Retake is launching a Rattle the GOP Campaign by asking you to reach out to friends in states with GOP Senators & Reps and asking that they deluge them with postcards, calls, and emails and that they attend Town Halls in their home states from Feb 17-20. The GOP is seriously rattled. Let’s Rattle ’em some more.From now on we will have a daily Santa Fe or NM-focused Action and Share and a National Action and Share. This is due to the increasing number of supporters who live in other states and to many local supporters wanting to take more national action. Be sure to get to the end of this short post as it includes a compelling video on the plight of Syrian refugees and a request for a volunteer to compile an inventory of videos that present the human consequences of past and current US policies. Read on and Act.
Action for Today – Santa Fe: Call 2-3 friends and ask them to join you at Retake Our Democracy’s Rattle the GOP & Resist Trump Town Hall. Today, Saturday, 3:30-5:30pm, 1420 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe. We will first hear from City Councilor Renee Villarreal, about local strategies for advancing progressive initiatives in Santa Fe. And then we will change gears and discuss our new Rattle the GOP Campaign. We will then form conversation circles to discuss Rattle the GOP and other ideas for resisting Trump. Click here to RSVP
Share Today – Santa Fe: Copy and paste this note in your FB feed:
“Today I asked 3 friends to come with me to the Retake Our Democracy’s Rattle the GOP & Resist Trump Town Hall. Today, Saturday, 3:30-5:30pm, 1420 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe. We will first hear from City Councilor Renee Villarreal, about local strategies for advancing progressive initiatives in Santa Fe. And then we will change gears and discuss our new national Rattle the GOP Campaign. We will then form conversation circles to discuss Rattle the GOP and other ideas for resisting Trump. Click here to RSVP
Action/Share Today – National: Scroll through your Friends list on Facebook to find five folks who you know well, who are progressive and concerned, and who live in states with GOP Congressional Reps: most of the Midwest, South, and Rust Belt as a start. If they allow you to post directly, create a post that says:
“Retake Our Democracy is a blog I subscribe to. It is designed to make it very easy to be active in resisting Trump and advancing good policy and legislation. One great strategy they promote is called Rattle the GOP, a strategy to get people you know who have GOP Congressional Reps to apply pressure on them by sending post cards or attending Town Halls when the reps are in town (Feb 17-20 is the next time).Take a look: https://retakeourdemocracy.org/rattle-the-gop-with-swingleft/.
Retake Our Democracy is on the air at 11am today on KSFR with an interesting interview with three local Dreamers. Very worth a listen. And if you like the show, please write to the program director, Merrylin LeBlanc at email@example.com and tell her that you want the show to continue. KSFR gives new shows 3 or 4 shows and then a committee decides if it should continue. Your votes on this will matter.
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Moral Monday, Monday, Feb 20, noon-2pm at the Roundhouse. Please join us and our partners the New Mexico Progressive Coalition for lobbying in the morning and Retake Our Democracy’s Moral Monday at noon with a host of speakers from New Energy Economy, ACLU, Common Cause, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, and more, plus music from Jono Manson, John Kurzweg, Consuelo Luz and friends. Click here to RSVP and for more details. And Sunday Feb 12, from 2-4pm, at 1420 Cerrillos Rd join Deborah Dennard in an afternoon of Moral Monday sign creation. Supplies will be provided.
Rattle the GOP. Far more important than calling your own Congressional Representatives — especially for those with progressive representatives — is to reach out to friends and family living in states with GOP Congressional Reps. Their post cards, calls, and emails matter to their Representatives. And with most Senators and House Reps heading home the weekend of Feb 17-20, we have an opportunity to really rattle their cage and deflate support for Trump’s plans.
All 435 US Reps face re-election in 2018 and campaigns will begin in a year. They don’t want the media to cover how besieged they have been by their constituents. There are many signs that the GOP is starting to feel the pressure. Let’s ratchet up that pressure. Click here to find out how you can Rattle the GOP and resist Trump.
Retake Our Democracy’s Human-Side Video Project
A picture is worth a thousand words and the picture and words of real people describing their challenges is worth a million words. Retake is looking for a volunteer who is willing to pore over the Web and look for powerful YouTube videos that present the Human Side on a myriad of issues: being a refugee, being a Dreamer, being a poor farmer, living in the shadow of a methane plume, living without healthcare, being desperately poor, old, and alone, living in fear as the mom of black male children. Your task will be to preview video and find the best video you can and assemble an inventory. Every blog post will then include a compelling video on the subject of that day’s blog. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in doing this.
The Human Side of Being a Refugee