5 actions for do-it-ourselves-democracy – Making our voices heard in this impeachment battle.

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'Tis the eve of impeachment, and all through the land, on sidewalks and corners, we're taking a stand.
Graphic from Indivisible Ventura.

The next step in the impeachment process is the markup to discuss and vote the two articles of impeachment out of the Judiciary Committee and onto a full House vote probably next week.  The markup session began last night and will continue today with a vote expected yet today. (npr)

Action #1 – Help us finish the poem!

This is an action for both a little stress relief and to get your creative activism powers flowing. Send in your stanzas to indivisibleventura@gmail.com and we’ll put them together to create a poem to read at upcoming impeachment events! Here’s the original poem to assist!

Action #2 – Get ready! Be sure you know where your closest impeachment action is! There are now over 440 locations!

Map of impending impeachment rallies across the country (impeach.org)

map of events

Put your zip code here to find out your nearest location. There are currently 440 events happening across the country. Here are ones nearby…

  • Ventura/Oxnard area here, Facebook page here.
    • When: 5:30 pm on the eve of the impeachment vote. Please note that the Dec. 31 date is only a placeholder. Stay tuned for actual date. Watch this space and impeach.org!
    • Where: Corner of Victoria and Telephone in front of the Ventura Country Government Center. 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura
    • Bring: A flashlight to light the night! Bring flags, signs, friends and your unbridled enthusiasm!
  • Ojai area here.
  • Conejo area here.
  • Santa Barbara area here.
  • Santa Clarita area here.
  • Sherman Oaks here.

Action #3 – Thank your Democratic legislators for standing strong.

If you have a Democratic representative, remind them that you have their backs and thank them for all that they’ve done so far. Remind the 10 House Democrats who want censure instead of impeachment to be braver. These include Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah.).

Minimal script for Democratic legislators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to thank [Rep/Sen.] for their unwavering support of impeachment.

Minimal script for Democratic congress members who want censure: I’m calling from [zip code] and I understand that [___] is worried about his/her future electability. Members of the House have been given a simple test of their fidelity to the Constitution. We have their back. Please do what their oaths of office require of them and hold a corrupt president in check.”

Contact for all legislators: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com 

Action #4 – The “Friends and Family Plan” meets the “Power of Five” 

Even the AmericanConservative.com says impeachment is the right thing to do. Make sure your contacts in GOP-run states know the power of their phone calls to their legislators regarding the impeachment hearings. Then ask them reach out to five fellow local voters to call as well. Share this video on calling to inspire them.

Contact for all legislators: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com 

Here’s some script suggestions or make your own.

  • Minimal script for GOP legislators: I’m calling from [zip code]. Members of the House have been given a simple test of their fidelity to the Constitution. Is the[Rep/Sen.] an enabler of presidential abuse of power and corruption, or will they do what their oaths of office require of them and hold a corrupt president in check?”
  • Minimal script for GOP legislators:I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to ask [Rep/Sen.] to answer one question. Is [Rep.__/Sen.__] working as an agent of a foreign intelligence force to spread Kremlin-backed myths against Ukraine to protect President Trump from impeachment?
  • Minimal script for GOP legislators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to ask [Rep/Sen.] to answer one question. Does [Rep.__/Sen.__] affirm allegiance to American democracy as is required in his/her oath of office or to a president carrying out Russian actions for personal gain? The truth is now clear that it can only be one or the other.
  • Minimal script for GOP legislators: I’m calling from [zip code] and  I’m calling to demand that [Rep/Sen.] vote YES to impeach Donald Trump. Multiple witnesses have made it clear that Trump tried to bribe Ukraine with military aid and then covered it up by withholding evidence and blocking witnesses. Don’t stand with a tyrant. No one is above the law. I urge you to stand with your constituents and hold Trump accountable by voting for impeachment.
  • Minimal script for GOP legislators: I’m calling from [zip code] to express my strongest support for the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. Trump’s repeated abuses of power for personal and financial gain merit a thorough investigation. Thank you for your time and attention.

Action #5 – Sign up to talk to people in GOP states.

Indivisible has identified 13 Senators who their political and policy experts believe we can sway — and now they’re asking us to call voters in their states and ask those voters to turn up the pressure on their elected officials. These people being called are just like us – we had no idea that calling legislators was so important before Trump was elected.

Join Indivisible’s hubdialer program today and help us make 11 million calls for impeachment! Click here to help. Beginners and introverts are welcomed and supported.

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Originally posted on Indivisible Ventura. Re-posted with permission.


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