Some of the thoughts shared in advance of the call are below (no names since I didn't ask if I could use them―blame too little coffee).
- I very much hope that you will be sure to emphasize granting statehood for the residential and commercial parts of DC as a permanent solution to this mess. If you haven't been focused on DC statehood as an issue, you might want to check in with Neighbors United for DC Statehood, which is a very grass-roots effort to educate and advocate for statehood. We have bills in both the House and Senate and have been working hard to get co-sponsors. (not sure about the current count, but at last count it was 53 in the House and 12 in the Senate.) We have t-shirts that we generated in response to this current situation. You can see them at our blog/website, www.the51st.org.
- The problem is a familiar one: the folks that make the decisions are not vulnerable to District residents. Back in the day, Rev. Walter Fauntroy, facing the same problem, led a merrie band down to Florence SC to find someone to run against John McMillan, overlord and chair of the House District Committee in the primary. He organized the black churches to vote him out. That local action worked.
There are now maybe 49 members of the tea party in the House and those districts will be heavily conservative. If Reid and McConnell get a deal, they will have to sell it to Boehner, who will try to sell it to the 49 to forestall disaster. If he can get maybe 15, that is enough with the Dems to get over 218 and roll the tea party.
What may be called for is local action in some selected tea party districts to see if any of these wackos can be moved. In any event, threats from the left may not work very well because these districts are so heavily gerrymandered. While folks are justifably upset, unless folks can get creative about pressuring the tea party guys from the right, it is not entirely clear to me how agitation from DC might change this calculus but my analysis may be flawed on this many-layered weirdness.
- I would guess if Reid and McConnell could get a deal, depending on McConnell, they may wait till Tues or so. This will jam Boehner up against the deadline and force him to roll the TPers. But I have no real special wisdom on this nasty situation. We will see what tomorrow brings.
- Candlelight vigil at capitol hill.
Good video of Capitol police denying us our right to petition for redress of grievances.
Gotta get somebody (Soros?) to pay for PortaPotties.
Gotta get a permit to place the PortaPotties on National Park Service territory. Oh, right -- permit office closed.
Gotta get folks to clean up, that that is happening already.
Invite the under-patronized food trucks.
- We need to get people to recognize they can't be complacent and expect the Mayor to be the only one doing something.
- marketing - graphic design, messaging, promotional meterials
stakeholder relations social marketing
fundraising (Kickstarter campaign?)
let's get the drunk dial Congress people to partner with us
let's get the food truck association to help spread the word
taxi drivers too
Your voice is needed so please join the October 14 at 1:00 pm conference call about freeing DC's budget from the federal shutdown with action. The call-in number is (712) 432-1500 and the Participant Access Code is 287133#.
UPDATE 10/14, 12:25p: Additional thoughts for partners, etc:
neighborhood and civic associations
Lost dog flyers
UPDATE: October 14, 12:32p:
The link for Appleseed: http://www.dcappleseed.org/walters_corner/keeping-d-c--open-part-2.