Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

More Calls to Action

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UPDATE:

The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections: With your help, we are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania– three states where the data suggests a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals.

This effort to ensure election integrity is in your hands! We need to raise over $2 million by this Friday, 4 p.m. Central. In true grassroots fashion, we’re turning to you, the people, and not big-money corporate donors to make this happen.

Your immediate support is crucial – Please donate now and share widely.

We hope to do recounts in all three states. If we only raise sufficient money for two, we will demand recounts in two states. If we only raise enough money for one, we will demand a recount in one state. If we do not raise enough for any recount (which is highly unlikely) we pledge to use the money for election integrity efforts and to promote systemic voting system reform.

It’s Day 14 of Trump’s America and this is the time to keep pressing on. When you hang out with your Trump-voting family members tomorrow or over the holiday weekend, engage the reasonable ones in conversation about what you’re seeing and how you’re feeling, and ask them to do the same. We who are anti-Trump — especially those of us who are white — have a moral obligation to bridge the gap between us and our (reasonable) Trump-supporting family members and to keep trying to bring them to our side, or to at least help them see why we feel this is such an unprecedented election with dire consequences. (Here’s a handy guide for the various kinds of white Trump supporters you might find at your Thanksgiving table this year and how to deal with them.).

I love, love, love this comic and the amazing tips that follow for helping those of us with crushing phone anxiety get over it and make the calls we need to make (there’s even a script you can use).

A few calls you can make immediately:

Call the Department of Justice at 202-514-2000 ex: 4 or 202 514-0469

They are tallying phone calls regarding those who want the 2016 Vote Audited. A shift of just 55,000 Trump votes to Hillary in PA, MI & WI, where hacking and tampering with the electronic-voting machines is suspected, is all that is needed to win.

Here’s a good script: “My name is ___, and I’m a registered voter. I’m urging you to support the call to audit the vote, investigate voter suppression, particularly in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and investigate Russian tampering of US election results.”

Tell them you want the votes audited. Even if it’s busy, keep calling. It takes a few times to get through because of all the calls being made.

Paul Ryan is conducting a phone poll on the ACA/Obamacare, hoping to hear overwhelming popular opposition to it. If you would like to express your support for the ACA/Obamacare, here is how to proceed. Phone call takes 2 minutes, and could mean a lot to those who wouldn’t have health insurance otherwise.

1. Call 202-225-0600 – a prerecorded voice will speak
2. Press 2 to weigh in on the ACA issue – you’ll hear a brief recording about HR-3762, Paul Ryan’s proposal to gut the ACA, and President Obama’s use of veto power to stop it.
3. You will be given a choice to indicate your opinion. Press 1 to support ACA/Obamacare.
4. Copy this to your Facebook feed.

The Standing Rock situation is deteriorating rapidly with a severe escalation of force against peaceful water protectors — over the weekend, water cannons were deployed in 20º weather, and one woman has been so seriously injured by a flash grenade that she’s likely to lose her arm.
Call ND Office of Governor Dalrymple: 701-328-2200.
Morton County Sheriff’s Department: 701-328-8118 & 701-667-3330.
ND National Guard: 701-333-2000
The senator of North Dakota: 202 224.2043

Tell them: “I’m calling to express my solidarity with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. I don’t know why it would be necessary to use concussion grenades, water hoses (when it’s 28 degrees), sound cannons, and chemical warfare against peaceful protestors. I am calling to remind you the world is watching!”

Call: Jason Chaffetz at 202-225-5074

Tell them: “I’m —- —– , a constituent and voter calling to let the committee know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s ‘financial arrangements’ for potential conflicts of interest before he’s sworn in as president. Please ask Chairman Chaffetz to immediately begin conducting a review to ensure that President-elect Trump does not have any actual or perceived conflicts of interest. I want the Committee to make sure Trump and his advisors comply with all legal and regulatory ethical requirements.”

The artist of the comic above also has these helpful links on her site:

* Emily Ellsworth explains why calling is the most effective way to reach your congressperson.
* Sharon Wong posted a great series of tweets that helped me manage my phone anxiety and make some calls.
* Kelsey is tweeting pretty much daily with advice and reminders about calling representatives. I found this tweet an especially great reminder that calls aren’t nearly as big a deal as anxiety makes them out to be.

