J.D.Vance, who may or may not be the face of the Republican future, grew up just up the road, in Middletown. Last Thursday on CNN he said something like, ‘…everyone’s been asking what it will take for people who voted for Trump to lose faith. Losing their healthcare just might do it.’
And this in Sunday’s NYT: No district is off the table. Resistance matters.
At the same time, we grapple with the number of people who voted for DJT becausegovernment wasn’t working. As citizens, we have a job to do.
This is a weekly post about ways to make citizenship a habit, for progressives who were already busy.
We are thankful for the activists. But history says we also need people to push it over the line. Keep making noise. It is making a difference. Soon it will be time to support new candidates as well.GO Monday, May 8- 5:00p: Hands Off Health Care Rally, City Hall Steps, 801 Plum St., Cincinnati, 45202 CALL OR WRITE Keep calling and writing your MoCs! The House has an “in-district work period” this week, aka recess, but neither Chabot nor Wenstrup have announced plans to meet with constituents. The staff tells us D.C schedulers control their appearances. Call the local offices, but also call or email the schedulers and let them know how you feel. They often post appearances last minute on Facebook, so follow MoCs on FB as well. Commenting on their FB pages is a great way to be heard! As for our Senators, we need to push Rob Portman to fix the ACA!
- Brad Wenstup: 202-225-3164, 7954 Beechmont Ave, Suite200, 45255 Facebook, D.C. Scheduler: email@example.com
- Steve Chabot: 202-225-2216, Carew Tower, 441 Vine St., Suite 3003, 45302 Facebook, D.C. Scheduler: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rob Portman: 202-224-3353, 312 Walnut Street, Suite 3075, 45202 Facebook, D.C. Scheduler: email@example.com
- Sherrod Brown: 202-224-2315, 425 Walnut Street, Suite 2310, 45202 Facebook
- Thursday, May 11- 12-1p: Impact Hour: Communication that Counts Webinar Series on Environmental and Social Justice Work Register on Link
- Thursday, May 11- 6-8p OR Saturday, May 13- 2-4p: Community Organizing for Activists Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 E. 14th St., Cincinnati, 45202
- Saturday, May 13- 7-8p: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth CenturyAuthor Tim Snyder at the Main Library Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St, Cincinnati 45202
At the time of our nation’s founding, he explained, Americans with widely divergent priorities and passions came together as one. He ended with a plea that we do it again:
“… We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Barack Obama called on us to call up our “better angels” in January 2009 as he rode a train to Washington for his inauguration, and throughout his presidency. We had a faint hope he could be Trump’s better angel. But so much for that. Let’s figure out our part.