[Update @ 0824 on 25 February—GOP Lawmakers Duck Town Halls, But Still Make Time to Meet with Campaign Donors.]
Over the week of February 19th to 25th, Congress will be in recess and Congress people will return to their homes and local offices all over the nation. With so much at stake, now is the time to let your legislator know where you stand on the issues of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act and Universal Healthcare. Bring yourselves, your signs and your stories.
The resistance movement is real and growing. Just as Democrats attempted to dismiss the uprising of the Tea Party as Astroturf: a ginned-up creation of Fox and the Kochs that didn’t reflect real grassroots passion—read Molly Ball’s Is the Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ the New Tea Party? in The Atlantic—so too, does President Donald John Trump and his minions now attempt to dismiss the resistance movement as so-called angry crowds. Ben Wikler, writing in Yes, liberals are planning town hall protests. It’s called democracy for The Guardian, explains:
Americans are flooding into town halls across the country. Fearful that their country is being torn apart, they are turning out to protest their representatives in record numbers. Clearly, the furious crowds have gotten under Donald Trump’s skin. In a sneering tweet, the president dismissed the “so-called angry crowds” at town hall events as “planned by liberal activists.” We’ll take that as a compliment.
More than two dozen progressive activist groups are using ResistanceRecess.com, a site posted just last week by MoveOn.org, to search among more than 500 local congressional events around the country. Anyone can RSVP for an event and get a reminder email. So yes, that’s evidence of planning – apparently more planning than goes into a typical executive order issued by this White House.
But here’s the thing: the crowds are unmistakably real, and the anger runs deep.
Many of those showing up at town hall events have never done anything like that in their lives. Just like the participants in the millions-strong Women’s March and the spontaneous airport protests, the people filling these town hall events are acting with moral urgency – and with a deeply responsible sense of civic duty. Now it’s up to members of Congress to decide how to respond.
There is a billionaire power grab in progress.
We can’t let that happen. Sign up and be there tomorrow.