*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY, 6 PM ***
My kids have this great book called “Good News, Bad News.” It’s about a rabbit and a rat who are going on a picnic, and the rat keeps noticing all the bad things that are happening, and the rabbit keeps noticing all the great things. “Going on a picnic! Good news! Stormy weather. Bad news. But here’s an umbrella! Good news!” Things escalate until a bear and a swarm of angry bees chase them up a flagpole that gets struck by lightning, and the rat screams at the rabbit, “BAD BAD BAD BAD NEWS!”
So……. That’s how I feel right now. Anyone else?
We had some solid wins today, and some major setbacks. So in the spirit of good news, bad news, we’re going to make each of the Do’s tonight a two-sided coin – not to diminish the impact of the threats that are real as hell, but to demonstrate that our hope is real as hell, too.
1. Good News! The Defund DAPL movement had a huge win when the Seattle City Council Finance Committee voted 8-0 to pull our city’s business from Wells Fargo, an institution funding DAPL. The final step is a full committee vote will take place next Monday. No doubt, this would not have happened without a sustained public outcry that YOU, yes YOU, were a part of.
Bad News: Last Chance Camp, one of the 3 camps at Standing Rock, was taken down by heavily armed officers. 50 protestors were arrested, and one protestor (a man from Seattle, one of our own) was beaten.
Worst of all, the only record of the event was from The Young Turks and We Are The Media (the sole media outlets on the ground in Standing Rock,) and Facebook Live feeds from the protestors themselves (which were intermittently available as the feeds were jammed.)
Our chance to bring some good news? I need you to make a lot of noise:
- We need the media to get down there and cover what is happening. Tweet at news outlets using the hashtag #EyesonStandingRock.
- Like and follow the page “The Last Real Indians,” and “Sacred Stone Camp” on Facebook, so you can share live feeds when they arise. Tag elected officials and news outlets when you share, and make sure to change the privacy setting to public (if you feel safe to do so.)
- Go here to log an official comment on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Army Corps of Engineers: http://bit.ly/2j6xvTE
2. Good news! The ACLU absolutely obliterated its fundraising record this past weekend, raising $24 Million in online donations. http://bit.ly/2juXWhl
Bad News: We have to do more. Putting money in the pockets of our team is only half the battle – we also have to take money OUT of the pockets of the other team. So here’s our chance to make some more good news:
Let’s hurt Bannon in the pocketbook – this call to action first emerged awhile ago, and we included it in the Do’s, but Sleeping Giants has committed to this action and over the past 10 weeks, they’re reporting that 764 companies have pulled their ads from Breitbart. Let’s make it a thousand by the end of the month.
3. Good news! We have never been more engaged, knowledgeable, connected to our democracy and to like-minded warriors. We are living in times that are unprecedented, not just because of the threat to our freedom, but because of our fierce response. We are vigilant, making calls, writing letters, communicating rapidly, showing up en masse.
Bad News: Our ability to mobilize and share resources is 100% dependent on Facebook. This group’s SOLE contact source is a single channel, and if that gets compromised our ability to mobilize is severely hobbled. We’re working on another secure option, but in the meantime here’s your chance to make some good news:
We are empowered to MEET each other, but it’s not going to happen unless YOU make it happen. Host a neighborhood-specific meetup with members of this group, and invite a few nearby friends. Internet relationships are great for acute situations, but our mission is long-term. You need to meet these people face-to-face, create real relationships, exchange contact information – not just for the logistical safety net, but also to hold each other up, make each other laugh, do the work our souls badly need. Create an event in this page if you’re able to host a meetup and create a local network.
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Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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