Today is Christmas, which means that Congressional offices are closed, and no one will be on hand to take our phone calls. This is probably the last lull we'll have for a while—we expect to have a jam-packed January.
Some of the events coming up include the anniversary of the Womxn's March, our anniversary party for Seattle Indivisible, the return of our Resist Trump Tuesday rallies at the Federal Building, and more. We'll also be fighting to pass the DREAM Act, which will decide the fates of hundreds of thousands of people who are Americans in every way except for their papers. January is going to be a month of huge importance, and we know we can count on you every step of the way.
Today's action: Tell us, what are your reasons for hope?
So, while we have a chance to catch our breaths, we wanted to invite you to think back over the last year and consider all of the events that have given you hope. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave us a comment on our Facebook post.
Here are some of our reasons for hope:
- The day after the inauguration of Donald Trump, the United States saw the largest protest in its history with the Women's March, including 120,000-175,000 people for Seattle's Womxn's March: https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/01/22/24817049/photos-and-video-from-womens-march-on-seattle
- More than 1,000 people descended on Sea-Tac Airport to protest the first Muslim Ban demonstrating that we stand in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors: http://crosscut.com/2017/01/protesters-descend-on-seatac-as-trumps-muslim-ban-hits-seattle-families/
- We saved the Affordable Care Act and defended millions of Americans' access to life-saving health care: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/07/31/who-saved-obamacare-from-the-gop-the-american-people/
- National elections! Between all of the special elections where we've been seeing 30%+ swings from 2016, to the blow-out wins in Virginia, to the flipping of a deep-red Senate seat in Alabama, we've seen that our resistance has real, meaningful effects: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/23/republicans-brace-for-competitive-pennsylvania-house-race-316206
- Local elections! We flipped the 45th, elected Manka Dhingra, and can now expect our legislature to start producing meaningful results for Washingtonians: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/washington-state-senate-special-election_us_5a00a45be4b0baea2633bfae
- Local elections! A slate of progressive candidates beat four pro-Trump contenders for Burien City Council! https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2017/11/09/25556371/in-burien-city-council-race-latino-candidate-born-to-undocumented-farmworkers-overtakes-burien-proud-burien-first-incumbent
- The retirement of Dave Reichert opens the door for a new, more progressive Congressperson in the 8th District: https://www.indivisible.org/blog/rep-reicherts-retirement-indivisible-groups-made-washingtons-eighth-district-whole-different-ballgame/
- The impact of the #MeToo campaign on our society, and the power of people sharing their stories. These conversations will change our culture, which has allowed sexual violence to flourish for too long: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/Q-A-with-Tarana-Burke-who-coined-Me-Too-12450718.php
- Over 25,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office in 2018, which will result in an unprecedented number of women running for—and we expect, elected to—office next year: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/365855-emilys-list-25000-women-have-reached-out-to-us-to-run-for-office
And most of all: we look to all of you as a reason for hope. Every one of you who show up at our Tuesday meetings, rallies, Town Halls, poster-making sessions, on the Facebook group, and everywhere else that you make your voices heard. Your recognition that democracy is not a spectator sport gives us hope that it won't just be 2018 or 2020 that will be different, but instead the rest of the 21st century.
Help us fund our fight in the New Year
We've received a number of requests from folks interested in helping us fund Seattle Indivisible, and to all of you, we just want to say thank you from the bottoms of our hearts. Your generous donations, which are not tax deductible, help us pay for meeting space rentals, new bullhorns, website hosting, training, non-profit registration fees, signs, photo copies, PO Box fees, and the hundreds of other little things that we use to keep our organization running.
You can make a donation at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/seattleindivisible