Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday 11/12 Call to Action


Monday 11/12

Thank you to the veterans who have bravely served our country. We honor you. #neverforget

Last week the American College of Physicians published a paper about reducing firearm injuries and death. On cue the NRA tweeted, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in Annals of Internal Medicine are pushing for gun control. Most upsetting, however, the medical community seems to have consulted NO ONE but themselves.” 
A couple of days later, the Centers for Disease Control published new data indicating that the death toll from gun violence in our nation continues to rise. As the NRA demanded that we doctors stay in our lane, we awoke to learn of the 307th mass shooting in 2018 with another 12 innocent lives lost to an entirely preventable cause of death — gun violence.
Every medical professional practicing in the United States has seen enough gun violence firsthand to deeply understand the toll that this public health epidemic is taking on our children, families, and entire communities.
It is long past time for us to acknowledge the epidemic is real, devastating, and has root causes that can be addressed to assuage the damage. We must all come together to find meaningful solutions to this very American problem.”
Many in the medical profession are tweeting back at the NRA for the senseless tweet. You can see some of their responses in this article. Beware, some of the images are graphic. https://www.npr.org/2018/11/11/666762890/after-nra-mocks-doctors-physicians-reply-this-is-our-lane?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
The Thousand Oaks shooter used a high-capacity magazine that, in 2016, California voters banned anyone in the state from possessing, but implementation of the law has been blocked by a lawsuit brought by the NRA and other gun rights advocates.”
When our newly elected officials take office in January, let’s make sure we make sensible gun laws a priority. 

California is battling a deadly wildfire and the current leader of this country has attacked and threatened to withhold aid. “The current fire siege is a tragic showcase of how multiple trends can combine to a deadly result, with climate change serving as a threat multiplier. The crisis is far from over, and depending on how the Santa Ana winds get on Sunday through Monday, the situation may yet worsen in some areas.” Let’s let our MOC know that California deserves federal aid, despite what Trump tweets.

If you’ve been wondering about ways you can help with making sure every vote gets counted in Georgia, check this out.

Come January when Democrats are in the majority, let’s make them fight for us. “Rep. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Sunday promised that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker would be the first witness newly empowered Democrats call to testify when they take control in January.” 

I’m ending on a good note, because we need to relish in some of the amazing things that have happened with the midterm. High fives Minnesota!!
 Peggy Flanagan becomes the highest ranking indigenous woman ever elected in Minnesota with her win as lieutenant governor.”

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Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/





Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday 11/9 Call to Action

Friday
Hello! Did you see all the fantastic things that happened last Tuesday? All the hard work over that past two years paid off. We elected some fantastic leaders who will spend their time in office making Minnesota a better place for everyone. TPOM’s original intention was to take a break for a few months to catch our breath and get ready for the next two years. It has become apparent that our current administration is not going to let us do that. So going forward, we will will continue to post two to three days a week to keep you up to date on important issues. Come January, we will be full steam ahead in our fight for good government.
Last night, across the country citizens came together to protest Trump’s latest attempt to stop Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Despite the cold, snowy weather, hundreds of Minnesotan’s gathered to show their support for the rule of law. The protest at Representative Erik Paulsen’s office was showcased on the Rachel Maddow show. Watch that here: https://www.msnbc.com/…/sensing-trump-threat-widespread-pro…
The protest on the steps of the state capitol got coverage in the Start Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/hundreds-rally-at-minnesota-…/…/…
CD2Action has a nice review of the evening at the Capitol. https://cd2action.com/protectmueller-protest-at-the-capit…/…
Thank you to those of you who were able to get out and brave the cold to show support for protecting Mueller.
Beloved Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg fell at work yesterday and fractured three ribs. Thankfully, it appears she will recover. Read more about that here: https://www.cnn.com/…/ruth-bader-ginsburg-fractu…/index.html
If you have any leftover postcards, why not send Justice Ginsberg your get well soon wishes.
Here is her address:
Justice Ruth Ginsburg
The Supreme Court of the United States
One First Street N.E.,
Washington, D.C. 20543
Another mass shooting has occurred merely days after the last one. In fact, there have been 307 mass shootings since the beginning of the year. That number is unbelievable and despicable. The latest tragedy occurred at a country music bar in California and many of the patrons there that night had also been at the Las Vegas shooting one year ago. https://www.nytimes.com/…/shooting-california-thousand-oaks…
When our new leaders start working in January, we must insist that they find solutions to this terrible problem. Let them know today of your expectations so they can prepare ahead of time and hit the ground running in the New Year.
As I am writing this post, there are news reports of an active shooter in a North Carolina school. https://www.wcnc.com/…/active-shooter-reporte…/275-612930965
Some good news to finish out this post. House member Melissa Hortman will be Minnesota’s next Speaker of the House. I think we can be confident that she will be great in this new leadership roll. Congratulations Speaker Hortman!
http://www.wctrib.com/…/4526801-minnesota-democrats-pick-ne…
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thursday 11/8 Call to Action


Thursday 11/8

Get your marching boots, warm coats, hats and mittens, signs, and flashlights ready for this evening. 

