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1.      When, as history and most economists predict, “trickle down” economics fails, and the US economy does not grow at the absurd rate Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claims it will, not only Medicaid but Medicare and Social Security will be on the Republican chopping block
 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/23/trumps-shiny-tax-cut-plan-has-a-1-point-5-trillion-problem.html   Paul Ryan has already in effect admitted as much when he told a VA town hall, "You cannot get the national debt under control, you cannot get that deficit under control, if you don’t do both — grow the economy, cut spending,"          
Rather than address the increasing dependence of a rapidly-growing aging population on Social Security and Medicare, the GOP has drafted a tax bill that will justify their long-standing desire to cut the “entitlement”, that is “earned benefits”, programs into which we all contribute, paycheck by paycheck.  The call volume in opposition of the tax bill, even though it contains essential elements concerning healthcare, are not as high as it was for the healthcare bill.  We are tired, but we must keep calling, faxing, emailing.  If we needed another reason to call our senators and stop this tax bill, we might consider our retirement!

2.      Ajit Pai, "the head of the Federal Communications Commission [,] is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net neutrality order barring the blocking or slowing of web content." https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet/fcc-plans-to-vote-to-overturn-u-s-net-neutrality-rules-in-december-sources-idUSKBN1DG00H  If this happens, it will allow "ISPs like Verizon to block apps, slow websites, and charge fees to control what we see & do online. Once they announce the vote, it's hard to stop. But if we flood them with calls now, *Congress* can stop the vote." We can go to this website for fantastic resources on why net neutrality is so important, what we can say to our MoCs, tweets to send, graphics to download, etc. "Nearly everyone who understands and depends on the Internet supports net neutrality, whether they're startup founders, activists, gamers, politicians, investors, comedians, YouTube stars, or typical Internet users who just want their Internet to work as advertised—regardless of their political party." Let's stop this boondoggle for big cable companies! 

3.      Most us do not think that enough has been done for Puerto Rico following hurricane Maria.  http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/361233-poll-majority-of-americans-say-puerto-rico-not-getting-enough-help-after Last Sunday, thousands of us marched in Washington in the Unity March for Puerto Rico, which was attended by Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda and others who have been critical of the Trump administration’s response to the hurricane. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/thousands-march-in-show-of-support-for-puerto-rico Let’s listen to Lin-Manual Miranda catch us up:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTxLZz-MHEk&feature=share  Let’s use this insight to contact our MoCs and remind them that we would not let this happen in the contiguous U.S.

4.      The public comment period regarding the National Park Service's proposed fee increase closes on November 23rd http://bit.ly/2xkdSL1 The drastic increase will make attendance to National Parks inaccessible for many of us with fewer means. For those of us who have not yet submitted a comment regarding the proposal, let's make sure we tell the NPS and Department of Interior how we feel about their proposal http://bit.ly/2iz0VdA Let's keep national parks accessible and affordable!

5.      Charles Clymer has written a helpful piece for NBC News titled “I’m an Army Veteran and gun owner. The ‘good guy with a gun’ theory is a myth.”: 
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/i-m-army-veteran-gun-owner-good-guy-gun-theory-ncna821976 Let’s write to our MoC to say that we have not forgotten Las Vegas; we have not forgotten Sutherland Springs; we have not forgotten Rancho Tehama Reserve; and we expect more than relying on a faulty theory about how to stop the carnage.

6.      Common Cause New York has published a report worth our reading wherever we are: “The Count Starts Now: Taking Action to Avoid a Census 2020 Crisis”:
http://www.commoncause.org/states/new-york/research-and-reports/the-count-starts-now-2020-census.pdf   This report details how the national census works and, as importantly, how it is used in electoral districting.  We should all know this, and we should demand that the census be adequately funded, which it is not now.  We need to insist that our MoCs ensure that whatever funding the Census Bureau requires is forthcoming. Statistical agencies like the Bureau are what makes evidence-based policymaking possible.

7.      US officials have decided not to recertify the office of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the main Palestinian negotiating body. These officials have promised to reopen the office in 90 days if it’s decided that the Palestinians “have entered into “direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel.’” In response to the closure of this office, the PLO is threatening to “put on hold all communications with the U.S. administration.” 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/palestinian-president-says-us-threat-to-close-plos-dc-office-dangerous-for-peace/2017/11/18/78406dc2-cc9d-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.135753d7cba1 Let’s contact our MoC to make sure that they’re keeping tabs on this situation and that they will stop tensions from escalating. We need to keep the lines of communication open if peace is going to be negotiated in the Middle East.

8.      Earlier this month, ICE took a single mother and Occupy Boston activist named Siham Byah into custody. They’re planning on deporting her to Morocco… leaving behind her eight-year-old son, a U.S. citizen    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/11/ice_moves_to_deport_occupy_boston_activist)  Let’s join immigration activists and help pressure the local ICE office to #FreeSiham and release her back to the community. You can find details on how to call and a feedback form where you can help track the results of this effort at this link:

9.      "The United States says it was one of three countries to vote against a U.N. resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism over freedom of speech issues and concerns that Russia was using it to carry out political attacks against its neighbors. The resolution entitled "Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance," was approved by the U.N.'s human rights committee on Friday with 131 in favor, 3 against with 48 abstentions. Ukraine and Palau were the other no votes."  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-votes-against-anti-nazi-resolution-at-united-nations/  Let’s contact our MoCs to ask if this is really what we are about now.

