Making it happen: Week 9
Our extraordinary letter-writers Pennie Burns, Linda Chamerlain, Ruth Tsu, and Sarah Bellinson & friends cranked out an amazing 685 SwingLeft voter engagement letters this week. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Postcard writers Lara Dunn and Laurie Macdonald teamed up with Ivy Collins, Mary Harmon, Mary Brenneman, Tresa Kowats, Karin Tauscher, Jessica Tripplet, Linda Chamberlain, Cindy Allen, Pat Pauly, Marbe Cook, Helen James, Bonnie Withers, Frances Taylor, Deb Kelly, Laurie Kelly, Fran and Buck Parker, Anya Dassel, and Janet Hamada to crank out over 600 postcards in the last two weeks, to activate Dem voters in Florida! Amazing!
Many thanks to Marie Borucki, Gary Regalbuto, Mary Harmon, Holly Coccoli, and Pat Case for their generous contributions to fund stamps for our letter/postcard writing projects. And a big thank-you, too, to graphic artist Maureen Lauran who created a beautiful Biden-Harris poster that we’ve been selling for yard signs, funding stamps for our letter and postcard projects. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Many New & Improved ways to get a New & Improved president
SwingLeft letter-writing: We’ll get you set up with a packet of 25 letters to write, contributing to our goal of 11,300 letters by October! Contact us to request a packet.
Texting with Indivisible National: Check the training schedule to find a date that works for you, then join any of Indivisible’s texting event dates on the texting schedule.
ICG Postcarding using Postcards-to-Voters: Send postcards to voters in targeted districts in Florida to promote Vote-By-Mail enrollment. See instructions here to get started, and to pay for your postcards and stamps. Then email Laurie to get your packet(s) of 20 spiffy “vote from home” postcards delivered to your door!
Help distribute Anna Williams yard signs, starting with your friends and neighbors!
Email ICG to get your Biden-Harris yard sign now. $5 each. Funds our letter and postcard projects.
And see other options under CALENDAR, above!
Stoking Violence as Election Strategy
Trump is stoking violence around the country, including in Portland. In his recent press conference, in which he addressed ongoing unrest in the city, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called out Trump for being a provocateur, noting, “It’s you who have created the hate and the division” that are fueling violent clashes in Portland and elsewhere.
Political historian Dr. Heather Richardson says the reason is clear - “Stoking violence is a key tool in the authoritarian’s toolkit.” The intended pathway is that, as violence increases, people turn to a leader who offers protection - eg, the “LAW & ORDER” promise/platform that Trump keeps pushing when talking about protests.
Trump and his administration continue to paint Blacks as lawless and dangerous, allegedly endangering suburban white Americans. They (Trump et al.) refuse to condemn violence, and have lionized the 17-year-old murderer (and Trump supporter) in Kenosha last week. They blame Dems/liberals for violent protests, ignoring that most of the injuries have been caused by police or by rightwing “militia members”/gangsters.
It is important to continue to make it clear to the American people what is happening - that Trump is inciting violence to further create an atmosphere of fear, hoping people will grasp for his LAW & ORDER promise. Dem leaders are now calling out Trump for “willfully fanning the flames of this violence,” in the words of Rep. Adam Schiff. In Wisconsin, where police shot Jacob Blake in the back, the Lt. Governor and the Governor have both excoriated Trump for sowing hatred and violence, and asked him not to come to their state as he had planned. As individuals, we can help by being clear in our conversations, LTEs, and social media posts, that Trump is intentional provoking and supporting the violence, as a desperate attempt to drive fearful voters to his camp.