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Monday, August 21, 2017

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  1. Republican leaders have been more blatant this past week in their criticism of Trump in the wake of Charlottesville:  https://apnews.com/a6f078b98fc14230b269e0edd600c6db/GOP-doubts-and-anxieties-about-Trump-burst-into-the-open Please stay in touch with your own Republican MoC about your expectations of them at this time.

  1. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin responded to a letter from 350 members of his graduating class at Yale calling on him to resign with a statement about why he will not resign: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mnuchin-rebuffs-calls-yale-classmates-resign-defends-trump/story?id=49316136 Let’s let Secretary Mnuchin know that we strongly disagree with his characterization of Trump as someone who opposes the white supremacist hate groups (his third point in his statement): https://www.treasury.gov/connect/Pages/contact-us.aspx

  1. Sinclair Broadcasting’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media would concentrate a large majority of local news stations, 72 percent nationwide, under a single company with a blatant conservative bias and a history of open favoritism towards Trump and Islamophobia. The FCC wants to bring back an exemption that allows media companies like Sinclair to exceed restrictions on the number of broadcast stations they own (http://thehill.com/policy/technology/346478-house-dems-press-fcc-for-answers-on-sinclair). Let’s join Rise Stronger and tell the FCC we oppose Sinclair’s acquisition of Tribune Media, which we can do at this link by hitting the +New Filing option in the grey box on the top left side of the screen: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=17-179&sort=date_disseminated,DESC

  1. Last Friday, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA19) introduced a bill to require the president to undergo physical and mental health examinations.  https://www.vox.com/2017/8/18/16164628/zoe-lofgren-25th-amendment  (or http://www.newsweek.com/mike-pence-call-donald-trump-resignation-impeachment-odds-new-bill-white-house-652184 ) Let's all contact our own representatives to ask them to co-sponsor this bill. We can thank Representative Lofgren at: Zoe Lofgren, 635 N First St Ste B, San Jose CA 95112  or call her Washington DC office at 202-225-3072

State Actions

Other Actions


  1. Let’s hear it for Boston! The response to approximately 100 “free speech” activists protesting on Boston Common was an estimated 40,000 counter-protestors. Trump took to Twitter to home in on actions against police but Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans spoke up about the “99.9%” of counter-protestors who were there against bigotry and hate (there were 99 arrests for disorderly conduct)):  “We probably had 40,000 people out here standing tall against hatred and bigotry in our city and that’s a good feeling,”  https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/537432/ 
  2. Mayor Marty Walsh was also vocal and welcoming of the counter-protestors. Let’s thank Commissioner Evans and Mayor Walsh for safely navigating a challenging situation that drew the attention of the President: https://www.boston.gov/departments/mayors-office  and  https://www.boston.gov/departments/police

  1. On Tuesday, August 22nd, Teaching Tolerance, the American Federation of Teachers, the Anti-Defamation League, and Facing History, will be hosting a webinar, "When Hate is in the Headlines: Resources for K-12 Educators." The webinar will discuss "the so-called alt-right, the history of hate and white supremacy, how to talk about race and religion, memorials and monuments, the First and Second amendments, and the emotional impact on our students. “We can sign up for the webinar, then check out the included resources http://bit.ly/2v3Wc57 Those of us who are educators can also receive one hour of professional development credit for attending the webinar, as well as completing the poll questions and survey (please see registration page for details).

  1. MomsRising is asking that we sign onto their form letter addressed to Judge John B. Stevens, who oversees the case of Kandace Washington. Kandace, who has not yet been convicted of a crime, is 7.5 months along in a high-risk pregnancy. She is currently being held at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility and was just denied a release on bail or personal recognizance bond. Let's contact Judge Stevens and ask that he release Kandace Washington on bond, so that she may be able to receive the prenatal care that she and her baby need. We can read more about the situation and sign the letter here: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/Kandace-Washington_TX

  1. One effective way to speak out against, or in support of, legislation, is by writing a letter to the editor of our local newspaper. MomsRising has simplified the process on their website, where we fill in our information, write our letter, then they'll send it to our community newspaper. Right now, they are asking that we concentrate our efforts on supporting DREAMers, and speaking out in favor of the DREAM Act of 2017. We can read more about the DREAM Act https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1615 then send a letter through the MomsRising site http://action.momsrising.org/lte/LTE_DREAMER/

