Today is Take it to the Streets Thursday! This means that we need to be out and about in our communities, visible, and taking our message about Neil Gorsuch directly to our fellow citizens! Details for today’s action are below.
Do you remember when we began the fight against Obamacare? Remember the sign waving events that happened in all of our communities week after week? Remember the rallies? When I think about what “showing up” looks like, that’s what I see. All of those little moments combined to create a tidal wave of change from which the left and the Democrats are still reeling. Unfortunately, right now, it is the extreme, left wing fringe activists that are visible on the streets, and as a reminder about the potency of visibility in our local communities, I want to re-share findings from a Harvard study about the impact of the Tea Party movement from 2013 with you.1
“We show that attendance at this initial event had significant consequences for the subsequent strength of the Tea Party movement, it increased public support for Tea Party positions, and it led to more Republican votes in the 2010 U.S. House of Representatives elections,” Yanagizawa-Drott writes. “The protests had a nationwide effect on the 2010 elections corresponding to an estimated 3.2-5.8 million additional votes for the Republican Party.”
The data also showed that policymaking was also impacted, as incumbents responded to the large protests by voting significantly more conservatively in Congress.
“Together our results show that protests can build political movements that ultimately affect policymaking, and that they do so by influencing political views rather than solely through the revelation of existing political preferences,” argues Yanagizawa-Drott. “What our results really show is that policymaking can ultimately be heavily influenced by political protests, partly by creating public support for the policy positions promoted by the protesters and partly by influencing election outcomes. The evidence also helps explain the underlying causes of the political polarization and paralysis currently taking place in the U.S. Congress. The results indicate that had the Tax Day protests in 2009 not occurred, or if attendance generally had been lower, the observed right-wing shift in the U.S. Congress over the past few years would have been significantly less dramatic.”
Read that passage one more time. The immense progress we’ve made started with — and was partially dependent on — the simple fact that we showed up in person, on the streets. Furthermore, we didn’t just show up one time. How many of you showed up at weekly sign waving events, or regular rallies outside of your Representative’s office? When we stood outside the Supreme Court while the case against Obamacare was heard, there were a few hours where there were only about seven of us, and 150 frothing, left wing, paid activists. But guess what. Because we showed up, the news coverage across the country carried our point of view alongside the left’s. It wasn’t one sided coverage, and that is critical as we seek to get our message out to our fellow citizens. And don’t forget, we must deal with a hostile media on top if it all.
Take It to the Streets Ideas
- Sign wave on a busy street corner
(Please read How to Organize a Sign Waving for tips)
- Sign wave outside of your Senators’ offices
- Hand out information about Judge Gorsuch and why he should be confirmed immediately
- Organize a rally in a prominent local place
“ Confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court! ”
“ Honk if you support Judge Neil Gorsuch! ”
“ Honk if you support Trump’s nominees! ”
“ Confirm all of President Trump’s nominees! ”
“ Hey Democrats: we the people support Trump’s nominees! ”
IMPORTANT: Make sure you take pictures and post them to Facebook, to Twitter, to Instagram; email them out to your network, and send them to local media. We can’t rely on the media to willingly publicize our actions the way they do for the left!
We are asking you to be out on the streets every Thursday, and we have several specific nationwide calls to take it to the streets are listed below my signature. Our message may vary from week to week, or it may not, but the important part is to be there. The important part is to show up.
The Rest of the Week…
Friday, February 17 — Freelance Friday
Write a letter to the editor or a letter to your Senators. Resource provided: sample letters and talking points.
These actions will repeat every week, but we will always send you updated information that is specific for each week.
Key Dates to Add to Your Calendar
Local Office visit on Thursday, February 23
Remember the town halls of 2009, when we fought tooth and nail against Obamacare? Now the tables have turned and progressives are the ones showing up at town halls2 and at local district offices3, and the mainstream media is all too eager to magnify and celebrate dissent when carried out by left wing activists. This means progressives are the ones getting their message out4. Our mantra back then was, “when we show up, we win.” It is now time for us to show up again.
Both the Senate and House of Representatives are scheduled to be home the week of February 20th, and not in DC. We need to show up and show our elected officials that the majority of their constituents do not agree with the left wing protesters. We are looking for people to either host an event outside their Senator’s local office at noon local time or to hand deliver a personal letter to their Senator on Thursday, February 23. We will help you to organize your event, write your letters, and assist you with messaging.
If you cannot host an event there are other ways you can show up and be heard; you can hand deliver a letter to the local office, or you can attend a rally if there is one located in your area.
Host a Rally/Demonstration at Your State Capitol on Monday, February 27
On Monday, February 27th, Tea Party Patriots and the modern tea party movement turns 8 years old! Do you realize how much impact we’ve had? It’s actually quite amazing, the work we have done, and what we have accomplished. The time is now to step up and defend the gains we have made, and push for more reforms. The only way to keep winning is to stay involved and active — to show up!. We are looking for people to host a rally at their State Capitol in support of President Trump’s Contract with the American Voter on Monday, February 27th! If you would prefer to attend a rally rather than host one, let us know so we can help you find a local event to attend!
Host a House Party the evening of Monday, February 27
Want to support Judge Gorsuch? We make it super easy for you to share your support and knowledge with friends and family in an amicable, comfortable way with the tools and resources you will need to get it done. After Obama won the 2012 election, analysis showed that face-to-face education and discussion between people who knew each other played a very big role in his victory. Your story and your opinion is important to many of the people in your life, and you’ll never how many people you can persuade if you don’t try! If this date doesn’t work for you, you can choose a different date that better suits your availability.
Grassroots Lobbying Day on Capitol Hill, March 15
On March 15th, we will partner with FreedomWorks to host a grassroots lobbying day on Capitol Hill. Office visits are one of the most effective ways to make our voices heard in Washington, D.C. and to hold our elected officials accountable. The primary focus of our lobbying day will be on repealing ObamaCare and confirming Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, although we may add other topics as the date approaches. The committee hearing for Judge Gorsuch is set for March 20, which increases the importance of us being in DC together making our voices heard on March 15. Mark the date on your calendar!
Host an event on Tuesday, April 18
This year, tax day is on April 18th. We are looking for people to host an event locally on that day. Details and support for hosting the events will be available in a few weeks.
Thank you! Thank you for your continued strength and love for our country. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you, and we won’t get to where we want to go next if you aren’t involved. Remember, when we show up, we win! So let’s show up!! Are you with me?!