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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%)




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[personal profile] tanaqui
Following on from last week's update:

Daniela Vargas, detained after speaking out about her deportation fears at a meeting last week, was released on Friday under an order of supervision.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained during a raid to arrest his father and accused of gang affiliation, remains in custody. The federal judge handling the case delayed issuing a ruling at a hearing last Wednesday because he said the Justice Department improperly made a new argument in a brief filed Tuesday, leaving Ramirez's attorneys little chance to respond. A ruling is expected early next week.

Meanwhile, at least five states are challenging the Minority President's new Travel Ban signed on Monday: Maryland is joining a challenge by Washington that's also backed by Oregon and Minnesota, while Hawaii has filed a separate challenge. Meanwhile, the new travel ban has faced its first successful challenge when a federal judge in Wisconsin blocked its application against a Syrian family.
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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
The White House is still working on a new Muslim ban, but has delayed release of the revised executive order to next week.

Gosh, do you think coming up with something constitutional might be difficult? Maybe that's why the White House has finally involved the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security in formulating the ban. It's a pity those pesky analysts at DHS have produced a draft report that disputes that citizens of the banned nations pose a threat.

Meanwhile:

DHS issued memos placing the vast majority of the U.S.'s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

But Mexico isn't happy with the plan to deport all undocumented immigrants back to Mexico (even if they're not Mexican)

Santa Cruz’s police chief accused DHS of turning a raid targeting violent gang members into a secret immigration sweep.

It's going to be hard to recruit the ICE and Border Patrol agents needed to enforce any order.

The ACLU and other groups have promised to challenge the crackdown on undocumented immigrants

Border Patrol demanded the ID of everyone on a domestic flight before allowing them to deplane.

Meanwhile, the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, the DACA recipient detained and accused of gang affiliation based on an apparently doctored statement, continues. I've struggled to find updates on this, so please let me know if you have better sources, but it seems his lawyers are refusing a bond hearing in immigration court, arguing the case belongs in federal court, not immigration court.

Check out our muslim ban, immigration, DACA and protest tags for actions you can take, such as places that will need donations and protests you could attend.

(Note: if you hit your monthly limit for articles from the Washington Post, you can still view them by opening them in a "private browsing" window.)
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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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Text of Judge James L. Robart's February 3 order in State of Washington v. Trump, No. C17-0141JLR:
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/2017_2003_robart_tro_ruling.pdf

The states of Washington and Minnesota sued Trump (which is pretty awesome when you think about it) to block part of the Executive Order from Jan. 27, 2017. The court temporarily blocked enforcement of the EO, based on findings that the parties challenging the rule are likely to win when the case is finally heard, and because of the risk of immediate and irreparable injury if the EO is allowed to stand.

As an article in Politicus pointed out, this opens up another legal avenue: prosecuting Trump for contempt of court if he doesn't obey the order.
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Note: c&ping from my journal, where I posted it this afternoon. There have been developments since then.

Last night, the NY taxi drivers announced a one-hour strike to protest the Muslim ban. Half an hour after the strike ended, Uber tweeted: "Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient."

People claimed that Uber had broken the NY taxi driver's strike, and that, plus its CEO's insistence that the company collaborate with the orange Fuhrer's administration, made #deleteuber trend. As I'm writing this post right now, it is the second most trending hashtag in the US, behind #StopPresidentBannon.

15 points:

(1) Shortly after the elections, in an internal memo, Uber CTO Thuan Pham, who escaped Vietnam as a child in 1979, called our orange Fuhrer a deplorable person, and pledged to help defeat him and his destructive agenda. (additional source)

(2) At least one source at Uber (though if this sentiment wasn't implicitly/explicitly endorsed all the way to the top I will eat my shoe) felt that it was inappropriate for an executive to do this. That it was a regrettable, if understandable, lapse in judgement on Pham's part (those poor, unfortunate refugee pocs that get all fuddled and emotional about a fascist's rise to power...)

Read more... )
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(1) Is there a list of resources for those harassed/detained at the airports? Something like -- phone numbers they can call to get lawyers and advocates right away (perhaps a hotline of some sort, one with people who speak different languages), twitter handles or emails to spread the word?

(2) Are there instructions for the best way to act with airport authorities who try to detain you, or ask for your online handle, etcetc?
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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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