Postcard Campaigns · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Thank You Actions

Thank These Lawyers for Suing Trump

Numerous ethics experts and lawyers warned that Donald Trump’s business entanglements would place him in violation of the Constitution the instant that he took office as president.

On Monday, January 23, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) brought suit against the newly sworn-in president. Please send thank-you postcards to the team that is pursuing the case.

The New York Times story on the suit is below, and the addresses are below the link. Note this intriguing paragraph, which appears deep in the article:

“Mr. Eisen said the legal team intended to use the lawsuit to try to get a copy of Mr. Trump’s federal tax returns, which are needed to properly assess what income or other payments or loans Mr. Trump has received from foreign governments.”

So, this lawsuit might achieve another worthy goal, too–forcing Trump to release his tax returns, which his senior advisor Kellyanne Conway recently said he would not do, despite the fact that almost 600,000 people have signed a whitehouse.gov petition asking him to do so. (If you want to sign the petition, which closes on Feb 19, go here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-release-donald-trumps-full-tax-returns-all-information-needed-verify-emoluments-clause-compliance)

 

Please send thank-you postcards to:

 

Erwin Chemerinsky

Norman Eisen

Deepak Gupta

Richard W. Painter

Zephyr Teachout

Laurence H. Tribe

c/o Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Sixth Floor

Washington, DC 20001

 

 

 

Postcard Campaigns

Join a Postcard Campaign to GOTV for Democrat Karen Keys-Gamarra

Join Tony the Democrat’s postcard campaign to get out the vote for Karen Keys-Gamarra, a Democrat who is running for the school board in Fairfax County, Virginia. 

Tony’s postcard campaigns continue to yield good results, and the postcard-mailing army keeps growing. It’s 4,000 members strong, with volunteers in every state.

Tony and the team haven’t tackled a school board race before. Here’s some comments from the Facebook page on why the team chose to help Keys-Gamarra, and why she has merit:

“Democrats should compete in every single election, in every single filing available. When Democratic voters see qualified candidates who share their values running in all sorts of races, it will inspire greater participation. At the polls, sure, but also in the growing resistance. Local, municipal posts are stepping stones to higher office later. We have a better chance keeping a GOP conservative out of Congress altogether if they don’t get on the rising political star fast track in the first place.”

“[Keys-Gamarra] and her GOP-endorsed opponent could not be further apart on important issues. She is on record in favor of non-discrimination for all students and is against so-called bathroom bills. Karen is an attorney with a family law focus and is often court-appointed as guardian for children who rely on her advocacy of their best interests. She has earned a host of high-profile endorsements which are important for this At-Large seat in Virginia’s largest school district.”

 

To obtain addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Addressbot:

484 ASK ABBY aka 484 275 2229

 

If you want more than 15 addresses at a time or you don’t do texts for whatever reason, email:

Postcards @ TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

And here are the rules. If you can’t comply, please find a different way to help.

General rules that apply to all postcard campaigns:

 

  • Handwrite your postcards legibly.
  • Use cards that are inclusive.  If you buy, print, or make postcards, the images/graphics/photos and wording/quotes/slogans should be issue-neutral/benign/safe.
  • Mail completed postcards daily and do your best to have all of yours written within 3 days of getting your list.
  • Only sign your first name or initials.  (Do not include your return address, email address, last name, or social media handle or account name.)
  • Only write to each voter once.  (Do not contact the voters again for any reason.)
  • Cover addresses before taking photos.  (If you share digital photos of your cards on social media, always cover voters’ addresses.)
  • Keep cards looking grassroots-like.  (Do not print the candidate’s campaign’s logos/graphics/images/photos on the cards.)
  • Stick to the talking points. 
  • Ask us if you have questions.  
  • Have fun!

 

 

Also–do not call the recipient a ‘Democrat,’ because the postcard could be headed for a mixed-voter household. Instead say, ‘Important Voter,’ ‘VIP Voter,’ ‘Esteemed Voter,’ etc.

 

The three things you need to say on each postcard:

Democrat Karen KEYS-Gamarra is running for Fairfax County School Board At-Large.
Election Day is August 29th.
Teachers have endorsed Karen because she is a strong advocate for children.

 

If you have room, you can add something along these lines:

I hope you won’t mind this friendly reminder about an upcoming election.
Karen will protect after-school programs from Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos.
As an attorney, Karen handles family matters.
She works as a court-appointed attorney representing the children’s best interests.
Karen is a Fairfax County Planning Commissioner and volunteers for NAACP and CASA.
This card and stamp are my gifts towards electing a progressive.
Please make a plan to vote Tuesday, Aug 29.
Thank you for your time and your vote!
#Keys4VAkids
Write with us! Email: Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

Most postcard campaigns close, or are considered closed, no later than seven days before the election. Please get your postcards in the mail promptly. And thanks for pitching in!

 

Action Alerts · Postcard Campaigns

Comfort Bresha Meadows with Postcards

Send messages of love and support to Bresha Meadows, a teenage victim of domestic violence who shot and killed her abusive father, and recently accepted a plea deal that will lead to her release.

