News: White House Bans Major US News Outlets, Lets “Alt-Right” Fringe In

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“Journalists from The New York Times and two other news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by President Trump’s press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.

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Reporters from The Times, CNN and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, for the scheduled briefing. Aides to Mr. Spicer allowed in reporters from only a handpicked group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed to attend.

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Organizations allowed in included Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended.

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Reporters from Time magazine and The Associated Press, who were set to be allowed in to the briefing, chose not to attend in protest of the White House’s actions.

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“Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties,” Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. “We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.”

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The White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents the press corps, quickly rebuked the White House’s actions. “The W.H.C.A. board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” the association president, Jeff Mason, said in a statement. “We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing
this further with White House staff.”

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The White House move came hours after Mr. Trump delivered a slashing broadside against the news media in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.”

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CNN, New York Times, LA Times, Politico and BuzzFeed News were all barred today.
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Read the New York Times article here.

 

Support: Run for Something

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Run for Something will recruit and support talented, passionate youngsters who will advocate for progressive values now and for the next 30 years, with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench.

We’ll take a chance on people the usual “institutions” might never encounter. We’ll help people run for offices like state legislatures, mayorships, city council seats, and more.

We’ll do whatever it takes to get more under-35 year-olds on the ballot.

HOW WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS, IN FOUR QUICK BULLET POINTS

1  We’re going to shout from the rooftops about running for office. Constantly. We won’t shut up about it. We’ll talk to reporters. We’ll talk to friends, strangers, the Starbucks barista — anyone. We’ll run online ads about it. We’ll be annoying. (You’ll love it.)

2  We’ll talk to every single person who expresses interest in running. Maybe over email, or gchat, or on the phone, or (gasp) in real life. This will take some time – but if this is what it takes to find new candidates, this is what we’ll do.

3  We’ll connect people to training organizations. Places like Wellstone, EMILY’s List, Latino Victory Project, She Should Run, Emerge, Higher Heights, and more are already off to the races with incredible conferences and curriculum. We’ll help feed people into these programs.

4  For some of those candidates, we’ll take our support to the next level: $$$ and staff. We’ll raise funds, donate to campaigns directly through state-level PACs, and help these folks hire professional staff who can keep the momentum going.

WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE WERE LOOKING FOR

Millennial  Right now, that means under the age of 35. We need young people.

Progressive

Specifically, we’ll look for people who will run on the following  issues:

— A focus on inequality, raising incomes, and creating jobs

— Pro-choice

— Pro-health care for all

— Pro-LGBT equality

— Advocating for criminal justice reform

— Believing that climate change is real, man-made, and our responsibility to fight

— Pro-voting rights

— Pro-immigration reform

— Pro-campaign finance reform

— Pro-gun violence prevention

We won’t serve as the “purity police.” It’s tempting to create a litmus test for more specific issues, but when working across the country, you have to take regional differences into account. A Democrat in Louisiana, for example, can’t emphasize the same thing as a Democrat in California.

Ultimately, a Democrat who shares your basic values is someone you can apply political pressure to once they’re in office. As we’ve seen, a Republican will almost never yield.

Intending to caucus as a Democrat if elected  Our goal is building a bench.

Diverse  Our candidates will be at least half women, as well as men of color. More broadly, we’ll look for diversity of experience. We certainly need more African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and people with disabilities to run for office, and we also need more scientists, more teachers, more engineers, and more non-lawyers to run for office.

Connected  We’ll look for candidates who have roots in their communities. This is literally a measurable quality: How many Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter connections does a person have? How many contacts in their phone that live in their district still? How can we measure their possible influence in their district? We don’t want to convince someone to move home to run — we want someone who calls a place home to step up and run.

That “X” factor  2016 taught us that who the candidate is matters. How well they communicate online and in person, how comfortable they are in their skin, and how “authentic” they can be are all important factors.

In 2017, we’d like to target Virginia and possibly North Carolina. However we’re willing to invest in good talent wherever it is.

RUN – JOIN – HELP – GIVE HERE.

Support: Immigrant Defense Project

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The mission of Immigrant Defense Project is to secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States.

We work to transform a racially biased criminal legal system that violates basic human rights and an immigration system that tears hundreds of thousands of immigrants with convictions each year from their homes, their families, and their communities.

We fight to end the current era of unprecedented mass deportation via strategies that attack these two interconnected systems at multiple points. We use impact litigation and advocacy to challenge unfair laws and policies and media and communications to counter the pervasive demonization of immigrants. And we provide expert legal advice, training, and resources to immigrants, legal defenders, and grassroots organizations, to support those on the frontlines of the struggle for justice.

We help lay the groundwork for a day when the criminal and immigration laws of the United States respect and uphold the human rights of everyone, fulfilling the values of equality, justice, and fairness for all.

