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Happy New Year, Pantsuiters! (Skip to the *** to go right to the action… in the meantime here are a few thoughts on the new year.)
1. Are you part of our #RapidResponse team, calling out the news that congress will be voting on not one, but TWO highly problematic bills in its first week back in session? Republicans in congress are BETTING on our silence to pass the REINS Act (giving Congress the unilateral power to disregard expert recommendations on consumer safety standards from agencies like the FDA and the EPA) and the Midnight Rules Act (giving Congress the power to simply nix many of the executive actions enacted by President Obama over the later part of his last term.) Our representatives are back in the office today after the holiday and they need to hear from their boss. (PS, that’s you.)
If you were on vacation last week and missed the beginning of this call to action, read about it here:
Call your representative TODAY (sample script in comments) and then vote in our poll, showing us how many calls we’ve put in to our WA reps. Last week we did this poll and our group of 21,000 Pantsuiters reported a total of EIGHT calls to the Republican representatives in our state. Make no mistake – this is our first chance to mobilize on harmful legislation that could go into effect under the new administration. Let’s go, Pantsuiters. Pick up the phone.
(UPDATE for clarity: Phone calls to representatives outside of your district are not as effective as phone calls to reps who actually serve your household. I'm not suggesting that every one of us call multiple representatives, rather that each of us has a meaningful contact with our own reps, and that we create momentum to support that same meaningful contact for people who live in red districts.)
2. Let’s be real – knowing our lawmakers’ phone numbers won’t keep us tuned into their priorities and actions. You’re on Facebook at least often enough to be reading this post – have you found and liked your Senators, Representatives, Governor, and Mayor? While social media is the least-effective way for an individual to contact an elected official, it’s a GREAT way to keep tabs on what the official is doing, saying, and prioritizing. These people need to be in your news feed. Search for and add them today, please.
3. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions or an annual bucket list? What’s on your list this year? I’d love it if we could all share something serious AND something fun – remember, a person should be lots of things. In the words of D.H. Lawrence, “the human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.” Your happiness is not beside the point, yet we should all be challenging ourselves to deepen our understanding of the price of democracy, to give more than we ever have to our country this year. What’s our plan, Pantsuiters? What’s in store in 2017?
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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