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It's been a pretty quiet week in the comm (wish we could say the same for the blabbermouth Minority President…), but I'm sure you've all been busy with your acts of resistance!

One bit of news is that our tag guru [personal profile] redbird is going to have limited internet time for the next week or so. That means it may take a bit longer than the usual super-speedy service for your posts to be tagged and new tags added. (Remember: you can always add existing tags to your posts yourselves.)

Housekeeping (the usual stuff)
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Ongoing actions and activities

Solidarity with Charlottesville - find or plan a community event to show you're standing with the people in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy.
Find every election you're eligible to vote in with the EveryElection app
Town Halls: Congress is in recess, so find out when (if!) your representatives are holding town halls at Town Hall Project
Recess toolkits from MoveOn.org and Indivisible (check the comments)

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

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


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called my one senator
2 (100.0%)

called my other senator
2 (100.0%)

called my representative
2 (100.0%)

called my governor
1 (50.0%)

called my state reps
1 (50.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
0 (0.0%)

attended a town hall
1 (50.0%)

donated money to a cause
1 (50.0%)

attended an in-person activist group
0 (0.0%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
2 (40.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
2 (40.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (20.0%)

did something else
0 (0.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
0 (0.0%)


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[personal profile] tanaqui
How's everyone been getting on this week?

A week that's seen news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has convened a grand jury in Washington, while Congress has gone into recess with the Senate blocking Minority President from making any recess appointments. It's a measure of how crazy the world has become that this feels like a "quiet" week…. (I recommend What the Fuck Just Happened Today if you need to catch up with the full craziness.)

In nice news (and I know my co-mod, [personal profile] tassosss, will appreciate this!), the Mars rover Curiosity this week celebrated five years on Mars (the mission was only supposed to last two), and sang Happy Birthday to itself.

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Ongoing actions and activities


So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?
Poll #18658 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


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called my one senator
3 (50.0%)

called my other senator
3 (50.0%)

called my representative
1 (16.7%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
1 (16.7%)

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

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
2 (33.3%)

attended an in-person activist group
1 (16.7%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (33.3%)

took care of myself
3 (100.0%)

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

did something else
1 (33.3%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (66.7%)


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[personal profile] tanaqui
*mods sidle in, looking a bit sheepish*

So, we've not been around much for the last month -- whoops! We're back now and hoping to get back to regular (slimmed-down) check-in posts. Meanwhile, you guys have been amazing and kept the comm running with some great posts -- thank you!

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Ongoing actions and activities

Find every election you're eligible to vote in with the EveryElection app
Run to win training

Calendar of events

Town Halls: Congress is in recess, so find out when (if!) your representatives are holding town halls at Town Hall Project

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

Poll #18640 The Week/Month
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13


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called my one senator
9 (69.2%)

called my other senator
8 (61.5%)

called my representative
5 (38.5%)

called my governor
2 (15.4%)

called my state reps
3 (23.1%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
4 (30.8%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
8 (61.5%)

attended an in person activist group
1 (7.7%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
1 (7.7%)

signed up for alerts
1 (7.7%)

took care of myself
5 (38.5%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (7.7%)

did something else
5 (38.5%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (15.4%)

tassosss: (Default)
[personal profile] tassosss
Apologies again for missing last week's check in.

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Healthcare
Submit a public comment on the Senate's Healthcare bill
Link to spreadsheet for actions and groups resisting AHCA/BRCA
Find a town hall event and call your senators about BRCA

Activism
Donation matching for several groups happening right now (or recently. Still good organizations to give to if you're looking)

Voter Registration / Voting Rights
Call to support the Automatic Voter Registration Act
Call State reps/administration against voter suppression tactics

Climate Change
City of Boston hosting climate change data

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18546 this week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


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called my one senator
5 (62.5%)

called my other senator
5 (62.5%)

called my representative
4 (50.0%)

called my governor
3 (37.5%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
4 (50.0%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated moeny to a cause
2 (25.0%)

attended an in person sctivist group
3 (37.5%)

participated in online phone training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
1 (12.5%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
4 (50.0%)

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

did something else
4 (50.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (25.0%)



tassosss: (Default)
[personal profile] tassosss
Happy Father's Day. Sorry for missing last week's check in.

The theme of this week seems to be Secrecy in the Senate to Screw us on Healthcare.

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Healthcare - McConnell wants the trumpcare vote to happen before the July 4th recess. That's two weeks away.
Healthcare Call Scripts from Indivisble
Indivisible Guide: Contact for Senate Staffers
Senate Contact Info
Stop #TrumpCare Senate Call-In Day
Trumpcare Toolkit

Activism
Hustle and Slack: MoveOn Text Team Training
Action Checklist

LGBT+
Pride Month: Donate to LGBT+ groups

Russia

Brennan Center Report on Trump-Russia Investigation

Climate Change
Mississippi River Alliance
Indivisible: Defending the Climate in Local Action

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18505 This week in activism
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


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called my one senator
5 (45.5%)

called my other senator
4 (36.4%)

called my representative
1 (9.1%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
2 (18.2%)

called my city reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
5 (45.5%)

attended a town hall
1 (9.1%)

donated moeny to a cause
2 (18.2%)

attended an in person sctivist group
2 (18.2%)

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participated in online phone training
1 (10.0%)

went to a protest
2 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (10.0%)

took care of myself
6 (60.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (20.0%)

did something else
1 (10.0%)

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



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[personal profile] tassosss
Housekeeping
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Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird who is our tag guru. Both [personal profile] tanaqui and I are very grateful for the help.

Action
#Resist Phone Bank guide
Donate: two fundraisers for victims stabbed after intervening in Anti-Muslim Harrassment
Action/Resource: Microvolunteering site
Climate Mayors - contact your Mayor about joining the list of those who will continue to honor Paris Agreement
Is your Senator one of the twenty-two? - who encouraged Minority President to withdraw from Paris Agreement

Discussion
Resistbot troubles - anyone else having issues with it?

Upcoming Dates
June 6: Vigils for Refugees
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other Info
Snopes investigates the alt/rogue government

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18455 this week I
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


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called my one senator
4 (40.0%)

called my other senator
3 (30.0%)

called my representative
2 (20.0%)

called my governor
2 (20.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

called my city reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
3 (30.0%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated moeny to a cause
5 (50.0%)

attended an in person sctivist group
2 (20.0%)

.

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participated in online phone training
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
2 (22.2%)

signed up for alerts
1 (11.1%)

took care of myself
4 (44.4%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (11.1%)

did something else
4 (44.4%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (22.2%)


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[personal profile] tassosss
Our Minority Pres is out of the country for the moment and things have calmed enough to breathe.

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

Action
Elections

Montana Special Election on May 25

Regulation Repeal / Red Tape
Senate is voting soon on the Regulatory Accountability Act which favors corporations

Net Neutrality
John Oliver set up a redirect to the public comment page so it's easy to comment

Upcoming Protests
TODAY May 21: Applications due for MoveOn Community Organizer training
June 5: Applications due for Organizing for America Community Organizer training
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other Info
Healthcare
Info of the timeline of repeal and replace -  a reconciliation bill between the House and Senate version likely won't take place till 2018.

Immigration
National Immigration Law Coalition webinar available
Immigration Advocacy Organizations

Want to Run for Office?
Emily's List Candidate Training Info

Track How Your Congress People Vote
ProPublica has API keys to track legislation

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18404 This week in resisting
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


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called my one senator
2 (25.0%)

called my other senator
2 (25.0%)

called my representative
1 (12.5%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
5 (62.5%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
4 (50.0%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (25.0%)

participated in online or phone training
1 (12.5%)

.

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went to a protest
1 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
0 (0.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (20.0%)

did something else
3 (60.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
0 (0.0%)



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[personal profile] tassosss
Sorry for the late post.

