April 15, 2017

Get energized, get creative

Welcome! It's a long game and the resistance needs all of you. Stay energized and sane because we're in it for the duration.
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R3 for week 12 ending April 14, 2017.

Revel (something celebratory from the past week :: to maintain a sense of accomplishment and gratitude)

Resistance momentum...
In space!
Voter resistance by swinging waaay left (despite not quite winning yet, Kansas) and winning in new places (Illinois). Next up: Georgia.
Official state resistance by re-funding Planned Parenthood (Maryland)...
and by denying a pipeline (New York).
Creative resistance by subverting the process: border wall design bids. Also, just being creative: XyloWall idea (via Wired).


Have you seen this? Hopefully very annoying to 45.


Reflect (something big picture to ponder :: to keep our eyes on the prize and remember why we resist)

The Federal Communications Commission is another agency through which 45’s administration appears to be favoring the rich and their large corporations, and attempting to control the media by eliminating neutral access to information.
Broadband (high speed internet) has become essential for our communication, education, media information, and access to government and other services. On the plus side, this new FCC continues to support extending fast internet service to rural areas, where it lags significantly due to high initial infrastructure costs. On the minus, it may force people to choose between privacy and access.
Unprotecting consumers
The FCC regulates communications, by television, phone, cable, satellite, etc. It has long required telephone companies to protect consumer phone data, and regulated how such data could be used. Broadband was not regulated in this way until last year, when internet service providers (ISPs) were required to notify consumers of data surveillance and to obtain permission from consumers prior to sharing or selling their data. 45's FCC is dismantling these protections.
ISPs can now sell our internet data without our knowledge or permission. They can change or remove privacy policies at any time. They can charge us to keep our data. While controversial within the industry for various reasons, this attack on consumer privacy is extremely unpopular with the people. A HuffPost poll showed opposition by over 80% of voters across party lines. Yet over 200 Republican Representatives and 50 Senators approved the action. Why? Maybe their corporate contributions provide insight. Maybe they're as clueless as this GOP colleague, who said, "Nobody's got to use the internet." Zero democrats voted in support of the rollback.
Oh, and House Republicans used a quirky tactic such that the FCC (the only agency able to protect broadband consumers) is effectively prevented from setting similar protections.
Charging extra for content
45's FCC is next expected to erase “net neutrality," the policy whereby all information or content is equally accessible by anyone accessing the internet. It has been called “the first amendment of the internet.”
The (previous) FCC reclassified broadband as a telecommunications service in 2015, ensuring equal access by all Americans and thus preserving net neutrality. ISPs were thus prohibited from treating any content differently, such as by blocking, throttling (slowing) or charging extra fees for it. Nearly 4 million Americans responded during the public comment period, most in favor of net neutrality. 45's FCC wants to do away with it.
Reversing net neutrality would allow ISPs to charge content providers to deliver their information at a higher, "priority" speed, while nonpaying providers' content loads more slowly. Consumers already pay for access, so this essentially creates a new fee base for ISPs among content providers. Those who do not or cannot pay for priority delivery would likely lose audience and then advertisers. Consumer content would thus become limited as paying providers stifle media competition. Content deals could be handled individually, so different ISPs may end up providing different content. This sounds messy and unfair.
These actions by this Administration extend the lack of trust. Why remove highly regarded consumer protections from a service upon which everyone depends? Again, states are beginning to push back and step in as consumer advocates. Washington state will deploy rules requiring consumer consent for sale of private data by ISPs.

Recharge (a technique to help you energize and focus for the week ahead :: "self care" and creative resistance

What better way to fight burnout than to get outside and be surrounded by others opposing 45 and his Administration!? This week Energize with the Creative Resistance of all of us together.

“The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.” --Hubert H. Humphrey

*April 15th Tax Marches with help from PuppetTrump.com. Get our representatives to demand 45's tax returns.
*April 22nd March for Science (on Earth Day) and by extension, for Truth and Climate Reality.
*April 29th 100th Day rallies with The Peoples' Climate Movement. (The 100th Day may also mark government shutdown over 45's failed budget.)
The power of protest and disruption has been instrumental to Resistance victories. For anyone still wondering, yes protesting can have impact. When not immediately obvious, even subtle changes can be powerful. Our mass actions have helped to control the narrative of this Administration. This month's actions will reassert the Resistance.
Protests and related mass actions serve to:

  • Show that significant numbers of people are willing to express opposition and displeasure, which sends a powerful message to those in power. Collective expressions of dissent by real people with voices and stories show those being protested that they are not serving many of their constituents, and that it will not go unnoticed. Those in support may feel called upon to increase their own efforts. Maybe more on both sides will STAND UP to 45.
  • Demonstrate Solidarity and Strength.
  • Carry messages by demonstrating PAIN inflicted by those in power who often do not understand the true impacts of their actions, and by demanding that authorities be held accountable for their actions when they fail the people.
  • Provide an opportunity to spread information via flyers, posters, speeches.
  • Inspire change through awareness and persuasion: mass gatherings increase cause visibility. Change may begin small and local, but it then raises outside awareness, which may in turn influence broader change, and on up. Ripples...
  • Offer ways for those unable to vote to participate in and strengthen our representative democracy.
  • Show support for those unable or afraid to join in, help them feel SEEN and less alone.
  • Build community, spur activist connections and help to create a more informed citizenry.
  • Inspire voters to VOTE.
  • and Energize the Resistance!


Have fun out there, keep the pressure on, make change.

(Can't make a march? Rogan's List offers plenty of ways to resist.)

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