The Trump presidency changed everything for me. It's harder for me to enjoy simple pleasures like swimming on a hot day or going to the park with my kids, because I find myself wondering whether this life of freedom I have always enjoyed will last. I stay awake at night because I can’t understand the heartlessness of politicians who value power and wealth over the good of hundreds of millions of people in this country they are supposed to be representing. I am angry at all the injustices we continue to witness, from racial profiling to uncontained gun violence to the steady closure of Planned Parenthood clinics across the country.
We are under attack, and we have rightly stood up against this assault on our values.
The media refers to us as “the resistance.” But there are smart folks out there who have pointed out that we are not “the resistance”—we are part of a movement for a more equal and humane society that is rooted in our nation’s founding.
Donald Trump and his cronies are the real resistance. They are resisting our demand for equality for all regardless of race, gender, or lifestyle. They are resisting the truth that people die without healthcare. They are resisting the call of the working class to stop giving tax breaks to the wealthy at their expense.
We are not resisting Trump—Trump is resisting the will of the people. We the people will prevail, but only if we continue to act.
But action doesn't always come easy. It's July, when we all would like to be on vacation or enjoying what used to be carefree summer nights. Instead, we find ourselves frustrated, wondering if we’re making a difference, asking why more people don’t seem to care that our democracy is coming apart at the seams. Or we feel tired, and we wish we were doing more.
When you have these thoughts, remember that we knew this would not be easy. Remember the power you felt at the Women’s March, the thrill of your first successful activist meeting, or the exhilaration when you saw our efforts pay off with Stephanie Hansen’s victory in Delaware. The road ahead will be challenging. But when you feel defeated, remember that you are not on the fringe—you are on the right side of history.
With that in mind, we have been working very hard to get our volunteer programs in place to turn Virginia blue and to turn the West Coast into a blue firewall this November.
—Rita and the Sister District Team
Photo by Kersten Green.
New Programs & Updates
Phonebanking is ramping up!
- We have launched weekly SDP Open Hours for three of our campaigns (David Reid, John Bell, and Manka Dhingra), and SDP volunteers have already made over 10,000 dials.
- We’re launching weekly SDP Open Hours for six new campaigns next week (Chris Hurst, Elizabeth Guzman, Kathy Tran, Danica Roem, Mike Mullin, and Zack Wittkamp).
- Many of you will be receiving emails announcing new phonebanking opportunities this week, and the rest are coming soon!
We are putting the finishing touches on the official SDP Postcard Program!
- We’ve been consulting with the campaigns, as well as our experienced postcarders here in SDP, to create a system that we think will work smoothly and effectively.
- Our first postcard drives will be for David Reid and Cheryl Turpin.
- If you’re assigned those races, keep an eye out for an email with more info soon!
Are you planning a public SDP event? We’d love to help promote, publicize, and share best practices! Please fill out our new event intake form.
There are quite a few District Captain committees that HQ is supporting. Here are two that we’re especially excited about:
- SDP Resource Library, covering topics from Sister Races to how to be an effective DC and volunteer; and
- SDP Mentorship Program to pair up more established DCs and teams with those that are just emerging.
Our amazing volunteer researchers are working on a number of exciting projects, including 2018 race targeting. If you’d like to get involved, particularly if you have web development, data, or analytics skills, please let us know!
To learn more about any of our programs, ask questions, or help out, please get in touch!