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We Need You - A Letter From Noam Chomsky

Dear Resister, We needed Resist 50 years ago when I co-founded it, and we need it just as much today. For as long as there have been people in power, there have been people oppressed. And Resist has sought to support to those resisting that oppression for the last half a century. When President Trump enacted his "zero-tolerance policy" at the border, he ripped apart...

Thank u, next! Songs for the Ailing and Joyous Resistance

Good riddance, 2018! Hello, 2019. This year, we were inspired by you , fellow Resister - and all of the courageous work of hundreds of grassroots groups across the country and the world. Together, we've resisted the horrific actions of this administration and injustice far and wide. We've worked together to create a different world, one day at a time. In gratitude we offer a...

We Are Winning in Beautiful Ways

Dear Resisters, Together, we are winning. At Resist, we have the unique vantage point of bearing witness to incredible feats by organized communities across the country. In spite of the Trump administration's efforts to strip apart thousands of families, erase protections for LGBTQ people, re-institute a ban on Muslims, limit women's rights, reverse environmental policies, embolden racist policies, and steal Indigenous people's lands, frontline communities...

Providence Student Union Protest Demands Removing Police Officers From Schools

PROVIDENCE — Thirty teenagers, members of the Providence Student Union, rallied at City Hall Wednesday to demand the removal of police officers from their high schools. The student rights organization also called for an increase in guidance counselors and a shift toward restorative justice, which uses dialogue and understanding to resolve disciplinary issues. Instead of relying on school resource officers, students asked for safety teams...

How the New Orleans restaurant industry is tackling substance abuse

Earlier this summer a group of chefs, restaurant workers and industry experts gathered one morning at Maypop in downtown New Orleans to discuss the topic on everyone's mind. It was July 24, and a little more than a month had passed since celebrated chef and globetrotting television host Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at age 61. The adrenaline and drug-fueled kitchen culture depicted in Bourdain's celebrated...

Breaking Barriers: Refugee Dream Center Begins Classes to Train Refugees to Access Vital Resources

The Refugee Dream Center , with a grant from the Department of Public Safety Grant Administration Office , has developed a program called Breaking Barriers , which will train refugees living in various communities within Rhode Island to help deliver access to vital services, including mental health services, to vulnerable refugee communities. “It’s a combination of two ideas,” said Refugee Dream Center Executive Director Omar...

Some California Prisoners Work More Than 60 Hours to Afford a Doctor Visit

SANTA CRUZ — Inmates who seek medical care from inside California’s prisons and jails are required to pay a $5 co-pay per visit — a cost that, on its surface, seems relatively low. But with the minimum wage inside state prisons at just 8 cents an hour, inmates without financial support from the outside can be forced to work more than 60 hours to afford...

I Went to Prison for 19 Years, Here is Why I Didn't Become a Statistic.

I was held as a prisoner in Maine for two decades. Now I coordinate the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC), a grassroots organization, advocating directly with the Maine department of corrections on behalf of prisoners and their families. When I am asked why I am so passionate about transforming the system that held me captive, I always respond the same way: I can’t walk away...

These LA Activists Are Showing How to Fight Surveillance Under Trump

On a hot August day at a community space on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, about two dozen youth of color from the undocumented-led Immigrant Youth Coalition (IYC) gathered for a workshop. At the front of the room an activist from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, which aims to end police surveillance programs, gave instructions to the participants. On pieces of paper folded into four quarters,...

Masjid Al-Rabia Leads Nation's First LGBTQ Muslim Prison Outreach Program

Hannah Fidler – a Chicago-based musician, teacher, activist and organizer – spends time writing letters to incarcerated LGBTQ Muslims across the United States every week, as part of Masjid al-Rabia’s prison outreach program based in Chicago. She writes to them about their favorite cowhelors, commiserates on the tendency of many Muslim communities to reject those who identify as queer, and discusses their personal hajj pilgrimages...

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