On December 19, 2016, State Electors will cast their final votes for president. Hillary Clinton currently leads in the popular vote by 2.7 million. Therefore, the system has elected Donald Trump, not the people. Now, we need to ask the system to work for the people as a collective, as one union, as the Preamble wanted us to be.
Want to get involved?
All you need to do is take the attached document, personalize it with a heading on your word processor, print out all the attached addresses, and sign, seal, stamp, and send! The attached document is a letter outlining only a few of the injustices Donald Trump has committed throughout his campaign. It also states the Preamble, the beginning of the Constitution written by our Founding Fathers and a pledge to create a more perfect union through the equality of “the people,” which has not and will not happen under Trump’s presidency.
We have work to do to get to a perfect union, and this was evident even before this election cycle began. A Donald Trump presidency, however, will not continue this forward movement we have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to accomplish. It will in fact set us backward. We cannot allow the normalization of the misogyny, racism, and other forms of violence he has encouraged—there have been over 900 hate crimes reported since the election—and this is one of many chances to speak out against injustice and hate. Take one step, use your voice; we are “the people” and we should be heard.
We do not condone any abusive, hateful, or derogatory language in this protest. We are fighting hate and violence, and we encourage respectful and productive discourse.
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE LETTER. The template and the Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio addresses are attached. The addresses of the Pennsylvania electors will soon be posted. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preamblers: Sarah Sassone, Ariana Colozzo, Sonya Maizell, and Zee Dickey.
We have found the site directelection.org, another great initiative toward getting the electors to vote against Donald Trump. Feel free to use the letters prepared by Jeff Strabone! The letters are different in many ways, but ultimately have the same theme. We still hope you consider using ours!
3848 East Leonard
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Dear Hank Fuhs,
As a concerned resident of the United States, I am writing to ask you not to vote for Donald Trump on December 19, 2016.
Mr. Trump has spent the past two years dividing the country, turning it into a place it hasn’t been since the Civil Rights Movement. Throughout his contentious campaign, he has made racist, sexist, bigoted, and Islamophobic remarks, spreading hatred all over the country. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- In June 2015, he implied Mexican immigrants are primarily criminals, rapists, and drug traffickers;
- In October 2015, he personally attacked a teenage girl on Twitter, which led to threats of rape and death toward her from his supporters, and this recently happened again on December 7, when he tweeted against Chuck Jones;
- In November 2015, he mocked a disabled reporter at a rally in Alabama;
- In November 2015, he announced if he were elected president, he would create a national database of Muslims and require Muslims to wear badges, as Adolf Hitler did to people of Jewish faith;
- Since he began his campaign, he has called climate change a “hoax” and wants to withdraw all funding the U.S. pays to the U.N. climate change programs;
- In June 2016, he called for Judge Gonzalo Curiel to recuse himself from a lawsuit against Trump University, because Judge Curiel of Mexican descent and Mr. Trump claims it would be a conflict of interest;
- In October 2016, a video of Mr. Trump arriving on the set of Days of Our Lives for an interview with Access Hollywood was leaked, where he told Billy Bush he “moved on [a woman] like a bitch,” and that when you’re a star “you can do anything,” including “grab [women] by the pussy”; and
- In November 2016, his first hire was Steve Bannon for White House chief strategist, former executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, something he once called “the platform for the alt-right,” a neo-Nazi organization.
He has also made questionable Cabinet choices, including:
- Scott Pruitt for E.P.A. Administrator, who is an affiliate of the fossil fuel industry;
- Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, who has no government experience;
- Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who has said in the past that he is not a politician and did not want to work in government;
- Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, whose nomination for federal judgeship in the 1980s was rejected due to his multiple racial slurs; and
- Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, who has no experience in pedagogy or curriculum-building.
What I am asking of you, Elector, is to assert your power as a leader of our country to stand up and fulfill the first lines of the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
We the People did not elect Mr. Trump; Secretary Clinton now leads the election by 2.7 million votes, and the gap continues to grow. Alexander Hamilton and our Founding Fathers originally created the Electoral College to prevent people like Donald Trump—people who demean the rights of marginalized peoples and create an unequal, retrogressive society—from becoming the leaders of this country. We the People ask you to use your influence to protect the country from reliving oppressed history.
Thank you for your time and please consider my request.