It’s pretty clear we’re not going to be changing any of Trump’s hard-core supporters. The only way we’re going to win elections and protect gains we’ve made in civil rights is through finding new voters and energizing those who’ve already registered but rarely, if ever, vote.
The good news! – There are way more of us than the MAGA-hat tribe.
What we need to work on – We just don’t show up in high enough numbers.
The stakes are really high now.
We can see our protections being eroded by the current administration. It’s affecting every aspect of our lives and much that we hold dear. Environmental protections, civil worker, immigration, women’s and LGBTQ rights, and access to healthcare and education, are all in the process of being diminished.
What we may not be aware of is that we’re one state away from a constitutional convention, something right-wing groups will been waiting for a long time. This would allow them to fundamentally change our constitution by amendment.
“The possibility of a convention dominated by delegates from a single party is “alarming,” said Carolyn Fiddler, a spokeswoman for the national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.
“There are no rules. They can just throw out the whole Constitution if they want to,” Fiddler said. “It’s the wildest of Wild West situations.”
Right after hobbling us with an ill-conceived “Balanced Budget” amendment, removing civil rights from LGBTQ people, taking away American citizenship from babies born here to immigrant parents and making abortion illegal are on the top of their to-do list. The beginning. This is not a game. This will destroy the America we have the potential to be.
We can no longer pretend that voting doesn’t matter.
Please join us Saturday (Sept. 30th) at the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Ventura right near the San Buenaventura Mission (36 Figueroa St.) for a potluck/informational speakers meeting at 11:30 – 1:30. Bring a dish to share if you can, your friends and your energy.
We’re going to learn how to guerilla-register everyone you meet. (you can do it online!), how to motivate people to be active voters, and how to help other people vote who are being deliberately disenfranchised. We’re going to learn about minority voter suppression and gerrymandering, both in red states and here in Ventura and discuss opportunities for action that you can take.
No, we don’t have to just sit back and watch it happen.