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Monday, April 24, 2017

4/24/17 To-do List   

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  1. Here's something to try the next time we call our MoCs: let them know (politely) what people are saying about them on social media. While the DC staffs are undoubtedly the ones monitoring our representatives' social media accounts, it doesn't hurt to reinforce the message by summarizing the discussion for staff on our local offices. For example: "People on FB are really worried about Representative X's silence on recent military strikes. Has s/he made a statement yet?" OR: "Did you know there's a buzzy campaign on Twitter to urge Senator Y to have an in-person town hall? You should check out all the video questions folks have posted and let him/her know." Not only does this strengthen our message, but it also opens up the opportunity for real conversations with staff that, after all, have the most direct line to our MoCs!

  1. From RISE Stronger:  Please call your U.S. Representative and both U.S. Senators to express your opposition to the Trump administration's short-term budget request for Fiscal Year 2017, which artificially insists on $33 billion in new defense and border spending and $18 billion worth of spending cuts elsewhere in order to prevent the federal government from shutting down on April 29Instead, urge your Member of Congress to work across party lines to pass a "clean" spending bill that keeps the government funded at or near its current levels. 

  1. Here’s a creative way to contact your MoCs about the ACA repeal/replace:  https://messageinapillbottle.org/

  1. Not a single representative or senator who lives in the states that would be touched by the proposed border wall wants it built.  https://www.wsj.com/articles/border-lawmakers-balk-at-donald-trumps-wall-request-1492802294  Let’ ask our legislators to talk with them and find out why in hopes they will agree.

  1. Trump’s 100th day is coming up on April 29th. Let’s let him know in writing how we think things are going: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500.

  1. The March for Science demonstrated how much we care about truth, facts, and critical reasoning. It also shows how much we care that there be students who can become scientists (and other things!)  http://studentdebtcrisis.org/current-student-loan-legislation/  Let’s push our MoCs to resolve the student debt crisis.

  1. From Rise Stronger:  The EPA is calling for public comments on its regulations – the ones that protect us from polluted air and water, toxic chemicals, and climate change. The EPA needs to hear that Americans care about these protections, and are watching. There are two things you can do to pledge your support:  1) Show up or call in to one of five hearings and make an oral comment. The earliest hearing is this Monday, April 24 via phone at 11am EST. There are also hearings April 25May 1May 2 and May 9. More information here. and 2) Submit a written comment online by May 15.

  1. From Postcards for America:  PCA for ALL STATES to Postcard your STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS in support of the investigation into Exxon led by AG Eric Schneiderman (NY) and AG Maura Healey (MA) Healey and Schneiderman are investigating whether Exxon discovered decades ago that human behavior is causing a rise in global temperatures and then lied about it.  More details here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pVvC4A-kQ506u-YkUMH7BhNg7V6Jir2RT7ri7csQmg0/edit

  1. Prescription drug costs are continuing to rise.  http://hub.jhu.edu/2017/04/03/drug-pricing-health-policy-expert-gerard-anderson/ Let’s all call our MoCs and  ask that they cosponsor and support several bills that can bring down the high cost of prescription drugs.  The Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act of 2017 (S. 771) is a comprehensive bill to reduce drug costs by requiring drug companies to be open and honest about their pricing; let Medicare negotiate discounts; allow the importation of safe and affordable drugs from Canada; promote innovation from new funding for research and trials to awarding prize money for new cures; end tax breaks for Big Pharma’s constant TV ad campaigns; and boost generic drugs.  Passing comprehensive bills is hard, and so here are two more bills that address individual issues:  The Prescription Drug & Health Improvement Act (S. 348) is aimed at reducing Medicare part D prescription drug costs.  The Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act (S. 469; H.R. 1245), would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the importation of affordable and safe drugs by wholesale distributors, pharmacies, and individuals.

  1. TheResistance Tweetsheets is looking at the first 100 days and so many broken promises.  Go here for some good Twitter actions:  https://resistancetweetsheets.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/13-broken-promises/


Other Actions


  1. On to the next march!  This Saturday the People’s Climate Movement is sponsoring the main march in Washington, D.C.  https://www.thenation.com/article/as-we-approach-the-peoples-climate-march-here-are-six-ways-to-fight-to-save-the-planet/  We can find sister marches here: https://peoplesclimate.org/sister-marches/

  1. Defensive tackle Alan Branch said that he could not go to the White House for the New England Patriots meeting with Trump because he’d never be able to look his daughters in the eyes again.  https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/04/18/patriots-player-alan-branch-cites-donald-trump-lewd-access-hollywood-video-white-house-boycott/BP286z6OAAF9KEAIFUHxdJ/story.html  Let’s thank him and the other 29 plays who chose not to attend for standing up for their beliefs:  Alan Branch/New England Patriots, c/o New England Patriots, One Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 02035

  1. “When being loyal involves not stating obvious truths, maybe you’re being loyal to the wrong thing.” A word to Republicans from conservative author and President Reagan’s speechwriter: https://www.wsj.com/articles/republicans-learn-the-limits-of-loyalty-1492727591 Let’s write her and thank her for speaking up and encourage her to continue speaking to the mainstream Republicans..  c/o Wall Street Journal , 1211 Avenue of the Americas , New York, NY 10036-8701 

  1. The Rainbow Railroad, based in Toronto, is working to evacuate gay men from Chechnya.  http://torontoist.com/2017/04/torontos-rainbow-railroad-responds-reports-gay-concentration-camps-chechnya/ They could use our help with donations.  Here is their US site:  http://americanrainbowrailroad.org/

  1. A West Virginia public school teacher, Sheri Sapp, tweeted out that Islam should be banned and that the world would be more peaceful without Muslims:
  2. http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Parents-and-students-react-after-Nitro-teacher-tweets-ban-Islam--420019034.html Let’s let her superintendent, Ronald Duerring, know why this is inexcusable for a public school teacher: rduerring@mail.kana.k12.wv.us 

  1. Postcards from Kate (weekday suggestions for expressing gratitude) had a particularly great idea: let’s thank Anita Hill for her pioneering courage in helping our society understand the harm of sexual harassment. Her address is: Professor Anita Hill, Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham, MA 0245

  1. 21st Century Fox has paid $98 million out in settlements and severance to deal with their culture of sexual harassment: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-mission-was-to-bring-down-bill-oreilly-the-final-days-of-a-fox-news-superstar/2017/04/21/00862918-2601-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_foxyear-615pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.32fc0e94aa36  How much more are they willing to pay to maintain their toxic culture? Let’s ask them: 21st Century Fox, 1211 6th Ave, NY, NY 10036

  1. Did you attend a March for Science on Saturday? If so, please take a moment to thank the police department in the city where you attended for supporting peaceful protests.

  1. From one of our own:  Trump has declined to attend the White House Correspondents Association dinner this coming Saturday night, too thin skinned to handle a roasting. Instead, he will be boosting his ego by holding a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/22/trump-rally-100-day-white-house-correspondents-dinner-237483 People can visit https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/ to reserve 2 tickets - and help keep the seats empty at the event!

  1. Jen Hofmann produces a weekly action checklist to stay engaged, but it also reminds us to take care of ourselves so we can keep resisting. Check out this week’s list: https://goo.gl/xevgF2

Petitions to Sign


  1. Here’s a petition for a 28th Amendment: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States." https://www.petition2congress.com/ctas/proposed-28th-amendment-to-united-states-constitution

  1. Let’s tell Congress to stop Trumps sneak attack on Social Security:  https://act.credoaction.com/sign/trump_social_security

Learning


  1. A thoughtful read on the meaning of equal representation:  https://www.northernexpress.com/news/opinion/equal-representation-equals-better-results-for-all/

  1. “BE in the world, even as you work to fix this part of it. Balance.” This week’s revel reflect recharge: http://tinyletter.com/revel-reflect-recharge/letters/unplug-and-resist

  1. America is regressing into a developing nation for most: https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/america-is-regressing-into-a-developing-nation-for-most-people


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

4/23/17

There is no Rogan’s List on Sundays, but if you want to stay active today, check out the many options available at the Action Alliance:  https://www.actionalliance.co/


However, I thought you’d like to see some of the best signs from the Science March yesterday:  http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/04/22/here_are_some_of_the_best_signs_from_the_march_for_science.html


4/22/17 To-do List   

Contact Government Officials


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  1. Here’s a bit of good news. Remember the contacts we made about Exxon trying to get a sanctions waiver to drill in Russia, because THAT doesn’t sound corrupt or sneaky at all? Well guess what? Our calls made a difference, and today the Commerce Dept. announced they would not issue the waiver. Read about it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/business/energy-environment/treasury-exxon-mobil-sanctions-waiver.html?_r=0  Calls work!!!! Let there be no doubt!

  1. The EPA has only gotten 5000 or so comments so far about why we need environmental regulations. http://www.natlawreview.com/article/epa-requests-comments-regulatory-rollbacks Considering the stakes, there should be many, many more. Please take a moment to make a statement about why regulations matter to you here:  https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190-0042.  If you’ve already done so, then your job today is to post this link on social media, send it out as a tweet, email your greener friends…whatever it takes. We need thousands more comments, because believe me, the corporate opposition is loudly proclaiming any regulations to be unnecessary and burdensome. And if you need to fuel your ire a bit read this gem about Dow’s cozy relationship with Trump and Pruitt. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/dow-chemical-endangered-species#intcid=dt-recirc-cral_top1_2
     
  2. Let’s read this brief summary and remember the reasons we’re concerned about Trump’s ties to Russia: https://swalwell.house.gov/issues/russia-trump-his-administration-s-ties. Then, let’s contact our Members of Congress, even if we’ve done so many times before, and tell them that we demand an independent investigation.

