29 May 2017

There won’t be a Resistance Update next week because I’ll be teaching at the Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat.

What Happened

I don’t have the stomach to really go into detail this week. Let me just say that 1) Donald Trump was an embarrassment to our country on his first overseas trip as president. And 2) more info about the probable collusion with the Trump transition team and Russia was revealed.

This is a REALLY cool page where you can follow Amy Siskind’s Weekly List of Changes in a visual format.

Amy makes this list every week because, “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.” You can also follow Amy on Medium, Twitter, or Facebook.

What You Can Do Next

Resistance Update 5/28/17 1March for Truth on Saturday, June 3. We need to know what the hell is going on with Trump, his advisors, and the GOP and how much Russia owns them.

Keep calling your reps to demand an independent investigation and that Jared Kushner’s security clearance be revoked, and to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Trump’s cruel, harmful budget.

Hang up posters to promote love, democracy, anti-racism, and other progressive values. Right now the alt-right Nazis are organizing to hang up racist posters, especially on college campuses. We need to get there, tear them down and replace them with our own. I have a few printable PDF posters here, and will be making some more with hand-lettering next week.

I’ve been recommending books lately. Today I have a recommendation of a podcast, for those of you who prefer to listen. Check out AFRWPODCAST: A Few Reasonable Words. It’s “a podcast from three professors trying desperately to soothe the frayed nerves of the American public with the comforting balm of political science.” The same folks are @Civics4GrownUps on Twitter.)

Civics 101

Contributed by Lynnette Kopetsky

How would independent investigations into the president and the Russian election hacking work?

A Select Committee is a bipartisan committee made up of members of Congress. An Independent Commission is bipartisan experts from outside of Congress (such as the 9/11 Commission). A Special Counsel is an individual appointed by the Justice Department.

While Special Counsels and Select Committees are easier to create since they don’t require the President’s signature, many experts worry about how truly independent and unbiased they’d be.

Further reading:

  • Why is it so hard to have an independent investigations? NY Times.
  • Would it be a mistake to form an independent commission? Politico.
  • Special Prosecutor? Independent Counsel? Special Counsel? What’s the Difference? The Fiscal Times.

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