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1.      The Senate passed the budget bill last evening and it now needs to be reconciled with the already-passed House version.  This process, including final voting, is projected to be done by the end of the month. The move will make the passage of the impending tax bill smoother.    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-senate-budget-taxcuts-20171019-story.html  Let’s contact all our MoCs and remind them that we do not want them to approve anything that will harm our young, old, or poor in terms of healthcare, food, housing, or education.

2.      Four ambushed soldiers died in Niger, betrayed by faulty info, their rescue bungled by private contractors.  Trump's response was typical, grabbing and misdirecting attention, blaming the victim's Gold Star family and Congressional supporter, sacrificing the dignity and reputation of a once respected figure, General Kelly, to defend his lies. So, the Trump administration is very reluctant to release info and may have to be subpoenaed to do so. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/pentagon-faces-demands-for-details-on-deadly-attack-in-niger/2017/10/19/89ff2684-b50a-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html?utm_term=.3f34a72f3cac   Let’s ask our representatives to call for an immediate investigation into this incident and demand an apology to this Gold Star family and their defenders.

3.      FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to circulate a rule and announce a vote on his plan to gut net neutrality within weeks, perhaps as soon as November 22nd (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/ajit-pai-gets-new-term-on-fcc-despite-protest-of-anti-net-neutrality-plan/). Free and open Internet advocates at Fight for the Future are reporting that key lawmakers are sympathetic but are not hearing enough calls from their constituents to spur them to action. They’ve set up a new call tool to allow us to pressure our reps to stop the vote. Let’s join the fight here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/.
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4.      While conservative Christians seemed largely pleased with the draft strategic plan of the Dept. of HHS, its religious thrust proved to be deeply troubling to medical professionals like Dr. Esther Choo, associate professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, who told [Snopes]: The strategic plan has a surprising amount of language around religion, working with religious groups, preserving religious freedom, and even assertion of fundamental beliefs that are religiously based such as the statement that life begins at conception, which concerns me as a potential starting point for denying women necessary health services. It is stunning as a document from a public health, health services, and science-focused organization. I am a scientist and public health advocate who also happens to be personally quite religious, but I found the plan as drafted to be both unusual and disturbing."    http://www.snopes.com/2017/10/11/hhs-says-life-begins-conception/  Comments are being accepted until Oct. 27:  https://www.hhs.gov/about/draft-strategic-plan  Our MoCs also need to know that we do not want this plan to be put into practice.

5.      From one of our own, on the same topic:  I am concerned about the DHHS Strategic Plan, which is open for public comment till 10/27.   Concern #1:   The document defines life as beginning at conception. This clause as part of the official Strategic Plan will make it easier for the government to limit or eliminate access to abortion, emergency contraception, and several types of infertility treatment.  I was a volunteer at a rape crisis center and the relief on women's faces when they heard about EC was unbelievable.   Regarding infertility treatment, IVF includes creation of embryos in a lab (which would under this definition constitute "life".). This guideline could lead to medically dangerous decisions ("Ms. X, you need to put in all 8 of those embryos and carry them all to term even though that's medically disastrous,") or perhaps, the eventual outlawing of this kind of infertility treatment altogether.  For LGBT couples who rely on assistive reproductive technology to have a child that is genetically theirs, this kind of limitation would be devastating. It would also be devastating to straight individuals who want to have a child but need IVF assistance.  Concern #2:  The Strategic Plan includes extensive mention of faith (46 mentions... for comparison, the last Strategic Plan had 3 mentions) and appears to open the door further to faith based organizations receiving federal funds but discriminating against individuals they find objectionable (e.g. LGBT community, women who use birth control). For people who live in rural areas, this discrimination could spell limited access to healthcare.  Comments are being accepted until Oct. 27:  https://www.hhs.gov/about/draft-strategic-plan

