STEP UP AND LEAD, NOW! 

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…

Today’s Mueller report is more evidence that Trump is destroying our democracy. Speeches in the Senate won’t cut it anymore. We need bold leaders now. Join protesters at the border, stand (physically) with Rep. Omar, call for a general strike, practice civil disobedience. Lead. Now.  

ACTION Two: CALL YOUR House reps

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTs FOR Representatives:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…

Today’s Mueller report is more evidence that Trump is destroying our democracy. We need bold leaders now. You have more freedom in the House than those in the Senate. Use it. Crank out subpoenas and if they are ignored, show Trump the rule of law has teeth. Join protesters at the border, stand (physically) with Rep. Omar, call for a general strike, practice civil disobedience. Lead. Now.  

Background:

Dear Member of Congress,  

If the administration has kept its promise (never a sure thing), the redacted Mueller report will be delivered today. It likely adds more evidence to Trump’s monumental lawlessness, cruelty, and racism. And, if the past is any guide, it will change nothing.  

Business as usual must stop today. If the lone protest of a 15-year-old autistic girl, in Sweden no less, can ignite a global to movement to save the Earth, what‘s stopping you from stepping up to the challenge of saving our Democracy.  

Sure, it’s tough being constrained by facts and civility. But don’t practice Trump’s dog whistle tribalism. Inflaming tribal impulses can be effective but it leaves the country poisoned.  

So, don’t demonize whole groups, stress the essential value of community, and offer a positive vision.

We ask you to:  

  • Subpoena everything.
  • Demonstrate that the rule of law applies to everyone.  
  • Go to the border and child prisons.  
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder with Rep. Omar.
  • Join protests at places named Trump.  
  • Call for and lead a general strike.
  • Practice civil disobedience and go to jail if necessary.  

Remember, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” We need bold leaders, now.

Sources: 

Washington Post, April 15, 2019: “Trump focuses on divisive messages as 2020 reelection bid takes shapehttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-focuses-on-divisive-messages-as-2020-reelection-bid-takes-shape/2019/04/15/423d9aa0-5f91-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html?utm_term=.4bb8f909e530

NY Times, April 16, 2019: “Mick Mulveny’s Master Class in Destroying a Bureaucracy From Withinhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/16/magazine/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-trump.html

The Nation, April 16, 2019: “Donald Trump Isn’t Playing Games With Ilhan Omar—He’s Inciting Violence. And he’s going to keep inciting violence until someone gets killed.” https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-inciting-violence-ilhan-omar/

Washington Post, April 9, 2019: “Trump is trashing the rule of law to stay in power”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/09/trump-is-trashing-rule-law-stay-power/?utm_source=reddit.com&utm_term=.28e279637464