as local as local news gets

listen, i’m gonna be honest here, on a flawed and strictly personal level: if the events of the mcu were happening in our world, i would be fucking Terrified of the avengers 

as a civilian in the mcu i wouldn’t have access to a ton of info about Bucky Barnes’ Super Tragic Life Situation? i would just know about the apocalyptic shit that happened in sokovia and i’d be seeing news stories about the avengers just Showing Up in countries they had no right to be in, causing damage, and leaving patting themselves on the back. i get upset hearing about local police misconduct. i wouldn’t be chill in this situation

this straight white 25-30 year old american dude from the 40s marching around the globe with a group of superpowered vigilantes (some ex-military, some enhanced with dangerous superpowers, all heavily armed with nearly unlimited resources) fighting people, possibly without working with local law enforcement or emergency services, without being held responsible by any higher-ups because the secret government organization he was working for turned out to be hydra so he burned that to the ground (making more apocalyptic-looking shit happen in the states) and then decided that he should still get to do that job anywhere he chooses without any systems of accountability or communication with the public in place (short of an eccentric billionaire with a shaky reputation making some statements to the press)

like. would i be on tumblr and twitter and facebook seeing people asking for a donation to their kickstarter to fix their car or their house or pay hospital bills or something because of the events of the avengers, and catws, and aou, and cacw,,,, like would the avengers be paying for that? they’re not working for anyone. they don’t have people they answer to. there’s probably not a complaints department or a number you can call. do i have to personally contact and/or sue tony stark to unfuck my financial situation. how exactly do you handle this? how does this work? who’s paying for damages this would be a mess

and then 117 countries around the world start getting together to say “okay this needs to stop”, so there’s probably some Not Great Press re: the avengers circulating around the world. natasha was a russian spy/assassin and all of her Red Ledger Baggage got dumped onto the internet. + also press re: the Event In Lagos™…and then bucky barnes attacks the people trying to hold the avengers accountable. holy shit. the leader of a nation who was leading the charge re: Avengers & Accountability is murdered by captain america’s best friend. 

i mean, steve knows that bucky is innocent, you and me know that bucky is innocent, but your average citizen probably wouldn’t. then steve goes and physically fights off the people who have been sent to arrest bucky for this–you think those people and the families of those people wouldn’t be publicly not okay with that? there’s a dramatic car chase fight situation involving bucky, steve, sam, And The Son Of The Recently Murdered King of Wakanda, and they’re arrested, and maybe you think the drama is probably over, it’s being dealt with, bUT NO, bucky barnes attacks a bunch of people and escapes and there’s a dramatic helicopter crash and holy shit this is like maybe half of the movie’s plot and things would already be So Tense

like even people who were pro-avengers would probably be like  “holy shit okay but What Is Going On” and this is all Before the fight at the airport in germany and hearing on the news that captain america broke his team of vigilantes out of prison and they are now Hiding Somewhere Among Us…like, we know these people and can empathize with them because we see their stories in a way that prioritizes them and their relationships over the collateral damage but like. this would be such a mess this would be so tense to live through as a civilian and i would be Afraid

I just want a series where Jason is trying to have some time off from his vigilante-ing but keeps stumbling across criminal shit on a daily basis. Like, he tries going to church, but notices some unsavory characters hanging around. Turns out the religious sisters are smuggling drugs for a cartel. He takes a wrong turn on the way to the bathroom in a local bar. Turns out three of the most powerful mob bosses in the area play cards in the back and they’re planning to kidnap the mayor’s kid, so he’s gotta take them out. Heads to the local library. Whoops, there’s a cult performing human sacrifices in the basement. The Batfam keeps seeing Red Hood on the news like, nightly, and they’re like WTF does Jason do with his free time? He steps on the toes of like ten local vigilantes who’ve been carefully tracking and observing their criminals for months, when here comes Jason Todd, just looking for a Redbox machine and blundering right into the middle of these criminal enterprises they’re trying to take down. He gets this reputation for being the best of the best at tracking down criminal activity because people think he’s doing it on purpose, and it’s not like he’s gonna tell anyone that it’s all coincidence; he’s got a reputation to maintain, after all. It reaches a point where Roy and Kori actually stage an intervention, they’re like “Maybe you’re a little obsessive on the crime front, you don’t actually have to take down a major criminal organization every single night.” Jason doesn’t even hear it, he crashes as soon as they sit him down on the couch bc he busted a drug ring on his way to the corner store for milk.

calling gentile allies

I’ve seen multiple posts on my dash just today about the JCC bomb threats and how they’re affecting the Jewish community, and I thought of an idea that gentile allies can help to alleviate some of the heightened anxiety and isolation that a lot of people are feeling right now. Raising awareness is great, but you know what’s also great? Getting to know your neighbors.

So here’s an idea: if you aren’t Jewish, look up whether there is a JCC or synagogue near you. Then keep an eye out for it in local and national news. If you see that it has received threats recently, take a few minutes out of your day and fill out a postcard or a card, and send it to the main office.

I want to emphasize that it’s best if you focus on local institutions rather than ones that are in another state, because it makes it much more personal. The anonymity of the recent threats is one of the reasons they cause so much fear; no one knows if it’s from someone across the street or across the country. Know that there’s someone nearby who is on your side can help balance out that anxiety. I also think cards are better than, say, phone calls, because it strikes me as potentially nerve-wracking if synagogues and JCCs end up with a rash of unexpected calls after getting a phoned-in bomb threat. And cards are very tangible; you can keep them in the office, put them on a bulletin board, point to them when people are having doubts about whether their community cares.

