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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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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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Our Minority Pres is out of the country for the moment and things have calmed enough to breathe.

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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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Sorry for the late post.

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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%)



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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


I

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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%)


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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.

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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


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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


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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] 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.

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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


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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.

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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


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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.

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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


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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%)


tanaqui: Illumiinated letter T (Default)
[personal profile] tanaqui
In a week that has (finally!) seen some significant "wins", I urge everyone to take a few minutes (re-)read [personal profile] teaotter's post with Comforting words after the Cabinet confirmation battles (reposting text from the Indivisible Guide Facebook), along with the links provided by [personal profile] rydra_wong in the comments. Because, as the Indivisible team says: "You have already made history. "

Muslim Ban

As I'm sure everyone knows, the appeal court confirmed the temporary restraining order on certain parts of the Executive Order. That means the worst of the measures have been rolled back while the case to decide on the legality of the Executive Order itself is considered. For ongoing actions, you can check for protest marches and rallies, or look for information in our Muslim Ban tag for organisations that need donations or other kinds of support.

Confirmation Hearings

It's no surprise that all of Trump's nominations, including DeVos and Sessions, have been approved by a Republican-dominate Senate, though more slowly than in any previous administration -- but the Democrats have found their spines again, some Republicans have crossed the floor and voted against the nominations, and we have a new rallying cry: "Nevertheless, she persisted". So let's go on persisting!

More Confirmation Hearings by Senate Committees are scheduled for the coming week, so we'll be posting about those over the next few days.

What else?

Get involved

Get training for Town Hall Participation
Join a local protest or find the nearest protest on an issue you care about (Check the comments for a second link, originally posted by [personal profile] snickfic)
Go to your local Huddle (Post-Women's March meetings - go here to find your nearest one)
Help elect scientists, pro-choice women and women in general, and progressive young people into public office.
Defend PPACA
Write a Letter (with the help of an "Organising for Action" tool)
Petition the Army Corps of Engineers to do a full environmental impact for DAPL (The developers have started work again on the pipeline after the "So-Called President" signed an EO ignoring ongoing legal issues and granting permission to do so.)
Help with winning upcoming elections in 2017
Donate to support educators
Work to reduce Voter Suppression

Get educated

Two sites providing daily roundups of the news
Sign up for text alerts from NARAL
Read an article in The Atlantic on how to re-frame your arguments to persuade Conservatives

Have something to share?

Leak information (safely) to news agencies

Don't forget to check our What's Next? Resources Roundup (and the comments) for more links, as well as [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 suitable tags available. (If you'd like us to create a tag, put a request in your post, comment on the Suggestions Post, or shoot the mods a PM.)

Please also check recent posts to see if a link has already been posted. If someone has made a post on the same topic with different links in the last couple of days, consider adding new links in the comments to that post.

Poll #17984 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15


This week I...

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called my one senator
8 (80.0%)

called my other senator
7 (70.0%)

called my representative
4 (40.0%)

got on a resistance call
0 (0.0%)

signed up for daily or weekly action alerts
3 (30.0%)

called my state senator
3 (30.0%)

called my state representative
2 (20.0%)

called my governor
1 (10.0%)

went to a protest
4 (40.0%)

got involved with a local group
2 (20.0%)

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sent a postcard/email/letter
4 (26.7%)

donated money
7 (46.7%)

took care of myself
11 (73.3%)

committed to action in the coming week
5 (33.3%)

did something else
7 (46.7%)

tanaqui: Illumiinated letter T (Default)
[personal profile] tanaqui
Every day I wake up, check the news -- and come across at least one thing that has me asking myself, "How can this be the world we're living in now?!" While it can be exhausting at times (and it's important for us to take care of ourselves and still have joy in our lives), I think it's a good thing that none of this has become "normalized" yet, and that we still have a sense of outrage at what's happening to keep us fighting back.

So what has been happening?

Muslim Ban

A temporary restraining order suspending the Executive Order has been issued. The Department of Homeland Security and State Department have officially confirmed they'll obey the TRO, honoring visas and resuming refugee programmes. The White House appealed the TRO on Saturday and lost.

To the surprise of nobody, Trump threw a tantrum on Twitter, attacking the judge and failing civics 101.

So let's all take a moment to celebrate the (judicial branch of the) U.S. government working as it should!

I'm sure there will be plenty of new actions relating to the ban to be taken during the next week, but here are some we've already posted that are still relevant -- especially as there are still ongoing legal cases for some of the people affected by the ban, and we can't be sure all the front-line staff at airports will respect the TRO:

Resources for those harrassed/detained (check the comments)
Checking how your representatives responded to the Muslim Ban
Donate to organisations working with those affected by the ban (Last week's check-in post -- scroll down for the list)

Get involved

URGENT -- Confirmation Hearings -- Call your senators about Betsy DeVos
The nomination of Betsy DeVos will be considered again by the full senate tomorrow (Monday). Some Republican senators have said they will vote against her confirmation, or are considering doing so. Please call your senators, whether they're Democrats or Republicans. We need make sure all the Democrats DO vote against DeVos, so that if some Republican senators vote against her, she won't be approved because of Democrat votes.

Other Confirmation Hearings
So far, the only business meeting in committee to vote on a nominee scheduled for next week is that of David Shulkin, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. You can check out how your Senators voted on the nominations that have been confirmed -- and whether they deserve praise or a rocket -- through the links in this post. You can keep up-to-date with what's going on with the other hearings through our confirmation hearings tag.

Other Actions
Let the Army know what you think about the Dakota Access Pipeline (Deadline: 20 Feb)
Upcomimg Flippable Elections
From the latest Re:Act
Get Bannon off the National Security Council (From one of [personal profile] snickfic's link roundups)

Get educated
Curriculum with links for 15-week political science course
Congressional Tracker
Background on Lyft vs Uber

Last but not least, don't forget to check out [personal profile] snickfic's terrific link roundup posts. Remember that you can use the comments of those posts to add more links, especially if they're for information and background reading rather that a call to action.

Poll #17964 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 25


This week, I...

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called my one senator
11 (44.0%)

called my other senator
10 (40.0%)

called my representative
10 (40.0%)

got on a resistance call
2 (8.0%)

signed up for daily or weekly action alerts
6 (24.0%)

called my state senator
2 (8.0%)

called my state representative
3 (12.0%)

called my governor
5 (20.0%)

went to a protest
5 (20.0%)

got involved with a local group
3 (12.0%)

donated money
13 (52.0%)

took care of myself
15 (60.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
10 (40.0%)

did something else
10 (40.0%)

tassosss: We are not plotting your destruction. Really. (Destruction)
[personal profile] tassosss
If anyone needs a destressing breathing exercise: inhale through your nose while counting to 4, hold your breath while counting to 7, exhale through your mouth while counting to 8. It helps a little, and it's how I try to calm myself enough to sleep at night.

Okay. Here we go.

Muslim Ban

First off, to all our Muslim followers, I want to say you are welcome here. In this community, in the United States, in the world.

Picture of lawyers from last night who are at the airports working pro bono to help people get out of detention. Hope.

Airport protests happened yesterday and are happening today in most major cities. If you go to one, let us know about your experience.

Donate to the National Immigration Law Center,
via [personal profile] naye 
American Civil Liberties Union (the Foundation is US tax deductible; the Union is not)
American Immigration Lawyers Association (not a charity; contributions not US tax deductible)
Council on American-Islam Relations (registered charity - note: if donating from abroad, use PayPal)
Amnesty USA (registered charity)
Human Rights First (registered charity)
Alliance for Justice (registered charity)
Center for Constitutional Rights (registered charity)
Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (registered charity)
Council on American-Islam Relations (registered charity - note: if donating from abroad, use PayPal)
Amnesty USA (registered charity)
Human Rights First (registered charity)
Alliance for Justice (registered charity)
Center for Constitutional Rights (registered charity)
Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (registered charity)
- let me know of others in comments and I'll add them to the list. Matching is going on right now for the ACLU, so it's a good time to donate.

A very short list of Republicans who've come out against the ban (Vox)
This week, call your representatives and senators.
Script (source)
My name is (name). I am a voter in district #(your district). I feel strongly that Representative/Senator (name) should issue a statement opposing the unjust executive order banning Muslim immigrants to the United States. Our country was built on religious tolerance, not discrimination. Thank you.

A Stay was issued by a federal judge in New York, but it only says that people being detained can't be deported back to where they came from.
(NYT)
Homeland Security is ignoring the judge's ruling. (NBC) So there's that.
Trumps ban doesn't include countries where he has business ties. (Bloomberg)

What's next on Trump-Bannon's list for foreign visitors: Asking for their social media accounts and cell numbers (CNN)

*
On to the rest.

Get involved
Tonight
Want to get involved with coordinated action? MoveOn is hosting a call in to plan items for next week. Sign up to get your phone looped in.

Sign up for a daily/weekly action alert

We've got a running list, so if you find a new one, lets us know and we'll add it.

Topics to Call About
DC Needs Your Help The city gets screwed by Congress who comes in from other parts of the country to tell it how to run itself. Highest order of hypocracy.

Science is under attack at the EPA and National Parks
How to leak around gag orders
Lessons from Stephen Harper's war on science in Canada
As of Wednesday, NASA has not been hit by gag orders

Healthcare
executrix reports out from the Families USA webinar
Leaked audio from the Republican Philadelphia retreat shows that some are nervous about repeal with out replace. THIS MEANS THE PRESSURE IS WORKING. KEEP IT UP.
The Dutch are stepping up to fund international women's healthcare, and you can donate to help them.

Confirmation hearings
Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
Director of Office of Management and Budget: Mick Mulvaney - TWO HEARINGS
Administrator of the Small Business Administration: Linda E. McMahon
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Price - SECOND HEARINGU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Governor Nikki R. Haley

Some of the ones below have already been confirmed
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Scott Pruitt
Secretary of the Department of Commerce: Wilbur Ross
Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Price
Secretary of Defense - James Mattis
Secretary of the Department of Transportation: Elaine Chao
Director of CIA - Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson
Confirmation Hearings - Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry
Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin

What to do after the hearings

A little inspiration
Resisting Hate - story of Whitefish Montana coming together against the White Supremacy march


Housekeeping
We're looking for another mod to help with tagging. If anyone is interested, let us know.

Also, forgive me for not answering all comments on these posts. My pattern for self-care seems to be taking every other day or so off from looking at the news. I read all the comments, but I don't always have the capacity to answer.

How are you all doing?

Poll #17940 The week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 17


This week

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called my one senator
9 (52.9%)

called my other senator
7 (41.2%)

called my rperesentative
3 (17.6%)

got on a reistance call
1 (5.9%)

signed uup for dailiy or weekly action alerts
7 (41.2%)

went to a protest
9 (52.9%)

got involved with a local group
4 (23.5%)

donated money
8 (47.1%)

did something else
5 (29.4%)

took care of myself
12 (70.6%)

cont

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called state senator
1 (14.3%)

called state representative
2 (28.6%)

called governor
0 (0.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
6 (85.7%)



tassosss: (disreputable folk)
[personal profile] tassosss
Happy day after the Women's March! I had a picture picked out to share but Photobucket isn't cooperating, so sadly no picture.

Women's March

Did you go to a march? How was it?

I was at the one in DC and it was incredible. If you've seen this picture of attendees (scroll down to second one), I just want to point out that the National Park Service Camera DOES NOT capture the moshpit of people on Independence Avenue that ran from 3rd (near the Capitol) to 15th (just before the Washington monument). It's a road that's hidden by the museums on the right side of the picture and people could literally not get to it because there were so many people. They moved the marching part to the other side of the Mall because nearly the entire march route was a filled with people standing on each others' toes. The estimate the media is reporting is 500,000 people for the march, but I personally think that is incredibly conservative. The Park Service doesn't do estimates, and DC is restricted airspace so aerial photography is difficult to impossible. One of the March marshals we saw said that their estimate was 1.2 million. I don't have anything to back that up, but the sheer masses of people everywhere you looked from Independence Ave, the Mall, then up Constitution Ave where we did march and north for 5 city blocks by 10 city blocks long - I could believe it. Every time you thought you were getting out of the crowds and into some breathing space you just ended up in another crowd.

It was really good to go out a see all the people who are upset and motivated to make the world a better place. I'll do a post write up about it soon. If you want to share your experience on the comm, please do. I think it's an important piece of inspiration.

ETA: saw this via [personal profile] snickfic * link to spreadsheet estimating total Women's March participation (Twitter.) As of now, estimate is between 3.6 and 4.5 MILLION in US.

What's Next
[personal profile] tielan linked us to "So you just got home from your local Women's March. Now what?" and we'll be putting together a post this week to round up sources and try to help folks get organized on that front.

Immediate Action
Organizers Call evening of January 22 - THIS IS TONIGHT! An info and training session run by MoveOn.org, Indivisible, and Working Families about getting organized for making tons of calls on Tuesday Jan 24. If you want to participate there's a sign up on the website. This is something to put on your calendar.
Virtual "call parties"? - Want mutual support to make those calls? Find your people here!

Events that happened
Indivisible Weekly - about Inauguration week
NYC Rally Jan. 19
Huffington Post Nationwide List of Inauguration Protests

Confirmation Hearings

U.S. Senate business meetings to vote on nominations
Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin

Last week - you can still call your Senators about these people
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Governor Nikki R. Haley
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Scott Pruitt
Secretary of the Department of Commerce: Wilbur Ross
Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke
Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Price
Secretary of Defense - James Mattis
Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development: Dr Ben Carson
Secretary of the Department of Transportation: Elaine Chao
Director of CIA - Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson
Confirmation Hearings - Secretary of Energy: Rick Perry

Healthcare
Action: ACA Wavering Republicans

Things to read, places to donate
Effective protest signs
NARAL state-by-state infographic on anti-choice laws
Is it treason yet? - About Russia
US Politics: Discussion: Divestiture Is a Non-Partisan Issue
Effects of any ACA repeal will be huge

Hope Lives - Obama's new website

Resources
Downloadable Posters
Tips for Writing Editorials and Letters to the Editor
Oldie But Goodie: How to Protest Safely and Legally

Inspiration
Inauguration Day - in which our community shares inspiring quotes and songs and actions

Poll #17912 Inauguration week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


This week I

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called my senator
8 (34.8%)

called my other senator
6 (26.1%)

called my representative
7 (30.4%)

called my state representative
2 (8.7%)

called my state senator
1 (4.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

MARCHED!
20 (87.0%)

took care of myself
10 (43.5%)

went to a local action group
3 (13.0%)

commited to one action in the coming week and put it on my calendar
4 (17.4%)

did something else not listed
6 (26.1%)


I still haven't made badges - are there folks out there who want to help out with that?

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