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

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

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.

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

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

Activism
Hustle and Slack: MoveOn Text Team Training
Action Checklist

LGBT+
Pride Month: Donate to LGBT+ groups

Russia

Brennan Center Report on Trump-Russia Investigation

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

How's everyone doing?

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


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called my one senator
5 (45.5%)

called my other senator
4 (36.4%)

called my representative
1 (9.1%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
2 (18.2%)

called my city reps
0 (0.0%)

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

attended a town hall
1 (9.1%)

donated moeny to a cause
2 (18.2%)

attended an in person sctivist group
2 (18.2%)

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participated in online phone training
1 (10.0%)

went to a protest
2 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (10.0%)

took care of myself
6 (60.0%)

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

did something else
1 (10.0%)

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



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[personal profile] tanaqui
From It's Time To Fight:
Ok, I think all you have to do is go online, and get a sense of why this is not great news. Yes, we all think Comey's a wanker who definitely helped influence the election negatively.

With that being said, we're not all outraged right now FOR Comey. I keep seeing people on the left and the right make this mistake. We're outraged over:

1) Why Comey was fired,
2) What it means that POTUS abused his powers like this.
3) Trump flat-out lied in his letter, and is trying to fool the masses.
(It's Time To Fight also has a copy of Trump's -- gobsmacking -- letter, if you haven't seen it yet, as well as other useful links and information.)

Contact your representatives. Here's a suggested script (also from It's Time To Fight):
You: Hi, [my name is] and I’m calling from [zip code].

You: I’m asking [MoC/Senator] to push for a special prosecutor and an independent commission to investigate the Trump Administration.

You: The firing of Director Comey was a clearly a partisan act, based on false reasons. This reinforces the idea that we are in need of non-partisan investigations, urgently.

You: Please support this effort, and do what you can using the Ethics in Government Act. Please do what you can. Thanks. [hang up]
A group are also working on organising marches/demonstrations for Saturday 3rd June to:
call for an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the US election and ties to Donald Trump, his administration and his associates.
lynnenne: (politics: there are no words)
[personal profile] lynnenne
Update on the Russia story from The Guardian:

The December memo alleged that four Trump representatives travelled to Prague in August or September in 2016 for “secret discussions with Kremlin representatives and associated operators/hackers”, about how to pay hackers secretly for penetrating Democratic party computer systems and “contingency plans for covering up operations”.

Between March and September, the December memo alleges, the hackers used botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs and steal data online from Democratic party leadership. Two of the hackers had been “recruited under duress by the FSB” the memo said. The hackers were paid by the Trump organisation, but were under the control of Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration.


(emphasis mine)
lynnenne: (politics: there are no words)
[personal profile] lynnenne
The Trump Campaign Has Been Under Investigation Since July

From The New Yorker:

"For the White House, which in recent weeks has urged intelligence and law-enforcement officials to parrot its skepticism about the “Russian story,” Comey’s public acknowledgement of the probe makes it all but impossible to meddle again without risking serious political and legal consequences."

20 years from now there will be a movie about this. Oily fellow sex offender Casey Affleck will play Trump. Unless, god willing, they're sharing a cell together.
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


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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%)



lynnenne: (politics: there are no words)
[personal profile] lynnenne

Feb. 14: The New York Times reports that Trump's team had continuous contact with Russian operatives during his campaign.

Feb. 22: The Minority President calls media the enemy. The intelligence officer who led the raid against Osama Bin Laden calls Trump's attacks on the press "the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime."

Feb. 23: CNN reports that the White House called senior FBI officials and asked them to deny the Russia story - interfering with the FBI's investigation.

Feb. 24:  White House press minion Sean Spicer bans NY Times, CNN and others from a media briefing.

Feb. 25: I make a "tribute donation" to the Center for Public Integrity (which funds investigative journalism) in the name of Sean Spicer, "Just because I care".






lynnenne: (Default)
[personal profile] lynnenne
The FBI received a dossier back in June about Trump's campaign collaborating with the Russians. The bureau did not investigate, choosing instead to focus on Hillary Clinton's emails:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-russia-dossier-file-investigation-hacking-christopher-steele-mi6-a7526901.html
bridgetmkennitt: (Girl Power)
[personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
There's a new breaking action from the "We're His Problem Now" Calling Sheet, on the Weekly Call To Action tab. Ten members of the electoral college have requested a full intelligence briefing on Russia's involvement in the election. I called my Senator and Representative and left a voicemail, but when I tried to call Director Clapper, I just got a busy signal.

Script for your Senator/Representative )

*I took out a 'yesterday' in the script because that might not be correct anymore.

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