This Week in Sanity-saving Good News – “The Kids are Alright” Edition…

Lego welcomes the women of NASA.

The kids are alright.

First, let’s talk about this 11 year-old girl who’s been worried about the Flint water situation since she’s been 9. Along with playing piano, swimming, fencing and taking dance lessons, she has invented the cheapest, most effective test for lead in water and won “America’s Top Young Scientist”. God, what was I doing when I was 11?

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Then there’s Ames Mayfield, who in 14 years or so, will be running for office. Put in on your calendars now.

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Hey, Mr. President…

Minimal Script: I am calling from [zip code] to ask Sen./Rep. [___]  to pass a clean Dream Act and to reject the Trump administration’s attempts to use these young people covered by DACA as hostages to force Congress to build a border wall and enact outrageous immigration policies.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348

Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More info:  Continue reading “Hey, Mr. President…”

Deadline tomorrow at 11:59 EST! Pile it on! Only 2662 comments so far!

US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th. Just say “NO”!Calendar blank - 9:29

We see this as part of a larger process of high-tech surveillance of immigrants and more and more people being subjected to social media screening,” Schwartz told BuzzFeed News. “There’s a growing trend at the Department of Homeland Security to be snooping on the social media of immigrants and foreigners and we think it’s an invasion of privacy and deters freedom of speech.” (Adam Schwartz, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation)

This would also affect all US citizens who communicate with immigrants, Schwartz said, who could self-censor out of fear that information they exchange with someone overseas could be misconstrued and used against them.

Action you can take: Click here to link to the Federal Register  to register a comment before the Oct. 18th deadline.

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Sanity-Saving good news – “Where can I get me one of these hats” – Edition

“Peace doesn’t fall from the heavens because you are lucky; it is built from the ground up with sweat and love and tears.”

As Peace is Loud’s founder Abigail Disney wrote about violence prevention efforts in Kenya, “Please try to remember that if ‘nothing’ happens today, it will only be because of all that has happened before today.

Good News from the Resistance against Police Brutality

“[In 2016], Kaepernick lit the match.”

And now we have fire… Continue reading “Sanity-Saving good news – “Where can I get me one of these hats” – Edition”

We can no longer pretend that voting doesn’t matter…

It’s pretty clear we’re not going to be changing any of Trump’s hard-core supporters. The only way we’re going to win elections and protect gains we’ve made in civil rights is through finding new voters and energizing those who’ve already registered but rarely, if ever, vote.

The good news! – There are way more of us than the MAGA-hat tribe.

What we need to work on – We just don’t show up in high enough numbers. 

The stakes are really high now. 

We can see our protections being eroded by the current administration. It’s affecting every aspect of our lives and much that we hold dear. Environmental protections, civil worker, immigration, women’s and LGBTQ rights, and access to healthcare and education, are all in the process of being diminished.

What we may not be aware of is that we’re one state away from a constitutional convention, something right-wing groups will been waiting for a long time.  This would allow them to fundamentally change our constitution by amendment. Continue reading “We can no longer pretend that voting doesn’t matter…”

US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th. Just say “NO”!

We see this as part of a larger process of high-tech surveillance of immigrants and more and more people being subjected to social media screening,” Schwartz told BuzzFeed News. “There’s a growing trend at the Department of Homeland Security to be snooping on the social media of immigrants and foreigners and we think it’s an invasion of privacy and deters freedom of speech.” (Adam Schwartz, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation)

This would also affect all US citizens who communicate with immigrants, Schwartz said, who could self-censor out of fear that information they exchange with someone overseas could be misconstrued and used against them.

Action you can take: Click here to link to the Federal Register  to register a comment before the Oct. 18th deadline.

More Info: Continue reading “US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th. Just say “NO”!”

No More Delay: Pass the Dream Act (S. 1615) Now!

Minimal Script: I’m calling Senator Feinstein to thank her for co-sponsoring the bipartisan 2017 DREAM Act (S.1615), and to ask her to urge the Judiciary Committee to push it through quickly so it can proceed to a vote on the Senate floor.

More script if you want it:  The DREAM Act would override any effort by Trump to scrap DACA and its protections for young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

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