Pow­er­ing the blue wave

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion - JAMAKAYA

Lib­eral-minded peo­ple are hop­ing for a “blue wave” of vot­ers this fall to put some brakes on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and his re­ac­tionary Repub­li­can Party.

But we’re go­ing to need more than hope to heighten that blue wave.

Each of us must do ev­ery­thing in our power in the next two months to in­crease voter turnout and help Democrats win. Here are some im­por­tant ways to par­tic­i­pate.

It’s dis­turb­ing how many good peo­ple alarmed about Trump and the GOP have not joined the one po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides the most vi­able al­ter­na­tive.

You can re­view Demo­cratic prin­ci­ples, can­di­date pro­files and op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer atwis­dems.org. The party line is 608-255-5172. Mem­ber­ship is as low as $25 for in­di­vid­u­als, $10 for stu­dents and se­niors.

Con­nect with your lo­cal Demo­cratic Party unit and join a cau­cus. Con­tacts to each county unit and in­for­ma­tion about is­sue cau­cuses are on the party web­site.

Con­nect with Dems in your own com­mu­nity and work with like­minded peo­ple on the is­sues that mat­ter to you. The state party spon­sors cau­cuses on LGBT rights, women’s is­sues, vet­er­ans af­fairs, African Amer­i­can and Latino is­sues, la­bor rights, ru­ral life and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Trump and GOP poli­cies threaten all these is­sues and com­mu­ni­ties. It’s time to fight back.

run­ning in our state or in your lo­cal­ity. If we don’t want big money in­ter­ests dom­i­nat­ing cam­paigns and con­trol­ling can­di­dates’ votes, you must counter them with your own fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Make a cam­paign con­tri­bu­tion or pledge a cer­tain amount each month to the state party. Any amount, how­ever small, is help­ful.

The Demo­cratic Party, in­di­vid­ual cam­paigns, la­bor unions and many ac­tivist groups are or­ga­niz­ing teams to fo­cus on ar­eas of low voter reg­is­tra­tion and turnout to in­crease the num­bers of folks cast­ing bal­lots this fall.

Higher voter turnout is a must if we want that blue wave to wash over our state and our coun­try.

or a call to a ra­dio show. Keep your com­ments sim­ple, clear and pos­i­tive. The Pro­gres­sive Me­dia Project in Madi­son holds work­shops that teach how to write ef­fec­tive “op-ed” opin­ion pieces and helps dis­trib­ute them to news out­lets. To learn more, call 608-2574626. High­light the ster­ling qual­i­fi­ca­tions or traits of the Demo­cratic can­di­dates run­ning in your county or state se­nate or as­sem­bly district. Send links to their cam­paign sites or ads. Re­mind peo­ple of what’s at stake.

Peo­ple can reg­is­ter to vote and find their polling place along with other voter in­for­ma­tion at

myvote.wi.org.

Make sure you get to your polling place.

Sit­ting it out is not an option this year. Vot­ing Demo­cratic will send the mes­sage that we re­ject the racism, xeno­pho­bia and cor­rup­tion of Trump and his GOP. We op­pose voter sup­pres­sion and ger­ry­man­der­ing. We want women’s and work­ers’ rights pro­tected, in­ter­na­tional al­liances re­spected, and ci­vil­ity re­stored to our gov­ern­ment.

Get in­volved now!

Make a cam­paign con­tri­bu­tion or pledge a cer­tain amount each month to the state party.

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