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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #650 on: April 05, 2017, 03:27:52 AM »
You can phonebank, donate, and/or or vote in upcoming elections:

https://www.reddit.com/r/BlueMidterm2018/comments/62p0hn/phonebank_list_updated

April 11th- James Thompson for Congress (Kansas)
April 18th- khalid kamau for City Council (Georgia)
April 18th- Jon Ossoff for Congress (Georgia)
June 15th Julie Bird Ashworth (Tennessee)
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #651 on: April 05, 2017, 05:18:24 PM »
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #652 on: April 08, 2017, 06:41:23 AM »
You can phonebank, donate, and/or or vote in upcoming elections:

https://www.reddit.com/r/BlueMidterm2018/comments/62p0hn/phonebank_list_updated

April 11th- James Thompson for Congress (Kansas)
April 18th- khalid kamau for City Council (Georgia)
April 18th- Jon Ossoff for Congress (Georgia)
June 15th Julie Bird Ashworth (Tennessee)

Thanks Malaysia41, I donated to Thompson through your link, and phonebanked a little too!  He's the dark horse from Kansas... special elections in 3 days!  I hear he's turning out to be a surprise hit, despite being in a ruby-red state, having little or no support from the national or state Democratic party, and no press from nationwide campaigns like flippable and Sister District who focused on Ossoff, whose race was seen as winnable.   The House Republicans have been pouring money into the race at the last minute, and even Pence and Cruz are mobilizing against him.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #653 on: April 10, 2017, 10:58:49 AM »
I've been doing so many things... Fundraising, tabling, phone banking, organizing meetings, going down to Georgia this week to GOTV for Ossoff, who we're going to have a pool party with!

Right now I'm getting awareness around the Kansas race by sharing this on Facebook. You can post this too and tag friends you know are active.

There's a really tight race going on in Kansas TOMORROW. We have a chance to flip a red district blue! If you have half an hour today, please call some voters for James Thompson. They give you a script, and the system you call into automatically connects you to voters. Easy peasy. http://www.votejamesthompson.com/phonebank?



If I can do this with terrible cramps, you have no excuse.



Also, can we please all be nice? Even if we disagree? This thread is intended for resistance against the Republicans and making sure Dems support that goal, but Iris lily has given some valuable suggestions on how to make a difference.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #654 on: April 17, 2017, 09:00:18 AM »
My local Indivisible is getting more sporadic about sending out the daily action email, but even though I didn't get one today I did make a point of calling my rep to verify that he changed his mind on Trump disclosing his tax returns and also to thank him for doing two town halls in my area in two months, and being respectful about fully answering constituents' questions when he was there. Both town halls were organized by the local Indivisible group and I wasn't able to attend either one, but I still appreciate that he took the time to come to them. Even though I disagree strongly with a bunch of his political views, I do feel that he's conducting himself very well in his actions and given how divided things feel right now in our country it's nice to be able to reach out with a friendly message. Too bad there's a video clip of him accidentally admitting that he thinks he works for the president first and his constituents second-ish.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #655 on: April 19, 2017, 09:54:15 AM »
You can phonebank, donate, and/or or vote in upcoming elections:

https://www.reddit.com/r/BlueMidterm2018/comments/62p0hn/phonebank_list_updated

April 11th- James Thompson for Congress (Kansas)
April 18th- khalid kamau for City Council (Georgia)
April 18th- Jon Ossoff for Congress (Georgia)
June 15th Julie Bird Ashworth (Tennessee)

Don't forget May 25th - Rob Quist for Congress (Montana).  I think the SC election for Mick Mulvaney's seat will be in June, but they have to hold the primaries first. 

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #656 on: May 01, 2017, 08:07:23 AM »
MJ can slap my wrist if I'm off topic, but political affiliate aside, I think we can all agree about the horrible merchandise (I mean political merchandise in general, but some of it is more horrible than others)




In more relevant material. How are things going? I've been mobile again and left my previous local Indivisible group so I don't see updates. Going to be stationary again for a while.

