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    fluid, affectionate, chaste, mature Mackerel's Avatar
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    ^ you both are the best!

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    ^ I'm not sure about being the best, but don't let me forget to donate to Osoff's campaign again.

    I also donated to United to Protect Democracy (Thanks Ryan) because lawyers are only evil when they're on the other side. Also because one of those lawyers is President Obama. Also because:

    “This administration has raised the level of ethics training and oversight to a new level compared to the practices of the previous administration,” he (Sean Spicer) told Politico.

    I think he means "razed."

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    I've been calling my Republican congressman to vote no on the healthcare bill. I'm trying to get others as well. Hoping it dies in the House on Thursday.

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    just discovered donatebigly.com - ha! Based on which of the Trump team clowns you select (also incl. McConnell and Ryan), it will provide a list of causes that person has opposed and give charity suggestions/links; and it tells you the address where you can send acknowledgment cards if you want to donate in that person's name.

    Because you want Jeff Sessions to know when you donate to the NAACP on his behalf.

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    I'm not sure if this belongs in this thread, but it's somewhat relevant, I suppose!

    A few weeks ago I attended a local interfaith women's meeting. I actually thought it was more of a "lib women unite" type of thing, but instead found myself surrounded by women of various faiths and political views. The group is new, so they're still trying to find their purpose. One of the focuses will likely be to change legislation in Georgia to include hate crimes. There's this guy who's been hanging around all the local islamic centers holding an assault rifle and shouting all kinds of awful shit. It's threatening and terrifying, obviously. But he's legally allowed to do so in Georgia - he has a permit to carry and there's no hate crime legislation here so they literally have no grounds for arresting him.



    Anyway, they've formed an action group to develop an action plan and I've volunteered to join. We're having our first meeting today.

    I'm also helping a local progressive group develop an ad campaign.

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    Call your representatives!!! The Republicans are trying to jam through AHCA again. I just called mine now.

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    Look at what these people did. I'm crying. It's inspiring. Little acts of protest we should all keep in mind for when the opportunity might arise.


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    The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against DC Police for their treatment of protesters at Trump's Inauguration. Most of the protesters are facing life sentences. Some of the more alarming reports about the treatment of the protesters concern sexual assault as a form of punishment.

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    Tenuously related but Liberty (the UK's equivalent of the ACLU) have been granted permission to challange the Snooper's Charter in the High Court.



    Proud to pay my membership fee.
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    I'm also a proud member of Liberty and this is fantastic news. Fingers crossed they can smack this down.

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    My husband is an anthropologist with an experience in politics and he knows his good deal of stuff about the mechanics behind the migration crisis. He's written a short essay to tell the story of the migrants we're hosting in our town, what brought them here, how the locals reacted to the news and what they thought once they got to know them. He explains that they're considered non-persons and that they are technically slaves. Some local politicians are getting very interested in his work and they're recognizing his competence on the subject, so they're inviting him to talk at conference to explain what is this extremely counterintuitive and sad maze of history an politics in which we're living today.
    I can't do much to help besides doing graphics and giving him feedback, I wish I could do more.

    I wish I could do more about a lot of stuff. I also care a lot about the environmental issues, I've always done, and while I think about the importance of wilderness against the anthropic control of nature I try to pick up the trash I find around my house. When you stop to notice there's trash literally everywhere. Today I've picked up a plastic bottle abandoned in the middle of the beautiful central square of my town. People can be so ignorant.
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    While I voted today, it wasn't all I did. I held a sign for a friend in a local election for a few hours. It was outside of my comfort zone, but I feel it's something I have to do now to KEEP a comfort zone. It was super easy too. Just signed up electronically without a huge production, showed up, picked up my sign out of a pile, and stood there for two freeeeeeezing hours. But like, I didn't have fill out paperwork or spend money or invest heavily with my time. Having not done it before, it was something completely new to me. And while I don't know if it got my friend a single extra vote, I'm glad I did it and I'd like to do it again.

    So if you're socially awkward like me, you can still find a place for yourself.

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    I sent some money and the some more money to Doug Jones in Alabama, it was going to be close, now looking for coverage.

    ETA: The election in Alabama is December 12th. Weird!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Regina Phalange View Post
    While I voted today, it wasn't all I did. I held a sign for a friend in a local election for a few hours.
    My friend won! Tomorrow when I give kid election results, if I cry it'll be tears of joy instead of abject terror like last year

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    Has anyone done this? Blue state residents (I mean anyone can do it, but I know a lot of us in blue states feel powerless) volunteering to contact people in red states, let them know about the horrible tax bill about to pass, and offer to patch them through to their Senator's office to ask them to vote no? I'm going to do this in the morning. I don't want to piss anyone off late in the evening.

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