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This community is intended to be a place to gather links to resources and step-by-step actions to take to be more involved in various efforts in the wake of Donald Trump's election to the Presidency. It's going to be relatively low-key, focused on simple things you can do and sharing information for larger things you can do to protect yourself and your fellow at-risk Americans.

This is a work in progress, so please add suggestions to comments. Right now, posts will consist primarily of link round-ups and actions you can do from your computer or phone (i.e. donate to causes, call your congressperson)

Your mods are [personal profile] tassosss and [personal profile] tanaqui. Drop us a line if you need anything.

This is a community to support people, especially minorities, LGBTQA+, women's groups, and anyone else who will be negatively impacted by public policy in the next four years. Absolutely no hate-speech will be tolerated.

What you can post to this community
1. Links to organizations, news articles, posts, etc. (mods will add tags/clean-up tags)
2. Actions you are taking - called your representatives? great, maybe it'll inspire the next person to do the same
3. Suggestions for posts that the mods will do a little research on.

Tagging: Please use available tags when possible. If you need a new one or have a tagging question please contact [personal profile] redbird  who is our tag guru.

Community name and title from:

"As long as there is injustice, whenever a Targathian baby cries out, wherever a distress signal sounds among the stars, we'll be there. This fine ship, this fine crew. Never give up... and never surrender." -- Jason Nesmith, Galaxy Quest
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[personal profile] tanaqui
Please use this post to leave any links you'd like us to include in future link round-ups or to make suggestions for topics you think we should cover.

Feel free to comment on any existing posts with relevant new links as well.

And don't forget – you can also make your own posts at any time.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] snickfic
[twitter.com profile] taniel has been one of my main sources of info for local races across the country for a couple of years ago. A while back he started a newsletter focused largely on district attorney races, state attorney general races, and criminal justice reform, The Appeal, and I highly recommend it.

More recently, though, he's started a large-scale effort called the Justice Volunteers Team, and they're looking for volunteers. Here's the info from the sign-up form:
The Justice Collaborative (TJC) is launching a volunteer task force to hold district attorneys accountable. Working with legal & media experts at TJC, we'll be researching and amplifying important local issues related to criminal justice reform.

Research Team: This team works to collect publicly available data on important actors, policies, and trends within our criminal justice system.

Media Amplification Team: This team works to amplify critical reporting on the justice system and justice reform work around the nation.

So if you'd like to volunteer in a way that DOESN'T require making phone calls or knocking on doors or campaigning, but really gets into the meat of public policy, this might be a good outlet! NB I haven't volunteered with the org myself and can't vouch for how organized it is, etc, but like I said, I've seen Daniel around for quite a while, and he's been doing good work.
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[personal profile] tanaqui
Trump issued the first veto of his presidency, blocking a measure passed by Congress to terminate his emergency declaration. Congress will likely hold a vote on overriding the veto in a couple of weeks, so it's worth calling your representatives again. This would be a good opportunity to follow [personal profile] sathari's suggestion to Be Kind To Your Democratic Congresscritters (And Their Staffers!), by thanking them for their efforts so far, as well as urging them on.

Before I list the posts made in the comm this week, I wanted to link to a fundraiser for the victims of the horrific shootings in New Zealand, if you're looking for a place to show your support and donate.

New posts this week

Hey, Wanna Contact Some Advertisers? (Targeting advertisers supporting Tucker Carlson's show)
Citizenship On The Census Form
Zervos V. Trump

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

Poll #21600 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12


This week, I...

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called my one senator
2 (16.7%)

called my other senator
2 (16.7%)

called my representative
1 (8.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
4 (33.3%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
6 (50.0%)

attended an in-person activist group
1 (8.3%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (8.3%)

worked for a campaign
0 (0.0%)

did textbanking/phonebanking
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
3 (25.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (16.7%)

did something else
5 (41.7%)

committed to action in the coming week
4 (33.3%)

executrix: (Default)
[personal profile] executrix
I don't have an easily accessible link, but an incredibly unimportant New York state court, the Appellate Division First Department, ruled in Zervos v. Trump, No. 150522/17, that an "Apprentice" contestant's sexual harassment suit against Trump can proceed while he's still the president. I mean, it's probably going to be overruled instantly, but there's going to be a ton of nuisance value in everybody and her pet cat suing Trump.
rydra_wong: Grasshopper mouse stands on its hind legs to howl. (turn venom into painkillers)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
The ACLU say that the government is still accepting public comments until March 15, and have a handy form with a script you can modify as you wish:

https://action.aclu.org/petition/make-your-comment-census-citizenship-question-intends-harm-immigrant-communities-0
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
The Guardian: Tucker Carlson refuses to apologize after sexist remarks resurface

"Sexist" is, uh. Kind of an understatement for what we're discussing here. Content note for reference to child rape.

