June 6 Vigils for Refugees

May. 23rd, 2017 12:37 pm
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https://www.hias.org/st-louis-vigils?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=hias_update&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2017_05_23

Locations of planned vigils, and info about hosting your own if there's no local vigil.

Hammer Museum - Kids Project - may 21

May. 23rd, 2017 10:17 am
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papa pearson in RL ladies and gentlemen *lol*






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Just a Thought

May. 22nd, 2017 02:39 pm
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If thisfinecrew ever needed a fund-raiser we could print t-shirts that say "This IS the rutting Town Hall."

Weekly Check in May 21

May. 21st, 2017 10:30 pm
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Our Minority Pres is out of the country for the moment and things have calmed enough to breathe.

Housekeeping

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions

Action
Elections

Montana Special Election on May 25

Regulation Repeal / Red Tape
Senate is voting soon on the Regulatory Accountability Act which favors corporations

Net Neutrality
John Oliver set up a redirect to the public comment page so it's easy to comment

Upcoming Protests
TODAY May 21: Applications due for MoveOn Community Organizer training
June 5: Applications due for Organizing for America Community Organizer training
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other Info
Healthcare
Info of the timeline of repeal and replace -  a reconciliation bill between the House and Senate version likely won't take place till 2018.

Immigration
National Immigration Law Coalition webinar available
Immigration Advocacy Organizations

Want to Run for Office?
Emily's List Candidate Training Info

Track How Your Congress People Vote
ProPublica has API keys to track legislation

How's everyone doing?

Poll #18404 This week in resisting
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


I

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called my one senator
2 (25.0%)

called my other senator
2 (25.0%)

called my representative
1 (12.5%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/postcard/fax/email
5 (62.5%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
4 (50.0%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (25.0%)

participated in online or phone training
1 (12.5%)

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went to a protest
1 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
0 (0.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (20.0%)

did something else
3 (60.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
0 (0.0%)



Action: Montana Special Election

May. 20th, 2017 03:51 pm
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There's currently a Special Election being held in Montana, to replace Ryan Zinke, who Trump tapped as Interior Secretary. The polls close on May 25th. The Democratic candidate, Rob Quist, is pretty awesome -- a folk singer who ends his rallies with songs he's written, with a career in public service, a staunch opponent of privatizing public lands, pro single payer health system (and very strongly so -- he went into debt because of a botched surgery that left him ineligible for affordable health insurance), and pro-choice.

The Democratic establishment was initially bent on ignoring him, considering the race a sure loss, while Republicans PACs poured millions to prop up their candidate, the cardboard cut-out plutocrat Gainforte. But Quist continued drawing huge crowds to his rallies, raised much more money via small donors than anyone expected him to, and the establishment and media finally started taking notice.

They're now calling this race a referendum on Trump's presidency and policies. I think they're right to characterize it this way. The GOP nominee Gainforte had previously run for governor in 2016. But at that time, he'd distanced himself from Trump, going so far as to refuse to attend Trump's rally. He lost the race for governor in a state that Trump won by 20 points. Now he's turned into a die-hard Trump booster, believing that no matter what happens, just like before, the majority of voters in his district will continue blindly supporting Trump, and tear down anyone who doesn't.

Strategists believe Gainforte holds a single-digit lead, but there have been no official polls done, and the margin of error going either way is high. A GOP loss could have a large impact on things such as the American Health Care Atrocity, Congress braking the country's slide to autocracy, etc. (It took a special election in 1974 to convince Washington that Nixon had become toxic.)

Anyway, I'm really hoping for a win, both because I think the candidate is amazing, and because of what it would mean.

You can donate to Quist's campaign here.

*

ETA: A group of 40 Montana writers distributed an insert in local Montana papers endorsing Quist. In their own words -- "In an unprecedented show of unity, more than forty of Montana’s best writers have gathered, in rapid response fashion, to write original essays and testimonials advocating for the protection of our public lands, and endorsing Democratic House of Representatives candidate Rob Quist’s position on this (literally) most common ground of issues."

Excerpt:
It’s possible, even useful, to think of these places instrumentally: wild lands make for clean water which makes for good fishing which is good for tourism, etc. There are sound practical reasons to preserve our wilderness. But these are not my reasons. I want to be touched by mystery, to walk in a place that surpasses my idea of it, to not be in charge for once. I want to touch something greater than myself. And this is where it is.
It's a brilliant collection.

Match Maker Sign-Ups

May. 20th, 2017 08:05 am
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Before signing up, please take a moment to review the Rules/FAQ post

Sign ups close June 3rd. The timeline of the entire challenge can be found here.

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2017 Rules and FAQ

May. 20th, 2017 07:52 am
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AHCA Timeline

May. 18th, 2017 03:18 pm
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http://healthcostmanager.com/aca-repeal-process-timeline/

Here's a nice infographic explaining why, if the Senate passes a PPACA repeal bill, the vote on reconcilation of the Senate and the House bills will occur in *2018*. And the bill would probably have a deferred effective date, so people would probably be able to sign up for PPACA coverage lasting through 2018. If we can turn the House in 2018, then in early 2019 there's a shot at repealing the repeal, so to speak.

NILC Webinar Recording

May. 18th, 2017 02:57 pm
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The National Immigration Law Coalition (NILC) had a terrific one-hour webinar yesterday. Info. below if you would like to watch the recording or download the slides (PowerPoint to the people?). The presentation also had some terrific links for people working on immigration and refugee issues.

Thank you for joining yesterday’s webinar on Immigration Updates. Click here https://youtu.be/t9taSqc7x7M to watch the recording of the webinar.

Please click here
https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Field-Call-5.17.17.pdf for the slides.

You can follow NILC at @NILC_org or https://www.facebook.com/NationalImmigrationLawCenter for updates on issues that impact low-income immigrants.

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: reply@nilc.org.

BTW, in the somewhat unlikely case of criminal charges and a conviction, the headline would be "Orange is the New Orange."

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