Around the country, groups and individuals are coming together in #Resistance to the gathering authoritarian threat our country faces. If you’re looking to connect with others in your area, to take action to defend our rights and the rights of those around us, the #Resistance is already forming and you can join in.

First, the Indivisible Project, a group of former Congressional staffers who have published a useful guide which explains how to contact your Member of Congress and apply political pressure as a countervailing force to the right-wing pressure they get. Tactics are partially inspired by what worked for the Tea Party. The site also lets you look for local groups or register your own group for others to contact.

You may already have heard about the Women’s March on Washington, which is scheduled for Jan. 21st. If you can’t be in D.C. on that day, look for your local version, or start one yourself if nobody else has. Here in Colorado, there’s a big march and rally planned in downtown Denver. Weather permitting, I’ll be there.

As someone who spent much of my life organizing political gatherings of different sorts, I really enjoyed this interview with some organizers of the march. Seeing such smart, strong, thoughtful young women take on this enormous task and work together to make it happen makes my heart sing.

More to come, as it comes.


For now, staying safe and sane in this neo-facist environment.

Autocracy: Rules for Survival

… Trump is anything but a regular politician and this has been anything but a regular election. Trump will be only the fourth candidate in history and the second in more than a century to win the presidency after losing the popular vote. He is also probably the first candidate in history to win the presidency despite having been shown repeatedly by the national media to be a chronic liar, sexual predator, serial tax-avoider, and race-baiter who has attracted the likes of the Ku Klux Klan. Most important, Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat—and won.

I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and self-respect. It might be worth considering them now:

Rule #1: Believe the autocrat.

Read the whole thing. It’s important.

Think about your digital security. This will be the kind of Administration that goes after those who oppose it. (They already have an enemies list.)

How to Trump-Proof Your Electronic Communications. “If Donald’s going to be in charge of the surveillance apparatus, we should all take precautions.”

Surveillance Self-Defense: Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications, from the EFF.

It is important for those of us with privilege to realize racial and religious minorities, LGBTQ people, native people, anyone who looks or acts or speaks differently than your basic white person is going to be in additional danger now. Prepare to stand together and keep everyone safe.

Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry, from the Southern Poverty Law Center. They’ve been responding to bigotry for a very long time.

ETA: Important to also remember that Clinton won the popular vote, by a lot. We were defeated by the anti-democratic means of the electoral college, which we should work to bypass as swiftly as we can. The important point: most voters did not vote for Trump. Most of our fellow citizens are not deplorable.

Citizen solutions: things you can do now to prepare for the worst under Trump . “Trump’s campaign was light on policy details, so activists have already organized everything from classes to safe houses to prepare for what may happen.”

More as it comes.

Morning headlines

May as well document the carnage.

Day 1 in Trump’s America, collected reports of violence against Muslims, black people, women, and Latinx.

• Lots of protests as you might have heard. NYMag has a good roundup from last night.

• Saw this one coming right away: Scott Walker: Get rid of the filibuster for Trump

Donald Trump’s administration is going to be a bonanza for bankers “Populist rhetoric masks a bonanza of deregulation and tax cuts” Did you really think Trump gives a shit about working people?

Islamist extremists celebrate Trump’s election win

…Shortly after Trump was declared the victor, a number of prominent Salafist ideologues linked to jihadist outfits in the Middle East took to social media to cheer the prospect of a Trump presidency.

The remarks signaled the militants’ apparent belief that the victory of a candidate like Trump, who has suggested potentially unconstitutional blocks on Muslim immigration and advocated torture, undermines the United States’ moral standing in the world….

NOM Issues Plan To Work With Donald Trump For “Inevitable Reversal” Of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

• And of course there’s this: McConnell says GOP will quickly repeal Obamacare

More as they come.