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In case anyone's got some spare cash they found down the back of the sofa:

The National Immigration Law Center have donation-matching up to $100,000 to help them create a Rapid Response Fund:

Donate to NILC

Planned Parenthood Action have donation-matching up to $350,000:

Donate to PP

The Climate Science Legal Defence Fund have matching up to $50,000:

Donate to the CSLDF

The National Network of Abortion Funds have matching up to $50,000, and their solicitation e-mail ends "Let’s fund abortion, build power, and radically love each other," bless them (they're also the only organization I've encountered where a staff member has their preferred pronouns in their sig which makes me feel warm and fuzzy):

Donate to the NNAF

If you know of others, please comment!
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[personal profile] tanaqui
(Idea/links stolen shamelessly -- again! -- from a thread at [community profile] fail_fandomanon. Thanks to the person who started the thread and to everyone who contributed links.)

It's Pride month! So if you decide each month where to allocate (part of your) monthly charitable giving, here are some LGBT+ organisations to consider:

https://www.glaad.org/
https://www.lambdalegal.org/
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
https://www.hrc.org/
http://www.southernequality.org/
http://www.aliforneycenter.org/
https://truecolorsfund.org/
http://www.sageusa.org/ (Note: website was not working when I checked the link)
http://www.seacoastoutright.org/

Please feel free to suggest more in the comments
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[personal profile] tanaqui
Two men were stabbed to death and another man severely injured Friday on a light-rail train in Portland, Oregon after intervening when a passenger began “ranting and raving”, shouting anti-Muslim slurs at two young women, police said.
https://www.launchgood.com/project/muslims_united_for_portland_heroes#/

https://www.gofundme.com/tri-met-heroes
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[personal profile] tanaqui
(I don't think this has been posted yet. If it has, I don't think it will do any harm to post it again.)

ActBlue has set up a 2018 Democratic Nominee Fund to collect contributions and distribute them equally (unless you specify otherwise) to democratic nominees in 24 House races once they have been chosen in the primaries:
Twenty-four Republicans from districts where Trump won less than 50 percent of the vote in 2016 voted for this bill. Democrats need 24 seats to take back the House. Most of these races don't have Democratic candidates yet or have primaries next year. But we're not waiting till then. Every dollar you contribute to a Democratic Nominee Fund on this page will be transferred to the Democratic nominee when they win their primary next year. That means every dollar will go directly to beating Paul Ryan's majority and taking back the House.
Donate to the ActBlue fund here

Additional Action: I saw this linked over at [community profile] fail_fandomanon. The person who posted the link also suggested calling your representative if they voted for Trumpcare, even if they're not in one of the 24 districts listed, and telling them that you donated and why.
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[personal profile] tanaqui
The National Conference of Governors of Mexico have written to a U.S. court in support of detained DACA recipient, Daniel Ramirez Medina, who has been stripped of his DACA status after ICE claimed he was a "self-admitted gang member".

The Governors' letter, entered into the court record, expresses confidence that Ramirez's "right to liberty will be fully observed and considered" in the court's expedited review of his case, where arguments are set for next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old Argentinian woman, was arrested shortly after criticizing Trump's immigration policies during a news conference. A former participant in the program, she couldn't afford the $495 fee to renew her status when it expired last fall, according to her lawyer. She was finally able to find the money to reapply last month.

The cost of a DACA application or renewal is often an issue for would-be Dreamers. If you're interested in supporting individuals looking to renew their DACA award, check out these GoFundMe pages.
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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%)



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[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...

View Answers

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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[personal profile] tanaqui
(Following up on the post earlier in the week:)

Lawyers for DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez -- arrested last Friday during a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain his father and placed in deportation proceedings on Tuesday -- are claiming that ICE doctored a statement by Ramirez to justify stripping him of his DACA protections and beginning deportation.

According to Vox:
On Tuesday, lawyers filed a complaint in federal court over Ramirez’s detention, asking a judge to order the Department of Homeland Security to release Ramirez because he hasn’t been charged with anything and shouldn’t, as a DACA recipient, have been detained in the first place.

The federal magistrate judge in the case ordered the government to clarify why Ramirez was detained despite having DACA, and whether DHS had placed him in deportation proceedings.