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

Action
General

A list and contact info for "Rubber Stamp Reps", Congresspeople who are wholesale supporting Trump (Organizing For America)
Contacting Congress people who have turned off their fax machines with ResistBot

Russia, or So that was a hell of a week.
Scripts for responding to Comey's firing and calling for a special prosecutor

Healthcare, or Now it's the Senate's problem
Info on Senate Healthcare Repeal efforts and the Payback Project to track die-ins, town halls, and other protest efforts

Environment, or The Destruction of Protections that Affect Our Health and the Environment Begins

EPA seeking public comment on rolling back Clean Air Act regulations. Deadline has passed but don't worry, more are coming /sarcasm

Net Neutrality
John Oliver set up a redirect to the public comment page so it's easy to comment


Upcoming Protests
May 18: Net Neutrality protest in front of the FCC in Washington DC
May 21: Applications due for MoveOn Community Organizer training
June 5: Applications due for Organizing for America Community Organizer training
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other Info
Immigration
Information package with lots of links on sanctuary cities.

Town Halls
Organizing for America toolkit for Congressional recess

Want to Run for Office?
Emily's List Candidate Training Info

The news is too depressing to list this week.
What a hell of a week. How's everyone doing?

Poll #18376 this week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11


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called my one senator
2 (28.6%)

called my other senator
2 (28.6%)

called my representative
0 (0.0%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
2 (28.6%)

attended a town hall
1 (14.3%)

donated money to a cause
4 (57.1%)

went to an in person activist group
0 (0.0%)

participated in online or phone training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
1 (11.1%)

signed up for alerts
1 (11.1%)

took care of myself
3 (33.3%)

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

did something else
4 (44.4%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (22.2%)



tassosss: (Default)
[personal profile] tassosss
Sorry this is late going up. I had a non-computer day. It's been a bit of a roller coaster week with the Republican's healthcare bill hitting the fan.

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

Action
Healthcare
Keep the pressure on your House reps that you are happy/unhappy with how they voted on the AHCA bill.
Donate to ActBlue or SwingLeft to target vulnerable Republicans in 2018

Immigration
Call scripts for Haiti TPS

Upcoming Protests
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other Info
New system for opinion calls showing up

The Senate is already scrapping the AHCA and writing their own healthcare bill

Analysis of Executive Order on Religious Freedom to Promote Candidates

Post AHCA vote, a little inspiration

What's in the Congressional Spending Bill


Everybody gets hugs this week *(((((((( you)))))))))*
How are you doing?

Poll #18340 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


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called my one senator
3 (25.0%)

called my other senator
3 (25.0%)

called my representative
6 (50.0%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
1 (8.3%)

sent a letter/postcard/email/fax
7 (58.3%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
5 (41.7%)

went to an in person activist group
1 (8.3%)

particiapted in phone or online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
2 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
5 (50.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (20.0%)

did something else
4 (40.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
5 (50.0%)




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[personal profile] tassosss
Yesterday was Minority President's 100th day in office. It was also the day of the People's Climate March who were out despite the 90 degree heat in DC. Congress has reached a deal for the budget through September (the end of the federal fiscal year) (WaPo)

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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 <- this is definitely worth checking out.
TOMORROW MAY 1: #RiseUp in solidarity with immigrants . Link goes to a toolkit that has content and talking points for social media for posting on May 1. The idea is to flood social media to show support for immigrants.
Contact your Congress people about Trumpcare 2.0, which goes even further to the right to appease the Freedom Caucus.

For inspiration we have a discussion of topics that members of the comm are contacting their congress people about.

Upcoming Protests
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other news to know
For a catch up to the major developments each day, What the Fuck Just Happened Today usually provides good links to the key stories.

The Guardian has a major story on the links between Trump's campaign and Russian hackers.