  1. In the wake of Charlottesville, The Daily Constitutional is compiling information on upcoming white supremacist rallies. In order to respect the First Amendment while still discouraging white supremacy, The Daily Constitutional will be transforming their hateful rallies/marches into fundraisers for anti-racist causes.”  Let’s learn more and help identify rallies:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFzNePXp-dvVdv1RnANgLixbvDckL_MKrHZjuVc9caKIvIXw/viewform?edit_requested=true

7.      From Action Together Long Island:  Howard Lorber, Chairman of Douglas Elliman, was appointed by Donald Trump to serve as Chairman to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum earlier this year. Lorber, a Jewish American, business leader has yet to speak out against Trumps disdainful rhetoric equating Nazi and White Supremacist groups with opposition groups who came to counter protest in Charlottesville VA - an event which lead to the terrorist style killing of Heather Heyer and the injury of dozens of others. Let’s see how we can encourage him to speak out:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0k1qCMVpKZpY0ZUMlVmLXlrd3M/view

  1. Oddly enough, while Trump’s business and arts councils have resigned and disbanded themselves over the inability to reconcile their beliefs with Trump’s following his reaction(s) to the Charlottesville tragedy, only one member of his evangelical council has resigned.  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/347179-member-of-trumps-evangelical-advisory-board-resigns-over-conflict-in Could it be true that the others do not see a conflict in values as this one pastor does?  Let’s check in with them to see where they stand on this overt racism and ask them to resign.  Contact info here:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i4tAyW44TECIgzUs5tqH0vZHTK4ll3r5snNFRFYff9g/htmlview

  1. Let’s mitigate climate change by stopping tree-wasting junk mail from filling up our postal mailboxes. Catalog Choice is a free service that helps us opt-out of junk mail, including merchant catalogs, for good. Since their founding eight years ago, Catalog Choice claims that their users have help to save 511,597 mature trees, more than 1 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, 407,235,154 pounds of solid waste, and more than 3.5 billion gallons of water. Let’s participate by visiting their website and following the instructions. https://www.catalogchoice.org/

  1. We can weaken hate groups by shutting down the money that flows to them. “ProPublica surveyed the most visited websites of groups designated as extremist by either the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Anti-Defamation League. We found that more than half of them—39 out of 69—made money from ads, donations or other revenue streams facilitated by technology companies. At least 10 technology companies played a role directly or indirectly in supporting these sites.” https://www.propublica.org/article/leading-tech-companies-help-extremist-sites-monetize-hate Some of these tech companies have anti-hate policies, but they don’t do a good job of monitoring and enforcing those policies. Let’s let the CEOs of the following companies know that we’re watching them, and that we expect them to sever their financial partnerships with hate groups and to do a better job of blocking such partnerships in the future:  1)  Daniel Schulman, CEO, PayPal, 2211 North First St., San Jose, CA 95131, 2) Christopher Ruddy, CEO, NewsMax Media, Inc., 560 Village Blvd., Ste. 120, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, and 3) Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98144

  1. Many of us want to support refugees, but often do not know how.  This young woman and her sister are going to Greece with Movement on the Ground to help refugees and are asking us to help support their work.  The raised funds will “will be used towards children's activities, maintenance of structures within the camp and towards long-term projects to improve infrastructure. Every donation helps keep children smiling, energy flowing and supplies coming.”  Let’s show our concern and help!  https://www.gofundme.com/refugee-support-in-lesvos

  1. As Trump continues to defend the “beauty” of memorials to white supremacy, activists across the country are working to get them taken down (http://www.npr.org/2017/08/17/544137751/trump-defends-beauty-of-confederate-memorials). The Southern Poverty Law Center has put together a report on the monuments, schools, holidays and other public spaces across the United States dedicated to the Confederacy, including a list of more than 1,500 of them. We can read this report here, and use this tool from Quartz to find which is closest to us – and then start organizing.

