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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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It's been a little quiet around here as the Minority President's administration has become the new normal and has stopped blowing up in a big way every other day. Or that's my impression anyway.

I'm still using ResistBot to tell my Congress people that I support Obamacare and that healthcare should be a right. But I'm starting to feel a little stale on that topic, so I'm probably going to start talking about my support for the EPA because I like clean air and clean water.

I was wondering what other issues folks are talking to their Congress people about. What's near and dear to your heart?

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[personal profile] executrix
One-hour conference call, Wednesday Apr. 26, at 8:30 pm Eastern time, re proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court Citizens United decision:

http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/FE7RF58WF6T4MVNH

PS: a sign at the Science March: "What do we want? SCIENCE! When do we want it? AFTER PEER REVIEW!"
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Yesterday -- Earth Day -- saw tens of thousands of people March for Science in hundreds of places around the world, celebrating science and protesting the Minority President's proposed cuts to federal science and research budgets. Those cuts will form part of the new budget which Congress needs to pass when it returns this coming week. The likely sticking points are the Mexican Wall and funding for the ACA, while there are plans to revive the repeal of the ACA before the administration's 100th day on April 29.

TODAY, SUNDAY APRIL 23: ACLU People Power is holding deportation solidarity events outside regional ICE offices at 3 p.m.

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.

It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions

Action
Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform - Deadline: 15 May 2017

Upcoming Protests

April 29: Peoples Climate March - see these posters for National Parks in 2050 if climate change continues for inspiration and slogans.
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other news to know
There's been a steady drip feed of minor new revelations about the Trump Campaign's Russian links, the situation with North Korea rumbles on, and Syria is still a mess. For a catch up to the major developments each day, What the Fuck Just Happened Today usually provides good links to the key stories.

French voters go to the polls today to pick the two candidates for the run-off on May 7, and the UK government has called a snap general election on June 8. (I'm in the UK and this just makes me want to cry, because our opposition parties are so dysfunctional at the moment. I think my main hope is that the early signs the centre/left are figuring out how to build the kind of resistance movements, like Indivisible, that you've seen in the US will bear fruit -- if not for this election, for the long term.)

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18254 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


This week, I...

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called my one senator
3 (37.5%)

called my other senator
3 (37.5%)

called my representative
2 (25.0%)

called my governor
1 (12.5%)

called my state reps
1 (12.5%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
3 (37.5%)

attended a town hall
1 (12.5%)

donated money to a cause
5 (62.5%)

went to an in person activist group
1 (12.5%)

participated in a phone or online resistance training
1 (12.5%)

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went to a protest
5 (33.3%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
9 (60.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (6.7%)

did something else
5 (33.3%)

committed to action in the coming week
6 (40.0%)


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[personal profile] redbird
ACLU People Power has organized deportation solidarity event outside regional ICE offices tomorrow, Sunday, April 23rd at 3 p.m.

I know there's one in Boston, and a quick check found others in New York and Seattle. (The website isn't set up to search for events by date or time; I found those two by searching based on my old NYC and Bellevue, WA, zip codes.)

The Boston event looks small so far: 121 of us have signed up to attend, so I figure I'll be more noticeable there than I would be if I'd made it to the March for Science today.

Note: this was originally announced for April 22nd, and then rescheduled a couple of days ago.
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[personal profile] tanaqui
Congress is still in recess for another week, so your representatives should be around to talk to (but we have some advice posted in the comm about what to do if they're avoiding constituents).

With the current budget running out on April 28, now is a good time to talk to them about budget priorities and the importance of passing a budget (or a Continuing Resolution) before the deadline, so the government doesn't shut down.

Meanwhile, the Minority President is finding out how hard it is to be isolationist and ignore the rest of the world: Who knew foreign policy could be so complicated?!

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. Also, a big thank you to [personal profile] redbird for taking on tagging and doing a great job at making the comm more helpful.

Get Involved
Webinar: Advocating for Science - April 19

Action
Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform - Deadline: 15 May 2017

Tools
Expanded resources at Indivisible Guide website
National Women's Law Center's liveblog on tips and tricks for effective resistance

Upcoming Protests

April 22: March for Science
April 29: Peoples Climate March
June 11: LGBT+ March
Congress is in recess - find local events, whether organised by MOCs or constituents at Resistance Recess

Immigration/Muslim Ban
Weekly reports 'naming and shaming' sanctuary cities are dropped
Portland joins Seattle in lawsuit contesting the Executive Order to withhold federal grants from sanctuary cities

Other news to know
There's been a lot going on: in Syria and North Korea (and with China and Russia), with new executive orders and with tax protests -- too much to easily summarise here! If you want a quick catch up and links to more in-depth reporting, What the Fuck Just Happened Today usually provides a good overview.

Poll #18209 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


This week, I....

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called my one senator
3 (50.0%)

called my other senator
3 (50.0%)

called my representative
3 (50.0%)

called my governor
1 (16.7%)

called my state reps
1 (16.7%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
3 (50.0%)

attended a town hall
1 (16.7%)

donated money to a cause
3 (50.0%)

went to an in-person activist group
2 (33.3%)

participated in a phone or online resistance training
1 (16.7%)

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went to a protest
1 (12.5%)

signed up for alerts
4 (50.0%)

took care of myself
7 (87.5%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (12.5%)

did something else
4 (50.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
4 (50.0%)

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[personal profile] tanaqui
Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform
Deadline: 15 May 2017

From [personal profile] watersword in our suggestions post:
The EPA is soliciting public comment on the plan to roll back environmental regulations; they're required by law to take comments into account when deciding next actions.
You can submit comments in writing using Email, Docket or mail, with the EPA page on the consultation providing the contact details for each method. Note that: All public comments will be accessible online in [the] docket

The docket page helpfully provides a Tips for Submitting Effective Comments (PDF) which is packed with good advice, and you can include attachments. We also have an excellent post from [personal profile] tassosss on how to turn a phone script into a letter (and structuring letters in general) that may be helpful when you're drafting your comment. As both suggest, the most effective comments are likely to be those that are specific and, if relevant, personal. It may also be worth revisiting the post we made about George Lakoff's suggestions for re-framing the debate, so that the focus is on talking about the "protections" that the EPA provides (rather than "regulations").