6.      Forests in the United States are being cut down in order to help fuel power plants in the UK. The limbs are turned into wood pellets, which are labeled "carbon-neutral" in the European Union, even though that is not entirely accurate http://bit.ly/2yzIsU2   Right now, the label is being considered in the United States as well, though critics argue that the label, in addition to being inaccurate, will also spur deforestation and a boost in carbon emissions. It is also feared the label will give the go-ahead to move to wood pellet as fuel for power plants, rather than looking to emissions-free options like wind and solar energy http://bit.ly/2igEiWn Meanwhile, there are concerns about wood pellet plants in the U.S., their impact on the environment, and issues with air quality http://bit.ly/2l2ekMk Let's call on the EPA to make sure that they do not follow the EU's lead; wood pellets should not be labeled "carbon-neutral." Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Administrator 1101A 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 We can also contact the UK Secretary for Energy Policy, Greg Clark, and ask that he and the EU Energy Council reform their renewable energy policies https://act.nrdc.org/letter/forests-not-fuel-171017?

7.      Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that he expects to have a vote on the 20-week abortion ban http://bit.ly/2ylIAai Let's make sure that we contact our senators and tell them to oppose H.R. 36/S.1922: The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. 5calls has a script we can use as we contact our MoC https://5calls.org/issue/federal-20-week-abortion-ban

8.      "The Endangered Species Act (ESA) itself is under attack. Since January, congressional Republicans have launched at least 46 legislative assaults on the legislation or a specific species, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Five bills to amend the legislation were advanced by the House Natural Resources Committee just this month." Let's read this article from Moyers&Co "Road Kill: Side-Swiping the Environmental Protection Act" which discusses the impact that the Republican regime has had so far on the Environmental Protection Act and the ESA as well as some of the intended next steps. If we are not already environmental activists, let's commit to contacting our MoC's once a week about wildlife and environmental issues. They need to hear from us to know that we care. 

9.      Many of us who work in higher education want to support Dreamers. We've seen firsthand how hard these young people are working for their futures. Here's a form that lets us tell Congress that we'd like them to pass new legislation to protect the DACA program and its current recipients: https://www2.acenet.edu/protectdreamers/

10.  Supplies of certain medicines could be at risk because of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Per The Pharmaceutical Journal: "Devastation of infrastructure could result in critical shortages of common medicines, including Crestor and Humira, produced in Puerto Rico, one of the world’s biggest centres for pharmaceutical manufacturing...Puerto Rico is one of the world’s biggest centres for pharmaceutical manufacturing, hosting more than 500 medical product facilities, but damage to infrastructure has led the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take action...The FDA identified more than 20 firms as producing medically important FDA-regulated products, and 40 high-priority drugs for which short-term disruption of production could lead to shortages which would have a substantial impact on public health." Let's remember that local issues can have far-reaching consequences and reach out to our MoCs to warn them of yet another reason Puerto Rico needs their help.

11.  Facebook and Google are responsible or 85% of all digital political ads, according to the NY Times, yet they claim they can’t—and certainly don’t—indicate who is paying for these ads, as we learned when Facebook was forced to turn over Russian-linked ads to a congressional committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.  Now they are lining up high-powered lawyers to fight the “Honest Ads Act” introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Warner (D-VA), and John  McCain (R-AZ), which would force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising: https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/senators-demand-online-ad-disclosures-tech-giants-n812291 We should urge our senators to back this bill and let the Federal Election Commission know that we will not tolerate any longer exempting the internet from the rigorous regulations to which paid television, radio and print political advertising has been subject for years: 1-800-424-9530 or Federal Election Commission, 999 E St NW, Washington, DC 20463

State Actions

1.      ALL: A bipartisan group of governors have written a letter to “urge Congress to quickly pass legislation to stabilize our private health insurance markets and make quality health insurance more available and affordable.”  
https://twitter.com/JohnKasich/status/920813929009475584 Let’s see if our governor signed the letter, and then sending him/her either our gratitude or our encouragement for signing onto this effort.

