Thursday, June 28 - Read A Letter From Birmingham Jail / Say No to Trump’s Court Nominees / Donate to Direct Action Training

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Read Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail

Yesterday was a hard day. We knew in 2016 that Trump’s election gave him the ability to reshape the Supreme Court, but the retirement of Justice Kennedy, the so-called “swing” vote on the bench, has tipped the precarious balance of the Court. Decisions like Roe V. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges are now in jeopardy, and we could see the clock turn back on women’s rights, gay rights, healthcare and other civil rights.

But we cannot afford to despair. Now is the time to remain energized and ready to fight for a Blue Wave in November, because that is our only hope to protect the rights that others fought decades to achieve.

The path ahead is not easy, but we ask you to take some time today to read (or reread) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Reflect on his courage, his sacrifice and his warnings about complacency, about “white moderate(s)” who are “more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefer a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”

Direct action may not always be polite. It might not always be pretty. But now is the time to stand up for what’s right and be heard. The fight for justice cannot wait.

“Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was ‘well timed’" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word ‘Wait!’ It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This ‘Wait’ has almost always meant ‘Never.’ We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that ‘justice too long delayed is justice denied.’”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail


Action 2: Tell Senators that None of Trump’s SCOTUS Picks are Acceptable

Two years ago, Donald Trump released a list of 25 narrow-minded, pro-corporate judges he’d like to nominate to the Supreme Court if a justice were to retire -- Democratic senators MUST NOT allow the Senate to confirm anyone on that list.

Trump made clear that he would only consider candidates who would advance his extremist agenda from our nation’s highest court. Every name on his short list represents a rubber stamp on his pro-corporate, anti-worker, racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ values.

The Supreme Court needs fair-minded judges who value justice and equality and who understand the impact of the law on all Americans. Trump's nominees would rule for corporations and the wealthy, powerful, and well-connected. Congress needs to scrap Trump’s list and start a new one that represents the interests of every American -- not just the privileged few.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I'm calling to ask {Senator} to speak out against Trump’s SCOTUS shortlist picks. None of his potential nominees will protect women’s healthcare, gay rights, workers’ rights or minority rights. Any nominee to the Court must represent the interests of ALL Americans -- not just wealthy corporate interests. Thank you.

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Action 3: Donate to Women’s Direct Action to End Family Detention

From his Birmingham jail cell, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Marching is no longer enough. The Women’s March is organizing a mass action for women today in Washington D.C. to #EndFamilyDetention. These women are ready to put their bodies on the line because Americans cannot remain silent while children are locked in cages.

Can you help them by covering direct action training for thousands of women? Donating just $20 can cover the training for two protesters. Donate here, or visit to learn more.

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Daily Actions Editor