As for what to include in your message, you can really say anything you want in support and solidarity, but here are some things that might be especially nice for them to hear:

  • “Shabbat Shalom!” (if you think the letter will arrive on a Thursday or Friday; this is the Hebrew for “a peaceful Sabbath,” the traditional greeting in many communities)
  • “Happy Purim” or “Chag sameach!” (Purim is a holiday, happening Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12 this year–in general, look up a Hebrew calendar and see if there’s a holiday around the time you’re sending the letter. Tisha B’Av and Yom Kippur are “the ones you can’t say Happy [holiday] on.”)
  • some communities are holding rallies after receiving threats–I know there was one in Springfield, MA–so if your community did, and you attended, definitely mention that!
  • “I am a member of [faith organization], and I think it is important for us to stand with you in these times. My organization has participated/hopes to participate in multifaith activities with the Jewish community.”
  • “I have a friend who went to school at her JCC and she always spoke about how much it meant to her, so I want to show my support.”/“My child has a classmate who attends your programs, and they were very concerned about making sure their friend felt safe.”
  • “I read an article your president wrote in the paper, or I heard about a community-wide event that you lead recently. It sounded great and in the future I hope to engage more with my Jewish friends and neighbors.”
  • ***nothing proselytize-y and nothing political beyond the immediate issue. there’s no need to bring Jesus or Israel into this conversation.***

Obviously there’s more to do beyond this. Educate yourself about antisemitism. Combat it in YOUR OWN SPACES, not just when it comes from your enemies. Show up to events organized by Jewish activists. Show up to multifaith events even if they’re not activist spaces–if your local synagogue is pairing up with a church or a mosque/masjid to run a toy drive, watch a movie, eat pancakes, whatever, grab a friend, find someone new, and introduce yourself.

But still, these things can be difficult. They can require spoons, time, transportation, etc. Writing a postcard only requires a writing surface, a writing utensil, a stamp, and two minutes of your time,  and it, too, helps build your community. Even if you don’t have a local Jewish org to support, please reblog and share the ahavah.

Are Kids Next Door operatives exempt from gym class? Are there special rules in place to make sure normal civilians don’t get the utter crap kicked out of them? Or is there always a mad dash when picking teams to get as many operatives on your team as you can and pray you don’t start a war?

Can you believe there are 4,000 people following us? That’s amazing! We are so thankful for each and every one of you who keep up with Daily Victuri. We would not be here without all of your love and support for our blog. 

That being said, we decided that we wanted to celebrate, and what better way than with our first official fic rec list? Writers are some of the biggest unsung heroes of the YOI fandom, and our love for Victuri writers reaches far and wide. We wanted to use this opportunity to highlight fics from all corners of Victuri fandom, so we reached out to you guys for suggestions and recs. The response was overwhelming! From you guys, we were able to create a list of fifty-five fics. We tried to compile a combination of fandom favorites along with some lesser known (but still wonderful!) ones, and we all hope that this will help you find your next favorite read. 

All fics are being listed below the cut and are sorted into categories based on length. 

xoxo, your Daily Victuri Admins

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derpypatato  asked:

Do you have any tips for a newly starting RPG player?

- Picking a game
Look into Quickstarts and Beginner Boxes until you find something you like. You can get a few different QuickStart PDFs from DrivethruRPG for free.
- Don’t be afraid to get into character
Everyone is there to play make believe and it’s far better when everyone throws themselves into character than when people are trying to maintain a facade of cool detachment while playing. Good role playing will often get you some bonus xp from the GM too.
- Keep notes or better yet, a journal
A little notebook will help you keep NPC’s in order, keep related information together and help you get back into the game easier at the start of each session. The GM can check out player notes when they may have forgotten something or draw on the opinions expressed within for new ideas.
- Drop your hang ups
The games table needs to be a safe place for everyone and people who game come from many different groups. Make your gaming group a welcoming one, diversity benefits us all by giving us a larger pool of experiences to draw upon. Gaming is not solely the domain of white male geeks many believe it to be.
- Game forums
A super handy resource many people overlook even though it’s more accessible than ever is the Internet. I am currently running a Star Wars game and started off with a published adventure, I went to Fantasy Flight Games forums and found out what other people did to add to the game and came away with a few great ideas.
- Think of the story like a movie or book series
Foreshadowing, red herrings, Chekhov’s gun, pay attention to everything (this is where notes can come in handy) and remember to pump NPC’s for information. The person who wrote the adventure put everything there for a reason.
- Have a good idea of WHO you are playing
Don’t think of your character as “Level one, Human, Fighter.” Work with the GM to give them a personality and background that is interesting and try to consider things from that perspective. Most classes gain their abilities through training, where did you get yours? Did you always intend to make your way as an adventurer? Do you have family? A goal? How has your past challenged your world-view? How was your outlook on life coloured by your training? The character development memes on tumblr are handy for this, the ask memes can be too if you answer them in character.
- Avoid cliches and negative tropes
The best example I can think of for this is called a Fishmalk… In Vampire: The Masquerade there is a clan of Vampires called Malkavians who, because of their vampire blood all gain a “derangement” which is basically a mental illness they have to deal with which many players read and instantly thought “I am going to play my Malkavian as a wacky vampire version of Bugs Bunny, only with less restraint and ability to reason, I shall also make them carry a bloody teddy bear wherever they go, wear bunny ears and pyjamas to every social event and run about hitting NPC’s in the face with fish.” When they should have been thinking more Dexter Morgan or Annie Wilkes who are viewed as mostly normal if somewhat odd by people who don’t directly experience the manifestation of their mental illnesses.
- Be mindful of lore
Work with your GM or players to craft characters that fit the setting, reserve character ideas that don’t fit for other games. Most game worlds are developed enough to find something you will enjoy.
- Don’t Powergame or Minmax
That is to say, don’t make character build decisions based on what will get you a bigger attack die more HP or access to a lightsaber if it’s not right for your character. You’re there to play a person not a mathematical construct.
- GM’s may want to provide “player packets”
Maps, a brief history, local legends, news and rumours and a rundown of the local power structure, slang specific to the setting and a glossary of terms are all things that could be handy for a player to know, presented in a little folder that contains their character sheet can help them have needed information at hand instead of forcing you to go digging through notes when they have more general questions about the setting.
- Finding a group
Many company websites have forums containing a group finder thread. Game shops may have advertisements for gaming groups posted about and some stores like Haven for Heroes in Port Jervis NY will let you play in store.
- Engage your fellow players not just your GM
If you are in a group with the other people at the table don’t only be talking to your GM. If you think your character would discuss things with another character at the table talk about it, you can often get bonus points out of your GM for good roleplaying ;)
- Dealing with conflict
Be cool headed and wait to talk it over with the GM or offending party and the GM when there is a break. If things don’t go your way don’t be a broody grump about it, try to move on. If things do go your way, don’t be a gloating jerk either, he only thing worse than a poor loser is a bad winner.

