What were we thinking, launching Resistance Reads in the month before the midterms? We're busy, you're busy, we have important work to do.
For now, let's keep focused on what the bookish masses can do in the lead up to Election Day.
I'll bet you can write a killer letter to the editor. Here are some tips from the folks at Indivisible.
Clear your calendar the weekend of November 3rd and 4th so you can canvass or phone bank. Need help finding something to do? Swing Left will keep you busy.
If you have a vacation/PTO day to spare, consider taking off on Election Day. There are so many things you could do: canvass, phone bank, drive people to the polls, be a poll watcher--so many things, never enough people to do them all.
Donate to groups like The Advancement Project, Emily's List--honestly, there's no shortage of candidates and organizations that need financial help right now. Do what you can, if you can.
It's not too late to register folks to vote (in most states). Be inspired by the good folks at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn and Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA (and I know they're not alone--thank you all). Does your local indie need some voter registration forms? Ask them and then offer to bring them by. There's still time. Voter registration deadlines across the US can be found here.
Take care of yourself, your friends, your family, your community. It's not easy times.
One more thing: We want to thank you for signing up for Resistance Reads. We're putting together a whip-smart advisory panel, and planning good, useful content like excerpts, interviews, and news.
To celebrate the launch, we're giving away a $100 gift certificate to your favorite independent bookstore. If you're reading this, you're already entered. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook and you'll be entered two more times. Share this newsletter with a friend and you'll be entered again. It's a small thing but we like you. Winner will be announced in early November.