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Learn from How Italians Ultimately Defeated Silvio Berlusconi

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

 

Trump has been likened to Hitler, Mussolini, and other 20th-century autocrats, but his closest analog is Silvio Berlusconi, the blustering, womanizing media mogul who served as Italy’s prime minister from 1994 to 2001.

 

In this November 2016 New York Times op-ed, Luigi Zingales shows us how to avoid the mistakes of Berlusconi opponents, which had the effect of prolonging his grip on power.

The key point to remember:

 

Attack what Trump does, not who he is. Yes, he’s morally bankrupt. Yes, he’s an awful human being. Yes, he’s unbelievably ignorant. Yes, his view of women is horrific. Yes, his twitter-squawkings are insane. Yes, he looks goddamn ridiculous.

 

If you need to complain about things like that, vent in a private Facebook group, or some other protected space. Empty it from your mind, then go out and shine a light on what he is doing, and explain why what he’s doing is bad.

 

You need to do it in a way that spotlights the consequences of his actions as president, and not on why Trump, the man, is repugnant. The instant you start attacking his character, you make him sympathetic. It’s not fair, but it’s what it is. The anti-Berlusconi crowd made that mistake and got seven years of his rule. Do you want eight years of Trump? Then lay off.

 

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Wear Orange On June 7 For National Gun Violence Awareness Day

This OTYCD piece originally ran in May 2018. It has been updated for 2019.

 

Plan to wear orange on June 7 to support National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and see if there’s a Wear Orange Weekend event near you.

 

The Wear Orange movement is an effort championed by Everytown for Gun Safety, but not started by it. The movement began with those who mourned the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was killed in Chicago in 2013 one week after she participated in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. They donned orange in her honor, and orange became the color of the anti-gun violence movement.

 

Several #WearOrange events have been planned across the country to raise awareness about gun violence and demand a safer world. They include parades, barbecues, rallies, marches, and more.

 

To find an event near you, enter your zip code into the search engine at this link:

https://wearorange.org

 

 

 

And of course you can follow the #WearOrange hashtag on social media.

 

 

See the Wear Orange homepage:

https://wearorange.org

 

 

See the Wear Orange About page:

https://wearorange.org/about/

 

 

Buy merch in the Wear Orange shop:

Wear Orange Collection

 

 

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Believe It, You Matter, Part X: We May Not Get Everything We Want. Keep Fighting Anyway.

This OTYCD post originally ran in August 2018.

 

Believe It, You Matter, Part X: We May Not Get Everything We Want. Keep Fighting Anyway. 

 

You might have noticed that people are pissed about the way things are going. You might be one of those pissed-off people. Team Trump and its shitshow of corruption, cruelty, and pro-bully tactics have spurred millions to do more to push back.

 

A fair number of registered Republicans–including some high-profile ones–have left the party and gone independent. Many folks who were never politically active stepped up after the November 2016 election. They went to protests for the first time in their lives. Same again for phone-banking, knocking on doors, donating to causes and candidates, and calling their members of Congress. A small but heroic number found the courage to run for office.

 

It is unprecedented. It is organic. It might be unique in the history of America. And it should continue as long as Team Trump keeps crazy-assing and the GOP keeps shirking its duties to check Team Trump’s fucked-up, hateful, hurtful actions.

 

But! While we are righteous, motivated, and strong, we could still lose.

 

Take the SCOTUS nomination battle. Team Trump and the GOP are determined to ram their choice through before the midterms. We don’t want that. But because Democratic Senators are in the minority, there’s only so much they can do to stop it.

 

They will do what they can. They will fight. And, as we at OTYCD have asked, you should call your Senators and urge them to fight (if they’re Democrats) or vote no if they’re Republicans. Yes, your Republican Senators probably won’t change their votes, but they need to know their constituents oppose them on this, and will work to vote them out if they move a Trump nominee along.

 

But we could lose this one, and losing this one would be bad. People you love will be hurt by a SCOTUS dominated by hard-right judges. People you love could die as a result of a hard-right SCOTUS decision. You could lose your health insurance. Gerrymandering might get a yellow or green light. Voting rights might be curtailed. Parts of the Constitution that annoy evangelical Christians, greedy corporations, racists, and committed bullies could be muzzled and stomped upon. Democracy could be smothered. [Edited to add: This post was written and queued before the Senate approved Kavanaugh by a 51-49 vote.]

 

The answer is to keep fighting.

 

The only way to stop the SCOTUS from being perverted by hard-right extremists is to elect Democrats to the Senate and keep electing Democrats to the Senate until there are enough of them to control the chamber. And once they control the chamber, you need to defend them so they can keep control of the chamber and stop hard-right extremists from getting on the court.

