This Week in Resistance – “We have art in order not to die of the truth.”

(Image of proposed Memorial to Peace and Justice, a tribute to victims of lynching in Montgomery, Alabama. Scheduled to open in 2018. Quote by Friedrich Nietzsche)

“The truth is incontrovertible…

This wasn’t where I planned to start, but this short video is profound and it moved me to tears…

Malice may attack it,…

Removing the statues = Step 1. The Equal Justice Initiative (eji.org) is working to ensure that we better understand the history of white supremacist violence against black people with a national lynching memorial.  Watch this great interview of the EJI Director Bryan Stevenson and singer songwriter Andra Day on the Daily Show. We can read more about the project here, and we can donate at this link.

ignorance may deride it,…

Related Racism

(Rogan’s List) For this administration, there is no action too small to be taken to denigrate the role of women and people of color in our society. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will not affirm the plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill instead of Andrew Jackson. Maybe they’re worried about us forgetting what the originator of the “Trail of Tears” looked like. Let’s remind Mnuchin that women and people of color are by far the majority in our nation and that we deserve a place at the table – starting with our currency: Share your feedback on the Treasury Dept contact form. Call: 202-622-2000. Postcarders:  Steve Mnuchin, Dept. of the Treasury, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20220

but in the end,..

State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-GA 180) a white guy, has apologized, sort of, for threatening former D-GA Rep. LaDawn Jones, a black woman for advocating the removal of Confederate statues, with “people in South Georgia are people of action, not drama,” and if she doesn’t understand that she “will go missing in the Okefenokee”—a wild, 438,000-acre swamp.”

there it is.”

Winston Churchill

Apocalypse Now – Houston becomes one big Superfund site.

In “Great Moments in Phenomenally Bad Timing”, Trump and his minions might have to reconsider all the flood-related rules they crowed about rolling back.


But lesser known is their rolling back chemical safety rules, by delaying needed updates to the agency’s Risk Management Program, also known as the Chemical Disaster Rule. Unsuprisingly, Arkema, the company that’s literally exploding right now, lobbied hard against safety rules that would have required that companies consider using “inherently safer technology”. These rules encourage companies to “substitute less hazardous substances” and to “simplify covered processes in order to make accidental releases less likely or the impacts of such releases less severe.”

The explosions and uncontrolled releases of toxic air pollution (estimated at more than a million pounds) are just the starting gun for the impacts chemical, oil and manufacturing companies will be having on their surrounding communities.

These facilities, along with more than two dozen current and former toxic waster sites designated under the federal Superfund program, will be distributing lead, arsenic, polychorinated biphenyls, benzene and other toxic and carcinogenic compounds into the soil and the water supply.
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Although the City of Houston will be monitoring the safety of city water supplies, the hundreds of thousands of people who depend on private well water across the 38 Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey will be on their own.

Mexico isn’t holding our President against us. “Thank you” postcards to:  Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico, Los Pinos, Mexico City, Mexico 45120

Readings on the Flood:

Grow up and Apologize, Ted Cruz (LAProg)
When your house floods (Huffpo)
Pence shows his true colors (Facebook)
Too poor to flee the Hurricane (bbc)

Health Care Wars – Update

Trump Administration has slashed Obamacare outreach funding, and has halved the open Enrollment period to 6 weeks. This disproportionately impacts the 39 states that use the federal enrollment site HealthCare.gov, since they’re more reliant on federal funds and outreach than the other 11 states that operate their own exchanges on their own budgets, Politico points out. California, for one, has proposed spending more than $100 million on spreading the message.  Andy Slavitt, former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under Obama, posits that the reason for shrinking the window is likely so that the administration can announce lower enrollment.  However, Indivisible will be working together to save healthcare for our neighbors, families, friends as well as for ourselves.
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Immigration News

A reminder of where we are and the players involved…

After he gets through his Day of Prayer,  he must decide whether or not throwing the lives of 800,000 young people onto the flaming pyre of the racists and xenophobes in his base will pay off for him.

Plenty of people are trying to tell him that it won’t, including the majority of the American public. More importantly for our president, business executives are warning him against it. Estimates show that allowing DACA immigrants to stay would add $329 billion to the U.S. economy and create 1.4 million new jobs by 2030.

