Action Alerts

Concerned about the outcome of the last election?  Want to get involved and help defend progressive values? We will be making periodic postings of ways you can get involved in a range of projects with various non-DFL organizations.  (DFL events are listed on our DFL In the Know posts.)

 Here are some upcoming events:

  • March 27 — Calls this week will focus on Pres. Trump’s tax returns. ISSUE & OPTIONAL SCRIPT:  My name is _(Name)________ and I live in Rep. Paulsen’s district in _(City)________. I am calling about H. Res. 186.  The House Ways and Means Committee, which Rep. Paulsen sits on, will do a markup of this bill on Tuesday (3/28). This bill asks the Secretary of the Treasury to provide the House of Representatives the tax returns and other financial information of President Trump.  I urge Rep. Paulsen to support the release of these tax returns.  Almost 75% of Americans believe he should release his taxes in order to understand his businesses and connections to other countries more effectively.  While Rep. Paulsen has stated that he believes Trump should release his own tax returns, it is clear that is not going to happen. Erik Paulsen’s offices: (202) 225-2871 (DC) or (952) 405-8510 (MN)
  • March 28 – April 18 — Digital Fundamentals and Best Practices course offered by NewMediaMentor.org. More info here.
  • March 29, 1:00 to 5:00 PM — Pro-Choice Lobby Day at the Minnesota Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155. The 2017 MN legislative session is at full steam, and after 4 committee hearings we know that bills restricting access to abortion care will likely go to the floor of the MN Senate and MN House for a vote.  Now it is time for us to show up and make sure that policy makers hear the bold and mighty voices of people who believe in access to abortion care and Reproductive Justice.  RSVP here.
  • April 1, 1:00 PM — Door to Door with Swing Left, Brooklyn Park Voter Registration, 7635 Jolly Ln, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428. More details and RSVP here.
  • April 2, 1:00 PM — Door to Door with Swing Left, Initial canvas/voter registration, 14679 64th Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55311. More details and RSVP here.
  • April 13, 4:30 PM — West Broadway Station Design Plans, Mississippi Room, Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445.
  • April 15, 11:00 AM — Tax March MN:  Show Us the Money! Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55155
  • April 17, 7:00 PM — The Listening Tour, with special invited guest Rep. Erik Paulsen, Civics 101 with Sen. Steve Cwodzinski, Rogers Community Room, 21201 Memorial Dr, Rogers, MN 55374
  • April 18, 7:00 PM — The Listening Tour, with special invited guest Rep. Erik Paulsen, Healthcare with Andy Slavitt, South Shore Community Senior Center, 5735 Country Club Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331
  • April 19, 6:00 PM — The Signs of Resistance:  Protest Sign Show at 514 Studio, 514 N 3rd St, Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55401. This show of professionally designed and printed protest signs on science/climate change, human rights and political corruption, each sign costs $40 with proceeds going to the local chapter of the ACLU.
  • April 19, 7:00 PM — The Listening Tour, with special invited guest Rep. Erik Paulsen, Immigration with Linus Chan, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55305
  • April 22 — Earth Day
  • April 22, 10:00 AM ET — March for Science, National Mall, Washington, DC.  More info on their Facebook event. Local march happening.
  • April 25 – May 16 — Digital Fundraising course offered by NewMediaMentor.org. More info here.
  • May 3, 9:30 AM — Golden Valley DFL Women’s Club Spring Luncheon,  Guest Speaker:  Professor Richard W. Painter, University of Minnesota Professor of Corporate Law. Prof. Painter will speak on “Government Ethics and Conflicts of Interest”.  Professor Painter has strongly spoken out on President Trump’s refusal to diverse his businesses. Concerns over President Trump’s refusal to divest his Foreign Business interests. Professor Painter has filed a federal lawsuit in January on ethics conflicts in the current Executive Branch.  East Building of Ridgepointe Apartments, Dining Room, 12600 Marion Ln, Minnetonka, MN 55305. RSVP to Elaine Rothman at iteacher@q.com
  • May 23 – June 13 — Digital Leadership course offered by NewMediaMentor.org. More info here.
  • Moveon.org has a petition titled: Tell Congress: Stop Bannon’s national security takeover. You can sign it here.
  • Moveon.org also has a petition titled:   Tell Jeff Sessions:  Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Trump team’s ties to Russia. You can sign it here.
  • BoldProgressive.org is collecting information on people who’ll be hurt by the Trump budget. If you or someone you know would be hurt by cuts to Meals on Wheels, cuts to heating assistance for seniors, cuts to student aid or cuts to public broadcasting, let them know here.
  • Senate Committee on Homeland Security Screening of Steve Bannon — the committee is taking calls about this appointment. You can call and just leave a message (Something like:  “Hi, my name is ______. I’m an American citizen from Minnesota and I’m opposed to Bannon being on the National Security Council.”).  The phone is 202.224.4751.
  • Ultraviolet.org has a petition to tell Amazon they should stop supporting Breitbart. You can add your name here.  Moveon.org also has a petiton on this issue. You can add your name to it here.
  • Rep. Paulsen’s Support of Trumpcare — don’t support the bill to replace Obamacare?  Don’t like the fact that our Congressman voted for the bill without knowing its cost?  Congressionsal Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer has put together a website where you can indicate your opposition, and leave a message for our Congressional officials. You can also see how other people in our district feel about the bill.

