Yes, the census is still an issue. Here’s what to do about it.

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I’ve posted about this issue before, and I’m sure you’ll be surprised to discover this administration has not prioritized fixing it.

The decennial census, that once-every-ten-years count of the American population, is drastically underfunded. And what happens if it’s underfunded? A lot of people don’t get counted, so they don’t get what they need in terms of hospitals, schools, roads, emergency services, healthcare, social services—the census numbers are the starting point for allocating more than $600 billion of federal funding every year.

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Video: How to protect your digital privacy during a protest

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pub. 04/2017

The Intercept has produced a three-minute video of tips to protect your identity, location, and communications from authorities who might surveil protestors or try to access your phone during arrest. If you’re off to a protest, even what you expect to be a peaceful one, it couldn’t hurt to spend a few minutes preparing.

The video is the beginning of a series, Cybersecurity for the People, that will cover other privacy and security measures regular folks can take as activists or to retain greater control over their everyday digital lives.

For more tips and resources, see the Resources lists, What to Do and What to Read.

Organizing and Mobilizing: Resistance School

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Resistance School is a free four-week practical training program that will sharpen the tools we need to fight back at the federal, state, and local levels. Our goal is to keep the embers of resistance alive through concrete learning, community engagement, and forward-looking action.

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Resistance School was created by a group of Harvard graduate students who found a lack of education for would-be activists: What really are the most effective ways to get people organized, convince others of their positions, and keep activism rolling through time and challenges?

I’ve watched the second (two-hour) video myself–though it’s an option, no signup is required to watch–and I found it both illuminating and easy to understand. Any group can learn from the Resistance School lessons, including those affiliated with other organizations, making it an ideal companion for both new community activists and longtime veterans.

For more tips and resources, see the Resources lists, What to Do and What to Read.

You don’t have to show the police your ID on a domestic flight

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It’s quite legal for law enforcement to ask for “voluntary” cooperation. Anyone who follows criminal-procedure cases, however, knows that “voluntary” in legalese does not mean what ordinary people think it means. Supreme Court caselaw makes clear that officers may block an exit and ask for ID or permission to search. They aren’t required to tell the individual stopped that he or she may refuse, and they have every incentive to act as if refusal may result in arrest.

pub. 02/2017

Indivisible on town halls and other ways to get face time with your representatives

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Where on earth has your Member of Congress gone? Something strange has been happening in the last month or so: Members of Congress (MoCs) from all over the country are going missing. They’re still turning up for votes on Capitol Hill, and they’re still meeting with lobbyists and friendly audiences back home—but their public event schedules are mysteriously blank. Odd.

This is happening for a very simple reason: MoCs do not want to look weak or unpopular—and they know that Trump’s agenda is very, very unpopular. … Some MoCs have clearly made the calculation that they can lay low, avoid their constituents, and hope the current storm blows over. It’s your job to change that calculus.

pub. 02/2017

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The week of February 17-26 is the first district work period (“recess”) of the new Congress. Members of Congress (MoCs) will be back home holding public events and meeting with constituents. These meetings are a great opportunity for your group to remind your MoCs that they need to stand up for you—and that means standing up against the Trump agenda. Below are some tips on how to maximize this opportunity to influence your MoCs.

pub. 02/2017

For more tips and resources, see the Resources lists, What to Do and What to Read.

The most effective ways to contact your representatives (for non-high-profile issues)

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The report focuses on small decisions—ones where the senator or representative isn’t facing a lot of high profile pressure, and where they might be undecided or easily swayed. Decisions like those make up most of a congressperson’s work, the report says. While they might not be front page news, they can matter a lot to you as a citizen. And those issues are where citizens’ communications carry the most weight.

pub. 02/2017

For more tips and resources, see the Resources lists, What to Do and What to Read.