*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - MONDAY, 6 PM ***
First things first, everyone take a deep breath in…. and out…. And another deep breath in… and out… Don’t worry, I’m not trying to calm you down. I’m just reminding you that your power is intact. This breath is what you use to stand and speak, and it is still here. Breathe in: That’s your power. It is always there when you need it.
I want to take a minute tonight to recenter our team – I don’t know about you, but after this weekend I felt like I was being pulled apart by a team of seven wild horses, each of which was attached to a different body part, and each of which was trying to bolt in a different direction. I woke up this morning to write the Do’s and my first draft was 32 items long. I hear the feedback we’re getting from members, and it’s totally valid: Yes, the Do’s cover a wide breadth of issues. Yes, it feels like we’re all over the place.
Here’s some hard truth:
This group cares about an enormous variety of issues so when the administration fires a shotgun blast (National Security! Immigration! Muslims! People of Color! Women’s Reproductive Health!) and every one of us tries to dive for every pellet in the field, it’s tremendously effective in scattering our energy, making us feel panicky, and making us feel like we’re not doing enough.
I think of this group as Grand Central Station. You arrive at Grand Central, but it’s not your final destination. This is the place you come to be with fellow travelers, the place where you board the train that will take you out into the world so you can do your work. The Do’s are the board that tell you what trains are departing, where are some places you might be needed today.
Remember that Indivisible stands for progress, and this administration is impeding progress in as many spheres as it can, trying to stretch us thin - it's working. We are stretched.
The way we fight back is to focus – not necessarily as one unit, but as people within the unit. What issue gets your blood pumping? What gets you out of bed? That’s your fight. That's where you go deep. Now, of course, this group will continue to call you to show up at moments of acute need in all areas – calling about Bannon, for example, is #1 on our list tomorrow. Showing up for refugees and immigrants. Showing up at offices and town halls. We will call you to that, but we want you to find your specialty and connect with it, join an organization that specializes in it, so when an EO comes down that hits you in your heart, you are not only plugged into our community, you’re also already on the ground with people who know exactly who to call and where to show up with our signs. That’s how we make a movement out of #IndivisibleWA. That's how we pre-mobilize.
Remember that metaphor about the ball, where if you try to throw it in every direction at once it doesn’t go anywhere, but if you point in one direction and throw, it travels far, fast? That’s us. Each of us.
The Do’s will continue to develop and get more structured over the next few weeks so we're making sure we are keeping our energy where it's needed. In the meantime, we’re going to offer lots of opportunities over a broad range of topics – local politics, sister districts, Standing Rock, #GoLong, #Race101 – as well as try to respond to breaking news in effective ways.
Tonight, here are your Do’s.
1. If you feel safe to do so, either pull out your march sign or make a new one and hang it in your window. Black Lives Matter, No Ban No Wall, Immigrants and Refugees Welcome, I’m with Her + the Statue of Liberty, Love Trumps Hate, whatever. Gestures of love embolden others to do the same.
2. Pick your favorite TV news outlet and ask them to stop interviewing Kellyanne Conway. This article makes the case for why having Ms. Conway on air brings no valuable information to the public: http://cnb.cx/2kl6rQq
Write them. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2010/10/14/contact-us.html
Then tweet them. For example, "@NBCNews @CNN @ABC @CBS @FoxNews Stop interviewing @KellyannePolls. She brings no clarity to president's policies and lies openly.”
At the League of Women Voters event this weekend, the legislators there were like, "Yeah, Twitter is a great tool for public shaming!" So! There you have it!
3. Stop reading about Bannon tonight. Seriously, that guy is a nightmare on roller skates, and we are going to get after that first thing tomorrow once our elected officials have interns at the phones again. But for tonight, stop, step away, this weekend was horrible and we need to take a few hours off. I’m not saying this because I’m a nice person who likes you – I’m saying this because I need to know you’ll have my back tomorrow, fired up and not burned out. If you flame out, you won’t have my back, and if I flame out I won’t have yours. So yes, I’m actually being selfish when I ask you to take a step away from the news tonight and watch something or read something or talk to someone about something other than politics. And read this: This is us:
And read this: Help is coming from the strangest of places:
WE ARE NOT ALONE.
WE ARE NOT OUTNUMBERED.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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