50 Days to a New Beginning
50 Days to the Inauguration
We know many of us are still worried about any shenanigans that could happen between now and the Inauguration. So where are we? Yesterday, Wisconsin and Arizona certified their election results, becoming the last two certifying states that were on Trump’s list of contested elections. They certified that Trump is the loser and Biden the winner. While Trump still has lawsuits on file in a few states, they are very unlikely to succeed.
Here are the next important dates:
December 8, 2020— the safe harbor deadline— the date for states to have concluded all election disputes and recounts and to have certified their election results.
December 14, 2020 – The Electoral College meets to vote for the next president of the United States.
Hang in there. Things are looking very good.
At the end of this post we have something we hope will inspire you, especially for this moment and our work ahead together.
If you saw our short newsletter yesterday, you know that today is Giving Tuesday. We are not asking for donations to Indivisible Philadelphia this year; instead, we’re focusing on food security. Read more here about some great local organizations to support. Thank you!
GEORGIA POSTCARDS Today’s the first day you can mail your completed cards!
Over 200 of you are writing postcards to Georgia voters, and you’re doing amazing work! You can start mailing them today and finish them up and mail the rest by December. Email us at this link with any questions. Cards & Coffee – Last one of 2020! Just for Georgia postcard writers. TOMORROW, 11:00 am–1:00 pm Sign up here. Cards & Cocktails Thursday, December, 6:00–8:00 pm Sign up here. Georgia Phone banking – Below are two different opportunities for you to call Georgia voters, with Indivisible and with Reclaim Our Vote. These one-on-one conversations are critical to turning out the vote for the Democrats, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. Let’s get Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue out of the Senate and take the power away from #MoscowMitch!! Indivisible national phone banks: TOMORROW December 2, 6:00 pm – Register here. Join Indivisibles from all over the country in this phone bank! Next week (date TBD) -- We will coordinate with Color of Change to host a phone bank. More details to come. January 4, 6:00 pm – Register here. Reclaim Our Vote phone banks, various dates and times Sign up here. And one last thing, it’s super important to donate what you can now to the campaigns and the Georgia Indivisible group doing the work on the ground. Here are links: Jon Ossoff campaign Rev. Raphael Warnock campaign Indivisible Georgia Coalition New Georgia Project, Black Voters Matter
Don’t miss our annual party! The Indivisible Philadelphia Volunteer Appreciation Holiday Party is coming. There will be prizes! More details coming soon. When: Thursday, December 17, 6:30 pm Where: Zoom – sign up here.
ATTENTION PODCAST LISTENERS
New Podcast about how activism gets started – We are pleased to tell you about a new podcast started by one of our members, Will Shuey. It’s called “Moved to Action” and the first episode is an interview with our own Vicki Miller. You can check it out on the Moved to Action website here. Thanks, Will!
CALL TO ACTION
Rep. Evans – D.C. office 202-225-4001; Phila. office (215) 276-0340; email link Rep. Boyle – D.C. office 202-225-6111; Phila office (215) 335-3355; email link Statehood for the District of Columbia The 700,000 Americans living in the District of Columbia lack equal voting rights compared to their neighbors across the country. DC residents lack a voting representative in the House and have no representation in the Senate at all. DC statehood is a racial justice and a democracy reform issue. DC's lack of statehood is a remnant of Reconstruction when racist white politicians sought to prevent the District’s majority-Black residents from gaining political power. Read our new resource on DC statehood here.
A few months ago, the House passed a historic bill supporting statehood and giving full congressional representation to DC residents -- but it died in the Senate. If we want to ensure that a corrupt, far-right extremist like Trump is never elected again, we need to prioritize democracy reform and that includes making statehood for DC one of Biden’s top priorities.
The District’s lone representative in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton (who has no vote on the House floor), is already preparing her DC statehood bill for introduction in the 117th Congress. It is critically important to get every single Democrat signed on as an original cosponsor of the D.C. statehood bill. If Democrats care about fixing our democracy and ensuring racial justice for all, then they must support statehood for DC.
Call your Representative and demand they become an original cosponsor on the DC statehood bill. This is our chance to not only stand up for the rights of DC residents, but to build a stronger democracy that more accurately reflects our values of equality and fairness for all.
And last but surely not least, we have a beautiful poem for you, commissioned by our member Naomi, entitled WILL IT EVER END? You can find the poet on Instagram @dreampoetforhire and occasionally at his typewriter in Rittenhouse Square. Although written before the election, it seems relevant to this moment too. Naomi and we hope you enjoy it!
WILL IT EVER END?
by marshall james kavanaugh @DreamPoetForHire
August 7, 2020 rittenhouse sq. Philly, pa
the world we woke up to isn’t the one we went to sleep with everything on constant repeat with tones of escalation
will it ever end?
it seems almost as if the
world could be about to become something different entirely
to all of us is revealed the undercurrents that have always been present
to some of us is received the strength to do more than bear witness…
we take the future into our own hands, changing the end into a new beginning.