  1. From Action Together New Jersey: “#VotingRights4ALL Hey, Members of Congress! You oppose the white supremacists, so why are you supporting their goals? It's ALL about the vote!”  Let’s make sure that all our MoCs know that if they really oppose white nationalism that it is time to restore the Voting Rights Act:  https://www.facebook.com/actiontogethernetwork/photos/a.1394045663980690.1073741828.1365354920183098/1634855013233086/?type=3&theater

  1. "In a group letter first reported by NPR, a small group of alumni is criticizing Falwell for supporting the president in the wake of Trump's remarks blaming "many sides" for violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. The letter slams Falwell for defending Trump's comments, specifically for his saying there were "very fine people" protesting on both sides…. This is incompatible with Liberty University's stated values, and incompatible with a Christian witness," the letter says.  One former student government president told NPR that Falwell was "complicit" in Trump's support for "Nazis and white supremacists." We can join them by letting Falwell know there is only one side to this issue and the white supremacists are not the right side.  http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/347258-evangelical-students-returning-university-diplomas-to-protest-trump?amp  Contact @JerrryFalwellJr. or Jerry Falwell, Liberty University, 1971 University Blvd, Lynchburg, Va. 24515

  1. They listened!  Thank you for speaking out! Because of the intense backlash they received, state officials in Georgia have announced that they will no longer be purging voters off of voter rolls, if they moved from one address to another, within the same county http://bit.ly/2v410aG This means that 159,930 Georgia voters will retain their active status.

  1. Heather Heyer’s name has been added to the Civil Rights Memorial Wall of Tolerance.The Civil Rights Memorial is a memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, to 41 people who died in the struggle for the equal and integrated treatment of all people, regardless of race, during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Memorial  and https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/08/18/splc-honors-heather-heyer-civil-rights-memorial-center  Let’s thank the Southern Poverty Law Center for remembering her in this way:  https://www.splcenter.org/contact-us

Petitions


1.      CREDO Action claims that when traditional corporate media outlets call today’s white supremacists “alt-right,” they sanitize and normalize a movement that seeks to reverse decades of civil rights gains and solidify white power and privilege, using violence if necessary.  If you agree, here’s a petition:   https://act.credoaction.com/sign/No_More_AltRight

2.      Whether it's racism, homophobia, misogyny, transphobia, xenophobia, religious intolerance or other bias — we demand to live in a country where we can be safe to be who we are, believe in what we want and love whomever we choose.”  Let’s sign Everytown’s petition asking Congress “to disarm hatred and keep guns out of dangerous hands.”  http://act.everytown.org/sign/disarm-hate-tell-congress-p/

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize


Reading/Watching


  1. Hate groups are on the rise, and it's important to know about them. Al Jazeera has posted an informative chart and interactive map of North America, compiled based on research by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2017/02/mapping-hate-rise-hate-groups-170222085001012.html

  1. Here is VoteVet’s latest video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWXksPEwgQk&feature=youtu.be 

  1. The LA Times had a very unequivocal editorial in their Sunday edition blasting Trump: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-ed-trump-enough/

  1. Amy Siskind continues her mission to document the small changes chipping away at our democracy.  Siskind writes, "This week’s list is not the longest, but it is certainly the most heartbreaking. Trump’s comments on Charlottesville legitimized the worst of us, and spawned a watershed moment for our country. His remarks were met with widespread condemnation and reactions, and precipitated a mass exodus of corporate CEOs, wiping away any lingering doubts that Trump’s goals were ever truly linked to job creation. For the first time, real questions about fitness for office were raised out loud by both sides."  Let's take a few minutes to review Amy Siskind's list week 40 


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

8/20/17

There is no Rogan’s List on Sundays.

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  1. Steve Bannon (source) may be gone, but he, Sebastian Gorka (source), and Stephen Miller (source) all have histories of extremist ideologies, and should not be working in the White House. Our taxpayer dollars are paying their salaries, and it’s unacceptable. Let’s call our members of Congress and demand that that they call for their resignations. And let’s also ask that they treat these men like any other advocate for bigotry who wanted their time – not accepting their calls, not going to any meeting which they attend, not dealing with them at all.

  1. The Director of the United States Census Bureau position has still not been filled since former director John Thompson resigned back in May http://n.pr/2q5Qpub Meanwhile, funding for the 2020 Census in both the Senate and House 2018 appropriations bills is insufficient http://bit.ly/2vfUPTO This is especially a concern, as the census guides allocation of funds, as well as redistricting efforts (ensuring each vote gets counted and each voter is fairly represented). Let's call our MoC and emphasize the importance of a fully-funded census in H.R. 3267 and S. 1662. 5Calls has more information, a call script, and phone numbers we can use to specifically address the issue of funding, but let's make sure we're also asking that our MoC bring attention to the need for a qualified individual to fill the position for Director of the U.S. Census Bureau https://5calls.org/issue/recDcn4wSNH9gBaBR

  1. From RISE Stronger:  The Department of Labor is asking for information on the impact of its 2016 overtime rule, which would increase postdoc salaries, among other benefits. You can read more about the rule here and submit your comments at Regulations.gov  before September 25.

