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January 27, 2017

ACTIONS: 

Very Progressive idea from my friend Vaneik: “Got to write down everyone that supports him…AND THEN CUT THEM OFF. We need acts. Republicans oppress, Democrats sit on you so that you’re far up their asses. Ok. Now what? I say abandon the Democrats. They don’t have the power of the popular vote- contrary to what we’re being told. Hillary DID NOT WIN THE POPULAR VOTE. Abstainers and third party voters did. The overwhelming voting populace actively voted AGAINST both Trump and Clinton.

We also reach out to the currently stunned average blue-collar, working class, and poor white voter that is having their lunch of fuck-you served to them and we look at them with compassion and offer them our help. We will do this for refugees of other nations and we should do these for refugees of this ghastly election. Hurricanes just tore through the Midwest leaving thousands of of white Trump voters in a state of emergency. We help them and we give information. They might be hostile, but they’re broken right now. Now is the time to offer them food and shelter and information outside of the right wing media and those charlatans that preach how to hate from a pulpit that sits under a a fake white Jesus. Out of our comfort zones, out of our echo chambers.” 

This is a tangible action. We the people help each other. 

And another: Call your senator to tell them to revote on Sessions, block Tillerson and DeVos.

From the Santa Cruz Action Network:
At the request of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux nation, I sent the email below (in quotes) to the official at the Army Corps of Engineers responsible for the project.
Please send an email like this,  about the Dakota Access Pipeline, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at:
I am concerned about the vast and dire consequences that potential leaks at the proposed Lake Oahe crossing will have on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s treaty rights and urge the Army Corps to look at routing alternatives. I will not be silenced.

‘I protest the illegal early closing of the official comments on the EIS for the project.  This should & no doubt will be challenged in court.
Take the pledge to stand up for Standing Rock.
Sign the petition to urge Democrats to stand up against budget cuts.
From the #FightTrump crew:
“Up First: Betsy DeVos, Trump’s spectacularly unqualified candidate for Secretary of Education. Sadly that doesn’t necessarily set her apart from other Trump nominations, but her first nomination hearing did not go well. She was unable to answer basic questions about education policy, but did announce her opinion that people should be allowed to bring guns into schools because of grizzly bear attacks (I wish we were making this up. We are not). She also has an enormous potential for financial conflicts of interest, with 102 problematic conflicts already identified. Her hearing has been postponed to wrap up on January 31st. So for your first action today, we’re asking you to call your Senators and tell them that Betsy DeVos absolutely must not be confirmed at Secretary of Education.

  1. Find the number for your senator here

  2. Call during business hours.

  3. Use the following example script:

Hello. My name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent of [Senator____]. I’m calling because I’m concerned about the nomination of Betty DeVos as Education Secretary.

It is clear that Devos has a severe lack of knowledge in America’s public school systems or any viable plan for how to improve them.

The majority of America’s  school children attend public schools. We cannot leave their futures and the future of our country in the hands of a woman whose ideas to privatize school funding have already left the state of Michigan and its children in shambles.  Her financial conflicts of interest are also staggering.

I urge [Senator  __] to use his/her voice in Congress over the coming week to make clear that Betty DeVos should not be confirmed, and that President Trump should nominate a new, more qualified person for the position of Education Secretary. The future of our country is depending on our vote. Thank you for your time.”

January 25, 2017

Unless you’ve been hiding in your bed ignoring the news today, you are probably very concerned about the series of news reports from the day. Below are some great resources I have found over the past couple days for educating yourself and finding focused actions.

Actions:

Best collection of focused actions I have read since their insanity began.

These techies are brilliant. Check out Swing Left.

From Shaun King: 

We’ve done this before, but it’s time for us to do it again.

In December, you sent over $3 million in supplies from Amazon to Standing Rock.

Then you sent over $1 million in cash to purchase trucks, trailers, warehouses, and to complete a full service medical center.

Now, it’s time for us to step up again, but for legal aid. As you likely know, Donald Trump issued an executive order yesterday ordering that construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) continue. The order not only violates the rights of the people of Standing Rock, but it also violates the current order from the Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction while a true environmental impact study is completed.

With that said, I see 3 ways we can stop the construction of this pipeline.

