CALL FOR ACTION, OCT. 14TH, 2018

SO many reports of voter suppression right now—from the disenfranchisement of Native voters in N Dakota to college students at Prairieview A&M in Wall County, Texas to 53,000 potential voters in Georgia—we must stay vigilant, and LOUD, and remember that disenfranchisement of non-white voters is one of the oldest, dirtiest tricks in the GOP playbook.

The AP is reporting that at least 53,000 voter registration applications in the state of Georgia are being held for additional screening, potentially removing the ability for a significant number of people to vote in the November election. 70% of these applications are from Black voters—and the secretary of state who’s in charge of overseeing voter reg is Brian Kemp, the Republican running against Stacey Abrams. A lawsuit has been filed, but let’s make sure to keep the pressure on:

#ACTION:

“I am calling/writing to express my outrage about the 53,000 voter registrations that are being held up in your state. I understand that 70% of these applications are from Black residents of Georgia—this is clear voter suppression, and it is unconstitutional. I stand with Stacey Abrams and believe that Brian Kemp should step down immediately as Secretary of State, and that your office should do everything it can to ensure the swift processing of these applications.”

http://sos.ga.gov/cgi-bin/email.asp

Executive Office (Brian Kemp, Sec of State) 
844-753-7825

Chris Harvey, Elections Director 
844-753-7825

General Directory http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/General/department_directory

https://www.vox.com/…/georgia-voter-registration-suppressio…

CALL FOR ACTION, OCT. 1, 2018

Ok, it's GO TIME. Long post ahead, but it's important stuff. Read on, and share.

The only things I feel certain of are that a) no one knows what will happen this week b) it will be some kind of fresh hell, no matter what. If you can function this week, it's time to GET TO WORK.

[Caveat: The events of this past week are deeply triggering/retraumatizing for many people who've experienced assault and if that's the case for you it is entirely OK to NOT take action this week. Ignore this post, ignore the news, focus on caring for yourself in a world that is NOT caring right now.]

So many people are asking "What can we do?!?!?!??!?!!?" I get it. Here are my suggestions for concrete, specific actions:

1. FIRST, CALL/EMAIL YOUR REPS. EVERY DAY. Call both Senators, and your Congressional rep too (yes, Kavanaugh is technically a Senate matter, but Congresspeople need to hear from us too.) If you need a script, check out 5calls.org, or say something like this:

"Brett Kavanaugh's rude, belligerent, unprofessional performance on Thursday showed that he is not fit for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. I believe Dr. Ford, and the other women who have come forward with allegations against him."

If you're calling your SENATOR, ask that s/he vote NO. If calling a Congressional Rep ask that s/he deliver your message to Senate colleagues. Also be sure to ID yourself as a constituent.

2. THEN, CALL THESE SENATORS (EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT YOURS): If DC lines are busy, go to their websites and call state field offices. Keep the message short, to the point:

"Please vote NO on Judge Kavanaugh. He is not fit for the Supreme Court. I believe Dr. Ford."

"UNDECIDED" GOP:

*Susan Collins
202-224-2523
*Jeff Flake
202-224-4521
*Lisa Murkowski
202-224-6665

"UNDECIDED" DEM:

*Heidi Heitkamp:
202-224-2043
*Joe Manchin
202-224-3954

3. THEN PAY ATTENTION TO THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS! Be outraged at this Kavanaugh mess BUT ALSO: EYES ON THE PRIZE. We have ONE MONTH AND ONE WEEK until November 6th—let's use this rage as fuel for ACTION on behalf of progressive candidates around the country. This is the FINAL STRETCH—ask yourself what you can offer this month, and commit to a plan.

-GOT MONEY? Even just a little? NOW IS THE TIME TO DONATE. There are so many races it can be hard to know where to donate, so here are just *some* notable/important ones to check out:

SENATE
*Jacky Rosen (NV—running to flip Dean Heller's seat)
*Krysten Sinema (AZ—running to flip Jeff Flake's seat)
*Beto O’Rourke (TX; chance to ruin Ted Cruz’s life)
*Claire McCaskill (AR; sitting Dem Senator in tough re-*election. Currently viewed as a “toss-up” per recent polls)
*Heidi Heitkamp (ND; sitting Dem Senator in red state, tough re-election)

