Download | iTunes | Spotify Kelly talks to Nick Knudsen & Lori Coleman about DemCast, a non-profit grassroots social media / digital / publishing co-op that will empower and connect digital activists across the United States. The discuss why they saw a need for DemCast, how it will work, how volunteers can get involved, and what's coming next. Links: … Continue reading PODCAST: DemCast with Nick Knudsen & Lori Coleman (Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 262)
After every vote was counted and the dust finally settled on the last Republican District flipped by Democrats in California, I started to look for opportunities to engage in activities aimed at retaking control of the US Senate, defending the Democratic majority in the US Congress, and winning the Presidential Election in 2020. After examining … Continue reading The Path to Victory in 2020 Cuts Through Virginia in 2019
We find ourselves in the summer months prior to an off-year election…which is to say that this isn’t a time of great electoral excitement. Yes, we have Special Congressional Elections in North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th Districts in September. Yes, we have Gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana in November. Yes, we have state … Continue reading What YOU Can Do NOW to Save America
Many reasons, one common goal: turn state government blue by challenging Republican incumbents statewide. For Beverly Harrison in Virginia’s House of Delegates District 15, it started with Donald Trump’s 2016 election, intensified at the D.C. Women’s March the following January, and crystallized during the early 2019 fight for state ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. … Continue reading Virginia Democrats Stepping Up to Run in Rural “Red” Districts
Scientists offer optimism: data on California's generation of renewable electricity points to a clean energy future for the state. When the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) – the state’s non-profit overseer-operator of the Golden State’s bulk electric power system, transmission lines and electricity markets – posted data on its website April 9 showing that the … Continue reading We Can Win the War on Climate Change. Just Ask California.
My biggest memory of the night of the election of 2016: my husband is in bed asleep and I am in the living room watching anything but election coverage while checking the polls here and there. My son walks out of his bedroom and says "Mom, this can't be right, they are saying he won", … Continue reading We Are All in This Together!
Elijah Cummings was right. We desperately need a return to normalcy. But, how do we do that? What is our role as American citizens? The Trump presidency has awoken us to the fragility of our democracy, but the crisis didn’t start with him – it culminated in him. Simply removing Trump from office may remove … Continue reading A Return to Normalcy Depends On We The People
And according to experts, electing women doesn't just feel better: it delivers better results for constituents and community. On two consecutive weekends in February, two of my representatives – one, a 31-year-old newly-elected member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s 25th House district, the other, a 40-something newly-elected member of the California Assembly from … Continue reading Meetings are Different When Your Congressman is a Woman
While much has been made of last week’s video depicting Green New Deal activists’ contentious visit with Senator Dianne Feinstein, in my opinion the most important video about climate last week came from the head of a union talking about immediate impact on workers. As the author of a DNC #GreenNewDeal & fossil fuel ban … Continue reading With Humanity On the Line, We Must Take Urgent Action Together On Climate
The New Year has begun and, with that, a new Congress has been elected. Politically, the pendulum will swing to the left and to the right over and over again. While there is really no tri-fold brochure on how to politically navigate 2019, I will do my best to dispel a few myths that, if … Continue reading Common Myths: Watching for Blind Spots in 2019 & 2020
This shutdown needs to end, and the citizenry needs to apply pressure en masse to force the hands of Trump & McConnell. But what kind of pressure? Marches and large-scale demonstrations make a statement about the passion and size of the Resistance, but the movement doesn’t need to simply make a statement right now. It … Continue reading It’s Time for an Economic Walkout
Keener political hands than mine have noted that election night was cruel for Democrats in the Eastern Time Zone. Especially those of us who’d incautiously raised our hopes a bit high. Here in Ohio,we longed for redemption. In downtown Bowling Green “No Massacre Here,” dozens of volunteers, local committee members, and a few candidates gathered … Continue reading Swing State Saga: How We Fought on the Midterm Battleground
DemLabs' SeeSay experiment showed how we can crowdsource election integrity reporting.
We are enabling our amoral, unboundaried, aspiring dictator of a President as we go about our daily lives, staying inside the lines, refraining from committing civil disobedience.
