Frankly too many of us IGNORE democratic party politics, until its too late. Lets not repeat the debacle of last DNC convention.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE DNC? Approximately 447 members serve on the National Committee. The membership is composed of the following general categories:
"Most voting DNC members — a majority of whom are state party chairs, vice chairs or other locally elected officials — are keeping their options open ahead of a string of candidate forums in January and February."
Read the Democratic Party Platform (extra credit)
My ultra-simplified summary: Ellison represents the "Bernie" side of the party. Perez represents the "old/clinton" side of the party. Trust needs to be built between the coalitions. There needs to be reassurances that the party will be progressive enough, and will represent all of its people. There needs to be commitments that the back room dealing done by the Party before the 2016 election, as leaked by wikileaks will never happen again.
Who is your State Democratic party representative:
- Oddly I can't find this information anywhere. This is a problem.
Ellison is the "front-runner', and Harrison just dropped out today, endorsing Perez, which may put him over the top.
Read the full Alternet article here:
Call the committee to insist on an Independent Inquiry into Russia Ties
Chairman Richard Burr NC (202) 224-3154 or (800) 685-8916
Vice Chair Mark R. Warner VA (202)-224-2023 or 757-441-3079
James Risch ID 202-224-2752 or 208-342-7985
Marco Rubio FL 202-224-3041 or 305-418-8553
Susan Collins MA 202-224-2523 or 207-780-3575
Roy Blunt MO 202-224-5721 or 417-877-7814
James Lankford OK 202-224-5754 or 405-231-4941
Tom Cotton AR 202-224-2353 or 479-751-0879
John Cornyn Tx 202-224-2934 or 972-239-1310
Dianne Feinstein CA 202-224-3841 or 559-485-7430
Ron Wyden OR 202-224-5244 or 503-326-7525
Martin Heinrich NM 202 224-5521 or 505-346-6601
Angus King ME 202 224-5344 or 207-945-8000
Joe Manchin WV 304-342-5855 or 202-224-3954
Kamala Harris CA 202-224-3553 or 415-355-9041
Harvard Business Review: 5 Steps to creating a Social Movement
Step 1: Define the change you want to see
To create the change you want to see, you have to make an affirmative case and define exactly what you want to happen.
Step 2: Shift the spectrum of allies
Once you have clearly defined the change you want to happen, you need to start examining your spectrum of allies. Figure out whom you can expect active or passive support from and who will offer neutrality at best
Step 3: Identify the pillars of power
While it is crucial to recruit allies from up and down the spectrum of support, it is also important to identify the institutions that have the power to implement the change you seek.
Step 4: Seek to attract, not to overpower
Every movement seeks to correct some injustice, so it’s easy to fall into the trap of demonizing the other side. Yet this is where many movements go off the rails. Anger is an effective mobilizer, but anger without hope is a destructive force. You need to make an affirmative case with affirmative tactics.
Step 5: Build a plan to survive victory
Ironically, one of the most dangerous stages of a revolution is just after victory has been won.
As Moisés Naím wrote in The End of Power, today “power is easier to get, but harder to use or keep.” To truly revolutionize how things are done, it’s not enough to change a policy or shift leadership to a new regime. You must change the beliefs that lead to actions. History is made by those who can define a path forward and persuade others — even those who are initially skeptical — that it is a journey worth embarking on.
Read the full article here: https://hbr.org/2017/01/how-protests-become-successful-social-movements?
URGENT CALL TO ACTION!
It turns out that the minority (Democrat) members of the Committee have been QUIETLY investigating the connections between DJT and the Russians for the last month, since the Sally Yates notification and her subsequent firing.
Call the House Intelligence Committee Majority (Republican) comment line to tell Nunes and the Republicans
I just called them. They picked up on the first ring.
GO TO IT! Circulate this far and wide, please.
Also Senate intel # is 202 224-1700
The Most Progressive Platform In History - July 2016 - and Nobody knows it.
