“America is not the project of any one person. Because the single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We The People.’ ‘We Shall Overcome.’ ‘Yes, We Can.’”
— PRESIDENT OBAMA












headline news

9th Circuit Court declines to quickly reinstate travel ban | by Robert Barnes, Matt Zapotosky, and Abby Phillip | The Washington Post | 02.05.17

Acting Attorney General Orders Justice Department Not to Defend Refugee Ban | by Matt Apuzzo, Eric Lichtblau, and Michael D. Shear | The New York Times 01.30.17

Trump has fired the acting attorney general who ordered Justice Department not to defend president's travel ban | by Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz, and Mark Berman | 01.30.17



Malevolence  Tempered by Incompetence: Trump's Horrifying Executive Order on Refugees and Visas | by Benjamin Wittes | Lawfare | 01.28.17

A Clarifying Moment in American HistoryThere should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions. | by Eliot A. Cohen | 01.17

For the community of conservative thinkers and experts, and more importantly, conservative politicians, this is a testing time. Either you stand up for your principles and for what you know is decent behavior, or you go down, if not now, then years from now, as a coward or opportunist. Your reputation will never recover, nor should it.
— Eliot A. Cohen

We the People | White House Petition Site

Immediately release Donald Trump's full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance. | Created by A.D. | on January 20, 2017

Do not defund the NEA or NEH | Created by A.Y. | on January 21, 2017



We dissent

Before Trump started his presidential campaign, he championed birtherism -- attacking the very legitimacy of Barack Obama's Presidency. On day one of his official campaign, his opening salvo was to accuse Mexican immigrants of being criminals and rapists. He went on to mock a disabled New York Times reporter; accused an entire religion of protecting terrorists or advocating for terrorism, then wanted to ban all Muslims from entering the country until he was able to 'figure out what the hell is going on'; his gross misogyny was revealed in a leaked tape where he admitted sexually assaulting women. 

All the while, Trump praised Russia's Putin. The CIA has revealed that Russia had a hand in our election, that they specifically wanted Trump to win. Trump won the electoral college by less than 80,000 combined votes in three states. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.8 million votes and counting. We live in a country where the electoral votes determine the presidency. We need to change this. In the interim, Trump will be the Minority President; he has no mandate and we certainly don't have to align ourselves with Trumpism. When you disagree, say so. When he lies, state the facts. When your friends or neighbors are targeted by his anger of the moment, stand with them. This isn't about political parties; it's about our Democracy and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We need to move forward together, eyes wide open, and voices heard. We dissent.     


Is it O.K., morally and politically, to declare the man about to move into the White House illegitimate? Yes, it is. In fact, it’s an act of patriotism.
— Paul Krugman - NYT

With All Due Respect | by Paul Krugman | The New York Times | 01.16.17



It is our fundamental belief in the power of hope that has allowed us to rise above the voices of doubt and division, of anger and fear that we have faced in our own lives and in the life of this country.
— First Lady, Michelle Obama

Today's Action


  • Last weekend, the Trump administration announced that Stephen Bannon would sit on the National Security Council (NSC). The Southern Poverty Law Center asks that we call the Senate Committee on Homeland Security at: 202-224-4751. Let them know that you are against Bannon's appointment. There is an answer machine; you'll leave a message. 02.03.17

How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind | by Mirah Curzer | The Coffelicious | Medium

Women's March | 10 Actions for the First 100 Days

Get ready for the 2018 mid-term elections to take back the House. Go to: Swing Left | Don't Despair. Mobilize.

Go to Obama.org and watch the video from the Obamas letting us know what their plans are in the days ahead. Sign up. They want our ideas.

Run for Office | Worried about the direction of our country? Don't just tweet. Don't just protest. Get in there and do something about it. | by Osita Nwanevu | Slate | 01.16.17


‘Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.’
— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966

  • Call your representatives to let them know that you are against the House GOP rules change made on Tuesday that will make it easier to transfer Federal Lands:

House GOP rules change will make it easier to sell off Federal Land | by Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post 01.03.16




Trump and the Republicans Plan to Repeal ACA

Despite what Donald Trump said during his campaign rallies about repealing and replacing ObamaCare, the Republican plan is to repeal and wait. They have no replacement plan ready. Over 20 million Americans can't afford to wait. 

Go to Families USA and click their Action Alert to contact your senators to stop ACA repeal efforts and #ProtectOurCare 


  1. Run for a local office. It's where we start to build up our national campaigns and have our ideas heard. Here's a non-partisan site devoted to providing tips on running for office:     The Big List of Local Elected Offices for Political Candidates
  2. Help in the effort to get everyone registered to vote. The Koch brothers provided a plan that any side can follow. It's good for all Americans to exercise their right to vote. Democrats need to mobilize and do everything we can to get people registered to vote, while making our voices heard when we encounter hurdles being put in the way to deliberately disenfranchise anyone. 2018 will be here in no time.

  3. Volunteer: give your time and energy to the organizations you support. Bernie Sanders' campaign proved that we can all offer something and make a difference if we work together. 

  4. Vote - in every election. It's the power we have to change policies and the community we live in...elections matter. Pay attention; ask questions; make your voices heard:  go to Vote 411, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, to get registered to VOTE.


 

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It's clear that Trump's candidates for cabinet posts were chosen to undo the very agencies they've been asked to lead. We need to witness and report the attempts to dismantle our government and the policies that protect us...the policies that honor the common good and protect our planet. Donald Trump will be the first president ever elected who has not had one day of public or military service in his 70 years on the planet. His background and sole interest, thus far, is business. Government is not a business, nor should it be run with business priorities. 

We need to write and call our representatives. They should get to know us by the sound of our voices and the eloquence of our pens. 

As this administration gets under way, many of us will be affected negatively by the policies that will be enacted. We need to tell our stories. We need to make it clear that there are real people being impacted by decisions being made. We need to dissent. We will.

This will be a place where our stories can be told. 

 

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