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Monday, June 26, 2017

6/26/17

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  1. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) tweeted last Friday, “Just got the phone totals this week. 387 calls opposed to GOP health bill. 0 call in support. Zero. Never seen anything like this.”   If we are in CT, let’s make those against the bill numbers soar.  Murphy may be impressed with those numbers, but we aren’t.  We know there are more than 387 of us in CT who are against it.  In fact, if these numbers are at all representative of the call level to our senators, we ALL need to make sure we call our senators!  Let’s not appease ourselves thinking that others will do it for us.  Let’s make all the senators phone totals go off the charts.  Call now! 

  1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to vote on the GOP's healthcare bill by the end of this week.  Indivisible has identified senators in 10 states who are most likely to be swayed. We should *all* call our senators to block this terrible bill, which guts Medicaid among other things, but those of us who live in the following 10 states really need to turn up the heat: Alaska, West Virginia, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arkansas. Check out the daily scripts available at  https://www.trumpcareten.org/ and let's call our MoCs EVERY DAY to stop Trumpcare. Can't get through? Leave a message/send an email/use Resisbot.

  1. Vice President Mike Pence is looking forward to replacing Obamacare with a system based on “personal responsibility”:  https://mobile.twitter.com/mike_pence/status/878669323929341952 We can share our thoughts with him about the relationship between “personal responsibility” and the very deep issues facing people who would be impacted by the Senate “health care” plan: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500 or on Twitter @mike_pence


  1. Turns out that sending someone with no foreign policy experience to broker Middle East peace is a poor plan and Kushner’s efforts with Israel and Palestine have reportedly not gone well:  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339322-trump-weighing-pulling-out-of-middle-east-peace-process-reports  Let’s ask Kushner to step away from something he has no business being near: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20500


  1. As the details of the Senate health care effort are revealed, its crueler elements become more obvious: http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-senate-hidden-20170623-story,amp.html Fortunately, major industry organizations like the American Hospital Association and the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics are speaking out against it:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/doctors-health-organizations-reject-senate-health-bill/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab8a&linkId=39048490 and http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/339011-hospitals-to-senate-go-back-to-the-drawing-board-on-health-plan?amp  McConnell remains on the fast track for a quick vote – likely very soon after the Congressional Budget Office score is shared. Please be in touch with your own Senators – regardless of party – to express your concerns about the bill. If we are (or know) people in these states:  Alaska, West Virginia, Maine, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, or Arkansas, let’s use (or share) share this link: https://www.trumpcareten.org

  1. While five GOP senators have spoken out against the healthcare bill, only one has done so because it will be hurtful to those he represents.  "Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV] came out in opposition last Friday to draft legislation released Thursday that would overhaul the U.S. health insurance system. “This bill that’s currently in front of the United States Senate is not the answer. It’s simply not the answer. In this form, I will not support it,” the Nevada Republican said at a press conference." http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/heller-‘will-not-supportâ€-tm-draft-senate-gop-health-bill/ar-BBD5se4 Let's thank Senator Heller for putting the needs of his constituents before party. Contact info: 324 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 or Phone: 202-224-6244

  1. The White House's treatment of the press corps, as well as its movement away from transparency and open communication, is unacceptable http://bit.ly/2s3NdPi When news organizations feel the need to bring in a sketch artist to briefings, that should serve as a red flag http://bit.ly/2t4spvv  Let's give our MoC a call to ask that they stand up for the press and fight back against the White House's inaccessibility by being vocal and passing legislation. 

