What’s the point?

What’s the point of marching, isn’t it too late?

No. It’s not too late.

Yesterday was a moment of togetherness, of one of the largest peaceful demonstrations anywhere. There has never been such a large, single-day march in the US, with an estimated 3.5 – 4.5 million marching in the US, and hundreds of thousands in other countries.

There were almost no arrests. DC police and those in other cities reported none. Let me repeat that: no arrests in DC, with 500,000-600,000 marchers.

Yesterday lifted the hearts of many who have been afraid since November 9, but more importantly, Congress noticed.

The 115th Congress is composed as follows:

Re-election Dates
Total 2018 2020
SENATE
Republican 52 8 22
Democratic 47 23 11
Independent 2 2
52-49= 3
# needed 2
HOUSE
Republican 243 ALL
Democratic 198 ALL
243-198=45
# needed 23

In the Senate, only two Republican senators need to vote with the Democrats and Independents to change the party make up. The eight Republican Senators up for re-election in 2018 are particularly vulnerable to this sort of persuasion, as are the twenty-two who are up for re-election in 2020, especially those who didn’t win overwhelming majorities.

In the House, the number is higher – twenty-three Republicans must vote with the Democrats in order to swing votes, but every single one of them is up for re-election in 2018. They will be watching the protests and looking to see how they can protect themselves. Call them. Make your voices heard.

Find out the details about your representatives.

Call them. Work on 2018 campaigns. Starting now.

 

Photo credit: By National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Gagnon, JTF-DC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWomens_March_on_Washington.jpg

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