The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an environmental impact study on the currently proposed route for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They’re accepting public commentary until February 20. Write them a letter here to let them know why the project should not go forward.
There is no shortage of marches and protests these days (and you should keep an eye out for ones local to you as they spring up – there are many ongoing demonstrations against Trump’s EO on Immigrants and Refugees), but here are two upcoming ones to keep an eye on:
- March for Science
The march’s mission statement:
March for Science is an effort comprised of dozens of independent, nonpartisan coordinators. Recent rhetoric has inspired us to march on Washington D.C. and in Satellite Marches across the country. Our mission statement is as follows:
THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE CHAMPIONS PUBLICLY FUNDED AND PUBLICLY COMMUNICATED SCIENCE AS A PILLAR OF HUMAN FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY. WE UNITE AS A DIVERSE, NONPARTISAN GROUP TO CALL FOR SCIENCE THAT UPHOLDS THE COMMON GOOD, AND FOR POLITICAL LEADERS AND POLICYMAKERS TO ENACT EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
The date hasn’t yet been set, but follow their social media accounts to learn more. You can get all the current info and sign up to volunteer at or coordinate a satellite march in your community on their website.
- Tax Day (April 15th) Marches for Various Causes
Mark your calendar for April 15th – there are already protests and marches being planned all across the country for Tax Day. Various causes are being represented – I’ll be attending a Black Lives Matter march in Seattle (Westlake Park, 2pm – 6pm!), but I’ve also heard of marches pressuring Trump to release his tax returns and for other causes and grievances. Find out what’s happening near you and go participate.
Starting a new thing where I share some of the news stories I read in the past week that I thought were interesting or made good points, and that I think other people should read too. I don’t always agree with the conclusions drawn by the pieces, but I wanted to offer them without commentary to allow others to make up their own minds on the articles! (This is also a good exercise in reading the whole article and not just the headline, which I think we’re all frequently guilty of.)
- Calling Basic Civics Resistance Will Only Make it Harder to Stand Up to Trump (WaPo)
- Think the Women’s March wasn’t radical enough? Do something about it (The Guardian)
- Delete your account (TechCrunch)
- Call of the wild: can America’s national parks survive? (The Guardian)
- Everybody’s in a Bubble, and That’s a Problem (The Atlantic)
- Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue (The Guardian)
- Ill-informed. Impetuous. Reckless: The Trump years. (Politico)
- Study: real facts can beat ‘alternative facts’ if boosted by inoculation (The Guardian)
- The Worst Year Ever, Until Next Year (The New Yorker)
- Senate Democrats have the power to stop Trump. All they have to do is use it. (WaPo)
- Highways Aren’t Enough: What Trump Needs to Know About Remaking the Rust Belt (Politico)
- How to Overcome Political Irrationality About Facts (The Atlantic)
- We may be closer than we thought to dangerous climate thresholds (The Guardian)
Trump followed through on one of his most odious campaign promises yesterday, signing an Executive Order that restricts Immigration for citizens (including current US visa and Green Card holders – more on this in a second) of seven Muslim-majority nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan. While many on the right are claiming this isn’t a Muslim Ban, Trump has directed relevant agencies to prioritize Christian visa applicants and refugees from these countries. These restrictions went into place immediately, revoking visas from refugees and immigrants from these countries who had already been granted visas or had concrete plans to come to the US, stranding people who had been in the air at the time the restrictions went into place in airports, and even causing problems for Green Card holders – people who are legal United States permanent residents. It’s difficult to overstate how awful this is, and how much such an action goes against our values as Americans. It could also end up being a great recruitment tool for the extremist groups that Trump claims he’s trying to prevent from broaching our borders (friendly reminder that none of the 9/11 hijackers came from any of these countries, and all acts of ‘Islamic Extremism’ in the US in recent years have been carried out by people who were born here. Not to mention that most acts of terror, like mass shootings, in the US are carried out by white men who identify as Christian). This is something you should definitely be pissed off about, but also should mobilize against. What can we do?
- Call your Members of Congress (MoCs), show up to their offices, and show up to their public events.
- Tell Republicans to put country before party and stand up for ‘traditional American values,’ like valuing immigrants and being a beacon of hope and freedom to people around the world. Recite the full poem from the base of the Statue of Liberty. Really drive home the idea that this is unAmerican.
- Tell Democrats that it’s no longer safe to ‘see what Donald Trump does.’ He’s proven that we must take all of his campaign promises at face value. Tell them that unless they take a strong public stance against these actions and follow through with legislative action to stop this and other Trump actions/nominees, you will strongly consider voting for any candidate who may run against them in a primary.
- Do this with a phone call, or better yet, if you can, show up to their office nearest you on Monday or Tuesday. Find an Indivisible Action Group in your area if you haven’t already, and work with them to protest this action.
- Donate to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
- They’re filing a constitutional challenge against the Executive Order, and generally do a lot of great work to protect the civil rights of Muslim Americans and foster understanding.
- Donate to CAIR here.
- Donate to the International Rescue Committee
- Donate to and become a member of the ACLU
- The ACLU is already suing the administration on behalf of many visa holders and refugees who have been detained in America’s airports since yesterday.