  1. Public comment on net neutrality is still open, until mid-July. Rise Stronger has a brief overview of net neutrality which we can check out: http://bit.ly/2s5k2A4 Then, let's submit a comment to the FCC, telling them why we support net neutrality (sample comments available at the Rise Stronger link) http://fcc.us/2qHNb2E (click on "+ Express" to the right of the "Restoring Internet Freedom" link

  1. Jeff Sessions continues to do harm. Last month, he sent a letter to House and Senate leaders, asking that they withdraw federal protections for medical marijuana http://bit.ly/2smgPLg Meanwhile, research suggests that opiate-related deaths are actually lower in states that permit the use of medical marijuana. http://bit.ly/2tJ8CiN Let's give the Attorney General a call and let him know that we want him to end his war on drugs, and to stop attacking safe, legal use of marijuana: 202-353-1555

  1. Senate Republicans are aiming for a health care vote as soon as Thursday. (http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/20/politics/senate-republican-health-care-bill-vote/index.html) With people’s lives on the line, NextGen Climate is stepping up its efforts to reach out to people by text to encourage them to call their reps and challenge Trump and the GOP, and they’re starting with fighting against #Wealthcare. We can sign up here to help:  https://nextgenclimate.org/text-volunteer/  And for more ways to help stop Trumpcare, check out this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19kqrh5SFq3N_L1b9-8ddeid8ddKxPGSETRIhwTqWQAw/edit?usp=sharing.

  1. This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that requires cities to follow unconstitutional orders and denies local law enforcement crucial funding if they decide to instead focus on real threats to public safety, putting us in jeopardy. (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/23/illegal-immigration-bill-house-vote-239897) Let’s make sure all of our reps know this is not acceptable, and we want them to vote no on H.R. 3003.

  1. Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from the child soldiers list despite objections from State department experts. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trafficking-childsoldiers-exclusi-idUSKBN19E2JY  We can tell Tillerson that he is betraying children with this move and we oppose it. Rex Tillerson, US Dept of State, 2201 C St NW, Washington DC 20520.

13.   Trump has nominated Steven Bradbury for General Counsel of the Transportation Department.  Bradbury wrote the memos authorizing torture under the more friendly term "enhanced interrogation techniques."  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/05/trump-nominee-torture-bradbury-239167  While this position does not require Congressional approval, let's tell all of our MoC's that we oppose this nomination. 

State-level actions


  1. Missouri’s Senate is considering legislation that would allow employers and landlords to discriminate against women who use birth control or have had abortions. The bill, which has the support of the state’s governor, Eric Greitens, was approved by the Missouri House last Tuesday.  http://www.newsweek.com/womens-rights-birth-control-abortion-missouri-discrimination-628538  If we live in Missouri, we need to contact our state senators.  All of us can contact Governor Greitens to let him know what we think about this assault on women's rights, Office of the Governor, PO Box 720, Jefferson City MO 65102 (phone: 573-751-3222) or use this contact form: https://governor.mo.gov/get-involved/contact-the-governors-office  Let’s also make sure that our own state legislators do not follow this attempt.

  1. Massachusetts residents—Let’s advance two climate change-fighting bills pending in the state legislature by showing our support for them and getting them out of committee. H 1726, An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Create Jobs, and S 1821, An Act Combating Climate Change, impose fees on carbon pollution (with provisions protecting low-income people.  https://climate-xchange.org/massachusetts-campaign/about-the-bill/ Let’s contact our state reps and tell them that we want them to pass this legislation ASAP.

  1. David Daley, publisher of the Connecticut Mirror, has an excellent piece on gerrymandering on On The Media: http://www.wnyc.org/story/how-election-actually-rigged/  In it, he points out that the Democrats would do better to focus on upcoming gubernatorial races than House races that are already rigged by Republican gerrymandering.  In six of these races, the governor has the power to veto the wildly imbalanced district maps the Republicans have historically pushed through.  These states are VA, OH, PA, WI, MI, and FL.  We should work hard, beginning now, to win these elections--and to make sure the Democratic party understands their importance and provides the resources needed to win them.  Let’s contact the DNC: https://my.democrats.org/page/s/contact-the-democrats or 202-863-8000.


Other Actions


  1. “Philando Castile wasn’t just a man shot at a traffic stop,” [Trevor] Noah said. “He was a legal gun owner whose family was in the car, and who had committed no crime at all ... because he was lawfully armed, you would think that one powerful group in America would say something about it. This is a group you’d expect to be losing their goddamn minds about this.” https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/6/20/15838472/trevor-noah-daily-show-philando-castile-verdict Let’s ask the NRA to stand up for Phil Castile:  https://contact.nra.org/contact-us.aspx

  1. Here is another way we can protest the GOP healthcare bill. Protect Our Care, a project of Indivisible Austin, is seeking “to collect 500 video testimonies of real, everyday constituents whose health insurance is threatened by this bill.”  Let’s check out what we can do to help:  http://protectourcare.us/

  1. Wall-of-Us, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Solidarity Sundays and other organizations are joining forces to build a map of local immigration advocacy groups - making it easier for people to get involved and coordinate. If we want to help, let’s check it out!  If we know about a local group that serves immigrants that's not on the map, we can add it! https://ragtag.org/wall-of-us/map

  1. From Jen Hoffman’s Action Checklist for Americans of ConscienceLet’s send a note to our friend Nestor Avila, a DREAMer in ICE detentionNestor’s volunteer told me he is so happy to hear from people and has gotten more mail in the last month than he has in his whole life. That’s thanks to you. He’s recently been put in solitary confinement because of his depression. He could use encouraging, funny, or colorful notes to lift him up, and also receive marker- or crayon drawings too (which he hangs on the walls). Send no money or gifts. Just hugs via mail.  Address: Nestor Daniel Avila Miranda, A# 204-631-097, P.O. Box 248, Lumpkin, GA 31815

Petitions


  1. Let’s join in this petition by People for the American Way asking Jeff Sessions to step down as Attorney General:  https://secure.pfaw.org/site/SPageNavigator/action.html?survey_id=11842

  1. Want to help restore the Voting Rights Act?  Let’s sign a petition from Public Citizen worth signing, to restore the Voting Rights Act:  http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/

Marches/events to attend/organize


  1. From Action Together NetworkIn response to this disastrous "healthcare" bill being considered by the U.S. Senate next week, Planned Parenthood, MoveOn, SEIU, Protect Our Care, Center for American Progress and many many others are planning a People's Filibuster in front of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday through Thursday, as well as a Hug the Senate action Wednesday evening at 5pm. We are inviting everyone to join us and there are several ways you can plug in. Please RSVP on this form by 12noon TODAY!  Join The People's Filibuster of Trumpcare: Save Our Care.  If our organization can help be part of this, sign up here:   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdAks_rBZiBvZSDGX7mo1Dz3PACOf0XtHQPjijemCiwzJiJYw/viewform  

  1. If we live in or are traveling to the D.C. area, we can attend this week’s Pink Out The Streets whenever we can at the U.S. Capitol from 7am on June 26 to 7pm on June 30.  For more info and to sign up, we can click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1496680000426378/  

  1. Democracy for American is sponsoring Resistance Re-energizers in July.  Let’s find one here or learn how to start our own: http://act.democracyforamerica.com/event/july-resistance-linkups_attend/

Learning


  1. David Frum has written an excellent piece in The Atlantic: What Happens When a Presidency Loses Its Legitimacy? about what the increasing details about Russian interference in the election mean: https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/531447/

  1. Aditi Juneja, the co-founder of the Resistance Manual, reminds us why inclusion and intersectionality is essential to the #resistance:  https://civichall.org/civicist/how-to-make-inclusion-and-intersectionality-real/

  1. NPR has put together an easy-to-read chart comparing the ACA ("Obamacare') to the House's AHCA and Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (both "Trumpcare.") http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/22/533942041/who-wins-who-loses-with-senate-health-care-bill


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

6/25/17

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6/24/17

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  1. The Senate rolled out its latest assault on our health care on Thursday, and it is a disaster http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/22/gop-health-care-bill-key-points-239858. It's going to stop millions of people from being able to afford insurance and dramatically cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans. Many of us live in states with two Democratic senators (and others have already called our Republican senators so many times they recognize our numbers!), so here are a list of actions we can take to move Republican votes from blue states (and red ones, too): https://docs.google.com/document/d/19kqrh5SFq3N_L1b9-8ddeid8ddKxPGSETRIhwTqWQAw/edit?usp=sharing