1. Courageous protestors physically stop the construction.

2. Banks pull their funding of the pipeline.

3. Legal decisions order the halt of the pipeline.

We are backing all 3 of these strategies, but TODAY I am asking you to throw everything you have behind option #3. We need you to donate your best donation. We need you to ask everybody you know to join you.

Ask them in person. Ask them on the phone. Ask them on Twitter & Facebook. Ask them via email. Forward this email to them if you need to ok? But in such an email, make the request personal.

As always, 100% of your donation goes directly to the legal aid. Just know, that as you read this email, Energy Transfer Partners, and all of the banks behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, have hired the top law firms in the world to defeat us. I have sources inside some of those law firms who have reached out to tell me just how hard they are prepared to go.

Here are your options:

DONATE to the Red Fawn Legal Fund.

DONATE to the Water Protector Legal Collective HERE.

DONATE to the Lakota People’s Law Project.

DONATE to the Red Warrior Defense Fund.

DONATE to Earth Justice.

Over the past year, most of these funds you will see on the various websites have already exhausted the legal aid that they have raised. That is why we are even in the position we are in today where the pipeline construction has been halted.

Let’s make sure that they have EVERYTHING they need to fight off the Dakota Access Pipeline. Let’s make sure they have every time of attorney they need. Let’s make sure that they have the funds to fight this battle on the front lines and in the court room.

They are counting on you. Give your best gift today, please. And encourage everybody you know to join you.

Call your senators to tell them to vote against Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.

Three things a day. Following the actions of internet trolls who say they are responsible for Trump’s election, I urge you to take three actions a day. It can be as simple as a pointed retweet, or Facebook post, marching, calling your senators, or canvasing for the closest swing state congressional member. If you have a good action, share it here. 

On THURSDAY, engage in the Tweetstorm to bombard the administration with science facts starting at 12EST.

Required Reading:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/01/25/daily-202-11-stories-from-president-trump-s-first-100-hours-that-deserve-more-attention/588823b1e9b69b432bc7e08a/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_daily202-1130a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.144bb3ec417d

Great tips from a writer in Venezuela.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jan/24/journalists-charged-felonies-trump-inauguration-unrest?CMP=share_btn_tw

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/24/get-ready-for-the-first-shocks-of-trumps-disaster-capitalism/

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2017/01/24/marches-whats-next-want-act/

January 24, 2017

This week, and it’s only Day 2, has brought many setbacks–DAPL, ACA repeal (kind of), the Gag law, alternative facts and more–but like my friend Wendy reminded me this morning, keep your eyes on the ball. These are mostly reactionary and symbolic. Mostly. The best part is that they remind us not to be complacent. And not to be sucked into the dismay. Luckily we are constantly reminded that this is NOT NORMAL. Rick Perry (who will likely head the Dept of Energy) sits on the board of a company that will gain huge $$$ from DAPL. Just sayin.

I’ve listed today’s actions and readings below. But I want you to think about how you can do something real. Today. Get involved in a real way to make a difference. Here’s one way…

The Guardianship Project:

Any of you have experience creating a webpage? Our Guardianship Project is looking for someone to create a simple website. If you don’t know about the project, here’s the short of it:

The Guardianship Project offers free guardianship paperwork to undocumented families, looking to appoint a guardian for their children in case they are deported. We have documents in Spanish ready to go. The documents appoint who parents would like to take care of their children in case of deportation, but do not immediately grant guardianship, instead they act as the first step in the official legal process, while also creating a temporary caretaker for the child.
Also we are looking for Spanish speakers to help us when we go to meetings throughout the US (we’ve been invited to many), and to bring the documents to Latino groups on campuses and beyond. We also need representatives willing to volunteer their time to copy the documents, go to meetings, find organizations in communities that work with undocumented people, and get the word out.

 

Actions:

Sign to resist the Labor Secretary nomination.

Resist Mnuchin! Call your senators. Need the numbers? They should be programmed into your phones.

Stand up for DAPL.

Ten actions to do in the first hundred days.