  1. Those of us who have taken out student loans to finance our education know how complicated it is to negotiate the system. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to solve the loan default problem by allowing student loan companies, who are already known for their poor customer service, more latitude in punishing defaulting student borrowers. We'd like to let her know that giving loan companies an excuse to continue their poor business practices is not the way to reform the student loan system. We can watch a short, informational video here: http://fortune.com/2017/04/12/betsy-devos-student-loans-obama/, and read an excellent in-depth article here:  http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2017/04/18/betsy_devos_is_wasting_no_time_screwing_over_student_borrowers.html. Then, why not file a complaint to question the wisdom of DeVos' decision, here? https://feedback.studentaid.ed.gov/

  1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions managed to insult the state of Hawaii, the birthplace of our 44th President, and a federal judge in one fell swoop: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/20/jeff-sessions-doesnt-think-a-judge-in-hawaii-a-k-a-an-island-in-the-pacific-should-overrule-trump/?utm_term=.be7bb36ec56c  Let’s write to Sessions to remind him that Hawaii is a state and that federal judges do have the jurisdiction to block Trump’s travel ban: U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20530

  1. The House Presidential Tax Transparency Act is stuck in committee. https://www.bna.com/25000-marchers-trump-b57982086821/ A discharge motion has been filed, which requires 218 signatures to get the legislation out of committee. As of Thursday, April 20th, the motion had 178 signatures. We can check here to see if our rep has signed yet: http://clerk.house.gov/115/lrc/pd/petitions/DisPet0001.xml  If our rep has NOT signed, it is time for us to make contact and make sure they do!

  1. Gabby Gifford's Americans for Responsible Solutions has posted this useful piece on H38/S446, the concealed carry bills currently being considered in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees:  https://medium.com/@resp_solutions/permitless-carry-is-reckless-carry-8135e2d1767b We should contact our MoCs before these bills go any further.  The Committee members are listed at :  https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members and https://judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/115th-House-Judiciary-Committee-Updated-21517.pdf

  1. Former Vice President Biden was an author of the landmark legislation The Violence Against Women Act more than 20 years ago.  He thought it important then and he thinks it is important now.  http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a9523840/joe-biden-sexual-assault-essay-its-on-us/ While Huffington Post is not generally sited here, this article by the President of the National Organization for Women of New York says it all:  http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58f0d81ae4b0bb9638e33428/amp The Trump administration is set to defund many programs that rely on this federal money.  We know how important the VAWA has been over the years and how many lives it has helped to save.  Let’s contact our legislators and ask that they help maintain these funds that help so many women and families.

  1. In what we hope is a good move, the House Intelligence Committee has invited several current and former senior Obama administration officials, including former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify publicly in the panel’s probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election. http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/329914-house-intel-panel-invites-former-acting-ag-yates-to-testify  Let’s let the Committee know that we think this is a step forward and that we will be watching them:  Majority members:  http://intelligence.house.gov/about/hpsci-majority-members.htm and minority members:  http://intelligence.house.gov/about/hpsci-minority-members.htm
 
Other Actions

  1. Phone number correction:  From Sleeping Giants:  We're hearing whispers that Amazon is considering dropping Breitbart! Help convince them: Call Amazon customer support at  (888) 280-4331. You don’t have to say much. Just say something like: "I am a customer of Amazon and I want to urge the company to drop Breitbart over its hateful content. Does Amazon have plans to drop Breitbart soon?

  1. Just as for the Women’s March, illustrator Mary Engelebreit is offering a free download of an image for the Science March.  Use it for shirts, signs, posters, etc. See all her free progressive images for download here:  https://www.maryengelbreit.com/collections/free-downloads

  1. Maribel Trujillo, mother of four, has been deported: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/19/trump-immigration-policy-maribel-trujillo  A GoFundMe page has been set up (and link shared by the AMOS Project) for her children:  https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-maribels-children

  1. “Charging Bull” sculptor Arturo di Modica continues to fight the presence of “Fearless Girl” in New York City and Mayor Bill Di Blasio continues to stand up for the sculpture’s presence. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fearless-girl-ignites-debate-about-art-wall-street-and-the-lack-of-female-executives/2017/04/20/47ec6d52-239b-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.f2dafd19acd7  Let’s thank Mayor Di Blasio: City Hall, New York, NY 10007

