Mobilize Friends & Family

Latin American Youth Center Gala - May 10

The Latin American Youth Center is holding its

50-year Anniversary Gala

on Thursday, May 10th

starting at 5:00 p.m. 

at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel

Neighbors Rising, a sister group to NOPE, supports the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in many ways, with the goal of helping our immigrant neighbors during these stressful and hurt-filled times.  Please show your support for by attending LAYC's gala celebration! 

Purchase your tickets at:  www.layc-dc.org/gala2018  (note: the “Purchase Tickets” link is in the menu box on the upper-left side of the page).  Invite your friends and neighbors to join you!!

If you would like, send Jeannie* your name and the name(s) of the guests for whom you’ve purchased tickets so she can ask LAYC to create Neighbors Rising tables for us. 

Also, please consider purchasing a ticket for one of the Young Neighbors Rising young person (most recently, they led the soccer equipment campaign).  To do this, contact Jeannie* and she’ll send you one of their names.  This is a lovely way to thank the youth and further encourage their leadership in helping neighbors in need.  

*Contact information:  Jeannie Engel, EngelAssociates@att.net and c. 301-448-7009

 

Race 4 Democracy - Phase 2

NOPE! is sponsoring a fundraising “race” to support progressive Virginia House of Delegate candidates who are running hard, day in and day out, to uphold our democracy by winning seats in the upcoming 2017 election. 

Phase 1 of our Race for Democracy raised more than $37,000, which we have donated to the following progressive Democratic candidates: Donte Tanner, Hala Ayala, Debra Rodman, Elizabeth Guzman, David Reid, Kelly Fowler, Dawn Adams, and John Bell.

Phase 2 of the Race for Democracy is underway and ends on October 15. Our goal is to raise $15,000.

Join the Race for Democracy today by logging into the Race for Democracy website. From there you can donate to a pool of candidates or select your preferred candidate(s). You can also create your own fundraising page, set your own fundraising goal, and ask your friends to donate in your name or for your resistance group.

Go to Race for Democracy now to learn all the details and start fundraising!

Join the Race for Democracy 2017

No sneakers required.

NOPE! is sponsoring a fundraising “race” to support progressive Virginia House of Delegate candidates who are running hard, day in and day out, to uphold our democracy by winning seats in the upcoming 2017 election. 

Join the Race for Democracy today by logging into the Race for Democracy website. From there you can donate to a pool of candidates or select your preferred candidate(s). You can also create your own fundraising page, set your own fundraising goal, and ask your friends to donate in your name or for your resistance group.

Go to Race for Democracy now to learn all the details and start fundraising!

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? 

Oppose Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

Ask your friends and relatives to call their Senators and urge them to oppose Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator.

Background: The Environmental Protection Agency's mission is to protect human health and the environment. Since its inception in 1970, EPA has taken these goals seriously. Take a look at photos of cities such as Pittsburgh and New York from 1970 and today to see visual evidence of EPA's success in reducing air pollution.

Throughout his career, Scott Pruitt has fought air, water, and - of course - climate change actions and regulations. He doesn't believe in protecting the environment. He is the wrong person for the job.

What you can do: Ask your friends and relatives to call their Senators and urge them to oppose Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator. Here are some talking points suggested by NRDC:

  • I urge you to oppose President Trump's nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA.
  • Pruitt's record and statements on climate change and environmental protection are deeply troubling, and should disqualify him from leadership of the EPA.
  • Throughout his career, Attorney General Pruitt has been hostile to the EPA and its mission of protecting human health and the environment. From mocking climate change science as "speculative guesswork" to leading the charge to kill the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan and his many lawsuits to block the agency's efforts to protect air, water and our environment, Pruitt has made it clear that he's the wrong choice to enforce our nations' bedrock environmental laws and ensure that the EPA has the budget, staff, and resources to protect our health and the environment.

It looks as if the Senators shown here are particularly important: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150785465839996&set=gm.1185091454935173&type=3

Want more information?  Check out:

Betsy DeVos Confirmation

These are challenging times as the tsunami of executive orders, confirmations, and other directives is coming at us fast and furiously - and it's only been three weeks. We need to remember that this is a marathon not a sprint; it's important to figure out which actions to take on so we can be effective and not burn out. Here's a quick "case-study" of what we did to fight the Betsy DeVos confirmation. It could serve as a model for our future legislative action as DC residents without a voting Member of Congress. And yes, we lost that fight but it did help us hone our tools for the next fight.  Here's how it played out:

  • Concerned neighbors Elly Greene and John Radner reached out to us to let us know they wanted to fight the DeVos confirmation. They are educators and are well tied into the education advocacy community.  We suggested they take the lead and they rose to the occasion. 
  • Elly shared us very specific actions and information that we could circulate,  including names and phone numbers of key senators. 
  • We then posted the information on the NOPE facebook page and on our personal FB pages. 
  • In our FB posts we tagged friends and family in the targeted states -- PA, NC & AZ  -- and asked them to follow Elly's instructions. 
  • This process went on for 3-4 days and I (Debra) had numerous friends and family members who let me know they had followed through and were appreciative of the information. 

Although we lost the fight by one vote, Senators Murkowski and Collins said they voted against DeVos because they received an overwhelming number of calls and letters.

Is there an issue you want to take the lead on feed into the NOPE network of concerned and active neighbors? Let us know!