The Weekly Roundup is back! My apologies for the late post this week. Going forward I will post on Fridays.
Weekly Roundup week ending May 5, 2017:
The Weekly Roundup summarizes the week and provides links and information for the actions you can take, categorized by topic. If you weren't able to act during the week, you can still do a lot.
We also ask that you comment on the individual posts and "like" them to raise the profiles of the action posts. Here are links to this week's Daily Do posts:
May 1, 2017: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1657016210994762/
May 2, 2017: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1658187644210952/
May 3, 2017: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1659295084100208/
May 4, 2017: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1660268820669501/
May 5, 2017: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1661247987238251/
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.
Remember way back in March when we raised some funds for Democrats in conservative Enid, Oklahoma? (If you’re shaking your head, check back here: https://tinyurl.com/l28t8yq). You might be wondering what happened with that whole thing. Well, we raised $1,330 with which Garfield County Democrats just bought their first ad in the Enid News & Eagle! With the funds we’ve raised already, they’ll be able to run an ad on the Friday and Sunday prior to each monthly meeting for the next 4 months.
We can do even better than that. Would you like to see Democrats win in Oklahoma? Then let’s go upstream and support the pipeline. Take this opportunity to support progressives in a Republican-dominated part of our great nation and the news source their community depends on.
• Donate --> https://tinyurl.com/lssmpw3
• Engage --> https://tinyurl.com/hal937k, https://tinyurl.com/juhj2rt, https://www.facebook.com/enidnews/
HOLDING ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE:
Our state legislature is (still) in special session to try to negotiate a two-year budget. It’s (still) not going well. We need to raise our voice to let legislators know that WE ARE WATCHING!
• Learn: Check out this article in the Spokane Spokesman Review: https://tinyurl.com/muox4ey
• Engage: Follow the meme-tastic Liza Rankin on Twitter: https://tinyurl.com/lcvdm6m
• Contact: Tell your legislators, “Ample funding for ed. New revenue. No tax breaks for mega-corporations and the ultra-wealthy.”
THANK MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FOR A GOOD BUDGET DEAL
It’s an unusual day when we can feel even slightly grateful to Congress as body. On Sunday, members of both houses and both parties cut a deal to fund the government until September. (More here from Politico, https://tinyurl.com/mxj2o2q, and NYTimes, https://tinyurl.com/k68zc4r).
• Tell your Democratic MOCs, “Thank you for holding strong and getting a good deal.” Tell your Republican MOCs, “Thank you for standing up to President Trump’s scary vision for American government and protecting the funding of vital programs.”
• Share Jimmy Kimmel's ACA story: https://tinyurl.com/lseysap
• The Trumpcare bill passed the House. Now what? We are facing test of the resistance. If people are on fire, this thing is far less likely to make it through the Senate. Let’s be on fire. And here’s how.
• If at all possible, get out there TODAY. Go to your Rep or Senator’s local office and bring your friends. Has someone in your local area already planned an event? Very likely. Find it and go to it. Post events in the comments here:
• Can’t go? Call. Call your Rep who just voted. Call our Senators. Voice your displeasure. Yes, it feels like throwing pebbles at a brick wall. But together we have the power to be 1,000 truckloads of pebbles. Remember the early days of this administration when people flooded the streets and the phones over changes to the Congressional ethics office? The immigration ban? The last ACA repeal? This is another one of those moments. We can’t go all-out every day, but we can go all-out today.
• Know how your Rep voted. Call them with a sincere message of how you feel about this vote. (Keep in mind that Reichert voted against it, but that his “yes” vote wasn’t needed in order to pass, so it’s likely that he voted to appease his vocal constituents rather than because he wants to safeguard our health care. If you live in his district and you call him to say thanks for voting no, please make sure to let them know that you’ll be watching to make sure that he continues to act in the best interests of his constituents.)
• Plan to attend events and town halls during the recess. Please look for your rep’s scheduled town hall, and post the info in the comments at the link below. Tell us who you're going with and what you want to say.
• Schedule your checkup and your family’s checkups as soon as you can. If you don’t want to have a baby anytime soon, consider switching your method of birth control to something that doesn’t have a recurring monthly cost that you may soon have to pay for out of pocket. Quit smoking. Take vitamins. Start taking a daily walk and drink more water. This is not a drill. Comment below to let us know how you are going to take one step toward taking care of your health.
• Link for comments:
EPA would like to know how you feel about their effort (at the president’s request) to eliminate “unnecessary” regulations (Business Insider, https://tinyurl.com/k629cnn). Give them a piece of your mind about the role of government regulation in fostering a livable environment. Comment here: https://tinyurl.com/me64svm
• Guess what? Education in Washington state is still not fully funded. Contact your legislators about it again:
• Dandelion Dash: Washington’s Paramount Duty is planning a kid friendly event in Olympia, the Dandelion Dash to Olympia, on Wednesday, May 10, to demand that the legislature fully fund education in our state. Can you attend? Can you support someone else to enable them to attend? Share the event with your friends. I’d love to see you and them there! And why not bring a potted dandelion to remind your legislator of his/her priorities. Background on the dandelion scandal: https://tinyurl.com/lt4tjqv.
• Link to event: https://tinyurl.com/koqnwp9
• This particular pot has been on a low simmer for a little bit. Looks like it’s coming back to a boil with FBI Director James Comey back on the hill to testify (The Hill: https://tinyurl.com/n9584ex). Former acting attorney general, Sally Yates, is up next week (Time: https://tinyurl.com/lyk6mn2). Let’s turn up the heat with public pressure for a special select committee. Script in comments here:
• Contact --> Your MOC
• Contact --> Mitch McConnell