The previous state senator for district 03 in Northern Anderson County, Republican Kevin Bryant, has become Lt. Governor and so there is a special election to fill his seat, with a primary in April and the general election in May. This will be the first electoral test of our newfound energy, so let’s do it right! Getting people registered to vote is crucial to our cause, particularly in light of sustained efforts from those in power to make it MORE difficult to vote rather than easier. The Young Democrats of Anderson Country are having a voter registration drive and need people to help. Please consider signing up to help this effort. Once you complete the short form you will be contacted about your availability for days and times. Sign up with a friend or group of friends and make it a social event!
The bad news: The Senate HELP Committee approved Besty DeVos’ nomination by of a vote of 12-11. DeVos will now go onto a full senate vote sometime soon. As of today, a date had not been set for the vote.
The good news: Republicans only have a 52 seat majority in the Senate and two Republican senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have not pledged their full support yet. This might be a good talking point when calling Graham and Scott’s offices. Graham and Scott have already confirmed support for DeVos, but it doesn’t hurt to keep calling. Their numbers can be found on the Congressional Info page.
Tuesday, January 31: Noon – 1:30 p.m in Mckissick Theater of the Hendrix Center. Visitor parking available in front of Hendrix.
From President Jim Clements:
“Our international students, faculty and staff, and their families, are a valued and vital part of our university community. Furthermore, diversity and inclusion are foundational values of our university and necessary for Clemson to fulfill its mission. In order to support anyone who has questions or concerns about the executive order, we have scheduled a series of informational sessions, starting today, that are open to anyone who wishes to attend.
All sessions will be held in the McKissick Theatre at the Hendrix Student Center. Dr. Sharon Nagy, Associate Provost for Global Engagement, and members of her team will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. Times are as follows:
- Today, Monday 30: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 31: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 1: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday, February 2: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.”
We had 60 people gather on Sunday to discuss IC and how to get more organized, and over the coming week(s) we will post here about these changes as they happen. But for right now, TODAY, WE NEED ACTION! Our country is at a crossroads, politically and ideologically and constitutionally, and we must let our representatives know that we are holding them accountable. Please do any and as many of today’s actions as you can, and if you need help in any way please ask! We are here to help one another to take action to save our country from extremists. There are individual posts today for each of these, but here is a summary:
1. Call Tim Scott about opposing Betsy DeVos. Senator Scott is lying to the media, claiming that the calls he is getting are coming from out of state. We need to call out his lies, so make sure when you call that you emphatically state that you are a SC resident. When I just called they did NOT ask where I was from, presumably so that they could claim I was from out of state also. I had to be forceful in order to make the staff for MY SENATOR acknowledge that I was his constituent. But this can be to our advantage: if they are not taking down our addresses or names, we can call all 4 of his offices.
2. Call Lindsey Graham about opposing Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
3. Go to downtown Clemson at noon to show support for bringing home Clemson University’s Nazanin Zinouri and to thank Lindsay Graham for speaking out against the ban.
4. Drop by Tim Scott or Lindsay Graham’s offices for all of the above reasons.
WE CANNOT BE SILENT OR WE ALL LOSE
Welcome to Indivisible Clemson! We are a newly formed group of concerned citizens from South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District coming together to actively resist the Trump agenda. Our model is the Indivisible Guide (www.indivisibleguide.com).
We are just now getting the webpage up and populated. This will serve as a way to connect everyone who is a part of the Facebook group and those who are not on Facebook. We will post links to documents and letters written for the group, as well as announcements and action items. A Twitter feed will be up soon.