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Thursday, May 25, 2017

5/25/17

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  1. If we live in Montana, the most important thing we can do today is get out and vote and help others get out and vote.  If we need to know where, we can check here: https://iwillvote.com/locate

  1. The Hill is reporting that sixty-six programs would be completely eliminated under Trump's budget proposal:  http://thehill.com/policy/finance/334768-here-are-the-66-programs-eliminated-in-trumps-budget Let's check out the list, then contact our MoC about some of the programs that mean the most to us. We can also use 5Calls' call script to speak about the budget as a whole: https://5calls.org/issue/rec9e4NT0KiKdx9Pb

  1. Trump’s budget plan has been released and it is not only disastrous for vulnerable populations but also relies on a $2 trillion math error and some unrealistic assumptions. http://thehill.com/policy/finance/334721-summers-budget-plan-has-egregious-accounting-error Let’s write to Trump and to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to let them know what we think of their math: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500

  1. While we would all prefer a Democratic majority in Congress, the Democratic Party persists in turning to the past in its effort to win back a majority in 2018: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/democrats-midterm-elections-238659  Apparently neither Bernie Sanders’ popularity nor the clear message from the “resisters” that minimizing the importance of women’s health and abortion rights, income inequality. criminal justice reform, racism, or immigrant justice won’t satisfy voters has shifted the Democratic strategy.  Why don’t we tell the Democratic Party (877-336-7200) and its leaders—Nancy Pelosi in the House (202-225-4965) and Chuck Schumer (202-224-6524/fax 202-228-3027) in the Senate—that we want candidates with clear commitments on these important issues?

  1. On Monday, the Texas House of Representatives passed S.B. 2078, which bars transgender students from using bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. This bill is North Carolina’s HB 2 all over again – except this time, the bill directly targets transgender kids. (https://www.texastribune.org/2017/05/21/amid-special-session-threat-house-eyes-bathroom-restrictions-schools/)  We need to fight back. We can sign up to make calls from home to push back against this dangerous legislation with the National Equality Action Team at http://www.theneat.org/tx.html.

  1. Our efforts worked, and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly agreed to extend temporary protected status (TPS) to make sure more than 50,000 Haitians immigrants did not face immediate deportation to a country they barely know (and some have never seen). But he only agreed to extend TPS for six months, rather than the 18 requested by the immigrants, advocates, and the Haitian government – and indicated he might not do so again. (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article151930167.html) Let’s call Secretary Kelly at 202-282-8495 and tell him we appreciate what he has done, but it’s not enough and we want him to keep the TPS in place when it expires in January.

  1. The release of Trump’s budget has been met with derision on both sides of the aisle. For example, Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke out about the proposed deep cuts to the State Department by saying, “If we implemented this budget, we'd have to retreat from the world or put a lot of people at risk — a lot of Benghazi's in the making…
  2. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/lawmakers-declare-president-trump-s-budget-proposal-dead-arrival-n763306  In addition to contacting our own MoC to speak up for vulnerable populations, health research, the environment, etc., let’s thank Senator Graham for standing up for the vital power of diplomacy: 290 Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510

  1. n response to Jeff Sessions' memo in favor of mandatory minimum sentences, bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate:  http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/senate-moves-forward-with-bill-to-rein-in-jeff-sessions-w482927   The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2017 (H.R. 2435 and S. 1127) would allow judges and prosecutors to use their discretion, rather than having to adhere to minimum sentences. Let's be sure our MoC cosponsor and support this important legislation. We can also contact the House Judiciary Committee, letting them know that we support the Justice Safety Valve Act: https://5calls.org/issue/recILZMLtc4Dtu157

  1. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) is a fierce defender of medical research and the budget for the National Institute of Health (NIH). http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/333827-lawmakers-shoot-down-trumps-proposed-cuts-to-medical-research  Let's tell our own MoC's to support funding for the NIH in their new budget.  Let's encourage Tom Cole to keep up the good work by sending thank you's to: Tom Cole, 2424 Springer Dr Ste 201, Norman OK 73069-3966.