Informational resources:

There are a lot of these, as well! These three are good places to start:

* Find your representative at house.gov
* Find your senators at senate.gov
* Use the “We’re His Problem Now” scripts when calling (or write your own!)

I also like: Weekly Resistance Online

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    Anonymousse November 23, 2016, 1:02 pm

    Thanks, Wendy! This makes it so easy.

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    Anonymousse November 23, 2016, 1:05 pm

    There’s a long pause before Paul Ryan’s line answers. Don’t hang up. You don’t even have to listen- just dial the numbers. I couldn’t reach the last number- the voicemail is full.

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    Kate November 23, 2016, 1:12 pm

    The phone numbers for the DOJ for the vote tally don’t work. I signed the petition this morning but wanted to call too. One is a busy signal and the other wants a 10 digit ext.

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      Dear Wendy November 23, 2016, 1:23 pm

      I was able to get through this morning at the second number: 202 514-0469. I imagine there will be a lot of busy signals during lunch time when a lot of people are trying to get through. Keep trying! And alternate this call with the others I’ve listed. I just called all the ND numbers again and got through to two different offices. It looks like the number for ND governor has been disconnected, but I’m going to try that one again anyway.

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        Kate November 23, 2016, 1:25 pm

        Ok! I love leaving voicemails or talking to congressional admins.

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    SemanticAntics November 23, 2016, 1:19 pm

    Longtime lurker here, and Wendy I’d just like to say how much I admire your reactions to the events of the last two weeks. Many people I know have already thrown up their hands, assumed they can’t change anything with a Trump presidency and are content to spend the next four years with their heads in the sand.
    Your calls to action are a good reminder that we each have the power to influence people, even if on a micro level, and to not give up because there are people who need our voices added to theirs. As a woman of color I’m terrified about the future, but I won’t give into despair and will start small by picking up the phone today.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy November 23, 2016, 1:30 pm

      Thank you for that; I appreciate it. Drew and I both are sickened by what’s happening, and as a Jewish family (Drew’s jewish and we’re raising the kids Jewish), it is especially scary to see video of a meeting in DC where people are giving the Nazi salute and saying “Hail Trump.” As a woman, it’s horrific that a man who has bragged about sexually assaulting women is our president-elect. As a friend and ally of the LGBT community, I am horrified that a man who promotes gay conversion therapy is our vice president-elect. As a friend and neighbor of people of color, Muslims, and immigrants, the bigotry and hatred and xenophobia exhibited by the incoming administration and its supporters makes me so angry! I’ll do whatever I can to fight it, even if it feels like too little to make much difference. I have to do whatever I can so one day I can at least say I was on the right side of history.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray November 23, 2016, 3:58 pm

      Yes, what Semantics said!!

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    girltuesday November 23, 2016, 2:23 pm

    Side note – can we talk about how incredibly inappropriate it is that Trump’s children are meeting with diplomats and being invited to phone calls with world leaders? The hell?

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      RedRoverRedRover November 23, 2016, 4:16 pm

      My mom said people thought it was awful back when JFK did it with Bobby and Ted Kennedy. But at least they had some damn experience. This is just ridiculous.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray November 23, 2016, 3:56 pm

