There was no script for this. These were just the key points I needed to run through today when calling my reps. Things are happening at a fast pace and that’s no accident. It’s meant to overwhelm.
KXL ,Dakota Access, and Trans-Pecos Pipelines
The President’s executive memorandum to proceed with pipelines needs to be addressed. (NOTE: A executive memorandum can be overturned by the Supreme Court)
This action violates law treaties, disregards sacred lands, and endangers the environment. Trump has invested between $500,000 and $1 Million to Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. The CEO contributed a substantial amount to President Trump’s campaign. These transactions need to be examined to ensure Trump is not profiting directly from the building of the pipelines.
(Not something I brought up to reps but the defund and divest DAPL movement is another way to be active on this situiation)
Hostility Toward Press & Alternative Facts, Trump’s Obsession with Ratings/ Popularity
Thus far, Trump’s open disregard & hostility toward press and all media is reminiscent of Hugo Chavez and other dictatorships who tried to silence reporters who did not report on them favorably or reported the truth that contradicted their popularity and credibility. Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer on behalf of Trump have supported falsehoods and outright lies as being official commentary from The White House. Our press freedoms are a hallmark of our democracy that needs to be upheld. The mouthpieces for the president need to be accountable to tell only true facts, not what they wish were facts or what the president wants the American public to think is the truth when it contradicts evidence that says otherwise.
Yesterday Trump was STILL talking about inauguration TV ratings while officials in storm ravaged states were begging him to send help.
It would also be fantastic if Trump stopped bringing his own studio audience when he’s addressing agencies like the CIA in order to create optics that seem as if the agency is applauding him when in fact they are only his own staff.
Gag Orders Against EPA & National Parks Service
My twitter timeline this morning is full of rogue park rangers & scientists tweeting on alternative accounts. They are stating scientific facts that they are not allowed to put forth under their own agencies under yesterday’s gag order. This is not only censorship but it sets the tone for the Trump admin only allowing agencies to research and report on things that serve their own interests.
Federal Hiring Freeze and Freezing of EPA Funds
Again, motives need to be examined here . During past hiring freezes, the government did not save money. They were forced to hire subcontractors to do necessary work instead of permanent federal employees. Does Mr Trump have contractors lined up that would serve his own family’s business interests? The hiring freeze has been done under false pretenses as federal job growth has NOT been enormous. Also, this disproportionately affects veterans who need those federal jobs. . Freezing EPA funds only hurts communities and I do not trust the incoming anti-science,pro-capitalism administration to review currently assigned grants.
Investigation of Voter Fraud
Trump is calling for a full congressional investigation into voter fraud that never existed. There is no proof of what he’s claiming. Both Republicans and Democrats largely agree. To go forward with this investigation is an enormous waste of time and resources . The motive here is to pave the way for voter suppression which can never be allowed to happen.
I think I missed some things but this felt like an exhausting list today. I mentioned the other day that if you’re feeling overwhelmed, choose one or two things to focus on. I probably should take my own advice. However, I also believe that single issue activism is a huge problem in our political process and it works against intersectionality quite often . Still supportive of others who need to scale back what they throw their time into right now.
Mikki who writes the actionnow tinyletter also had some great suggestions yesterday:
Here is how I would suggest you take a step back and think about how you are going to be a change maker now and in the years to come.
Think about all of the things swirling around you, all the opportunities you have to do things and act on your values and choose these three things:One thing to be a leader on
One thing to be a follower on
One thing to make a habit ofOrganizing your energy in this way is really helpful. It helps you make decisions and conserve energy as things come up. It doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t do other things, but these are your three things.
Here is a little more detail.
One thing to be a leader on. This is something where you take charge of or are part of the leadership group for. Maybe it’s a movement to make your city a sanctuary city, or to sustain an abortion fund in an anti-choice state, or to support a local shelter, or to get someone you believe in elected to attorney general or some other office. Maybe you want to lead your local chapter of Emily’s List or something. This is something where you are going to be helping direct others and plot the course. It will be your priority.
One thing to be a follower on. This is a group or a cause that you join, and participate in actively, but let others take the lead on. This may be a preexisting group, like a BLM group, or a group working to support DAPL, or something a friend is doing. It could be joining an Indivisible group that you like and going along with what they plan. This takes a little less topline energy from you, but you are still working to make something happen. You participate, you contribute ideas, you do outreach, but you have less responsibility that you would if you were a leader. You help with the fundraiser but you aren’t in charge of it.
One thing to make a habit of. This is something you just do, every week or every day or every month, whether it’s being a clinic escort twice a month, or donating to a certain cause every month, or working at a soup kitchen every week, doing cop watch twice a week, or making the daily phone call scripts that we all get. Maybe, to start with, it’s the Women’s March 10 Actions/100 Days Initiative. It’s something you are committed to, and you do, but you are bearing the fruits of someone else making an opportunity for you to participate with some ease.