Latest thing pissing me off is going to be random announcements about leaving trade agreements. I really assume at some point the Republican oligarchy would stand up as the party of the rich and say "stop making us poor again", but the isolation seems to be winning over staying great.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #657 on: May 01, 2017, 10:04:25 AM »
Spent the afternoon knocking on doors in my community and informing them about upcoming local elections.  Well out of my comfort zone, and I was dreading it for weeks, but in the end a surprisingly positive experience.  We found and informed a surprising number of people who had no idea about off year elections, as well as enjoyed good conversations with several interested voters. Some even invited us for coffee! Would do it again. 



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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #658 on: May 04, 2017, 10:16:13 AM »
Voiced my opposition to the AHCA. My Rep is SUPER Red, so I framed it as damaging to small business owners and entrepreneurs like me.

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« Reply #659 on: May 04, 2017, 11:03:02 AM »
Spent the afternoon knocking on doors in my community and informing them about upcoming local elections.  Well out of my comfort zone, and I was dreading it for weeks, but in the end a surprisingly positive experience.  We found and informed a surprising number of people who had no idea about off year elections, as well as enjoyed good conversations with several interested voters. Some even invited us for coffee! Would do it again.
that is the HARD chit, I think. Knocking on doors, ugh. So,  good for you!

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #660 on: May 04, 2017, 12:27:13 PM »
Spent the afternoon knocking on doors in my community and informing them about upcoming local elections.  Well out of my comfort zone, and I was dreading it for weeks, but in the end a surprisingly positive experience.  We found and informed a surprising number of people who had no idea about off year elections, as well as enjoyed good conversations with several interested voters. Some even invited us for coffee! Would do it again.
that is the HARD chit, I think. Knocking on doors, ugh. So,  good for you!

Agreed. Awesome work, Poundwise.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #661 on: May 04, 2017, 12:30:52 PM »
Spent the afternoon knocking on doors in my community and informing them about upcoming local elections.  Well out of my comfort zone, and I was dreading it for weeks, but in the end a surprisingly positive experience.  We found and informed a surprising number of people who had no idea about off year elections, as well as enjoyed good conversations with several interested voters. Some even invited us for coffee! Would do it again.
that is the HARD chit, I think. Knocking on doors, ugh. So,  good for you!

Agreed. Awesome work, Poundwise.
WOW!  You're awesome, Poundwise!  I struggle with making phone calls!

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #662 on: May 12, 2017, 12:48:16 PM »
Thanks Iris, LifeHappens, 4alpacas!  Actually it was much easier than I expected,  after having been hardened by internet trolls and making phone calls. People are usually quite nice face to face, and it's easier to avoid misunderstandings. I followed up in the last week by going to two protests (I was too early for one protest, and ended up walking around alone with a sign like a crazy person, and being yelled at by some mean ladies in MAGA hats.)

I think after having been through all this, I'm pretty much prepared for anything except perhaps being arrested or beaten up (and hopefully it will never come to that).  It's been a growing experience for me. I've had to overcome a lot of fears and anxieties. Even if I achieve nothing politically, at least I have accomplished a lot of positive personal development in only half a year.

I recognize that all this activism is not for everyone.  Probably, a lot of it can be bypassed by donating money to politicians and causes that we support. But this is MMM after all, where we do it ourselves instead of paying to outsource. ;)

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #663 on: May 12, 2017, 08:05:12 PM »
Poundwise, what an absolutely inspiring post!

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #664 on: May 12, 2017, 09:35:17 PM »
Mother's Day idea: donate some money to help other mothers get out of jail. These are women who can't pay bail. They're in jail without having stood trial, almost always for very minor offenses. They deserve to be with their families too.

