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Days Until Election

   10/20/20

 

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. – John Lewis

 NATIONAL ISSUES  

 
Contact all Federal Members of Congress
(includes contact info and links to social media)
https://www.contactingcongress.org/
 
Fax legislators for free:
Reps:  https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php
Senate:  https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php
 
Or use Resistbot:  https://resist.bot/
 
Purchase stamps, postcards, and other mailing supplies: 
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White House contact:  https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/white-house

 

 DO NOT FILL SUPREME COURT OPENING NOW:  Most Americans want the Senate to hold off on filling the Supreme Court seat.  https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/most-americans-want-to-wait-until-after-the-election-to-fill-the-supreme-court-vacancy/ Let’s call the Judiciary Committee and tell them we want them to wait:  202-224-5225.  Then, let’s also contact the GOP senators on this list who might be willing to vote no:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gXI2Z_nOswK0wrXDCj-uVpRe6QUfHuz9/view?usp=sharing

 UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN ARE BEING DEPORTED:  Journalist Jeff Abbott tweeted last Friday, “Today, the United States deported 58 Guatemalans to Guatemala City from Mesa, Arizona on an ICEair chartered Swiftair (iAero) flight. 56 of the 58 Guatemalans are unaccompanied minors.”  This may be part of a wide program.  “Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have started to implement a policy that allows officers to arrest and rapidly deport undocumented immigrants who have been in the US for less than two years, according to internal emails and documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.”  https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/ice-fast-track-deportations  Let’s let our MoCs know that this is not how we treat children and that we want our asylum program to be respectful and responsible to those seeking a better life.

 REGULATION FRENZY:  “Facing the prospect that President Trump could lose his re-election bid, his cabinet is scrambling to enact regulatory changes affecting millions of Americans in a blitz so rushed it may leave some changes vulnerable to court challenges.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/us/politics/regulatory-rush-federal-agencies-trump.html  The article lists many of them with links to each regulation, from changing independent contractors to biometric data to bomb trains, where we can comment. Let’s check it out, share it, and comment as we can.

 SUBMIT A PUBLIC COMMENT TO PROTEST NEW CHANGES IN ASYLUM-SEEKER RULES: The Department of Justice is once again trying to strip due process rights from our asylum seekers by shortening deadlines for submitting paperwork and disallowing fee waivers. These procedural changes will make it even harder for asylum seekers to find a lawyer and have a fair hearing in court.  https://immigrationimpact.com/2020/09/24/asylum-15-day-filing-deadline/#.X425bdBKiyI   Comments on this proposal are due this Friday, October 23. Let’s submit a comment here.

 DARK MONEY AND THE SUPREME COURT: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) used his time during the Barret Supreme Court nomination hearings to school her, and us, about the disturbing influence of dark corporate money interests on judicial appointments and court rulings. We can watch here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjcXVKg43qY and here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5-Snk_thAs. Whitehouse has published a law review article that delves deeper into this subject and makes recommendations for legislative reform, https://harvardjol.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2020/05/Sen.-Whitehouse_Dark-Money.pdfLet’s share the link to his law review article with our US Senators, and let’s tell them that we want them to prioritize eliminating the influence of dark money on US courts, including the Supreme Court.

 TRUMP CRITICIZES FAUCI: “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump said of Dr. Anthony Fauci, declaring the government’s top infectious disease expert “a disaster.” https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/19/fauci-trump-wearing-mask-weakness-430114 He suggested it would create a controversy to fire him. Fauci, in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fauci-no-surprised-trump-covid-19-media-appearances-60-minutes/), had said he was not surprised by Trump coming down with the virus after he held large events with no face coverings. Fauci also objected to the president’s campaign using his words in a campaign ad. Unfortunately, Dr. Fauci now needs federal protection due to threats on his life.  Let’s support Dr. Fauci, who continues to give us science-based help to protect us from Covid 19 despite trump’s misinformation about the virus. We can send a thank you to him here via Email: oarinfo@nih.gov. or phone: Phone: 1-301-496-0357, or snail mail:  Mail: Office of AIDS Research, Dr. Fauci, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health,  5601 Fishers Lane, Room 2F40,Rockville, Maryland  20852 

 PERDUE MOCKS KAMALA’S NAME AT RALLY: “Republican Sen. David Perdue mocked Sen. Kamala Harris on Friday, derisively mispronouncing the Democratic vice presidential candidate's name during a campaign rally in Georgia. “Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever,” Perdue (R-Ga.) said at a rally in Macon, just before President Donald Trump was set to take the stage.”   https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/16/david-perdue-mocks-kamala-harris-name-429996  Let’s tell him he needs to apologize to Kamala in the Senate. Senators need to respect each other. He doesn’t seem to know how to do that, let’s remind him. Tweet him @Perduesenate 

 POSTCARDING OPPORTUNITIES:  From one of our own: Please use/share/distribute as you see fit. This week's material should help motivate all of us to fight for a Blue Senate—as well as a Blue House and a Blue White House.  Click here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HU6DH8V6BzSywtT7dlTwPblRomt7B0DTL7b_WbsaYdU/edit?usp=sharing

 ELECTION/VOTING

 ELECTION - GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)

 THE LAST WEEKENDS: There are only two more weeks before Election Day, with three weekends to do all we can to get out the vote. With this in mind, Swing Left has launched The Last Weekends campaign, where we can call voters in swing states in order to flip the Senate, turn state legislatures blue, and elect Joe Biden. For its first weekend, Swing Left is asking for 10,000 volunteers to make 500,000 phone calls, or for each volunteer to make 50 calls. Let's check out these resources on how to phone bank, then sign up for The Last Weekends: https://swingleft.org/p/the-last-weekends  

 HELP VOTERS CURE REJECTED BALLOTS: With so many people voting absentee for the first time, and regulations varying for state to state, it’s not surprising that ballots are being rejected. These ballots can be fixed, the votes can still count and Swing Left has a way for us to help by calling voters whose ballots have been rejected cure the defect and make sure their vote counts.   Shifts are available from now through Nov 5, Spanish and Haitian Creole volunteers needed for Florida calls, as well.  We can click here to learn more and sign up:   https://swingleft.org/event/register/mobilize:318422?s=u

 ELECTION – SUPPORT CANDIDATES

 FLIP SOUTH CAROLINA! We can help by writing to voters with Postcards to Voters'  Campaign 225: Jaime Harrison for Senate. Jaime is running against incumbent Lindsey Graham. (The Guardian: The upset of 2020?Let's request some addresses today to encourage SC voters to vote for Jaime. 

