Resist Days Organizing Call

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:52 pm
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C&Pd because it's easier than explaining:

A message from #Resist:
Hey there,

Let’s try something new.

#RESIST DAYS
March 31st-April 2nd
Every group, everywhere #resist together.

The goal: at least 1,000 #Resist events around the world in one weekend.

Want to make it happen?
RSVP to join the coordinating call on Monday, March 27 at 8:30 PM ET.

Talk to you soon,

Ashley Kroetsch
#Resist Organizer

PS Don’t worry if you can’t make it -- reach out to your local Co-Organizer to fill in the blanks.

Atlantis, by WH Auden

Mar. 21st, 2017 01:00 pm
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Being set on the idea
  Of getting to Atlantis,
You have discovered of course
  Only the Ship of Fools is
Making the voyage this year,
As gales of abnormal force
  Are predicted, and that you
  Must therefore be ready to
Behave absurdly enough
  To pass for one of The Boys
At least appearing to love
  Hard liquor, horseplay and noise.

Should storms, as may well happen,
  Drive you to anchor a week
In some old harbour-city
  Of Ionia, then speak
With her witty scholars, men
Who have proved there cannot be
  Such a place as Atlantis:
  Learn their logic, but notice
How their subtlety betrays
  A simple enormous grief;
Thus, they shall teach you the ways
  To doubt that you may believe.

If, later, you run aground
  Among the headlands of Thrace
Where with torches all night long
  A naked barbaric race
Leaps frenziedly to the sound
Of conch and dissonant gong:
  On that stony savage shore
  Strip off your clothes and dance, for
Unless you are capable
  Of forgetting completely
About Atlantis, you will
  Never finish your journey.

Again, should you come to gay
  Carthage or Corinth, take part
In their endless gaiety;
  And if in some bar a tart,
As she strokes your hair, should say
"This is Atlantis, dearie,"
  Listen with attentiveness
  To her life-story: unless
You become acquainted now
  With each refuge that tries to
Counterfeit Atlantis, how
  Will you recognise the true?

Assuming you beach at last
  Near Atlantis, and begin
The terrible trek inland
  Through squalid woods and frozen
Tundras where all are soon lost;
If, forsaken then, you stand,
  Dismissal everywhere
  Stone and snow, silence and air,
Remember the noble dead
  And honour the fate you are
Travelling and tormented,
  Dialectic and bizarre.

Stagger onward rejoicing;
  And even then if, perhaps
Having actually got
  To the last col, you collapse
With all Atlantis gleaming
Below you yet you cannot
  Descend, you should still be proud
  Even to have been allowed
Just to peep at Atlantis
  In a poetic vision:
Give thanks and lie down in peace,
  Having seen your salvation.

All the little household gods
  Have started crying, but say
Good-bye now, and put to sea.
  Farewell, dear friend, farewell: may
Hermes, master of the roads
And the four dwarf Kabiri,
  Protect and serve you always;
  And may the Ancient of Days
Provide for all you must do
  His invisible guidance
Lifting up, friend, up on you
  The light of His countenance.

Good Analysis of Today's FBI News

Mar. 20th, 2017 10:01 pm
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The Trump Campaign Has Been Under Investigation Since July

From The New Yorker:

"For the White House, which in recent weeks has urged intelligence and law-enforcement officials to parrot its skepticism about the “Russian story,” Comey’s public acknowledgement of the probe makes it all but impossible to meddle again without risking serious political and legal consequences."

20 years from now there will be a movie about this. Oily fellow sex offender Casey Affleck will play Trump. Unless, god willing, they're sharing a cell together.

Weekly Check In March 19

Mar. 19th, 2017 08:46 pm
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Housekeeping
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

Get Involved
Call to support House Resolution for Trump to release his tax returns
Ides of Trump - Send him a postcard (technically was March 15, but no reason you still can't send him a postcard)
Call Representatives about Medicaid Cuts (technically was organized for the 16th, but the talking points are still valid)
Thank a government scientist

Info of Georgia Special Election on April 18. Registration deadline for those not registered is March 20

Run for your State Democratic Committee, petitions due April 3


Tools
Use Resistbot to use texting to fax your reps. It's extremely easy.

