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Welcome to the Patreon page for my progressive action newsletter, A Way Forward. 

A Way Forward is my response to the very real threats posed by Donald Trump, his advisors, and those who refuse to stand up to -- and enable -- his hatred, bigotry, divisiveness, corruption, demagoguery and authoritarianism.

In each newsletter, I share:

Share thought-provoking reporting, analysis and opinion on how we reached this point, the challenges we face, and how to fight back. Don't expect a series of links to the New York Times and the Washington Post. We need to go beyond inside-the-beltway sources and explore investigative reporting and analysis from around the country and the independent press.

Suggest a set of actions each of us can take each day. We can't follow the same recipe that's led us to this awful place. We need to get outside our comfort zones, and make structural changes in the way we lead our daily lives. No more complacency. No more waiting until a month before an election to pay attention.

My action plans have three prongs:

1. Protect vulnerable people and communities. No matter where you live, members of your community are under attack. Hate crimes are on the rise since Election Day, and it's likely to get worse as Trump moves to implement his divisive plans. We can't sit idly by. We need to protect our neighbors by embracing them, bringing them into our networks, and strengthening our support systems.

2. Fight like hell to stop Trump. This is a battle we must wage every day. There's a lot of anger and energy right now. That's good. But we have to find a way to sustain that energy over weeks, months and years. This will include: pressuring vulnerable Republican members of Congress, issue by issue, to oppose Trump proposals and nominations; pressuring safe Democrat members of Congress to form a blue wall of resistance; giving time and money to organizations that will sue to stop Trump's policies and orders; pushing back against media narratives that seek to normalize Trump and his cronies; and organizing and participating in peaceful protests and other forms of civil disobedience throughout the country, and not just in coastal cities. This list isn't exhaustive and will change as we move forward.

3. Turn the map blue. District by district. City by city. State by state. We have to identify and support progressive candidates at every level of government. Mid-term elections generally favor the party that doesn't control the White House. We have to gain seats in the House of Representatives in 2018. But we'll be on defense in Senate elections, as Democrats will have a hard time holding onto Senate seats in West Virginia, North Dakota, Montana, Missouri and Indiana, where Trump won handily. Senators in the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan will also be on the ballot in 2018.

State legislatures and governorships are key, as they will control the levers of redistricting after the 2020 census. State attorneys general can play a major role in investigating and suing to stop Trump. Secretaries of state oversee voter registration and elections. Democrats used to have an edge on the state level. Not any more. We have to win that edge back.

Voting rights are under attack. New restrictions in place in Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida may well have made the difference in the election. Republicans are emboldened and will move to impose more hurdles on voting rights for poor people and people of color. We have to fight this at every turn.

We saw a surge in new voter registrations leading up the November 8 election. By some estimates, there are now more than 200 million registered voters in the U.S. But there are millions more Americans who are eligible to vote and are not registered, particularly in poor and marginalized communities. We have to find a way to bring these folks into the process.

That's my plan. What's yours?

Welcome to the Patreon page for my progressive action newsletter, A Way Forward. 

A Way Forward is my response to the very real threats posed by Donald Trump, his advisors, and those who refuse to stand up to -- and enable -- his hatred, bigotry, divisiveness, corruption, demagoguery and authoritarianism.

In each newsletter, I share:

Share thought-provoking reporting, analysis and opinion on how we reached this point, the challenges we face, and how to fight back. Don't expect a series of links to the New York Times and the Washington Post. We need to go beyond inside-the-beltway sources and explore investigative reporting and analysis from around the country and the independent press.

Suggest a set of actions each of us can take each day. We can't follow the same recipe that's led us to this awful place. We need to get outside our comfort zones, and make structural changes in the way we lead our daily lives. No more complacency. No more waiting until a month before an election to pay attention.

My action plans have three prongs:

1. Protect vulnerable people and communities. No matter where you live, members of your community are under attack. Hate crimes are on the rise since Election Day, and it's likely to get worse as Trump moves to implement his divisive plans. We can't sit idly by. We need to protect our neighbors by embracing them, bringing them into our networks, and strengthening our support systems.

2. Fight like hell to stop Trump. This is a battle we must wage every day. There's a lot of anger and energy right now. That's good. But we have to find a way to sustain that energy over weeks, months and years. This will include: pressuring vulnerable Republican members of Congress, issue by issue, to oppose Trump proposals and nominations; pressuring safe Democrat members of Congress to form a blue wall of resistance; giving time and money to organizations that will sue to stop Trump's policies and orders; pushing back against media narratives that seek to normalize Trump and his cronies; and organizing and participating in peaceful protests and other forms of civil disobedience throughout the country, and not just in coastal cities. This list isn't exhaustive and will change as we move forward.

3. Turn the map blue. District by district. City by city. State by state. We have to identify and support progressive candidates at every level of government. Mid-term elections generally favor the party that doesn't control the White House. We have to gain seats in the House of Representatives in 2018. But we'll be on defense in Senate elections, as Democrats will have a hard time holding onto Senate seats in West Virginia, North Dakota, Montana, Missouri and Indiana, where Trump won handily. Senators in the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan will also be on the ballot in 2018.

State legislatures and governorships are key, as they will control the levers of redistricting after the 2020 census. State attorneys general can play a major role in investigating and suing to stop Trump. Secretaries of state oversee voter registration and elections. Democrats used to have an edge on the state level. Not any more. We have to win that edge back.

Voting rights are under attack. New restrictions in place in Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida may well have made the difference in the election. Republicans are emboldened and will move to impose more hurdles on voting rights for poor people and people of color. We have to fight this at every turn.

We saw a surge in new voter registrations leading up the November 8 election. By some estimates, there are now more than 200 million registered voters in the U.S. But there are millions more Americans who are eligible to vote and are not registered, particularly in poor and marginalized communities. We have to find a way to bring these folks into the process.

That's my plan. What's yours?

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