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Save This Tool for Tracking All the Laws and Executive Orders Trump Signs in 2017

It feels like Trump and his administration have been more active than a birthday party full of eight-year-olds hopped up on sugar and caffeinated soda and itching for a swing at the piñata.

Pinning down and understanding every law and executive order Trump has signed so far is almost a full-time job, but the team at Vice are up to the task.

Bookmark this web article that is tracking all the laws and executive orders Trump signs in 2017.

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/all-the-laws-and-executive-orders-trump-has-signed-so-far

The Vice staff have done a capital job of identifying each bill and executive order Trump signs and putting them in a larger context, stating plainly what each will do, and who they will effect. It also includes relevant links to related Vice stories.

 

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Read About What Makes Trump Look Bad to Red and Purple State Voters

Read this January thinkprogress.org piece on what truth about Trump makes him look bad to voters in red and purple states.

The Center for American Progress polled more than 1,000 voters in 14 states that tilt toward Trump and found that many have problems with the idea of Trump’s businesses taking money from foreign governments while he serves as president.

Specifically, the article states, “Seventy-one percent of voters in red or purple states think that Trump should not be allowed to receive payments from foreign governments through his businesses while he is President… Of voters who said that Trump shouldn’t be allowed to receive foreign payments while president, 54 percent said that Congress should take action to prevent it.”

The tangle of Russia scandals remain important, and we should never lose sight of the need to find out just what is going on there. But Trump’s ongoing violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution carries weight, too, and we should press for a solution that ensures that he does not profit from the office of the presidency while he is serving.

https://thinkprogress.org/voters-think-trump-should-stop-getting-foreign-money-9a945b0f60f9#.r5jyuha64

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Save This Tool: whatdoidoabouttrump.com

Bookmark What Do I Do About Trump, a clearing house of resistance resources.

Many anti-Trump lists, sites, services, and social media accounts have sprung up since the election. Most are good, but some are better.

What Do I Do About Trump, an all-volunteer effort, stands out for its depth and breadth. It’s the digital equivalent of a Trump resistance supermarket, except it’s a supermarket where half the aisles are full of cool stuff you heard of once and forgot about, or had no idea existed.

The site also stands apart from its competitors for offering two dedicated sections of note:

Inspiring Friends, which explicitly recognizes the value of recruiting your friends to join you in your activism

Protect Yourself, which gives you resources on how to protect yourself “if some of Trump’s campaign promises become reality”.

Fair warning: Set aside an afternoon and get your bookmarking finger ready. You’ll be disappearing down the rabbit hole, in a good way.

 

Visit the whatdoidoabouttrump site:

http://whatdoidoabouttrump.com

 

Like whatdoidoabouttrump on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WhatDoIDoAboutTrump

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@WDIDAboutTrump

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Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives

FWIW: This is the first-ever post to OTYCD, uploaded on January 7, 2017.

Before you can start pushing back against Trump, you need to know who represents you in Congress.

Find out who your Congressional representatives are by plugging your zip code and your state into this web site:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

This web site is better for learning who stands for you in the House of Representatives (plug in your zip code and it will narrow the choices to two. The name that seems more familiar to you is probably your House rep):

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Once you have pinned down your two Senators and your House Rep, pull up their web pages. Scroll to the bottom. If their offices aren’t listed there, go to the Contact page and find them.

Pick the state office that is closest to you (*NOT the Washington D.C. one).

Find the phone number for that office.

Put it in your phone.

Repeat for your other two representatives.

Done!

* You can put the Washington, D.C. numbers in your phone, but call them last. You are far more likely to reach a real person if you call the district offices.

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Support the Work of Sleeping Giants, Which Is Picking Off Breitbart’s Advertisers, One By One

Enlist in the Sleeping Giants army, which has convinced more than 1,500 advertisers to abandon the disgusting right-wing site Breitbart.com.

Sleeping Giants appeared in the wake of the 2016 election and aims to cut off the lifeblood that sustains the hateful Breitbart.com site–advertising.

Anyone with a Twitter account can help their cause. Warning: It does require you to visit the Breitbart.com site. (But don’t go straight there, or else your search history will be tainted by the Breitbart visit. Open an incognito window first. If you don’t know how to do this, follow these instructions.)

Once there, take a screenshot of an ad next to their odious content. (Make sure to get both!)

Tweet the screenshot at the company behind the ad with a polite note asking them to stop advertising on Breitbart.

Repeat as often as you can stand it.

 

See Sleeping Giants’s confirmed list of advertisers who have left Brietbart.com due to its efforts (as of March 17, 1,594 companies had pulled out):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i9o8CR_kjJ6mBd44k6CRZEhlXuZqq-XCCOoj-e8RJ7Q/edit#gid=0

 

Read the Sleeping Giants FAQ:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14xnkluiAdVqT-KmwcZRJs4U0wia9TIBRzPaUaGVCqRU/edit

 

Follow Sleeping Giants on Twitter:

@slpnggiants

 

Like its Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/slpnggiants/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Read George Lakoff’s ‘Don’t Think of An Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate’ 10th Anniversary Edition

Stop whatever it is you’re doing, get a copy of the 10th anniversary edition of Don’t Think of an Elephant! by George Lakoff, clear your schedule, and read it. If you already own it, reread it and refresh yourself on it. Do not stop rereading it until you are fully fluent in its concepts. If you are fluent in its concepts, buy and give the book to someone else who isn’t.

Lakoff is a cognitive scientist and linguist. He knows what the rest of us know all too well: left-leaning folks suck at messaging. Unlike the rest of us, he has solid ideas about how to fix it.

In one slim, elegant volume, Lakoff lays out what the right-leaning folks are doing successfully; why they are successful; and what we can learn from them.

Best of all, he shows how left-leaning values are American values and gives us all hope that we can reclaim the national debate by reframing the national debate. It’s doable. It won’t be easy, but it is doable.

While there’s too much to summarize, a big thing to remember is to flatly refuse to embrace and repeat language popularized by right-wingers. Using their language validates the screwy ideas they embody. We need to devise and repeat our own language,  and it can’t just be a mess of talking points–it has to spring from an authentic, cohesive worldview. Conveniently, Lakoff shows how the left does in fact have one, and he talks about how to articulate and defend it.

This is a direct order: Read Don’t Think of an Elephant! and make it the engine that drives your activism.

Buy the 10th anniversary edition of Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate through Powell’s (this is the 2014 edition):

http://www.powells.com/book/dont-think-of-an-elephant-10th-anniversary-edition-know-your-values-frame-the-debate-9781603585941/62-0

Read Lakoff’s blog:

https://georgelakoff.com/blog/

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/George-Lakoff-Official-165643503477608/

Follow him on Twitter:

@GeorgeLakoff

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Read How to Convince Someone When Facts Fail

Read this January Scientific American column by Michael Shermer on how to convince someone when facts fail.

Once upon a time, everyone agreed that you can have your own opinions, but you can’t have your own facts. Sadly, companies such as Fox News learned to make mad profits off of selling people a set of facts that just plain feels better to them than the reality that the rest of the news media reflects.

Twenty-one years later, we’re in an ugly situation where Fox News finds itself beset by upstarts that pander even more blatantly to what a subset of people want to believe, regardless of whether it’s accurate or true.

Talking to true believers is tough, and maddening. Getting through to them is even harder. Shermer, a professional skeptic and publisher of Skeptic magazine, discusses the phenomenon and has good advice on how best to handle it.

Read his column on how to convince someone when facts fail:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-convince-someone-when-facts-fail/

*Full disclosure: One of us at OTYCD was active in the skeptic movement in the 1990s and met and worked with Shermer on several occasions.