More Americans are more involved in grassroots politics than any time in recent history. And, as the saying goes, “all politics is local,” and there’s a lot of our local residents getting involved in a wide range of political actions so the Buzz has been following what they are doing as we get closer to the mid-term elections coming up November 6.
Yesterday, we dropped by after a small but vocal group of neighborhood residents gathered outside Senator Diane Feinstein’s West LA office to “fire up Feinstein” at this week’s confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Organized by Windsor Square resident Jennifer Levin, the group told the Buzz they wanted Feinstein to get tough with Kavanaugh and force him to answer questions and then fact check those answers. But most importantly the group wants the Senator and her colleagues to “walk out to show how illegitimate the process is and go on national tv and tell people to take to the streets to protest.”
Peter Muller, Deputy State Director for Senator Feinstein told the Buzz the Senator’s phones are ringing off the hook. He said Senator Feinstein is focusing on the documents that show Kavanaugh’s positions and hoping that some of her colleagues in the full Senate will challenge him on these positions. The nomination is likely to be approved by the Senate Judiciary committee in a vote scheduled for next week though the Democrats could possibly postpone for a week, but the nomination will most likely be approved by the full Senate by the end of September unless a handful of Senators change their votes.
“People are coming in to see us in record numbers,” said Muller. “In the past we heard from non-profits or business groups, but now we hear from ordinary citizens all the time. That had never happened before the election of Donald Trump.”
Last weekend Doreen Braverman Rudnick, who organized for the preservation of the Affordable Care Act, organized dozens of people tp canvass for Seal Beach Democrat Harley Rouda who is running to unseat Trump ally and “Putin’s favorite member of Congress,” Republican Dana Rohrabacher. Rudnick and others are working in the district on behalf of Swing Left, one of the many progressive grassroots political action organizations that have sprung up since Donal Trump was elected.
“We need you to be active in the fight. Sitting home & complaining is not enough. The most important thing is to turn out our vote to flip the House,” Braverman urged friends in her email to over 80 people.
We also heard from another Windsor Square resident that she was tied up all day tomorrow canvasing with actress and activist Jane Fonda. Fonda spoke to large group of residents earlier this summer in Brookside.
The mid-term elections are coming up November 6th, we invite you to share your activities with us.