2.      ALL:  Many of us may not have been paying attention to state-level politics as much as we should. And maybe we haven't been voting in local elections as often as we should. But as Flippable.org points out, "From healthcare to racial justice, the laws that impact our lives the most are often passed by states—not by the federal government." For those of us who aren't sure with how state government looks, here's a handy visual primer: https://www.flippable.org/get-smart/state-government-101/. And here's a list of upcoming state-level elections:    https://www.flippable.org/get-smart/special-elections/ Let's check for our states and make sure we get registered and vote!

3.      FL: How many of our 2,012 public proposals submitted to the [Florida] Constitution Revision Commission were rejected outright in a 20-minute meeting?  2006 of them. That's 2006 REJECTIONS of public input. "The hundreds of rejected proposals include limiting money in politics and political committees, updating medical references to abortion, establishing religious protections for businesses, creating a state commission on sea level rise, electing the Public Service Commission, legalizing marijuana and dozens of others ideas submitted by concerned citizens, special interest activists, political gadflies and constitutional scholars. For months, the commission conducted hours of public hearings across the state, encouraging people to submit proposals to the CRC website." We can read more at the Miami Herald.  We can contact the Constitutional Revision Commission to tell them not to dismiss and disrespect us like that.

4.      PA:  Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when,  how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media.  They have only 5 days to get 24 more supporters.  Help them reach their goal by October 25 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  THEN cut, paste and share:   https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63284-aca-signup-reminder   Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here:  https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/

5.      D.C.:  Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when,  how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media.  They have only 11 days to get 24 more supporters.  Help them reach their goal by November 1 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  THEN cut, paste and share:  https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/62916-dc-aca-signup-reminder  Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here:  https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/

Other Actions

1.      Gainesville, Florida’s mayor, Lauren Poe, called Richard Spencer, a "terrorist leader."  Spencer spoke at the University of Florida's Gainesville campus yesterday where he was met with protest both inside and outside of the hall in which he was speaking.                     http://thehill.com/homenews/news/356261-gainesville-mayor-richard-spencer-is-a-terrorist-leader  Let’s thank Mayor Poe for his plain spoken description that so many others are reluctant to use:  email:  poelb@cityofgainesville.org or snail mail:  Gainesville City Hall, 200 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 or via a message on his Facebook account:  https://www.facebook.com/MayorLaurenPoe/

2.      From Postcards for America:  Given 45’s publicized comments regarding the recently fallen soldiers, one wonders about the families of the rest who have been killed in combat since he took office, so I have included them, too, in the PC2A.  Let's write to the families with our condolences on behalf of our country:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RI-IkqIlPaNdevEqhES9bWkkdc50lzjYxf-aychBZQY/edit

3.      Founded by leaders of sister marches that were held around the country on January 21, 2017, March On https://www.wearemarchon.org/ is organizing to crowd-source an agenda, register voters and fight voter suppression, and build a Super PAC (https://www.fightbackpac.com/) . Their efforts will culminate in a March On The Polls on Election Day 2018. Let’s sign up on their website. Together, let’s elect our way to a better America.

4.      We need to think outside of the box to counter the onslaught of fake news. Let’s educate ourselves about how other countries are dealing with this problem:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/world/europe/italy-fake-news.html?action=click&contentCollection=world&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront and http://time.com/4887297/europe-fake-news-east-stratcom-kremlin/ 

5.      From one of our own:  If you haven't seen the Hamilton 68 project, check it out-- this dashboard displays data, updated weekly, about trending hashtags and Russian propaganda efforts on Twitter in near-real time. It's not just about elections. They are constantly sowing division and chaos.  [Hamilton 68 was created by Clint Watts, fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University] Here’s the link:  http://dashboard.securingdemocracy.org/

6.      From Crooked Media (Pod Save America, Pod Save the People, and other informative, politically-relevant podcasts):  "The Mercer family funds far-right hate groups like Breitbart. They make their money by charging hefty fees to institutional investors in their hedge fund. Those investors include schools like Columbia University and Michigan State.   http://bit.ly/2yyNVKz  If we don't want our school, city, or pension fund helping the Mercer family fund hate, tell them to divest."  

