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Muslim ban now official

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Demonstrators at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, New York Times

 

The news keeps getting worse from this administration.  Trump’s executive order Friday banned citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends admission of all refugees for the next 120 days.   A federal judge granted an emergency stay Saturday night “for people who have already arrived in the United States and those who are in transit, and who hold valid visas, ruling they can legally enter the country.”  However, this action, as well as others, has put the world into turmoil.  Protests are scheduled throughout the nation, including in Orlando tomorrow.

Check out Facebook for more info on local demonstration of solidarity:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1055727351204638/

MoveOn.org plan going forward

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Now that the marches, which were such a resounding success, are but a memory, we’ll need everyone’s help on a regular basis to keep the resistance movement alive and “Make America Great Again.”  Strange, how that phrase has been perverted,  but it’s remarkably true now in defense of what’s going down in Washington.  They’re moving quickly to dismember many of the governmental agencies that support us as citizens and make us safe.  Move.On.org will be one of the groups battling to safeguard our hard-fought advances in civil liberties, and environmental and human health.  Many organizations, especially legal organizations since that’s the language this administration is most conversant in, must be geared up to push back against overreach and the alternative facts employed proudly now by our representatives in the federal government. Please view MoveOn.org’s video, below, for a snippet of their plan and get involved any way you can with whatever organizations you feel most passionate about.  In this crisis, it’s our patriotic duty to resist.

The whole world is watching–us!

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It was a stunning display of solidarity worldwide as millions of marchers took to the streets, from all over America to South Africa, Europe and beyond, to advocate for human rights, civil rights and environmental issues.   It was apparently a blow to the new administration’s fragile ego as the new press secretary was sent out in his first press conference to angrily defend the “crowd” count at the inauguration. Crybaby Trump used his appearance before the CIA yesterday to continue the “crowd-gate” conspiracy theory and rewrite history about his support of the intelligence agency.  Sad!

Now we need to keep this movement alive!  Get involved with local politics and keep writing letters to those who can spread the word and fight against the agenda of hate, injustice and “alternative facts.”  A “sister” grassroots meeting of the Orange County Democratic Party is tonight, 6:30 (social), 7:00–8:30 PM meeting.  Hope you can come out and see what they have in mind to resist the madness in DC.  More info:

  • Orange County Democratic Party:  Monthly meeting 3rd Monday of Every Month, 6:30PM socializing, 7:00PM (sharp)–8:30PM Meeting.  For the month of January, they will meet on Jan. 23.  IBEW Union Hall, 820 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL  32803 (near Mills on Virginia, downtown Orlando area), website:  orangefldemocrats.com

 

Women’s march in Orlando

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What a great turn out for the women’s march today at Lake Eola–a fantastic show of solidarity with all the marches going on around the country.  It was amazing to see the number and diversity of attendees who came downtown to show their support for civil rights, human and animal rights, environmental issues, everything that makes our country great.  It gave many of us a sense of hope after being so discouraged by the mind-boggling turn of events.  By the large show of peaceful resistance, it looks like this administration will have trouble on its hands if it wants to push through legislation designed to harm the environment and those less fortunate in order to continue to enrich the top 1%.

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Info/Call for Action

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We are in the process of organizing a local grassroots progressive organization and have secured the use of  a small office in Winter Park for evening meetings until a larger one becomes available! More info will follow and in the meantime this blog will be a means to update you on activities and events of various progressive groups that you may want to support.  You can sign up for email updates on the homepage of this site.
Also in the works now, MoveOn is looking for volunteers for their next action (listed below).  Please consider helping out.  Thank you!


Please consider hosting a rally this Tuesday, sponsored by MoveOn.org, outside Sen. Nelson and Sen. Rubio’s offices in Orlando to “Stop Trump’s” Swamp Cabinet Nominees”. 

We need to do all we can to stop Republicans from confirming Trump’s #SwampCabinet nominees. Sign up today to host an office visit to your senator and let them know that we will hold them accountable for stopping Trump’s nominees.  Info from MoveOn below:

Dear MoveOn member,
On Sunday, while 14,000 people attended 500 community meetings in 40 states to plan local resistance to Trump’s attacks on our communities, Republicans were running for cover—literally.
In Colorado, Representative Mike Coffman literally ran out the back door of a listening session when confronted by constituents about why he was taking away their health care.1
This is how we build power and win, even when the odds seem stacked against us.
Already, dozens of MoveOn members have stepped up to host a rally at their senator’s local office next Tuesday, January 24 to demand Republican senators reject Trump’s #SwampCabinet—and to demand Democratic senators use every tool in their toolbox to stop these dangerous nominees.
MoveOn members like you are joining with Working Families Party, People’s Action, and allies to organize peaceful, powerful rallies and media events at senators’ local district offices across the country on Tuesday, January 24 as a part of #ResistTrumpTuesdays. We’ll fortify Democratic senators for this fight—and let Republican senators know they’ll be held accountable if they choose to confirm such dangerous, notorious nominees.
Here’s Senators Bill Nelson’s and Marco Rubio’s office we found closest to you:
225 E. Robinson St.
Orlando, FL 32801
We’ll provide materials and training, support you in planning an agenda, and help you spread the word by recruiting other local MoveOn members to join you. And you’ll meet other local volunteers doing great work in their communities and sharing tips. If that sounds good, sign up to host an office visit now!
Donald Trump riled up crowds claiming he’d “drain the swamp” and chase corruption out of Washington. But so far his politics have only furthered a culture of corruption, and nowhere is that clearer than in the greed and hate embodied by the nominees to his Swamp Cabinet. No wonder the Republicans are rushing them through and hoping the American people don’t get a good look at these nominees, who have built their own power and wealth at the expense of the rest of us.
Here are just three of the #SwampCabinet nominees MoveOn members are opposing:
  • Jeff Sessions, attorney general nominee, known for long hostility toward racial equality, voting rights, and criminal justice,2 
  • Rex Tillerson, secretary of state nominee, a billionaire oil tycoon and longtime head of Exxon Mobil who has stymied action on climate change, and recipient of the Order of Friendship from Russian President Vladimir Putin;3
  • Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, a leading opponent of Obamacare who is under fire for trading hundreds of thousands of dollars in shares of health industry stock while pushing legislation that would benefit those stocks and himself.4
And these are only a few of Trump’s the Swamp Cabinet nominees. Democrats and Republicans alike need to hear from us before this parade of greed and hate is confirmed to a Cabinet that will attack working people, civil liberties, and the environment, while benefiting corporations and fellow billionaires.
Democrats have succeeded in slowing down some of the Swamp Cabinet nomination hearings, but so far, they haven’t used every tool in their toolbox to delay or stop Trump’s nominees. They could pledge to run down the clock during upcoming floor votes; with inauguration day this Friday, every extra day they spend on Cabinet hearings and votes is another day that the Republican-controlled Senate is denied the ability to press their other dangerous priorities.
We need to ensure that every Democratic senator is holding the line and that a few Republicans find reason to oppose, and we can do that by showing up in numbers at their offices, earning local media, and making sure our voices are heard. There’s no time to waste! Whether this is your first rally or your 50th, sign up to host a Stop Trump’s Swamp Cabinet rally at your senator’s local office next Tuesday.
Thanks for all you do.
—Chris, Vicki, Gabby, Katie, and the rest of the team
P.S. After Sunday’s 500 inspiring community meetings, volunteers jumped right into action! Nancy B. in Bend, Oregon, shared this: “A rally came out of one of the Bend ResistTrump meetings AND it was picked up by the press!” MoveOn members and allies greeted Republican representative Greg Walden as he visited a pharmaceutical company Monday, with signs reading “Don’t Take My Care.”5 Be like Nancy and host your own local rally next Tuesday. Click here to register your event and we’ll support you every step of the way.
Sources:
1. “Colorado rep’s departure agitates constituents at Obamacare meeting: reports,” The Hill, January 15, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7615?t=7&akid=176046.34309859.8Q6o0R
2. “10 things to know about Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general,” The Washington Post, January 10, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/7480?t=9&akid=176046.34309859.8Q6o0R
3. “Who is Rex Tillerson, the ExxonMobil chairman who may become secretary of state?”, The Washington Post, December 13, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/7481?t=11&akid=176046.34309859.8Q6o0R
4. “Pelosi calls for ethics probe into HHS pick Tom Price,” The Hill, January 6, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7597?t=13&akid=176046.34309859.8Q6o0R
5. “Bend protesters greet Walden at start of Central Oregon visit,” KTVZ.com, January 16, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7625?t=15&akid=176046.34309859.8Q6o0R

Finally, the Orlando Sentinel publishes a reasonable letter to the editor

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Hopefully, they got an onslaught of letters addressing the idiotic one that appeared in the paper from Diane Panacek on Jan. 17th.  I salute the great rebuttal today from Doug David.

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-letters-right-to-march-dc-012017-20170120-story.html