Trans Resistance Against Trump

I recently attended a lecture at Sonoma State University as part of their “Feminist Lecture Series.” The theme of this lecture was “Trans Resistance Against Trump.” The speaker was a trans woman named Mia. Per her bio, “Mia Satya is a trailblazing community organizer with over a decade of advocacy experience. Mia Satya has served on over 10 committees in 5 San Francisco city government departments and played key roles in the re-authorization of the Children’s Fund that secured $150 million a year in critical services. Mia is the first transsexual graduate of Emerge, the premiere statewide political training program for women. In 2016 Mia was honored as San Fransisco Pride Grand Marshall and was elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Mia Satya is the founder of All Out: the LGBTQ+ Political Pipeline, which educates and connects youth to create change.”

Mia spoke about things that I as a cis woman had not thought about. OF course I think we’re all aware Trump isn’t exactly an advocate of trans rights, or womens’ rights in general.  Mia provided an overview of all the ways trans rights are impacted by areas of government — housing, healthcare, education, mental health, safety, incarceration…Government organizations and branches without a plan for dealing with trans people endangers trans people. (HHS, HUD, Census, DOE, SCOTUS)

In the last presidential election, trans communities supported Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who both sadly lost. There was and is a vast difference in views between presidential candidates of last year regarding trans rights (including our current president).

 

As with a lot of crimes where people fear for themselves or are shamed by the reporting process, trans crimes are underrepresented by statistics as they go underreported. Less than half a percent of the population is trans and yet trans crimes are disproportionately higher than a lot of other populations.

Trans people should have equal rights — everywhere. They should have protections in all areas of government oversight that affects them –military, policing (public safety laws), housing fairness, schools (bathrooms!) violence prevention & healthcare to deal with the community’s  specific needs.  The ACA covers (covered?) trans needs.

 

Additionally trans ppl arent being included in the census which is a HUGE disservice to the trans community but to everyone else. We deserve to know who our populations are. Trans ppl still need to fight for inclusion, even in areas of life they should be welcomed like the recent Women’s March. Hate crimes are reportedly up since Trump’s election. 78-80% of hate crimes are against trans people per Mia.

Trans rights to EXIST are the issue in this country, NOT bathrooms.

 

Ways that non-trans ppl can help is to call out rules and laws that are discriminatory, as well as situations where trans bigotry is on display.

Thank you Mia. I learned so much. I pledge to continue learning more. We all owe it to the trans community to learn the needs that government is ignoring and to create inclusion wherever its needed. Listen, call out. donate.

 

sources for more information:

National Center for Gender Equality

TGI Justice Project

Trans Women of Color

TAJA Coalition

@miatumutch

#girlboss

 

 

 

 

 

email reply to Sen. Mooney

“And each year in our nation, 1.6 million innocent babies are slaughtered for the mere crime of being born” Sir with all due respect, I think you dont realize these babies have not been born. And none are considered “babies” in utero.

Men should not make decisions for women, certainly not medical ones, for this very reason

Send Donald Trump a postcard

Mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him
Wednesday, March 15

We, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him — and against us — means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.
Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day.
So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your honesty and candor can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin.
Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump
Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump ! Spread the word! Everyone on Earth should let Donnie know how he’s doing. They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.
Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:
President (for now) Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Men of Steel

 This year I am trying to get my news & information in more direct ways rather than through the filter of mainstream media. I subscribe to many Senators newsletters including Republican ones b/c I like to know directly what they are telling people.I found this interesting for the fact that it tells a little about improvements being made in manufacturing here in the U.S> BUT ALSO MENTIONS THINGS PRESIDENT OBAMA DID that no GOP member has acknowledged (other than Rob Portman, here in his newsletter)

From Sen. Rob Portman’s weekly newsletter: Rob Portman is Republican.

 

 

“The Steel Industry Preservation Act would provide a tax credit for steel companies that produce steel industry fuel, which is created by reusing waste products from steel production in an environmentally sustainable way. In addition to the tax credit, the production of steel industry fuel lowers the cost of steel production and promotes job creation.

Portman and Brown have also worked to give domestic industries the ability to fight unfair trade practices and Senator Portman has been widely acclaimed for his commitment to steel workers. In June 2015, their Leveling the Playing Field Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama, ushering in the most significant changes to trade remedy law since 2002.”

trumps EO is not just like Obama’s

From the Washington Post

 

Is Trump’s policy “similar to what President Obama did in 2011″?

Not really. Obama didn’t announce a ban on visa applications. There were reported delays in processing Iraqi refugee background checks after a 2011 case involving two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Ky. Federal officials had found that the two men had attempted to help terrorist activities against U.S. soldiers in Iraq. (This is what White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway later called the “Bowling Green massacre,” which, of course, didn’t happen. She later called it an “honest mistake.”)

There were new screening procedures, but there wasn’t a policy that prevented all citizens from a country, like Trump’s executive order. We awarded Three Pinocchios.

Are foreign-born people more likely to attack the U.S. homeland?

The order says “numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since Sept. 11, 2001.” Of about 400 individuals charged with or credibly involved in jihad-inspired activity in the U.S. since 9/11, just under half (197) were U.S.-born citizens, according to research by the nonpartisan think tank New America Foundation. Another 82 were naturalized citizens and 44 were permanent residents.

Shock event

Rarely do I repost things that are not my original writings unless I have a blog to coincide w/ it, but with so much to say about all the actions of the Trump administration & its actions I feel sometimes others say what I want & say it better. I also just want to share these views & the information contained

 

 

 

Here is an interesting perspective on the notion of this weekend’s “shock event” from Boston College professor of American History, Heather Cox Richardson: she is writing from the position of a moderate (albeit one who has published several books on the history of the Republican party).