GOV
*Stacey Abrams (GA, would be first-ever Black female governor) 
*Andrew Gillum (FL, would be first Florida’s first Black governor) 
*Christine Hallquist (VT, would be first trans Governor) 
*Paulette Jordan (ID, would be first Native American governor)

HOUSE 
*Lauren Underwood (Il-4, 31-year old progressive Black woman running in GOP-leaning Chicago suburban district)
*Ilhan Omar (MN-5, would be first Somali-American in Congress, and along w/ Rashida Tlaib who is running unopposed, would be first Muslim women in Congress)
*Andrew Janz (CA-10; running in Central California to replace Devin Nunes. Polls show him tightening the race)
*Randy Bryce (WI-1, running to replace Paul Ryan)
*Abby Finkenauer (IA-1, 29-year old progressive in a competitive race against an incumbent in a Trump-y district, would be youngest woman in Congress)
*@Michael Siegel (TX-10, Austin city attorney running against one of the richest men in Congress, also my friend!)

OTHER IDEAS
*Go to EMILY's List and find a few candidates to support—or donate a small amount to all of them
*Go to 538.com or Cook Political Report and find races listed as "Lean Republican" or "Toss-Up" and donate to those
*Check out the state-level races that Sister District Project is focusing on and support those.
*Get involved in your LOCAL races—who's running for mayor, school board, city council? How can you help?

-GOT TIME?
*Volunteer! Knock on doors, phonebank, text bank, DO SOMETHING! Check out Swing Left and Sister District Project for ways to get involved. 
*If you're in California, check out Flip the 14
*Write postcards to voters from your cozy home (or at a bar with friends!) Check out Postcards To Voters and Postcards for America - California

THINK ABOUT THE *FUTURE!*

If he makes it onto the court, it will, as everyone is already pointing out, impact policy, law, and life for GENERATIONS. That is why we need to be training, cultivating, and recruiting young progressive female leaders to be the Senators, Congresswomen, Governors, and Presidents that OUR kids vote for. If you want to play the long game, donate some $$$ to orgs like Emerge America, Ignite, and Higher Heights for America (which invests specifically in Black women's leadership).

REFUSE TO SHUT UP ABOUT IT
Seriously, be that friend/colleague/parent during school pick-up who won't stop talking about the election. Ask people if they're registered. Spread the word, invite people over for a postcard party, sign up for a local phonebank. Show up to playdates with lawn signs for your preferred candidate. You can do it. You'll be damn glad you did. We all will.

CALL FOR ACTION, SEPT. 27TH

WE NEED TO STOP KAVANAUGH.

"I am one of the millions of Americans watching Dr. Christine Ford bravely testify today, and like millions of Americans I BELIEVE HER. She is a strong, credible witness with NOTHING to gain from doing this—and everything to lose. Every woman I know is feeling traumatized and infuriated—and every woman I know VOTES. Dr. Ford is telling the truth about Brett Kavanaugh. I know that, everyone watching knows that, and YOU know that. He CANNOT be a Supreme Court Justice. You must vote NO."

Sen Jeff Flake P: 202-224-4521 P: 602-840-1891
Sen Susan Collins (207) 780-3575 (202)224-2523
Sen Bob Corker 202-224-3344
Sen Lisa Murkowski (907) 271-3735 202)-224-6665

Bonus call: Yell at Chuck Grassley (202) 224 - 3744

CALL FOR ACTION, SEPT. 17, 2018

Mon 9/17/18

KAVANAUGH HEARINGS MUST BE POSTPONED!

BREAKING: All 10 Senate Dems on the Judiciary Committee have asked Chairman Grassley to delay the Kavanaugh vote, scheduled for this Thurs. As of this moment, GOP Senators Flake, Corker, and Murkowski have also made statements suggesting a delay is best. Dem Sen. Joe Donnelley, considered the most likely Dem to vote for Kavanaugh, has also stated that this matter must be examined, and that the accuser must be heard.

This is a PIVOTAL MOVEMENT—we DESERVE to know who Kavanaugh really is before the Senate decides to give him a lifetime job on the Supreme Court. His accuser DESERVES the chance to testify, which she has agreed to do—knowing full well the immense risks to her safety, her career, her family, her entire life. We KNOW what happened to Anita Hill, and how Clarence Thomas was confirmed despite her brave testimony and we MUST insist on a FULL, THOROUGH, and FAIR investigation. We already have a known sexual assaulter in the White House—we don't need ANOTHER ONE on the Supreme Court. Demand the Senate postpone the Kavanaugh vote.