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« Reply #665 on: May 13, 2017, 05:57:36 PM »
I have not been posting much on this thread, but I have been staying politically active. My latest project seems like one I should share here. Tomorrow I am going to print out a number of these and distribute them:

http://www.avclub.com/article/people-are-printing-out-sean-spicers-and-hiding-th-255255

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #666 on: May 13, 2017, 06:10:50 PM »
I have not been posting much on this thread, but I have been staying politically active. My latest project seems like one I should share here. Tomorrow I am going to print out a number of these and distribute them:

http://www.avclub.com/article/people-are-printing-out-sean-spicers-and-hiding-th-255255
OMG Nooooooooo!!! ! Haha, that is  hilarious. It is pranky, but political. You get the politicall action points.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #667 on: May 13, 2017, 10:31:16 PM »
Thanks Iris, LifeHappens, 4alpacas!  Actually it was much easier than I expected,  after having been hardened by internet trolls and making phone calls. People are usually quite nice face to face, and it's easier to avoid misunderstandings. I followed up in the last week by going to two protests (I was too early for one protest, and ended up walking around alone with a sign like a crazy person, and being yelled at by some mean ladies in MAGA hats.)

I think after having been through all this, I'm pretty much prepared for anything except perhaps being arrested or beaten up (and hopefully it will never come to that).  It's been a growing experience for me. I've had to overcome a lot of fears and anxieties. Even if I achieve nothing politically, at least I have accomplished a lot of positive personal development in only half a year.

I recognize that all this activism is not for everyone.  Probably, a lot of it can be bypassed by donating money to politicians and causes that we support. But this is MMM after all, where we do it ourselves instead of paying to outsource. ;)

I'm impressed and inspired Poundwise. I'm working with a group to come up with language to provide to people like you going door to door. I keep reminding myself of the Mark Twain quote: "It's easier to fool a man, than convince him he's been fooled."  Our framing has to inspire ideas that invite people to consider them. And I'm just talking about framing discussions back to simple clear language that isn't loaded with a presumption of a solution. It isn't the loaded language  the word crafters of the Republican Noise machine have been pushing for 3 decades ('death taxes', 'government takeover of healthcare', 'death panels', 'climate change'). But it's hard work.

Anyway - you're inspiring me to keep going with the group I organized. Sometimes I get so discouraged I want to give up. But then I read the news and I know I can't. So thanks. And keep it up. We MUST get people to ALL elections - especially off-cycle elections.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #668 on: May 20, 2017, 09:51:30 AM »
I am organizing a trip to Georgia for New Yorkers to volunteer with the Ossoff campaign. I went down with a group in April for the primary. I had an amazing time and made a lot of great contacts. The next trip will likely have a bus/van going on June 17-21.

If anyone knows someone in NYC who might be interested, please PM me! The campaign will house them, feed them, and pay for their trip down. (Unless you want to fly, for compliance reasons.)

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #669 on: May 20, 2017, 01:12:40 PM »
I am organizing a trip to Georgia for New Yorkers to volunteer with the Ossoff campaign. I went down with a group in April for the primary. I had an amazing time and made a lot of great contacts. The next trip will likely have a bus/van going on June 17-21.

If anyone knows someone in NYC who might be interested, please PM me! The campaign will house them, feed them, and pay for their trip down. (Unless you want to fly, for compliance reasons.)

Thank you for doing this, MJ
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« Reply #670 on: May 20, 2017, 05:31:26 PM »
Aw shucks joon and Malaysia! :blush

I am organizing a trip to Georgia for New Yorkers to volunteer with the Ossoff campaign. I went down with a group in April for the primary. I had an amazing time and made a lot of great contacts. The next trip will likely have a bus/van going on June 17-21.

If anyone knows someone in NYC who might be interested, please PM me! The campaign will house them, feed them, and pay for their trip down. (Unless you want to fly, for compliance reasons.)

Thank you for doing this, MJ

+1.   A big credit for my new activism goes to you, MonkeyJenga!  If I hadn't heard about Indivisible from you I might still be sitting around getting mad at the news, but not actually doing anything besides signing an internet petition every few months. You have been an inspiration!! <B
[And yes, I'll pass the word about the bus...]

SisterX, thank you for telling us about the Brooklyn Bail Fund for mothers.  It's great because the same donation can be used again and again.


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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #671 on: May 21, 2017, 09:04:59 AM »
While doing some spring cleaning I found 10 unused women's march post cards. I'm embarrassed I forgot about them so now I've written about 2020 census funding and public service student loan forgiveness to my federal reps.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #672 on: May 22, 2017, 12:39:05 PM »
I am organizing a trip to Georgia for New Yorkers to volunteer with the Ossoff campaign. I went down with a group in April for the primary. I had an amazing time and made a lot of great contacts. The next trip will likely have a bus/van going on June 17-21.

If anyone knows someone in NYC who might be interested, please PM me! The campaign will house them, feed them, and pay for their trip down. (Unless you want to fly, for compliance reasons.)

Thank you for doing this, MJ

+1.   A big credit for my new activism goes to you, MonkeyJenga!  If I hadn't heard about Indivisible from you I might still be sitting around getting mad at the news, but not actually doing anything besides signing an internet petition every few months. You have been an inspiration!! <B
[And yes, I'll pass the word about the bus...]

:))))) Thanks y'all. I keep saying my biggest strength is in getting other people to do work.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #673 on: May 23, 2017, 07:13:27 AM »
I sent an email today to the Senate committee regarding the Health Care Bill that they are drafting in secret.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/opinion/health-care-bill-senate.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

Senate is taking up a very quiet and closed to the public effort to draft its own legislation of the AHCA. A select few people have been invited to send feedback to an email address healthreform@finance.senate.gov no later than today

The CBO should release the score for the house version tomorrow.

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« Reply #674 on: May 24, 2017, 04:00:49 PM »
Made triple-matched donation to Ossoff campaign.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #675 on: May 27, 2017, 04:22:09 AM »
I'm still making my regular NRA contributions and lighting a candle daily in thanks that Hillary lost.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #676 on: May 27, 2017, 06:19:38 AM »
Hahahaha, complaining about ACA, how about you buck up and take care of yourself instead of your desire to sponge off the work of others!! I am going to ask that means testing be part of the law. I can write letters as well!!

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« Reply #677 on: May 27, 2017, 06:29:11 AM »
I encourage everyone to participate in the political process as much as possible, but, honestly, I don't see anything I do having any kind of impact politically. The USA is owned and operated by a small number of very wealthy people who set all policy to enrich themselves rather than advance the nation. Look at this past election as an example. People thought they were electing an outsider to flip tables and instead they elected yet another elite who placed his billionaire friends in positions of power and then immediately started working to redirect tax money from the middle class and poor to the rich. It never ends and I don't believe it's ever going to change.

I suppose my own personal act of resistance is to decide to largely disengage from a mentality of always putting others first before myself. I thought I was being selfless and altruistic, but maybe I was just being unassertive this whole time. The funny thing is that when I started looking out for "number one" more consistently, it also allowed me to donate more to charity and do more good than I ever have before.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #678 on: May 27, 2017, 08:01:37 AM »
I encourage everyone to participate in the political process as much as possible, but, honestly, I don't see anything I do having any kind of impact politically. The USA is owned and operated by a small number of very wealthy people who set all policy to enrich themselves rather than advance the nation. Look at this past election as an example. People thought they were electing an outsider to flip tables and instead they elected yet another elite who placed his billionaire friends in positions of power and then immediately started working to redirect tax money from the middle class and poor to the rich. It never ends and I don't believe it's ever going to change.

I suppose my own personal act of resistance is to decide to largely disengage from a mentality of always putting others first before myself. I thought I was being selfless and altruistic, but maybe I was just being unassertive this whole time. The funny thing is that when I started looking out for "number one" more consistently, it also allowed me to donate more to charity and do more good than I ever have before.

I agree with this. Act at the community level. To focus on political parties is absurd, guess what, both parties only look out for the interest of the party, that's why they exist, to promote the party.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #679 on: May 27, 2017, 08:19:08 AM »
Posts that discourage people from being politically engaged or supporting the administration should be in their own thread.