Congressman Paulsen’s Lack of Public Town Halls

  • Ongoing — Want to contact Cong. Paulsen regularly about progressive issues?  Calls for Change is offering ways to do that:  It’s easier than you think to do something to advance women and equality. Calling members of Congress is one of the most effective ways to influence the political process, and Calls for Change makes it simple and fast. Each week we’ll send you all the information you need — from the right phone number to a sample script — so in just ten minutes you can make sure your voice is heard. Learn more about the issues we’re focused on.
  • Ongoing — Constituents running into road blocks in contacting Rep. Erik Paulsen to express their wish for an in-person town hall meeting have created this FaceBook group. If you agree and would like to participate, please join and help.
  • Ongoing — StandUpMN Indivisible CD3 asks that residents of Congressional District 3 sign their online petition requesting Cong. Paulsen hold quarterly town hall meetings to address concerns about the Trump agenda and then share it with their friends.
  • Ongoing — Live in the Dewey Hill neighborhood in Edina? Join their group on nextdoor.com to help work to have Rep. Paulsen hold a real town hall in his district
  • Ongoing — Rep. Scott Peters of California has an online petition that can be signed urging other Congress members to hold town halls in their districts (we haven’t completed the form, so we don’t know, but it’s pretty common to have a contribution ask at the end that isn’t mandatory).
  • ResistanceRecess.com has a website where you can sign a pledge to contact Rep. Paulsen, and find out about more activities in our area here.

Looking for tools to help you move through the Trump years?