Meadows was 14 in July 2016 when she killed her father, Jonathan, who had directed physical and verbal abuse against her, her mother, and her brothers and sisters for years. Meadows ran away several times but was returned home each time.

A public outcry, led by the #FreeBresha campaign, prevented the Ohio courts from trying Meadows as an adult, which could have yielded a sentence of 25 years to life. She spent nine months in jail after her arrest, which worsened her depression and her PTSD. In May, she agreed to a deal where she pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in exchange for 60 more days at an Ohio juvenile detention center, followed by six months in a counseling center near her home and two years’ probation. Because she is under 18, she will have a chance to seal her arrest record and ultimately have it purged.

Meadows has been through a lot in her young life. You can cheer her by sending her postcards that reflect your love and support.

Mail them to:

Bresha Meadows
c/o Ian N. Friedman, Esq.
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.
The IMG Center
1360 E. 9th Street, Suite 650
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

#FreeBresha supporters also set up a GoFundMe campaign for her, to cover the expenses of the six months in counseling and other needs. It has reached its $150,000 goal, but is still accepting donations:

https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM

 

Read more about Bresha Meadows and her case (Warning: Some stories include descriptions of the violence she witnessed and suffered):

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/bresha-meadowss-hearing-resulted-in-a-plea-deal

http://www.theroot.com/freebresha-bresha-meadows-accepts-plea-to-reduced-cha-1795440743

https://freebresha.wordpress.com/blog/

 

Elections · Postcard Campaigns

Send Postcards to Help GOTV for Phoenix Democrat Kevin Patterson

Update: Tony the Democrat and the postcard-writing volunteers completed mailings to the full list of addresses in Phoenix, so this campaign is closed. Please look for the post on Karen Keys-Gamarra’s campaign for the Fairfax County School Board in Virginia. We’ll update this post after August 29 to let you know how Kevin Patterson did.

Join a postcard campaign to help get out the vote for Democrat Kevin Patterson, candidate for city council in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Tony the Democrat’s latest postcard campaign is on behalf of Democrat Kevin Patterson, who is running for City Council from District 6 in Phoenix. The special election takes place Tuesday, Aug 29.

 

To obtain addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Addressbot:

484 ASK ABBY aka 484 275 2229

 

If you want more than 15 addresses at a time or you don’t do texts for whatever reason, email:

Postcards     @       TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

Your handwritten cards will go to people in District 6 who have voted Democratic in the past.

Same general rules are in effect but the particulars have changed.

Address the cards to ‘Important Voters,’ ‘VIP Voters,’ ‘Best Voters,’ etc. Do not include a party affiliation in the greeting in case the household is mixed.

 

All postcards should say the following:

 

Democrat Kevin Patterson is running for Phoenix City Council District 6.
Election Day is Tuesday August 29th.
Kevin says YES to families who deserve housing affordability in safe neighborhoods.
Other things you can say, if you have room on the card:
I hope you won’t mind this friendly reminder about an upcoming election.
Kevin taught at-risk Phoenix high school students in psychology helping them earn college credit.
A Phoenix resident for 19 years, Kevin is married with two young daughters.
Fast-growing cities need hard-working problem-solvers in City Council like Kevin.
Please make a plan to vote Tuesday, Aug 29.

Early voting begins Aug 2 through Aug 25.

 

Thank you for your time and your vote!
#PattersonPHX
 Write with us! Email: Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org
Take a photograph of your finished postcards and email it to the Tony the Democrat
address above before requesting more addresses.
Please get your finished cards in the mail no later than three days after finishing them.
Do not contact the voters again.
Note: Tony the Democrat is actually leading two GOTV postcard campaigns right now. We
have not mentioned the other campaign because its special election takes place August 8-
-too late to help out. If the candidate wins we will mention it in a good-news update post.
Good News · Health Care · Marches and Protests · Postcard Campaigns · Senate Bills, Federal

Fight Trumpcare/Defend the ACA, July 29: WOW. Just, WOW.

UPDATE July 29: After midnight EST, three Republican senators, plus 46 Democrats and two Independents, dealt a death-blow to the skinny repeal bill, the last vestige of what’s called Trumpcare.

The three Republican senators who stepped up and stopped it are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and John McCain of Arizona.

This wasn’t just a victory for any American who’s ever been sick or might get sick. It is a victory for democracy with a big D.

Throughout the process, the Republicans consistently shut out the Democrats and tried to get something done without cooperating with them in any way. This is in stark contrast to how the Democrats shepherded the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010.

The senators didn’t just save the health care system and untold numbers of lives last night. They saved the Senate, and they saved the notion that the American government can and does listen to its citizens.

You did this. You share in this victory.

Every single one of you who called, emailed, faxed, protested, and enlisted their friends to do the same, day after day for weeks.

Pressure works. Resisting works.

So you’re probably wondering–what’s next? What is there to do now?

First, know that this thing is merely dead, not really most sincerely dead. A Twitter exchange between Ginger Birnbaum (@gingerbirnbaum) and Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) makes this clear:

 

Birnbaum: Did McConnell return the vote to the calendar for a later date?

Slavitt: Apparently he did.

 

So it could still come back to life, but it won’t do so in the next few days at least.

