2018 Elections

I am not an expert in politics or policy, so take what I’m about to say with that grain of salt.

It seems to me that the most impactful way to combat the decisions we’re seeing that we feel do not represent our country’s best interest is to make our elected officials earn their paychecks.

Here are the Senators, Representatives, and Governors who are up for re-election in 2018. What public stances have they taken on things the new President has done and expressed intent to do (or in the case of his tax returns, failed to do)? Were they public enough? Were they vocal enough?

Feed them praise when they earn it, be proud of their vocal opposition and share that pride. And until then- flood their offices with your concerns, and encourage your friends to do the same, until you get the public statement from them that represents you.




I’m going to try to figure out a way to make this easier, because I know what I’ve described sounds like a lot of work- but the current situation is insane and something has to be done. Reading or writing another think-piece about how marching is not enough but not offering an actionable alternative is not helpful.

Please feel free to point me in the direction of anything I may have missed!


Allies of Standing Rock

A growing list of who helped (directly and indirectly) who might be leveraged to help again, and how/why they helped.

What you can do

  1. Rally in DC March 10 2017:  http://standwithstandingrock.net/march/ 
  2. Find time to thank one of these signatories for putting their money where their mouth is (includes SEIU and religious orgs including Quakers and Jesuits): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/investors-banks-rerouting-dakota-access-pipeline_us_58a76a6ee4b045cd34c1946e (direct link to list here: https://www.calpers.ca.gov/docs/signatures-dakota-pipeline.pdf)


NYC (requires Politico Pro subscription): https://www.politicopro.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/02/de-blasio-considers-divestment-from-dakota-pipeline-banks-109510

Seattle: http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/08/investing/seattle-wells-fargo-dakota-access-pipeline/

Veterans who came to act as human shields: http://www.attn.com/stories/14914/veterans-are-heading-back-standing-rock

statement from Patagonia: http://www.patagonia.com/blog/2017/01/why-businesses-are-hungry-for-a-strong-epa-and-a-note-on-keystone-xl-and-dapl/