What does Joe Manchin want?
Only Joe knows, and it doesn’t really matter, but just for fun let’s look at the possibilities.Maybe he really does want to protect the hallowed tradition of the filibuster. Maybe he’s forgotten, or never knew, its dubious origins or its shameful past as a tool of Jim Crow. Maybe he doesn’t care that it was used to kill a gun control bill that he wrote himself. Maybe he thinks it’s OK that the national agenda is controlled by senators representing 28 percent of the population. Or thinks the Senate has been doing a bangup job of confronting the problems that afflict us. But maybe he’s just playing hard to get, holding out for a big concession he can give his constituents in West Virginia. Or maybe he’s putting on a show, so when it’s time for him to support the values that Democrats stand for, he can claim he tried his best to be “bipartisan.” Like we said, it doesn’t really matter what Manchin wants now. It’s important for us to remember that this is a process: it will take weeks to play out; Manchin will get an earful from friends, colleagues, and party leaders. Most important, we have a role to play. So don’t be discouraged by what looks like intransigence, and don’t be lulled into lassitude by the slow pace of events. Whatever Joe Manchin wants, our task is clear: to tell him and his fellow senators what we want.Right now the best way is through our Wednesday Phone Banks, organized in partnership with Common Cause. We call progressive people in key states — West Virginia, Arizona, Maine, Vermont — and ask them to call their senators. When they agree, we patch them right through to their senator’s office. It’s satisfying work and it makes a real impact. See our upcoming schedule and sign up here. We’re always looking for new opportunities to advance our agenda. When we find them, we pass them on in Indivisible Chicago’s Daily Actions. Every day there’s something you can do, and we send the details right to your inbox. Go here to subscribe and keep the pressure on.
Saturday: Drive for voters’ rights
This Saturday, May 8, is National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day. More than 100 cities across the nation are participating with “votercades” to raise awareness and create momentum for the reforms we’re fighting for: voters’ rights, DC statehood, and fixing the filibuster. Indivisible Chicago is participating in partnership with Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Chicago Women Take Action, SEIU, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Women’s March Chicago. Caravans leaving from various parts of the city will converge at 31st Street Harbor for a program that starts at 2:30. Sign up here for north side, here for south side. And wear your Indivisible Chicago gear so everyone will know who sent you.
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