ACTIONS:

1. Call YOUR Senators and tell them to make a public statement that the Kavanaugh vote must be delayed until his accuser has had a chance to testify and the committee has had a chance to evaluate ALL information. We CANNOT allow his accuser to be ignored/attacked/mocked and a thorough investigation is necessary for ALL involved.

2. IF your Senator is a DEM member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, THANK THEM

3. IF your Sen is a GOP member of the SJC, CALL AND TELL THEM THE VOTE MUST BE POSTPONED UNTIL ALL CAN BE EVALUATED.

4. Call/email GOP Senators who have made public statements in support of postponing—so far it's Flake, Murkowski, and Corker but more are expected today.

5. Call more Senators if ya want! GET MAD + GET LOUD!

Script (edit as needed):

I'm calling/writing because I believe Senator _______ must speak up in support of postponing the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to promote Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A thorough investigation of his attempted rape allegations must be performed before the senate grants him a lifetime job."

MORE INFO:

[TW: rape/sexual assault]

On Sunday, September 16th, the woman who made sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh revealed her identity. Christine Blasey Ford alleges that at a high school party a drunken Kavanaugh forced her into a bedroom before pinning her down with his body, groping her, pulling at her clothing, and attempting to rape her. Ford states she feared Kavanaugh might kill her. It has also been reported that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming, while his friend Mark Judge turned up the music to drown out her cries.

Rumors of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh were first leaked when Dianne Feinstein forwarded a mysterious letter to the FBI. Within days, many of the details above were reported, but the victim's identity was not. However, Ford not only came forward, but provided additional information that makes her story even more credible -- including that she disclosed her status as an assault survivor to her husband over a decade ago, and provided details and her attacker's name to her therapist and her husband several years ago. Ford also took and passed a polygraph test administered by a former FBI agent.

Ford, a professor living in Palo Alto, California, struggled with speaking out publicly due to the cost to her privacy and the disruption to her life. As a victim of sexual assault, her strength and courage deserve our respect and an equal response by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

CALL FOR ACTION, JULY 2ND, 2018

Attn: White Women

Nancy Pelosi's failure to support her colleague Maxine Waters is a big, big problem. Please read + consider signing on (and sharing widely) to this Open Letter to Rep Pelosi—it is a respectful yet unapologetic call-in (as opposed to a "call-out", which is usually less about respect and more about shame) asking Pelosi to "do better" and to use her power "to support Representative Waters and the struggle for liberation for all Americans."

As the letter states: "When you attack a Black woman for speaking out about injustice, and when you call for “civility” in the face of blatant racism, you invoke a long history of white supremacist power. Writing Black women’s words off as divisive, and chastising them for raising the alarm on unjust behavior, is not merely condescending — it echoes racist tropes that have been used for centuries to dehumanize Black people and support the structures that maintain discrimination...

We sincerely hope that you can take a moment and learn from this, that you offer an apology to Representative Waters, and that, in the future, you stand shoulder to shoulder with her as we work together to fix what is so clearly broken in this country. White supremacy is wrapped on the roots and branches of our story, and it is up to us to remove it."

Note from Andrea Grimes, one of the co-organizers of this effort: "We've specifically crafted this letter as a point of praxis for white women who need to do the work to dismantle white supremacy." There is also this great petition from Color of Change, which invites *all* Dem leaders to #BeLikeMaxine https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/Be_like_Maxine…

CALL FOR ACTION, JUNE 26, 2018

 I just got off the phone with a woman at the Southwest Key facility in Pleasant Hill, CA (about 30 min from my house, and where my mom grew up) where 2 "adolescent girls" who've been separated from their parents have been transferred and are being held. The woman on the phone obviously couldn't give me specific information, and said that at this time they are not taking donations. BUT: When I asked her if they would accept letters/cards of support + love for these young girls, she said yes, of course, and assured me they'd be passed on to the girls.

#ACTION: Send letters/cards to: 808 Grayson Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

AND/OR Find the facility nearest to you and see if you can contact them and make the same inquiry.

