Jan. 29th, 2017

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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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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Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, to replace the $600 million a year of funding from the U.S. which is being withdrawn through reinstatement of the "Mexico City Policy", has now been set up.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:

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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,
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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.
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
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

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

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

View Answers

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%)


View Answers

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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Thursday February 2 at 4 pm Eastern Standard time.
Bonus: if you represent an organization, you can get a free trial of the phone conferencing system so you can host your own "meetings" by telephone.
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The typo "Muslin Ban" makes me think of Sense and Sensibility or maybe North ANGER Abbey: maybe the muslin will wash, but THE BAN WON'T WASH.
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If you read only ONE thing from this roundup, read this:
* Republicans Begin to Break With President Trump (Time).

Activism / Resources
* Outside the US, it's easy to feel powerless in the face of Trump's #RefugeeBan. A few resources for the UK and Europe: (Twitter/storify)

* $$ Flip this seat! Special election to replace Trump's anti-Obamacare health chief is huge opportunity (Daily Kos). Please note I have done zero research on the other two Dems running for this seat.

* Spreadsheet: What your senators and governors have been saying about the ban

* Geometry of Redistricting: Summer School - five-day course for math PhDs on topics needed to become an expert court witness on gerrymandering

* $$ Spreadsheet: Rapid Response Giving. IDK anything about most of these; be sure to investigate before you give them money!

* Hate the phone? Voicemail full? Fax the bastards for free online! (Twitter). NOTE: I've been told that the free ones are very invasive, so proceed with caution and/or consider looking into some of the paid ones instead.

* Campaign for New York Health - NY state introduces single-payer health care paln. Further context explained by a nonnie here. NYC folks, call your reps if this is something your for!

Good News
* Trump administration issues waiver to let green card holders avoid travel ban (Washington Times)

* Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing (Twitter, Airbnb CEO)

* Court says Wisconsin GOP must draw new Assembly map after ruling current map is illegal gerrymander (Daily Kos)

* NEW: @ACLU now says it has received 290,000 online donations totaling $19.4 million since Saturday morning. Average per year is $3-4 million (Reuters via Twitter)

* Breaking: In new fed case, Judge Dolly Gee (CD Cal) requires the *return* of a [specific] person deported under the Trump EO (Buzzfeed via Twitter)

* California politicians speak out against Trump's actions on immigration, Gov. Brown delivers State of the State address (LA TImes). Sen. Feinstein introduces legislation that would a) rescind the Muslim ban executive order and b) "prevent a president from unilaterally banning groups of immigrants. "

* Uber vs. Lyft: Rideshare Companies Dragged Into Immigration Debate (NBC). This stuff matters, you guys. Forget the right side of history; there are a whole lot of companies and corporations out there who desperately do not want millions of Americans lumping them with Trump.

* Today, at Detroit Metro Airport, protesters made room for Muslims to pray. They used protest signs as prayer mats. (Twitter)

* 10 Senate seats that could flip in 2018 (The Hill)

* Malevolence Tempered by Incompetence: Trump’s Horrifying Executive Order on Refugees and Visas - scathing review of the Muslim ban, not just as a policy but as a document, by someone who professes himself to "believe in strong counterrorism powers" and be "positively enthusiastic about American surveillance policies," aka not exactly your usual quarter for denouncing something like this.
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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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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...)

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