No one is above the law. Today we are going to show up and show Trump that we the people are going to hold him accountable, and we expect the Special Counsel Investigation to continue. 
If you haven’t already RSVP’d to this march, do so here. It’s tonight at 5 p.m., with various marches around the state.

Now that Whitaker is the acting attorney general he should recuse himself since he wrote an opinion piece back in 2017 saying this investigation is a witch hunt. 
“Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.”

Maybe you feel like filing a complaint against Whitaker for his opinion piece he wrote and how that affects his ability to lead the DOJ and oversee the Mueller investigation?

Let’s let our MOC know we haven’t forgotten about H.R. 3654 and S. 1735, and we want them passed. 

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Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

ELECTION DAY 11/6/2018

ELECTION DAY
This is it. Today is the day we have been working towards since November 8th, 2016. As Steven Beschloss said, today’s vote will decide if we are a country that believes in kindness, decency, humanity, honesty, women, people of color, facts, science, education, healthcare and democracy. Today’s vote will tell the word whether we reject cruelty, corruption, criminality, racism, hatred, lying, nepotism, white nationalism, and Trump.
The Power of Many was created by two devastated moms who felt the need to act, to do something, anything to put a road block in front of this terrible administration and our complicit members of Congress. Since then we have grown and we’ve joined multitudes of grassroots resistance groups working hard across the state. Together, we have formed a community of ideas and support. We have, without a doubt, let our leaders know that we expect them to work for the people (even if they don’t). We have picketed, called, emailed, tweeted, shown up, spoken out and spread the word. I am certain that resistance groups like ours are the impetus for this “Blue Wave”. We have made a difference!
No matter what happens today, I want you to know how thankful I am for all of you. Thank you for fighting for the ideals that make America so wonderful. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone. No matter what happens today, realize that our fight is not over. We have so much left to do. Like Robert Frost said, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.”
VOTE!
The Secretary of State’s website has all the information you need to get your vote on. You can figure out where to vote and even get a sample ballot so you can do your research ahead of time. https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
Fun Fact: Minnesota voters can register in person when they vote. Please bring a valid ID, a bill that states your address, or a registered voter to vouch for you. Vote! Vote! Vote!
Here is an article from MPR that lists where candidates stand on important issues. https://www.mprnews.org/…/minnesota-voter-guide-english-ele…
If you are not working today, you can still help get out the vote.
https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/dfl/
Do you want to watch the results of today’s election with kindred spirits? Many candidates will be having election night parties. Check out their Facebook pages for more information.
Walz/Flannagan https://walzflanagan.org/
Amy Klobuchar https://www.amyklobuchar.com/
Tina Smith https://www.tinaforminnesota.com/
Julie Blaha https://blahaforauditor.org/
Steve Simon https://stevesimonmn.com/
Keith Ellison https://keithellison.org/
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
Thanks for this song, D. R. It's a perfect anthem for the day. VOTE! RESIST!
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday November 5 Call to Action

I drove in to work today, and the Dean Phillips crowd was out with signs on the foot bridge across Highway 62 in Edina.  One day left!

There's still stuff to do.  Check out for last-minute options.
https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/dfl/

There are a handful of news items, but let's just focus today on getting ourselves and all our Democratic friends to the polls by 9pm tomorrow!

The Secretary of State’s website has all the information you need to get your vote on. You can apply for an absentee ballot, figure out where to vote and even get a sample ballot so you can do your research ahead of time. https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
Candidates cannot win without help from us. Commit today to doing your part.
Each candidate on the November ballot has a website where you can sign up to volunteer. Every person can do at least one thing per week to help these candidates win.

