Article of the day: get educated with the Resistance Manual

There are a lot of guides to political action in the Trump era out there.  The Resistance Manual stands out both for its open-source, Wikipedia-like format, and for its roots in the Black Lives Matter movement.  It offers educational resources and suggested actions on a wide range of topics, going beyond some of today’s headline items to include mass incarceration, educational justice and disability rights.

Action of the day: let’s get three Republican senators to oppose Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is phenomenally unqualified for the job.  She has no education policy background, has never taught, and has never attended public school or sought public education for anyone else in her family.  If three Republican Senators join the 48 Senate Democrats in opposing her during her hearing on January 31, the appointment will not go forward.

Below is a list of Republican Senators who have expressed doubts about DeVos.  Call at least one of them today to express your opposition to her nomination.

  • Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414
  • Lamar Alexander (TN) 615.736.5129
  • Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277
  • Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999
  • Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380
  • Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125
  • Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
  • Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
  • Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
  • Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
  • Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343

Article of the day: although it may not feel like it, the world is getting better

For many people, 2016 felt like a year filled with injustice and loss.  There is undoubtedly a great deal of work still to be done to make our society more just and inclusive.  However, it’s also worth reflecting on the fact that societies around the world have made huge strides in improving average well-being over the last 200 years.  At Our World in Data, Max Roser shares six key charts of long-run global improvements in health, education, and governance.  And these improvements happened because people kept working for them, even when things felt difficult.  Let’s commit to do the same in 2017.