Wed. 9/30: 3 things to do after a nationwide incident of abuse.

Action #1: Share an uplifting music video on voting!

The debate was hard to watch because abuse is hard to watch.” Yes. Nailed it. Now we need an antidote. Link to this video is here.

Action #2: Help out the clearly clueless Commission on Presidential Debates! Squirt guns for moderators!

LAW & ORDER” should have been on display at the first debate on Tuesday, as the suppression of ruckus has been much on our president’s mind. Also, he had AGREED to rules of engagement beforehand. “Each candidate would have two uninterrupted minutes to answer. Then the other candidate would have his two minutes. Then a general conversation, guided by Wallace, would ensue.

HAHAHAHA. No. The Trump who’d agreed to all that was replaced by the angry abusive version, a mix of the spoiled rich boy who thinks rules, like for golf, or business, don’t apply to him, combined with the grifter spooked by the NYTimes takedown of his taxes, exposing him as a national security risk. (See action post here)

The Commission on Presidential Debates just put out a notice that they’d be changing the format, with no details yet. Clearly they didn’t have enough imagination to anticipate what Trump would do, given a camera and a national audience. They need our help!

Action: The next debate will be in a town hall format. Send a email with your suggestions for the next matchup to the Commission on Presidential Debates at media@debates.org or call them at (202) 872-1020.

Action #3: Volunteer to be an voting rights /election protector.

Our president said “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.” He could have just simply and clearly disavowed his domestic terrorist supporters at the debate on Tuesday. But instead, he tacitly became their commander-in-chief on national TV. They were thrilled to be noticed and they will await for further orders. Well, it their orders involve intimidation at the polls, voter will not have to face them alone.

Here are three volunteer opportunities to protect our elections.

  • Biden/Harris Campaign: Volunteer with the Biden/Harris campaign here. You can sign up to be at the polls during in-person voting, or to work on the voter assistance line.
  • CADEM: Volunteer with the California Democratic Party Voter Protection Team. Early Oct. deadlines, so don’t wait.
  • Equal Justice Society: The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition, a co-sponsor of EJS’ voter summit, are rapidly ramping up recruitment of Election Protection volunteers. Please sign up to volunteer!
    • The Equal Justice Society held a virtual Voter Mobilization & Protection Summit in April. (Video of meeting included in link) involving leaders of The New Georgia Project, SEIU 1021, Disability Rights California, Advancement Project, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Transformative Justice Collective, and She the People.
    • There’s a role for everyone — whether it’s helping voters from home, assisting voters safely in person, or tracking online disinformation. Nonpartisan Election Protection volunteers like you will be voters’ first line of defense against restrictive election laws, coronavirus-related voting disruptions, or anything else that could silence their voices.
    • The Election Protection team will help you find the best way to get involved — whether that’s monitoring polling places (from your vehicle, or remotely), watchdogging social media for disinformation and voters in need of help, or reaching out to voters to make sure they know their rights. 
    • Unfortunately, voters this year will face obstacles that have no place in a modern democracy — and these impediments to voting will hit communities of color the hardest.

This list will be added to and updated here.

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