WTC, if you want to encourage people to be politically engaged, then go encourage people! Spreading the idea that things are never going to change and it's pointless to try is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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« Reply #680 on: May 27, 2017, 08:20:31 AM »
Hahahaha, complaining about ACA, how about you buck up and take care of yourself instead of your desire to sponge off the work of others!! I am going to ask that means testing be part of the law. I can write letters as well!!
The proposed AHCA sets subsidy on age, not income which leaves older low income folks out to dry.  You must feel great right now. 

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« Reply #681 on: May 27, 2017, 08:28:01 AM »
Made triple-matched donation to Ossoff campaign.

High-five!

My local, district-level activist group developed a relationship with our congressperson's aide after only one in-person meeting. They respond to our questions and are open to hearing our input on framing and messaging. We now have clout. Surprisingly easy to get it, too.

We also coordinated a last minute presence at a local politician's small event, to ask tough questions and get their answers on camera.

We had speakers from two other, more established groups speak about NYC issues at our last team meeting.

I have confirmed another group to educate us in June on a confusing electoral/legislative issue unique to our state.

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« Reply #682 on: May 27, 2017, 08:48:37 AM »
Hahahaha, complaining about ACA, how about you buck up and take care of yourself instead of your desire to sponge off the work of others!! I am going to ask that means testing be part of the law. I can write letters as well!!

I do take care of myself, as do just about everyone on here who is so motivated to take care of themselves that they are successfully investing hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions.
Part of taking care of myself means to be politically engaged - supporting candidates who have values that help middle class and working class and the poor to gain access to health care affordably.
Sponging off the work of others is a canard, lots of the super rich got their income because of the cultural values that favored them - the "super man" is going to take care of all the decisions so let's pay this "super man" an absurdly ridiculous amount of money even though in reality he isn't doing a whole lot.

WhiteTrashCan not only should you be politically active, but you should in fact run for elected office since you said you're good at public speaking. And in so doing you should bring the values of helping the working poor etc. against the efforts of other politicians to only favor the rich.

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« Reply #683 on: May 27, 2017, 11:19:23 AM »
WhiteTrashCash, you have a talent for writing. You could use that gift to reach a lot of people and influence them. Plus the public speaking DavidAnnArbor mentioned.

One org you might want to look into is Represent Us. They organize volunteers locally to pass Anti-Corruption Acts. The only way to eventually get a federal framework in place is to start at the city level, build to the states, and finally build to federal.

The American Anti-Corruption Act is model policy that sets a framework for city, state and federal laws to fix our broken political system. It fundamentally reshapes the rules of American politics and restores the people as the most important stakeholders in our political  system. An Anti-Corruption Act has three primary goals:

  • Stop political bribery so special interests can’t use job offers and donations to influence politicians.
  • End secret money so people know who’s buying political power.
  • Fix our broken elections so the people, not the political establishment, are the ones in control.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #684 on: June 01, 2017, 03:37:50 PM »
The global warming deniers have to get the boot in 2018. First up, that bully, and head of the House Science Committee: Lamar Smith.

I just donated $30 to his opponent Joseph Kopser. Kopser is a pro-gun former republican who happens to believe we need to reduce fossil fuel use. Read up on him. If he's palatable to you, for goodness sakes send him a few bucks. You'll only be charged when he decides to officially run. It's a heavily gerrymandered district, but Lamar Smith is a class A cunt. (I know - I troll him on twitter - he's the worst). Just cuz it ain't easy doesn't mean it's not worth doing.

If you've got a few dollars to spare - boot rep Lamar smith in 2018 by donating to his opponent. Please.

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/193261/joseph-kopser-new-leadership-for-tx-21

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #685 on: June 01, 2017, 06:44:00 PM »
Hahahaha, complaining about ACA, how about you buck up and take care of yourself instead of your desire to sponge off the work of others!! I am going to ask that means testing be part of the law. I can write letters as well!!
The proposed AHCA sets subsidy on age, not income which leaves older low income folks out to dry.  You must feel great right now. 

