1. Today, DJT is going to have his first press conference in 6 months. The media is going to cover it and people are going to forget about Rex Tillerson. DO NOT FORGET about Rex Tillerson!
Commit to commenting on ANY post about DJT’s press conference, and change the subject to Tillerson, the hearing, and his conflicts of interest and deep ties to Russia. (“This press conference is a distraction” + a link to Tillerson’s conflicts of interest will do the trick.)
On Twitter, tweet at anyone LOLing about DJT with the hashtags #RexTillerson #NoEthicsNoHearing and #StayFocused. If you commit to doing this today, on your social media page and in your network, comment below saying, “I’m in,” and don’t forget to share links to distracting stories so fellow Pantsuiters can chime in with links
2. 2 quick phone calls:
Jared Kushner, DJT’s son-in-law, has been placed in a White House advisory role. On Hardball last night, Kathleen Clark, Washington University Law Professor, said no one has standing to challenge it BUT there's an office in the Executive Branch called the OSC (Office of Special Counsel) and if enough people call and raise a ruckus (like they did on the Ethics Committee days ago) and ask them to investigate the violation of the nepotism law it could change things. Their number is 202-254-3600, Prompt 1, then Prompt 2, and leave a message. (Script in Comments)
After the Kushner call, call the OSC right on back and choose Prompt 2 for the Hatch Act and ask them to investigate Comey for violating the Hatch Act regarding Hillary's emails, which the recent unsealing of the warrant proved to be frivolous and must have been motivated by personal, not legal, motivations.
3. You don’t act alone: Know your circle of influence.
Each one of us has a unique sphere of people, organizations, and connections we can leverage to make a difference.
Write your name in the center of a blank piece of paper and circle it. Then write the names of organizations you’re involved with, people you know, events you attend, businesses you frequent, etc. Place these in proximity to your name depending on your closeness to them, indicating your inner circle where you have the most influence, and outer circles.
Think about what you might do at different levels. For example, you can organize a letter writing campaign with the five people you’re closest with advocating for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. Or you can ask a business you frequent to create all-gender bathrooms. It is important none of us become paralyzed in this challenging time. Once we’ve identified our circle of influence, making change can feel less overwhelming and we can see how a small step one of us takes ripples out to others in our community.
If you feel comfortable, post a picture of your circle of influence in the comments of this page!
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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