Actions for Everyone
It is so great to hear from you all with messages of appreciation and encouragement. We’ve also been getting emails with some great activism ideas! It takes everyone to change everything, and by participating in this newsletter – reading up on current events and taking action – we’re changing everything. I mean, keeping some good stuff, and changing the rest.
Write Postcards To Voters: This action came from an Activism Newsletter community member – Postcards To Voters allows individuals to handwrite friendly, fun postcards to help get out the vote in close elections around the country. It’s pretty easy — when you sign up, you write a postcard, take a photo, send it in, and get it approved. After that, you can get new addresses (and participate in new races!) via text, Facebook, Slack, or email. There are lots of places where you can get blank postcards (or even index cards) to write on.
Right now, they’ve got a huge effort to write to registered Democrats in the state of Florida and urge them to enroll in Vote By Mail — obviously very important with the way covid cases are going. I’ve written with these folks for a few years, and I’ve really enjoyed being able to write in support of progressive candidates all the way from county council to US Senate. The down ballot races are hugely important! They follow special elections, too. https://postcardstovoters.org/
Understand 911: Whether you’re an abolitionist, you’re in the Defund camp, or you truly believe in reform, it’s important to understand the “who, what, where, and when” of how emergency responses started in the United States. This is a part of history that is doing cartwheels in my brain everyday – I can’t stop thinking about it.
I’m not talking about policing, which has its own complex history rooted in preserving property, when property included human beings. I’m talking about what happens when you pick up the phone and dial 911. I’m talking about how AT&T helped develop 911 and Texas, just as one example, adopted 911 as an emergency communications practice in 1987. Which is to say, if the 911 as the emergency response number were a person, they wouldn’t even be middle-aged yet! Certainly there’s room to grow and change. I like to keep that in mind whenever I’m talking with someone who doesn’t believe in defunding or abolishing the police.
To learn so much more, please listen to this podcast on the Freedom House Ambulance Service. https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/freedom-house-ambulance-service/
Donate to Independent Media: As I read about current events, and think about what to write about in the Actions for Everyone portion of the newsletter – Immigration, COVID updates, Elections, USPS, World News, etc – I often refer to Democracy Now! which is a viewer supported news outlet. There are countless media sources that rely on us for funding instead of the handful of media moguls that control most other news platforms. We. Cannot. Lose. Independent. Media. Please take a moment to donate any amount that makes sense for you, to a local or national independent media source of your choosing.