* link to spreadsheet estimating total Women's March participation (Twitter.) As of now, estimate is between 3.6 and 4.5 MILLION in US.
* To my fellow white women: no one was arrested today because we showed up in numbers. This is why we need to continue to show up. (Twitter)
Activism / resources
* "So you just got home from your local Women's March. Now what?" (Twitter)
* Call the Halls: Contacting Your Representative the Smart Way - by the gal whose initial "how to call your reps" tweets went viral two months ago.
* Two sites focused on encouraging and supporting people interested in running for political office: Run for Something (young progressives) and She Should Run (women). IMO Run for Something seems to have it a lot more together, with a clear plan of action and headed by a gal who did major fundraising for Hillary Clinton, but their emphases are different, obviously. UPDATE: I've explored She Should Run more, and it looks like they have an entire series of courses for how thinking about running, what your story is, what your motivations are, how to get involved in your community in preparation to run, etc, which is pretty cool and also much lower investment and for people earlier in the process than Run for Something. So if both focuses apply to you, I think they're both worth exploring and deciding which one is a better fit for you .
* Find a local League of Women Voters - I knew this group did a ton of voter education and informed voting work, but I did not know until yesterday that their local branches hold forums and otherwise engage heavily with local issues, as opposed to just national ones. I am 100% going to be checking out some of these educational forums near me in the next while.
News / analysis
* Analysis of game Trump is playing with press. Really scary stuff. (Twitter)
* Tons of links/explanation for what Trump's inauguration day executive order is and means (Twitter)
* Sen. Tomes' protester bill met with criticism (Indiana Courier Press). This was the Indiana "clear roadways of protesters by any means necessary" bill. Sounds like it's dead in the water.
* At the Last Minute, Trump Asks Nuclear Safety Administrator to Stick Around After All (Gizmodo). WELL, GOOD.
* Rep. Cathy McMorris (R-WA) gets shouted down at MLK event by angry constituents (ThinkProgress)
* Governor Cuomo Announces Decisive Actions to Secure Access to Reproductive Health Services in New York (ny.gov)
* Swing Left - org focused on mobilizing people all over the country to help gain/retain swing districts. I really like the setup - it tells you your closest "swing district" (however they're defining it) and then asks you to sign up to be part of that particular team.
* This is what Pro Publica is now covering. Pro Publica is a proven non-profit investigative journalism org, and this is a great list of both their emphases going forward and the Twitters of the people covering those topics.
* okay, librarians. we need to talk about the fact that we can no longer advise patrons and students that websites w/ .gov are trustworthy (Twitter thread on info literacy)
* How the town of Whitefish defeated its neo-Nazi trolls — and became a national model of resistance (Yahoo). HIGHLY RECCED.
News / rumors
* Starting January 20, Donald Trump Can Send Unblockable Mass Text Messages to the Entire Nation (NY Mag)
* Trump just picked John Gore, lawyer who defended NC's anti-trans #HB2 in court, to run DOJ's Civil Rights Division (Twitter, source in replies)
* Mike Lee introduces bill to reassert Congress's authority over trade policy (Twitter). This is a Republican senator, mind you. Wouldn't it be interesting if a major outcome of all this were significant weakening of executive power as byproduct of Republican congress reigning in their own president?
* [Mattis's] first substantive sentence "together with the INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation." (Twitter - I'm following this guy now fyi, he's ex-state dept)
* Musicians Terrified Over Possible Obamacare Repeal (Rolling Stone)
* Today belongs to Trump, but Obama's vision will win in the end (Vox, by Matthew Yglesias)
In any case, reminder that at the bottom of this post are instructions for how to filter out a specific user tag (for example "topic: politics") from your feed.
And finally, be aware that I'm not vouching for any of the stuff I link, often because I don't know enough yet to judge. I just link stuff that sounds interesting.
Analysis / resources / other
* Former state dept staff explains why Trump's slowness to appoint staff is a good thing (Twitter)
* Pod Save America interviews President Obama, which has got to set some kind of record for great podcast gets. The interview was great, too.
* 10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow
* "I'm Prejudiced," He Said. Then We Kept Talking. (NYT, a story about how people can change)
* And finally, because we need it, Pinky and the Brain read Donald Trump tweets (Twitter)
News / rumors
* North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who 'Accidentally' Hit And Kill Protesters (Huffington Post)
* Canadian campuses see an alarming rise in right-wing populism (CBC)
* Why Lower Courts Are Striking Down Shameless Voting Restrictions All of a Sudden (Slate, from last summer)
* Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue and millions of jobs (Guardian)
* Republican Health-Care Debate: Guide for perplexed Americans (National Review - pretty damning picture of Trump-GOP dysfunction, especially considering the source)
* Arizona bill to ban 'social justice' courses dies quickly (AZ Capitol Times)
* Sources: Trump labor pick Andrew Puzder has voiced second thoughts about nomination (CNN)
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* "Your calls to senators are working. Know how I know? The Senate staffer on my train won't shut up about crazy calls from angry constituents."
* It's Time to Fight, another call-to-action website. That link takes you to their ACA page (full of info!)
* See how your house rep voted on H Res 48, the budget resolution today that was one step in repealing the ACA. (Click on the numbered link at the far left for the vote.)
* The Indivisible Guide now has a website with links for local action groups
* is there any hope? (fail_fandomanon).
* Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments, Revisited (Washington Monthly)
* The 2018 midterms are nearly two years away. Start paying attention now. (Vox). Nice roundup of opportunity and looming issues with the 2018 midterms.
* Legislation in two states (IA, MO) seeks to end tenure at public colleges and universities (Inside Higher Ed)
* Total Abortion Ban Debuts in Congress (Rewire)
* Arizona lawmaker proposes new bill banning classes or events discussing social justice on college campuses (Shaun King, NY Daily News)k
* How Putin Played the Far Left (The Daily Beast)
* Speaking of podcasts, I haven't listened to The 451 yet, a podcast about activism, but I'm intrigued.
* If you need another organization sending action items to your inbox, flippable is a group concerned with state and local races, particularly state legislatures, since those will be the ones responsible for the redistricting in 2020.
* Opposition in the Age of Gish Gallops - Blog post on why author thinks being a Republican congressperson will suck under Trump, and why that's good news for us.
* What we learned from the GOP's ethics fiasco - Politico analysis with rays of hope re: possible sources of Republican ineffectiveness in Congress
* Twitter thread with Congressional staffer advice that it is worth calling reps outside your district when it comes to things like the ACA.
* A spreadsheet of Trump appointments and where congress members stand on them.
* The Ideological Reasons Why Democrats Have Neglected Local Politics - really interesting Atlantic article on Dem party development federally vs locally, why, and whether the emphasis is changing.