Weekly Roundup week ending Feb 10: Jennifer Lesher
The weekly roundup will highlight the actions we took and the amazing results of our hard work.
First of all I want to give a huge shoutout to every single one of you who took action this week. Activist fatigue is a real thing and it's important to guard against it. Remember that one action is more meaningful than no action, so if you can do one a day, do one. If you can do more that is wonderful, but don't ever think that any contribution is too small. Every action counts! Don't ever forget that you have a voice.
And, I want to ask you to PLEASE CHECK THE #DAILYDOS HASHTAG FOR THIS WEEK'S ACTIONS IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY. MANY ARE STILL ACTIVE. If you didn't have time this week, but you have time over the weekend, there is a lot you can do.
State and local government:
• We supported, through comments and in person, Senate Bill 5464, to establish a public state bank.
• We contacted our state representatives and senators to tell them what we need from them to support public education.
• We demanded that our state senators oppose the effort to amend the state's constitution and erode the separation of church and state.
• We supported the special election in Delaware's 10th senatorial district as part of the Sister Districts project by supporting Stephanie Hansen's run.
Self-care and self-development to keep the activist machine in good working order:
• We read Eric Liu’s “sermon” from Civic Saturday last weekend, entitled: “Where is America?” His theory: America is in the laws. America is in the acts. America is in the heart.
• We learned about James Baldwin and his activist work during the Civil Rights Movement and challenged ourselves to adopt his thinking and tactics.
• We helped promote the movie about James Baldwin "I am Not Your Negro."
• We educated ourselves about Ona Judge, a former maid to Martha Washington who escaped.
• We learned more about Sojourner Truth and her badass insistence on having a voice in an era when women and black people were expected to be silent.
• Some of us challenged ourselves to go meatless one or two days.
• We opposed bill HJR 44 which would take away our right to weigh in on public land management plans.
• We demanded that our members of Congress (AND WA Rep. Dan Newhouse) to oppose HJR 46, which would let oil and gas companies pollute our national parks without paying for cleanup.
• We are taking up a collection of useful items and food to support Leslie Cheung as she travels to Standing Rock to help the activists there. We also posted an Amazon wish list for Standing Rock.
• We encouraged REI members to divest from USBank, who supports DAPL.
• We thanked Maria Cantwell for demanding the promised environmental review before any permits, and publicly opposing the granting of permits without the review.
• We asked Senator Cantwell to come out in opposition of militarized policing against peaceful water protectors.
Racism and Intersectionality:
• We continued to work to confront our hidden biases and ensure that our group supports us all equally. We discussed our first relationships with people outside our race and how that influenced us.
• We supported POC and LGBTQ members with the Indivisible Intersection Strategy & Support Group:
• We signed up to march in the Black Lives Matter – March for Freedom on March 4th
Holding the president and our lawmakers accountable:
• We contributed to a petition that will be hand-delivered to Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Chair of the Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform, to investigate the president’s conflicts of interest.
• We contributed to a petition that encourages Senators Murray and Cantwell to take action against Steve Bannon. We contacted our members of congress to ask them to support a bill called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 that prohibits the President from launching nuclear attack without a declaration of war by Congress.
• We contacted our representatives in the US House to ask them NOT to support Rep Steve King's (Iowa) bill that limits abortion rights.
• We contacted our state senators and representatives to ask them to support SB 5073 and HB 1529 to make it possible for prosecutors to bring cases against unjust use of deadly force.
• We contacted the Senate to demand that they form a committee to investigate Russian interference in our election.
• We demanded that representative Reichert hold a public town hall style meeting both East and West of the mountains while he is in town.
And here's what changed this week. This is huge. The actions of this group and countless groups like us around the country are making a difference already!
• Last Friday, after the weekly roundup went live, Washington's own Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, scored a win for immigrations rights - Ferguson's lawsuit against the Trump Muslim ban resulted in a temporary restraining order on the ban. As of today, the restraining order continues to hold up in court, winning a 3-0 decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
• The confirmation of Betsy DeVos was one of the narrowest confirmation in history. It's unusual for a cabinet appointment to meet with such resistance because senators don’t want to waste their leverage on appointees who will be out of a job in 4-8 years, usually less. But, because of our relentless pressure, all Democratic senators and two Republicans voted against the confirmation.
• Utah Representative Chaffetz, who is also the chair fo the House Oversight Committee, had a very contentious town hall meeting, as angry, activated constituents demanded accountability. This was the town hall where the peitition demanding he investigate conflicts of interest. He bolted from the town hall an hour before his scheduled departure, amid chants of "Your last term."
• Representatives in red districts in Michigan, Tennessee and California also faced large crowds who demanded accountability for the ACA and the confirmation of Betsy DeVos.
• Our efforts to discredit the very uncredible KellyAnne Conway are starting to work. CNN turned down an offer by Conway to appear on Sunday news shows.
• The boycott of the Ivanka Trump ban appears to have the Trump family and supporters on their heels as KellyAnne Conway (illegally) asks supporters to buy the brand and Trump threatens Nordstrom over their decision to stop carrying the brand.
• House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz joins Democrats in questioning the arrangement in which Trump is the landlord and tenant of his DC hotel, which is leased from the government.
• Senior Congressional Democrats are demanding further scrutiny into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's discussion of U.S. sanctions on Russia with that country’s ambassador prior to the inauguration.
• We reaped yet another great meme from the bottomless supply of ridiculous statements by old, rich, white men: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."