Action Agenda: The 65

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Over 65 million Americans rejected Donald Trump on Election Day. What if we came together every day to fight for our vision of a diverse, inclusive America? Together, we can use our voices to remind Congress that they work for all of us.

Members of the The 65 are committed to making Congress work for us by mobilizing to speak up for values of diversity, inclusion, and equality. Each week, we’ll share a common mission, the Weekly Call to Action (WCTA), and commit to calling influential leaders to let them know where we stand, what we want, and how to best represent us. In the past, we’ve used WCTAs to:

  • Support the Office of Congressional Ethics when Republicans threatened to dismantle their own oversight committee
  • Call the Governor of North Dakota and the Army Corps of Engineers to demand safety for water protectors peacefully assembled at Standing Rock
  • Insist that Congress protect our access to affordable health care
  • Tell the Senate to block confirmations of unfit, unqualified, and unvetted Cabinet appointees

In addition to WCTAs, we maintain a bank of call scripts on a series of high-priority progressive issues, including gun violence prevention, affordable health care, reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and more. We encourage you to refer to this list daily, picking issues that matter to you and reminding your representatives that you expect them to speak on your behalf.

Why We Do It

There’s no one right way to push back against the incoming administration. We are going to have to show up in person, in greater numbers and with more frequency than ever before. That said, calling is the easiest way to consistently make your voice heard. By committing to a weekly call routine, you’re standing up for your values and strengthening your resolve. Many of our members report that calling makes them feel more hopeful and more productive, even when the news seems bleak.

But that’s not the main reason we focus on calling. Time and again, Washington insiders have told us that, short of showing up in person,

Calling is the most effective way to communicate with Congress

In her series of viral tweets, Emily Ellsworth, a former Congressional staffer, says that the most effective way to communicate with representatives is to call them on the phone at their district offices. This message is underscored by Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. Compiled by former Congressional staffers, the guide lists grassroots organizing and calling as best practices for getting Congress to listen.

And it’s not just an opinion shared by staffers. Representatives themselves credit a barrage of phone calls as an important factor in their decision to abandon a recent proposal to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Long story short: calls work!

We are The 65. Join us and call your legislators today!