Not losing any sleep.

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« Reply #686 on: June 02, 2017, 11:52:09 AM »
Today I defended an Indivisible protagonist on NextDoor. So there, You People!!! Haha.

She had respectfully asked what the neighborhood thought about her having a table to give away literature durhg our summer house tour which brings in 3,000 -4,000 people. A few voices in responded saying "please keep politics out of our house tour"  but most were supportive, mainly because they liked her goals.

Since she is setting up shop on her own lawn, it is entirely her business and no one else's and I thought it was very nice of her to even ask.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #687 on: June 02, 2017, 02:24:15 PM »
You can contact sponsors and tell them to stop advertising on shows and channels that shill and divide. For example...

https://www.mediamatters.org/research/2017/05/23/these-are-sean-hannitys-advertisers/216607

Here's my recent chat with Joshua at Capital One:
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Joshua at 21:14, Jun 2:
Good afternoon M41, how may I help you?

Malaysia41:
Hi Joshua,
I have a credit card account, a savings account, and multiple brokerage accounts with Cap One.
I'm also a (small time) investor in COF.  I was profoundly disappointed to learn that Cap One advertises on the Hannity Program specifically, and on the Fox news channel in general.

That media outlet has turned the majority of my family members into hateful people. Hannity in particular peddles conspiracy stories that are based on zero facts. I request for Cap One to stop advertising with Fox news. There are plenty of other places to advertise.

Malaysia41 at 21:18, Jun 2:
I for one, happily spread the word.  ...on the regular. But not since I found out your company was a primary sponsor for Hannity.

Malaysia41 at 21:18, Jun 2:
If my info is in error please tell me.

Joshua at 21:18, Jun 2:
Thank you for sharing your feedback. Mr. Hannity’s views are his own and do not reflect the views of Capital One. We appreciate you taking the time to chat and will pass on your concerns to the appropriate departments.

Malaysia41 at 21:20, Jun 2:
Yes please pass that along. I have approx IDK, $800k in assets under management with you.
Joshua at 21:21, Jun 2:
I will definitely pass on your concerns to the appropriate department.
Malaysia41 at 21:21, Jun 2:
This is serious and important for me. Ill be checking back in a couple months to find out if your company is still advertising with Fox. It'll be a real pain in the arse to move my money elsewhere, but it's always an option.  In the meantime Thank you I appreciate you passing along my concerns.

Malaysia41 at 21:22, Jun 2:
I hope I didn't come across as rude here by the way. I'm just utterly devastated at what my parents and a couple siblings have become, and Fox news is a big component in their change.

Joshua at 21:23, Jun 2:
You did not come across rude! I totally understand your view points. I am sorry to hear about your family!

Malaysia41 at 21:24, Jun 2:
Thank you.  Other than that I love Cap One.

Malaysia41 at 21:24, Jun 2:
Have a good day and great weekend.

Joshua at 21:25, Jun 2:
You're welcome! We do listen to the voices of our customers and you are not the first one to speak out about this. Thank you for chatting with us and have a wonderful weekend as well!

Malaysia41 at 21:25, Jun 2:
:)


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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #688 on: June 02, 2017, 03:08:39 PM »
You don't think much of your family if you think some guy on TV has changed them into such monsters.

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« Reply #689 on: June 02, 2017, 03:20:21 PM »
You don't think much of your family if you think some guy on TV has changed them into such monsters.
Oh, please.   This stuff is insidious, and clever.  It's a form of advertising, and advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry that exists because it works.  We are all, always, susceptible to the messages we are receiving - it's part of what makes us human and what makes human society work.  You may not have fallen for that particular brand message, but like all of us there are other brand messages you have fallen for, and will fall for.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #690 on: June 02, 2017, 03:25:46 PM »
That ^ would be a great debate for a new thread. Let's keep this one one point. Thanks.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #691 on: June 02, 2017, 05:42:19 PM »
You don't think much of your family if you think some guy on TV has changed them into such monsters.
Oh, please.   This stuff is insidious, and clever.  It's a form of advertising, and advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry that exists because it works.  We are all, always, susceptible to the messages we are receiving - it's part of what makes us human and what makes human society work.  You may not have fallen for that particular brand message, but like all of us there are other brand messages you have fallen for, and will fall for.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

I'm very conservative in my political views and I can't stand Hannity.   He's as fake a conservative as I've ever seen.  But if you think Hannity is poisoning minds, what can we conclude about radical leftists like Rachel Maddow and her legion of idiots?

