Step Three to Taking Action

Now you are informed and ready- time to act! Your best two tactics are your money and your time. Let’s talk $$.

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First, donations.

There are a bajillion organizations working to do good. Many run on donations. It can be hard to figure out who to donate to. What do you care about? Which organizations are legit? How much money? How often? What about local groups vs. national organizations?

Narrow it down
This might be difficult. Many of us care about all of it- the environment, women’s rights, healthcare, LGBTQ rights, etc. Try picking your top three issues and start with those. Maybe even make a calendar where you focus on different issues each month or quarter.
This is a good list of ideas (check the comments, too):…

Find legitimate organizations
Charity Navigator is a great tool to help you decide who will use your donation effectively.

Every bit helps
If you only have a few bucks to spare and are wondering if it’s even worth donating that much, know that it DOES HELP. We are working on a scale of millions of people making donations. A buck or two adds up.

If you can swing an automatic monthly donation, go for it.

Think globally, act locally (and nationally and globally)
Don’t forget about your hometown organizations. You can often have the most impact with these small fish. Use our Civic Tithing tool to help find local organizations and set up monthly donations. Also, Charity Navigator has a rich search function, including a way to look for local charities:…


It’s also time to boycott

You can also make a difference with your everyday spending habits.

You can choose to spend your money at places that do not support Trump or his family’s businesses. Shannon Coulter started the #grabyourwallet boycott in late October. Here is the current list of business to boycott, scripts to use to tell them why you’re boycotting, and alternative businesses to use instead:

You can also sign up to participate in the Injustice Boycott, which began last December. This boycott is about preventing police brutality and racial injustice.
Do you know of any other current boycotts?

That’s your first action: donate and spend wisely. Next up, how to use your time to make a difference.

Missed step two? Read it here.

Ready for step four? Read it here.

Take action:

Saturday 20161217 – Meet the Press

2 days until Electoral College votes

Ask reporters for more coverage of Russian interference in our election.  (Credit to for research).

Increase pressure for GOP electors and leaders to oppose Trump on Monday.

My name is —- —–, and I am writing to thank you for covering the incoming administration’s ties to Russia and to ask you to continue doing so. Between Russian interference in the campaign, big oil interests in the State department, and the admiration Trump has for Putin, there is enormous potential for conflicts of interest. The American people need to see these conflicts and concerns clearly explained and frequently publicized.  Please continue to give these conflicts and concerns the attention and  press they deserve.

NYT Public Editor:

NYT Reporter:

Washington Post Investigative Reporter:

WSJ Reporter:

WSJ Reporter:

Tweet at any of these handles:

Draft tweet:
Please continue reporting ties between Trump admin and Russia – America deserves to know it all


A few recent articles…

Don’t lose hope, because…


Keep fighting!

Take action:

Friday 20161216 – Delay the Vote

2 days until Electoral College votes

Contact Democratic Governors in Trump States and convince them to delay the vote until the Electors have time to evaluate foreign influence in the election and Trump’s conflicts of interest.

Convince enough states NOT HOLD AN ELECTORAL VOTE on Monday. If they don’t hold a vote (thanks for the idea, Paul Ryan, who refused to follow the constitutional guidelines to hold a Supreme Court nominee hearing), then those states’ 49 votes won’t be counted and Trump will not have enough votes to win the election.

Script and Contacts:
Here is the contact information for the Democratic Governors and Secretaries of State in states that went for Trump. A twitter campaign would spread more quickly (by Monday!) than an email campaign, but every state would certainly need some personal phone calls.

Twitter handles: @demgovs @govmalloyoffice @govinslee @wolfforpa @govjaynixon @govtomblin @LouisianaGov @governorbullock

Tweet this to all of the Governors above: No EC vote until Electors are briefed on DT’s foreign influence and conflicts of interest. #NoVote #DelaytheVote

Script for calls or emails: “My name is ___________ and I live in Washington.  I am urging you to delay the Electoral College vote in your state. The vote must NOT be held on Monday the 19th. I believe the Electors should be given all information relevant to foreign interference in our election and Mr. Trump’s conflicts of interest before they cast their votes. The vote must be delayed until the Electors are fully briefed.”   

Governor Tom Wolf: 717-787-2500
contact form:

Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes: 717-787-6458
contact form:…/ReportElectionCom…

Governor Jay Nixon: 573-751-3222
contact form:…/contact-the-governors-office

Secretary Jason Kander: 573-751-4936

West Virginia
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin: 304.558.2000
contact form:…/…

Secretary of State Natalie Tennant:(304) 558-6000
contact form:

Governor John Bel Edwards: (225)342-7015
contact form:

Secretary Tom Schedler: 225-922-2880
contact form:…

Governor Steve Bullock:406-444-3111
contact form:

Secretary Linda McCulloch:406-444-2034

Democratic Governors Association
Chair: CT Gov. Dan Malloy:(860) 566-4840
contact form:…/Contact-Governor-Malloy/Share-your-O…

Vice Chair WA Gov. Jay Inslee:360-902-4111


Virginia congressman calls for delay in electoral college vote.


Take action:


Thursday 20161215 – Brief the Electors Now

3 days until Electoral College votes

Call or tweet Department of Intelligence Director James Clapper and request that he honor the Electors’ request for a briefing before they vote on Monday.

Get the Department of Intelligence to brief the Electors NOW on Russian interference in the election.

Script and Contacts:
Department of Intelligence: (703)-733-8600

Script: “My name is ________ and I’m calling from Washington. In light of the growing number of Electoral College members requesting information on the nature and scope of Russian interference in our democratic process and election, I am requesting you honor the Electors’ request for a briefing on this issue so they are fully informed before casting their vote.  They need this information now.”

