Stand against violence: Send a love letter.
A 2016 poll by the Pew Research Center found that nearly 50% of Americans view the other political party’s views as a threat. This threat became real for members of Congress on Wednesday, when Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, and four others, were shot by a gunman targeting the Republican Congressional baseball team practice. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to put aside partisan politics and show compassion for the victims of this tragedy by sending #lovelettersfromtheresistance.
In the past decade, and especially in the past year, partisan politics has driven a dangerous wedge in America. The Pew Research Center has completed regular surveys on partisanship since 1992, yet 2016 was the first time ever that “majorities in both parties express not just unfavorable but very unfavorable views of the other party.” Increasingly, we view the other side not just as different but as contemptible and threatening. And as we saw this week, casting your opponents as not just wrong, but threatening, is dangerous.
Congressman Steve Scalise is currently in critical but stable condition. Our thoughts remain with the Congressman, and all of those injured and their loved ones. Today, we are taking a step back from the issues of the day to stand together as Americans, first.
While it’s easy to point fingers, (and many have already) we must try to engage the other side with conversation, not presumptions. Fortunately, the Pew poll also found that just having a friend from the other party really makes a difference - especially for Republicans: “Among Republicans, those who have close Democratic friends hold fewer negative stereotypes of Democrats than those who do not.”
Today, we put aside the partisan stereotypes and hatred, and remember the humanity in each other. Today, we stand together against senseless violence.
Print out our postcards and write a note to Congressman Scalise using our sample text below, or your own words. Then pick a few other members of Congress, look up their addresses, and share this kindness forward.
The Honorable Steve Scalise
2338 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Thank you for your service to your constituents, and to our country. No matter our party or state, we stand together against this senseless violence. I wish you a speedy recovery.