  1. From RISE Stronger:  The FCC has extended its deadline for public comments on its move to eliminate net neutrality rules. Learn more here, and submit comments directly here. Comments must be submitted by August 30.

  1. "Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Thursday defended President Trump's claim that "both sides" were responsible for the violence that erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, comparing Confederate memorials to those put up to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. "  Let's remind the Gov that the memorials to 9/11 victims commemorates an attack on all Americans and our freedoms.  The confederate memorials commemorate an attack on the United States by its own people trying to preserve slavery and demoralize Black Americans."   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/346950-lepage-removing-confederate-statues-is-like-taking-down-9-11  CONTACT:  Office of the Governor,  #1 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0001 or Phone 207-287-3531.  Toll-free: 1-855-721-5203 or TTY: Maine relay 711 (for Deaf and hard of hearing)

  1. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has withdrawn her support for the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S720), saying she can't support it in its current form because it "chills free speech." The bill is opposed by the ACLU.  (http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170731/POLITICS/170739978/gillibrand-at-rare-town-hall-vows-to-reconsider-israel-boycott-bill)  Let's check to see if our own Senators still support this bill as it is and ask them to join Senator Gillibrand in withdrawing their support if they are. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s720/details  We can thank Senator Gillibrand for her willingness to acknowledge the issues with this bill: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, 478 Russell SOB, Washington DC 20510.

State Actions

  1. NC & VA: From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): The Atlantic Coast Pipeline could increase electricity rates in order to transport natural gas that we don’t even need, while threatening drinking water, forests, waterways, wetlands, fisheries, and endangered species in three states. Yeah, it’s that bad. Tell state regulators to kill it. NC: North Carolina, take action: http://on.nrdc.org/2v5CYvl   VA: Virginia, take action here: http://on.nrdc.org/2v5wcFR

  1. MO: State senator Maria Chappell Nadal (D-MO14) wrote that she "hopes Trump is assassinated" on her Facebook page. She has since withdrawn the comment and said it was wrong. The Secret Service is investigating. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40973209  Nadal has said she will not resign for making this mistake.  However, we need to stop this kind of rhetoric in its tracks no matter who says it.  If we are among Nadal's constituents, let's call for her resignation  email:  Maria.ChappelleNadal@senate.mo.gov, write: Maria Chappell Nadal, 201 W Capitol Ave Rm 428, Jefferson City MO 65101.  Call: 573-751-4106

Other Actions


  1. It has been a long nine months since the election.  We’ve worked hard and have enjoyed some successes.  We are also learning that we need to take care of ourselves for the long haul.  A number of resistance groups are sponsoring a Burnout and Sustainability Training for activists.  This online training is scheduled for Saturday August 26th at 6p ET.  It will be presented by Aditi Juneja, co-creator of Resistance ManualOurStates.org, and host of the Self Care Sundays podcast.  Here is a link to the Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1091424407656160/  and here is a link to the registration form: http://bit.ly/2wyWt16.  Let’s do this! 

  1. Teacher of high school or college students? Or just a concerned American trying to make sense of the hate on display in Charlottesville this past weekend? The Modern Languages Association (the largest association of literary scholars in the country) suggests some resources for us: 1) "Charlottesville Syllabus: Readings on the History of Hate in America" https://daily.jstor.org/charlottesville-syllabi-history-hate-america/; 2) A documentary, "Charlottesville: Race and Terror" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P54sP0Nlngg; and 3) a teacher's guide to "Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War," an ebook free for download https://www.mla.org/Publications/Bookstore/Options-for-Teaching/Teaching-the-Literatures-of-the-American-Civil-War. We can also uncover additional materials circulating on Twitter under the #CharlottesvilleCurriculum hashtag. Let's educate ourselves and others on how to address and fight against white supremacy in our country.

