Tag: protest

Pea is for Protest

I continue to want us to have a cute name. I continue to make low-fi graphics based on my cute name.

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Pressure on PA

Keep believing. Nothing can stand in way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

Ben Wideman says:

Just got back from a visit to Senator Pat Toomey‘s Johnstown office with 15 other Borough of State College & Penn State area people to talk about the immigration ban. Here are my takeaways;

1. Everyone we spoke with was rattled. They have never experienced this much constant feedback. The phones haven’t stopped since the Inauguration and they admitted they can’t check voicemail because there is no pause to do so.

2. Letters are the only thing getting through at this point. Regional offices are a much better mail destination because the compile, sort, and send everything – DC mail is so backed up right now it takes twice as long to send things there.

3. Toomey’s staff seem frustrated with Trump. They said his barrage of Executive Orders are not how government is supposed to work, and was what they hated during moments of the Obama era. One of them said, “we have a democratic system and process – Trump needs to stop behaving like a Monarch”.

4. Our representatives are listening because people are raising their voices. This feels like no other political moment in recent time for them.

5. Toomey’s staffers are far more empathetic than I assumed. Also far more technology illiterate (one asked me how to use twitter, and how we already knew about Toomey’s published statement). They resonate that the immigration ban feels immoral and unAmerican.

6. Regional offices are not designed to handle this volume of unrest.

7. Personal stories matter. Tell the stories of people being impacted by arbitrary religious and ethnic legislation (I got to tell a bit of your story, Baraa). Staffers want to know.

8. Don’t stop. Do whatever small part you can do to keep raising your voice to your representatives. Not just this issue, but every way marginalized people are being (or will be) exploited under this President.

Passing the 15th Amendment

Opinion writers who say “we’ve never had an incoming president this openly racist and sexist” are not historians, and are not thinking further back than maybe the late 1970s. Considering how crap a lot of the past was, that’s not the cheeriest reassurance, but here’s something I’ve tried to keep in mind.

When the 15th amendment passed, neither most African Americans nor most women could vote, none of them were in Congress, and several northern states had recently voted against black male suffrage in their legislatures (wanting to free the slaves didn’t mean wanting blacks at your political gatherings, ew.) It was a time when the economy was not great; a time when people in power were frightened about what might be taken away from them.

The “radicals” won anyway, because we are VERY PERSUASIVE.

The 15th Amendment passed the all-white, all-male House of Representatives 144-44, and the all-white, all-male Senate 39-13. It was then ratified by 28 states, including Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. It wasn’t easy, it certainly wasn’t inevitable, and it didn’t get us to where we needed to be. But it was pretty impressive, no? Makes all this seem less daunting.