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« on: February 01, 2017, 12:07:16 pm »

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This way to the resistance: Your guide to defying the Trumpocalypse

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist | 7:40AM - Friday, January 27, 2017

Listen to Greenpeace.
Listen to Greenpeace.

THESE are the groups. These are the resources, the publications, the articles, the essential tools, the warriors both veteran and upstart, each and every one dedicated to fighting the Trumpocalypse and advocating for human rights, civil liberties, the safety and dignity of immigrants, minorities and refugees, of the LGBT community, of women's health, science, the arts, sanctuary, your own tremulous and terrified heart. Also hope, kindness and just the type of fundamental human decency that was spit upon and stomped to the ground on November 8th.

And let's be absolutely clear: This is the time. It is, tragically and rather gruesomely, unlike any time in recent U.S. history, as the world bears sickened witness to America's sudden lurch toward tyranny, toward a flatulent fascism like we've never really known, a complete upheaval and molestation of America's truest values.

The assaults are coming fast and vicious. We are no longer a full democracy. It does not matter if you're working-class or “elite”, midwestern or coastal, Repub or Dem, blue or red or anything in between: Trump and his GOP flying monkeys mean everyone ill.

I realize the following list might seem overwhelming. You must take sufficient time to filter, to pore through, to see where you can engage most successfully. Meditation helps tremendously. And yoga. And reconnecting with your immediate community, your loved ones, your local kula. Also, bourbon. Also, nature. Also, compassion. Passionate, outraged, deeply felt, carefully discerning, middle-finger compassion. You know the kind?

Do you have the time for any of this? Of course you do. You must have the time. You cannot be too busy. Not anymore. You cannot be too stressed or tired or “just not feeling it,” meekly hoping someone else will fix it all for you, will defend you and your family, your kids, your gay/black/Islamic/Latino/feminist/scientific/journalist friends, against Trump's radioactive, sociopathic hatestorm. There is simply too much at stake.

Know this: There is tremendous power in unity. The awe-inspiring Women's March revealed a global wellspring of fiery, compassionate solidary the likes of which the world hasn't seen in decades, if ever. It was downright breathtaking. In short: The raw engine for real progress is there. And you are the fuel.

Does that sound cheesy? I don't care. Do it anyway.

(Caveat: This list is, naturally, by no means complete, nor is it intended to be so. I leave it to those who create/operate these resources to spur you to more specific actions, the most effective ways to use your energy, time and money. Read thoroughly. Dig deep. Add your own orgs and sites and methods. Send me more suggestions, both local and national, and I'll add them to the list. We are in this fight together).

Start with:

Scientists march on Washington (Facebook/email updates)

Smart people are dangerous. If tyranny is to succeed, smart people and their books, science, know-how, college degrees and clever ideas to keep us all alive must be shut down in favor of 5th-grade gruntspeak and “alternative facts”. This is the Trump ethos.

Already, a new march is being planned (date TBA) in defiance of Trump's unprecedented crackdown on the EPA, on climate science, the USDA, HHS, all communications from national parks, threats against NASA, et al.

Don't f-ck with science, Orange Monster. They know how you breathe. Get your clever signs ready.

Meet the near future. She will eat megalomaniacal, tiny-handed Trump-trolls like a goddamn Kraft Lunchable.
Meet the near future. She will eat megalomaniacal, tiny-handed Trump-trolls like a goddamn Kraft Lunchable.

Join, donate, support, participate…

Set up automatic monthly donations. Get their newsletters. Attend local chapter meetings. Note actionable items on their websites. The ACLU alone is gathering a Constitutional Defense Fund to battle Trump's vicious attacks and needs immediate financial help. Flip them $10 a month? Planned Parenthood has never been under such scathing duress from the gleefully misogynistic GOP. They can tell you who to call, right now. There are multiple ways you can help.

These are some of the larger, most essential groups doing some of the most vital work (bonus: many supported/co-sponsored the Women's March). Read, join, donate, engage:

Activism & related resources…

Women's March: 10 Actions in 100 Days. — Don't you know? The rally was just the beginning. It's now a global movement. Join it.

Indivisible Guide: “A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda.” Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.