  1. Activists on the ground in Charlottesville have been fighting white supremacy for a long time, including pushing for the removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee and other Confederate monuments (http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/14/543471538/charlottesville-rally-aimed-to-defend-a-confederate-statue-it-may-have-doomed-ot). Let’s show them some support. We can help by: A) contacting the office of Judge Richard Moore of the Charlottesville Circuit Court to urge him to dismiss an upcoming court case disputing the ability of the City Council to remove the Lee statute; we can reach the judge’s office at 434-970-3766 or via mail sent to the Hon. Judge Richard Moore, Charlottesville Circuit Court, 315 E. High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 and via e-mail to the Clerk of Courts at duggerl@charlottesville.org, saying “I’m leaving a message for Judge Moore regarding the upcoming Monument Fund hearing, scheduled for August 30th. As someone concerned about community safety, I strongly urge you to join the City of Charlottesville in dismissing this case, which will continue to sow violence in the community” and B) petitioning Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and Councilwoman Kathy Galvin to change their votes against removing the statue and to support the removal of all other Confederate monuments, which we can do at this link: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/remove-charlottesville-statues.

  1. We can see what Trump sees in his twitter feed by following this twitter handle. This can give us some insight to what is motivating him.  https://twitter.com/trumps_feed

  1. Congress might not be up for grabs this year, but there are plenty of crucial races at the state and local level where we can get involved. Karen Keys-Gamarra is running for an at-large seat on the Fairfax County School Board, which governs the largest school district in Virginia. She’s an attorney with a record of advocating for kids who is pledged to fight bathroom bills and for equal rights for all students (http://www.insidenova.com/news/education/at-debate-fairfax-school-board-contenders-make-push-for-votes/article_52287fb6-7dc0-11e7-9599-cbcb29398993.html). Let’s help her out against her GOP-endorsed opponent by writing postcards with Postcards to Voters. We can e-mail Postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org to get addresses and instructions.

  1. We have a unique chance to participate in scientific data collection! On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States, from coast to coast. The California Academy of Science invites citizen scientists like us to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record eclipse-related animal behavior with the iNaturalist app. https://www.calacademy.org/citizen-science/solar-eclipse-2017  At iNaturalist, we can see that our data can contribute to science: "Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe."  Let's take this unique opportunity to contribute and invite children in our lives to participate too. 

  1. The Church of the Latter-day Saints (LDS) issued a statement regarding the Mormon church's position on white supremacists: “White supremacist attitudes are morally wrong and sinful, and we condemn them” and Mormons who “promote or pursue a ‘white culture’ or white supremacy agenda,” the statement said, “are not in harmony with the teachings of the church.”  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686836/LDS-Church-issues-statement-condemning-white-supremacist-attitudes.html We can send postcards of support to: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 N West Temple, Salt Lake City UT 84150.

  1. Chris Long, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, feels strongly about supporting people fighting for equality.  So, during the national anthem before Thursday’s game against Buffalo, Long put his arm around fellow player Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins who has been raising a fist over his head during the national anthem as a way to protest social injustice for the last year.  "I've heard a lot of people say you need white athletes to get involved in the anthem protests," Long said. "I've said before I'll never kneel for an anthem, because the flag means something different for everybody in this country, but I support my peers. And if you don't see why you need allies for people that are fighting for equality right now, I don't think you'll ever see it.”  https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-chris-long-on-anthem-embrace-im-here-to-show-support-as-a-white-athlete/  Let’s thank Long and Jenkins:  http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/footer/contact-us.html

  1. We can join in a Twitter Storm with the Twitter Warriors Sunday evening 8-10pm and tweet for voting rights.  All the information and tweetsheets can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1954035228184627/

  1. Let’s find out how we can be part of the Women’s March August Reset:  https://www.womensmarch.com/augustreset

  1. We know that the ACLU has often taken on cases of hate groups on the grounds of free speech.  However, after the events of last weekend, the ACLU has changed their policy so that they will no longer take on hate groups that protest with firearms.  http://thehill.com/homenews/347053-aclu-revises-policy-to-avoid-supporting-hate-groups-protesting-with-firearms  Let’s thank the ACLU for this change:   125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York NY 10004 or call 212-549-2500

  1. "Do you feel devastated by the rise of racism, anti-Semitism, and hatred of humanity? Not sure how to respond to the Neo-Nazi violence in #CharlottesvilleResponding to hate with hate does not stop hate. We know we must respond to hate with love. But how? Pledge to donate $1 (or any amount!) for every Alt-Right/Neo Nazi/Hate-sympathizer that shows up to rally on the Boston Common this Saturday, August 19.” Let’s find out how:  https://pledgeit.org/nobostonhate