 SPEAKERS OF NON ENGLISH LANGUAGES NEEDED FOR VOTER HOTLINE: Biden/Harris campaign's National Voter Assistance Hotline needs speakers of Apache, Arabic, Cantonese, Creole, French, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Mandarin, Navajo, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese. If we speak any of these languages and can help out, we can sign up here: https://go.joebiden.com/page/s/Voter-Protection-National-Hotline

 TEXTING FOR DEMS:  There is still time to learn how to text in support of Biden and down ticket as well.  We can sign up here for the DNC 2020 Victory Text Team: https://www.mobilize.us/2020victory/event/293967/

 GET OUT THE VOTE IN MAINE: Senator Susan Collins' PAC made contributions to two Maine candidates running for the state legislature who support the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon (https://bit.ly/2HjwnZKhttps://bit.ly/3o5FGxC). While her campaign has claimed that they were unaware of the candidates' ties to QAnon, social media accounts and interviews with the candidates show that they have been openly supporting this dangerous conspiracy theory. This kind of irresponsibility can have far-reaching consequences and is yet another reminder that it is time to vote Senator Collins out, and vote candidate Sara Gideon in. Let's set aside some time over the next two weeks to phone bank with NextGen Maine and Vote Save America to encourage Mainers to GOTV. We can find the time slots and sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/crooked/event/293707/

 POSTCARDS TO VOTERS: As of press time, Postcards To Voters (postcardstovoters.org) is still fortunate enough to be writing for Jaime Harrison for Senate in South Carolina. If we are a PTV volunteer, let's pull out all the stops in the days ahead to get as many written for Harrison as possible - are there friends, family, neighbors that we can get engaged in some socially distanced postcard-writing - or can we prepare sets for them with very clear directions (a sample helps) and stamped postcards included?

 TEXT WITH UNION WORKERS FOR BIDEN/HARRIS:  Join union workers from across the country on Fridays at 4 PM ET as we come together to talk to text voters about electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris! Will need an internet connection and a laptop or tablet.  Let’s sign up here:  https://www.mobilize.us/nea/event/348500/

 POSTCARDING FOR CANDIDATES:  From one of our own:   "Postcarding isn’t over yet! There are some campaigns that are still going strong and could use your help - like Jaime Harrison’s race against Lindsay Graham for Senate in SC, and Phil Arballo’s race against Devin Nunes for Congress, and Mike Espy’s race for Senate in Mississippi. Additionally there are efforts afoot to get GOTV postcards to Navajo and Hopi voters in Arizona, and to infrequent Democratic voters in the swing states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and many more. Let’s check for more info at:  www.tinyurl.com/dem-GOTV-postcards".

 ELECTION - REGISTERING VOTERS

 ELECTION - OTHER

 FREE FOOD AND WATER FOR VOTERS IN LONG LINES: Chefs for the Polls will serve nourishing meals on early voting days and Election Day at polling places around the country. Let’s show our love to voters waiting in long lines by supporting Chefs for the Polls: https://chefsforthepolls.org/

PRO CHOICE VOTER GUIDE HAS INFO & TOOLS: With Roe in danger, it is time to make sure we elect as many pro-choice supporters as we can to help protect a woman’s right to choose. Fortunately VoteProChoice has a guide to help us with information in every race at the state and federal levels, as well as information in all judicial races.  County and local information will be added soon as well. We can also find sample email copy, social media graphics for download, and draft social media posts to use as we see fit.  We can click here to find Vote Pro Choice voter guides for our elections: https://www.voteprochoice.us/voter-guide  and toolkit:   
https://www.voteprochoice.us/partner-toolkit

 PROTECT THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION: Even though Biden has a comfortable lead in the polls, we need to continue to be vigilant about getting out the vote and making sure to mobilize across the country if Trump attempts to fight the results of a Biden win. Let’s check out Protect the Results and sign up to attend or host a November 4 event in our area.  

 REPUBLICANS LEAD IN REGISTERING SWING STATE VOTERS: As voter the two parties, especially in swing states:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/voter-registration-republicans-swing-states-narrow-gap/  and  https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/10/15/florida-republicans-cut-democrats-registration-edge-to-historic-low-1325644  Florida Republicans, for example, lag Democrats by just 134,242 registered voters, down from 327,483 when Trump won Florida by fewer than 113,000 votes in 2016.  Everything, in other words, now depends on turnout.  Let’s give Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R) the “Republican blood bath” he’s predicted:  particularly those of us in swing states.  Let’s postcard; write; call; offer transportation to the polls; where it’s legal, gather and deposit ballots for those who can’t go to the polls.  Anything and everything!