Walz/Flannagan https://walzflanagan.org/
Amy Klobuchar https://www.amyklobuchar.com/
Tina Smith https://www.tinaforminnesota.com/
Julie Blaha https://blahaforauditor.org/
Steve Simon https://stevesimonmn.com/
Keith Ellison https://keithellison.org/
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/

Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
https://cd2action.com/calendar/
This And That
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results: https://mailchi.mp/sisterdistrict/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-insights-265125
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/

Friday, November 2, 2018

Friday 11/2 Call to Action

Friday
It’s the last weekend before Election Day!! What will you do to help good leaders get elected on Tuesday? If you are looking for somewhere to go, join The Power of Many in Cottage Grove to help get out the vote for our great DFL candidates. You can door knock or phone bank in good company. We will meet from 12-3. RSVP here: Door Knock- https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/dfl/event/63800/ Phone Bank - https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/dfl/event/63971/
Young people say they plan to vote at near-historic highs
According to a poll from the Harvard University Institute of Politics, a high number of young voters could turn out in the 2018 midterm elections. The poll showed that 40 percent of 18-to 29-year olds said they will “definitely” vote in the 2018 midterm elections. This is a substantial increase from previous years. Oh Lordy, let’s hope so! https://www.vox.com/…/young-people-vote-harvard-poll-2018-m…
Young people nationwide are going to walk out of class on November 6th and head to the polls to vote en mass. We can promote and support this effort by using the hashtag #WalkOutToVote in our social media posts and encouraging our friends and family members to spread the word!https://walkouttovote.org
Pentagon: Border Migrants Aren’t A Threat
A document leaked from the Pentagon reveals that the military does not consider the migrants heading to the southern border to seek asylum a threat (no duh). What the military is concerned about are the throngs of armed, unregulated militia inspired by Trump and the GOP’s never-ending scaremongering of immigrants. Read more here:https://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-migrant-carav…
New Information about Watergate Scandal
According to new documents that were released by the National Archives this week, Nixon didn't resign for the good of the country or to avoid impeachment. He resigned because he was about to be indicted. I am guessing the timing of the release of this information was not a coincidence. Read more here: https://www.newsweek.com/grand-jury-indict-richard-nixon-wa…
Now let’s get to work. Here’s what you can do to get Democrats a win at the polls next Tuesday in order of importance.
Door Knock and Phone Bank
Campaigns are combining forces in a big push to Get Out The Vote. Minnesota’s DFL is coordinating door knocking and phone banking events throughout Minnesota. Sign up here for as many times as you can handle.
https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/dfl/
Or check out this page to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
You can also go to a candidates website and sign up to volunteer there. Are you lucky enough to be well represented in a safe district? Consider giving your time to Tina Smith, Keith Ellison, Julie Blaha, or Steve Simon.
Walz/Flannagan https://walzflanagan.org/
Amy Klobuchar https://www.amyklobuchar.com/
Tina Smith https://www.tinaforminnesota.com/
Julie Blaha https://blahaforauditor.org/
Steve Simon https://stevesimonmn.com/
Keith Ellison https://keithellison.org/
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
https://cd2action.com/calendar/
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed…
Talk to your friends and family. Commit to getting at least 3-5 people out to the polls. Let Wiki-How give you some advice on talking to your friends and family about voting. https://www.wikihow.com/Encourage-Others-to-Vote
Send Texts to Voters
Do you like texting? Check out these sites or contact a Minnesota campaign and see if you can get involved with a GOTV campaign on Hustle.
Action MN- Text Out The Vote https://www.takeactionminnesota.org/eve…/category/text-bank/
MoveOn.org-Text Out The Vote: https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/
Get Active on Social Media
Do you have some free time while in between activities today? Tweet out some support for your favorite candidate. Share your voting story with your friends on Facebook or Instagram.
Here’s some tips from AAUW. https://www.aauwaction.org/…/get-out-the-vote-using-social…/
Add a picture, people like pictures. Here are some graphics or take a picture yourself. https://www.google.com/search…
Feel free to use these as well to post on social media.
Who says Democrats don’t have policies? Here are great graphics on Democratic positions to read and share. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1052014272677597186.html Let’s spread the word! If we are on twitter, we can also retweet this thread herehttps://mobile.twitter.com/DeepInTheHil…/…/10520143030444277
The Secretary of State’s website has all the information you need to get your vote on. You can figure out where to vote and even get a sample ballot so you can do your research ahead of time. https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
Fun Fact: Even though online registration is closed, Minnesota voters can register in person when they vote, now through November 6th. Please bring a valid ID, a bill that states your address, or a registered voter to vouch for you. Vote! Vote! Vote!
Here is an article from MPR that lists where candidates stand on important issues. https://www.mprnews.org/…/minnesota-voter-guide-english-ele…
Rachel Maddow has a new podcast!! Check it out here: http://www.msnbc.com/bagman…
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday 11/1 Call to Action


Thursday 11/1

It’s November. Have you voted?!

