The big elections are decided, but we can still help by writing ‘postcards to voters’ in smaller, run-off elections!
Postcards to Voters is a progressive volunteer organization that sets up groups or individuals across the country to help write cards to voters in swing districts reminding them of the importance of voting. Once you sign up and read their guidelines for a good postcard, it’s easy to get lists of addresses! You can ask for as few as ten or as many as hundreds – IOC wrote 250 for Mike Espy in Mississippi! Check out their website and sign up here.
THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION IS IN DANGER!!
With the election over, we were hopeful that Mueller would break his silence. With Democrats soon to control the House, we also knew it was highly likely that Trump would move to fire Sessions or Rosenstein or to in some way try to shut Mueller down. The threat is still dire and a rapid response may be needed again.
When Trump fired AG Sessions and installed his crony, chief of staff, Whitaker, as acting Attorney General, nation-wide rallies were triggered on November 8, at 5 PM. You can check our Facebook page for a video of our action.
Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the Special Counsel Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller’s boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events were launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice.
Groups across the country mobilized and hit the streets with spontaneous protests on November 8, including folks in Ptown, Brewster, Hyannis and Falmouth. We don’t know exactly what may happen next, but the Constitutional crisis created by this president and his cronies in Congress is likely to play out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned; further actions may be necessary!
WE DID IT! WE FLIPPED THE HOUSE!
From Indivisible-MA organizer, Michael Ansara:
First, a huge shout out for the several thousand volunteers from Indivisible, Force Multiplier, Swing Left, the Flip the House Coalition, Blue Revolution, and others who worked so hard in this election. All that fundraising, donating, post card writing, phone banking, and door knocking paid off in so many races.
Chris Pappas won in New Hampshire. Antonio Delgado won in the NY 19. Anthony Brindisi won in NY 22 and most likely, when all the ranked voting ballots are apportioned, Jared Golden flipped Maine 2! Here in Massachusetts Questions 2 and 3 won overwhelmingly.
For those of us opposed to Trump, the number one goal in this election was to flip the House. That happened and decisively.
The number two goal was to flip state legislatures and governorships — we flipped 7 governors including defeating Scott Walker and Kris Kobach. We elected down-ballot candidates across the country whose election will alter how redistricting happens after 2020.
Number three goal was to hold down losses in the Senate — there we failed but how badly is not clear. Three senators from very red states lost. On the other hand we won in Nevada and are in a slight lead in Arizona. In Florida there will be a recount both for Senate and Governor. In both Florida and Georgia, Gillum and Abrams have come so close to historic wins. If they fail by an eye lash, the fact that they came so close is remarkable. Because of Abrams, the seat once held by Newt Gingrich is now held by an African American woman. In Florida, the re-enfranchisement of felons passed. In Texas Beto came close to defeating Cruz and flipped two long-time congressional seats and 12 state legislative seats.
In the very red states Trump demonstrated that he has a powerful following that will enthusiastically vote based on a politics of lies, fear, racism and grievance. However, even in the places Republicans won, their vote share was less than Trump’s share two years ago.
The fault lines of American politics are clear. There continues to be a realignment by race, age, education (or lack of), gender, and geography.
Urban cores have long been Democratic strongholds, but the suburbs were Republican bastions. That has changed dramatically. Led by the massive anger of women and fueled by young voters, voters with a college degree, and people of color, these areas moved sharply to the Democrats.
On the other hand led by the anger of white men and the passions of evangelical Christians, fueled by lies, proclamations of imminent invasion by immigrants, and naked appeals to white nationalism, Trump mobilized his base, especially in areas with large concentrations of white men without college education, with more older white voters, and, of course, throughout the South and near South (think Missouri, think the panhandle of Florida).
Our federal system gives outsized power to the non-urban low populations states. California has a population of just under 40 million and 2 senators. Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Kansas combined are only a fourth the size, yet they have 14 senators. Add to this gerrymandering and you can see that there are structural problems favoring minority rule by Republicans. Add voter suppression and you have significant barriers that we will have to overcome. But this election showed that we can. Not easily for sure.
This election showed what can happen when we organize, when we take no election for granted, and when we take no vote for granted. It is a start. Now we have to keep building upon it, learning from our success and also learning when we fall short.
We did our job, but we aren’t done! A message from Indivisible’s founders about where we go from here: