Weekly Actions 4/11/2017

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While we are not connected in any way to the Democratic Party, it is clear that electing more Democrats is the most immediate way to stop the onslaught of bills and regulation repeals we’ve featured in past posts that impact human rights and the health of our environment.
 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Help with phone banking:
    • The first of the special elections is TODAY, April 11! If you can spare a few minutes to be part of a phone bank reminding people to vote for James Thomson, the Democrat who is running to fill a vacated seat in Kansas, click here. Then, follow the instructions to phone bank from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, via an automatic dialer. The website also provides a script with talking points. Learn more about James Thomson’s platform here.
    • The second of these special elections is next Tuesday, April 18, in Georgia, and Democrat Jon Ossoff is on the ticket. You can learn more about his platform here and volunteer to phone bank here.

     

  • Make a small donation to either Jon Ossoff or James Thompson.

 

Looking ahead to May, Democrat Rob Quist appears to have a good shot at filling the seat vacated by Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke. Learn more about the Rob Quist campaign and get involved here.
 

Congress is on recess for the next two weeks, which means that your Members of Congress should be in their districts and available to hear your concerns. Making sure constituents spoke up loud and clear in Congressional Town Halls was essential to our campaign against the Republican Health Care Bill and influenced many centrist Republicans not to support the types of repeals the conservative coalition was asking for. As the GOP is planning to try again to repeal or change the Affordable Care Act, we need to make sure our voices continue to be heard.
 

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Read up: The Indivisible Guide (aka the indispensable guide) has compiled a handy list of Five Policy Priorities to focus on this recess. This list of Town Hall questions from the folks at Resistance In Your Pocket is also a great resource.
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  • Attend (or demand) a Town Hall: Utilize the Town Hall Project or Rise Stronger to find out if any of your Members of Congress are holding a Town Hall in your area. Note that all these lists depend on people posting, so if no Town Hall is listed for your Rep., call them and ask them why they aren’t holding a Town Hall this recess. Remind them that their job is to meet with constituents, and if they still refuse to hold a town hall, gather some friends and ask for a personal meeting. MoveOn.org has a list of resistance events and resources, as well as a way to create an event with other like-minded people.

 

Since the story broke over Bill O’Reilly’s pay-offs against claims of sexual harassment, over 60 companies have pulled ads from the program. Most recently, Angie’s List responded to public pressure and joined the boycott. The power of the pocketbook is huge! From November to February, in response to pressure, Trump retail products suffered a 61% drop in sales.

 
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 

  • Follow Sleeping Giants: “An organization dedicated to stopping racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and anti-Semitic news sites by stopping their ad dollars,” Sleeping Giants has been spearheading the Bill O’Reilly boycott campaign, as well as a long-term campaign against Breitbart news. Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up to date information about who has yet to join the boycott, and how to email and/or tweet these companies to get them to stop advertising on these platforms.
  • Write to Amazon: One company to target in particular is Amazon. You can use their public contact form, complaints forum, or send an email directly to CEO Jeff Bezos, and Director of Social Responsibility, Christine Bader. Threaten to boycott the use of their platform, especially if you’re an Amazon Prime Customer, and encourage others to do the same until the company stops supporting Breitbart.
     
    According to Snopes, “the level of Amazon’s advertising on Breitbart is largely driven by how many Amazon customers choose to visit Breitbart, not by how much money Amazon chooses to allocate to placing ads on that publisher’s site. Still, Amazon could choose not to do business with ad exchanges that include Breitbart among their clients, or possibly in some cases instruct those exchanges to exclude Breitbart from their ad placements.
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  • Write to Shopify: There’s also been a huge campaign against Shopify, which is one of the few major remaining Breitbart advertisers. If your favorite on-line merchants are continuing to advertise their products here, write to them and ask them to follow the lead of these merchants and consider new e-commerce platforms.