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What are some great political activism tools for a public flyer?

Hi hi, Much inspired by the Women's March in DC that my sister and I attended, I have decided to remain actively engaged in the political process within our small town. I want to formulate flyers with several good political/ activism App suggestions, websites, and issue points to distribute locally, to encourage participation in our area. [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige on Jan 23, 2017 - 3 answers

Beyond Indivisible: Moral Mondays 101

NCFilter: I'm looking for readings and resources to share with others on the organization, tactics, and effectiveness of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina. Especially helpful would be any kind of guide to how to replicate this effort in other localities, similar to the breakdown of the Tea Party tactics in the much-circulated Indivisible Guide. Also of interest: how Moral Mondays organized any second and third tiers of supporters who could not make it in person, but wanted to actively (not just financially) contribute to their efforts.
posted by deludingmyself on Jan 23, 2017 - 3 answers

Reading the Resistance

In the face of the global rightward populist turn, I have found myself thinking quite a bit about the concept of "the Resistance" that I have found in scraps of history and pop culture, such as the French resistance to the Vichy government. I would like to know more about the history of organized resistance efforts across the globe, particularly their structures and tactics, and their impact on large-scale events such as elections and war outcomes. Most interested in nonfiction accounts, but open to good fiction, films, other genres. Thanks! Vive la résistance!
posted by Miko on Jan 23, 2017 - 7 answers

How do I work out the best use of my activist time?

I'm involved with a smallish political organisation which has recently expanded somewhat. In the year I've been involved with it in a coordinating role, objectively speaking, I've spent most of my time settling disputes originating from personality clashes and attempting to develop internal structures in order for things to work properly with the new larger numbers. In terms of tangible action I feel like I've done nothing. How do I work out if this is the best use of my time? [more inside]
posted by Lluvia on Jan 22, 2017 - 4 answers

What tools will help me call my representatives?

Is there an app / tool that will give me a script to call my reps, as well as mechanisms to remind / re-enforce my engagement? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Jan 21, 2017 - 10 answers

Could Brexit be prevented altogether?

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that leaving the EU would mean leaving the single market, and that both Houses of Parliament would get to vote on the deal. If the House of Lords believes it would be bad for Britain to leave the single market, could they prevent Brexit? How likely is this to occur? Could the Commons overrule them in this instance?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Jan 17, 2017 - 11 answers

What do I tell the (flunkies of) representatives that I call?

I've been calling my state and national representatives to let my stance be known on various bills coming up for votes and such. But what do i say that will be most effective? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 12, 2017 - 9 answers

How can I cultivate intentional kindness & decency despite fear & anger?

Like many of you, I've been imbibing a heady emotional cocktail of fear and anger since the US election. I'm putting more time/effort/money toward opposing Trump's agenda and supporting progressive policies at the local level, and I'm working to stay on top of self-care (therapy, as-needed anti-anxiety meds, occasional spiritual counseling, sharing love & support with family/friends, closing the fucking tab when I need to). Here's where I'm concerned: I think it's important to maintain the capacity for moral outrage in the face of injustice. However, I worry about turning into an "angry person." [more inside]
posted by duffell on Jan 9, 2017 - 14 answers

Is this story about Star Trek real?

There's a scene in the classic Star Trek episode "The Naked Time", which is mostly known for shirtless Sulu, where he stands in front of Uhura and says "I'll protect you fair maiden!" And she says, "Sorry, neither." I noticed this tumblr post pop up on Facebook and Twitter in the last few days suggesting that Nichelle Nichols adlibbed that line. Is that true? [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Jan 4, 2017 - 13 answers

And I thought 2016 was bad?

Will you answer another self-care question on avoiding political apathy? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on Jan 4, 2017 - 8 answers

Politics, Friendship, and Anxiety - Oh My!

I have social anxiety and had recent e-drama with a friend over our respective politics. How do I stand up for myself and my beliefs under pressure more effectively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2017 - 19 answers

What is the best book about each U.S. President?

My project for 2017 is to read a biography, or a history of the presidency, of each President of the United States. I'd like to narrow it down to one apiece to fit the project into a year. Special cases of this question have been asked here and here, but I would like to extend the question to each administration.
posted by quarantine on Dec 31, 2016 - 20 answers

Can you recommend a great US politics podcast featuring women?