7.      While not always agreeing with his politics, George W. Bush never made us fear nuclear or civil war.  His speech at yesterday’s George W. Bush Institute event in New York, the former President spoke up for true values in our country:  http://thehill.com/homenews/news/356212-george-w-bush-bigotry-seems-emboldened-in-us  (with full text here:  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/19/full-text-george-w-bush-speech-trump-243947 )  Let’s thank President Bush for his words via The George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205

8.      There are 600+ political prisoners in Homs prison in Syria right now, some went in at less than 16 and are now adults. They all are on verge of getting massacred.  http://orient-news.net/en/news_show/141575/0/Syrian-detainees-in-Homs-Central-Prison-warn-against-Assad-break-in   #Assad needs to be stopped from murdering political detainees. Let's use this tweetsheet:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Kin8PZ5RDgZL2m93v83OrZImzF7E2zxHsSJBXv8V1Uo/edit#gid=0  and sign this petition:   https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Zeid_Raaad_Al_Hussein_Stop_the_Mass_Execution_of_Political_Prisoners_in_Homs_Syria/share/                                                                                                                                                       

9.      Two of the world’s largest insurance firms have partnered with the NRA to provide “NRA Carry Guard” insurance to gun owners who shoot someone and claim self-defense. This plan is specifically designed to protect “Stand Your Ground” shooters like George Zimmerman (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nras-carry-guard-comes-under-fire-as-murder-insurance/). Since our country is now led by a president who the NRA put their full weight behind, clearly we cannot look to the White House for moral leadership here, and we need to provide it ourselves. We can call on Chubb Insurance and Lockton Affinity to drop these policies at this website: https://stopmurderinsurance.org/.

Petitions

1.      Let’ use this site to tell Trump not to repeal the Clean Power Plan:  http://sign.actiontaker.org/page/s/clean-power-ja

2.      On October 4, four soldiers belonging to the Third Special Forces Group were killed in Niger in an ambush led by 50 ISIS fighters. As usual, Trump's response fell short of presidential expectations. Many questions have remained unanswered since the attack, with more questions arising every day.  Please sign this petition demanding that President Trump tell us the truth about what happened in Niger. https://www.thepetitionsite.com/845/825/665/trump-needs-to-tell-the-truth-about-niger/

Marches/events/teleconferences/Twitterstorms to attend/organize

1.      The next Resistance School session is scheduled for Thursday, October 26 at 6pm ET, when Luis Avila will lead the second fall session on relationship building.  We can sign up here: https://www.resistanceschool.com/sign-up-1/ 

Reading/Watching

1.      ““Mindful resistance” is the key to defeating Trump” -  https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2017/10/2/16394320/mindful-resistance-key-defeating-trump-mindfulness

2.      This is an interesting read on the family that made BILLIONS on Opioid sales but has kept their family name away from a connection to the drugs. Instead they donate to art and cultural funds getting their names on buildings, building wings and schools. Maybe they should be building DRUG REHAB CENTERS.  http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a12775932/sackler-family-oxycontin/

3.      Still relevant:  “Arguing is easy; persuasion is hard: what Donald Trump teaches us about debate” - http://www.upworthy.com/arguing-is-easy-persuasion-is-hard-what-donald-trump-teaches-us-about-debate?c=ufb1






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1.      From the Nasty Women Action Network:  There may be a Senate vote on Trump's tax plan & budget as early as tomorrow. Please call the senators listed below (scripts provided below, if needed).  There are Democrat AND Republican senators on the fence about the proposed budget resolution, which will reward the rich and punish the poor.  Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-3121  CALL DEMOCRATS:  1)  Sen. Joe Manchin(WV),  202-224-3954,  2) Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN) 202-224-4814, and 3) Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND) (202) 224-2043 [Script for Democrat calls: http://bit.ly/2y3t1nE]  CALL REPUBLICANS:  1)  Sen. Bob Corker (TN) 202-224-3344, 2) Sen. Rand Paul (KY) 202-224-4343, 3) Sen. John McCain (AZ) (202) 224-2235, 4) Sen. Susan Collins (ME) (202)224-2523, and 5) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202)-224-6665  [Script for Republican calls: http://bit.ly/2hAuwiE]

2.      More on the budget vote:  Once again Republicans are trying to destroy our safety net to enrich their donors, quickly in secret. Just like Healthcare, the more light we shine on them, the harder it will be to do it. Indivisible's appalling details of the plan to cut 5 trillion from social programs including Medicare, Medicaid, WIC, Head Start here:
https://theintercept.com/2017/10/04/senate-budget-tax-cuts-medicare-medicaid-health-care/ then read Indivisible's Chad Bolt has good thread on strategy here: 
https://mobile.twitter.com/chadderr/status/920442281240 522752  Once we’ve read through this, we can call our Senators to vote No on the budget resolution this Thursday and on any Wealthcare" attempts.

3.      The budget vote is the gateway to the tax plan. Once again it appears that Trump does not really know how the tax plan will affect most Americans.  While the wealthy, including Trump and his cabinet, friends, and corporations will come off sitting pretty, the rest of us will not see much of anything we will consider a win for us or our country and it will also, backhandedly, undermine the healthcare system by cutting healthcare programs used by millions of our citizens. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-18/trump-may-see-annual-23-million-tax-cut-under-plan-study-says  and http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/democrats-slam-gop-budget-taxes-health-care-cuts-50563382  Let’s make sure all our legislators know that while we agree the tax plan could be simplified, but that gifts to the wealthy at the expense of others, especially the most vulnerable among us is not what we want.  We can also use this site for resources:  https://www.trumptaxscam.org/

4.      The USNS Comfort, a state-of-the art Navy hospital ship, is off shore of Puerto Rico with only 33 of its 250 beds filled while hundreds on the mainland need its services.  The ship is waiting for patients, but there is a communication problem between FEMA, the Puerto Rico Dept. of Health, and the medical community regarding referrals.  https://www.clickorlando.com/health/hospital-ship-mostly-empty-in-puerto-rico Let’s contact FEMA to express our deep concern and ask them to step in to fix this: Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street S.W.Washington, D.C. 20472 or Administrator Brock Long on Twitter @FEMA_Brock

5.      Last week, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3990: National Monument Creation and Protection Act; another deceptively titled piece of legislation. This bill would essentially gut the Antiquities Act, and the Sierra Club has a very helpful rundown of how the language in the bill allows for this to happen: http://www.sierraclub.org/lay-of-the-land/2017/10/no-more-parks Let's be sure to contact our representative and tell them to oppose H.R. 3990

6.      The Senate Judiciary Committee's oversight hearing for the DOJ is putting Attorney General Jeff Sessions back in the spotlight http://trib.in/2gO7QvS Although Sessions has only held the position for eight months, he has already done so much damage. People for the American Way have created a timeline of all the ways Sessions has walked back civil rights and justice for all http://bit.ly/2kYupCt Let's read through the timeline, then use it as motivation to call again for Sessions' resignation. We can contact the Department of Justice  by phone: 202-353-1555 or mail: US Dept. of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20530 Let's also be sure to contact our MoC and ask that they put pressure on Sessions to resign as well. 

7.      From Postcards for America:  The Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. The caucus was founded in February of 2016 by two south-Florida representatives Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) who will serve as co-chairs of the caucus. It has a “Noah’s Ark” rule where, if you are joining, you must bring a member of the other party with you.  Let’s check to see if our representative belongs.  If yes, let’s send a thanks, if not, let’s why, then ask them to do so:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NafXNOgK_YPJ2w6MA-j-o0IU5Pkngz6rREyWy-ks8r8/mobilebasic

8.      The Senate on Monday confirmed Callista Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The vote was 70-23, with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and several other Democrats joining all Republicans in favor.  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/16/callista-gingrich-vatican-ambassador-243849 Let’s tell our Democratic Reps that they need to stop playing favorites with Congress family and friends. There are certainly many experienced people for this job that aren’t connected to congress. 

