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1 May 2017 04:55 pm
elisi: (Democracy)
Congress just reached a funding deal to keep the government open
No wall, no Planned Parenthood cuts — it’s a huge win for Democrats
elisi: (Women's March)
The "Day Without a Woman" strike, explained
On International Women’s Day, women across the world will strike against President Trump and the social injustices that helped him rise to power.

Good luck!!
elisi: (Grandma Clinton)
An EU Minister Told Theresa May To Stop Lying About Freedom Of Movement
“This alternative fact – or let’s call it what it is, a lie – once again resurfaced in Theresa May’s speech. Let’s move beyond such tactics and build our new relationship on facts and respect, not populism and lies.”

Keep the term "Honour Killing".
Campaigners fought long and hard to get the term honour crimes recognised as a different form of abuse experienced by women within minority communities.

Honour killings are different to domestic homicide, in the same way as domestic homicides are different to murder.
elisi: (Women's March)
This time for the people in the UK:

38 degrees petition: Stop Murdoch taking over Sky

I'm sure it needs no explanations.

ETA: Also something to cheer you:

Speaker Bercow: Trump should not speak in Parliament
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has said he would be "strongly opposed" to US President Donald Trump addressing the Houses of Parliament during his state visit to the UK.

Mr Bercow told MPs that "opposition to racism and sexism" were "hugely important considerations".
elisi: (Women's March)
The big lesson of Trump's first 2 weeks: resistance works
Protests, phone calls, and mobilization are making a difference.
elisi: (Nice)
BBC: Thousands of gay men pardoned for past convictions
Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the pardon was an "important, valuable advance that will remedy the grave injustices suffered by many of the estimated 50,000 to 100,000 men who were convicted under discriminatory anti-gay laws".

But he said it was "unclear" whether only the relatives of a deceased man could apply for a pardon on their behalf.

"Many convicted men were rejected and disowned by their families," he said.

"The government should make it clear that any concerned person, including personal friends, can apply for a pardon for a deceased person."



Ten reasons why it is not undemocratic for MPs to vote against invoking Article 50
(Pay special attention to #8!)


ETA: Vox: A British petition to cancel Trump’s state visit has reached over a million signatures
Shared b/c Yvette Cooper's contribution.

Also, I still have that petition open in a tab. It makes me happy to see the numbers go up.

Although as someone pointed out, they should let Trump meet Prince Charles, just for the sake of talking climate change!!


READ THIS OMG: The protests absolutely make a difference.

CNN: As of midday Tuesday, Trump has been named in 42 federal lawsuits since his inauguration.

The Guardian: Ellen DeGeneres hits back at Trump by explaining Finding Dory plot

Easy Activism in Your Area

This Google Chrome extension will change every picture of Donald Trump to kittens
elisi: (Chess)
With thanks to my flist:

Someone bought the domain name

http://www.alternativefacts.com

And redirected!

Check it out. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
elisi: (Women's March)
If you want to cheer yourself up, sign this petition (if you're in the UK) and then sit back and watch the counter continually update:

Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.

At this moment of posting (9.39pm) it stands at 726,570 signatures.

I doubt it will have any effect on anything, but at least it's a good way to show that We The People are not on board with Theresa May's 'love-in'.
elisi: (Women's March)
SLATE: The Lawyers Showed Up
And because we still live in a country where the law matters, they won.
(Not completely, of course, but they're fighting back.)

VOX: Thousands of people are protesting Trump’s immigration order at airports across America

~

And here is the Pope, speaking in October:

Pope Francis: You can’t defend Christianity by being ‘against refugees and other religions’

I also found it especially apt that today's gospel was the Beatitudes. (Full readings here)

I want to quote everything, so go read...

OK, just the psalm:

The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.

The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.

The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.

Ps 146, 6-10
elisi: (Women's March)
The Three Very Symbolic Things People Carried To The Women’s March
You know what you need to start a wide-scale movement? Organization.

And there be icons of some of the banners! *points*

Icons - Women's March, Wonder Woman and more!
(only public for three days so hurry!!!)
elisi: (Grandma Clinton)
Originally posted by [personal profile] snickfic at 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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elisi: (Grandma Clinton)



And Madonna singing...
elisi: (Grandma Clinton)


The Women’s March has now reached as far as Antarctica. (Really.)
There are now sister marches in 60 countries on seven continents.

Women's March will send message to Trump: Wendy Sherman
A day after Donald Trump is inaugurated, thousands of women will descend on Washington for a march — a time-honored tribute to our constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly. I have been surprised, however, by the number of women who have asked, “What for?”

And Sady Doyle's two cents:

Don't Call the Women's March Messy. It's a Movement

From Tumblr: The view from my apartment this morning: “We outnumber him! Resist”

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