    Hi, guys! So swamped with work today (and the past few weeks) and having had a chance to dearwendy much at all, but want to quickly say: Wendy, thank you so much for posts like this and letting your audience know how they can help. It’s so, so so important. Thank you for using your platform for good!
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    Ok, back to work.
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    But real quick, who wants to hear how clever I am? Everyone, ok, I’ll tell you. Well my birthday is tomorrow. Earlier this week I reminded my mother that my birthday is on Thanksgiving this year. She said, “What, no it’s not, Thanksgiving is on the 24th this year!” And I said “… yeah… my birthday is on the 24th.” She threw her hands up and said “Ohhh that’s riiiiight.” (You know, how old ladies do.) Yesterday she called me at work and asked if I could order my own CostCo cake and they’d pick it up tonight, to have with our turkey dinner tomorrow. (Sure, mother.) No big deal. 38 is a boring age. Plus as the 5th child you just, you know, you just roll with it. And, besides, I’m used to Thanksgiving overshadowing my birthday. But since she made me make the call, I instructed them to write: “Happy birthday, Addie Pray, super woman, sexy mama, and everyone’s favorite gal!” (Think that’s fair, no?) (Costco said they could do it but the writing may be super small, ha. Except now I wish I had written something like “Mom loves you better than the other 4 children” or even something more direct like “I’m sorry your siblings are not as good as you.” Damnit, missed opportunity.)
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    So, there you go. Now, everyone, make those calls that Wendy said! Also, don’t have your loved ones order their own birthday cake, sheesh!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray November 23, 2016, 4:08 pm

      Also, ahem, IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! (tomorrow)

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 23, 2016, 4:08 pm

        Oh hey happy birthday!!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 23, 2016, 4:09 pm

        Oh, thanks! No biggie. Just turning 38. Which is 2 hot seconds from 40, which is a slippery slope to 50, and around the corner from 60. Holy hell!

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        RedRoverRedRover November 23, 2016, 4:18 pm

        Lol, Happy Birthday Addie! I turned 41 yesterday and I had a horrible cold and went to bed early. It was ass.

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        Dear Wendy November 23, 2016, 6:25 pm

        Happy birthday, Addie!!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray November 23, 2016, 4:22 pm

      Thanks, Red, you remembered! Hope you feel better. Ouch 41. Practically ancient. I kid, I kid. 😉

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    • mrmidtwenties

      mrmidtwenties November 23, 2016, 5:12 pm

      Happy Birthday AP

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  • othy

    othy November 23, 2016, 4:29 pm

    Just FYI, I had to call Paul Ryan’s number about 4 times before it finally got me to the ACA poll thing. Just keep trying if it doesn’t work for you the first time.

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    Mike November 24, 2016, 4:41 pm

    Dear Wendy,
    All these years I had no idea how completely insane you are. I don’t plan on visiting your site anymore.
    There’s no attempt at all in these unhinged hysterical posts to understand why America voted Trump. There’s a bunch of faux outrage about civil rights. Funny, I didn’t see any outrage on this blog when Brian Terry or Kate Steinle were murdered. I didn’t see any outburst of rage in defense of the first amendment when bakers where being hunted down all over the country and forced to bake things they didn’t want to. I didn’t see any outrage over Obama and Hillary associating with an alt-left racial huckster and professional anti-Semite named Al Sharpton.
    Frankly, you’ve not only been brainwashed by the lamestream media in to thinking that Trump and all his supporters (AKA middle America) are somehow tied to the KKK and / or anti-Semitism, and it’s a complete and utter lie which you are responsible for propagating. Sad!

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      Dear Wendy November 24, 2016, 7:08 pm

      Actually, America didn’t vote for trump. Hillary won the popular vote. Two million more people (and counting!) voted for her over trump. And, yeah, you didn’t see any outrage on my site that bakers were forced to bake cakes for gay people’s weddings. If that offends you, you’re a bigot and I’ve got zero problem calling you out for it, you big bigot.

      As for ties to the KKK: the KKK celebrates Trumps victory and thinks of him as their savior. Nazis convene in DC and give the Nazi salute saying “Hail Trump.” If you’re more offended about two people of the same sex getting married over Nazis celebrating the president-elect, over the president-elect bragging about sexually assaulting women and calling mexicans rapists, over the president-elect appointing known white supremacists to his cabinet, and making it a priority in his first 100 days to ban refugees from seeking asylum in the US, over the president-elect promising to ban muslims from entering the US and stating that those already in the country must register as muslim, I’ll say it again: “YOU are a SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC BIGOT.”

      Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 24, 2016, 9:24 pm

        Amen!

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        Mike November 25, 2016, 2:15 am

        Haha, a Clinton supporter claiming to care about sexually assaulted women! Good one!

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        Dear Wendy November 25, 2016, 3:57 am

        When did Hillary Clinton sexually assault a woman?