Write up of what campaign promises Trump's done in his first 100 days at Vox

Currently, the Trumpcare 2.0 plan doesn't have the votes to pass. (NYT)

Inspiration
Canada fought the war on science. Here's how scientists won. (Vox)

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

Poll #18300 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


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called my one senator
2 (18.2%)

called my other senator
2 (18.2%)

called my representative
2 (18.2%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
1 (9.1%)

sent a postcard/email/fax/letter
10 (90.9%)

atteneded a townhall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
5 (45.5%)

went to an in person activivst group
2 (18.2%)

participated ina phone or online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
4 (33.3%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
6 (50.0%)

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

did something else
5 (41.7%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (25.0%)


tanaqui: Illumiinated letter T (Default)
[personal profile] tanaqui
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.

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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] 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?!

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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....

View Answers

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%)

tassosss: (Hatter on the Table)
[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
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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%)


tassosss: (disreputable folk)
[personal profile] tassosss
Sorry this is late going up again. I'm D-14 from major life event so I'm a little out of it. If I don't respond to comments, that's why, not that I'm not reading them.

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
April 5: Resistance School online training in four session. Weds, April 5 is the first.
Tonight: Ready to Resist Call (might already be done but should have the recording soon): Gorsuch and Tax Day protests
Sign up for Amnesty International action alerts
Indivisible goes to the States
Democracy in Color organizing to mobilize voters now in key states

Action
Supreme Court Confirmation Vote

Info on Gorsuch filibuster (one to call your congress people about)

Anti-Nazi Buttons


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 1: March for Health
April 15: Tax Day March
April 22: March for Science
June 11: LGBT+ March

News to know
Linkspam: Healthcare analysis, government spending, immigration, tax reform, lgbtq+ civil rights, The Resistence's money

Online Privacy or Lack Therof is now law

Russia
Trump, Russia, and Oil (locked to comm)
Michael Flynn wants immunity in exchange for tetimony (Vox)
The most powerful members of the Trump administration disagree with him about Russia (Vox)

Healthcare
(See linkspam above)

Immigration/Muslim Ban
Update: DACA Recipient Daniel Medina Ramirez released from detention
Culver City votes to be a sanctuary city, written by a fen who was there
Trump just lost his best chance to avoid a Supreme Court battle over his travel ban (hold on the EO extended) (Vox)

How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.
Poll #18135 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


I

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called my one senator
2 (25.0%)

called my other senator
2 (25.0%)

called my representative
4 (50.0%)

called my governor
1 (12.5%)

called my state reps
1 (12.5%)

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

donated money to a cause
4 (50.0%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (25.0%)

participated in an online training or call
1 (12.5%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

.

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signed up for alerts
1 (14.3%)

took care of myself
3 (42.9%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (28.6%)

did something else
5 (71.4%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (28.6%)



tassosss: We are not plotting your destruction. Really. (destruction)
[personal profile] tassosss
Sorry this is going up practically tomorrow. Today got busy.

Housekeeping

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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: 15


I

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called my one senator
7 (50.0%)

called my other senator
6 (42.9%)

called my representative
5 (35.7%)

called my governor
1 (7.1%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent and email/letter/postcard/fax
10 (71.4%)

donated money to a cause
6 (42.9%)

went to an in person activist group
4 (28.6%)

participated in an online training or call
2 (14.3%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

.

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signed up for daily alerts
1 (8.3%)

took care of myself
9 (75.0%)

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

did something else
7 (58.3%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (25.0%)



tassosss: Buffy Bring on the Night (Buffy)
[personal profile] tassosss
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


I

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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%)




tassosss: (Default)
[personal profile] tassosss
Housekeeping
Huge thank you and shout out to [personal profile] redbird  who will be helping with tagging.

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
Did anyone participate in the ACLU's training on Saturday? Let us know how it went
Call Congress about the Republican Healthcare plan

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

News to know
Confirmation Hearings
Secretaryof Labor: Alex Acosta

Immigration / Dreamers
Update on Dreamers and the Muslim Ban

Healthcare
Link Roundup: on the Republicans Healthcare bill
Vox also has a daily newsletter to sign up for.