 

Required reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/19/womens-march-washington-occupy-protest

http://www.refinery29.com/2017/01/136924/jen-psaki-million-woman-march-activism

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/big-trump-protests-are-fine-but-heres-a-to-do-list-fo-lasting-change-20170118

http://blog.sfgate.com/morford/2017/01/20/the-day-democracy-died-an-epitaph/

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/01/the-inauguration-and-the-counter-inauguration/514055/?utm_source=atltw

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/opinion/we-are-dissidents-we-are-legion.html

 

Women’s march on Washington

“We will not go away; welcome to your first day,” we chanted as we took over the streets of Washington D.C. on January 21, 2017. Pink hats, knitted by women around the world and mailed to D.C. for marchers, as far as the eye could see. Children with handmade signs held hands with moms and dads, aunties, grandmas, sending the next generation the message that they are strong, bold and have a voice. 

People complained that organizers didn’t have loud enough speakers, or room, for the over a million women who streamed into the streets from buses, the metro, Uber, and houses with women from around the globe bedding down on couches and air mattresses or on friends’ floors. But this is the success. They imagined at most 500,000. And the people kept coming. 


And when people tired of standing on the mall–the place we weren’t permitted to be–and started chanting, “March, march, march” singers like Janelle Monae had the moms of sons fallen to police brutality, like Trayvon Martin, say their child’s name to witness and pay tribute to their lives, and deaths. Though not everyone could hear this powerful tribute, nor the fiery speech by Madonna, the women gathered to talk, and brainstorm. So many what’s next conversations floated through the air. Black women talking to older white women from Michigan and Montana. Coastal LGBTQ activists chatting with young girls from West Virginia, Florida, Arizona. 

And when the women finally tired of waiting well past the original marching time, in spite of rumors that homeland security was shutting down the march, the women headed to the streets only to find them barricaded. 

So women climbed atop walls and traffic signals and pointed the marchers toward Pennsylvania Avenue. Here we took over the streets, filled them, up past the Trump Hotel, the White House and through downtown. Women in wheelchairs, 80 year olds, babies, fathers, grandfathers, joined the able bodied to sing and chant and hold each other up to say we are here. We’ve grieved and now we are ready to stand together–the Black Lives Matter, socialists, LGBTQ activists, religious people, atheists, health care advocates, reproduction rights activists, mothers, sisters, climate change activists, grandmas, humans, education activists, and people who believe in the good of humanity–to fight. 

This post is dedicated to Nicolette Reed from Seattle who made and donated my pink pussy hat. Thank you. I marched for you. And all of us. 

Inauguration week

OK friends, it is time to start the hard work to protect our rights. If you haven’t taken the past couple months to think about the issues that most matter to you and how you might specifically help, please do that now. There are so many issues worth fighting for and we need everyone on board.

Hopefully everyone is heading out to a march somewhere in the country on Saturday. There are many other events happening, including strikes across the country on Friday, #writersresist protests and much much more. I recommend signing up with local action groups to find out specific gatherings near you. In Santa Cruz, I like SCCAN SCCAN-announce@lists.riseup.net.

In the meantime, here is some required reading and some actions to take this week.

ACTION: 

Subscribe to the podcast Pod Save America.

Learn how to take meaningful action and take part in Shaun King’s Injustice Boycott.

“For those worried about ACA coverage for themselves and their families. After hearing about the midnight repeal of the pre-existing conditions clause, I called Senator Warren’s office. The woman I spoke to said they are being flooded with calls, as are the offices of Speakers Ryan and McConnell.
Senator Warren’s staff member told me what would help the most would be to call the five Republican senators who have broken away from the GOP to demand a slow down of the repeal. Tell them how much you appreciate their efforts to stop the train wreck and share your story.
COPY AND PASTE to put on your timeline.
They need to hear from us…
IMPORTANT: Please copy and paste. Please DO NOT just share. All of my settings are set to private. If you just hit “share” others will not be able to see the post (aside from mutual friends).”
They are:
Senator Bob Corker – (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski – (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins – (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy – (202) 224-5824

Required reading:

https://www.change.org/p/8824103/u/19080149?recruiter=847401&utm_campaign=petition_update_email_fb_dialog&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=petition_update

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-to-remove-trump-from-office/2017/01/09/e119cc36-d698-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-b%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.4e3af53470ad

http://billmoyers.com/story/10-investigative-reporting-outlets-to-follow/#.WHsGB-249e9.facebook

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