Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Remember when...?

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Remember when…


You thought the worst thing possible was Mitt Romney being elected president? You were so sweet and innocent back then.



Remember when…



The death of one’s political career was being captured on tape yelling “yeehaw” in an awkward way? Not bragging about grabbing women without consent by their genitals, mind you. Yelling yeehaw.



Remember when…



We thought the EPA was a sad, corrupt joke but now we’re holding onto it for dear life as the only thing that stands between us and the smoldering, noxious hellscape looming in our near future?



Remember when…



We had the naïve expectation that someone leading a Federal agency would have a background in subjects pertaining to that agency and not be a person who doesn't respect it, has sued it and wanted to scrap it?



Remember when…



Speaking of scrapping things that matter to you, remember when you first learned about the history of women's rights and were like, "Wow, some brave women have fought really hard for reproductive choice. Aren't we lucky to not have to worry about back alley abortions anymore?" but then November 8, 2016 happened and this man became the second-in-command? And remember how on November 9, you woke up bleary-eyed and drowning in the cognitive dissonance that comes from feeling déjà vu for an era you didn't even experience and the magnitude of this new reality threatens to crush you daily? Yeah, me, too.



Remember when…



You were in college and thought, “I am sure that the girls born [twenty years in the future from then] will have secure reproductive rights and equal pay for equal work”? 



Remember when…



You promised your son that there was no way he could get elected and then it happened and you saw your son’s innocence dissolve in front of your eyes?


Remember when…

His budget proposal called for the elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, a program that so many less advantaged students and their families depend on for their learning and even for their safety, while taxpayers are expected to continue shelling out $183 million each year so his son can remain at his private school in New York and his wife can remain at the residence they’d prefer? Remember when, in effect, we were told we were expected to spend millions to keep two people from experiencing something disruptive, inconvenient or undesirable to them but meanwhile, on the chopping block is a program that supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools?



Remember when…



You began checking his Twitter account first thing in the morning to see if he’d declared war on another country in the middle of the night?

Remember when…

You no longer thought, “Well, that could never happen”?


Remember when…

It would seem to be a huge conflict of interest to have a passel of one’s family members installed as White House advisors?

Remember when…

It would seem unfathomable for a president to have an advisor who is a white supremacist?

Remember when…


You thought, “Well, if he doesn’t release his tax records, then he won’t be able to run for President?”

Remember when…



He still continued running despite not releasing his taxes and you thought, “Well, surely people won’t vote for him if he doesn’t release them,” but they still did?


Remember when…

He used the occasion of a national tragedy to
lash out passive-aggressively at his critics and he still got elected President?

Remember when…


We had Presidents who didn’t refer to people as losers, “dogs” and “pigs”?

Remember when…

The idea of Sarah Palin in the White House was terrifying? Bad example: it’s still terrifying but no more than what we’ve got.


Remember when none of this was normal? We cannot normalize it. We absolutely must hold on to that.







Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Daily and Weekly Resources for Activists...



Hello, friends!

With the recent actions in the highest office of the United States, many people want to add their voices and engagement to help create change locally, nationally and internationally. This is a scary time to be sure but also a really exciting time, full of potential for getting real work done. I feel we are at a crossroads and what we decide right now - whether to be engaged citizens or passive spectators - will have broad implications in many lives and for generations to come. A lot of people want uncomplicated access to helping create change and there has never been an easier time for this than now. I have created this document to be an ongoing, updated list of resources for progressive activists with an emphasis on resources that offer weekly action items. If you have more to add, please comment below and I will also add to the document body. Thanks, everyone!

Wall-of-Us: Effective weekly action items, I start out every Monday checking through the four acts one can take each week and it starts my week feeling empowered.

The Sixty-Five: Formally the “We’re His Problem Now” call sheet, The 65 designates weekly calls to Congress with helpful scripts and easy to navigate prompts.

Weekly Action Checklists for Democrats, Independents and Republicans of Conscience: Sign up here for a weekly email with well-researched action items. These are all actions you can take from home along with suggested supplemental reading.

DailyAction.org: Weekly actions? Pah! Try daily actions you can do from your phone. I just signed up for this. Looks amazing.

ACLU Action: Because freedom can’t protect itself. Check this out daily for new calls to action.

5 Calls: “Turn your passive participation into active resistance. Facebook likes and Twitter re-tweets can’t create the change you want to see. Calling your Government on the phone can. Spend 5 minutes, make 5 calls.” This is a fantastic resource that I am loving.

Fax Zero: You get up to five free faxes you can send every day to your Senators and Representatives through this handy resource that takes you directly to their numbers. Write your message to them on the cover letter and hit send!

Indivisible Guide: You can create or find a local Indivisible chapter here as well as read their very helpful guide and you can also sign up for their weekly email alerts. Highly recommended!

Resistance Calendar: Looking to join or add an event that resists the Trump administration? Check out this amazing resource.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Raw Foodist Name Generator...




The other say, I casually remarked on Facebook that it has been a generally been a good tactic of mine to not accept Facebook friend requests from people with overtly raw foodist names. As someone who once dated a guy named Cinnamon and drove in a VW to the Rainbow Gathering with a librarian named Owl, I am not that much of a stick-in-the-mud and can indulge the occasional hippie-inspired name modifications but in my experience, when you go from regular person to Online Personality and alter your name to a kind of food, you've crossed a line into someone who is now officially annoying. You've transitioned from raw foods enthusiast to aspiring Internet sensation when you adopt a fruit or vegetable as your brand signature. In my experience, those who go the whole nine yards into name changes are the folks who will harangue random strangers about the acidity of their food, devour entire orchards for breakfast and freak out as much about nightshades as they would a Big Mac. Don't anyone dare lecture me in the comments about the benefits of raw foods because I love me a salad and a juice as much as the next person and I know how nutritious they are. That's not what this is about. This is about having a little fun. Now, what is your raw foodist name?