What can we do to combat fascism?

I don’t know if you noticed this, but so far July has been hard-core this week in Fascism every week.  I think Trump’s people are getting worried that he’s going to lose the election and they’ve been testing the ground they’ve been laying these past three years to see how far they can push.

The first major thing is that secret Federal police have been grabbing protesters off the streets in Portland, Oregon.  They’ve been doing standard other police stuff too like throwing tear gas at peaceful protesters, and randomly beating on people including those with press passes… though unlike the usual police MO, they’ve even been attacking middle-aged white women and white dudes in Navy sweatshirts.  Which is to say, they’re not just attacking the most vulnerable– they’re pushing the limits to attack people who are normally protected.  I suspect they’ve started this in Portland rather than say, Dallas, because they can blame it on Antifa and Liberals rather than risking an actual shootout when some white conservative counter-protester gets hit in cross-fire.  Most recently they’ve backed off of Portland and protests are peaceful again, but he’s been spreading these troops to other cities as well.

Here’s a five calls script to protest authoritarian police practices.  Here’s one to block Trump’s secret police force.

The second major thing is the post office slow-down.  They don’t want us to vote by mail.  It’s that simple.  They want black and brown communities to have to stand in line for hours in unsafe conditions at even slower and more limited than usual polling sites so that many never end up being able to vote while white rural and suburban Trump supporters breeze through.  So the new head of the post office has been instituting postal slow-downs.  The senate has been refusing to give the post office relief for the extra expenses caused by corona even as they bail out large private companies.  The following two threads have more information on current Post office struggles (Celeste_Pewter also has small things you can do for your local post office to make their lives easier and safer.)  But definitely make a phone call about this– it’s nearly free.  Yes, it’s more fun to provide gifts to postal employees (they would like caddies with cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, masks, Gatorade, etc. according to celeste P)  or to buy one of their cool pieces of merchandise (their magic kit is top notch and they have jigsaw puzzles among many other cool things), and you can definitely do that, but sometimes resistance means doing the unpleasant things too.

Here’s a 5-calls script for getting the post office help.

The third major thing is that Trump has been attacking the census.  In addition to earlier defunding and citizenship questions etc., he just signed an executive order prohibiting undocumented immigrants from being and he’s trying to get the census to end early (or technically, not allowing an extension when covid has delayed normal counting activities).

Here’s a message from ipums:

We are writing to urge you to contact your Senators to approve a necessary extension of the 2020 Census.

The Census Bureau requested an extension in April to allow for non-response follow-up and delivering the data amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The White House’s abrupt request for additional funding without an extension is at odds with a full, fair, and accurate Census. This move omits historically undercounted and hard-to-count populations from the data, which will have lasting effects through congressional representation and allocation of federal funds. Read more about the Census Bureau’s plans for the extended timeline and coverage from NPR and the New York Times about the risks of an inaccurate count if the process is rushed.

Revisions to the 2020 Census timeline and budget are slated for inclusion with legislation that provides additional COVID-19 relief. The latest proposal in the Senate allocates additional 2020 Census funding, but not the extended timeline. In contrast, the House of Representative’s HR6800 bill (the HEROES Act) allows for the necessary extension.

Please contact your Senators and ask them to take up and approve HR6800 to give the Census Bureau the necessary time to do their vital work of counting everyone.

Oh, also Trump wants to delay the November election.

I googled “how to fight fascism” and limited to the last month… and there’s not really a whole lot out there.  But there are things we can do on the above issues.

  1.  Use these fivecalls scripts to protest police and secret police using violence to limit our rights to free speech and assembly.   Five calls script to protest authoritarian police practicesFive calls script to block Trump’s secret police force.
  2. Call your senator about saving the post office.  5-calls script for getting the post office help.  There are lots of other small things you can do as well, like asking your local office what they need, providing your post office worker with hand sanitizer and gatorade, buying stuff from the post office store, but while these are warm and fuzzy making and definitely worthwhile, they won’t help as much as government action will.
  3. Call your senators and ask them to take up and approve HR6800 to give the Census Bureau time to count everyone.

What suggestions do you have for fighting Fascism in the US? 

Link Love

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE ACA ENDS ON TUESDAY.  ENROLL NOW!!!  It will last the entire year no matter what happens with the government (absent nuclear war, anyway).

If you are/were a Republican, here’s Evan McMullin’s group that is fighting for bringing decency back to your party and to government.  Mad props to him.  I would really like to get back to arguing about where on the frontier we should be based on our beliefs about redistribution and less with the worrying about destroying the world.

Trump has a conflict of interest with controversial pipelines.  Also he’s tripling his hotel locations.

Rogue government twitter accounts.  Death Valley tweeting about internment camps.

If you are a federal employee, here’s some advice for how to deal with inappropriate orders from above.  Hint:  DOCUMENT everything.

What we can learn from Canada’s battle with an anti-science government.

There’s gonna be a scientists’ march on washington.

One thing you can do to support science.

Last time there was a voting fraud inquiry.  (Hint:  Fascism!)

More fascism . Did we mention fascism?

White house secretary attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds because he’s a fascist.

80s Nazis

Responsibilities of privilege.

I am fighting now when it only takes my time and money and nudging people so I don’t have to find out if I’m the kind of person who would risk my life and my family’s safety to save the persecuted.  More on the Seventh Cross book mentioned in the tweet stream.

Holocaust victims turned away from the US.  A story of many who were rescued.  The contrast highlights the duality discussed above with the two links in the previous bit.  I hope I never ever have to find out if I’m the kind of person who would keep my head down while people are taken or a hero.  Mainly because that would mean horrible things are happening, but also a small part because I’m afraid of the answer.  #neveragain

How to stay outraged without losing your mind.  We’ll have a post later this week or next that talks about why we think it’s ok (and still sane) to go broad instead of deep, but the rest of the advice is good.

I signed up for Swingleft.  Though I bet (HOPE) in 2 years it’s going to be more than just those districts that are going to be vulnerable.

Federal Anti-Abortion bill.

It should not be surprising that Trump’s government looks like a badly run business.  Of course, badly run businesses can also look like fascism, so…

www.alternativefacts.com

Sales of 1984 surge.

Trump brings his own applause track wherever he goes.

Politicians are refusing to talk to constituents and having them escorted out by police, then closing up shop and not answering the phones

Advice for how to meet with members of congress.  If you can get an appointment.

Difficult things

A black female astrophysicist explains why Hidden Figures isn’t just about history.

College scholarships are good for outcomes.

Clinical trials

What she gained from giving up 50% of her income to debt payment.

Effects of maternity leave on employment.

This is a cute model

More math is good!

Adventures in leadership

An online guide to afternoon tea.  (We got some after the womens’ march!)

pink kittens

#cuteanimaltweetoff