Join the National Strike for Democracy

On February 17, 2017--the Friday before President's Day Weekend--Americans will be holding a National General Strike. Expected is a 24-hour occupation of public spaces in protest of the Trump administration’s refusal to Honor the Constitution of the United States of America. 

Participants in this strike pledge to be non-violent and on the day of the strike:
  • not got to work (unless absolutely necessary)
  • not go to school (unless necessary)
  • not spend any money (unless necessary)
Shut down your spending. Do nothing. Do not bank (unless you intend to pull funds OUT). Do not go to work (unless you absolutely have to). Do not buy gas or oil. Disengage. Go offline, just for one day. Unplug. Do NOT feed the beast.

The intention is to demonstrate our dissent of unconstitutional governance by the Federal Government by boycotting spending, using our wallets for dissent purposes, and gathering and participating in activities organized at local and on personal levels to have our voices heard. (An organization in Richmond, Virginia, for example, is planning a day of service. Instead of work, the strikers will dedicate their time to serving neighbors in need.)

Other suggestions made by the organizers include--
  • Using your lunch break to disrupt and participate. Use social media to show how you #BreakLunch. Tweet, FB, Instagram, and Snapchat messages that support democracy. Include hashtags #BreakLunch, #GeneralStrike, #F17
  • Donating your lunch money that day to a cause you believe in. Post about it and use those same hashtags.
  • Reaching out to your representatives in Washington DC or your state and telling them why you are “striking” today, then post about it using strike-related hashtags.
  • Joining with other like-minded folks and occupying public spaces with positive messages of resistance and solidarity.
  • Getting creative, remaining nonviolent, and considering fun ways of showing dissent. 
  • Participating in the National Day of Community Service to coincide with the General Strike on February 17. We hope this will allow folks who cannot ‘strike’ to take advantage of their employer’s commitment to Community Service and Community Service Leave request systems. 
  • Making your feelings known at any of a series of First Amendment Open-Mic gatherings. More details and participating venues to follow.
  • If you are a teacher or student, participating in the National Teach-In on Democracy to take place February 17. (See separate posting on National Teach-Ins.)
(See the Events page on this website for organized gatherings around the country.)

Activist and engineer Michael Olschimke provides a list of 198 creative ways to protest non-violently (including the use of humor) at http://www.olschimke.eu/activities/projects/198-methods-of-nonviolent-action/. Some are listed in the "SUGGESTIONS" Section of this website.

So go on now. Find your people. Make your plan.

About Tuesday, February 21: If you normally do not work or attend higher education classes on Friday perhaps you will consider boycotting work and/or school on Tuesday February 21, 2017 (the day between President's Day and George Washington's birthday) to carry on our protest and keep it growing. Most importantly, demand your rights continuously and hit corporatist legislators and POTUS Trump where it hurts and influences the most, by buying only local products and avoiding those banks that finance the pipelines and stores that carry Trump brands.


Good News: Impeachment in Process, Step 1

Rep. Jerry Nadler of NY has filed impeachment orders against President Trump. Read more at http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b466270074493045831ec22cc&id=6c6daeb170&e=6a7e4feead

(From Countable.US)--

A top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee has filed a "resolution of inquiry" into President Donald J. Trump. It can be considered a step toward the impeachment process because of the information sought in this case. The last time a resolution of inquiry was considered on the House floor was in 1995, against then-President Bill Clinton related to financial aid for Mexico.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, (D-NY) filed the inquiry; Nadler is the second ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, which responds to such filings. He offered the following statement on his resolution:
"Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. His foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional, he has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is clouded by the specter of Russian intervention in the election and his Administration.”

What's a resolution of inquiry?