“There is an important non-partisan point to make today.
What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock event.” Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos. People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they alone know how to restore order. When opponents speak out, the authors of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial event. There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.

Last night’s Executive Order has all the hallmarks of a shock event. It was not reviewed by any governmental agencies or lawyers before it was released, and counterterrorism experts insist they did not ask for it. People charged with enforcing it got no instructions about how to do so. Courts immediately have declared parts of it unconstitutional, but border police in some airports are refusing to stop enforcing it.
It is designed explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like. I don’t know what Bannon is up to– although I have some guesses– but because I know Bannon’s ideas well, I am positive that there is not a single person whom I consider a friend on either side of the aisle– and my friends range pretty widely– who will benefit from whatever it is. If the shock event strategy works, though, many of you will blame each other, rather than Bannon, for the fallout. And the country will have been tricked into accepting their real goal.

But because shock events destabilize a society, they can also be used positively. We do not have to respond along old fault lines. We could just as easily reorganize into a different pattern that threatens the people who sparked the event. A successful shock event depends on speed and chaos because it requires knee-jerk reactions so that people divide along established lines. This, for example, is how Confederate leaders railroaded the initial southern states out of the Union. If people realize they are being played, though, they can reach across old lines and reorganize to challenge the leaders who are pulling the strings. This was Lincoln’s strategy when he joined together Whigs, Democrats, Free-Soilers, anti-Nebraska voters, and nativists into the new Republican Party to stand against the Slave Power. Five years before, such a coalition would have been unimaginable. Members of those groups agreed on very little other than that they wanted all Americans to have equal economic opportunity. Once they began to work together to promote a fair economic system, though, they found much common ground. They ended up rededicating the nation to a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

Confederate leaders and Lincoln both knew about the political potential of a shock event. As we are in the midst of one, it seems worth noting that Lincoln seemed to have the better idea about how to use it.

 

email to Scott Pruitt, Trump nominee to head the EPA

Hello
I write to you today not on my own behalf or OK’s behalf but on the worlds behalf. Your nomination to head the EPA is dubious at  best and entirely inappropriate at the most. In your capacity as the elected Attorney General for Oklahoma, you sued the federal government repeatedly in attempts to block EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other critical environmental laws.  You expressed skepticism toward the overwhelming scientific consensus on man-made climate change.  In my view, accepting the science demonstrating man-made climate change is essential for any nominee who aspires to lead a federal environmental agency & most certainly the EPA. I think in the interest of all I respectfully request you turn down this nomination for someone better suited to, and certainly more passionate for,  the position.

the ACA: how its helped me

The ACA has helped me because I have a pre existing condition. Ive been turned down for life ins. & in my adult life health insurance approval was always an anxious process

I stayed on my mothers ins through age 25 b/c I got “disabled dependent” status in order to do so. When I got married things got a bit tough. I had ins through my own employer for awhile. When I left my job & went back to school, I applied for my own policy w/ Kaiser for private ins. Kaiser told me I might get denied for my condition EVEN THOUGH I HAD HAD KAISER MY ENTIRE LIFE b/c they treat each “new policy” as a “new patient.” Thankfully I got approved as I had also written a letter & attached w/ my application, explaining my condition had not caused problems since I was a child. A year later my husband got a job that provided health ins but even his employer’s group plan had a clause stating people w/ pre existing conditions could be denied . I again submitted information making it clear my condition had not caused any issue in my adult life.

Fast forward to last year and started to have severe neurological symptoms that no one could figure out & it turned out it was an issue w/ brain due to my condition (I have a shunt -plastic implant- in my brain which had failed). The hospital stay alone cost $54000 (billed to insurance), not including the surgery itself. Thankfully I had met me deductible at this point & didnt pay anything out of pocket.

I’m absolutely terrified that this next year when its open enrollment at my husbands job & I’ll need to renew my coverage I will not be so lucky & they may tell me no, b/c now they can.

 

 

National Day of Patriotic Devotion

Trump can make a one time holiday via executive order but congress can approve to make it an annual one. So far I have not heard that proposed yet but we’ll see wont we? States can choose not to observe it. Just some added points   THat & only a true idiot declares a holiday after the fact. “I declare this a holiday..yesterday” But Trump being so out of touch & inexperienced likely doesnt even know this.Let him celebrate #PartyOfOne

Just the facts ma’am (Womens March)

I feel its important for people to be informed. I am quite aware of how conservative news outlets report the Women’s Marches as “anti abortion protests” “the election”or “women’s right.” Its easy enough to criticize & say “what rights have you lost?” Its not ab lost rights. Its about Trumps past rhetoric, campaign rhetoric & continued rhetoric…and giving the country a visual that that is not ok. The march encompassed many things including immigrant rights, the environment, healthcare, reproductive care access (hint that doesn’t mean “abortion” but includes birth control access, medical care access, and women’s health in the broad sense) > This was not funded by George Soros, PP, etc & no one was paid.

If people choose to not inform themselves, thats their choice but please be mindful of that & choose not to spread lies & misinformation b/c it was on meme or fox news, or Ted Nugent or whatever. I “liked” all the Trumps pages b/c I would rather get my info firsthand, wouldn’t you? I also subscribe to foreign news outlets to see how American events are viewed elsewhere, and also a lot of Congress people’s email newsletters. I encourage you all to do the same.While I realize Fox News gives ppl news they’re comfortable with, please realize news you’re comfortable with isn’t necessarily unbiased news. Or truthful news. Or accurate. Information shouldn’t just make you comfortable or only subscribe to your chosen views. The term is “ignorance is bliss” is an accurate one.
Being informed is important & takes effort and due diligence in our current times of “alternate facts” (which used to be called lies)