Post-election Action Report #2
Say you’ve decided to stand up for what you believe on a regular basis. How’s it going? Me, I’m finding that it is very easy for my good intentions to slide right down the road to the Dark Place. The frightening news just keeps rolling out. I joked last week that the only way I watch the news now is at the gym. There, the TVs are mounted on the wall in a line and the only way you get sound is if you plug in your earphones and choose a station. I listen to my own music & read the chyron as it scrolls across the bottom of the screens. Even that is almost too much.
Knowing I made a commitment to myself to report on my actions has helped me move from intention to action. Here’s my report.
By now you’ve seen the good news: the Army Corps of Engineers put a halt to the North Dakota Access Pipeline in order to get more environmental impact studies done. That’s a great reinforcement for the actions I took last week. (In the meantime, a North Dakota pipeline leaked into the Little Missouri River….)
My actions last week included signing a number of petitions. To make that manageable, I’ve designated a petition-signing email address. I’m not signing everything– I don’t agree with all the positions of the causes springing up, and that’s OK. I also want to be sure I know a bit about what I’m signing. I need to devise a no-think method of tracking what I sign, too.
I also financially supported a couple of organizations. I’ve learned it woould be very easy to give away more money than I should. I need to earmark a certain amount I’ll donate.
I made a couple of calls, too, and that is getting easier. It is easier to get through to local representative offices and they are nice to talk too. Truth be told, I like it much better when I get an answering machine. (What a wuss….)
Given the onslaught of action that’s taking place, I am glad I’ve found two really good lists and a potential resource to keep myself on track.
- One is the “We’re His Problem Now” Calling Sheet. This is a multi-page spread sheet that lists a new action each week, links to more information, and even has a calling script and ways to find contact information for your seantors and representatives.
- Another action resource is WhatDoIDoAboutTrump.com. They say,
“WhatDoIDoAboutTrump.com is a resource hub for people who are upset about the election and want to make a difference. We feature the best campaigns and resources created since the election — in a simple and well-designed format — to help you get active. We also offer tools to help you stay active because we know it can be hard to find time in our busy lives.
- Finally, there’s Jennifer Hoffman’s wonderful weekly action checklist. You can sign up here to get it. I like that she lists receommended actions underneath belief statements and also offers background info. To give you a sense of what it contains, I’ve copied and pasted a large portion of the one from the week of December 4.
I hope some of these things inspire you to act.
What to Do This Week of December 4, 2016
Actions for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans of conscience
There are six weeks until DJT takes office
The intention of this document is to make clear suggestions for action backed with well-considered research. Each statement has at least one practical action to take. At the end, you’ll find some good news. While these topics have been well researched and are intended to be helpful, they are still subject to human error. Please do your own research!
If you’d like to subscribe to this weekly action list, please go here:
I believe in equal rights for all Americans
Action: Petition President Obama to dismantle NSEERS, the inactive Muslim registry system established by President Bush after 9-11.
Action: Oppose white supremacist Jeff Sessions (ACLU petition)
Action: Contribute to Eckshate which empowers young immigrant women in NYC. This organization is part of parent organization DRUM which works for immigrant rights, education reform, and worker justice.
Action: Thank Kelloggs for raisin’ awareness about intolerance
Call: 1-800-962-1413 (Mon-Fri 9-6 ET) and press 0 for customer service
(optional: buy some extra cereal to donate)
Script: I’m calling to thank your company for pulling ads from Breitbart.com, the white supremacist news website. Their CEO, Steve Bannon, opposes our values of respect and equality. I have bought/will be buying extra boxes of your cereal and donating it to a food pantry.
I believe in fair, open elections
Action: Petition to end the electoral college. Make every vote count.
Action: Insist on an inquiry into Russian interference in the presidential election
I believe a presidency should be free of business conflicts of interest
Action: Insist Trump honor his lease agreement in Washington DC (MoveOn petition)
Action: Tell DJT to divest all business and put in a blind trust (MoveOn petition)
I believe in peaceful, creative solutions to conflict at home and abroad
Action: Praise Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Armed Services Committee) for opposing a waiver of rule that requires civilian control of the military.
Script: I’m a registered voter from (State). I’m writing to thank you for opposing the waiver for General Mattis’ appointment and for publicly expressing your views.
This week’s reading list
- How to stay (literally) sane the next four years
- The unintended security risk of DJT’s worldwide business
- A smaller America on the world stage (British perspective)
- The state of American women from a French perspective
- An important, thorough article on Mike Pense’s unusual role in this presidency
From the Department of NOT NORMAL
This is not a normal president-elect, vice president-elect, nor leadership. #notnormal
It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to fail to attend daily intelligence briefings. A normal president-elect would be genuinely interested in the safety of the country and eager to receive classified information that assists in his/her leadership.
It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to have business holdings that conflict with his leadership role and risk the appearance of corrupt negotiations or quid pro quo. A normal president would liquidate business assets or put them in a blind trust to eliminate any concerns about inappropriate influence in domestic or international affairs.
It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to go over diplomats’ heads, risking longstanding relationships with foreign powers. It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to tweet defensively about criticism of this mishandling. A normal president would be tactful and deliberate with regard to foreign relations, using established diplomatic channels.
It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to target one group (refugees) as the source of his/her country’s problems and use inflammatory language that risks inciting hate acts. A normal president would be informed about the process for accepting refugees. A normal president would value both diversity and security—and not see them as mutually exclusive.