  2. You may remember the site Stamps Licked that prints and sends postcards to Congress on progressive issues?  It is now HAND-DELIVERING cards to Senators in partnership with Herd on the Hill.  Let’s use this great service:  https://stampslicked.org/

  1. Meanwhile, the Russian hacking of our election is deeper than thought and Trump said there are no tapes of his conversations with Comey. This could deepen the obstruction of justice issues if he was using the specter of tapes to threaten Comey. And guess what, Trump wants to soften the sanctions against Russia!  http://amp.timeinc.net/time/4828306/russian-hacking-election-widespread-private-data/?source=dam and https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-06-22/trump-said-to-not-have-recordings-of-conversations-with-comey and http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/338933-white-house-pressuring-house-gop-to-weaken-russia-sanctions-bill  While you are contacting your Senators about health care, please mention your concern about Russian hacking and Trump’s willingness to go soft on Russia.

  1. Trump is holding a campaign fundraiser at a Trump hotel and Obama’s lead ethics attorney Norman Eisen has said that the Trump is “becoming more and more brazen in his efforts to monetize the presidency.” https://apnews.com/403df3f1298a46d2b00d38789d32d80c/Trump-using-Trump-hotel-to-hold-Trump-re-election-fundraiser Please write to the Office of Government Ethics to express your concerns: https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/Organization/Contact%20Us?opendocument

  1. Migrant Justice's march to Ben & Jerry's Vermont facility to demand that the company join the Milk With Dignity program as promised, was a success; Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim stated that they are "ready to go." http://bit.ly/2sYtrZv However, two of the farm workers who led the march were arrested and detained on their way home, then turned over to ICE http://bit.ly/2tWcNqL Let's ask that ICE use their discretion, and release Esau and Yesenia: http://bit.ly/2t2vv34 We can also send a Letter of Support, using the format and guidelines offered by Migrant Justice: http://bit.ly/2tBCXQd

  1. The Senate healthcare proposal continues the attack on Planned Parenthood http://bit.ly/2rVFlnN Planned Parenthood provides medical care for those most in need, yet the GOP bill would strip Medicaid reimbursements from the organization for a full year. Let's call our Senators and let them know that we will continue to oppose any legislation that attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. Those of us who prefer call scripts modify the one offered at 5calls: https://5calls.org/issue/recDhWOMQEoPN6mlr  

  1. Thanks to the response of tens of thousands of concerned citizens, the Department of Health and Human Services will no longer be removing a question from a federal survey regarding LGB older adults who participate in programs funded by the Older Americans Act  http://read.bi/2tCismy Still, the follow-up question regarding transgender seniors is set to be removed. Let's give the Department of Health and Human Services a call and let them know that we do not want them to erase our transgender community 1-877-696-6775 (press 5)

  1. The New England Coral Canyon's National Monument is now under review by Ryan Zinke's Interior department.  https://www.ecowatch.com/zinke-coral-canyons-2445601093.html  Let's tell the Ryan Zinke and the Interior Department we want to keep this monument, and all the others under question, as is. They are irreplaceable national treatures. Ryan Zinke, US Dept of Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240

  1. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has selected a CEO of a for-profit lender to run the student loan system.  This information was absent from the release about A. Wayne Johnson.  http://thehill.com/homenews/news/338737-devos-picks-ceo-of-for-profit-lender-to-run-federal-student-loan-system Let’s let DeVos know that this is unacceptable; like putting the fox in charge of the hen house:  https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/gen/index.html?src=ft 

  1. In a controversial decision, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has delisted the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear from the Endangered Species Act opening these bears up to trophy hunting. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/22/533965856/after-42-years-yellowstone-grizzly-will-be-taken-off-endangered-species-list  We can use the Sierra Club's tool to send a note to Ryan Zinke and the Dept. of Interior: https://goo.gl/USQbVQ  This decision reverts control of the Yellowstone Grizzlies to the states in which they reside: Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.  If we are in these states, let's ask our state legislators and governors to protect the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear.