You need to be prepared for Trumpcare to escape its grave.

Are you on Twitter by now? If not, sign up.

Once you are signed up, click on your avatar and then click on ‘Lists’.

Then click on ‘Create a List’ at the upper right.

Name your list ‘Fight Trumpcare’, and set it to private.

Add the following handles to your Fight Trumpcare list. To do this, go to the Twitter home page of each person, click on the vertical trio of dots next to the follow button, and then click ‘Add or remove from lists.’ Check the box. Make sure you see a white check on a blue background. Is it there? Then you’re done and ready to add the next handle.

Add these handles:

@ASlavitt

@TopherSpiro

@BenWikler

@Claire_McAndrew

…plus any other Twitter handles of folks who might belong on this list.

Check this list every day, or every other day, to see what might be happening on the Trumpcare front.

 

Second, spread some love. Did your Senators oppose the bill? Call and thank them. Did they support it? Call and make it clear that you expect them to fight any efforts by Trump to undermine the ACA law.

Also, send thank-you postcards to Murkowski, Collins, and McCain. The first two in particular withstood incredible pressure to move this bill along.

Time to turn that incredible pressure into an incredible showing of gratitude.

Remember: Please put your full return address on the postcards or else they may not be delivered.

 

Susan Collins

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta ME 04330

 

Lisa Murkowski

510 L Street

Suite 600

Anchorage, AK 99501

 

John McCain

2201 East Camelback Road

Suite 115

Phoenix, AZ 85016

 

Lastly, it’s time for some self-care. If you can’t rest today, schedule a time when you can, and stick to it. Ideally your rest involves staying away from the news and from social media. Do something that has nothing to do with politics.

Thanks again to everyone, everywhere, who pushed back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elections · Postcard Campaigns

Join The Postcard Effort to #FlipThe5th

We have another postcard campaign for you! Urge voters in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District to come out on June 20 and vote in the special election for the Democratic candidate.

Tony the Democrat is back with a postcard mission, if you choose to accept it. Your handwritten postcards will urge South Carolinians to turn out and vote Democrat. The special election is to fill the federal house of representatives seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney.

If you wish to participate, use your cell phone to text HELLO to (803) 630-0295.

You can also email

Postcards       at     TonyTheDemocrat.org

…to request addresses.

Please mail your postcards within three days of handwriting them. Also remember–do not include any information that could identify you when writing your postcards, and only contact each address once.

The deadline for mailing #FlipThe5th postcards is June 13, no matter where they’re coming from.

When you write your postcards, please do the following:

Mention that Democrat Archie Parnell is running for Congress in the 5th district. (Yes, you can mention his name on your postcards, and you can mention his web site, http://www.ArchieParnell.com, but stick to that specific language if you choose to discuss Parnell. Do not go beyond it.)

Mention that June 20th is election day.

Say something along the lines of how Parnell will work with anyone who shares his commitment to put country before party.

Also, like the Postcards to Voters page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PostcardsToFlip/

Learn more about the Democratic candidate in the special election, Archie Parnell:

http://archieparnell.com/meet-archie

Like his page on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ArchieParnellforCongress

Follow him on Twitter:

@Archie4Congress

Action Alerts · Postcard Campaigns · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Use the Power of Postcards to #Turn32Blue and Break the Republican Super-Majority in the Georgia Senate

Mail postcards to help Democrat Christine Triebsch win the open state senate seat in Georgia’s 32nd senate district on May 16.

One of the Republicans who ran against Jon Ossoff in the April 18 jungle primary gave up  a state senate seat in Georgia to do so. The race to fill that seat takes place May 16.

Right now, Republicans have a super-majority in the Georgia senate. If Triebsch wins, she will break the super-majority and make a welcome step toward curtailing Republican power across America.

The organizers of the #Turn32Blue campaign are confident that a wave of handwritten postcards that ask Democratic voters in the district to come out for Triebsch should do the trick. Special elections fly under the radar, and that’s doubly true for special elections for state seats.

When you write your postcards, make them personal and heartfelt but don’t forget to include the following basic elements:

 

Mention the special election runoff on May 16

Ask the recipient to vote for Democrat Christine Triebsch

Ask the voter to #Turn32Blue and break the Georgia state senate’s Republican super-majority.

 

You have two options for obtaining addresses. You can text the word HELLO to 678.498.5585 and follow the prompts to receive between five and 15 addresses.

 

You can also email

TonyTheDemocrat       at     gmail.com

 

Note that the gmail address will give you more than 15 addresses at a time.

 

Donate to Christine Triebsch’s Georgia state senate campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/committee-to-elect-christine-triebsch-1#rl1

 

Read a Daily Kos diary written in the aftermath of the April 18 jungle primary, which Jon Ossoff narrowly lost.

You have to scroll down to the update to see it but the diarist testifies to the value of the #FlipThe6th postcard campaign: “I heard several people happily mention the postcards they got urging them to vote for Jon.  That’s a really good grassroots way for people to make a difference from outside the district.  One of those is more effective than 50 slick professional mailers.”

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/4/18/1654213/-Notes-from-the-ground-in-Ga-06