2 weeks ago, Republican gerrymandering, voter disenfranchisement, and media apathy handed us a Donald Trump presidency.
Since then, we have seen a plan for a march on Washington DC for the day after the inauguration, with corresponding marches in cities across the country. There has been an explosion of racist attacks and hate speak, with outright displays of White Nationalism, and little to no pushback from the media.
People have been wearing safety pins, while others have rejected the idea that wearing a safety pin provides any real comfort to anyone.
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:
Introduced by Rep Clark
Everyone is encouraged to call the House Oversight Committee and *your* representatives to express support for this bill.
Hillary continues to rise in the popular vote tally, to a margin close to only President Obama’s successful bids for the White House, yet areas that were poling for her have seen vote discrepancies. There is a movement to request an audit of the vote to ensure that the US is operating under free and fair elections, and this petition is one of the steps toward that. You can also your own elected officials, because a call does more than a petition. Your Secretary of State, election officials in your state and county, and your Governor should all hear from you.
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, Facbeook, 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.