@ThisAmerLife had an EXCELLENT episode on the @DCCC and the way they select candidates. As a robotics engineer who ran for Congress and lost the nomination, I feel like I can add to this conversation. 1/15
Before I get started, there will be those who will want to turn this into a Bernie vs Hillary thing, so let me preempt that by saying that isn't the point of this thread. This thread isn't about issues or purity tests, this is about strategy and missed opportunities. 2/15
When I got in the race 14 months ago, it was a field of 3 including me. The others were similar to me - they were concerned citizens who had never before held elected office. All of us showed up to every rally, every activist gathering, and ended up becoming close friends. 3/15
trump's attack on immigrants, especially regarding POC immigrants, is clearly motivated by racism. But, we miss the big picture if we just think of it as irrational hate.
We need to understand the attack on immigration is part of the larger white nationalist political agenda.
White nationalism is a racist ideology that wants to ensure that whites retain its political majority and power in the United States. It's a response to changing racial demographics that will make whites a numerical minority in the coming decades.
1. Does Twitter violate the 1st A when it bans users for their tweets? NO. 2. Does the NFL violate the 1st A when it bans kneeling? NO. 3. Does trump violate the 1st A when he blocks users? YES (for now)
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.
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.
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.
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