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  • Thursday, June 6: NEW YORK, NY 7:30pm

Location: The Strand (2nd floor), 828 Broadway, NYC

  • Monday, June 10: WASHINGTON, DC 6:30pm

Location: Busboys and Poets, 450 K St NW, Washington, DC

  • Wednesday, June 12: PORTLAND, OR 7:30pm

Location: Powell’s, 1005 W Burnside St., Portland

  • Sunday, June 23: SEATTLE, WA 7:30pm

Location: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle (West Entrance) w/Elliott Bay Book Company

  • Tuesday, June 25: SAN FRANCISCO, CA 7:00pm

Location: First Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley w/The Booksmith

  • Friday, June 28: CHICAGO, IL 7:00pm

Location: Frugal Muse, 7511 Lemont Rd. #146 (Chestnut Court Shopping Center), Darien

  • Saturday, June 29: MINNEAPOLIS, MN 7:00pm

Location: Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Ave, St. Paul

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I write slowly so I don’t know how many lies Donald Trump and his minions will tell, how many laws they will break, how many deaths they will cause by the time I post this. A reporter counted 17 lies in Trump’s NY Times interview alone; the Syrian bombing raids he ordered killed 1,500 civilians in one month, 3 times Obama’s record; only future historians will be able to tally the laws broken because it will take awhile for all of them to come to light, but they keep tumbling out as the number of emoluments he’s collecting, the number of Russian and American Mafia he’s partnered with, the number of perjuries committed by family and friends continue to mount.

This man is dangerous. If he gets the Trumpcare bill he wants, a minimum of 25,000 will die unnecessarily each year, if his budget passes, millions will be denied the human services they need and tens of thousands more will die for lack of them, if he gets the tax cuts he wants, the poverty rate will jump from the current 25% to god knows what and hundreds of thousands more people, most of them children, will go hungry.

And that’s a minimum sum of the damage he and his minions will cause. Countless more Americans will die, be poisoned or disabled because regulations designed to protect the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the places we work, have been weakened or dismantled entirely.

Americans made a mistake by electing him (if we really did, given the Russian interference with our democracy). The sooner we correct that mistake and get rid of him, the more of us will survive. It’s that stark, that simple.

It will require that all of us who recognize the threat that he poses - women, people of color, native Americans, union members, LGBTQers, activists for economic and environmental justice, seniors and people with disabilities like me - unite to remove him.

That will require that we subordinate our own specific causes to the task. that may seem hard to do until we realize that we cannot significantly advance those causes under a Trump-led regime. There are hopeful signs that we’re beginning to understand that but it’s a lesson we must absorb quickly and act on immediately.

The most orderly way to do that is to organize to demand that every Congressperson vote to inditeI him and that every Senator vote to convict him. However, it may take more radical forms of nonviolent protest to dislodge him. The Argentinians turned out their dictator by taking to the streets beating pots and pans. Eastern Europeans staged revolutions of various colors to drive out theirs. Surely we can be as determined and creative as they were.

But that is just half the task. Trump is the product of a sick society. He is a symptom as well as the embodiment of the disease. After we excise him, we must cure it of its corruption, inequities and exclusions and create a country where all are welcome and all have an equal chance to participate.


ronsears 1 year 43 weeks ago

ethan b. ellis,

Well said. I particularly liked the practicality of your suggestion:

"That will require that we subordinate our own specific causes to the task."

Trump and the greed hiding behind him are existential treats to the lives of many and our Democracy itself. All of our pet causes are lost if we don't unite to rid ourselves of both Trump and the self-destructive greed he represents.


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zapdam. 1 year 42 weeks ago

ethan b. ellis , i agree with ronsears that's a very good post. we now know Trumps also added encouraging US policemen to brutalize people they arrest, But hey what you expect from a guy who congratulated the psychopath Philippines president Duterte for the effectiveness of his death squads.

rs allen 1 year 42 weeks ago

Save what exactly?

It's a question worth asking oneself. The american way of life? The american values? The american example for the rest of the world?

Save what exactly?

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