 PUMPKIN CARVING TEMPLATES:  “Looking for another fun way to decorate your home this Halloween and show your support for Trick or Vote? Try carving a patriotic pumpkin!”  Let’s check these out:  https://trickorvoteusa.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/pumpkin-carving-templates/

 STATE/LOCAL ISSUES

 AL, MS, PA, WI, WV, and WY: CALL FOR THE PROCESSING OF BALLOTS BEFORE ELECTION DAY—According to RepresentUs, the following states plan neither to process (that is, ready the ballot for counting) nor to count ballots before election day: WY,WI, AL, MS, WV, PA. This will cause extraordinary delays in getting an official ballot count from these states. If we are in these states, let’s contact our Secretary of State:  https://www.nass.org/membership and our State Legislators:  https://openstates.org/ and tell them that we are concerned with this state of affairs, that we want processing to start immediately, and we want assurances that our votes will be counted.

 MA: GUARANTEE REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS BY SUPPORTING THE ROE ACT: With the likely confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the right for a woman to choose issues related to her health and her body hang by the thinnest of threads. S. 1209, The Roe Act will guarantee a full range of reproductive rights for women in Massachusetts, but the bill has been stuck in Committee. Let’s sign this petition urging state leaders to pass the Roe Act and contact our state legislators to urge their support.

 MI: CHILD MARRIAGE: Child marriage is still legal in nearly every state in the U.S. (https://bit.ly/3o5OFik). In December of last year, Representatives Sarah Anthony, Graham Filler, and Kara Hope introduced a package of bills (HB 400340044005) that would remove exemptions for marriage in the state of Michigan before the age of 18 (https://bit.ly/3jcvtLV). Since then, the bills have made no movement, even though one of the sponsors, Graham Filler, is the chair of the Judiciary Committee where the bills are currently sitting. Let's contact Chairman Filler and tell him that we want the Judiciary Committee to take up these bills immediately: Mailing Address: N-1197 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Phone: (517) 373-1778,  Email:  GrahamFiller@house.mi.gov. Then, let's contact our own state MoC and tell them that we support these bills and want them passed as soon as possible.

 MI: MORE VOTER SUPPRESSION:  A Michigan appeals court ruled last Friday that ballots received after 8 p.m. on election day cannot be counted, overturning a lower court that had ruled that ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 and received within 14 days of the election could be counted; maybe this new ruling will be appealed, but meantime, Jocelyn Benson, the Michigan secretary of state, is urging voters to mail their ballots by MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 to ensure they will be counted: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/17/924930037/court-says-michigan-cannot-count-ballots-received-after-election-day We have Trump’s court appointments and DeJoy’s post office to thank for last minute rulings like this one.  Let’s make certain that Benson’s office uses the print press, the radio, TV, the phone, and social media to place urgent messages containing accurate information about voting that will reach ALL those eligible to cast a ballot: Secretary of State Benson, 888-767-6424 or 430 Allegan St, Austin Bld., 4th floor, Lansing, MI 48918

 RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

 UNBIAS YOUR BRAIN: "Are accusations of bias clogging your news feed? Are your friends quick to point out that something is unfair – but not as ready to explain why? Tune up your “fairness meter” to assess how objective or biased content really is. Reevaluate your media, win the battle for your brain!" Attend this October 21 webinar hosted by Freedom Forum, a non-profit that works to "raise awareness of First Amendment freedoms through education, advocacy and action." We can register here:  https://www.freedomforum.org/event/the-bias-meter-the-battle-for-your-brain/

 READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

 Letter to my Republican Dad on the 2020 Election - https://medium.com/@pjsimmons/letter-to-my-republican-dad-on-the-2020-election-19617719e573

 Emergency Rooms And Health Clinics Become Voter Registration Hubs - https://www.npr.org/2020/10/18/923754421/emergency-rooms-and-health-clinics-become-voter-registration-hubs

 Why Do Nonwhite Georgia Voters Have to Wait in Line for Hours? Their Numbers Have Soared, and Their Polling Places Have Dwindled. - https://www.propublica.org/article/why-do-nonwhite-georgia-voters-have-to-wait-in-line-for-hours-their-numbers-have-soared-and-their-polling-places-have-dwindled 

 Good Guys Win - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrBLqhXlGY0&feature=youtu.be

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 We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule

 

 

 


   10/15/20

 

What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.  

-Barbara Jordan

 NATIONAL ISSUES  

 
Contact all Federal Members of Congress
(includes contact info and links to social media)
https://www.contactingcongress.org/
 
Fax legislators for free:
Reps:  https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php
Senate:  https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php
 
Or use Resistbot:  https://resist.bot/
 
Purchase stamps, postcards, and other mailing supplies: 
https://store.usps.com/store/
 
White House contact:  https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/white-house
 

 COMPETING TOWN HALLS:  When Trump chose not to partake in a virtual presidential debate sponsored by the Presidential Debate Commission, ABC announced it would hold a town hall with Joe Biden tonight instead.  https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/abc-news-announces-town-hall-democratic-nominee-joe/story?id=73506593 However, yesterday NBC announced that it will hold a Trump town hall at the same time tonight. While seeming to be “fair’, this denies the American people a chance to hear both and compare in real time.  The announcement “resulted in considerable blowback on social media”. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/521003-boycottnbc-explodes-on-twitter-after-trump-town-hall-scheduled-against-bidens  Let’s ask ABC to hold Biden’s town hall an hour later so that Americans will have a chance to see/hear them both.  We can contact ABC by 1) calling -818-460-7477, 2) leaving a message here: https://abc.com/feedback , 3) @ABC on Twitter, or  4) comment on a post on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ABCNetwork/

 CENSUS HALTED BY SUPREME COURT:  Lest we doubt the importance of the Supreme Court’s decisions, the Court has just cleared the way for Trump to try to change the count before his term ends by excluding unauthorized immigrants from the numbers used to reallocate congressional seats and determine Electoral College votes for the next 10 years; the census count will now end at 11:59 p.m. (Hawaii time) on THURSDAY, OCT. 15th for online responses (Oct. 15th is also the postmark deadline for paper forms). The Constitution calls for a count of "whole number of persons in each state," but apparently the Constitution is only to be strictly constructed when it is convenient to the Republicans:  https://www.npr.org/2020/10/13/921428056/supreme-court-allows-trump-administration-to-end-census-early  If Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the census bureau, gives new state counts to the White House by Dec. 31, Trump—even if he loses reelection--can attempt to make the unprecedented change he wants to make to who is counted and who should, therefore, be represented in our government for the next decade.  Let’s urge Ross-- (202) 482-2000 or @CommerceGov—and our MoCs, to declare the Census incomplete and work to delay the report of a tally until the inauguration of the next president is over. And if we (or our neighbors) have not yet done so, fill out the Census form now!!