  1. The ACLU has filed suit against neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin, who used his Daily Stormer website to launch a "troll storm" that has terrorized a Jewish woman and her family. Tanya Gersh has received more than 700 anti-Semitic messages and threats, some containing horrifying images invoking the Holocaust. https://www.splcenter.org/news/2017/04/18/splc-sues-neo-nazi-leader-who-targeted-jewish-woman-anti-semitic-harassment-campaign Let’s thank the ACLU for taking on this cyber-case125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York NY 10004 

  1. Voter ID laws are an extremely effective way to suppress votes; across the country, eligible voters are not able to vote because they do not have the required ID. Spread the Vote works to combat voter suppression by helping voters obtain photo Ids -- assisting with paperwork and transportation. With Georgia's runoff election coming up on June 20, it is especially important to make sure that eligible voters are able to show up and vote. For those of us interested in helping with this election and others we can support Spread the Vote in two ways.  We can 1) volunteer: https://www.spreadthevote.org/volunteer and/or 2) donate: http://bit.ly/2oZpf7W

  1. We need healthier families and communities, and grocery stores and pharmacies could help promote this by lining their checkout lanes with healthier food options. Let's join MomsRising in asking Walgreens to get rid of junk food in their checkout aisles: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/walgreens/

  1. May Day is coming!  The Majority and the Movement for Black Lives asks us to stand up for labor rights, immigrant rights, reproductive rights, criminal justice, Indigenous rights, Black liberation, gender justice, LGBT rights, and our collective power as the people on May 1st: https://beyondthemoment.org/may-day/

  1. Chlorpyrifos is a neurotoxic pesticide that was banned by the Obama EPA. Scott Pruitt's EPA has reversed that.  Corporate pressure is big:  Dow Chemical is pushing Trump administration to ignore studies of toxic pesticide:  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-dow-pesticides-trump-20170420-story.html  Let’s make the people’s voice big, too  Let's unite and apply consumer pressure by contacting the largest food corporations to tell them that we don't want chlorpyrifos used on the products they sell us. Let’s contact:  1) Conagra, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago IL 60654    phone: 800-252-0672 2) General Mills, PO Box 1113, Minneapolis MN 55440   phone: 800-328-1144, 3) Kellogg Company, PO Box CAMB, Battlecreek MI 49016  phone: 800-62-1413, 4) KraftHeinz, 3 Lakes Dr, Northfield IL 60093  phone: 800-431-1001, and 5) Nestle USA, 800 Brand Ave, Glendale CA 91203  phone:800-225-2270

  1. Some of us would rather have others send out postcards for us.  StampsLicked has us covered!  For 99-cents per postcard, we can chose a postcard design, either use our own words or theirs, and they will mail off the postcard on our behalf.  If you live out of the country, you can send postcards at the same cost, as they will be mailed IN the states.  Check them out:  https://stampslicked.org  and learn more about them:  https://stampslicked.org/about-us

  1. Remember last summer when Trump made racist remarks about the federal judge who was to hear the Trump University case?  Well, the same judge is the one who will be hearing the deportation case of the DREAMer, Juan Manuel Montes.  http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-judge-curiel-trump-20170420-story.html  Let’s say a silent thanks for this good fortune.

Petitions to Sign

  1. The proposed 2018 federal budget eliminates all funding for the National Endowments for the Humanities and for the Arts (not to mention the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting). Let’s join in this White House petition to save these crucial institutions:  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-defund-nea-or-neh-0

  1. Let’s join the Sierra Club in telling Congress to defend the EPA:  https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0068844

Learning

  1. As we ponder the politics of this election, Linda Burnham suggests "it is worth taking a moment to examine what might be problematic about analyses that lay 2016’s rout of the Democratic party at the feet of “identity politics”. "  Her excellent attempt to do just that is here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/10/liberals-right-identity-politics-progressive

  1. This week’s United States of Resistance newsletter:  “Let Trump & Congress Know, We Are Just Getting Started”:  https://www.risestronger.org/newsroom/tell-trump-and-congress-we-are-just-getting-started

  1. And now, for our weekly dose of good news, here’s “Small Victories”:   http://www.peaceisloud.org/blog/small-victories-issue-16


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a federation of more than 70 #resistance sites located throughout the nation,
each with its own methods and approach.  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.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

4/21/17 To-do List   

Contact Government Officials


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  1. From RISE Stronger:  The White House is saying the text of a new healthcare bill is likely to circulate Friday "or by the weekend," in hopes that Congressional leaders will schedule a vote by midweek before Trump reaches his 100-day mark. The bill is bad.  http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/329580-ryan-gop-putting-finishing-touches-on-healthcare-bill Like its counterpart, it will 1) Raise premiums by 20%, 2) Result in 24 million more uninsured, 3) Give 600 billion in tax breaks to the wealthy and large insurance and drug companies, 4) Create an age tax, 5) Effectively eliminate Medicaid expansion and ration future Medicaid care, and 6) Threaten essential health benefits like maternity care, and critical mental health services.  In addition, and despite the GOP’s rhetoric, the new proposal will allows waivers from the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions, essentially eliminating its guarantee of affordable coverage.  **KEEP CALLING YOUR REPS!**

  1. Congress is working on its funding bill, which would need to be passed in order to keep government open beyond April 28th. With the deadline approaching, it is likely that the GOP will use this time limit to pressure Democrats into approving things they otherwise wouldn't, like the border wall or a GOP healthcare bill, to avoid a government shutdown. http://wapo.st/2oiQFVp Let's call our MoCs and tell them to stand strong against these intimidation tactics. 

  1. Legislation has been introduced in the Senate, which would expand support services and make healthcare access more equitable for female military vets. http://nhpr.org/post/deborah-sampson-act-aims-provide-equitable-care-woman-veterans-va-hospitals#stream/0 Let's call our Senators and ask them to cosponsor and support S.681: The Deborah Sampson Act

  1. Whatever could have been the circumstances that would cause the Trump administration to announce to the world that an armada was headed toward North Korea when it was clearly not true?   South Korea believed him. The world believed him. Who would not be truthful about this?  This dangerous behavior could have serious consequences worldwide. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/04/where_is_the_uss_vinson_the_military_chain_of_command_under_trump_is_dangerously.html Let’s let our MoCs know that this is another reason they need to pass legislation to keep them involved in military actions.

  1. The U.S. is part of the G20, an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies, and will meet in Germany in July. Trump’s policies are not working towards the goals set forth by GC here in our own country or worldwide:  1) Quality education for all children and young people, 2) Universal access to health, 3) Equality for women in workplace, 4) Sanitation for all, 5) Ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030, and 6) Critical support for refugees.  Let’s listen to this message Angela Merkel sent a message to Global Citizens ("GC") as one of the G20 leaders:  https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/angela-merkel-g20-global-citizen/  Then, let’s ask our government leaders to join and adopt these goals here and worldwide:  https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/action/set/no-one-left-behind/

  1. Even as states are beginning to legalize marijuana, Jeff Sessions has said that he intends to enforce federal law against its use. http://www.businessinsider.com/sessions-says-he-will-enforce-federal-weed-laws-2017-3 To combat this discrepancy, bipartisan legislation has been introduced to the House: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, or H.R.975. Let's call our Representatives and ask that they cosponsor and support this bill: https://5calls.org/issue/rec52tXXZJIrfeNou 

  1. From The Loyal Opposition:  Call your three members of Congress and ask them to support the bipartisan Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017  [H.R.1059/S.341].  We are concerned that the administration may attempt to strike a deal to do business with Russia despite numerous investigations into Russian meddling in our election and we want Congress to stay on top of the issue by passing this bipartisan legislation.  For more info:   https://www.theloyalopposition.net/daily-ctas/daily-call-action-april-20th-2017/ 

  1. Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) has proposed draft legislation to put the burden of the cost of health insurance premiums on military members by deducting money from their paychecks. “Congress must stop nickeling and diming America’s service members and veterans.”  http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/gi-bill-benefits-new-fees-future-enlistees-house-lawmakers  Let's call and write to congressman Roe to let him know that we support veterans and oppose his legislation. Phone: 202-225-6356 or write: 336 Cannon HOB, Washington DC 20515.  Let’s also contact our own and tell them the same. 

Other Actions


  1. What we are hearing about the referendum in Turkey is not just bad for Turks; it's bad for us, too. President Tayyip Erdogan just won a referendum that significantly increases the powers of his office. What's worse, President Trump formally congratulated him, despite there being widespread protest in the streets and numerous reports of election fraud. Erdogan has been successful at quashing opposition so far, likely because of the many years he has spent discouraging freedom of speech in Turkey. We don't want this to happen to us. We can read up on the referendum in this short and informative article:  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38883556. To keep up on this situation, let’s follow the NYT's Turkey correspondent @PatrickKingsley on Twitter.

  1. From The Night Owl ActivistDemocratic candidate Rob Quist is a community leader, business owner, and popular singer/songwriter who was recently endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders. Democracy for America has developed an online phone bank tool that you can use to make calls from anywhere in the country and help get the word out about Quist. They're holding two virtual phone bank events this weekend. Training and materials will be provided. Sign up to make calls here: https://www2.democracyforamerica.com/events/dfadialer/quist 

  1. Debbie Dooley, one of the founders of the Tea Party movement and a Donald Trump supporter, has some advice for talking to conservatives about climate change: https://www.facebook.com/Vox/videos/682787028575569/ Let’s try her ideas! 

  1. Here’s another fun way to get and send postcards via a phone app.  Postagram has been around for several years, but using them for political reasons is fairly new.  For 99-cents each we can create our own postcard using our own photo, personalize the message, and send it to anyone in the country.  Let’s check it out:  https://sincerely.com/postagram

  1. From Neil deGrasse Tyson:  “Dear Facebook Universe, I offer this four-minute video on "Science in America" containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken.  As always, but especially these days, keep looking up.”  https://www.facebook.com/neildegrassetyson/videos/10155195888806613/  This is why this weekend’s Science March is so important.  Check out where you can participate, there are over 500 to chose from:  https://www.marchforscience.com/

  1. Beyond the Moment will be having a conference call to share their action plan for May Day: http://bit.ly/2oZro5o For those of us who weren't able to listen in on Tuesday's conference call, when they discussed the goals for May Day, it is available here: http://bit.ly/2oOBbuw

  1. In the Georgia run-off election in June, Jon Ossoff is running against the woman who destroyed the reputation of the Susan Komen Fund for her own political reasons. http://fortune.com/2017/04/19/karen-handel-planned-parenthood-georgia/  Let’s spread the word and if we can, here's how to help Ossoff:  http://go.electjon.com/page/s/join-our-campaign-a

  1. American Promise is leading the charge for the 28th Amendment so we the people govern the United States -- not big money, not unions, and not corporations. Legislation is already in Congress:  http://news.wgcu.org/post/florida-congressman-sponsors-new-amendment-clean-politics  Sign up for American Promise’s National Strategy Call on April 26th to learn more about next steps to build support across both sides of the aisle and win the 28th Amendment.  http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/FE7RF58WF6T4MVNH

  1. ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, is collecting personal stories of hate and bias.  They may share this info with their partner newsrooms across the country and with some civil rights organizations that are working with them on this project.  They will not share personal information without our permission.  They know that some of us have gone through traumatic situations and they appreciate our coming forward to help tell this story.  Here’s the link we can use to tell our stories: https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/hatecrimes-form

  1. Journalism that produces stories like this http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-election-exclusive-idUSKBN17L2N3 and this https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/us/politics/carter-page-russia-trump.html and this http://newbrunswicktoday.com/article/breaking-new-brunswick-water-utility-repeatedly-submitted-false-information-state-dep (highlighted by Samantha Bee on Full Frontal) deserves our support. In fact, it can’t exist without our support. Many of us have been meaning to but haven’t yet subscribed to our favorite national, regional, or local newspaper. Let’s do so today.

  1. From Sleeping Giants:  We're hearing whispers that Amazon is considering dropping Breitbart! Help convince them: Call Amazon customer support at  (888) 280-4331. You don’t have to say much. Just say something like: "I am a customer of Amazon and I want to to urge the company to drop Breitbart over its hateful content. Does Amazon have plans to drop Breitbart soon?

Petitions to Sign


  1. Trump has nominated Tennessee State Senator Mark Green to be the Secretary of the Army. Green has a history of discrimination against women, Muslims, immigrants/refugees, and the LGTBQ+ community. Let's sign this petition to let our Senators know that there's no place for hate in the army: http://action.winwithoutwar.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/

  1. Let's join United We Dream in asking Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to bring back the first deported DREAMer Juan Manuel Montes: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-secretary-kelly-bring-daca-recipient-juan-back-from-mexico?source=ct

Learning


  1. Glennon Doyle Melton’s Important Message for White Women:  http://www.oprah.com/own-supersoulsessions/Glennon-Doyle-Melton-Takes-On-the-Troubling-Issue-of-White-Feminism

  1. Written before the election, “Understanding Trump” by George Lakoff, a retired professor of cognitive science and linguistics, provides interesting insighthttps://georgelakoff.com/2016/07/23/understanding-trump-2/

  1. “What the Democratic Party Should Learn from Jon Ossoff” https://www.damemagazine.com/2017/04/19/what-democratic-party-should-learn-jon-ossoff


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

4/20/17 To-do List   

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  1. A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters.”  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-election-exclusive-idUSKBN17L2N3  Let’s keep the pressure on our MoCs that an independent investigation is needed to ferret out the whole truth.

  1. The United States still has sanctions on Russia, but apparently all is well enough in place in the current administration that Exxon “has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from those sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft, according to people familiar with the matter.”  https://www.wsj.com/articles/exxon-seeks-u-s-waiver-to-work-in-russia-despite-sanctions-1492620677 Let’s contact all our MoCs to tell them that until the Russia investigation is over, and maybe not even then, we do not support approval of this waiver request.

  1. Candice Jackson, the new deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights once criticized liberals for placing too much emphasis on helping women and people of color. She also wrote that sexual harassment laws and policies ignore “the reality that unwanted sexual advances are difficult to define.”  http://www.teenvogue.com/story/betsy-devos-hired-candice-jackson-who-once-called-trumps-sexual-assault-accusers-fake-victims  Let’s contact our senators asking they not confirm this appointment

  1. The healthcare fight is far from over and will likely resume when recess is over this week. It's time to pick up the phone and demand that your reps protect the Affordable Care Act.  Favorability of the ACA is at an all time high. The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, conducted the week after House Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from a vote, finds about two-thirds of the public (64 percent) says it is a “good thing” that Congress did not pass the bill. Let’s call our reps and urge them to #protectourcare and #rejectrepeal. More resources and talking points from Families USA https://www.risestronger.org/newsroom/protect-our-care-rejectrepeal-day-of-action-april-19

  1. Warrantless digital searches at the border are on the rise, even for U.S. citizens, as reported here: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/11/523313829/more-travelers-are-being-asked-for-their-cellphones-and-passwords-entering-u-s. Let’s use this link from Electronic Frontier Foundation,  an international non-profit digital rights group, which will email our representatives to protest this practice. https://act.eff.org/action/demand-border-agents-get-a-warrant-before-digital-searches

  1. The House Oversight Committee is not doing its job:  http://www.npr.org/2017/04/17/524354874/as-trump-inquiries-flood-ethics-office-director-looks-to-house-for-action Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s office says that the “line in the sand” for Chaffetz is illegal activity. If that’s going on, he’ll investigate. He relentlessly pursued Hillary on less evidence.  Let’s tell him that, because of his committee’s failure to seriously investigate the Trump administration’s mounting conflicts of interests, no matter where we live we’re donating to the campaign of his rival, Democratic candidate Kathryn Allen,https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/181376/the-us-congress-needs-a-caring-physician.  Even though Chaffetz announced yesterday that he will not be seeking re-election, until it is official, let’s remind him that one way or another, he will be gone. 

  1. More Republicans are calling for Trump to release his tax returns:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/04/18/why-trumps-tax-returns-will-keep-causing-republicans-headaches/?utm_term=.de65ab527adc Let’s contact them and thank them for understanding conflict of interest is not a partisan issue: 1) Sen. Ernst in Iowa: http://www.ernst.senate.gov, 2) Rep. Sanford in South Carolina: http://sanford.house.gov, 3) Rep. Young in Iowa: https://davidyoung.house.gov, 4) Rep. Gaetz in Florida: https://gaetz.house.gov, 5) Rep. Jones in North Carolina:  https://jones.house.gov, 6) Rep. Yoho in Florida: http://yoho.house.gov, 7) Rep. Frelinghuysen in New Jersey: https://frelinghuysen.house.gov,  8) Rep. Amash in Michigan: https://amash.house.gov, and 9) Sen. Lankford in Oklahoma: https://www.lankford.senate.gov/

  1. Jon Ossoff narrowly missed an outright win in the 6th Georgia District special election on Tuesday: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/us/politics/georgia-special-election.html Let’s let Jon know that we support his efforts in the June runoff by contributing to his campaign: https://electjon.com

  1. Trump's budget proposal would cut $300 million from global AIDS programs, refusing treatment on new patients. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-28/white-house-proposes-large-cuts-to-nih-research-grants-this-year Let’s call our MoCs and let them know that this is dangerous and unacceptable. The 65 has a script available: http://thesixtyfive.org/theIssues

  1. Florida State Senator Frank Artiles spoke very offensively to African-American colleagues: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article145327079.html  Let’s call on him to resign: https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s40

  1. After so many senseless deaths by guns in the wrong hands, the last thing we need is more guns and gun availability.  HR 38, also known as “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017,” would create a federal right of reciprocity for holders of a state permit to carry a concealed firearm. This bill has over 180 co-sponsors.  https://morristowngreen.com/2017/04/11/gun-violence-prevention-groups-to-rally-in-morristown-against-concealed-carry-bill-april-12/ Let’s join Postcards for America and contact our reps to say we do not want more guns, we want fewer guns.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zp4XwlErTvtzYV38F6burxsW0NXeXHBNeVaDyST0KGE/edit

  1. From one of our own:  In yet another move for transparency, some Democratic senators are considering suing Trump over his businesses.  http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/04/18/senate-democrats-consider-suing-trump-administration-over-businesses/ Let’s ask our senators to sign on to this effort. 

  1. Remember, most of the time regulations should be interpreted as protections.  The EPA is seeking to  “rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants.”  “This rollback gives a blank check to the power companies, and it directly threatens drinking water supplies across the country.”  http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/environment-and-safety/epa-delays-rules-cutting-amounts-of-toxins-pumped-into-drinking-water-190789/  We all need to contact our MoCs asking them to make sure these protections continue because the health and well-being of our citizens trumps corporate profits.  Let’s tell Pruitt the same thing:  202-564-4700

Other Actions


  1. If we are in or near Washington, D.C., The Woman's National Democratic Club is having an activist meeting on April 24th from 6 to 9 PM (with activist training from 6:30 to 8:30 PM)  to bring organizations working on GOTV issues together. We can RSVP here;  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAKnhqtudXYvxSJrSx7jfp-AWrlfAQkk5v8JB6817rv2dOGg/viewform

  1. As someone quipped, “It looks as if O’Reilly has been Out-Foxed!”  Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox! https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/bill-oreilly-is-officially-out-at-fox-news/2017/04/19/74ebdc94-2476-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html?utm_term=.235be93b1616  Let’s send a note of thanks to Executive Chairman and CEO Lachlan and James Murdoch at the Fox News parent company, 21st Century Fox, 1211 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036.  Or send an email to Fox:  yourcomments@foxnews.com .Then, let’s hope O’Reilly does not eventually become the White House press secretary.

  1. Here is a link to a fundraiser for an amazing organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, which is associated with Everytown for Gun Safety. They are trying to raise $1000 by getting people to donate $5. This group does amazing work fighting back against the NRA’s agenda (and Trump’s). Well worth the price of a latte. Here’s the link: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/latteforgunsense

  1. Let’s call Rolex, one of the sponsors of the USGA Golf tournament, and ask them to please move this celebrated event to a non-Trump owned course. Remind them that he is a sexual assaulter and a racist. Be polite. The # for their head of PR is 212-758-7700. ext. 1318.

  1. Sleeping Giants has been making great progress, getting companies to withdraw advertising from Breitbart. Their current action item focuses specifically on Microsoft's PR agency, WE Communications, calling out ads on both The O'Reilly Factor and Breitbart. They have an e-mail template available to copy/send to WE Communications: http://bit.ly/2pgrOFj

  1. There is no Planet B. We need a turnout for the 4/29 Climate March in Washington, DC, that rivals what we saw for the Women’s March. Learn more and sign up: https://peoplesclimate.org/ Can’t make it to DC? Find a climate march near you: https://peoplesclimate.org/sister-marches/

  1. But, this Saturday is the Science March.  This is an international event that has scientists working together and even more citizens seeing the value of science in their lives.   https://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2017/apr/19/why-the-global-march-for-science-is-already-a-success?CMP=share_btn_tw  Let’s find a march in which we can participate: https://www.marchforscience.com/satellite-marches/

Petitions to Sign


  1. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has joined with 29 other organizations to launch the "Fly Don't Spy" campaign. "Fly Don't Spy" calls on Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to "reject any proposal to require visa applicants, refugees, or other foreign visitors to provide passwords for online accounts, including social media, in order to enter the United States." https://cpj.org/blog/2017/04/cpj-joins-fly-dont-spy-campaign-to-protect-journal.php  Let's join CPJ in standing up for human rights: https://flydontspy.com/

  1. Since this is such a big issue, let’s sign this one also to Secretary Kelly of Homeland Security:  Reject any proposal to require visa applicants, refugees, or other foreign visitors to provide passwords for online accounts - including social media - in order to enter the United States.  Let’s join in this ACLU petition:  https://action.aclu.org/secure/FlyDontSpy 

Learning


  1. This may be an obvious point, but it really bears repeating and hammering home: The president's stunning ignorance makes him extraordinarily vulnerable to be played.”  http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/4/17/15304212/trump-ignorant 

  1. USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and have no political agenda or commercial motive. We provide this information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding it in the future.”  They offer an interesting look at where our money comes from and where it goes: https://www.usafacts.org/the-big-picture 

  1. “How to Get Congress to do What you Want”:  http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/4/19/14949234/how-to-change-opinions-congress 

  1. Here's a good article about people who have changed their minds about climate change and why. http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/04/changing-minds-on-a-changing-climate/


Rogan’s List is a participant in and strategic partner of the Action Alliance,
a federation of more than 70 #resistance sites located throughout the nation,
each with its own methods and approach.  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.
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Rogan’s List is also part of RISE Stronger’s United States of Resistance