Jan. 21st, 2017

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https://act.moveon.org/survey/indivisible?source=indivisible

8 pm EST (7 central, 6 mountain, 5 pacific)

MoveOn.org, Indivisible, and Working Families Party call-in training "on how to take immediate and effective action to block the Republican/Trump agenda, starting with rallies at our senators' district offices this Tuesday to stop Trump's *SwampCabinet.

The link has a sign-up sheet; you give contact info and they telephone you to patch you in to the program.
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A linguist explains how to write protest signs that everyone will remember.

Words matter. Part of the reason Republicans have been so successful for the last half-century is that they seized control of the discourse. They turned "liberal" into a dirty word, and they've been trying to do the same thing with "progressive".

Going the other way, think about how the same-sex marriage movement took off when some genius reframed it from "gay marriage" to "marriage equality".

An effective protest sign will also be an effective T-shirt slogan, or bumper sticker, or tweet (or hashtag, if it's really short).

Remember also the slogan "Short is good. Funny is good. Short and funny is better." Because people remember funny stuff -- but don't let that stop you from writing a short, snappy angry sign either. One that I saw at the march in Houston today was "Grab them by the BALLOTS".

People will tell you that we can't win this war with soundbites. But that doesn't mean that soundbites aren't a useful tool! And you can be sure it's a tool the other side will be using.

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