To figure out what you want to comment on, this article summarises some of the main areas of protection at risk under the proposed cuts. The EPA website provides information on:
  • Regulatory Information by Topic, as well as
  • how to find regulations and
  • how to get regulatory information for your state or region, since many EPA regulations are adminstered by state agencies.
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    [personal profile] executrix
    http://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=1843186185801525&et_rid=299452169&et_cid=1272099

    Free webinar, 2-3 pm Eastern time, April 19, by the American Association for the Advancement of Science: how to be an effective advocate for science after the Science March--communicating to policy-makers, media, and the public about the value of science.
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    [personal profile] executrix
    National Women's Law Center will be liveblogging tomorrow about tips and tricks for effective resistance:

    https://www.facebook.com/nwlc/
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    [personal profile] tassosss
    Congress is in recess - it's all town halls all the time until they return on April 23. Also to know, the current budget runs out on April 28. That means when Congress gets back they have to pass a budget or a Continuing Resolution, or, you know, the gov't shuts down.

    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
    Town Hall Project - talk to your reps about budget priorities.
    Families USA on Healthcare toolkit for town halls
    What to do if your representative is playing possum for town halls
    Another tool for finding out about town halls near you

    Action
    Call State Representatives about online privacy

    Tools
    Use Resistbot to use texting to fax your reps. It's extremely easy. More discussion of more selective options here.
    Facebook Town Halls

    Upcoming Protests
    April 15: Tax Day March
    April 22: March for Science
    June 11: LGBT+ March
    Congress is in recess - It's all town halls for the next two weeks.

    News to know
    The Trump administration’s eventful and consequential past 24 hours, explained (Syria, Gorsuch, Bannon, April 7, Vox)
    Bannon removed from National Security Council role (CNN)

    Supreme Court
    Republicans just confirmed Neil Gorsuch after using the “nuclear option” in the Senate (Vox)

    Syria
    The war in Syria, explained (Vox, lots more coverage of the airstrikes there too)

    Lack of Online Privacy is now law
    Protecting your privacy following changes to online privacy law

    Russia Election Investigtion
    Devin Nunes' role turns from controversial to untenable (Chicago Tribune)

    Healthcare
    Congressional Research Service report on Healthcare marketplaces
    What we know about the 30 million people who are still uninsured (Vox)

    Immigration/Muslim Ban
    No significant updates this week

    How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.
    Poll #18166 This week
    Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


    I

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    called my one senator
    3 (37.5%)

    called my other senator
    3 (37.5%)

    called my represenatative
    2 (25.0%)

    called my governor
    0 (0.0%)

    called my state reps
    2 (25.0%)

    sent an email/postcard/letter/fax
    6 (75.0%)

    attended a town hall
    1 (12.5%)

    donated money to a cause
    2 (25.0%)

    went to an in person activist group
    3 (37.5%)

    participated in a phone or online resistance training
    1 (12.5%)

    ,

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    went to a protest
    0 (0.0%)

    signed up for alerts
    0 (0.0%)

    took care of myself
    5 (71.4%)

    not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
    1 (14.3%)

    did something else
    3 (42.9%)

    committed to action in the coming week
    1 (14.3%)


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    Congress is in recess from April 8-23. This means that your congress people will be in their home districts holding town halls. If you're on a mailing list, this is a good time to scan it for upcoming events in your area.

    Also, MoveOn has a site to help you find events in your area, both hosted by the Congress person or by contituents.

    Attend a Resistance Recess event







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    [personal profile] executrix
    A solid 35-page report on facts about PPACA and Marketplaces from the Congressional Research Service:

    https://benefitslink.com/m/url.cgi?n=37535&p=1491495867
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    [personal profile] executrix
    One of our local Resistance people is giving a free webinar on data security on Sunday April 9, 5-6:30 eastern time, covering encryption, secure text messaging and videoconferencing, VPNs, and alternative communications:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/personal-data-security-webinar-tickets-33352015777?aff=es2
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    [personal profile] executrix
    https://actionnetwork.org/forms/stay-up-to-date-on-our-work

    You can sign up for notifications on town halls. One thing to talk about during town halls in the upcoming recess is where the Congressperson stands on budget issues--they may not have thought it through, and just want to be able to say they're "efficient" or "cut taxes" but we can let them know that they should maintain, and preferably increase, funding for vital programs, and they should cut back on militarized policing and military boondoggles that even the Pentagon doesn't want.

    On the immigration front, the president decides how many refugees will be admitted in a given year, and no one can change this number. However, Congress decides how much money is appropriated for resettlement of refugees who are already here.
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    From [personal profile] ninja007:
    Since they've decided they're going to sell our internet web browsing history and IP addresses to the highest bidder, a friend suggested we start using VPNs.

    Here's an excellent link: https://qz.com/945261/how-to-get-a-personal-vpn-and-why-you-need-one-now/
    If you already use a VPN, feel free to share your experiences of it in the comments. (There's a link buried in the middle of the article linked above -- which really is excellent! -- that compares VPN providers on a number of measures: https://thatoneprivacysite.net/vpn-comparison-chart/)

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