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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.
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John Oliver has created an easy way to get to the page where you can file a comment about the FCC's plans, under Trump appointee Ajit Pai. to weaken net neutrality:


The FCC will vote on the proposal on May 18. If passed, it will then go through a further period of public feedback.

Here are a couple of articles about the proposal:
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(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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As seen on twitter from Ben Wikler (@benwikler) of MoveOn


If House GOP succeeds in passing #TrumpCare tonight (or any day), the public's IMMEDIATE response will massively shape what happens next. 1/

The biggest risk: the vote gets hailed as a breakthrough victory for Trump and the GOP, praised by conservative groups... boom, momentum. 2/

It will be tempting for activists to immediately swing their focus over to pressuring the Senate. Don't do it. Job one is BLOWBACK. 3/

Most of all, swing Senators will be watching to see what kind of political price GOP reps pay for voting to uninsure their constituents. 4/

Citizens' jobs will be to make clear that voting for AHCA is politically toxic. Career suicide. A highly visible, public firestorm. Rage. 5/

If the House passes TrumpCare, every Republican member of Congress has to feel like they're walking into a political buzz saw. 6/

Their phones should ring off the hook. Their district offices should be jammed. Town halls? Furious overflow crowds, chanting "SHAME." 7/

The intensity and visibility of response to the House vote will define the news cycle and the Senate's willingness to touch this thing. 8/

So—if we lose the vote, don't mourn. Fight. Crucify the House. Only after pulverizing the House GOP, turn, eyes ablaze, to the Senate. 9/9


from sashayed on tumblr

The most effective protest, and the one with the best optics, is the one you make physically: showing up at your shitbag Representative’s district office, camera in hand. Be there when he gets to work in the morning. Be there when she leaves. Ask her if she is embarrassed. Ask him if he is ashamed. Tell her interns and assistants about yourself, about your loved ones. Explain to your local newspaper, to neighborhood blogs, to your facebook friends and Twitter followers why you are furious and disappointed and why you will not forget. 

If you would rather call, here’s a potential script. It is maybe not the best? I’m pretty angry.

Hi. I’m calling to register my anger and disappointment at Rep. ____’s Yes vote on the AHCA. [I/my loved ones] am now at risk of losing my insurance, and I am appalled that social programs that personally affect me and my loved ones will be stripped in order to provide tax breaks to the wealthy. Rep. ____ should be ashamed of himself. I and my community will not forget this vote. Will you please take down my information and send me confirmation that the Congressman is listening to constituents? Thanks.

If your rep voted YES and you don’t want to call them, there are PLENTY of people on tumblr who will call on your behalf.

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House Republicans say they have votes to pass controversial health-care bill Thursday (WaPo)

via [personal profile] giandujakiss 

The House will be voting soon; find out if your representative at this link is persuadable and if so, tell them to vote no on the current proposal.

If you haven't yet called your Congressional representatives, no matter who they are, about voting NO on the Republican's healthcare bill now is the time. Like before tomorrow morning/early tomorrow morning is the time. This is pick-up-the-phone-and-wade-through-voicemail time.

It's all hands on deck time.

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The latest attempt to repeal the ACA (which is designed to placate the Freedom Caucus) is now being opposed by some of the more moderate Republicans who were on board with the first attempt. With the House Republican leadership trying to figure out how to proceed next week, here's a target list of representatives who need to be contacted today or Monday to let them know you oppose ACA repeal.

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ACLU People Power has organized deportation solidarity event outside regional ICE offices tomorrow, Sunday, April 23rd at 3 p.m.

I know there's one in Boston, and a quick check found others in New York and Seattle. (The website isn't set up to search for events by date or time; I found those two by searching based on my old NYC and Bellevue, WA, zip codes.)

The Boston event looks small so far: 121 of us have signed up to attend, so I figure I'll be more noticeable there than I would be if I'd made it to the March for Science today.

Note: this was originally announced for April 22nd, and then rescheduled a couple of days ago.
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Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform
Deadline: 15 May 2017

From [personal profile] watersword in our suggestions post:
The EPA is soliciting public comment on the plan to roll back environmental regulations; they're required by law to take comments into account when deciding next actions.
You can submit comments in writing using Email, Docket or mail, with the EPA page on the consultation providing the contact details for each method. Note that: All public comments will be accessible online in [the] docket

The docket page helpfully provides a Tips for Submitting Effective Comments (PDF) which is packed with good advice, and you can include attachments. We also have an excellent post from [personal profile] tassosss on how to turn a phone script into a letter (and structuring letters in general) that may be helpful when you're drafting your comment. As both suggest, the most effective comments are likely to be those that are specific and, if relevant, personal. It may also be worth revisiting the post we made about George Lakoff's suggestions for re-framing the debate, so that the focus is on talking about the "protections" that the EPA provides (rather than "regulations").

To figure out what you want to comment on, this article summarises some of the main areas of protection at risk under the proposed cuts. The EPA website provides information on:
  • Regulatory Information by Topic, as well as
  • how to find regulations and
  • how to get regulatory information for your state or region, since many EPA regulations are adminstered by state agencies.
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    Congress is in recess from April 8-23. This means that your congress people will be in their home districts holding town halls. If you're on a mailing list, this is a good time to scan it for upcoming events in your area.