Get Educated
Link Roundup: Republicans vote to get rid of fair pay and safe workplace rules, tax hikes in Kansas, vulnerable democrats, science on opioids, detransitioning trans people in Wisconsin
Link Roundup: flippable state governments, healthcare, in memory of Sandra Bland, restrictive voting laws, anti-Trump resistance, ACLU grassroots
Trump Trackers - following up on regulatory and administration changes

How is everyone doing out there?

Poll #18085 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15


I

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called my one senator
7 (53.8%)

called my other senator
5 (38.5%)

called my representative
3 (23.1%)

called my state representatives
0 (0.0%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/email/postcard
7 (53.8%)

donated money to a cause
7 (53.8%)

went to an in person activist group
5 (38.5%)

participated in an online training/call
3 (23.1%)

went to a protest
4 (30.8%)

.

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signed up for daily action alerts
3 (27.3%)

took care or myself
6 (54.5%)

committed to action in the coming week
5 (45.5%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (9.1%)

did something else
5 (45.5%)



tassosss: Captain Crais (Crais)
[personal profile] tassosss
Another week in the resistance.

Housekeeping
Is anyone out there interested in helping us tag posts? That seems to be the area where we’re falling down the most.

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.

thisfinecrew discussion about where to put your energy
has thoughts on philosophies and suggestions for coping with too many things being bad. Also, I proposed setting up something like Topic Teams in case people wanted to organize into smaller groups to track one topic. Is there interest in that? If so, I'll set up a post. That may also be easier to then be able to track what other resistence groups are doing with respect to each topic and what may be most useful in terms of putting pressure on politicians. Thoughts?

Get Involved
The ACLU is starting a grass roots wing and providing resistance training

Immigration / Dreamers
You can support Dreamers who need to renew their applications to the tune of $495

Get Educated
Why street protests matter
Technology and brainwashing
Linkspam: Don't get undocumented friend sin trouble, Women's strike, News on the Administration
Linkspam: State legistlative special elections, links to daily newsletters, Obamacare replacement, media

News to know

Confirmation Hearings
Rick Perry was confirmed as Secretary of Energy
Ryan Zinke was confirmed as Secretary of Interior and showed up on horseback

Russia
Jeff Sessions lied about not having contact with Russia - timeline from Vox with related coverage

Healthcare
Republicans are working on their replacement healthcare bill in as much secrecy as possible. This will end well.

Hatecrime
Jewish community centers, schools, and cemeteries have been threatened and vandalized.

How is everyone doing out there?

Poll #18067 This week in the Resistance
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


I

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called my one senatory
4 (28.6%)

called my other senator
2 (14.3%)

called my representative
3 (21.4%)

called by state representative
1 (7.1%)

called my state senator
2 (14.3%)

called my govnernor
0 (0.0%)

sent and email/letter/postcard
5 (35.7%)

donated money to a cause
5 (35.7%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (14.3%)

went to a protest
3 (21.4%)

.

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went to a town hall
0 (0.0%)

signed up for daily action alerts
2 (16.7%)

took care of myself
6 (50.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (25.0%)

did something else
10 (83.3%)



tassosss: Farscape Posse (Posse)
[personal profile] tassosss
I’m back from being out of town. Many thanks to [personal profile] tanaqui for keeping up with check-ins. This week there were a lot of town halls taking place around the country. Did you go to one, or plan to? How was it?

Housekeeping

Is anyone out there interested in helping us tag posts? That seems to be the area where we’re falling down the most.

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.

If you read one thing this week, read this:
A Minority President: Why the Polls Failed, and What the Majority Can Do This is an excellent article that talks about world views and the brain and how absolutely essential the language used around politics is for shaping how people vote.
Follow up reading includes actions you can take.

Muslim Ban/Immigration

[personal profile] tanaqui  has an excellent round up post this week on what our Minority President’s next moves are and what DHS is doing.

Confirmation Hearings
Not a lot of movement at the moment but we’ll keep you updated as they continue.

