Action Agenda: Postcards for Politicians

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Join the Movement with Others who use Postcards for Politics to make their voices HEARD every day

Here’s The Perfect Solution If You Want To Write A Postcard To  Congress About What Matters Most To You.

Stay on top of every postcard campaign with this great new program!

Pre-loaded State Representatives 
Instantly send out cards with professionally designed templates to any representative from any state, whether Democrat or Republican. Within a few clicks you can reach out to them effortlessly!

 

Send Multiple Mailings 
Now you can send postcards to more than one representative all at the same time!  You can send a sequence so they get a card at any given time that you’ve selected throughout the year. This will save you a huge amount of time having to resend them a postcard over and over!

 

Upload Custom Designs
You can upload your own designs that you’ve created instead of using the preloaded templates!

 

Customize Your Message
Create your own personalized message that will be printed on the back of the postcard.

 

Attach a Personalized Photo to Each Contact

 
You can easily use a postcard design with your own picture to really personalize the experience

 

Get started here.

Act: Postcard Avalanche, Part 3 Demanding an Independent Investigation into the Trump – Russia Connections & Admin Efforts to Thwart

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It has become increasingly clear that the Trump campaign, and subsequent administration, were in contact with Russia. We have all US Intel agencies asserting that Russia did in fact use a network of 1000+ operatives to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election.

We have allegations of pay offs, pay outs, off the record loans from Russian financiers and allegations that POTUS was actually compromised by Russia who then leveraged that information to force POTUS to push a pro Russia agenda.

We do not know how much is true, how deep it goes, or who precisely was involved. What we do know is that Trump has pivoted decades long American policy from that of viewing Russia as a nation hostile to the interests of the United States and an enemy of the state to that of  “hey, let’s be friends and get rid of sanctions.”

We do know that the contact with Russia happened.

We do know that the White House attempted to enlist the FBI to influence media reports on the Russian contacts.

We do know that the White House has banned major news media outlets that reported on this accurately from attending press briefings while allowing fringe media outlets that only regurgitate the administration’s narrative to attend.

We do know that the White House went directly to the heads of the Congressional Investigative committees and successfully enlisted them to contact the news media to quash the story and push the administration’s narrative.

It is time for an independent investigation. A 9/11 Commission style investigation and a Watergate style special prosecutor.

Below are the members of Congress who are responsible for pushing an investigation of Trump and Russia.

Send them a postcard and call them every single day telling them that you want them to go forward, ignore the POTUS attempts to bury the information,  and call for an independent investigation. Everyday until they do it.

…and please go to your MOC’s local Town Hall Meetings and ask them about this. Wear a strip of tape across the back of your shirt, with your zip code written on it, and the phrase “Not Paid to Be Here. I am a constituent from [your zip code]. This helps hammer home the message that they work for you, and it helps turn back the talking point that Towhn Hall Attendees are professional agitators. You can find out where and when your Town Hall meetings are here.

What to write:

(Introduce yourself). I want an independent investigation of Trump-Russia ties and a special prosecutor immediately.

Where to send your postcards and who to call:

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Jason Chaffetz, (Rep) Chairman
2236 Rayburn House
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-7751

Elijah Cummings, (Dem) Ranking Member
2163 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-4741

Subcommittee on National Security

Trey Gowdy (Rep, SC)
Note: He’s not on the committee this time but I thought it would be poetic justice if he was buried under voter requests. Your decision if you want to add him.
2418 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-6030

John Duncan (Rep, TN)
2207 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-5435

Justin Amash (Rep, MI)
114 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-3831

Paul Gosar (Rep, AZ)
2057 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-2315

Ron Desantis (Rep, FL)
1524 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-2706

Jody Hice (Rep, GA)
324 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-4101

Steve Russell (Rep, OK)
128 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC. 20515

James Comer (Rep, KY)
1513 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-3115

Stephen Lynch (Dem, MA)
2268 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-8273

Peter Welch (Dem, VT)
2303 Rayburn House
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-4115

The germination of this idea comes from our Facebook follower Crystal R.

You can amplify this message and help makes this the largest Postcard Avalanche to date by sharing this far and wide across all platforms.

For more tools to wage democracy check us out at resistancetoolbox.com, you can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Join: Incite

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INCITE! is a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities. We support each other through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.

Who We Are

INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans people of Color* Against Violence is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.

INCITE! is made up of grassroots chapters and affiliates across the U.S. working on particular political projects such as police violence, reproductive justice, and media justice; a national collective that works to leverage this grassroots organizing on a national and transnational platform; an advisory collective that helps increase the capacity of national organizing; and thousands of members and supporters.

What We Do

INCITE! works with groups of women of color* and our communities to develop political projects that address the multiple forms of violence women of color experience in our lives, on our bodies, and in our communities.

We identify “violence against women of color” as a combination of “violence directed at communities,” such as police violence, war, and colonialism, and “violence within communities,” such as sexual and domestic violence.

Chapters and affiliates engage in strategies and projects that address both personal and state violence, acknowledging the ways that oppressions intersect in the lives of women of color. Some of those projects include producing a women of color radio show, challenging the non-profitization of antiviolence and other social justice movements, organizing rallies on street harassment, training women of color on self-defense, organizing mothers on welfare, building and running a grassroots clinic, supporting communities to engage in community accountability strategies, and much more.

In addition, INCITE!

How can you get involved?

INCITE! is excited to build a broad movement of women of color* for peace, safety, and justice! Please visit our get involved page or contact us for more information.

Learn more about Incite! here.

Action Agenda: #WeWillReplaceYou

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Tell the Democrats:
Resist Trump or #WeWillReplaceYou


Donald Trump is a threat to the American people and everything we believe in. Millions are rising up in resistance, but too many Democrats have been enabling and collaborating with him instead.

Sign up to tell Democrats: “Do everything you can to Resist Trump, or we will replace you with someone who will.”

Why threaten to primary Democrats?

Elected officials tend to take the path of least resistance on most things—unless you create a political cost for them. That’s where we come in. The growing anti-Trump movement springing up at town hall meetings and protests across the country has already pushed Democratic strategy in the right direction—but not nearly far enough.

Three Democratic Senators voted “yes” to confirm Rex Tillerson, a Big Oil baron with close ties to Putin who conspired to destroy our climate by suppressing evidence about global warming. Fourteen Senate Democrats joined with Republicans to confirm Rep. Mike Pompeo to be our new CIA director, despite Pompeo’s past Islamophobic remarks and ties to far-right conspiracy theorists, his position in favor of unconstitutional surveillance on Americans, and his enthusiastic support for torture and secret detention. And Senate Democrats like Dick Durbin, Claire McCaskill, and Jon Tester have all voiced the opinion that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch deserves “a fair shake”—after Republicans refused to even meet with President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland for almost a year and effectively stole a Supreme Court nomination.

This cannot stand. We will only defeat Republicans on the local, state, and federal level if we go on the offensive.

The next crucial step is escalating our demands, and demonstrating that we won’t accept anything less than full opposition—by showing Democrats just how many people are willing to back primary challenges to Democratic collaborators and enablers of Trump. Democrats must know there is a price for collaborating with Trump. Any Democrats who would give legitimacy or support to Trump do not represent us and must be replaced by people who will stand up for our lives, our values, and our democracy. Add your name.

What does it mean to fight Trump?

Democrats have a lot of power to stop Trump’s agenda—if they choose to use it. If Democrats decided to fight, they could use Congressional rules of order to grind business as usual to a halt to stop the unconstitutional Muslim ban, fight the theft of a Supreme Court nomination, and demand Steve Bannon be fired, for instance. Instead, many Democrats seem to be operating under the delusional assumption that if they play nice with Trump, he’ll magically become more reasonable. That kind of logic just results in us losing more ground every day—and it’s why we need to hold Democrats’ feet to the fire.

Resisting Trump would mean, at a minimum:

  • Voting no on all Trump appointees and fighting all of Trump’s legislative priorities
  • Fighting the unconstitutional Republican theft of a Supreme Court nomination
  • Using Congressional processes and rules of order to systematically bring all business to a crawl to block Trump’s agenda and demand Steve Bannon be fired
  • Publicly supporting impeachment if Trump is found to have broken the law or violated the Constitution

How will you decide who to primary?

The short answer is that we’ll identify where we think we can make the biggest impact, and take direction from the growing resistance movement (including by surveying the people who sign up here.) This is a grassroots project, but there’s no limit on how big we’ll go if the support is there.

