I believe her

The most shocking thing about Susan J. Fowler’s story is that it isn’t the least bit shocking. The statistics alone speak volumes: Uber’s employment of women fell from 25% to 6% within less than a year. On her final day employed there, only 3% of Ms.Fowler’s cohort of 150 engineers were female.

Uber’s CEO can quit 45’s misogynistic team in DC, but he’s got some serious corporate culture problems back home.

I’m permanently deleting Uber.

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silencing dissent

Elizabeth Warren was shut down on the Senate floor as she quoted the writing of Coretta Scott King about Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated for attorney general of the United States. Mitch McConnell invoked a rule of the Senate which deemed the widow’s words unsuitable for senators’ ears. Senator Warren is banned from uttering another word during the 30 hours remaining in the confirmation hearings.

Republicans have made themselves into the perfect example of the blind, deaf, and tongue-tied, who refuse to see evil or hear evil but who speak nothing but evil.

Warren, who refuses to be silenced, read the letter outside the senate chamber.

 

land disposal

Each day I awaken to some new horror by the new administration: green card holders and refugees being turned away at airports, the Army Corps of Engineers given the greenlight to bulldoze through native lands and put precious water supplies in peril, and now a proposal to sell off over 3,000,000 acres of public land, denying taxpayer  use, environmental protections, and generating no income for the country.

For someone who is supposedly a businessman, 45 and his crew sure make some stupid economic decisions.

doors slammed shut

This is what blanket immigration policy looks like to only a small portion of the people who live and work in the U.S., and their families living abroad:

McClatchy News article on the first days of executive order on immigration

Not a pretty picture…

I prefer this one:

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UPDATE: A Federal Court has blocked the implementation and thus supported the Constitutional challenge of the executive order banning U.S. entry for people from certain countries. A victory for the ACLU in the long haul protecting our freedom.

resist

Some good news  in the Huff Post is that the grassroots resisters are surging ahead of Dems in DC, which is a good thing, since Elizabeth Warren — of all people — just voted to confirm Ben Carson. I guess he must be the lesser of whatever evil lurks in the unknown in some people’s minds.

Feeling disconnected from your elected officials? Here’s some inspiration from the organizers of the Women’s March:

10 things to do in the first 100 days

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dump DAPL

via 350.org…

Today the president has signed executive actions restarting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline.

Millions of people have shown their opposition to these projects, which violate U.S. Treaties with the colonized Native peoples in addition to endangering the water supply that affects all people. The folks at 350.org are asking everyone who spoke up, marched, or sat-in to stand up and show the president that he has severely miscalculated and pledge to resist these projects and any other fossil fuel project that violates the science of climate action, the rights of Tribes, and the will of the people.

Join the Pledge of Pipeline Resistance to be part of the first wave of action to stop the administration’s pipeline plans.

Be ready to march in solidarity with the indigenous American resisters, who were attacked by dogs and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures just weeks ago.

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EPA radio silence

The new administration’s first day resulted in a lockdown at the EPA: employees have been instructed not to talk to anyone outside the department and the grants program, which funds all kinds of scientific research, has been frozen.

The new administration refuses to respond to inquiries about the status of the EPA, whose nominated head, Scott Pruitt, has not yet been confirmed. Pruitt is a strong critic of the EPA.

One can only assume the agency is doomed, or at least gutted of all its effectiveness.

Write your senator urging denial of confirmation of environmental enemy number one, Scott Pruitt.

Keep your voices strong: our future depends on the health of Mother Earth.