 USE INDIVISIBLE TOOLKIT TO FIGHT BARRETT NOMINATION: Koch -backed fundamentalist Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett seems poised to end the ACA, Roe and won’t even commit to supporting the peaceful transfer of presidential power. Even though these are unpopular positions with the American public, her approval rates are soaring,  https://morningconsult.com/2020/10/14/supreme-court-barrett-confirmation-polling/ and so we must let our Senators know that we do NOT support this nomination and that our votes will reflect that. It's time to do everything we can to keep her off the bench before the election and Indivisible has a toolkit to help us fight. We can click here for tweets and tactics to help us save the court: https://savescotus.indivisible.org

 IMPEACH BARR:  “Two private groups focused on U.S. government ethics on Monday accused Attorney General William Barr of misusing his office to support President Donald Trump’s political goals and called on the House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against him.”  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-barr/u-s-ethics-groups-say-barr-uses-doj-as-political-tool-call-for-his-impeachment-idUSKBN26X2RS  Let’s contact our House reps and share our support for this.

 MORE OF TRUMP, THE SUPER SPREADER: Despite backing from Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar, the White House blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from implementing a rule mandating all passengers and employees to wear face coverings on public and commercial transportation--that is, on airplanes, trains, buses and subways, and in transportation centers, such as airports, train stations and bus depots--instead throwing the decisions on this matter back to the states; the decision to disallow this rule was made by Pence’s Coronavirus Task Force: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/520454-trump-administration-kept-cdc-from-issuing-mask-requirement-on-public  This move is consistent with others keeping the CDC from doing their job and demonstrating Trump & Pence’s utter disregard for our health.  Let’s protest to the Task Force--vice.president@whitehouse.gov or 202-456-1111--and see if our MoCs can intervene.

 CALL OUT SENATOR CORNYN FOR DELIBERATELY SPREADING MISINFORMATION: Senator John Cornyn recently tweeted a picture of two Democratic Senators and called them out not wearing masks. What he failed to mention was that the picture was taken in 2018. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/521009-cornyn-shares-picture-of-democratic-senators-from-2018-questions-why-theyre. Let’s make sure Senator Cornyn knows that we don’t appreciate his lies, and demand that he make a public apology. We can tweet him @JohnCornyn or comment on his Facebook Page.

 ELECTION/VOTING

 ELECTION - GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)

 THE LAST WEEKENDS: There are only three more weeks before Election Day, with three weekends to do all we can to get out the vote. With this in mind, Swing Left has launched The Last Weekends campaign, where we can call voters in swing states in order to flip the Senate, turn state legislatures blue, and elect Joe Biden. For its first weekend, Swing Left is asking for 10,000 volunteers to make 500,000 phone calls, or for each volunteer to make 50 calls. Let's check out these resources on how to phone bank, then sign up for The Last Weekends: https://swingleft.org/p/the-last-weekends  

 HELP BATTLEGROUND VOTERS TO CURE THEIR REJECTED BALLOTS: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee needs volunteers to contact voters in Iowa and Montana to help them “cure” their rejected mail-in ballots. Let’s help make sure that every voter’s ballot gets counted. We can inquire about volunteering by contacting: volunteer@forcemultiplierma.org

 GOTV BY MAILING LETTERS FROM VOTE FORWARD: We’re only a few days away from the Big Send on October 17, but there’s still time to write a few letters to likely Democrat infrequent voters in battleground states, urging them to vote. We can register at votefwd.org, choose a campaign, download 5-20 letters at a time, add a sentence or two on why it’s important to vote and then mail them on Saturday. So far, volunteers have prepared over 10 million letters, but we are aiming for 15 million and every little bit helps. Let’s check out this opportunity at votefwd.org

 TEXTING WITH RESISTANCE LABS:  From one of our own:  Texters, it's time to get out the vote with Resistance Labs - they're sending millions of targeted texts each and every day until the election. The Spoke app is easy to use with nothing to download - it's all in your web browser. They have clear, self-paced training and support is available online.  Who are YOU texting the vote for today?  Let’s check here for more info:  https://resistancelabs.com/text/

 ENVIRONMENTAL VOTERS:   Flip the West has teamed up with Greenpeace, the Center for Biological Diversity, Climate Changemakers, Future Generations, and Auk The Vote to offer phone banks each week to flip the Senate--because no climate legislation will get passed if we don't-- until the election. For more information and to sign up we can click here:  https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/320787/

 SIGN UP TO MOBILIZE FRIENDS IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA TO VOTE: Early voting has started, and Election Day is getting nearer. Florida and Texas may hold the deciding votes for the election, and if we have friends in those states, motivating them to vote could be the key to a Biden victory. Joining MoveOn's Vote Mobilizer community can get us the tools, resources, and support we need to make sure our swing state friends all vote by November 3. if we don't know which friends live in these states and we're logged into Facebook, we can find friends in Texas using this link and  friends in Florida using this linkWe can sign up here to find out more and become a Vote Mobilizer 

 POSTCARDS4VA UPDATE: Volunteers have written 463,000 postcards to Virginia voters this election cycle! Additionally, we helped Postcards4NC with their 148,000 postcards to North Carolina voters. (Source: Postcards4VA). Thank you to everyone who participated, from administration to postcard-writing, we worked together to get this done. Let's take a moment today to feel good about our accomplishments.

