Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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Last week, we reminded you that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Well, enraged and engaged marathoners, take heart: our voices ARE being heard and our collective actions ARE making a difference!
Orange Resistance has a great roundup of the positive news highlights and accomplishments from the last few weeks. Take a look. Savor these accomplishments and give yourself a pat on the back. You’re doing great work and it’s paying off.
We have some important, timely actions for you this week - including our first action which has to be completed today, February 8th, by 6 p.m. EST when the Senate votes. Let’s get to it!
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO OPPOSE SESSIONS:
By now you’ve likely heard about the heated battle that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) engaged in last night on the Senate floor. The exchange took place as the senate debated the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Justice. Sessions will likely be spearheading the implementation of Trump’s travel ban, and he has a questionable racial record.
Warren is fighting the good fight, but she needs our help, and quick: Call your representatives TODAY BY 6 P.M. EST (which is when the Senate votes) and demand that they oppose the nomination of Sessions as Attorney General.
Here’s how to reach your representatives:
Use some fancy technology to reach your Senator: dial 1-202-224-3121 and follow the prompts to reach your Senator by entering your zip code! If you prefer the old-fashioned direct-dial method, you can find the number for your Senator here.
Use the following example script. (We’ve updated our scripts based on the advice of former Senate staffers who say to give a zip code and specify that you don’t need a response.This speeds up the staffers’ process of taking tallies of callers.)
Hello. My name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent of [Sn.____]. My zip code is ______. I don’t need a response. I am calling to ask the Senator to vote no on the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
Sessions will not protect key components of the voting rights act and I’m concerned that he will be leading implementation of the travel ban. I would like to ask Senator _______ to vote NO on his confirmation.
SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION
If you followed the historically close confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the Department of Education, you’re probably as horrified as we are about her unprecedented lack of experience with public schools. Now, more than ever, it’s important to support your local public schools (especially those that have less resources.) We are digging this great list of 20 things you can do to support public schools!
STAND UP AND SHOW UP TO A LOCAL MEETING
One of the key things former congressional staffers and government experts urge those in the resistance to do is to show up, in person, to events held by your congressional representatives. This is probably the single most effective thing you can do as a constituent. Thankfully, the Town Hall Project 2018 has put together a handy spreadsheet detailing all the publicly listed upcoming town halls, open houses, and other opportunities to interact with your reps! Check it out and commit to going to an upcoming event!
One issue we recommend bringing up with your rep: the Affordable Care Act. Our voices are being heard on this issue and it’s important to keep the pressure and stories coming!
Don’t know what to say or do when you show up? Indivisible has a
REQUIRED READING: TRUMP ROLLING BACK FINANCIAL REGULATIONS
We know, we know, it sounds wonky and complicated. But, the administration’s move this week to roll back key some of the protections Obama put in place after the 2008 financial crisis is a dangerous one. Read up on how Trump is already proving to be a much closer friend to big banks than the “average American” his campaign claimed to represent.