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TAKE ACTION: FLIP CONGRESS BLUE!

List of Senators up for re-election in 2018 who voted for the tax bill (scroll down to Take Action, #12)

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UPDATE 12/4: Join with Tony The Democrat to send postcards to voters to help flip Alabama's Senate election on 12/12 from pedophile Roy Moore to Doug Jones! Tues. is the last day to mail from out-of-AL; Weds. is the last day to mail from inside AL (see #1, below) 11/15: Democrats' spectacular success in Virginia and New Jersey elections highlights the "blue wave" that can crest next year. See below for how to help! 12/3: Politicaledu.org now predicts Dems have a 95.3% chance of taking the House in 2018! (see Voting Rights section) 10/1: Several strong successes for Democrats in special elections this year, even where Trump campaigns for GOP candidates. 9/13: Dems continue to winTrump districts; this time in OK. 6/20: South Carolina's 5th and Georgia's 6th districts voted GOP in House special elections--despite the loss, a very strong showing for Dems, who handily beat expectations in both heavily GOP districts! 5/4: See below for the most vulnerable GOP House members who voted for ACHA.

LEARN which states/districts have vulnerable GOP governors, senators (eight GOP seats are up in 2018, 22 in 2020, and 22 in 2022--Senators serve 6-year terms), and House representatives (who serve 2-year terms), then work for Democrats in those locations. (Lists can be found below.) For example, the first member of Congress to support Trump was Rep. Chris Collins, @RepChrisCollins, who barely beat the Democrat in his 27th NY district, 51-49%. If we can flip vulnerable districts, we can win back the House in 2018 and block the most egregious future Trump legislation. If we’re able to flip both the Senate and House, we’ll be able to stop the Trump agenda cold, the same way the GOP obstructed Obama in his final years. Democrats already hold the majority point of view. It's important to recognize that social media is now flooded with automated bots and hired trolls, who can make it appear that the Trump Administration has more support than it does. Check The Alliance for Securing Democracy's dashboard to see what Russian social media bots are focusing on in the US at any given moment.

IMPEACHMENT: It is the House of Representatives who bring impeachment proceedings against the President. Should the Democrats take back the House in 2018, they will be able to impeach him. It is CRUCIAL to have that option, given the Mueller investigation's indictments and "tightening noose" when it comes to charges against the Administration. It's fairly clear that the GOP is unwilling to impeach Trump, no matter what he does or has done. That means that Mueller could deliver an indictment the GOP House could simply ignore, in which case, democracy would be dead, and we would all need to learn Russian... (see Foreign Policy section for more on Trump-Russia)

TAKE ACTION

(1) Join with Tony The Democrat to write and send postcards to Democratic voters in other states in advance of special elections, and 2018. In the past few months, 165,000 voters have been contacted this way (on twitter: #PostcardsToVoters). See this short video, or write postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org! If you're more of an introvert, this is a great way to make an impact in a way that nourishes your nervous system. If you're more of an extravert, you can get together with friends and write/design/send away. (It also provides a destination for your creativity...). Text HELLO to 484-ASK-ABBY, receiving address and talking points, write and send! Deadline for mailing: Tuesday, 12/5 if you're out of state; Wednesday, 12/6, if you're in AL!

(2) Visit flippable.org and sign up: “Win back our country for Democrats by flipping seats in state legislatures, the House, and the Senate. Practice democracy daily.” @Flippable: daily actions tweeted to your twitter account, or check the website's current action items.

(3) Turn the House blue in 2018! Start now. Join swingleft, working to flip House districts to the Democrats. Check out their map to see if you live in a swing district. See the list below #10 for those most vullnerable House districts for 2018!

(4) Eight GOP Senate seats are up in 2018, 22 in 2020, and 22 in 2022--Senators serve 6-year terms) These are the senators who are up for re-election in 2018, 2020, 2022.

(5) Download Indivisible: A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda, a guide about how to take effective political action, written by volunteer former progressive Congressional staffers:

How grassroots advocacy worked to stop President Obama. We examine lessons from the Tea Party’s rise and recommend two key strategic components: 1. A local strategy targeting individual Members of Congress (MoCs)—it’s all about reelection for them. 2. A defensive approach purely focused on stopping Trump from implementing an agenda built on racism, authoritarianism, and corruption.

Search for your your local community at indivisibleguide and on Twitter and Facebook. Form your own Indivisible group, register it, and check out their twitter feed to see how other groups are doing. Look throughout UpholdTheseRights, find the issue(s) that matter most to you and your group, roll up your sleeves, and begin. We can do this! Didn’t you want to be a superhero fighting the darkness when you were a child? Now is your chance!

(6) Also watch your state legislature's races, and Governorships nationwide. States' laws are crucial to limiting the effect of Trump's policies in your location.

VULNERABLE GOVERNORS: The 2017-18 campaign has begun in 38 states with elections for governor in the next 2 years. Candidates are announcing now, all over the country. Here are the states Clinton won which now have GOP governors and 2018 elections: IL, MA, MD, NH, NJ (flipped 11/7!), NM, NV, VT Other vulnerable GOP swing state governorships that might flip in 2018, with our help: FL, IA, ME, MI, WI

(7) For the 2018 midterm elections, focus on increasing the diversity of the U.S. Congress, supporting non-whites’ and females’ campaigns by donating time and/or money to their campaigns. There are 535 members of Congress: 100 Senators, 435 in the House. The number of females in the House dropped from 84 to 83 (now 16%), but went up to 21% in Senate (19% of Congress are women). Women of color increased by 4x (sounds good, but translates to only 4 women of color in the Senate). Non-whites comprise 19% (for a total of 34 Hispanics in the House, 4 in the Senate). Blacks’ overall representation increased slightly, from 46 to 49. There are now 15 Asian-Americans in Congress. The LGBTQ community is represented by the same numbers as before. Tammy Baldwin of WI was the first openly gay or lesbian person to serve in Senate, whereas there are 6 LGBTQ members of the House. THere is only one openly transgendered individual serving in a state House (and none in the US House of Representatives), and she was elected on 11/7/17: Danica Roem, of VA (Olivo, 11/8/17, Washington Post). As for religion, there are only 39 non-Christians (7%) in Congress: 30 Jewish, 4 Hindu, 3 Buddhist and 2 Muslim representatives. (Marcos, The Hill, 11/17/16) Some progress is being made, but we have a long way to go before Congress truly represents all of us!

(8) Need to contact your representatives to express an opinion, preference, make a request or a demand? Remember, you have two House representatives and two Senators. Who are your representatives? DC House of Representatives switchboard: 866-948-8977 and Senate 866-985-2543 (in addition to your local and state Congressional reps, call the DC number when Congress is in session and/or when you feel very, very strongly and alarmed about an issue or imminent legislation). Phoning is more effective than email, tweets, letters. Don't know your Senators’ phone number? Call 202/224-3121, put in your zip. You’ll be transferred. Shy to call? Don’t be concerned. You’ll likely be sent to voicemail. If you do reach someone, speak concisely and politely, telling them:

...you live in their district (for Representatives) or state (for Senators),
...you’re concerned about ______________,
...and you want them to:
-vote for_______.
-push for _______legislation to ensure that __________.
-obstruct the GOP’s efforts to_________.

(9) The Senators who voted against taking DeVos appointment to the Senate (to block her before the full floor vote) and are up for re-election in 2018 are: Baldwin (WI), Casey (PA), Kaine (VA), Murphy (CT), Sanders (VT), Warren (MA), Whitehouse (RI). Let them know you appreciate their vote, and work to help them win in their next election! (As of 11/10, rumors abound in the White House that DeVos is going to resign.)

(10) Use the tool at DeleteYourEndorsement to send tweets to all GOP who are endorsing Trump and his actions! Search on your state.

(11) Donate to, and work for the Dem election of the following House seats in 2018:

Vulnerable GOP House members who voted for Trump's "health"care plan. Work with Swing Left to oust them in 2018:

 

(12) Donate to, and work to especially flip the following GOP Senate seats in 2018 (all of whom voted for the tax bill): Heller (NV), Cruz (TX), Wicker (MS), Fischer (NB), Barrasso (WY), Hatch (UT) [the 4th in line of succession to the Presidency]

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