3 weeks ago, Republican gerrymandering, voter disenfranchisement, and media apathy handed us a Donald Trump presidency.
We are a country wracked by in-fighting, finger-pointing, and helpless apathy, with a small vocal minority expressing their outrage. None of that is helpful. What *is* helpful is to have a plan. Last Tuesday we launched the website and #OperationCyouNextTuesday, with the corresponding Twitter account. We have gained nearly 100 followers in that time. That’s no small feat! Each one of you following and hoping for something to do, some guidance, you are all part of this.
So what do we do now?
Well, it’s Tuesday. So, first, take a look at some of the top issues happening today that need action:
Call Chairman of Committee on Oversight & Gov. Reform Jason Chaffetz.
Tell him to open investigation into Trump’s conflicts of interest.
Call the office of the Comptroller General of the Government Accountability Office
(202) 512-5500 and tell them you support Senator Warren’s request to audit the President Elect’s finances for conflicts of interest.
Then email these three addresses:
Katherine Siggerud email@example.com
Timothy Minnelli firstname.lastname@example.org
One short, polite sentence is fine.
I am writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s request for an audit of our incoming President Elect’s finances to prohibit conflicts of interest that would prevent him from carrying out the responsibilities of the office without corrupt influence.
Rally others to make calls!
Challenge your friends, neighbors, family, your whole community to take action and call representatives every week. Follow up with them and hold them to their “homework”
Only by participating and acting can we hope to stem the forces working against democracy. Silence helps their side, don’t be silent, create a chorus of voices.
Have a Plan
It’s ok to be nervous when making a call to an elected official. I will admit it, I *hate* talking on the phone, which is why Twitter, Facebeook, and petitions feel like ‘safe’ places from which to fight for me. However, winning a battle sometimes means meeting the enemy at center field, or waging war on their territory – something the US has been great at doing to others. Get out of your comfort zone, make a list of who to call, write a script, and make those calls. Keep calm, take a deep breath, and know that you can do it. If you have to, visualize yourself making a successful phone call first. Call someone and practice. Know that you are probably getting an intern, and that they want to be working in politics to represent the people, of which you are one. When you’re done, thank them for their time, and tell them you look forward to talking to them again when you Call You Next Tuesday.
Lastly, make sure you care for yourself. You can’t be a great warrior without armor, a shield, or defenses. Keep building your defenses in the best ways for you. If that means an extra latte at Starbucks, go for it. If that means hitting snooze one more time this morning, do it. If that means turning all media off between 7 pm and 7 am and focusing on family, friends, pets, crafts, whatever…just do it.
Feel free to share with us your experience, either here in the comments, on our Contact page, or on Twitter.