Holiday weekend update

Thanks again to everyone who has placed a call to one of Sen. Collins’ offices already.  Our movement is building steadily, and even if it takes six months to build up enough constituent pressure to achieve our goal, it will still be hugely important for protecting our democracy, social safety net, and the human rights of all our citizens.

We won’t be able to call again until Monday morning, but if you’d like to do something else to impact the Senate before then, please donate to Democrat Foster Campbell’s campaign at http://www.fostercampbell2016.com/donate/donate to help him win the run-off for the final unresolved Senate election.  He’s definitely the underdog, but a Democrat recently won the Governorship there, so with a wave of financial support and the reality of unified Republican control under Trump, this one should be winnable.

Finally, if you’ve placed a call but forgot to log it, please do so at https://goo.gl/forms/KoioEeujsrLJHwOG3. It’s really important that we can quantify our impact so I can get the media to pay attention to our movement.

Week one recap

Thanks to everyone who already placed calls in our first two days!  The site’s received over 300 hits, and we received our first media mention in the State & Capitol blog at Bangor Daily News!

It’s clear that many people have made calls but haven’t logged them yet, however.  If that’s you, PLEASE log your call here.  It will take less than a minute, but will allow us to report out our results in any conversations with the media, potential participants, or even Sen. Collins herself.

The focus of this campaign is live calls, so we’ll have to wait until 8am Monday to start calling again.  If you called last week and would like to call again next week, please feel free to do so.  Just be sure to log each of your calls separately.

Finally, Sen. Collins issued a statement Friday saying she supports Trump appointing staunch voting rights opponent Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, seemingly based solely on her personal familiarity with him.  She seems to be telling herself that we’re still operating within the realm of the usual political norms, when Trump and his people seem to be tossing out new political norms on a daily basis.  

As the only true moderate Republican left in the Senate, her endorsement of Sessions carries serious weight with the media to legitimize the nomination, as you can see in this article.  This is precisely why our efforts to sway her are so important.  Feel free to bring up the Sessions endorsement in your next chat with one of Collins’ staffers… 🙂

P.S.  I’ll be making periodic updates on this blog, but will be tweeting more frequent updates from @pj_maine under the #callingoncollins hashtag.  Please follow me!

A time for action

We are at a critical moment in this nation’s history.  With Trump elected, a Republican Congress ready to give him bills to sign into law, a renewed conservative Supreme Court, and a white nationalist as Trump’s top advisor, I am profoundly concerned for the future of the country, and the world.

I have followed national politics closely for many years without engaging in much political action other than voting, but Trump’s election made me feel all of a sudden like I wanted to be some kind of activist.  When my kids are old enough to ask what I did to stop the horror that was Donald Trump, I want to say I did something.

Then it occurred to me: the most likely check on Trump’s power would come from the Senate, where one or two Senators often can make the difference whether a bill becomes law.  And the Senator with the best chance of being persuaded to switch sides would be…Susan Collins.  Of Maine.  MY SENATOR.

Then I did a little research and realized that I, as a constituent of Senator Collins, actually can have some tiny influence over her, especially if I communicate in the right way, and get a few hundred of my fellow Mainers to join me.

I called three different offices of Sen. Collins and expressed my concerns, and each time I was given an opportunity to speak my mind, treated with respect, and assured that my comments would be forwarded to the Senator.  The Senator really does care about hearing what her constituents think!

So if you are a fellow Mainer and are horrified by the thought of what Trump might do as president, please pick up the phone, give one of Sen. Collins’ offices a call, and urge her to caucus with the Democrats to help stop the Trump agenda.

See the links above for details on how to participate, and some of the thinking behind the campaign.  The important thing is that you call and let her office know what you think.  If each of us can get a couple other Mainers to do the same, we can definitely get Sen. Collins’ attention, and maybe even change the course of the country’s future.

It’s time to pick up the damn phone.