The Action Network: The Left's not-so-secret weapon. Essential organizing tools for progressives. “More than 650 women's marches in more than 50 countries were organized using the site's tools, according to the network's own data.”

The 65: Essential list of actionable issues for the 65 million who didn't vote for the Orange Monster, and the millions of others who will, very soon, really regret doing so.

Swing Left: Aiming at the House. Because the 2018 mid-terms are coming fast.

5calls.org: Five calls a day to make your voice heard. Specific names, numbers, scripts you can use right now.

Daily Action: This one couldn't be simpler: “Text the word DAILY to the number 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N). You'll be prompted to enter your ZIP code and that's it — you're signed up. You will subsequently receive one text message every workday about an issue that we have determined to be urgent based on where you live. You tap on the phone number in your message, listen to a short recording about that day's issue, and from there you'll be automatically routed to your Senator, member of Congress, or other relevant elected official.” Boom.

Resistance Manual: Open-source Wiki covering the most pressing issues, updated regularly.

Run For Something: Yes, you.

SecureDrop: Directory of anonymous online drop points set up by various news orgs for safe sharing of insider information. This is where you go when you have the tapes, the docs, the leaks that will bring down the rancid fascist demons. You listening, members of EPA, USDA, HDD, NASA, Trump's staff, et al?

ProPublica: Journalism in the public interest. Re-dedicated to fighting Trump's idiotic “alterative facts,” and beyond. (Facebook)

Rogue Twitter accounts: On Tuesday there were 14. As of this writing there are more than 50, in the first week alone. This is how bad. NASA, HHS, EPA, FDA, national parks, you name it — they're all tweeting the scariest thing of all in the Age of Trump: Facts.

And these are scientists. With PhDs. Creating a sudden swarm of anonymous (“rogue”) Twitter accounts representing their agencies, in response to Trump's threats and overt muzzling of fact, funding and scientific research.

Are they all legit? Who's running them? Can they be trusted? No way to know, yet. But so far, they're all kinds of amazing, and seem to be one hell of a potent counter-attack. After all, no one said the rebellion wouldn't be a little messy… and hugely ironic, given Trump's fetish for tweeting hateful bullshit. Follow them all.

Signal (app) — Private, secure, untraceable text messaging. Ideal for muzzled/threatened federal workers, scientists, aides, muckrakers, journalists and, of course, Russian hookers who might have video of themselves peeing on/in front of the president in a Moscow hotel. Reporters are standing by.

News & Guts: Dan Rather, the legendary veteran reporter who posted one of the better, more frightening viral commentaries on FB few days ago, has launched a media production company. Dude is 85 years old. Absolutely worth following. Also on Facebook.

Charity Navigator: Guide to intelligent giving.

Dozens of rogue science agency accounts, in a matter of days. Don’t f-ck with science, President Cheet-O.
Dozens of rogue science agency accounts, in a matter of days.
Don’t f-ck with science, President Cheet-O.

Inspiring reading…

And here are the phone numbers for all Trump hotels around the world (since Trump has yet to re-staff the White House public phone lines), for when you want to complain, tell him off, or book a room to urinate on.

You can also let White House Inc. help connect you. After all, since Trump hasn't divested, all his tacky gold properties are essentially satellite White House offices.

Stay informed: Newsletters…

  • NextDraft by Dave Pell. Not entirely political (thank God), but entirely essential.

  • Re:act newsletter by Derek Nelson. Weekly roundup of concrete actions you can take right now to combat the Trumpocalypse. (Brand new and growing rapidly).

Don't freak out…

Got something to add? A worthy tool, essential app, guide, technique, personal anecdote of what you do, every day, to galvanize and stay healthy, fearless, #antitrump? Let me know … email me.


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Week One of Go to Hell, America

By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist | 5:17PM PST - Friday, January 27, 2017

Signing America's death warrant, over and over again.
Signing America's death warrant, over and over again.

THE TRUMPOCALYPSE so far, in a grotesque — and rather terrifying — nutshell…

  • Trump issued largely unconstitutional global gag order on international NGOs providing women's health care and family planning services (“policy experts predict this will mean 6.5 million more unintended pregnancies, 2.2 million more abortions, 2.1 million more unsafe abortions, and the deaths of 21,700 pregnant women.” — The Nation.)

