THE ACTIVIST CARTEL

WHERE IT ALL STARTED

​ACTION LETTER #1: November 17th, 2016


Dear awesome friend,
I want (desperately need) to channel the energy from this election. After receiving overwhelming support for a simple FB post (attached) inviting you to join my troupe of badass teenage girls who are going to fight the sexist mindset behind this election, I've decided to create... The Activist Cartel. 


One of the definitions of "Cartel" is: "a written challenge to a duel"... which I find both aggressive and elegant. 

Perhaps I also added you to this list because I know you care. I definitely feel vulnerable putting myself out there like this, but it's worth it, because I simply can't stay silent anymore. So let me welcome you to...


THE ACTIVIST CARTEL


WHAT IS IT?: You will receive an email from me, every 2 wks, with a very simple action item that helps promote women's rights and equality. It might be philanthropic, political, educational...no matter what, it'll ask you take action. It will be doable amidst your busy schedules. Do not underestimate the sum power of small and consistent actions... they add up to great change. 


WHO IS IN THIS?: A lot of men and women, from diverse backgrounds, spanning the country. 


WHAT'S OUR ACTION ITEM TODAY? 
As you may know, Trump just appointed Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor. He is widely known for being a white nationalist, misogynist, and an anti-semite. He is the executive chairman of alt-right Breibart News where he has published articles such as:
"The Solution to Online 'Harassment' is Simple: Women Should Log Off"
"Hoist it High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage"
"Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy"
"Would you Rather Your Child Have Feminism or Cancer?"
Do I need to list more? 
Ok, so here's that action you can take:
Call your Congressperson, Senator, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell NOW, today. Express concern over Steve Bannon's appointment, it takes 15 seconds. Phone calls to their District Office are way more effective than emails. 
Here is a google doc. with:
Updated Calling Scripts & Representatives' Contact Info
Or to find your Senator & Congressperson, go here: 
http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/
Paul Ryan: 
(608) 752-4050
Mitch McConnell: 
(502) 582-6304
You'll often talk to a nice person, but leave a voicemail if no one answers. I promise that these calls are taken seriously, and it'll make you feel good. Feel free to mention something else that's important to you too. 


CAN I ADD A FRIEND OR UNSUBSCRIBE FROM THE LIST? I might move this over to a formal service soon, wherein it'll be easier to do both. For now, please send me any email addresses that you want to add to the list and forward this on to anyone who might be interested. No hard feelings if you don't want to be a part of this, but I ask that you give me a chance before you decide that you can't handle one more email in your inbox. This moment in history is too important. Know that I welcome questions, feedback, and any ideas to share with the group.


Join me!
No more silence. 
Chelsey

a written challenge to a duel