Get Involved
Anyone thinking of running for office? The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is holding candidate training this spring and summer for how to run for office

Get Educated

You can request a recording of the conference call that took place this week with Elizabeth Warren to discuss resistance strategies
[personal profile] snickfic ’slink roundup on running for office, and work done by the resistance, including a platform for The Movement of Black Lives
In yesterday’s roundup Civics 101 podcast, enrollment in ACA maps, resistance news, how voter ID’s discriminate, and Delaware’s special election for a State Senate seat goes to Democratic candidate Stephanie Hansen
Updates of Minority President’s campaign in contact with Russian operatives during the campaign and his undermining of democracy by attacking the press

Poll #18044 check in Feb 26
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 20


This week I

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called my one senator
4 (36.4%)

called my other senator
3 (27.3%)

called my representative
2 (18.2%)

got on a resistence call
0 (0.0%)

signed up for daily action alerts
2 (18.2%)

called my state senator
1 (9.1%)

called my state representative
2 (18.2%)

called my governor
1 (9.1%)

went to a protest
5 (45.5%)

went to a town hall
2 (18.2%)

.

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got involved with a local group
3 (15.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter
7 (35.0%)

donated money
9 (45.0%)

took care of myself
13 (65.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (15.0%)

did something else
10 (50.0%)



tanaqui: Illumiinated letter T (Default)
[personal profile] tanaqui
Again, it's been a week with some good "wins" in among new awfulness. As this article about the collapse of Andrew Puzder's nomination as Labor Secretary points out (thanks to Snickfic for the link), the resistance is having an effect.

So what next?

Muslim Ban/Immigration

The White House seems to have realized it's not going to succeed in court with the original Executive Order and is talking about issuing a new, slightly more limited version of the order, though legal analysts think the courts will still maintain the restraining order preventing its implementation.

Meanwhile, ICE seem to be pushing at limits imposed by policies from the Obama administration, detaining a DACA recipient and stripping him of his DACA status, picking up immigrants outside churches and arresting a victim of domestic violence when she was attending a court hearing.

Check for protest marches and rallies
Sign the petition to respect "sensitive locations", including churches
Donate to these organisations
Check our Muslim Ban and Immigration tags for organisations that need donations or other kinds of support.

Confirmation Hearings

Scott Pruitt was approved as head of the EPA, despite protests from EPA insiders, but Andrew Puzder withdrew as nominee for Secretary of Labor after his many horrible and hypocritical actions were highlighted. Meanwhile, Trump seems to be struggling to find someone to take on the National Security Advisor role after Mike Flynn was pushed out over his Russian connections. Snickfic has linked to some good background reading about all of this in this link roundup

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is losing staff either because they failed background checks or because they were fired for past disloyalty to Trump.

No new confirmation hearings have been scheduled for next week so far, but we'll keep you posted on any developments.

Get involved

Add a report on Town Hall or other recess action to defend ACA to the Indivisible/OFA database
Figure out the local impact of legislation so you can include it when you protest to representatives (via Snickfic's link roundup)
Defend Voting Rights (two links in Snickfic's roundup)
Know your rights and don't let the police take them away from you
Track down your "invisible" representatives - members of Congress who haven't scheduled Town Halls

Get educated

As always, don't forget to check our What's Next? Resources Roundup (and the comments) for more links and [personal profile] snickfic's terrific link roundup posts. Remember that you can use the comments to add more links.

Housekeeping Note

We're a bit behind on tagging, so feel free to tag your own posts if there are a suitable tags available. (Put a request in the post or in the Suggestions Post, or shoot the mods a PM, if you'd like us to create a tag.)

Poll #18008 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


This Week, I...

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called my one senator
8 (66.7%)

called my other senator
7 (58.3%)

called my representative
3 (25.0%)

got on a resistance call
0 (0.0%)

signed up for daily or weekly action alerts
1 (8.3%)

called my state senator
1 (8.3%)

called my state representative
1 (8.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
1 (8.3%)

got involved with a local group
3 (25.0%)

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sent a postcard/email/letter
6 (46.2%)

donated money
6 (46.2%)

took care of myself
7 (53.8%)

committed to action in the coming week
3 (23.1%)

did something else
4 (30.8%)


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