Chop Wood, Carry Water 8/23

Hope is an ACTION!

Hi, all, and happy Monday!

I got 5000 more postcards delivered to my house early Saturday morning; they were bundled up in batches of 25 with addresses and scripts an hour later. The call went out for volunteers, and folks started showing up to grab packets from my porch.

A lot of folks.

It’s now Monday morning, and we are down to our last 40 packets.

There’s something so moving about seeing people work together to stop this disaster. If anything good came out of the Trump years, it is a citizenry that knows that it can and must help defend decency and progress when called.

I hope it’ll be enough this time. I choose to have faith that it will be.

But faith, of course, is an action. So let’s get back to work.

Call Your Senators (find yours here)

Hi, I'm a constituent calling from [zip]. My name is ______.

First, I want to say that while I’m glad that the Senate is trying to pass a police reform bill, I’m disturbed at rumors that current versions keep qualified immunity intact. Ending qualified immunity is imperative. It will ensure accountability, encourage courts to redress abuse of power, remedy wrongdoing by police officers, empower victims, and more. Please ask the Senator to push to get this provision back in the bill.

Also, we have to pass voting rights legislation before redistricting gets into full swing: the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Senate needs to come back and do this right away. [If Dem add:] And abolish the filibuster. It’s time. Thanks.

Call Your House Rep (find yours here)

Hi, I'm a constituent calling from [zip]. My name is _______.

First, I support HR4 and hope the Congressmember will, too.

Second, I’m calling to ask the Congressmember to do everything in his/her power to fight for an infrastructure package that combats climate change, creates millions of good jobs, and advances racial and economic justice.

Buildings are collapsing into the sea. Infrastructure is melting. Hundreds are dying from extreme heat. Fires are everywhere. The climate crisis is here. 

We need bold action now. I want the Congressmember to commit to fighting for big investments towards public housing, schools, transit, and renewable energy, a fully funded Civilian Climate Corps, worker protections as outlined in the PRO Act, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, and at least 40% of investments to frontline communities. Thanks. [H/T]

Extra Credit

Please post the below on social media. [Substack won’t let me paste the link to the article without populating a thumbnail, so you’ll have to click on the article and copy the URL from the search bar into your post. Here’s my tweet as an example]:

An excellent explanation by @danpfeiffer of why not just Californians, but sane people everywhere should be deeply worried about--and working to help defeat--the #CArecall. ☀️

The Message Box
Why Dems Have to Win the CA Recall
If you were sick and tired of high-stakes elections against Trumpists, I have some bad news for you. On September 14th, Californians will decide whether Governor Gavin Newsom should be recalled. For California residents like me (and many of you), this is a big deal that will directly impact our lives. But the election will have far-reaching implications……
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Let’s #StoptheRecall! ☎️

Friendly reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, I host a Stop the Recall phonebank from 3-5 PM PDT. We have 3 more Tuesdays before election day, and there are still SO MANY undecided or unaware voters out there—I can tell you this from direct experience, as I just phonebanked yesterday. We need as many hands on deck as we can get; if you need to remind yourself of the stakes the Dan Pfeiffer article linked here and above should do the job nicely.

Register here.

Resistbot Text (new to Resistbot? Go here!)

[to all 3 reps] [H/T]

As your constituent, with concern for indigenous rights, for climate actions, lands protection and the common good, I urge you to include in the budget reconciliation package dismantling the leasing program and restoring protections to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

This fight extends beyond oil and gas. The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge provides vital habitats for polar bears, migratory birds and other species and is the calving ground of the Porcupine Caribou Herd. Indigenous Gwich’in communities have a spiritual connection to the refuge and depend on the caribou to maintain their culture and way of life.

We must ensure corporate polluters aren’t able to permanently destroy this sacred place for a finite supply of dirty fossil fuels. It's time to end drilling in the Refuge once and for all. Thanks!

OK. This is hard, but you’re DOING IT. Thank you! 👏🏼

Talk tomorrow.