*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – TUESDAY, 6 PM ***
First, I want to extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone who thanks the Daily Do’s team. We are so grateful to have the chance to focus for your work, amplify your voices.
I was just thinking about last week, when I placed a tub at the Phinney Center for cookies to send to Standing Rock, and person after person placed homemade or bought-with-love cookies in that tub until it was full. Every person messaged me to thank me for doing this. But listen, without them, I was just a lady with a tub. The Do’s team brings the tub, but without you we’re just ladies with a tub. You all fill it, to overflowing, every single day. Thank YOU.
OK, time to get to work!
1. News from Standing Rock is bad – construction crews are on the drill pad and the police, National Guard, and private police forces are assaulting peaceful protestors and shooting out cameras. Make no mistake – if we are at war to defend our lives and liberty, and to speak up for people of color whose voices are silenced, then Standing Rock is the front line.
Seattle is considering ending its $3 billion relationship with Wells Fargo -- owing to its funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We expect the first vote on this will happen tomorrow morning.
Can you join us for the rally outside City Hall tomorrow morning from 8:30-11 to show your support for the Standing Rock Sioux?
Many hundreds of people attending a City Council finance meeting is NOT normal. But we are not living in normal times, and we can't behave as if we are. If we behave normally, Trump's world will become normal.
If you really can’t make it, you can also help by following and sharing the live streaming of the event from the DefundDAPL Coalition page and using the hashtag #StartwithSeattle.
2. The feedback from our Murray/Cantwell meetup this afternoon is that their phone systems are overloaded to the point of collapse. GOOD WORK. They have asked us to switch to emails. The perk to email is that you can do it after 6 pm, and your PERSONAL stories will pack a helluva punch.
Your challenge for tonight is to write a PERSONAL story about an issue that impacts you or someone you love directly – the ACA, Sessions, DeVos, Standing Rock, Immigration, Islamophobia… These personal stories are what arm our lawmakers in the press and in negotiations. We can use them in newspapers, rallies, and letter-writing campaigns. These letters are one of our greatest weapons. Comment below with the topic that you plan to write about tonight. It doesn’t have to be poetry, and it shouldn’t be longer than a page. Speak from the heart. There’s nothing more powerful.
3. Go back to this morning’s Do’s and check out the comment thread, looking for comments that start with #LookingForMore!
Since things are moving quickly, as we get calls to action throughout the day we add them to the pinned Do's post with the hashtag #LookingForMore. Find your third Do among those kickass options!
Bonus Note from Katie the Admin: There have been a lot of posts sharing shockingly horrible memes, deplorable tweets, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynist messages. All of them have been in the vein of, “Wow, I can’t believe this is happening in our country.”
While the Admin team welcomes conversations talking about these images, asking for support, expressing our feelings about these images, and formulating counter-movements, we have to ask that nobody post the images themselves.
Images that are violent (in words or deeds), hate-filled, bigoted, or threatening basically visually assault anyone scrolling through our discussion thread, and are triggering for many of our members. They ultimately serve as a distraction and an energy-suck for our members who are here to work. The world is scary out there, no doubt, and we have to know what we’re up against – but this group doesn’t broadcast images of hate in any way, even to denounce them.
#IndivisibleWA #IndivisibleLove #NoDAPL #DefundDAPL #DailyDos
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
Angela Teater- Writer