The election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States is a scary and horrific thing for many of us. He and his cabinet, full of unqualified and unsuitable candidates, threaten civil rights, voter rights, climate control, health care, public education, social security, the first amendment, foreign relations, free press, and the values of most good and decent people everywhere. We must resist his actions to destroy the fabric of democracy and the security of our citizens. In an effort to do that, each week I share some acts of resistance and steps of activism you can take. Here are this week’s:
The Senate is holding confirmation hearings on some of Trump’s Cabinet nominees starting this week.
Sessions’ hearing for Attorney General starts tomorrow.
Sample phone and email script is below. (These Republican committee members were chosen for being more moderate and/or most likely to oppose Trump).
Phone numbers of Senators and Chief of Staff Emails
Senator Jeff Flake (202) 224–4521
Senator Lindsey Graham (202) 224–5972
Senator Michael S. Lee (202) 224–5444
Senator Grassley, Chuck (202) 224-3744
Don’t forget to call your own Senators too! For Democrats thank them for opposing Sessions (see contact info here).
Sample Script for phone:
My name is xxxx, and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the appointment of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
As you know, Jeff Sessions has been rejected before for a federal judgeship on the basis of racist remarks as well as a poor record of defending civil rights. The past 30 years he has only continued in the same vein, opposing hate crime protections, denying immigrant rights and and supporting torture under the Bush administration.
Jeff Sessions is an unacceptable choice for Attorney General. He cannot be trusted to represent the constitutional rights of ALL Americans. We need the Senators leadership in opposing him.
(Decline to leave your info including residence unless they insist on it).
2. Then send emails to these Senators’ chiefs of staff…..remember: YOU ARE THEIR PROBLEM NOW!!
I couldn’t get through to your office on the phone so I am emailing to share my STRONG opposition to the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Senator Sessions does not represent our American values. On the contrary he has a long history of racism. I hope that your boss believes in justice and equality for all Americans and will stand up against this repulsive nomination.
**BONUS HOMEWORK* Time permitting call ALL the Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee:
Hatch, Orrin G. – (R – UT)
Cornyn, John – (R – TX)
Cruz, Ted – (R – TX)
Perdue, David – (R – GA)
Tillis, Thom – (R – NC)