action america

We broke the record for most raised by an online sweepstakes ever. Not just by Prizeo. Everrrrrr.

So you’ve made my mom the coolest board member on the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. To that I am always grateful. And you’ve done an amazing thing and supported an incredible organization in its time of need.

Thank you video from Lin-Manuel Miranda
for contributors to the December 2016
Hamilton Across America Prizeo
benefiting Planned Parenthood

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Colt New Model Police Pistol

Made by Colt Manufacturing Co c.1872 and decorated by Louis D. Nimschke for Schuyler, Hartley & Graham - serial number 3583.
.38RF conversion five-round cylinder, single action, side loading gate with spring-loaded ejector rod, silver plated and gold-washed with Tiffany style grip.

We’re reaching Bloodborne levels of weaponry.

Fight For America

I’ll be on the streets taking part in Anti-Trump protests this weekend and I signed the change.org petition on challenging the electoral college (tho I don’t see much value on online petitions post-elections, coz ma babies ppl should have voted instead, but I understand taking whatever shot you got no matter how little), I’m more of a realist and pragmatic in my politics and activism. 

In short, I just don’t want to be loud, I want to get things done.

While we suffered devastating blow, we are not as powerless as we think. There’s much we can do NOW, not simply wait around and try to survive the next four years. In that process of survival, we can either be divided and let it be survival of the fittest, or move forward as one and be stronger together.

Trump will be in the White House for the next four years. While we can reject him as our legitimate president, we have to face the fact that he’ll most likely be in the Oval Office for the next four years, making decisions that will harm us and the rest of the world. But we are going to be his check and balance.

Here are stuff we can do from now until November 2020, and for most of them, they require little effort or time from us:

2017

- protect the Filibuster. Right now, Democrats in the Congress only has the Filibuster in their arsenal, and GOP now wants to eliminate it and they can. Write letters and emails to your representatives, tweet or facebook them, and let them know you want the Filibuster to remain. Even and especially if your representative or senator is a Republican. They said they will serve as check and balance on the President no matter who it is, hold them to that. If Donald Trump wants something crazy passed through legislation, Democrats should have the ability to Filibuster it. If GOP can’t publicly oppose Trump, they need to let Dems have the means to do it. 

- Organize. Help the DNC (or a decent third party, if you’re so inclined) build their infrastructure and ground game. Canvass. Phone Bank. Register voters. Support local campaigns. We need democrats, liberals and progressives in our local and state governments, not just in Washington. And the work starts now, not during election years. Don’t bitch about the DNC a couple months before the elections, you’re too late. 

- Contact elected officials. Get to know your current councilors, mayors, state legislators, representatives, governors, AGs, etc. Let them know where you stand on issues, no matter their political affiliation. They serve you too.

-Subscribe to your local newspapers/ Watch local news. They are the ones who keep tabs on what your local government is doing and keep the citizens informed. National media depend on them to find out what’s going on in the country. Keep them in business. Write letters to the editor. Let them help you amplify your voice.

-Volunteer. Find the organizations that work on causes you are passionate about and take time to volunteer or give money. Subscribe to their newsletters. Follow their social media. Keep informed on what’s going on without the national media spin. 

- Pit Trump and GOP Congress against each other. This is where we get dirty, but we know Trump don’t have a good relationship with GOP Leadership. He’ll make Mike Pence work with them instead. So let’s then divide and conquer. We know Trump loves polls, and for better or worse, his loyalty is not to the GOP, it’s to his constituents. But polling will not be just from his supporters, it will be from Americans whatever their political leaning. What is consistent with Trump is he pay attention to the polls more than the GOP leadership. I’m not saying now we lay in bed with Trump, but by making GOP our common enemy, we might be able to trick him into allying with us. It’s not a far fetched idea, since his position is all over the place. 

At the very least, we can keep Trump occupied with designing and figuring out how to build his wall, and prevent him from focusing on anything else. 

2018

We got work to do.

Senate midterm elections. 34 seats are up fro grabs. 26 are Democrats. 8 are Republicans. 

House mindterm elections. 435 seats are up for grabs.

Gubernatorial elections. 36 states will elect or re-elect governors. Even if you’re in a blue state, don’t sit this one out. MD is a blue state and we were surprised when we ended up with a Republican governor. Low voter turn out.

If we take back the congress and got more Democrat governors elected, GOP and Trump power will even be more limited. Arugably, Governors will have more effect on their citizens more than the federal government will. 

2019

ONLY Democrats will have primary elections. Though let’s not be surprised if GOP holds one too, depending on how Trump’s first two years bodes for them.

Join campaigns of your candidates as early as you can, or if you don’t know who to support yet, at least take part in GOTV efforts, learn where they truly stand on issues, keep the campaigns positive. Donate. If we don’t want them depending on big money, then we have to donate ourselves, even if it’s just a dollar a month. 