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting just published a list of the known facilities housing immigrant youth: https://www.revealnews.org/…/heres-a-map-of-shelters-where…/

These facilities vary dramatically in size, and I imagine they will vary in how they respond to calls, and to mail. So no guarantees that this is a broadly effective action—again, I'd suggest checking with facilities first. The one I just spoke with is very small, and the woman I spoke to seemed to be both overwhelmed and genuinely appreciative of my call (I assured her I wasn't calling to get mad or yell at her, but to inquire about how best to support). To be clear: I know very little about this facility, and this is not an endorsement of it).

If you do write letters, I suggest making the messages simple—supportive, loving, uplifting. En espanol if possible (though we can't assume they speak Spanish—many of the folks come speak other indigenous languages).

I'm very open to feedback on this idea if folks want to suggest better/different ways to go about it/approach it. I just saw the article about the one near me, and called.

 

CALL FOR ACTION, JUNE 21, 2018

MORE CALLS TO MAKE TODAY:

1) Call your House Rep telling them to say NO to Paul Ryan's anti immigration bill that will continue separating families and turbocharge immigration enforcement (ACLU) https://www.aclu.org/…/stop-speaker-ryans-anti-immigrant-bi…

2) Call Department of Justice to express your outrage at the situation: (202) 353-1555

3) Call on the head of the Department of Homeland Security Kirsten Nielsen to resign and tell her the practice of separating families is inhumane DHSSecretry@hq.dhs.gov - DHS comment line 202-282-84951)

Thank you Elisabeth Parco and Lena Wolff for finding such great actions.

Let's do this! We cannot stop the outrage and calls.

CALL FOR ACTION, JUNE 19, 2018

Already called your senator and donated to RAICES? That is AWESOME! Still can't sleep at night knowing that our country is continuing its horrible history of debasing people of color? Here are a few more actions.

I like to focus on the trio of CALL/DONATE/SHOW UP. Not everyone can do all, but if you can, please do!

Here you go:

1) CALL:
Call your governor and ask them to withdraw your state's National Guard troops from the border.

UPDATE: CA's National Guard is not involved with this. (https://www.sacbee.com/…/capitol-alert/article213459539.html)

2) DONATE: 
Baby2Baby and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit that provides low-income children, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves, set up a baby registry at Target to send bundles of essentials like diapers, wipes, shampoo and soap directly to immigrant children. LINK: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/giftgiver…

3) SHOW UP:
Attend one of the many protest happening near you this June 30th (or different date--check what is near you) they are going to be everywhere! Make your signs and childcare arrangements if you have to have attend because the numbers matter to get the press covering it everywhere.
MoveOn.org has a great list of them locally https://act.moveon.org/…/families-belong-together_att…/20020

Have any other ideas? Please add them to this post and LET'S GET CRACKING, FOLKS!

Call for Action, June 12, 2018

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS CALL TO ACTION***
(h/t to Daily Action and Rogan's List)

The Boston Globe is referring to family separation at the southern border as the “new Trail of Tears”:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/…/Z95z4eFZjyfqCLG9py…/story.html

The damage being done to these children is known:

http://www.latimes.com/…/la-ol-le-children-parents-border-s…

The separation of children from their families at the US/Mexico border is so horrifying that I struggle deeply to face it, read about it, and act on it. I really do. It just might be the most devastated and outraged and sad that I've felt since the Greatest Mistake took office. BUT. We CANNOT look away. We CANNOT ignore it. We MUST act. NOW. And we can start with supporting S. 3036, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation intended to limit the separation of families at or near ports of entry, (S. 3036).

This would allow children to be separated from a parent only if they are being abused, trafficked, or if a court decides it is in the best interests of the child. Currently, the Trump administration is taking children from their parents in an attempt to stop people from coming to the United States. The policy is a human rights violation and against international law.

"The United States must not be a country that traumatizes young children by separating them from their parents. ... Congress has a moral obligation to take a stand and say that families should not be forcibly separated," Feinstein said on Friday.

Thus far, 31 Democratic Senators have signed onto this bill. If your Senators are among them, CALL AND THANK THEM and ask what ELSE they are doing to stop this. If your Senators have NOT SIGNED ON, call and 1) remind them that this is a moral issue and that 2) separating families is in violation of international law, 3) and ask them to sponsor and pass this legislation.

THANK YOU FOR ACTING!