 ELECTION – SUPPORT CANDIDATES

 HAMILTON FUNDRAISER FOR BIDEN: “This Friday, Lin-Manuel Miranda and original cast members from Broadway's Hamilton will appear and perform as part of a virtual fundraiser for presidential candidate Joe Biden.”  https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Original-Cast-of-HAMILTON-to-Reunite-for-Joe-Biden-Fundraiser-20201012  We can learn more and donate/sign up here:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bvf2020_grfr_hamilton

 POSTCARDS TO VOTERS: The campaigns with Postcards To Voters are moving swiftly in the homestretch with some targeted lists for key campaigns. At press time, the current campaign is for Adair Boroughs in South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District. She is running against Joe Wilson, the incumbent who once yelled "you lie" at Obama during the State of the Union. If we're PTV volunteers, let's go all out in the final run here and let's get friends and neighbors writing too... we can put together packets with 10-20 postcards, clear directions, and addresses to get folks out of despair and into action. https://postcardstovoters.org/

 KEEP MICHIGAN BLUE: As we get closer to November 3rd, the Senate race between Michigan Democratic Senator Gary Peters and Republican candidate John James is getting tighter (https://bit.ly/33UL91Y). Along with Alabama, Michigan is seen as one of the best opportunities for the GOP to gain a seat in the Senate (https://bit.ly/372m1sc). Let's all take action to help re-elect Senator Peters and keep Michigan's Senate seats blue by phone banking with the Michigan Democrats'  OneCampaignhttps://michigandems.com/volunteer/

 FLIP A MISSISSIPPI SENATE SEAT:  Mike Espy is working to unseat GOP incumbent Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.  https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/520111-longshot-espy-campaign-sees-national-boost-in-weeks-before-election  We can textbank in his support here:  https://www.mobilize.us/espyforsenate/event/287575/

 DEFEAT BY TWEET:  Defeat by Tweet is a super PAC trying to stop President Donald Trump from getting reelected in November.  Defeat by Tweet encourages people to pledge a few cents per Trump tweet, and then tweet at the president every time he does to say how much it has raised.  They’ve raised over three million dollars for Black-led organizations working to defeat Trump in nine key swing states.  Let’s join in:  https://defeatbytweet.org/ 

 ELECTION - REGISTERING VOTERS

 VIRGINIA:  REGISTRATION EXTENDED:  “A federal court has extended Virginia's voter registration deadline after an accidentally clipped fiber optic cable took down the Department of Elections website on Tuesday for hours on the final day of voter registration.”  https://www.npr.org/2020/10/14/923609956/virginia-extends-voter-registration-after-site-went-down-hours-before-deadline The Virginia Voter Registration Deadline has been extended to today, 10/15.  We can register online here until 11:59pm: http://elections.virginia.gov/voterinfo or register to vote in-person at our local general registrar's office by 5pm on 10/15. Paper applications must be postmarked by 10/15.

 ELECTION - OTHER

 PIZZA TO THE POLLS:  Pizza to the Polls is sending free pizza to folks standing in long lines waiting to vote!  Let’s check this out to donate or to report long lines:  https://polls.pizza/

 REPORT ELECTION IRREGULARITIES: "Federal law prohibits voter intimidation. How can voters report issues preventing them from voting or other election related irregularities in time to do something about it?" SEESAY2020.com is a website that allows regular people to report voter suppression tactics in real time. First used in the 2018 elections, this upgraded website includes a heat map that displays the crowdsourced information generated by people's input. More information on the site can be found here: https://thedemlabs.org/2020/10/10/see-something-say-something-about-voter-intimidation/

 PAID TIME OFF TO VOTE:  Some states provide paid time off to vote.  Let’s check here to see what’s the case in our state:  https://politicalcharge.org/2020/10/14/how-to-find-out-if-youre-entitled-to-paid-time-off-to-vote/

 DUMP TRUMP HAPPY HOUR FUNDRAISER:  Join the Grassroots Democrats HQ and Field Team 6 for a night of comedy, trivia, and music from Dawn Oberg, Len Seligman, Lauren Mayer, Friction Farm, Chas Castell and others on October 16th at 5:00 pm (PDT) / 8:00 pm (EDT) at the DumpTrump: Three States & He’s Out Fundraiser. More info and RSVP here:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ft6dumptrump

 VOTING TIMELINE BY STATE: If we are trying to decide whether to vote in person or by mail, it is worth having some idea how long the latter might take in our state—especially now that Trump has made an issue of the count on election day.  The NY Times has published a useful timeline for the various states:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/13/us/politics/when-votes-counted.html Whatever we decide, let’s vote and get everyone we know to vote.

 VOTER GUARDIAN TRAINING:  From one of our own:  CPD Action is gearing up to protect voters’ rights in key states. On Thursday, October 15 at 1 PM ET and Monday, October 19 at 6 PM ET they are hosting a Voter Guardian Training. The program equips people like you to be a guardian for voters in your community. You’ll be prepared with voter information, training on de-escalation and supporting voters at the polls, and ways to fight misinformation.  We can sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/cpda/event/338072/

 STATE/LOCAL ISSUES

 PROTECT ELECTION INTEGRITY: The recent controversy in California, where Republicans put up unofficial dropboxes has raised the possibility that they could use these to gather and discard Democratic ballots https://apnews.com/article/los-angeles-fresno-elections-california-santa-ana-be803bfe99f5eb35e17a6ee56315deb0. Meanwhile, in Texas, the appeals court upheld Governor Abbott’s suppression tactic, limiting drop-off boxes to one per county, and some of Texas’s counties are bigger than the state of Rhode Island. The courts also allowed “poll watchers” at the ballot dropoff boxes, who could potentially harass voters. https://www.texastribune.org/2020/10/13/texas-election-ballot-drop-off/. Let’s find out what our state is doing to protect election integrity, make sure we know how to drop off our ballot at an official and secure site, if we are choosing not to risk late postal delivery or on-site voting, and make our voices loud and clear to both our state and federal legislators and executives if we disapprove of our state’s tactics. 

 REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM & JUSTICE: A coalition of elected prosecutors and attorneys general have signed a statement pledging not to enforce laws that criminalize personal health care decisions, including abortion: https://fairandjustprosecution.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Joint-Statement-from-Elected-Prosecutors-on-Abortion-Laws-10-14-20.pdfIf our elected district attorney and/or attorney general have signed the statement, let’s thank them. If they haven’t, let’s ask them to. Look up state attorney general: https://www.usa.gov/state-attorney-general Look up district attorney:  https://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-legal-help/district-attorneys.html

 RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

 WOMEN’S MARCH: This Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, the Women’s March is “holding socially distant actions across the country to send an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition to Trump and his agenda, including his attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat.”  Let’s see if there is a march near us we can safely attend:  https://map.womensmarch.com/?eventType=oct-17-march  We can also text “MARCH” to 44310 for urgent action alerts & updates.

 ATTEND FREE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF FEMINISM: If we are interested in the future of women's rights and expanding LGBTQIA+ rights, we can join the Feminist Majority and the National Organization for Women (NOW) for a free virtual conference on October 17th and November 7th on the power of the women’s vote and what is at stake during the first 100 days of the presidency.  Featured speakers include Gloria Steinem, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), former Senator Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL) and newcomers Texas Congressional Candidate Gina Ortiz-Jones and South Carolina Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison. We can find out more about this free virtual conference and sign up here: http://action.now.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/

 READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

 Last Exit From Autocracyhttps://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/last-exit-trump-autocracy/616466/

 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse speaks during hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjcXVKg43qY&feature=youtu.be

 Resistance Revival Chorus covers Woody Guthrie’s “All You Fascists Bound to Lose” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWUa7aAIfLE&feature=youtu.be 

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 We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule

 

 

 

  

 10/13/20

 I am angry. We should all be angry. 

Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change.

 —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 NATIONAL ISSUES   

 

Contact all Federal Members of Congress
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 COVID RELIEF BILL:  As Kamala Harris tweeted yesterday, “To everyone who is barely hanging onto their homes, who has lost a loved one to COVID-19, who has no way to pay the bills: know that instead of voting to provide relief you desperately need, Senate Republicans today are choosing to hold a hearing to confirm a judge.”  On a day that was a national holiday, while members of the Judiciary Committee have COVID and were in attendance, the GOP is not thinking of the Americans who are struggling, or the cities, town and states that need COVID-relief help.  Help is overdue.  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/trump-administration-s-latest-covid-relief-proposal-dems-gets-closer-n1242835  Let’s tell our MoCs that we want them to get their priorities straight and get the COVID relief package done now.

 CALL OUT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR BLOCKING A CDC RULE REQUIRING MASKS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Last month the Trump administration put the lives of thousands of transportation workers and passengers at risk by blocking a CDC rule that would have mandated mask wearing. https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-nyt-masks-public-transportation-covid-19-20201010-psgptcoew5duxpgiq7psahgxim-story.html. Now that decision is left up to states and municipalities, many of whom have followed the president’s lead in refusing to abide by scientific findings that show that masks and social distancing saves lives. Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the coronavirus task force was instrumental in making sure the rule was not enacted, even though it had the support of HHS secretary Alex Azar. Let’s tell the VP and the White House that the health of our economy depends upon people’s ability to feel safe when traveling and that we have a moral obligation to protect the health of our workers. Let’s also make sure the general public knows what happened by sharing this story widely, especially in response to Pence’s false claims in the VP Debate that the administration cares about the health and safety of all Americans. 

 URGE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO ALLOW FORMER MEMBER OF PEOPLE OF PRAISE TO TESTIFY AT THE HEARINGS FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINEE: AMY CONEY BARRETT: A former member of the People of Praise Community, Cora Anika Thiell, has asked to testify at the Judiciary Committee hearings so that the American public might know the extent of sexism and abuse that has taken place in the People of Praise (where Judge Coney Barrett has been a member), a community in which women are subservient to their husbands in every way.  https://www.newsweek.com/people-praise-amy-barrett-1538134. Let’s tell our Senators, as well as Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham and ranking minority member Dianne Feinstein, that the American people deserve to know how the patriarchal beliefs of this community might influence the ways in which Judge Barrett will interpret women’s rights rulings.  

 ASK DEMOCRATS ON SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO PRESS JUSTICE CONEY BARRETT ON RECUSING HERSELF FROM ANY RULINGS ON THE 2020 ELECTION: Trump has still not said that he will peacefully concede power if he loses, and he has made little secret of trying to lean on the Supreme Court to throw the election to him on baseless claims of mail-in voter fraud. https://www.axios.com/supreme-court-2020-president-eleciton-trump-biden-0e0a3dfd-67b5-4a27-8405-5f9235cf5a58.html. Let’s ask all the Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee to ask Coney Barrett many questions about her views on voting and election integrity and also ask her if she would recuse herself from ruling on this issue, since she was picked by Trump so close to the election.  

AMY BARRETT’S MISSING INFORMATION:  “Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today [Oct. 12] led all 10 Judiciary Committee Democrats in again calling on the Justice Department to provide any additional missing materials from Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate Judiciary Questionnaire (SJQ).”  https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?id=F7EEBB34-54EB-47ED-B800-6942CAD5235A and https://lawandcrime.com/supreme-court/senate-democrats-accuse-amy-coney-barrett-of-hiding-key-details-about-pro-life-views-hospital-bankruptcy-case/  Let’s contact the committee members and thank Democrats and share our concerns with Republicans at the committee phone (202) 224-5225 and acknowledge that all requested information should be made available.

