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:

This week, Trump, unbelievably, will be sworn-in as our 45th president — an office he doesn’t deserve to even step a toe into. Please help #BOYCOTTRUMP by not watching or listening to the inauguration on TV or on the internet or on the radio or in person or wherever. Join a march to express your outrage and your intention to resist the incoming administration. Of course, there’s the Women’s March on Washington, but, if you can’t make that one, there are sister marches all over the country and the world (I’ll be at the NYC March on Saturday). There are also rallies and marches during the inauguration (here’s one in NYC; and here’s a comprehensive list of anti-Trump inauguration rallies and meetings by state). Call your local representatives and your state senators and urge them to skip the inauguration so as not to normalize an illegitimate President. If your representative is among the many already planning to boycott the inauguration, as mine is, call her and thank her.

While you’re making calls, be sure to continue calling to protest Trump’s unfit cabinet. These are the most dangerous of the cabinet picks, so ask your senators to oppose confirming them (see scripts below).

Attorney General: Jeff Sessions
Education: Betsy DeVos
Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

Nominee: Jeff Sessions
Position: Attorney General

“I’m —- —-, a constituent. I want Senator _____ to vote AGAINST Sessions’ confirmation. The Attorney General must make sure that our laws apply equally to ALL Americans, and Sessions’ record shows he’s not up to the task.

In addition to the accusations of racism that resulted in his rejection for federal judgeship, he has a long history of civil and human rights opposition. He has staunchly opposed immigration reform, the Voting Rights Act, and efforts to address pay equity for women. In addition, he supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, voted against expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation, and criticized a federal law that protects disabled children in the classroom.

Jeff Sessions’ values are in direct opposition to an America that upholds liberty and justice for all. I expect Senator ____ to reject Sessions’ confirmation and I’ll be paying close attention to the vote.”

Nominee: Rex Tillerson
Position: Secretary of State

“I’m — —-, a constituent. I want Senator ___ to vote against Tillerson’s confirmation. Tillerson has no true diplomatic experience. His experience negotiating with foreign powers for energy deals has not prepared him for serving as Secretary of State. In fact, Tillerson’s ties with Russia and ExxonMobil are instead conflicts of interest that will make it impossible for him to oversee foreign policy ethically and effectively. I expect Senator ____ to protect the integrity of the State Department by rejecting Tillerson’s confirmation, and I’ll be paying close attention to the vote.”

Nominee: Betsy DeVos
Position: Secretary of Education

“I’m — —, a constituent. I’m and I would like to ask Senator ____ to vote AGAINST 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’ 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 Senator ___ to take a stand for quality education. I want to reject DeVos’s confirmation, and I’ll be paying close attention to the vote.”

In addition, take a few minutes to call the five Republican senators who have broken away from the GOP to demand a slow-down of the repeal. Tell them how much you appreciate their efforts.

They are:
Senator Bob Corker (TN) – (202) 224-3344 (DC); 901-683-1910 (Memphis); 731-664-2294 (Jackson)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) – (202) 224-6665 (DC); 907-271-3735 (Anchorage)
Senator Rob Portman (OH) – (202) 224-3353 (DC);614-469-6774 (Columbus)
Senator Susan Collins (ME) – (202) 224-2523 (DC); 207-622-8414 (Augusta)
Senator Bill Cassidy (LA) – (202) 224-5824 (DC); 225-929-7711 (Baton Rouge); 337-261-1400 (Lafayette)

Scripts for Thanking GOP Congress
“I’m calling to thank Senator _____ for breaking away from the GOP’s quest to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Please let the senator know that I’m grateful that has put principle above party and stood up for millions of Americans’ access to health care. “

18 comments… add one
  • MaterialsGirl January 16, 2017, 2:28 pm

    I will be going to the march in Chicago and I was really excited to see that my sorority’s alumni group has a post about whose attending where and meet ups!

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  • K January 16, 2017, 2:47 pm

    Thanks for posting all of this info! A note – Senator Susan Collins is from Maine, not Georgia.

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    • Dear Wendy January 16, 2017, 2:55 pm

      Oops, thanks!

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  • Penrod January 16, 2017, 2:51 pm

    I am Canadian and Trump scares me even up here! It is not even his politics so much as that he is just an ignorant, megalomaniac , unpredictable person, and an a##hole too.

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  • Anonymousse January 16, 2017, 2:53 pm

    I read somewhere that turning on your tv to a channel not the inauguration will help keep his ratings down.
    That’s one of the things I’ve done to quell my frustration, I don’t watch anything related to him, I read about it later on reputable news sites. I will not give him any more of my time.

