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This community is intended to be a place to gather links to resources and step-by-step actions to take to be more involved in various efforts in the wake of Donald Trump's election to the Presidency. It's going to be relatively low-key, focused on simple things you can do and sharing information for larger things you can do to protect yourself and your fellow at-risk Americans.

This is a work in progress, so please add suggestions to comments. Right now, posts will consist primarily of link round-ups and actions you can do from your computer or phone (i.e. donate to causes, call your congressperson)

Your mods are [personal profile] tassosss and [personal profile] tanaqui. Drop us a line if you need anything.

This is a community to support people, especially minorities, LGBTQA+, women's groups, and anyone else who will be negatively impacted by public policy in the next four years. Absolutely no hate-speech will be tolerated.

What you can post to this community
1. Links to organizations, news articles, posts, etc. (mods will add tags/clean-up tags)
2. Actions you are taking - called your representatives? great, maybe it'll inspire the next person to do the same
3. Suggestions for posts that the mods will do a little research on.

Community name and title from:

"As long as there is injustice, whenever a Targathian baby cries out, wherever a distress signal sounds among the stars, we'll be there. This fine ship, this fine crew. Never give up... and never surrender." -- Jason Nesmith, Galaxy Quest
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Please use this post to leave any links you'd like us to include in future link round-ups or to make suggestions for topics you think we should cover.

Feel free to comment on any existing posts with relevant new links as well.

And don't forget – you can also make your own posts at any time.

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The ACLU just emailed me asking me to call my Congressmember and ask them to protect online privacy by voting against "SJ 34." I just spoke to Representative Clark's office, and her staffer told me that it had passed the senate (which I knew) and that the house bill is resolution 86.

The house is scheduled to vote on this tomorrow, Tuesday March 28, so if you're going to call or fax, there's not a lot of time.

Here's a script, from the ACLU except that I've put in the House resolution number:

I’m calling to demand Congress protect my online privacy and keep FCC broadband rules intact. Do not pass House Resolution 86. I do not want internet service providers to sell my data without getting my permission.
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Sorry this is going up practically tomorrow. Today got busy.

Housekeeping

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

Discussion

Republican's healthcare plan went down, what's next?
Resist Days March 31-April 2 - resist everything topic with the goal of 1000 events around the world

Get Involved
Strategy live chat to protest the Keystone Pipeline

Tools
Use Resistbot to use texting to fax your reps. It's extremely easy.

Upcoming Protests
April 1: March for Health
April 15: Tax Day March
April 22: March for Science

News to know
(this section is light this week because I'm getting it up late.)

Russia
Trump campaign has been under investigation since July
Chair of House Intelligence Committee's latest stunt could backfire

Healthcare
Linkspam: It was a busy week in healthcare


How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.

Poll #18113 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12


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called my one senator
7 (63.6%)

called my other senator
6 (54.5%)

called my representative
4 (36.4%)

called my governor
1 (9.1%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent and email/letter/postcard/fax
8 (72.7%)

donated money to a cause
4 (36.4%)

went to an in person activist group
4 (36.4%)

participated in an online training or call
2 (18.2%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

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signed up for daily alerts
1 (10.0%)

took care of myself
8 (80.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
6 (60.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (30.0%)



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It's been too long since I made a roundup, and I have MANY ARTICLES to link. Here's the first half, which is all healthcare-related. This is pretty much all news/analysis.

* Is Trumpcare already here? (Politico)

* Something new for the Minnesota Legislature: a caucus of first Minnesotans (MinnPost)

* Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead — and win (WaPo)

* Sanders, Democrats rally thousands across the country to save Obamacare (Chicago Trib, Jan 2016)

* Will Obamacare Really Explode? (Politico). Interview with Kaiser Family Foundation health care expert Larry Leavitt.

* Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle: Eighteen days that shook the Republican Party—and humbled a president (Politic). Nice summary of events and what went wrong.

* The Republican Waterloo (Atlantic). AHCA post-mortem by conservative David Frum, who's watched his moderate views be completely eclipsed in recent years by the far right. Very interesting perspective from the other side.

* HHS Inspector General Confirms Investigation of Trump Administration Suspension of Affordable Care Act Outreach Efforts (press release from Sen. Warren). I'm not sure what this might amount to, if anything, but it seems hopeful?

