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Thousands Plan To Join Hands Around Oakland's Lake Merritt In Protest of Trump

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Nov. 13th, 2016 | 11:08 pm

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 🌀🇺🇸💔💜☮💔☮💔☮

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Tiring, not sure how meaningful, but feeling good

Hey, we made the first photo of the New York Times story : http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/opinion/a-12-step-program-for-responding-to-president-elect-trump.html



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aliensouldream

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from: aliensouldream
date: Nov. 13th, 2016 11:26 pm (UTC)
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A peaceful and strongly symbolic demonstration can have a powerful impact. Reminds me of this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_Way

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hanarobi

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from: hanarobi
date: Nov. 14th, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
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Yes!!!

Thank you and your kid for doing this.

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foxrafer

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from: foxrafer
date: Nov. 29th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
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This is wonderful. What was it like?

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Nov. 29th, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh my darling (let me know if you don't like that word or any other), you are around, it's fabulous to see you!

It was pretty good, very low key, almost no organization, a few chants, an old leftie lady started some of the old protest songs and I knew the words. But we made the New York Times, which is kinda cool

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/opinion/a-12-step-program-for-responding-to-president-elect-trump.html

Not sure what to do next. We have to keep together, not get distracted by daily crap from The Dnld. I'm not sure what to do next. The thing that got me crying the most was long term climate change, but I read that he has limited control over that, with states like California and the military going clean energy, and lots of big businesses.

Anyway, if you have any good ideas, I'd love to participate, donate etc. Am unemployed now :-( and clinically depressed.

SO GLAD to hear from you. How are you? What are you doing? I'm OK, the best part is my wonderful teengirl, who is taking on a lot of academic challenges and meeting them well.

Could you possibly send me a fandom or real life email address? My fandom one is ms at msilverstar.com and I keep my worlds pretty separate. I do both fandom and RL facebook a little and twitter a lot because I'm usually terse. Apparently you inspire me!

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foxrafer

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from: foxrafer
date: Nov. 30th, 2016 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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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Dec. 1st, 2016 10:05 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, and some people regret it. So that's less than one in five. At least it's better than half?

I think the Turk is a huge scam on workers: Amazon and the customers have all the power and can get away with paying, as you say, pennies.

Out of the house is really hard for me too, this is the second job I've lost in a row and that's depressing. I don't have many local friends, I kinda pushed them away with my depression, so I always think it's not worth going. Forced myself to the grocery store on Tuesday and drugstore to pick up a bunch of stuff yesterday. But that's not really being with people. Someone on my flist said they went and volunteered at Planned Parenthood, filling cute contraceptives bags and such, together with other people. That sounds positive?

There are very non-confrontational protests, singing and yelling mostly positive slogans, and I'm going to look for some more of them. Maybe you could take your niece? Better than the mall at least. Someone to hold hands with. I looked around and there aren't many protests in December, but there's a peaceful march across the country on January 21, and I'll be marching for sure. I know it doesn't seem like much, but marches draw attention and good headlines and say more clearly than anything else, that we mean it.

So I'm in solidarity with you and everyone and am doing the best I can.

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foxrafer

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from: foxrafer
date: Dec. 3rd, 2016 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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