Podcast: Trumpcare Tracker

Slate’s Trumpcare Tracker is a good resource to help untangle the mess that is the new Wealthcare bill. This isn’t ACA Repeal and Replace. It’s Medicaid “Reform” & Repeal.

 

 

A list of things I’ve called my reps about today

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 of
Organizing 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.

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Inauguration Day Housekeeping

Just a few things to do today & this weekend…

ο Unfollow all social media Donald Trump will be using. You won’t miss anything. The media will tell us whenever he whines on Twitter.

ο If you’re home today, find something to do while the Inauguration is going on. Don’t watch it. Read a book. Rage clean.Plan your garden. Have a friend over for coffee. Go for a walk. Anything. This doesn’t have as much to do with “making the ratings low”. It’s about not participating in Trump’s presidency from the very start.

ο Pay attention to the news sources covering the transition. If they’re embracing this presidency and normalizing Trump, that’s not the news source for us.

ο If you haven’t already been thinking about it, this is a good weekend to really put some thought into you action plan for resistance. How much time per week can you commit to phone calling representatives and challenging every single thing this administration does? If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of issues at hand, choose just one or a few that are the most important to you to focus your efforts on.
Are there accessible ways to help others in your community?Are you willing to put your body on the line during non-violent actions? Are you willing to be arrested? Thin

ο Plan to be a nuisance. Be ungovernable. Be tedious and persistent. Disrupt not only government but disrupt businesses tied to Trump or that you know support Trump. If you can, DISRUPT J20 . Withhold your labor.

ο If you’re attending a protest or march today or this weekend, be prepared. Know your rights. Set up a buddy system. Document police abuses. Help others. Be aware of everything going on around you.  Read this guide for more tips.
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“May we flourish despite the wishes of our oppressors. Happy New Year. ’17. RESIST!”

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[image: ink drawing of dove on olive branch with a banner that reads “May we flourish despite the wishes of our oppressors. Happy New Year. ’17. Resist!” ]
art by Shivana Sookdeo 

 

I hear the sighs of relief that 2016 has gasped it’s last breath. I’m here to be the killjoy. There’s no reason to believe that 2017 isn’t going to be an even bigger dumpster fire. Hopefully we can keep some favorite celebrities but you know, a lot of those famous people are up there in age and the natural end stage of aging is death. Good people will die. Maybe even Betty White or Tim Curry. If 2017 decides to suck on an epic scale, it’ll be George R.R. Martin.
We can only hope 2017’s body count is low , both in respect to famous people and unarmed black men.
2017 begins the idiokleptokakistocracy of Donald Trump. That’s terrible on it’s own but to me the biggest threat is that Paul Ryan and Mike Pence are in perfect position to fuck shit up and I have no doubt they will try. When asked about his hopes and resolutions for the new year, Samuel Beckett once replied by telegram, “resolutions colon zero stop period hopes colon zero stop beckett” . That could easily be me but I’m not going to let it. Nah.
2017 Resolution: RESIST
2017 Hopes: Obi-Wan Kenobi? And also that we don’t all die in a global nuclear dumpster fire. 
Here’s to resistance in 2017. We have a lot of it to do.
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Actions for 12/06/16

I’m behind on keeping track of the develops in the Trump cabinet and such. Or I should say, I’m keeping track but keep forgetting to update here. After it was announced that my own local Congressman Tom Reed accepted the role as vice president of Trump’s transition team, I flipped some tables and took a slight break.

This may not seem odd to anyone else but I found it hella creepy that his acceptance speech is all “we” not “I”.   I suspect this man may be human- Gollum.

I have made it now to the acceptance phase of the stages of grief. I accept that this presidency is really happening . I also accept that I may have to spend the next four years in a near constant state of rage fueled vigilance. Fine. Bring it.

And to be clear, there was work to be done w/ Democrats running the show. There has been the past eight years. Now there’s just more work and a harder fight. I will resume with the regular poor as folk stuff here as normal but it’s quite obvious that the need for actions and activism will have to be ongoing. I’ll keep posting the ideas, you keep being awesome and do whatever you personally can to get shit done.