* How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office (Salon)

* The GOP’s top priority is in trouble (WaPo). Explanation of some of the difficulties in making the tax cuts GOP wants and how the AHCA was supposed to smooth the way for some of them.

* President Trump's healthcare plate is full, and it won't go down easy (Modern Healthcare). Laundry list of health-related issues Trump + Congress will be dealing with this year, not just ACA.

* GOP senator acknowledges Americans’ ‘right’ to health care (MSNBC)
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[personal profile] executrix
and we sound our victory cheer.
Tell me, where do we go from here?
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[personal profile] executrix
C&Pd because it's easier than explaining:

A message from #Resist:
Hey there,

Let’s try something new.

#RESIST DAYS
March 31st-April 2nd
Every group, everywhere #resist together.

The goal: at least 1,000 #Resist events around the world in one weekend.

Want to make it happen?
RSVP to join the coordinating call on Monday, March 27 at 8:30 PM ET.

Talk to you soon,

Ashley Kroetsch
#Resist Organizer

PS Don’t worry if you can’t make it -- reach out to your local Co-Organizer to fill in the blanks.
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The Trump Campaign Has Been Under Investigation Since July

From The New Yorker:

"For the White House, which in recent weeks has urged intelligence and law-enforcement officials to parrot its skepticism about the “Russian story,” Comey’s public acknowledgement of the probe makes it all but impossible to meddle again without risking serious political and legal consequences."

20 years from now there will be a movie about this. Oily fellow sex offender Casey Affleck will play Trump. Unless, god willing, they're sharing a cell together.
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Housekeeping
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

Get Involved
Call to support House Resolution for Trump to release his tax returns
Ides of Trump - Send him a postcard (technically was March 15, but no reason you still can't send him a postcard)
Call Representatives about Medicaid Cuts (technically was organized for the 16th, but the talking points are still valid)
Thank a government scientist

Info of Georgia Special Election on April 18. Registration deadline for those not registered is March 20

Run for your State Democratic Committee, petitions due April 3


Tools
Use Resistbot to use texting to fax your reps. It's extremely easy.

Upcoming Protests
April 1: March for Health
April 15: Tax Day March
April 22: March for Science

News to know
Confirmation Hearings
Jay Clayton for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Labor Secretary: Alexander Acosta's hearing delayed to this week
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing of Neil Gorsuch Begin March 20 (WaPo coverage)

Immigration / Dreamers
Chatbot helps refugeescomplete paperwork
ACLU Freedom Cities Action Plan
The second Muslim Ban Executive Order blocked by Federal Judges in Hawaii and Maryland, and Trumps words used against him. (WaPo)

Healthcare
Linkspam: CBO score for Republican health plan, what it means for people, talking points, potential impacts

Get Educated
Link Roundup: Why calling Congress is worthwhile, Virginia Democrats gearing up for primaries, fight over electric vehicles, lessons from Obamacare, sequestration will cause problems for Republican health plan
Ballotpedia watches all the States' upcoming legislation so you don't happy. You can sign up for their newsletter.

How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.

Poll #18099 This week in the resistence
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


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called my one senator
4 (25.0%)

called my other senator
4 (25.0%)

called my representative
3 (18.8%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/email/postcard/fax
10 (62.5%)

donated money to a cause
3 (18.8%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (12.5%)

participated in an online training or call
2 (12.5%)

went to a protest
1 (6.2%)

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signed up for daily action alerts
3 (27.3%)

took care of myself
9 (81.8%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
4 (36.4%)




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On Wednesday, [personal profile] executrix  posted a link to Resistbot. I finally got around to trying it out today and I am here to now convert the rest of you into using it.

Resistbot is my new favorite thing.


Story time: The first week after Inauguration it wasn't hard to get over my fear of phones and call my representatives in Congress. It sucked but I did it. Then three things conspired to make me pretty much stop. 1) I live in a very vocal blue state. My senators and reps are already doing what I want them to do, so the urgency tapered as 2) real life reasserted itself and things simmered down since I can't live in crisis mode, and 3) when I did call, there were so many calls that I wasn't getting through anymore and it all felt pointless.

I'm going to pause here and recommend you read What Calling Congress Achieves (The New Yorker) that [personal profile] snickfic  posted in today's linkspam. It reinvigorated my urge to contact Congress People because it DOES matter. It matters that we do it collectively in large numbers over the long haul.