The 2016 Democratic Party platform was widely touted as the "most progressive in history". What were the planks of this platform, and how will it hold up for 2018 midterms? Why do the vast majority of democrats and the "new resistance" have no idea what the Democratic Party planks are? Because the Democratic Party has NOT MADE them Visible, Accessible, and Memorable. A classic case of poor messaging. (Skip to below the fold for the Platform outline and links)
The Democratic Party page has NO summary or infographic of its platform, nor one for each of it's planks. It's positions are inaccessible for anyone without very high Literacy and Motivation. You can visit the DNC website and see for yourself https://www.democrats.org/party-platform
How is the platform more progressive than 2012? One way to see some of the more progressive elements is by looking at the "unity amendments" delivered by negotiations between the Clinton camp and Sanders camp. They include:
The only, poor summary, of the new party platform I can find dated, July 2016, is in this Time article. So we'll take you straight to the source itself until we get a summary:
Here is the full platform outline with links to the document.
THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM
Every four years, the Democratic Party puts together our party platform, the ideas and beliefs that govern our party as a whole.
What follows is our 2016 platform — our most progressive platform in our party’s history and a declaration of how we plan to move America forward. Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.
It’s a simple but powerful idea: We are stronger together.
DOWNLOAD THE PDF (its easier to read)
Choose a section to jump ahead, or scroll down to read the platform in its entirety.
Download the Full Platform as a PDF here.
Stephen Miller is a one of the main authors behind the Immigration ban, the Muslim Ban and the new ICE enforcement actions. He is a Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump. Prior to his current appointment, he was the communications director for then-Alabama senator, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as well as press secretary for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman John Shadegg.
He wrote this blueprint (which Trump is following closely) for Sen Sessions for the last Session of Congress (114th). The live version linked to the Senators website was removed sometime in the last week. It was downloaded and saved by our volunteers for posterity.
A few gems:
Pg 8 "In recent months President Obama has also unilaterally: removed restrictions on the admission of foreign nationals with limited terror ties; increased the admission of foreign workers by 100,000; expedited chain migration from Haiti; extended amnesty provisions for Honduran and Nicaraguan nationals; and attempted to recruit illegal immigrants for military positions even as American servicemembers are being laid off."
Pg 8 "What then is the path forward? The GOP should focus on discrete, targeted enforcement measures designed to have an outsize effect on reducing illegality, empowering immigration officers, restoring enforcement, and putting a stop to catch-and-release. These could be isolated measures, or offered as amendments to any relevant business that comes before Congress:
Pg 13: Falsehoods ""the USDA has even produced and broadcast soap opera-like “radio novelas” featuring individuals who were pressured into accepting benefits despite insisting that government assistance was not needed. USDA has also entered into a partnership with Mexico to boost welfare enrollment among non-citizens. Thanks in part to such controversial tactics, food stamp usage among immigrants has quadrupled since 2001."
and so much more... enjoy
Some polls lean right, some lean left, but generally, you can still see trends by looking at the changes over time. Rasmussen always leans right, but in these polls, Trump started out with a spread of +14. His approval is now +4, a 10 point drop. Trump started out with a +1 spread in the Gallup poll. The spread is now -10, an 11 point drop. PPP ( leans left) polls also show a 10 point drop in the spread. The trend is pretty consistent, a 10 put drop in the spread in less than 3 weeks. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_trump_job_approval-6179.html
From Indivisible WA Facebook group: Printable PDF of a Postcard 6" x 4". take it to any print shop, and they'll print you some up.
The Town Hall Project 2018 is a HUGE google doc with every town hall. It is an entirely volunteer-run, grassroots effort that empowers constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives. We are campaign veterans and first time volunteers.
Link to the full document https://assets.aspeninstitute.org/content/uploads/files/content/docs/events/EPA_40_Brochure.pdf
Ideas and Commentary on the Resistance by K Cleland