And there's more to come:

Talking Points Memo: Media Matters: More Carlson Tapes Coming, Centered On ‘Race And Ethnicity’

[twitter.com profile] JuddLegum is on the case of some of the remaining advertisers on Carlson's show:

https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1104902507938099200
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[personal profile] tassosss
Hey everyone. Another quiet week here, but not in Congress. The House has opened an investigation into White House security clearances, specifically Jared Kushner's.

Last week, [personal profile] executrix posted links to more Trump approval polls. And you can continue to Be Kind To Your Democratic Congresscritters (And Their Staffers!), as suggested [personal profile] sathari.

As always, you can make a post on a topic, even a links round up, directly to the comm; post to our suggestion post for the mods to post; and go through tags to see past actions and topics.

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

Poll #21551 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


I

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called my one senator
2 (33.3%)

called my other senator
2 (33.3%)

called my representative
2 (33.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
1 (16.7%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
2 (33.3%)

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

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

worked for a campaign
0 (0.0%)

did textbanking/phonebanking
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
2 (33.3%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (16.7%)

did something else
4 (66.7%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (33.3%)

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[personal profile] tanaqui
It's been quiet in the comm again, but there's been plenty to keep us occupied in the news this week. I hope you all enjoyed Michael Cohen's testimony to Congress as much as I did.

[personal profile] executrix posted links to more Trump approval polls. And you can continue to Be Kind To Your Democratic Congresscritters (And Their Staffers!), as suggested [personal profile] sathari. There are a couple of suggestions for House bills you might want to urge them to support, and the Democrats in the House are also pushing to counter 45's declaration of emergency on the US-Mexico border.

As always, you can make a post on a topic, even a links round up, directly to the comm; post to our suggestion post for the mods to post; and go through tags to see past actions and topics.

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

Poll #21487 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


This week, I...

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called my one senator
2 (22.2%)

called my other senator
2 (22.2%)

called my representative
3 (33.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
1 (11.1%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
2 (22.2%)

attended an in-person activist group
1 (11.1%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
1 (11.1%)

worked for a campaign
0 (0.0%)

did textbanking/phonebanking
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
5 (55.6%)

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

did something else
5 (55.6%)

committed to action in the coming week
1 (11.1%)


executrix: (Default)
[personal profile] executrix
https://donate.donaldjtrump.com/the-2019-approval-poll?

My answer to the one-question poll (if I think Trump's performance is "great/good/okay/other" is Other and I put "Disgraceful. I think he should be impeached as soon as possible and brought to trial for the crimes he has committed" which I think is nice and pithy.

They have approval at 52%, which is pretty low considering their sample...let's push it down!
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[personal profile] tassosss
Hello, everyone. I took a brief hiatus there and I want to thank [personal profile] tanaqui for keeping things running for the last few weeks. It's been quiet on the comm, but the news keeps giving. From last week, I'd encourage folks to continue to Be Kind To Your Democratic Congresscritters (And Their Staffers!), suggested by [personal profile] sathari and including a couple of suggestions for House bills you might want to urge them to support. In addition the Democrats in the House are pushing to counter 45's declaration of emergency on the US-Meixco border.

As always you can make a post on a topic, even a links round up, directly to the comm, post to our suggestions post for the mods to post, and go through tags to see past action and topics.

Poll #21442 This week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


I

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called my one senator
2 (33.3%)

called my other senator
2 (33.3%)

called my representative
2 (33.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
4 (66.7%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
2 (33.3%)

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

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
1 (16.7%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

worked for a campaign
0 (0.0%)

did textbanking/phonebanking
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
4 (66.7%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (16.7%)

did something else
1 (16.7%)

committed to action in the coming week
1 (16.7%)

tanaqui: Illumiinated letter T (Default)
[personal profile] tanaqui
The threat of a renewed shutdown is averted with the the signing of the spending package bill -- without most of the money the Orange Menace was demanding for the wall. Of course, he then declared a "National Emergency" (which he also said was "unnecessary"!), so it's time for the courts to do their work….

It's been quiet in the comm, but [personal profile] sathari posted a great suggesion to Be Kind To Your Democratic Congresscritters (And Their Staffers!), including a couple of suggestions for House bills you might want to urge them to support. And for continued fun/horrified boggling, [personal profile] executrix posted a link to the follow up poll for Trump's SOTU.

As the comm's been quiet, we don't have any other specific ongoing actions, but you can find plenty in our check in posts or use the tagset to find actions on specific issues.

Housekeeping )

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

Poll #21398 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


This week, I...

