I Am Part of the Problem. But No More.

I have always been the sort of person who shouts her convictions through social media, but has never had to step up in the world because someone else was always there to do it for me. And in the end, things generally turned out okay. DADT was repealed. Same-sex marriage was legalized. Good things happened that stopped the bad.

That means I am part of the problem.

Our President was inaugurated six days ago. And in six days has done more damage to America than I can recall in my lifetime. I am a middle class white woman, and I don’t feel safe anymore. If I don’t feel safe, then I can’t imagine how those people who are different than me feel in this country.

No one is safe anymore.

So here’s the first of my real world, offline actions:

I will call my elected representatives every single day to tell them where I stand.

Every. Single. Day.

At both their DC and local offices.

Today I will call and urge my representatives to vote against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos. Senator Burr is on the Education Committee and needs to understand just how much we oppose Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. This vote will occur on January 31, 2017.

If you’d like to join me, here’s what you need to know (at least if you’re in NC):

Senator Richard Burr (R):

  • DC (202) 224-3154 
  • Winston-Salem (800) 685-8916

Senator Thom Tillis (R):

  • DC (202) 224-6342 
  • Charlotte (704) 334-2448

Congressional Representatives by District:

If you’re not sure which district you’re in or who your representative is, enter your zipcode here.

North Carolina Congressmen

You should choose a single issue (at most two) to call about each day, and then make six calls per day. One each to both the local and DC offices of your two senators and your congressman.

For more information on why calling is so important (please don’t email), please read this Facebook post.

If you’re uncomfortable speaking on the phone or figuring out how to articulate why you’re calling, you can find scripts at both The 65 and Indivisible.

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