Back to Resistbot. Here's what it is. You text "resist" to their number 50409 and the bot answers. I got to grin and imagine I was talking to a droid in Star Wars.

The bot asks for your name and zipcode. It finds your senators (it will add your representative if you use it again). Then it asks what you want to tell them. Here's where I messed up this time around: I talked to the bot instead of my senators. Don't do that. What you text to the bot is what's going to be put in the fax addressed to them, so you should address your representatives directly.

I gotta say, it was really easy to do, and I really liked being able to text what I wanted to say. At this point in my life, texting is one of my major forms of communication, so it wasn't hard to come up with something. I think it's good because it also forces you to be short. Make one point and then send.

The bot formats it into a letter, which it screenshots for you, and then faxes to the appropriate offices. All told it took about five minutes.


To sum up:

You basically get to text Congress without looking up their contact info
The resistbot sends it to them as a faxed letter
You don't have to call over and over again to get through jammed lines or full inboxes
You don't have to talk to a person or wait for open office hours




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Thank a Government Scientist

The Union of Concerned Scientists is asking people to:
Help pushback against the anti-science rhetoric from the Trump administration with some appreciation: Take a moment to thank a government scientist today. Let them know how much you appreciate the crucial role they play in our daily lives and that you will advocate for science-based policies every day!
They provide suggested text and a hashtag for tweets/Facebook messages, along with contact details for the EPA, NOAA, NASA, DoE, USDA, FDA, USCPSC and NWS.

They are also offering to forward snailmail cards to the relevant agency if you mail them to the address they provide.
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Newsletter on local political developments--saw it on fail_fandom_anon of all places:

http://newsletter.ballotpedia.org/t/ViewEmail/i/8D263E1EA46B78FB/4D50FDE8878D0FBE62AF25ACF5E3F0AC

I subscribed by scrolling down to the Preferences and changed the Preferences from the ffa poster's info to mine. They do ask for a phone number but I suspect you could either skip it or enter (555) 555-5555.
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Activism / resources - both of the articles below are AWESOME and MUST-READS. They are good for the activist soul, you guys.
* Protest and persist: why giving up hope is not an option (Guardian)

* What Calling Congress Achieves (New Yorker)

News / analysis
* Amid Trump resistance, Virginia Democrats see surge of candidates for House of Delegates (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

* Behind the Quiet State-by-State Fight Over Electric Vehicles (NYT)

* Democratic legislators in 30 states to rebut Trump's Congress address (USA Today). This was from 2/27 and I never heard about it, so I'm not sure how successful this legislation rollout was. But it seems like a step in the right direction?

* The Lessons of Obamacare (Vox). A long, in-depth retrospective of how the ACA was written and passed, its effects, and what we can takeaway from it with hindsight. Also, clearly there are a million articles being written on the AHCA, but Sarah Kliff is one of the top people covering it IMO. Colleague Matt Yglesias is also a solid twitter follow for this stuff.

* Why Sequestration Is Poised to Kill Trump's Budget (Atlantic). I don't really understand sequestration yet, but it was the first I'd heard of it and it seems pretty darned important (and also a great relief to those of us who think federal funding for Meals on Wheels and heating assistance for poor people are good things).
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from [personal profile] resonant : original post here


Anybody out there in Georgia's 6th Congressional District? There's a special election coming up for the House of Representatives -- the seat's open because Tom Price resigned to be part of the Trump Administration. Putting a non-Republican in that seat would be a serious public service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia%27s_6th_congressional_district_special_election,_2017

Not registered? You can register online until Monday, March 20.

https://swingleft.org/register-to-vote

Please take two minutes to register, and put April 18 on your calendar. This is how change happens: one tiny action at a time.

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Hello everyone and thanks for joining our webinar yesterday on health care defense. Below are some of the resources mentioned on the call as well as a few others to help you in your work. As always, you can reach out to us with any questions at contact@familiesusa.org.

Thanks!

