WE NOW HAVE 1,012 MARCHERS!!!!
Welcome to our 40 new seed-scatterers who tipped us over the 1,000 mark! We're so glad you're here! It's never too late to join us or invite others. If you'd like to catch up on your seeds or learn more, visit our webpage: seedstoscatter.org.
Seed of Inspiration
Each Monday, we'll bring you some empowering music done by women to get your work week going.
This seed was submitted by fellow marcher Ellie Grace, a queer woman musician from Kansas City, Missouri. She wrote this amazing song in collaboration with her songwriting partner, Brian Claflin, called "I'm Gonna Walk It With You." You can find the lyrics and sheet music on their website. Let's all surprise Ellie and Brian by sharing their song and tagging all the folks you're "walking it with" on this 40-day virtual march. And don't forget use the tag #seedstoscatter !
Seed of Action
Today, we ask you to take five minutes to call your representatives on behalf of the one the following groups of people that we feminists want to "walk it with" for our shared liberation on this virtual march.
- Maybe you want to "walk it with" undocumented immigrants on this march, so you might call your representatives to ask if they will advocate for compassionate immigration reform that allows a legal pathway for laborers while voting "no" on funding for a border wall, for expansion of immigration detention centers, and for enlarging of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
- Maybe you want to "walk it with" all those middle-class and lower-income families who would loose their health insurance by repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), so you might call your representatives to ask if they will advocate for improving, rather than repealing, ACA.
- Maybe you want to "walk it with" transgendered children and teens who feel fear and shame every time they need to use the restroom at school, so you call to ask your congressperson if they will fight against any executive action or legislation that would deny transgendered persons the right to use the restroom of their gender identity.
Calling your representatives is a light lift and takes only a few minutes of your time, but if each one of us makes at least one call today, that will mean over 1,012 calls to congress!
To find the contact information for your members of congress, you can go to www.callmycongress.com. Oh, and don't forget to save your representatives' information in your phone -- you're going to need it again during this march -- and report back to the group with how your call went with a pic or a post by sharing on our Facebook page or using the tags #seedstoscatter or @seedstoscatter.
Cat got your tongue? Here are some tips for your call from the Indivisible Guide:
- Prepare a single question per call. The question should be about a live issue — e.g., a vote that is coming up, a chance to take a stand, or some other time-sensitive opportunity.
- Find out who you’re talking to. In general, the staffer who answers the phone will be an intern, a staff assistant, or some other very junior staffer in the MoC's office. But you want to talk to the legislative staffer who covers the issue you’re calling about. There are two ways to do this:
- Ask to speak to the staffer who handles the issue (immigration, health care, etc.). Junior staff are usually directed to not tell you who this is, and instead just take down your comment.
- On a different day, call and ask whoever answers the phone, “Hi, can you confirm the name of the staffer who covers [immigration/health care/etc.]?” Staff will generally tell you the name. Say “Thanks!” and hang up. Ask for the staffer by name when you call back next time.
- If you’re directed to voicemail, follow up with email.
- Senate email addresses: For the Senate, the formula is: StafferFirstName_StafferLastName@MoCLastName.senate.gov. For example, if Jane Doe works for Senator Roberts, her email address is likely “Jane_Doe@roberts.senate.gov”
- House email addresses: For the House, the formula is simpler: StafferFirstName.StafferLastName@mail.house.gov. For example, if Jane Doe works in the House, her email address is likely “Jane.Doe@mail.house.gov
SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE
Staffer: Congresswoman Sara’s office, how can I help you?
Caller: Hi there, I’m a constituent of Congresswoman Sara’s. Can I please speak with the staffer who handles presidential appointments issues?
Staffer: I’m happy to take down any comments you may have. Can I ask for your name and address to verify you’re in the Congresswoman’s district?
Caller: Sure thing. [Gives name/address]. Can I ask who I’m speaking with?
Staffer: Yes, this is Jeremy Smith.
Caller: Thanks, Jeremy! I’m calling to ask what the Congresswoman is doing about the appointment of Steve Bannon to serve in the White House. Bannon is reported as saying he didn’t want his children to go to a school with Jews. And he ran a website that promoted white nationalist views. I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office. Can you tell me what Congresswoman Sara is going to do about it?
Staffer: Well I really appreciate you calling and sharing your thoughts! I of course can’t speak for the Congresswoman because I’m just a staff assistant, but I can tell you that I’ll pass your concerns on to her.
Caller: I appreciate that Jeremy, but I don’t want you to just pass my concerns on. I would like to know what the Congresswoman is doing to stop this. [If they stick with the “I’m just a staffer” line, ask them when a more senior staffer will get back to you with an answer to your question.]
Staffer: I’m afraid we don’t take positions on personnel appointments.
Caller: Why not?
Staffer: Personnel appointments are the President’s responsibility. We have no control over them.
Caller: But Congresswoman Sara has the ability to speak out and say that this is unacceptable. Other members of Congress have done so. Why isn’t Congresswoman Sara doing that?
Staffer: As I said, this is the President’s responsibility. It’s not our business to have a position on who he chooses for his staff.
Caller: It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an advisor to the President. The Congresswoman is my elected representative, and I expect her to speak out on this.
Staffer: I’ll pass that on.
Caller: I find it unacceptable that the Congresswoman refuses to take a position. I’ll be notifying my friends, family, and local newspaper that our Congresswoman doesn’t think it’s her job to represent us or actually respond to her constituents’ concerns.
If you are a woman with a disability who will be striking on Wednesday: the Disability Caucus of the Women's March is asking you to send a video of up to 30 second video of yourself talking about labor rights issues to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Make sure you keep us updated on your scattering adventures by tagging your social media posts with #seedstoscatter and we'll share with the world! How did your call go?
And above all, scatter with love!