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Poll shows Americans voted for Trump out of “fear of diversity”

  • Racial resentment drove supporters of President Donald Trump to vote for him in November more than any other factor, new research shows.
  • Political researchers Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel published a report in the Nation in March detailing their latest study on what motivated Trump voters to go to the polls.
  • Their findings, which mirror similar reports showing racial bias among Trump supporters, illustrate an inherent fear or anger about perceived threats of increasing diversity, compelling many to vote for Trump. Read more (4/14/17 11:15 AM)

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After 32 years in the House of Representatives, here is my advice on how people opposed to President Donald Trump’s assault on our basic values — a majority of those who voted last November — can best influence members of Congress. 

Done the right way, communications from citizens can have a significant impact on legislators, even when they claim to be immune to “pressure.” (“Pressure,” in legislative jargon, is the expression of views with which legislators disagree, as opposed to “public opinion” — the term used for sentiments that reinforce their own.)

The key to doing it right is being clear about the goal, which is to persuade the Senator or Representative receiving the communication that how he or she votes on the issue in question will affect how the sender will vote the next time the legislator is on the ballot.

This means the following:

Make sure you’re registered to vote — lawmakers check.

Many office holders will check this, especially for people who write to them frequently. Elected officials pay as much attention to those who are not registered to vote as butchers do to the food preferences of vegetarians.

Lawmakers don’t care about people outside of their district.

You can only have an impact on legislators for or against whom you will have a chance to vote the next time they run. In almost all cases, this means only people in whose state or district you live. Senators or representatives whose names will not be on the ballot you cast are immune to your pressure. There is a small set of exceptions — representatives who want to run for a statewide office in the next election will be sensitives of voters throughout their states.

Your signature — physical or electronic — on a mass petition will mean little.

You are trying to persuade the recipient of your communication that you care enough about an issue for it to motivate your voting behavior. Simply agreeing to put your name on a list does not convey this. I have had several experiences of writing back to the signer of a petition to give my view on an issue only to be answered by someone who wondered why I thought he or she cared.

The communication must be individual. It can be an email, physical letter, a phone call or an office visit. It need not be elaborate or eloquent — it is an opinion to be counted, not an essay. But it will not have an impact unless it shows some individual initiative.

Know where your representative stands. 

If you have contact with an organization that is working on this issue, try to learn if the recipient of your opinion has taken a position on it. When I received letters from people urging me to vote for a bill of which I was the prominent main sponsor, I was skeptical that the writer would be watching how I voted.

Communicate — even if you and your representative disagree.

On the other hand, even where you are represented by people whom you know oppose you on an issue, communicate anyway. Legislators do not simply vote yes or no on every issue. If enough people in a legislator’s voting constituency express strong opposition to a measure to which that legislator is ideologically or politically committed, it might lead him or her to ask the relevant leadership not to bring the bill up. Conflict avoidance is a cherished goal of many elected officials.

Say “thank you.”

If your Representative and Senators are committed to your causes, you should write or call to thank them — not frequently, but enough for them to feel reinforced.

Enlist the help of friends in other districts.

Your direct communication with legislators outside your voting area will have no impact. But you do have friends, relatives, associates etc. Find out who the potentially influenceable legislators are on issues of prime importance to you, think about people you may know in their constituencies, and ask those who share your views to communicate with those who represent them. On an extremely important issue, get out the list to who you mail holidays cards or important invitations and ask them to communicate with their legislators.

To repeat the essence of point 5, if a legislator who you might have expected to vote differently — e.g. a Republican who votes no on a Trump priority — votes as you have urged, send a thank you. 

— Barney Frank, former Democratic representative for Massachusetts. Read more

100 days of Trump brings no regrets from supporters — and people of color are paying for it

One of the more remarkable things about Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president is how comfortable his supporters are with what he has done. An ABC News/Washington Post poll published Sunday found that 96% of people who voted for Trump in November still believe it was “the right thing to do.” Only 2% regret it.

This remains the case after what seems — by most standards — to have been a disastrous and embarrassing first three months. Trump’s failures have been legion. His vows to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act went up in flames after Republicans couldn’t agree on the terms of the replacement, even though they’d had seven years to put it together. His promises to “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders and special interests have deflated beneath his cabinet of far-right politicians and corporate billionaires.

