Action Agendas

NOPE! ACTIONS FOR JULY 2017

Here are things you can do this month:

  • July 18: Kill the Bill Day of Action - Meet at the Russell Senate Building (Corner of C St., NE and First St. NE) at 12:00 p.m. to protest TrumpCare.
  • July 19: NOPE! Neighbors meeting - We will present NOPE's plan for the Race for Democracy. This is a fundraising “race” to support VA Delegate candidates who are running for state House of Delegates positions in the upcoming November elections. Other agenda topics include Immigrant/refugee support and service efforts and Resistance reading - On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder, and more. RSVP to nopeneighbors@gmail.com for time and location.
  • July 26: Bystander Intervention Training - 6:30-9:00 p.m. Conducted by a representative of the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition (MCCRC), we will learn how to support community members who are being publicly harassed. The trainer will first present an orientation to the history and principles of nonviolence and bystander intervention. Then we’ll practice specific de-escalation techniques as a bystander in a variety of scenarios. RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/zElPJMakjqcq7bax2
  • Buy a rainbow flag - They look great with your Hate Has No Home Here sign! Purchase at Amazon or if you want to support a small, local business, go to Kengla Flag at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. 

 

NOPE! Actions for June 2017

Here are things you can do this month:

  • Wednesday, June 7 -  Heather Booth: Changing the World, a new documentary movie showing  in DC at Avalon Theater. Heather Booth is a legendary, lifelong activist.  She’s one of the most influential women you may never have heard of. 
  • Thursday, June 8 - Jon Ossoff for Congress phone bank, in Chevy Chase, DC. The GA6 Congressional special election is June 20. It will be close. Every call will count. Reply to nopeneighbors@gmail.com if you plan to join us and we'll send you the address. Bring: Cell phone & charger, laptop OR tablet & charger, headset or earbuds with a mic (to make calling more comfortable). Walk-ins are welcome - bring along interested friends and family. For information on other phone bank opportunities. and feel free  share this Volunteer Sign-Up Form with anyone who might be interested in joining our efforts.
  • Monday, June 12 - Nope Neighbors meeting -- Our agenda (draft) includes discussion of the Virginia delegate races (flip VA from red to blue);  Immigration (providing direct service to those in need); Climate change (now what??); Redistricting (focusing on races at all levels); Congress and the White House (leveraging Indivisible's guidance to our networks); DC Home Rule (with Chaffetz retiring, what next?); Book review and discussion (On Tyranny by Tim Snyder).  RSVP to NopeNeighbors@gmail.com and we'll send the meeting location. 
  • Sunday, June 25 -  Resist, Retreat, Resign? A Workshop for Federal Employees. At the Georgetown Public Library Meeting Room, 2:00-4:30 p.m. This workshop is with and for federal employees concerned about their rights under the new administration. Through discussions with experts in labor law, democracy, and federal workplace protections, attendees of this interactive planning & action session will: 1) learn more about their rights as private citizens and in the workplace; 2) strategize ways to build solidarity in their agencies; and 3) build networks across agencies. The workshop is "Chatham House" rules - off the record and what is said in the room stays in the room. No discussion of civil disobedience or any kind of illegal action.
  • Hate Has No Home Here - Want a sign? We're going to order them once we know how many are needed.  Reply to nopeneighbors@gmail.com and let us know how many you want. They make nice house gifts too. We expect the cost to be around $10.  
  • Bystander training - In Chevy Chase, DC, date TBD. See someone being harassed, but don't know what to do?  Learn how to engage to help the one who is being attacked and diffuse the situation.

 

Action Agenda: NOPE Neighbors Network

This is a marathon - not a sprint - so we need to direct our time and resources for a sustained four-year fight. Here are a few thoughts on how to start.

Challenge:  

We are uniquely situated in DC - lots of political knowledge and no Members of Congress (MoC).    

Goal:

Create a network of friends and family around the country whom we can keep informed about the issues and actions needed, and encourage them to:   

  • Write letters, make calls, share on Facebook…
  • Allow us to stand in for them at meetings with Members of Congress in DC  
  • Deliver their letters directly to MoC offices
  • More…

From our March 6th meeting we got a serious reality check. We learned that contact with Republican MoCs who care about getting re-elected has the most impact.  Here’s a list of House Republican MoCs who won re-election AND their districts went with Clinton in ‘16. Move On’s target list of Senators for the Affordable Care Act fight is also included. See if there are people you know in these states and Congressional Districts who you can keep pushing information out to.  MoCs who live in purple states and flippable districts are more responsive to all their constituents because in the end the ONLY thing that matters and they care about MOST is getting re-elected.

It’s good to thank our Dem friends, so by all means do that,  but moving the needle requires moving Republicans.  And House members will be harder to move than Senators.

Organizing Tools:  

We are each now organizers of our personal networks.  Tools at our disposal are: emails, Facebook, the Nope Neighbors website, Mail Chimp, and more.

Resources:  

Check out the NOPE National Resources webpage for groups that are already capturing information about what needs doing and pushing it out to their networks (e.g., Indivisible groups, Women’s March Huddles, MoveOn, & Daily Action).    

The Plan:  

We’ll push information out to you that you can use and share with your network.  Stay tuned.

Opportunity:  

There are more than enough issues to tackle.  We are a neighborhood group happy to coalesce with others.  But we want to stay small and neighborhood-based so we can be nimble and responsive and not get bogged down in a cumbersome, large-group process.  So it’s up to you to decide what issue(s) you want to take the lead on, what role you want to play, and how to feed it back to us.  We’ve got some thoughts and loads of resources in our inboxes and on the website, but now is the time to push this beyond us -- Joanna and Debra -- and turn this into a NOPE Neighbors Network.  How do you want help? 