YOI Fic Rec ROUND TWO

Hi friends. I put out a fic rec list a while back, and since then I’ve read a lot more, cried a lot more, laughed a lot more. So here’s another fic rec list for YOI! Most of these are different authors, in an attempt to spread the love. 

As before, it goes fewer bookmarks -> more bookmarks, in a very blatant attempt to give exposure.

THE SECOND LIST:

Resting pulse by cafecliche: I’m crying all the time, when I read this fic. It’s amusing and witty, while capturing the Victuuri characterizations perfectly, and also THERE IS PINING. This author’s other fic also address anxiety beautifully, so go forth. Go read all of the cafecliche. Do it for your wellbeing.

Kiss, You’re On Camera by Ashida: THIS IS SO SWEET. They’re at a baseball game, and Yuuri’s neighboring seat gets taken by an attractive stranger. God, it’s cute. Please check it out.

Stay the Night by Shadow_sensei: Your heart won’t be ready for the twist at the end of this. You could never be ready. This story is haunting and I mean that pun in all the best ways—it’s also got a beautiful dreamlike, fairytale (more like scary story) feel to most of it.

Shall We Skate (Through Time) by counterheist: counterheist has written MANY quality fics (also see BREAKING NEWS: Local Man Would Like to Date Other Local Man), most of which have me laughing. God, counterheist is great. This time travel AU also INVOLVES PHICHIT, my man, deals with consequences and, finally, provides great plot.

Yuri Plisetsky Saves the (Figure Skating) World by Dawn on ICE (Dawn_Blossom): Yuri Plisetsky’s interpretation of Viktor running off to “coach” Yuuri. It’s so canon compliant it HURTS—like hurts your stomach, because you’ll be laughing. Also the author is a darling.

A Heart of Paper Cranes by missmichellebelle: Besides being a fantastic human being, this author handles fluff, first time meetings, and anything your heart could desire with aplomb. I love this fic to pieces, and I love the sweet honesty of the Victuuri in it. *swoons*

Meet me halfway (in the future) by MissSpock:  I LOVE THIS FIC?? I love MissSpock, who I discovered and promptly blazed through all the fic of. This excellent time travel fic explores jealousy in a ironic but honest way.

Nuclear Hearts Club by butterbeerbitch:  The best of mutual pining and high school. I think I recc’d butterbeerbitch on my last list too, but I need you to listen to me. This fic has beautiful musings on childhood, which are giving me nostalgia in ways nothing else I’ve read has, and it is heartbreakingly gorgeous. This is poetry, it is prose, I cannot believe this is a real human being writing this. While they have stunning imagery, they also aren’t scared to make gross, hilarious comparisons. Please read this. Do it for me.

Like a design by jinlian: Canon-verse, and very sweet and humorous.

Life Unwoven by rougeandtonic:  TIME TRAVEL AU. WHERE YUURI TIME TRAVELS… BOTH WAYS. You get double the Victuuri, all of the pining, all of the miscommunication being healed, and just… oh. I love this fic. I think about it constantly. I’ve totally already screamed a lot about rougeandtonic on my Tumblr, but I. Do Not. Care. Like, this author probably hates me at this point, but I can’t help it.  Please read their work: kokoro no kaze is another of my favorites.

Lullaby of Birdland by Orchids_and_Fictional_Cities: Yuuri is a figure skater and Viktor is a jazz pianist. It doesn’t hesitate to deal with heavy topics, and the author knows. Their. Jazz. I’m drooling over this fic as we speak. Listen. I don’t understand how this has only 142 bookmarks at 7 chapters. I DON’T UNDERSTAND.

Meet Me by the River by c0rnfl0wer: do you want Slavic mythology and traditions handled masterfully and presented along with high quality love and pining? Then read this fic! Also, check out c0rnfl0wer’s other works, I can’t imagine how much research and effort he puts into his writing.

The Way to a Man’s Heart is Through His Stomach by futuresoon: I can’t figure this mystery fic out for the life of me. IT DOESN’T MATTER. Do you like mythical creatures? Do you like mysterious and handsome men? Do you like food? Check this out. This quirky, supernatural fic leaves you curious, and ironically hungry for more. Might be on a hiatus, as a warning, but word on the street is that it’s not abandoned.

I see the universe in your eyes by fangirlandiknowit: Oh god. From Yuuri’s POV, and it’s so descriptive, so emotional. This was written a while back, but I just discovered it and it is quality.

(offer me) that Deathless Death by melonbug: VIKTOR IS DEATH in this beautiful and moving fic that’s wrapped up in mystery and prose, but which I want to continue reading forever. There’s some phenomenal life observations in here, too.

Shut up and let me hold you by shysweetthing: I’ll never be over shysweething’s writing. I KNOW I recc’d this author on the last list, but you have to understand that it has brilliant dialogue, clearly understands YOI and episodes 11 and 12, and presents what was absent/only hinted at from them in a way that simultaneously soothes and breaks your heart.

These Frozen Nights by viciously: GEEZ so Yuuri can see ghosts, and Viktor doesn’t know… This fic is just ethereal and shocking, but still domestic and the Victuuri is sweet.

Taking the long way home by thankyouforexisting: Vicchan doesn’t die (so you already know this is gonna be good) and Yuuri doesn’t get drunk, so this fic explores how things change. It’s just… lovely. The dialogue is hilarious and magnificent, the AU is a great idea, and I’m loving this slow build.  NO, THANK YOU for existing, thankyouforexisting.

cover story by fan_nerd: Every frickin time I think back to my pre-AO3 account days, I remember a great fic and have to search for it. Every time I do, IT IS BY FAN_NERD. I love fan_nerd. This is a roommates AU, and is top notch.

Just Like a Stranger With the Weeds in Your Heart by MooseFeels: This ABO fic is just. Just. I tend to obsess over rhythm in my writing, and this fic has rhythm in excess. It just slides smoothly into your head, and astounds you.

Prove Me Wrong by homsantoft (tofsla): I started reading this and thought, oh, another soulmate AU, it could be decent. BUT I WAS A FOOL. This is not any old soulmate fic—it is beautifully handled, and I am unworthy of this and the one other fic by this author for YOI. PLEASE READ IT.

