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Douglas Simpson
“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ― Warren Buffett
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Good counsel from Reverend M.L. King's daughter Bernice, on her Facebook page, February 7,

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"Be A King"
February 7 at 6:41pm ·
Amended Post (especially related to #1 below):
Some Wise Advice Circulating:
1. Use his name sparingly so as not to detract from the issues. I believe that everyone, regardless of their beliefs, deserves the dignity of being called by their name. However, this is a strategic tactic. While we are so focused on him we are prone to neglect the questionable policies that threaten freedom, justice and fairness advanced by the administration.
2. Remember this is a regime and he's not acting alone;
3. Do not argue with those who support him and his policies--it doesn't work;
4. Focus on his policies, not his appearance and mental state;
5. Keep your message positive; those who oppose peace and justice want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
6. No more helpless/hopeless talk;
7. Support artists and the arts;
8. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
9. Take care of yourselves; and
10. Resist!
Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, "When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you - pull your beard, flick your face - to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor."
When you post or talk about him, don't assign his actions to him, assign them to "The Republican Administration," or "The Republicans." This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don't like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.
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American University professor Allan Lichtman, who predicted the outcome of the 2016 election of POTUS, shares his next prediction about POTUS.
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Noam Chomsky describes a path forward for those who formed a coalition for Sanders in 2016.
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"The BBC is to assemble a team to fact check and debunk deliberately misleading and false stories masquerading as real news.

Amid growing concern among politicians and news organisations about the impact of false information online, news chief James Harding told staff on Thursday that the BBC would be “weighing in on the battle over lies, distortions and exaggerations”.

The plans will see the corporation’s Reality Check series become permanent, backed by a dedicated team targeting false stories or facts being shared widely on social media." ---- thanks to

#Reality Check
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Brookings Paper – The Emoluments Clause: Its Text, Meaning, and Application to Donald J. Trump, December 16, 2016. Norman L. Eisen, Richard Painter and Laurence H. Tribe. --- Thanks to #emoluments #trump #constitution
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My name is Doug Simpson, and I am a retired lawyer living near Hartford. In response to the rise of increasing challenges to the Four Freedoms proclaimed in January, 1941 by President Roosevelt, I am working with a project called Grassroots Vacation. I am hoping to encourage people like me to rethink their retirement or summer vacaction time as activism time.

Grassroots Vacation is developing a network and website to list locations and organizations (like the ACLU) where families or individuals might volunteer for a week or two during the summer. Particularly for those in the "Blue" states and cities, to get out of the "Blue Bubble" and work with those in other parts of America who need help the most in these times.

Where, nationally, are such volunteers most needed? Grassroots Vacation seeks to connect volunteers with those who need them. To do that, we need your help by sharing names and contact information for those needing help.

Send Private Message or Reply here.

The Four Freedoms:
* Freedom of speech
* Freedom of worship
* Freedom from want
* Freedom from fear

Doug Simpson

#GrassrootsVacation #Activism #HumanRights #FourFreedoms @FDR #CivilLiberties
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