- Learn more about the lawsuit, donate, and consider becoming a member.
- Donate to UNICEF’s effort to help Syrian children
- Donate to the White Helmets
- Donate to the American Refugee Committee
- Donate to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
- Fight harassment and racism in your community when you see it
If you have any resources that I should update this post with, please contact me here.
Call your Senators today (or show up at one of their offices, if you can!) and tell them to vote no on HR7, which would make the Hyde Amendment permanent and make it even more difficult than it already is for low-income women to afford abortion services when needed. In conjunction with Trump re-instating the so-called “Mexico City Policy,” or “Global Gag Rule,” which prohibits any organization overseas from even mentioning abortion in their programming if they receive US federal funds, it’s clear that keeping abortion safe and legal is going to be one of the biggest ongoing fights with this administration.
It’s time to start putting in work to recapture the legislature in 2018, and the legislature and White House in 2020. These organizations can help:
VoteRunLead: Provides training and support to women running for office.
Indivisible: The group behind the Indivisible Guide has inspired many action groups across the country, which have turned into a progressive Tea Party of sorts, cribbing from the Tea Party’s playbook by showing up at Reps’ offices and demanding an audience on the issues that they’re concerned about. Primarily this has been focused on the ACA so far, but there will be lots of things to push back on, and I’m sure that they will involve themselves in the 2018 and 2020 elections to hold Reps accountable for their actions.
SwingLeft: Don’t live in a swing district and want to help? Sign up at SwingLeft and find out where the nearest swing district so that you can volunteer and donate in the next election (and the run up for the 2018 elections has pretty much already started). There was some question about the org’s authenticity as raised in a DailyKos article, but the founders have since clarified their identities and made the leadership more transparent. Check out the site’s about page for more info.
RunForSomething: Sign up to support candidates under 35 or to run for office yourself. The organization is seeking people under 35 who have deep connections to where they live to run for office in the next 10-20 years, with the idea of creating a “bench” of progressive candidates. They’re primarily looking for women and people of color who are interested in running, but anyone under 35 who would run on the Democratic ticket and shares a core of progressive values is encouraged to run.
Resistance Manual: Bookmark this link as a resource for the next four years. It’s an open-source platform with information about Trump’s policies and how to counteract them (in a huge range of topics), as well as information on state and local political issues (which are super important, remember to pay attention to those! Many progressive battles are won when policies can be proven to work at the local level, and it helps to potentially provide state-wide resistance to Trump’s policies).
Road to 2018: An organization marshaling resources to flip and keep seats blue in 2018, specifically focusing on 12 Senate races, 10 of which are Democratic senators whose states voted for Trump in 2016.
Stand Up Republic: For the more conservative-minded anti-Trump folks out there, Stand Up Republic is an organization founded by Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn to “stand up in defense of the fundamental principles that have made this country the true home of liberty and a source of hope for many around the world. Stand Up Republic will build and organize a grassroots movement in defense of liberty, equality, and truth in America. Our priorities will be to uphold the Constitution and defend the democratic norms and institutions upon which the protection of our basic rights depend.” While both founders are on the conservative end of the spectrum, the organization is ostensibly bi-partisan and welcomes all Americans who are concerned about preserving our democratic institutions, which already seem to be under attack by the Trump administration.
(Many suggestions pulled from Derek Nelson’s re:act newsletter.)
Hi readers! I’ve taken most of the last week or so off to give myself a little brain break and recharge for the fights we still have ahead of us. I was so inspired by the millions (!!!) of people who turned out to march this past Saturday. We got under Trump’s skin and showed the country and the world that we’re not going to take this administration lying down. Now we have to back that up with sustained, continuous action, primarily in the form of calling our representatives and showing up to civic events for both local and national politics. This needs to be the beginning of a millions-strong movement, not the entirety of it.
Pissed off about something the Senate is doing? Call your Senators. Want a new piece of legislation to be introduced in the House? Call your Representative. That doesn’t just go for your Members of Congress (MoCs) in D.C. – you can call your state legislative reps as well. Call your governor’s office. Call your mayor’s office. Your city council reps. Show up to events – ask your MoCs when their next constituent event or town hall is. And then show up. Ask questions. Push them. Bring your friends and family with you and have them ask questions too. Largely agree with what your Rep does? Thank them, and ask them to make statements condemning actions that don’t fit with their values and to introduce legislation about issues that you care about. Largely disagree? Tell them so, loudly and repeatedly, and tell them what you want them to do instead. Tell them that you support the ACA, the Endangered Species Act, our National Parks, protecting the rights of women and POC, ending hate crimes, cracking down on police brutality, climate change, transportation, housing affordability, ANYTHING that you can think of that you support, and make them listen to you. Calls are great, showing up at events is even better. Get involved with local political groups and/or your local branch of the Democratic Party. Make politics look closer to the way you want them to look.
I’ll still be posting, hopefully about 3x a week, with concrete actions to take. But we’re in the middle of everything now, so we have to be proactive. Call, call, call, and show up, show up, show up. The Tea Party had pretty bad policies but extremely effective strategies – let’s beat them at their own game.