Monthly Archives: November 2017

Calls to Kill Trump’s Tax Scam

This Tax Plan is insane. It’s going to hurt all of us. People who are sick, grad students, kids, anyone who isn’t a millionaire. I’m making calls right now to voters in Arizona, patching them through to Jeff Flake’s office. You can get connected to folks in key states that could stop the bill by using Indivisible Guide’s tool linked below. It takes less than 5 min to get set up and we need as much help as we can get!

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That’s Jennifer Flynn Walker getting yelled at by Lindsey Graham, “Can you get this lady out of my hair?” It’s a lot easier for Senators like Graham to take away our healthcare to pay for a corporate tax cut if we would just “Go away.” Be like Jen, don’t go away. Keep calling!
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Colored cellophane stained glass.

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Senate GOP tax bill hurts the poor more than originally thought, CBO finds

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office translates the GOP tax message: Lay down and die to give the rich their tax cut.

“By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries, according to the CBO’s calculations. (In the CBO table below, negative signs mean people in those income brackets pay less in taxes). The main reason the poor get hit so hard in the Senate GOP bill is because the poor would receive less government aid for health care.”
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As Elana Levin says, “If white people don’t address racism around the dinner table than we are leaving that work to people of color to do. And that’s not fair. Our relatives are more likely to listen to us than anyone else and there are tested ways to do this. So check out these resources.”

I’d add this tip from Jesse Alexander Myerson on how to talk to family members, “talk about their lives and their stories and what they’re afraid of and angry about and what breaks their heart and who they blame for it and what they take joy and hope in — not their opinions of Hillary Clinton.”

Also I think it’s important to be fully aware that you’re not going to share the perfect talking point or explainer article that will forever transform a loved one brainwashed by 24/7 propaganda being poured into their brains. But in the face of that massive coordinated media effort by some of the biggest companies in the world with billions and billions of dollars behind it, our best hope (slim as it is) in the fight is the real-life relationships we have that are based in shared history and love.

Starting a conversation now is about making a long-term commitment to do the difficult emotional, empathetic work of relationship building and repair over time, to go through the painful process of trying and maybe failing, and then doing the difficult work of trying again anyway.

And I’ll be interested to hear how it goes!

Some great video resources and articles below to get started (h/t Jeronimo Saldaña from Archana Sahgal), and if anyone else has anything to share, please leave them in the comments!

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Leading Trump Census pick causes alarm

The 2020 Census might be put in the hands of Thomas Brunell, an inexperienced professor who wrote a book titled “Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America.”

You know how some people comfort themselves into thinking change is inevitable because of the changing demographics of America? What about when ongoing efforts to suppress minority votes combine with a systematic effort to even further under-represent minorities? Trump can make the pick for deputy director of the Census unilaterally, without Senate confirmation.

“After the 2010 census, Brunell testified or wrote a report in support of GOP redistricting efforts in Alabama, South Dakota, South Carolina and New Mexico. In North Carolina, where GOP leaders drew congressional districts that were ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court for unfairly discriminating against black North Carolinians, he wrote a report on behalf of the state analyzing the extent of racially polarized voting in 51 North Carolina districts. In Ohio, he wrote a report in opposition to expanded early voting.

“If Brunell is installed in a top Census Bureau job, “there are tons of little things he could be doing to influence what the final count looks like,” said the former high-ranking Commerce official. “The ripple effect on reapportionment would be astounding.”

“Beyond its impact on elections, the decennial census directs the destination of hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funds each year.”

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It’s one of those days when I’m having extreme emotional reactions to graphs. Here’s the latest one: employers steal more than twice as much from workers than larceny, burglary, robbery, and car theft COMBINED.

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