Hello First Week of October!

I am a bitter American. I have been for a long time. But last week, I helped someone register to vote. I ended up feeling great that I could help, but it was also a little disturbing. The young man, who is an intern in my office, is of Indian descent. His parents are immigrants and he said they didn’t discuss voting at home. He was terrified to register. He pointed to the alert at the bottom of the online registration page that warned about it being a felony to lie on your voter application. “Am I gonna get in trouble?” he asked.

I have always felt it was my right to vote, I felt I was entitled. There are many out there who don’t feel that security. I have heard about voter drives in immigrant communities that are not successful. It’s getting close to the end of voter registration. This week, ASK. Ask if people are registered. Help them get registered if they are not. Don’t take it for granted that just because someone is born here they feel comfortable about the voting process.

The intern went home that night and found out his sister was registered to vote and now, they plan on voting together.

It’s a little thing, to ask, but if we all try, maybe it will engage one more person.

Action for the week!

From our Facebook page this week, in case you missed it!

Please remember! It’s not over! Keep up the pressure on any and all Senators you feel comfortable pressuring. The women who cornered Jeff Flake made a big impression! We are those women, keep those emails, phone calls, and letters coming!

Contact information, again plus phone numbers for the Six on the Fence via New York Post and an update on the Vox Senator Tracker

Senator Rob Portman
448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
202-224-3353

Senator Susan Collins
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
(202)224-2523

Senator Lisa Murkowski
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
(202)-224-6665

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
SH-516 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2043

Jeff Flake
Senate Russell Office Building 413
Washington, D.C. 20510
202-224-4521

Joe Donnelly
720 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-4814

Joe Manchin
306 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
202-224-3954

Jon Tester
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2604
(202) 224-2644

Doug Jones
326 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 224-4124

Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5274

Talking points include the ones from last week and the fact that his testimony last week seemed to be partisan and with a lack of control that would be unwelcome in an office of that stature. He seemed unhinged! And she seemed so much more credible. I think his character is a great focus for letters and calls this week.

From Deborah Tuerkheimer, via CNN:

Ford, who testified in the morning, was clearly nervous — “terrified” by her own account. She was also composed, dignified, and careful not to overstate her ability to recall details. She asked for clarification when she did not understand a question. She was confident about the facts that matter. And she was relatable. More than anything else, she came across as a woman who reluctantly upended her life because she felt it was her “civic duty” to provide relevant information on a matter of national significance. She was, in short, entirely credible.

Kavanaugh’s demeanor was almost the exact opposite of Ford’s. Where she was controlled, he was enraged. Where she seemed objective, he seemed partisan. Where she was helpful, he was nonresponsive and unwilling to answer straightforward questions. On several occasions, he was belligerent.

Feminist Art for the week

I am following an Instagram and I want to share it!

https://www.instagram.com/the.vulva.gallery/

So empowering and unique. I hope you enjoy!

Have a great week everyone and please take care of yourselves.

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