Trump’s staff has been roiled by evidence that members colluded with the Russian government to sway the election. His attempts to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S. have been blocked by federal judges. More people marched to protest his election than attended his inauguration. His military actions have shown little evidence of a coherent foreign policy vision, amounting to superficial shows of “strength” that claimed the lives of at least 20 civilians and one Navy SEAL.

But we’d be mistaken to judge Trump by these metrics if we want to understand his success. To get why Trump’s supporters care so little about his fumbles, it’s important to understand what they value. The evidence tells a clear story. The New York Times general election exit polls published in November identified the two areas Trump voters said were especially important to them: immigration and terrorism. 

In these areas, the president has delivered exactly what he promised: an aggressive and often performative crackdown on ethnic minorities aimed at punishing their existence and reminding them that they are not welcome in the United States. Read more (4/27/17)

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As a former member of Congress representing New York’s 3rd congressional district, I want to chime in. I’ve seen activism from both ends — as an ordinary citizen and an elected official — and I’ve seen what works and specific actions we can all take that will truly resonate.

1. Show up

I recently recorded a video for Mic about the most effective action you can take to influence your lawmakers. To sum it up: In 2010, we saw the Tea Party quickly rise to power across the country as the Affordable Car Act was being considered. I remember some of my colleagues in Congress reporting back to me that they had held town halls, which usually attracted maybe 20 constituents, and walked into rooms filled with hundreds or even thousands of people. I saw for myself when I held a town hall on Obamacare and had to answer to hundreds of constituents asking me questions about the legislation.

You may not agree with their politics, but the Tea Party was effective in getting members of Congress to answer their questions and consider their opinions.

My call to you: Show up to events that your local congressperson or senator (on both the state and federal level) are hosting. Don’t know how to find that information? Call 202-224-3121 and asked to be connected to your member of Congress or senator. Ask them when their next public event is. Then show up and ask them why they voted a certain way, voice your support if you agree with what they’re doing, tell them why you disagree if you don’t agree with how they voted.

2. Join a civic organization

Yes, I likely have many years on you. I remember a time when there was no such thing as a home computer, never mind the internet. We are so much more powerful these days. We have access to an incredible amount of knowledge and can be part of networks without even leaving our couch. But, this is also a disadvantage. We don’t talk to each other face to face, and we hide behind a screen that allows us to retreat into our corners.

My call to you: Join an organization. Maybe it’s a church, synagogue or mosque. Maybe it’s a volunteer group. Maybe it’s a political organization or maybe it’s simply a book club. Talk to new people. Get to know what scares them and what motivates them. Don’t let the bullying and name calling that dominates public discourse detract from your own humanity. We need more opportunities to connect with each other in our increasingly polarized country.

3. Learn about how the government works

According to an Annenberg Public Policy survey done in 2015, only 31% of Americans can name all three branches of our government. There’s hardly a statistic that scares me more. We can do all the yelling and opining we want, but if we don’t understand how our government works, how can we expect to affect any positive change? Imagine an electrician showing up to your house who doesn’t know how the wiring works.

My call to you: Educate yourself! Re-read our Constitution, understand what it is our Founding Fathers were creating, know which branch controls which function of government. Read books like George Orwell’s 1984 or Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 to understand the warnings they share. We are all affected by government and laws at every level in our daily lives (Did you drive on roads today? See a law enforcement officer patrolling?). It’s imperative we understand its inner workings.

4. Devote half an hour every day to reading diverse sources of news

I get it. Reading news can be hard these days. In fact, it seems hard to separate fact from fiction. But Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” We cannot expect to hold the president and Congress accountable if we don’t know what they’re doing.

My call to you: Read the news. Devote a half an hour a day. Diversify your sources, but stick to real journalism. Avoid overly partisan rants on both sides.  Get the facts. Support our journalists — their jobs are more important than ever.

5. Vote!

This is a no-judgement zone, but I must ask: Did you vote this past November? Only 55% of Americans did. And that number gets even lower when we look at years in which there’s no presidential election. In 2014, only 36.4% of Americans took the time to make their voices heard. And we’re worse off because of it. Even though we only vote for a president every four years, we vote for state and local officials, congressmen and women and maybe your senator or governor on other years. Make sure you’re voting whenever there’s an election. All elections matter.

My call to you: In 2018, there will be a midterm election. Every member of Congress will be up for reelection, as well as many senators. Make sure you vote. Make sure your voice is heard. There’s nothing more important you can do as a citizen.

