Choose an action that corresponds with your ‘activist priority’ and do your bit to resist today! Every little action helps and it’s the little things that can have the most impact. Friendly reminder: Try not to choose more than one or two!
Advocate for Climate Change Awareness/Action
Action 1: Advocate for freezing new fossil fuel development, follow this link https://act.350.org/sign/freeze-fossil-fuel-development/ and sign the pledge.
Action 2: Save Energy Switch off and unplug appliances when not in use. For more measures to reduce home energy use, try this energy checklist; or do your own home energy audit or schedule a professional one (your local government may offer assistance). TVs, DVD players and computers use electricity even on standby, so remember to unplug them and cell phone chargers too.
Action 3: Get Involved Take a few minutes to contact your political representatives and the media to tell them you want immediate action on climate change. Remind them that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs. And next time you’re at the polls, vote for politicians who support effective climate policies.
Advocate for Education
Action 4: Get connected to teachers’ unions Keep your eye on what the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is doing by visiting their action page. You’ll find petitions to sign, protests to join, and newsletters to subscribe to. And since acting locally allows you to make the most direct impact, you can find local chapters of the AFT here. Reach out and ask how you can assist the teachers and students in your community.
Action 5: Support arts education When schools are subjected to budget cuts, arts programs are often the first things to go. And with a Secretary of Education who doesn’t support public schools and a President who reportedly desires to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, we need to vigilantly protect these programs even more than we already do. Based in Los Angeles, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is one of the national organizations you can help. By providing musical instruments to underfunded K-12 schools (that frequently serve economically-disadvantaged kids), music programs are able to survive. Go here to donate a new or gently-used instrument and learn how to volunteer, and go here to give a monetary donation.
Action 6: Advocate for kids’ rights to a quality public education. Call: Your three MoCs (lookup or leave message). Script: “Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ concerned about public education in the upcoming budget. I am calling to let _NAME_ know I want three things:
- That no taxpayer money funds any religious education.
- That we honor all agreements to students working off loans in service programs.
Advocate for Election Integrity/Swing Left/Bipartisanship
Action 5: Support Voting Rights Advancement FairVote and VRA for Today are two different organizations working to improve our democracy via improved voting rights. Help support these organizations by checking out their resources and advocacy pages.
Action 6: Support Democratic representation in traditionally Republican regions. Help Montana elect Rob Quist (donate or volunteer). Election: May 25. Help Georgia elect Jon Ossoff (donate or volunteer). Election: June 20.
Action 7: Advocate for thorough vetting of 45’s federal court appointments. Call: Your two senators, red or blue (lookup). Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_, calling about Trump’s ten federal court appointments. I am asking Senator _NAME_ to assure they are thoroughly vetted by the Senate, Aerican Bar Association, and approved in the home state of each senator. In light of recent events, this issue is vital to our democracy.
With 2018 looking worse and worse for Republicans, they are looking at tactics like voter suppression and court packing to stay in power. Let’s ask Senator Feinstein to fight efforts to pack the courts and to denounce Trump’s bogus voter fraud commission.
I believe in a vote for every American. Action 8: Oppose the new, federal Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Read: This recent article and background on Kris Kobach’s past efforts to suppress voters in Kansas. Call: Your 3 MoCs (lookup). Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ and am calling to express my concern about Trump’s new election integrity commission. Considering the lack of support for claims of widespread voter fraud, this panel is a huge waste of taxpayer money. What is _NAME_ doing to oppose this panel?
Action 9: Swing Left (This action takes more than a few minutes, but very helpful!) Act: Use your writing or research talents by contributing to Swing Left. Swing Left
Advocate for Healthcare
I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans. Action 10: Tell your senators what you do want your health coverage to include. Call: Both of your senators, red or blue (lookup or leave message). Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ calling about healthcare. The current bill is not healthcare, so I want my senator to fight for five important things:
- No gender discrimination.
- No lifetime caps.
- To cover all pre-existing conditions.
- To cost less than $X per month per person.
- And to insist health insurance companies decrease costs.
- Tell a story about why one of these is important to you, personally.
Finally, if Sen. _NAME_ supports Republican plans to repeal the ACA, I will work hard to elect his/her opponent in the next election cycle. Thanks!
Action 11: Continue asking Governor Jerry Brown to support California’s bill for single-payer healthcare. Script: ‘I am calling from _ZIP_ to express my support for California’s bill for single-payer healthcare. I, as a constituent, ask you to continue your support and advocacy on behalf of this bill.’
Action 12: Voice your objection to the all-male senate healthcare group. Write: Sen. Mitch McConnell, 317 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Script: Not everyone is at the table to discuss health care, Sen. McConnell. 51% of the US population is female. 37% is not white. 19% has a disability. More than 3% is LGBT. By these statistics, your committee should have six women, four minorities, two disabled people, and one gay person. A group of white, straight men could harm those excluded from the conversation. Please make it right.
Advocate for Indigenous Rights’
I support the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people. Action 13: Stand with Native people in defending the sacred by May 26. Visit: http://bearsearscoalition.org/action/ Sign: Include a personal message about why protecting Bears Ears National Monument matters to you. Note: Select “Do not send me updates” if you don’t want extra email.
Advocate for Immigrant Rights
Action 14: Speak up for asylum seekers enduring inhumane conditions in our country. Donate: Project South is a legal and advocacy group targeting Georgia’s detention centers. Your support helps them advocate and litigate on behalf of the voiceless. Visit: projectsouth.org
Action 15: Oppose ICE funding until it has more oversight (hat tip). Call: All 3 MoCs (lookup or leave message). Script: I am calling from _ZIP_ to express concerns about Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE’s tactics are making communities and workplaces less safe. This is unacceptable. This agency needs oversight and accountability in its duties, and clear deportation priorities. I am asking _NAME_ to not approve any funds to ICE until these two changes are made. Thanks.
Support Local Events
Action 16: Help Indivisible Organize the ‘March for Truth’ We need to brainstorm ideas for fundraising! Here is a listing of the necessary elements needed for the rally: trained peacemakers, insurance, an appropriate sound system, reserved parking spaces, port a potties (1 per 100 persons), crowd barriers, EMT, park ranger services, 2-3 tents, printing and a few tables, several chairs.
Action 17: Check out our event calendar Click Here To find out what events you can attend. What would be great is if individuals can attend events and take notes which can be shared with those who couldn’t attend.
- Double win: We now have special counsel for the Russia investigation, and he’s a professional, ethical human.
- The EPA received over 55,000 comments—a majority of which oppose repealing protections for people and planet.
- Rep. Ted Lieu proposed legislation to make the president reimburse self-profiting expenses from travel.
- 45 has made journalism great again.
- Official plans announced to fix VW diesel engines.
- LA mayor will uphold Paris Agreement, even if the US backs out.
- A former inmate helps women rebuild their lives.
- Military museum in SC honors dogs who serve.
- Even more celebrations at Peace is Loud.
- Indivisible met with State Senator Scott Wiener a few weeks ago to ask him to do more for women’s and reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood. His staff let us know that he plans to co-sponsor SB 743, which protects MediCal coverage of family planning services, and to meet with Planned Parenthood to talk about how he can help them.
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