Your energy, your courage, your commitment to go beyond #resistance and to #turnout for change, for truth, for justice, for our democracy has powered our Town Hall Summer campaign.
For over 60 days,coast to coast, we have been organizing Town Hall Summer events. We held community events in Fresno, California in Tucson, Arizona in Orlando, Florida and organized national conversations online.
Together, we connected our struggles, our voices, and our communities toward the goal of building an unstoppable wave of civic engagement in the lead up to the elections and beyond.
In Fresno, California, we reached out to organize with a community that has been historically isolated and economically marginalized — coming together for a day of learning, sharing, commitment and action. More than one hundred and fifty people filled up the Mosqueda Community Center to hear the stories of migrant families separated from their loved ones, to get inspired by local and national organizations working for change, and to commit to get out and take action this fall and beyond.
And in Tucson, Arizona, we joined a strong local movement for social justice to advance a dialogue between different movements and leaders. The event had great turnout and mobilizing energy. We learned lessons from our friends there about keeping local realities front and center as we work to build an internationalist movement for change.
In Orlando, Florida, we teamed up with the Love Army and the Florida Immigration Coalition, to host an event that brought out hundreds of people who listened to great music and the stories of women forced to leave their beloved Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria destroyed and federal inaction left them devastated and homeless. We listened to refugees who called on the community to keep immigrant rights at the forefront as they assess their electoral options this November and from local organizations that called for a powerful, peaceful uprising against discrimination and hate in this fall’s election.
On Sept. 30th, we were in New York City where we took the lead on organizing a massive encounter of local and immigrant communities. Then, on Oct 21 we go to Corpus Christi, Texas, where we are supporting a big Rise & Organize “people’s assembly” with the South Texas Human Rights Center and dozens of other organizations who are working for a democracy where human dignity and justice comes first, and where hate and lies are not tolerated.
Starting Oct, 11, we will also go nationwide with a weekly Why We Rise Town Hall webinar seriesexamining immigration, peace, gun sanity, climate action and other critical issues with our national partners. Please join us Thursdays, starting this Thursday, Oct. 11 through Nov. 1st at 5pm (PT) to be a part of these Why We Rise Town Halls to learn more about the issues and how you can mobilize to empower our movements for a just and sustainable future.