9.      Trump is planning an increase in immigration jails across the country to house the growing number of undocumented immigrants.  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/10/17/trump-plans-massive-increase-federal-immigration-jails/771414001/ We’ve learned that most of these prisons are private and lucrative and seriously underserving these people. https://www.thenation.com/article/a-look-inside-our-abusive-immigrant-prisons/   Let’s make sure that legislators know that we disagree with this move and do not want our money spent that way and that we want other private prisons closed.

10.  Even though neither Congress nor the White House were fully aware of the bill’s import when Obama signed it into law, according to interviews with former senior administration officials, but the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of last session, made the opioid problem worse instead of better.  Many are calling for its repeal:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-addiction-epidemic-capitol-hill-calls-for-change/  Let’s let our MoCs know that we support this repeal. Given the recent reports by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes, it’s clear that this bill weakens the fight against the opioid epidemic. 

11.  Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just 60 days to consider a radical proposal that would give preferential treatment to coal power --- potentially at the expense of natural gas, solar, wind and other alternatives --- and despite higher costs for consumers and serious consequences for our health and climate. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/rick-perrys-proposal-would-upend-years-of-power-reform/article/2637365  There’s less than one week left to submit a public comment against this. Let’s do it here:  https://nextgenamerica.org/act/reject-dirty-power-plan/

12.  Trump has nominated David Zatezalo to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Per Propublica, "Records show the coal mining company formerly run by David Zatezalo retaliated against a foreman who complained of harassment and unsafe conditions.”  On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, by a 12-11 vote, approved the nomination of David Zatezalo as undersecretary of Labor, heading the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Let's contact our own Senators to let them know that we oppose Zatezalo's nominated for mine safety because of Zatezalo's own poor safety record.

13.  The Republican legislature in North Carolina has done everything it could think of to thwart Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.  Now it is trying to change the state’s judicial system, in a move that would, among other things, ensure that 65% of African American judges would be placed in newly-drawn districts where they would be forced to face other incumbents in now-partisan court elections: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/us/north-carolina-republicans-gerrymander-judges-.html  This alarming strategy would not only reconfigure justice in North Carolina but offer a model for Republican legislators elsewhere hoping to limit the power of Democrats.  It is part of a larger strategy to politicize the judiciary (see, for example, McConnell’s announced opposition on Monday to the senatorial “blue slip” or his unwillingness to allow a confirmation hearing on Merrick Garland).  In addition to the pressure NC voters can bring on local legislators, the rest of us also need to let North Carolina’s senators, Richard Burr (R) ( https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/office-locations)  and Thom Tillis (R) (https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/about-thom ) know that we know that turning the clock back to partisan court elections is only a mask for political interference in the judicial system.

14.  The Trump administration is attempting to kill the Iran accord without getting its hands dirty. On October 13th, President Trump announced his administration will decertify the Iran nuclear accord, punting the matter to Congress. By choosing not to certify the agreement, he forces Congress to craft legislation in 60 days – and this Congress has continually failed to pass any major legislation (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/16/trump-iran-deal-withdraw-243816). Let’s make sure this cowardly gambit doesn’t work by calling our reps and telling them to do their job and craft legislation within the 60-day review period. We can make the call with 5Calls at this link: https://5calls.org/issue/iran-nuclear-deal

State Actions

1.      ALL: A recent report card of state energy efficiency policies and programs shows that even in this era of partisan divide, blue and red states alike are embracing smarter energy use as a key strategy for reducing harmful pollution, saving consumers money, creating jobs and driving economic growth. Let's check here to see how our own states are doing.  We need to continue to drive and support positive energy and environmental action at a local level. Let's contact our state representatives and senators to find out how they intend to increase energy efficiency, especially wind and solar, in our state.

