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November 20

How to help progressive social/political issues: US citizen outside US

I'm a US citizen living in Mexico. I want to do my part to help the country survive Trump and the GOP-led federal government, especially the people, groups, and programs/initiatives most at risk. I can't do any on-site volunteer work. I will donate (considering this advice) , but my pesos won't amount to much. Any suggestions on how I can help, while still living outside the US? And any thoughts on how I can participate in mitigating the damage to the Mexican people? [more inside]
posted by neutralmojo at 8:15 AM - 8 answers

November 19

Who best to donate to, to fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Any suggestions on where my dollars will have the most effect towards preventing the pipeline from happening? [more inside]
posted by splitpeasoup at 9:13 AM - 2 answers

Bungled US replacement certificate of naturalization form - what now?

Made a fatal mistake on my N-565. Do I wait for US CIS to bounce it, or do I just send in a new application? I don’t care about the $. I only care about not pissing off US CIS and getting this done ASAP. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 AM - 5 answers

November 18

Can/should I call the elected officials if I'm not a U.S. citizen?

I'm a Canadian living in the U.S., and I've been outraged/horrified by the White House staffing decisions. Since I'm not a citizen, I obviously didn't vote - so, can I call "my elected officials" to give my opinion and denounce these decisions? Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 PM - 18 answers

How has Trump justified economic protectionism to US elites?

It's not apparent to me how withdrawal from free trade agreements would benefit the top 2-5%, since the current arrangement's been pretty good to them. Why would anyone in that class support him (of those who did?) How did Trump justify this position to them during the US election campaign, and what is he saying now? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 2:31 PM - 6 answers

America's History

Which is a good book to read about American History? [more inside]
posted by metajim at 12:49 PM - 17 answers

Who is my representative?

I live and work in the US on a H-1B visa. I file US taxes as a resident alien. I am not a citizen and therefore cannot vote. In the legal sense, do the senators and representatives in whose state/district I live represent me? And would the answer to this change if I had a green card (i.e. was a permanent resident but still not a citizen)?
posted by caek at 11:13 AM - 5 answers

Is it okay to ask small business owner if they support Trump?

"Vote with your dollars" they say - how to go about doing that if I want to as much as possible avoid patronizing businesses (small & large) who's owners support Trump? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 7:44 AM - 22 answers

App for calling elected officials, and keeping track of calls

Like many people, I'm trying to call my elected officials much more frequently and I'd like to have an app to help me, and to track my calls. I haven't found anything- the closest was Countable which helps you email your reps about active bills. [more inside]
posted by cushie at 7:08 AM - 5 answers

Looking for Trump quotes and contradictions that define Trump

I am putting together a hybrid fiction/factual piece on Trump. Although there are many sites that collect his lies, his outrageous statements, etc. I am looking for those quotes that most define him. Particulars inside. [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 6:31 AM - 5 answers

November 16

I want to GOTV in 2018

I am a progressive and am upset about the election. I live in a solidly blue U.S. state, and I want to spend 3 months in 2018 volunteering to do GOTV or community organizing for an organization dedicated to electing democrats. This will be in addition to giving money -- I want to actually talk to actual humans and make an actual difference. How? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 7:37 PM - 8 answers

Will hindsight be 20/20 in 2020?

Are there examples from history (ideally in modern or at least post-1776 times) of an authoritarian leader coming to power, and then being peacefully voted out of power during the next election? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 7:11 PM - 4 answers

Preparatory reading

I'm looking for a good, readable book or three about the social and political dynamics of fascist, demagogic, and authoritarian regimes (especially in the early, consolidation-of-power stages). Nothing too terribly academic – something approximately as accessible as Guns, Germs, and Steel would be ideal. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:57 PM - 6 answers

Help me fight voter suppression

Following the election, I'm realizing that I need to spend some time fighting voter suppression, gerrymandering, and taking down the electoral college. But I'm pretty broke. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 7:49 AM - 10 answers

Help me understand the Russell Amendment

I'm trying to understand which aspects of the language in the Russell Amendment to the National Defense Reauthorization Act make it so dangerous. I've read that it's too vague, I've read that it will give sweeping powers of discrimination. I don't doubt that this is true. However, it's written in bill-ese and I'm therefore having difficulty parsing exactly what the status quo is, and what will change. Given the recent problems with liberals and conservatives reading entirely different sets of news, I'd like to have a deeper understanding so that I can explain to conservatives in specific detail what the problems are, and why it's not true that it's no big deal. [more inside]
posted by telepanda at 7:11 AM - 1 answers

November 15

Can you tell me about our domestic armed security forces?

This past weekend, I was involved in a lockdown in a public place in an upstate NY city, there were apparently shots fired indoors and we had to take cover in a small back room for hours while the police and other forces did their work. I'm still trying to process this event and my biggest questions are about the forces that secured the area and swept for the perps. Who are they and where did they come from? [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:35 PM - 6 answers

Thanksgiving aka Presidential Debate round IV

Holding my head up high at Thanksgiving, with the majority of my relatives as Hillary supporters. But, of course, there's at least ONE person who is fiscally conservative and has been following conservative & libertarian blogs / news. I can't turn back time, but I intend to fight misinformation as much as I can at the dinner table. [more inside]
posted by hampanda at 8:28 PM - 14 answers

Information to Send my Mother about the Dangers of a Trump Presidency

I would like to put together an email to my mother explaining why I’m so afraid of a Trump presidency and the people it will empower both inside and outside of the White House. I would be grateful for any suggestions you can provide about information to include, especially with sources, particularly anything that makes clear the authoritarian/fascist aspects of current events. I’m not looking to make her read long articles, I just want a clear and straightforward list of points to make that show how scary and out of the ordinary this is for America. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:24 PM - 10 answers

Call current congressperson or newly elected one?

I want to call my congressperson to object to an announced hire by the Present-elect. Do I try to contact the current rep who chose not to run this cycle or the one who will replace him Jan 3rd? Both are Rs.
posted by coffee and minarets at 12:53 PM - 8 answers

Help me call up my state senators. New Citizen edition.

I actually have what boils down to a two part question. I am a new citizen of the US and want to do what I can to stop the appointment of several members of the new presidential cabinet. It is my understanding that the cabinet has to be OK'd by the senate? If so which senators pass approval the current ones or the newly elected ones? [more inside]
posted by wwax at 11:42 AM - 14 answers

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