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Indivisible Guide and Toolkit

Indivisible Guide (pdf)

Indivisible Tool Kit (pdf)

Excerpt: “Welcome! You’re receiving this toolkit because you, we, and thousands of groups across the country are ready to stand indivisible. Groups are meeting to plan the resistance against Trump’s agenda, and making plans to visit the offices of their Members of Congress.”

About Indivisible
When we put the Indivisible Guide online as a poorly formatted, typo-filled Google Doc, we never imagined how far and fast it would spread. Since December, the guide has been downloaded over a million times. More than 4,500 local groups have signed up to resist the Trump agenda in nearly every congressional district in the country. What’s more, you all are putting the guide into action—showing up en masse to congressional district offices and events, and flooding the congressional phone lines. You’re resisting—and it’s working.

We are absolutely floored. It may have started as a tweeted Google Doc, but now (and sorry if this sounds corny) we feel an extraordinary sense of responsibility to help this movement as best we can. To do this, the Indivisible Guide team is starting a (nonprofit) organization, and we want to tell you why.

Bottom line, we want to do two big things better:

Demystify congressional advocacy. We get hundreds of questions every day about what Congress is doing, how to organize locally (see the toolkit!), and how to advocate in different situations. We’re going to start sending out timely updates and resources on what’s going on in Congress and how you can best organize, make your voice heard, and influence your members of Congress.

Support the community of local groups putting the Indivisible Guide into action. We want to provide shared tools to help groups organize events, communicate with each other, and share best practices and resources. This also means spotlighting local successes and supporting a sense of a shared purpose. You can see that shared purpose already forming—just look at this beautiful movement on Rachel Maddow.

We are already doing some of this! We now have over seventy (70!) volunteers working early mornings, late nights, weekends, and sick days on everything that you see the Indivisible Guide team do—email responses, congressional updates, the group directory, the website, our social media, and a bunch more. It’s been an amazing labor of love by a stellar group of, yeah we’ll say it, patriots. But we want to do more.

As we form a nonprofit, we want to make something clear: we’re not the leaders of this movement. The last few weeks have made it abundantly clear that local groups are taking ownership of the resistance to Trump’s agenda themselves. You all are the leaders—we’re just here to help.

We’re still developing our long-term strategy, and we want to hear from you about what you need and want. But going forward, you’ll see a lot more from us in those two buckets of work above—we want to demystify the heck out of Congress and build a vibrant community of angelic troublemakers.

In solidarity,

Ezra Levin
President of the Board

Leah Greenberg
Vice President of the Board

Angel Padilla
Secretary of the Board

Sarah Dohl
Board Member

Matt Traldi
Treasurer of the Board

Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,522 Fiscal Responsibility

judgejudyRadical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,518 Practice Cross-examination
Constantly evaluate information sources for accuracy.   Write to the author for their sources if needed. Don’t rely on others to tell you something is true. Research it yourself. Use a jurists mind. Ask yourself:

*Is it Hearsay? (A statement made out of court that is offered in court as evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted.)

*Is there Substantial Evidence? Substantial evidence is “such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion.” (Richardson v. Perales, 402 U.S. 389 (1971).)

*Is there a Preponderance of Evidence?(A preponderance of evidence has been described as just enough evidence to make it more likely than not that the fact the claimant seeks to prove is true)

*Is there Reasonable Doubt? Sufficient doubt on the part of jurors for acquittal of a defendant based on a lack of evidence.

*Is there Clear and Convincing Evidence? (Evidence that proves a matter by the “preponderance of evidence” required in civil cases and beyond the “reasonable doubt” needed to convict in a criminal case.)

Sources: https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/legal-standards-proof.html
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/

Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,520 Civil Rights Songs
Listen  and write political protest and civil rights songs. Songs get us out of your heads and into the soul of your hearts. They send a message and give us courage and motivation. Here’s a good place to start “The 10 Best Civil Right Protest songs”  https://spinditty.com/playlists/The-Protest-Movement-10-Best-Civil-Rights-Protest-Songs  There’s one recording from 1938.  Be sure to read the stories that go with them.

Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,519 Strengthen your local political economy. Dollars spent are votes for what is produced in the world. Be sure you know what you are voting for. Keep your smart phones for at least five years. While you are at it, stop buying plastic products, buy local in brick and mortar stores, and send Christmas goodies to your police and fire departments. Give gifts of services instead of products. Strengthen your local political economy.

Radical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,522 Fiscal Responsibility
budgetingRadical Civil Obedience – Day Minus 1,522 days until another President is inaugurated.  Another value  I want to see in my political leaders that I will model myself: Fiscal responsibility. I am aware that the finance industry has extreme power over our political processes, and I will minimize my participation in sustaining their wealth. I will create and follow a sustainable budget.  I will only borrow money when absolutely necessary (e.g. housing, medical, transportation) and pay bills and expenses by cash or check.  If I use credit cards to pay bills, I will pay off all the balances each month.  I will move my funds from national banks to independent banks and credit unions. (Photo source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26373139@N08/5913014568 CC BY-SA)

Countdown to January 20, 2021 – Day minus 1,524 days until a new President takes office. What can I do until then? Answer: Become a better citizen by living the values I want to see in all elected and appointed officials. Following the format of Gene Sharp, Nobel Prize nominee and author of “The Politics of Nonviolent Action” and “From Dictatorship to Democracy” I am compiling a list of things I can do improve my integrity as a citizen, while preserving the integrity of our form of government. I call this form of protest “Radical Civil Obedience.” (Note: This does not exclude civil disobedience when necessary. [did I just get on the FBI’s watch list?]) Here’s the first thing that came to mind: Driving habits: As a form of protest against bullying and intimidation, against rushing to push others out of the way to get my way, and because I agreed to follow traffic laws when I accepted my driver’s license, I will drive the speed limit on all roads, be non-aggressive, and courteous. (I drive that way now, unless I am in a hurry, bored, or impatient.) Imagine if half of all drivers would do that, we would be sending a clear message to the world that we do not want aggressive, bullying. self-seeking political leaders. Behave the way you want them to behave. Tomorrow: Get your news from printed sources.

Radical Civil Obedience Day 1523 – Taxes

Radical Civil Obedience: Countdown to January 20, 2021 — 1,523 days until a new President takes office. To show the values I want in my president, I will cheerfully pay my fair share of taxes on time, if not early. I will not use the IRS or FTB as a zero-interest savings account, adjusting my exemptions so that my tax bill or refund is within a few hundred dollars.

Radical Civil Obedience Day minus 1524 – Driving Habits

Countdown to January 20, 2021 – Day minus 1,524 days until a new President takes office. What can I do until then? Answer: Become a better citizen by living the values I want to see in all elected and appointed officials. Following the format of Gene Sharp, Nobel Prize nominee and author of “The Politics of Nonviolent Action” and “From Dictatorship to Democracy” I am compiling a list of things I can do improve my integrity as a citizen, while preserving the integrity of our form of government. I call this form of protest “Radical Civil Obedience.” (Note: This does not exclude civil disobedience when necessary. [did I just get on the FBI’s watch list?]) Here’s the first thing that came to mind: Driving habits: As a form of protest against bullying and intimidation, against rushing to push others out of the way to get my way, and because I agreed to follow traffic laws when I accepted my driver’s license, I will drive the speed limit on all roads, be non-aggressive, and courteous. (I drive that way now, unless I am in a hurry, bored, or impatient.) Imagine if half of all drivers would do that, we would be sending a clear message to the world that we do not want aggressive, bullying. self-seeking political leaders. Behave the way you want them to behave. Tomorrow: Get your news from printed sources.

Thank You for Not Voting

THANK YOU FOR NOT VOTING? “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time. And that should be sufficient for most purposes.” “What?,” you say, “That’s not what Lincoln said!.” True, he didn’t say that, at least not in his public version. Lincoln is quoted as finishing this adage with “But you cannot fool all the people all the time.” And, fortunately, we do not fool ourselves all the time. We are not political fools – unwitting victims of political processes powered by greedy, earth-destroying corporations and grossly rich people. We, my fellow Americans, are the roots of the political process, providing the nutrients that feed and sustain our elected officials. We even have an instruction manual. Yeah, you know what it’s called.

