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In a conference about undocumented immigration and sanctuary cities, trump declared:

Undocumented immigrants “aren’t people. These are animals.”

This is blatant dehumanization, and as history shows, we all should be thoroughly alarmed and horrified.

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In full, trump said:

“We have people coming into the country or trying to come in, we're stopping a lot of them, but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are.”

“These aren't people. These are animals."
Viewing and treating people as subhuman animals is a key tool of dehumanization.

That practice has led to brutal murders and genocide.

The following are some historical examples drawn from David Livingstone Smith’s book “Less Than Human."
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Constructive Dialogue and the Resistance
A thread by @Clara_Resists & @Augustus709
#GeeksResist
#RebelScum

We’ve seen it happen countless times. Someone tweets something and someone else disagrees. Someone replies with something snarky, someone else bites back.
Others start to chime in and it quickly spirals out of control. Stress magnifies it. Life under the Trump Administration has not been easy. We are at times angry, scared, incredulous, confused.
It’s hard to respond constructively when we are struggling with so much inner turmoil and anxiety.

How can we do this better? How can we debate constructively? How can we engage in a positive way with others who may not play by the same rules?
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How many followers do you have?

If you are in the Resistance, there's a great chance you have many more than the average tweeter.

With more followers comes greater power.

With that power comes great responsibility.

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In the Resistance, through #FBR parties and the practice of following back resistance members, numerous resisters have gained a significant amount of followers/

It's common to see resisters with 10k+ followers, even common to see resisters with 20k+ followers.
Understand how RARE it is for tweeters to have that many followers.

In 2016, a study found that 95.9 million tweeters tweeted at least once in six months. Within that 95.9 million, the average tweeter had just 707 followers.
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Anti-immigrant hysteria has engulfed this nation, fueled in large part by the president's open hostility to and antipathy for immigrants.

What can be done to fight such hysteria?

The key is learn about and to stop their dehumanization. Here's how.

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Dehumanization is the process of viewing and treating members of a social group as less than human, as subhuman. Once a group has been dehumanized, it becomes too easy to inflict upon them the worst atrocities and abuses.
In fact, once a group has been thoroughly dehumanized, abuse is virtually inevitable.

Undocumented immigrants have been subject to gross dehumanization, esp. in the past several years. How? Largely through dehumanizing language and images.
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Forget the SOTU. Let's focus on how the Resistance should proceed in 2018.

Here are five things we should focus on in making the Resistance stronger and more powerful as we gear up for midterms.

The State of A New Union Thread.

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1. Shift from naked opinions to the empirical.

There's nothing wrong with us expressing our opinions on politics. But, I suggest we focus more on empirical analysis so that we can bolster our positions and arguments on policy matters.
So, if a trump fan says immigrants take away jobs from Americans, we can respond by labeling the argument as racist or dumbfounded. Or, we can rebut the argument with empirical evidence that their assumption is wrong.
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I've been part of the Twitter resistance for a year now. I'm going to share some thoughts about why & how I resist.

Some people may not like some things I say here. I’m sorry for that, but they need to be said. 1 #WhyIResist #HowIResist #RebelScum #TheResistance
Some things in the first year were fun: meeting like-minded people, the #scifi characters, learning how to take effective action. Celebrating #victories like beating the #ACA repeal bills.

A lot of it wasn't fun - the threats of nuclear war, the daily stress of bad news. 2
Follow parties were fun, and a good way to promote a message and raise awareness, connect with other resistors and grow our followings. They had themes and served a purpose and there was about about one a month.  3 #PartyWithAPurpose #trending #amplify #effective
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