Twitter handle: @ODNIgov

Tweet: @ODNIgov The electors demand to know the truth behind Russian election interference. Brief the electors now! #BriefTheElectors

This week, a bipartisan group of 50+ members of the Electoral College sent an open letter to the Department of Intelligence Director James Clapper demanding a briefing on Russian interference in the election.  They require a full briefing before they vote on Monday the 19th. We need to support the Electors’ requests for information.


Take action:

Wednesday 20161214 – Call for Complete Investigation Before January 6th

5 days until Electoral College votes

Today we have one main action and two bonus actions.  Be a #SuitUp hero and complete all three actions.

Call the White House. Ask that President Obama move the completion date of the CIA’s investigation into Russian hacking of our elections to December 30, 2016.

Persuade President Obama to move up completion of the CIA report of Russian hacking of the US elections to 12/30 so that Congress can take action when they meet to tally the electoral college votes on January 6th.

Script and Contact:
Hello, my name is ___ and I live in _____. I’m calling to ask that President Obama complete and release the CIA report on Russian hacking of our elections no later than 12/30. This must happen before Congress counts the electoral votes on January 6th. We all have an ethical duty to ensure that Russia doesn’t influence the highest office in our country.

To send an email, use this portal:
To call: 202-456-1111

Last week President Obama ordered a full CIA review of Russian hacking of the Presidential elections and asked that the report be concluded by January 20th. That date is too far away. Congress has an ethical duty to ensure that Russia does not influence the highest office in our country and they must have this report before they count the electoral votes on January 6th. On January 6th Congress can and must object.…/31d6b300-be2a-11e6…

Bonus action 1:
Donate to the Electors Trust.  This group, headed by Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, has been created to provide free and confidential legal support to any elector who wishes to vote their conscience.

Bonus action 2:
Start prepping your signs now for Sunday evening’s candlelight vigil.  More details to come.

From the Hamilton ElectorsThe BEST action that can be taken right now is to organize within your communities. Hamilton Electors is recommending that those events be Candlelight Vigils – this will appeal to Republicans’ best sense of self – and, the more of these events there are across the country, the better. If this catches fire nationwide, it will send an undeniable signal to leadership of both parties to support our efforts in the Electoral College.”

Take action:

Tuesday 20161213 – Call for Investigation of Russian Interference

6 days until Electoral College votes

Action: Call senators at their home offices and DC offices in support of a nonpartisan investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election to be completed before the electoral college vote is certified on January 6th.

Goal: Get as many senators as possible to support this investigation and support an independent, nonpartisan commission.  Call for a deadline prior to the January 6th Joint Session of Congress where electoral college votes are tallied.

Contacts and Scripts:
Senator John McCain DC (202) 224-2235, AZ (602) 952-2410

Senator Lindsey Graham DC (202) 224-5972, SC (864) 250-1417
Senator Chuck Schumer DC (202) 224-6542, NY (518) 431-4070
Senator Jack Reed DC (202) 224-4642, RI (401) 528-5200
Senator Mitch McConnell DC (202) 224-2541, KY (502) 582-6304
Representative Paul Ryan DC (202) 225-3031, WI (262) 637-0510

Script: [for McCain, Graham, Schumer, Reed, McConnell and Ryan] Thank you for calling for an investigation into Russian cyberattacks on our elections. These attacks pose a grave threat to our national security.  Investigations must be conducted by an independent, nonpartisan commission, and be completed prior to the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th.

Senator Patty Murray: WA (206) 553-5545, DC (202) 224-2621
Senator Maria Cantwell:  WA (206) 220-6400, DC (202) 224-3441
Congressman Rick Larsen:  WA (360)-733-4500, DC (202) 225-2605
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene WA (425)485-0085, DC (202) 225-6311

Script:  [For your senators and representative]

  • Publicly endorse the joint statement of the Senate Committee on Armed Services on Russian interference in the presidential election.
  • Call for the investigations to be conducted by an independent, nonpartisan commission, and
  • Set a deadline for completion prior to the the Joint Session of Congress on January 6th.

On Sunday morning, Senators
John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jack Reed (D-RI) from the Senate Committee on Armed Services issued a joint statement with Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Leader-elect, calling for a bipartisan investigation into cyberattacks on the US election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) have shown support for bipartisan investigations by standing committees.  Also on Monday, three Senate democrats, Benjamin Cardin (MD) Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Patrick J. Leahy (VT) called for the creation of an independent, nonpartisan commission to conduct the investigations.

Take action:

Monday 20161212 – Release the CIA Report to the Electors

7 days until Electoral College votes

Release the CIA Report on Russian Interference in the Presidential Election

Call your senators and representative at their home offices and DC offices and ask them to publicly call on the White House to release the CIA report to the electors NOW.

Release CIA report to electors ASAP so that they can make an informed vote.

Hello, my name is ____ and I’m a constituent from _____, Washington. A fair election, free from foreign influence, is critical to a healthy nation. Please call on the President to release the CIA report on Russian cyberattacks to the Electoral College immediately so that they can make an informed choice when they vote in seven days.

Senator Patty Murray: WA (206) 553-5545, DC (202) 224-2621
Senator Maria Cantwell: WA (206) 220-6400, DC (202) 224-3441
Congressman Rick Larsen: WA 360-733-4500, DC (202) 225-2605
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene: WA (360) 416-7879, DC (202) 225-6311

The CIA report on Russian interference in the election must be released to the electors so that they can make an informed decision. Remember, one of the elector’s roles is to prevent a candidate who is under foreign influence from becoming president. Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is calling for the White House to publicize information surrounding the CIA’s assessment that Russia intervened in the election to help Trump.

Take action:

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Background information:

Submit public comments:  Send comments to the SEPA Center at or P.O. Box 47015, Olympia, Washington 98504-7015. Include file number 16-110401 on all comments.

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