  1. Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions may be demanding a return to the most destructive policies of the failed War on Crime, but there's still a bipartisan majority in Congress in favor of effective criminal justice reform, and we need to show them we still want them working together for change. Senators from both parties have come together to introduce the Fair Chance Act, which would bar federal employers and contractors from asking applicants about their criminal history until the final stage of the process. This will help make sure the formerly incarcerated get a fair shake at finding employment. (http://www.philly.com/philly/business/labor_and_unions/Booker-Republicans-introduce-federal-ban-the-box-legislation.html) Let's join our Action Alliance partners at 5 Calls and urge our senators to help move this bill forward:  https://5calls.org/issue/recGvA40wQuE7Irp4

  1. We know that neither scientific expertise nor ethics matter to Trump and his minions, but it’s apparently time, again, to let Scott Pruitt know that both matter to us. The head of the EPA this week dismissed nearly all of the members of the Board of Scientific Counselors, a body charged with reviewing and advising EPA research departments on their scientific methodology: http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-epa-dismisses-people-charge-scientific-integrity/  As has been the case with the ACA, Trump and his appointees continue to sabotage the programs or agencies they can’t outright abolish.  Pruitt’s EPA phone number is 202-564-4700.

State-level actions


  1. We really need to direct more attention toward what's happening at the state level, where lobbyists for powerful business interests are also trying to push legislation to avoid regulation and corporate taxation.  "[A]s a growing number of cities consider and increasingly pass soda taxes and other measures designed to combat obesity and promote healthy eating, the food industry has turned to a strategy used extensively by the tobacco and gun lobbies. The strategy, known as preemption, uses state laws to take away the right of cities to enact various kinds of regulations, reserving that power to the state." https://www.forbes.com/sites/robwaters/2017/06/21/soda-and-fast-food-lobbyists-push-state-preemption-laws-to-prevent-local-regulation/2/#144171ee9ed3 The result is sneaky state laws that *prevent* local government/cities from enacting their own laws to protect citizens, for example by requiring display of nutrition information, or even establishing their own minimum wage rules. We can tune into activist groups like https://grassrootschange.net/ to get on top of what's happening in our own state around the preemption issue, and what to do about it.

  1. Here’s an opportunity to help another Congressional district turn blue! “Oklahoma's 75th House District was re-opened after the Republican who won in November's election was forced to resign in the wake of a personal scandal.  Karen Gaddis was the Democrat on the ballot then and she's back campaigning hard for the Special Election July 11th.”   Let’s help by postcarding!  Details here: http://mailchi.mp/ind-d6/postcards-to-oklahoma-voters-ok

Other Actions


  1. The Trump administration’s slide towards a dystopian relationship with the press is going further down by the day: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/06/22/white_house_press_conference_no_camera_notice_is_not_reportable_white_house.html  Let’s ask the White House Correspondents’ Association to not show up for these games:  http://www.whca.net/contact.htm

  1. If we're going to fight against Trump's deportation machine and for the comprehensive immigration reform we need, we're all going to need to work together. Our Action Alliance partner Wall-of-Us is joining forces with other organizations to build a map of local immigration advocacy groups to make it easier for people to get involved and coordinate. If you know about a local group that serves immigrants, you can add to their map here: https://ragtag.org/wall-of-us/map.

  1. We can all partake in a Twitter Storm, hosted by Action Together Network, about healthcare on Sunday evening from 8-10pm. Details and a link to the tweetsheet can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1092893884143514/

  1. For those of us who run #resistance Facebook groups, some new tools have just been issued for our use.  Let’s try them out:  https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/22/facebook-group-admin-tools/

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger has partnered with Common Cause to fundraise for a top-notch legal team for the Supreme Court gerrymandering case coming out of Wisconsin.  He has started a crowdfunding effort and will match all donations.  We can find more information about this and donate here:  https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/207023/this-is-our-chance-to-make-gerrymandering-unconstitutional

Petitions


  1. Sen. Mc Caskill (D-MO) wants to know if we approve of Trumpcare.  Let’s tell her:  http://action.clairemccaskill.com/p/dia/action4/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=10523

