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

 

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Actions: December 6, 2016

  1. Ask Obama to declassify all information pertaining to foreign interference in the 2016 election.
  2. Many electors are saying they will not vote for Trump. Write letters to ask more to save our democracy.
  3. Sign up for this new action organization for actions delivered to your inbox.
  4. Another resistance organization boasting tangible action you can take daily, weekly, monthly.
  5. And yet another site offering weekly acts of resistance.
  6. Ask the electoral college to make Hillary Clinton president.
  7. From Daily Kos: Last week, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand laid down a clear marker: She’ll filibuster the waiver that retired Gen. James Mattis would need in order to serve as secretary of defense during Trump’s administration.  A 70-year-old federal law bars retired members of the military from holding senior defense posts if they’ve served on active duty within the last seven years. Mattis retired only three years ago and thus requires a special waiver to pass both houses of Congress.
    While the filibuster for cabinet appointees was eliminated a few years back, meaning a nominee can be confirmed with just 50 votes in the Senate, the waiver Mattis requires is subject to a filibuster. Mattis would therefore need 60 votes in order to become secretary of defense—so he’d need the support of at least eight Democrats to overcome a filibuster.
    Call Senator Dianne Feinstein at (202) 224-3841. Tell them to filibuster the waiver Gen. Mattis needs to become secretary of defense.

    Sample script:

    Hi, I’m (say your name) from (say from where you’re calling). I’m calling today to urge my senator to filibuster the waiver Gen. Mattis needs to become secretary of defense. Civilian control of the military is a bedrock foundation of any democracy, and it’s more important than ever to uphold it now that we have a president-elect dead set on eroding constitutional norms. Thank you.

    Once you’ve placed the call, please click here to tell us how it went.

  8. Send a message to block the Exxon CEO as a candidate for secretary of state.

 

News of the day: [NOTE: I realize these are all liberal sites. I have been searching for any conservative news that seems to offer a balanced perspective, or fact-based information and I am coming up with slim pickings. Anyone find anything of interest?] 

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/larry-lessig-electors-trump-232231

http://m.baynews9.com/content/mobile/news/baynews9/news/article.touch.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2016/12/5/florida_attorney_fil.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/04/democrats-can-look-forward-to-the-coming-republican-era-being-a-disaster-for-republican-voters/?postshare=6091480949871185&tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.75ab819ce13d

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/van-jones-only-a-love-army-will-conquer-trump-w454026

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2016/12/06/donald-trumps-most-terrifying-appointment/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.0936d2b6278d

ACTIONS to do this week

The Daily reads: Spoiler alert–there’s some good news!!! 

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/kkk-trump-victory-rally-canceled-as-protesters-flood-streets-in-north-carolina

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-lesson-from-standing-rock-organizing-and-resistance-can-win/

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/eric-trump-claims-wisconsin-recount-killed-at-least-5000-children-and-gets-pounded-on-twitter/

http://usuncut.com/resistance/veterans-standing-rock-beg-forgiveness-war-crimes/

Great fact checking site: www.ProPublica.org

 

ACTIONS TO DO THIS WEEK:

From Rebecca Solnit on Facebook. She is an amazing writer and someone to follow on Facebook.

#dailydemocracydefense #day5 You never know what will happen. Standing Rock: how many people said they could never halt the pipeline? It’s not definitively and permanently stopped, but yesterday was a huge victory for the Standing Rock Sioux, for indigenous sovereignty, for the protection of water, and for the power of ordinary people come together in nonviolent resistance.
Or rather, you never know what we can make happen, because without those passionately committed thousands standing up for their beliefs, even when the odds seemed impossible, the pipeline would have been finished months ago. We make history. It’s hard work, but sometimes we win. If we show up, if we try. The great paradox we face now is: we can stop Trump, but only if enough people believe it and act on that belief, only if we seize our democracy and make it work—to protect our ideals, our beloved communities, our vulnerable populations, our future.
We’re asking you to do something daily to defend democracy and stop Trump in the days leading up to December 19, when the electoral college meets. Today, we aren’t asking you to donate or sign a petition or make a phone call. We are asking you to start thinking about showing up at statehouses all over the United States, a week from today, December 12. We’re organizing peaceful gatherings, or asking you to, on statehouse steps to share a vision for how this country can bring to life the unrealized promise of democracy, exactly when it is facing a threat unlike any that has come before. How can we make a leap forward at the very moment that a small minority of hateful leaders are trying to take us back in time?

If you can organize your caravan, buy your bus or plane tickets, book those hotel rooms or find a couch to surf, start now! The future of our democracy depends on us showing up in large numbers where the fate of our country will be decided.

Here’s the schedule:
December 12th – Reading of the Declaration of Interdependence: Defending and Expanding Our Democracy – At a statehouse near you!. We’re going there to tell the electors in the electoral colleges (which meet in our nation’s fifty state capitols) why they must not choose Trump. Can you go? Can you organize a group, signs, transport? Let us know.

December 18th – 5:00PM Candlelight Vigils in support of our Hamilton Electors who are committing to vote their conscience and defend the Constitution and protect the Republic from the greatest threat it has ever faced

December 19th – 8:00am – Protect Our Democracy and Defend the Constitution Rallies at a State House near you, where the 538 members of the electoral college will meet to choose the next president of the United States.

Make your plans, tell your friends, pack your bags! Call in sick from work! Our participation on these three days could dramatically the course of the next 4 to 8 years – but only if enough of us show up.

 

Communicate with your congresspeople!

Another Action to Support the Fight Against Injustice: Join Shaun King’s Injustice Boycott.

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