Support Stephanie Hansen in the Special Election for Delaware State Senate

Inspired by Flippable:

How Democrats are doing on a state and local level is as, if not more, important than how they’re doing on a national level. Right now, Republicans are killing us in that regard – 33 out of 50 governors are Republicans, and Republicans in 24 states control both the entire state legislature and governorship. This is… not good. That’s why we need to support Democrats running for State and local offices, and this week, one of those Democrats is Stephanie Hansen. Stephanie is running for State Senator in Delaware’s February 25th special election. Right now, Delaware is one of the only Democratic ‘trifectas’ in the country, which means that Democrats control the entire state legislature and governorship. If Stephanie wins, that will continue to be true, but if she loses, Republicans will control Delaware’s state senate and will be able to gridlock progressive legislation.

You can learn more about Stephanie and donate to her campaign here.

Donate to and/or Get Involved with the Ploughshares Fund

Trump has been a vocal supporter of nuclear proliferation, both the building of our own stockpiles and allowing additional countries to create their own, which is frightening and should not be our preferred nuclear policy. If this freaks you out, which it probably should, consider signing up for or donating to the Plougshares Fund.

Ploughshares Fund supports the smartest minds and most effective organizations to reduce nuclear stockpiles, prevent new nuclear states, and increase global security.

These are goals you should support by donating here or signing up for email updates here.

Download the Climate Reality Project’s Action Kit

One of the looming threats from the Trump Administration is that he’ll reverse years of progress on the mitigation of climate change, and reverse promises like the Paris Agreement made earlier this year. If you care about climate change, which you of course should, I encourage you to download this action guide put together by Climate Reality Project (founded by Al Gore).

The guide offers action that you can take, from templates for messages that you can spread on social media, to local actions, resources to help you learn and to share with others, and more. It’s available in versions for a variety of countries. It’s really informative and comprehensive, and the more people that utilize its resources, the better.

 

Run for Office

This isn’t a small, do-it-now action, but while small actions can have a powerful impact if enough people take part, those who are concerned about Trump and his potential legacy need to be in it for the long haul, and have an eye for the future. A really powerful way to get involved, of course, is running for office yourself. There are so many local offices that make a huge difference in policy in the long run, and often incumbents for smaller offices run unopposed, which gives voters a dearth of options. Generally, the most effective way to change the system is to make yourself a part of it – without getting complacent – and push it towards your ideal vision of what it could be.

This article covers some of the basic things to keep in mind before deciding to run for office. It also tells you some of the first steps that you need to take if you’re considering a campaign.

This article talks about what some of the easiest positions are to run for as a first-time campaigner. Becoming an elected member of leadership in your local branch of the Democratic party (more on that tomorrow), a city councilmember in a smaller town or city, any sort of county or state elected official… the list goes on. Investigate what elected positions are available for you to run for, and what you would be most interested in.

Here is the Democratic Party’s brief guide on running for office as a Democrat.

If you’re a woman interested in running for office, here are some specific resources that seek to get more women into elected positions:

National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (for residents of the State of Washington)

Emerge America, which provides intensive training to women who are considering a run for political office. Their program is currently available in a handful of states.

Emily’s List, which focuses specifically on getting pro-choice women elected to office.

She Should Run

Center for American Women and Politics

Vote Run Lead

Read this book: The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections, by Catherine Shaw