Your Simple Act of Resistance For the Day 1/23

We’re in a bit of a quandary here with Trump. He is giving every appearance of being a despot in the making. It’s possible, he’s just an idiot savant who is going to be one of our worst presidents and we’ll recover. And maybe our institutions are strong enough to withstand any attempt by him to step too far outside the lines. But after the last year in particular, that seems like a foolish thing to put our hopes in. Institutions haven’t been doing so well for quite some time now.

So, for now, we do what we can figure out to do, learn what works and what doesn’t and stay alert. Not everyone will be willing or able to see the threat and respond to it, unfortunately. But I really do think that if those of us who are aware enough to be alarmed keep showing up, join forces and resist, we will come out on top. So it’s in that spirit that I’m giving you your simple act of resistance for today.

A group of former congressional staffers have put out a guide for best practices to get our legislators to listen and respond to us. It’s called Indivisible. Your assignment for today is to go to their site, bookmark it and download the guide. If you’re ready, you can also sign up to receive updates on calls to action and find groups forming in your area. If you’re not, you will have the guide available and be able to easily find the site again when/if the time comes that you know you need to get involved.

One of the reasons I’m sharing this site with you is because, unlike other advocacy groups, these folks are truly working from the grassroots. They’re not asking for money or compiling a list of email addresses to sell or solicit from. They’re just trying to provide an easy way for people to learn best practices, connect and keep abreast of what’s going on.

Alrighty then? Ready, set, go!

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Your Simple Act of Resistance 1/20

Image may contain: 1 person, textAlrighty, peeps. This is not a drill. Here’s your simple act of resistance for today. Use this website to look up your lawmaker’s phone numbers and program them into your phone. You’re much more likely to actually call them if you don’t have to look it up.

You’re going to be needing it. According to former legislative staffers, phone calls are the most effective way for constituents to be heard. They have to answer the phones. At least for now.

Ready, set, go! Get those numbers programmed!

Oh, America, How Do I Love Thee?

It’s good to remember that one of the hallmarks of American character, going right back to the very beginning, has been that we tend to be uncooperative when we see fit. We enjoy a strong rule of law, but that’s never been one of the markers of our identity as Americans. Throwing tea into the harbor, running underground railroads and putting up speakeasies is more our style.

So, in that grand tradition, and because you deserve a laugh, allow me to share with you the response of the American people to Mike Pence’s attempt to get people to come to Trump’s inauguration. I’ve linked to it, but given the tenor of the comments, I expect it will be taken down at some point. So if the link doesn’t work, enjoy some screen shots of loyal Americans being assholes for the cause.

First we have the “things I’d rather do” category of comments:

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Then there’s the cracks about the Russians:

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The political sniping:

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And it appears that many people have other engagements on that day:

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Many people plan will be available for future events, however:

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And then there’s the matter of your everlasting soul to consider:

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America. Home of the free and the land of the smartass.

 

 

Your Simple Act of Resistance 1/16

This is one that you may have seen before, but with some additional information. Paul Ryan has been taking a phone poll regarding the ACA (Obamacare) for a few months now. To access it, you can call either (202) 225-3031 or (202) 225-0600. You choose option 2, listen to a ridiculous, incomplete and misleading statement from Ryan about the ACA and after a pause can choose to press 1 to indicate that you support the ACA. You are then given the option of leaving a brief message.

I have heard rumors that Ryan is no longer taking any phone calls. People are saying that no human is answering and that instead of being given the option to leave a message, callers are simply disconnected. I do know that Ryan sent 6 security guards to turn away activists trying to deliver signed petitions to him asking not to defund Planned Parenthood. There’s now a sign on his door saying that only people with scheduled appointments will be allowed to enter the door of his office.

However, when I called the numbers above, the first one simply told me that the mailbox was full and to call later. The second number worked, although I didn’t attempt to leave a message. I also called his Janesville WI office (608-752-4050), but it’s a holiday so I got the standard message saying that the office was closed and offering voicemail. It could be different tomorrow, but it appears that at least some calls are getting through. Although for the last couple of months, legislative staffers have been saying that voice mail has been filling up as fast as they can empty it. (Yay!)

So for today’s simple act of resistance, you have a few options:

  1. You can call (202) 225-0600 and take the poll indicating support of the ACA.
  2. You can call one of Paul Ryan’s offices and leave a message expressing your support for the ACA. (Be brief, be polite, do not make threats, share a brief synopsis of your story if you have one, do not call repeatedly or call every number.) The numbers for his offices are:

Washington DC: (202) 225-3031

Janesville WI: (608) 752-4050

Kenosha WI: (262) 654-1901

Racine WI: (262) 637-0510

3. If you are unable to get through, the mailboxes are full, you have a severe phone phobia or you just want to be a pain in the ass and make sure he gets the message, you can also send a postcard with a brief message to his home address:

PAUL RYAN
700 ST. LAWRENCE AVE.
JANESVILLE, WI 53545

So, there’s your simply act of resistance for today. Get to work and pass it on!