On Thursday, the federal government filed a brief with the judge indicating that they had, in fact, placed Ramirez in deportation proceedings on Tuesday the 14th. When that happened, Ramirez was stripped of his DACA protections.
In a separate filing on Thursday, Ramirez's lawyers said ICE has launched a public campaign to smear Ramirez. The filing said:
immigration officers removed words from a written statement by Ramirez denying gang involvement to make it sound as if he was admitting gang affiliation.
You can see a copy of the (incredibly badly doctored!) contested statement and details of what Ramirez says he actually wrote in this news story. Nobody is quite sure at this stage whether this is an isolated case, a new ICE policy -- or an isolated case that will turn into an new ICE policy if ICE succeeds.

As well as the actions suggested in our earlier post, such as supporting MALDEF and calling your representatives, the latest Re:Act newsletter offers some more ideas for action:
Support the National Immigration Law Center. The NILC has a mission to defend and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

View the current causes of Border Angels, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that advocates for issues related to the US-Mexican border.

Sign up for briefings with the National Immigration Forum.
The Re:Act newsletter has links to other cases where ICE seems to be pushing at the boundaries of policy under the Obama Administration.
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https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/02/14/24870858/in-seattle-feds-arrest-23-year-old-mexican-immigrant-whos-part-of-obamas-dreamer-program
US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant who came to the United States as a child and has no criminal record, in Seattle on Friday. According to the report, Ramirez was granted a work permit under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and his arrest could be the first of its kind under a Trump presidency.
Mr Ramirez has now filed a complaint in federal court against his detention:
According to the lawsuit, Ramirez was asleep at his father's home last Friday morning when ICE agents arrived and arrested the father. When they entered, they asked Ramirez if he was in the country legally, and Ramirez said he had a work permit, the lawsuit stated.

ICE agents took Ramirez to a processing center in Seattle and he again disclosed his DACA work permit, the lawsuit stated.

"It doesn't matter, because you weren't born in this country," one of the agents said, according to the lawsuit.
ICE are now claiming that Mr Ramirez is a "self-admitted gang member" (presumably to cover up how badly they've screwed up here).

The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, who are supporting Mr Ramirez's complaint, have issued a statement saying they "believe this is an isolated incident and not and indication that ICE is going after DACA recipients." However, it could encourage other ICE offices to disregard DACA approvals.

Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Patty Murray and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal have all taken an interest in the case (see comments in the article linked at the top of the post), so Washington residents can take action by calling their offices to protest Mr Ramirez's detention.

The following organisations are working on DACA issues if you want to make a donation:

Northwest Immigrants Rights Project
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

(As far as I'm aware, these are all legitimate and highly respected.)

Please feel free to use the comments to suggest more actions/places to donate.
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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%)

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[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%)

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[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%)

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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%)



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I know, it's ONTD, but they've got a nice list of people willing to match donations right now. Hank Green is also making a donation to the ACLU for every hand-drawn message people send him in support of Muslims, immigrants, and/or refugees.
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[personal profile] tanaqui
The fund proposed by Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, to replace the $600 million a year of funding from the U.S. which is being withdrawn through reinstatement of the "Mexico City Policy", has now been set up.

They're still working on the online payment options, but you can already make a direct bank transfer to the fund. More details can be found at:

http://shedecides.eu/
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[personal profile] tanaqui
As a little light relief in between Confirmation Hearings posts (because, good grief, Trump really did mostly pick the Worst People Possible, and researching exactly how awful they are is depressing), here's news of another fandom charity auction. This one will run on a monthly basis, and authors will offer fics in return for donations to charities and organizations serving marginalized people worldwide, at a rate of 100 words per $1 donated:

https://fightbackfic.tumblr.com/
Full rules at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1713svQT0pmL8HxvGowP6dDdxGjixSZkVdHBQM4TWD9Q/edit

The mod is asking authors, who choose the charity, to
focus on wide-reaching immediate-help things like, here’s getting healthcare to women in West Texas, here’s Lambda Legal, here’s a justice project that pays for lawyers for indigent clients, here’s my local food bank.
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[personal profile] tanaqui
If you're looking to make some donations, either over the holiday season or in the new year, and would like some extra-delicious schadenfreude as a side-dish to your donation, take a look at DonateBigly.com:
We make it easy to donate to awesome nonprofits in honor of Trump, Pence and their binder of deplorable nominees (and we take NO cut).
The site:
is a wry take on one of Trump’s nonsensical sayings, where during the campaign he was being mocked for apparently inventing the word “bigly” as an adverb.

