Call for Action, May 9th

OLDARITY SUNDAYS #ACTION...

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?!

#TeacherAppreciationDay

Call for Action May 8th, 2018

**SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS MOTHER'S DAY FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE!***

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.

THANK YOU!

Call for Action April 12

Pompeo hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

https://www.cnn.com/…/live…/mike-pompeo-hearing-april-12-18/

#ACTION
CALL/EMAIL/FAX/RESISTBOT YOUR SENATORS AND OPPOSE POMPEO
Is YOUR Senator on the Committee? If so, CONTACT HER/HIM AND DEMAND THEY VOTE NO
Bob Corker, Tennessee, Chairman
Jim Risch, Idaho
Marco Rubio, Florida
Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
Jeff Flake, Arizona
Cory Gardner, Colorado
Todd Young, Indiana
John Barrasso, Wyoming
Johnny Isakson, Georgia
Rob Portman, Ohio
Rand Paul, Kentucky
Bob Menendez, New Jersey, Ranking Member
Ben Cardin, Maryland
Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire
Chris Coons, Delaware
Tom Udall, New Mexico
Chris Murphy, Connecticut
Tim Kaine, Virginia
Ed Markey, Massachusetts
Jeff Merkley, Oregon
Cory Booker, New Jersey

Call for Action - March 26, 2018

SUPPORT #50MilesMore!

OVER 50 TEENAGERS IN WISCONSIN ARE MARCHING 50 MILES TO PAUL RYAN'S HOUSE TO DEMAND ACTION ON GUN CONTROL. FOR REAL, THIS IS ACTUALLY A THING THAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW, TODAY!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/high-school-students-are-…/

#Actions:

***SHARE the march and their stories on social media!

Twitter: @50milesmore
IG: @50milesmore
FB: https://www.facebook.com/50MilesMore/
Web: https://50milesmore.org/

***CALL PAUL RYAN'S OFFICE to tell them you support the marchers AND to ask what his response is!

(608) 752-4050 (Janesville, WI, where the march is headed)
(202) 225-3031 (DC)

***MAKE A DONATION: https://50milesmore.org/donate/

Call for Action - February 24, 2018

#BOYCOTTNRA

I'm sitting in a waiting room, about to enroll my youngest in kindergarten—feels like an excellent time to post about BOYCOTTING THE NRA! #BoycottNRA has been taking off like crazy on Twitter—AND IT'S WORKING. In the past 24 hours, the following companies have announced that they will END NRA co-sponsorship/discount programs:

MetLife
Best Western
Wyndham Hotels
Alamo Rent A Car
National Rent A Car
Enterprise Rent A Car
First National Bank of Omaha
Symantec (which owns Lifelock and Norton)

This list is growing fast and is as up-to-date as I can tell!

THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES MUST BE NEXT:

FedEx
Amazon (offers NRA TV on its streaming services)
Hertz
Avis
Budget
Allied Van Lines

These companies are listed too as co-sponsors too, but I'd prioritize the ones above first!

SimpliSafe
ManageUrID (identity protection)
eHealth
Teladoc
WildApricot

Call for Action - February 20, 2018

HOW TO SUPPORT THE #NEVERAGAIN MOVEMENT
Tues 2/20/2018

In less than one week, a group of teenagers who survived a massacre and lost friends, classmates, teachers, and coaches, have come together with unbelievable strength, unity, focus, and determination. Many of us are asking how we can support them. Here are some ideas:

*FOLLOW them online:

https://www.facebook.com/NeverAgainMSD/
www.marchforourlives.com
@NeverAgainMSD
@Emma4Change
@cameron_kasky ‏ 
@Ryan_Deitsch ‏
@JaclynCorin

*DONATE to the March For Our Lives
https://www.marchforourlives.com/donate

*BUY merch and represent the movement!
https://represent.com/store/march-for-our-lives

*SIGN UP to participate in a nearby March For Our Lives event—or start one!
https://www.marchforourlives.com/march

*AMPLIFY their powerful voices and actions by sharing, retweeting, forwarding, projecting, etc the speeches, tweets, demonstrations, interviews, etc.

*THANK media outlets/networks who give these young people airtime—write letters, make calls, use twitter to show that you're listening and watching.

*MAKE YOUR SUPPORT VISIBLE by putting a sign/bumpersticker/etc in your car/window/office/etc. Not always a safe option in some parts of the country, but if you can do it, please do! A simple #NEVERAGAIN or PROTECT KIDS NOT GUNS can go a long way to show support.

*JOIN/DONATE to orgs like Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

*SUPPORT ALL organized walk-outs and demonstrations—and plan your own! So far there is:

3/6 Teachers' Day of Action Against Gun Violence (spearheaded by SolSunner Lyndsey Schlaxhttps://www.facebook.com/events/154629445241300/

3/14 Women's March Walkout, led by Youth EMPOWER: Marks one month since the Parkland shooting. At 10 a.m. in every time zone, organizers are encouraging teachers, students, administrators, parents and allies to walk out for 17 minutes — one for every person killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. https://www.facebook.com/events/1767175080245694/?active_tab=discussion

3/24 The March For Our Lives: This Saturday event will include a main march in DC, and marches all over the country. Organized + led by the students of MSD https://www.marchforourlives.com/mission-statement

4/20 National Student Walkout April 20 is the anniversary of the Columbine Shooting, and students who live near Sandy Hook, CT, have called for another walkout on this day

There are also spontaneous actions happening at schools all over the country. If they're happening in your city/school/neighborhood, show up and cheer and show support! It's all moving quickly and developing organically—I'd like to respectfully suggest that, unless you're actively involved in the planning of these events, opinions about the most effective ways to protest/organize/coordinate don't *always* need to be shared. This deserves MORE than one action, on one way, and I have full faith that people—esp young people—can handle more than one date and one kind of action.

*BE AS BOLD AS THEY ARE—these young people are NOT afraid to call BS on the NRA, the gun lobby, and the people who continue to defend them. But they're also FOCUSED on policy and meaningful change. It's not easy, but can we take a cue from them and not waste our energy engaging in endless circular gun control arguments online? David Brooks is out here penning op-eds for the NYT about coddling the sensitive old white male gun-lovers while these kids are organzing mass resistance, calling out Trump on national TV, and LOLing at Rush Limbaugh on twitter. Let's be like the youth and not GAF about the old dinosaurs! Let's be the future! To quote Melinda Bailey: "It's cute that y'all still think we want to argue with you and your 40 year old NRA bumper sticker slogans. We don't need you to sign off on common sense gun reform. We're going to make it happen with or without you."

Also, I just want to send virtual love + support to the thousands of young people in the Parkland community—and ALL communities affected by gun violence—who aren't able to rise up and organize and speak out as these kids are. Not everyone has the emotional/physical/financial/etc resources to do what these kids are doing, and I want to acknowledge those whose trauma prevents them from being able to leave the house or get out of bed. The #NeverAgain students are making it very clear that their efforts are part of their coping, and that they're doing this for the safety of ALL young people. It's amazing and inspiring and we are here to support them.

https://www.facebook.com/NeverAgainMSD/

Call for Action - February 15, 2018

When Kate Schatz, Jennye Garibaldi and I started Solidarity Sundays it was in response to the San Bernadino shootings in January 2016 and Obama had outlined in a speech how he wanted to make changes. But with a Republican congress and senate nothing was done.

Since then our groups have sent thousands of postcards and made calls demanding change. But still the mass shootings continue and our shame at having a government that cares more for the NRA than our children and loved ones grows.

What can we do? Here's a start.

1) Get on the phone and call your reps. Yes, we've done it before but do it again. WE WILL NOT BE SILENT. 5calls again nails it in the action today:
https://5calls.org/issue/action-against-gun-violence

2) Find out whether or not any of your reps did receive money from the NRA and SHAME them. And share that info online and get more friends to do it. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/04/opinion/thoughts-prayers-nra-funding-senators.html

3) Donate time and money to a local gun control group. 
http://www.bradycampaign.org/
https://momsdemandaction.org/

4) Get involved with 2018 elections to do everything possible to put more gun control reps in places of power. This is the root to everything. Know how your potential reps stand on gun control.

5) I hate to even write this but make sure you and your family know what to do if there is an active shooter. Please ask your children if they have been taught what to do if there is an active shooter. OK, I just started crying writing about it. 
https://www.ready.gov/active-shooter

I wish I could offer you more. I wish I could end the NRA and all of its power. I wish we could trust our government to just make the right decisions on this. But we can't right now, so we must act.

Call for Action - February 7, 2018

THANK NANCY PELOSI FOR LITERALLY STANDING UP FOR DREAMERS (For SEVEN HOURS! In 4-inch heels! At age 77!) She has set a record for speaking on the House floor and has been sharing stories and testimonials from  DREAMers all day long—because the short-term spending bill does NOT include language on immigration. SHE IS STILL SPEAKING AS I TYPE THIS!


As the article points out, holding the floor like this is very unusual in the House, "which has no equivalent to the filibuster in the Senate."


#ACTION: Call her office (DC or SF--or both!) and THANK HER for standing up for DREAMers and keeping them in the conversation and the news.


(202) 225-4965

(415) 556-4862

 

 https://nyti.ms/2BM0Mw4

Call for Action - February 2, 2018

I tried to sit down and write about what the hell is going on but then I saw that Rebecca Solnit was on it and I'm just gonna share her words here below. Especially this: "I don't know what's going on, but people: get ready."

Also, here's an #ACTION: CALL YOUR HOUSE REP AND TELL THEM THAT NUNES HAS TO GO! Echo Nancy Pelosi's call to remove him immediately. He's a lying scheming fool at best, a treasonous criminal co-conspirator at worst (and these days are pretty much the worst). He is making a mockery of Congressional process and posing an enormous threat to the shreds of order and dignity that remain. NO MORE NUNES!

- - - - - 

So everyone's clear that what's going on is an attempt to remove all power that does not issue from the president and turn the USA into a kleptocratic Putinesque regime? By both covering up and killing the investigation of specific crimes but also undermining all independent federal agencies and purging all independent  federal workers or those whose loyalty is to law and science and fact rather than the regime.


SOTU: “I call on the congress to empower every Cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers—and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.”


The diplomatic corps is gutted, many agencies are hemmorhaging employees who are distressed by the new conditions, and I suppose they think that they will take over the whole thing rather than that it will collapse on them, but yeah, I think it's a civil war-ish constitutional crisis-ish attempt to turn a republic into a despotic regime. Oh and also, the refusal to sanction Russia or protect elections or address the cyberwar going on just makes everything weirder. And the propaganda war has many on the right convinced that the Mueller investigation is a coup itself.


I mean, they are incompetent buffoons, but they have their hands on the wheel and wresting it from them will not be uncomplicated or easy.


This is a very good time to remember that they govern by the will of the governed, and that we can withdraw our consent, as many have in other times and places. What that looks like we will have to invent: there are many blueprints, but no clear, predictable route out of this morass. (We will exit by nonviolent means, I might add, because they work better and because violence is kind of their thing, not mine, probably not yours.)


I don't know what's going to happen but people: get ready.

Call for Action - January 29, 2018

**UPDATE: BILL HAS BEEN BLOCKED! See article link below**

 

NO ABORTION BAN!

Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote on the 20-week abortion ban (officially S. 2311, the Senate version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act) for TONIGHT.

The bill has failed twice in the Senate (2013 and 2015) and is seen as unlikely to pass (needs 60 votes) but we still must make noise about it. This is a nasty political move to further the GOP's obsession with controlling women's bodies; to appease GOP anti-choice donors; AND to put vulnerable Dems like McCaskill (MO) and Heitkamp (ND) in a tough position.

The bill would impose a federal ban on abortion procedures after 20 weeks of gestation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that only 1.3% of all abortions take place after 20 weeks and usually occur because of severe fetal anomalies or maternal health risks. Twenty-week abortion restrictions not only endanger women's health but also criminalize doctors who are trying to make the best and safest medical decisions for their patients. These deeply personal and emotional decisions should be between a woman and her doctor and not involve politicians playing games with partisan agendas and junk science.

While 17 states have already passed their own versions of 20-week abortion bans, this bill aims to impose the unconstitutional restriction on women's reproductive rights on the entire country.

#ACTION: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO VOTE "NO" ON McCONNELL'S ANTI-CHOICE, ANTI-WOMAN LEGISLATION!

 

"I'm calling to express my serious opposition to S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This federal 20-week abortion ban is not only unconstitutional but also jeopardizes women's health and physicians' ability to care for their patients. It is based on faulty science, and I demand that Senator _________ vote against this disgraceful bill."

 

UPDATE - bill has been blocked:

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/371269-dems-block-20-week-abortion-ban