In the best case scenario, this pledge becomes a tool that successfully pushes Democrats to fight Trump harder. The goal is not (necessarily) to primary every Democrat in Congress, but to make the Democrats who are there do what we’re asking them to do: fight Trump with all they’ve got. In other words, the most effective threat is one you don’t have to follow through on.

We’re a group of organizers and activists who have helped to build both mass movements and large-scale electoral programs. Many of us were involved in the Bernie campaign in 2016, and we saw what an army of small-dollar donors and volunteers can do when they commit themselves to something important. We believe in people power, and we’re committed to helping translate the energy we’ve all seen in the streets since Trump took office into an electoral force capable of winning—starting in the primaries by defeating Democratic incumbents who are failing us.

Join the fight here.

Women’s Health: National Network of Abortion Funds

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THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF ABORTION FUNDS BUILDS POWER WITH MEMBERS TO REMOVE FINANCIAL AND LOGISTICAL BARRIERS TO ABORTION ACCESS BY CENTERING PEOPLE WHO HAVE ABORTIONS AND ORGANIZING AT THE INTERSECTIONS OF RACIAL, ECONOMIC, AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE.

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WE ENVISION A WORLD WHERE EVERY REPRODUCTIVE DECISION, INCLUDING ABORTION, TAKES PLACE IN THRIVING COMMUNITIES THAT ARE SAFE, PEACEFUL, AND AFFORDABLE. WE ENVISION A WORLD WHERE ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER AND RESOURCES TO CARE FOR AND AFFIRM THEIR BODIES, IDENTITIES, AND HEALTH FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES—IN ALL AREAS OF THEIR LIVES. AS WE SHIFT THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ABORTION, IT WILL BECOME A REAL OPTION, ACCESSIBLE WITHOUT SHAME OR JUDGMENT.

NEED AN ABORTION?

THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF ABORTION FUNDS IS HERE TO CONNECT YOU WITH ORGANIZATIONS THAT CAN SUPPORT YOUR FINANCIAL AND LOGISTICAL NEEDS AS YOU ARRANGE FOR YOUR ABORTION. FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

  1. Find out if you have insurance that covers your abortion. Call your insurance company to ask if abortion is a covered benefit, and ask for an in-network clinic. You can often find their phone number on the back of your insurance card. If you know you have Medicaid, check this information to find out if your state covers abortion.
  2. Make an appointment at a clinic for your abortion before searching for funding. Call different clinics to find which one costs the least. Tell the clinic if you can’t afford it and ask if there are any discounts. It’s fine to make an appointment for your abortion even if you’re not sure how you’ll pay for it. Clinics don’t charge you for rescheduling. Find a clinic.
  3. Add up how much you can cover on your own. Abortion funds often don’t have the money to cover the entire cost of your abortion, so any money you can contribute will be important.
  4. Use the search box and map below to find abortion funds that can help cover expenses. Search the state where your clinic appointment is located AND search in your home state if they are not the same. That way you’ll have more places to call for funding.
  5. Read the instructions before you contact an abortion fund on the list. You’ll find out if you qualify for funding and learn the best way to contact them.
  6. Contact lots of places. There may be more than one local or national abortion fund that can help you with your abortion or other things you need on your way to getting an abortion such as transportation and childcare. Find out what to expect when you call abortion funds.

Find out more here.

Action Agenda: Stop Congress from Dismantling Public Education

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Rep. Steve King has introduced H.R. 610 to effectively dismantle the K-12 public education system in the United States. The bill would remove federal funding from all public schools. The Department of Education would only be allowed to provide “block grants” to schools in states that meet new, unspecified criteria. The bill also removes the guaranteed minimum nutritional standard from school lunch programs.

“This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)”

This is unconscionable. To find out what you can do to stop this bill click here. To read the full text of the bill click here.

Connect: Town Hall Project

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Is your member of Congress AWOL? Hiding behind the phone instead of meeting constituents face to face? Find out at the Town Hall Project.

Click the link to find your MOC and the location of their next town hall meeting. No meeting listed? Call your MOC and find out why. Is your MOC hiding behind the phone with a “Tele”Town Hall? Call them ask why. Want a one on one with your MOC? Call and schedule it.

Don’t know who your MOC is? Click here to enter your zip and find out who is representing you.

Never forget that the Tea Party movement grew from the grassroots pressure that conservative constituents put on the their MOCs at Town Hall meetings. We can do the same thing.

Find the Town Hall Project here.

Locate your Member of Congress here.

Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.