Chop Wood, Carry Water 2/13
Hi, all, and happy Monday!
Wow is this late! Sorry! I had family in town all weekend, so didn’t check emails at all, and that set me back quite a bit this morning. Over four hundred to get through! On top of that I’m still recovering from my border trip, which apparently took a bigger toll than I realized—I’ve been muttering “I’m exhausted” even more frequently than usual according to my husband and child 😂.
The good news is I did a Tiktok about that trip that’s gotten almost a half million views. I’m not typically one to care (or brag) about view counts, but since Sister Lika did ask us to spread the word about what’s happening there, I feel happy people are seeing the video. (If you don’t do Tiktok you can watch it on Instagram here.)
Anyway, I’m going to keep this short to ensure that you actually get this email sometime today. You’ll also receive “Extra! Extra!” soon, too, I promise. After all, good news is even better when you have to wait for it, right?
Now, let’s get to work saving our democracy! Thanks for being here, y’all!
Call Your Senators (find yours here) 📲
Hi, I'm a constituent calling from [zip]. My name is ______.
I understand that Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham just re-introduced legislation to give Dreamers a path to legal residency. The Dream Act, as the bill is known, would allow people who were brought to the US as children and have a high school education and college enrollment, employment or military service to earn residency and, eventually, citizenship. I’d like the Senator to support it strongly.
I’d also like the Senator to push President Biden to redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua, which would shield thousands of Nicaraguans in the U.S. from deportation. Thanks.
Call Your House Rep (find yours here) 📲
Hi, I'm a constituent calling from [zip]. My name is _______.
I support the Resolution introduced last week to expel George Santos from the U.S. House of Representatives. Every Member of Congress needs to vote in favor. There is no doubt that George Santos is unfit to serve in Congress. He’s a grifter, and now he’s grifting off the US taxpayer. He’s also a danger to our national security. He needs to go. Will the Congressmember support this Resolution?
Extra Credit ✅
Let’s send this to President Biden with through his Contact Form (if we wish to edit it) or through Resistbot if we’re OK with it as is. (Text SIGN PMOXMQ to 50409)
I know your administration has announced its intent to resurrect a Trump era policy that would ban asylum to anyone traveling through a third country. This is a violation of U.S. law which guarantees the right of any individual to apply for asylum, and favors those with resources (who can come directly by air) over the most vulnerable. This policy will lead to more family separations, and puts Black, Brown and LGBTQ people at more risk. It’s a repudiation of your campaign promises to restore a fair and just asylum system. It also makes your administration culpable in abuses that we thought only Republicans were capable of.
We must be better than Trump and his followers. Please do not pursue this policy! Thanks.
Get Smart! 📚
Activate America has a plan to take back the House. It all starts with the many competitive House races in California and New York, and they hope you’ll join them at their webinar this Wednesday at 5 PM Pacific / 8 PM Eastern to learn all about it.
Spread the Word! 📣
In a new thread and post, NDN reviewed the remarkable February jobs report. It’s a reminder of how much better the economy is today under Joe Biden, despite COVID, global inflation, Russia’s aggression, supply chain challenges, domestic insurrection and extremism here in the US. Some data to share:
Under Biden US is seeing its lowest unemployment rate in 53 years, lowest poverty/uninsured rates ever
GDP growth is 3.4% - 3x what it was under Trump
US economic recovery from COVID better than any other G7 nation
Almost 2 jobs for every unemployed person, new business starts/wages at elevated levels
Deficit and trade deficit lower, energy prices and inflation also continuing to drop
Deficit went up every year of Trump's Presidency, has come down every year of Biden's
Of 48m jobs created since 1989, 46m- 96% - have been created under Dem Presidents
Domestic crude oil production will set record this year (mythbuster!!!!)
If you want to do a deeper dive into all this data come watch NDN’s signature presentation, With Democrats Things Get Better. They have two opportunities to see a newly updated version this week:
Win Races! 🗳
Friendly reminder: the Civics Center still needs folks to sign up to write postcards to young voters in Wisconsin and urge them to register to vote in this election. You have to buy postcards from the Civics Center and they need to be completed and mailed by 3/3. But this is SO IMPORTANT! Can you help?
Resistbot Letter (new to Resistbot? Go here! And then here.) 💻
[to your Senators] [H/T] [Quick send text SIGN PFIRIU to 50409]
I am concerned about the numerous measures that have been introduced in Congress that will unjustly undermine critical local decisions made by the people of the District of Columbia and their elected leadership. These local laws were enacted to address important local concerns, most notably criminal justice reform, reproductive freedom, democracy, and equal treatment under the law. Efforts by members of Congress to pass disapproval resolutions usurp the prerogative of the District of Columbia’s elected mayor and council and the citizens they represent.
I know these measures have already passed in the House, but they must not pass the Senate. I urge you to not prevent local D.C. laws. Thanks!
OK, you did it again! You helped save democracy! You’re amazing.
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Thanks to you I made the call to my US rep I. Florida to express my outrage at Santos and telling him to vote for the resolution. Thank you and you are truly wonderful! ❤️
I was that kid in class who bugged you by doing the extra credit problem before the rest of the test! And I requested a response.