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called my one senator
2 (28.6%)

called my other senator
2 (28.6%)

called my representative
2 (28.6%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

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

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
0 (0.0%)

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

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

worked for a campaign
0 (0.0%)

did textbanking/phonebanking
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
4 (57.1%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (14.3%)

did something else
2 (28.6%)

committed to action in the coming week
1 (14.3%)


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[personal profile] sathari
This article on HuffPo about the harassment that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are receiving gave me an action idea, specifically for those who have Democratic or otherwise-friendly Congresscritters--- especially if any of you are represented by AOC or one of the other new, high-profile Democratic Reps and Senators, especially if they're not of the "straight White dude" persuasion.

Namely, that if you're calling your Congresscritter, that's a minute or so of voicemail or conversation that they and their staff are NOT getting harassing messages from non-constituents, even if you don't have anything to say beyond, "Keep up the good work!". Go ahead and fill up their inboxes and ears with messages of support even if they're general. Again, that's like half a minute that they're not hearing verbal abuse from non-constituents. (Something I've heard going around occasionally is that if you have a Congressperson you agree with there's no point in calling them; this article suggests that at least for some of the Congresspeople, just letting them know you support them is not only good information but gives them a break from what sounds like some pretty awful harassment.)

(Seriously, the first thing I thought reading that was, "Wow, given the kind of vitriol we all know that 'anonymous' men are happy to spew at women--- Gamergate, anyone?--- I'll bet some of those staffers are getting burned out or worse, especially with the staffs of new Congresspeople who are also new to politics in general.")

If you need a more precise talking point, H.R. 1, "For the People", which is the campaign-finance and ethics resolution, and H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, are probably two good ones to support at the moment. (Sample script: "Hi, I'm a constituent of [Congressperson]; my name is [your name], and I'm so glad to be represented by [Congressperson]. Please let them know I support [bill of your choice]!")
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[personal profile] tanaqui
The shutdown is over -- for now. Please keep contacting your representatives to encourage them to oppose the blackmail from the White House and to protect federal employees and ensure they don't suffer another shutdown. Please also encourage them to make sure all affected federal workers -- especially hourly/low-paid contract workers -- receive back pay for the period of the shutdown.

Meanwhile, the Orange Menace may not actually be doing much work, but he's still causing trouble, like backing out of nuclear weapons treaties. If you want a little fun/horrified boggling, [personal profile] executrix posted a link to Trump's SOTU Prep Survey.

The comm's been pretty quiet, so we don't have any specific ongoing actions, but you can find plenty in our check in posts or use the tagset to find actions on specific issues.

Housekeeping )

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

Poll #21274 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 6


This week, I...

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called my one senator
3 (50.0%)

called my other senator
2 (33.3%)

called my representative
2 (33.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
1 (16.7%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
2 (33.3%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
1 (16.7%)

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

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

worked for a campaign
0 (0.0%)

did textbanking/phonebanking
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
1 (16.7%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (16.7%)

did something else
0 (0.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (33.3%)

executrix: (Default)
[personal profile] executrix
Someone with a *very* poor grasp of mailing list management sent me Trump's "official" survey so people can indicate how very much they love his wonderful achievements. There's a reply box for each item if it's not enough just to say "No" to each individual ridiculous statement:

https://action.donaldjtrump.com/sotu-prep-survey.

Unfortunately, there's no way to donate negative a million dollars...
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[personal profile] toastykitten
Hi everyone,

The strike is still on. There's a rally and march from city hall to LAUSD headquarters Tuesday.

There will be a sympathy strike from some of the other unions to show support for teachers. Check here for the list of participating schools.

Things to do:
  1. Some of the teachers have gotten ill from marching so much in the rain. Emergen-C packets, hot tea, etc is appreciated.
  2. Contact the board and demand a fair contract for the teachers.
  3. Contact the other members of our government - Newsom, Harris, Feinstein, etc and tell them you want a fair contract. Feinstein, as far as I know, has said nothing about the strike.
  4. Support the teachers by helping them picket at their schools. Tuesdays are short days for a lot of schools so they may not make it back in time for the after-school picketing.
  5. Support anyone who needs childcare, if you're able.
  6. Reiterate to concerned parents that schools cannot retaliate against students for participating in the strike.
Oakland teachers are gearing up to strike.
Denver teachers might go on strike, too.

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[personal profile] tassosss
A huge big thank you to the person who bought paid time for [community profile] thisfinecrew ! I'm a little verklempt, honsetly. That this community means enough to go to that little bit of extra time and money to support in turn means a lot.

Thank you.


It's a hard time right now. Personally, I'm struggling with this shutdown. I've had to stop reading the news so I can sleep. But this little community helps. Seeing how folks stepped up to support the midterms, support groups targeted by the regime, support each other, share news both of what's going on and of small victories has been incredible. You are incredible. Both those who post and who lurk and everything in between. You care and you're here and we are not alone in this fight, whether it's with big contributions or small. All of them matter. Thank you for being here with us.


