Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action March 12-18

Good morning, gentle readers! Ready to take action this week? I’ve rounded up a few starting points for getting involved with issues from school violence to net neutrality. Let’s dive in!

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. Support the National School Walkout

On March 14, students across the United States will participate in a school walkout to protest inadequate gun control.

Know:

  • This is a youth-led movement  that arose in response to the Parkland shooting in Florida, although students have been active on gun violence issues for a long time.
  • Some schools are threatening to punish students who participate, while others are promoting “alternative activities.”
  • Students will leave school for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday morning; some will also attend rallies.

Act: Contact your school district to find out how they’re dealing with the walkout. If they’re discouraging students or threatening punishments for participation, ask them to reconsider. After all, youth have free speech rights too. If friends and family are skeptical or unsupportive, talk to them. And turn up for walkout day to cheer students from the sidelines.

You can also join fellow Care2 activists in signing these petitions:

2. Get Kellyanne Fired

Kellyanne Conway is repeatedly breaking the law, and no one in a position to do something about it seems to care.

Know:

  • Your elected officials can’t directly decide whether Conway should keep her job, but they can apply pressure to fire her, and call for investigations into her conduct.
  • Conway has violated the Hatch Act by supporting political campaigns from the podium, promoted Trump family products and dodged calls for accountability.
  • The White House stands by Conway. And that’s unsurprising, given the poor ethical conduct in the building at the moment.

Act: Contact your federal officials. Tell them you understand that they can’t directly fire Conway, but ask them to pressure for ethics investigations into her conduct and to use their political power to push for a replacement. As a counselor to the president, Conway enjoys considerable influence in the White House, and a history of ethics violations is a cause for concern.

3. Protect Voting Rights

The 2018 midterms  are coming up hard and fast, but not everyone will get to participate.

Know:

Act: Contact your federal officials to ask them what they plan to do to defend voting rights in 2018 and beyond. And do the same for state officials, who can make or break voter id proposals and other changes to the procedural framework surrounding voting. In addition, contact your county or city clerk to volunteer at the polls: More poll workers are always needed, and it can be a fun and rewarding experience!

4. Oppose Rollbacks of Financial Regulations

Last week, the senate advanced a procedural vote to allow the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act to continue to deliberations and an eventual vote.

Know:

  • If passed, this law would roll back the Dodd-Frank Act put in place after the 2008 financial crisis. These regulations were established to protect Americans from banks “too big to fail” and designed to reduce the risk of another government bailout.
  • The “consumer protections” in the name include some limited concessions to consumer rights, but they’re wrapped up with measures like banning suits against credit bureaus in the event of hacking and information exposure — and keep in mind that we’re all involuntary “customers” of companies like Equifax.
  • This bill has bipartisan support, though prominent Democrats like Elizabeth Warren are urging their colleagues to vote against it.

Act: Contact your senators to find out how they’re voting on this bill and to encourage them to vote against it; the bill is bad for consumers, and it doesn’t even benefit the small banks Republicans say are clamoring for regulatory rollbacks. If the bill has already passed the Senate by the time you have a chance to comment, all is not lost! Call your representative and weigh in, because the bill still needs to pass the House.

5. Speak Up for Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission has announced its intent to terminate net neutrality, effective in late April.

Know:

  • Legislators could use the Congressional Review Act against the Trump administration to overturn the rule-making.
  • Proponents of net neutrality say the rollback could fundamentally reshape the internet, limiting loading speeds and the content people can view.
  • This is not just a federal regulatory issue: States can also take action.

Act: Contact your senators and ask them to sign on to the effort to repeal the FCC’s rule-making; you may wish to talk about how this will personally affect you, especially if you own a business and have a GOP senator. You can also contact your representative to see where they stand. In addition, let your state lawmakers know you’re concerned, and ask them how they’re moving to protect internet freedoms.

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32 comments

Marie W
Marie W17 days ago

Thank you

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Paulo Reeson
Paulo Reeson6 months ago

petitions signed, ty

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Renata B
Renata B6 months ago

Sadly that terrible lunatic egomaniac and his band of crooks is still in place and continues to make irreparable damage.

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Lisa M
Lisa M6 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M6 months ago

Noted.

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Winn A
Winn A6 months ago

Noted

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Winn A
Winn A6 months ago

Thanks

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Mark T
Mark T6 months ago

Ty.

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Jetana A
Jetana A6 months ago

Glad to find the weekly action post, and see I'm up to date on petitions. It's wonderful to see youth activism.

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Anne M
Anne Moran6 months ago

No. 1 - It's only 17 minutes out of the school day,, they should be allowed to express their views, since it was fellow students that were gunned down in Fla. - Students matter,, let them have their say...

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