We knew it was mathematically improbable that Kavanaugh wouldn’t be nominated. Even knowing that, we fought, we called, we posted, we protested, we shared our stories and we prayed (atheist style for some of us) for our Democracy and our humanity.
We’re living through a time where it’s becoming increasing harder to understand and feel empathy for those excited about the direction our country is taking. Where progressive conversations are about how to play dirtier vs can we play dirty at all.
We’re outraged and enraged. We dismayed and shocked. We’re constantly playing defense. It’s true a good defense can stop an offense and yet, without playing offense, you get nowhere. So let’s play offense.
We have twenty-nine days until the midterms. TWENTY-NINE DAYS to Nov 6th. If we want a true reckoning, it’s going to take all of us. Locally and Nationally.
We need as many players as possible to tip the odds blue.
So here’s the strategy -
Determine what you’re willing to fight for and how much time you can give to that fight. Can you do an hour a week? Five minutes a day? 30 minutes? I know none of what I’m suggesting is easy and yet, taking action is much easier than what we’re enduring with soulless leaders calling the shots.
Please consider this a starter list. There are so many organizations and people to support and there are races up and down the ticket - Governor, State Houses, Congress, Senate, Judges, etc. Please email me with your recommendations.
Can you donate money? If yes, here’s a few organizations supporting progressive candidates who can use it.
Can you make phone calls? If yes, here’s a few of candidates who could use your help.
Kim Schrier in Washington
Lisa Ring in Georgia
Shawna Roberts in Ohio
Danielle Mitchell in Tennessee
Mariah Phillips in Tennessee
You don’t have to live in their States or Districts to make calls. And their are a ton of candidates to dial for. Go to Indivisible and fill out the form. They’ll direct you. You can even TEXTBANK! AND KNOCK ON DOORS!!!
Can you talk to everybody you come across about the importance of voting and ask them if they are planning on voting?
During last years Seattle Mayoral race, I asked everybody at PCC (my neighborhood grocery store) if they had voted. I’d stand in the checkout line and have conversations with strangers (a leap for many people I know). I encountered so many people who hadn’t voted, like the checker and bagger. Our conversation inspired them fill out their ballots and drop them in the ballot box two blocks away during their break. I would have come back to collect them and drop them off.
NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW THAN GETTING OUT THE VOTE.
I believe we will win future elections and reverse terrible decisions. I believe we can help all marginalized people and advance equal rights. I believe we can have prison reform and wage equality. I believe. I believe. I believe. Just as we all believed that maybe, perhaps by the sheer consciousness of a few elected leaders Kavanaugh would be stopped. So we fought. And we will continue fighting until we elect leader who represent values of social and environmental justice. Ultimately our fervor will make us a better, stronger and more compassionate country.
We win when people vote and people vote when they are inspired. We are the inspiration.
How are you going to spend the next twenty-nine days?
I’m going to make calls. I’m going to canvas. I’m going to donate. I’m going to talk to every person I come in contact with. And I’m going to escape the mountains as often I can because nature heals.
Let’s do this!
Love and gratitude -