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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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Subvert the Global Gag Rule on Abortion by Donating to She Decides

Subvert the Republican global gag rule on abortion by donating to She Decides, an initiative that helps women around the world exercise their reproductive rights.

The Dutch government launched She Decides earlier this year after Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which is better known as the “global gag rule.” First put forward in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, it requires foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to refrain from “perform(ing) or promote(ing) abortion as a family planning method” if they want to receive U.S. funding for family planning programs. “Promoting” is construed to mean the mere discussion of abortion, hence the nickname “global gag rule”–if you want U.S. funds, you can’t even mention the existence of abortion to the people you help.

Since 1984, the global gag rule has come and gone, vanishing when Democratic presidents take office and returning from the dead when Republicans are elected. Trump took an evil, deadly, wrongheaded policy and made it that much more evil, deadly, and wrongheaded by expanding the types of funding that are linked to the global gag rule. Now anti-AIDS and HIV efforts, programs that assist mothers and babies, and other health-related assistance efforts are held hostage as well.

She Decides allows Americans (and indeed, anyone in the world) who wants to push back against the unconscionable effects of the global gag rule by supporting vital programs in developing countries. It channels funds to NGOs that suffer under the Mexico City policy–those that honor and act on straightforward factual information about sexual and reproductive health, and help women exercise the right to choose whether and when to have children, and choose how many they will have.

Donate to She Decides (you can make your contribution in euros or dollars, and you can donate anonymously):

https://www.shedecides.com/the-initiative.html

 

Like the She Decides Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/SheDecidesGFI/

 

Follow She Decides on Twitter:

@SheDecidesGFI

 

 

 

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Expand the Network of Trans-Friendly Bathrooms Across the Country

Do you run a brick-and-mortar business that welcomes trans people who need to use your bathrooms? Join the Safe Bathrooms Club.

The Safe Bathrooms Club is a map of places across America with bathrooms that are safe for trans people. As the good guys fight to ensure that trans people can use their preferred bathrooms, it becomes clearer and clearer how restrictive bathroom laws needlessly and cruelly complicate their lives.

To join, you need to fill out a form that identifies your business and describes what type of bathrooms it has, as well as the signage. That’s it. As of March 31, more than 200 businesses had signed up.

If you don’t run an establishment with trans-friendly bathrooms, you can help in other ways. By wearing an #IllGoWithYou button, you indicate to friends who are trans that you are willing to escort them to a bathroom, or to other heavily gendered spaces that might be hostile to them. You can also purchase and donate #IllGoWithYou buttons.

 

Fill out the Safe Bathrooms Club form to add your business to the map:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffCB20ET3JQPMcoeXUrIySVqyiHsfK68DRPFl_7lBEiRz5CQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

Order an #IllGoWithYou button or sticker:

http://www.illgowithyou.org/get-your-button/

 

Read the Safe Bathrooms Club ‘About’ page:

http://safebathrooms.club/about.html

 

Follow the Safe Bathrooms Club on Instagram:

@safebathroomsclub

 

Read a Rewire story about the creation of the Safe Bathrooms map:

https://rewire.news/article/2016/07/05/one-couple-putting-bathroom-safety-map/

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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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Get Ready. 2018 is Sooner than You Think.

Read this Vox piece on how the Republican party went from a smoking ruin in January 2009 to controlling the House, the Senate, the Presidency, and dozens of state legislatures eight years later.

If they did it, the Democrats can do it. Stepping up and voting in the 2018 midterms will be key.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/3/13976258/midterm-elections-2018-explained

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Learn to Welcome Others to the Movement, Period, Full Stop

In November, New York magazine published a fascinating article that didn’t get the recognition it deserved. Titled Why Some Protests Succeed While Others Fail and filed under its Science of Us blog, the story contained mind-blowing revelations about how best to cultivate and direct the anti-Trump energy that arose after the election.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/11/how-should-trump-protesters-organize-themselves.html

 

First, let’s list the takeaways from the piece, as identified by the writer, Jesse Singal. These boil down to:

Use Trump to draw people in, but don’t make him your lasting focus. Otherwise, your energy and your momentum will evaporate along with him when he goes.

Welcome everyone who wants to protest with you, and make them feel welcome.

Don’t be violent.

The mind-blowing bits appear in the section where Singal discusses the second point, about the value of making people feel welcome. He cites the work of sociologist Ziad Munson, who has studied why people join and become increasingly active in causes such as the pro-life movement. Here are the mind-blowing bits, quoted in full (bold is added by OTYCD):

 

One of the key things he’s found, over and over and over, is that people often get involved in movements without having particularly strong ideological commitments to them.

Take the anti-abortion activists who were the subject of Munson’s book The Making of Pro-life Activists: How Social Mobilization Works. “I went back and I tried to determine what were their beliefs about abortion the first time they were involved in some kind of pro-life activity,” whether a protest in front of a clinic, the March for Life, or whatever else, he explained. “At that moment, only half of them would have considered themselves pro-life.” Moreover, a quarter “would have openly said they were pro-choice.” So why do they get involved? Someone asks them to. In one instance, for example, a woman’s eventually intense, long-term involvement in anti-abortion causes began simply because her doctor, whom she respected a great deal, asked her to come to an event. Prior to that, it just wasn’t something she had thought of.

Why is this mind-blowing? It shows you how much power you have.

Yes, you.

You’re doing so much good work to push back against Trump. You have one more task to add to your To-Do List: Ask someone to join you in pushing back against Trump.

You don’t have to do it thisverysecond. But you should think about who you want to invite, and when, and what you want to invite them to do.

Maybe you ask them to go to a protest with you. Maybe you ask them to go to a League of Women Voters’ meeting with you. Maybe you ask them to phone-bank for a Democratic candidate with you. Maybe you ask them to go to a member of Congress’s next local town hall meeting with you. Maybe you ask them to write and stamp postcards with you.

Whatever works. Whatever makes sense. Just do it.

Then keep doing it. Keep inviting other people–especially those who like you and trust you–to join you in pushing back against Trump.

Keep doing it until Trump is gone and we’ve cleaned up all the wreckage he’ll leave behind.