TWW Roundup: Postcards, Protests, and Primaries
The Ides of Marching
The Ides of March may portend ominous things, especially for the NRA this year. Students, and others, continue to rally and speak out against NRA efforts to keep guns and assault weapons easily and widely accessible. Organizations, like The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, are stepping up efforts to bring about positive change in gun legislation, research and advocacy. Check out their annual Gun Laws Scorecard.
Consumers are putting pressure on businesses to cut support for the NRA. Financial Institutions continuing to work with the NRA, like Wells Fargo, will hear from their customers. Businesses like Dick’s Sporting Goods have spoken up and committed to raising the age to buy guns, and supporting common sense gun laws.
Now, School walk-outs are scheduled nationwide on Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. local time, and will last for 17 minutes to honor the lives of those killed in the gun tragedy there. Youth around the country are already staging protests demanding change. Many schools, high schools and colleges, are supporting their students’ right to free speech.
Early Primary Successes
In addition, progressive candidates are making a good showing in early primaries as we begin the election season of 2018. Even in states like Texas, where progressive Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) is running for Senate and just won a spot in the primary against the repulsive Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the incumbent. More women are running and winning too!
Progressive advocacy groups are making a huge difference in elections, often through innovative postcard and text banking campaigns. Races in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, have seen the positive effects of grassroots efforts by groups like Postcards to Voters . All of this will hopefully lead to a new flank of politicians who will not be pressured by the gun lobbying group, and who will work for common sense gun laws, among a list of progressive issues that includes immigration reform, reproductive rights, net neutrality, and civil liberties.
Commit to vote in 2018, it is the most important thing you can do. And then check out how women in Spain celebrated International Women’s Day this year–it is pretty awesome!
- Support students nationwide in school walk-outs this week to demand that we protect our most vulnerable citizens. Find an event near you. #NationalSchoolWalkout
- Check if your financial institution supports the NRA here, and, if so, ask them to support common sense gun legislation or lose your business.
- Contact your members of Congress about common sense gun laws, among the many issues that directly impact women. Let your representatives know that they are being held accountable for their votes.
- Join groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
- Get out the Vote! Join a group like ACLU People Power to help register voters, fight for election reforms, and encourage everyone to vote, especially women! Register for one of the People Power training calls.
Jacqui Viale is an educator and activist living in Long Beach, California with her husband, two teenagers, two cats, a dog and a lizard. Jacqui holds a masters in Educational Administration from California State University, Long Beach.