 

If Democrats controlled the Senate now, they could refuse any nominee who’s stupidly hard-right and continue to refuse until Team Trump puts forward an actual moderate. But they don’t, so they can’t.

 

But if you curl into a ball and quit when the news of InJustice EvilJerk’s swearing-in breaks, we all lose.

 

Same again with the 2018 midterms. Things generally look good right now. But we won’t get absolutely everything we want. Simply from a mathematic standpoint, it’s unlikely that every Democrat wins and every Republican loses. There are too many races, at too many levels. There will be losses, and some of those losses might be tough.

 

Plus, there’s an elephant in the room (or, rather, the polling place). Having successfully messed with the 2016 elections, Russia’s hackers will be keen to try again in November 2018, and Team Trump has yet to order the National Security Agency (NSA) to take the steps needed to defend our country from those attacks.

 

Again, if you curl into a ball and quit when news breaks of, say, Iowa House Rep Steve King’s reelection, we all lose.

 

Yes, rest. Yes, unplug. Yes, take time away. You are allowed to have fun. You are allowed to do things that make you happy. Heck, it’s vital. Drafting and sticking with a self-care routine is one of the most important things you can do.

 

Rest. Recharge. Frolic. Forget for a few hours or days, maybe even weeks. But come back. Always, always come back. We need you.

 

And hey, getting mad is OK, too. Crying is OK. Despairing is OK. Feeling the force of your emotions is OK! But come back. Always, always come back. We need you.

 

Trump will go, but you must not.

 

You’ve got to stay here and carry on the fight.

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Join the National Day of Action to Call For the Full Release of the Mueller Report TODAY, April 4, 2019

Join the National Day of Action to demand the full release of the Mueller Report TODAY, April 4, 2019.

 

MoveOn, the org that led the No One Is Above the Law protests in November 2018, announced they’d call a National Day of Action if U.S. Attorney General William Barr missed Congress’s April 2, 2019 deadline to deliver the Mueller Report to them in full.

 

He blew it, so we’re protesting.

 

Plug your zip code into the link below to see where protests are happening near you:

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/13289/signup/?akid=&zip=&source=

 

Alternately, go to the main MoveOn website for a link to the search page.

 

Important: Don’t assume the protest nearest you will be at the same place that the November 2018 protest was held, and don’t assume it’s happening at the same time, either. Some organizers who hosted a 2018 event are not hosting another, and new protest sites have sprung up as well. Double-check the link, to be sure.

 

See the main webpage for MoveOn.org:

https://front.moveon.org

 

See its About page:

https://front.moveon.org/about/

 

Donate to MoveOn.org:

https://act.moveon.org/donate/civ-donation?utm_source=front&utm_content=nav&source=front_nav

 

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Buy MoveOn.org merch:

https://store.moveon.org/?utm_source=front&utm_content=nav

 

Like MoveOn.org on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/moveon

 

Follow MoveOn.org on Twitter:

@MoveOn

 

 

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Need to Protest? Are Your Feet Itching to March? Check Out Resistance Calendar

Feeling the need to protest? Are your feet itching to march? Just want to know what else is going on? Pull up the Resistance Calendar site and see what’s happening soon near you.

 

The Resistance Calendar lists a wide range of events–not just marches, protests, and rallies.

 

It’ll show you phone-banking events, canvasses, town halls, organization meetings, postcard-writing parties, block walks, interfaith gatherings, brunches, lectures, even bowl-a-thons.

 

It lets you search by date and lets you filter by location from a range of five miles to 500. You can add events as well.

 

It’s so comprehensive that you can look at your own calendar, find the emptier dates, and check Resistance Calendar on those dates to see what it’s got to offer then. Even if you don’t RSVP, you’ll get a good view of what’s happening near you.

 

 

Visit the Resistance Calendar homepage:

http://www.resistancecalendar.org

 

 

Like Resistance Calendar on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/resistancecalendar

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Like Dave Madeloni’s Page on Facebook

Like Dave Madeloni’s Facebook page, where he posts his Images of Resistance.

Madeloni is an educator and journalist from Massachusetts who has been attending the various anti-Trump protests and photographing protest signs.

He posts one per day to his Facebook page under the heading Images of Resistance. As of June 3, he was up to 130 or so.

He captures the witty and the straightforward, the pointed and the poignant, the polished and the proudly home-brewed. It’s refreshing and it’ll make you happy.

Like Dave Madeloni’s page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/dave.madeloni