“It may be that the night will close over us in the end, but I believe that morning will come again. Morning always grows out of the darkness, though maybe not for the people who saw the sun go down. We are the Lantern Bearers, my friend; for us to keep something burning, to carry what light we can forward into the darkness and the wind.”
Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers
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[personal profile] tanaqui
The shutdown continues. Please keep contacting your representatives. If they're Democrats, thank them for standing firm against the blackmail from the White House. If they're Republicans, urge them to join colleagues like Thom Tills, Cory Gardner and Susan Collins (all up for re-election in 2020) who seem willing to find a way to end the shutdown.

Among the many other ongoing issues, there are teachers' strikes in LA and other places (some unofficially) and we have actions to support those workers. (Thanks [personal profile] toastykitten!) And fannishly, [community profile] fandomtrumpshate creator sign ups are open until 1 Feb.

But there has been some good news coming from a new (state) legislature! [personal profile] redbird let is know that the NY Legislature has passed electoral law reforms.

New actions since last check-in

Action: Call Your Senators About No New Business Till They Open The Government
Crowdpac To Fund Mitch Mcconnell's 2020 Opponent
LAUSD UTLA Strike

Protecting the Mueller investigation
Encourage your senators to follow Flake's lead

Other Actions
Creator sign-ups for Fandom Trumps Hate
Support your local muckrakers

Housekeeping )

(Note: Dreamwidth is currently acting up and I cannot get the poll to post correctly,  even though it's showing up in the preview. I will try to update this post again later, but for now, here's a list of what's usually in the poll -- feel free to answer in comments.) 

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

  • called my one senator
  • called my other senator
  • called my representative
  • called my governor
  • called my state reps
  • sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
  • attended a town hall
  • donated money to a cause
  • attended an in-person activist group
  • participated in phone/online training
  • went to a protest
  • signed up for alerts
  • worked for a campaign
  • did textbanking/phonebanking
  • took care of myself
  • not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
  • did something else
  • committed to action in the coming week

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[personal profile] toastykitten
First post, hope I'm doing this right. I am a LAUSD parent. There are several actions that can be done to support Los Angeles teachers, who are currently on strike:
  • Encourage anybody with kids in LAUSD to keep them home until the strike is over. This is as much a safety issue as it is an educational or political one - LAUSD has waived and/or loosened fingerprinting/background requirements for parent volunteers/staff/scabs who are being hired to look after the kids. They're not learning anything, and are most likely watching random movies instead of being taught lessons. If they are in middle/high school, then they are signing in and then ditching immediately after. 
  • If you have the time, pick a school and join the teachers/parents picketing in front of their schools. They picket at the beginning of school - from 7 AM - 9 AM and after from around 2 PM - 3 PM. You can donate food/coffee/hand warmers. I would not recommend donating to the various gofundmes unless you personally know them.
  • Contact the LAUSD school board and demand a fair contract for the teachers that 1. lowers the student:teacher ratio, 2. doesn't make a raise contingent on stealing from their pensions and that of newer hires, 3. gives schools the adequate staffing - nurses, psychs, librarians, that they need. Contacts are listed here. Please thank George McKenna and Scott Schmerelson, the only ones who voted against Austin Beutner being appointed superintendent, and who have spoken out in support of the teachers.
  • If you have any foreign language skills to speak of, reach out to the local foreign language media, because they don't know what's going on. Telemundo gave out inaccurate information, and so did local Chinese media, leading to a lot of confusion about why teachers are striking, and concerns that students would be punished for their non-attendance during the strike.
  • Beware of which media you consume regarding the strike - LASchoolReport is run by a bunch of pro-charter people, and local pro-charter billionaire Eli Broad is one of the supporters, along with every other pro-charter billionaire in this business.
  • UTLA has endorsed Jackie Goldberg for the empty district 5 school board seat, which was vacated by Ref Rodriguez, a pro-charter felon who was convicted of money laundering. Funny, that. Anyway, the election is on March 5.
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[personal profile] tanaqui
For your rage donations. :-)

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/389893/lets-fund-mitch-mcconnells-2020-opponent
Mitch McConnell is refusing to bring the legislation to reopen the government to the Senate floor for a vote, so we're going to get him out of office in 2020. Help us raise $25,000 – $1k for every day of the shutdown – to tell McConnell to #MoveMitchGetOutTheWay.
(Thanks to whoever posted this at FFA!)
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[personal profile] redbird
I used to live in New York, and sent some letters and postcards last fall to help flip the state senate, and am very pleased by this package of reforms, which Governor Cuomo has promised to sign. It includes nine days of early voting, preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and federal and state primaries on the same day. (That last should significantly increase turnout for state primary races.) Also preliminary approval for no-reason-needed absentee voting and Election Day voter registration, and they're considering automatic voter registration.

This isn't an action post, but if you know any New York high school students, you might mention this to them.

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