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    • SpaceySteph January 16, 2017, 4:13 pm

      Ratings don’t exactly work like that. Only Nielsen households that are specifically monitored for TV watching data are factored into the ratings, with the idea (similar to polls) being that each household is representative of the overall market. Forbes has a frustrating website but here’s a good explanation: http://www.forbes.com/sites/seamuskirst/2015/12/18/what-are-nielsen-ratings-and-how-are-they-calculated/#4adef8832cc1
      So if you’re not a Nielsen house then technically you can’t affect ratings. (Other viewing platforms like streaming services might track in other ways, so if you were going to watch the inauguration streamed on twitter that’s a different story.) Of course if the Nielsen households are truly representative samples, then if there’s enough people who tune in anyways out of morbid curiosity then there should be a Nielsen household who does the same thing.

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      • SpaceySteph January 16, 2017, 4:16 pm

        And I should say, likewise if there are enough households who purposely watch something, anything, else in order to disrupt his ratings then there should be a Nielsen house for that, too.
        I don’t know how Nielsen deals with observer effect– that is, people changing their TV watching habits because they know they’re being watched. You have the luxury of knowing if you tune in then it does nothing directly to the ratings, whereas a Nielsen house knows that everything they watch does impact ratings and might consciously make a different choice.

      • Anonymousse January 16, 2017, 4:59 pm

        I am familiar with Nielsen and their systems, but I had assumed they’d jumped the shark and that there were newer ways to track viewership. I don’t have cable or a Nielsen box anyway, but the idea is floating around the web. Even if it doesn’t directly effect anything, I believe not watching him makes my life and outlook much better.


      • SpaceySteph January 16, 2017, 11:14 pm

        I definitely agree that avoiding Trump coverage is good for one’s sanity, regardless of how it affects ratings.

  • Dear Wendy January 16, 2017, 4:06 pm

    I’m taking Jackson to the march on Saturday and I’ve asked him what we should write on our posters. First he said, “we hate you Donald trump!” When I suggested we leave “hate” out of it, he said “just follow the children because they know the right way.” And then he said that trump will always be the caboose.

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    • MaterialsGirl January 16, 2017, 5:30 pm

      bahaha . what a smart cookie

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  • redhead January 16, 2017, 5:00 pm

    I’m checking in with my local chamber (I’m a business owner and chamber member) about what they are doing on health legislation. I’m also trying to get other female business owners into the conversation and to show up at the roundtables so that the platform that our local chamber pushes to the national chamber is friendly to women. If you’re a business owner and chamber member, check and see what your chamber is doing and if they have a platform.

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  • MaterialsGirl January 16, 2017, 5:32 pm

    Also, I realize that this isn’t anything to do with the march, but WE ARE FINALLY GETTING A WOMEN’S LOCKER ROOM! I work in manufacturing. Yes, there are women who work in production (metallurgy/shipping/machine shop) and we were always told to just change in our bathrooms.. but they are far away and small. No showering facilities while each department had men’s ones. All I asked for was a shower with a lock.
    THEN I ToLD MY BOSS IF HE WANTED to HELP ME thiS WOULD BE IT! and huzzah! Finally!

    Sorry, this has been a huge issue to me over the years.

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    • Dear Wendy January 16, 2017, 8:11 pm


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      • MaterialsGirl January 17, 2017, 10:15 am

        I know! You have no idea how excited I am about this, especially after YEARS of pestering people for more women’s facilities so I don’t have to walk half a mile (I’m not exaggerating) to find a bathroom

  • Classic January 16, 2017, 7:58 pm

    I am marching in the sister march in the city nearest me that has one! I have never marched in any political march before. So I RSVP’d and I have my schedule and directions and everything.
    Thank you for doing all of this for all of us, dear Wendy.

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    • Dear Wendy January 16, 2017, 8:11 pm

      I marched a few times at the beginning of the Iraq war. It’s been a long time. But the good thing is, it’s just walking among friends and I can do that!

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  • Miss MJ January 16, 2017, 10:35 pm

    I’ve never marched, either, but there’s a protest on Friday and a sister march on Saturday that I’m going to go to. It’s kind of intimidating, even though I’ll be surrounded by allies in a friendly city and nothing bad is going to happen to us. On this weekend, I am humbled to honor those who risked death, physical harm, or even just arrest to stand up for their (and others’) rights and in awe of their courage and conviction. I hope that if (or when) push comes to shove, I have even a fraction of the strength and resolve of those who have gone before me.

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