Post-election I find myself absorbed in political podcasts. I want more female perspectives! [more inside]
posted by possibilityleft on Dec 31, 2016 - 10 answers

Go or no?

I am having some kind of emotional crisis and I am supposed to appear at a relative's house for Christmas tomorrow. I need help deciding whether to go. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Dec 24, 2016 - 23 answers

Podcast recommendations that are like dudely trashy TV?

I'm trying to get my dad into podcasts, so I'm looking for suggestions for podcasts he might enjoy. Can you recommend podcasts that he might dig, based on his interests? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Dec 24, 2016 - 23 answers

Is there a term for 'the fear of terrorism'?

Fear of terrorism is one of the defining forces in politics today, but as far as I can find there's no memorable term or phrase for it. [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise on Dec 22, 2016 - 14 answers

I want to yell at my representatives!

Like many of us, I'm sure, I am increasingly angry and emotional about what my elected representatives have been up to on the state and national level. It's absurdly bad and upsetting. Would it be effective to emote openly on the phone when I call? [more inside]
posted by witchen on Dec 22, 2016 - 13 answers

How to call out and back out of disingenuous political conversation

I am looking forward to spending Christmas with my extended family, but dreading political conversations. I'd like a way to back out of any political conversation raised by relatives. I want to be crystal clear that I am not engaging anymore with disingenuous arguing. [more inside]
posted by whodatninja on Dec 20, 2016 - 27 answers

Does it help organizations to have me on their mailing lists?

Like many people, I have stepped up my charitable donations and political letter writing and petition signing in recent weeks. This has, of course, resulted in a trillion emails. My inbox is out of control and I would like to unsubscribe to some of the lists, but hesitate because they're all for worthy causes. Hence, my question: Does it benefit a nonprofit or politician in any way to have me on their mailing list, or should I unsubscribe for the sake of my sanity because it makes no difference either way? [more inside]
posted by ferret branca on Dec 17, 2016 - 8 answers

He likes money, right?

I want to crowdfund a scheme to monetarily reward Donald Trump in exchange for a swift resignation. Is that legal?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Dec 15, 2016 - 11 answers

Books about morals & civics to give to civic-minded moral Trump voters

I am looking for inspiring books that highlight the importance of moral and civil values as the foundation of democracy. By moral and civic values, I'm thinking of simple things like honesty, integrity, compassion, compromise, and a willingness to look at evidence. [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust on Dec 15, 2016 - 16 answers

balanced news sources for a South Australian

Following on from my concerns here, what daily/weekly/monthly print or radio news sources would you recommend for a South Australian in metropolitan Adelaide who flicks through The Advertiser six days a week and is concerned that he is getting only that newspaper's slant on things? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Dec 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Flame this tiny bit of hope

I've been seeing the reports of Russian tampering with the US presidential election, the investigations, and progressively louder voices calling for a re-vote and nullification of the recent results. Nothing would make me happier at this point than to have that happen. [more inside]
posted by teamnap on Dec 11, 2016 - 24 answers

Link, plz.

I'm looking for a piece posted recently...here? on Twitter? Facebook? It was basically a list of 10 things dictators/autocrats do to consolidate power, written towards recognizing the POETUS doing those things. My google-fu has failed. Hope me, please?
posted by sideofwry on Dec 11, 2016 - 7 answers

In Post-Soviet Russia, media trumps you

How do I communicate to my older leftist American friends and relatives that criticism of Russian propaganda and international meddling is not neo-McCarthyism? [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont on Dec 4, 2016 - 11 answers

How do I call my super-far-right congressperson?

I feel so dumb asking this and now the whole internet will know about my civic ineptitude. How do I call my representatives about Standing Rock when they are already slated for Trump's cabinet? [more inside]
posted by athirstforsalt on Dec 1, 2016 - 16 answers

Could a Trump administration strip me of my birthright citizenship?

Yes, I know there's strong Supreme Court precedent against it and it seems hypothetical now. But the current administration -- at least as far as I could tell -- would LIKE to revoke birthright citizenship. I know it's extremely implausible, but is it completely impossible?
posted by orangutan on Nov 29, 2016 - 19 answers

National volunteer resource by priority?

