Day 100: March for the Planet! Invest in the Fight! Keep Going.

Keep the Pressure On.

DAY 100 ACTION: March for action on climate change today. Support 100Days100Dollars, if you haven’t already. Dig in.


March for Science, Washington, DC, April 22, 2017. Credit: Hilary Swift, the New York Times

“Here’s my reading of Trump’s start: It’s the least successful first 100 days since the concept existed.” – David Leonhardt, New York Times

This weekend we’re hearing a lot about Trump’s first 100 days. NYT columnist Charles Blow has dubbed it, 100 Days of Horror. Politifact has posted the seven biggest lies Trump told over the start of his presidency.

But we’re only just starting, folks. We have a long road ahead of us, to stop this Administration from rolling back the progress we’ve made.

There is a lot of money behind the push to gut health and safety standards. There is a lot of hatred behind a renewed war on drugs and forcible deportations of nonviolent, undocumented immigrants. But The Donald is just one person. And his ring of trusted advisors is quickly collapsing – soon it may only include members of his own strange family. 

There are more of us. Let’s keep acting like it. Make a poster and go for a walk today with other like-minded folks. Stay informed. Invest in the movement. Volunteer your time and skills. Work to improve your community. Campaign for someone who shares your values. Run for office. And stay connected with us!

Today’s Action: MARCH FOR CLIMATE in a town near you. Give through 100Days100Dollars to the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund.

MOST IMPORTANT? GET READY FOR THE NEXT 100 DAYS.

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Day 99: How Should  We Keep it Going?

Where do we go from here?

DAY 99 ACTION: Look forward. How do we sustain our hope and continue to act to protect American values?


Game isn’t over. Credit: Agence France Presse

“I’ve never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope.” – President Barack Obama, 2012

Tomorrow will be the 100th day of this presidency. It’s been a wild ride. Trump has played to the worst of our fears, seeking to ban Muslims from the United States, threatening North Korea on Twitter, forcing a failed House effort to kill the Affordable Care Act, nominating an AG who joked that he thought the KKK was fine until he learned that some of its members smoke pot, planning to gut environmental standards . . . the list goes on.

At the same time, there have been amazing glimmers of hope in the past 14 weeks. Jonathan Capehart wrote a great piece summarizing the highlights in the Washington Post. From lawyers camping out at airports to an upstart Dem candidate winning 48% in a district where Republicans won by 23 points last election, the opposition is mounting. The most important thing right now? To keep at it. To never give up.

** If you have 2 minutes, watch this clip from Obama’s 2012 acceptance speech. **

We committed to suggesting actions for 100 days. We are nearing the end. But we don’t want to say goodbye! So we’re looking for ideas on next steps. Would periodic actions be welcome? Should we focus on one issue for a month? Should we adopt a congressional district, and focus on electing a D? Should we start sharing survival tips, in case things really get bad? Let us know!

Today’s Action: TELL US WHAT WE SHOULD DO FOR THE NEXT 100 DAYS!! Send your ideas to misciendias@gmail.com. We really want to hear from you.

Day 98: Write a Haiku for Democracy!

Art Therapy

DAY 98 ACTION: Celebrate Poem in your Pocket Day! Write a haiku about the Trump Administration, or about preserving democratic institutions. Then, share your art!


Japanese haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) (Sick on my journey/ Only my dreams will wander/These desolate moors.)

“Dear ol’ Uncle Sam/Please don’t shut down government/Don’t want stocks to tank.” – entry in Washington City Paper government shut-down haiku contest, in 2011

This month is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate American poetry and its place in our culture. And today is the venerated Poem in Your Pocket Day.

(NOTE: No, we had never heard of it, either.)

To mark the holiday, people carry around a favorite poem to share with others, in person or on social media. If you use Instagram or Twitter (we showed you how to join Twitter on Day 65), poets are asking you to use the hashtags #SavetheNEA or #ThankYouNEA, to support the National Endowment for the Arts.

You could carry around someone else’s poem, but we think today calls for a little more creativity. April 17 was International Haiku Day; let’s write a haiku!

A haiku is Japanese poetry that consists of 17 syllables, in three lines of 5, 7, and 5. Traditionally, they relate to nature, but we need not be so limited.

Spend a few minutes today crafting a haiku that describes how you feel about the Trump Administration or our democratic institutions. Then, share your art with friends, family, and your social networks!

Today’s Action: Write a haiku about the Trump experience. Share it with others today, in person and on Twitter. Send your poem to @misciendias on Twitter, too!!

Day 97: Corporate Tax Cuts vs Living Wages

Two Americas

DAY 97 ACTION: Oppose Trump’s Plan to Slash Corporate Taxes. BONUS: Learn what the minimum wage is in your state. 


14 year old spinner at a cotton mill in West, Texas, in 1913. Credit: Library of Congress

“[N]o business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933

When Reagan was President, the top corporate tax rate was 46% (for taxable income over $100,000). Today it is 35% (over $10m). Of course, companies often pay far less; last year 27 major U.S. firms paid no federal taxes, including GM. Still, corporate taxes provide substantial revenue for the U.S.

Today, Trump will unveil his new tax plan, which may propose lowering the top corporate tax rate to 15%. Analysis of a similar campaign proposal estimated Trump’s tax plan could add $7 trillion to the deficit over 10 years. (Others say $2.6 – $3.9t.)

How will we offset these cuts? Trump’s drastic budget cuts won’t pay for this. So some expect the tax plan to cut state tax deductions and the mortgage interest deduction – hiking taxes for many middle class families. Then there’s the matter of foreign governments holding U.S. debt.

Meanwhile, wages have stagnated since the 1970s. The federal minimum wage, which sets the floor for the country, was raised in 2009, to $7.25. 21 states just meet that standard. 29 states and DC have higher minimum wages – check here to see where your state falls. Minimum wage jobs are not just for teenagers – the average age of a minimum wage worker in the U.S. is 35.

Today’s Action: Call your member of Congress and tell them to oppose Trump’s tax plan!

Day 96: Real Reporting Could Help Get Us Out of This Mess

Reporting vs. Entertainment

DAY 96 ACTION: Stay informed. Engage your critical thinking skills. Support quality journalism.


This is what a watchdog reporter looks like. Murrey Marder of the Washington Post, with Ben Bradlee. Credit: New York Times

“We must not confuse dissent for disloyalty. … We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.” – Edward R. Murrow

The past two days, we’ve turned inward to our communities, to share our time and skills. But at the same time, we must remain engaged in national news. As painful as it can be, we have to pay attention – and call attention – to actions taken by Congress and the Trump Administration. 

Justice Brandeis noted that sunshine is the best disinfectant. When we allow bad acts to go unseen or unacknowledged, they are the most dangerous.

This month in 1954, Senator Joe McCarthy held televised hearings into suspected Communists in the Army. Four years into a warped crusade, he had investigated hundreds of civil servants in the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). He was not alone; many in American leadership went after suspected Communists in the second Red Scare. For years, few questioned this. (In 2016, Newt Gingrich suggested reviving the HUAC to investigate ISIS sympathizers.)

Luckily, a few journalists dug in; in particular, Murrey Marder of the Washington Post and Edward R. Murrow of CBS (first radio, then TV).

** If you have 2 minutes (and you do!) watch this Edward R. Murrow clip about Joe McCarthy. **

In 1953, Murrey Marder learned McCarthy was quietly investigating an Army lab. Marder visited Ft. Monmouth for a week and reported on the weakness of the case. His stories forced the televised hearings (the first ever!) in April 1954, which turned the tide of American sentiment. The HUAC’s work and McCarthy’s career were over.

Today’s Action: Stay informed. Practice critical thinking skills when you read media reports. Support quality journalism

Day 95: Volunteer for Health!

Volunteer for Health!

DAY 95 ACTION: Sign up to be a healthy control for research studies. Help save lives! Then, call your member of Congress about health care.


For years, Marshall Weingarten and his wife have held babies in the neonatal ICU at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Credit: Beth Lipoff

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” – Muhammad Ali

Yesterday, we learned that volunteering contributes billions of dollars to the US economy, and is good for your health!

In light of that science, and in honor of the latest move to gut the Affordable Care Act, we’re making a health-related volunteer suggestion today. 

Every year, the NIH and universities seek thousands of healthy people to participate in medical research trials. Healthy people are used as an important basis for comparison with people suffering from chronic or life-threatening diseases, to better test new procedures and treatments. Go to this link and type in “healthy” and “normal” as search terms, to find where the need is!

Today’s Action: Sign up to be a healthy control for research studies. Help save lives! Then, just in case the new Obamacare threat is real … tell your representative to oppose any new attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act!

Day 94: Volunteer Week!

Volunteer!

DAY 94 ACTION: Celebrate National Volunteer Week! Find a volunteer opportunity to participate in this week, and share your experience on social media! 


Volunteer paints a mural at Eastern High School in Washington, DC on MLK Day. Credit: City Year

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Today is the start of National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize the contributions of volunteers and to encourage more people to share their time and skills. National Volunteer Week started in 1974 and has grown significantly since then.

Volunteers work at domestic violence shelters, raise money for cancer research, work with sick and disabled people, tend community gardens, provide pro bono legal and other professional services, and help immigrants settle into life in the US. If you have a skill, chances are your community needs you!

Volunteering contributed $184 billion to the US economy in 2016. Best yet, volunteering is good for your health!

Many groups, like the Red Cross, are offering opportunities in honor of Volunteer Week. But the need is always there. Volunteer Match is a good one-stop-shop for volunteers. Get engaged in your community – you’ll be glad you did!

Today’s Action: Volunteer! Find a volunteer opportunity to participate in this week. Post a picture of your experience on social media. Or join the #ivolunteer campaign. We are #strongertogether!

Day 93: Celebrate Science!

March for Science!

DAY 93 ACTION: Join a March for Science today. And thank a scientist for their work!


Students 2 Science is a nonprofit that works with Newark Public Schools to expose high school students to science. Credit: Steve Remich/Wall Street Journal

“Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.” – Neil Degrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist

Science is under attack from the Trump Administration. Many of Trump’s top political appointees are proudly anti-science, including Scott Pruitt, the head of EPA who isn’t convinced humans are causing climate change.

While some Republicans argue that they’re not scientists, they feel qualified to discount science when it comes to climate change, or health risks posed by chemicals. Meanwhile, many real scientists are reluctant to enter the political fray. (By the way! We know the awesome female scientist who wrote this blog!)

But scientists are stepping up, to defend the fundamentals. The Trump budget threatens to slash public funding for research. And many are worried that climate science and other government research may be removed from the public domain. Scientists have been working around the clock to archive data from government websites, led by groups such as the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) and Data Refuge.

Today, people around the world will join one of 500 Science Marches, celebrating science and asking politicians to consider scientific evidence in policy-making. Let’s support their efforts. A win for science is a blow to alternative facts!

Today’s Action: Join a March for Science near you! Follow marchers on Twitter! And talk up about the importance of independent, publicly funded science.

Day 92: National Day of Silence for LGBT Rights

Track Anti-LGBT Bills

DAY 92 ACTION: Learn about the wave of anti-LGBT legislation in states across the U.S.


A gay pride march in Guadalajara, Mexico, June 18, 2016. Credit: Ulises Ruiz Basurto / European Pressphoto Agency

“We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.” – George Takei, aka Hikaru Sulu

Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution. But a backlash has been brewing. On Day 68, we learned about North Carolina’s “bathroom bill”. Soon after, legislators amended the law in the face of economic boycotts costing the state nearly $4 billion.

Meanwhile, many other bills have been proposed. The proposals take a number of forms, from banning adoption and foster parenting by gay couples to allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT people on religious grounds. Unfounded fear animates this legislation, but the bills create real heartache – and danger. In DC, 70% of transgender people reported being denied entry, assaulted, or harassed for trying to use a public restroom.

** See how your state fares on the Equality Scorecard. And learn about today’s student-led Day of Silence. **

The ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign are fighting this hate legislation. But they need you!

Today’s Action: Learn whether anti-LGBT bills have been proposed in your state. If so, discuss them with friends and family, and call your state representatives to ask them to oppose! Consider volunteering with an organization that advocates for LGBT rights.

Day 91: Tell the EPA to Protect Human Health!

EPA, Do Your Job!

DAY 91 ACTION: Email a comment to EPA, telling them to keep standards in place to protect human health and the environment!

EPA Headquarters, in Washington, DC.

“We’ll be reducing [federal regulations] bigly … the American Dream is back.” – Donald Trump, 1.30.17

Yesterday, we learned about coal’s large but shrinking role in the U.S. power sector, and its enormous health impacts.

On Day 69, we learned that Trump had directed EPA to suspend, revise, or rescind rules that burden the production or use of coal, oil, and gas. Trump also signed a broader Regulatory Reform Executive Order directing agencies to target rules if they “inhibit job creation” or “interfere with regulatory reform initiatives”.

Last Thursday, EPA launched this broader review. The agency will accept comments about its rules by email or on Regulations.gov through May 15.

This is a tight schedule, designed to suppress input. But as of last night, more than 3,000 people had already commented. Here’s one example:

I’m old enough to remember orange skies and burning rivers. The regulations that cleaned our air and water need to be strengthened if anything.

When agencies write or rescind a rule, they often have to defend that action in court. The record includes all public comments. Take your stand for public health. Remind EPA it is their job to protect our air and water!

Today’s Action: Email a comment to EPA or write them on Regulations.gov. Tell them to strengthen, not gut, environmental rules! Use what you learned yesterday. Do you live near a coal-fired power plant? How many deaths and illnesses can be attributed to that plant?