Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action Nov 13-19

Good morning! Feeling fired up after that slew of electoral victories last week? You should be. And you should be proud that activists like you proved that it’s possible to create change at the ballot box, despite all odds. Hold your head up high — and keep up the pressure, because 2018 is rapidly approaching.

Find and contact your representative here. You can also find your senators’ contact information here. Looking for local officials? This tool will help you locate them. Or you can find them in person at a town hall! Remember: Your elected officials are accountable to you.

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1. Get Involved in a Local or Regional Political Race

Last week, we saw what happened when ordinary Americans decide to run for office, support political campaigns and show up to vote. In 2018, we’re facing major midterm elections and key local, regional and state elections across the U.S. Get ready.

Know:

  • Action on a local level decides a lot of policy in the United States, from property development to oversight of police forces. Getting involved locally can have tremendous impact.
  • Local races are sometimes won by just a handful of votes. One of them could be yours!
  • You can volunteer with a local or regional candidate you like, or party committee, or both!

Contact: Talk to friends and neighbors. Find out whether there’s someone running for office that you might support. Do some research, and then contact their campaign to volunteer. You may have special skills they could use, or you could help with phone banking, door knocking, envelop stuffing, administrative tasks around the office and much more!

If you can, take some time to support the Doug Jones campaign in Alabama. Jones, an incredibly talented civil rights attorney, is running against a literal child molester in a special election, and he needs your help!

2. Demand Sensible Gun Policy

Just two weeks ago, 26 people were shot to death in church while at worship, many of them children. The incident came scarcely a month after the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and wounded nearly 500 others. Both incidents seem to have largely dropped off the news radar, highlighting why the U.S. has such a serious gun violence problem.

Know:

  • There have been over 370 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2017, with the number increasing nearly every day.
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for many of these shootings, and people involved in IPV are also more likely to commit other types of violence, including mass killings.
  • Limiting the types of guns available and requiring comprehensive background checks could radically cut down on gun deaths.

Contact: your senators and representative. Tell them you want them to pass tough, robust, soundly-structured gun reforms that will actually limit the number of guns on the street and keep weapons out of the hands of people with a history of intimate partner violence.

Also get in touch with your state lawmakers. While weapons from states with weaker laws will likely make their way into your state, you can, however, push legislators to take intimate partner violence seriously, with more protections for victims and their families – including pets – and more resources for people trying to leave abusive situations.

Act: Consider signing this Care2 petition:

3. Fight for Environmental Responsibility

Last week, the United States reached a dubious milestone: It’s now the only country not in the Paris Accord, the landmark agreement designed to address growing concerns about climate change. Democratic leaders are gravely concerned about this, and you should be too.

Know:

  • The agreement requires member nations to assess their contributions to climate change and take meaningful steps to mitigate them –  primarily through reducing carbon emissions.
  • The Paris Agreement is designed to be flexible and cooperative to encourage active participation by all signatories.
  • It also indirectly promotes innovation and advances in technology as signatories seek alternatives to fossil fuels.

Contact: your state lawmakers. Ask them to step in where the federal government will not with legislation mandating a reduction in statewide emissions and promoting energy efficiency.

If your lawmaker doesn’t believe climate change is real, or doesn’t view it as a priority, consider spinning it this way: This is a fantastic way to spur growth in the tech industry, create jobs and develop technologies that could bring in valuable revenues for your state.

Act: Consider signing the following Care2 petitions:

4. Oppose Trump’s Unqualified, Dangerous Judicial Nominations

While Trump has generally been slow to fill vacancies, there’s one area where he’s doing just fine: judicial appointments. He’s stacking courts across the land with conservative extremists, some of who are very unqualified for the job.

Know:

  • The president has the discretion to make judicial appointments, but typically, the Senate must approve them.
  • It’s possible to make a recess appointment when the Senate is not in session, but that individual still needs to be confirmed or replaced with a confirmed candidate at a later date.
  • Federal judicial appointments are for life. After Trump leaves office, the people he appoints will stay behind unless they die, resign or, in extraordinary circumstances, are impeached.

Contact: your senators: Tell them you’re concerned that many of Trump’s judicial appointments are extremely inexperienced — like Brett J. Talley, who has never tried a case in court and has been deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association.

In addition, his nominees tend to have extremely conservative interpretations of the law and legal precedent, with the capacity to do tremendous damage. Remember, the judiciary can become a ladder to higher positions. Ask them to stand against nominees who aren’t fit for the job, because whether a Republican or Democrat, your senator should be worried about the future of U.S. jurisprudence.

5. Get the Story on What Happened in Niger

Last week, grim news about the death of four servicemen killed in Niger muddied waters even further: One of them, witnesses claim, was found bound and shot execution style. Many people in the U.S. weren’t even aware that we had troops in the region, and understandably want answers.

Know:

  • The Pentagon is conducting an investigation into events that will likely conclude in January.
  • If it so desired, Congress could also request an investigation.
  • The number of U.S. military personnel in the region has been growing in response to concerns about instability.

Contact: your members of Congress. Tell them you want them to support the Pentagon’s investigation, and to consider calling for their own if the Pentagon isn’t able to furnish sufficient answers.

In addition, ask why the Pentagon lied to La David Johnson’s widow, claiming she couldn’t see his body. Denying access to the bodies of loved ones can be traumatic, and it makes it hard for some people to process sudden deaths.

Take on a mini-challenge: The 2018 elections mean nothing without voting rights, and equal access to the ballot box is eroding across the United States. Consider getting involved on issues like redistricting, voter ID laws, polling place locations and hours, banning caucuses and voter outreach.

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Mike R5 hours ago

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Peggy B1 days ago

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Jessica Lynch5 days ago

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Mike R7 days ago

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Brian F
Brian F7 days ago

Eric L Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the country. Most people support his progressive policies. Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour is not racist. We need progressive policies like Medicare for All, free colleges, and marijuana legalization in this country.

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Elaine D7 days ago

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Peggy B7 days ago

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