Friday, January 6, 2017

Here's What I Know, Minnesota Edition

These are the things I'm trying to keep track of over the next couple of weeks, January 9 – 21:

Monday, January 9, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.: Day Against Denial demonstration outside Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis office, 1200 Washington Avenue. Letting her know we reject Trump's cabinet nominations in Energy, Interior, State, and the EPA. Organized by, with events in all 50 states addressed to Senators (find yours here). Here's the poster I'm bringing:

Tuesday – Thursday, January 10 – 12: Hearings will be held in the Senate on many of Trump's nominees. Our DDoS president-elect has scheduled six of them on Wednesday, the same day he is supposedly going to have a long-awaited press conference and Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote-a-rama on a raft of bad ideas. So the press (and the public) will have little chance to follow or be made to care about any of them. Clever, that.

My senator, Al Franken, for instance, is on both the Judiciary Committee and the education-related committee, and so will probably not be able to attend both the Sessions and DeVos hearings that day. By Thursday when it's time to talk about the horrible Labor nominee Puzder, everyone should be exhausted.

I've already called Senators Franken and Klobuchar (who is also on the Judiciary Committee) to express my hope that they will ask tough questions of these nominees, and in all likelihood, given what we already know about them, vote to reject them.

More hearings will be scheduled for the days after this and before the inauguration, I'm sure. Pruitt, Carson, Perry, Mnuchin... so many great choices there, Donald.

Friday, January 20: The inauguration. I'll be at the Resist Trump's Agenda actions (Facebook event here), which start at Lake and Nicollet in Minneapolis at 2:00 p.m., then move to Franklin and Nicollet by 4:00 p.m., then on to converge at City Hall in downtown by 5:00 p.m. This is the day of the general strike. Students will be walking out of class, too. (The inauguration is at 8:00 a.m. CST; maybe a good time to go stand on a highway overpass with a big sign, facing traffic. Hmm.)

Saturday, January 21: In Washington, a lot of people will be at the Women's March. I'll be at the Women's March Minnesota, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at our State Capitol (Facebook event here). Meet on the John Ireland Blvd Bridge in front of the Minnesota History Center (near the corner of John Ireland Blvd. and Kellogg Blvd.). Organizers recommend arriving no later than 10:30. At 11:00, the march will head along John Ireland Blvd. toward the Capitol and arrive around 11:30 or noon. From then until 2:00 p.m., there will be a rally with speakers.

Here's a sign made by someone else at the poster-making event I attended a few weeks ago:

I will update with events I hear about or plan to attend in the days between January 10 and January 20.

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