I'm looking for a national volunteer resource similar to NYCservice.org which allows you to search by "high need area". [more inside]
posted by defmute on Nov 28, 2016 - 0 answers

Thinking on creative work in times of real political trouble

Given the election of Donald Trump, I'm conflicted about spending my free time on creative work. I am committed to taking small, regular actions like calling my congressman, or maybe doing a phone bank or two, but I'm inclined to spend my free 40-60 minutes each weekday (I'm a parent with a full-time job) on things I find interesting and not at all related to politics. However, given how dire our situation seems, this seems irresponsible. This issue does seem like the kind of thing that people would have written about at length in the past. Can you point me at that work? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 27, 2016 - 20 answers

Pro Wrestling/Politics Question.

So, I've been rereading Shot in the Heart, by Mikal Gilnore, brother of the murderer Gary Gilmore. In one anecdote, the author describes the family, living in late 50's - early '60's Portland, Oregon, going to the local pro wrestling matches. They describe razzing and then befriending on of the grapplers, who wore a skull mask as part of his costume. The Gilmore says that now, the wrestler is a local conservative radio/TV show hero. Who's he talking about?
posted by jonmc on Nov 27, 2016 - 7 answers

My brother is becoming radicalized; how do I bring him back?

So, following this election and its disastrous results, I've decided to heed the calls of liberal commentators and take some responsibility for talking to my family who contributed to it. Specifically, I want to connect with my younger brother and bring him back from the brink of anti-government militia-like conspiracy thought. [more inside]
posted by inky_the_pinky on Nov 23, 2016 - 10 answers

Quantifying economic outcomes for whites of minority-targeted programs

In personal experience, many programs notionally or popularly perceived to be aimed or benefiting primarily minorities end up making me (white dude) better off as well, e.g. Section 8 housing assistance. I'm trying to identify data and research sources that either support or diminish this claim. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Nov 23, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me build a post-Trump reading list

After Trump's victory, I feel the need to study, reflect, examine my assumptions about the world, and seek insight and solace. I'm looking for books that will help. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Nov 20, 2016 - 33 answers

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 on Nov 20, 2016 - 8 answers

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 on Nov 18, 2016 - 18 answers

Getting to know the right wing

I'm looking for a right wing equivalent to Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 17, 2016 - 24 answers

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 on Nov 16, 2016 - 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. on Nov 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Looking for a leftist lily pad....

In light of the recent election, it has become more evident to me that I need to become part of a community where there is more of a liberal presence. This includes not only political persuasion, but also religious leanings as well. Currently in AZ. I would like to leave this area and relocate to a place that would be a better fit. Additionally, in researching potential cities, I can't help but noticing that a lot of the most desirable leftist cities also have very high costs of living. [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Nov 16, 2016 - 39 answers

Any research on why high-population-density areas are more liberal?

I'm trying to find serious, scholarly studies on why areas with high population density tend to be more politically liberal in the U.S. All I've found so far is just speculation. Have sociologists addressed this question, and I've just missed it?
posted by Sleeper on Nov 16, 2016 - 8 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 on Nov 15, 2016 - 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 on Nov 15, 2016 - 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 on Nov 15, 2016 - 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 on Nov 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Comfort when your hero "dies."

Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by weeyin on Nov 13, 2016 - 14 answers

Should I reverse life course after the election to "fight Trump"?

I'm a physician who has been building a career in global health for the past few years. While still in the early stages, things have been going well and I may be getting offered a dream job soon. Over the last year, I have become more and more interested in US politics, and with the election results, I don't know if we can stay abroad much longer, but don't know what I'd do if I came back home. [more inside]
posted by sicem07 on Nov 13, 2016 - 16 answers

Electoral College Yearbook 2016

How does one contact the Electoral College if it is a process and not a place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2016 - 7 answers

Does this behavior have an actual designation?

For my entire life, my dad has enjoyed (as far as I can tell) needling me, winding me up, essentially picking a fight over politics. When I heard this Story Corps story, I cried because it felt so close to home. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Nov 13, 2016 - 16 answers

Woke up and I'm not eager to fall asleep again

What are the best resources for educating oneself about politics/current issues? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Nov 12, 2016 - 12 answers

How to deal with split feelings on the Trump win inside your home?

My spouse did not vote for Trump, but he is a leftist who has a lot of frustrations with "liberals" and is...not as sympathetic as he could be. Even though he knows I fought Trump, he doesn't understand why I am so deeply affected and it is really affecting my stress levels. Please help! [more inside]
posted by corb on Nov 12, 2016 - 45 answers

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