The familiar refrain is often, “What can I do?” often accompanied by some hand wringing about the state of our democracy. For starters, here are some remarkable resources.
Just remember: You can’t do everything. But you can do something. Put a stake in the ground and get to work:
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5 Calls is the easiest and most effective way for citizens to make an impact in national and local politics
Small Deeds Done (are better than great deeds planned)
So let’s break the work down! Let’s make it manageable. Small actions are not insignificant. A grand master plan means nothing unless someone (like you) takes the small steps that need to happen to make it a reality.
And that’s what Small Deeds is all about. It’s about each of us taking regular, small steps – that together lead to massive, crushing, world-bending change.
Indivisible member Linda Chiles recommends reaching out to Democratic presidential candidates with this action step. All necessary resources are provided in this post. You just have to make the effort. In her words:
“I just finished my little project of writing to the DNC (Nancy Pelosi, Seema Nanda-CEO, Chuck Schumer, Tom Perez) and all the candidates about this article I had read that I really agree with. See the attachments.
I thought your group might be interested in doing this, too, provided, of course, they agree with this Republican author. I’m sending it to my contacts and encouraging them to write to these folks as well. I don’t know if it does any good but it sure makes me feel better.
Download the following:
Write: The two chairs of the Senate Rules and Administration committee.
Chair: Sen. Richard Shelby
Ranking member: Sen. Amy Klobuchar
- Click the link for each Senator
- Fill out the necessary fields
- Topic is “other” or “not listed”
- Subject is: Support the bipartisan SAVE Act
- Copy and paste the message:
Dear Senator, I support the bipartisan SAVE Act introduced by Martin Heinrich and Susan Collins. With 21 state elections databases targeted last year, I trust the R&A committee will address the safety of our national voting systems by considering safer, hack-resistant paper ballots. Please do all you can to help S. 2035 proceed. Thank you.
NOTE: The links in the above message will not post into the email, but are included for background information for our readers.
Calls Week of November 6
Before you make those calls: Read our Blog post on being an efficient caller.
Representative Schneider and Senators Duckworth and Durbin this week:
Tell Representative Schneider*:
- Advocate for the economic rights of our poorest neighbors
- Advocate for poor Americans who make less than $18,600 per year and for middle class families who stand to lose tax benefits
- Thank Representative Schneider for speaking out on this issue in his statement.
Tell your Representative and Senators*:
Tell your Senators*:
- Support a clean DREAM act
- Thank Senator Durbin for Co-sponsoring the bill.
- Urge Senator Duckworth to become a co-sponsor.
- Oppose the nomination of Thomas Farr to a lifetime appointment to the US District Court
- Hundreds of civil rights groups oppose him because of his demonstrated opposition to voting rights, workers’ rights, and civil rights. This appointment is dangerous for democracy.
- Urge Senators Duckworth and Durbin to vote “No” on this nomination
*Q: Why do I tell my Representative and Senators different lists of issues? Why don’t I read them all the same script?
A: Because certain responsibilities originate in the House of Representative (tax bills start there) and other responsibilities originate in the Senate (confirmations of appointees).
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One of the quickest and easiest ways to let your representatives in Washington DC know what you think on a particular issue is to pick up the phone and tell them.
Seriously? I can just tell them how I want them to vote on stuff?
That’s right. Our representatives and senators (at least in the IL-10th district) want to hear what you have to say. They actually pay people to sit in a chair, pick up the phone, and tally up how many constituents are for or against a particular measure.
But there’s a dirty little secret they don’t want you to know.
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