general channel messages from Proactive Steps workspace

@everyone, I’ve now entered all but the Self-Protection and Allies content into and I need your eyes and brains to check it before we soft launch the site.

For every post:
Do the links go to the right place?
Has it got the right categories and tags?
Are there any other corrections or additions needed?

What is the site missing?

We also need someone with a little artistic talent to whip up a logo for us. I was thinking maybe just a simple flight of stairs with a checkmark on the first step up.
Proactive Steps
Live your life.

Note: it’s my expectation that we’ll be going back in and editing posts to improve them. We’re kinda using blog architecture to make a non-timestream site—because it’s a whole lot easier this way! [:smiley_cat: emoji]
(Also, though I’ve turned off comments for some reason I’m still seeing the “0 Comments” message after the post titles on the home page. I’ll continue working to get rid of that.)

general channel messages from Proactive Steps workspace

winston wrote a really good piece:

Thinking About Winning the Next Election
The 2004 presidential election was the first presidential election I was eligible to vote in. I proudly voted for President George W. Bush’s second term. I did not vote in 2008 because I had gotten married a few weeks prior and neglected to register. If I had voted, it would have timidly been for Barack Obama. In 2012 I did register and vote and I proudly did so for President Obama’s second term. Since November 9, 2016, I’ve been trying to remember what exactly changed my beliefs over those 8 years. Clearly there were some big shifts; what caused them?

general channel messages from Proactive Steps workspace

Happy Pie-For-Breakfast Day!

Mostly visiting with family this morning (Pacific time) but during the forecasted rainy afternoon am planning on doing lots of work on the website.

Biggest help today is taking a look at #communication and weighing in if you have thoughts about how to organize the site.

If anyone wants to make a simple introduction to one of the categories (note that we’re currently thinking they’re different than our channels) that’d be helpful.

[message from librarian with Google Document ‘proactive steps hierarchy and resources’]
“Hi @everyone!

@dinahsanders, enjoy your pie and your fam!

I’m currently working on compiling some resources. I’ve mostly been working in Work, Home, & Money > Banking, but I’ve jumped around a little as I’ve felt so inspired. Currently pasting links and such into this google doc and consulting the Oh Crap! guide as to prevent duplicate work.

Feel free to jump in where you want and feel free to use this doc if you find it helpful to stay organized.”

Thanks, …!

One thing I’m liking about this website hierarchy and the name is that it’s open-ended enough for us to broaden the information after we get past this critical action period before January 20th.

thinking to the future as we design the hierarchy, let’s take a look at these action ideas too

Here’s another one to see if there are any additional resources/ideas we should note on our site.

Ah and another one we may want to consider for a new sub-category in the Privacy & Security section:

general channel messages from Proactive Steps workspace

Seems like no one had time over the weekend to weigh in on things, so we are running behind. If you possibly can, please carve out even 15-20 minutes to read my message above, see what tasks fit with your interests and give a comment—and if you feel like we’re forgetting something or off target, please do say!

general channel messages from Proactive Steps workspace


@everyone With every new appointment to Trump’s administration, my resolve to help those who are at risk grows. Here’s what we’re going to do.

Our first priority is to make helpful information available to people at risk and their allies.

We’re going to do that by creating a visitor-friendly website with detailed, accurate, well-organized information and by spreading word about that site via attractive, accurate, easily-shared images and text snippets.

Please help by jumping in where your skills and interest can make the most difference in the time you have available. We will be working in parallel on the website and on the information we’ll be putting in the site and social media share items.

If you’re a wordsmith, researcher, or information organizer of any kind (writers, journalists, librarians, designers, etc.) please join the ongoing conversation in our #communication channel. We need to decide what information we’re going to put on the website, plan how we’re going to make it understandable and engaging to visitors, and confirm its accuracy and completeness.

