Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday 6/6 Call to Action

1. Blue Wave in November?
While I have always voted in elections, politics has not been my cup of tea. That is until November 2016, when Trump won the election and my six year old daughter asked me why someone who touched girls in their privates got to be the President. Obviously, it was time to do something. Since then, my life has been a whirlwind of learning about civics, participating in marches and resistance activities, and volunteering to get good people elected in 2018. This year marked the first time I attended my local caucus. I was lucky enough to be named a delegate and I got the chance to co-chair at the district and state conventions. I left the state convention in Rochester on Sunday full of energy, ready to help the DFL make Minnesota blue in November. That feeling was short lived. The very next day, AG Lori Swanson and Rep. Rick Nolan threw their hats into the gubernatorial race. Yesterday, Reps. Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan joined in. Keith Ellison for Attorney General and so many more! I have sacrificed a lot of time (and money) to participate in the DFL’s nominating process. What was the point of all that is no one abides by the nominations?…/4455324-results-mn-dfl-gop-conventio……/minnesota-filing-deadline-politics
I am dreading the infighting that will happened between Democrats as we all vie for our favorite candidate. I wonder how candidates running for state Congress will fare with resources spread between so many people. Even now I know that those that are running for state House are struggling to get volunteers and donations.
I know I am not the only one who felt the call to get involved in 2016. The DFL received a wave of fresh faces and ideas. What an opportunity to organize us towards a common goal! I am disheartened because that gift is not being used to its fullest potential. We need to be at our very best to get Minnesotans to vote in November and the events of the past two days leave me uncertain.
Like Will Rogers said, “I’m not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.”
So now more that ever it is important for us to stay focused on the following ideas:
* Remember to remain respectful in all discourse. After the primary, support the winning candidates, even if they were not your first choice. In the end a candidate you agree with 90% of the time is better than having Minnesota led by Republicans in all three branches of government.
* Volunteer for at least one campaign. This is all hands on deck time. Please pay special attention to the state House elections. There are so many fantastic people ready to lead. They need our help to get them elected.
* What we do in the five months will have lasting consequences. Remember, if Democrats don’t take control in 2018, it will be even harder to elicit change in the future. Push yourself out of your comfort zone.
Need some specific ideas on how to help? Do you live in an area of Minnesota that is well represented? Adopt a candidate from another area. While there are many options, I would like to put a good work in for Tina Folch. Tina is running for the Minnesota Representative in 54B. Tina would love to have some volunteers help her door knock and march in parades. If you have the means, she would also appreciate a donation. Campaigns are expensive. Check out Tina here: Or here:
This Wikipedia page lists all of the candidates for Minnesota House of Representatives. Adopt a candidate today!…/Minnesota_House_of_Representativ…
Here are the candidates in congressional district 2
Angie Craig:
State Congress for CD2:
Congressional District 3
Dean Phillips:
State Congress for CD3:
Want to know the best way to get out the vote? It’s canvassing. Nothing beats face to face interaction with voters. Put on your walking shoes and join a local campaign in some lively door knocking. If we all do a little we can make a big difference. What we do in the next 5 months will affect our lives for years to come.…/what-is-the-1-most-effective…/
2. Minnesota Dreamer Detained by ICE
Estefania, a Dreamer from Minneapolis, has been detained by ICE. Estefania is our beloved friend, fellow organizer and sister. She was picked up in Washington County and because of her DACA status, her situation is vulnerable. Estefania is such a valuable community member. She has run and won tuition equity campaigns, has supported hundreds of students, and is a solid friend that cares for so many of us, her community and a better world. In short, Estefania has showed up for many of us. Let's all show up for her.
Please support and donate. The money will go directly to cover her defense, her family and her healing process.…
Sites to Check:
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.…/mueller-firing-rapid-respo…/search/
CD2Action, @CD2action
League of Women Voters MN Check out their calendar of activities here:
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
Jason Mraz "I Won't Give Up" from the album Love Is A Four Letter Word. Directed by Mark Pellington. Download:…

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