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We're pretty blue here in Marin County, CA, but I'm signed up to work the polls in the primary next March. It's a four-day stint from 6:30am to 9pm. I did it once before, but it was only a single day then. It's a very rewarding experience. I recall a few special moments. One in particular was a young woman bringing her grandmother to the polls to help her register to vote for the first time. It was very moving and it really makes you feel like all of this matters. I'd encourage anyone who can do to one or more of the several things that Joyce has listed in this post. I now have to figure out what else I'm going to do. We cannot let him get anywhere close to the White House. I've been reading up on the Heritage Foundation's Project 2025 and it's quite frightening. Please do what you can...and at a minimum...VOTE!

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As Cassidy Hutchinson said recently, and I'm paraphrasing, "...everyone should vote for Joe Biden if they care about democracy."

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It's also very telling that the Republicans in Congress, and Republican governors, are not speaking out against the threats that Trump makes. They too, no longer care about decency or democracy. I intend to find a way to lend my voice and time to helping defeat them all in next November's election.

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Due to health restrictions, I don’t always have the energy to consistently be involved in promoting the people I cared about getting into office, So I am starting awareness nights. They’re going to be twice a month to start. Sometimes meeting as a “book club “ reading Enough, Prequel, and attack from within. Other nights will be watching important specials, the first one being the Chris Hayes/Rachel Maddow interview. Other nights might be just hearing what those in the public are dealing with and how those of us more home bound can help. Stay involved no matter your limitations

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MY idea is SHOW UP ON ELECTION DAY and VOTE AGAINST TRUMP and any body who associates with him. eg the Republican party!!!!!!

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Nov 25, 2023·edited Nov 25, 2023

I try to start discussions with "policies aside, Trump is a disturbing and dangerous person." Anyone who argues that they don't like him but like his policies is sugar-coating their support of him as president. Plenty of other candidates support the same policies; encourage other choices. Argue his instability as a human. He is VERY disturbed and has no business setting foot in the White House. Vote for Biden or don't vote.

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First and foremost, I hope everyone following Joyce's newsletter, and of course Joyce herself, had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Those are great talking points the Biden/Harris campaign has put out in rebuttal to the deranged comments coming from the Trump side. Folks couldn't stop talking about the potency of the ad in Andy Beshear's Kentucky re-election campaign featuring the young lady who was an incestuous rape victim talking directly to Beshear's opponent. I want to see more of that in 2024 ....not just on the subject of choice, but also union worker's talking about what Biden has done for them; factory workers talking about their gains under the Inflation Reduction Act; other individual Americans talking straight into the camera about how Biden has improved their lives.

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Based on a lot of the things I’ve been reading, I really don’t *think* Danger Yam will win next year. However, I’m not so oblivious of my personal fallibility or of the catastrophic effect if he did eke out a win as to rest on my laurels. In addition to keeping up with the political news, I am contributing to campaigns as able. I can’t really talk politics at my job as a healthcare provider, but when someone is talking about how their kid got dropped from the Medicaid rolls, I will mention that the state legislature is motivated to make Medicaid difficult for families and underscore that it is an important thing to take into consideration when voting. I will also remind 17yo that they should be sure to register to vote when they turn 18.

Ideally, we need Biden to win with a really strong margin in order to reduce the “stolen election” noise. I am concerned that a third party candidate could come in and eliminate the margin.

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Oh yes, I’m well aware of special days being tainted by TFFG. My wedding anniversary is June 14, which also happens to be Flag Day. Ugh...

And thanks, Joyce, for reminding us not to take a Biden win for granted. We have work to do!

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Thank you Joyce, and Happy Thanksgiving! If we are going to defeat TFG, every one is going to have to do something. If readers are looking for a warm, inclusive community of activists who write postcards, phone bank, ballot cure and more, check us out at www.markersfordemocracy.org

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Talking to, or trying to, trumpers isn’t worth the time or effort. I tried having a civil conversation through a social media platform regarding background checks and red flag laws as it relates to people with mental health issues. Since they say it’s a mental health issue not a gun issue. They immediately became hostile and calling me a variety of names.

If they’re people who say they voted for the President in 2020 but not in 2024, we need to tell them the facts that the Biden-Harris campaign put

out.

Another fact is that even when we get rid of trump, things are not going to get back to normal. He has infected too many people.

I would encourage all of us to not shy away from sharing news stories and posts in support of the President’s accomplishments. We must correct the errors.

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Thank you Joyce. I hope this latest diatribe lands him in jail with no cell phone and no adoring media surrounding him for at least a week. I am sick and tired of seeing his pouting ugly face and fat body on every site I turn to. A week's relief would be wonderful! I agree with your friend that Trump will lose the popular vote and by a larger margin than he lost it in 2020 - but that is not enough to keep him out of the White House. We need to stay vigilant as Joyce says.

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I am writing postcards through Postcards To Voters https://postcardstovoters.org I have written 40 today all going to Florida some for a special election and some to remind people to re-enroll as a mail-in voter since Florida purged the addresses of mail-in voters.

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Nov 25, 2023·edited Nov 25, 2023

Trump is a delusional loose cannon. By extension, so are his followers. I have to believe he won't win the election next year because when I think of him being president again, the despair I feel is indescribable.

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Nov 25, 2023·edited Nov 25, 2023

Related: FANI WILLIS got some help from her next door neighbor, DeKalb District Attorney,SHERRY BOSTON, who filed a lawsuit to overturn GA Republicans' patently unconstitutional move to set up a purported "Prosecuting Attorneys Qualification Commission." The GA Supreme Court blew up the Commission something like the way Hindenburg went down. Any, the Commission is smoking ashes.

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I really feel that anyone else who posted what you printed in your substack today would be in jail tomorrow. The court system is failing us with drawn out schedules, etc etc. Someone asked me today what do I think will happen if Trump is elected---I think he will start locking people up, threatening others, firing government civil service workers, etc etc. I also think the "militias" will start appearing. I hope that I am wrong, but he has conniving people without any ethical core in his camp (Bannon for starters) and his victory (which I'll work to prevent) will be the start of a Revenge Tour like no other this country has ever seen. Not very good post-Thanksgiving feelings---but this is not a very good time in our country Here is to HOPE and ACTION.

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