Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekly Steps of Activism


We’ve got seven weeks until our country is taken over by a raving lunatic and his team of freaks. A few people have suggested to me that I “stay in my lane” and “leave politics alone.” I won’t. This is my country, too, and I will continue using my freedom of speech and exercising my legal right and moral obligation to fight for what I believe in. Each week, I will keep posting acts of resistance and steps of activism you can take (see previous lists here and here). And now this week’s:

1. The Democrats have one last chance in Foster Campbell to flip a senate seat in the run-off election on December 10. It’s a long shot, but if Democrats control 49 seats instead of 48, they’ll have one more brick in their wall against Trump’s crazy-cray. Or as Campbell puts it: “I might be the deciding vote on privatizing Social Security, privatizing Medicare. One vote can make a difference in the Senate.” You can lend your support here, and if you live in Louisiana, VOTE (early voting has begun)!

2. Call the House Oversight Committee at 202-225-5074 to investigate Russia’s possible influence on the 2016 presidential election.

Sample script: I’m — —-. I’m calling to let Chairman Chaffetz know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s possible interference on the 2016 presidential election. Elections are the foundation of democracy. The American people deserve to know whether the integrity of our election was compromised. Please begin investigating immediately.”

3. Senator Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee plans to introduce a resolution that calls on Trump to ‘convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts, or take other equivalent measures, in order to ensure compliance with the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.’

Call members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of Ben Cardin’s bill.

Sample Script: “Hello, I am calling to let the Senate Foreign Relations Committee know that I support Senator Cardin’s resolution that ensures that our president-elect’s foreign dealings do not violate the US constitution. Trump’s financial dealings could pose a threat to our national security.”

Call the Republicans first (especially if you are a constituent in one of their states!):

Chairman, Bob Corker, Republican – Tennessee: (202) 224-3344 and (901) 683-1910

James E. Risch, Republican – Idaho (202) 224-2752 or (208) 342-7985

Marco Rubio, Republican – Florida (202) 224-3041 or (407) 254-2573

Ron Johnson, Republican – Wisconsin (202) 224-5323 or (414) 276-7282

Jeff Flake, Republican – Arizona (202) 224-4521 or (602) 840-1891

Cory Gardner, R – Colorado (202) 224-5941 or (719) 543-1324

David Perdue R – Georgia (202) 224-3521 or (404) 865-0087

Johnny Isakson, Republican – Georgia (202) 224-3643 or (770) 661-0999

Rand Paul, Republican – Kentucky (202) 224-4343 or (270) 782-8303

John Barrasso, Republican – Wyoming (202) 224-6441 or (307) 261-6413

Finally, this was an interesting read: Coping with Chaos/ Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the White House

34 comments… add one
  • sandy November 30, 2016, 12:10 pm

    Thank you for this Wendy!!

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    • Dear Wendy November 30, 2016, 12:21 pm

      Of course!

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  • Addie Pray November 30, 2016, 12:26 pm

    Thank you!

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  • keyblade November 30, 2016, 1:23 pm

    Thank you for the interesting links. My primary concern about Trump’s presidency are the potential financial conflicts of interest and Trump’s direct financial gain from fearful or simply self-motivated foreign powers.

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    • keyblade November 30, 2016, 1:57 pm

      I also consider him keeping his children in charge of his companies to be an unacceptable compromise.

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  • em November 30, 2016, 2:18 pm

    I’ll tell you where your place is: my heart. Seriously. I am sick of apologists around me and while I used to really like this blog/your written person, your posts the past couple weeks have made me love you and this blog. Thank you.

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    • em November 30, 2016, 2:19 pm

      *persona not person

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      • Dear Wendy November 30, 2016, 3:37 pm

        Thank you — that means a lot!

    • RedRoverRedRover November 30, 2016, 2:30 pm

      Yes, you’re doing important and excellent stuff here, Wendy! And the “stay in your lane” comments are ridiculous. What lane? Being a US citizen? You’re not doing or suggesting anything outside of what normal citizens can do within the existing process.

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      • SpaceySteph November 30, 2016, 3:40 pm

        I think the supposed lane is “frivolous relationship advice columnist” and probably an implied “stop getting the womenfolk riled up.”
        Too late, we are already riled on our own. I definitely appreciate that Wendy is taking the time to research this stuff and sum it up for me to do in small chunks during breaks between meetings. And that she is using her platform and audience powers for good. Keep it up, Wendy!

  • Dear Wendy November 30, 2016, 3:36 pm

    There are so many ways we are being screwed that it’s hard to know what to focus on. I think right now, getting one more democrat senator (Foster Campbell) elected is the top priority.

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    • Addie Pray November 30, 2016, 3:43 pm

      Honestly, I can’t think of ONE thing that doesn’t worry me about Trump. To think I also wasn’t a fan of Bush, who now seems like a certified scholar and humanist.

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  • dmarie November 30, 2016, 4:42 pm

    I added a folder in my gmail that is called political activism and I forward all of my emails from sites there so I can go through them together and it has helped a ton! Plus I can email things to myself and tag them so it’s all saved.

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  • dmarie December 1, 2016, 10:01 am

    In case anyone is interested I looked up the info for Senator Cardin’s resolution. It is S. RES 56 if you want to specifically reference it in your letters or calls.

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  • kmtthat December 1, 2016, 10:45 am

    I’m excited as I just got approval to be on the training list to become a Clinic Escort! Always been interested in this, but with the election and the very real threat of Roe vs Wade being overturned as a result, it gave me the nudge I needed. Nervous but glad to soon be able to have a more direct impact.

