Here are three actions you can take this week, usually while only wearing your underwear.
We Will Be Outspent
We can still grab the GOP by Tom Price and Ryan Zinke’s seats
A lot is made of how much money Democrats have been able to raise lots of grassroots money to support Rob Quist and Jon Ossoff. But both candidate are still being outspent by vast Republican forces gathering in an effort to hold off a righteous storm against the historically unpopular Republican president.
Giving is good and so is people power, people.
You can phonebank for Rob Quist’s campaign in Montana starting Tuesday night for Thursday’s election.
After that you can phonebank for Jon Ossoff from the comfort of your own womancave.
13 Angry White Men
Congress takes a break from trying to uninsure you
If you aren’t already, it’s time to worry about Trumpcare in the Senate where 13 white male Senators are deciding how badly they want you uninsure you. It’s a secretive process so offensive and anti-democratic that even a Republican is mad at it.
On this week’s The Sit and Spin Room we spoke to the Center for American Progress’ Topher Spiro about the GOP’s hopes for getting this monstrosity passed: Basically, they need to get it done by summer. So we can’t miss a chance to raise hell whenever our reps are in town for a recess and a recess starts this Friday.
Find a Town Hall to attend here.
If you can’t make it or your rep is hiding, make sure you call and visit her office instead.
A Civil Warning
Teach the controversy
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has done something that few white politicians in American history have ever done: He has given a great speech about race. His explanation of why New Orleans removed “Lost Cause” Confederate monuments puts this “controversial” effort into brilliant context — as if Neo-Nazis rallying in support of the White Supremacist landmarks hadn’t done that well enough.
It’s much better than our speech, which would have been: Your grandkids will definitely be so proud you were trying to save Confederate monuments and not the Antarctic ice sheet.
Read it:The historic record is clear: the Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard statues were not erected just to honor these men, but as part of the movement which became known as The Cult of the Lost Cause. This ‘cult’ had one goal — through monuments and through other means — to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity.
First erected over 166 years after the founding of our city and 19 years after the end of the Civil War, the monuments that we took down were meant to rebrand the history of our city and the ideals of a defeated Confederacy.
It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots.
These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.
Then share it.
These remarks are especially resonant this week as the Supreme Court knocked down racial gerrymandering in North Carolina only weeks after affirming a ruling that asserted the states Republicans had attempted to stop black people from voting with “near surgical precision.”