Today is Wednesday and I’ve been home with a sick kid. So, I used my time wisely to look into the reports over the silencing of Senator Warren on the Senate Floor. (Because as of 11/08/17 modern day parenting requires that we keep up on this stuff.) I read several articles (NY Times, The Hill, NPR, Fox News, Washington Post) and watched Senator Warren’s full remarks (clip from Washington Post) from last night.
I let the words of Mitch McConnell sink in.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
And then, I decided to write 50 letters – one to each of the 49 Senators who voted to silence Senator Warren and another to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
This is the letter I wrote and sent:
I am writing you to express my outrage over your support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s move to silence Senator Warren in the debate over Jefferson Sessions on Tuesday, February 7th 2017.
Senator Warren’s statement, which I watched in full, was thoughtful, passionate and well researched. Not only did she rely on her own opinions and statements, however included the established perspective of the respected and historic civil rights hero Coretta Scott King.
The move was tone deaf and insensitive – to silence a woman on the senate floor for reading a letter from the widow of a slain civil right’s hero is both concerning and surprising. As a woman and mother of two young daughters, I will not stand quietly by while a woman is silenced for voicing her concern. Especially when her concern involves the protection of basic human rights.
Incidentally, I noticed that several of Senator Warren’s male colleagues were able to read Mrs. King’s letter without opposition. This is an unfortunate and inexcusable coincidence.
I will remember your support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s motion to bar Senator Warren from the debate over Jefferson Sessions. But, more importantly, I will remember the persistence of Senator Warren and the words of Mrs. King:
“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts.”
If you are as appalled as I am with the behavior of the Senators who voted to silence Elizabeth Warren, I encourage you to speak up. Really. And feel free to use this letter as a starting point.
I chose to copy and paste my letter into the contact form for each of the Republican Senators (the vote was a party-line vote) instead of send via mail. Here is the list of the Senators, filter by party and you will have your Senators.
You may notice that this is a new type of subject matter for Hello Day. Yes, it is. Up until this month, I have never (ever) written a letter to a Senator, or any political official for that matter. This is a new for me. I am a rookie activist. A rookie activist who is ready to get to speak up and get to work.
After the Women’s March on Washington, I committed to taking political action for 100 days. I am documenting my daily actions on Instagram at @helloDemocracy if you’d like to follow along.
I’ve learned something over the past few weeks of phone calls to Senators and Members of Congress – this government is run by ordinary people. At the local level especially. And democracy requires that ordinary citizens get involved. If you have any opinion about what is going on in our government these days (and I know many of you do because you’ve told me) I urge you to get involved.