Town Hall identifies the user's elected officials and sends reminders. Town Hall is a blue icon on the News Feed (for computer users) or with other Facebook tools on mobile. Facebook says the address you input to select officials won't be shared or used to target ads, but who knows?
You can use Town Hall for one-click Follows on Facebook of elected officials. If you post about a representative, you'll be prompted to phone, mail, or fax teh representative.
Everything is A LOT at the moment, right? It can feel like everything is out of our control. Our actions get drowned out by newsreels of permanent despair, and every new dawn brings a chorus of 'Those fuckers did what now?' It's easy to believe what fascists want us to believe - nothing we do makes a difference and we may as well give up.( Read more... )
To counter this narrative, which is designed to keep us from beating them down, I thought it might be useful to start signal-boosting things that got DONE over the course of a month. My goal - to produce a five-item list, each month, of ways people improved the world and made a difference, big or small, in the middle of this political wasteland. Regular people are pushing back, and resistance is anything but futile.
Their report focuses on the 17 states and 13 congressional districts that Democrats won or lost by single-digit percentages in 2016. Their perspective is that rather than trying to persuade white swing voters, we should work on getting minorities and other progressives who don't vote (yet) to actually get to the polls.
They link to a number of local and state organizations that have proven success in registering and mobilizing new voters, and want to expand those and start similar organizations in other states that need them.
There's a great overview article about it at The Nation.
* More States To Expand Medicaid Now That Obamacare Remains Law (Forbes)
* How Right-Wing Media Saved Obamacare (Atlantic). The title is a wild misrepresentation of the contents, but it's an interesting summary of what exactly right-wing media has been saying all these years about Obamacare.
* Democrats should write their own “terrific” Obamacare replacement (Vox)
* The Death Of Trumpcare Is The Ultimate Proof Of Obamacare’s Historic Accomplishment (HuffPo)
* How Democrats Aided in the Demise of the GOP’s Health Bill (WSJ)
* John Bel Edwards made 300,000 people eligible for Medicaid within 24 hours of becoming Gov. His upset win in 2015 had huge consequences." (Twitter). Short thread with some really incredible statistics on the difference Medicaid has made to Louisiana.
News / analysis - not health care
* Pentagon Tells Congress to Stop Buying Equipment it Doesn't Need (Military.com).
* LGBT seniors marked for removal from survey on elder care services (Guardian)
* Lacking Evidence of Voter Fraud, Legislatures Target Its Specter (NYT)
* Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants (NYT)
* Federal Judge Sides With Trump In A Challenge To The New Travel Ban Executive Order (Buzzfeed)
* California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump (NYT)
* Nobody Knew Governing Could Be So Complicated (Atlantic). On the difficulty of turning GOP obstructionism into GOP governance.
* Passing Tax Reform Will Be As Difficult As Repealing Obamacare (Forbes)
* Wisconsin judge orders state GOP to redraw gerrymandered legislative districts (Salon, Jan 2017)
* LGBTQ Advocates Horrified By Trump Administration’s Civil Rights Health Pick (HuffPo)
* 'The Resistance' Faces A New Question: What To Do With All That Money (NPR)
* 6 Big Takeaways From The RNC's Incredible 2012 Autopsy (Talking Points Memo, March 2013). This is fascinating to look back on from the perspective of the past election.
There's a lot going on over the next couple of weeks, so i thought it would be a good time to push out a general update.
First things first...
Currently, there are still 3 rooms available for the Friday night, 2 for the Saturday night, and 6 for the Sunday night. The hold on these rooms ends on the 16th of April, after which the hotel prices tend to go up pretty steadily the closer you get to the con. Don't forget, we have a roomies thread on dreamwidth and on LJ, both of which include the reminder that it's best to talk to the Reservations desk about booking - make sure you mention it's for VidUKon. I booked my room earlier today, and the staff were very friendly - don't be afraid to ring.
Don't forget - the cost of an attending membership goes up on the 15th of April. If you're hesitating about coming, this is close enough to the day the rooms get released back for general purchase by Muggles, so it may be worth grabbing your membership and your room booking at the same time...
