Making it happen: Week 12
Marilyn Smith and Irene Zimmerman completed another 50 SwingLeft voter engagement letters. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Many thanks to Beth Foster for her very generous contribution to fund stamps for our letter-writing. Woohoo! Gold star on collar?!
Many New & Improved ways to get a New & Improved president
SwingLeft letter-writing: We’ll get you set up with a packet of 25 letters to write, contributing to our goal of 10,000 letters by October! Contact us to request a packet.
Texting with Indivisible National: Join the next texting training on August 4th, or check the training schedule, then join any of Indivisible’s texting event dates on the texting schedule.
Phonebanking with Indivisible National: Check out this super helpful video on how to phonebank using Hubdialer, then join any of Indivisible’s many phonebank dates on the phonebank schedule.
Postcarding with Postcards-to-Voters: Follow the simple instructions on the website.
Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki as “acts of naked racism”
On Memorial Day of 2020, George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis. This was blatant police brutality and blatant racism.
On August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later, on August 9, the U.S. dropped another atomic bomb, this time on Nagasaki. 282,000 human beings were killed.
We have heard and read much about these horrific bombings in the years since. What has not been said or written about is their racial underpinnings - and it this that links the bombings to the George Floyd murder. “Worlds apart in time, space, and scale, the two events share three key features. Each was an act of state violence. Each was an act carried out against a defenseless opponent. Each was an act of naked racism.”
The story is told in an article published last week, the 75 anniversary of the atomic bombings, entitled “Memorial Days: the racial underpinnings of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.”