10.  In late October, U.S. Steel accidentally dumped 56.7 pounds of chromium into Lake Michigan, then asked the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for "’confidential treatment’ of the incident.” We only know about the dump because law students happened to stumble upon the incriminating letter. Neither the EPA nor state officials had informed the public about the incident, though authorities tested the water and closed some beaches. Recent water quality tests show that Chicago drinking water contains hexavalent chromium levels that are 11 times the health goal set in California in 2009. And studies show that chromium can cause cancer, kidney and liver damage, and reproductive problems. But national water standards have yet to be established.http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-lake-michigan-toxic-chromium-20171114-story.html Let’s contact our MoC asking them to implement nationwide water quality standards and if we live in one of the states bordering on Lake Michigan, let’s ask our state officials why we weren’t notified of the contamination right away.

Election 2017/2018

1.      Doug Jones may be ahead in the polls right now, but we cannot rest easy. Republicans will try every dirty trick in the book, smear campaigns, voter suppression to defeat him, so we MUST make sure the turnout is strong. To do so we can contribute to Allied Progressive Front, who are raising money for bus and van transport on Election Day. They are working with the Democratic Party and community leaders, scheduling round trips to the polls. 10 buses = 3,350 more Democrats to the polls, 40 = 13,400!  https://www.gofundme.com/EliminateRoyMoore

2.      MA—If we’re in the Worcester & Middlesex State Senate District, let’s make a plan to vote in the special election on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and elect Democrat Susan A. Chalifoux-Zephir http://www.suechalifouxzephir.com/ . Others running are Republican Dean A. Tran, Green-Rainbow Charlene R. DiCalogero, and Unenrolled Claire M. Freda. This district covers Berlin, Bolton, Clinton (Precincts 1&2), Fitchburg, Gardner, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Sterling, Townsend, and Westminster.

3.      PA—If we’re in Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 133 (Lehigh County), let’s make a plan to vote in the December 5, 2017, special election. Let’s elect Democrat Jeanne McNeill http://www.padems.com/2017/10/pa-democratic-party-announces-candidate-special-election-house-district-133/ . The Republican candidate is David Molony.

4.      We can also write postcards to Alabama Democrats, reminding and encouraging them to Vote. For addresses, we can text HELLO to (484) ASK-ABBY which is (484) 275-2229.  Remember, Abby the Address Bot will also email you the same instructions and addresses as a courtesy. If we do not have a smartphone or prefer not to text, email: 

State Actions

1.      MI:  The issues with Enbridge's Line 5 seem never ending, as we learn that there are dozens more gaps in the protective coating on the pipeline http://on.freep.com/2inMPZLThree public feedback sessions have been scheduled for the upcoming month: December 6th in Taylor, December 12th in St. Ignace, and December 13th in Traverse City http://bit.ly/2yKF7Db Let's make sure that we attend these sessions and let our officials know that we want Line 5 to be decommissioned. We can learn more about the upcoming events at Oil & Water Don't Mix's Facebook page:  

2.      MA—If we’re in the Worcester & Middlesex State Senate District, let’s make a plan to vote in the special election on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and elect Democrat Susan A. Chalifoux-Zephir http://www.suechalifouxzephir.com/ . Others running are Republican Dean A. Tran, Green-Rainbow Charlene R. DiCalogero, and Unenrolled Claire M. Freda. This district covers Berlin, Bolton, Clinton (Precincts 1&2), Fitchburg, Gardner, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Sterling, Townsend, and Westminster.

3.      PA—If we’re in Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 133 (Lehigh County), let’s make a plan to vote in the December 5, 2017, special election. Let’s elect Democrat Jeanne McNeill http://www.padems.com/2017/10/pa-democratic-party-announces-candidate-special-election-house-district-133/ . The Republican candidate is David Molony.

4.      PA:  With demanding work schedules, family member care responsibilities and other life circumstances, having greater flexibility when casting a vote to elect candidates to represent our voice is a commonsense option that can ultimately boost greater turnout and make our election results more representative of what the people actually want.  In 30 States and the District of Columbia, voters have the option of no excuse absentee voting, also referred to as optional vote by mail. To date, Pennsylvania is NOT one of those states.  But you have the power to change this by signing this petition.  By signing this petition, volunteers in Pennsylvania through People Power, Let People Vote will personally deliver the petitions with your signature to the Pennsylvania state legislature urging them to enact legislation that would authorize no excuse absentee voting.  Sign the Petition to clearly convey that our voting system should be set up so that every eligible citizen has a fair chance to vote without imposing artificial obstacles to make it difficult to vote.

5.      AL:  If  you are, or know someone who is, an Alabama citizen with a felony conviction, this link will help you determine if you lost your right to vote, and if so, if and how your voting rights can be restored:   http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/news/blog/alabama-voting-rights-restoration-toolkit

6.      WA:  De-Escalate Washington is collecting signatures for I-940, a police accountability initiative that would provide additional mental health and de-escalation training to officers, require that officers give first aid, and make it possible to prosecute officers for use of deadly force. We need just 21,000 more signatures (before 12/28) to bring this initiative before the WA state legislature.  Can you spare a few hours this weekend to get I-940 to the finish line? I am volunteering on Saturday. Here is the to upcoming events, including canvassing slots on Saturday and Sunday:  http://www.deescalatewa.org/calendar

Other Actions

1.      Moms Rising has a helpful tool to help us write letters to the editors of our local papers regarding the impact of the tax bill on health care: 
http://action.momsrising.org/lte/SenateTaxesHC_LTE/?t=4&akid=9968%2E2526945%2Et8JyUG Let’s make our voices heard from coast to coast about this pathetic reverse-Robin Hood bill.