  • Froze all research grants for, and issued gag order on the EPA, with promise to defund and destroy agency that provides invaluable research and protects water supply, air quality, everyday life, the planet itself. Nominated EPA-hating Scott Pruitt to run ruin the agency, promised to tear the 14,000-strong agency into “little bits” in favor of pollutive corporate cronies and poisonous deregulation.

  • Gag order on USDA scientists, HHS, National Parks, many other agencies, threatened to defund NASA climate satellites, resulting in 50+ “rogue” Twitter accounts created by infuriated, muzzled government scientists and their colleagues.

  • Hiring freeze on all federal employees, except the 4,000 he's hiring for his own snarling administration.

  • Promise to completely defund Planned Parenthood, decimate Roe versus Wade, cut back on Title IX enforcement, eliminate all funding for Violence Against Women grants in the Department of Justice.

  • Called for review of all “multilateral treaties”, such as Paris Climate and many others, which will wreak harm on allies and dangerously undermine America's ability to be a good and humane global citizen.

  • Proposed massive 40 percent reduction in U.S. support for the United Nations and other global bodies, equaling billions of dollars, which “includes international peacekeeping missions and U.S. support for development work under the U.N. umbrella,” and which will more radically isolate the U.S.

  • Plans to eliminate all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, privatize PBS, eliminate science funding, among other major cuts to Energy, Commerce, Justice departments.

  • Meanwhile. issues executive order to redirect taxpayer funds to start building useless wall.

  • Call for absurd investigation into “massive” voter fraud related to “millions” of illegal immigrants, fraud which does not exist and has been laughably discredited by both parties.

  • Steve “Breitbart” Bannon, Trump's main squeeze and the king of all racist trolls, said the media should “keep its mouth shut” about what the narcissistic orange manbaby is doing — a directive also shared, wouldn't you know it, by the Nazis.

  • Plan to ban all Syrian refugees and introduce “extreme vetting” of immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations.

  • Announced plans to issue exec order to re-open notorious CIA “black sites” overseas (unlisted prison camps, worse than Guantánamo) for detaining suspects unlawfully, and torturing them.

  • Restarted needless, destructive Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipeline projects.

  • Broadened definition of who can be deported to mean any illegal immigrant who “in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose(s) a risk to public safety or national security.” (Read: anyone).

  • Threatened to strip all federal funding from the more than 200 sanctuary cities across the U.S. that provide havens for refugees fleeing massacre and genocide.

  • Named new head of FCC, Ajit Pai, who will gut/eliminate net neutrality rules that gave everyone fair and equal access to the Internet.

  • And more…

Just 207 more weeks to go. Might be time to join the resistance.

Dumb like a nuclear warhead.
Dumb like a nuclear warhead.

No, seriously … he really will!
No, seriously … he really will!

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from the Los Angeles Times....

Meet Indivisible, the young progressives
leading the resistance to President Trump

Invisible — and so visible: the activist group that has bedeviled GOP lawmakers nationwide.

By KURTIS LEE | 4:00AM PDT - Sunday, March 26, 2017

Constituents concerned about repeal of the Affordable Care Act converge last month outside the closed district offices of Representative Daniel Donovan (Republican-New York). — Photograph: Andrew Lichtenstein Corbis/Getty Images.
Constituents concerned about repeal of the Affordable Care Act converge last month outside the closed district offices of
Representative Daniel Donovan (Republican-New York). — Photograph: Andrew Lichtenstein Corbis/Getty Images.

THE IDEA started with a public Google document.

In the weeks after Donald Trump won last year's presidential election and Republicans kept control of Congress, Sarah Dohl, along with a handful of friends and former Capitol Hill colleagues, wanted Americans — mostly distraught Democrats — to know their voices could still be heard.

Not expecting much, they published online a 26-page document in mid-December, outlining a succinct idea: resist.

Its title, “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda”, quickly drew interest. George Takei, the actor who starred in the television series “Star Trek”, tweeted it to his 2.2 million followers. So, too, did former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who worked in the Clinton administration.

