Local Activism Weekly Round-up, May 5

By Mirjam Quinn.

Good afternoon everyone, and happy Cinco de Mayo!
Here are some suggestions for marking the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla during the French and Mexican War, during which the Mexican army, despite being outnumbered 3 to 1, emerged victorious over Napoleon III’s troops.

1. Get informed!

Read about the human cost of our nation’s immigration policy here:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/04/us/texas-border-migrants-dead-bodies.html

2. Teach your kids! Take some time this afternoon or weekend to teach them about Mexican culture. Teaching for Tolerance has some great suggestions:

http://www.tolerance.org/blog/what-cinco-de-mayo

And then take them to the National Museum of Mexican Art. It’s free every day.

http://nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/content/about-us-0

3. Use your resources to make a difference! The NILC has its work cut out for it these days and appreciates any and all donations – as little as $5 can make a big difference.

https://www.nilc.org/


You might have heard a thing or two about the new health care bill that passed the House yesterday. Here’s how our local representatives voted:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-congress-health-care-vote-20170504-story.html

 


But don’t forget the Comey testimony!
As important as healthcare for all is, it’s also important to be aware of this story as it continues to unfold.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-director-james-comey-begins-testimony-to-congress/2017/05/03/9e3244bc-3006-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html?utm_term=.05261649d40c


Get locally connected!

The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative is holding a kids’ book club this Saturday (May 6) from 1 – 3 p.m. at the CPL Beverly branch


Lipinski town hall mtg

This Tuesday from 6-9 pm, Rep Lipinski will be holding a town hall meeting at the Kennedy High School auditorium here in Chicago. He voted “no” on the AHCA and I’m sure would love to hear from you on this and other issues 🙂


Bonn Wade

This Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ridge Park field house, Bonn Wade, a clinician at Beverly Therapists and renowned expert on gender, will be presenting “Beyond the Binary: A Conversation About Gender.” Bonn is amazing and you’re sure to learn something at their talk!

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