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Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump on Sunday (via East Bay Express)

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Grabbing my kid and going to make a statement 🌀🇺🇸💔💜☮💔☮💔☮


Tiring, not sure how meaningful, but feeling good

Hey, we made the first photo of the New York Times story :

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Date: 2016-11-13 11:26 pm (UTC)
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A peaceful and strongly symbolic demonstration can have a powerful impact. Reminds me of this:

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Date: 2016-11-14 01:29 am (UTC)
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Thank you and your kid for doing this.

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Date: 2016-11-29 09:44 pm (UTC)
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This is wonderful. What was it like?

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Date: 2016-11-30 01:44 pm (UTC)
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Hey, there. I'm not great but basically ok I guess. Still out of work, but I've started making (and keeping) doctor's appointments so am back on antidepressants. Not doing very much but I'm making a few bucks here and there through Amazon Turk and online surveys, and since I've been out of work so long it actually feels good to make something, even if it's basically pennies. The best e-mail to reach me is csevans8 on gmail. My foxrafer e-mail is just a spam repository now and I don't check it very often.

I have no idea what to do, and haven't been able to force myself out of the house to join anything. But this election has really pushed me to the militant side of my personality. I feel like the country has shown its true colors and it makes me angry and also uncomfortable to have to walk around among people when I know almost half of them are perfectly ok with the presidency and executive branch being filled with racist, homophobic, antisemitic, misogynist assholes. It's incredibly disheartening, especially when you can't even argue using facts because they don't care about facts.

Anyway, I think it's wonderful that you went to do this and took your daughter. My niece is beside herself with the results of the election but her mother won't let her go to any events. I don't blame her for being concerned, but I think it's so important that young people get involved and push back against all of this in any way they can.

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Date: 2016-12-03 02:02 pm (UTC)
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"I try to take comfort in the fact that only 40% of Americans voted, and only 48% of them voted for Trump"
That's a really good point. I cried for a while after the election but since then I've just been getting angrier and angrier and I'm not always seeing things as clearly as I should. I wish the press would say things like that to counteract this ridiculous idea that he has some kind of mandate.

I don't disagree about Amazon Turk, but it really does feel better to be making the pennies when I haven't been making anything in so long. I've made about $40 which covers bus and subway fares and lets me keep my dropbox, and right now that's good enough. I don't spend a huge amount of time on it, and I mostly stick to the surveys because they pay a lot better and don't take all that much time. (Plus, it's kind of interesting to see how academics go about trying to study things; sometimes the questions they ask don't seem related to what they claim is the point of the survey at all.)

My niece lives in another state, so we mostly just have to commiserate with each. But she's graduating from high school next year so will have a lot more control over what she does. I really want to go to that million women march in January; is that the one you were mentioning on Jan 21? I like marches because even though there are a lot of people I always just feel like I melt into them so I'm nowhere near as self-conscious as I normally can be. I just have to get the details squared away and make myself get on the subway into the city. I like how that Planned Parenthood volunteer thing sounds; maybe the ones around here do something similar. I've been wondering if someone could volunteer with the ACLU but I have no idea what you would do. I had an internship there many many moons ago and can't imagine how random people coming in could have been useful, but things could be a lot different now.

The big thing I wish I could help with is counteracting voter suppression activities, but I know that would take a lot more effort than I'm probably capable of giving right now. I think what keeps my anger brewing is all the time the Republicans have spent over the years (just heightened under 'I wouldn't know the truth if it hit me' Trump) claiming that there's this massive voter fraud going on, and the one party who really is actively trying to do anything illegal are the Republicans. It drives me crazy.
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