2.      As we make our Thanksgiving preparations, let’s not forget that 50% of our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico are still without power: http://thehill.com/latino/361118-lin-manuel-miranda-to-trump-we-still-need-your-help-in-puerto-rico In lieu of cranberry sauce and stuffing, let’s consider a virtual food drive with a donation: https://www.hispanicfederationunidos.org

3.      The advertising boycott of Trump propagandist Sean Hannity is getting good results, but there are still far too many companies sending him their ad dollars. Let's turbocharge this boycott with some simple consumer activism. We can easily check the updated list:  https://www.mediamatters.org/research/2017/05/23/these-are-sean-hannitys-advertisers/216607 , then pick 1 or 2 companies whose products we use, then let them know that our continued loyalty depends on their refusal to support Hannity's harmful lies. We can use this from #Grab Your Wallet for contact info for the companies:  https://grabyourwallet.org/

4.      With both the House and Senate on break for Thanksgiving, now is a great time to write a letter to the editor in our local newspaper. There are some must-pass pieces of legislation, including the KIDS Act of 2017 (S.1827) to extend funding for CHIP and the DREAM Act of 2017 (S. 1615), to protect DACA recipients. We also need to express opposition to the GOP tax plan. If we're stuck on talking points regarding the tax bill, we can use this tool from MomsRising, which including a sample letter:  http://action.momsrising.org/lte/SenateTaxesHC_LTE

5.      Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is launching their Holiday Hotline again this year! If we get stuck in conversation with family over Thanksgiving, we can just text SOS to 82623 and they'll help us out!

6.      From Americans United for the Separation of Church and State: Not All Evangelicals Agree With Jerry Falwell Jr. And Liberty University– And They’re Speaking Up. Secularists, non-Christians and progressive Christians have long been critics of Religious Right leader Jerry Falwell Jr. But lately Falwell has had to deal with flak from an unexpected source: fellow evangelicals who are angry over his support for President Donald J. Trump and his blend of nationalist and fundamentalist rhetoric.  “When he uses his platform to praise and defend Trump, Falwell makes it seem as though Liberty as an institution agrees with him,” Liberty student Dustin Wahl, who organized an anti-Trump petition, told ThinkProgress. “In reality, most Liberty students have very different priorities than their president.”  We can also follow Americans United on Facebook to keep up with the latest on the separation of church and state.  If we are, or know someone who is, a member of the clergy who wants to get involved in protecting true religious freedom, join Faith Leaders United, a theologically diverse network of religious leaders that Americans United formed to ensure that religion is not being used to harm people or take away their rights.  

7.      Nabisco moved some of their plants to Mexico and now some of our favorite Nabisco snacks are made there.  Let's read about this from NWLaborPress.org in their article Outside a Portland Walmart: The Nabisco Boycott Day of Action. "The union boycott against Mexican-made Nabisco products doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. Since March 2016, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers union has waged a boycott campaign against Mexican-made Oreos, Chips Ahoy and other Nabisco products — to protest the decision by parent company Mondel─ôz to lay off hundreds of Chicago union workers and shift production to a factory outside Monterrey, Mexico.  The campaign, which has the backing of the national AFL-CIO, asks consumers to check the label when they buy Nabisco products, and leave it on the shelf if it says, “Made in Mexico.”  Let's be informed consumers and be sure to double check the labels of any Nabisco products we purchase for” Made in USA." 

8.      New from Swing Left! The Complete Guide to Taking Back the House:      https://d1h4zokikhjm0v.cloudfront.net/content/Swing-Left-Guide-to-Taking-Back-the-House.pdf Now is the time to mobilize for the November 2018 midterms to make electoral gains in the US House of Representatives—and maybe even knock the GOP out of power there. Let’s look at the Guide and sign up to help.


1.      We read above about ICE’s detention of Siham Byah, an immigrant from Morocco who has been in the United States since 1999.  Let’s join in this petition for her release here: 

2.      Trump has announced that he put a hold on the decision regarding trophy hunters.  Let’s sign this petition to Zinke that the ban be made maintained:  https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/secretary-zinke-do-not

Marches/events/webinars/Tweetstorms to attend/organize

1.      Let's raise our voices against this terrible Tax Scam by joining Action Together Network's #GOPTaxScam Twitterstorm this Tuesday 8-9pm Eastern Time. Twitterstorms raise awareness by getting hashtags trending, then noticed by Senators, voters and the media. We can start by clicking this link. Tweets are prewritten and ready to go with a click. Together, we can raise a storm to Kill this Bill!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1979518768929837/


1.      In addition to ending the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) of thousands of Nicaraguans and Hondurans, the Trump administration is also ending that status for over 50,000 Haitians who fled their country following the 2010 earthquake.  http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article185716193.html

2.      The latest climate change survey from Yale and George Mason Universities is out, and it shows that Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. Only 54% understand that it’s mostly human-caused, while 33% incorrectly believe global warming is due mainly to natural factors. While Americans are becoming pessimistic about the prospect that we’ll successfully prevent dangerous climate change, these survey results are a reason for optimism. It’s only a matter of time before the country’s leaders catch up with the public understanding of the climate change threat. Given the current state of affairs in the Trump administration, that pessimism is certainly justified. However, there are still reasons for hope, especially since the climate-denying Republican Party is beginning to lose its grip on powerhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/nov/20/battered-by-extreme-weather-americans-are-more-worried-about-climate-change



Contact Federal Government Officials

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 We can also contact our MoCs via ResistBot:  https://resistbot.io/

Many newspapers, including New York Times and Washington Post require subscriptions, but without one we can see a few articles each month.  We can also check with our local libraries to find out how to get online access through them.

1.      This week in Congress. Both the House and the Senate will not be in session during the week of Thanksgiving.  When even the right-leaning Forbes publishes a piece saying that the “GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington” we know we have to keep calling, emailing, faxing and writing to our senators in opposition to the tax plan.