  1. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is talking about posing legislation to block Trumps $110 billions arms deal to Saudi Arabia or rather “ "target munitions used" in the ongoing violence in Yemen. Humanitarian groups have warned that the new Trump-backed sales are likely to be used against rebel factions in Yemen that the Saudi government sees as aligned with Iran.” http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/23/rand-paul-saudi-arabia-arms-sales-238730 Let’s ask our senators to sign on and make this stop.

  1. Yesterday, Trumpcare backer, white nationalist bankroller and Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a reporter asking him about Trump's health care bill. (http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/montana-congressional-candidate-allegedly-assaults-newspaper-reporter-n764421?cid=eml_nbn_20170525)  Let’s contact Sheriff Brian Gootkin   http://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/Public_Documents/gallatincomt_sheriff/sheriffdeptP ) to tell him to do his job and arrest this man andthen,  let's call our representatives and tell them that if Gianforte wins anyways (2/3 of the votes may have already been cast) that they should immediately begin the procedure to expel him from Congress.

Other Actions


  1. Got kids? Teach kids? Talk to kids? They want to know what's going on, too, especially when they hear us talk. Here's a good Canadian-based site that offers current news, including the political stuff going on in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Targeted toward grades 2-8, it speaks in terms kids can understand. It's important for kids to learn to think critically about the news, and this excellent free website promotes that. Give them a donation if you can, too. http://teachingkidsnews.com 

  1. Despite public pushback, Google continues to serve ads on Breitbart, thereby profiting off of hate speech. Sleeping Giants are therefore focusing their efforts on one of Google's three largest investors: Vanguard. In order to effect change, and get Google to listen, Sleeping Giants is asking that we contact Vanguard's Investment Stewardship Officer through e-mail and on his LinkedIn interview. There are sample e-mails and talking points, as well as a link to the e-mail address and LinkedIn page here: http://bit.ly/2rUa8wK

  1. Many of us helped with the Black Mama's Bailout for Mother's Day, which allowed over 100 women to spend the holiday with their kids instead of in jail just because they couldn't afford bail and drew nationwide attention to the need to end money bail. (http://www.myajc.com/news/local/bailed-out-jail-extraordinary-mother-day-present/0GmcpqjsterVW88IITIdxI/) Since there clearly won't be help on this issue with Trump and Sessions, we need to keep stepping up! Let's join the Movement for Black Lives for a webinar tonight at 7pm on the next steps towards eliminate the money bail system. We can RSVP here:   https://zoom.us/webinar/register/0a5c4ea4c6fe399ecde7dc3c8da9331e.

  1. Another Amazon/Breitbart tactic:  "Sleeping Giants is now raising funds to erect a billboard in Seattle urging Amazon to “stop funding bigotry” and sever links to Breitbart. “To date we have convinced more than 2,100 brands and organizations to remove ads from this extremist site,” the group’s fundraising page says.“Unfortunately, AMAZON remains one of Breitbart’s biggest advertisers, despite our repeated emails, tweets, calls and letters,” it adds.” The group said it has raised $7,251 of its $8,000 goal. Even employees of Amazon have asked Bezos to stop this advertising.http://thehill.com/policy/technology/334806-protests-over-breitbart-ads-strike-amazon-report. Let's keep pushing Amazon to pull their ads from Breitbart. You can donate to the billboard project here https://www.youcaring.com/abillboardcompanyinseattle-827716  or you can contact Amazon and tell Bezos to pull their ads from Breitbart.  Amazon customer service Seattle 888-280-4331 or (888) 280-4331 or email at cis@amazon.com 

