(Awesome picture from 2007 Bethesda Softworks, LLC. No, this is not real)
Yes, we can take a well-earned minute to glory in the GOP’s healthcare debacle in the Senate Thursday night. But not for long, as it was a very close vote. 49 senators voted against all decency and humanity to risk destroying our healthcare system, people’s lives and a major part of our economy.
Our President has vowed to destroy any bits of Obamacare that survived this vote, while his minions work tirelessly to dismantle every aspect of our government and sell off its parts to the highest or most well-connected bidders.
But that’s business as usual…at least, for one of his businesses.
In addition to learning a sprightly new phrase from Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter, who spent, good god, a whole 27.5 hours working on this healthcare thing, let’s talk about what happened this week…
Continue reading “This Week in Resistance – “Snatch a knot in their Ass” Edition”
As McConnell was signing off last night from his colossal failure to pass any GOP healthcare bill, he mentioned in passing that he was now going to concentrate on getting nominees passed. So we should probably concentrate on getting them stopped.
(UPDATE) Read this!
Trump has presented us with soooo many inappropriate choices, so let’s just alphabetize them for convenience. If we’ve missed any, please contact us in the comments.
David J. Apol – New Head of the Office of Government Ethics. (Missed this one – he’s in).
He’s already been named by President Trump last week as the new head of the Office of Government Ethics, has repeatedly clashed with colleagues over his career at the agency as he sought to roll back or loosen ethics requirements on federal employees, including those in the White House, three former senior officials at the agency said.
Continue reading “And now the envelope for “The Most Corrupt Political Nominee”, please…”
In case you haven’t tuned in yet, the Senate’s latest vote against any reasonable form of healthcare for their fellow Americans did not go well for them.
However, 49 senators did vote to destroy our healthcare system, despite the months of direct messages from those who would be harmed, including the insurance industry and their own constituents.
Continue reading “Remember the 49.”
Congrats Adriene – you fearless leader, you. Way to make the resistance shine! Watch the video below and read the full article here: Let’s Do Something Almost no Republican Senator is Willing to do – Listen to Real People’s Healthcare Concerns
There are some dark forces at work here. So let’s review our strongest weapon, one that we can wield every day like a short rectangular wand…
Yes, it is your humble, yet amazing phone!
– How do I know who to phone or what to say?
– Calling people I don’t know gives me hives. Really!
– Why do I need to call? All my representatives are Democrats.
– I have a life, you know. I don’t have time to make these calls every day …
Yesterday, we posted the Friday 10-minute Resistance Diet. It consisted of 3 issues for our senators and 2 for our representative, plus 2 written regulatory comments. If one keeps the written comments short and pithy, it can be done in LESS than 10 minutes. I used the spare time to call a few more of Feinstein’s offices.
– Why do I need to do this? Aren’t there enough of you people doing this already?
What the GOP is doing can cost you thousands of dollars, a bankruptcy, or even your health, your life or the life of someone you care about. Pretty big stakes. Yeah, we’re crazy committed, but we can’t personally make the thousands of calls a day that are necessary to make the GOP nervous. Please jump in. It gets faster and easier. It makes you powerful.
– Here’s the latest comparison between the ACA and the GOP plan.
– Here’s how Trump can make us miserable even if the GOP can’t get the votes they need.
– Calling is way easier than doing this.
– Does all this calling really have any effect?
Yes. Click here. Continue reading “This Week in Resistance – “Collusion isn’t Illegal!” Edition”
(Message from Jim Hines, Team member Sierra Club Protect Wild Utah Team, Co-Team Leader Protect California/Nevada National Monuments Team, Chapter Chair of the Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter which serves Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.)
The public comment phase for the possible reduction in size or complete elimination of America’s national monuments has officially ended.
A big THANK YOU to each of you for getting so many supportive and passionate comments for protection of America’s national monuments in before the July 10th deadline. Your individual comments regarding specific national monuments are especially encouraging.
U.S. Dept of the Interior senior staff in DC told us this morning that over 2.5 million comments were received, the majority from the official comment webpage but a large number were in the form of postcards and letters sent by mail to the U.S. Dept of the Interior. You inundated them supporting America’s national monuments. In fact they are not sure what to do with so many comments. Staff says that a preliminary tally shows that by a 10 to 1 margin people who commented supported leaving America’s national monuments fully intact and protected. The national monument which received the most individual comments was Bears Ears NM in Utah.
Continue reading “OMG! Over 2.5 million comments! But they’re not done and neither are we.”
Battle for the Net! – Net Neutrality Day of Action.
Net neutrality protects our free speech on the Internet. The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees.
July 12th, the Internet came together to stop them!
Update 7/14: 2 MILLION comments!
Awesome campaign overview here: https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/12/15958030/net-neutrality-day-of-action-internet-companies-list
More here: https://www.fightforthefuture.org/news/2017-07-13-update-historic-day-of-action-for-net-neutrality/
DON’T STOP NOW!
The push campaign is over but the deadline isn’t until July 17th!
Now we’re sending a message to internet service providers EXACTLY how happy we’d be for them to take us over.
Write a comment on their form. Hit “SEND”. Repeat. As many times as you can!
(Huffpost) “Every year, the U.S. holds special citizenship-induction ceremonies on or around the Fourth of July. This year, nearly 15,000 people were being sworn in as U.S. citizens at more than 65 such gatherings across the country, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
At one of those ceremonies, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ― the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica ― took not-so-veiled jabs at President Donald Trump, who has called for limits on legal immigration along with his effort to ramp up deportation of undocumented immigrants.
“Whenever you feel that future is threatened, whenever those values of liberty and justice for all that drew us here seem under assault, you need to speak up and speak out,” Harris said at a ceremony on the battleship Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles on Monday, according to prepared remarks. “That’s the whole point of the freedoms we cherish.” Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity-Saving Good News! Get out a #2 pencil…there’s a quiz.”
Come to our potluck and meet your fellow legislator-calling, sign-painting, sidewalk-stomping resistance warriors!
https://tinyurl.com/potluck-this-saturday <–Please RSVP by clicking the “Going” button!
Or email us at email@example.com
When: Saturday, July 8th, 11-2
Where: 930 Pacific Strand Place, Ventura
All-members and friends welcome! Meet your fellow legislator-calling, sign-painting, sidewalk-stomping resistance warriors! Please bring a drink and a side dish to share.
Meet us in the community room of the complex and we’ll have time to eat, talk, listen, share hilarious protest stories and plan for the future. Come join us!
Strength in Numbers
(From SmallDeedsDone) “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
– Andrew Carnegie
Leaf cutter ants are peculiar, fascinating little creatures. They use their buzzsaw-like jaws to cut up leaves that they then carry back to their massive nests. They are impressively strong, being able to lift and carry 30-50 times their own weight.
That’s one powerful animal – no question about it.
But their true strength – their real power – lies in their ability to work as a team, with each individual ant’s actions feeding into the larger group’s objectives.
On its own, one ant can cut up plenty of leaves. But working together, a large nest can strip a tree of its leaves overnight.
Just imagine that for a second. Thousands upon thousands of tiny creatures can strip an entire tree of its leaves – because each one takes a teeny tiny bite.
So let’s bring the analogy back to ourselves…
Remember who we are.
Remember what we’ve done.
Continue reading “Your Weekly Dose of Sanity Saving Good News! – “Taking Down the Tree” Edition”