Dear UJP Activist,
We’re just back from an inspiring weekend and we have no intention of slowing down. United for Peace & Justice had a very productive and motivating four days in Washington DC, January 19-22. Here’s just some of what happened:
UFPJ Co-Chair, Jackie Cabasso, spoke at the Antiwar/Antinuke rally on Thursday in Franklin Square Park. Matt De Vlieger, UFPJ’s organizing coordinator, spoke on Friday at the Occupy Inauguration rally. We also marched with Disrupt J20 as many of the different contingents and blockades met at McPhearson Square Park for the Festival of Resistance.
To top it off, we were fully engaged in the historic Women’s March on Washington, the largest march ever seen in DC, with millions more in the streets in sister marches throughout the U.S. and the world. It was a totally nonviolent march of great diversity, expressing that love not hate will make America great.
We distributed nearly 1,400 Peace Pledge/“Stop Endless War” signs, 400 "Fund Human Needs, Not War" signs and thousands of stickers to those who marched in resistance to Trump’s destructive agenda.
Jackie and Matt also spoke with many amazing UFPJ allies and alumni at the Challenging Trumpism, Wars and Militarism mini-conference. We've already raised half of our costs from individual activists and we're looking to break even-- if you support these efforts, please donate $20 today to help us keep it up!
We Are United. We Are Not Going Backwards.
We Are Ready to Resist!
So, What’s Next?
We need to oppose numerous upcoming Cabinet nominations who pose a threat to social justice and our environment. Trump’s nominees will not serve the American people work and, in many cases, don’t support the work of the departments for which they have been nominated.
Senate hearings are happening NOW! Review the list below, then click here to send a letter to both of your Senators demanding they Vote NO on these nominees.
Jeff Sessions, Attorney General – A symbol of racism and a threat to civil rights and voting rights, supports anti-LGBT legislation.
Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education - No experience in education; Does not support public education; prefers vouchers for charter schools with little accountability.
Andrew Pudzer, Secretary of Labor - CEO of Hardee’s; does not support minimum wage increase; a critic of worker protections and overtime pay; prefers robots over people.
Tom Price, Secretary of Health & Human Services – Will dismantle Obamacare; may not protect many of its provisions like pre-existing conditions; wants to privatize Medicare and Medicaid; embroiled in controversy for using insider information on health stock trades to enrich his own coffers.
Scott Pruitt, EPA – A climate change denier; as Oklahoma Attorney General he sued EPA numerous times.
Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Treasury – Goldman Sachs veteran; owned OneWest Bank which was a foreclosure machine; failed to disclose $100 million in assets.
Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy - As a presidential candidate he wanted to end the Department of Energy. He admitted he didn’t even know that the Department oversees nuclear weapons research and development until he was briefed a few weeks ago.
These nominees threaten the safety and well-being of the American people.
Some articles about Trump’s Cabinet Nominees: