Tonight, the United States Senate confirmed Senator Sessions of Alabama as Attorney General. Of course, this is one day after Vice President Pence exercised his constitutional duty and broke a 50-50 tie to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
And last night, we watched as Republican Majority leadership silenced Senator Warren as she read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King on why Sen. Sessions is unfit to serve at the Department of Justice.
For those with privilege, there might be a creeping a sense of fatigue and numbness closing in, threatening to shield us from the indignant anger and grief that we need to experience in order to move in solidarity for the wellbeing of all of us. Now is not the time to hold back on our practice.
Our elected representatives, particularly our U.S. Senators, have an enormous amount of power. What we're witnessing (and what's actually been happening for decades right in front of us) is a breakdown in accountability between elected official and constituent. On Sunday, we explained why accountability is a two-way street, and how we can claim our power by raising our voices not just at the polls, but on the phone, in the mail, and on the Capitol steps.
How do we keep working that power for the long run? Simple: 1. together and 2. with a lot of care.
If you're a rookie at constituent power, ask a friend who's in the loop about the best ways to get involved. Try new ways of engaging, meet new people, and notice what works for you. Someone who hates phone calls might be a letter-writing wiz. Or perhaps you show up to your officials' district and home state offices to get to know the staff. Plus, it just takes a few clicks to learn more about the people who represent you.
One step at a time, we're moving forward together. Stay with it. We're with you.