Practice Advisories

 Guidance on developments in “crim-imm” law

Charts + Checklists

Up-to-date, easy-to-use information for attorneys

Legal Advice

Expert advice for immigrants, families, and attorneys

What’s New

Updates on IDP news, events, trainings, and more

Learn more about IDP, and how to support their work, here.

Advocate: Indivisible Guide

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When we put the Indivisible Guide online as a poorly formatted, typo-filled Google Doc, we never imagined how far and fast it would spread. Since December, the guide has been downloaded over a million times. More than 4,500 local groups have signed up to resist the Trump agenda in nearly every congressional district in the country. What’s more, you all are putting the guide into action—showing up en masse to congressional district offices and events, and flooding the congressional phone lines. You’re resisting—and it’s working.

We are absolutely floored. It may have started as a tweeted Google Doc, but now (and sorry if this sounds corny) we feel an extraordinary sense of responsibility to help this movement as best we can. To do this, the Indivisible Guide team is starting a (nonprofit) organization, and we want to tell you why.

Bottom line, we want to do two big things better:

  1. Demystify congressional advocacy. We get hundreds of questions every day about what Congress is doing, how to organize locally (see the toolkit!), and how to advocate in different situations. We’re going to start sending out timely updates and resources on what’s going on in Congress and how you can best organize, make your voice heard, and influence your members of Congress.
  2. Support the community of local groups putting the Indivisible Guide into action. We want to provide shared tools to help groups organize events, communicate with each other, and share best practices and resources. This also means spotlighting local successes and supporting a sense of a shared purpose. You can see that shared purpose already forming—just look at this beautiful movement on Rachel Maddow.

We are already doing some of this! We now have over seventy (70!) volunteers working early mornings, late nights, weekends, and sick days on everything that you see the Indivisible Guide team do—email responses, congressional updates, the group directory, the website, our social media, and a bunch more. It’s been an amazing labor of love by a stellar group of, yeah we’ll say it, patriots. But we want to do more.

As we form a nonprofit, we want to make something clear: we’re not the leaders of this movement. The last few weeks have made it abundantly clear that local groups are taking ownership of the resistance to Trump’s agenda themselves. You all are the leaders—we’re just here to help.

We’re still developing our long-term strategy, and we want to hear from you about what you need and want. But going forward, you’ll see a lot more from us in those two buckets of work above—we want to demystify the heck out of Congress and build a vibrant community of angelic troublemakers.

In solidarity,

Ezra Levin
President of the Board

Leah Greenberg
Vice President of the Board

Angel Padilla
Secretary of the Board

Sarah Dohl
Board Member

Matt Traldi
Treasurer of the Board

Get the Indivisible Guide at: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

Learn: The Muslim Ban Guidebook

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During his presidential campaign, candidate Donald J. Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States—until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” If you recall, Muslim Girl decided to temporarily suspend its coverage of Trump to recenter our voices in these ongoing conversations. That’s also when we had to publish the Crisis Safety Manual for Muslim Women just to navigate surviving the rise in Islamophobic tensions.

A year later, President Trump has commenced the initial process of following through with his promise, planning to put in place a “ban” that will likely restrict rights and opportunities for thousands of immigrants. The seven Muslim-majority countries currently being targeted include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen.

We couldn’t let this happen without creating a go-to resource to help you, your families, colleagues, and friends in taking part in the conversations ahead. Here is a guide that includes statistics, glossary terms, talking points, summaries, and more. Consider it your CliffsNotes to the “Muslim ban” and more.

This, more than ever, is the time we stand united. This is the time to reclaim our rights. This is the time to learn about what our rights are, and know how to invoke them and safeguard them, so that no president or administration can erase us from a country that we helped to build, grow, and prosper. This is also the time for our allies to step up, speak out, and fight.

Read the book at: http://muslimgirl.com/37348/muslim-ban-guidebook/

Support: Our Future

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“After three decades of conservative dominance in American politics, we Americans are threatened with economic disintegration, environmental devastation and international isolation.

The list of failure is simply exhausting: a disastrous Iraq occupation, a destabilized Middle East and Asia, the persistent threat of terrorism, a menacing climate crisis, an insecure and dwindling energy supply, unprecedented trade deficits, unchecked global corporate power, our broken health care system, a weakened pension system and an increasingly inaccessible higher education system.

But out of the ashes of this era of conservative failure comes an historic opportunity for progressives to salvage the American Ideal and shape this young century.

That’s where we come in.

The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.

To attain our ultimate goal, we spearhead a compelling progressive agenda that addresses the kitchen-table issues working families face. We regularly convene and educate progressive thinkers, organizers and community activists so our voices will be coordinated, cogent and potent. And we incubate national campaigns on the critical issues that will define America for generations to come.”

A nice feature of OurFuture website is the Smart Talk section that provides “cheat sheets” for discussing the issues. Learn more about Our Future at: https://ourfuture.org/