January 10, 2018
Ways to Engage in 2018
January is the time for noble resolutions, such as lose weight, spend more time with the kids, be kinder to that irritating co-worker, get active politically …
By becoming a member of the Bluegrass Activist Alliance, you have already taken a big step toward that last resolution. But now it’s time to decide just how much time and talent you want to contribute to the group in the coming year. Make no mistake about it, we need you! Here we offer some ways for you to engage:
- WRITE OR CALL OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. It does make a difference! It’s important that our MoCs hear from us, as well as from their base. This is easy to do with the new Amplify app. To sign up for the app, click here and use the Indivisible Bluegrass invite code: 030-177-000.
- VISIT OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. Join our monthly visits to the offices of our Members of Congress, when we express our views and hold them accountable for their actions in Washington. Because we are constituents, their staffs must listen to our concerns and record our visits. Contact: John Stempel.
- DO RESEARCH. Join our research team, which produces comprehensive reports on the nation’s most pressing issues and turns them into easy-to-read fact sheets for distribution to the public. All you need is a computer and an inquiring mind. Contact: Peter Wedlund.
- WORK WITH THE MEDIA. We need someone with some journalism experience to write press releases and media advisories, and to be our liaison with local reporters and editors. Contact Jane Eller.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
- REACH OUT. Currently, most of our members live in Fayette County. Our Outreach Team is working to establish contacts in all 19 counties within the Sixth Congressional District with a view to turning out the progressive vote in this year’s mid-term elections. If you live in a county other than Fayette and want to help expand our network, contact Harry Neack.
- WRITE POSTCARDS. Join our weekly Monday Nights for Rights events at various local breweries. Over beer and camaraderie, we write postcards to our Members of Congress, articulating our views on diverse issues. For times and locations, go to the Events page of our website.
- TELL YOUR STORY. Our letters to the Editor Project seeks people willing to write a letter to the editor of their local paper. We are looking for people with personal stories to tell that illustrate how Rep. Andy Barr’s actions in Washington are hurting his constituents in the Sixth District. Contact: Lois Gillespie.
- NETWORK ONLINE. Are you knowledgeable about Facebook, websites, Twitter and other social media vehicles? We need you! Contact Susan Ferguson-Wheeler.
- SHOW UP. Make this the year you turn your political beliefs into action! Attend the rallies and other events we promote in our weekly email alerts. As Woody Allen so famously put it, “Eighty percent of life is showing up.”
WE WILL BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR IN 2018!
- BLUEGRASS ACTIVIST ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Sunday, Jan. 14, 3-5 p.m., Temple Adath Israel, 124 N. Ashland Ave., Lexington. Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-Shively) will speak on the legislative process in Frankfort.
- MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FREEDOM MARCH
Monday, Jan.15, 10 a.m., Lexington Center Heritage Hall, W Main St., Lexington.Line up begins at 9 a.m. Alliance members will march with the People’s Campaign. At 11 a.m., anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise will speak in the Hall. Wise is a nationally known educator and has spoken to audiences in all 50 states. Following the program, there will be a free showing of Hidden Figures at the Kentucky Theater, 214 East Main Street.
- WOMEN’S MARCH ANNIVERSARY RALLY
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2-3:30 p.m., Fayette Circuit Court, 120 N. Limestone, Lexington. The rally commemorates the fact that, one year after the historic 2017 Women’s March in cities across the country, we are still resisting and persisting in our fight to protect our rights, our health, and our families. Sponsored by Kentucky National Organization for Women.
For more information on these and other Indivisible Bluegrass events, go to the Events page of our web site.