I saw this amazing weekly newsletter by Derek Nelson on Twitter the other day. It’s called re:act, and you can sign up here. If you do, you’ll get a weekly email with several concrete statements/actions by the Trump administration, and specific instructions for how to push back on them. Obviously, that’s very similar to what I’m trying to do with this blog, but I don’t think this is an area where competition should be viewed as the enemy. I urge everyone who’s enjoying this blog to sign up for this newsletter and follow all of the suggestions each week! And then, of course, come to the blog and see what my suggestion(s) of the day are.
Here’s a sample of the content of re:act from the Nov. 15th newsletter:
1. “Trump draws sharp rebuke, concerns over newly appointed chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon”
Bannon is a white nationalist who has published stories like “The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off,” “Bill Kristol: Renegade Jew,” and “Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield”. His ex-wife said in a court declaration that he “he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.” He will now have a desk next to the Oval Office. Pressure is mounting for Trump to rescind the appointment.
What you can do #1: (Approx 8 minutes)
Call Paul Ryan’s office at (202) 225-0600. There is no vote on this position, but this clearly passes any previous precedent for withdrawing.
Donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has already denounced Bannon:
Trump now plans to immediately deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants who he says are criminals, a figure given “two pinocchios” by the Washington Post.
What you can do #2: (Approx 6 minutes)
Join the ACLU, which promises to be “be eternally vigilant every single day of your presidency” on the issue of deportations.
Send along “5 Important Things You Need To Know About DACA During a Trump Presidency” to any immigrant youth that may be impacted.
Sign the United We Dream petition to stop specific deportations.
There were a total of 5,818 hate crimes in the U.S. in 2015, including a 67% jump in crimes against Muslim-Americans, the highest since 2001. Attacks against transgender people also sharply increased.
Consider giving Muslim-Americans a powerful voice by supporting Keith Ellison for the next DNC Chair. Ellison is a six-term progressive Minnesota representative and one of two Muslims in Congress. Bernie Sanders can deliver your signature for support here.
“I’ve heard a few people say that it’s not 100% clear here that Ryan is calling for Medicare Phase Out. It is 100% clear. Ryan has a standard, openly enunciated position in favor of Medicare Phase Out. It’s on his website. It’s explained explicitly right there.” – Josh Marshall, TPM
What you can do #4: (Approx 15 minutes)
Let these purple state Republican Senators who serve on the Finance Committee (which oversees Medicare) know if you find a Medicare phase-out acceptable. Calls are much more likely to spur action than email.
Iowa: Chuck Grassley – (202) 224-3744
Georgia: Johnny Isakson – (202) 224-3643
Ohio: Rob Portman – (202) 224-3353
Nevada: Dean Heller – (202) 224-6244
5. “Facebook is taking steps to eliminate fake news and hoaxes that some critics have suggested might have influenced the 2016 presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says”What’s happening:
This may seem trivial with everything else that’s going on, but fake news is having real consequences. Google’s top result for “final election results” goes to a fake news site with manufactured numbers saying Trump won. A false story of Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump was seen by 1.2 million people. This is important, and Mark Zuckerberg needs to be challenged when he says that “the idea fake news on Facebook… influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.” Social media outlets cannot have it both ways: they can’t say they influence buying decisions and democratic uprisings, while also saying that they can’t affect elections here at home by serving as a platform for misleading content.
What you can do #5: (Approx 3 minutes)
Respond to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post addressing the controversy:
Let Facebook’s feedback team know directly how urgent of a task this is: