Action Steps: Stop Racism and White Supremacy
Send a message that Stephen Bannon has no business in the White House.
Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump’s choice for chief strategist, is a white supremacist, tied to the “alt-right,” a term for right-wing white nationalism and anti-Semitism. Breitbart News, led by Bannon, encouraged the flying of the Confederate flag right after the Charleston massacre, published an extremist anti-Muslim tract, and supported linking people of color with terrorism and crime. Even conservative Glenn Beck says that Bannon “is a terrifying man.”
So what can you do? Presidents have had to back down before. (Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood, Bill Clinton’s appointments, had to withdraw over Social Security taxes.) While Trump does not have to get approval, immense pressure can force him to drop it.
1) Put pressure on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to demand that Trump rescind the appointment of Bannon. Something easy like this: “If you are against intolerance, you must speak up to stop Steve Bannon.”
Speaker Paul Ryan 202-225-3031 Majority Leader McConnell 202-224-2541
2) Contact other GOP leaders to come out against Bannon.
Sen Jeff Flake 202-224-4521 Sen John McCain 202-224-2235
Sen Ben Sasse 202-224-4224 Sen Mike Lee 202-224-5444
Rep. Mia Love 202-225-3011
3) Contact Democratic leaders to call for Bannon’s removal.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi at 202-225-4965 Sen Kirsten Gillibrand 202-224-4451
Sen. Chuck Schumer 202-224-6542 Sen. Elizabeth Warren 202-224-4543
Sen. Bernie Sanders 202-224-5141 Rep. James Clyburn 202-225-3315
4) If you prefer to email or write a letter, look up these representatives online or ask SDA for help.
5) Use social media to pass on this call to action! Publicize news stories about this. Use #stopbannon and #firebannon
6) Reach out to people of influence – faith leaders, community leaders, college presidents, you name it – and ask them to speak out publicly to remove Bannon.