"You with the Guardian?"

May. 26th, 2017 08:13 pm
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Here's a thought:

If you disapprove of politicians beating up journalists (or winking at other politicians' beating up journalists) and have some spare cash, one possible action would be to contribute to the Guardian -- whose journalist, Ben Jacobs, got beaten up.

There are various options for becoming a member and paying a regular subscription, but you can also make a one-off contribution.

Although they're a British newspaper, their coverage of US issues is very very strong.

They would like to note (in an e-mail sent out to members) that they recently ran pieces including GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies and Trump diehards stay loyal in Montana's 'white man's country' – video:

In that interview, the Guardian's west coast bureau chief, Paul Lewis, challenged Gianforte over his support of Trump's executive order that threatens more than two dozen national monuments in America, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana.
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Indivisible Guide is holding a Facebook Live event tonight at 8:30 pm (eastern), covering the CBO score and other TrumpCare issues, Russia, and "how you can hold your members of Congress accountable this recess." The message also has info. about the June 3 March for Truth in over 100 cities--the cutline is "for transparency, for democracy, for truth."

https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleguide/photos/a.198948293902381.1073741828.197760674021143/268390363624840/?type=3

ETA: This just in--en banc 4th Circuit voted 10-3 to affirm the nationwide preliminary injunction against the Muslim ban. The decision describes the ban as using "vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."

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May. 25th, 2017 04:17 pm
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From [personal profile] watersword in a comment in our suggestions post:
Rep. Ted Lieu (D - CA) has introduced a bill to ban conversion therapy (aka abusing queer people to make them not-queer) nationwide: HR.2119 - Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. There's a companion bill in the Senate, S.928 - Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. People can contact their reps or senators to thank them for co-sponsoring (the list of cosponsors is available at those links), or urge them to vote for the bills if and when they get out of committee.
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Holy shit:

The Guardian: Republican candidate charged with assault after 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter

"Allegedly", while a legal requirement at this point, means that, among other things, the Fox News team also present wrote this about Gianforte's alleged attack on Ben Jacobs:

Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"

Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken. He asked Faith, Keith and myself for our names. In shock, we did not answer. Jacobs then said he wanted the police called and went to leave. Gianforte looked at the three of us and repeatedly apologized. At that point, I told him and Scanlon, who was now present, that we needed a moment. The men then left.

To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies.


Oh, and it was all caught on audio tape.

Fox News: Key Montana newspapers pull Gianforte endorsement after incident

Here's [personal profile] colorblue's post on the Montana election -- the polls close today so I'm guessing it's too late to donate to Gianforte's opponent (ETA: see comment, no it's not too late, you can donate now and apparently he currently has 5X matching), but you never know:

Action: Montana Special Election

Note: Given the extreme bizarreness and how incredibly close to the special election it was, I'm sure there will be alt-right conspiracy theories about how Gianforte was deliberately provoked by a sinister foreign journalist from some sort of commie foreign paper.

For context: the Guardian is an extremely reputable, deeply earnest, moderately left-of-centre (by UK standards) newspaper. Think New York Times crossed with Slate and far, far less money, perhaps? Its capacity for sinister scheming is minimal.

This Week in Fandom, Volume 51

May. 23rd, 2017 04:05 pm
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This Week in Fandom Banner by Kat St. Pete

This Week in Fandom: Callout culture, femslash as cult fandom, Yuri on Ice happenings, WhedonCon, and more! https://goo.gl/WSPpFf

June 6 Vigils for Refugees

May. 23rd, 2017 12:37 pm
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https://www.hias.org/st-louis-vigils?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=hias_update&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2017_05_23

Locations of planned vigils, and info about hosting your own if there's no local vigil.

Just a Thought

May. 22nd, 2017 02:39 pm
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If thisfinecrew ever needed a fund-raiser we could print t-shirts that say "This IS the rutting Town Hall."
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Two Highlander fanfic archives, Daire’s Fanfic Refuge and HL Raven’s Nest, are being imported to AO3: https://goo.gl/xvj5uI

Weekly Check in May 21

May. 21st, 2017 10:30 pm
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Our Minority Pres is out of the country for the moment and things have calmed enough to breathe.

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.

It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions

Action
Elections

Montana Special Election on May 25

Regulation Repeal / Red Tape
Senate is voting soon on the Regulatory Accountability Act which favors corporations

Net Neutrality
John Oliver set up a redirect to the public comment page so it's easy to comment

Upcoming Protests
TODAY May 21: Applications due for MoveOn Community Organizer training
June 5: Applications due for Organizing for America Community Organizer training
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other Info
Healthcare
Info of the timeline of repeal and replace -  a reconciliation bill between the House and Senate version likely won't take place till 2018.

Immigration
National Immigration Law Coalition webinar available
Immigration Advocacy Organizations

Want to Run for Office?
Emily's List Candidate Training Info

Track How Your Congress People Vote
ProPublica has API keys to track legislation

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18404 This week in resisting
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


I

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called my one senator
2 (25.0%)

called my other senator
2 (25.0%)

called my representative
1 (12.5%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
5 (62.5%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
4 (50.0%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (25.0%)

participated in online or phone training
1 (12.5%)

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went to a protest
1 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
0 (0.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (20.0%)

did something else
3 (60.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
0 (0.0%)



Action: Montana Special Election

May. 20th, 2017 03:51 pm
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There's currently a Special Election being held in Montana, to replace Ryan Zinke, who Trump tapped as Interior Secretary. The polls close on May 25th. The Democratic candidate, Rob Quist, is pretty awesome -- a folk singer who ends his rallies with songs he's written, with a career in public service, a staunch opponent of privatizing public lands, pro single payer health system (and very strongly so -- he went into debt because of a botched surgery that left him ineligible for affordable health insurance), and pro-choice.