You can buy your registration by going to the con site; it should be listed in the panel on the left, although you'll need to create an account to buy a membership.
The scholarship is still available - the deadline for nominations is the 1st of April. More detail is available in the threads on the scholarship, but we're keen to see as many nominations as you're willing to make - this is our chance to bring someone to the con who wouldn't otherwise get the chance to attend. The post contains all the detail on priorities, donations and the like. Please give it a read!
There are times at the con generally used for chilling out, and our programming on the Friday begins with informal vidwatching and entertainment. One of the suggestions made was that it might be fun to play some boardgames and cardgames as a way of helping people get to know each other. Is this something you're interested in? If you are, drop me a comment on LJ/DW or ping the con twitter account (@vidukon) to let me know - or to make suggestions.
The house is scheduled to vote on this tomorrow, Tuesday March 28, so if you're going to call or fax, there's not a lot of time.
Here's a script, from the ACLU except that I've put in the House resolution number:
I’m calling to demand Congress protect my online privacy and keep FCC broadband rules intact. Do not pass House Resolution 86. I do not want internet service providers to sell my data without getting my permission.
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.
Republican's healthcare plan went down, what's next?
Resist Days March 31-April 2 - resist everything topic with the goal of 1000 events around the world
Strategy live chat to protest the Keystone Pipeline
Use Resistbot to use texting to fax your reps. It's extremely easy.
April 1: March for Health
April 15: Tax Day March
April 22: March for Science
News to know
(this section is light this week because I'm getting it up late.)
Trump campaign has been under investigation since July
Chair of House Intelligence Committee's latest stunt could backfire
Linkspam: It was a busy week in healthcare
How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
called my governor
called my state reps
sent and email/letter/postcard/fax
donated money to a cause
went to an in person activist group
participated in an online training or call
went to a protest
signed up for daily alerts
took care of myself
not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
did something else
committed to action in the coming week
This month we’ve been super busy preparing for April Showers that start next week and we hope you are as excited for the event as we are. April Showers is an annual event where we celebrate fannish history by spotlighting a different fandom every day of the month. If you want to participate but aren’t sure how or where to start, we prepared a short help page with a lot of useful tips!
After a feedback period, we also implemented the Japanese version of Fanlore’s image policy and purpose aimed at non-English speaking doujinshi creators. It was a true labor of love and we’re really happy it’s finally online.
In other good news, we’ve mentioned in our February Update that the Wayback Machine stopped archiving AO3 links and now we are thrilled to let you know that the problem has been solved! You can learn more about the situation here.
After we implemented the new and improved New Visitor Portal, we started working on the new revamped Main Page. After brainstorming, we came up with a new draft, which you can see here. As always, we welcome any and all feedback as we work on the details. Feel free to leave your comments in the talk page of the draft or using our contact form!
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* Is Trumpcare already here? (Politico)
* Something new for the Minnesota Legislature: a caucus of first Minnesotans (MinnPost)
* Left out of AHCA fight, Democrats let their grass roots lead — and win (WaPo)
* Sanders, Democrats rally thousands across the country to save Obamacare (Chicago Trib, Jan 2016)
* Will Obamacare Really Explode? (Politico). Interview with Kaiser Family Foundation health care expert Larry Leavitt.
* Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle: Eighteen days that shook the Republican Party—and humbled a president (Politic). Nice summary of events and what went wrong.
* The Republican Waterloo (Atlantic). AHCA post-mortem by conservative David Frum, who's watched his moderate views be completely eclipsed in recent years by the far right. Very interesting perspective from the other side.
* HHS Inspector General Confirms Investigation of Trump Administration Suspension of Affordable Care Act Outreach Efforts (press release from Sen. Warren). I'm not sure what this might amount to, if anything, but it seems hopeful?
* How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office (Salon)
* The GOP’s top priority is in trouble (WaPo). Explanation of some of the difficulties in making the tax cuts GOP wants and how the AHCA was supposed to smooth the way for some of them.
* President Trump's healthcare plate is full, and it won't go down easy (Modern Healthcare). Laundry list of health-related issues Trump + Congress will be dealing with this year, not just ACA.
* GOP senator acknowledges Americans’ ‘right’ to health care (MSNBC)