After the three most recent mass shootings by white male supremacist terrorists, we are all morally obligated to take action. If you don’t know what action to take … no problem! I’ll give you five assignments this week.
Start by taking a few minutes tomorrow morning to call your senators. Why? Because the House has already passed a bill requiring universal background checks for gun purchases, but Mitch McConnell refuses to bring it up for a vote in the Senate, instead offering his worthless “thoughts and prayers” to victims of gun violence. Call! Tell your senators what you think of what’s happening in this country. Tell your personal stories. Demand they cut short their recess and return to D.C. to put pressure on McConnell to hold the vote.
The offices of all your elected officials track the number of calls they get from constituents and what topics those calls are about. Never underestimate the impact of a phone call! Also, phone calls are preferable to email because they tie up staffers’ time. Disrupting business-as-usual is the way to go.
If you’re truly phone-shy or can’t call during business hours, use Resistbot instead of email — I’ve gotten better results from this tool. Just text the word RESIST to 50409 and follow the instructions. It’s free, it’s available nationwide, and you can use it 24/7. Once you get it set up the first time, you can send a message to both senators in two minutes at any time of the day or night. Do it while you’re at a bar, on the train, walking the dog, or waiting for water to boil. It’s that easy.
Let me know in the comments when you’ve done your task so I can applaud you. (For my activist readers in Canada, I recommend sending a letter to the editor of a U.S. newspaper.)