Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action March 5-11

Hello, gentle readers! If you live in one of the regions of the U.S. battered by rough winds and cold temperatures over the weekend, I hope you made it through okay. But don’t let foul weather turn you off from action this month. A number of events are planned, including International Women’s Day, the March for Our Lives on March 24 and a National School Walkout on March 14.

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. Don’t Stop the Fight on Gun Control

While Americans are asking Congress for action on gun control — with numbers showing steady support for tightening the law — Congress remains sluggish.

Know: While several lawmakers have introduced legislation to address concerns, like raising the minimum age for gun ownership and banning particularly dangerous weapons, Congress is likely to slide into gridlock – and some lawmakers are already hoping that people have “moved on.” Without sustained pressure from constituents, Congress may try to take a pass on this issue.

Act: You need to contact your representatives, including both senators and your congressperson, to tell them directly that you want them to keep this issue moving forward. Feedback from constituents matters, especially for conservatives: If you make it clear that you’re not going away, it will force their hands.

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

2. Call for Better Drug Policy

Last week, Donald Trump suggested the death penalty would be a good solution to the opioid epidemic, putting him in the same camp as Philippine dictator Rodrigo Duterte.

Know: Opioid addiction is on the rise in the United States, and the impact is deadly. Despite the popular stereotype that “overprescription” causes addiction, most drugs are falling into people’s hands illicitly – whether they’re buying prescription drugs illegally or simply using heroin. Punishing chronic pain patients with elaborate barriers to prescription access won’t fix the crisis. We also know that harm reduction — like safe injection sites – is effective. And it’s critical to make sure substance abuse treatment is covered by insurance plans.

Act: Contact your legislators to tell them you support reforms that will lead to better access to care, not criminalization of people with substance abuse disorders or those who use opioids to manage pain. We also must demand more funding to research effective options for substance abuse treatment.

You can join fellow Care2 activists in signing the following petition: Call It What It Is: The Opioid Epidemic is a National Crisis

3. Commemorate International Women’s Day

This Thursday is International Women’s Day. Where will you be?

Know: Numerous organizations are planning events for International Women’s Day, including marches and protests, a women’s strike, educational celebrations and more. Worldwide, women continue to struggle with gender inequality. In the United States, as elsewhere, that’s often tinged with other disparities — like the shocking rate of death for pregnant black women, the wealth gap for trans women of color and unemployment among disabled women.

Act: Contact your representatives: What are they doing to close gender disparities? Are they thinking about race, disability, LGBQT status and other issues as well? If you’re in a leadership position at your company, push for salary transparency, the use of pay bands and other measures that can mitigate wealth gaps  –  including advocating for your coworkers and supporting them if they ask for more pay.

4. Speak Up About Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

Last week, Trump floated the idea of increasing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Tariffs may sound extremely boring, but they’re extremely not.

Know: Trump made his promise in a meeting with executives of U.S.-based steel and aluminum companies, who claim that imported metals are so much cheaper that they’re damaging business. The tariff is a form of trade protectionism: The idea of such decisions is to allow domestic industries room to flourish. However, many industries that produce goods in the U.S. are worried they won’t be able to afford higher prices under the tariff. If this move would increase growth — and jobs — in the domestic steel and aluminum industry, it could have the opposite effect on manufacturing. Not good, as the president would say.

Act: Contact your representatives. They can’t pass — or undo — tariffs, but they can communicate with the party about the issue. Rather than simply opposing tariffs, you could propose a compromise: Instead of a tariff, the president could establish penalties for dumping — if companies price products artificially low, they could pay a price for it.

5. Know Your Filing Deadlines

We’re all getting amped up for November, but first we have a host of primaries to get through.

Know: In some states, filing deadlines for primaries have already passed, and many more are rapidly approaching. If you’re on the fence about running for office, it’s time to get serious! Filing deadlines for state and local office may fall later in the year — your city or county clerk can provide you with up to date information. If you haven’t run for office before, numerous organizations like She Should Run, Run for Office and Emily’s List are here to help, along with your local party committee.

Act: Contact your city or county clerk for accurate information on filing deadlines and requirements — including fees to file and signatures. If you’re not running, find someone who is and contact them with support. Political campaigns need donations, but they also need people to call, knock on doors, prepare materials, research issues and much more.

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31 comments

David F
David F3 months ago

WDavid F1 minutes ago

According to fake news , West Wing chaos, gets you 313,000 jobs last month, ISIS on the run, North Korea to the table, border crossings down, regulatory state dismantled, conservative judges, industry investing, big money in everyone's retirement, lower taxes.
The more chaos the better, thank you President Trump.

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Angela J
Angela J3 months ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winnie A3 months ago

Noted

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Winn A
Winnie A3 months ago

Thanks

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Virginia Miller
Virginia Miller3 months ago

Thanks

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Danuta W
Danuta W3 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE3 months ago

Thank you

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Brian F
Brian F3 months ago

The Democrats cheated a 76 year old man out of his primary, lied about the Nevada convention, and caused this crook Trump to win. Hillary was so corrupt, Republicans voted for her. Now the Democrats who recently fired all the progressives from the party, and will never let Bernie Sanders lead the party, think people will support them because Trump is so bad. Hell no. Bernie bros are voting for Jill Stein, and will never support the corrupt Democratic party. People who support the Democrats as the lesser of the two evils, are the problem. We need a third party and Jill Stein. Its time to give up on the corrupt corporate owned Democratic party.

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Anne Moran
Anne M3 months ago

Personally-speaking,, when I look back at my 'working days',, I was never affected by women's inequality.. - On the contrary, I was promoted in three different jobs, and made very good money.. - I can't complain, as far as that goes... - But on the other hand,, I was raped x4 and then on one occasion, almost murdered.. - So, a great working life, but a chilling dating life... - I remember it all, as if it was yesterday,, although it happened some 40+ years ago.. - I don' know how I got through all of it,, but I did, and I am now, in a much better place.. - Thanks Be To God.. xo

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Eric Lees
Eric Lees3 months ago

"4. SPEAK UP ABOUT STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS"

Agreed, a trade war would not be good and just push us over the cliff sooner. Once again we need to get to the heart of the issue and stop addressing the symptoms. If we want to compete then we need real tax and healthcare reform.

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