Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekly Steps of Activism

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!!
Sample email:

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.
Thank You!

**BONUS HOMEWORK* Time permitting call ALL the Republican Senators on the Judiciary Committee:
Hatch, Orrin G. – (R – UT)
(202) 224-5251

Cornyn, John – (R – TX)
(202) 224-2934

Cruz, Ted – (R – TX)
(202) 224-5922

Perdue, David – (R – GA)
(202) 224-3521

Tillis, Thom – (R – NC)
(202) 224-6342

10 comments… add one
  • Firestar January 9, 2017, 7:35 pm


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  • em January 10, 2017, 9:16 am

    I ask this as a genuine question, not snark and note that I do make the phone calls but yesterday a friend told me that making calls/writing letters “makes no difference” and it’s just some intern listening on the other line who is ignoring me and I’m just wasting my time. So, does making these calls actually have an impact?

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    • SpaceySteph January 10, 2017, 9:39 am

      I really think it depends on who your officials are and how close your district/state was in the last election. If they are a moderate then they are maybe able to be swayed against some of the worst Trump policies. If they are in a tight district, they are worried about re-election and therefore trying to appease as many people as possible, especially those who might be independent/undecided.

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    • Portia January 10, 2017, 9:48 am

      Back in November, a former congressional staffer explained the impact of calling in a series of vital tweets: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/15/13641920/trump-resist-congress

      And it does work, here’s one recent example: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/01/03/reps_say_phone_calls_prompted_ethics_reversal.html

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      • MaterialsGirl January 10, 2017, 3:24 pm

        i read that!!! i was so excited 🙂

    • memboard January 10, 2017, 9:57 am

      It`s not you or exactly what you say that matters (assuming this isn`t a question about a situation you are encountering yourself).

      What matter is the number of people that calls. They figure if X people call about something that really means that X * y electors actually care and if that number becomes high enough they figure it`s votes they are loosing and a reelection that is in the balance. That`s when it counts.

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  • em January 10, 2017, 10:07 am

    thank you for the thoughtful replies everyone; if it matters, I’m not one to EVER go down without a fight (it’s kinda family tradition at this point but that’s for another time…) so even if it were useless, I would continue to call and at least *try* .

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    • Dear Wendy January 10, 2017, 12:43 pm

      Yes, yes, yes — CALL! Make your voices heard, people! These politicians work for US. Let’s hold them accountable. Let’s tell them what we want them to do. Let’s make them worry about re-election if they don’t. More people voted against Trump and his agenda of hate than those who voted for him, so let’s power-up and make ourselves heard. Call, email, attend protests. We have power in our numbers, but only if we make our numbers count.

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  • TP January 10, 2017, 1:02 pm


    Have you seen http://www.donutsanddemocracy.com/. They send small little easy action items in an email to facilitate resisting Trump’s agenda.


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    • Dear Wendy January 10, 2017, 1:18 pm

      I haven’t seen that one, but I signed up for Daily Action texts, which is the same idea only through texts, and that’s been super helpful.

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