Please note that this issue discusses, and contains links to frank discussion of, sexual assault. If you’re not in a place to handle that, skip the 10-minute workout. There’s plenty else for you to do.
Besides our country’s treatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers, what else is there to take action about this week? A whole lot! Let’s get to it.
Do you know how many Democratic representatives have officially called for impeachment proceedings to begin? SEVENTEEN. Check if your Congresscritter is on this list of cosponsors of Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s H. Res. 257, which calls for the House to begin officially figuring out if there are grounds to impeach Trump. If they’re not, call them as many days as you can next week and tell them you want to see them sign on to this resolution.
The writer E. Jean Carroll said recently that Donald Trump raped her in the mid-1990s. Her story was covered when it first broke, but hasn’t been much discussed since. Read a summary of her story, ponder Trump’s links to Jeffrey Epstein, who has been charged with sex trafficking, and remember that Carroll is the 17th woman over the past few decades who has said the president sexually harrassed or assaulted her. Make sure the people around you remember it too.
Good news: the 2020 census will definitely not include a citizenship question. Now, communities are mobilizing to make sure everyone gets counted next year—something that’s necessary for federal funds, representatives, and states electoral votes to be apportioned properly. Research and sign up for updates from your own state or town’s movement by googling “census preparation” + your state or town.
In the Atlantic, Elaine Godfrey looked into a new DNC organizing program that focuses on youth of color:
“It’s such a critical time for people to get involved, and I think we lost sight of that in the last election,” said Rafael Muñoz-Echavarria, a student at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. The 22-year-old, who has never campaigned or otherwise been involved with the Democratic Party before, told me that Clinton’s failure to energize voters in Wisconsin in particular—where she lost to Trump by just 0.7 percent—was a topic at one of the group’s meetings that week. “People don’t feel engaged; they don’t feel like the political arena is accessible to them,” he said. “We’re here to do something about that.”