Upcoming Protests
April 1: March for Health
April 15: Tax Day March
April 22: March for Science

News to know
Confirmation Hearings
Jay Clayton for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Labor Secretary: Alexander Acosta's hearing delayed to this week
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing of Neil Gorsuch Begin March 20 (WaPo coverage)

Immigration / Dreamers
Chatbot helps refugeescomplete paperwork
ACLU Freedom Cities Action Plan
The second Muslim Ban Executive Order blocked by Federal Judges in Hawaii and Maryland, and Trumps words used against him. (WaPo)

Healthcare
Linkspam: CBO score for Republican health plan, what it means for people, talking points, potential impacts

Get Educated
Link Roundup: Why calling Congress is worthwhile, Virginia Democrats gearing up for primaries, fight over electric vehicles, lessons from Obamacare, sequestration will cause problems for Republican health plan
Ballotpedia watches all the States' upcoming legislation so you don't happy. You can sign up for their newsletter.

How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.

Poll #18099 This week in the resistence
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15


I

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called my one senator
3 (20.0%)

called my other senator
3 (20.0%)

called my representative
2 (13.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/email/postcard/fax
10 (66.7%)

donated money to a cause
3 (20.0%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (13.3%)

participated in an online training or call
2 (13.3%)

went to a protest
1 (6.7%)

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signed up for daily action alerts
3 (30.0%)

took care of myself
8 (80.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
4 (40.0%)




On Women as "baby factories"

Mar. 19th, 2017 06:39 pm
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[tumblr.com profile] bathtimefunduck gave us this gem:

The female body literally cannot carry a child to full development. It would kill us. We’re more like… game developers at Ubisoft— we kick the product out before it’s ready and hope we can work out the bugs to make them playable as they get older.
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On Wednesday, [personal profile] executrix  posted a link to Resistbot. I finally got around to trying it out today and I am here to now convert the rest of you into using it.

Resistbot is my new favorite thing.


Story time: The first week after Inauguration it wasn't hard to get over my fear of phones and call my representatives in Congress. It sucked but I did it. Then three things conspired to make me pretty much stop. 1) I live in a very vocal blue state. My senators and reps are already doing what I want them to do, so the urgency tapered as 2) real life reasserted itself and things simmered down since I can't live in crisis mode, and 3) when I did call, there were so many calls that I wasn't getting through anymore and it all felt pointless.

I'm going to pause here and recommend you read What Calling Congress Achieves (The New Yorker) that [personal profile] snickfic  posted in today's linkspam. It reinvigorated my urge to contact Congress People because it DOES matter. It matters that we do it collectively in large numbers over the long haul.

Back to Resistbot. Here's what it is. You text "resist" to their number 50409 and the bot answers. I got to grin and imagine I was talking to a droid in Star Wars.

The bot asks for your name and zipcode. It finds your senators (it will add your representative if you use it again). Then it asks what you want to tell them. Here's where I messed up this time around: I talked to the bot instead of my senators. Don't do that. What you text to the bot is what's going to be put in the fax addressed to them, so you should address your representatives directly.

I gotta say, it was really easy to do, and I really liked being able to text what I wanted to say. At this point in my life, texting is one of my major forms of communication, so it wasn't hard to come up with something. I think it's good because it also forces you to be short. Make one point and then send.

The bot formats it into a letter, which it screenshots for you, and then faxes to the appropriate offices. All told it took about five minutes.


To sum up:

You basically get to text Congress without looking up their contact info
The resistbot sends it to them as a faxed letter
You don't have to call over and over again to get through jammed lines or full inboxes
You don't have to talk to a person or wait for open office hours