The brainchild of the black extreme right-wing personality Candace Owens, "blexit" is a false narrative meant to urge black voters to leave the Democratic Party.
Your Action Call your Senators and tell them to insist a vote on the Kavanaugh nomination by the Senate Judiciary Committee be postponed until the sexual assault allegation can be fully evaluated. Background Everyone knew Brent Kavanaugh was an extremely conservative judge when he was nominated, raising serious questions about the future of Roe v. … Continue reading Call Senators & Tell Them to Postpone the Kavanaugh Vote
Download | iTunes | Spotify Sophy and Kelly speak with Kat Calvin, the founder of a 501c3 nonprofit called Spread the Vote, that helps eligible voters obtain government-issued photo IDs. They discuss the difficulties and expenses that people can face in obtaining photo IDs to vote, how Spread the Vote connects with people who need IDs in five states, … Continue reading PODCAST: Spread the Vote with Kat Calvin (Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 121)
What can YOU do to impact the Special Counsel Investigation? Not much. What can YOU do to ensure that an opposition party gets elected to provide a check on Trump? Everything. Use your time wisely. Over the next 70 days, there will undoubtedly be a firestorm of news. Indictments. Denials. Disinformation. Indignation. Firings. Litigation. Subpoenas. … Continue reading Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose: It’s Time to Focus on the Midterms
Throughout our history as a nation, when Americans realize the laws of our country and the values of our country do not coincide, we make our dissatisfaction known. This was true of the men and women who rebelled against the British Crown and remains a part of our cultural heritage to this day. Since the … Continue reading Dissent as a Patriotic Act of Faith
There is an IMMEDIATE need for volunteers to canvass and contact the people of Randolph County to obtain 900 signatures. If you live near Randolph County PLEASE sign up to help canvass for signatures tomorrow! If you would like to assist in funding the effort to keep these polling places open, you can donate to … Continue reading URGENT: Randolph County, GA Needs Immediate Help to Stop GOP Suppression!
The Senate Rules Committee will begin deliberations about the Secure Elections Act this Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The bill must be amended to protect our votes. This Wednesday, August 22, 2018, the Senate Rules Committee will consider amendments to the Secure Elections Act. Please contact all members of the Senate Rules Committee (contact info linked … Continue reading Call the Senate about the Secure Elections Act by 8/22 to Protect Our Votes
Americans Go Offline, Embrace Neighborhood Democracy Movement 13: Practice corporeal politics Power wants your body softening in your chair & your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends & march with them. - Timothy Snyder - On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons I believe the … Continue reading #StandOnEveryCorner Launches National Website
Sophy and Kelly speak with activist Bryce Tache, who started the Stand On Every Corner movement to encourage regular American citizens to protest the Trump regime in their home neighborhoods regularly. He has protested in a park near his Minneapolis home every evening 6-7PM for 46 days. At least 40 of these have popped up … Continue reading PODCAST: Bryce Tache & #StandOnEveryCorner – Two Broads Talking Politics, Ep. 105
For too long, the left has allowed the right to own and define our patriotic symbols. But symbols matter. With Trumpism taking hold, the opposition need to fly - and fight for - the American flag. #WeAreThePatriots We’re at a pivot point in American history. The country could either succumb numbly to the expanding darkness, … Continue reading It’s Time to Rescue Old Glory from Trumpism and the un-American GOP
Your Action Call your Senators and urge them pass the Menendez/Graham Russia sanctions bill (S. 3336) Background All of Trump’s senior national security officials, in a joint press conference last week, warned that Russia has undertaken “pervasive” efforts to interfere in the 2018 midterms, with both targeted propaganda and attempted hacking of campaign emails. Trump, however, continues … Continue reading Call Congress! Tell Them To Support the New Russia Sanctions Bill.
