Hold ‘Em Accountable

With the presidential election results bringing out the worst in people, to work to maintain our values. If you care about our freedoms, pay attention to what’s happening, get engaged (support organizations and individuals who share your vision for our future), and hold our elected officials accountable.

Here are some ways:

Join or contribute to groups protecting those with little or no voice:

American Civil Liberties Union
Southern Poverty Law Center

Or, those organizations working on specific issues:

Moms Demand Action for Common Sense Gun Control
Planned Parenthood
NARAL Pro Choice
Sunlight Foundation

Or, organizations working to build progressive efforts:

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Democracy for America

And, don’t forget to join us in our efforts to engage people with progressive. Please volunteer to work here in CD3 as we move toward (we know, everyone take a deep breath) the 2018 election.

Vote with your wallet:

It’s important to know more about who owns the organizations making the products or providing the services you use, and what they do with their employees and how they use their profits.

Here are some you should definitely think about before doing business with:

Charles and David Koch Products

For those who haven’t been that involved, the Kochs are owners of the 2nd largest company in the United States.  They make significant contributions to liberatrian and conservative think tanks and candidates.  They’ve also developed a network of organizations to support their vision for limited regulation 0f their industries (principally oil), limit government’s role in health care and work against efforts to combat climate change.

Paper ProductsWood ProductsOther Products
Angel Soft®AdvantageADI-Pure®
Brawny®Blue RibbonAntron®
Coronet®Clutter CutterComforel Fiberfill
Dixie®DensArmor Plus®CoolMax/SolarMax
Envision®DensDeck®Cordura® Fabric
Fort JamesDensGlass®Dacron®
GP and GP HarmonDensSheid® gypsum boardDBE® Dibasic Esters
Image Plus® Inks
DryPly® PlywoodFlint Hill Resources
Mardi Gras®Fireguard®Invista
Quilted Northern®Georgia-Pacific Koch Industries
SCAGP LamLycra®
Soft 'n Gentle®Grant Forest OSB BoardGP Pacific Garden® soaps
Sparkle®Hushboard®Performa®
Spectrum®NautilusPolarguard®
Vanity Fair®PlyBead®Polyclear®
Plytanium® PlywoodPolyshield®
Southern GoldSomerelle® Bedding
Sta-Strait(TM)Stainmaster®
Thermostat
Supplex® Fabric
ToughRock®Tactel® Fiber
Wood I BeamTactesse® Carpet Fibers
Terathane®
Thermolite®

Other Conservative Businesses

Carl’s Jr. — Advertising objectifies women, supports extreme anti-choice causes, against gay rights, big donor to conservative Super PACs and the Republican Party.

Chick-fil-A — Anti-gay position, contribute large amounts to extreme right-wing candidates

Cracker Barrel — long history of racist and anti LGBT practices

DeVos Family —as reported by Forbes, “few billionaires have a more established place in Conservative American than the DeVos clan.” They regularly contribute to the Republican Party, give millions to Christian and conservative organization like Focus on the Family and the American Enterprise Institute:

  • AMWAY
  • Artistry make-up and skin care
  • Body Series personal products
  • DITTO Delivery
  • eSpring cleaning and laundry products
  • Fulton Street Market products
  • Hi-Gear automotive product
  • iCook
  • Legacy of Clean
  • Miss America make-u and skin care
  • NUTRIPET® products
  • Nutriplant agricultural products
  • Perfect Empowered drinking water
  • Personal Accents® scents
  • Satinique bath products
  • Creme LuXury Collection make-up and skin care
  • Orlando Magic basketball team
  • Trend Collection make-up and skin care
  • XLP automotive products
  • XS energy drinks

Domino’s Pizza — Founder Tom Monaghan is anti-choice, a member of Donald Trump’s Catholic Advisory Committee and contributes to conservative candidates, as well as the Republican National Committee.

Exxon — long history of anti LGBT efforts.

Hobby Lobby — Extremely conservative, against a woman’s right to choose and against birth control.

Marriott Hotels/Ritz-Carlton — Major donor to conservative Super PACs and extreme right wing candidates.

MyPillow — Founder and owner Mike Lindell is a big Trump supporter and contributor to Donald Trump’s campaign.

NewsCorp — owned by Rupert Murdoch, this organization now includes:

  • 21st Century Fox
  • Dow Jones & Company/Wall Street Journal
  • FoxNews
  • HarperCollins
  • New York Post
  • News America Marketing

Urban Outfitters — president and founder, Richard Haney, has a reputation for being both anti-woman and anti-LGBT, has backed presidential candidate Rick Santorum, major donor to extreme conservative causes and candidates.

Walmart — pay their employees extremely low wages (many need state assistance to get by), against raising the minimum wage, have been used for gender discrimination.

Additional Business Information

The conservative website 2ndvote.com has built an extensive listing with ratings on national businesses. When visiting, remember, the lower the rating and redder the number the more progressive the company is (backwards to our world).

Here’s a link to their site.

And, here’s a link to a Google spreadsheet someone has prepared on organizations dealing with the Trump family. If you don’t wish to give any of your money to organizations paying them, you can visit the sheet and make the decision (or not).

Contact Your Representative

And, hold your elected officials responsible for their positions, votes, etc. Here are some links to help you:

Contact the President here.

Contact your Congressional Representative or Senator here.
Contact your State Representative or Senator here.
Contact your Hennepin County Commissioner here.

Contact your Brooklyn Park City Council here.
Contact your Bloomington City Council here
Contact your Champlin City Council here.
Contact your Chanhassen City Council here.
Contact your Chaska City Council here.
Contact your Coon Rapids City Council here.
Contact your Corcoran City Council here.
Contact your Dahlgren Township Board here.
Contact your Dayton City Council here.
Contact your Deephaven City Council here.
Contact your Eden Prairie City Council here.
Contact your Edina City Council here.
Contact your Excelsior City Council here.
Contact your Greenfield City Council here.
Contact your Greenwood City Council here.
Contact your Independence City Council here.
Contact your Laketown Boardl here.
Contact your Long Lake City Council here.
Contact your Loretto City Council here.
Contact your Maple Plain City Council here.
Contact your Maple Grove City Council here.
Contact your Medicine Lake City Council here.
Contact your Medina City Council here.
Contact your Minnetonka City Council here.
Contact your Minnetonka Beach City Council here.
Contact your Minnetrista City Council here.
Contact your Mound City Council here.
Contact your Orono City Council here.
Contact your Osseo City Council here.
Contact your Plymouth City Council here.
Contact your Rogers City Council here.
Contact your Shorewood City Council here.
Contact your Spring Park City Council here.
Contact your St. Bonifacius City Council here.
Contact your Tonka Bay City Council here.
Contact your Victoria City Council here.
Contact your Wayzata City Council here.