Scoundrel Time

Small Acts When Multiplied

On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up grieved by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and began to fear for our democracy. Millions of others celebrated. Without a doubt, unprecedented political and social change is happening across the country. Protecting our civil liberties is an age-old fight, and standing up for our rights and beliefs is an integral part of democracy.

Actions at Scoundrel Time provides tips and strategies, ideas and encouragement both prosaic and poetic, to help readers make practical differences while engaging their creativity. Choose one, two, or three areas about which you feel most passionate and pledge your focus there.

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ~ Howard Zinn

Defend the Dreamers

The good and bad news is that in our country executive power is fleeting. Presidents can issue executive orders that become law, but the following president can just as easily undo those orders. On Tuesday September 5th, 45 did just that...

Waiting for the Rain to Stop

We are weary. Beat down by months of one repulsive and impulsive tweet-turned-executive-order after another. And now, horrific Harvey, which officials estimate will send 30,000 Texas residents into shelters, not to mention many other displaced...

The Media Megaphone

In his 2007 essay “The Braindead Megaphone,” George Saunders describes a gathering of average folks—discussing topics of interest to them with openness and intelligence—who are suddenly drowned out by a man with a megaphone. “He’s not the smartest...

Town Hall Time

This week marks the real beginning of the August Recess for Congress, which means your representatives are home and likely hosting town halls. Take advantage of this opportunity for some face time—now is your chance to be more than just an email or...

Supporting Transgender Rights

It’s been a roller coaster of a week. In a matter of days, we’ve gone from celebrating the Affordable Care Act’s survival to fearing its imminent demise—and the loss of insurance for thirty-two million people over the next decade, not to mention the...

Protecting Immigrant Rights

In the resistance, as in so many of our personal battles, we often forget to pause and reflect upon what we have accomplished. But this week marks an important victory—neither the Senate’s revision of the healthcare bill nor the motion to repeal the...

Examining Education

Schools are a microcosm of society, and what young people learn there goes far beyond classroom instruction. Students replicate the social stratification they learn in their primary and secondary institutions, and many of these institutions are...

The New Patriotism: Resistance

It’s July 4th week, and, if you’re in the States, you’re probably seeing stars and stripes everywhere: streamers, t-shirts, overpriced throw-pillows. Patriotism is deeply embedded in our national identity, and this time of year has many of us...

Battling Islamophobia

The Senate Healthcare bill—which the American Medical Association has criticized for its failure to “first, do no harm”—is weighing heavily on our minds this week. If you haven’t yet let your senators know your feelings about the bill, now is the...

Fighting for Racial Justice

Monday, June 19th marked the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth: the day—more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation—when slavery in the United States finally came to an end. But a century and a half later, our country remains crippled by...

Health of Our Planet, Health of Our People

It’s June—reign of the longest days of the year (in the northern hemisphere, anyway). But despite the extra hours of sunlight, the darkness these last few weeks has felt oppressive. Donald Trump gave the middle finger to the planet and the nations...

March for Truth, March for Pride, Make Your Calls

Truth and justice…don’t let up! On June 3rd, the March for Truth is happening in over one hundred cities and counting… “to demand urgency, transparency and an impartial investigation into Russian interference in our election...

Climate Justice

Have you recently marched for change, waving signs and slogans–––save the air, water, and soil, our kids, our farms and food, jobs, and all the threatened species? Have you rallied against corporate greed and in support of the afflicted, injustices...

Americans of Conscience

There’s more than a few great daily and weekly actions lists out there to help set busy activists on a clear path of resistance. The ones we find we post and/or provide a link in the left side bar of this Actions page under Actions Resources...

March On!

Ready to keep marching? The following links are here to help you find marches, rallies, and protest in DC and near you… Saturday, April 15th: Tax March Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd: March for Science Saturday, April 29th: March for Climate...

Long Haul Check-In

Start with a poem… “What We Did in the Resistance (Part 1)” by Alison Luterman at Rattle 55, featured in Poets Respond. We had never seen before how many of us there are. Think about this… “How to Resist From a Place of...

APPS for Activism

Ease and Efficiency In no time at all, technological wizards have risen to the occasion of helping to streamline resistance. Below find a number of APPS available, and particularly ResistBot, the new APP that will turn your text message into a fax...

Safeguards At Risk!!!

“The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) is a national alliance of more than 150 organizations, representing millions of Americans. [They] are joined in the belief that our nation’s system of regulatory safeguards should secure our quality...

#Election2018

So much happening all at once, and let’s keep going. As activities in DC keep us on our toes, let’s not forget to look ahead to the midterms, AKA, #Election2018. Here are a few paths to take… Concerned about the midterms? Follow...

Refugee Crisis

In addition to prayers, please send help… While the US wrestles with an everyday political circus on all fronts, the world at large continues to face a global refugee crisis. Strict US immigration policies founded on fear will further stress...

WTF, Resist Weekly, DARE

A number of resources out there capture and curate latest news and pertinent actions. You can find a list of some in the left sidebar. Here are a few that readers might find particularly useful. What the fuck just happened today?  is a website and...

Resist: How to Triumph in Trumpland (VIDEO)

You Tube: “This video is an adaptation of a talk given by Glenda Russell, PhD, focused on using Trump’s election as a springboard to activism and to individual and community growth. The content is based on several decades of research...

Strategy Resources for Civil Resistance

Thanks to Erica Chenoweth for this opinion piece in The Guardian, “It may only take 3.5% of the population to topple a dictator.” In it, you will find a number of resources: organizations, strategy-building tools, books, and other ideas...

Understanding the Public Comment Period

Check out a brand new podcast Civics 101 from Virginia Prescott at Word of Mouth at New Hampshire Public Radio. “The first 100 days of the Trump administration is the perfect time to bone up on civics you should have learned in school…but...

Pro-Refugee Groups

Thank goodness for the ACLU! And… There are many other wonderful organizations that do great work and need our support.” The Huffington Post recently updated a list of “9 Pro-Refugee Groups Standing Up To Trump’s Ban.”...

Reading is Action: Part 1, Immigration

Reading is a political action. Stories can, at least for the time we spend in the narrator’s world, give us a lens on different perspectives than the one we know. Below are links to sites–––articles, interviews, book lists–––highlighting the voices...

While Heads Were Turned

The current administration works with swiftness and stealth. They act and they distract. While heads and hearts turned toward the recent immigration policy upset, “another presidential memorandum signed this weekend may have even more lasting, wide...

Wall-Of-Us Weekly Acts

No need to waste time scrambling for ways to fight for democracy when a host of super grounded groups organize weekly actions to help people on the fly. At Wall-Of-Us, founders Amelia Miazad and Kara Ganter created a mission “to make it simply...

Congress on Muslim Ban

Many legislators remain silent. Take time now to share your voice. Vox reports… “271 Republicans in Congress have taken no position on Trump’s refugee ban” Here’s a Google Doc to help you organize your calls. (Subject...