Action Day 1: Take Down De Vos

I am keen to the fact that my very first action is against one of the only women Trump has seen fit to place in his cabinet. That essential recognition is offset by the facts of her deep conservative religious roots, and the outspoken call against her school choice programs, which have driven much-needed funding out of local schools. In general, I am incensed that people with radical wealth-privilege keep showing up in these positions. Not surprised mind you — Howard Zinn tells this as the story that is as old as time, and also as old as America — but disgusted.

I will confess to only having a rudimentary understanding about how any of these governmental branches work, or what to say if I get someone on the line. But it would appear from these calls to action that most of this involves pressing buttons! I can do that, and I will aim to do better than that over time.

The action (from Michael Moore via FB)

Call your two US SENATORS – 202-225-3121 – and tell them they must vote AGAINST Trump’s choice for Secretary of Education, Amway billionaire Betsy DeVos. Your calls over the weekend have jammed the Congressional switchboard again and most Senator’s voice mail is now full. Most importantly, because of the outpouring of opposition to her, the Republicans have moved the date of her confirmation vote from today to Jan 31 in order to give them more time to be able to get enough votes. But call them today anyway just to keep the pressure up! 202-225-3121. Remember you have TWO U.S. Senators – and if u don’t know their names, the friendly Congressional operator will tell you who they are and connect you. There will be a lot of calls, so be patient — and if you get their voice mail, simply leave your “NO to Betsy DeVos” message. If the voice mail is full, email them at: (their last name).senate.gov. I need at least 20,000 of you to do this this morning! It’s our first nationwide action since the March! Share this with everyone.

And from a friend (Emily Merriman, poet, luminary, and my Carib Lit prof at SFSU):

The vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Sec of Education was delayed. The hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will now be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, according to an advisory from the committee.
And now to act (especially friends from ME, GA, NC and SC)! Billionaire Betsy DeVos is up for confirmation as U.S. Education Secretary, and many, many educators have expressed strongly that she is not qualified to ensure quality childrens’ education in this country.
Please consider calling one of the following Republican Senators (key in the confirmation vote) to express your opinion on the appointment. At least 3 of these need to be convinced in order to block DeVos’ nomination. Don’t email. Don’t tweet. Don’t complain on Facebook. Call them! Then, PLEASE SHARE WIDELY:
If you live in one of the states represented below, PLEASE call YOUR Senator, If you don’t, pick one and call him/her:
Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414..&..202.224.2523
Lamar Alexander (TN) 615.736.5129..&..202.224.4944
Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277..&..202.224.6665
Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999..&..202.224.3643
Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380..&..202.224.5251
Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125..&..202.224.3154..&.. 910.251.1058..&..828.350.2437
Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343

The report: Day 1

I am going to be real here: I had to start on Day 1 with the most basic-basics — who are my two senators, and what are their numbers.


But now I know where to visit Pat when he comes home!! (Senator Toomey. Senator Toomey. Senator Toomey . . .)

8 Penn Center
1628 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Suite 1702
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 241-1090
Fax: (215) 241-1095
Map: Get Directions

Washington, D.C. (8:30 – 5pm)
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4254

Call 1 to D.C: blank noise — no answer, but also no ringing

Call 2 — left message! Shared that I was a constituent, a teacher, and that I disagree with DeVos’ appointment based on the negative impacts of “school choice” and my viewpoint as an educator.

(That was my first constituent call! Pretty exciting — and not hard at all!)


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