Among the many interesting responses to my doleful post asking What can I do? was Charles Perkins’ suggestion that I resurrect the Friday Lists. For those who have forgotten or who have migrated to this blog quite recently, the Friday Lists were a series of weekly posts on which I simply listed what readers reported they had done politically in the preceding week. The idea of the lists was to encourage people to take concrete steps of any sort to influence our politics, however minimally, and to strengthen their resolve by having what they had done reported publicly. That was a brilliant suggestion, and I am hereby declaring the resurrection of the Friday Lists.
What sorts of things are you invited to report?
Here is a short list, intended merely as suggestions:
1. Donations of money to candidates or political campaigns and committees
2. Phone calls to state, local, and national office holders
3. Emails, texts, tweets, or letters to state, local, and national office holders
4. Campaigning for candidates [raising money, walking door to door, office work, etc.]
5. Contacting friends or associates to encourage them to do any of the above
6. Attending rallies, protests, campaign events
7. Putting up a lawn sign [if you have a lawn]
8. Putting a bumper sticker on your car [if you have a car]
Some restrictions, qualifications, and caveats:
1. American citizens or permanent residents only. I don’t want to run afoul of campaign finance laws and such.
2. No Republicans. This is not a Good Government exercise. If you are a Trump supporter, I urge you to swear off politics and retreat to your basement to converse with the four hundred pound hacker you are hiding there.
3. This is still primary time, and will be for a full year. The purpose of this project is to encourage you to participate, not to foster internecine political warfare. For example, I signed up some time ago to make a $9 a month donation to Sanders in perpetuity. I also donated $500 to Warren a week ago. There are undoubtedly Harris, Biden, Buttegieg, Castro, Yang, O’Rourke and Klobuchar supporters among my readers. Until the party chooses a candidate, this website will not discriminate. I will of course express my preferences, but not by editing the Friday Lists.
4. This is not a competition. Think of it as a cross between crowdsourcing and a flash mob. The point is not to be seen to be doing more than anyone else. The point is to encourage each of you to do something.
Instructions: During the week, report your doings either with a comment or by email to me, at email@example.com. I will keep a list in the order in which reports come in, and post it each Friday.
Finally: there are maybe a dozen or so regular commentators to this blog [depending on how you individuate the anonymati], but if Google’s metrics are accurate, there must be between 1000 and 2000 discrete individuals who visit the blog more than occasionally. I am really really eager to hear from some of you as part of this effort. Email me if you prefer not to post a comment.
First list: July 26, 2019.