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    • em December 1, 2016, 12:10 pm

      fellow clinic escort here: thank you! this is very important work

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    • ktfran December 1, 2016, 4:13 pm

      I’m tutoring right now, but once she graduates high school, 2019! , I was going to switch my focus to Planned Parenthood and see what I can do to volunteer. Kmt, let me know how it goes.

      I pray PP is still around in a year and a half, or maybe I should volunteer sooner.

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    • Kate December 1, 2016, 4:20 pm

      Did I already write on here what it was like outside PP the week BEFORE the election when I went in for an appt to get my Rx updated? 10-15 wackos, one in a long monk’s robe, one who’s dressed “normal” wearing a pin and tries to make you think she’s an escort, and ALL screaming at me, a 41-year-old married woman who just doesn’t want to get pregnant, “Your baby has a heartbeat at four weeks honey!!!!” And worse.

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      • Kate December 1, 2016, 4:22 pm

        And a Hail Mary in unison on the way out, like I got an abortion in the 45 minutes I was inside.

      • Kate December 1, 2016, 4:25 pm

        So of course I stopped to tell them all about the genital wart I got that one time from hooking up with a young kid and how the nice nurse removed it for me. They were touched.

    • Dear Wendy December 1, 2016, 6:07 pm

      That’s wonderful!

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  • keyblade December 1, 2016, 1:06 pm

    This is a simple news report but if anyone plans to call the members of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, you may wish to consider specifically addressing what could be seen as clear nepotism in U.S. foreign policy. It’s just a thought.

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  • greenapples December 1, 2016, 3:50 pm

    I have this blog in my ‘Trying Out’ category in Feedly at the moment, because I usually try out new blogs I come across before deciding if I want to read what the writers have to say on a regular basis. As I continue reading your posts, the only time I’ve seen you leave off the hatred was at Thanksgiving, which you made pretty clear was only something you were able to do through a sheer test of your willpower. One week later, looks like the goodwill is completely gone, as you start this post off with a condemnation of the ‘lunatics and freaks’ that will soon be running our country. You’re as bad a Hillary Clinton and her basket of deplorables comments. Why is it ok for you to attack someone – anyone – for comments they’ve made? Don’t you get it? You’re upset with the man for how he behaves, and you counter that by acting like a 12 year old yourself.

    I can’t imagine how far some of you are going to fall between 12/26 and 1/20, but I bet it’s going to get ugly. I won’t be around to read it though, as plan to remove you from my Feedly (and my life) long before your goodwill ‘returns’ for Christmas.

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    • Kate December 1, 2016, 3:59 pm

      Why haven’t you removed us from your life already?

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    • Kate December 1, 2016, 4:05 pm

      You’ve added nothing here except a series of antagonistic comments stating repeatedly that you voted for Trump. We know. We still don’t know why, but we do know.

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      • dmarie December 1, 2016, 4:13 pm

        “Why is it ok for you to attack someone – anyone – for comments they’ve made?”

        This is kind of a weird thing to say. It is kind of important for us as Americans to listen to all of our politicians and make determinations on what to do because of it. Using the word attack is a bit much because I have only seen Wendy advocate for legal methods of participating in Democracy (I wouldn’t consider calling/writing our reps to be attacking but you may).

        You will be judged by what you say/do and in my opinion there is nothing wrong with that.

      • SpaceySteph December 1, 2016, 4:52 pm

        Also on the subject of “Why is it ok for you to attack someone – anyone – for comments they’ve made?”
        If it’s not ok for her to do it, why is it ok for you to attack her for the comments she’s made? Or for you to attack Hillary for the deplorables comment?

    • Dear Wendy December 1, 2016, 6:13 pm

      You’re right — Thanksgiving was totally the only time in the last week I’ve been able, through sheer willpower, to not post hateful things.

      No goodwill here at all. Totally a nasty woman – er, 12-year-old, doing nothing but attacking people left and right. I mean, I can’t even post anything that isn’t an attack of some sort.

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  • Anonymousse December 1, 2016, 7:16 pm

    Thank you, Wendy.
    I still can’t believe this vomit-inducing man is our president elect. The only thing that keeps me feeling okay about this election is knowing that more people voted against hate.

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    • Dear Wendy December 1, 2016, 7:27 pm

      I agree.
      And when you have people like Greenapples who make arguments that have no basis in reality — like saying that a blogger is hateful and has no goodwill in the same week that said blogger organized a book drive to get books to over 250 underprivileged kids — it just highlights what many of us see as a fundamental flaw among many, if not most, Trump fans. Basically, their critical thinking and reasoning skills seem questionable.

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      • Taylor December 2, 2016, 12:30 am

        Right? Before the election my outreach focus was STEM education for K-12. Now I’m thinking critical thinking needs to come first.

      • em December 6, 2016, 12:11 pm

        cognitive dissonance is a real thing. greenapples is offended by your “hurtful comments” yet casts a vote for man who characterized Mexicans as rapists and mocked someone with a disability?! So, THOSE statements you could agree with/choose to ignore but Wendy went too far in encouraging legal activism which is integral to a democracy? Where was greenapples’ goodwill towards the already marginalized people who are now fearing for their basic safety when she cast her vote? Excuse me for not having any sympathy for offended Trump supporters/apologists but my compassion is currently reserved for those whose actual safety and civil rights are in jeopardy.

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  • Taylor December 2, 2016, 12:29 am

    Wendy, this is awesome. This page is a terrific resource for a lot of us who want to help, and haven’t been sure how.

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