Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hodgepodge 253/365 - Resistance

I wrote in January about our very first Indivisible 831 meeting, which was attended by seventeen (though curiously, looking back now, it feels more like thirty). Today we met for the first time in a little while. Summer stuff kept getting in the way, and it did today too, but I figured it was time. Today, there were six of us. But we had plenty to talk about.

I am often struck by the amount of resources out there for those of us who continue to be horrified by what's happening in so much of this country (and I am grateful that California remains a bastion of sanity, though I know my right-wing friends would disagree on that).

Here are a few resources that came up today:

Indivisible itself: "People like you are standing indivisible all over the country. Join a group in your community to take action and hold Congress accountable." My own group can be found on Facebook here.
Wall-of-Us: "He promised a wall. He will be stopped by a wall of us. Four concrete acts of resistance . . . each week."
The 65 and 5 Calls: A weekly call to action, with a script for making an effective phone call. Also extensive issues lists, also with scripts.
It Starts Today: "An independent initiative through which grassroots donors can fund every Democratic nominee for the House and Senate. We don’t play favorites or write anyone off, and your money goes directly to the nominee in every race in every district in every state."
Swing Left: "Don't despair. Mobilize." And further: "Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a small number of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives—and defeat Republicans—in that district, no matter where you live. We can stop Trump and the GOP agenda by working together NOW." Flippable and the Sister District Project are similar organizations, oriented toward flipping state governorships and legislative seats from Republican (red) to Democrat (blue).
• Amy Siskind at Medium: "Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you'll remember." Every week, Amy publishes such a list. Today's is 96 entries long. It's exhausting trying to keep up, and I'm not even making the list.
• One can get involved by text messaging as well. There's Daily Action, where, by texting the word "daily" to the number 228466 ("action"), you can receive a daily suggestion of an action to take. There's also a FB page. Or there's Resistbot, where, by texting the word "resist" to the number 50409, you can send faxes to your Members of Congress about issues that concern you. Very handy!

And there's tons more, but that's a start.


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