America goals by magnetic wave: Phichit is probably my favorite YOI character that isn’t Viktor or Yuuri, and this fic captures him so well. It also is a fic where you can see a perfect Phichit and Yuuri dynamic, without having to rely on Victuuri at all. I am in love.

Singularity by springsoldier (ladydaredevil):  I think I also recc’d this author on the last list. Do you care? I don’t care. You have to see this. It’s a STAR WARS AU. It’s so understated, and glorious, and hilarious. The Yurio is excellent, and the storyline is handled realistically. Finally, a Star Wars fic that shows you how a good Jedi deals with love.

A Lesson in Wanting by awesometinyhumanbeing:  I AM FANNING MYSELF. I love this fic! I love the trope of being in love with someone you’re married to, but being unable to deal with it. Reading the lines here just make me want to cry, and by the time things are finally resolved you will be incredibly invested in their happy ending.

Butt Stuff by Plumpie:  Yuuri gets an invasive… butt procedure. And Viktor is his nurse. Every moment in this is amusing.

At Home by SuggestiveScribe: SuggestiveScribe is pretty prolific, or was back a few months ago, and all of their works are breathtaking. Please check them out. This one’s fluffy, domestic despite the travel, and fun.

Katsuki Yuuri: Ascended Fanboy by Defiant-Dreams (DefiantDreams):  I’M LAUGHING SO HARD. Yuuri is a commentator, Viktor is still a skater, and everyone is exposed to their mutual and very obvious crushes in this great comedy.

Blackbird by sixpences: If you read nothing else I’ve recced to you but you still read this fic, I will be happy. This extremely well thought-out and planned fic showcases Yuuri and Viktor as intelligence operatives during WWII and the Cold War, and is brilliant in its complex portrayal of the issues at the time. Also, they’re ridiculously cute together even in heartbreaking circumstances. There is homophobia in-universe, but the handling of it is sublime and it’s there for a reason. I JUST UM. DEEP BREATHS EVERYBODY. THIS FIC IS SO GOOD.

Aria: Stammi Vicino, Non Te Ne Andare by exile_wrath:  Okay so listen. I am a very sensitive kid. This fic made me have a LOT OF FEELINGS, and is sublime. I will say there is definitely some violence, but it’s handled as well as this author handles everything, and the story as a whole transports you to this whole other Beauty-And-The-Beast but darker world! It’s very imaginative.

Constellations (Things You Left Unsaid) by DasWarSchonKaputt: I love Yuuko, and anytime she shows up in this fic I scream. This fic is just hilarious and deals with Yuuri’s feelings of inadequacy quite well. A+ role reversal AU!

Take Hold by Lavender Prose: Have I ever mentioned that I’m a complete sucker for soulmate AUs? I am, and this one is stunning and thorough in its worldbuilding. Also, check out the author’s tumblr for short but effective drabbles.

Kings in Couture by slightlied: I think a lot of people have also heard of this one, but I don’t care. The first two chapters are excellent, and accompanying drabbles for this universe can be found on the author’s tumblr, and they are also engaging. Just visit the author’s tumblr—it’s a lot of quality content of all kinds, and she’s bursting with ideas.

Now When Arrows Don’t Penetrate, Cupid Grabs the Pistol by ken_ichijjouji (dommific): AHAHAHA this fic, it’s funny. Also, it stars Phichit and almost every possible couple in YOI, so you know it’s going to be an exciting ride!

Worthwhile by surveycorpsjean: People like to watch Viktor suffer, but it’s always from pining. This fic handles the concept that Viktor can have major insecurities and struggles too, showing through heart-rending metaphor. And of course, it shows that Viktor can still deal with these things while having and deserving a loving relationship. Ah, homophobia warning here, but it’s a fic dealing with a lot of real world issues.

Twenty-Five Hours by 0lizzybennet0: Listen here. This is my favorite identity reveal fic. Somehow this author takes a plane ride (normally a terrible experience for all) and makes it into a rollercoaster of good times and cuddles and wrenching revelations. I love this Viktor, and this Yuuri, and the pacing is just right, as well as the Viktor/Yurio dynamic.

Beside the Dancing Sea by lily_winterwood and MapleTreeway: probably a fic that everybody knows, but it’s so well planned and such a great take on selkies that I can’t help but recommend it. There’s actual poetry in here, folks, as well as great prose—dream scenes, sweet romantic getaways in bays, CUTE SEALS. And, for a time, a mystery! Just… read this fic, if you’ve somehow missed it.

Centripetal force by braveten: Braveten is pretty well known, so you’re probably like “kiaronna why are you showing us this, of course we all know this fic” but this is my FAVORITE OF HER FICS and it’s going to get recommended, dang it. If you somehow missed this adorable masterpiece and like college fic, check it out. One of the chapters also made me hide in a bathroom for a while to deal with my freakout about emotions.

Unfortunately, because of life, I haven’t had as much time to explore the tag… or much time in general. so if you’re one of the works I love but I missed you, I’m sorry! 

Hopefully you readers will share my enjoyment of these amazing works!

Step Train Your Activism: A 7-Day Plan

We’re living in pretty dire times, friends. It’s more important than ever to push back against our country’s slide toward authoritarian kleptocracy… but if you’re someone who struggles to make a phone call or show up to a protest, showing up to be heard hasn’t gotten easier. If anything, the endless tide of bad news might be making it harder.

We’re here to help.

Today we are rolling out a plan called “Step Train Your Activism.” (You can also think of them as couch-to-call, or mattress-to-march, depending on your personal end goal for activism.) The plan is designed to help you take small, manageable, concrete steps toward being ready and able to stand up for your beliefs, your neighbors, and the best version of what the US can be.

Below is a condensed version of the 7 day plan. You can go through this plan by yourself, or with a couple of friends, any time you want… but if you want support and structure, we encourage you to follow the blog and join us! We will begin on Saturday, May 27th by posting a more in-depth version of the Day 1 step, and will continue posting through the week. (If you’re considering attending the March for Truth on June 3rd, or trying to attend a recess meeting with your congressperson or senator toward the end of next week, the plan is more or less perfectly timed to help you get ready to do that.)

