Action for the Day

Latest updates (4/20/17)

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Given everything about the Trump administration, we all have to do more than we have been doing.  How can we turn anger, frustration, and despair into progress; how can we turn a march into a movement, as protestors were saying?  So I decided to start an action of the day blog and see if I can keep it updated.

Jan. 20th, 2017, Day One: Protest the Inauguration – check

the people in front of me waiting along 7th Street at 6am, DC Inauguration Protest

waiting to get into Navy Memorial through the checkpoint at 7th and D, I waited from 6am-9am just to pass the checkpoint. ANSWER Coalition, 1/20/17

waiting to get into Navy Memorial through the checkpoint at 7th and D, I waited from 6am-9am just to pass the checkpoint. ANSWER Coalition, Washington DC, 1/20/17

ANSWER Coalition photos

ANSWER Coalition Counter-Inauguration Rally, C-SPAN video

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Jan. 21st: Day Two: Women’s March – check

WGN aerial footage here

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Day Three: tell people about what I saw and experienced and get the word out

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Monday, January 23rd (and ongoing), 10 Actions in 100 Days (Women’s March Movement): Send a postcard to your representatives, about women’s issues, civil rights, whatever your concerns are. (check – I sent cards, drew cats on them, threw on some female superhero stickers, and wrote personalized messages to my House representative and state Senators)

10 Actions in 100 Days (womensmarch.com)
Monday, Jan. 23rd, 2017
Send your senators and representatives a postcard
What do you care about, why do you march/support the Women’s March Movement

find my Senators
find my House representatives

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January 25th:

Support Senator Warren’s request to audit Trump’s finances to discover potential conflicts of interest by sending an email. (check)
The following information and email template is taken from Change.org, here.

“If you want to support Senator Warren’s request to audit President Trump’s finances for conflicts of interest, the woman who answered the phone at the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office said the most effective way to be sure my support counted was to email two administrators, Katherine Siggerud and Timothy Minnelli.
You can send ONE email addressed to:
siggerudk@gao.gov, minnellit@gao.gov, congrel@gao.gov
Subject line:
Re: Audit for President Trump’s financial concerns
Dear Ms. Siggerud and Mr. Minnelli,
I’m writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s request for an audit of President Trump’s finances, to prohibit conflicts of interest that would prevent him from carrying out the responsibilities of the office without corrupt influence.
Sincerely,

When you post this on your Facebook add this:
please copy-paste this post to share. If you just click “share”, then only the overlap of my friends and yours can see it.

I got this item from Martha Dively, who I met online through this petition. She got it from two friends, Melissa and Danielle.”

-Adam Broad, citing Martha Dively and friends, Change.org, 1/25/17
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ongoing:

We’ve got to find ways to get more good politicians in office.  Run grassroots campaigns.  Run for office ourselves, city council, school board.  Support other people running.  Call and write our politicians to let them know our concerns.  Reform the system to make it easier for third (and more) political parties to exist, instead of the binary system.  Reform the Democrat Party.  Put pressure on overturning Citizens United.  Maybe find a way for an independent group, who doesn’t stand to benefit, to set redistricting, instead of the gerrymandering both parties do, which makes politicians not truly representative.  and so on.

Something to consider is the following Young Turks’ proposal to reform the Democrat Party.  I am not sure if I want to sign on board yet, but I will provide the information as one more path to think about.  One step would be going to the website and learning more about it.

Justice Democrats.com

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Monday, January 30th, Tuesday, Jan. 31st, ongoing, business hours:

Contact Congress to voice concern over 1st amendment rights
US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121 , Dial 1 for Senate, or Dial 2 for House. Enter in your zip code and leave a message
script and sources here (change.org)

Contact Congress and take action against the Muslim ban
suggested actions, see here (my blog)
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February 2017:

Feb. 2nd:
New York City:
protest at the Stonewall Inn to stand up for the LGBT community
a possible anti-LGBT executive order, “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” has been drafted
Source: here (yahoo news, ABC)

Feb. 2-11th:
Women’s March 10 Actions in 100 days
Create/join a Huddle, a meeting of people to discuss and plan (check)

Feb. 6th:
Call the Senate Committee on Homeland Security
202-224-4751
voice concerns over Steve Bannon being appointed to National Security Council or the Muslim ban
source: Adam Broad, Change.org

Feb. 15th:
Tele-Town Hall
hosted by Women’s March, United State of Women
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, Leah Greenberg of Indivisible
livestream, 7pm eastern, here, and here
source: the united states of women

February 19th:

Chicago:
One Month Anniversary Protest (facebook.com)
noon, Chicago Trump Tower (401 N. Wabash), or your local town, city, area

after the fact:

Now, I don’t know how I feel about protests, whether or not they accomplish anything, and all.  I did finally participate and I am glad I did, at least for me, in short, so that, for a moment, I didn’t feel alone, I felt encouragement, and I felt momentum.  But when I look at it all more broadly, given my pessimism, I don’t know.  Do people have any power?  is it smoke and mirrors or distraction?  How will it be recorded in history?  How do these protests compare to the ones in the late ’60s?  A thought to maybe circle back to later.  I do know that if you go yourself, then you have your own perception, and that is invaluable, especially in an age where you don’t know what media to trust, and in the broader sense of not knowing how it will be painted by history.

Maybe it’s futile, and that may be.  Maybe, at the very least, it’s a visible sign, to the world, to history, of civil unrest, to say the least.  I don’t know.

In any case, here’s a link to some footage from Feb. 19th, 2017 anti-Trump protests in Chicago, here, courtesy of the facebooks.

Sacramento, CA:
“Stop the Trump Agenda!” (facebook.com)
ANSWER Coalition
McClatchy Park, 3500 5th Ave.
noon PST

Feb. 20th: “Not My President’s Day” Protests:

Salt Lake City: Wallace Bennett Federal Building, 11 a.m. ET.
New York City: Manhattan’s Central Park, 12 p.m. ET.
Los Angeles: City Hall, 12 p.m. ET.
Atlanta: Arts Center Station, 12 p.m. ET.
Chicago: along the Chicago River near Trump Tower, 1 p.m. ET.
Washington, D.C.: DuPont Circle, 2 p.m. ET.
Kansas City: J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, 5 p.m. ET.
Milwaukee, Ziedler-Union Square, 7 p.m. ET.
Denver: Colorado State Capitol, 7 p.m. ET.

source: live blog here (yahoo.com)

also, the following is from The Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign:

“Starting on Monday, February 20th, we are launching a viral video campaign to impeach Trump. Let’s show this reality TV star what we’re made of — a growing people-powered movement ready to stand up against corruption in our democracy.

We will retweet and repost our favorite submissions. Be sure to say “#YoureFired” and to include www.ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org in your video.

Take the #YoureFired Challenge! Here’s how:

  1. Film a 5-45 second video of yourself and/or a friend saying “You’re Fired.”
  2. At the end of the video, create a sign or add text to share the URL: “ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org.”
  3. Post your video to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube with the hashtag #YoureFired. Tag 5 friends in your post and challenge them to the #YoureFired Challenge.”

see here for instructions and submissions.

Feb. 20-27th, President’s Day Week
attend a townhall meeting
congressmen are back home from DC this week, petition them to have a town hall meeting and attend
Women’s March Movement action number 3
We have to go beyond protesting. Beyond letters and calling. all of which are great. Now we have to start attending townhall meetings, engaging with our local politicians and participating. Letting them know their constituents and our concerns.
Source: Women’s March, Hear Our Voice, look up local town halls near you
and The United States of Women
and Indivisible Guide

Maybe protesting and single individuals can make a difference.  There were only a handful of protesters in Peoria, IL just asking to have a town hall meeting with their representative Darin LaHood, and it put LaHood on the spot attracted news media.  Go P-troit.

Feb. 21st. (this shit doesn’t end…)
Free Press:
regarding Trump’s attacks on the media/press… I say, find out what your main issue is and fight for that, rather than exhausting yourself with all of them. If your main concern is attacks on the press, then this bit is for you.
Contact your congressmen to tell them your concerns regarding Trump’s attacks on the media
Source: Action for a Better Tomorrow (Illinois), here

Taxes:
Sign a petition for Trump to release his taxes (petitions.whitehouse.gov)

late February:
Also, take some time off. Rest. Sleep. I know I sorely need a politics moratorium.
John Pavlovitz: Stay Woke, But Get Some Sleep

Feb. 25th:
Chicago:
“Stand Up for Transgender Rights Now!” (facebook.com)
ANSWER Coalition
Halsted and Roscoe
noon (central)
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March 2017:

March 3rd:
Chicago:
protest
Trans Liberation Protest Chicago (facebook.com)
Wacker and Wabash
6p-9p (central)

March 8th:
Palatine, IL (north Chicago suburbs):
Stand with Students – Rally of Support for Transgender Youth (facebook.com)
Walker R Sundling, Junior High School
1100 N Smith St. Palatine, IL, 60067
7p-9p (central)

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April 2017:

April 15th, Show Us Your Taxes protest
Mazza, E. (1/23/17). Anti-Trump Marches and Rallies Planned for April 15, The Huffington Post, (huffingtonpost.com)

April 22nd, Earth Day, Scientists’ March
https://www.marchforscience.com/

April 29th, People’s Climate Movement
https://peoplesclimate.org/

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*a note: I personally do not necessarily condone/advocate/agree with everything ANSWER or other groups here believe in, but I’m listing stuff just to put the information out there

Related Links:

all they listen to is money, so boycott

Women’s March, 10 Actions in 100 Days, action for now

good for him:
Said, C. (2/2/17). Uber CEO quits Trump advisory council, SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle, MSN, (msn.com)

(1/26/17). North Dakota Law Would Legalize Accidentally Running Over Protesters Who Block Roadways, CNN Wire, KTLA 5, (ktla.com)

Petroski, B., & Pfannenstiel, B. (1/24/17). Iowa bill: 5 years in prison for highway protesters, Des Moines Register, (desmoinesregister.com)

Hersher, R. (2/2/17). More than 70 Arrests in North Dakota as Pipeline Detractors Weigh Legal Action, NPR, (npr.org)

Posner, S. (2/1/17). “Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination,” The Nation, (thenation.com)

Ford, Z. (2/2/17). Trump’s leaked ‘religious freedom’ order would permit virtually all anti-LGBT discrimination, ThinkProgress, (thinkprogress.org)

Browning, B. (2/1/17). Leaked copy: Trump ‘religious freedom’ executive order is worse than you feared, LGBTQ Nation, (lgbtqnation.com)

Laidler, J. (1/31/17). Fraught moment for religious freedom, Harvard gazette, (news.harvard.edu)

Montanaro, D. (1/24/17). The Status of Trump’s Cabinet: Where Everyone is in the Process and How it Works, NPR, (npr.org)

March for Science

Glatter, R. (1/26/17). Scientists’ March on Washington Being Planned, Forbes, (forbes.com)

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2 Responses to “Action for the Day”

  1. I love that you’re putting your beliefs into actions! Stay involved, and don’t forget to take care of yourself as well–this is a marathon, not a sprint.


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