Advice from Martin Luther King, Jr’s Daughter, Bernice King

Thanks to UPDC member J.R. for suggesting we post this.

When it comes to opposing President Donald Trump,
Bernice King has some advice.

The daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. shared a now-viral Facebook post Tuesday evening of “wise advice circulating” on how to deal with Trump’s presidency.

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–it doesn’t work;

4. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;

5. Keep your message positive; they 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!

“When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to ‘The Republican Administration,’ or ‘The Republicans,’” King’s post also advises. “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.”

Resistance Manual!

Just found this fantastic resource, an online Resistance Manual with pages and links related to many of the major issues on the Trump/GOP Agenda, along with lists of “Essential readings to enhance your understanding of the issues,” a state specific page for Pennsylvania, and lists of additional resources and events. This site is still growing, and appears to be updated on a fairly regular basis.

Nowhere should be regarded as “one stop shopping,” but this looks to be a valuable place to help in the effort to stay informed, to focus on whatever issue most concerns or interests you, and to learn more ways that you can make a difference.

The Resistance Manual is an open-source platform to harness the collective power of the people to resist the impact of a Trump presidency and to continue to make progress in our communities. The Resistance Manual is focused on presenting truthful and actionable information. All content is reviewed for accuracy and relevance before being posted. Already, thousands of pieces of content have been contributed to the site from people all over the country, helping to keep communities informed and ready for the work ahead.


DeVos Confirmation, Public Schools, and You!

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands (millions?) who called, wrote, protested, or otherwise engaged in trying to stop DeVos from becoming Secretary of Education, thank you!

While DeVos was confirmed, by the narrowest of margins, requiring a tie breaking vote from Vice President Pence, the fight for good schools in general, and great public schools in particular, is not over.

One of the most important actions you can take on behalf of public education is to pay attention and vote in your local school board elections – in the Upper Perkiomen Valley School District, 4 seats are up for election this year. Petitions to get on the ballot for the spring primary may be circulated beginning on February 14, 2017. The signed and notarized petitions are due at the courthouse in Norristown by March 7, 2017. The primary election in Pennsylvania this year is on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Because school board candidates nearly always cross file in our area (file to be on the Democratic and the Republican ballot in the primary), the race is often decided in the primary, not in November!

If you are interested in running for the school board, or have already decided to run, please feel welcome to come to one of our Democratic Club meetings to introduce yourself. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in the lower level of the Upper Perkiomen Library, 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA, beginning at 7 p.m.