In this post:
1. Pelican Bay Prisoner Hunger Strike
2. Summer of Trust in Germantown, MD
3. Articles of Interest
4. Summer Sustainer Drive. Want to See More Meaningful Meaningful Resistance…become a sustainer of World Can’t Wait
5. Rally to Support Pelican Bay Prisoners Hunger Strike In Chicago Friday (Tomorrow) Click Here for info! https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=126316364124701¬if_t=event_invite
Prisoners at the Pelican Bay (CA) prison continue the hunger strike they began on July 1 to end conditions of solitary confinement that violate international law and human dignity. The situation is urgent. Everyone who opposes torture has an opportunity to support men who are putting their lives on the line to stop it, right here in the US. Is the long-term solitary confinement that is practiced in US prisons torture? Read Atul Gawande’s study, Hellhole, in New Yorker magazine if you have any doubt. The latest news from the hunger strikers is here, and statements of support coming in from around the country here. YOUR support is urgently needed. There are at least ten ways you can support this historic, and heroic, action. Do it today!
If you have been reading our newsletters, you know about the wave of attacks on our right to abortion and birth control in almost every state in the country and at the federal level. Now we have an opportunity to turn that around with a strong outpouring at our Summer of Trust, July 31 to August 6, in Germantown, MD. Momentum is building for a beautiful gathering of abortion rights supporters. NOW passed a resolution at their national conference in June encouraging participation, and many other groups are part of this effort. We will be standing with Dr. Leroy Carhart when he is targeted by “Summer of Mercy 2.0,” the same fanatics who targeted Dr. George Tiller, leading to his assasination in 2009. Watch Dr. Carhart’s video invitation. The Kick-off Walk at 1 pm on Sunday, July 31, will raise funds for the Abortion Access Fund, and Words of Choice will perform at 5 pm. You can sign up to participate, but whether you can make it to Maryland or not, you can fund an activist to participate and spread the word to friends around the country. Here too, what we each do will make a world of difference. And there’s still to time to join the group going to Maryland from Chicago and Champaign, just let us know that you’d like to come too.
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Summer Sustainer Drive
More about sustaining the national office, including interviews with sustainers, volunteers, and a special message from Bob Parsons.
By the end of July, we aim to raise the number of monthly sustainers by 50 AND the amount raised by $1,000 per month. Get involved and watch the progress!
Invite your friends to join the Summer Sustainer Drive on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200200743364278
When you sustain the national office, you sustain the Chicago chapter and this movement across the country, so please become a sustainer today and invite friends to do the same!