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This article on HuffPo about the harassment that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are receiving gave me an action idea, specifically for those who have Democratic or otherwise-friendly Congresscritters--- especially if any of you are represented by AOC or one of the other new, high-profile Democratic Reps and Senators, especially if they're not of the "straight White dude" persuasion.

Namely, that if you're calling your Congresscritter, that's a minute or so of voicemail or conversation that they and their staff are NOT getting harassing messages from non-constituents, even if you don't have anything to say beyond, "Keep up the good work!". Go ahead and fill up their inboxes and ears with messages of support even if they're general. Again, that's like half a minute that they're not hearing verbal abuse from non-constituents. (Something I've heard going around occasionally is that if you have a Congressperson you agree with there's no point in calling them; this article suggests that at least for some of the Congresspeople, just letting them know you support them is not only good information but gives them a break from what sounds like some pretty awful harassment.)

(Seriously, the first thing I thought reading that was, "Wow, given the kind of vitriol we all know that 'anonymous' men are happy to spew at women--- Gamergate, anyone?--- I'll bet some of those staffers are getting burned out or worse, especially with the staffs of new Congresspeople who are also new to politics in general.")

If you need a more precise talking point, H.R. 1, "For the People", which is the campaign-finance and ethics resolution, and H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act, are probably two good ones to support at the moment. (Sample script: "Hi, I'm a constituent of [Congressperson]; my name is [your name], and I'm so glad to be represented by [Congressperson]. Please let them know I support [bill of your choice]!")

Rec [Vid]: Foundations by Di Wey

14 February 2019 10:03 pm
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Title: Foundations
Creator: [youtube.com profile] di0br (Di Wey)
Rating: Gen
Word Count/Length/Size: 3:50 minutes
Creator's Summary: This video is about the relationship between Martha and the Tenth Doctor, mainly during the third season of Doctor Who (bits and pieces of seasons 2 and 4 were used as well). When I started making it, it was going to be a fun video, mostly, showing Ten as if he's this terrible "boyfriend" Martha can't get away from, but the vid kept getting more angsty as it was going. It's not really a bad thing, I guess, just something I wasn't anticipating. Still, there's lots of fun sequences in this. :)
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, Martha Jones - it is labeled and can be watched as a ship vid, but it also works for their relationship in general
Warnings/Notes: none

Reasons for reccing: Martha and Ten and their complicated relationship. I like that the vid doesn't shy away from it and that it's a mix of lighter and darker moments. Cracks in their foundations is quite spot-on IMO, for how they met and for how despite all the good moments between them, they never quite reached rock solid in their relationship. What I also love about this vid is that it's Martha holding them and him and the whole thing together. Because the Doctor wouldn't have and so she's the one who keeps her head when he doesn't even remember her or himself, she's the one who gets a job when they are stuck in the past, and she's the one who walks the whole earth at the end and generally does the work.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOxMT4A1csc

Rec [Art] Always a Song by Saimain

12 February 2019 10:12 am
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Title: Always a Song
Creator: [deviantart.com profile] Saimain
Rating: All Ages
Word Count/Length/Size: 1100x718
Creator's Summary: A commissioned painting of the Eighth Doctor and River on a muddy battlefield, but only one of them is really there. Inspired by a scene from the heartbreaking and amazing "Dark Eyes" audio series; the quote is from the TV episode "The Husbands of River Song."
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor/River Song
Warnings/Notes: None.

Reasons for reccing: Okay I admit, I'm a sucker for this pairing. Eight is my favorite Doctor and the moment he met River Song on the Big Finish audios I was enamored by them. Anyway, this piece is so lovely. It's touching and beautiful and could totally happen. The artist displays a lovely moment of comfort from River (from the data core, no doubt) to Eight. It's beautiful and sad. I love that the black and white color scheme choice here too. It definitely evokes the perfect mood for the subject matter.

Link: Always a Song
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Title: Zoe Heriot (the artist spells her surname with two r's, actually, but I'm taking the liberty to correct it here)
Creator: [deviantart.com profile] nightwing1975)
Creator's Summary:
Characters/Pairings: Zoe Heriot

Reasons for reccing: A lovely drawing of Zoe in her famous sparkly catsuit. Which is very sparkly, as it should be. I love this particularly because not nearly enough artists get Zoe's face and expressions right, but this one's spot on - and thank goodness she's not drawn in that horrible 'Dominators' costume which some otherwise good artists seem to like putting her in. (Heh, sorry if you like that costume, but Zoe didn't like it herself, and she didn't choose it.) Also, her confident posture is very Zoe. I was just rewatching Invasion and thought I should rec something with Zoe for my "female-centric" challenge claim!