2020

No matter who wins the primary elections, let’s support the candidate. Let’s have one hell of a Convention once more without the drama. Let’s learn from the mistakes we made and do better. Most of all, whatever happens in Trump’s first term, let’s keep amplifying minority voices and our issues. We can’t make our national elections be just about White people and their anxiety. 

We are America, too. 

Many of these are quiet hard work. There will be days when it seems pointless or you’re only affecting three blocks within your neighborhood. We will have setbacks. We will get knock down. The Fight For America won’t always be the hot topic of the day. You’ll be doing work while the rest of the country seem to have forgotten, become apathetic, checked out, and now focused on other things.

But anytime we get knocked down, we get back up. And remember:

“Never Stop Believing That Fighting For What’s Right Is Worth It”

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How are millennials coping with a Trump presidency? They’re running for public office

The day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, Ravi Gupta faced a barrage of painful questions from students at the charter school he’d founded.

Would people come to the school to deport them? Could the Jim Crow laws return? Might LGBTQ kids be forced into conversion therapy to “cure” them?

“It broke my heart,” Gupta, 33, told a sea of hundreds in a windowless room at the Music City Center.

“I left that room, went into a classroom and just started crying,” he said. “I didn’t have any answers.”

That anguish gave rise to what became the Arena Summit, a weekend conference of mainly young people looking to get into politics — either for themselves or to support fresh-faced candidates — in the coming age of Trump. Read more

from a comrade

Me: *posts about someone flying neo-Nazi flag in Memphis*

Comments: “that’s not a Nazi symbol! It’s German Army!”

Friends: “It was co-opted by neo-nazis. Here’s a link.” (x5)

Comments: “Maybe he doesn’t know! We don’t know him! Maybe he’s celebrating heritage!”

Neo-Nazi resident: *creates fake profile* “ARYAN GODDESSES! JEWS ARE ONLY USEFUL WHEN THEYRE KILLING PALESTINIANS! COME FIGHT ME! DEATH TO COMMUNISTS!”

Me: “Clearly this is a Nazi, and he’s hiding behind a fake profile and threatening people. Here’s the landlord’s phone number if anyone wants to inform him that the resident flying the white supremacist flag is inciting violence.”

Comments: “Stop hate mongering! Freedom of speech! Go back to Nashville where you came from! Fucking commie!”

Meanwhile

Trump imposes a temporary ban on refugees. Many are arriving at the airport, having already been en route to the U.S., thinking they had escaped the horror of war, only to be told they have to return to a place where everyone will know they tried to flee.

If you’re seriously going to stand up for freedom of speech for fascists right now, at a time when their freedom extends so far that they have the president of the United States acting on their behalf and condemning refugee families to violence and death, I have no time for you. Not for your shitty memes, not for the exhaustion of attempting to educate you, not for “just getting along”, nothing. You know what you’re doing. You know whose side you’re on. You either stand up to fascism, or you foster a climate in which it can thrive.

Because it’s coming out like weeds, and weeds don’t stay under control when you “don’t give them attention.” They don’t balance out and live quietly. If you don’t act against them, they spread until all the good things are choked out by the result of your indifference.

Now is not the time to be indifferent. We have to be intentional.

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Since becoming president-elect, Trump has spoken with foreign leaders via unsecured lines; had an official meeting with Japan PM discussing high level diplomatic issues with Ivanka and her husband also present, who doesn’t and shouldn’t have security clearance; Trump has filed to pushed back his Trump University court case; filed to lower taxes for his D.C. Hotel; conducts official government business in Trump Tower; has not released his taxes as promised; Ivanka advertising her jewelry she wore during the Trumps’ 60 minute interview; Trump’s adult children part of his transition team (illegal); and Steve Bannon was illegally paid by an outside super PAC for his services as Trump’s campaign CEO.

The list goes on and on…let Congress and Trump know this is unacceptable and must be investigated/stopped/corrected immediately!

I just did this, you won’t have to speak to anyone, you can leave a message for Paul Ryan in the end if you choose to, but his inbox is currently full right now.

The long awkward silence is real, and after you get to press 2, you’ll hear a long Paul Ryan propaganda on how he has a “better way” to replace ACA, just bear through it and wait til you’re prompted to register your support for ACA by pressing one. 

Share this image to everyone across all social media and get the word out!

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Winchester M1897 trench shotgun

Manufactured by Winchester Repeating Arms Co. based on John Browning’s design c.1917-45, this commercial gun was made in 1920 - serial number E683081.
12 gauge, 5+1 shells of nine .33 caliber pellets in a tubular magazine, 20″ long barrel, pump-action repeater with an external hammer and no trigger disconnector, heat shield and bayonet lug for the standard military issue M1917 rifle bayonet.

The old trench broom, in near-mint condition.

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S&W Safety Hammerless revolver

Manufactured by Smith and Wesson c.1888-1902 - serial number 10472.
.32 S&W five-round cylinder, top break double action, grip safety, nickel-plated frame and gold-plated cylinder, pearl grip.

Also called the New Departure Model or the Lemon Squeezer, this one was apparently shipped to Canada at some point in its life.