(AIC) Conversely, “Mass deportation would reduce U.S. GDP by 1.46 percent, amounting to a cumulative $2.6 trillion loss in GDP over 10 years, not including the actual costs of deportation. The Center for American Progress has estimated that mass deportation would cost $206 billion to $230 billion over five years.

(AIC) “A new study from the University of Southern California concludes … our unauthorized Latino population would have earned $29.6 billion last year if they had been legal—this is $2.2 billion more than they actually earned. This growth would spur direct consumption spending by approximately $1.75 billion, which would ripple throughout the state economy generating an additional $1.5 billion in indirect local spending. This increase would generate over 25,000 additional jobs in the state, $310 million in additional state income taxes, and $1.4 billion in additional federal income taxes.”

Even Paul Ryan, spineless weasel that he is, has decided it’s politically expedient enough to cautiously support DACA. That and Tennessee citing “human element” as if this were a surprise to them means hell has officially frozen over.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) announcing that he will file a discharge petition to force a vote on legislation that would shield these young people from deportation.  If a his petition, the House will have to consider the bipartisan Bridge Act (H.R.496). Call our reps and tell them we want them to be part of this effort.  Let’s also use this DACA Announcement Reaction Toolkit, with actions, suggested talking point and sample tweets.

Meanwhile, in news of those other immigrants…

ICE plans to start destroying the evidence trail of their misdeeds.

What misdeeds? WTH is going on?
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(Mother’s Day in an ICE Detention Center)

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The ACLU is reporting “torture-like” treatment of their nearly 200 Iraqi clients who’ve been living in ICE detention centers since May. They believe that ICE agents are specifically targeting Iraqi nationals as retribution for a class-action suit in which a judge has ordered that ICE may not deport the group until their deportation cases are reviewed in court.  ICE has been abusing their detainees, starving and denying them water and toilets to pressure them to sign away their rights and go back to Iraq.

Ironically, since Trump specifically wanted to allow Christians to go to the front of the immigration line, the group being targeted in detention is comprised mainly of Chaldean Christians and Iraqi Kurds who face the risk of persecution, torture, and death by terrorist groups at home.

We’ve done this before… But a country filled with people who truly can’t remember which president was in charge during the Hurricane Katrina disaster,

not a bot

probably won’t remember this

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And then there’s Joe…

The Phoenix New Times has unloaded the history of their coverage of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

If this were seventy-two years ago in Nuremberg, we’d be watching this man and all of his minions on the dock for crimes against humanity.  60 Minutes weighed in and so did our former Ethics Director Walter Schaub:
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Basically, there’s one question we must ask ourselves every day.

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Readings about Immigration

What rights do undocumented immigrants have? (countable)
Exclusive” ICE put detained immigrants in solitary confinement for hunger striking (verve)
In 3 months, 3 immigrants have died at a private detention center in CA (motherjones)

Economic Corruption News…

We’re sorry.  We promise to do better. – Love, Wells Fargo.

Since Wells Fargo Bank got caught last year creating 2.1 million fake bank accounts and credit card accounts using their customers’ names and credit information without permission, they have totally cleaned up their act.

Haha…no.

  • They’ve just “found” another 1.4 million more fake accounts.
  • Over 528,000 customers were also fraudulently signed up for online bill pay.
  • In late July, the company admitted to forcing up to 570,000 borrowers into unneeded auto insurance. 20,000 of these customers may have their cars repossessed due to these insurance costs.
  • They’ve been accused of making improper changes to mortgages, affecting over 68,000 homeowners.
  • They’ve been accused of ripping off small businesses with credit card fees.
  • And this is just what they’ve been up to lately...

Some employees were fired for refusing to participate in these schemes and 5,300 were fired for joining in. Apparently the only people who haven’t been fired for their role in the whole fiasco are the people most responsible.

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And amazingly enough, Wells Fargo ranks just fourth among global banks in terms of total value of fines paid over the past eight years at $10 billion. Billion. That’s a lot of those pesky monthly service fees.

The next obvious question for those who’ve read this far…how is it that a Rico investigation hasn’t been started for these guys? Actually, the subject has come up

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the GOP members of Congress plot to neuter the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, as well as promoting their corruption-to-core “Financial Choice Act“.

“Dear Wells Fargo, We don’t believe you. – Love, America”

Whatever combination of methods Trump and his minions in the GOP will use to maim the middle class and destroy the poor: a tax code that benefits the ultra-wealthy, the removal of affordable health insurance, the voucherizing of  Medicare and slashing Medicaid, privatizing Social Security, destroying worker protections,  protecting criminal banking and financial practices, etc…

Indivisible, including Indivisible Ventura and others, will join together to fight them.