The US Public has until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday 8/7 to comment on the proposed addition of a Citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Do it. Here's the link. Background Trump officials pushed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the Census Bureau to add a question to the 2020 Census that would ask respondents to share … Continue reading ACT NOW: One Day Left to Oppose 2020 Census “Citizenship Question”
DemWritePress Contributor Ken Mejia-Beal continues his series describing Trump's America from his unique perspective. In this volume of “Chronicles of an Outsider”, I want to touch on some of the issues that came up in July that, left unchecked, will greatly alter our democracy. I write in an attempt to give a voice to the … Continue reading Chronicles of an Outsider, Volume 2
Your Action Call your 3 members of Congress and tell them to protect the Mueller investigation and the rule of law by passing the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S. 2644) (H.R. 5505). Background Trump tweeted today that AG Jeff Sessions should end the Mueller investigation “right now.” The escalation of his attack on the Mueller … Continue reading Tell Congress to Pass Legislation to Protect Robert Mueller’s Investigation
In the 100th episode of Two Broads Talking Politics, Kelly talks with Saskia Young, Director of Swing Left Academy about what the Academy is and how it trains organizers to get out and do the groundwork of campaigning, and about the importance of canvassing. Then Sophy interviews Kelly about her experience going out canvassing with … Continue reading PODCAST: Two Broads Talking Politics, Episode 100: CANVASSING! with Saskia Young
Your Action Call your 3 members of Congress (833-293-9454) and tell them to protect the Mueller investigation and the rule of law by passing the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S. 2644) (H.R. 5505). Background Trump’s plot to smear the DOJ, the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is in full swing. House Republicans have … Continue reading Friday, July 27th is National Collusion Call-In Day
Democrat Jim Bratnober on why - and how - he's running to flip his State Senate seat blue in deep-red Idaho. I’m a first-time candidate for State Senate in Idaho. I’ve never run for anything – ever. My motivation started as a nebulous urge to give back, after raising a great family and engaging in … Continue reading Run For Your Lives
Sophy and Kelly talk with Grace Caldara, the Director of Engagement at Pantsuit Nation, about how Pantsuit Nation went from a small Facebook group for a few friends to a secret 2016 election support group to a national organization with a voice in our post-2016 political life.
Dear Fellow Americans: Next week, America may open up a gaping loophole that will allow criminals, terrorists and people suffering from mental illness to easily get their hands on untraceable, deadly firearms. This is truly a game-changer. We have to stop it. If we don't stop the Trump Administration from reversing the U.S. State Department's … Continue reading The Trump Admin is About to Open a Gaping Loophole for Gun Access
Your Action Call your senators at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to pass the DETER Act (S.2313) and demand it include even stronger sanctions against Russia. Background The Senate is expected to begin debate on the DETER Act (S.2313) as early as this week. The DETER Act is bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Chris Van Hollen … Continue reading DETER Act is the Last Chance We Have at Federal 2018 Election Protection
Harnessing the flood of activists coming via groups like Swing Left and Indivisible can be a challenge. The Katie Hill CA-25 campaign shows how to maximize enthusiasm.In the good old days – B.D. (before Donald) – Democratic candidates for the U.S. House could count on one hand the kind of organizations they could turn to … Continue reading A Good Problem: Many Democratic Campaigns Are Awash in Blue Wave Volunteers
When it comes to politics, would you rather feel A) motivated to take action or B) full of despair? I know, dumb question. But which one do you feel more often these days? I was reading a survey and analysis from Navigator that confirmed what I've seen online and with friends, that is, that Democrats are both … Continue reading How Activists Avoid Exhaustion, and Get Recharged
Public Citizen, Common Cause, Move On, March for Truth & other orgs are urging sundown vigils on July 18th, to defend democracy. On Monday, in what could turn out to be a turning point in his presidency, Donald Trump made it clear to the world that he values his special relationship with Vladimir Putin over … Continue reading Confront Corruption! Events Planned for Wednesday 7/18 in Portland & Across US
Your Action Call your senators and House representative at (202) 224-3121 and demand they publicly condemn Trump’s treason. Background At his Helsinki press conference today, Trump sided with Putin against the US intelligence community, the FBI, and the findings of two Congressional committees. He ranted about insane conspiracy theories while standing on stage with a murderous dictator … Continue reading Tell Congress to Loudly Oppose Trump’s Treason in Helsinki
