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For those who are asking this morning "what can we do beyond calling our reps?"

I have some thoughts.

1st: What is happening in the abortion rights arena now has been planned and fought for decades. All of us should know/volunteer with local organizations on the ground.

You can find many local ones here: abortionfunds.org

Get to know the activists in your local area.

All of them know the lay of the land in your local arena and have been engaged in protracted battles and have forged relationships that matter.

If your body/ability prevents you from doing the physical work of volunteering, consider what you can do from your home, or donate.

2nd: @NARAL and the @ACLU are on the front lines legally in the courts. The ACLU has some of the best lawyers in the country who are vastly underpaid for the work they do defending democracy.

Back them with your dollars.

3rd: Understand that the rollback of our rights is not JUST happening by Trump. National strikes or mass mobilizations do not stop the retrogressive white men in your local legislature from passing laws that kill us.

Local grassroots activism is mandatory.

This means you must get involved in LOCAL politics. Familiarize yourself with your local democratic party machine. Train to be a precinct monitor. Get canvass training.

Step out of your comfort zone and prepare to confront your neighbors.

Also, please understand again that there are orgs doing this everywhere. You do not have to start from scratch nor should you. Swooping in to save the day is a bad idea for a whole host of reasons.

Follow the lead of women already doing the work, and WOC in particular.

4th: I've said it before: please look to the work of @BlackVotersMtr in the South. You do not have to be Black to support their work, to canvass with them and to give them your dollars. They are transforming voter turnout in the deep South & we all need to follow their lead.

Follow their founders, @MsLaToshaBrown and @cliff_notes. LaTosha was in Switzerland just this past week doing work with the UN for people of African descent.

There is so much to learn from how their on-the-ground activism locally is having an international impact.

Also, @IndivisibleTeam is everywhere in the United States. While I have heard stories of local chapters not functioning all that well, YOUR INVOLVEMENT can change the trajectory of your local chapter.

5th: I want to scream from the rooftops this am that if you live in a red state, YOU SHOULD RUN FOR OFFICE. @EmergeAmerica trains women in red states to run. @SheShouldRun also does this work.

You are good enough. You are worthy. You can do it. LOOK AT WHO'S THERE NOW.

For chrissakes if mediocre right wing white male candidates can get elected, SO CAN YOU.

We need local progressive candidates on the ground running for office in EVERY SINGLE RED STATE IN EVERY SINGLE JURISDICTION.


We can't let our fear stop us. We must do the thing we think we cannot do.

I've watched one of my oldest friends run for County Council in South Carolina and WIN as a left-leaning progressive.

The program my company runs for activist leaders, RISE, has SIX graduates who are first time female candidates who've run.

Four of them won. One of them is still campaigning. It CAN happen.

Local legislatures are the source right now of so much retrogressive legislation that is literally killing people.

YOU could change that simply by getting on the ballot, organizing locally, and canvassing your neighbors about issues you care about.

6th: Targeted high value civil disobedience is mandatory now.

@by_the_ppl organized protests for impeachment that resulted in multiple arrests yesterday.

@UltraViolet was behind much of the Kavanaugh organizing, along with @PPact.

.@NationalADAPT has been engaged in high profile activism on healthcare.

Follow their lead as well as the lead of LOCAL activists who have been doing this for a very long time.

Sit-down strikes in your Congressperson's office, loud and local protests in State capitols, and media coverage of all of it WILL make a difference.

7th: Now a word for those of you who are thinking "I'm too old/too busy/tired to do this."

There are creative & free ways to resist EVERYWHERE.


Those of us with privilege in particular must leverage it, no excuses.

You can write postcards from anywhere through @DemocratWit (Postcards to Voters).

You can canvass or text-bank from your couch for candidates--Katie Porter did this locally and look what it did!

You can write letters to your reps--here's a primer: bit.ly/2qHx82X

You can use @resistbot to send emails to your reps, your Governor, your local officials.

You can use @faxzero to send five FREE faxes to anyone on the Hill.

Regardless of the means you choose, YOU MUST GET INVOLVED. You can and you must.

Lastly, I want to say this to the really privileged people who follow along on this feed, because I know you're here.


There is literally no one save those with actual governmental power in this country right now who is.

You are fooling yourself if you think that white supremacist patriarchy is going to stop at your doorstep and not cross the threshold.

It's already right outside and it's not going to knock and ask for permission to enter.

Aligning yourself with whiteness or maleness will not stop it. Aligning yourself with wealth will not stop it.

The only thing that stands a chance is organizing/resistance by every one of us who cares about having a future for our children and children everywhere.


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