CBO score:
• CBO’s Report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the GOP Health Care Repeal Bill: https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/americanhealthcareact.pdf
• Talking points and infographics on the CBO score: http://familiesusa.org/product/talking-points-cbo-score-american-health-care-act
• Blog: AHCA spells fewer choices for consumers, higher costs, and less access: http://familiesusa.org/blog/2017/03/cbo-republican-health-care-bill-less-access-fewer-choices-and-higher-costs-consumers

Latest on AHCA:
• Talking points on AHCA: http://familiesusa.org/product/talking-points-american-health-care-act
• Infographic on how seniors’ premiums will skyrocket under House bill: http://familiesusa.org/product/seniors-premiums-skyrocket-under-house-repeal-bill
• Infographic on how lower-income families’ costs will skyrocket under House bill: http://familiesusa.org/product/lower-income-families-see-healthcare-costs-soar-house-repeal-bill

Medicaid:
• National Call-In Day for Medicaid, Thursday, March 16. Call 866-426-2631 to tell Republicans in Congress: Vote “no” on the health care repeal bill.
• Medicaid guidance https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/sec-price-cms-admin-verma-ltr.pdf
• Why work requirements in Medicaid are a bad idea: http://familiesusa.org/product/work-requirements-medicaid-bad-idea

• If Republicans End the Medicaid Expansion: Arizona’s Cautionary Tale http://familiesusa.org/blog/2017/03/if-republicans-end-medicaid-expansion-arizona%E2%80%99s-cautionary-tale
• Changing Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion would set back a successful program: http://familiesusa.org/blog/2016/09/kentucky-requested-medicaid-changes-would-set-back-successful-program (waiver waiting approval)
• Indiana’s Medicaid expansion waiver: http://familiesusa.org/product/indiana-medicaid-expansion-waiver-arguments-counter-problematic-elements (waiting approval of renewal)
• Fitch Ratings piece: https://www.fitchratings.com/site/pr/1019181
• Here’s a tool to argue against 1115 expansion proposals that would include things like premiums, work requirements, etc. http://familiesusa.org/medicaid-expansion-waivers-states#/
Polling:

• Save My Care conducted polls in 4 critical states - Alaska, Arizona, Maine and Nevada polling that shows strong opposition to the GOP repeal bill http://www.savemycare.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/PPPPoll-NationalMemo31517.pdf

• National PPP poll - Only 24% of Voters Support GOP Health Care Plan http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2017/03/only-24-of-voters-support-gop-health-care-plan.html

ResistBot

Mar. 15th, 2017 12:37 pm
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https://resistbot.io/

Another mechanism for contacting legislators. Text "Resist" to 50409. The bot asks for information to determine whose constituent you are, and then creates "daily letters to Congress" based on the messages. The site says that Congressional staffers say that they receive--and read--Resistbot messages, and that (brief!) personal messages are more influential than form letters.

BTW I read about it in the latest issue of re:act, a consistently excellent publication that I recommend as a good use of your limited time. The URL is http://eepurl.com/cGyXNH, and if you have items to submit, they go to derek@reactletter.com.
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The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care sent out an action alert.

March 16 is National Call-In Day to protest planned Medicaid cuts. The SEIU provided a toll-free number for the calls.

1. Call (866)-426-2631
2. Enter your zip code and phone number
3. A person will answer--leave a brief message asking your Representative to vote against the AHCA, specifically because block-granting Medicaid will lead to cuts in funds available for nursing home and home care. The elderly and disabled cannot afford to pay out of pocket for this exorbitantly expensive care, so Medicaid cuts means that they will not be able to get the care they need.
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Great graphic about how to run for the Democratic National Committee. Filings and petitions due April 3, so lace up your jogging shoes!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1339897889409059&set=gm.1644605508902951&type=3&theater
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I don't know who started this, but there's an effort to send lots of handwritten (if possible) postcards to the White House tomorrow, March 15, expressing opposition to the president. I've written and stamped a few, dated tomorrow, which I will drop in a mailbox tomorrow morning. As I understand it, the point is partly to have a lot of different messages, and partly just to bury him in mail.

I sent one that quotes the last lines of "The New Colossus" and then says "No ban! No wall!" one straightforward "save the Affordable Care Act," and one demanding that President Bannon resign.

Here's the email I got about this project:


On March 15th, each of us will mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him — and against us — means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.

Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day, with not a single nice thing to say.

So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin.
Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump

Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump ! Spread the word! Everyone on Earth should let Donnie know how he’s doing. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.

Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:

President (for now) Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


(Some of the cards I'm sending are addressed to just "the White House," that being what is suggested on the whitehouse.gov page about writing to Trump, and some have his name, without a title.)

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