Showing posts from 2016

Fox 17: Problem Solvers: New law halts Michican UI robo-fraud

A local TV station, Fox 17, and their Problem Solvers reporting, has done great work exposing a serious problem with a computerized unemployment claims processing system put in place by Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan. The Guardian has also been reporting on the issue.

Vox: A handy guide to New Year’s resolutions in the era of Trump

The general consensus on 2016 is that it was the calendar equivalent of the second Sex and the City movie: No one liked it, and no one knows why it happened.

For those who were disappointed in the election results, the past 12 months may have felt like half a liter of Drano was poured into our dejected souls, but the true test of our sanity will be in the first few days of 2017. Since there is no equivalent to an emergency contraception–type pill to get rid of the unwanted burden that is the memory of the past 365 days (although we did come up with a fake one in the video above), here are a few rules to make it through the next phase of this brave new world, in which a guy who once spelled “honor” like “boner” and briefly had a beef with the pope will be the leader of the free world.
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On Today's Electoral College Vote


A How-To Guide

Former congressional staffers wrote a practical how-to guide for getting your members of Congress to #Resist Trump.— (((A 99er))) 📎 (@HelpThe99ers) December 15, 2016

Robert Reich: Tax Experiment


Why We #Resist

The Trump Cabinet™ will do for the Federal government what Trump University has done for higher education.— (((A 99er))) 📎 (@HelpThe99ers) December 9, 2016

Sign The Petition

Read more and sign the petition now - and ask your friends, family and neighbors to do the same

The Renewal Awards - Platform to Employment from Atlantic Re:think

The Renewal Awards - Platform to Employment from Atlantic Re:think on Vimeo.Platform to Employment educates job seekers and connects them with employment. It is a 2015 recipient of the Allstate Renewal Awards for solving community challenges.

President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Fast-forward to 18:25 or so for suggestions on what we can do.

Here's the list of organizations we can contribute to:
Planned ParenthoodCenter for Reproductive RightsNational Resources Defense CouncilInternational Refugee Assistance ProjectNAACP Legal Defense FundThe Trevor ProjectMALDEF

Emily Ellsworth: What you need to know before you call your member of congress!

What you need to know before you call your member of congress!Posted by Emily E Ellsworth on Monday, November 14, 2016
Emily's tweetstorm went viral, and it's absolutely worth the read:

I worked for Congress for 6 years, and here's what I learned about how they listen to constituents.— Emily Ellsworth (@editoremilye) November 12, 2016

President Obama: Protesters shouldn't be silent


From CMF: One Person’s Story of Becoming a Super-Citizen-Advocate

From the Congressional Management Foundation:
Bob O'Hara set out to enhance his skills as a citizen-advocate and see if what CMF proposed would really work in the real world.He called up the district office for his congressman and asked for a meeting with the district director. He was stunned that he got an instant "yes," and eventually had a 45-minute meeting with the legislator's senior staff in the district! In the last few years he's had many meetings in Massachusetts and Washington with delegation members and other NoLabels supporters. Each time the process is easy – call the office, set up a time, show up and make your pitch.Bob became an advocate for No Labels, but there's no reason we cannot adopt what he learned and use it ourselves.

Calling Congress - some common and important rules

I'm updating this information from sources across the web: please let me know if you have any suggestions to make the process easier and more impactful. Thanks!
Who to call:
For Federal issues, your Representative and your two Senators. Use the Common Cause "Find Your Elected Officials" tool to list your Federal and state legislators.For issue-specific calls, reach out to a national organization that shares your views: they do this for a living, so they're probably more effective in advocating on your behalf, and every little bit helps.
Know what you want to say. Jot down a quick draft if you need to: I find it helps. Answer these five questions:
Who are you?Where are you calling from?Why are you calling?What do you want your representative to do?When would be a good time to follow up?
Be nice. Have you ever picked up a phone, only to hear someone shouting at you? Did you want to keep talking to that person? No? Then don't be that person. Be nice and be polite. If yo…

This Is Not Normal

I first started writing in this blog to advocate for a cause that directly impacted me: long-term unemployment and the Great Recession.

Thanks to the Obama Administration, the economy has healed: if not completely, it has made significant steps. There are structural issues that have to be addressed, but now, a new crisis has arisen.

The incoming Trump Administration is already causing terrible harm to our nation, and my focus in this blog will shift to documenting efforts to work with political representatives and advocacy groups to prevent what damage we can.

Let's make something clear: this is not an "I'm against everything Trump stand for" screed. This *is* an "I'm against every un-American belief that Trump has leveraged in pursuit of his goals" screed.

Donald J. Trump has used xenophobia, misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, bigotry and other un-American beliefs to become President. The GOP has aided and abetted him, most directly through voter suppress…

Hillary Clinton In Reno FULL SPEECH. Calls Out Alex Jones & Alt Right 8/25/16


President Obama at the 2016 Democratic National Convention


Fight Song


Trump - Pence 2016: Breaking the Mattress of America

Breaking the mattress of America.— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 15, 2016

Donald Trump will never be President. Hillary Clinton will. This is one reason why.

Elizabeth Warren: Donald Trump can NEVER be the President


Demos - We can't fix economic inequality without addressing racism

Introducing ‘How the Deck Is Stacked’


Sen. Elizabeth Warren giving Senate Republicans the spanking they deserve

.@senwarren on Supreme Court vacancy #SCOTUS— CSPAN (@cspan) March 9, 2016

President Obama's Weekly Address: Improving Economic Security by Strengthening and Modernizing the Unemployment Insurance System

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
January 16, 2016

Hi, everybody. On Tuesday, I gave my final State of the Union Address. And a focus was this: how do we make the new economy work better for everyone, not just those at the top?

After the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, we’re in the midst of the longest streak of private-sector job growth in our history. More than 14 million new jobs. An unemployment rate cut in half. At the same time, our economy continues to go through profound changes that began long before the Great Recession hit. It’s changed to the point where even when folks have jobs; even when the economy is growing; it’s harder for hardworking families to pull themselves out of poverty, harder for young people to start out on their careers, and tougher for workers to retire when they want to.

That’s a big part of the reason a lot of working families are feeling anxious. And it offends our fundamentally American belief that every…