Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday 10.12 Call to action

Scream Town Shut Down Due to Racist Remarks
Scream Town, a popular Halloween haunted experience in Carver County, has been shut down due to disparaging comments the owner, Matt Dunn, made about Somali-American customers. Dunn posted a message to Scream Town employees in a secret Facebook group saying, “Note that we are having a zero-tolerance policy with Somalis. (Other guests, you can make your best judgment call.) But absolutely zero tolerance with Somalis.” Sigh.
Dunn has since apologized for his remarks. The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN), Jaylani Hussein has publicly accepted Dunn’s apology and has asked the community to move forward. Carver County officials, however, are not satisfied with just an apology and have determined that Dunn’s statement violated local and federal anti-discrimination laws as well as Scream Town’s contract with the Sheriff’s Office for security, traffic and crowd control.
This story is a great example of why it is so very important for us to elect leaders who will follow the laws and do the right thing. Our laws mean nothing if our leaders refuse to follow them and our courts refuse to hold them accountable.
Check out this story that happened in Texas.
In Waller County Texas (a community that’s population is 70% Caucasian), there is a historically black University, Prairie View A&M University. The Waller County government has a long history of suppressing the votes of students who attend this school. After the government made another attempt to prevent student from voting, Democratic Congressional candidate Mike Siegel had one of his campaign field directors deliver a letter to the country demanding the country fix the problem so the students could vote. The campaign worker, Jacob Aronowitz, delivered the letter and snapped a photo of the county clerk to serve a proof that the letter was received. Shortly after, Aronowitz was arrested and taken to jail and his phone was confiscated. Aronowitz remembers being asked what political party he represented before being arrested. Does this alarm you? It should.
Or watch the interview on The Rachel Maddow Show:
If we don’t pick better leaders in November, thing like this will happen more frequently. Elections have consequences.
Defend Our Right to Protest
There are less than 300 comments and the deadline for commenting on the anti-protest rules Trump and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke have proposed is this MONDAY, OCTOBER 15; these rules would impose steep fees and costs on demonstrators as well as placing onerous restrictions on all demonstrations in Washington, D.C that use parkland controlled by the National Park Service---that includes the National Mall, Lafayette Park, the White House Sidewalk, Lincoln Memorial, the Ellipse, Freedom Plaza, and the sidewalks and parkland along Pennsylvania Avenue, including the sidewalk in front of the Trump Hotel.
Here’s a link to help us write an effective comment:…/how-to-write-strong-comment…/
Border Wall
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will be introducing legislation this week to fully fund Trump’s border wall.…/kevin-mccarthy-border-wall…/index.html
Let’s make sure to tell our MoCs that we think the wall is a waste of taxpayer money as it will not do what it is expected to do.
Get out This Weekend!
I hope you all have committed to helping at least one candidate this weekend. We have got to change the trajectory of this country and our best tool is to get our friends and neighbors to vote. Please do as much as you can to support Democratic candidates in Minnesota.
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.
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.…
Grab Your Wallet has just launched #GrabYourBallot. It automatically splits your donation between Democratic candidates in especially tight midterm races:
For those of you who are fans of Glennon Doyle, Check her out here:
In a national effort coordinated by author Glennon Doyle, beginning today, October 5, “through Consumer Black Friday (Nov 23), WE ARE GOING TO TURN OUR RAGE INTO CHANGE. We are going to: Represent, Act, Gather & Exit.” When we sign up, we will get each week’s call-to-action. “Please share this post, tag your people, and consider signing on to support this Rage-to-Change Movement:
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…
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.
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
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