1. Troops sent to the border.
Trump is using fear to stir up his base about dangerous migrants walking thousands of miles to bring violence, drugs, and disease into the U.S. Since we will not let him build a wall, he is sending troops to the border, anywhere between 5,000 to 15,000. What will this cost?
While the Defense Department has yet to reveal costs associated with deploying thousands of U.S. troops to the southwest border, a Pentagon official familiar with the details of the deployment told Newsweek that initial values could start within the $50 million range.
The estimated financial figure surged when factoring in the movement of equipment and associated logistical support combined with the allocation of funds for U.S. troops on temporary duty, the source said.”
This is such a waste of our resources and our armed forces. 

2. The most diverse candidates to run in U.S. history.
272 of 964 candidates are women
215 are black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or multiracial
26 are identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender

3.Youth activists getting ready to vote
“On November 6th, the voice of young people in this country will be heard loud and clear when we cast our ballots together,” Hogg said in a statement. “You will hear us marching to the polls, and you will see the impact we have when we cast our ballots. And we’ll make this impact because we’re not afraid to work together to make it happen."”

4. Enroll or renew healthcare plans 
Today enrollment opens for 2019 healthcare plans. Approximately 80% of people who go to Healthcare.gov will get coverage for $75 or less. Vote for candidates who protect your healthcare.

Now let’s get to work. Here’s what you can do to get Democrats a win at the polls next Tuesday in order of importance.

Door Knock and Phone Bank
Campaigns are combining forces in a big push to Get Out The Vote. Minnesota’s DFL is coordinating door knocking and phone banking events throughout Minnesota. Sign up here for as many times as you can handle.
https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/dfl/
Or check out this page to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
You can also go to a candidates website and sign up to volunteer there. Are you lucky enough to be well represented in a safe district? Consider giving your time to Tina Smith, Keith Ellison, Julie Blaha, or Steve Simon.
Walz/Flannagan https://walzflanagan.org/
Amy Klobuchar https://www.amyklobuchar.com/
Tina Smith https://www.tinaforminnesota.com/
Julie Blaha https://blahaforauditor.org/
Steve Simon https://stevesimonmn.com/
Keith Ellison https://keithellison.org/
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
https://cd2action.com/calendar/
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed…
Talk to your friends and family. Commit to getting at least 3-5 people out to the polls. Let Wiki-How give you some advice on talking to your friends and family about voting. https://www.wikihow.com/Encourage-Others-to-Vote
Send Postcards and Text to Voters
Time is running out to mail postcards, but you may be able to send some out today if you hurry.
Use Vote Forward to send letters to voters in MN01 https://votefwd.org/district/MN01
Do you like texting? Check out these sites or contact a Minnesota campaign and see if you can get involved with a GOTV campaign on Hustle.
Take Action MN- Text Out The Vote https://www.takeactionminnesota.org/eve…/category/text-bank/
MoveOn.org-Text Out The Vote: https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/
Get Active on Social Media
Do you have some free time while in between activities today? Tweet out some support for your favorite candidate. Share your voting story with your friends on Facebook or Instagram.
Here’s some tips from AAUW. https://www.aauwaction.org/…/get-out-the-vote-using-social…/
Add a picture, people like pictures. Here are some graphics or take a picture yourself. https://www.google.com/search…
Feel free to use these as well to post on social media.
Who says Democrats don’t have policies? Here are great graphics on Democratic positions to read and share. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1052014272677597186.html Let’s spread the word! If we are on twitter, we can also retweet this thread herehttps://mobile.twitter.com/DeepInTheHil…/…/10520143030444277
Extra Information
The Secretary of State’s website has all the information you need to get your vote on. You can figure out where to vote and even get a sample ballot so you can do your research ahead of time. https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
Fun Fact: Even though online registration is closed, Minnesota voters can register in person when they vote, now through November 6th. Please bring a valid ID, a bill that states your address, or a registered voter to vouch for you. Vote! Vote! Vote!
Here is an article from MPR that lists where candidates stand on important issues. https://www.mprnews.org/…/minnesota-voter-guide-english-ele…
Rachel Maddow has a new podcast!! Check it out here: http://www.msnbc.com/bagman…
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/