Las Marías cannot engage in partisan politics, but we believe it´s safe to say that the statements and policies that the United States´ president-elect has put forth make us even more concerned about the future of the world than we were on Nov. 8th. We will work on providing materials to help those that wish to engage the system to try to improve safety for minorities and to uphold civic rights. For now we wanted to share something posted on Facebook by our friend Benedict Kupstas. He provides some resources on the individuals that the president-elect is putting in key positions and notes some ways to make your voice heard on this subject.
What can we do?
1) Sign this petition by the the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop Bannon.
2) Call your representatives and key members of Congress:
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan: (202) 225-3031
Majority Leader McConnell: (202) 224-2541
Kevin McCarthy: (202) 225-2915
Nancy Pelosi: (202) 225-4965
Mitch McConnell: (202) 224-2541
Harry Reid: (202) 224-3542
Bernie Sanders: (202) 224-5141
Kristen Gillibrand: (202) 224-4451
Chuck Schumer: (202) 224-6542
Contact Republicans who have spoken out against the president-elect and urge them to continue standing up to him.
New York State Representatives Contact Info.
Pennsylvania State Representatives Contact Info.
Find more phone numbers here.
3) Call out the media when they report the Bannon appointment as a straight news story or refer to him as a "Breitbart executive" or a "provocateur," but don't call him what he is: a white supremacist, anti-semite, misogynist. Don't let them normalize.
4) Gently applaud and share (because positive reinforcement is as important as negative, right?) when politicians, organizations, and journalists do their jobs and call out disgusting men like Bannon and Guiliani for what they are, including Senator Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Nancy Pelosi, The New York Times, Shaun King, Southern Poverty Law Center, etc.
Resources provided by Benedict [text edited]:
Steve Bannon new chief White House strategist and senior counsel
On his white supremacist rhetoric this NYT piece.
Rudy Giuliani likely appointment for Secretary of State
On conflicts of interest.
On "alarmingly authoritarian proclivities".
On "a tendency to spew what the New York Times called a 'trademark brew of poisonous disinformation'.
Myron Ebell selected to lead the transition at the Environmental Protection Agency
On climate change denial and other issues.
On his opposition to Paris Agreement and wanting to reduce protections of endangered species.