  1. Sen. Stabenow (D-MI) wants us to add our names to her petition against the GOP healthcare plan:  https://stabenow.bsd.net/page/s/Vote-No-On-Trumpcare

Marches/events to attend/organize


  1. June is Immigrant Heritage Month.  Let’s find an event we can join in or create one ourselves:  https://www.iamanimmigrant.com/events/

Learning


  1. This is what leadership looks like.  We do more than watch out for our own self-interests.  Thank you, President Obama:  https://m.facebook.com/barackobama/posts/10154996557026749 

  1. Here’s our weekly update on the United States of Resistance from RISE Stronger:  https://www.risestronger.org/newsroom/itsgotimeprotectourcare

  1. And, our weekly dose of “Small Victories”:  http://www.peaceisloud.org/blog/small-victories-issue-25


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.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

6/23/17

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  1. With the text of the health care bill having been released and the cuts to Medicaid going even deeper than the House version, we have our work cut out for us.   http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/jun/22/senate-health-care-bill-whats-it  What we want now is to delay this vote until after the July 4th recess. This will force representatives to have to meet with their constituents and hear, in person, how these cuts will affect them. McConnell wants it done before then; we don’t.  SO: If your senator is a Democrat, call and say: “you guys did a great job holding the Senate floor to protest Trumpcare this week. Now that the Senate Trumpcare bill is released, Democrats need to block ALL routine Senate business, ensure the public is able to debate this bill, and force Republicans to confront their constituents during the Fourth of July recess."  If your senator is a Republican, especially in one of the critical ten swing states, but regardless, call them and say: “this healthcare bill is cruel and vicious. I do NOT want you to support it. These cuts to Medicaid are unacceptable, not to mention the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the tax cuts for rich people. Stop trying to ram this through and take the time to make it a GOOD bill. Millions of lives depend on it."

  1. Indivisible is imploring us to submit amendments to the disastrous healthcare bill released finally by the Senate Republicans. Our amendments will go to Chuck Schumer and Senate staffers for use in the “vote-a-rama,” during which ANY Senator can submit as many amendments as he or she wants. Every amendment takes time to be introduced and voted on, so the thousands Indivisible hopes to collect will greatly slow down the process. Indivisible reminds us that “McConnell and Senate Republicans can still blow up Senate rules and cut off the amendment process. But to do that they’ll have to go on the record literally silencing the victims of TrumpCare in their own states, which they really don’t want to visibly do.”  Let’s give Democrats as much ammunition as possible to fight TrumpCare!  Check it out here:  https://www.ouramendments.org/ 

  1. In April, the Government Accountability Office issued a report stating that: “Of the 85 violent extremist incidents that resulted in death since September 12, 2001, far-right wing violent extremist groups were responsible for 62 (73 percent) while radical Islamist violent extremists were responsible for 23 (27 percent).”  https://theintercept.com/2017/05/31/the-numbers-dont-lie-white-far-right-terrorists-pose-a-clear-danger-to-us-all/  We can read the full report here:  http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/683984.pdf  Let’s contact our MoCs to let them know that we think this is a danger that needs to be addressed.  Then let’s tell the White House the same thing:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  2. Remember last week that the Senate voted, 98-2, to impose new sanctions on Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and to block Trump from lifting those sanctions in the future? Well, the matter is now in the House, and the Trump White House is lobbying GOP members to weaken the bill.  
  3. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/21/russia-sanctions-senate-house-239830  Let’s tell our MoCs that Trump may not care about Russian interference in our elections, but we most certainly do, and we expect the passage of a bill as strong as the Senate’s.

  1. As we work our way through details about the Senate health care proposal, it is of note that Senate Republicans met with insurers first: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/338874-insurance-lobbyists-meet-gop-staff-on-obamacare-repeal  It is time for us all to make some purposeful noise with our Senators – on both sides of the aisles – that this bill will affect “we the people”. Please, let’s call our Senators.

