PICK AND CHOOSE
Because we can do it all, just not all of the time.
This election season has left most of us with a very clear feeling of “what can I do to help make things better?” This is my response to that. In the spirit of one of my favorite Sunday emails, “The LZ Sunday Paper”, I’m starting an email to chronicle my activism every day, share cool articles, and generally sustain my community of smart, engaged people who share my level of horror at the political situation right now.
I’m a working Mom, political junkie, pop-culture enthusiast, and a passionate member of many communities. I have multiple email chains and facebook posts with friends and family about how to get engaged in the political process. One of the things that is very helpful to me is sharing information. This newsletter seeks to share my experiences with grassroots activism, one day at a time.
Some of these things I’ve done, some I want to do. Some of these books and articles I’ve read, some I want to read. My dear circle of friends and family share many wonderful recommendations with me, this is the place I’m putting them.
You are on this list because I think you are smart, engaged, passionate, and down with the cause (The cause? Getting us through the next 4 years with our sanity intact).
Rules: This is my opinion, feel free to disagree. I don’t have a ton of time for debates though. And I have zero time for hostility, harassment, and general unpleasant behavior towards me or anyone on this newsletter. I cite mainstream news sources. I will not post articles or theories from fake news sites, please let me know if you spot any fake news.
Call the House Oversight Committee to protest Donald Trump’s conflict of interest and open a Congressional Investigation:
(They are closed Thanksgiving week, resume calling on November 28)
Call your Senators and Congressional Representative to protest Steve Bannon’s appointment. I called Rep. Karen Bass’s office and had a good conversation with her intern. The intern suggested I call my Senators, and I will. I also asked if Rep. Bass will be marching in the Woman’s March on Washington on January 21. Can it help? It’s can’t not: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Call Paula Ryan’s office to support the ACA. The phone lines are back open at Paul Ryan’s. Call, wait through the FULL MINUTE OF RANDOM SILENCE, before finally being connected to his phone poll on ACA.
Call (202) 225–0600.
Wait out the silence.
You’ll (finally) hear a recorded voice giving you options. Press 2 to weigh in on ACA. You’ll hear a brief (and biased) recording about HR-3762, Paul Ryan’s proposal to gut the ACA, and President Obama’s use of his veto power to stop it. Then, you will have a chance to indicate your opinion with the press of a button.
Press 1 if you support Obamacare, 2 if you oppose it.
http://www.fostercampbell2016.com/ Foster Campbell is in a runoff election for the open Louisiana Senate seat. Help him tip another seat in the Senate to the Democrats.
Need good charity ideas? https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aF_PsJsSYcD4uPRoNUfvar1XPiZjowOiojteUs5zA7E/edit#gid=0
Jezebel.com’s fantastic list of Pro-Woman, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations that need your support.
Congressional Phones Jammed by Calls for Trump Conflict-of-Interest Investigation, The Washington Post
How Van Jones Became a Star of the 2016 Campaign, The New York Times
It’s long, but completely worth the read. Our friend and Senator Brian Schatz’s report from the front row of the political process. I’ve known Senator Schatz since the first week of my freshman year at Pomona, and trust his leadership in the Senate and the Democratic Party.