Link: Image on DeviantArt
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Here, have another set of Twelve/Clara fanvids, this time permeated with sadness. Most of the romantic vids for this ship have a melancholy arc, for obvious reasons. I may have to post a second set later because there are just too many good ones to choose from.

Title: are you looking for her?
Creator: littlecreature on YouTube
Rating: G
Length: 3:30
Creator's Summary: my prayers have been answered and these two got to meet (sorta) one more time! if you don't think they're crazy canon, what are you doing?
Pairings: Twelfth Doctor/Clara
Warnings/Notes: None

Reasons for reccing:
Many of the iconic moments from their two-series run are represented here, the ones that turn up in fanvids again and again, bringing out the intense feelings and connections that lead Twelve and Clara to make really bad choices and heartbreaking sacrifices. The way Clara touches the Doctor's face; the number of times Twelve says, "I can save you." Also, you have two actors with extraordinary, emotional eyes, and they're often framed to look at each other as if there is no one else in the room or possibly the universe. The piano track is delicate and bittersweet, a gentle commentary on their doomed relationship.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRfcgtw9uEA

Title: Kansas
Creator: purplefringe vids on YouTube
Rating: G
Length: 4:33
Creator's Summary: It's not regret, just an unexpected accounting of debts, only now called...
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor/Clara
Warnings/Notes: None

Reasons for reccing:
This vid uses Vienna Teng's beautiful song as a framework for collecting many of the parallel moments, the reflected gestures, mutual deaths, the fragments and glimpses of memory, to give evidence of a love affair that happened and yet didn't. It's visible in all the details, but the necessary renunciation prevents it from ever being made overt - except perhaps in whatever it is Clara says in the Cloisters. It's a beautiful summation of a pair who are too much alike, too intertwined, and ultimately not meant to be. That final shot of the Doctor nearly dissolving in light, entering the TARDIS like a ghost, haunted by all the ghosts of Clara we've just witnessed, is both a visual statement of great clarity on which to end their journey and simply, breathtakingly lonely.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTiks_4TQho

Title: Two Hearts
Creator: JCF Productions on YouTube
Rating: G
Length: 2:17
Creator's Summary: Get yourself a man who fights in his eternal torture chamber for 4.5 billion years just to see you smile again.
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor/Clara
Warnings/Notes: None

Reasons for reccing:
This is one of my favorite vids, unashamedly romantic and partisan, a constructed-reality vid that juxtaposes out-of-context lines of dialogue with complementary visuals to endorse a romantic interpretation of Twelve and Clara's tragedy. The narrative doesn't entirely play fair, but it creates a dramatic argument for their tangled and too-intense emotions. It acknowledges the occasions of betrayal and willfulness, the lies and inability to be honest about their feelings, while arranging, through clever editing, for the truth to be brought to light. It leaves the viewer in no doubt of the vidder's opinions on the question of love. The music here rises to a sweeping crescendo, then retreats back into a more circumspect counting of musical seconds right before, as the show does, cutting away from Clara as she prepares to make her confession.


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CStUCRF1bIU

Weekly Check In February 3

3 February 2019 10:36 am
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The shutdown is over -- for now. Please keep contacting your representatives to encourage them to oppose the blackmail from the White House and to protect federal employees and ensure they don't suffer another shutdown. Please also encourage them to make sure all affected federal workers -- especially hourly/low-paid contract workers -- receive back pay for the period of the shutdown.

Meanwhile, the Orange Menace may not actually be doing much work, but he's still causing trouble, like backing out of nuclear weapons treaties. If you want a little fun/horrified boggling, [personal profile] executrix posted a link to Trump's SOTU Prep Survey.

The comm's been pretty quiet, so we don't have any specific ongoing actions, but you can find plenty in our check in posts or use the tagset to find actions on specific issues.

Housekeeping )

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #21274 The Week
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called my one senator
3 (50.0%)

called my other senator
2 (33.3%)

called my representative
2 (33.3%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
1 (16.7%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
2 (33.3%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
1 (16.7%)

attended an in-person activist group
1 (16.7%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

worked for a campaign
0 (0.0%)

did textbanking/phonebanking
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
1 (16.7%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
1 (16.7%)

did something else
0 (0.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (33.3%)

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