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THE MOMENTUM MEETINGS


IT’S A MOVEMENT, NOT A MOMENT.

COMPLETE THIS POLL: 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMRQZJP

 

And we'll break into 6 action groups based on your responses and start a deeper dive into maintaining our momentum with action!

We'll also address the 3/8/17 Women's Strike and ways to participate: https://www.womensmarch.com/womensday/  

 

NEXT MEETING:
3/2/17 at 8pm at The Theatre at East Falls.
3721 Midvale Avenue, 19129
Bring a friend.
You can RSVP here IF you’d like:
https://actionnetwork.org/events/momentum-meeting-3


Thank you to everyone who took the time to write postcards of concern, gratitude, and other! They’re on their way! I will have postcards (postage paid) available again 3/2/17.

Here's the content I tried to read at the meeting:
•I will not say #45's name.
•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years...
•I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid or repeal the ACA.
•I will not "work together" to build a wall.
•I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims.
•I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, no matter how bad they might have been, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy.
•I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1%.
•I will not "work together" to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.
•I will not "work together" to help #45 use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies.
•I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection.
•I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.
•I will not "work together" to enable the killing in any way of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.
•I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone.
•I will not "work together" to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.
•I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.
•I will not "work together" to slash funding for education.
•I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
•I will not "work together" to allow torture and "black op" prison sites.
•I will not "work together" to "take their oil."
•I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.
•I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage.
•I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.
•I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that #45 and his supporters are wrong on the facts.
•I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.
•I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.
•I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics.
•I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention.
•I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.
•I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it.
•I will not "work together" to increase the profits of the insurance companies.
•I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual "pre-existing condition."
•I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression.
•I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny.
•Iwill not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.
•I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.
•I will not "work together" with #45 or anyone who supports him, because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.
This is the line, and I am drawing it.
•I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.
•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN for what's really so dangerous about #45, his friends and the Big Lie they spin to the world:
That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is anything more than nothing... When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.
PS: If you agree, please copy and re-post (we understand this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you can, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list.
Consider this an opportunity to make a declaration of commitment, in becoming part of The Resistance.



Here are some positives in these challenging times...
Progress, be it as it may, made since the election!
1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They're holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone's forgotten he's kind of a jerk.
5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
15. Stephen Colbert's "Late Night" finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today's Jon Stewart.
16. "Mike Pence" has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
17. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
18. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
19. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
20. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
21. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.
22. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell's "1984" increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
23. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
24. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone." - Susan Keller 


ADDITIONAL CONTENT FROM OUR 2/2/17 EMAIL:
This is the organization around the #WomensMarch that invited us to #Huddle and offers super practical action plans:
https://www.womensmarch.com/100/action2
 
Here is a (traditional) best practices political action guidebook for anyone interested:
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

This is my favorite piece so far on resistance:
https://qz.com/846940/a-yale-history-professors-20-point-guide-to-defending-democracy-under-a-trump-presidency/
 
My own (humbly offered) personal recommendations include the following:
1. Pick one, two, or three issues that are personally meaningful to you and monitor/act on those, not all issues, because damn.
Here’s a list and who to know in Philly:
https://billypenn.com/2017/01/27/how-to-turn-these-huge-philly-protest-marches-into-action/
 
2. Watch your finances. Give what you can and not more. Pre-plan your giving by selecting monthly automatic debit for your one to three issues. No one is better off without you in the game.
 
3. Have your passport with four years to expiration.

4. Manage any outstanding legal/government issues as able.
 
And remember self-care! I love you so much. I am so full of hope in just having met you. Please remember that ... and this: Now it is more important than ever to practice self-care. Eat what is right for you. Sleep enough. Exercise without self-judgment and be YOUR best. Give yourself some slack. Recognize the mental toll action takes and remember that WORRY ISN'T WORK without that action. Talk to positive, action-oriented people. ASK FOR HELP. And never, never, never give up. This is a marathon and YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
 
Another voice on self-care:
https://medium.com/the-coffeelicious/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3#.t0pvi41ev
 
And some good news!
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/100711-unpredecented-numbers-of-pa-women-from-both-parties-looking-to-run-for-office
 
PLUS:

1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).
2. Court ordered partial stay of the immigration ban for those with valid visas.
3. Green card holders can get back in country.
4. Uber pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter.
5. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air.
6. The ACLU raised 24M over the weekend (normally 3-4M/year).
7. HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted.
8. EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.
9. More people of different career/religious/economic/race 
backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.
10. Acting Attorney General sacrifices job for principles to defy administration on muslim/immigration ban.
11. Democrats boycott Senate Confirmation hearings for Secretaries of Health and Human Services (Price) and Treasury (Mnuchin)
12. MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.

 

Finally, tremendous thanks and kudos to Alisa Lenander, for this Who’s Who in Politics and all the requisite information needed to contact!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qKDZcb5oCttX_fR8TptqAOF5bTEhZLA49atKyZ9PvD0/pubhtml
 

I am too privileged not to act, and too privileged to prescribe the actions when other voices are willing.
 
So please, share. I will make all recommendations available to the group. We are 98 strong today.
 
OTHER RESOURCES:
TRUMP TRACKER
https://trumptracker.github.io/
 
3.5% to topple a dictator
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/01/worried-american-democracy-study-activist-techniques


 

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