The Democratic establishment was initially bent on ignoring him, considering the race a sure loss, while Republicans PACs poured millions to prop up their candidate, the cardboard cut-out plutocrat Gainforte. But Quist continued drawing huge crowds to his rallies, raised much more money via small donors than anyone expected him to, and the establishment and media finally started taking notice.

They're now calling this race a referendum on Trump's presidency and policies. I think they're right to characterize it this way. The GOP nominee Gainforte had previously run for governor in 2016. But at that time, he'd distanced himself from Trump, going so far as to refuse to attend Trump's rally. He lost the race for governor in a state that Trump won by 20 points. Now he's turned into a die-hard Trump booster, believing that no matter what happens, just like before, the majority of voters in his district will continue blindly supporting Trump, and tear down anyone who doesn't.

Strategists believe Gainforte holds a single-digit lead, but there have been no official polls done, and the margin of error going either way is high. A GOP loss could have a large impact on things such as the American Health Care Atrocity, Congress braking the country's slide to autocracy, etc. (It took a special election in 1974 to convince Washington that Nixon had become toxic.)

Anyway, I'm really hoping for a win, both because I think the candidate is amazing, and because of what it would mean.

You can donate to Quist's campaign here.

*

ETA: A group of 40 Montana writers distributed an insert in local Montana papers endorsing Quist. In their own words -- "In an unprecedented show of unity, more than forty of Montana’s best writers have gathered, in rapid response fashion, to write original essays and testimonials advocating for the protection of our public lands, and endorsing Democratic House of Representatives candidate Rob Quist’s position on this (literally) most common ground of issues."

Excerpt:
It’s possible, even useful, to think of these places instrumentally: wild lands make for clean water which makes for good fishing which is good for tourism, etc. There are sound practical reasons to preserve our wilderness. But these are not my reasons. I want to be touched by mystery, to walk in a place that surpasses my idea of it, to not be in charge for once. I want to touch something greater than myself. And this is where it is.
It's a brilliant collection.
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Sewing patterns are designed for imaginary
people, based on average measurements
taken in the 1930s by the WPA

and adjusted over the decades by the Industry.

I sew a Misses 14, designed for a woman
5'5" to 5'6", 36/28/38,

which is to say no one,

so I alter the pattern to fit a phantom of me
instead of a phantom of her.

She doesn't need any more dresses.

AHCA Timeline

May. 18th, 2017 03:18 pm
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http://healthcostmanager.com/aca-repeal-process-timeline/

Here's a nice infographic explaining why, if the Senate passes a PPACA repeal bill, the vote on reconcilation of the Senate and the House bills will occur in *2018*. And the bill would probably have a deferred effective date, so people would probably be able to sign up for PPACA coverage lasting through 2018. If we can turn the House in 2018, then in early 2019 there's a shot at repealing the repeal, so to speak.

NILC Webinar Recording

May. 18th, 2017 02:57 pm
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The National Immigration Law Coalition (NILC) had a terrific one-hour webinar yesterday. Info. below if you would like to watch the recording or download the slides (PowerPoint to the people?). The presentation also had some terrific links for people working on immigration and refugee issues.

Thank you for joining yesterday’s webinar on Immigration Updates. Click here https://youtu.be/t9taSqc7x7M to watch the recording of the webinar.

Please click here
https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Field-Call-5.17.17.pdf for the slides.

You can follow NILC at @NILC_org or https://www.facebook.com/NationalImmigrationLawCenter for updates on issues that impact low-income immigrants.

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: reply@nilc.org.

BTW, in the somewhat unlikely case of criminal charges and a conviction, the headline would be "Orange is the New Orange."

Immigration Advocacy Organizations

May. 18th, 2017 12:54 am
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For reasons that do not require explanation at this juncture, I'm sort of creating a gigantic Movement phone book, and I wanted to share information on immigration-related organizations with the Jersey City People Power group, which is why the list starts with New Jersey organizations.
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from [personal profile] cofax7 , reposted with permission

Back to politics: if you want something else to get upset about, the Senate is voting soon on the Regulatory Accountability Act, which is a bald-faced attempt to cripple environmental and workplace protections for American workers and residents. Check out that chart! My one consolation is that it's so onerous that it will be just as difficult for the Trump administration to roll back regulations they don't like as it will be to pass ones that would do good in the world.

I know this is boring, but the Administrative Procedure Act is one of the most important laws we have: it gives citizens and interest groups the right to participate in the rule-making process, and to challenge government actions that are complete bullshit. This is the law that lets Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity sue the federal government for not protecting endangered species, or failing to regulate for climate change. It's vital to administrative transparency.

The new amendment would:
1. Require agencies to choose the lowest-cost alternative (cost to whom? I wonder);
2. Forbid courts from deferring to federal agencies' scientific expertise;
3. Impose an absurdly baroque system for implementing any regulations; and
4. Tilt the playing field in favor of big-money corporate interests rather than the public good.

Call, fax, email, or text your Senators. This is likely to pass without much public attention, and it's really fucking important.

S. 951, The Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017. Watch for it.




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