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100 Days of Trump and Feeling Powerfully Blue

100 Days of Trump and Feeling Powerfully Blue

The first 100 days of a presidency is usually referred to as the honeymoon; with Trump as president the experience has been more like, “Brace yourself, Bridget!”

And yet, it’s been pretty much what I expected: chaos.

People who voted for Trump, or as I like to call them, “half of my friends and family”, voted for him precisely for his ability to disrupt things.  As one family member told me, “He’s like throwing a stick of dynamite into Congress.  Ha!”

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Well, looks like the joke is on all of us.

Key campaign staff are under FBI investigation for potentially colluding with the Russians to swing the election, millions of women across the globe marched the day after his inauguration, he’s rolled back regulations and put climate change deniers in charge of the EPA, his surrogates spew out “alternative facts,” and somehow his press secretary missed the history class that mentioned Hitler gassed 6 million Jews.

Through his executive orders, personnel choices and Tweets he has made it abundantly clear that his new America is tied to white nationalists.

The selection of Steve Bannon as his chief strategist is the biggest evidence of this direction.  Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News, home of the alt-right (which is fancy for “white nationalist”) helped to bring racist misogynists like Milo Yiannopolis mainstream and emboldened people like former KKK leader David Duke and neo-Nazi Richard Spencer to praise Trump’s rhetoric openly.

Even though Trump said he disavows these groups, his words, deeds and sentiments seem to resonate with them, which is pretty telling in and of itself.  When was the last time you remember the KKK holding a parade for a president?  Or have you ever seen a video of Nazis salute any American president like they did when they said, “Heil Trump“?

Jeff Sessions, considered too racially biased to be a federal judge in 1986 (!) is now the attorney general.  During the first 100 days he promised the US Justice Department would no longer seek to reform systemic police abuses (not even in Ferguson and Baltimore,) wanted to freeze federal funds to “sanctuary cities,” and had to officially recuse himself from any hearings on Russia-Trump investigations because he…ahem…forgot to mention his two (2) meetings with the Russian ambassador prior to the election.  Hmm.

Happily, Trump’s Muslim ban was ruled unconstitutional (twice) but not without first causing mass confusion and protests at international airports.  Hate crimes are on the rise and increased bullying at schools across the country is referred to as “The Trump Effect”.

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After bragging how easy it would be to repeal and replace healthcare for almost a decade, and with Republican majorities in the House and Senate, the guy who loves the art of the deal couldn’t pull it off.  The AHCA died before it was even voted on, so his administration didn’t win, but the fortunately the American people did, because that plan would have been a total disaster (to coin his phrase) leaving 24 million without health coverage and essential benefits.

While not very good at getting his legislation passed, Trump is pretty good at taking away women’s rights.  One of his first executive orders was to instill the “gag rule” which banned funding for international family planning charities who provide or “promote” abortions.  Yes, even talking about abortion as one of several options for pregnant women is forbidden.  He signed this surrounded by a room full of white men.

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And what better way to celebrate Sexual Assault Awareness Month than to defend former FOX anchor Bill O’Reilly, who paid $13 million to settle sexually inappropriate behavior claims by five women, by telling the New York Times “I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” But is his support a surprise to anyone who watched the Access Hollywood tape, which was the very definition of sexual assault?

Trump’s foreign policy is a giant cluster of whatever he’s feeling at the moment:  NATO is obsolete.  No wait!  It’s not anymore.  China is a currency manipulator.  Oops!  My bad.  They’re not.  I’m solidly against NAFTA.  Unless I’m talking to the leaders of Canada and Mexico.  Then I’m totally cool with it.  Plus, Mexico is going to pay for that wall!  Except, they’re not, so American taxpayers will or else We Will Shut Down This Government!  Ok, you called my bluff.  Did I mention we dropped the mother of all bombs in Afghanistan and got involved in the Syrian civil war after I said I wouldn’t and now we might go to war with North Korea?

His lack of knowledge of a plethora of issues and seeming willingness to drive a hard bargain and then instantly back down only weakens us as a nation.

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In the latest interview with Reuters, Trump said, “I thought it would be easier…I miss my old life.”  This follows his bewildered discoveries that “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” and that dealing with North Korea was “not so easy.”

Remember that old saying, “Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it”?  Trump is beginning to understand it and it can only be a matter of time before the people who put their faith in him to bring back manufacturing jobs and the good old days will get buyer’s remorse too.

But one positive side effect of Trump’s 100 days is that he awakened a sleeping giant:  Progressives, women, immigrants, people of color, LBGTQ and religious minorities are energized like never before.

First we marched, now an unprecedented 13,000 women are running for office across the country.  And here, in deep red Texas, our Marchers have identified over 70 progressive candidates, 45 of them women!  (You can see a candidate list here:  North TexasCentral Texas, Gulf Coast or click on the map below).

Suddenly people have realized that silence is no longer an option.  Patriotism requires being an everyday activist, even when it’s hard.  From students to retirees, people are calling their reps, marching for science, donating to support free speech and showing up at town halls to hold elected officials accountable.

Another positive thing that Trump has proven, is that anyone can beat the odds.  Even he did think he would win!  (Remember, “The election is rigged”?)  So when we at March On! Texas hear that our state is solidly conservative and will be forever, we know that’s not true.

We believe that we can turn Texas blue and it begins with you.  Early voting is now open and the official election date is May 6th.  So if we truly want to limit the number of days that Trump and his cronies are in power, we must flex our power by voting.

March on y’all!

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteer Opportunities!

Here are some volunteer opportunities forwarded to us from Round Rock candidates Hilda Montgomery – Mayor Round Rock, Tammy Young – City Council Place 1 and Tracie Storie – City Council Place 4.

Hilda Montgomery – candidate for Mayor of Round Rock

Get Out the Vote – Saturday
Saturday, April 22 starting at 10:00 am
1201 Lacey Oak Loop, Round Rock, TX 78681
– Blockwalk: 10:00 am
– Blockwalk: 2:00 pm
**Come at the listed times or whenever works for you.
Contact: Allison Heinrich, 713-297-1650 or by email

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71 Progressives, 45 Women

71 Progressives, 45 Women

Hey Marchers,

Are you excited?  Well you should be!  If you followed the special elections in blood red Kansas and Georgia you noticed that the grassroots progressives came just shy of flipping those reps from red to blue.

Here in Texas, we are ready to go even farther.  Let’s get results!  No more close calls, this is too important.  Here is a map of 71 progressive candidates running for the local May 6 elections and 45 of them are women!

It’s crunch time y’all!  These candidates need your help!  Here’s what you can do:

  1. Find a progressive candidate near you.  (See above map or check out this nifty candidate Excel spreadsheet we made.)

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Get Progressive San Antonio!

Get Progressive San Antonio!

Are you ready to get some progressives in positions of power?  We are too!  Looks like the San Antonio races are heating up.

Here are the candidates with links to their websites and as well as any candidate statements given to us.

Find the person who fits your values and why not take it a step further by offering to volunteer?

John Courage – San Antonio City Council District 9

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Robert Feria – San Antonio City Council District 1

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Let’s Turn Texas Blue!

The only way for us to turn Texas blue is to volunteer, knock on doors, get the word out and get friends and family to vote in the May 6 election.

Click here to find out when and where to vote.

If you do volunteer, send us your photos!  March On! Texas will share them across our social media to help promote progressive candidates.

Resist, insist, persist, enlist!

March on y’all!

Trump’s Taxes Make Me Furious!

Trump’s Taxes Make Me Furious!

Every year around April 15th I start to get very patriotic.  Because that’s when my taxes are do and if I didn’t think about how great America is I’d be really ticked off I had to pay so much.

Usually, I’d say nice calming things like:  libraries, social security for grandma, Medicaid, food stamps, public schools for all, and then I’d gladly write the check to the IRS.  (OK, I wasn’t glad but I wasn’t angry about it either.)

But this year?  Holy Tax Evasion Bat Man!  Why do I have to kill myself to fill out all this paperwork when Donald Trump bragged during a debate that not paying taxes makes him smart!?!

Any why won’t he release his taxes?  Even Richard-I’m-Not-A-Crook-Nixon released his taxes!  The Republican rubber-stamping congress could order him to release his taxes as part of the inquiry into Russian business relationships, but they don’t seem interested at all.

Clearly his refusal to release his tax returns got a lot of people angry. Thousands of people in over 200 cities attended the Tax March yesterday.

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Support Williamson County Candidates!

Support Williamson County Candidates!

Are you fired up and ready to go?  Our progressive candidates need your help!

Election day is May 6 (early voting starts April 24).  That gives us three weeks to knock on doors, stuff envelopes, and donate $5-$10 to the candidate(s) of your choice.

March On! Texas will get as many posts out as possible between now and then with links to each candidate’s website so you can contact them directly to volunteer.  To make it easier to manage, we will divide candidates into regions.  You can also check out our nifty map to find who’s running in your neck of the woods.

Today’s focus is…Williamson County!

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What’s It Like to Lobby Your Reps?

What’s It Like to Lobby Your Reps?

Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he sure did motivate a bunch of Progressives to get involved!  Like a lot of people, I did my civic duty by voting and even gave some donations to Hillary Clinton, but would hardly call myself an activist.

Until election night.  Well, scratch that.  I was crying on election night.  I didn’t become an activist until I saw images of sea of people in pink hats holding protest signs at the Women’s March, standing up for our country and all its values.  Seeing those women gave me hope that we could change things, if only we organized, made our voices heard and committed to getting Progressive candidates elected.

That’s what Blue Ribbon Lobby Day was about.  Sponsored by the Texas Democratic Women, Texas Democratic Party, Travis County Democratic Party, March On! Texas, Annie’s List, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats and The AFL-CIO, this was a day to bring like-minded women together to fight for our rights and the rights of our families.

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Turn Texas Blue? It Begins with You!

Turn Texas Blue? It Begins with You!

November 6, 2016. Two days before the presidential election. Hillary Clinton is a shoo in to be the first female President of the United States. Yeah! Chill the champagne, it’s about time!

Flash forward to election day. Hillary is…wait, what?? Donald Trump is President of the United States? But, what happened? Some stayed home (remember the shoo in?), some voted for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein as a protest vote, and some voted for Trump to make a change.

Now, six months later, America really is a different place! I don’t even need to list the ways. You know. We have marched, we have protested, we have cried. But now it is time to look forward and effect some real change. Some positive change. May 6. Six months into this new reality. It’s election time again.

Change can start in Texas. With you. And dozens of progressive candidates who have stepped forward to say “I will fight for you.” And we must fight for them. For change begins at home; and school board members run for Governor one day. And maybe even President. One. Day.

Here’s how…

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Mamas of Gen Z

Mamas of Gen Z

Move over Millenials, there’s a new generation in town and they’ve got serious potential.  Gen Z (born between 1995-2009) is the most ethnically diverse generation in US history at 49% and they already account for 25% of the population.  Their lives have been completely influenced by technology (Snapchat anyone?) and they can’t remember a time without terrorism.  Many of them came of age during the Great Recession and, perhaps as a result, tend to be more financially conservative and pragmatic.

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Run Beto Run!

Run Beto Run!

In the midst of his tour around Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced that he is running for Ted Cruz’s spot in the U.S. Senate. He kicked off his campaign on April 1st in Austin. We went to his meet and greet at Scholz Garten with the same question everyone had, can he do it?

The outdoor beer garten at Scholz was absolutely packed on Saturday afternoon with energetic  Texans, still fired up from the Women’s March and eager to hear what Beto had to offer for the future of our state and our country. I personally left with three take aways about Beto:

  1. He will make immigration a priority.
  2. He could be a uniting force in a very divided political climate.
  3. He is listening to the people.

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