Petitions


  1. In Trump’s speech in May to the Arab Islamic American Summit, he said, "A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out. Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your Holy Land and drive them out of this Earth."   We agree that this also holds true for terrorists in our own country.  Let’s join in this petition calling on Congress and other agencies to define and criminalize domestic terrorist organizations:  KKK and white supremacists.  https://www.change.org/p/create-criminal-law-for-domestic-terrorism-and-reestablish-funding-to-prevent-violent-extremism

  1. Let’s join in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s petition telling Trump to take responsibility for the hate he’s unleashed:  https://www.splcenter.org/tell-president-trump-take-responsibility-hate-hes-unleashed

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize


  1. From Indivisible: Today, "join The Majority in a day of action confronting white supremacy in your community. All across the country, there are symbols of white supremacy and institutions that protect it. In some cases, these may be obvious -- like a Confederate monument or flag. In other cases, this may be something more subtle -- perhaps a business or group associated with Trump. Find an event in your community here. These events are still being planned, so if there isn’t one nearby yet, plan it and register it here to get out the word.”

  1. Tomorrow, Sunday, August 20th, resistance groups including Indivisible, Women's March, Color of Change, MomsRising, and many others, will be hosting a national training call: Confronting White Supremacy. The call will focus on white supremacy from historical and present-day perspectives, opportunities to fight back against bigotry, and tips for how to talk to our friends and family about white supremacy as well as address it in our own communities. Let's RSVP and listen in this Sundayhttps://act.moveon.org/survey/readytoresist15

Reading/Watching


  1. “For our White Friends Desiring to be Allies”:  https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies

  1. “Hate on my Way to a Peace Rally”:  https://ldebeerwardell.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/hate-on-my-way-to-a-peace-rally/

  1. As always, our weekly dose of Small Victories from Peace is Loudhttp://mailchi.mp/peaceisloud/small-victories-this-is-a-massive-awakening


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2016 election, are sharing daily or weekly calls to action.
Other member sites are listed here: https://www.actionalliance.co/  --scroll down and click through and you'll find many more opportunities to make a difference.
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Friday, August 18, 2017

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  1. The tragedy and loss of life in the attack in Barcelona yesterday was terrible.  Within hours Trump referred to a car being driven into a crowd of people in another country as terrorism, but has not yet able to use the same term when a similar incident happened here in Charlottesville.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/08/17/terror-struck-barcelona-according-to-trump-charlottesville-call-it-whatever-you-want/?utm_term=.66813d5c705c  Let’s let Trump know that in both cases it was a radicalized right faction attempting to kill unsuspecting people – both should be called terrorism

  1. Congressional Republicans may have been willing to condemn the bigoted violence in Charlottesville, but most of them have been very quiet about responding to Trump’s pandering to white supremacists (http://www.npr.org/2017/08/16/543959255/some-top-republicans-criticize-white-supremacists-but-not-trump-by-name). Marisa Kabas has set up a spreadsheet tracking which GOPers have stepped up to call out Trump and which haven’t which we can find here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/186hctpFn-L5nOWCqQTESjNzopFK0-I61sgWwpFFR2DE/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0. Those of us who live in their districts can contact those who haven’t and demand that they do so. And if they continue to stand with Trump as he stands with white supremacists, let’s show some support to the folks running against them. We can find information on many of the candidates challenging House Republicans on this spreadsheet from one of our own.

  1. Condemnations by congressional leaders against the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville are meaningless unless they are accompanied by actual action. One easy thing they can do is listen to the voices of members of the Congressional Black Caucus and remove statues of Confederate leaders from the statuary hall at the U.S. Capitol (http://thehill.com/homenews/house/346710-black-lawmakers-say-confederate-statues-should-come-out-of-capitol). As Rachael Payton writes, “thousands of white supremacists gather across the country and commit violent acts of terror and intimidation in the name of these Confederate symbols… While Trump has inflamed these white supremacists, the statues honoring Confederates in the halls of the United States Congress are proof that white nationalism has long needed to be confronted in America.” Let’s call our members of Congress and demand that they be removed. (We can also sign Rachael Payton’s petition to Congress with the same ask here:https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/take-em-all-down-no-confederate-statues-in-the-us-capitol?akid=7787.1993486.W9qkQn&bucket=COC&rd=1&source=mailing&t=7.)