 PEOPLE’S PANDEMIC PREVENTION PLAN:  The People’s Pandemic Prevention Plan, to stop COVID, build back better, and prevent the pandemics of the future, is supported by 65,000 voters, and more than 250 organizations including NAACP, SEIU, Greenpeace, The Religious Action Center, United We Dream, Families USA and hundreds more.  https://www.r2haction.org/peoples-pandemic-prevention-plan  Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ro Khanna have written a letter to their Congressional colleagues asking for them to sign on to a letter supporting the Pandemic Prevention Plan.  Several have (find list here), but more are needed.  Let’s use this to ask our MoCs to sign on:  https://actionnetwork.org/letters/demand-the-peoples-pandemic-prevention-plan  (h/t)

 CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL ARCHIVES:  Customs and Border Patrol has asked the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for the green light to erase its paper trail and destroy internal documents, including records concerning alleged misconduct. https://www.forbes.com/sites/chantaldasilva/2020/09/29/dhs-proposal-could-see-misconduct-allegation-records-destroyed-watchdog-groups-warn/#748808554e02 Let’s ask our MoCs to contact NARA and make sure such destruction of records doesn't happen. CBP's abuse of detainees and blatant misuse of funds can't be covered up.

 FIGHTING DISINFORMATION: As we get closer to the election, the amount of disinformation that is propagated can become overwhelming, making it difficult to determine what is fact and what is false. ReFrame, an organization that works on movement building through strategizing and communications, is working to fight against this disinformation by educating the public. They have worked with a coalition of organizations to create a Disinfo Defense Toolkit for Organizers and Advocates. Let's set aside some time each day to work our way through this toolkit, then use what we learn to fight back against disinformation. We can also share this excerpt on social media on How to Not Amplify Disinfo.

 LEGAL ADVICE FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL FACED WITH QUESTIONABLE ORDERS: Legal scholar Eugene R. Fidell, law professor Brenner M. Fissell, and military law practitioner Philip D. Cave have organized The Orders Project. If the nation faces civic unrest and military personnel are given legally questionable orders and wish to consult a lawyer, they can do so through The Orders Project. Let’s keep this in our back pocket if we’re in the military, and if we’re not, let’s share it with those we know who are:  https://www.ordersproject.org/

 POSTCARDING OPPORTUNITIES:  From on of our own:  Let’s gather some friends, virtually perhaps, check this list, and get writing!  Here’s this week’s list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HU6DH8V6BzSywtT7dlTwPblRomt7B0DTL7b_WbsaYdU/edit  

 ELECTION/VOTING

 ELECTION - GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)

 TURN OUT HARD-TO-REACH VOTERS: DemCast is sponsoring this Act Blue fund, which "sends your money directly to the grassroots organizations working to turn out hard-to-reach voters - especially voters of color." Those of us with some cash to spare can donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/turnouteveryvoter

 PHONEBANK WITH FIELD TEAM 6 TONIGHT: “Join Field Team 6 in calling voters in our Battleground States! On your call, you'll be reaching out to get people registered or signed up to vote from home (vote by mail).”  We can learn more and sign up here:  https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/292626/

 LEARN HOW TO PHONEBANK:  Spend fewer than 6 minutes learning how to phone bank from Mandy Patinkin and his wife Kathryn Grody at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMxsI04UBT0.

 GOTV TEXTING:  GOTV texting to young, Black, people of color, and Latinx voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin with Open Progress.  Learn more at: https://www.textout.app/Account/InviteJoin

 TEXT WI AND MI DEM VOTERS:  Train with Indivisible Chicago to text Michigan or Wisconsin Democratic voters to GOTV, and then sign up for a shift.  We can find opportunities at: https://secure.everyaction.com/p/ergMegqhKUeDQtfPjbe_Sw2

 MAINERS: Here's Suit Up Maine's new GOTV guide. Features canvasses and phone and text banks hosted by a lot of different groups, is organized by county and updated every Friday. Find a GOTV action that works for you and sign up now: https://www.suitupmaine.org/maingegotv/

 ELECTION – SUPPORT CANDIDATES

 HELP DEFEND MUST-SAVE SENATE SEAT: Gary Peters (D-MI) has MUST save Senate seat and his once strong lead has now tightened to a single point.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackbrewster/2020/10/12/todays-2020-election-polls-warning-signs-flash-for-peters-in-michigan-senate-race/#20f4309b4ab2 If we lose this seat, we may lose our chance to flip the Senate blue. We can click here to donate if we are able to, phone, textbank, or use the social media toolkit to raise awareness: https://petersformichigan.com/get-involved/ Let’s re-elect Gary and turn the Senate blue!

 POSTCARDS TO VOTERS: Ohio Democrats are two seats away from the majority on the Ohio Supreme Court. Since the two Democratic candidates, John O'Donnell and Jennifer Brunner, will appear on ballots without a "D" next to their names, Democratic voters won't know which ones will serve on the court fairly and remain independent of special interests. Sending them fun, friendly postcards will give them something to nudge them in the right direction when they vote. Let's request addresses today from Postcards to Voters for Campaign 216: Ohio Supreme Court.