Our citizenry (the foolish and unfoolish alike) has an awesome responsibility. We are asked to fulfill our civic duties by: 1) registering to vote, 2) then voting for various individuals and initiatives, and 3) then holding those elected to the highest standards while in office. (Most of us forget about #3). We will elect 435 house representatives, 35 senators, 12 governors, one president and vice president, and hundreds of state and local officials, and say aye or nay on hundreds of ballot initiatives which will affect our incomes, taxes, environment, health care, and civil liberties. Yes, an awesome responsibility and not to be undertaken lightly.

There are about 225,778,000 eligible voters in the U.S., but only about 124,177,900 (55%) will actually vote. (Maybe a bit more in this election, but definitely not more than 60%. i ) If you choose not to vote you are giving your vote to a random stranger who does vote, (and we all know not to get in a car with a stranger unless they have the good kind of candy and/or need help finding their lost their puppy.) A 55% turnout means each actual vote is worth 1.82 votes. That is, each voter become more powerful when there are eligible non-voters. What a wonderful system we control – the foolish and unfoolish alike.

And how do we keep our elected officials on the straight and narrow. Become helicopter constituents. Who are they spending time with? Are they keeping good company? Are they getting to their meetings on time? Are they doing their homework and putting in full days? Do they get along well with others? Do they share? Do they call home often and let us know what is going on? Make sure you emphasize that you know they are big enough to do things by themselves , but you just want to follow along and take notes to see if there is possible room for improvements. All for their own good, of course. NEXT Week: Creating a New Political Party Called “The No-Crybaby Party.”

ihttp://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/data/turnout.php

Wilkner, “A Practical Sanskrit Introductory” (1996)

This course of fifteen lessons is intended to lift the English-speaking student who knows nothing of Sanskrit to the level where he can intelligently apply Monier-Williams dictionary and the Dhatu-Patha to the study of the scriptures.

Includes 15 lessons with exercises and answers, a Sanskrit Glossary and Index, and a section on English Grammatical Terms.

For the serious Sanskit student

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TBQ, “Patanjali’s Yoga: Meditation, Breathing, Modern Yoga” (2016)

patanjali_Cover“Patanjali’s Yoga – Meditation, Breathing, Modern Yoga” should be part of every Yoga student’s library.

As students of yoga progress in their physical practice, so too should they come to comprehend the spiritual sources of yoga breathing techniques and poses.

This book contains textual contents (some modern, some written 1,500 years ago), a glossary, and an index. Its main purpose is to allow the reader to broaden their understanding of the Yoga Sutras and how they are related to modern yoga practices. These sutras may be the inspiration for those who later created the various yoga asanas and related practices, so that they, too, might join in spiritual union with the Eternal. Of course, you may use this book to study each sutra academically as a religious philosophy.
See below for the table of contents.
– Namaste!

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I. Modern Yoga = ƒ1(Ancient Sutras in Sanskrit

1. Is Yoga Safe or effective?
2. So, Who Practices Yoga?
3. Who is Patanjali?
4. What are the Yoga Sutras?
5. What do the Yoga Sutras say?
6. How are the Yoga Sutras related to breathing?.
7. What is the relationship of the Sutras to yoga poses?
8. Who is Charles Johnston?

II. Appendix A: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali “The Book of the Spiritual Man”

1. Introduction to Book I
2. Book I (The Book of Spiritual Consciousness).
3. Introduction to Book II
4. Book II (The Book of the Means of Soul Growth)
5. Introduction to Book III
6. Book III (The Book of Spiritual Powers)
7. Introduction to Book IV
8. Book IV (The Mechanism of Salvation)

III. Appendix B:: The Yoga Sutras of the Patanjali (No Commentary

1. Book I (The Book of Spiritual Consciousness)
2. Book II (The Book of the Means of Soul Growth)
3. Book III (The Book of Spiritual Powers)
4. Book IV (The Mechanism of Salvation)

IV. Yoga Sutra Glossary

V. Additional Notes and References

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