Action #1 – Help the North Dakota Native Americans get their vote back
(from Small Deeds Done) Last week the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision that the North Dakota voting law will stand, even though it requires voters to provide an ID with an actual street address. Many tribal members have only post office boxes, which wasn’t an issue in earlier elections. However, the GOP, so focused on disenfranchising these people over a technicality, seems to have forgotten something…
Because tribes are sovereign nations, they can create their own damn street addresses. Continue reading “Tues -10/16: Today’s Action Prescription”
Action #1 – Make another comment on this! We have until 11:59 EST
The president has asked Zinke to clear all of us off his lawn… The number of comments has risen from the low 700’s to over 36,000.
However, between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people marched in DC for the first Women’s March on January 21, 2017! We can do better. Please social media the heck out of this.
Action #2 – If you got your ballot, or a sample ballot in the mail…
Time to start becoming familiar with the issues and candidates.
Indivisible Ventura has put out our own voting guide here, and it has links to a lot of others.
Action #3 – Sign up for Jen Hofmann tele-class on The Art of Perseverance – Part 1 starts today at 4:00 pm.
Sign up here. If you missed this one, catch up here.
00:00 First class intro and what to expect
10:27 Grounding strategy 1: Breath.
15:08 Focus strategy 1: Vision.
25:52 Decrease overwhelm strategy 1: Healthy boundaries with the news
38:16 Inspiration strategy 1: Gratitude
41:31 Assignment review and next steps.
Class 1 assignments
- Practice taking three deep breaths and exhalations this week when you feel stressed.
- Work on narrowing your vision to 3-5 words. “The kind of world I want to create is…”
- Notice how you consume news and make a change to your habits that decreases overwhelm.
- Write a note expressing gratitude for the many things you appreciate about one person.
- As you try these four things, notice if they contribute to increased feelings of well-being.
Action #4 – New postcard or poster design donated by Mary Engelbreit.
Click here to download and print out as postcards or as large as 11×17 inches.
Action #5 – Read this. Pass it on.
I’m Dying. Here is what I refuse to accept with serenity – Ady Barkan
Click here for the Voting Guide
Get those mail-in ballots sent (don’t forget to sign the envelope and add TWO stamps!).
(This action originally published 8/17)
SWAMP THEM WITH COMMENTS THIS WEEKEND!
Action #1 – WRITE to protect our right to freely assemble at our National Mall! Deadline Oct 15 at 11:59 PM ET
While Trump is personally attacking critics of his administration with revocations of their security clearances, his administration has quietly lobbed an assault on the free speech of the rest of us. A new proposal has just appeared in the Federal Register originating in the National Park Service, headed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. This proposal would CHARGE PROTESTERS for demonstrating in the nation’s Capital!
We’ve stopped their attacks before!
We derailed the imposition of exorbitant fees at our national parks, another Zinke-Production, by flooding them with comments. “I want to thank the American people who made their voices heard through the public comment process on the original fee proposal...”
We can do it again! This time it’s a first amendment right, not a parking fee.
Here’s an idea. Instead of paying millions for a parade at our capital to show off our military, how about protecting our first amendment rights to freely protest there to show off our democracy?
Link here for the proposed rules change.
Look at other comments for inspiration here. DO NOT COPY COMMENTS EXACTLY. Exact duplicates will be culled.
Comment sample: I strongly oppose these proposed changes as they will unnecessarily inhibit the public’s right to freedom of assembly under the First Amendment.
(From Matthew 25:35 – apparently a biblical backwater no one pays attention to anymore…)
Well, here it is. The “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” regulation page we hoped they had the sense and decency to kill before publication. (They don’t and they didn’t.)
Action #1 – COMMENT ON THE RULE!!!
This is the ONLY action that the government cares about. Due 12/10. Write early. Write often.
This is our current favorite example: (Always try to alter a comment to sound like you. Obvious copies may be culled.)
Comment: This rule is xenophobic and racist. Its provisions about refugees utilization of food stamps, Medicaid and other public services in the US as a factor to deny green cards or deport refugees is cruel. These immigrants are heavily vetted as is, and are some of the most positive contributors to their communities. They are engaged, hard-working and important members of the US society. I think this rule should be discarded entirely to protect newcomers to this country who often fled violence and persecution in their home country.
Other comments to look over here and we’ve listed some examples at the bottom of this post. 99.9% of the current crop of comments make us proud to be American.
Action #1 – Write to USA Today -Tell them to apologize, in large print, on their front page.
“…it is journalistic malpractice for any newspaper to give Trump unimpeded access to its readers. And yet, that’s exactly what USA Today has done in publishing Trump’s op-ed in today’s edition” on the Medicare for All Act.
One possible script: “Hi, USA Today editors. No, you don’t have to print everything the president says. If we want to read fact-free communications from him, we can check his twitter feed 24/7. We expected better from you, because you’re supposed to be actual journalists, not members of his PR team. If you had trouble fact-checking his editorial, you could have reached out to others with more experience. Here’s some sites that had no trouble at all fact-checking his claims. Truly, a motivated fourteen-year-old with an internet connection could do it.
Continue reading “Thurs 10/11: Tell USA Today it failed Journalism 101.”