  1. On Wednesday night Trump held a campaign-style rally in Iowa and went off script many times in his hour-long talk to usual effect: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-traveling-iowa-campaign-style-rally/story?id=48180489   Let’s let him know that the campaign is over and the time to lead has more than arrived: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  1. The Philando Castile case and the shooting of Charleena Lyles are horrific reminders that police reform is needed in the United States. One of the ways this can be started is through consent decrees between police departments and the Department of Justice. Back in April, however, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the Justice Department's police reform activities and consent decrees. Let's give Sessions a call and tell him that we support consent decrees and expect him to stop delaying the ones which should already be in place. 5calls has more information, a call script, and phone number: https://5calls.org/issue/recE23p05mKPjWrzC We can also read more about the consent decrees and reform efforts which are taking place in select cities within the U.S.: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/04/politics/jeff-sessions-consent-decree-roundup/index.html

  1. Last week, Senator Leahy introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017. This is something that members of all parties should be able to get behind. Let's call our Senators and ask that they cosponsor and support S. 1353 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1353/text

  1. 5calls.org is working on tracking where each Senator stands on the AHCA. Currently, there are 69 Senators whose positions are unknown. Let's give our Senators a call, then add their current position to the tally: https://5calls.org/

  1. Trump and the GOP are continuing to make tearing up everything Obama accomplished a top priority with the "Midnight Rules Relief Act," which would allow Republicans in Congress to roll back critical protections the Obama administration finished in the last 60 days of his term. (https://govtrackinsider.com/midnight-rules-relief-act-would-allow-congress-to-nullify-multiple-obama-regulations-at-once-67b8973745b7) Let's join our Action Alliance partner and friend Jen Hoffman in calling our Senators and telling them to oppose this bill. You can find a script here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-lGP06GDMBGXuqCeeiKPn1_PmKTQkiGoc0wDxami4gk/edit

State-level actions


  1. From one of our own:  Were you part of the amazing texting crew for Ossoff or Parnell? Do you want to be in on similar text out the vote campaigns in the future? Come one, come all – it's time to get on the list for future campaigns! Especially brand new people who might not already be on one of the email lists!  Note: The way it works is that we use a program like Relay or Hustle, on your phone or on your computer, that masks your phone number and automatically connects you with voters you can text. I have texted for four campaigns now (Ossoff, Parnell, Thompson, Quist), and I get much better conversations with voters than through phone banking.  Sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIcMYKBRPxYJrip-kUfonwN0j8jTm4WH5cDiqO8x4oNupnlw/viewform

  1. While Trump attacks our Constitution from the White House, extremist conservatives and corporate interests led by Jim DeMint, the Koch brothers and ALEC are trying to change it for good. They're trying to get 34 states to pass resolutions to launch a new constitutional convention, and they're quietly making progress. (https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-conservatives-could-rewrite-the-constitution) But we've successfully rolled back their progress in New Mexico, Maryland and Nevada, and we can put a stop to their assault on our fundamental values. Let's check out the status of these calls in our states, and then call our legislators and tell them to oppose new efforts to call for a convention or work to rescind standing convention calls.

  1. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, chaired by John Thune (R- SD), has rejected Trump's proposal to privatize the nation's air traffic controllers.  http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/338620-senate-to-reject-trumps-air-traffic-control-plan-in-aviation-bill  Let's write in support of the committee's decision: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, 512 Dirksen SOB, Washington DC 20510.

Other Actions


  1. For those of us who are techie and want to use our skills to help the #resistance, RISE Stronger needs us:  In addition to constant innovation and improvement of our technical tools such as the People's Calendar and United States of Resistance, RISE Stronger has recently revamped our website with many new features that require upgrading our technical infrastructure. We are in constant need of experienced programmers and web developers to help us improve our website and online tools. Specifically, we need people with Ruby on Rails, Javascript, UX & development experience. See more here: https://risestronger.org/volunteer/10

  1. The Southern Poverty Law Center has been "fighting hate and bigotry and ... seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society" since 1971. If we want to understand what we're up against, we'll want to take a look at their "Hatewatch" blog, which regularly "monitors and exposes the activities of the American radical right." https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch. We should also report any hate incident we witness or experience to them, here, because they will help fight it: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate.

