Mon 9/17/18


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.


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


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."


[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.


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…


 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:…/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.




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)…/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 - 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.


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. (…/capitol-alert/article213459539.html)

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:…

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. has a great list of them locally…/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

(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”:…/Z95z4eFZjyfqCLG9py…/story.html

The damage being done to these children is known:…/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.


Call for Action May 10, 2018

Time-Sensitive #ACTION Alert for SolSunners in California! This comes from Kathryn Ann Snyder:

Hey, y’all. One of our Women's Policy Institute bills, #SB1393 authored by Senator Holly Mitchell restores judicial discretion to the five-year prior felony enhancement, and may go up for Senate floor vote ‪tomorrow morning‬. If you have capacity, can you support us by calling and Tweeting these senators?? Contact info, sample call script, and sample Tweets below!

Call Sen Galgiani at: ‪(916) 651-4005‬
Call Sen Portantino at: ‪(818) 409-0400‬
Call Sen Anderson at: (916) 651-4038

Script: “My name is _____, and I live in _____, California. I am calling to say that I support Senate Bill 1393, related to sentence enhancements for prior convictions. California wastes too much money by locking people up for very long periods of time, when it should be investing in services we need in our communities. We want fairness in our courts. Please let my Senator know that I strongly support this bill.”

Here’s another way that you can help!

Tweet to @SenatorGalgiani, @JoelAndersonCA, and @Portantino to urge them to vote yes on SB 1393.

Sample Tweets:

Support #SB1393 to end discriminatory mandatory sentencing for prior convictions. #FairSentencing

Drastic sentences impede rehabilitation and treatment and worsen the odds of successful reentry #KeepFamiliesTogether #SB1393

Call for Action, May 9th


THANK A TEACHER! Thank ALL the teachers! And tell us about YOUR favorite teacher!

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and while we should obviously be thanking teachers all day everyday, we obviously do not, and so let's be sure to heartily thank the folks who educate, care for, lift us, listen to, guide, inspire, and shape our humans of all ages.

So THANK YOU to all you SolSunners who teach! We see and appreciate and thank you!

And hey—shout out and thank YOUR favorite teacher in the comments! Who will you always remember? What impacts have teachers had on you?!


Call for Action May 8th, 2018


Dear SolSunners! We are excited to once again partner with Circle of Health International to raise much-needed money. In honor of Mother's Day, we are seeking to raise funds to support the maternal health of women of color in America. Please consider making a donation on behalf of your own mother, a mother that you know, or a mother you might never know, but who needs support.

OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL IS $5,250. This number represents the number of women in May in the U.S. who will experience extreme pregnancy-related complications requiring medical interventions.

Black mothers in the U.S. die at 3x the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health. Put another way, a black woman is 22% more likely to die from heart disease than a white woman, 71% more likely to perish from cervical cancer, and 243% more likely to die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes.

ALL of the money raised will go directly to local, women-led community partners who will use it to purchase and distribute supplies (prenatal vitamins; contraception; WOC doula training) to their communities. COHI is an experienced organization who has built many trusting community partnerships.