I’m also keeping this post updated frequently: Resources, Info, and Tips for Activism Right Now.
I’ll probably post new actions & such in their own post ,then move it to that link to serve as a master list. You can also find the individual posts easily through the Activism & Advocacy category.

Ok. Ready? Here’s some things you can be doing this week and onward:

  • write a letter to the editor , either to your local papers or a national one. You can address the general concerns of a Trump presidency and his cabinet or make it specific with the bottom line urging others who feel the same to take action as well.  It doesn’t have to be long. From my experience, if it’s too long, it might not get space.

 

  • This is from the Resist newsletter: “Tip submitted by a helpful reader!  Our president-elect is going on a grotesque, Hitlerian “victory tour,” in which he will elucidate his scattershot, xenophobic philosophy to an ecstatic crowd… or will he? Cincinnati’s event was only 2/3 full. You can register for upcoming events for free here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/  You can reserve multiple tickets with no plans to attend! Let’s fill the stadiums with phantoms, instead of warm, grotesquely racist bodies.”
  • The Republican Jewish Coalition is supporting Steve Bannon’s appointment. Thanks to #FightTrump for this info.
    1. Call the RJC at (202) 638-6688
    2. Here’s a draft script you can use- we highly recommend that if you are Jewish and/or have ever been a registered Republican, you include personal reasons why you believe the RJC should oppose Bannon.

    Hi, thanks for answering! My name is _____ and I’m calling because I was disappointed to see that the Republican Jewish Coalition has not opposed Steven Bannon as a White House senior counselor. I know the RJC is a strong defender of Jewish Americans and the Jewish tradition of opposing injustice. It is shocking to me that the RJC would support a man who has directly financially profited from anti-semitism and white nationalism. These ideologies pose a serious threat to Jewish Americans – and all Americans. [If you are a Republican or Jewish mention that here – tell them that the RJC’s stance will affect your willingness to give to the organization and your willingness to vote for Republicans]. Thank you for your time and consideration.

  • There is currently no way to track hate crimes (except in NY). A new bill was just introduced to establish a hate crime hotline . Not only would a hotline ensure a safe way for victims to seek justice but it also would give real data on hate crimes and in my mind, you can’t fight hate without seeing the whole scope of what’s happening.
    You can call the following to express support for this bill:
    • The House Judiciary Committee
    (202) 225-3951
    • Bob Goodlatte (VA R, chairman)
    (202) 225-5431(540) 432-2391
    • John Conyers Jr. (MI D, ranking member)
    (202) 225-5126(313) 961-5670
    • The White House
    (202) 456-1111
    •  Judiciary Committee members from your state (click on their name to find their phone number)
  • Read up. Social Justice Work During the Trump Era Syllabus is a great reading list.

 

 

 

News & Actions: 11/28/16

People want to be informed about what’s happening w/ the president-elect and his transition but they may not have time to follow all the news or for their own self-care, are limiting their exposure to social media right now. These ICYMI updates will be basic bullet points of the daily happenings with call to actions. I will generally just post the news  without my own commentary. I will include essays and thoughts from around the web after the news portion to give perspectives from marginalized folks.


November 24-27

 

Actions

  • Voice your opposition to Betsy DeVos’ appointment as Secretary of Education. Call your local reps but also, you can call the offices of those on the Senate Education Committee. (I’m sorry I didn’t have time to put all their individual numbers right here. I’m writing this before work and just copy/pasted rep’s links. Will update when I get a few extra minutes)

Lamar Alexander (TN)

Michael B. Enzi (WY)

Richard Burr (NC)

Johnny Isakson (GA)

Rand Paul (KY)

Susan Collins (ME)

Lisa Murkowski (AK)

Mark Kirk (IL)

Tim Scott (SC)

Orrin  Hatch (UT)

Pat Roberts (KS)

Bill Cassidy, M.D. (LA)

 

Patty Murray (WA)

Barbara Mikulski (MD)

Bernie Sanders (VT)

Robert P. Casey, Jr (PA)

Al Franken (MN)

Michael F. Bennet (CO)

Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)

Tammy Baldwin (WI)

Christopher S. Murphy (CT)

Elizabeth Warren (MA)

  • Continue to also call your representatives to challenge the appointments of Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, and whomever else is objectionable and will not best serve our interests and country.
  • Call the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Elijah Cummings is calling for a bipartisan review of the financial arrangements Trump has made for his businesses to ensure there’s no conflict of interest. 202-225-5074 & can also call Chaffetz directly, (801) 851-2500.
    If it’s easier for you, you can use a script like this:
    “I’m —- —– , a constituent calling to let the committee know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s “financial arrangements” for potential conflicts of interest before he’s sworn in as president. Please ask Chairman Chaffetz to immediately begin conducting a review to ensure that President-elect Trump does not have any actual or perceived conflicts of interests. I want the Committee to make sure Trump and his advisers comply with all legal and regulatory ethical requirements.”

 


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ICYMI Post-Election News: Weekend Edition for Nov 19 & 20

People want to be informed about what’s happening w/ the president-elect but they may not have time to follow all the news or for their own self-care, are limiting their exposure to social media right now. These ICYMI updates will be basic bullet points of the daily happenings with call to actions. I will generally just post the news  without my own commentary. I will include essays and thoughts from around the web after the news portion to give perspectives from marginalized folks.

 

Weekend of November 19- 20

Action Alerts 

This week is a short week due to Thanksgiving break so calls should be made ASAP.

  • New Yorkers! Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office is taking a concerned citizens’ tally so she can use it on the floor against Bannon. CALL. You can call any of her offices throughout the state, no matter where you live so if you get a busy signal on one just go down this list of numbers till you get through:
    Hudson Valley: (845) 875-4585
    Albany: (518) 431-0120
    Buffalo: (716) 854-9725
    Long Island: (631) 249-2825
    New York City: (212) 688-6262
    North Country: (315) 376-6118
    Rochester: (585) 263-6250
    Syracuse: (315) 448-0470*My note* One of her offices said that she is NOT doing any such tally and I didn’t get a clear clarification yet but either way, you can still call to voice concern about Bannon
  • Call your Congressman and state reps to voice concern about Bannon as Chief Stategist , Jeff Sessions as Attorney General,and whatever other appointments are objectionable to you.
  • Call the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Elijah Cummings is calling for a bipartisan review of the financial arrangements Trump has made for his businesses to ensure there’s no conflict of interest. 202-225-5074 & can also call Chaffetz directly, (801) 851-2500.
    If it’s easier for you, you can use a script like this:
    “I’m —- —– , a constituent calling to let the committee know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s “financial arrangements” for potential conflicts of interest before he’s sworn in as president. Please ask Chairman Chaffetz to immediately begin conducting a review to ensure that President-elect Trump does not have any actual or perceived conflicts of interests. I want the Committee to make sure Trump and his advisers comply with all legal and regulatory ethical requirements.”
  • Speaker Paul Ryan has a survey about ACA. It was closed last week but reopened at a new number. This one is super easy. No talking involved, just press the number after the prompt. Also, when you call, there’s no sign that it’s connecting. The line is silent. You just have to hang on for a moment or two to wait for the voice recording. The new number is  Call (202) 225 – 3031. You can also leave a voice mail if you choose
  • This Twitter list is every rep who tweets. If you’re not familiar with Twitter lists, it’s a separate timeline of tweets just from specific users added to that list. While tweeting back at these reps isn’t effective, it’s been helpful for me to check in to get an idea of where certain reps are at.
  • If possible, support your local abortion fund.

Resources

Free legal help for transgender people

 

Other reads

Steve Bannon is the Racist Far-Right Internet Personified — and He Hates Women and Gay People, Too

The BGD Podcast 11.16.16: Donald Trump Got Elected, What Now?

TRUMPLED , Or OMG WHAT HAVE WHITE PEOPLE DONE?

 

I’ve been seeing this Dylan Thomas quote shared a lot during the past week. The poem is about death but it’s nice how it fits to resistance of other things as well.
(My 1st born is named after Dylan Thomas, so it does give me some warm & fuzzies)

 


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