  1. From one of our own: Let's write to "Dear Abby" - not to ask for advice, but to give some!  [Wednesday was] National ASK Day - encouraging parents to simply ask if there are unsecured guns in places where their kids spend time. [Wednesday], the "Dear Abby" column gave this horribly tone-deaf advice, telling a parent to mind her own business to avoid being "off-putting."   http://www.uexpress.com/dearabby/2017/6/21/1/mom-searches-for-right-approach-to?utm_source=dearabby-twitter&utm_medium=socialmarketing&utm_campaign=social  Please ask "Dear Abby" to retract this deadly advice and use the platform to give life-saving advice to parents. Always ask if there are guns in the homes where children spend time, and how the guns are stored. There are too many grieving parents in this country who wish they could go back and do that. Address:  Dear Abby, P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069

  1. We can become more informed about climate change by watching the videos at National Geographic's Years of Living Dangerously site  http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/  The teachers among us can also check out the resources at the related classroom site http://climateclassroom.org/

  1. From Postcards from Kate:  ProPublica's Marshall Allen has been covering healthcare for 10 years. He investigates and reports, and we need more like him. In a piece published yesterday, he uncovers, and carefully explains, how one drugmaker combined two generic drugs to make millions in profits. It's a mind-bogglingly cynical scheme, and must have taken many hours to unravel. Let's thank him for doing this work by sharing this article (in the hopes that a legislator or two happens to notice), and by sending him an encouraging note.  Let’s write him here:  Marshall Allen, ProPublica, 155 Avenue of the Americas. 13th Floor. New York, N.Y. 10013

  1. “We can live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability.”  Let’s join Campaign Zero and see how we can help make this happen:  https://www.joincampaignzero.org

Petitions


  1. Despite all the evidence, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez was "found not guilty of second-degree manslaughterFriday" in the shooting death of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. Castile's girlfriend and her 4-yr-old daughter were also in the car. While the city of St. Anthony is removing Yanez from the police force, they are not punishing him in any other way and will in fact offer him "a voluntary separation agreement to help him transition to another career." http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/16/us/philando-castile-trial-verdict/index.htmlYanez benefiting from this situation isn't fair, and further undermines the community's trust of the local police force. The following petition urges the mayor of St. Anthony to "fire Yanez without severance pay" instead. Sign and then share the petition here: https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/no-severance-jeronimo-yanez

  1. The U.S. Senate votes next week on the just-announced, incredibly damaging "Better Care Reconciliation Act." This bill would plunge tens of millions of moms, children, and families into crisis, end Medicaid as we know it, and devastate our economy.” Let’s join MomsRising in telling Republicans to stop attacking our families:  http://action.momsrising.org/sign/stop_attacking_families/

Marches/events to attend/organize

  1. Gay Pride Parades are being held in many major cities—NYC, San Francisco, Chicago—this weekend, and many marchers, like those in DC earlier this month, are putting resistance to Trump’s agenda front and center:  http://www.npr.org/2017/06/11/532490914/d-c-equality-march-makes-pride-political  Whether we are marching—or only watching—we should bring our signs and make it clear that LGBT folks are no better served by this administration than women, immigrants, non-white people, or those who need affordable healthcare. Here’s a nationwide schedule: http://www.gaypridecalendar.com

Learning


  1. “Authoritarianism is making a comeback. Here's the time-tested way to defeat it”:  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/20/authoritarianism-trump-resistance-defeat

  1. Australia is realizing that it has underestimated the effects of climate change on its security.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/21/australia-warned-it-has-radically-underestimated-climate-change-security-threat

  1. Seattle increased its minimum wage. The restaurant jobs remained stable.  http://www.seattletimes.com/business/retail/latest-study-seattles-wage-law-lifted-restaurant-pay-without-shrinking-jobs/  Let's remember this positive example as we hear objections to a national minimum wage increase. 



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