Ceeeeelebrate good times 🎉

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Today is a special day for us here at My Civic Workout. A year ago, on November 21, 2016, still reeling from Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, we sent out our very first edition. We wanted to share our collective knowledge about effective activism and to make a contribution to the then-nascent Trump resistance movement. Even though Trump had won the electoral college, we weren’t ready to concede defeat. What he stood for, and what propelled him to the highest office in the country—white nationalism, xenophobia, sexual violence, and intolerance of difference of any kind—remained ideas that millions of Americans stood against. And we were not about to back down. 

With Thanksgiving coming up, we are incredibly grateful. You are one of over 9,000 wonderful, loyal subscribers who receive our emails, and all of us together are a part of something even bigger. We showed up at airports to take a stand against the Muslim ban. We crashed the ACA repeal. We rocked the vote this November. And we will continue to fight. 

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Understanding (And Stopping!) The Tax Bill

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Photo by Chris Li on Unsplash

Remember this MCW edition on proposed tax reform? This and next week, Republican leaders are doing their best to hurry along their tax plan, benefitting the ultra-wealthy (including Trump himself) and potentially raising taxes on 7.9 million taxpayers who make under $100,000 a year. Only one Republican senator has come out against this tax bill, and it’s time to step up pressure on our elected officials to the intensity we had against ACA repeal.

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Think Local, Act Local

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After last week’s victories for progressive candidates in the Virginia General Assembly and beyond, aren’t you feeling inspired? It really does make a difference to focus on state and local races. State legislatures decide on, e.g., voter registration requirements, Congressional district boundaries, Medicaid expansion plans, anti-trans “bathroom bills,” and whether gun regulations should be more or less restrictive. Local officials are in charge of schools, parks, zoning decisions, and much more. Sheriffs and prosecutors—elected positions in most places—have the power to determine whether your community is a safe and just place for all residents, particularly people of color and undocumented folks.

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