  • 5 Calls is an app that helps people make the move from passive participation into active resistance. Spend 5 minutes making 5 calls a day. Here’s a link to the iTunes preview, and a link to the Android preview.
  • ACLU Resistance Training — Weren’t able to watch the original livestream of this training? You can watch it here.
  • Boycott Trump — there is a free application available in the App Store and GooglePlay listing all the organizations that have been involved with Donald J. Trump and how to help you make decisions on where to spend your money.
  • Brave News — Need some positive news to help keep you energized? Subscribe to this newsletter for true stories of courage and resistance.
  • BuzzFeed is maintaining a running list of Pres. Trump’s lies here.
  • The Center for American Progress Action Fund has a podcast, OffKilter, that focuses on poverty and inequality. You can listen online or subscribe on iTunes.
  • Countable — Contact Congress and Vote on Bills is an application that allows you to do just that, follow what’s happening in Congress. Free download on both Android and iPhone.
  • DailyAction.org — sign up on their website and receive a daily text of issues to call your representative about.
  • EMILY’s List — EMILY’s List recruits, trains and supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates at every level of the ballot. By helping to elect these women to office in 2017, we’re not only building a farm team, but we’re also putting strong women in charge of decisions that affect women and families every day — from the legislators who write laws, the attorneys general who defend and enforce them, and the secretaries of state who ensure access to the ballot. Contribute to help them do this important work.
  • Flippable.org this organization is up and running and working to get progressive elected to office at the state and federal level.
  • Help Our Muslim FamilyMedium.com has 20 ways you can do this.
  • Indivisible.com has developed an activist guide book that is a free PDF download.
  • Libraries Serve Refugees — this group is looking for librarians, researchers, editors, lawyers and site administrators to help them find the best resources for refugee and immigrant populations. Here’s a link to their site.
  • Obama Foundation — President and Mrs. Obama have launched an organization. You can find out more here.
  • Resistance Manual — is a site listing the Trump Administration agenda items and what you can do
  • Resistance Calendar — looking for an action locally get participate in?  Check out this site.  Have an event, you can enter that, as well.
  • Resistance Manual — is an interactive site where you can find out about issues nationally and locally.
  • PeoplePower.org —The ACLU has created this group to help organize the resistance to what we see being done to people in this political climate
  • Rise Up! Brunch Can Wait — Is a new effort started in Washington, DC, and moving out into other cities. The concept?  Come to an event, have a drink or snack, take the money you’d spend on a brunch or other meal and give it to an organization working against what’s being done to people by the Trump agenda. Here’s a link to the March 19 DC event.
  • Run for Something — this is an organization that is looking to recruit and support progressive candidates running for office. If progressives aren’t elected, progressive ideas can’t be implemented. Check it out and think about serving on your city commissions, running for city, county and state offices — maybe higher office.
  • The Sister District Projectthis group is matching people in safe, blue districts around the country with red districts to help flip the U.S. House. Sign up to be notified of events here.
  • SwingLeft.org — Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives—and defeat Republicans—in that district, no matter where you live. We can stop Trump and the GOP agenda by working together NOW.  Check here.
  • The Town Hall Project — This group is creating a spreadsheet of where elected representatives are holding their meetings. Here’s a link.
  • TrumpAccountable.org — A new organization that wants to make the public aware of the impact of the Trump Administration and Donald Trump. Here’s a link.
  • Tweet Congress this website allows you to tweet directly to Congress members, either all of them or selectively.
  • WeAreNewYork — Why are we listing this site where it’s New York-centric?  Jeanne Heifetz, who’s the site’s creator, has created a manual to help people interested in creating a similar site in other areas. Just send her an email at wearenewyorkvalues@gmail.com to let her know you’re interested.
  • Indivisible Radio — Per their website, the national conversation about America in a time of change is coming to public radio. Visit their website, join their mailing list and you’ll be aware of how things are moving forward.
  • CD3 DFL — You can also volunteer on our website to help within the DFL party.

Don’t forget to bookmark our website, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Organizations to support:

  • DFL CD3 — we’re here to elect people to office who hold progressive values. There’s a PayPal donate button in the upper right corner of this page.
  • ACLU — they’re always at the forefront of fights to maintain our rights. Contribute to them here.
  • Center for Constitutional Rights — The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here’s a link to their site
  • Committee to Protect Journalists — With Trump Administration staffer Kellyanne Conway calling for reporters who “talk smack” about Pres. Trump to be fired, we need to keep the people reporting safe from a president who’s proved he will sue at the drop of a hat. Here’s a link to their site.
  • Movementvote.org is a new platform to help progressive donate money in areas that will help make their dollars go further. Check it out here.
  • It Starts Now — This is a group focusing on flipping the U.S. House in the 2018 midterm elections:  The 2018 midterm election is our first chance to flip the House and the Senate and install some checks and balances on the Trump-Pence White House —We must start right now. They’re asking for a monthly contribution to grow their war chest.  Here’s a link to their site.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center — The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Here’s a link to their site.

And, if you want to show people where you stand on issues, here’s a site that’s offering clothing, etc. with a portion of the proceeds going to support the resistance efforts: