What We're Doing: Ongoing Activism

What We're Doing: Ongoing Activism

by Mari Jacobson September 04, 2020

We've committed to volunteering our team's time to activism. Each employee gets paid to spend a minimum of two hours per week on activism. This page is updated weekly to reflect what we're working on.

Below is a list of what we're doing this week - it's organized so you can easily join us in enacting change.

Before you start, make sure that you are aware of your voter registration status Also, feel free to use this tool to email your representatives about anything, the topic does not have to be part of a pre-existing campaign. Just enter your address and it will allow you to contact your reps.

COVID CRISIS RESPONSE

Call your representatives to urge them to become original cosponsors of the Thrive Agenda. Numbers and script provided. Alternate contact here.

Contact your representatives to demand support for the Environmental Justice COVID-19 act, to investigate and address the disproportionate effects COVID-19 has had on Black communities - read this article from April for some early statistics as well as this response from Sierra Club.

POLICE BRUTALITY

Call to demand justice for Jacob Blake, who was shot over seven times in the back by Kenosha Wisconsin police and is now currently paralyzed. Find the contact list here.

Sign this petition to demand justice for Dijon Kizzee who was shot and killed by LA County Sheriff’s deputies on August 31st.

Email your representatives to demand support of H. RES. 988 condemning police brutality, racial profiling and excessive use of force by police.

NATIVE RIGHTS

Write to state representatives and other officials to save the Multi-cultural Mural in Santa Fe NM.

Stand with the Gwich’in and Iñupiat People and email to protect Alaska’s Arctic Refuge. Check out this list of talking points. You can also donate here.

Read about how Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall threatens sacred sites of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona, and email reps.

Write to Senator Dianne Feinstein to fight legislation that will allow Shasta Dam to be raised and affect the sacred places of the Winnemem Wintu people. (scroll down a bit)

Check out the Jemez Prinicples to advocate for and stand in solidarity with Native Peoples.

AGAINST ICE

Email Homeland security to demand accountability from ICE.

Write to Congress to demand that the Houston ICE Field Office released detained immigrants.

Email Senate to demand support of the Dream and Promise Act.

Sign this petition to tell Congress to protect Children and families at the US border.

Join RAICES Texas’ Text for Migrant Justice team to reach Latinx voters.You can also read their full platform statement here.

ICE’s main line is (888-907-6635) if you would like to call them.

TRANS RIGHTS

Read about the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposal to deny transgender people access to single-sex taxpayer funded shelter facilities that correspond to their gender identity, and why the proposal is so dangerous. This proposal would negate the effects of the 2016 Equal Access Rule to protect the rights of gender non-conforming individuals seeking shelter. Then submit a public comment directly to HUD against this proposal, and email Congress to ensure Equal Access to Shelter.

Select states: email your representative to block various local legislature proposals that will impact Trans rightsThe website only allows you to respond to local issues, so take note.

Read: Dismantling a culture of Violence: Understanding Anti-Transgender Violence and Ending the Crisis

VOTING/MAIL ADVOCACY

Demand the Senate pass bipartisan USPS House legislation.

Demand Financial Transparency of Top USPS Leaders

Message Congress to demand that we prepare the country’s infrastructure for maximum voter accessibility

Click here or dial(844) 402-1001 to be connected to an automatic dialer to call the senate to advocate for the American Postal Workers Union. The APWU is currently demanding that $25 billion in stimulus funding be allocated to USPS. You can use this script if you would like.

Read this, then call your representatives to demand that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy resign (be sure to set your location to automatically access your representative contacts as well as view provided script)

Call your governor to demand a secure ballot drop program to ensure accessibility to voting in your state.

Join Operation Swing State with HRC - they have phone banking sessions every Tuesday.

VOTer outreach

Sign up to be a letter writer for Vote Forward to ensure that the maximum number of unengaged voters go to the polls.

Call your representative in support of the Fair Representation Act

Adopt a battleground state to support Democratic voting efforts

Sign up to phone bank for voter turnout with Indivisible

Sign up to text bank for voter turnout with Indivisible