You may have heard of the Sleeping Giants movement, which aims to get companies to pull their ad dollars from sites like Breitbart by asking them repeatedly and politely via social media (primarily Twitter). They’ve enjoyed a high level of success, with many prominent companies blocking advertisement from showing up on the right-wing, often hateful ‘news’ site. One company they’ve had difficultly with, however, is Amazon. This may be surprising, considering Amazon’s participation in the legal case against the Travel Ban EO, and the fact that Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post. Apparently, there is a large contingent of Amazon employees pushing for the company to stop advertising on Breitbart. Let’s help them out.
Add your name to the petition here. From the ACLU:
In below-freezing weather last night, law enforcement deployed tear gas, water cannons, percussion grenades, and rubber bullets against hundreds protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
News reports confirm more than 300 people have been injured.
Tell the DOJ to investigate and demilitarize police responses to nonviolent #NoDAPL water protectors.
Right now on a North Dakota prairie, nonviolent protesters are being confronted by police in riot gear with armored military vehicles, automatic rifles, sonic weapons, concussion grenades, attack dogs, pepper spray, and beanbag bullets.
This sovereign nation of the Standing Rock Sioux – one of many constantly threatened by environmental injustice – is fighting to keep its water safe and clean by means of an historic protest.
But law enforcement agencies are treating them like wartime enemies. Riot police raiding a protest camp even yanked indigenous people from prayer in sweat lodges.
North Dakota has received $3 million worth of military equipment from the federal government through the Defense Department’s 1033 program. On top of that, more than a half dozen states have sent equipment and officers to North Dakota.
The Department of Justice can help stop this militarized response to indigenous activists and their allies fighting for clean water. It oversees the various federal programs that may have supplied much of the equipment being used against protesters – and it can put those oversight measures to use.
Thousands from across the globe have joined in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline could destroy ancestral burial grounds and poison the water supply for an entire sovereign nation and millions of Americans downstream who rely on the Missouri River. This is worth standing up for – these brutal police tactics are not appropriate or just.
Tell the DOJ to investigate possible constitutional violations and suspend police use of federally supplied military equipment.
From their website:
Millions of Americans are wondering what they can do right now to fight climate change and push back on a Trump presidency.
Here’s our first call to action: Tell President Obama to permanently protect the Arctic and Atlantic from hazardous offshore oil and gas drilling.
Offshore drilling is a serious threat to our climate, marine wildlife, and our coastal communities. The risks are just too high — we must keep these fossil fuels in the ground for good.
In March, President Obama only temporarily protected the Atlantic and parts of the Arctic from dangerous oil and gas drilling. Trump can easily undo this temporary measure.
Ask President Obama to give these areas the permanent protection they deserve.
Some members of Congress are trying to use tax dollars to fund discrimination. They’re hijacking the National Defense Authorization Act to push sweeping discrimination that targets women, LGBT people, and religious minorities in the workplace.
This amendment would jeopardize existing non-discrimination policies that protect 28 million workers – one-fifth of the country’s workforce.
The Russell Amendment would allow religiously-affiliated organizations that receive federal grants and contracts – like hospitals and universities – to discriminate against a broad swath of our society. You could be fired for marrying your same-sex partner – or denied benefits afforded to other married couples. You could be fired for being a single woman and taking birth control. You could be fired for being transgender. Or you could be refused a job interview if you don’t practice the “right religion.”
The Russell Amendment was added to the NDAA late at night with no debate. They thought we wouldn’t notice, but they were wrong. We’re taking action to stop it in its tracks, working together with Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Lambda Legal, CREDO, and more.
Stephen Bannon, from Breitbart, is a racist, anti-semite, misogynist… the list goes on. His appointment is a clear indicator of how the Trump administration really feels about the rights and human dignity of million of Americans – at the minimum apathetic, and probably actively hostile. I’m already seeing people saying that Bannon’s words have been rhetoric at his journalism job. Great if true, but I’m planning on taking him at his vile word until proven otherwise.
So how to push back? I’ve seen the following list floating around Facebook:
Here’s a concrete action a friend of a friend proposed: Friends, let’s seek a tactical victory this week. Let’s try to stop the Bannon appointment. Presidents have had to back down before, for comparatively minor reasons. (Some of us are old enough to remember Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, Bill Clinton’s two AG appointments, who had to withdraw for failing to pay Social Security taxes.) Let’s not assume this is a done deal.
Let’s do what we can to stop this. I have enclosed a list of actions below. Please feel free to add to this, especially those of you with organizing experience (some of whom I’ve tagged).
1) If you live in the US, call your Representatives and Senators and tell them this is unacceptable.
2) Paul Ryan is feigning ignorance again. Call his office at (202) 225-3031 and let him know that this is not ok. Same with Majority Leader McConnell, (202) 224-2541.
3) Call out the media when they report the Bannon appointment as a straight news story or refer to him as a “Breitbart executive” or a “provocateur,” but don’t call him what he is: a white supremacist, anti-semite, misogynist. Don’t let them normalize.
4) Where protests are ongoing, make this the focus, with signs, chants, etc. Next week we can turn out attention to other things. But for now let’s focus like a laser on this.
5) Let’s get religious groups on board; maybe even mainstream business groups, like the Chamber of Commerce (202-659-6000).
6) Contact other people of influence–College presidents, high-profile coaches and anyone else who has a public megaphone.
We can do this. #stopbannon
An additional step proposed by one of my Facebook friends was to sign this petition by Southern Poverty Law Center. Calling reps and other Senate/House leaders is more effective, but every little bit can help.
From the petition, by Southern Poverty Law Center:
During your campaign, you denigrated people because of their race, their religion, their ethnicity, their gender, their disability, and more.
You circulated racist and anti-Semitic tweets, and refused to immediately disavow the endorsement of a known neo-Nazi .
Now, haters of all stripes – from white nationalists to anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBT extremists – are celebrating your victory.
You must distance yourself from them.
You have pledged to be a president for “all Americans” and to “bind the wounds of division” in our country.
If you mean what you say, you must do two things.
First, you must publicly disavow all forms of bigotry.
Second, you must assure the country that no one associated with a hate group or any form of extremism will have a position, a voice or influence in your administration.
Honor your pledge. The American people deserve no less from their president.
From the petition:
Donald Trump has chosen a leading climate skeptic to head the EPA transition. Do not let a man who denies science in the name of profit lead the nation in environmental protection.
Sign the petition here, and don’t forget to verify your signature in the email that you will be sent after signing.
From Bernie Sanders’ website:
You cannot be a party which on one hand says we’re in favor of working people, we’re in favor of the needs of young people but we don’t quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class. People do not believe that. You’ve got to decide which side you’re on. That’s why Bernie Sanders supports Rep. Keith Ellison to be the next Chair of the DNC:
“We must also do everything we can to elect Democrats in Congress in 2018, and to take back the White House in 2020. We need a Democratic National Committee led by a progressive who understands the dire need to listen to working families, not the political establishment or the billionaire class. That is why I support Keith Ellison to be the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and why I hope you’ll join me in advocating for him to lead the DNC.” – Bernie Sanders
You can add your name here.