“We just had no idea it would turn into this huge movement,” Dohl, 33, said on Saturday from her house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. “We thought our moms might read it.”

What at first started with a small group of young progressives batting around ideas on how to move forward under a Trump administration has blossomed into a national movement, known as Indivisible. The mission centers on grass-roots advocacy targeting members of Congress inclined to work with the new administration and those who, in Indivisible's view, don't do enough to oppose it.

In keeping with the loose structure of other movements such as Black Lives Matter, Indivisible isn't a hierarchical organization with a national headquarters and local chapters. Instead, it's a collection of groups committed to the same goal, employing tactics and operating on principles shared by Indivisible's founders online.

Early on, the focus was attacking Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Members of the movement have caused representatives to flee town halls and, at times, cancel public events altogether. They've corralled constituents, visited district offices and made phone calls en masse demanding answers.

Not all people who flooded congressional town halls in recent weeks were part of — or had even heard of — Indivisible. But many were.

“Every member of Congress cares about how their constituents view them and the narrative being formed in their districts,” said Dohl, who has held several jobs on Capitol Hill, including communications director for Representative Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat, whose district includes parts of Austin, Texas. “And we're not just focused on Republicans. This is about Democrats standing up and having a spine and pushing back against Trump and Republicans.”

A chapter within the Indivisible guide is titled “How your member of Congress thinks and how to use that to save Democracy”. It offers up a simple point:

“To influence your own Member of Congress (MoC), you have to understand one thing: every House member runs for office every two years and every Senator runs for election every six years. Functionally speaking, MoCs are always either running for office or getting ready for their next election — a fact that shapes everything they do.”

The strategy, said Dohl, echoes the Tea Party movement that sprang up in 2009. At the time, President Obama's efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act caused a conservative uproar. Images of constituents, angered by the legislation and jabbing fingers in lawmakers' faces, filled television screens and front pages nationwide. The next election cycle, Democrats, who at the time had controlled both chambers of Congress, lost the House.

Now, members of the movement hope it's the reverse.

“We're seeing people who have never been involved in politics now motivated to speak up,” said Ezra Levin, who came up with the idea for the online guide and is now president of Indivisible Guide, which recently registered as nonprofit group. He worked with Dohl on Capitol Hill in 2009, during the rise of the Tea Party.

On Saturday, the two celebrated the GOP collapse on healthcare. A day earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled a bill that would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because it did not have enough support. Many in the Freedom Caucus, among the most conservative members of Congress, thought the bill did not dismantle Obamacare enough. Democrats and moderate Republicans thought it went too far.

Levin, 31, credits Indivisible groups for influencing moderates such as Representative Barbara Comstock, a Republican who represents a swing district in Virginia.

For weeks, Comstock declined requests from constituents — some of whom are associated with Indivisible — for an in-person town hall. Her Capitol Hill and district offices were also flooded with phone calls from constituents seeking more access to her.

On Friday, hours before the bill was pulled, Comstock said she would not support it.

“This is setting the tone for members of Congress to know that constituents are paying attention,” Levin said. “And they're not going to stop. This is going forward for months and years.”

Laynette Evans, 64, a career coach and resume writer, is among the early organizers of Indivisible Reno.

The Reno group has about 1,100 Facebook members and has met a handful of times in recent months to talk about how to get their representatives at all levels of government — Democrats and Republicans alike — to hear them out on issues including healthcare and immigration.

“It's putting politicians on notice,” said Evans, a Democrat. “With the election of Donald Trump, I think more people are becoming engaged in politics and how our country is being governed.”

In January, a day after Trump's inauguration, millions of people joined women's marches nationwide. As protests of Trump have ensued, several states have sought to pass legislation that would discourage or criminalize protest. And Trump has described protesters — those at town halls or marching in the streets — as paid professionals who specialize in disrupting Republicans.

After the failure to repeal of Obamacare, Trump has indicated he's ready to move on to other issues, such as tax reform.

Whatever the proposal, Trump and Republicans will probably face Indivisible, Levin said.

The resistance, Levin said, is not going away.

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