza and occupation of Palestinian land. This is hunger striker Chadi, explaining why they joined the peaceful action despite facing personal health challenges.

100 Activists Arrested After Occupying NYT Building
Here in New York, some 100 activists were arrested Thursday after occupying the lobby of The New York Times in the latest protest against the paper’s coverage of Israel’s war on Gaza. One man was filmed harassing a group of the protesters and ripping away a banner that read “Lies.” This came just hours after a separate early-morning protest which blocked trucks from accessing and picking up newspapers at the Times’s printing facility in Queens. Some of the demonstrators laid out a pile of rubble on the road and placed a sign that read “Consent for genocide is manufactured here.”

Activists from San Francisco to New York Disrupt Business as Usual to Shine Light on Gaza Genocide
Hundreds of activists partially shut down the International Terminal of San Francisco International Airport March 13 to demand a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and that the U.S. stop arming Israel. Protesters blocked outside traffic and security check-in, forcing SFO to close certain checkpoints and roadways. One traveler stopped to thank the protesters for the disruption.
Patricia: “I am slightly inconvenienced, so my trip doesn’t go exactly as planned. But I still have a life. I can still live. I’m not dying. I’m not starving. These people are starving.”
Here in New York, activists successfully canceled a planned real estate event in Brooklyn this week that sought to sell homes built on illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. This came just days after hundreds of activists in New Jersey marched through the streets of Teaneck on Sunday to protest a similar real estate fair as it was taking place in a synagogue.

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


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.
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]

What Happened?

ON THIS DAY: On April 4, 1968, , Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered.

Today's Quote

"If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.”

— Bruce Barton (December 1934)


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