Organize your community
Battleground Texas is hosting a day long event to train new community organizers. It will be held in Austin on June 10. Here is a link to their RSVP page which will also give you more details.
https://tx21indivisible.us/ Link to Indivisible website. You’ve heard about it, now check it out. Want to take action? This might be the way you want to do it.
Libraries for resistance
Building a curated list of resources for libraries and library workers in the resistance. Because if Park Rangers can do it, so can we. Work in progress.
5 calls. Great idea!!!!
Have you checked out 5 Calls? https://5calls.org/
Enter your zipcode, and the site provides the names and contact information for your legislators and provides a basic script for the issue you choose! I have a reminder set for 4pm and have been calling every day. We must keep having our voices heard since the fake president is trying to take it away!!
Contact info for your MOCs
Sen. John Cornyn
Sen. Ted Cruz
TX-10 Rep. Michael McCaul
TX-17 Rep. Bill Flores
TX-21 Rep. Lamar Smith
TX-25 Rep. Roger Williams
TX-31 Rep. John Carter
TX-35 Rep. Lloyd Doggett
From a cousin who works in the federal government in DC…
a high-level staffer for a Senator:
There are two things that all people who [are concerned] about our country should be doing all the time right now, and they’re by far the most important things.
Don’t bother with online petitions or emailing.
1. The best thing you can do to be heard and get your congressperson to pay attention is to have face-to-face time – if they have townhalls, go to them. Go to their local offices. If you’re in DC, try to find a way to go to an event of theirs. Go to the “mobile offices” that their staff hold periodically (all these times are located on each congressperson’s website). When you go, ask questions. A lot of them. And push for answers. The louder and more vocal and present you can be at those the better.
2. But, those in-person events don’t happen every day. So, the absolute most important thing that people should be doing every day is calling.
You should make 6 calls a day: 2 each (DC office and your local office) to your 2 Senators & your 1 Representative.
Any sort of online contact gets immediately ignored, and letters get thrown in the trash (unless you have a particularly strong emotional story – but even then it’s not worth the time it took you to craft that letter).
Calls are what all the congresspeople pay attention to. Every single day, the Senior Staff and the Senator get a report of the 3 most-called-about topics for that day at each of their offices (in DC and local offices), and exactly how many people said what about each of those topics.
They’re also sorted by zip code and area code. Republican callers generally outnumber Democrat callers 4-1, and when it’s a particular issue that single-issue-voters pay attention to (like gun control, or planned parenthood funding, etc…), it’s often closer to 11-1, and that’s recently pushed Republican congressmen on the fence to vote with the Republicans.
In the last 8 years, Republicans have called, and Democrats haven’t.
When you call
A) When calling the DC office, ask for the Staff member in charge of whatever you’re calling about (“Hi, I’d like to speak with the staffer in charge of Healthcare, please”) – local offices won’t always have specific ones, but they might. If you get transferred to that person, awesome. If you don’t, that’s ok – ask for their name, and then just keep talking to whoever answered the phone. Don’t leave a message (unless the office doesn’t pick up at all – then you can…but it’s better to talk to the staffer who first answered than leave a message for the specific staffer in charge of your topic).
B) Give them your zip code. They won’t always ask for it, but make sure you give it to them, so they can mark it down. Extra points if you live in a zip code that traditionally votes for them, since they’ll want to make sure they get/keep your vote.
C) If you can make it personal, make it personal. “I voted for you in the last election and I’m worried/happy/whatever” or “I’m a teacher, and I am appalled by Betsy DeVos,” or “as a single mother” or “as a white, middle class woman,” or whatever.
D) Pick 1-2 specific things per day to focus on. Don’t go down a whole list – they’re figuring out what 1-2 topics to mark you down for on their lists. So, focus on 1-2 per day. Ideally something that will be voted on/taken up in the next few days, but it doesn’t really matter – even if there’s not a vote coming up in the next week, call anyway. It’s important that they just keep getting calls.
E) Be clear on what you want – “I’m disappointed that the Senator…” or “I want to thank the Senator for their vote on…” or “I want the Senator to know that voting in _____ way is the wrong decision for our state because…” Don’t leave any ambiguity.
F) They may get to know your voice/get sick of you – it doesn’t matter. The people answering the phones generally turn over every 6 weeks anyway, so even if they’re really sick of you, they’ll be gone in 6 weeks.
Put the 6 numbers in your phone (all under P – Politician. An example is McCaskill MO, Politician McCaskill DC, Politician Blunt MO, etc…) which makes it really easy to click down the list each day.
From Rogan’s list
The President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military advisor in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process. Call your federal senators, representatives, attorneys general, and state governors this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC. Find them here: http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page
Trump Shut Down White House Comment Line, So This Tool Lets You Call One of His Businesses to Complain
“Foreign leaders and Wall Street executives know that if they want to reach out to our President, they can just connect with his business associates. Now the American people have a direct line to Trump too.”
Visitors to WhiteHouseInc.org are asked for their phone number and then connected with a Trump property. “You may be asked to make a reservation or a tee-time, but tell management that until Trump steps away from his businesses for real, their property is no different from the Oval Office
This is from the Common Dreams organization. More at http://www.commondreams.org/
Choose a cohesive, coherent, inclusive message
From Common Dreams.org
Unite around a populist message to combat Trumpism
“Our narrative must be that corporate, wealthy greed and the obscene inequality between rich and poor are our main problem.”
While inclusion, diversity, respect for rights are basic principles and starting points, they are insufficient. We must both protect the most marginalized, defenseless amongst us who will bear the brunt of the Trump attacks, and also challenge the corporatist, rich, elitist vision of the Administration. The Tea Party rise was based on the narrative that big government was the evil; our narrative must be that corporate, wealthy greed and the obscene inequality between rich and poor are our main problem. The Trump Administration and the right wing attack liberalism’s aiding the “undeserving” – welfare moms, immigrants, communities of color. We must counter that the main problem is that the government is dominated by a rich, corporate elite, which makes rules benefiting themselves at the expense of the vast majority of people and the planet. Trump, for all his populist rhetoric, has staffed his Administration with wealthy, corporate whites who encapsulate the inequality underlying American society. A populist economic message as set forth most prominently by Bernie Sanders can win over many of the working class and rural folks who supported Trump, opposed Clinton, or simply did not vote, and can form the basis of a program for real change. At the wonderful Washington demonstration that my wife and I attended there were very few signs and slogans challenging economic inequality, which will only get worse under Trump.