Your Action Call your senators and House representative at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to pass the P.A.V.E. Act to require states to use paper ballots and conduct mandatory audits. Background In 2016, Russia conducted cyberattacks on state and county election infrastructure, breaching at least 39 state systems. Mueller’s most recent indictment highlights the depths of the … Continue reading Protect Our Elections: Call Congress and Tell Them to Pass the P.A.V.E. Act
Democratic Candidate Brett Pransky (OH-77) explains why moral appeals won't work with Trump: he values political wins over human life. Before we begin, I’d like to ask a small favor. Reach into your pocket, a desk drawer, or that cup we all keep in our cars, and grab a quarter. Look at it. Both sides. … Continue reading Transactional Humanity
I knew from an early age what made me different. I knew, too, how it could impact my future when I watched my home state pass a constitutional amendment saying I couldn’t get married. I knew, also, what needed to change so my love would be accepted and treated fairly. Since watching that wave of … Continue reading Being a Gay Democrat in the South
America is a majestic ship, constructed in the late 1700s ― worn-in, but still seaworthy. We (the passengers) co-own the vessel and hire the crew. For the most part, we agree on certain things: people should have a right to live peacefully; we should come together in times of distress and when our values are … Continue reading Our Sinking Ship of State: A Metaphor
But do postcards motivate voters? And how do ‘postcarders’ stay on the right side of FEC rules? DWP writer Marcy Miroff Rothenberg explores... It began modestly in early 2017, when Americans who were opposed to the nominations of Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General and Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education answered a plea from … Continue reading Old is New Again, as Activists Use Handwritten Postcards For Voter Outreach
This is high-stakes political chess. Mueller, the 2018 elections, the preservation of democracy, and even impeachment are all factors in a Democratic response strategy to Trump's SCOTUS pick. Donald Trump got a huge political win when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last week. As soon as the news came out, Democrats everywhere let out … Continue reading Trump Already Won on SCOTUS, but Democrats Can Win the War
The event will feature an "Activism Fair" at 10am with activities for children & voter registration, followed by speeches and a rally at 11am. The last weekend in June is a busy one in Portland, so finding a location for the local #FamiliesBelongTogether rally wasn't easy. Organizers doggedly pursued any lead they could find, and … Continue reading Thousands Anticipated at Portland’s “Families Belong Together” Rally on Saturday (6/30)
Courageous followership requires holding leaders accountable while actively supporting their growth and effectiveness. Those of us who have specialized in developing future leaders often discuss how they find the courage to lead and enact social change. But, we rarely mention how people can develop the courage to follow. Not everyone has a desire to lead, … Continue reading Developing the Courage to Follow
Teacher and activist Nicholas Ferroni speaks with Keith Pochick about the history and importance of organized labor in the US. Today, DemWritePress is joined by Nicholas Ferroni, a high-school history teacher, outspoken feminist, and advocate for Democratic ideals. Mr. Ferroni is a high school teacher and nationally recognized social activist who educates, mentors, and inspires students … Continue reading The American Labor Movement, Collective Bargaining & Education
Young or old, black or brown, unemployed or barely hanging on...you may feel abandoned. But you're not. Hang in there. As I’ve been thinking about the coming 2018 Election and potential blue wave, I haven’t been able to shake the image of a strong, brave polar bear on an ice floe, in the middle of … Continue reading An American Sea Change
The North Carolina Primary is Tuesday, May 8th. Here is everything you need to know to cast your vote! For the first time in a LONG time, almost all 170 state legislative races have both a Republican and Democratic candidate in North Carolina. This is HUGE because right now the GOP holds the majority in … Continue reading North Carolina Primary: Voting Toolkit
There are lots of insults you can hurl at politicians that get at the core of their character. "Old" should not be one of them. These days on social media, you might find yourself liking, sharing or even writing an angry post or tweet that refers to Trump as an “evil, bombastic old xenophobic, misogynistic, … Continue reading Grandma Says: Watch Your Language, Kids…It’s getting “Old”