 FLIP A SENATE SEAT BLUE:  Jaime Harrison and Lindsey Graham are in a dead heat in their Senate race in South Carolina. Jaime can WIN this race if we get out the vote! To write postcards for Jaime click on the link to request our postcards now:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXqg69lWi0vnQG1_EzzG9C0Im1bAMOp-6uyy_qJXOOMYUrDA/viewform If we can, let’s donate to his campaign: https://jaimeharrison.com/  

 ELECTION - REGISTERING VOTERS

 REGISTER DEMOCRATS IN SWING STATES: Student voters and purged voters are KEY to taking back our democracy in November. Field Team 6 needs our help to register them as Democrats to vote by mail! All training provided.  Let’s click here for more info and to sign up:  https://www.fieldteam6.org/volunteer-ops

 ELECTION - OTHER

 PROTECT OUR VOTES: The Election Protection hotline is a coalition of volunteers, including attorneys, providing guidance, information, and help to American voters. With Trump and the Republican party planning to dispatch potentially intimidating “poll watchers” where we vote, let’s be sure to have the hotline phone number listed in our mobile phone contacts so we can get help if we need it. English: 866-687-8683. Spanish: 888-839-8682. Asian languages: 888-274-8683. Arabic: 844-925-5287.

 RANDY RAINBOW FUNDRAISER:  Spend 4 minutes watching Randy Rainbow’s latest (with Patti LuPone!) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AoY6RRfMZM and then donate to the ACLU (on the right side of your screen)

 USE INTERACTIVE WEB BASED MAP TO TRACK, REPORT VOTING PROBLEMS: Democracy Labs,  partnered with a grassroots nonpartisan coalition of voting rights supports, is launching “See Something Say Something 2020” an interactive web based map where we can report and track voting problems, including long lines, machine problems,  voter suppression, intimidation or harassment in less than one minute from any browser. Reports are screened, then shared with media, partners, influencer and law enforcement when appropriate. We can find out more about SeeSay2020 when we click here: ttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1E5JEzS2HwtveSjYE4Oj6lEuhjKyHvJs9/view?usp=drivesdk  We can submit information about voting problems here:   https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/6a2e4700a39d408d94f4d7bbb8e6a05a

 TRAIN TO BE AN ELECTION DEFENDER: People are voting, and voter suppression is in full swing, with chaos at the polls virtually guaranteed as Trump inflames his base.  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/08/trump-election-poll-watching-427008   We can help fight back as Election Defenders, making sure that people have the resources needed to vote safely. The Frontline — a new group sponsored by the Working Families Organization, the Working Families Party, and the Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project, is organizing Election Defenders to “provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), and election and voter defense, de-escalating right-wing intimidation tactics and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out.” We can learn more and sign up here for virtual, hour-and-a-half Election Defender trainings on October 13 and October 20: https://www.mobilize.us/thefrontline/event/321224/  We can also text FRONTLINE to 30403 for updates on other actions ahead of the election.

 FLIP PA STATEHOUSE TO PROTECT BIDEN ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTES: Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral College votes may play a key role in deciding the election, with the GOP threatening to appoint Pro Trump electors despite a Biden victory.  https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/what-if-trump-refuses-concede/616424/  While it is debatable whether these strongarm tactics would succeed, flipping the PA Statehouse would prevent them entirely.  Final decisions on electors take place after the new session begins on Dec 1, and with a Democratic majority in place, the will of the voters will be accurately reflected. We click here to join in a Turn PA Blue phone bank, with several days and times that can suit our needs. Let’s flip PA and our country Blue!

 STATE/LOCAL ISSUES

 ALL - TRUMP’S ELECTION TAMPERING:  In what DOJ officials claim was routine and did not involve political appointees, an email was sent last Friday by the Public Integrity Section of the DOJ to dozens of prosecutors known as district election officers; the email lifted a prohibition, in place since 1980, on making any announcement about ongoing investigations close to an election as well as from taking public steps—such as an arrest or a raid—before a vote is finalized.  Now, if a U.S. attorney’s office so much as suspects election fraud involving postal workers, military employees, or any other federal agent, investigators will be allowed to take public investigative steps before the polls close, even if those actions might affect the outcome of the election: https://www.propublica.org/article/doj-frees-federal-prosecutors-to-take-steps-that-could-interfere-with-elections-weakening-long-standing-policy   Let’s object by contacting Corey R. Amundson, Chief, Public Integrity Section at the Public Integrity Section Direct Line (202) 514-1412.  And let‘s locate our “district election officers” (https://www.usa.gov/election-office) and make sure they know we want no election tampering, of this or any kind.

 CA:  PHONEY BALLOT DROP BOXES:  It seems that the CA GOP is setting up ballot drop boxes which are not legal.  https://apnews.com/article/los-angeles-fresno-elections-california-santa-ana-be803bfe99f5eb35e17a6ee56315deb0  If we are going to drop off a ballot in CA, let’s make sure it is a valid ballot drop box by using this:  https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov/ 

 RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

 ACTIVISM 101 WEBINAR:  Jess Craven, of Chop Wood Carry Water, is continuing her Activism 101 sessions! Activism 101 is a free, one-hour (ish) webinar for folks who have very little to no experience with activism and/or political action. It’s a survey course with one goal: to give those who are furious and sickened by the state of our, bite-sized actions they can take to help vote Trump out, flip the Senate, win a bunch of down-ballot races, and basically make good things happen in November and beyond. Workshop will be led by Jessica Craven who is a mom, veteran activist, elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, legislative chair of her Moms Demand Action chapter, and the author of daily actions email “Chop Wood, Carry Water.”  Let’s grab a few friends and inquire about times: cwcwdailyactions@gmail.com  

 READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

 Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s full opening statement in Barrett Supreme Court confirmation hearing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_NXdV0ZJ0Q&feature=share

 The German model for America - https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/21405900/germany-holocaust-atonement-america-slavery-reparations

 Yes, Mike Lee, America Is a Democracy - https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-10-08/yes-mike-lee-america-is-a-democracy

 Coronavirus cases in Arizona dropped 75% after mask orders began, CDC reports - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/10/10/arizona-coronavirus-cases-dropped-mask-mandate/5952950002/

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 We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule