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:
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.
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
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%.
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:
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- 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
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.