I took a vacation from updating my signs of fascism spreadsheet and now I'm back with a big picture update. Short version: Trump seems to be failing at one of the most basic requirements of fascism, which is winning popular support and suppressing public dissent. Trump was sworn in yesterday with the lowest approval ratings … Continue reading Update on signs of fascism in the U.S.
We have a problem in the U.S.: 63 million people who voted for Trump, either despite or because of his record of advocating and practicing racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, transphobia, religious hatred, and other cruel and backward beliefs. This election made it clear how important it is for people of good will to learn the … Continue reading One way to resist Trump: become an Ally Skills Workshop teacher
Today I signed the "Never Again" pledge along with hundreds of other tech workers. We pledged to take a variety of concrete actions to stop the U.S. government from using databases to target people for human rights abuses. One of those actions is "We refuse to participate in the creation of databases of identifying information … Continue reading Why tech worker resistance is crucial to preventing large-scale human rights abuses in the U.S.
[Content notes: disordered eating, exercise] Like many of you, I'm struggling to take care of myself in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. election. My friends and I are having stomach pain, trouble sleeping, difficulty staying focused on work, and many more signs of fear and stress. To add to it, as activists many of … Continue reading Radical self-care for activists in the time of Trump
I just published a guide to changing the hearts and minds of lukewarm Trump supporters over at the amazing Captain Awkward advice blog. I took what I learned from teaching the Ally Skills Workshop and turned it into a step-by-step process for changing people's minds effectively: identifying where you have the most influence, choosing who … Continue reading A post-election guide to changing hearts and minds
Several people have asked me to share the spreadsheet I mentioned in my previous post, the one I am using to track signs that the U.S. is governed by a fascist regime. Feel free to copy it and make your own modifications - it is licensed CC BY-SA 4.0 Valerie Aurora. Here is the current … Continue reading Spreadsheet of signs of fascism
If this season's Republican primary battle seems even more wacko, out of touch with reality, and farcical than usual, you're not alone. There's a simple explanation: Super PACs allow a select few individual people or organizations who are notably out of touch with reality - the super rich - to heavily influence political campaigns. If … Continue reading Politicians should ban Super PACs in self-defense