    Also, MoveOn has a site to help you find events in your area, both hosted by the Congress person or by contituents.

    Attend a Resistance Recess event

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    from [personal profile] kyrielle

    Well, unless President Trump refuses to sign the bill, the regulation keeping our ISPs from selling our browsing history is going down.

    Minnesota is moving to handle it on a local scale; maybe those of us in other states should be reaching out to our state government to add similar local legislation?


    ETA: [personal profile] alexseanchai  has a good script in the comments
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    The ACLU just emailed me asking me to call my Congressmember and ask them to protect online privacy by voting against "SJ 34." I just spoke to Representative Clark's office, and her staffer told me that it had passed the senate (which I knew) and that the house bill is resolution 86.

    The house is scheduled to vote on this tomorrow, Tuesday March 28, so if you're going to call or fax, there's not a lot of time.

    Here's a script, from the ACLU except that I've put in the House resolution number:

    I’m calling to demand Congress protect my online privacy and keep FCC broadband rules intact. Do not pass House Resolution 86. I do not want internet service providers to sell my data without getting my permission.
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    On Wednesday, [personal profile] executrix  posted a link to Resistbot. I finally got around to trying it out today and I am here to now convert the rest of you into using it.

    Resistbot is my new favorite thing.

    Story time: The first week after Inauguration it wasn't hard to get over my fear of phones and call my representatives in Congress. It sucked but I did it. Then three things conspired to make me pretty much stop. 1) I live in a very vocal blue state. My senators and reps are already doing what I want them to do, so the urgency tapered as 2) real life reasserted itself and things simmered down since I can't live in crisis mode, and 3) when I did call, there were so many calls that I wasn't getting through anymore and it all felt pointless.

    I'm going to pause here and recommend you read What Calling Congress Achieves (The New Yorker) that [personal profile] snickfic  posted in today's linkspam. It reinvigorated my urge to contact Congress People because it DOES matter. It matters that we do it collectively in large numbers over the long haul.

    Back to Resistbot. Here's what it is. You text "resist" to their number 50409 and the bot answers. I got to grin and imagine I was talking to a droid in Star Wars.

    The bot asks for your name and zipcode. It finds your senators (it will add your representative if you use it again). Then it asks what you want to tell them. Here's where I messed up this time around: I talked to the bot instead of my senators. Don't do that. What you text to the bot is what's going to be put in the fax addressed to them, so you should address your representatives directly.

    I gotta say, it was really easy to do, and I really liked being able to text what I wanted to say. At this point in my life, texting is one of my major forms of communication, so it wasn't hard to come up with something. I think it's good because it also forces you to be short. Make one point and then send.

    The bot formats it into a letter, which it screenshots for you, and then faxes to the appropriate offices. All told it took about five minutes.

    To sum up:

    You basically get to text Congress without looking up their contact info
    The resistbot sends it to them as a faxed letter
    You don't have to call over and over again to get through jammed lines or full inboxes
    You don't have to talk to a person or wait for open office hours

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    Thank a Government Scientist

    The Union of Concerned Scientists is asking people to:
    Help pushback against the anti-science rhetoric from the Trump administration with some appreciation: Take a moment to thank a government scientist today. Let them know how much you appreciate the crucial role they play in our daily lives and that you will advocate for science-based policies every day!
    They provide suggested text and a hashtag for tweets/Facebook messages, along with contact details for the EPA, NOAA, NASA, DoE, USDA, FDA, USCPSC and NWS.

    They are also offering to forward snailmail cards to the relevant agency if you mail them to the address they provide.
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    The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care sent out an action alert.

    March 16 is National Call-In Day to protest planned Medicaid cuts. The SEIU provided a toll-free number for the calls.

    1. Call (866)-426-2631
    2. Enter your zip code and phone number
    3. A person will answer--leave a brief message asking your Representative to vote against the AHCA, specifically because block-granting Medicaid will lead to cuts in funds available for nursing home and home care. The elderly and disabled cannot afford to pay out of pocket for this exorbitantly expensive care, so Medicaid cuts means that they will not be able to get the care they need.
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    I don't know who started this, but there's an effort to send lots of handwritten (if possible) postcards to the White House tomorrow, March 15, expressing opposition to the president. I've written and stamped a few, dated tomorrow, which I will drop in a mailbox tomorrow morning. As I understand it, the point is partly to have a lot of different messages, and partly just to bury him in mail.

    I sent one that quotes the last lines of "The New Colossus" and then says "No ban! No wall!" one straightforward "save the Affordable Care Act," and one demanding that President Bannon resign.

    Here's the email I got about this project:

    On March 15th, each of us will mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him — and against us — means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.

    Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
    No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day, with not a single nice thing to say.

    So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin.
    Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump

    Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump ! Spread the word! Everyone on Earth should let Donnie know how he’s doing. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.

    Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:

    President (for now) Donald J. Trump
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    (Some of the cards I'm sending are addressed to just "the White House," that being what is suggested on the whitehouse.gov page about writing to Trump, and some have his name, without a title.)
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    from Vox

    The American Health Care Act: the Republicans’ bill to replace Obamacare, explained

    The puzzling way Republicans want to replace the individual mandate, explained with a cartoon <- I liked this.

    Vox Sentences: Pretty much no one likes the GOP’s health care bill

    Today in Obamacare: The rollout of the GOP plan is not going well

    The GOP health bill is a $600 billion tax cut — almost entirely for the wealthy

    Senate rules could force GOP to drop key policies in health bill

    4 key arguments Democrats will use to attack Trumpcare

    from Washington Post

    How the House Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement compares
    <- also good graphics

    Conservatives lash out at House GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill

    Income separates the winners and losers in Republicans’ health-care plans

    from New York Times

    Republicans’ Changes to Medicaid Could Have Larger Impact Than Their Changes to Obamacare
    <- good graphics on Medicaid

    G.O.P. Health Bill Faces Revolt From Conservative Forces

    The Republicans are trying to get this passed as fast as they can before even the Congressional Budget Office can get a report done on how much it will cost and who it will hurt. Because of Senate rules, the Republicans can't afford to have more than 2 of their own not vote for it. So calling your Republican Congresspeople is worthwhile, especially if you are in a state that expanded Medicaid

    ACTION: This is a topic to call your Senators and Representatives on this week.

    Script: Hi my name is [NAME] and I live in [ZIP CODE]. I'm calling because I am against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and opposed to the Republicans Healthcare plan. The Republicans plan puts a financial burden on sick people and will cause millions to lose their insurance coverage and I want [Congress Person] to vote against it.

    (Add in a personal story or other talking point you'd like to hit, as you will.)

    ETA: Audio stream on Indivisible call is here

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    Brought to you by the organizers of the Women's March

    From their page with info: https://www.womensmarch.com/womensday

    In the same spirit of love and liberation that inspired the Women's March, we join together in making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system--while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. We recognize that trans and gender nonconforming people face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression and political targeting. We believe in gender justice.

    Anyone, anywhere, can join by making March 8th A Day Without a Woman, in one or all of the following ways:

    Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor

    Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).

    Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman

    A Day Without a Woman reaffirms our commitment to the Principles of Unity, which were collaboratively outlined for the Women’s March. We are inspired by recent courageous actions like the "Bodega strike" lead by Yemeni immigrant store owners in New York City and the Day Without Immigrants across the U.S. We applaud the efforts of #GrabYourWallet and others to bring public accountability to unethical corporate practices. The Women's March stands in solidarity with the International Women's Strike organizers, feminists of color and grassroots groups in planning global actions for equity, justice and human rights.

    When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed and hatred. Let's raise our voices together again, to say that women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.

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    April 1, but no joke: March for Health April 1, confirmed locations are Washington DC, NYC, Seattle Santa Rosa, Rockledge, Bethlehem, and Morgantown, and several other cities may have their own marches: see

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    Another week in the resistance.

    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

    Jeff Sessions lied about not having contact with Russia - timeline from Vox with related coverage

    Republicans are working on their replacement healthcare bill in as much secrecy as possible. This will end well.

    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


    View Answers

    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%)


    View Answers

    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%)

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    Copied from the comment left in our suggestions post by [personal profile] monanotlisa. The committee meeting is taking place today from 10.15am. There's an amendment from the Republican chairman tabled in the committee listing, although I'm not entirely sure what the specific differences are between the two texts (or what they mean).

    Please make the phone calls to out of state reps on the Judiciary Committee and share this action with friends:

    According to reports, House Republicans are going to try to bury a resolution that could expose the president's ties to Russia and his business conflicts of interest.

    The "Resolution of Inquiry," sponsored by Jeff Nadler of New Jersey, "demands that Attorney General Jeff Sessions hand over to the Hill any document, record, memo, correspondence or other communication' pertaining to 'criminal or counterintelligence investigations' related to Trump, White House staff or his business."
    This resolution SHOULD get a vote on the House floor, but it WON'T if the Judiciary Committee kills it next week.

    We need to pressure the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. Call and demand that they NOT KILL the Resolution of Inquiry when it comes to them Tuesday.

    Sample Script: Hi, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent from (City/Zip). I’m calling to express my support for Congressman Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry. In light of House chief of staff Reince Priebus’ improper request to the FBI, and reports that the Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees, had already begun speaking to reporters to challenge the story about a Russia connection to the Trump campaign, it is imperative that the Justice Dept. now releases all information regarding the Trump investigation to congress.

    Will _________ support Nadler's Resolution of Inquiry? Thank you for all your hard work answering the phones.

    Call the House Judiciary Committee (202) 225-3951
    And call the members of the committees:
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05)
    Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21)
    Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)
    Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
    Rep. Steve King (IA-04)
    Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08)
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
    Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)
    Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02)
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)
    Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10)
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04)
    Rep. Raúl Labrador (ID-01)
    Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
    Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09)
    Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06)
    Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04)
    Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-04)
    Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02)
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01)
    Rep. Mike Johnson (LA-04)
    Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-05)


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