If you know WordPress, website design, or have graphics skills, please join the ongoing conversation in our #organization channel. We need to set up the website, make sure its infrastructure supports the information organization being decided on by the communication team, and make sure it is visually appealing and easy to use. We will also be talking about technical best practices for the content we’ll be sharing on social media.
– By Sunday night (11/20)
1. general agreement on the website’s starting categories (probably corresponding to our awareness channels with further categories related to resilience planned for the near future) and identification of any other information organizing factors which will affect the website’s infrastructure

2. hosted WordPress account established and associated with the new domain

– By Monday night (11/21)
3. WordPress theme selected and applied to the website

– By Tuesday night (11/22)
4. General review of the communication plan so far and confirmation that it and the website are in harmony

– Wednesday (11/23)
5. Begin adding content to the website

– Sunday (11/26)
6. Soft launch with initial content
It’s a very fast timeline, but thanks to @kara’s Concrete Suggestions document we have a solid rough draft from which to build our initial content. We’re in a good position to have this helpful information out to the world in time to give over 30 business days to those who need to act on it before the inauguration.

Thanks for all you do!

general channel messages from Proactive Steps workspace


On the MoveOn United Against Hate Debriefing call. Taking notes as I can.

Anna Galland:
Defend threatened communities
undocumented Americans
women seeking abortions

Halt legislative change which works against progressive values

Regain positions of power—get our hands back on the levers of power—in 2018 and 2020

Do not give up on this country or on our core values.

general channel messages from Proactive Steps workspace

Some interesting thoughts in here, particularly the “what can we do?” section at the end.

What To Do Now
Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. He will enter office with a slim Republican majority in the Senate, a…

Warning: don’t read the responses; they’re just exhausting and we need energy for other things. [:japanese_goblin: emoji]

President Obama’s comments on call with HRC volunteers



pinned post in the Proactive Steps Slack workspace

Welcome, everyone! Thank you for joining me. We’re gathering to figure out how we can help minimize the negative impacts of the government change in January and beyond.

What’s most obvious and easiest to do at a distance is to gather good information, keep it updated, and get it out to those who need it. You’ll find a lot of librarians around here and more to come, which is excellent because librarianship reaches everywhere in the country.

We’ve begun with Kara Hurvitz’s excellent Concrete Suggestions document (and Kara may be joining our team here). To the groupings in that list I’ve added two additional topics for us to be aware of and active in: climate and wealth inequality.

Our second area of focus is resilience. How can we take care of ourselves and others pushing against these negative changes? Some of that will be technological—learning to make our communications secure and durable, and teaching others how to do the same—and some of it will be personal—not stretching ourselves too thin while making sure those at risk feel they aren’t alone in this.

To that last point, I am deeply glad you’ve joined. I want to learn from you and for us to achieve more with all our varied experiences and skills. But I also want you to participate to the degree you can without shorting yourself. As with natural disaster preparedness, the first priority is setting yourself up not to be another victim. After that’s done, then you can turn to helping others. We will all appreciate whatever time you can give and understand that you will be setting limits so you can take care of yourself too. Please do let us know if you need help.

On a practical note, please update your profiles with your skills, any demographic notes you care to add, and your preferred pronouns. Thanks!

Glad to be doing good with you all!

further discussion in Proactive Steps Slack workspace

My side of the conversations:

I’ve been thinking about the kinds of people we need to gather to help here. Some initial ideas:

– information organizers (such as librarians)

– bureaucracy wranglers (such as social workers and lawyers)

– technology wranglers (such as security experts and software developers)

– fact-checkers and researchers (such as journalists and librarians)

– mass communicators (such as writers, artists, publishers, and journalists)

– face-to-face communicators (such as community organizers and therapists)

[to one of the librarian participating, who’d asked how to publicize/exercise their skills as a librarian], Hi! Definitely put librarian in your profile description. One of the first steps in here is to start fleshing out a little bit of what we know is likely to be needed for each of the “awareness” demographics. I’m planning to start from the Hurvitz document I’d linked in each of those channels. (See #awareness_uterus for an example.) Also we’ll want to begin gathering some info and resources for “resilience” and probably set up separate channels as needed. For example, “resilience_encryption”. Feel free to jump in on any of that.

One task someone may want to leap in on is this recommendation in the Hurvitz Concrete Suggestions document: “It’s probably a good idea to review this Marshall Project summary of Obama’s executive orders, since those are the most likely to be repealed quickly
Note: Most of these executive orders, while valuable, will be hard to immediately prepare for if undone by Trump :(”