  1. Sean Hannity's recent conspiracy theories and hate speech have rallied a call for a boycott of his advertisers.  Here's a complete list of advertisers: http://ir.net/news/politics/124909/hannity-advertisers-list/ We can help the movement by contacting 10 of Hannity's primary advertisers via email and postcards. 1) Alfa Romeo at 1000 Alfa Romeo Dr, Auburn Hills MI 48326-2766,  2) Allstate at 2775 Sanders Rd, Northbrook IL 60062,  3) Bayer at Bayer AG, 51375 Leverkusen, Germany ($1.15 postage), 4) Booking.com, Division of Priceline, 800 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk CT 06954, 5) Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), 3000 Hanover St, Palo Alto CA 94304-1112,  6) Hyundai USA, 10550 Talbert Ave, Fountain Valley CA 92708,  7) Liberty Mutual, 100 Liberty Way, Dover NH 03820., 8) ProFlowers/Shari's Berries, 4840 Eastgate Mall, San Diego CA 92121, 9) Sandals  c/o Unique Vacation Inc, 4950 SW 72nd Ave, Miami FL 33155, and 10) Vanda Pharmaceuticals, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Ste 300E, Washington DC 20037.

  1. Any Refugee was founded in 2014 by a ten year-old Alaskan boy as a way to help, love, and comfort refugee children.  In 10/15 Any Refuge became part of the international work of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. Let’s click here  to learn more and to see how we, and the children in our lives can help, too:  http://anyrefugee.org/

  1. The folks at Resistance Manual are looking for volunteer team leads (or co leads) for Russian Interference, Environment/Climate, Women's Rights & Voting Rights! If this is the kind of work we want to do in the #Resistance, direct message them on Twitter @resistmanual

Petitions to Sign


  1. Corporate Accountability International is campaigning in support of Al Franken and Jan Schakowsky’s bill, the Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act , intended to rein in Big Pharma:   https://www.warren.senate.gov/files/documents/2017_3_29_Improving_Access_to_Affordable_Prescription_Drugs_Act_Summary.pdf   Their petition is here-- https://www.signherenow.org/petition/rx-drugs/o/cai/ --but we can do more!  Both the House (H1776) and Senate (S771) versions of this bill are in committee; we need to tell our MoC that we support this effort to bring down exorbitant drug prices—and we expect them to support it, too.

  1. MoveOn has created a petition to Sean Hannity’s advertisers telling them that we boycotting them until they stop supporting him and his fake news: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/boycott-sean-hannity

Learning


  1. Excellent op-ed in Washington Post by Catherine Rampell about Trump’s cruel budget proposal:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/rampage/wp/2017/05/23/trumponomics-the-philosophy-that-it-doesnt-suck-enough-to-be-poor/?utm_term=.41f9ef557ea8

  1. “Why Pretending You Don’t See Race or Gender Is an Obstacle to Equality” http://www.slate.com/blogs/better_life_lab/2017/05/23/you_re_not_blind_to_race_and_gender_but_your_hiring_process_can_be.html

  1. The one phrase that Trump has yet to say is, "I intend to cooperate fully." Those are words of someone who does not feel there is anything to hide. Hiring an outside lawyer says the opposite. "Russia is accused, as Brennan said, of not only trying to influence the election by hacking and releasing emails, but engaging in a full-fledged influence campaign through propaganda to get Donald Trump elected. That's the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. Not only that, but the FBI is investigating potential collusion between Trump associates and Russia to help in that effort — in Russia's interest." http://www.npr.org/2017/05/24/529781094/why-the-russia-investigation-matters-and-why-you-should-care


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

5/24/17

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  1. Trump's proposed budget recommends drastic cuts to the programs that support those of us who are most in need; from Medicaid, to pensions, to the SNAP program: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334493-trump-budget-will-slash-medicaid-food-stamps-programs  Let's call our MoC to let them know that we need to maintain these important governmental programs. Call script and phone numbers available at 5Calls: https://5calls.org/issue/rec9e4NT0KiKdx9Pb

  1. In view of this week’s Supreme Court ruling that racial gerrymandering is unconstitutional (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/north-carolina-gerrymandering/527592/ census and gerrymandering), it is more imperative than ever that we protect the ability of the underfunded 2020 census to accurately count the U.S. population (https://thecensusproject.org/category/census-budget-issues/ ).  5Calls provides us with a tool to easily call our MoC and demand that funding for the census be allocated:  https://5calls.org/issue/recnLlMGfIr69XznH

  1. Indivisible calls it the “worst bill you’ve never heard of”.  “The RAA would drastically change how government agencies issue federal regulations. Republicans like to complain about regulations, but the truth is that many of these regulations are why we have clean air to breathe, can be protected against financial malfeasance, and are fighting the spread of communicable diseases. The RAA would prioritize corporate profits over public protections and paralyze the regulatory process, making it even harder for the government to keep American consumers and workers safe.”  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/raa-worst-bill-youve-never-heard/ Thanks to Postcards for America, we know what we need to do:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i6bF7SXE74shhpYu7jbu9gD-Hs6VhfaSvc12IAU3a2E/edit 

  1. On Monday, the Trump administration asked a federal appeals court to postpone for 90 days its ruling on a lawsuit that could determine whether the government will continue paying health care subsidies for low-income Americans.  As of now, the administration is committed only to paying May subsidies, and Congress has not allocated money to pay for them going forward. A delay would exacerbate the uncertainty that is already destabilizing the insurance markets just at the time insurers must set rates and decide on participation in the ACA marketplaces for 2018--and would surely play into the Republican narrative of the ACA’s “collapse.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/uncertainty-grows-trump-delays-health-care-decision-47576065  Congress and the White House seem to regard our health as a counter in their political game; we must contact our MoCs and the White House and insist that lives are at stake.

  1. Jared Kushner has been buying up rental properties in the Baltimore area and then mistreating his tenants, including aggressively suing them when they try to improve their living situations. Many of his tenants are among the working poor and these lawsuits leave them destitute. https://www.propublica.org/article/the-beleaguered-tenants-of-kushnerville Let’s share this joint ProPublica/New York Times report on social media, and let’s tell Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh to start an investigation into Kushner and his company JK2 Westminster. http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/contactus.aspx

  1. US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross praised the lack of protestors during Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia:  http://time.com/4788282/wilbur-ross-saudi-arabia-protests/ Let’s remind Ross that protesting brings severe punishment in Saudi Arabia and that we should not be praising this: US Dept of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20230

  1. The lack of transparency throughout Trump's administration should concern us all, regardless of party lines. Senators Gary Peters and Cory Gardner have introduced the Preserving Data in Government Act of 2017 (S. 960, which would require federal agencies to keep their data open for public access, and notify the public 90 days before any data will be removed. Let's call the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to let them know that we support this legislation. 5Calls has more information, a call script, and the HSGA phone number: https://5calls.org/issue/recOj09560njfa9dU We can also call our Senators and ask them to cosponsor and support this important bill.

  1. At a time when one of the few things people across the political spectrum agree on is criminal justice reform, Trump's attorney general Jeff Sessions is dragging us back to the failed sentencing policies Obama moved away from. (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/sessions-sentencing-memo/526029/) Fortunately, his authority is limited - most prosecutions happen on the local level, rather than the federal level, and most district attorneys answer to us. Join Wall-of-Us in calling your local prosecutors and finding out whether they stand with Sessions or with smart policy that actually reduces crime: https://www.wall-of-us.org/weekly-acts-of-resistance/2017/5/20/action-4-ask-your-district-attorney-to-oppose-jeff-sessions-criminal-injustice

Other Actions


  1. This evening RISE Stronger is hosting a webinar on Understanding and Resisting Trump’s Proposed Budget at 9pm EST/6pm PST,  We can learn more and RSVP here: https://goo.gl/uTPT8j 

  1. We must fight our fiercest battles at the state level. Member of a local Indivisible or some other resistance group? Why not hold a joint meeting of groups statewide, as they did in Colorado this past weekend? The cooperation across the state has resulted in a fabulous & detailed CO state-specific Indivisible Guide, whose stated purpose is to "win state and local elections & resist Republican gerrymandering in Colorado.  https://www.coloradoresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Layout-1.1.pdf  Feeling inspired? Consult the CO Guide, and check out The Indivisible Team's guide for coordinating such joint meetings:  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/stand-indivisible-coordinate-indivisible-groups/.  Let's do this!

  1. Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden has joined other oil companies in calling on Trump to stay in the Paris agreement on climate change: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-paris-agreement-climate-change-oil-companies-shell-bp-exxon-urge-president-stay-in-a7745666.html  We can thank Mr. Van Beurden for speaking up: PO Box 162, 2501 AN, The Hague, The Netherlands (please note that postcard and one ounce letters postage rates for international mail are $1.15)

  1. The Movement for Black Lives will be taking action on June 19th as "Juneteenth 2017: 40 Acres. 40 Cities. One Day” which will organize black people across the country to take back land and reclaim space, from vacant lots to empty school buildings, for common use.  We can support this initiative--by joining a call, taking action on Juneteenth, or donating funds:  http://blacklandandliberation.org  To learn more about how we can help make this day a success, and reclaim space for Black people across the country, there will be a conference call today, Wednesday, May 24th, at 8pm  EThttp://bit.ly/2rOCzMC

  1. Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity of Fox News still continue to tout fake news stories about Seth Rich, a young man who worked for the Democratic campaign and whose murder remains unsolved. Rich's family has asked Fox News to stop the unsubstantiated stories but Newt and Hannity continue to spread the fake news with his appearances on FOX. "In an appearance on Fox and Friends less than two days after his wife was proposed as ambassador to the Holy See, Newt Gingrich – former speaker of the House, 2012 presidential candidate and a Trump confidante – publicly endorsed the conspiracy theory that Rich was “assassinated” after giving Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks." "Earlier this week, a spokesman for the family said in a statement that “anyone who continues to push this fake news story after it was so thoroughly debunked is proving to the world they have a transparent political agenda or are a sociopath”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/21/newt-gingrich-seth-rich-wikileaks-conspiracy-theory-fox-friends Yesterday, Fox retracted the story, but Hannity continued to talk about the story on his show and on Twitter. He says he’s going to stop. Let's remind them that we don’t appreciate fake news. Contact Sean Hannity here: hannity@foxnews.com or on Twitter: , and Newt Gingrich here:  Twitter @newtgingrich  or on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/newtgingrich/ 

  1. From Postcards from Kate:  NPR's Nina Totenberg has been making sense of SCOTUS rulings for decades now, and today's report on the ruling on the NC voting rights case is no exception. Totenberg never just tells us what happened at court. She tells us what it means and why it matters. She provides necessary context. She adds colourful explanatory detail and occasionally hilarious but always wonderful Justice anecdotes. Listen to her latest report (http://www.npr.org/2017/05/23/529634901/supreme-court-rejects-2-n-c-congressional-districts-as-unconstitutional ), and then send her a thank you note for her superb reporting, today and every day. Nina Totenberg, NPR, 1111 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

  1. A bipartisan bill in the House would ban exotic and wild animals from travelling circuses and shows.  The Travelling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, HR1759, was introduced by Raul Grijalva (D-AZ).  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/05/wildlife-watch-ringling-circus-animal-welfare-photography/  Currently the bill has 24 cosponsors.  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1759/details Let's contact our representatives if they are not yet cosponsors and ask them to support HR1759.  We can also send  "thank you's" to Raul Grijalva: 101 W Irvington Rd #4, Tucson, AZ 85714-3050.

  1. The president has appointed known climate-denier Daniel Simmons to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. http://billmoyers.com/story/koch-funded-appointees-stall-clean-energy/ We need to tell our MoC's that we do not approve. This position requires someone who is a proponent of clean energy.

  1. One of the National Monuments under review is Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine.  Gov. Paul LePage has been against this monument from the beginning and now refuses to have signs made while the review is in process. (The monument is open.) http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/22/lepage-administration-wont-install-road-signs-for-katahdin-national-monument/  Let's tell Gov. LePage to do right by the American people and order the signs for this privately donated land. Gov. Paul LePage, #1 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0001.

  1. Trump continues to ignore Turkey's human rights abuses.  http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/05/22/trump_wants_to_ignore_what_s_happening_in_turkey_turkey_isn_t_making_that.html  Let's contact the White House via hotline or email to let him know that we care about human rights in Turkey.

  1. Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine has proclaimed his city's commitment to 100% clean and renewable energy.  http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/05/mayor-philip-levine-endorses-goal-100-clean-energy-miami-beach  Let's contact our own mayors and ask them to join Mayor Levine in this important environment commitment. (Thanks can be sent to: Mayor Philip Levine, 1700 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach FL 33139.)

  1. Only a quarter of eligible Americans voted for Donald Trump, and recent studies suggest that non-voters are younger, less affluent and more diverse than people who vote.   (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/why-non-voters-matter/405250/) We need to get these folks to the polls to beat Trump and the GOP, and that starts with lowering barriers to entry to voting. One crucial way to do this is spreading automatic voter registration laws across the country. (https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/automatic-voter-registration). You can learn more about how to bring this crucial reform to your state in a call with Code Blue on Tuesday, May 30th at 9pm. Check out the Facebook event, or just call in at 515-739-1537 and enter the code 922472: https://www.facebook.com/events/128875900999956.


Petitions to Sign


  1. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the first line of defense between the middle class and the big banks’ unfair financial practices.  The GOP wants to end it and let people be at the mercy of unscrupulous practices once again.  Let’s join Sen. Merkley (D-OR) in telling Congress to keep and defend the Bureau:  https://www.signherenow.org/petition/support-cfpb/merkley/e/

  1. VoteVets is asking us to join them in telling Congress to reject Trump’s budget that takes away vital services to the poor, elderly, and veterans:  http://action.votevets.org/page/s/vv_trump_budget

Learning


  1. “Bipartisan Pushback Greets Trump’s Proposed Budget” https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-budget-would-cut-medicaid-rely-on-rosy-growth-projection-1495553691

  1. An illuminating article on privatization, its history and its future:
    http://prospect.org/article/incoming-privatization-assault

  1. Women Cross DMZ teamed up with Fellowship of Reconciliation for a webinar on May 10, following the election of Moon Jae-in in South Korea.  It sets the context for the recent election result as well as explaining the current political situation in Korea and the opportunities for peace on the Korean peninsula.  Important information for us to have as Trump rattles his sabre:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCPGSxBCD-Q&feature=youtu.be


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








Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5/23/17

Contact Government Officials


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  1. While abroad with President Trump in Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a press conference in Riyadh without notifying US press: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334470-tillerson-holds-press-conference-without-us-reporters-reports Let’s take a moment to remind the Secretary that it is this country’s citizens who employ him: U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

  1. New Orleans mayor Mitchell Landrieu was instrumental in the removal of some Confederate statues. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/confederate-statue-removals-part-orleans-mayor-legacy-47531639  He gave a very powerful and stirring speech about why Confederate monuments are being removed in his city. We can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/t0jQTHis3f4 or read it here:  http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2017/05/transcript-of-new-orleans-mayor-landrieus-address-on-confederate-monuments  Let’s thank Mayor Landrieu for this important form of leadership: City Hall, 1300 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112

  1. Truth be told, resistance must begin at the state & local level. Organizations like flippable.org are working hard to flip state legislatures to blue, but to be successful, we all have to pitch in. It's worth knowing that the Resistance Manual https://www.resistancemanual.org/Resistance_Manual_Home has state-level sites -- we can just type our home state into the search window. Every state's site offers up-to-date, crowdsourced information on state legislation currently under consideration, when local elections are coming up, and a wealth of state-specific facts relating to current political issues (e.g. "Washington has 35 Planned Parenthood centers"). Let's make a point of calling our *state* officials (governors, mayors, etc.) to let them know we are paying attention to what they do: their actions are the most likely to affect our everyday lives. As the Resistance Manual suggests, "stay woke."

  1. In yet another display of ignorance, Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross praised the fact they saw no protesters in Saudi Arabia, not realizing that it is illegal there and can be punishable by death.  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334513-commerce-secretary-praises-lack-of-protestors-during-trumps-saudi  Let’s let him know that it is because of Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record.  Protesters are arrested there. 

  1. The family of Jordan Edwards has broken their silence, and they are now speaking up about what has happened: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jordan-edwards-family-speaks-out/ While the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the killing of Jordan, let's make sure that this story does not slip into the wayside, and that the former officer is held accountable for his actions  http://theatln.tc/2qDyN8G MomsRising has a form letter that we can send to District Attorney Faith Johnson, recommending specific steps that can be taken to ensure that this does not happen again: http://bit.ly/2qHpqHt

  1. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release the score for the latest version of the AHCA this Wednesday, May 24th. The House Republicans are aiming to meet the budgetary limits required to be able to win with a simple majority vote in the Senate: https://bloom.bg/2qyiDjH Let's keep calling our MoC, letting them know that AHCA is NOT the answer we need in healthcare. We can also join Indivisible Guide's Facebook Live event at 8:30pm ET this Thursday to discuss the CBO score and it's implications: https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleguide/

  1. David Bernhardt, an oil lobbyist who has been nominated to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, remarked last week during his Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing that following Trump’s policies would take lead over following climate scientific evidence.  We know that Trump is a climate change denier. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/interior-dept-nominee-trumps-views-outweigh-climate-science/story?id=47492689  Let’s tell the committee that we need someone in that office who believes in science, can stand up to Trump, and who can keep our federal natural resources safe:  https://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/members

  1. The US denied visas to gay men from Chechnya seeking asylum from imprisonment, torture and death.  Lithuania has started granted them asylum.  https://euobserver.com/lgbti/137976   Let's thank Linas Linkevicius, the Lithuanian foreign minister, by writing to him in care of the Lithuanian embassy: Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, 2622 16th St NW, Washington DC 20009-4202.  Let’s also contact our MoCs to find out why we are not granting these visas from men who face certain death.

  1. The window for public comments on the opening of Bears Ears and other national monuments to Big Oil closes May 26th.  Friends of the Earth makes it easy for us to let Ryan Zinke and the Department of the Interior what we think: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/

  1. Hands Off is a campaign dedicated to stopping cuts to people’s health care, disability benefits, nutrition assistance, and other basic living standards in the upcoming congressional budgets.  We are asked to share our stories of how Trump’s pending cuts will impact us:  https://handsoff.org/ 

  1. Each week in May, Practicing Sanctuary is offering a free webinar on sanctuary and solidarity.  Recordings of the sessions to date and the upcoming ones, as well as the Practicing Sanctuary Guide are available at https://www.practicingsanctuary.org/ 

  1. “Karl Oliver, a Republican state representative in Mississippi, last week said leaders in Louisiana who have removed Confederate statues and monuments from public property should be “lynched.”” http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/334526-miss-lawmaker-leaders-should-be-lynched-for-taking-down-confederate Let's tell Rep Oliver that his words are disgusting and that a government official should not be threatening anyone. Contact him here:  By mail:  Capitol Office, Room 400-F, P. O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 or by phone: 601-359-2430 or by email koliver@house.ms.gov

  1. Walter Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, appears to be Trump’s latest target.  The White House’s Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, has sent a letter attempting to shut down the OGE’s effort to inquire into waivers granted by the White House to ex-lobbyists now working in government: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/politics/trump-white-house-government-ethics-lobbyists.htm and http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334502-trump-moves-to-block-ethics-office-inquiry-into-ex-lobbyists-working  We should let the White House and the Office of Management & Budget (202-395-3080) know that we want a public accounting of the ex-lobbyists to whom Trump has granted waivers.  We might also tell Shaub that we applaud the persistence of the OGE either by phone 202-482-9300 or via email: ContactOGE@oge.gov

Other Actions


  1. Trump’s comments about the press have gotten more heated as his presidency has gone on: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/21/trump-threat-reporters-press-freedom  Let’s financially support quality journalism through subscriptions when we are able and then please pause to express your thanks to a journalist whose work you are relying on at this time.

  1. Winning back state legislatures is crucial to stopping Trump and the Republicans - it will help us win elections up and down the ballot by blocking attempts to restrict voting rights and making sure districts aren't gerrymandered to help Republicans win more than their fair share of seats. One of the most important legislative elections in the country this year is in Virginia, where we have a chance to take back the General Assembly (http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-cns-voter-id-0517-20170517-story.html). We can help turn out Democratic voters in Virginia by taking part in this postcard-writing campaign: www.postcards4va.com/.

  1. Non-violent demonstrations are planned in over 90+ cities on Saturday, June 3.  #MarchForTruth  is scheduled “to demand urgency, transparency and an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and ties to the Trump administration.”  The growing list of march supporters is impressive:  https://www.marchfortruth.info/partners We can find a march close to us here:  https://www.marchfortruth.info/find-a-local-march/ and if there is none, find out how to organize one here:  https://www.marchfortruth.info/organize/

  1. GovTrack is a convenient way to keep track of what’s happening in Congress. The House of Representatives will be voting on 24 bills and resolutions this week.  Let's stay informed by checking them out using GovTrack: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/  Remember: bill titles can be deceptive so read the descriptions carefully.

  1. During Trump’s visit, Saudi Arabia pledged to invest $20 billion in Blackstone Group, a global private equity firm led by Trump advisor Stephen A. Schwarzman, for American infrastructure projects. Not mentioned in the early news reports is that Blackstone is one of the nation’s largest purchasers of foreclosed single-family homes, operating them as rental housing and engaging in a new financing practice called “rental securitization.” Housing advocates warn that the trend toward a rental housing market dominated by global corporate investors could adversely affect tenants and communities. http://homesforall.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/corp-landlord-report-web.pdf and https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-08/sec-probes-rental-home-values-backing-private-equity-bond-deals Let’s write to major news organizations and tell them that we want thorough coverage of Blackstone’s rental housing investments and what they might foretell about Blackstone’s “infrastructure” plans. that we want thorough coverage of Blackstone and what its “infrastructure” investments will consist of.  Contact 1)  CBS’s 60 Minutes: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/contact-information-08-07-1998/ 2) Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ask-the-post/post/how-to-contact-the-post-newsroom/2011/11/17/gIQAd0WJlN_blog.html?utm_term=.0ac19ee54942, and 3) New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/help/index.html

Petitions to Sign


  1. In addition to making sure our Representatives have signed the discharge petition for the Protecting Our Democracy Now Act of 2017, we can also sign CREDO Action's petition: http://bit.ly/2rtjOBv Let's make sure our Representatives are placing country over party!

  1. The NRA and the gun lobby fought harder than anyone to get Donald Trump elected, and they're trying to reap their rewards... by making it easier to purchase dangerous gun silencers. This would make it more difficult for law enforcement to locate active shooters, and easier for criminals to escape. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/05/16/law-enforcement-leaders-join-gabrielle-giffords-in-gun-control-push/?utm_term=.c298997908c0) Let's join Gabrielle Giffords and Americans for Responsible Solutions and sign this petition telling Congress to reject deregulation of the sale of firearm silencers: http://action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/page/s/may-silencers.

Learning


  1. The Center on Budget and Policy priorities offers two guides to the federal budget process: http://www.cbpp.org/research/policy-basics-introduction-to-the-federal-budget-process and http://www.cbpp.org/research/policy-basics-non-defense-discretionary-programs  We might need these soon!

  1. Now THIS is a commencement address:  http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/opinion-10-commitments-live/story?id=47509773

  1. A small church pastor has some big questions:  https://revolsen.com/2017/05/17/an-open-letter-to-rev-franklin-graham-from-a-small-church-pastor/ 


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