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Impeachment Update, December 18: It’s the Day of the Big Honking Historic Vote. Yep, You Know the Drill. KEEP CALLING.

Call your Members of Congress (MoCs) to express support for the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 


Also, your 2019 To-Do List:


And if you need to do something NowRightNow to fight against [Fresh Horror]:


The House of Representatives will hold the full floor vote on two articles of impeachment against President Trump today.


Odds are the House votes to impeach on both counts. Odds are it’ll be along party lines. As much as we at OTYCD would be pleasantly surprised to see at least some House Republicans keeping their integrity and voting based on the facts before them, we’re not holding our breath.


This much is true: Angry Trumpistas are calling their members of Congress to bleat and whine and threaten and fulminate against the historic vote. Now. As you read these words. No joke.


So! It is That! Much! More! Important! That you call your members of Congress, starting with your House rep, to voice support for impeachment.


If your House Rep does the right thing, THANK him or her. Hearing from pro-impeachment constituents shows them you care about this issue and helps them stay on their path.


If your House Rep does the wrong thing, respectfully voice your disagreement with his or her vote. Hearing from pro-impeachment constituents matters, because their staff keeps tabs on how many calls they receive on specific issues. Even if pro-impeachment calls don’t change their vote, it shows them the risk they are running, and shows them how their voters feel on the issue.


Then call your Senators and voice your support for the impeachment process. Do this regardless of how they lean, for the same reasons given above. It’s important that they hear from you.


And! You need to continue to urge your friends and family to call their Congressfolk and say they support the impeachment process.


Tell your friends and family that their efforts matter, and tell them they do need to call and speak to a live person or leave a voicemail, or alternately, send an email. If they don’t know who their Congressfolk are or how to reach them, use this tool to look them up:


Before you place your own daily call, check the Twitter feed of Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter), so you can tailor your comment about the impeachment inquiry to the day’s events. 


She is quick on the draw with calling scripts–way faster than I could ever hope to be–and will have a template you can use or adapt when making your calls to MoCs.


Even if she doesn’t have a specific template, she will retweet and comment on events that you can cite in your new daily call.


If she goes silent (she has deadlines to meet before the year ends and might not be on Twitter every day), look to the resources cited in our post on what you can do NowRightNow to fight [Fresh Horror] for fresh news you can cite. The link is above but here it is again:


If you’ve ignored all the OTYCD posts urging you to call on impeachment to date, now is the time to get involved. Trumpistas will, are, and will continue to ring the offices of their members of Congress to scream and bleat and threaten as impeachment comes to a head in the House; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.


Important backstory: Impeachment starts in the House of Representatives before moving to the Senate. An impeachment inquiry, which is what’s happening now, is pretty much like the grand jury stage of legal proceedings—witnesses are called, and a fair amount is done in secret.


When you hear the phrase “impeachment and removal,” that refers to the House acting to impeach and the Senate voting to remove Trump from the office of the president. While the U.S. Congress has impeached presidents, none have been removed—they’ve either quit before the Senate trial and vote, or the Senate voted to acquit.


Only the House is actively involved in impeachment proceedings right now. Your House rep may be in a position to act on the impeachment inquiry. Your calls to your rep should focus on things your rep can do.


You should call your Senators even though the Senate is not involved yet. These calls should start with “I realize the House is still working on impeachment” or some other statement that recognizes it’s not yet with the Senate.


Rephrase your statement for your House rep in terms that ask your Senators to publicly support the recent actions of House Dems, or to make note of the recent actions and ready themselves to be jurors.


Another point I like to hit when talking to my Senators, who are both Dems, is to talk to their GOP colleagues. I’ve asked them to stress the fact that we’ve had almost three years to watch Trump’s performance in the job, and the only thing he’s learning is how to stifle oversight and abuse the powers of the presidency more effectively. I also ask them to voice the fact that things are only going to get worse, not better, until Trump is impeached and removed.


Point friends and family to Celeste’s feed as well, or copy and paste Pewter’s latest script and send it to them, if that works best.


Making phone calls is still the best way to reach your MoCs. If it’s after hours or a weekend, leave a voicemail. If you can’t call your reps, email them.


Help friends find their MoCs and the relevant contact information for each of the three.


Give them all the help and support they need to make the calls. Don’t nag. Just encourage, and celebrate every action they take.


After you make your daily MoC calls, please show your appreciation for Celeste Pewter in some fashion.


You can follow her on Twitter: @Celeste_Pewter


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You can tweet about calling your MoCs, using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.


You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.


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