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Impeachment Update, January 24, 2020

Call your Senators to express support for a fair impeachment trial, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 

 

Choose your Core Four for 2020 PLUS a Voting Rights organization to support:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2019/12/27/choose-your-core-four-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2020/

 

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

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

On January 15, 2020, a delegation of members from the House of Representatives transmitted the two articles of Impeachment to the Senate.

 

The impeachment trial started Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi played her cards as well as she could under the circumstances. Delaying transmission of the two articles allowed additional relevant information to come to light about Trump’s impeachable behavior. It also gave the GOP members of the Senate more time to stew and maybe find their spines and insist the trial proceeds like an actual, credible trial.

 

But it looks like the GOP Senators are determined to acquit, no matter what evidence is put before them. A total of 67 Senators must vote in favor of removal for it to succeed. The current Senate breakdown is 53 GOP, 45 Democrats, and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats. A total of 20 Republican Senators would have to join the Democrats and Independents to make this happen.

 

If removal fails, Trump remains impeached. He can bleat and whine all he likes about the Senate results, once they come down, but he will be irreparably damaged. No president has been impeached in his first term, and no president has tried to run for re-election after having been impeached. He’ll try to turn impeachment into a badge of honor; don’t let him.

 

Anyway. Removal is not likely. It could happen, but it’s not likely. Regardless, we need to support the Dems and Indie Senators and put pressure on the GOP ones. We also need to show support for the House delegation that is pressing the case for removal.

 

We all need to call, and keep calling, and we need to urge friends and family, especially those in red states, to call as well.

 

Call even if you have GOP Senators who are full-on bull-headed MAGA cultists and see that as a virtue. Their offices count the incoming calls and track the calls they get on specific issues. They will act like they don’t hear you, but they are taking note. Remember what happened during the ACA and Kavanaugh fights. Hold in mind that since Trump took office, GOP Congressfolk have retired, quit, or declined to run for re-election at a startling rate–they’ve lost something close to 40 percent of their House members, and the 2020 cycle for sitting Senators tilts against the GOPthe 2020 cycle for sitting Senators tilts against the GOP. It might feel hopeless, but it has an effect.

 

Call even if you have Dem Senators who are thoroughly sensible and sane. Their pro-GOP constituents will be bombing them with irate calls. Counter those calls and encourage them to stay steady.

 

Then call your House rep and express support for the House delegation of impeachment managers that is pressing the case for removal. It’s extra-important to call if your House rep is Nancy Pelosi or one of the seven impeachment managers.

 

See the list of impeachment managers here:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/794256540/who-are-the-impeachment-managers-pelosi-unveils-diverse-team-for-trump-trial

 

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.

 

You can also 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:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

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 the trial proceeds in the Senate; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.

 

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 crime harder and faster. 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

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

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

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Impeachment Update, January 23, 2020

Call your Senators to express support for a fair impeachment trial, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 

 

Choose your Core Four for 2020 PLUS a Voting Rights organization to support:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2019/12/27/choose-your-core-four-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2020/

 

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

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

On January 15, 2020, a delegation of members from the House of Representatives transmitted the two articles of Impeachment to the Senate.

 

The impeachment trial started Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi played her cards as well as she could under the circumstances. Delaying transmission of the two articles allowed additional relevant information to come to light about Trump’s impeachable behavior. It also gave the GOP members of the Senate more time to stew and maybe find their spines and insist the trial proceeds like an actual, credible trial.

 

But it looks like the GOP Senators are determined to acquit, no matter what evidence is put before them. A total of 67 Senators must vote in favor of removal for it to succeed. The current Senate breakdown is 53 GOP, 45 Democrats, and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats. A total of 20 Republican Senators would have to join the Democrats and Independents to make this happen.

 

If removal fails, Trump remains impeached. He can bleat and whine all he likes about the Senate results, once they come down, but he will be irreparably damaged. No president has been impeached in his first term, and no president has tried to run for re-election after having been impeached. He’ll try to turn impeachment into a badge of honor; don’t let him.

 

Anyway. Removal is not likely. It could happen, but it’s not likely. Regardless, we need to support the Dems and Indie Senators and put pressure on the GOP ones. We also need to show support for the House delegation that is pressing the case for removal.

 

We all need to call, and keep calling, and we need to urge friends and family, especially those in red states, to call as well.

 

Call even if you have GOP Senators who are full-on bull-headed MAGA cultists and see that as a virtue. Their offices count the incoming calls and track the calls they get on specific issues. They will act like they don’t hear you, but they are taking note. Remember what happened during the ACA and Kavanaugh fights. Hold in mind that since Trump took office, GOP Congressfolk have retired, quit, or declined to run for re-election at a startling rate–they’ve lost something close to 40 percent of their House members, and the 2020 cycle for sitting Senators tilts against the GOPthe 2020 cycle for sitting Senators tilts against the GOP. It might feel hopeless, but it has an effect.

 

Call even if you have Dem Senators who are thoroughly sensible and sane. Their pro-GOP constituents will be bombing them with irate calls. Counter those calls and encourage them to stay steady.

 

Then call your House rep and express support for the House delegation of impeachment managers that is pressing the case for removal. It’s extra-important to call if your House rep is Nancy Pelosi or one of the seven impeachment managers.

 

See the list of impeachment managers here:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/794256540/who-are-the-impeachment-managers-pelosi-unveils-diverse-team-for-trump-trial

 

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.

 

You can also 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:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

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 the trial proceeds in the Senate; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.

 

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 crime harder and faster. 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

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

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

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Impeachment Update, January 21, 2020: The Senate Trial Starts Today

Call your Senators to express support for a fair impeachment trial, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 

 

Choose your Core Four for 2020 PLUS a Voting Rights organization to support:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2019/12/27/choose-your-core-four-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2020/

 

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

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

On January 15, 2020, a delegation of members from the House of Representatives transmitted the two articles of Impeachment to the Senate.

 

The impeachment trial will begin TODAY, Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi played her cards as well as she could under the circumstances. Delaying transmission of the two articles allowed additional relevant information to come to light about Trump’s impeachable behavior. It also gave the GOP members of the Senate more time to stew and maybe find their spines and insist the trial proceeds like an actual, credible trial.

 

But it looks like the GOP Senators are determined to acquit, no matter what evidence is put before them. A total of 67 Senators must vote in favor of removal for it to succeed. The current Senate breakdown is 53 GOP, 45 Democrats, and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats. A total of 20 Republican Senators would have to join the Democrats and Independents to make this happen.

 

If removal fails, Trump remains impeached. He can bleat and whine all he likes about the Senate results, once they come down, but he will be irreparably damaged. No president has been impeached in his first term, and no president has tried to run for re-election after having been impeached. He’ll try to turn impeachment into a badge of honor; don’t let him.

 

Anyway. Removal is not likely. It could happen, but it’s not likely. Regardless, we need to support the Dems and Indie Senators and put pressure on the GOP ones. We also need to show support for the House delegation that is pressing the case for removal.

 

We all need to call, and keep calling, and we need to urge friends and family, especially those in red states, to call as well.

 

Call even if you have GOP Senators who are full-on bull-headed MAGA cultists and see that as a virtue. Their offices count the incoming calls and track the calls they get on specific issues. They will act like they don’t hear you, but they are taking note. Remember what happened during the ACA and Kavanaugh fights. Hold in mind that since Trump took office, GOP Congressfolk have retired, quit, or declined to run for re-election at a startling rate–they’ve lost something close to 40 percent of their House members, and the 2020 cycle for sitting Senators tilts against the GOPthe 2020 cycle for sitting Senators tilts against the GOP. It might feel hopeless, but it has an effect.

 

Call even if you have Dem Senators who are thoroughly sensible and sane. Their pro-GOP constituents will be bombing them with irate calls. Counter those calls and encourage them to stay steady.

 

Then call your House rep and express support for the House delegation of impeachment managers that is pressing the case for removal. It’s extra-important to call if your House rep is Nancy Pelosi or one of the seven impeachment managers.

 

See the list of impeachment managers here:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/794256540/who-are-the-impeachment-managers-pelosi-unveils-diverse-team-for-trump-trial

 

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.

 

You can also 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:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

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 the trial proceeds in the Senate; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.

 

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 crime harder and faster. 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

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

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

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

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Impeachment Update, January 20, 2020: Here Comes the Senate Trial

Call your Senators to express support for a fair impeachment trial, and encourage all your friends across the country to do the same. 

 

Choose your Core Four for 2020 PLUS a Voting Rights organization to support:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2019/12/27/choose-your-core-four-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2020/

 

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

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

On January 15, 2020, a delegation of members from the House of Representatives transmitted the two articles of Impeachment to the Senate.

 

The impeachment trial will begin on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi played her cards as well as she could under the circumstances. Delaying transmission of the two articles allowed additional relevant information to come to light about Trump’s impeachable behavior. It also gave the GOP members of the Senate more time to stew and maybe find their spines and insist the trial proceeds like an actual, credible trial.

 

But it looks like the GOP Senators are determined to acquit, no matter what evidence is put before them. A total of 67 Senators must vote in favor of removal for it to succeed. The current Senate breakdown is 53 GOP, 45 Democrats, and two Independents who caucus with the Democrats. A total of 20 Republican Senators would have to join the Democrats and Independents to make this happen.

 

If removal fails, Trump remains impeached. He can bleat and whine all he likes about the Senate results, once they come down, but he will be irreparably damaged. No president has been impeached in his first term, and no president has tried to run for re-election after having been impeached. He’ll try to turn impeachment into a badge of honor; don’t let him.

 

Anyway. Removal is not likely. It could happen, but it’s not likely. Regardless, we need to support the Dems and Indie Senators and put pressure on the GOP ones. We also need to show support for the House delegation that is pressing the case for removal.

 

We all need to call, and keep calling, and we need to urge friends and family, especially those in red states, to call as well.

 

Call even if you have GOP Senators who are full-on bull-headed MAGA cultists and see that as a virtue. Their offices count the incoming calls and track the calls they get on specific issues. They will act like they don’t hear you, but they are taking note. Remember what happened during the ACA and Kavanaugh fights. Hold in mind that since Trump took office, GOP Congressfolk have retired, quit, or declined to run for re-election at a startling rate–they’ve lost something close to 40 percent of their House members, and the 2020 cycle for sitting Senators tilts against the GOPthe 2020 cycle for sitting Senators tilts against the GOP. It might feel hopeless, but it has an effect.

 

Call even if you have Dem Senators who are thoroughly sensible and sane. Their pro-GOP constituents will be bombing them with irate calls. Counter those calls and encourage them to stay steady.

 

Then call your House rep and express support for the House delegation of impeachment managers that is pressing the case for removal. It’s extra-important to call if your House rep is Nancy Pelosi or one of the seven impeachment managers.

 

See the list of impeachment managers here:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/794256540/who-are-the-impeachment-managers-pelosi-unveils-diverse-team-for-trump-trial

 

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.

 

You can also 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:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

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 the trial proceeds in the Senate; it’s extra-important for you to step up and voice your support, for that very reason.

 

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 crime harder and faster. 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

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

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

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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:

https://onethingyoucando.com/your-2019-to-do-list/

 

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

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

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:

https://whoismyrepresentative.com

 

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:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

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

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

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

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

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Impeachment Update, December 16: Get Ready to Protest Tomorrow, and Keep Calling

MoveOn.org has hundreds of No One Is Above the Law protests scheduled for tomorrow, December 17, 2019. Can you go? ALSO! 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:

https://onethingyoucando.com/your-2019-to-do-list/

 

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

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

So, we have a date for the floor vote on impeachment in the House of Representatives on two counts: abuse of power, and obstruction of Congress. It happens Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

 

The floor vote is the one that the entire House of Representatives participates in, not just the involved House committees.

 

MoveOn.org has hundreds, literally hundreds, of No One Is Above the Law protests scheduled the night before the vote to show support for the impeachment proceedings. Odds are you won’t have to go to your state capitol to make your voice heard.

 

The protests are scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, mostly on or around 5:30 pm in your local time zone, whatever that might be. (Make sure to check the individual listing for the protest location you’re most interested in. The event might take place at a different time that day.)

 

Find your nearest protest sites here by plugging in your zip code:

 

MoveOn: People-Powered Progress

 

If you can’t go, you can help in other ways, such as driving protesters to the protest site and picking them up after; pitching in for gas and parking for other protesters; giving employees time off work to join a protest; providing babysitting, petsitting, elder care, or other such services that will allow someone to attend a protest; and boosting the protests on social media.

 

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

 

Outraged Trumpistas are bombing their lines with angry anti-impeachment calls. If you didn’t step up before, you gotta step up now.

 

This holds even if you’re sure your Congressfolk will do the right thing. Hearing from pro-impeachment constituents shows them you care and helps them stay on their path.

 

This holds even if you’re sure your Congressfolk won’t do the right thing. 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.

 

This definitely holds if your Congressfolk have been squishy on impeachment (not that there are many of those, but still).

 

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

 

Tell them 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:

https://whoismyrepresentative.com

 

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:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/want-to-do-more/

 

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

 

You can donate money to her through her Ko-fi:

https://ko-fi.com/A012IFW

 

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

 

You can follow @ICalledMyReps on Twitter.

 

And you can subscribe to her peerless newsletter, It’s Time to Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Believe It, You Matter, Part VII: Avenge Merrick Garland

This OTYCD post originally appeared in April 2018.

 

Believe It, You Matter, Part VII: Avenge Merrick Garland.

 

Sarah Jane here. (I write all the Believe It, You Matter entries.)

 

I went to as many of the big anti-Trump rallies that I could attend in 2017–the Women’s March, the Science March, the Tax March–you name it, I tried to go.

 

The signs at these protests were goddamn amazing. Going into the Science March, I realized I needed to up my sign game. I seriously thought about toting one that said:

AVENGE MERRICK GARLAND

 

Because it made me laugh. Merrick Garland is an inherently nice guy. That’s one of the big reasons why President Barack Obama nominated him for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)–everybody likes Merrick.

 

The idea of avenging the nicest, most likable federal judge who’s not yet on the Supreme Court struck me as funny. But I ultimately decided that the message wasn’t science-y enough. Instead I made a sign that said:

FIGHT TRUTH DECAY

 

…and that got many laughs and compliments.

 

Still, I keep coming back to the idea of avenging Merrick Garland.

 

Let me pause to explain who Merrick Garland is, for those who forgot or who came late to the discussion. Garland is a federal judge who Obama nominated to the SCOTUS seat that opened when Antonin Scalia unexpectedly died in February 2016.

 

As I stated above, Obama chose Garland with purpose and calculation. Garland was 63 at the time–not a young man–and he had long reaped praise from both sides of the aisle. If Garland got a hearing, he’d be chosen for the court. No question.

 

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell countered by … not giving Garland a hearing in the Senate. McConnell, who is known for his asshole moves, topped himself with this one. The New York Times summed it up well by calling it “an aggressive break with protocol.” McConnell came up with a bullshit rationale about not letting a president in his last year in office pick a SCOTUS candidate, and he self-righteously stuck to his bullshit rationale throughout.

 

You know the rest. Trump got elected, and he filled the open seat with Neil Gorsuch–an  inferior choice for SCOTUS, and a noxiously partisan one.

 

But that’s not the whole story. When Trump got elected, you and I and so many more were shocked into action. We mobilized. We organized. We stepped up. We came out. We fought back, and we haven’t stopped fighting back.

 

This is where avenging Merrick Garland comes in.

 

If the angry, alert, civically-engaged network we built after Trump’s election had existed at the time of Garland’s nomination, he’d probably be sitting on the court now. We would have rallied and called our Senators until they relented and gave the man a hearing. And if Garland had gotten a hearing, he almost certainly would have won the SCOTUS seat.

 

You can avenge Merrick Garland by staying alert, staying civically engaged, and staying ready to mobilize and petition your elected officials when they try to flout rules and norms and get away with outrages against democracy.

 

Trump will go, but you must not. Do not drift away after he leaves. Sure, let yourself rest. But we need you to come back, and we need you to keep fighting. For Merrick Garland’s sake.

 

Read about Obama’s choice of Garland, and McConnell’s refusal to hold a hearing for him:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/president-obama-to-nominate-merrick-garland-to-the-supreme-court-sources-say/2016/03/16/3bc90bc8-eb7c-11e5-a6f3-21ccdbc5f74e_story.html?utm_term=.38f29116f7b7

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/senate-obama-merrick-garland-supreme-court-nominee/482733/

https://www.npr.org/2016/03/16/470664561/mcconnell-blocking-supreme-court-nomination-about-a-principle-not-a-person

http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-supreme-court-nomination-20170131-story.html

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/merrick-garland-donald-trump-regulations-237052