Congressional Office Sit-ins

We need to persuade all of our Representatives that we are serious about impeaching George Bush and Dick Cheney.

One powerful technique is to organize a sit-in at your Representative's district office, where you refuse to leave until your Representative agrees either to co-sponsor H.Res. 333 or to introduce Articles of Impeachment of their own. To pass the time while you're waiting, you can recite the Constitution and the names of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.

We recommend organizing a group of 20 people. (Even 10 people is enough, but some people will inevitably be unable to make it so it's best to aim for 20.) A useful tool for doing this is PledgeBank.com. PledgeBank enables you to connect with other people who also want to make a change, but who don't want the personal risk of being the only person to undertake a particular action. Using the website, you create a pledge which has the basic format "I'll do something, but only if other people will pledge to do the same thing." For example, "I will undertake a sit-in at Nancy Pelosi's office on July 23, but only if 20 people also do this."

To get started, go to http://www.pledgebank.com and click on the Create a Pledge tab. You will be taken to a form that looks like this:

You will be asked to describe what it is you are pledging to do and how many other people you want to join you. Be sure to indicate the date you are planning to undertake your sit-in (we encourage you to do this on July 23 but if you can't don't let that prevent you from choosing another date) as well as the date by which the other people need to sign up (we recommend making this at least one day before your planned action). You will then be asked a few more questions regarding things like the location and category of your action.

Once you've completed the form a new page will be created on PledgeBank just for your pledge that looks like this:

You will then want to spread the word about your pledge as widely as you can and PledgeBank offers a number of tools to help with this. Using the links on your pledge page you can e-mail it to people, print out flyers, and get code to add the pledge to your website, blog, or profile. PledgeBank has also just created a new Facebook application that we encourage you to use if you have a profile there. To do so just click on the Facebook link on your pledge page and you will be taken to a screen that looks like this:

You can use this to invite your friends on Facebook to participate and you can also use the "Share" button to post the pledge to your profile, which means that it will show up in your Mini-Feed where everybody can see it.

Once you've created a pledge be sure to add it to our Events page:
http://democrats.com/events
Click "Submit a new event" and choose "Impeachment Event" for the category.