The People’s 100 Days
The 100 day mark is coming up on Saturday. With the administration taking stock of its efforts so far, all of the Americans who have been working their asses off to make their voices heard should do the same.
As I put together re:act every week, I’ve been keeping (and sharing) some notes of what people like you have achieved already. This is admittedly incomplete, but the hope is that it serves as a useful reminder of two things: how much your voice matters, and how these victories are starting to pile up lately. That’s because pressure is cumulative. It builds upon itself.
Here’s a look at what you’ve done so far.
1/3: House Republicans backed down on gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics after fielding thousands of constituent calls (NYT)
1/15: Dozens of rallies with tens of thousands of people demonstrate to defend the Affordable Care Act, as part of Our First Stand (NPR)
(those first two were technically before the 100-day timer started, but whatever)
1/21: Women’s Marches flooded cities worldwide on Trump’s first day (Bloomberg)
1/29: Thousands protested at airports nationwide against Trump’s immigration order (NPR)
1/30: ACLU received $24 million in online donations in a single weekend, six times its yearly average (WaPo)
2/7: DeVos, despite saying it was “possible” her family donated $200M to the party in control, required first tie-breaking on a confirmation ever after record number of constituent calls and all-night talkathon by Senate Democrats (WaPo)
2/10: Trump’s controversial travel ban was unanimously ruled against (Guardian)
2/11: Tens of thousands join Moral March in North Carolina (The Hill)
2/13: Flynn forced to resign amidst Russia concerns (NYT)
2/15: Puzder withdrew as labor secretary, facing fierce opposition to history and policies (CNN)
2/23: GOP lawmakers nationwide faced hostile constituents at town halls about healthcare (The Atlantic)
2/25: Stephanie Hansen won state senate seat in Delaware, with help of grassroots organizing nationwide (Delaware Online)
3/2: Sessions recused himself from Russia investigation (NYT)
3/10: ‘Dreamer’ Daniela Vargas released from immigration detention (NBC)
3/15: Federal judge in Hawaii extended order to block President Trump’s travel ban (NYT)
3/20: After months of calls for public hearings, FBI Director Comey’s testimony confirmed FBI investigation into Russia-Trump contacts, denied wiretapping (BI)
3/24: The vote to replace Obamacare was cancelled after widespread disapproval. The pushback protected healthcare for 24 million Americans (The Hill)
4/5: Bannon stripped of national security council role (CNN)
4/5: Nearly 200,000 donors help Jon Ossoff net record fundraising haul in Georgia special election (AJC)
4/6: GOP rewrites rules to invoke nuclear option for first time in history to confirm Supreme Court nominee, despite control of Senate (NYT)
4/6: Nunes recuses himself from Russia probe after broad pressure to do so (WaPo)
4/11: In KS, Democratic congressional candidate James Thompson overperforms the Trump margin from November by 20 points (538)
4/11: Texas voter ID law was designed to discriminate, judge rules (CNN)
4/15: Protestors gather in cities across the country as part of the Tax March to demand the president’s taxes (WaPo)
4/19: Bill O’Reilly forced out after more than 50 advertisers abandon show in response to consumer pressure over sexual harassment allegations (NYT)
4/19: Ossoff finishes first in Georgia congressional special election, capturing 48.1% compared to 19.1% for the top Republican (CNN)
4/20: Democrat Rob Quist announces raise of $2M from 40,000 donors in race for Montana’s sole congressional seat (Rob Quist Press Release)
4/22: Crowds massed in the US capital and around the world to support science as part of the Science March, with over 600 rallies nationwide (CNN)
4/22: EMILY’s List reports that 11,000 women have reached out to run for office (The Hill)
4/24: Trump backs away from demanding border wall funding as part of government funding bill (NBC)
4/25: Judge blocks Trump effort to withhold money from Sanctuary Cities (NYT)
There is much more of course (send additions my way), and much more to come. Thank you for all you’ve done for all those who needed you. If you’ve seen an organization, person, or elected official in your life that has done a good job of standing up — make sure to take a moment and thank them, too.
The story of re:act, 100 days in
A smart person once told me that priorities aren’t priorities unless they show up in your calendar. Put another way: if you actually value something, you have to put aside time for it.
Many of us woke up after the election feeling like we hadn’t done enough. For me, addressing that meant staying up late on Tuesday nights and writing a list of concrete things that could be done to make an impact every week. I wanted my calendar to reflect my values.
It quickly became clear that a lot of people were feeling the same way, but had trouble knowing where to begin. So I starting sharing my list as a newsletter. I called it re:act.
It caught on, like so many post-election efforts did. As of writing this, around 28,000 people have joined for the ride, and we’re on our 24th edition. I’m getting emails every day from people from all walks of life who are writing letters to the editor and donating and calling like never before. Some of them are running for Congress now.
It’s something to see. More importantly, it’s something to build on. I’ll keep poring through the data to find lessons and ways to get better, but in the meantime I’ll just say: thank you for inspiring me.