With tongue further in cheek, the website’s slogan is “small hands vs big hearts”, referring to the size of Trump’s hands, which became an election talking point.

It does not collect money but acts as a reference portal. (source: The Guardian)
The DonateBigly.com FAQ page gives more background and a simple process for making donations to the particular non-profits that are most likely to irritate Trump or individual members of his team, and making sure they know about it:
1. Pick a cabinet appointee/politician's name [from the list of Individuals in the menu at the top of the page).
2. Copy the contact information we provide (unfortunately we can't populate their information on the charity's website).
2. Pick from one of the nonprofits we showcase and you'll be sent to the nonprofit's donation page.
3. Choose to donate "in honor or on behalf of" someone else
4. Use the contact information you copied so an acknowledgment is sent to your chosen honoree.
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Via Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

"The man who runs the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has announced an armed march by white supremacists in an effort to harass a Montana Jewish community....

"Whitefish is home to white supremacist leader Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank....

"The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist publication, published a blog post earlier in the month calling for followers to 'take action' against Jews in Whitefish by writing and calling them with anti-Semitic messages. The post claimed that Jewish residents were 'threatening' Spencer's mother's business in the town.

"The post included the names, phone numbers and addresses of Jewish Whitefish residents — in addition to the Twitter handle and photo of a child. The post also included photos of Jewish residents of Whitefish emblazoned with yellow stars."

Response from the Anti-Defamation League:

"....ADL has been in regular contact with the victim families, as well as relevant law enforcement authorities and other public officials. We are helping community members in their efforts to have offensive photos removed and following up with our own law enforcement contacts at the FBI and the Department of Justice. We have also offered to provide guidance on online security. Our consistent message has been that the community’s security is paramount, but it is also vitally important to fight back against the hate."

Call to action:

Donate to the Anti-Defamation League to help them continue this important work.



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For those of you who enjoy a fannish approach to your anti-Trump Activism, a group of fans are organising a fandom charity auction on tumblr:

http://fandomtrumpshate.tumblr.com/FAQ

Also, a separate group are currently running an online art festival, with "Thirty days of art to piss off the President-Elect". I've seen this advertised in fandom spaces, so fandom content is definitely welcome!

http://arttrumpshate3030.com/about
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Check-in time. It’s been a little slow again, and I’ve been sick so I’ve not been online much the past couple days. How’s everyone doing?

 

Three easy things you can do from your computer that take 2 minutes
1.
Support #NoDAPL efforts, asking the Army Corps of Engineers not to shut down the water protectors
2. Decide if you want to participate in the
Million Woman March on January 21 (planning, obvs, will take more than 2 minutes)
3.Look up and decide if you want to
join your local Democratic Party 

 

Two easy things that you can do from your computer that require money
1.
Donate to an organization that’s gonna need the money in the new administration. Check out comments for additional organizations. You can set up monthly donations if you have the funds.
2.
Donate to #NoDAPL efforts

 

One challenge-but-you-can-do-it thing you can do with your phone
1. Call your representatives and express your opinion on:
a.
Declassifying Russian involvement in the election
b.
the Presidential Accountability Act introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark
c.
the No Religious Registry Act introduced by Congresswoman Suzan DelBene.
d.
the Sanctuary Movement


Let us know how it’s going! Even if you haven’t done anything yet, we want to hear from you. We’re also happy to take feedback on the comm to make it smoother. We’re figuring things out as we go.

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Army Corps: Don't shut down Standing Rock
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is threatening to shut down Oceti Sakowin, the largest encampment of water protectors and allied protestors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Late last week the Corps issued notice to Dave Archambault II, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chairman, that on December 5th they’ll close public access to the land where the encampment is set up, and threatened “prosecution under federal, state, or local laws” of those who remain.
You can use this form from the ACLU to send a message to the Corps demanding that they back off from their plan to shut down Oceti Sakowin.

You can also donate to groups supporting the #NoDAPL struggle in various ways at this page: http://sacredstonecamp.org/donate/

ETA: The Army Corps of Engineers has postponed granting permission to build a particular section of the pipeline along a particular route until an Environmental Impact Statement has been carried out. That means construction has been delayed but not necessarily halted altogether -- although as the whole enterprise seems to be on shaky financial ground, delaying it sufficiently may be enough to kill it.

This is a significant victory. However, my understanding is that the action to close down the Oceti Sakowin encampment and actions to prevent people joining other camps and so on are still scheduled to go ahead, so still need to be protested.

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