Action Agenda: Fight for DC Home Rule

The Issues:

  1. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee and Government Reform Committee, is on the warpath to reverse D.C. laws and voter-approved initiatives. This includes DC's Sanctuary City status, the new death with dignity law, and abortion rights, school voucher, and gun laws.
  2. Jason Chaffetz is up for reelection in 2018.
  3. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chairman Phil Mendelson, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton introduced a petition to Congress for DC Statehood. We are far from achieving DC Statehood but it is the ultimate way to stop Congressional meddling in local affairs.

Potential Actions:

  1. Keep close watch on what Chaffetz and his committee are doing. We need to let him know it is not okay to interfere with DC home rule, and to be ready to mobilize whenever he, his committee, or other MoCs raise these issues. For example, we can:
    • Keep tabs on DC issues and take immediate action as needed (send emails, post on FB, ask friends and relatives to write their MoC, advertise and attend rallies).
    • Join HandsOffDC (https://www.facebook.com/groups/handsoffdc/).
    • Ask a HandsOFFDC representative to come to a NOPE meeting and discuss how we can get involved.
    • Attend the upcoming HandsOFFDC training session on Monday, March 27 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Northeast Branch Library at 7th St NE and Maryland Ave NE. RSVP at the Facebook Event  (http://www.charlesallenward6.com/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fevents%2F1632004227105963%2F&e=5090c2caf3c57173c12aa9fbfd5a0fd1&utm_source=charlesallendc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17_228_handsoff&n=3)
    • Check for future HandsOFFDC trainings. Next up will be a session on how to write letters to the editors and op-eds in local newspapers, including how to target local newspapers in pivotal congressional districts.
    • Call Speaker Paul Ryan and ask him to stand with the 680,000 residents of the District and support our right to control our local affairs. Ask your friends and relatives to do the same (202-225-3031; http://www.speaker.gov/contact)  
  2. Work to beat Chaffetz in his 2018 Congressional race.
    • Join Americans for Self-Rule PAC http://www.americansforselfrule.org
      • Sign up to receive updates
      • Volunteer
      • Offer support in researching the candidates who will likely be opposing Chaffetz - Damien Kidd and Evan McMullin
      • Donate money to the PAC to put pressure on Chaffetz and his allies
      • Ask your friends and relatives in Utah to call Chaffetz’s office.
  3. Fight for DC to become the 51st state.
    • Yes, we know there is NO WAY DC will become a state during the next four years! But if we keep the pressure on Congress, it can only help us win in the long run.
    • Follow Mayor Bower’s actions, work with HandsOFFDC statehood group, keep an eye out for DC statehood rallies

Resources:

Americans for Self-Rule PAC: Started by DC residents (including one woman - Lynette Craig -  initially from Utah) working to protect the residents of Washington, DC from federal overreach. 

HandsOFFDC: Facebook page and Charles Allen, the Ward 6 Council Member who is heading this group

DC Values Playbook: Created by the DC mayor’s office, this document describes the ways the federal government can interfere with DC affairs through the legislative and budgetary processes.

DCist: a website about DC that often has useful local political stories. See, for example: Meet The New D.C. PAC Trying To Take Down Jason Chaffetz.

Action Agenda: Flip from Red to Blue

Flip from Red to Blue

The Issues:

We need to flip the country from red to blue at the local, state, and federal levels:

  1. State elections: The Republicans are in control of our state governments - 33 governors and 71 state legislative bodies are Republican.
    • House elections: The 2018 House elections are the next best chance to regain power in Congress.
    • There are 52 Swing Districts - where the last election was won by 15% of the vote or less. We need to win 80% (41 districts) of all Swing Districts to take back the House.
  2. If we win all 17 Democratic-held Swing Districts, we need to flip 24 of the remaining Republican districts.
  3. Redistricting: After the 2010 Census, the Republicans successfully gerrymandered Congressional and state legislative districts, putting Democrats at a major disadvantage. In 2021, states will redraw their Congressional and state legislative lines. We need a comprehensive redistricting strategy.
  4. Senate and Local elections: these are also important!

Potential Actions:

This work group will get involved in local, state, and federal elections to help flip them from red to blue.

  1. Organize and conduct door-to-door canvassing for state and House elections in nearby states.
  2. Ask our friends and relatives in swing states to get involved in key campaigns.
  3. Make campaign donations (e.g., Jon Ossoff, running for Congress in GA).
  4. Join existing national groups that are working on flipping states from red to blue and identify other ways to volunteer our time.

Resources:

  1. Flippable (https://www.flippable.org/) provides well-researched advice on which state elections to focus on and when. Its focus in 2017 is on Virginia, North Carolina, and New Jersey gubernatorial and state legislature elections. All three states are close enough to DC for us to get involved relatively easily.
  2. Swing Left (https://swingleft.org/). Swing Left focuses on House elections. They are sponsoring three action items: 1) Swing Left house parties (held this past weekend), 2) conducting research on swing district issues, and 3) talking to voters in your swing district. For the last item, Swing Left has partnered with Knock Every Door (see below).
  3. Knock Every Door (https://knockeverydoor.org/). Started by former Bernie Sanders staffers, this group is conducting nationwide, door-to-door campaigns - "deep canvassing" - to start conversations with voters and non-voters. The idea is that long, open-ended conversations can help change people’s minds, and are a good way to gain a better understanding of why some Obama voters didn’t vote this year or voted for Trump.
  4. Sister District project (https://www.sisterdistrict.com/). This group will team us up with a swing congressional district, state legislature, or other strategically important race.  
  5. National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) (https://democraticredistricting.com/). Eric Holder’s group is building a targeted, state-by-state redistricting strategy.