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:

  • August 23, 11:00 AM — Urge Paulsen to protect the Mueller Investigation, Rep. Paulsen’s District Office, 250 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie, MN, more information and RSVP here.
  • August 24, 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Goes to the State Fair, more information and RSVP here.
  • August 26, 2:00 PM — Come Together Maple Grove, corner of Elm Creek Blvd and Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Gove. More information and RSVP here.
  • August 26, 7:00 PM — Screening of Equal Means Equal hosted by the Minnesota Women’s Consortium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave, Minneapolis. More info and tickets here.
  • August 27, 2:30 PM — Black Women and Minnesota Politics:  Reclaiming Our Communities, Mississippi Room, Brooklyn Park Library, 8500 W Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
  • August 29, 12:00 PM — Resist Trump Tuesdays, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, 1200 Washington Ave S, Unit 250, Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • August 30, 6:00 PM — Sen. Melisa Franzen (SD49) 5th Annul Pallea Fundraiser, 5504 Glengarry Pkwy, Edina, MN.
  • August 30, 7:00 PM — Indivisible MN03 Tim Walz Forum, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345.
  • September 2, 10:00 AM — MN Activist Coalition Meeting, Meeting Room, St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Ln, St. Louis Park, MN 55426. More information and RSVP here.
  • September 5, 12:00 PM — Resist Trump Tuesdays, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, 1200 Washington Ave S, Unit 250, Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • September 7, 9:30 AM — DFL Women Meeting, 12800 Marion Ln W, Minnetonka, MN 55305. The candidates running for the CD3 congressional seat have been invited for a forum.
  • September 7, 7:00 PM — Chaska Indivisible Meeting:  Communications Workshop, Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska, MN 55318. More information and RSVP here.
  • September 9, 7:00 AM — Indivisible MN03 Booth at Osseo Lions Roar Event, Boerboom Park, 416 Central Ave, Osseo, MN 55369. More information and RSVP here.
  • September 12, 12:00 PM — Resist Trump Tuesdays, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, 1200 Washington Ave S, Unit 250, Minneapolis, MN 55415
  • September 16, 9:30 AM — Minnetonka Indivisible Meeting, Conference Room, Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344. More information and RSVP here.

NOTE:  Candidates for the CD3 DFL and Senate District endorsements should send event information to info@dfl3cd.org for posting on this listing and the CD3 DFL calendar.

Hold Rep. Paulsen Accountable:

  • Indivisable CD3 Phone Script(s)  
    • ISSUE:  #Mueller Background — Trump has been publicly playing with the idea of firing Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor leading the independent investigation into Russia’s election interference, their potential ties to the Trump campaign, obstruction of justice, and a litany of related financial concerns. Trump cannot fire Mueller himself, but he can coerce someone in the Justice Department to do so. Trump’s public criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, causing many to believe Trump may fire Sessions and replace him with someone who agrees to fire Mueller. Trump could even launch a large scale staffing shake-up, similar to Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre,” until he finds someone willing to fire Mueller.

      On August 3, the Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, DC. This is significant development showing Mueller’s seriousness in moving the investigation forward with prosecutions in mind; the grand jury allows Mueller to subpoena documents, call witnesses to testify under oath, and indict individuals if sufficient evidence of a crime arises. Because grand juries are arranged by prosecutors, if Mueller was fired now, this grand jury would effectively be dismantled. It is vital that Mueller’s position and investigation be protected.

      Two bipartisan bills have been introduced in the Senate to do just that — S.1735 by Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and S. 1741 by Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC). The two pairs of Senators may merge their bills when the Senate resumes in September.

      We need Rep. Paulsen to support S. 1735’s companion bill HR 3654 (Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX-18) in the House.

      Remember to record your conversation by going to  Indivisiblecd3.com and click on Office Call Tracker from the menu. Thank you!

    • SCRIPT:  My name is ____(Name)____ and I live in Rep. Paulsen’s district in ____(City)____.  I’m calling to express my concern that Trump may attempt to fire Special Counselor Bob Mueller in order to end the Russia investigation. I urge Rep. Paulsen to support and co-sponsor HR 3654 that would protect a special counselor from inappropriate interference by the president. Thank you.

    • Phone Numbers:  202.225.2871 (DC) or 952.405.8510 (MN)
    • Use Rep. Paulsen’s online form.

Other ways to make your voice heard:

  • Center for American Progress has developed a Trumpcare Toolkit to help people make their voice heard on the Senate Republicans holding secret meetings to develop their version of the AHCA/Trumpcare. Here’s a link to that resource.
  • HandsOff.org is a coalition of organizations working against the Trump/GOP budget. Visit their site and leave your story of how this massive attack on the social safety net would impact you and your family’s life.
  • Indivisible CD3 Petition:  Erik Paulsen — Release Trump’s Taxes
  • Moveon.org is looking for local volunteers to become MoveOn Mobilizers for their Resistance Summer.  If you’re interested, you can apply online here.
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America is developing a rapid response team to react quickly to the Senate Republican health care plan they’re developing in secret. To join the effort, text NARAL to 91990. You’ll receive mobile action alerts.

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Signal Boost — Jess and Zerlina not only have an e-update, they now have a radio program for those who’ve subscribed to SeriusXM on Channel 127 Saturday’s at 10:00 AM ET. Don’t subscribe?  You can stream the program from their website. When you’re at the page, click on “Listen Online” in the menu.
  • 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.
  • Take Back Your State Minnesota — a website created by a Minnesota couple to consolidate information on legislation, contacting your representative, etc.  Visit their site for more information.
  • 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: