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Thursday, July 20, 2017

7/20/17

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  1. At a lunch meeting at the White House yesterday, Trump urged Republican senators to continue working on a health care bill and to not leave for their August recess until they passed a bill.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A40UX Let’s let our senators and the White House know that we want a good bill, not a fast bill.  If the GOP has not been able to come up with a plan in seven years, a few more weeks will not be the right fix. The Indivisible Guide has a helpful resource, which details three different scenarios that could play out next in McConnell's fight to get rid of the ACA. We can read through, and then use the call script at the bottom of the page when we contact our senators http://bit.ly/2tHvwFM

  1. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is shutting down an office that coordinates cyber issues with other countries, according to two people familiar with the plan, in a move that critics said will diminish the U.S. voice in confronting hackers.”  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-19/tillerson-is-said-to-shut-cyber-office-in-state-s-reorganization  Considering what happened to our 2016 elections, this move seems dubious at best.  Let’s call our MoCs to get this turned around.  Let’s also voice our concern to Tillerson:  https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/u-s-department-of-state

  1. One of our big victories on a tragic election night in November was finally forcing notorious bigot Scott Garrett (R-NJ) out of Congress. Naturally, Trump wants him back in power, and has nominated him to lead the Export-Import Bank. (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/17/scott-garrett-trump-export-import-bank-nominee-240639) Garrett’s nomination is in trouble for a variety of reasons, and attention from the public could help stop him. Let’s contact our senators, especially those of us whose senators serve on the Banking Committee, and tell them someone who doesn’t think gay people should serve in Congress shouldn’t get their support.

  1. The House last week passed the National Defense Authorization Act for this year, and included now-standard language preventing any recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Crimea. The Trump administration is criticizing this measure. (http://thehill.com/policy/defense/342069-house-passes-6965b-defense-policy-bill) We obviously can’t trust Trump in dealing with Russia, and our members of Congress need to know that. Let’s contact them and tell them that no matter what the White House says, we want them to make sure that provision is in the final bill.

  1. The news has broken that Trump had an additional meeting with Putin at G-20 in Hamburg; this time, for one hour and with only Putin’s interpreter, which is a break in US protocol: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-07-18/bremmer-on-trump-putin-meeting-charlie-rose-video  and http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342589-ian-bremmer-trump-and-putin-held-second-informal-meeting-during-g-20?amp  Let’s walk and chew gum at the same time about health care and Russia and let our Members of Congress know that if Trump chooses to engage with Putin without staffers present and without his own interpreter, we have very significant issues that need attention.

  1. Trump has expressed a willingness to play dice with 1/6th of the US economy alongside the lives of our people:http://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/trump-on-senates-health-care-failure-let-obamacare-fail/  This is behavior wholly unbefitting a president. Please keep the pressure up with your Senators until we are at the end of the straight repeal effort and let Trump know what you think of his leadership: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500

  1. The bi-partisan Credit for Caring Act (Senate bill: S1151; House bill: HR2505) would create a $3000 family caregiver tax credit. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/341845-bipartisan-group-pushes-caregivers-tax-credit   Let's tell all three of our MoC's to support the Credit for Caring Act. (S1151/HR2505)

  1. “Frustrated by delayed promises of citizenship from the U.S. military, and in fear of the Islamic State if he were deported back to Iraq, Ranj Rafeeq has given up the American Dream for a Canadian one.”  Rafeeq, like many, many other foreign-born recruits like him, were promised fast-tracked citizenship here by the Pentagon, but it has not happened.  Now many of them are here illegally and will be deported unless they follow Rafeeq;s lead: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/07/17/foreign-born-recruits-promised-citizenship-by-the-pentagon-flee-the-country-to-avoid-deportation/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.9f1a1e3a0421  Let’s contact our MoCs and the Dept. of Defense.  We promised these young people something better.  DOD:  https://www.defense.gov/Resources/Contact-DoD/

  1. On Wednesday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed HB 5277 into law, banning conversion therapy against LGBTQ youth http://bit.ly/2ubmcxB Let's send Governor Raimondo a "thank you" for protecting our young LGBTQ communities: Office of the Governor 82 Smith Street Providence, RI 02903 Phone: (401) 222-2080

  1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced plans to expand civil asset forfeiture; a practice that even conservative Supreme Court Justice has admonished, saying "That system—where police can seize property with limited judicial oversight and retain it for their own use— has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses,”  http://theatln.tc/2trcxE9 This bipartisan concern over governmental overreach should be put into action; let's ask our MoC to speak out against Sessions's new directive to expand asset forfeiture, and to work across the aisle to come up with a workable solution. We can also contact the Department of Justice to let Sessions know how we feel about his plans 202-353-1555 U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

  2. The House Appropriations subcommittee passed the spending bill, which included approximately $1.6 billion for Trump's border wall http://bit.ly/2vD9JR5 Let's give our representatives a call to make sure that do not allocate any funds for this wall. Let's also make sure that they know we do not support a government shutdown to intimidate any representatives into voting in favor of the wall http://politi.co/2vacUj2

  1. "Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) blasted Speaker Paul Ryan late Tuesday, saying the Wisconsin Republican "stripped" her Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) repeal amendment in the "dead of night.” Lee said in a tweet the move was "underhanded & undemocratic," adding "the people deserve a debate!" The measure was surprisingly backed by both Republicans and Democrats when it was voted into the House defense spending bill in late June."   http://thehill.com/policy/defense/342666-dem-rep-stripping-war-authorization-repeal-underhanded-undemocratic Really, do we want an unpredictable president like Trump to have the authority to use deadly force without Congressional review? Let's contact Ryan and tell him we want that action presented for a vote: https://paulryan.house.gov/contact/

State Actions

  1. CA: In Santa Rosa, workers at a waster management company have successfully organized and unionized.  Now they are working with local groups to implement more environmentally friendly waste-recovery practices.   http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7148757-181/teamsters-advocating-for-better-sonoma. Let's take away from this that, with persistence, it is still possible to unionize in the USA and that workers are stronger when they do.

Other Actions

  1. If we flip 24 House seats in 2018, we reclaim it.  To see how we can help, let’s check out Swing Left https://swingleft.org/

  1. From red state Texas comes this commentary in the  Dallas News by Carl P. Leubsdorf outlining Trump's achievements during his first six months in office. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/07/17/outline-trumps-achievements-first-six-months-office  We can send feedback to Carl Leubsdorf at this email address: carl.p.leubsdorf@gmail.com  or write to: Carl P. Leubsdorf, c/o The Dallas Morning News, 508 Young St, Dallas TX 75202.

  1. From Strong Women Action Network (SWAN)The VA Pilot recently published an article titled “Virginia Republicans face the largest number of contested elections in over a decade” stating that 85 percent of Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates districts will host contested races. It notes that this is the most since the 2009 elections. Virginia is the first battleground state to be a proving ground for the resistance against the Trump agenda. What happens in the Virginia House of Delegates elections not only will affect issues close to home for many Virginians and the Virginia congressional district lines, but it will show the nation whether or not the resistance energy can translate into votes at the polling booth. There is a national effort to "Turn Virginia Blue" and with the help of Mobilize America and the Strong Women Action Network, we can make calls to support progressive candidates by joining a Facebook based phone bank this Saturday, July 22nd.  These two groups are working together to make calls for many candidates including: Jennifer Foy, Danica Roem, David Reid, and others. They will provide you training and all the tools you need to help make a difference! Sign up here or email here:  action@swanimpacts.org

  1. Yesterday, defying White House wishes, journalist” Ksenija Pavlovic, a former political science teaching fellow at Yale who founded a news site called Pavlovic Today, used the Periscope app to stream audio of Wednesday's briefing.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/19/a-reporter-broke-white-house-rules-by-streaming-live-audio-of-an-off-camera-briefing/?nid&utm_term=.d1f76dcd2f7c  She may be taken to court over this, but Ms Pavlovic knows that this kind of transparency is the American way.  Let’s thank her:  Twitter: @ksenijapavlovic  or email:  newsroom@thepavlovictoday.com

  1. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is in Denver at the 44th annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting. The American Legislative Exchange Council claims to be a nonpartisan group, but since their slogan is "limited government, free markets and federalism" we'd have to say that makes them right-wing. "DeVos has close ties to ALEC. She is the founder of the American Federation for Children, which provides financial support to ALEC and has representation on ALEC’s Education and Workforce Development Task Force." In the wake of this meeting, we can expect this influential group to help push DeVos' ill-conceived school voucher schemes. Let's watch her next moves closely, as are the hundreds of protesters who showed up in Denver to protest! http://www.coloradoindependent.com/166344/betsy-devos-alec-protests 

Petitions

  1. Let’s stand with FWD.us, which “is mobilizing the tech community to promote policies that keep the U.S. competitive in a global economy, starting with fixing our broken immigration system and criminal justice reform” and tell Congress we stand with immigrants:  https://www.fwd.us/stand-with-immigrants-rti-sl-clal

  1. Trump’s Voter Integrity Commission met today for the first time amid great skepticism and genuine distrust in the need or how it will be handled.    http://www.npr.org/2017/07/19/537910132/amid-skepticism-and-scrutiny-election-integrity-commission-holds-first-meeting  Let’s join the DNC in asking Trump to shut down this unnecessary commission:  http://my.democrats.org/page/s/shut-down-trumps-voter-fraud-commission

Marches/events to attend/organize

Reading/Watching

  1. A helpful piece in FiveThirtyEight about when to trust unnamed sources: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/when-to-trust-a-story-that-uses-unnamed-sources/amp/

  1. A nice tip of the hat to resistance efforts with a special shout-out to Kansans: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/opinion/health-care-bill-republicans.html

3.     Climate change is often not perceived as a threat until it threatens us personally. In Chile, many regard climate change as the greatest external threat. Everyone has been affected, directly and indirectly. "Chile's government is introducing a range of measures to help the country adapt to hotter, drier conditions — for example, better water conservation and fire prevention methods, and creating green spaces to help cool urban areas. To further raise awareness, there will be mandatory climate change classes in Chile's schools, from next year onward."  We can read the full article here:  http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/16/536896748/in-chile-many-regard-climate-change-as-the-greatest-external-threat  Let's be aware that climate change is already having huge impacts on lives around the world.  While we, in the US, have people arguing about the validity of the science, Chile has already reached a point where climate change knowledge must be mandatory in school.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

7/19/17

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  1. Thanks to three senators speaking up, it appears there will not be enough votes to achieve a repeal of the ACA.  http://www.npr.org/2017/07/18/537921805/mcconnell-backup-plan-to-repeal-affordable-care-act-falters Let’s thank those senators who wanted to see something better for their constituents.  1) Shelly Capito (R-WV):  https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/office-locations, 2) Susan Collins (R-ME):  https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact, and 3) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact

  1. While it seems over, it is not. Just because we cannot see ANY logic in going this route does not mean it is not going to happen. “Despite the fact that it doesn't look like Republicans have the votes at the moment, McConnell announced Tuesday night on the Senate floor that Republicans would hold a procedural vote on the health care bill "early next week." http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/18/politics/mcconell-repreal-and-replace-obamacare-not-successful  So, we need to keep calling, writing letters, sending faxes and tweets to our Senators. We need to keep attending protests and also contacting friends and family with Republican Senators to ask them to keep the pressure up. McConnell is very backed into a corner and we cannot presume what rabbits he might pull out of a hat and we know we can’t trust him with a better healthcare plan for everyone. 

  1. Russia is putting more and more pressure on Trump to reverse some of Obama’s actions to punish them for hacking our election. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-18/russia-demands-u-s-return-properties-as-talks-reach-no-deal) Trump has proven as clearly as possible that he cannot be trusted when it comes to Russia. We need Congress to make sure he doesn’t let them off the hook. A nearly unanimous Senate voted for a bill that would allow Capitol Hill to step in if Trump tries to remove sanctions on Russia, but House Republicans have been stalling it. Let’s call our members of Congress and tell them we want them to do everything in their power to pass this measure as soon as possible.

  1. House Republicans rolled out their budget plan today, and it’s a disaster for regular Americans. It helps them move forward with their plans to cut taxes for the wealthy by letting Americans go hungry, allows them to cut Medicare, and sets them up to repeal crucial Obama-era limits on Wall Street so that the millionaires and billionaires who wrecked our economy can run wild again. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A228B) Let’s contact our members of Congress and tell them that if they expect our votes next November, we expect them to vote no on a budget that helps the 1% of the expense of everyone else.

  1. Do all roads lead to Kushner? Possibly. Thankfully more are calling into question the legitimacy of him having security clearance for classified information:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/senate-democrats-ask-for-kushner-security-clearance-review/  Please let your Members of Congress know that Kushner has abused the privilege far too much and to keep the pressure on for a review of Kushner's security clearance. 

  1. The Trump Administration wants to use the UN climate fund for new coal plants  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/342077-trump-aims-to-use-un-climate-fund-for-coal-plants-report  Let's tell UN Ambassador Nikki Haley that we oppose this idea: Nikki Haley, US Mission to the UN, 799 United Nations Plaza, New York NY 10017.

  2. The National Monument review continues with the Davidson Seamont Monument off the coast of Monterey CA and three other unique marine sanctuaries and monuments. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170701/NEWS/170709970 We have until July 26 to submit public comments. We can do so at this link from  regulation.gov and click "comment now"  https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066.  We can also send letters; however, July 26 is coming up quickly! Write to: NOAA, SSMC4-11th fl, 1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Springs MD 20910. Let's be sure to include this information on our letters and envelopes: Re: EO 13795, Docket ID#NOAA-NOS-2017-0066.

  1. At the end of June, the House Appropriations Committee approved by voice vote Rep. Barbara Lee’s amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/politics/house-panel-repeal-war-authorization-isis-al-qaeda/index.html Lee has fought, largely alone, against the post-9/11 “endless war.”  We need to join her and tell our representatives that it’s time support Lee’s amendment in the House and get rid of the AUMF. Since Bush, presidents have used the AUMF to justify warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention, and the lethal use of drones. We don’t want to give a blank check to this president!

  1. While the End Racial Profiling Act of 2017 has 73 cosponsors in the House and 27 in the Senate, it has been stuck in committee since early February and March http://bit.ly/2tcshqr Let's give our MoC a call to let them know that we want them to support H.R. 1498 and S. 411. We can also call the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to let them know that we want to see both bills move forward https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members https://judiciary.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

  2. There are reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans on closing the Office of Global Criminal Justice, which focuses on policies to address war crimes and genocide http://atfp.co/2u2iXH1 Let's contact Tillerson to let him know we oppose the closing of the OGCJ  202-647-000https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

  1. Many on the left feel that the time is right to be on the offensive politically rather than staying on the defensive.  Roy Cooper, current governor of North Carolin, is showing how it can be done.  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/18/can-roy-cooper-show-democrats-how-to-win-again-215386 Let’s let our Democratic/Independent MoCs and those we know running for office that they have a guide in Cooper.

  1. S. 1460 (Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017), the massive energy bill being rushed through the Senate. It’s opposed by conservation, water, farming, and even industry groups because it increases our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. https://www.bna.com/democrats-caught-green-n73014461860/ Let’s call our senators asking them to oppose this outdated bill and focus on clean, renewable energy. 

  1. Last week, a military plane crashed in Mississippi resulting in 16 deaths.  http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2017/07/10/plane-crashes-leflore-county/466582001/  When a tragedy like this occurs, the sitting president traditionally goes to the scene to console the families.  Trump tweeted.  Let’s tell Trump that these military families deserve so much more than 140 characters: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

State Actions

  1. CO:  In the wake of CO's secretary of state Wayne Williams agreeing to share public voter information with the so-called "Election Integrity Commission," over 3700 CO voters have pulled their registrations. "Of the voters who have withdrawn their registrations, 88 percent are either Democrats or unaffiliated voters—54.5 percent Democrats and 33.5 percent unaffiliated voters. Just 9.8 percent of the withdrawn registrations came from Republicans."http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/88-percent-of-colorado-voter-registration-withdrawals-are-from-democrats-unaffiliated-votersWe think that this is precisely the effect that Kobach, known for his involvement in voter suppression schemes, was going for. Disenfranchising ourselves is never a good idea. Let's stay registered!

  1. MI:  Voters Not Politicians has begun a campaign to educate state voters how voting maps are created and the resulting problems.  They want to collect signatures on a petition to get a redistricting question on the 2018 ballot.  However, after following all the rules and guidelines, they are still awaiting the okay from the state to start collecting signatures.  These are generally reviewed and approved within 24 hours.  It has been 19 days.  If we are a Michigan resident, we can sign our name here to get information and find out how we can get involved in the petition drive:  http://www.votersnotpoliticians.com/7182017_michigandersdemandchange

Other Actions

  1. We should be aware that the perhaps intentional sloppiness of the White House administration extends to the data we share with them: last week, emails from concerned citizens to the so-called "Election Integrity Commission" headed by Kris Kobach were made public. "But the administration made a big mistake: It didn’t censor any of the personal information — such as names, email addresses, actual addresses, and phone numbers — included in those emails." http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-white-house-security-voters-outrage-data-personal-information-election-integrity-a7842566.html. Let's continue to speak up but *protect ourselves* by not including addresses, phone numbers, or place of employment in the content of our emails. Let's also not submit any extra personal information that isn't required.

  1. The GOP has a new survey for us entitled “Listening to America”.  As usual, it is pretty slanted with some leading questions.  Oh, and it doesn’t mention healthcare at all so let’s be sure to add that in the comment section at the end.  Let’s help them out:  https://gop.com/listening-to-america-surveys/

3.       This summer, Our Revolution, an American progressive political action organization spun out of Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign to continue its work  is focusing on the People's Platform; eight House bills which embody progressive ideals. The goal is to have the majority of Democratic House members cosponsoring each bill by the end of the summer recess.  We are being asked to sign on as citizen co-sponsors.  Let’s learn more about this and sign:  http://unityfeed.com/doc/12310/the-summer-for-progress?grp_id=0

  1. Last week, we learned about the former GOP member who turned Democrat.  In this piece, he tells us why.  http://www.chicagonow.com/politics-now/2017/07/what-the-democrats-have-that-was-attractive-to-this-ex-gop/ Maybe we should share this with some of our conservative friends who may be moving closer to the fence.

  1. Run for Something is an organization that supports under-35 year old progressives running for office. https://www.runforsomething.net/ Let’s take a look and see how we can help or share this info with someone who wants to run. 

Petitions

  1. Let’s join Friends of the Earth in telling our senators not to gut the Endangered Species Act and clear the path for the Keystone XL:  http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22050

  1. SumOfUs wants us to sign a petition telling American denim companies in China to stop contributing to the pollution in China:  https://actions.sumofus.org/a/it-s-time-to-put-a-stop-the-the-denim-industry-s-dirty-secrets

Marches/events to attend/organize

  1. No Labels is an American political organization based in the United States, composed of Republicans, Democrats, and independents, whose mission is to "usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics. On July 19th at 7:00 pm EDT, No Labels strategist Ryan Clancy will be hosting a conference call to discuss our urgent efforts to support the growing Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress. It’s a pivotal moment for both No Labels and the Caucus as there is growing support from inside and outside Washington for bipartisanship as the only way out of this mess, on issues ranging from healthcare, to the budget and the debt ceiling. These next few months may well decide whether this Congress can get anything done and No Labels is working every day to ensure they do.  Let’s click her to RSVP:  http://action.nolabels.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=22850

Reading/Watching

  1. A stirring read from Rebecca Solnit about personal and political space: https://harpers.org/archive/2017/07/occupied-territory/

  1. Dan Friedman from Mother Jones tells us how Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is creating his own narrative: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/how-chuck-grassley-is-creating-an-alternative-trump-russia-investigation/

  1. Here is an excerpt from Nancy MacLean’s “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America”: http://billmoyers.com/story/book-democracy-in-chains-far-right/
                       

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

7/18/17

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  1. Two more Republican senators have come out against the Senate healthcare bill bringing the total to four and killing the prospect that the bill will pass.  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/17/537803874/gop-senators-come-out-against-republican-healthcare-bill-ensuring-it-cant-pass Let’s thank those two senators:  Mike Lee (R-UT):  https://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact  and Jerry Moran (R-KS):  https://www.moran.senate.gov/public/

  1. Despite the above good news, we need to keep making calls to continue making sure Congress knows that quality, affordable healthcare is important to and for all of us and we will not stop until a better healthcare plan is in place.  McConnell is now calling for a quick repeal of the ACA which will not meet that need.  However, that, too will not be easy http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/18/five-reasons-repealing-obamacare-just-got-harder-240656  Let’s continue to contact our senators to let them know that these vicious efforts are not what this country is about.

  1. White House advisor Kellyanne Conway said during an interview that criticisms of her are gender-based: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342244-conway-criticism-of-me-is-gender-based?amp  Let's take a moment to let her know what our criticisms are actually based on: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500

  1. Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow attempted to throw the Secret Service under the bus in on-going deflection efforts away from the Russian scandal. Fortunately, the Secret Service would have none of it:  http://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1A10Q9 Let's say thanks to them for their on-going service: https://www.secretservice.gov/contact/

  1. Every day brings us closer to the U.S. government breaching the debt ceiling and touching off an economic crisis… and the Republicans continue to play games instead of making sure the U.S. will pay its bills. (http://thehill.com/policy/finance/341278-freedom-caucus-backs-three-debt-ceiling-options) Let’s call our members of Congress and tell them this hasn’t escaped our attention, and it’s time for them to do their jobs and pass a clean debt ceiling hike.

  1. Trump and the Republicans are going so far as to threaten to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t agree to pay for Trump’s ridiculous border wall… at a moment when they’re claiming we can’t afford Medicaid, Meals on Wheels or funding for airport security. (http://thehill.com/homenews/house/341380-trump-wall-moves-to-center-of-shutdown-fight) Mexico has made it clear they’re not paying for the wall. Let’s call our members of Congress and let them know we’re not paying for it, either.

  1. The Honor Our Commitment Act (HR1695), to provide mental health and behavioral health services to former combat veterans who received other-than-honorable (OTH) or Bad Paper discharges, has already passed in the House and is now out of Senate committee and is heading to Senate floor.  http://www.norwalkplus.com/nwk/information/nwsnwk/publish/News_1/Murphy-s-Honor-Our-Commitment-Act-passes-Committee-heads-to-Senate-floor_np_24179.shtml  Let's tell both of our Senators that we support the Honor Our Commitment Act, HR1695.

  1. While most of us do not get our health insurance through the ACA, whatever changes are made in the ACA will affect us, too, and not in a positive way.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/17/how-the-republican-health-care-bill-could-raise-premiums-for-177-million-americans/   Let’s tell our Senators know that we know that whatever they do to the ACA will touch most all of us, so we want them to make it better for everyone.

  1. One of the many issues with the House's spending bill is its deregulation of big banks, while also shifting control from the Federal Reserve to Congress http://bit.ly/2tsUTPF Further, the spending bill includes parts of the dangerous Financial CHOICE Act, which was already passed by the House, but was not necessarily going to get voted on in the Senate (whereas the spending bill is a must-pass bill) http://n.pr/2r0PHOz Let's call our Representative and tell them to maintain consumer protection and regulations over big banks; oppose the House's spending bill.

  1. Walter Shaub, head of the Office of Government Ethics, who is resigning as of Wednesday, called for nearly a dozen legal changes in the federal ethics system to compensate for Trump’s flouting of long-accepted norms and undermining internationally-admired US ethical standards.  Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is, however, planning to meet with Shaub and has said “The discussion will include ways to improve the ethics process and instill confidence in O.G.E.”:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-ethics-crisis-white-house-chief-interview-walter-schaub-laughingstock-a7845821.html   Let’s tell Gowdy we hope his committee will incorporate at least some of Shaub’s recommendations and enforce, if not reinstate, the norms that have characterized our government: Rep. Trey Gowdy, 2418 Rayburn HOB, Washington DC 20515 or 202-225-6030

  1. The NY Times Monday published an editorial plea to “Save the Census” from underfunding and understaffing. The editorial notes that the 2020 census is on the Government Accountability Office’s “high-risk projects” list: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/opinion/census-trump-budget-cuts.html  For a short history of the census, its importance, and the dire predictions for its future, see On the Media’s feature: http://www.wnyc.org/story/save-our-census/   2020 may seem far away, but the census requires a great deal of lead time.  Currently, both the director and the deputy director of the Census Bureau have resigned and no replacements have been named.  The Census Bureau is part of the Department of Commerce; we should tell Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross that he will be held accountable by us for the accuracy of the 2020 census: Ross, Dept. of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20230 or 202-482-2000.

  1. “A recent Human Rights First report says that some Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents across the southern border are illegally turning away asylum seekers, and those at the official port of entry at San Ysidro have been among the worst offenders.”  http://www.teenvogue.com/story/us-border-agents-may-be-illegally-blocking-asylum-seekers-from-crossing-the-border Let’s ask our MoCs to look into this and protect these innocents who have struggled to get here for our help.  As the author of this piece says, “The American border should be where suffering stops.”

  1. We all know that the Trump administration is hot on de-regulating everything, including what we call environmental protections.  To help us understand what is happening and how to act on them, a group of former civil servants have created A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump De-Regulation Agenda.  Let’s learn more about it and download it here:  http://www.saveepaalums.info/

State Actions

  1. VA:  From one of our own:  Charlottesville VA needs the country's help BIG TIME this week to shut down a scheduled white supremacy rally.  Details here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5T_XpBiZ6XDZUtaeDlOQ1VReDA/view

  1. UT: Utah State representative and physician, Ray Ward (R), says providing poor women birth control would prevent hundreds of abortions.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sns-bc-ut--birth-control-poor-women-20170712-story.html  Let's thank Ray Ward for speaking up about women's reproductive issues: Ray Ward, Utah House of Representatives, PO Box 145030, Salt Lake City UT 84114  or email:  rayward@le.utah.gov  or call: 801-538-1029.

Other Actions

  1. We all know that fake news is a real problem.  There is now an interactive quiz to help us learn how to spot it.  http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/07/03/533676536/test-your-fake-news-judgement-play-this-game Let’s play:  http://factitious.augamestudio.com/#/

  1. Little Lobbyists, a group coordinated by parents of children with medically complex needs, is “collecting and sharing stories from families from around the country, who, like ours, rely on access to affordable, quality healthcare to keep our children healthy.”  They are then sharing these stories with our MoCs.  If we have a story to tell, let’s use this form to help: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe13J9aoFngTdfIs5_KmI_OMQdBUxRFMA2oPV6BMWrasooFkA/viewform

  1. “Starting on July 25th, The Roddenberry Foundation will begin searching for 20 activists, organizers, and changemakers who are working to make the US a more equitable and inclusive place to live. Selected fellows will receive $50,000 and tailored support to help implement a project or initiative in one of four areas.”  Let’s check this out and see if what we are doing could benefit from applying for this!  https://roddenberryfellowship.org/

  1. Here's an interesting interactive by The Kaiser Family Foundation to show what the Senate health plan will mean to citizens. Users can input age, income, and state and see country results. http://www.kff.org/interactive/premiums-and-tax-credits-under-the-affordable-care-act-vs-the-senate-better-care-reconciliation-act-interactive-maps/  Let’s use this info when we contact our MoCs.

  1. Over 1500 groups have already signed on to the Coalition on Human Needs letter demanding that Congress pass a budget that invests in all.  Let’s click here to learn more:  https://www.chn.org/take-action/action-alerts/  If we are in charge of a group, we can sign on, too! 

  1. After months of litigation, it has been announced that the Department of Homeland Security will be releasing the Mar-a-Lago visitor logs to government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) by September 8th http://bit.ly/2tjh9Mx Let's give CREW a thanks for demanding transparency in our government https://www.citizensforethics.org/contact-us/ For those of us with the means, we can also donate to help fund CREW as they pursue legal action against Trump http://bit.ly/2kld59I

Petitions

  1. Let’s join the League of Conservation Voters against fracking:  http://p2a.co/51vkV8f

  1. Let’stand with veterans and military families and sign VoteVets' petition telling the U.S. Senate to vote NO on any legislation that defunds and degrades Medicaid:  http://action.votevets.org/page/s/protect-veterans

Marches/events to attend/organize

  1. This Sunday is the Medicare For All march, which focuses on providing healthcare for every U.S. resident by asking our Representatives to pass the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676 We can find out more information about which organizations are participating, get details about what single-payer healthcare is, and see if there will be a nearby march at the March For All website http://www.millionsmarchingformedicare.org/ or by visiting the Millions Marching For Medicare Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pg/March4Medicare

  1. Greenpeace is offering a series of gathering during their Summer of Resistance. We can find them here:  https://www.summerofresistance.org/calendars/greenpeace-summer-of-resistance

  1. Resistance School, a free practical training program that will sharpen the tools we need to fight back at the federal, state, and local levels, is offered by a group of progressive students at Harvard.  We can sign up here:  https://www.resistanceschool.com/

Reading/Watching

  1. Here’s the real threat to our elections:  http://time.com/4837622/voter-suppression-democracy-senator-chris-coons/

  1. Walter Schaub, whose last day on the job at head of the Office of Government Ethics is today, offers a sobering look at the state of ethics in this administration:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/us/politics/walter-shaub-ethics.html

  1. Let's remember that the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is not over.  The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe just won a legal victory: In a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote, “the Court agrees that [the Corps] did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.”   https://www.theindigenousamericans.com/2017/07/16/victory-standing-rock-sioux-tribe-court-finds-approval-dakota-access-pipeline-violated-law/ The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off and has requested additional briefing on the subject and a status conference next week.


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7/17/17

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1)      This week in Congress:  Eleven (11) bills are scheduled for a vote in the House this week: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/#docket 

2)      Remember Trump's border wall?  Preparations are quietly underway by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Texas to put up the first segment in the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, the "crown jewel" of the national wildlife refuge system.  https://www.texasobserver.org/trump-border-wall-texas-wildlife-refuge-breaking/  If the proposed levee is constructed, it will destroy the refuge.  Let's contact our senators and representatives to remind them that we do not support using our tax dollars for a border wall and we do not support destroying the wildlife refuge. For those of us in TX, let's also make some noise to our state and local representatives. 

3)      “The White House is launching a three-week "Made in America" messaging campaign on Monday to refocus President Trump's public agenda.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342235-white-house-announces-new-campaign-promoting-trumps-agenda  We all want more things made in America again.  Let’s all ask Trump if that means that he and his family will bring their manufacturing operations back home.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

4)      The Senate health care bill vote has been delayed a week, ostensibly due to the absence of John McCain following surgery:  http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/342206-mcconnell-delays-healthcare-vote-after-mccain-surgery  Let's use this time to continue to be in touch with our Republican Senators (and also governors who are closer to the impact of Medicaid slashing than Senators) about the harm that the bill sets in motion.  http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-bcra-20170714-story.html We have an unbelievably large military budget to protect us but are on the brink of an action that causes widespread harm to our people. We can wish McCain well ( https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form ) while also hoping that this time allows the Congressional Budget Office to score the revised bill.

5)      If you are having trouble getting through to your MoCs or you’d rather not talk on the phone, please check out Resistbot https://resistbot.io/, which turns your texts into faxes.  No downloads or apps required.  The more you use it, the more features are rolled out for you.

6)      Since Don, Jr.’s email exchange and meeting with Russians is the first clear evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, it’s time to renew our cries for an independent commission on Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump-Russia ties.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller handles the criminal investigation, but an independent commission could examine it from a non-criminal perspective (financial ties between Trump and Russia, non-criminal conflicts of interest, etc.), would be less partisan than congressional committees, and would be beyond Trump’s power to fire or disband. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/12/trump-jr-russia-emails-show-we-need-independent-commission-eric-swalwell-column/469944001/  Let’s call our senators and congressional representative in support of the creation of an independent commission on Trump-Russia.  

7)      In the midst of people concerned about the safety of our personal data being given to the Pence/Kobach Election Integrity Commission which is investigating alleged election fraud, the White House” has released 112 pages of unredacted emails of public comment, raising further privacy concerns.”  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/14/537282309/vote-fraud-commission-releases-public-comments-email-addresses-and-all Let’s tell the White House that this is the perfect example of why we do not trust them with our personal information.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

8)      A professor at Columbia Law School thinks that the Russia scandal will force Trump's resignation. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-russia-columbia-philip-bobbit-collusion-emails-jared-kushner-donald-jr-a7842496.html?amp  This is a nice thought but in the meantime, let's let Trump know that we expect him to resign now due to his degradation of our nation: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC 20500  You can also reach him here https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact but since the White House released 100+ pages of comments about the voter election "integrity" work without redacting writers' contact information, you might not want to trust their discretion.

9)      Lawmakers are getting serious about renewing the U.S. government’s Internet spying powers, so we need to get serious about stopping their bad proposals. Sen. Tom Cotton has introduced legislation (S. 1297) that would not just reauthorize, but make permanent the expiring measure that the government says justifies the warrantless surveillance of innocent Americans’ online communications. (http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/330284-gop-senator-pushes-for-clean-reauthorization-of-foreign-intelligence-law) Having a president with little respect for the rule of law makes it even more important that we not allow this to go forward. Let’s contact our members of Congress and tell them to oppose the permanent reauthorization of “Section 702” spying.

10)  Congress has yet to reschedule the hearing on legislation that would deregulate the sale of firearm silencers — the one that was canceled on the morning of the mass shooting targeting members of Congress (http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/35665172/jeff-duncan-backs-gun-silencers-after-share-act-hearing-canceled). But it’s likely to come soon, and our reps need to know we recognize that they’re making it easier for criminals to get away with crimes. Let’s call them and tell them we want them to reject any legislation that would put our public safety at risk by deregulating firearm silencer sales.

11)  The Congressional Budget Office (which the Republicans are trying to get rid of) has also released its analysis of Trump’s 2018 budget; the news is not good for Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, whose projections about the future of the economy it called into serious question: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/13/cbo-releases-analysis-of-trumps-budget.html This budget proposes deep cuts in social services, health, environmental protections, and international affairs in order to enable its huge military spending and corporate handouts.  We should tell Mulvaney AND our congresspeople that we want our needs and interests to take precedence in the spending of our tax dollars:  Mulvaney, 202-395-3080 or Office of Management & Budget, 725 17th Street NW, Washington DC 20503.

12)  In February, in a little noticed vote, the House Administrative Committee voted to disband the Election Assistance Commission,  created after the disastrous 2000 presidential election as part of the Help America Vote Act: https://www.thenation.com/article/house-republicans-just-voted-to-eliminate-the-only-federal-agency-that-makes-sure-voting-machines-cant-be-hacked/ More recently, we have been reassured by the news that 44 states have refused to supply private voter information demanded by Kris Kobach’s “election integrity” commission.  We shouldn’t be na├»ve; it is now clear that, using the publicly available voter rolls, Kobach’s plan to compare these against federal databases will result in thousands of false positives and wildly distort the potential for voter fraud: https://www.propublica.org/article/election-experts-see-flaws-trump-voter-commissions-plan-to-smoke-out-fraud Let’s make sure Kobach knows that we understand and deplore his commission’s strategy—Kansas Secretary of State, Memorial Hall, 1st fl, 120 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1594 or 785-296-4564—and remind the nominal head of the commission, Mike Pence, that we are prepared to fight voter suppression—The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC 20500 or 202-456-1111.

13)  "Pence, speaking at the National Governors Association summer conference in Providence, R.I., said that "far too many able-bodied" adults were placed in Medicaid under Obamacare. I know Gov. Kasich isn't with us, but I suspect that he's very troubled to know that in Ohio alone, nearly 60,000 disabled citizens are stuck on waiting lists, leaving them without the care they need for months of even years," Pence said. The vice president has been making a case for a Republican healthcare bill that would repeal parts of Obamacare, which would also make changes to Medicaid." The VP's false statements were corrected by a spokesperson for Governor Kasich.  "There is zero connection between those asking for support services and Medicaid expansion," Keeling said in an emailed statement. "In fact, after we expanded, the governor signed into law the largest investment in the system for the developmentally disabled in the history of the program, $286 million. To say Medicaid expansion had a negative impact on the developmental Disabilities system is false, as it is just the opposite of what actually happened." http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/john-kasich-spokesman-calls-out-mike-pence-comments-on-medicaid/article/2628763 Let's continue our support for Governor Kasich and his opposition to the trumpcare health bill.  You can drop him a note of thanks as well as tell Pence that he needs to educate himself and stop insulting governors who oppose the "healthcare" bill with his use of false and incorrect statements.  To contact Kasich:  http://www.governor.ohio.gov/Contact/ContacttheGovernor.aspx and to contact Pence: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

State Actions

1)      RI: Governor Gina Raimondo has signed a bill to protect scientific and academic researchers.  http://www.ricentral.com/narragansett_times/legislation-to-protect-scientists-signed-by-raimondo/article_76ed8dd4-5db1-11e7-8576-735f106dec15.html  We can send our thanks to: Governor Gina Raimondo, 82 Smith St, Providence RI, 02903  or use her web contact form: http://www.governor.ri.gov/contact/

2)      CA: If we are California residents, let's support CA bill SB562, The Healthy California Act: http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/home/   Let's keep the conversation moving forward by sending photos and holiday cards of the people who will be helped by the bill to our state senators and assembly members and telling our stories.  

Other Actions

1)      The most effective act of resistance with the most serious consequences is the act of voting. That’s why they’re trying so hard to suppress our votes, gerrymander us out of electoral relevance, and purge us from the voter rolls. Let’s vote in every election—national, state, and local—without fail, no excuses (and yes, not liking any of the choices is an excuse). Let’s check this website and get all elections that we’re eligible to vote in on our 2017 and 2018 calendars. http://www.mytimetovote.com/  Extra credit for adding a 3-week advance alert for an absentee ballot! 

2)      Shep Smith at Fox News took a much stronger stand than most of his colleagues by calling out the lies of the Trump administration: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jul/15/shepard-smith-host-fox-news-trump-lies  Let's take a moment to say thanks to Smith and ask him to keep standing up: 1211 Avenue Of The Americas, New York, NY, 10036

3)      In honor of the 35th week of Trump: if we haven't already, let's follow Amy Siskind's blog, "The Weekly Authoritarianism." For every week since Trump was elected, Ms. Siskind had published a comprehensive list of odd, unusual, and alarming political happenings. Why? "Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember." Her list is a great reminder to not normalize what shouldn't be, and to resist in every way we can. It's so good, her list is now being archived by the Library of Congress!  https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind. We can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

4)      Due to the fear of many citizens concerning what may happen with their personal data, many are unregistering themselves from voting, nearly 3500 in Colorado alone.  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342107-nearly-3500-colorado-voters-cancel-registration-over-trump-voter  Let’s join together with Let America Vote to encourage voter registration and voting:  https://www.letamericavote.org/

5)      The Coffee Party began in 2010 in response to the creation of the Tea Party.  We all should have joined them then.  Let’s take a look at what they are up to and join up now:  http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/home

Petitions

1)      Let’s join United We Dream , the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, and sign this petition to attorneys general and members of Congress to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:  https://action.unitedwedream.org/petitions/keep-the-deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals-daca-program

2)      The Electronic Freedom Foundation, an international non-profit digital rights group, invites us to sign with them in telling Congress not to make Internet spying powers permanent:  https://act.eff.org/action/tell-congress-don-t-make-internet-spying-powers-permanent

Marches/events to attend/organize

1)      Today and tomorrow, The People's Filibuster to Stop #Trumpcare will be held at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. More info here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1641278722550274

Reading/Watching

1)      A hopeful op-ed in the LA Times about the effect of Mueller's appointment as special counsel:  http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-litman-the-special-counselor-is-already-getting-the-truth-out-20170714-story,amp.html

2)      “We have expressed our opinion on a phenomenon,” that of “a strange form of ecumenism” uniting “fringe groups of Catholic integralists and some groups of evangelical fundamentalists” in the political field. That is what Antonio Spadaro, S.J., one of the co-authors of “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism,” an article that has sparked much discussion in the United States and elsewhere, told America in an exclusive interview in Rome, the day after its publication.”  https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/07/14/exclusive-interview-antonio-spadaro-his-article-about-ecumenism-hate-us

3)      An op-ed from a former Congresswoman who is sick and who would be adversely affected by the Senate bill:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3OPzpbbhf66VmRZeUlGS3E3TXM/view?usp=drivesdk


Rogan’s List is a participant in and strategic partner of the Action Alliance,
                         a loosely-federated group of organizations that, in the wake of the
2016 election, are sharing daily or weekly calls to action.
Other member sites are listed here: https://www.actionalliance.co/  --scroll down and click through and you'll find many more opportunities to make a difference.
******
Rogan’s List is also part of RISE Stronger’s United States of Resistance