If you haven’t joined your local group yet…it’s easy. Click here.

Election news!

Link to an amazing interview with Joy Reid with great advice to Democrats on how to win back America. It’s more complicated than you think and it involves the hard work of  getting people registered to vote!

Joy Reid

After watching, read this…”Research-Backed Ways to Get Out the Vote” (gsb.stanford.edu)

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is now a paid columnist for Breibart. He asked your Secretary of State to hand over your voting information including your full voter-roll data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006. Do you think that information will belongs in the safekeeping of a person with relationship to the largest “alt-right”/white supremacist/white nationalist platform in the US? Ummmm….no, we don’t either.  Email your Secretary of State to tell them NO.

Meanwhile, Adam Schiff has written an amendment to defund this nonsense.

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Californians..check this out!

The ACLU  is suing California because it threw out more than 45,000 ballots in the 2016 Presidential Election over handwriting ‘mismatches’.  Your ballot may have been tossed! (ACLU) CA VOTERS: Here’s how to find out if your Nov 2016 ballot was accepted.
Go to https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/
Click on “My Voter Status” button on right side of page
Click again on “My Voter Status”
Enter name, DL #, last 4 of SSN, and DOB
Scroll down to “Voting History” and select November 2016 election.
Click “Show Status”
If your vote wasn’t counted, call our hotline and let us know. 415-621-2488

Perils in Protesting in an age of authoritarianism. Do it anyway.

Someone’s still got his little tail feathers in a knot.

Be careful out there, protesters. Put this list from the ACLU in your phone.

Russia

Check out this fascinating dashboard, which features continually updated “charts and graphs … display[ing] hashtags, topics and URLs promoted by Russia-linked influence networks on Twitter.” The bipartisan expert advisory board for the “Alliance for Securing Democracy” is impressive; the site also features a blog on disinformation issues. We can make a donation too, if we feel so inclined.

Readings on Russia:
Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump (billmoyers)
How Russian Alt-right twitter accounts worked together to skew the narrative about Berkeley (medium)

Readings

Amy Siskind continues to track all of the not-normal things happening each week. She writes, “Week 41 is full of content about Trump-Russia, and indications that the Mueller probe is closing in on Trump and his regime… he [Trump] continues his unimpeded march to authoritarian power, neutralizing the judicial branch with an unethical pardon, and attacking members of his own party to silence them.  Let’s review Amy Siskind’s list week 41.
How to keep your head in a sea of propaganda (medium)
The Man Who Stood Up to Armageddon (LAprog)
The Day White Virginia stopeed admiring Gen. Robert E. Lee and started worshiping him. (wapo)
Why those Confederate soldier statues look a lot like their Union counterparts. (wapo)
Al-Rights wants to build its own internet. (Slate)

Trump Raises an Army (NYTimes)

Why Pro-Net Neutrality is not Anti-Free Market (medium)

The cheap prosperity gospel of Osteen and Trump (NYTimes)

I’m ashamed that I once was a republican (chicago now)

Research-Backed Ways to Get Out the Vote (gsb.stanford.edu)

White Supremicists and DNA testing (good)

Black Lives Matter leader Deray Mckesson has written a letter to the late Jordan Edwards (Teen Vogue)

Why are people still racist? (wapo)

Bread and butter racism – Video (nytimes)

No Single-Issue Politics, Only Intersectionality: An Interview With Kimberlé Crenshaw (truth-out)
The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion (atlantic)
Why I taught my kids to call our homeless neighbors “Peace Men” (americamagazine)
How the left can stop arguing and beat Trump (rolling stone)
#BotSpot: Twelve Ways to Spot a Bot: Some tricks to identify fake Twitter accounts (medium)
What Trump has undone (wapo)

For those who missed the Burnout and Sustainability Training for Activists webinar last Saturday, the video is now available on YouTube:

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We can also check out host Aditi Juneja’s Self Care Sundays podcast and make sure that we’re taking care of ourselves

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(Thanks to Rogan’s List, 2 hrs. a week, Michelle at SmallDeedsDone, Jen Hofmann, and all the other Indivisible groups who post great stuff. And to the internet at large…)

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