According to official rules, the Judiciary Committee must respond to the resolution of inquiry within 14 legislative days, or Congressional workdays. The committee can either report the resolution favorably, reject it, or revise it. If it chooses not to act within that time period, Congressman Nadler could request that the resolution be discharged (meaning it gets pulled out of committee) so that the House as a whole can then vote on it.
By rejecting a resolution of inquiry, the committee considering it isn’t necessarily saying that the subject of the inquiry is without merit or that the administration didn’t provide the requested information. It could mean that the committee received what it asked for and that what it got is enough to bring the administration in compliance with the request, meaning that further action was unnecessary.
Only the House has the ability to file a resolution of inquiry, as there’s no counterpart in the Senate’s parliamentary rules. Resolutions of inquiry are also given privileged status in the House, meaning that the House’s ordinary business can be interrupted so that they can be considered, although the House can still choose to give precedence to other matters through a majority vote.

Is Trump being impeached?

No. The resolution of inquiry only seeks information from the executive branch. Depending on the information uncovered by the inquiry, it could lead to broader calls for impeachment. Nadler is seeking information related to investigations of Trump, his associates, his foreign business interests, and conflict of interest laws such as the emoluments clause of the Constitution.
As a reminder, impeachment involves the levying of charges against a government official who has committed "treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." The indictment comes from the House, and if a majority of lawmakers support impeachment the case advances to the Senate. The Senate then begins a trial with witnesses and cross-examinations, and a two-thirds majority is required to convict an official. In the event of a conviction, the official is immediately removed from office and could be barred from holding office in the future or face criminal prosecution.
What do you think? Tell your representatives: 


Protest Every Month

Here's another opportunity to protest the current administration, from a group called The Ides of Trump:
On March 15th, people will be mailing Donald Trump postcards that publicly express their opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the POTUS 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 Donald 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 frustration. 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, with not a single "fan" message.
So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest criticisms can pierce Donald’s famously thin skin.
Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump
Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:
President (for now) Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
It might just be enough to make him crack.

A List of Banks Financing the DAPL Pipeline that Standing Rock Needs You to Boycott

  • ABN Amro Capital
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank)
  • Barclays
  • BayernLB
  • BBVA Securities
  • BNP Paribas
  • Citibank (CitiGroup)
  • Citizens Bank
  • Comerica Bank
  • Compass Bank
  • Credit Agricole
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deutsche Bank
  • DNB Capital
  • DNB Capital/ASA
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HSBC Bank
  • ICBC London
  • ING Bank
  • Intesa SanPaolo
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Mizuho Bank
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Natixis
  • Origin Bank (formerly Community Trust)
  • PNC Bank
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • SMBC Nikko Securities
  • Societe General
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Bank
  • SunTrust
  • TD Securities
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • U.S. Bank
  • UBS
  • Wells Fargo
Contact info for all CEOs/PR advisors, etc.: http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/how-to-contact-the-17-banks-funding-the-dakota-access-pipeline-20160929


List of Cities Planning F17 Strike

Since the main Strike4Democracy went private another group (National Strike, Feb. 17) has taken up the conversation in the public sphere. They are sharing press release ideas and lots of info. 

They're small, but help them grow at https://www.facebook.com/groups/823246301149021/

They also provide a list of local chapter or group contacts & FB pages shown here:

List of regional chapters and events for Feb 17 strike AS OF 2/9/2017


United States of America
Miami, FL (General Strike & Sanctuary Demonstration) https://www.facebook.com/events/1190827384288168/ 
Des  Moines, IA
Bangor, ME (pending)
New York, NY (this one’s huge) https://www.facebook.com/events/635486416639686/ 
Providence, RI - National Lawyers Guild rally for Human Rights and Against Fascism on 02/17 at 1:00pm, U.S. District Court across from Kennedy Plaza https://www.facebook.com/events/692589174247810/ 
Salt Lake City, UT (Let them pee protest)  https://www.facebook.com/events/1789897834669643/ 

For the teachers everywhere: https://www.facebook.com/nationalteachin/

Together we are ONE.
Never give up.
Never grow complacent.

Build it and they will come...

Thank you National Strike, Feb. 17 Group!!