And – because it doesn’t help anything or anyone if you burn yourself out by over-committing, or by overdosing on news – at the end of these seven days, we will also be sharing a “7 day maintenance plan,” which offers you a weekly circuit (including rest days!) for staying politically engaged while also staying sane.

Everything we suggest here will be easier if you can find a friend to do it with you! It can either be a local friend or somebody you know online. A local friend will be able to split the research with you, and maybe even attend events with you… but an online friend is great too! You’ll be able to go through the steps together, and share strategies, and cheer each other on.

If you want a friend to go through the steps with you but don’t know anyone, we have a few suggestions:

1. Use the notes on this post to find somebody!  We encourage you to reblog or reply to this post and let other people know that you’re interested.

2. Make your own post, and use the tag “steptrainyouractivism”

3. If you want to find someone local through tumblr, send us an ask with your state and congressional district by 3pm EST on Saturday, May 27th. We will get back to you by the evening and let you know if anyone else near you has contacted us.

STEP TRAIN YOUR ACTIVISM: Couch-to-call or mattress-to-march plan

DAY 1. Find a friend to do it with you. IRL or online, local or otherwise.

DAY 2. Motivation. Why are you doing this? Write down which issues are most important to you and why.

DAY 3. Find out information about your representatives. Look up your state and national senators and representatives, and more local politics (mayor, etc.). Their websites will usually provide a summary of their views and platforms.

DAY 4. Connect to organizations. Find some local groups that share your views and priorities, and sign up for their newsletters or updates.

DAY 5. Set your goal. Pick a representative you are going to call about a specific issue, or find an event and pledge to go.

DAY 6. Prep to accomplish your goal from Day 5. Write a script for your call, or plan the logistics of going to the event. Rehearse mentally.

DAY 7. DO IT! Go do the thing you wanted to do! Make a call to your rep, or attend the event.


We’re excited to get started. We hope you are too!

100 Acts of Resistance

The first 100 days of Trump regime is critical and where he has the best chances to push for his agenda in the next four years. In townhalls I’ve attended and questions i see people always ask online is wanting specific directions and what concrete things can we do to resist Trump and GOP.

Below are 100 basic action items you can take to resist the Trump and GOP agenda in his first 100 days and in the next four years. These generic action items can be applied to take action on any current issue or on any specific issue you’ve been passionate about for a long time. 

While it’s encouraged to do as many of these as you can, especially in Trump’s first 100 days, the point of the list is to give you different options on actions you can take that will fit within your time and abilities, and it is by no means exhaustive. The goal is to motivate you to take an action no matter how small, and hopefully provide a jumpstart to take bolder actions in resisting fascism: 

  1. Follow all your representatives on social media, esp on Twitter and Facebook
  2. Save all the numbers of your elected officials on your phone & designate a schedule within your day or week to call them
  3. Visit your elected officials’ website, subscribe to their newsletter/events calendar/follow their bills
  4. Call your Senator #1
  5. Call your Senator #2
  6. Call the Senate Leader (Mitch McConnell)
  7. Call your Congressperson
  8. Call the House Speaker (Paul Ryan)
  9. Call the VP office (Mike Pence)
  10. Call the White House Call Donald Trump Hotels
  11. Call your Governor
  12. Call your Mayor/County Executive
  13. Call your City/County Council Member
  14. Call your State Senator
  15. Call your State Representative
  16. Write* your Senator #1
  17. Write* your Senator #2
  18. Write* your Congressperson
  19. Write* your Governor
  20. Write* your Mayor/County Executive
  21. Write* your City/County Council Member
  22. Write* your State Senator
  23. Write* your State Representative
  24. Write the House Speaker
  25. Write the Senate Leader
  26. Write the VP office
  27. Write the White House
  28. After initial letter or call, follow up with your elected officials
  29. Write letters to editors of local newspapers
  30. Attend a protest in your area
  31. Plan/organize a protest in your area
  32. Attend a townhall (with your representatives)
  33. Attend a city/county council meeting
  34. Attend a legislative hearing
  35. Attend a school board meeting
  36. Attend your rep’s public event
  37. Attend a neighborhood community meeting (esp with law enforcement)
  38. Attend a community event (with community leaders & grassroots orgs)
  39. Participate in a community conference call/grassroots webinar
  40. Plan/Host a community event
  41. Sign a petition
  42. Get at least five other people to sign a petition
  43. Start a petition on a local issue
  44. Invite a friend to participate in a protest
  45. Invite a friend to attend a townhall
  46. Invite a friend to a community event
  47. Invite a friend to community call/grassroots webinar
  48. Get a friend to write a letter to the editor of a local paper
  49. Get at least one friend or family member to call/write their elected official, esp those with GOP reps
  50. Schedule a meeting with one of your elected officials
  51. Read and Share news articles (help spread facts, not propaganda news!)
  52. Follow reputable journalists on social media, esp on Twitter & FB
  53. Follow local, regional and national newspapers on social media
  54. Follow government agencies on social media
  55. Follow activists on social media
  56. Follow civil rights organizations on social media
  57. Subscribe to text alerts and newsletters from civil rights organizations
  58. Participate in an online campaign to spread public awareness or get attention of Congress
  59. Volunteer for local affiliates of nationwide civil rights organizations
  60. Volunteer for local democratic party
  61. Volunteer for a local progressive organization
  62. Volunteer in a political campaign
  63. Volunteer for a local community service project (serve.gov)
  64. Volunteer for a civil rights organization (local & national)
  65. Volunteer for an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
  66. Volunteer for an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
  67. Volunteer for reproductive rights organization (local & national)
  68. Volunteer for a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
  69. Volunteer for an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
  70. Volunteer for an anti-homeless organization (local & national)
  71. Volunteer for an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
  72. Volunteer for an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
  73. Volunteer for a voting rights organization (local & national)
  74. Volunteer for a veterans organization (local & national)
  75. Volunteer for a disabilities organization (local & national)
  76. Volunteer for a climate change organization (domestic & international)
  77. Volunteer for a non-partisan organization (local or international)
  78. Volunteer for a non-governmental organization of your choosing
  79. Donate to a civil rights organization (local & national)
  80. Donate to an immigrant and refugee organization (local & international)
  81. Donate to an LGBT rights organization (local & national)
  82. Donate to a reproductive rights organization (local & national)
  83. Donate to a healthcare/public health organization (local & national)
  84. Donate to an anti-poverty/hunger organization (domestic or international)
  85. Donate to an anti-homelessness organization (local & national)
  86. Donate to an anti-trafficking/anti-slavery organization (domestic & int’l)
  87. Donate to an humanitarian organization (domestic or international)
  88. Donate to a voting rights organization (local & national)
  89. Donate to a veterans organization (local & national)
  90. Donate to a disabilities organization (local & national)
  91. Donate to a climate change organization (domestic & international)
  92. Donate to a non-partisan organization (local or international)
  93. Donate to a non-governmental organization of your choosing
  94. Donate to a local democratic party
  95. Donate to a political campaign
  96. Register to Vote
  97. Get at least one friend or family member to register to vote
  98. Vote on municipal, state and national elections
  99. Get at least one friend or family member to vote
  100. Run for office

*letters, postcards, fax, email, open letters on newspapers

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So, I was rewatching HIMYM and being bitter about the finale, and then I came up with a fix-it AU, in which Tracy doesn’t die and Barney and Robin stay together forever: 

  • In the hotel room when Robin gives Barney the out, he doesn’t take it. He says that it’s hard, but he loves her, and being together is worth a little pain. (something a la “With you, the trouble doesn’t seem so troubling”)
  •  Anyways, so they agree to try couples’ therapy because they want to save their marriage. They go maybe twice and sit their awkwardly before deciding it’s really not for them. But they don’t give up.
  • Robin talks to Lily who tells her that marriage sometimes requires sacrifice. Robin mulls over this for a few weeks. Things are weirdly tense between her and Barney, but they still love each other and that’s enough to get them both through.
  • Robin really doesn’t want to give up her job, and she knows Barney would never ask her to do that. This is her dream. But, she realizes, the traveling…That’s not her dream, even though she loves it. Her dream is to be a journalist. At this point, she has enough esteem as a journalist to get a local job, writing for some big name news company…Maybe the NY Times, I don’t know.
  • They stay in New York permanently, but when they can both get time off from work they go on vacations and travel.
  • And it’s not like Robin gives up her dreams for Barney or anything like that. Her local job is just as amazing and rewarding as the international one. And he never asks her to do it. He never makes her choose between her dream and him. He’s ecstatic when she tells him, but he makes sure it’s what she really wants.
  • Eventually Robin wins Pulitzer. Or maybe two? I don’t know, the point is, she’s wildly successful
  • They get some dogs. They have like four dogs at any one time for the rest of their lives.
  • At one point, Robin asks Barney if he wants to adopt a kid, because she can’t have children. Barney says that he knew going into it that she didn’t ever want kids, and that if he had really wanted kids that much, he wouldn’t have married her. He’s happy just being the world’s most awesome uncle to Marshal and Lily’s three kids, and Ted and Tracy’s two kids. (it’s important to me that Robin never has kids)
  • Tracy gets sick, but she gets better and she DOESN’T FUCKING DIE. She and Ted are extremely happy together.

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Bulletproof (ch. 1)

OK SO REMEMBER WHEN I GOT PROMPTS AND THEN D IDNT DO THEM? this is why. this absolute frankensteins monster. I just. I had this human!au in my head, and… now it’s a thing. A very long thing. With a plot… help.
@velocifoxy @idk-and-idc-and-idr

Descrip:
Slow burn (not super slow to start w/ but it gets slower. Like. Really slow.) suuuper hurt comfort, probably gonna get nsfw in the future because. I hate writing easy things apparently. (There’s a one night stand implied that m i g h t not be the best decision the characters ever made. This does get addressed in another chapter, but not this one) really a lot of awful angsty metaphors that go on like 3 sentences too long I’m sORRY

Pairings:
Logince (eventually lamp but… yknow. slow burn.)


TRIGGERS:
Alcohol mention, emotional abuse, rebound, bad break up, poison/gun mention, v brief murder mention, gets a tiny bit nsfw at the end (they don’t even kiss, guys, Roman is just a big flirt who maybe makes bad decisions sometimes)


Prompt:
From @killerfangirl3
“I’m bulletproof, just don’t shoot me”

They say if you take little bits of poison everyday for years, you could one day be immune, if those little bits didn’t kill you first. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for love.

Roman staggered out of the party early, words ringing in his ears. “Convenient.” That’s all he had been. “Convenient.” A step up to bigger things. He was famous, but not famous enough. Rich, but they had wanted richer. Soft, when they wanted useful. The casual voice over champagne clinking. “You didn’t think it meant anything, did you? People like you. Now, they like me! It was convenient to-”
Roman winced at the memory. He had to move. It was near midnight, and pouring rain, gold from the streetlights playing on every drop as they fell. His jacket and umbrella were inside, but his wallet and phone (dead, probably) still sat in his pocket, so he cut his losses, stepping out from under the porch of the grand, old house, still glowing with lights and people and noise.
He though little bits of love would be okay. But it never worked like that. He couldn’t just do a little. It was less like saying to take small doses of poison everyday, than it was getting shot everyday. The only way to be really bulletproof was to never hand someone the gun …He didn’t know where he was going. His dress shoes didn’t have the same satisfying click on soaked pavement as they did on marble or hardwood. His hair was flat, and clinging to his skull. He didn’t feel anything. So he kept walking.

