Electoral Reform, Give Thanks
Support Electoral Reform
The American election system is broken, and it's up to us to fix it. Although it's unlikely that faithless electors could turn the election for Hillary Clinton or a third candidate, taking action to support faithless electors, promote Barbara Boxer's bill to end the Electoral College, and encourage states to join the National Popular Vote movement ensures that this issue stays in the forefront of political discussions. Here's how you can help:
- Read this article about the Faithless Elector movement
- Tell your electors not to cast their votes for Donald Trump on December 19th
- Call your state representatives and governor to ask them to sign the Interstate Voting Compact
- Call your Representatives to tell them you support Barbara Boxer's bill to end the Electoral College and elect the President by popular vote. Here's a simple script
"I'm a constituent of [Representative], and I'm calling in support of Barbara Boxer's bill to pass a Constitutional Amendment to end the Electoral College. I'd like to ask [Representative] to co-sponsor or support this bill so that every American's vote counts equally."
Finding Reason to Give Thanks
This post is shared from The Least Among Us, one of Project 1460's partner sites.
I am so grateful to all of you for looking for ways to reach out and to move forward. I know that this will be a tough and contentious week for many of you, and I hope that you are able to find at least some small reason to give thanks in this difficult season. If you're so inclined, please drop me a note and tell me what that is!
Something to do with your time
In preparation for going home to deal with relatives who may not understand your pain and grief, here are two worthwhile resources that provide ideas about how you might turn those encounters into something meaningful.
A Portrait of the White People You’re About to Encounter at Your Thanksgiving Table
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry
Even if you're not heading home or don't have difficult relatives, your action item for the week is to read the second of the two links above, and think hard about how to apply those lessons in your daily life. One of the biggest fights we are going to have now is also going to be the background one: we have to constantly fight the normalization of hate, whether overt or subtle, and we need to have our tools at the ready.
Something to do with your money
Thanks to everyone who contacted a food bank last week to ask about Thanksgiving needs! I am still thinking about food insecurity and about how ensuring that the basic needs of those around us are met seems foundational to social justice. Feeding America, a national network of food banks and meal programs, will double your donation until Thanksgiving. They have a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator.
In poking around their website, I read about their partnership in a program to provide diapers to low-income families. Note the numerous references to the Obama administration on that page and think about how many small yet critical programs like this will lose their federal funding and instead need our attention and donations.
A few other things
While this newsletter could very easily become a clearinghouse for "things to call your congresspeople about this week," I'm going to defer to this excellent spreadsheet unless there is something I particularly want to highlight: "We're His Problem Now" Calling Sheet. If you haven't already called about white supremacist Steve Bannon or about the plan to nominate Jefferson Beauregard Motherfucker Sessions to be Attorney General, please do.
San Francisco friends! One of our field correspondents asked me to let you all know that there is a dire need for school volunteers in the Mission, and you can learn about how to sign up for that here.
Safe travels to everyone who is on the road this week, and Happy Thanksgiving.
In love and solidarity,