— Former Congressman Steve Israel, Read more

[2016 Presidential Election Turnout Rate:
46.9% Didn’t Vote
25.6% Voted for Clinton
25.5% Voted for Trump
1.7% Voted for Johnson]

Hey guys

You see this shit right here?

“Oh I just wasn’t excited about Hillary”

“I just didn’t feel the candidates”

“My vote doesn’t matter anyway”

More than the people that voted for Stein or Johnson. More than the people who voted for Trump.

You know what swayed the election? The people who just decided not to vote.

So I want you to, right now, start saying this to yourself:

The person who wins the Democratic Primary will not align 100% with my views

They will believe things I’m not completely okay with

They won’t support everything I want them to support

They won’t be without flaws

They won’t be without past mistakes

And despite all of this

I will vote for them anyway

There are too many people whose vote are being actively blocked for you to just decide not to vote

There are too many people whose lives depend on you voting out Republicans for you not to vote

There are too many people who won’t even make it to 2020 because of what’s currently happening for you to decide voting just doesn’t matter

And I don’t want you to just repeat this mantra for 2020

I want you to make 2018 the biggest midterm election ever recorded.

I want you to make the Republicans shit their pants when they see the lines and lines of people voting on Tuesday November 6th, 2018

I want you to start right now making sure that everyone around you has everything in order to be able to vote in 2018 because the Republicans are actively working to make sure that people can’t vote

That’s how they work. They only win when the vote is suppressed. And they know that.

Fuck. Them. Up.

Truth Through The Lies

Come on guys! Why do you keep doing this to yourselves? Every time something new comes out, some in this fandom forget everything else we’ve learned, and have a full fledged freak out. I honestly don’t think the situation is as bad as the narrative leads us to believe.

I have avoided saying this, because it sounds awful, but it’s the truth, so I’m going to say it…The Entertainment Industry, as a whole, but especially the Music Industry turns their artists into professional liars. The Artists don’t lie to us because they want to, they do it because they have to.

Here’s the honest truth. In the Music Industry, the only thing that’s important, even more important than the music, is the narrative and Image of the Artist. The Industry has proven time and time again, that talent isn’t everything. There have been plenty of money made by artists, that in all honesty, couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. Yet, they become successful money makers, because of the Image and the narrative sold to the public.

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This is how it is: Trump gets sworn in January 20th. We’ve still got 2.5-ish months under the Obama Administration. Between now and then there’s the chance to make a media circus out of Donald Trump’s upcoming sexual assault trial, creating more friction between him and his party, giving us at least a little breathing room in congress. He’s appointing three new judges this term, so checks and balances (which weren’t really adjusted well for a two-party system) won’t be in good working condition for the Democrats (which counts third-party and non-voters and basically any minority because welcome to reality). 

So first thing: fight for that media circus. House reps will do ANYTHING for reelection. Friction within the party will force them to pick sides.

Second thing: VOTE IN 2018. Mid-term elections are a thing. ALL 435 SEATS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE CONTESTED. Go out and VOTE. We can win back the house. That’s one victory we sorely need. 33/100 SEATS OF SENATE WILL BE CONTESTED. We can win that back, too. 38 GOVERNORSHIPS WILL BE CONTESTED. If your county’s red, time to turn that around. VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH, 2018.

The clock is ticking guys.

The calls, emails, and protests are working!

The jackass that proposed that “sell off 3.3 million acres of public land” bill is withdrawing it!

  • Also, at UC Berkley protesters forced them to cancel a previously scheduled speech by that Milo nazi
  • The Dems are finally starting to show some backbone. They successfully delayed 3 confirmations by a day by boycotting the hearing entirely. The Republicans had to change the parliamentary rules so they could approve the nominees without them being present, but it’s a sign that Dems just might finally be listening to their constituents
  • As of this moment, all Dems are voting against Betsy Devos AND two GOP Senators. Only one more GOP Senate vote is needed, and Betsy DeVos will not be confirmed!
  • Jeff Sessions confirmation is delayed again–because GOP thinks they might need him on the Senate to vote for DeVos
  • Trump walked back a planned executive order on LGBTQ rights, announcing that Obama’s protections for federal LGBTQ employees would stand (for now) after massive pushback
  • Trump also walked back a portion of his Muslim ban. Green card holders are now exempt. And we all already know about the states, cities, corporations, and individuals now suing him over it.
  • Harley Davidson cancelled a scheduled visit from him because they didn’t want the bad press.
  • The House Intelligence Committee has now launched its own investigation into possible collusion between Trump and Russia
  • Representatives are actually talking about the volume of calls, emails, and protests at their offices. We are actually getting through to them!
  • Trump continues to be embroiled in scandal. It’s coming out that the recent raid in Yemen that got an 8 year old girl and Navy SEAL killed was based on faulty intelligence that Obama originally vetoed. Trump went with it (and there’s evidence that Bannon and his son-in-law were there for the decision) and people are dead. In fact, it’s coming out that even more women and children were killed during the raid than originally reported.
  • And all across the country, people are in the streets every single day. I know I am. We need to keep the pressure on our Representatives. Your calls, voice mails, and letters are making a difference. Your LOUD and VISIBLE dissent are making a difference.

But don’t forget the most important part! Register to vote NOW before the GOP starts rolling out new laws to make it more onerus. And don’t stop with you. Make sure all your friends and family are registered. These bureaucratic things take time so DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE ELECTION TO REGISTER TO VOTE. And when November 2018 comes around DO NOT VOTE ALONE. Take at least 5 people to the polls with you. Order your mail-in ballots early, and make a night of filling them out together. Don’t just pick your friends/family who already vote. Talk to the ones who never want to talk about politics. We’ve got to get as many people as possible!


Donald Trump’s latest lie about vote fraud questions a sitting senator’s legitimacy

  • President Donald Trump is now questioning the legitimacy of a sitting senator’s election victory, according to a report from Politico.
  • It’s well known that the president of the United States is convinced that he lost the popular vote in November because 3 million people voted illegally — though they didn’t
  • But now it appears that, for the first time, he is explicitly calling into question the legitimate election of a current member of Congress. Read more. (2/11/17, 8:41am) 
how could one ever choose between them?

Hillary Clinton: is currently under investigation for using a private email server

Donald Trump: called Mexicans rapists, tried to claim Obama was born in Kenya, claimed that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama created ISIS, proposed a ban on an entire religion from entering the US, was accused by 12 women of committing sexual assault, asked ‘second amendment folks’ to take care of his opponent, mocked a disabled reporter, praised Putin and other totalitarian leaders, bragged about walking backstage at beauty contests to watch the contestants get changed, bragged about not paying income tax, didn’t pay income tax for 18 years, said he might not accept the results of the election if he loses, lost a billion dollars in one year, claims the polls are rigged when he’s losing, refuses to release his tax returns, used money from his fake foundation to buy a 6 foot painting of himself, lied about funding his own campaign, said he could shoot someone on 5th avenue and wouldn’t lose any supporters, said John McCain wasn’t a war hero because he was captured, cheated on his wives, bragged about grabbing women by the p***y, said some of the women accusing him of sexual assault weren’t attractive enough for him to commit sexual assault, questioned whether an Indiana born judge could do his job fairly because his parents were of Mexican descent, wants to throw his opponent in jail, claims Hillary wants to introduce 600-650 million immigrants into the country in a week when the current population is only 320 million, is awaiting a trail for fraud in November, created a fake university to scam people, called global warming a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, wants to make Mexico build and pay for a wall they don’t want, encouraged violence at his rallies, declared bankruptcy 6 times, kicked a black supporter out of his rally because he assumed he was a protestor, supported the invasion of Iraq, would not say whether he treats women with respect, wants to give nuclear weapons to more countries, mocked a disabled reporter, wants to implement “stop and frisk”, humiliated the parents of a fallen solider, said women should be punished for having abortions, referred to his opponent as a nasty woman, encouraged his supporters to vote on November 28th, illegally solicited contributions for his ‘foundation’, said on multiple occasions that it is important to be “unpredictable” with nuclear weapons, tweeted at 3am telling people to check out a sex tape, is threatening to sue the women accusing him of sexual assault, has referred to multiple women as slobs, pigs and dogs, publicly ranks women from 1-10 based on looks, had a twitter war with Cher, is endorsed by the KKK, wants to become best friends with Putin, had a lawsuit filed against him for raping a 13 year old girl but most importantly:  has blatantly denied most, if not all of these things

MAY 18: Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)

Jeanette Rankin went from a small town Montana girl to a staunch women’s rights activist and the very first woman to ever be elected to U.S. Congress! It was on this day in 1973 when she passed away at the age of 93.

One of Jeannette’s most quotable quotes was “I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won’t be the last.” (x).

Jeannette was born in Missoula, Montana on June 11, 1980. Her mother was a schoolteacher and her father was a Scottish-Canadian immigrant who worked as a carpenter. As the eldest of six children, Jeannette spent her childhood helping to raise her younger siblings and laboring on the Rankin family’s ranch. It was her experience of doing equal work as her brothers but receiving unequal recognition and respect that would become the foundation of her feminist identity. Originally graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Biology, she then enrolled in the New York School of Philanthropy to study social work. It was in New York when Jeannette first became involved in the American suffrage movement and when she became politically awakened.

In February of 1911, Jeannette became the first woman to speak before the Montana legislature when she gave a speech advocating for women’s suffrage. She and her fellow suffragists would work hard for two more years before Montana finally granted women full voting rights in November of 1914. In 1916, Jeannette changed history by running and winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives; she was the first woman to serve in Congress in U.S. history! After running a grassroots campaign from Montana train stations and street corners, she was officially elected on November 7, 1916. Throughout her political career, Jeannette was a notable pacifist and champion of women’s rights. She famously voted against America’s entry into both World War I and World War II (she was the ONLY member of Congress to vote against entering World War II).

Waving in front of a campaign car draped in a banner that reads, “NO MORE WAR,” Jeannette not only talked the pacifist talk but she also walked the walk (x).

Jeannette never married and is generally understood to have been a lesbian. After her first college stint at the University of Montana, she took a teaching job in the town of Whitehall, only to be booted from the position after she was discovered to be in a romantic relationship with another woman. The details of the incident are unknown; in the Rankin family’s letters, it is only ever referred to as “Jeannette’s embarrassment.” She went on to have a brief relationship with the journalist Katherine Anthony, but the two eventually separated and simply remained lifelong friends. Despite the few short-lived affairs, Jeannette dedicated her life to social justice work. One of her last public appearances was a 1968 march in Washington D.C. where she led over 5,000 women in protest of the Vietnam War. When she passed away on May 18, 1973, she left her entire estate to the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund in hopes it would support “mature, unemployed women workers.”


sirepotato  asked:

I just feel like I need to talk to someone about this and I can't where I'm at. Lately it feels like America is going back in time. I thought we were making progress but then I see the news and posts on the Internet on some new horrible things that happened. Events similar from history textbooks are making a comeback... and people have the nerve to say nothing's wrong and I'm just complaining. I hope we push past these injustices.

It is scary. But don’t get discouraged.

Whenever we make a lot of progress and change in our society it can be scary, upsetting, or alarming to people. Sometimes these feelings are malicious. But not always.
Many people simply don’t understand what’s happening… They’re sheltered, don’t live in an inclusive or diverse area, etc. So they see all these changes and just see the life they knew and understood going away.
To me, the people whose anger isn’t fueled by malicious reasons will change and gain understanding over time as they see the changes they resisted weren’t so scary after all.

Two steps forward, one step back.

A big, and simple, way to help change move along is how we deal and react to people who are against the social change we seek.
Now, trolls online who are out to be rude and offensive are not who I’m talking about.

I’m talking about your co-workers, your mom, your neighbor. Don’t be rude or dismissive about what they have to say…. And this isn’t because you agree with them or what they say is valid. But it’s because when we’re rude or dismissive people check out and hunker down in their convictions. They mentally leave the conversation and look for comfort with other like minded people.

We can’t convince people of anything if they’re not in the room to hear what we have to say.

I’m actually really proud of the fact that over time I’ve helped change my mom from being a life long republican and pro-lifer into a pro-choice woman (based in her Christian convictions that we can’t know and judge someone and only Jesus can know someone’s heart and struggles) who voted for Hillary last November. But I didn’t do it by insulting her or dismissing what she felt.

We’ll keep fighting for progress and we’ll meet with resistance. That’s normal. Change is hard.
But we’ll keep doing it anyways.

Sometimes change is slow in coming. But it’ll come. Stay strong and don’t feel too down as there are hundreds of millions throughout the world who are like minded.

Remember net neutrality? That vital, democratic framework for keeping the internet open to everyone? You fought with us to introduce it as the law of the land, and then you fought with us again to make sure sure Congress didn’t undo it.

And now there’s been an update: Today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the FCC’s proposed rules for internet providers. It’s an important milestone for permanently protecting the internet you know and love. 

You had a big hand in making this happen, Tumblr. Congrats.

The fight’s not over just yet. This could still go to the Supreme Court. Something to keep in mind when you vote this November, and something we’ll keep you updated on as the situation develops.