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #692 on: June 02, 2017, 05:51:01 PM »
You don't think much of your family if you think some guy on TV has changed them into such monsters.
Oh, please.   This stuff is insidious, and clever.  It's a form of advertising, and advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry that exists because it works.  We are all, always, susceptible to the messages we are receiving - it's part of what makes us human and what makes human society work.  You may not have fallen for that particular brand message, but like all of us there are other brand messages you have fallen for, and will fall for.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

I'm very conservative in my political views and I can't stand Hannity.   He's as fake a conservative as I've ever seen.  But if you think Hannity is poisoning minds, what can we conclude about radical leftists like Rachel Maddow and her legion of idiots?

We can conclude that you should take this commentary to another thread where it's actually on topic.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #693 on: June 02, 2017, 06:36:46 PM »
Lol. I wasn't aware that I had invaded your safe space.  Carry on.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #694 on: June 02, 2017, 07:35:11 PM »
Lol. I wasn't aware that I had invaded your safe space.  Carry on.

Seriously man, this is a thread specifically against your current administration. Don't be a troll, take your bat and ball and go home. Nobody wants to play with you.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #695 on: June 02, 2017, 07:57:35 PM »
Lol. I wasn't aware that I had invaded your safe space.  Carry on.

Seriously man, this is a thread specifically against your current administration. Don't be a troll, take your bat and ball and go home. Nobody wants to play with you.
 

I though my post was clear.  Carry on.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #696 on: June 06, 2017, 08:16:38 AM »
With the US pulling out of the Paris Accords, a few non-national solutions have popped up. At the state level, governors can join the Climate Alliance, and at the city level, there is the Mayor's National Climate Action Agenda. Not sure there is anything but a call that one can do here, but at least it's a direct action item.

And yes, I know the Mayor's National Climate Action Agenda was not created in response to the US pulling out of the Paris Accords, but that's how I came to the realization that it's a real thing.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #697 on: June 06, 2017, 09:34:33 AM »
Started a monthly donation to the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

You don't have to be an actual scientist to do this; it's an advocacy organization, open essentially to scientists and allies.  Not strictly speaking a climate change org, but that has become a major focus.  (Eg, they published a "Half the Oil Plan" to show that there are facts indicating the US can cut its oil use in half by 2035, as a counter to the oil industry's messaging that this isn't possible/realistic).


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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #698 on: June 07, 2017, 08:01:55 AM »
DH and I went to our first Indivisible meeting last night. The topic was local environmental issues. I was impressed by the turnout and met some interesting people.

Today is a day of action to support after school and summer school programming. The current proposed federal budget includes $0 for after school. The Afterschool Alliance has a call-in tool and phone script for guidance.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #699 on: June 08, 2017, 07:40:07 AM »
Cool, LifeHappens!! And thanks for defending your neighbor, Iris!!

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 The Senate will decide TODAY (6/8/17) whether to roll back consumer protections for people who use prepaid credit cards. The rule that will be under attack extends the consumer protections associated with regular credit card accounts to prepaid accounts. These include provision of detailed and regular account information on balances, transactions and fees, company assistance in resolving problems related to card loss or unauthorized use, and limitation of liability for credit card fraud.
Who uses prepaid cards? Historically, people without bank accounts were the primary users. A recent PEW study found that about half of prepaid card users have bank accounts, and use the prepaid cards as a form of fiscal discipline or to avoid overdrafts. Now, there are some 65 million who would be affected.
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