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        Mike November 25, 2016, 2:53 am

        Donald Trump never had anything to do with the KKK. Barack Obama, on the other hand, proudly attended the lecture of open anti-Semite Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. Let me guess, you never denounced Barack Obama.

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        Dear Wendy November 25, 2016, 4:04 am

        Obama never appointed an anti-Semite to his cabinet, and he was never celebrated by a hate organization. He aggressively denounced wright in light of his anti-Semitic comments, withdrew from his church, and hasn’t been in touch with him years and years. Compare that to Trump who takes a known anti-Semite and appoints him as his chief advisor.

        What I will express outrage over in regards to Obama is that he’s doing nothing to oppose DAPL. That is a disgrace and I’m ashamed of him on that front.

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      RedRoverRedRover November 24, 2016, 8:36 pm

      OMG I lost it at hunting down bakers and forcing them to bake. Hahhahaha. Hilarious stuff, man!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 24, 2016, 9:24 pm

        Yeah that one got me. Hahaha

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    Portia November 24, 2016, 6:02 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this, Wendy! I hate making calls, but I’ve made quite a few this past week and appreciate the scripts.
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    Also Jill Stein is up to $4.2 million right now! 🙂

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  • Portia

    Portia November 24, 2016, 6:15 pm

    If anyone is concerned about Trump’s comments regarding scrapping NASA’s climate change research, a friend of mine from undergrad who works for NASA asked for people to sign this petition: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-nasa-climate-research-budget.html And posted this message:

    I am an engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. We are the largest combined organization of scientists and engineers in the world dedicated to space-based observations of Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe. A huge part of our mission is to design and fabricate Earth-viewing satellites that track long-term changes in topography and climate. These satellites ensure that we have the most complete set of data available to not only predict how humanity’s impacts will affect the Earth, but also understand how we can prepare and protect those most vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels. As an example of our impact on the daily lives of people around the world, one of the satellites I previously worked on, Global Precipitation Measurement, is currently in Earth orbit tracking extreme weather events (the picture below was taken during its integration and testing at NASA Goddard). Its data allows meteorologists to improve their forecasts of where hurricanes will strike and how intense they will be, as well as to identify the areas that are most prone to floods and landslides, so that we can give advanced warnings to those affected. This is just one of dozens of major Earth-observing satellites that NASA manages everyday.

    Today, we were shocked to hear of Trump’s plan to scrap NASA’s climate change research as part of a crack down on “politicized science”. Among the scientific community, climate change is no more “politicized science” than the theory of gravity is. While his crackdown would mean that thousands of scientists and engineers at NASA Goddard would lose their livelihoods, it represents an even greater loss for the world. Without data continuity in our Earth observations, we will be blind to the ravages of climate change: to the deluges and droughts that might devastate crops, to the extreme weather events that destroy communities as the Earth continues to warm. We will not be able to develop the solutions that can prevent Earth’s temperatures from rising to catastrophic levels. I urge you to implore your Congressional Representatives to not allow Trump’s plan to happen. We cannot sit on the sidelines over the next four years: our future on this planet is at stake.

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    Ron November 24, 2016, 10:40 pm

    Apparently when stubborn facts cause political or business problems, the solution is to stop the discovery of any more unpleasant facts.

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    Kate November 27, 2016, 1:02 pm

    I don’t have any social media accounts, so I have to say this here. Donald Trump needs to STFU today. He sounds like such a baby on his Twitter. Is he actually 13?

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  • findingtheearth

    Findingtheearth November 28, 2016, 10:49 am

    Thank you for these. I bookmarked them so I could see what ones are still active and make calls

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    SpaceySteph November 28, 2016, 11:50 am

    I’m really not sure how to bridge the gap with my relatives who didn’t support Hillary (both Trump and Johnson voters… in Florida of all places). My grandfather who spent his career as an OB/Gyn (retired for several years, though) was *appalled* to hear about the parental leave my company offers (the FMLA minimum) while at the same time being a steadfast small government republican. The level of disconnect between reality and the LaLa land they live in is just… too much.

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