Stop the Trump Apologizing

In the context of continual malfeasance, I share this one example because I think it is a quick shortcut reference when Trump apologists (who you maybe care about) think unbridled disgust is an overreaction to this Republican administration.

Responsible and decent Americans have rejected explicit “white-power” sentiments for generations. Even your less principled compadres who overvalue moderated partisanship will struggle to fit this into the venerated “middle ground.”

The President’s Top Adviser Is Literally a KKK-Level White Power Scumbag via Slate

7 reasons to put ladies first in 2018

Ladies first means lady candidates for elected office running on lady issues. #ladiesfirst2018

Here are 7 reasons why:

  1. It’s about damn time

  2. Women’s march was historic and has kicked off a new progressive movement

    • Progressive demonstration has continued almost daily since, including major opposition to the unconstitutional “travel ban”
    • It illustrated that the public will throw themselves behind women’s issues when given the opportunity to be clear in their support
  3. Provides the Democratic Party with a clear distinguishing feature

    • Something other than the true but facile “Republicans are the absolute worst and we aren’t them”
      • This proved an unsuccessful message in the 2016 presidential election (which is possibly the best test of that strategy we’ll ever see)
    • Something that will get out the vote
      • The start of the Trump-era resistance was a historically enormous gathering in support of women and their rights
  4. A representative government ought to be representative of the population

    • Yes, whether the representative government represents the reproductive biology of his or her constituency is a personal preference and, in this regard, rounding to the nearest gender is like rounding to ten from five but so what – it’s been out of balance for all of written history
    • So yeah, this is totally my preference and I suspect I’m in good company
    • And so, since the electorate is majority female, our representation in government ought to be as well
  5. Women as are the largest suppressed/oppressed/exploited population segment nationally and worldwide

    • Address the injustices in the experience of the American Woman and you address the injustices of intersecting groups defined by economics, skin color, and sexual preference and others
  6. Women are already more consistently aligned with Democrats while men are more predictably aligned with Republicans

    • Does the so-called “women vote” as a bloc determine election outcomes? Sometimes ( <–This source is from 1996. Do any of you have new data?)
    • The fact is, women are the base and should be accommodated responsibly
    • No need to reinvent the party, just heighten the existing contrast
  7. Some Republican voter suppression laws target women

    • Empower this group to fight back

 

First Annual Women’s March

I have a feeling it will be equally relevant in 2018 to demonstrate a repudiation of institutional misogyny and remind the progressive majority of America that women are the largest oppressed population in our nation and around the world. Let’s plan on it. (Actually, I’m hearing buzz now that a weekly march might be in order. Not a bad idea.)

When my wife and I took our kids to the women’s march yesterday, it was the third time we have demonstrated our distress over the President and the objectives of the GOP at large. The first time, we were leaving my daughter’s ballet class in the Loop and as we crossed the street, the first post-election Trump protest was pouring by us at State and Randolph chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets,” and I thought to myself, “damn right” so my wife and I agreed silently to join them in their northward march to the new president-elect’s namesake building on the north side of the Chicago River.

The second time was a few days later, I think, and we joined after another ballet class and a quick romp at Maggie Daley Park. We attached safety pins to our coats and stroller (at this time, cynics hadn’t yet attempted to corrupt this innocent and sincere gesture of solidarity). First we wept a little, overwhelmed, then we chanted – Eloise too.

To prepare for the women’s march, Eloise stayed up late making her sign. Hers is obviously the best:

Way to show up, everybody. #regram @almo218

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Proof that Salma Rose was with us too:

 

This was Lu’s first concept for a protest sign. She’s sticking her tongue out at Trump, here labeled “BUT” while Michelle and I stand there, mouths agape, very surprised by her behavior.

 

The weather was good, the vibe was great, the footage was excellent, and the message was sent. The challenge now is to stay engaged, spirited, and hopeful.

 

Big day

A basic rundown for posterity:

  • Beer dreams
  • Accion member lenders are unifying online
    • We now have our hands on great organizational content outlining our mission, history, and impact
    • I’ve composed a detailed requirements document for a full refresh of Accion’s site
      • This will improve the experience for clients and partners/funders alike
      • We will have more flexibility for campaigns and iterative site improvements
    • Next phases:
      • Contract an agency for a Look and Feel Guide along with Wireframes for each necessary component
      • Contract a designer to combine the Guide and the Wireframes into mockups
      • Contract a developer to make the designs interactive on the web
      • Looking to have this thing launched in the Spring
  • Making the BBoR matter
    • The what? Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights
    • Composed by the Responsible Business Lending Coalition
      • of which Accion is a member
    • I’ll be helping them shape discrete experiences for borrowers and potential signatories