All around the country, states, counties, cities, towns are marching along not only with the business of governing, but also with the business of choosing who will govern. As we all know, states and local entities have varied and different election calendars and processes. Chances are, therefore, there are ways every one of us can get directly involved in those caucuses, primaries, Town Halls, etc. Check out https://www.ourstates.org/#ourstates — a great resource for fighting Trump’s agenda on the state and local level.
For example, here in Minnesota, it’s caucus time! Thanks to an intrepid and engaged second year law student at Mitchell Hamline, Emily Flesch, here is everything you need to know. Emily says:
Don’t Forget: The Minneapolis DFL Caucus will take place on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 pm.
Don’t know where to caucus? Use the Minneapolis Caucus app to find your precinct and pre-register. http://mplscaucusapp.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/
First caucus? This (profanely-named, but very helpful) website has a great breakdown of the caucus process for first-timers. http://www.giveashitmpls.com/wtf-is-a-caucus/
Why caucus? In 2013, only 2% of registered voters in Minneapolis showed up to caucus. By increasing voter turnout, we can make sure to elect candidates with strong progressive values and policies to lead the charge at the local level. Minneapolis will have elections for Mayor, City Council and Park Board in 2017.
Living in St. Paul and feeling left out? Plan ahead for the St. Paul caucus (organized by ward in late April) here: https://stpauldfl.wordpress.com/2017-caucus-and-convention-dates/.
There is a lot to do, people. But, as the old song says, “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make our garden grow. Gonna mulch it deep and low, gonna make it fertile ground.” (Pete Seeger really does it best, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u90qRE2F7CM; and boy do I miss him these days!)
We are the rake, we are the hoe, we are the mulch that makes today’s political climate and dire situation our piece of fertile ground. And of course, the garden is our Democracy. Keep digging and weeding my friends.