Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday 9/28 Call to Action

SCOTUS Hearing
Were you glued to your television yesterday? Maybe you were like me, stuck at work trying to follow on Twitter while members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. However you watched it, you must agree that yesterday’s hearing was remarkable. I was struck by Dr. Ford’s intelligence, sincerity, and bravery to stand and tell her truth. Kavanaugh on the other displayed some disturbing behavior that tells me he does not have mental and ethical fortitude to have a lifetime appointment to the highest court. Republicans on the committee had man tantrums and broke norms in a desperate attempt to push through Trump’s nominee.
Rachel Maddow had a great recap of the day on her show. Watch it here: Basically the entire front page of the Washington Post is about the hearings. Read that here:
Republicans on the Senate Judicial Committee have decided to vote for Kavanaugh this morning at 9:30 eastern (that’s 8:30 for Minnesota). The only member of the committee that might have been wavering was Senator Jeff Flake form Arizona. Feel free to send him a tweet this morning (@jeffflake) and let him know what you think. The entire Senate will vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Saturday morning. Unbelievable.
Here in Minnesota there is not much to be done. Senator Klobuchar has proven time and again during this process that she is fighting for us. Senator Smith is a definite “No” as well. You could tweet at Senators Collins and Murkowski and let them know what you think.
The best thing you can do is to help better candidates win in November. Turn your anger and frustration about this unfair hearing into good by canvassing, phone banking, post card writing, etc. Think of this as the sprint at the end of the race. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Do as much as you can to help.
Just do it. Volunteer. Help change the landscape in Washington and at the Capitol in St. Paul.
Do you have the day off from work? Join your neighbors at Senators Klobuchar and Smith’s offices to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination and let the world know that we believe survivors. The event will go from 12-3 today. Learn more here:
Angie Craig and Jason Lewis to Debate
Calling all residents of congressional district 2. Candidate Angie Craig and Representative Jason Lewis will be having their first public debate on October 25th Those of you who live in CD2 know how amazing it is that Lewis is actually appearing in public in front of his constituents. This NEVER happens. He must be scared about the election in November. Good. If you can, go and support Angie Craig. Learn more here :…/Join-us-for-M…
Now Take Action!
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.
Snail Mail Your Way to Victory!
Check out Vote Forward. This program helps you send letters to voters in Minnesota’s Congressional District 2 MN-02 (Jason Lewis) and encourages them to get out and vote. Another hot option is pro-Russia Dana Rorhabacher's CA-48 district in California.
Text Your Way to Victory!
Many of us may feel overworked, over scheduled, and under-slept, but have the desire to get out the vote for the November midterms. We can join MoveOn’s texting team and transform the tiny bits of time in our week into progressive action in key jurisdictions across the country.
Tweet Your Way to Victory!
Here’s a way to use social media to support candidates we support. Let’s take a look:…/Helping_the_ca…
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.
Amy Klobuchar
Tina Smith
Julie Blaha
Steve Simon
Keith Ellison
District 1 Daniel Feehan
District 2 Angie Craig
District 3 Dean Phillips
District 4 Betty McCollum
District 5 Ilhan Omar
District 6 Ian Todd
District 7 Collin Peterson
District 8 Joe Radinovich
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.…
National healthcare advocate Ady Barkan, who has ALS, has an interesting approach to courting Sen. Collins (R-ME) vote on Kavanaugh. He is soliciting donations to go to her opponent in her 2020 re-election bid should she vote for Kavanaugh.…/brett-kavanaugh-susan-collins-a…/ Over $100,000 has been raised so far. Let’s see if we can help:…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
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.
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results:…/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-… Let’s read the report and keep on writing postcards!
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-

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