Like any period of time, there have been wonderful things and terrible things, great days and tough days, for all of us. But if you didn't guess, the nightmare has been that vile, real-life movie villain that somehow became president of the United States. Whoops!
|...and my sanity and blood pressure.|
The fact that this orange, evil buffoon got anywhere close to, let alone INTO, the White House has shown many of us that we can't just sit back and assume the right people will be voted into power. 2016 showed me that complacency is not an option with such human garbage leading the free world. 2016 also showed me that generic sleeping pills are no match for the 24-hour nightmare called the Trump Administration.
Now I'm getting to the good (well, better) part. Like me, I'm sure many of you have asked the question, "How can I help make Trump go away screaming and crying as a loser in 2020?" (or something similar) Good news: there are many options! Thankfully, many people and organizations are also fired up to do anything it takes to help get the orange clown out of power. I'm here as one Hen to share the few things I'm doing safely from home that are simple, but have the potential to be very effective! (And all these organizations will train you quickly and easily via a Zoom session or video tutorial.)
- Vote Forward. Votefwd.org This organization aims to send 10 million letters to encourage people to vote who don't always do so. "Adopt" voters from swing states 5 or 20 at a time, then print the prepared letters that encourage them to vote. There is a space in the letter for you to write why you vote, or why you think voting is important. Vote Forward has found in previous campaigns that these personalized letters are effective in increasing voter turnout 1-4%, which can make a difference in who wins these toss-up swing states. The site even tells you what date to put these letters in the mail.
- When We All Vote. whenweallvote.org/takeaction/ Here's another great organization (lead by Michelle Obama and a celebrity line up!) helping to increase voter turnout and register new voters. They have calls to action, including texting campaigns and informative posts for your social media accounts. You can also send voting information to your own contacts directly through the app. And if you're feeling really energized, they offer information and training on how your can register voters outside of your home. Love Michelle Obama? Join When We All Vote!
- Sierra Club. sierraclubindependentaction.org/#takeaction The prominent environmental organization is fed up with Trump gutting environmental protections and they're fired up to be active to help boot him out. They offer daily texting campaigns, letter writing (similar to Vote Forward), and phone banks.
- Vote Save America: Adopt a State votesaveamerica.com/adopt-a-state/ This smart and clever folks from Crooked Media are helping create a mass of grass roots volunteers in key swing states to defeat Trump. Choose a swing state and sign up for emails to get volunteer opportunities and calls for action for that state. They also have a series of 4 training videos on YouTube with some amazing guest speakers to help get you engaged and inspired! (youtube.com/c/CrookedMedia)
- Need a one-stop shop for voting info, from registering to vote by mail and other great stuff, for you or your friends/family? Check out Vote Save America's site! votesaveamerica.com/
Let's come together to make November 3 trash day in DC, cleaning the garbage out of the White House!
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