2.      Congress may be on Thanksgiving break this week, but GOP Reps. Jody Hice (GA), Daniel Donovan (NY), Glenn Grothman (WI), Tom Reed (NY) and Senator Jerry Moran (KS) are holding Town Halls.  Let’s check Town Hall Project for details and to see if our MoCs will as well:  https://townhallproject.com/  Even if our legislators are on recess, their offices are still taking calls.  Let’s keep them busy!

3.      Leaving aside all else, the logic behind the Senate’s repeal of the ACA’s individual healthcare mandate as part of their tax “reform” is truly appalling.  The reasoning is this: without a requirement to purchase health insurance, many poor people would "choose" not to buy coverage; as a result, those without insurance would forgo the federal tax credits available to subsidize their insurance premiums and, without these, average tax rates would initially fall for all income groups under the Senate plan—only initially, because the individual tax cuts in this bill are temporary, expiring at the end of 2025 in order to stay within budget limits under Senate rules. Corporate tax cuts do not expire:  
 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/17/us/politics/senate-tax-plan-analysis.html  But two other effects of the lifting of the individual mandate go, conveniently, without notice in this account:  first, as the Republicans insist, poor people will gain a tiny decline in their taxes, but many would be unable to afford health insurance—leaving them, if ill, to depend on the charity of hospitals or to pay out-of-pocket the rapacious costs of American medical care; second, the cost of medical insurance, stabilized in the past by a large pool of both the healthy and the ill, would rise precipitously for everyone, hitting especially hard those with “pre-existing” conditions: https://www.cbpp.org/blog/repealing-individual-mandate-would-hurt-not-help-low-and-moderate-income-people That’s why a coalition of health providers, including the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, America's Health Insurance Plans and the BlueCross BlueShield Association, oppose this bill—and so should we! Let’s call our senators today, before they put this terrible bill to a vote.

4.      Bruce Bartlett, an American historian whose area of expertise is supply-side economics and who served under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, said over the weekend, “There has never been a tax cut in American history in which taxes were raised on the poor to benefit the wealthy. I don't know of any other country that has done anything remotely like this.”  https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-shocking-math-of-the-republican-tax-plan  Fortunately, not all the GOP senators are on board with their version of the tax plan.  Let’s make sure we contact our own senators as well as these who are known to be wavering:  John McCain (R-AZ) - 202-224-2235, Jeff Flake (R-AZ) - 202-224-4521, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) - 202-224-6665, Susan Collins (R-ME) - 202-224-2523, Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) - 202-224-6472, Rob Portman (R-OH) - 202-224-3353, Dean Heller (NV) - 202-224-6244, Lamar Alexander (R-TN) - 202-224-4944, Bob Corker (TN) - 202-224-3344, Jerry Moran (R-KS) (202) 224-6521, and Ron Johnson (R-WI) - (202) 224-5323

5.      The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on December 14th to roll back net neutrality (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-15/killing-net-neutrality-rules-is-said-readied-for-december-vote). But Congress still has the power to block this move and protect a free and open Internet, and we need to make sure they know we want them to act. We can make the call to our reps and get scripts and talking points at https://www.battleforthenet.com/.

6.      The Senate will vote soon on Brett Talley, Trump’s pick for a lifetime appointment to the federal judiciary, in spite of the latest disturbing revelations about the nominee. Already known for his membership in the reactionary conservative Federalist Society, being found unqualified by the American Bar Association, and failing to disclose potential conflicts of interest, Talley reportedly defended the “first KKK” in online arguments http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/360638-trump-judicial-nominee-defended-the-first-kkk-in-online-arguments  Let’s call our senators and let them know that they must not support such a disgraceful pick.

7.      Let’s read Ryan Lizza’s very strong New Yorker piece about how differently we are reacting to the Russia news because it is reaching us as a ‘drip drip drip’ than if it reached us en masse as one story: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-gops-boil-the-frog-strategy-to-save-trump And then, let’s let our MoC know that we remain very concerned about what all this news means about the health of our republic

8.      California Representative Ted Lieu responded swiftly and appropriately to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ poor attempts at humor about Russia late last week:
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360993-dem-on-sessions-russia-jokes-he-still-doesnt-get-it Let’s take a moment to join Rep. Lieu to let Sessions know that there is nothing funny about what is emerging about the Trump campaign and Russia:  https://www.justice.gov/contact-us

9.      The FCC, under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, has initiated a series of rollbacks aimed at deregulating media ownership and broadcast rules:  http://nbcnews.to/2j8DMeH http://bit.ly/2zjmaaX Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is seeking approval for a merger with Tribune Media, stands to benefit from these moves, and if their approval goes through, will have the ability to corner 72% of the market 
http://nyti.ms/2uGra3h   Democrats in both the House and Senate has written letter to the FCC Inspector General, David Hunt, asking that he launch an investigation into Chairman Pai's actions, to determine whether they uphold the FCC's stance on impartiality and independence from political partisanship http://bit.ly/2jw4RfG Senate Democrats have also written to Pai, asking that he recuse himself from voting on matters related to Sinclair Broadcast Group. Let's contact Inspector General Hunt, and tell him we support an investigation into Pai's actions: David Hunt Inspector General Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington D.C., 20554 We can also contact Chairman Pai, and ask that he recuse himself from decisions relating to Sinclair: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov Let's also be sure to contact our MoC and ask them to speak out in support of an investigation, and in support of Pai's recusal.

10.  The tax bill just signed by the House includes language allowing churches to campaign for political candidates.http://thehill.com/policy/finance/358447-gop-tax-bill-would-allow-churches-to-endorse-political-candidates Let’s use this tool from the Secular Coalition for America to contact our Senators to tell them to preserve the separation between Church and state http://p2a.co/EVGiALA

11.  Money bail and mass incarceration remain a huge problem in the U.S., but there is a growing movement for reform at both the state and federal level http://bit.ly/2hNJuGiThis summer, Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul introduced legislation to incentivize states to reform or replace their money bail system http://nyti.ms/2vnUdcs Let's be sure that our MoC support and cosponsor the Pretrial and Safety Integrity Act of 2017 (S. 1593/H.R. 4019)

12.  Another problem with the tax bill is that it appears to be not just unpopular, but also distinctively — almost historically — unpopular. On average, only about 30 percent of Americans support the tax plan. This is lower than support for almost any of these legislative initiatives. The only thing that was less popular was … the Republican health-care bill that was intended to replace the Affordable Care Act. We know how that turned out.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/18/heres-the-incredibly-unpopular-gop-tax-reform-plan-in-one-graph/?utm_term=.0f1fbe56ca21  Keep calling! Get every voter in our family to call our senators, every family member and friend. This TAX PLAN for the RICH must NOT PASS. 

13.  JPMorgan, BlackRock and Wells Fargo are investing in construction of the border wall, despite the CEOs' criticism of anti-immigration policies and rhetoric in the Trump administration. https://theintercept.com/2017/11/16/trump-border-wall-sterling-construction-company-blackrock-jpmorgan-wells-fargo/ Let’s tell these companies that we do not support their investment in an ineffective and environmentally harmful border wall that will waste tax dollars. BlackRock on Twitter @BlackRock or BlackRock, Inc., 55 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10055. JPMorgan on Twitter at @JPMorgan or JPMorgan, 270 Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10055. Wells Fargo on Twitter @WellsFargo or Wells Fargo, 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94104. 

Election 2017/2018

1.      From Postcards to Voters, here's an update on the postcarding campaign for Doug Jones:  We have assigned 131,791 addresses to 2,972 volunteer writers (and their friends, families, groups, and clubs) as part of this grassroots effort to boost turnout in support of Doug Jones in Alabama.  One day last week, we assigned 13,887 addresses!  Get in on the fun by emailing Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org or by texting JOIN to 484-275-2229

State Actions

Other Actions

1.      As we head into the holiday season, let's check out these great tips for engaging in productive conversations with our family and friends http://bit.ly/2jBoVNM

2.      “This Thanksgiving, thousands of our brave military men and women are serving far from home to keep us safe. Let’s make sure they know how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice.” Let’s join the United Service Organization (USO) in signing this card to our troops: https://action.uso.org/1711_TGV

3.      Depressingly enough, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has said that although she has no reason not to believe Roy Moore’s accusers, she still finds it imperative to vote for him so that Alabama sends a Republican to the Senate: http://time.com/5030135/alabama-governor-kay-ivey-roy-moore/ Let’s let Governor Ivey know that his victims deserve more from her: on Twitter @GovernorKayIvey and http://governor.alabama.gov/contact

4.      Both AL.com and Peggy Noonan (in the Wall Street Journal) have published very compelling editorials in favor of voting for Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race:  http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/11/our_view_alabama_voters_must_r.html and  https://www.wsj.com/articles/alabama-women-say-no-to-roy-moorealabama-women-say-no-to-roy-moore-1510875446 Let’s do whatever we can to help Jones in this critical election which was supposed to have been a red state slam dunk: https://dougjonesforsenate.com

5.      “Cards of Hope is Empower and Help’s social good project started by our founders. We started this project in the summer of 2017 where we invite children from all over the country to make cards for children at refugee camps, schools across Africa and local underprivileged communities within USA. These cards are received by us and mailed to these children as a message of peace, love, care and more. They provide these children with HOPE for better tomorrow and bring smiles on innocent faces. Through Cards of Hope we are providing a message to these children that You are always in our thoughts and prayers.” Let’s see how we can be part of this important work:  http://empowerandhelp.com/2017/10/25/cards-of-hope/

6.      Each year, Amnesty International commemorates Human Rights Day, December 10th, by hosting Write for Rights. The campaign consists of writing letters to government officials to request that they release prisoners of conscience, as well as to commute sentences for victims of human rights abuses. Not only is everyone welcome to participate, but we can also host letter writing events in our local communities, to help increase the impact of our words. We can learn more about Write for Rights at Amnesty International 
https://write.amnestyusa.org/about/ Then, we can read up on this year's cases and sign up to write letters in support of these individuals: https://write.amnestyusa.org/cases/

7.      “The Stampede is a mass, sustained demonstration against big money in politics and voter suppression. With already over 75,000 people all across the country stamping their cash with the Stampede, this people-powered grassroots campaign is a striking visual display of the growing demand in this country for change with how our elections are funded and how big moneyed groups influence government policies at the expense of “We the People.””  We can learn how to become part of this here:  https://www.stampstampede.org/

8.      If you are looking for that perfect holiday gift for the resister, re-sister, or political junkie, look no more!  Take a peek at The Covfefe Coloring Book!  Pre-orders being taken now:  https://colorcovfefe.com/  Even better, $1 for each book sold will be donated to non-profits involved in the hurricane relief effort in Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.    

9.      Action Together Network Twitter Warrior has a Thanksgiving themed tweetsheet for #RenewCHIP, #cleanDreamAct, #GunControlNow, #GetCovered & #TrumpTaxScam Sendout/schedule throughout the week to keep awareness up. Click on this sheet to tweet and have a great holiday week:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1m_QvwEUIXwcXUUFTIZX4l66W2F_GGx39QkHbJON8Wkg/htmlview


1.      Let’s “demand that World Bank President Jim Yong Kim commit to ending finance for fossil fuel exploration as part of the big shift away from dirty energy finance to clean, renewable energy”:  https://act.priceofoil.org/sign/world-bank-end-all-fossil-fuel-exploration-finance

2.      VoteVets realizes that the tax bill will hurt veterans.  Let’s sign here with them to tell Congress no to this tax bill that will hurt so many:  http://action.votevets.org/page/s/stop-republican-tax-cuts

Marches/events/webinars/Tweetstorms to attend/organize

1.      Americans for Tax Fairness is coordinating anti-tax events.  Let’s check here to see if there is one near us or how we can start one:  http://stoptrumptaxcuts.com/events/


1.      Experts in authoritarianism advise us to keep a list of things subtly changing around us, so we’ll remember.  Amy Siskind is keeping that list for us. Amy writes, "This week the Russia probe entered Trump’s inner-circle, as more lines of direct and indirect communications surfaced, and efforts at cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russia were revealed. A political backlash against Trump continued as a special election in Oklahoma 37, a district Trump comfortably won by 40 points, went to a Democrat — a 26 year-old lesbian whose wife is African American."  Let's review Amy Siskind's list week 53.  

3.      “When trying to determine why the US has so many mass shootings, only one statistic matters” - https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-11-17/when-trying-determine-why-us-has-so-many-mass-shootings-only-one-statistic

4.      And, as always, our weekly dose of Small Victories:  http://mailchi.mp/peaceisloud/small-victories-heed-the-call?e=86890239c4



Contact Federal Government Officials

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Many newspapers, including New York Times and Washington Post require subscriptions, but without one we can see a few articles each month.  We can also check with our local libraries to find out how to get online access through them.

1.      The House version of the tax bill passed the by a vote of 227-205 yesterday and late last night the Senate Finance Committee approved their version of the tax bill which now goes to the full Senate.  https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/16/trump-rally-house-republicans-tax-vote-244965  Now it is time to call, fax, tweet, email, write your senator—and other senators who have shown themselves willing to defend healthcare, education, and the social safety net, despite GOP pressure—and urge them, even beg them, to oppose this dangerous Republican tax “reform.” There is no more important action we can take today. Our best bets among Republicans are Senators Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Susan Collins (ME), Dean Heller (NV), John McCain (AZ), Rob Portman (OH), Lamar Alexander (TN) and Lisa Murkowski (AK); all of these voted against the repeal of the ACA.  We should call on them to once again act responsibly by voting against the Republican tax “reform.”  We can see how the Senate bill would affect our state’s citizen’s access to healthcare here:  https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2017/11/16/442906/senate-tax-bill-threatens-access-health-care/

2.      If the fact that it decimates the Affordable Care Act and higher education, that it grants permanent tax breaks to the very wealthy while “sunsetting” whatever tax benefits the rest of us get, that it guarantees even greater economic inequality, aren’t enough to shore up our opposition to the Republican tax bill, here’s another thing to consider: if Republicans pass their bill and their rosy projections about economic growth turn out to be as unrealistic as most economists say they are, Congress will face pressure to address the deficit and cut spending.  And where do we think these cuts will come?  Legislation that adds to the federal deficit must be paid for with spending cuts or other offsets; if it isn’t, automatic cuts to programs like Medicare kick in. The Congressional Budget Office says that a $25 billion automatic cut to Medicare would be required, according to a 2010 law:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/us/politics/republicans-entitlement-programs-deficit.html  Republicans have tried to cut “entitlement” programs—Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid—for years; only the popularity of these programs have saved them.  We must demand that our senators protect these programs from which we all do (or will) benefit and to which we all contribute by opposing the Republican tax bill.

3.      We all know that Congress will have to find a way to pay for its generous tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations.  “Now, some Democrats are warning that the tax rewrite would ultimately be financed by gutting entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.”  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/us/politics/republicans-entitlement-programs-deficit.html  Our legislators need to know that we hold these programs sacred as they care for our most vulnerable citizen and are not to be toyed with to give them less so the wealthy can have more. 

4.      26 people, including children, were massacred in a Texas church, after the Army, ignoring existing law, failed to report the shooter's court martial, allowing him to buy an automatic weapon. Now a bipartisan group of Senators, Cornyn, Scott (Rs)and Democrats Murphy and Blumenthal( Ds), wrote a bill (yet unnumbered) prevent this from happening again. Their bill punishes federal and state agencies that do not comply with existing law and report criminal histories to a background check system for gun purchasers. It rewards ones that comply. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-16/gun-background-checks-bolstered-under-bipartisan-senate-proposal While this may seem a small attempt to solve a big problem, it is a rare bipartisan approach to gun control in Congress and we should do everything we can to help it succeed. Once this bill passes, it's easier for other, stronger bills to follow. Let’s call our senators and voice our support.

5.      From Suit Up Maine:  UNQUALIFIED AND EXTREMIST JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS: Demand Their Opposition – here’s how and why: https://www.facebook.com/notes/suit-up-maine/unqualified-and-extremist-judicial-appointments-demand-their-opposition/1534692176616627/ 

6.      To pass their reverse Robin Hood tax scam, Republicans are counting on offsetting cuts for the rich with a billion dollars in revenue gained from selling oil-drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In addition to endangering our environment, data from past sales indicates this sale would bring in $850 million less than the GOP is claiming https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-31/arctic-refuge-oil-bonanza-more-likely-to-be-bust-for-gop-budget. Let’s contact our reps and let them know we see this for what it is – sleight of hand meant to give Big Oil and Trump’s billionaire buddies what they want at the expense of our hard-earned money and our children’s future – and we want them to oppose opening ANWR for drilling.

7.      Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans to allow states to implement work requirements in order for individuals to receive Medicaid services http://bit.ly/2iZoBEL Work requirements are unnecessary, and create an administrative hurdle which will prevent low-income families from getting the services that they desperately need. From the article, "According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), eight in 10 Medicaid recipients are in working families, while 59 percent of recipients are working themselves. Those not working say there’s a major impediment to doing so, according to KFF. Thirty-five percent cite an illness or disability that prevents them from work, while 28 percent say they are taking care of family, 18 percent say they’re in school, 8 percent say they’re looking for work and 8 percent are retired." The Trump administration's focus on tax cuts for the rich, and refusal of health services for the poor is absurd. Let's contact CMS administrator Seema Verma to let her know how we feel about this work requirement. E-mail: Seema.Verma@cms.hhs.gov  Mailing address: Ms. Seema Verma Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21244-8013 

8.      Senators John Cornyn and Chris Murphy have introduced bipartisan legislation which would focus on enhancing background checks for firearm purchases http://bit.ly/2hF2zub The bill would incentivize states to provide more detailed information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. It would also punish federal agencies who do not submit the required information. Let's call our senators and ask that they support S. 2135: A bill to enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. We can also call Chairman Grassley ((202) 224-3744) and Ranking Member Feinstein ((202) 224-3841) of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask that they make this legislation a priority.

9.      In response to the rampant sexual harassment on Capitol Hill:  https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/female-lawmakers-allege-harassment-by-colleagues-in-house), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Jackie Speier have introduced legislation to reform the reporting process and require sexual harassment training for Congress
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360489-lawmakers-unveil-me-too-congress-bill-to-overhaul-sexual-harassment-policies Let's call our MoC and ask them to cosponsor and support the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On Congress Act (ME TOO Congress) Act (not yet numbered).

10.  Michael Dourson’s deep ties to the chemical industry have sparked widespread concern about his ability to lead the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, the nation’s top regulator of toxic chemicals. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) have announced that they oppose his confirmation.  Dourson has been criticized for previous work in that put the interests of industry above that of the environment. http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/360615-2-gop-senators-oppose-trumps-epa-chemical-safety-nominee We only need one more GOP vote to keep Dourson from confirmation. we want someone who cares about public health, not the chemical industry’s bottom line, and we want them to join Democrats and Republican Senators Burr and Tillis in opposing Dourson.

11.  The coastal plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a key point on the migratory route of porcupine caribou herds: it is where female caribou give birth and nurse their young.  Last week, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who chairs the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, brought forward a motion that would open up the coastal plain "for the leasing, development, production, and transportation of oil and gas". The Gwich'in - about 9,000 indigenous peoples living in more than a dozen communities in northern Canada and the United States - fear oil-and-gas drilling will threaten that delicate habitat. "Eighty percent of our diet is the porcupine caribou herd," said Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, which represents the Gwich'in on both sides of the US-Canada border. Murkowski said the plan would generate more than $1bn in the first decade.  ...critics [of the plan] have accused lawmakers of trying to sneak Arctic drilling - a longstanding and strongly contested issue - into budget legislation. Since it is technically a budgetary measure, known as reconciliation legislation, Murkowski's proposal can be passed with a simple majority in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate." Let's read the full article at Aljazeera. Let's contact our Senators, particularly if they are members of the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee, to let them know we oppose drilling in the ANWR.

12.  Three women from Windsor, Ontario, ages 67-75 who regularly volunteer as ushers at the Fisher Theatre across the river in Detroit, were detained at the border last weekend for three hours, fingerprinted, and sent home.  They were told “that only religious and non-profit groups in the U.S. are allowed to use non-American volunteers.” http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/local-seniors-volunteering-in-detroit-detained-at-border-fingerprinted-and-sent-home   Let’s let the U.S. Border Patrol that we are pretty sure this is going a bit too far to protect us:  https://www.cbp.gov/contact

13.  The SECURE American Energy Act (H.R. 4239). poses too big a threat to the millions of people who live along our coasts, to marine life, and to our climate. Those lands and waters belong to the American people. The 19 Republicans who voted it out of committee have received millions of dollars from oil and gas interests.  https://psmag.com/environment/house-committee-on-natural-resources-hands-the-public-lands-to-oil-and-gas-interests  Let’s tell our MoCs that we do not agree with this and that the natural resources belong to all of us.

Election 2017/2018

1.      Roy Moore is showing no signs of leaving the Senate race in Alabama and, in fact, tweeted at Mitch McConnell to say “bring it on”: 
https://apnews.com/7db9f6b8b3694d2aa3216967ca414152/GOP-braces-for-extended-clash-in-Alabama Complex back door efforts by the GOP to manage this situation will be unnecessary if Democrat Doug Jones just wins on December 12th. Let’s keep up our efforts there: https://dougjonesforsenate.com 

2.      Good news! This week Democrats won two more elections! In Oklahoma, Allison Ikley-Freeman, "a lightly funded, little-known 26-year-old lesbian" won by 31 votes in a district previously won by a Republican by 15%. (Full story: Tulsa World). "Ikley-Freeman, a mental health counselor, said she and her campaign team worked hard at targeting voters they knew would turn out for her in a low-volume election. “When we were knocking on doors, so many people said, ‘Thank you. We didn’t know there was an election,” In New Mexico, "Albuquerque voters lifted native son Tim Keller to victory Tuesday, electing him mayor in what turned out to be a landslide. Keller, a Democrat and New Mexico’s state auditor, beat outgoing City Councilor Dan Lewis, a Republican, by 24 percentage points in the mayoral runoff." (Full story: Albuquerque Journal).  If we have elections in 2018, let's make a plan to vote now.  We can check Ballotpedia to find out about up-coming elections and dates. 

State Actions

1.      AL: Baltimore Sun columnist David Zurawik says "On CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday, I explained how Sinclair used its Alabama station, WBMA, last week to try to attack the credibility of a Washington Post article in which a women says Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 14 and he was 32. I also explained how Breitbart promoted the WBMA report with a headline on its homepage saying: “Alabama ABC affiliate can’t find one voter who believes WAPO report about Roy Moore in man on the street segment. While the TV reporter says she talked with “a lot of voters” for the segment, her report includes interviews with only three people... As a media critic, what matters to me is the way Sinclair compromised the integrity of a newscast with this report." (Full story at The Baltimore Sun.)  If we are Alabamians who regularly look to WBMA as our local news' source, we need to be aware that their integrity has been compromised by Sinclair Media and that we may be hearing propaganda. Let's use our voices by changing the channel. 

2.      GA:  A group of citizens is trying to recall Sec. of State, Brian Kemp by circulating petitions to get it on the ballot. They need to collect nearly 800,000 signatures of registered voters by Dec. 27.  http://www.cbs46.com/story/36840917/grassroots-organization-starts-petition-to-recall-georgia-sec-of-state-brian-kemp   We can keep up to date, get more information, and see how we can help here:  https://www.facebook.com/AVoiceforAllGa/ 

3.      CO:  Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when,  how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media.  They have only 21 days to get 90"more supporters.  Help them reach their goal  to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  THEN cut, paste and share https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/64859-colorado-enrollment-alert  Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here:  https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/

Other Actions

1.      Don’t let recent election wins by Democrats lull us into thinking gerrymandering is no longer a critical issue! The Virginia legislature, where we enjoyed our biggest electoral turnaround in years, is only at a near-tie and depends on recounts of a handful of votes in 3 districts. This, after Democratic voters in the state outperformed Republicans by a 9% margin, is a clear demonstration of gerrymandered voting districts (https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/eric-holders-battle-against-gerrymandering). We must keep fighting for initiatives like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee:   https://democraticredistricting.com/ and supporting anti-gerrymandering groups (http://reclaimtheamericandream.org/organizations-gerrymander/), or our candidates will keep running with one foot in a bucket.

2.      Last week, Rogan’s List reported that Twitter had verified the account of Jason Kessler, the white supremacist responsible for organizing the Charlottesville rally that led to the death of Heather Heyer. In response to pressure from people like you, Twitter has changed its policy and has now removed the “verified” status from white supremacists like Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer.https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/white-nationalist-richard-spencer-others-lose-twitter-verification-n821316  The loss of this status will make it harder for potential followers to identify white supremacist leaders, and will hinder mobilization efforts. Let’s thank Twitter for taking a stand against white supremacy: @TwitterSupport

3.      For those of us putting together a Thanksgiving dinner, the AFL-CIO has put together this list of union made-in-America products.  If we can. let's buy American this year.

4.      “For many of us, Thanksgiving is when we spend welcome time with friends and family.  It is also a time when we are asked to think about what we’re thankful for. In a year when so many members of our communities are under constant attack and living in fear, all of us at Hand in Hand are dedicated to connecting our gratitude to efforts to create communities that are safe and welcoming for everyone…. Use this toolkit to support your conversations with friends and family this Thanksgiving. Let’s follow the lead of the Dreamers, boldly demanding the protections they deserve while refusing to negotiate away the rights of any other vulnerable communities. Let’s work our hearts out to pass a clean DREAM Act and get permanent protection for undocumented youth this year.”  https://mysanctuaryhome.us/thanksgiving-toolkit

5.      Indivisible can help us write letters to the editor to our local papers about the tax bill:  http://act.indivisibleguide.com/lte/trump-tax-scam/

6.      From Amy Siskind:  The Koch brothers via Meredith just made a formal bid for Time Inc, which also includes many familiar brands like Sports Illustrated, People and Fortune. All soon to be in Koch hands. On top of the FCC news today which allow Sinclair to vastly increase their footprint, and rumors that Murdoch is trying to buy CNN, etc. Ugh. And while Trump continues his efforts to delegitimize our media. People are asking what we can do. The only thing I can come up with other than the resisting we are doing is to pay for subscriptions to media outlets you click on. I'm going to make an effort to do more of this. Their business model is either money from consumers and can remain profitable enough to be a public company, or a billionaire will pick them off to fit their agenda. Food for thought.


1.      Hard to believe it, but we need to protect the Grand Canyon from drilling. Let’s join Credo Action in telling Trump not to allow destructive uranium mining there:  https://act.credoaction.com/sign/save-grand-canyon

2.      Separation of church and state has always been a hallmark of our republic. A section of the current tax bill does not follow this and would weaken the Johnson Amendment which has worked so well for over 60 years to help keep this separation. Let’s sign this to keep church and state separate:  http://action.adl.org/johnson-amendment/

Marches/events/webinars/Tweetstorms to attend/organize

1.      Tonight, 8:00 PM EST join Joan Blades of Living Room Conversations and Rachel Bagby of Differ Well for 60 minutes of practical steps you can take for being lovingly present this holiday season--despite differences among family and friends--and opening deeper conversations that cultivate authentic relationships.  Register here:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6hpyrV3vTSWQDSgwuR3EIQ%20

2.      On November 21st at 7pm, “Join Resistance School and Heather Booth, one of the leading organizers and strategists on progressive issues and electoral campaigns and Founder of Midwest Academy, for a training on Strategic Planning. This session will train you in the art of political strategy and will equip you with the skillset you need to develop a step-by-step framework for developing your plan to effect change.” Check it out here:  https://www.facebook.com/ResistSchool/videos/1810363085927416/


1.      “What if we Treated Gun Violence Like a Public Health Crisis?” - https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/15/564384012/what-if-we-treated-gun-violence-like-a-public-health-crisis

2.      “President Trump, please listen to a Sandy Hook Mom on gun control” -  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/15/president-trump-sandy-hook-gun-reform

3.      “How Trump Walked into Putin’s Web” - https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/15/how-trump-walked-into-putins-web-luke