How to Help: The Last Sip, Episode One, April 15
How to help give House Speaker Paul Ryan a proper send-off
House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his resignation this week. As a refresher, his earlier "Path to Prosperity" budget proposals established the groundwork for the defining moment of his legacy: the 2017 tax law. The winners: millionaires and zillionaires. As Imara discusses on The Last Sip, the rest of us didn't make out so well.
Even though tax reform has passed, the good folks who organized the Tax March still aren't having it. Last year, they brought out more than 100,000 people to protest both the lack of transparency of Trump's tax returns and Trump's push for tax breaks for the rich. This year, they're marching again. Find a Tax March in your city (most are happening today, April 15, or on tax day, April 17).
Also: did you like what Jesse Moore of Common Thread Strategies said on today's episode of The Last Sip? Check out more of Jesse's work here.
How to help close the racial wealth gap
Today's episode of The Last Sip dove into a topic that too often gets lost in tax discussions: how the tax code has widened the racial wealth gap. PolicyLink Senior Associate Alexandra Bastien was kind enough to take a break from hosting 4000+ friends at PolicyLink's annual Equity Summit in Chicago to break this all down.
Want to learn more? Check out PolicyLink's primer for advocates on "Building an Equitable Tax Code", and watch Alexandra's 2017 TEDx Talk titled Courage vs. the Racial Wealth Gap. You might also want to explore The Greenlining Institute's work to build assets and wealth in communities of color.
How to help stop labor trafficking
The International Labour Organization estimates that more than 20 million people worldwide are victims of forced labor. They're coerced into work they cannot leave, which can include sex trafficking (as distinguished from self-employed sex work) as well as forced labor in construction, agriculture, domestic work, and manufacturing.
On today's show, Imara speaks with Linda Oalican and Lydia Catina Amaya of the Damayan Migrant Workers Association, a New York City-based nonprofit that organizes low-wage Filipino workers to combat labor trafficking. You can support Damayan's work here.
In addition to providing critical services to survivors, Damayan organizes an immigrant worker-owned cooperative. Many worker cooperatives have proven to be effective antidotes to labor exploitation. If you're curious about forming your own cooperative, check out Co-op Academy, a free training program hosted by the New York City-based Green Worker Cooperatives.
How to help honor the legacy of Marielle Franco
One month ago, Brazilian politician and feminist Marielle Franco was assassinated. She was a Black LGBT feminist from Rio's Maré favela. In 2016, Marielle Franco was elected to Rio's city council, and she frequently focused attention on police corruption and brutality against Black citizens of Rio. Her murder, widely thought to be politically motivated, remains unsolved. It has sparked protests all over Brazil.
Imara talks about Marielle Franco's life and legacy with Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept and Erica L. Williams, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Spelman College. You can read Glenn Greenwald's article about what Marielle Franco's life and death means for Rio and Brazil. Also check out an open letter from US Black feminists, including Professor Williams, about Marielle Franco's assassination.
In her lifetime, Marielle Franco championed Redes de Maré, a civil society organization working to improve conditions in the Maré favela. You can learn more about Redes de Maré and donate in Marielle Franco's honor.
Bonus: The Hottest Tea
It's a good thing you watched The Last Sip to the very end, because that's when Imara explores perhaps the week's most important moment in culture: the release of Janelle Monáe's "PYNK" video. No need to Google: we have it for you right here.
Check out lots more ways to do something about the day's news on How to Help's main page.