He wasn’t sure how long it took, but when sensation returned, it came in the form of being cold. Then his feet hurt.
Looking around, the only light on was shining from a dusty looking store front. He doubted anyone would be open at that hour, but the crash of heavy rain was weighing on his senses, and his last stitch of self preservation pushed him to the door. It swung open with a halfhearted jingle from a rusted bell.
At first, he couldn’t see anyone. Every wall seemed to be covered in books, as well as much of the floor. He could hardly see the ceiling, but the shelves went past where he thought a regular ceiling ought to be and then some. Stacks of ancient creaking leather bound tomes, dog eared paperbacks, and bent, stained hardcovers nearly covered every inch. It looked less like a store and more like a… hoard.
Roman stood dripping on the doormat in utter awe, until something moved in the back of the shop. Sure enough, a face was poking out from around a bookshelf. The man had large black glasses pushed up onto his forehead, making his hair spike in every direction. He had red marks on the bridge of his nose from wearing them too long, and was blinking at Roman like he’d just woken up.
“Oh, uh give me a moment.”
He extracted himself clumsily from what must have been a desk at some point and unfolded from a leather chair he’d been sitting in, adjusting his tie and putting his glasses back on their perch.
“Alright. My name is Logan, what are you looking for tonight?”
He was still rubbing sleep out of his eyes, his clothes crumpled. Roman was so shellshocked by the sight he nearly forgot to answer. He felt his cheeks grow red from more that just the cold. “I- uh- I’m not looking for anything in particular, I’m just… Browsing.”
He willed the man to leave it at that, he could pretend to look at books, warm up, call a taxi and go cry into his pillow without being recognized by a cute clerk at a weird bookshop. Logan squinted at him from behind the glasses, taking a step forward. Roman flinched instinctively back, shoulders bumping the glass door. /this is it, he’s going to recognize me, tell a some news site and get a picture as I run off or something. ‘Local star now local washed up wreck…’/
“Are you sure? We usually only get people looking for something specific… we only really have older, out of print books that people value as collectors… Sir? Are you alright?”
The clerks voice had nothing but honest curiosity turned concern as he walked closer. Roman realized his eyes where still closed tight, waiting for when he’d have to run. He opened them to find Logan much closer too him, inspecting him with a worried face.

/he’s cuter up close… wait no don’t do that bad idea/

“uh. Yes. Yes, I’m fine.”
“No, no you’re not. Your teeth are chattering. Follow me. Try not to get any books wet. If you have to, drip on the romance novels on the left. They never sell anyways.”
The clerk turned on his heel and walked further into the shop.
“You could also go back into the rain, if you want, but I would recommend accepting help. You look freezing and probably lost, and nothing else around runs this late.”
Roman shrugged. ‘Local star murdered by weird book seller’ sounded better than 'local star found frozen solid on side walk’ anyways. He followed Logan back into the shop. Two large bookshelves split the space in two, creating a doorway between them into the rest of the room. A rickety wooden staircase disappeared into shadows at the very back.
To Romans right was what could almost be called a parlor, a large, deep leather sofa sat facing several cushy armchairs covered in fading fabric, separated by a low coffee table. On his left was a workshop of some sort, incredibly tidy in contrast to the rest of the store, a bright desk lamp shone on a thick, dusty book, which lay naked with its leather cover to one side. A number of tools stood like a row of soldiers to one side.
Roman let himself be ushered onto the sofa, which reminded him exactly how sore his feet were. He let out a sigh. It might have been a terrible idea to crash at a random collectors book store because the sofa was comfy and the clerk was cute, but after a night like his it was danm tempting. Logan was mostly quiet as he moved about the space, up and down the stairs to fetch things, leaving Roman to his thoughts. He stared into space, trying not to think them, until something warm wrapped around his shoulders.
He looked up to see Logan pulling a wool blanket around him, tutting under his breath. “It’s never a good idea to soak yourself to the bone like this. It’s going to take a while to warm you up.” Roman nodded dully, remembering how much of a mess he must look. /that’s probably why he doesn’t recognize you. The longer you stay the more you’re risking…/ he ignored himself, watching Logan move around the space. His shirt, already rumpled, was pushed up past his elbows, showing his arms. His hands and his slacks were covered in ink stains that Roman hadn’t noticed at first.
The wool blanket smelled like peppermint. Maybe that’s what Logan smelled like.

He was too tired for attractive strangers, he decided. He was heart broken, metaphorically and literally lost, who cared if he wondered if attractive nerds smelled like peppermint or not. He settled further into the couch, wrapping himself in the blanket like a cloak.
/you’re so screwed./ his brain whispered. /so very very screwed./
The stairs creaked, and Logan came reappeared carefully balancing two steaming mugs. He set one down in front of Roman, then lowered himself into the chair and blew on his mug. When Roman didn’t reach for his immediately, he held eye contact and raised an eyebrow pointedly. Roman sighed and sat up, peering into it suspiciously. “It’s hot chocolate. It’s not going to bite you.” “I know what it is! I was just-” the eyebrow again. “Fine, fine. I’m drinking it. Happy?” Logan hummed and Roman tried not to burn his tongue. It wasn’t good hot chocolate by any means, but it was hot. And vaguely chocolate. So it helped, at least a little. They sat for a while, until both cups sat below half, and Roman had a pleasant glow in his stomach.
Logan set his mug down with a decisive clack.
“So. Talk.”
Roman immediately stiffened, and Logan backed up, running a hand through his hair. “You don’t have to tell me everything, or anything at all, really, but you clearly had a difficult night. I’m not sure what else you need right now, and some context would be appreciated. Besides.” Logan leaned back in the chair, eyeing him. “I don’t usually get that many mysterious customers on the nightshift, surprisingly. I’m curious.” Roman felt his cheeks heat up again, and scolded himself for being so happy for the attention. Most people assumed they knew everything about him. It was nice to feel… interesting, in a normal way.
/whatever./ his brain muttered bitterly.
/he’s probably just curious about the weird, wet idiot on his doorstep. You look horrible, anyways. Any chance at 'charming stranger’ was ruined ages ago./
he sighed, and cleared his throat.
“I… bailed on a party.” That was true, technically.
“I…”
/say anything/ his brain urged.
/you don’t need to tell him how pathetic your night was. You didn’t ask for his help/
“I had a pretty bad break up.”
/really?/ his mind was screaming.
But Logan just winced sympathetically.
“That must have been difficult… do you… would you like to talk about it?”
Every instinct in his head told him not to. But he felt… warm. Safe.
“I… was seeing some one who… was after something specific. After …they got that, I was unnecessary.” His voice sounded small and broken in his own ears, despite him trying to keep it steady. When he found the courage to look up, there was no pity or disgust in the other mans eyes.
“That sucks.”
It was the most casual he’d been all night. Roman couldn’t help laughing.

The terror of telling things like that to strangers returned somewhat after that, and the conversation moved on to lighter things. Mostly about Logan. He found out Logan slept upstairs, for convenience sake, and that he worked part time as a substitute English teacher, when he wasn’t restoring books. Logan tapped his fingers on his chair like he was playing a piano when he was thinking. Logan snorted when he laughed, if you could get him to do it. Logan didn’t think he was very good with people.
Romans eyes were raw from crying, but he felt like the full effect of the night hadn’t even started to hit him. It was terrifying. Almost everything was. Tomorrow morning felt like some kind of deadline. Some kind of cliff.

