Tuesday, May 4, 2010

IMPACT! keeps it going in April!

Here's a breakdown of some of the awesome work IMPACT! members were involved in for the month of April

We participated in 11 meetings, for projects such as Free Mind Media, the May 1st Coalition, The North Bay Sponsoring Committee, the Youth Organizing Institute, and of course, IMPACT!

We also helped organize a mass meeting of young people and students at Sonoma State University on April 10th. Over 50 youth activists from the North Bay came together to form a North Bay youth coalition, which will focus on cuts to education and broader social justice issues such as immigrants' rights, economic justice, women's rights, health care, and more. Our next mass meeting is scheduled for May 8th.

We attended another mass meeting of roughly 400 people at St. Vincents church in Petaluma, to address the unjust and illegal practice of the police towing immigrant peoples' cars. This meeting was organized by the North Bay Sponsoring Committee and mainly included people from St. Vincents church.

We held one People of color caucus for IMPACT! members. We also helped organize the monthly meeting of white anti-racist allies of Sonoma County, which over 30 people attended.

We appeared on "Aztlan en Vivo," a bilingual radio program on KBBF, as well as the North Bay Report, a news program on KRCB radio.

We organized four free art workshops at the Phoenix Theater. We gave two "Know Your Rights" trainings to educate people on their rights with the police. We also gave a Know Your Rights training, and a counter-military recruitment workshop at the annual Raza Youth Conference, organized by MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), at Sonoma State.

We attended some awesome events such as a sold-out screening of "800 Mile Wall," a documentary about the U.S./Mexico border, and the thousands of people who have died crossing it. We also tabled at and supported a wonderful and well-attended production of "V-Day," organized by several young women at Casa Grande high school. We helped table at the sold out speaking event with Tim Wise, prominent white anti-racist author, at Sonoma State. And most fun of all, several of us attended the Tea Party's anti-tax rally in Santa Rosa. It was better than going to the movies...

We organized a Critical Mass bike ride, as well as a successful garage sale fundraiser. We put together a social event for IMPACT! members, otherwise known as a "Muster." We also held a BBQ potluck in the park. Lastly, we worked with members of the Committee for Immigrants' Rights to demonstrate against a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint (which are typically used to profile immigrant drivers, detain them, and tow their cars). We held signs in Spanish warning people of the checkpoint, and most likely saved dozens of people from a painful and expensive fine at the hands of the police.

IMPACT! is on the move. Now is the time to get involved and support this growing movement of young people for justice and liberation.

Educate! Participate! Liberate!