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2017-02-26 08:44 pm

about politics link roundups

You might've noticed that I stopped posting regular link roundups here in my journal, but that's because I've moved them over to [community profile] thisfinecrew (partly to stop spamming all my people here). They're all in this tag.
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2017-01-31 06:54 am

1/31/17 activism/politics links

Yes, I know it's the 31st, but these are yesterday's links.

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2017-01-28 09:24 pm

1/28/2017 link roundup

This links list feels woefully sparse given all that's happened yesterday and today; I hope y'all have found other sources for the airport protests, the NY taxi driver protest, and Steve Bannon's elevation above the National Security Council.

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2017-01-23 05:16 pm

Monday activism/links roundup

These are getting pretty long, so I figured it's time to start cutting them. This one splits the news into "good" and "bad," which probably tells you a lot.

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2017-01-22 07:07 am

Sunday activism/news roundup

Women's March
* 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)
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2017-01-20 07:23 pm

Friday activism/news links roundup

Activism/resources
* 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)
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2017-01-19 08:30 pm

Thursday politics roundup

I've been feeling a little conflicted about spamming you all with this stuff. I post it partly because it's a way for me to keep this stuff organized and partly because I figure it might be of interest to someone? And also I just don't know where else I'd put it that it would reach a higher ratio of interested to non-interested people.

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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2017-01-13 06:09 pm

Friday politics/activism update

Activism and stuff
* "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).


News/Analysis
* 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)
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2017-01-09 04:59 pm

Monday politics roundup

* The politics podcast Keepin' It 1600 has moved sites and names and is now Pod Save America, with, according to the article, more of an emphasis on activism and ways to respond, in addition to analysis. This podcast is hosted by a group of ex-Obama staffers and gets a lot of really interesting guests, and I listen to it even though I basically never bother with podcasts. And their first ep of the new podcast interviews the two women who founded the Million Women March, and they are awesome. Highly recommended.

* 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.
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2017-01-04 06:42 pm

Wednesday US politics/activism roundup

* re:act is a weekly email newsletter full of info and suggestions for actions to take in response. Very informative, I rec it highly.

* 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.
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2016-12-11 07:31 pm

Sunday linkdump

In no kind of order.

* Donald Trump is Gaslighting America - while the rest of the media wibbles, Teen Vogue is ON IT

* Trump, Mocking Claim That Russia Hacked Election, at Odds with G.O.P. - (NYT) Some Republican leaders are concerned about this Russia thing, which gives me some hope for humanity. Here's a statement from bipartisan Senate leadership on the issue.

* Related calls to action regarding election interference: calling your reps to request the review in time for electors to vote, a script for same.

* Doxxing May Become A Federal Crime - (Buzzfeed) Bill introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, same legislator who introduced the No Religious Registry Act.

* A Wisconsin court case may be the last best hope to fix gerrymandering by 2020 (Vox) - fascinating, possibly hopeful read

* A thread on the Moral Mondays activism in NC that eventually resulted in incumbent Republican governor being defeated in last election. (I really need to know more about this; I have a hold in on a library book about it.)

* Facebook added an option to report fake news
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2016-12-07 09:53 pm

Wednesday linkdump

Most of this is not activism-related; some of it is not even politics-related. But I'm reading a lot more widely than I used to, and I thought other folks might also be interested in some of my finds?

Election-related
* Graham preparing 'Dreamers' bill - bipartisan bill to protect DACA participants

* An unaired interview on Trump, authoritarianism and kleptocracy (Sarah Kendzior). I really liked this - more hopeful than the title sounds, to me.

* Nonprofit journalists are gearing up with a flood of donations (NYT)

* Fuck Everything and Blame Everyone (Deadspin?). This was a cathartic read.

Around the world
* How an Indian Innovator Reverse-Engineered the Making of Sanitary Pads (NYT Mag) - A guy figures out the cheapest possible way to make pads, reproduces the manufacturing equipment, and starts setting up little shops all over India run by local women. There are still good things happening in the world, you guys.

* The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare (NYT). AKA why you should throw out your non-stick pans, but also a decades-long story of criminally awful pollution and one guy who did something about it.

* Bloomberg's "Jealousy List", aka stuff so good they wish they'd published it. aka where I found a lot of these other links!
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2016-12-06 10:25 pm

Tuesday linkdump

* Keepin' It 1600 - podcast with four former Obama aids. I got hooked on this shortly before the election even though I basically never listen to podcasts.

* [tumblr.com profile] leupagus has started something called political homework that seems like a great way way to motivate oneself to learn the ropes of their local politics.

* 10 Questions for Fake News Detection, a handy chart from The News Literacy Project

* This morning I called my senator to thank her for her vocal opposition to several Trump cabinet picks. The staffer sounded very pleasantly surprised that I wasn't calling to complain. Which is to say, if your elected officials are doing something good, let them know! Positive reinforcement!

* Speaking of that, a call to support Kellogg pulling their ads from Breitbart would not go amiss.
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2016-12-03 05:20 pm

Saturday linkdump

* Trump syllabus - extensive reading list for context on Trump-related issues (via [syndicated profile] stop_trump_feed)

* "It's unprecedented in our history": Trump's election inspired millions in nonprofit donations - sometimes just seeing numbers is really validating

* All Resistance is Local: A Plan of Progressive Action for the Trump Years - this has fascinating ideas that I would like to explore more. I wish there were a reading list attached.

* Finally, another rec for #ACALLADAY, which continues to be a fantastic mix of news, calls to action, and recommended reading.