  1. Shep Smith, Fox News host, said that Fox’s booking team has not been able to find a Republican to come on his show and defend Trump:  http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/346867-foxs-shepard-smith-we-couldnt-find-a-republican-willing-to-come  Let’s tell our Republican reps that if they are reluctant to defend Trump, that they publicly should say so and tell us why. 

  1. Many of our MoCs who are standing up against the hate displayed in Charlottesville are taking heat on their Facebook pages.  Let’s make sure we “like” our legislators FB pages and speak up (peaceably) against the far-right negative comments. 

  1. EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt is avoiding oversight, avoiding environmentalists, avoiding agency staff, and avoiding mainstream media. He is taking steps to corrupt agency science and science communication and loosen regulatory burdens on fossil fuels, in close consultation with industry groups and right-wing media, with as little public scrutiny as possible. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/8/14/16142150/scott-pruitt-epa-secrecy-republican  Let's share this information with friends and family who may not be aware of the creeping changing to the EPA and the health and wellness of our communities.  We need to push back on Pruitt (Scott Pruitt, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20460) and also let our MoC's know that we do not approve of loosening regulations that were put in place to protect the American people. 

  1. On Wednesday, House Democrats Pramila Jayapal, Jerry Nadler, and Bonnie Watson Colman introduced a measure to censure, or formally disapprove of, Trump, in response to his handling of the violence and terrorism by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA http://bit.ly/2uJbro6 http://theatln.tc/2wdgsFB Let's contact our Representatives and make sure that they cosponsor and support this House Resolution: "Censuring and condemning President Donald Trump"

  2. The Illinois State Senate has approved of legislation to categorize white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations http://cnn.it/2wUbpav Let's send a copy of the the resolution to our own MoC on both the State and Federal level, asking that they introduce similar legislation http://bit.ly/2i8WBkO

  1. The National Park Service is considering revoking the permit for the White Supremacist rally to be held at Chrissy Field on August 26. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Permit-for-right-wing-Crissy-Field-rally-to-get-11825139.php  Let’s follow the instructions here to make our voices heard against the permit:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0k1qCMVpKZpRkQydjZZVmZXTmM

State Actions

 

  1. MA:  The way forward is to look over, under, around, and through Trump and the Republican Party that enables him. That means many things, especially elections. It is not too early to start supporting candidates for 2018 who will fight for progressive policies and values, and stand up to the harmful Republican agenda. If we’re in Massachusetts, let’s sign up to support Senator Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey, who are both up for re-election:  Elizabeth Warren:  https://www.elizabethwarren.com/ and Maura Healey:  http://www.maurahealey.com/  And let’s pay attention to the US House race. The Massachusetts delegation—10 congressional districts—is 100% Democrat. Let’s keep it that way.

  1. WI: If we are students in Wisconsin: not every college ID is considered valid for voting in the state.  Let's read this article to make sure we have the right ID so we can vote without hassle on election day. http://shepherdexpress.com/article-30213-what-students-need-to-know-to-vote-in-wisconsin.html  Let's make sure that our friends and classmates know about this too.

  2. FL:  On Wednesday, Governor Scott said, "I watched what happened on Saturday and it's disgusting,'' Scott told reporters after the August Cabinet meeting at the state Capitol Wednesday. "It's evil. There's no place in our country for racism, bigotry, the KKK, neonazis, white supremacists. There's no moral equivalency between the two sides."  http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/scott-says-theres-no-moral-equivalency-between-the-two-sides/2334052  We Rogan's-listers in Florida don't often get agree with Governor Rick Scott (R).  Let's send Scott lots of support so he will know he got this right. Web contact form: http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/.  Phone: 850-717-9337. Write: Governor Rick Scott, 400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee FL 32300-0001.

  1. MI:  Voters Not Politicians has had their gerrymandering ballot proposal approved and  are now collecting signatures.  We can find signing events here:  http://www.votersnotpoliticians.com/upcoming_events and can find out how to volunteer here:  http://www.votersnotpoliticians.com/volunteer

Other Actions


  1. Resistance groups are working to turn the tables on this weekend’s white supremacist rally in Boston by donating to the nationally acclaimed Life After Hate, a non-profit that helps defeat white supremacy through education, research and outreach – and a group that’s lost federal grants under the Trump administration.  (www.politico.com/story/2017/06/23/playbook-dhs-extremism-life-after-hate-239889). They’re organizing folks to donate money for every hour white supremacists rage in Boston. Those of us who are able can join them in making a pledge at https://www.gofundme.com/uniteforlovecounteringthehate

