I love this image of Beyonce so much. It's badass. Alas, I don't know the photographer's name. I plucked this off of FB and well, they weren't credited there. If you know who the photographer is, please let me know and I'll give credit. Anyway, I'm adding a new section to Feminist Monday. It's a call to action. We need to be not only more vocal now but more active. We cannot just sit back and bitch about how much things suck. Too many people's lives depend upon our not backing down. We cannot accept White Supremacy as the new normal. We cannot. Every one of us loses, if we let that happen. Every one of us. Don't kid yourself. Our humanity is at stake here. Empathy is good, as long as you remember that a line sometimes must be drawn. As a martial arts student, I know you can make a stand and be empathetic to your opponent at exactly the same time. It's more difficult to take that path, but it is well worth doing so to prevent atrocity.
Today's call to action: Congresswoman Katherine Clark has introduced legislation to ensure that U.S. Presidents are required to resolve any conflicts of interest with regard to financial interests and official responsibilities. In the past, every president has done this, not because it's the law, but because they had a conscience. Apparently, Trump doesn't have one of those. So, call your state representative to tell them to support HR6340, now. It doesn't take long. And if you don't know who to call, go to http://whoismyrepresentative.com. It's easy. It's fast too. Make sure to speak to an actual person. Leaving a message is okay, but if they speak to a person, it has more impact.
Also, if you can spare the time, call Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan's ACA poll line. He wants to convince everyone that the GOP has a mandate to remove our healthcare. So, call Paul Ryan's survey to support the ACA (Obamacare). (202) 225-0600. I did. NOTE: there's reportedly 2min of dead air and/or anti-ACA proselytizing you'll have to sit through. (On Friday, the poll actually disconnected the call. Today, I got the proselytizing bullshit.) You'll get a recorded message. Press 2 to take the survey. After the silence/pro-corporate propaganda, press 1 to support ACA.
Call your Congress-Critters and tell all of them that you oppose the appointments of Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions. Both are White Supremacists/Neo-Nazis.
Seriously, don't be afraid to call. (I used to be.) This isn't a big deal. They're used to talking to people. It's what they're supposed to do. We can't remain silent any longer. And if you're like me, you'll sleep better knowing you did something.
And now, links.
Entertainment/Literary: Jim Hines sponsors a Fundraiser for Transgender Michigan. I am participating in this fundraiser as well as many other SFF authors, starting with Chuck Wendig today. Please bid on our books! It's for a great cause. John Scalzi on The Cinemax Theory of Racism. Book View Cafe reviews The Handmaid's Tale. Read it, if you haven't. There is no better time. Hollywood Keeps Casting CISgender Actors to Play Transgender Characters. Here's why that's toxic.
General: Toni Morrison comments on the election with Making America White Again. Hillary Clinton's Popular-Vote Victory is Unprecedented and Still Growing. This is proof that the lack of the Voting Rights Act (recently gutted) combined with Gerrymandering of voting precincts is the cause of the direct cause of the election result. (You know all those provisional votes? They're being counted right now.) This result is NOT a mandate. It's the result of cheating on the part of the GOP. Without their thumb on the scale, they couldn't have won. We need to push to re-establish the Voting Rights Act. We need to do it ASAP, too. A campaign watchdog group filed a complaint with federal election officials that alleges Stephen Bannon may have gotten paid illegally during Trump’s campaign by pro-Trump billionaires. This is important, since Bannon is slated to become one of Trump's top advisors, and he is a documented white supremacist. Next, Myths Democrats Swallowed That Cost Them the Election. And LAPD pledges that it will not help deport immigrants. Also, there's a call to investigate Trump’s potential conflicts of interest. And Seven Things You Can Do to Help Planned Parenthood. From the Southern Poverty Law Center: Ten Ways To Fight Hate. FACT CHECK: Trump's First 100 Days.
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