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 Google doc “We’re His Problem Now” has a website now, The 65. Each week, a call to action is posted. I often re-post here what I think are the most important calls, but bookmark out the site and check it regularly yourself! This week’s call to action is to:
Demand That Congress Oppose Trump’s Muslim Ban
Friday, Trump signed an executive order barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. As a result, green card holders and holders of valid visas were detained at airports across the country. As a constituent, I want
Make the Call
Speaker of the House: Paul Ryan – (202) 225-3031
Senate Majority Leader: Mitch McConnell – (202) 224-2541
Senate Minority Leader: Chuck Schumer – (202) 224-6542
Democratic Leader: Nancy Pelosi – (202) 225-4965
For maximum impact, please call your State Representatives!
Please also continue calling your senators to protest Betsy DeVos’s confirmation (her hearing is tomorrow).
HIGH ALERT: Word is Senator Toomey (R-PA) might vote no on DeVos. If you’re a resident of PA, call! People are getting through to his Allentown office 610-434-1444. Also try his Philadelphia office 215-241-1090.
Note: If your senator sits on the Education Committee, refer to the committee when you call. If not, simply refer to the senator. COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Alexander (TN), Enzi (WY), Burr (NC), Isakson (GA), Paul (KY), Collins (ME), Cassidy (LA), Young (IN), Hatch (UT), Roberts (KS), Murkowski (AK), Scott (SC), Murray (WA), Sanders (VT), Casey, Jr (PA), Franken (MN), Bennet (CO), Whitehouse (RI), Baldwin (WI), Murphy (CT), Warren (MA), Kaine (VA) & Hassan (NH)
I’m <______>, a constituent. I’m
and I want to stop Betsy DeVos’s confirmation. DeVos doesn’t have an education degree or even teaching experience. Rather, she’s a powerful donor who advocates for school choice, which is useless without regard for school quality. Instead of specializing in pedagogy or curriculum, DeVos’s skillset is commandeering public funding for private education. She was a key player in shaping the Michigan charter school system, which is severely lacking in oversight, demanding little accountability for how tax dollars are spent or how well students are educated. I don’t want to see the same thing happen nationally, and I expect to take a stand for quality education. America’s students and teachers deserve better than DeVos!
5Calls.org is another site that eases the daily confusion over whom to call about what. Simply enter your zipcode and you’re given several topics to choose from, prioritized by importance, the names and numbers of people to call, as well as scripts. The goal is to make five calls a day. It takes about five minutes. Do it. You can also subscribe to weekly email alerts from 5Calls.
These were the topics that 5Calls suggested I call about this week:
Stand Up to Trump’s False Claims of Voter Fraud
Oppose Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education
Say NO to a Border Wall
Stand Up for Immigrants and Refugees
Stop the Silencing of Government Scientists
Speak Out For Environmental Impact at Standing Rock
Oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act
Prevent the Confirmation of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General
Stop Scott Pruitt from Leading the Environmental Protection Agency
Block Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services
I’ve saved my senators’ phone numbers in my phone and continue to make calls to them often about these issues and others of concern. I encourage you to do the same! Spend five minutes in the morning and calls your representatives. Make your voice heard.
Mark your calendars: Saturday, April 15. Let’s protest again and show Trump that the people DO care about his tax returns.
I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing to #ResistTrump. Last weekend I went to the women’s march, over the week I called my senators every day (not always able to get through or leave a message, but I try ever day), I made sure I was following both senators on FB so I can more easily stay abreast of what they’re up to, I looked up how they’ve voted so far on Trump’s cabinet choices and then I spread that news on FB which is helping to mobilize at least a few people to join me tomorrow at a rally at Chuck Schumer’s home where we, his constituents, are going to put more pressure on him to more adequately represent us. I may go to a rally this evening to support a resolution from the Panel for Educational Policy’s to oppose Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education. What about you?