Fortunately, it wasn’t tomorrow morning yet. Logan coughed politely, bringing him out of his thoughts.
“As nice as this is,” ('he thinks it’s nice!’ Part of him said. 'Shut. up.’ said a larger part) “my shift is about to end.”
Romans heart sank.
“Do you have a place to stay tonight?”
Logans voice was soft, almost… nervous.
Romans heart was on a danm rollercoaster.
“I… technically, yes.”
There was the eyebrow again. “Technically?” Bile rose in Romans throat. “I would… rather not go back in this state, but I do have somewhere to go. If you lend me your phone I could call a cab-”
“No! -I mean.”
Logan cleared his throat, less gracefully this time. “That’s not necessary. You can stay here. If you want, that is.”
This was familiar ground. Roman could feel his feet under him as Logan got more and more flustered. “And who’s bed would I be sleeping in, exactly?” Roman knew he was grinning at this point.
“Uh- t-there’s a spare couch upstairs, I suppose you could have my bed if you-”
“Not quite what I meant, gorgeous.”
Roman pulled himself up off the couch, and stalked over to the armchair Logan was sitting in. He was close enough to see the other man swallow nervously. Getting no signal to back off, he planted both hands on the arms of the chair, caging Logan in, and waited for him to make a move.
Throw him out, or…
One of Logans hands grabbed the back of his neck. “I suppose” he muttered, pulling Roman towards him “I wouldn’t mind sharing.”

anonymous asked:

have you ever dabbed in public?

OKAY IM GONNA BREAK THE RULES ON THIS ONE

I ACTUALLY DABBED LIVE ON MY LOCAL NEWS ONCE

bc i go to a school that just opened up and theres a total of 35 ppl that go there and 8 in my sophomore class, we got interviewed by my local news on like the second or third day of school

u had to show up at 5 am ish and the interview itself was at 6ish

and i didnt want to get interviewed bc its an alternative school adn they were asking WHY we picked that school and it was for semi-personal reasons and????

so i was in the background.

and there was a break in the conversation.

and i did it.

i dabbed.

live.

and i can safely say that maybe half of the population of my town was watching plus some towns around my town

goddamnit thats a lot of ppl

afterwards i got like 7 or 8 snaps on snapchat all saying along the lines of DID U JUST DAB ON THE NEWS???????

and i tell you anon

it was amazing

British people: Remember the 4th May local elections!

All the talk at the moment is obviously about the 8th June general election but most people are also having local elections this Thursday and they’re important as well. So this is just a reminder to check if there is a local election happening in your area so you can get down to vote in it. 

Also if you live in a certain part of Derbyshire you can even vote for me (lucky you), if you live in Wales or Scotland then there is certainly an election in your area, but in England, it depends. You can look here for a list of areas voting: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39500900

this is my own personal list of actions we can take to sustain this resistance. it is personal and small and i am but a wee anxious and depressed 20yo but this is how i see my role.

  • vote. volunteer for your candidate when the time comes. donate. phone bank. knock on doors. reach out and see if the campaign needs anything. there’s something you can do.
  • contact your representatives. call, email, write individual handwritten human letters to your member of congress’s DC office. visit their field office in your district. call, email, and write letters to the field office.
    • repeat this for your state representatives.
    • personally i feel that flooding your senator’s office is less important, but that may be because i’m from california and i trust my senate moms
  • stay updated. know where your representatives stand. i recommend setting up a google alert for your member of congress (and your state representative)(and local city government officials if you wanna get Serious)
  • stay updated x2. connect with facebook/other social media groups that post community/protest/demonstration events in your area. read the local news. find a community organizing group for your community (that sounds hard, but it’s easier than you think - my university’s college democrats club is a great place to meet people involved in community organizing and find out how to contribute)
  • show up. when you can. sometimes it will be hard.
  • if you ever have the good fortune to hold a place of privilege and relative power, use it. do little things. 
  • talk. constantly talk. never stop talking. make everyone hear it. everyone needs to know how important this is to you.
  • protect, respect, and support. your friends, and people you do not know but for whom you care, will have a harder time than you will because of the color of their skin or their country of origin or their citizenship status or a billion other things. protect their rights, respect their experience, and support them even when they’re not there. give emotional support when that’s the only thing you find you have left.
    • be kind. be generous. when you have that which you can give, though it will not always be easy to know when you have something to give and when you don’t, give it. do it. let the energy and solidarity of others who are with you in the struggle fill you up. be moved.

finally, cuz it bears repeating:

  • vote. every election. no matter how small. get informed, show up, and vote. get others registered. make sure they vote too.
  • vote.

anonymous asked:

Hello my Emperor I bring grave news, the hospital I work at has been infiltrated by a chaos worshiper and one who follows Nurgle at that. He is a vile man who smells of rotting live stock carcass. My question is what should I do to get rid of him? I seem to be the only one who knows what he is and if I act against him I will be arrested.

Inform your local Inquisitor, barring that, your local Adeptus Arbite, barring that, any member of the Imperial military or Planetary Defense Force. If none of these are available for any reason, then you have my permission to act however you feel necessary to deal with the threat.

Chaos must never be allowed to gain any foothold in our planets.

Gavlebocken, we hardly knew ye. Truly.

Every year for Advent, the town of Gavle, Sweden, builds a giant Christmas goat out of straw. And every year, arsonists do their best to bring it down.

This time, despite high-tech cameras and two security guards, the goat didn’t even last a full 24 hours.

The Gavlebocken was set up on Sunday afternoon. The Local reports that this year’s statue, and the associated marketing and festivities, cost about a quarter of a million dollars.

This year, it’s the 50th anniversary of the Gavlebocken, so it was a birthday celebration as well as the standard-practice yuletime goat-statue festival.

“But by 11 p.m.,” The Local writes, “it was engulfed in flames.”

Swedish Revelers Get Their Goat — Again — As Holiday Tradition Meets Annual Arson

Photo: Pernilla Wahlman/AFP/Getty Images