  1. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, Trump has another rally scheduled, this time in Phoenix.  Let’s sign up for tickets and not attend:  https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/phoenix-az

  1. There is some question whether the Phoenix rally will actually happen.  The mayor has asked Trump, in light of the volatility caused by Charlottesville, that he delay his visit.  Mayor Greg Stanton said, "If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation."  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/17/544113745/phoenix-mayor-asks-trump-to-delay-visit-hoping-for-more-sound-judgment  Let’s thank Stanton for his foresight:  https://www.phoenix.gov/mayor/contact-mayor-stanton

  1. “Racism is the elephant in the room in America—particularly, white America. White people would like racism to go away. “  This is especially true if you know it is in your own family.  https://medium.com/@harterhealing/how-america-spreads-the-disease-that-is-racism-by-not-confronting-racist-family-members-and-friends-effb68da7e97  Let’s take a look and see where we and our family and friends stand.

  1. Vice News Tonight, HBOs first daily series which started in 2016, provided a unique inside view to the Charlottesville tragedy.  The video has gone viral.  We can watch it and learn about it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/television/charlottesville-vice-news-elle-reeve-christopher-cantwell-hbo-20170816.html   Let’s thank HBO for this effort: http://www.hbo.com/about/contact-us.html

  1. Local activist groups in Charlottesville have compiled a list of 8 actions we can take to help fight fascism and oppression; four items which would specifically support those in Charlottesville, and four which we can do in our local communities http://bit.ly/2fLGoRM Let's read through the list, then get to work!

  1. “PayPal is taking action against more than three dozen hate groups and other extremist organizations, sources close to the payments company told CBS MoneyWatch on Wednesday. The move follows this weekend's violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.”  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/paypal-suspends-dozens-of-racist-groups-sites-altright-com/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab8d&linkId=41054303  Let’s thank Paypal:  2211 North First StreetSan Jose, California 95131

  1. With violence breaking out during protests and rallies, it's important that our journalists and members of the media are staying safe as they cover current events. Now is a good time to revisit the Committee to Protect Journalists's safety advisory, issued prior to the presidential inauguration back in January http://bit.ly/2jjYgCW We can read through the list of recommendations for precautions to take, as well as advice on how to deal with aggression, then check out the more detailed CPJ Journalist Security Guide and share it with our friends in the media http://bit.ly/2vHl2uj

  1. Knowing what to do when you find yourself in a hateful situation is essential.  Here is a Primer on Responding to Hate in Your Own Backyard:  https://500pens.org/2017/08/12/a-primer-on-responding-to-hate-in-your-backyard/ Let’s read up!

  1. Teaching how to detect and discern the quality of sources is something that is taught in high schools and colleges.  This teacher uses George Washington to teach his juniors and seniors: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/column-use-george-washington-make-kids-care-fake-news/  Let’s learn from this ourselves and pass this info on to students and teachers we know.

Petitions


  1. Some in Congress have announced a censure resolution against Trump;  https://jerroldnadler.house.gov/news/email/show.aspx?ID=KJIZX5WV4RH7ODUDEKKU466V7A Here is a petition to Congress that we can sign requesting the same:  https://censuredonaldtrump.com/

  1. Let’s join Ultraviolet in asking Starbucks and Nike to end their leases at Trump Tower and other Trump properties and break their connection to white supremacy:  https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/trump_tower_stores/

Marches/events to attend/organize


Reading/Watching


  1. “We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns”  from Small Deeds Done:  https://smalldeedsdone.com/2017/08/15/we-had-sneakers-they-had-guns/

  1. We’ve heard a lot lately about the Antifa.  Here is info about who they are:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/08/16/who-are-the-antifa/?tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.cf96c1ab23bf

  1. Here is Brene Brown,  an American author, scholar, and  social work research professor on how owning our history and our story relates to racism in our country:  https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1778878652127236&id=188471851167932


Rogan’s List is a participant in and strategic partner of the Action Alliance,
         a loosely-federated group of organizations that, in the wake of the
2016 election, are sharing daily or weekly calls to action.
Other member sites are listed here: https://www.actionalliance.co/  --scroll down and click through and you'll find many more opportunities to make a difference.
******
Rogan’s List is also part of RISE Stronger’s United States of Resistance