Weekly Resistance: 5 Ways to Take Action Aug 20-26

Good morning, gentle readers! Hard to believe that August is almost over, and everyone’s heading back to school — but the legislature is still taking some leisurely time off, so now’s your chance to pounce on your elected officials!

You can find information on how to contact your officials at all levels of government here. As always, if you haven’t had a chance yet, sign up for our newsletter and stay up-to-date on the latest!

1. Kavanaugh: Show Us the Docs

Confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh begin very soon, and this wildly unpopular nominee cold be forced through if you don’t take action.

Know:

  • One huge concern is a vast trove of documents that provide important insight into his record. Republicans want to ram through a vote before they’ve even been reviewed — and troublingly, the documents are being released piecemeal, after a highly partisan review process.
  • Kavanaugh has an extremely conservative record on a range of issues, and strangely he can’t even be consistent about it, from a legal perspective.
  • Rallies across the U.S. on August 26 are calling to #StopKavanaugh.

Act: Contact your senators, and urge them to give this nomination the time and attention it deserves — which includes an opportunity to review documents in detail.

Make a plan to attend a #StopKavanaugh rally in your area, or to get a group together to travel to one. If you can’t attend in person, consider a solidarity action like phonebanking and encouraging people to leave voicemails for their senators.

2. Fight Slavery in the U.S.

It’s 2018. No one anywhere should be living in slavery, but hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. endure trafficking and exploitation.

Know:

  • Even under very strict definitions of slavery, at least 400,000 people are enslaved in contexts like agricultural and domestic labor in the United States.
  • This doesn’t include the use of forced or coerced labor, like the tens of thousands of prison laborers doing everything from fighting wildfires to stuffing envelopes.
  • Anti-immigrant sentiments increase the risk that people will end up in dangerous situations, whether they’re minors taken from their parents at the borders or immigrants who are tricked into entering the U.S. and kept imprisoned, too terrified to report their exploitation to authorities.

Act: Contact your representatives to ask them what they’re doing about human trafficking and slavery — but be advised that legislators sometimes pass harmful laws under the guise of fighting sex trafficking, a very specific form of labor abuse. Human rights advocates note that these laws often have the effect of penalizing sex workers, making their jobs more dangerous. Ask that your legislators include stakeholders in the conversation when they draft anti-trafficking laws.

3. Let Them Eat Cake

Masterpiece Cakeshop is back, this time suing because the owner was dinged over refusing to bake a birthday cake for a trans woman.

Know:

  • Given the current political climate, federal anti-discrimination legislation designed to address situations like this is a tough sell, especially with Republicans actually pushing for “right to discriminate” laws that would allow businesses like this one to claim that their “sincerely held religious beliefs” allow them to refuse service.
  • This issue keeps coming back because Colorado is one of a few states to have anti-discrimination laws and an agency that enforces them.
  • Anti-discrimination laws forbid businesses from refusing service on the basis of who people are – not what they do; thus, a baker can’t refuse to bake a cake for a trans woman, but a baker can refuse to bake a cake for Nazis.

Act: Contact your state legislators to ask them about existing state anti-discrimination laws and mechanisms of enforcement. If they don’t exist, ask why not.

4. The Violence Against Women Act Is About to Expire

The Violence Against Women Act dedicates federal funding to activities like investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, stalking and intimate partner violence.

Know:

  • The legislation expires on September 30, and it needs to be reauthorized.
  • Historically, VAWA has attracted bipartisan support. But that’s not the case in 2018.
  • This new legislation includes some important updates, including making it harder to evict intimate partner violence survivors and laws that would restrict gun ownership for people with intimate partner violence convictions.

Act: Contact your representative and ask them to support this important legislation, which should be a concern for both parties. This law provides important mechanisms for both preventing and prosecuting violence against women, and it will improve public health and safety.

5. The Midterms are Almost Here

After months of primaries, campaigning and media buzz, it’s almost time for the general election.

Know:

  • There’s a lot at stake this November; Democrats are trying to take Congress, while Republicans are attempting to defend their chokehold on politics in Washington.
  • On the state level, elections are really important: The people in your state house and governor’s mansion may be the ones to hold the line against harmful, discriminatory and dangerous legislative proposals from Washington.
  • Local elections matter too. Depending on where you live, you may have uncontested races or even empty races that will result in appointed, not elected, seats. But local politics can have a profound impact on your daily life. Get involved!

Act:

  • You can go to Vote.org to confirm that you are registered to vote and register if you need to, find your precinct and get information about absentee ballots.
  • Consider holding an election party in the next month: Invite friends over to research ballot measures and candidates together and have a conversation about how you’d like to vote.
  • Adopt one or two candidates to support with phonebanking and other campaign activities.

Take Action Right Now!

Sign a petition — or two! — about an issue you care about, and forward them to a friend!

By the way, creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are some guidelines to help you get started and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

 

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37 comments

Chad Anderson
Chad A15 days ago

Thank you.

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Russell JordanII
Russell JordanII2 months ago

Man this is the most biased, factually incorrect, dishonest and misleading thing ive ever read. There is 0 evidence 0 issues being focused on in solutions all you have is an opinon of us conservatives and of your side. There is more to these issues than one side or the other. There are issues that Americans face that we wish addressed. No one cares what your opinion of the sides involved. What are the issues? What are the two parties addressing and attempting to resolve? Does either have information or a plan of tackling them? We will decide which is best and most efficient on our own thx

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Daniel N
Daniel N2 months ago

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

Most of the Democrats are refusing to support Medicare for all, because they are crooks like the Republicans. All the Democrats who refuse to support Bernie Sanders proposal to have Medicare for all should be terminated immediately. It's beyond sickening that 45,000 people die each year because the USA is the only nation that has this horrible healthcare system that only benefits our greedy healthcare industry.

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Renata K
Renata Kovacs3 months ago

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Paulo R
Paulo R3 months ago

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Winn A3 months ago

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Lisa M3 months ago

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Lisa M3 months ago

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Margie FOURIE3 months ago

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