2.      MI: Governor Snyder is expected to announce his decision this week on whether to discipline Michigan State Police director Colonel Etue after she shared a meme calling NFL protesters "ingrates" and "degenerates" http://bit.ly/2xNlB3J Etue's behavior is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to race relations and tensions within the Michigan State Police Department http://bit.ly/2ywVpxE Someone who displays racist behavior should not be the head of the police department. Let's join Color of Change in asking Governor Snyder to fire Etue. We can read through background information, a call script, and talking points here https://act.colorofchange.org/call/call-now-fire-mspdirector/

3.      MD:  Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media.  They have only 2 days to get 37 more supporters.  Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  THEN cut, paste and share –https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63166-aca-signup-reminder   Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here:  https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/  Learn more about the ACA Signup Project here. Love to have you get involved!   https://www.acasignupproject.com/

4.      DE:  Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media.  They have only 2 days to get  23 more supporters.  Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  THEN cut, paste and share - thanks!  https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/62591-aca-signup-reminder  Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here:  https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/ Learn more about the ACA Signup Project here. Love to have you get involved!  https://www.acasignupproject.com/

5.      OH:  Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media.  They have only 2 days to get 32 more supporters.  Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  THEN cut, paste and share -https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63081-aca-sign-up-reminder  Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here:  https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/

6.      NH:  Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media.  They have only 2 days to get 48 more supporters.  Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  THEN cut, paste and share - https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/62807-new-hampshire-aca-signup  Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here:  https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/

Other Actions

1.      The ACA helps us in many ways, but one problem it doesn’t address is skyrocketing medical costs. Neither do any of the major proposals for a single-payer system, for which Americans would pay more than other country’s citizens, because healthcare costs more here (https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/16/16357790/health-care-prices-problem). Part of the problem is that many hospital fees are not public knowledge, so let’s help Vox Media strike a small first blow for transparency by sharing our recent emergency room bills (personal info may be redacted) with this Vox Media project: https://erbills.vox.com/.

2.      HalloweenCostumes.com “has removed an outfit depicting German-born diarist Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, from its website after public outrage.” The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League responded to the incident by saying: “This should never have happened in the first place. It shows we still have a long way to go in terms of educating people about what happened during the Holocaust, and why this unique event in human history should never be trivialized.” http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/company-pulls-anne-frank-halloween-costume-website-amid/story?id=50533589 As we prepare for our Halloween festivities, let’s take a few minutes to educate ourselves about the implications of costumes like this, as well as costumes depicting cultures and ethnicities not our own: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/us/cultural-appropriation-halloween-costumes.html and http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114199552 Halloween is a time of celebration! We can be scary, funny, and edgy without being insensitive!

3.      In case you missed it last week, here is the video of the teleconference last week on “Building Coalitions” presented by Real TalkRISE StrongerTogether We Will, Action Together Network, March into ’18 Program,  and Act Local.  Comments about the presenters are below the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vqeMVykRMs Let’s watch this and see if we can put some of the ideas into action within our own groups.

4.      According to Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson (D-FL), when Trump recently called the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in Niger, he more than once told the widow:  “'But you know he must've known what he signed up for.’” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/trump-told-widow-soldier-must-ve-known-what-he-signed-n811756 This sort of comment is yet another example of Trump’s callous disregard for the very real cost of service to soldiers and military families. This attitude is particularly disturbing given this administration’s obvious interest in escalating military aggressions, even as the prospects for returning soldiers remain precarious, with the Veterans Administration reporting disproportionately high suicide rates among veterans. https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2951 Let’s check out these tips and see what we can do to support soldiers and veterans in our community:

5.      Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson (D-FL) has also begun a scholarship for Sgt. La David Johnson’s children through her 5,000 Role Models of Excellence program.  http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-gardens/article179356376.html Let’s help if we can:   https://www.gofundme.com/sgt-la-david-johnson-scholarship

6.      Suit Up Maine has created a helpful piece on the dos and don’ts of engaging with trolls on social media:  https://www.facebook.com/notes/suit-up-maine/do-this-not-that-how-to-effectively-resist-trump-on-social-media/1506840242735154/   Let’s read it and put some of this into action in our own social media practices.

7.      There is a new “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey” from the Trump campaign folks.  Let’s help them out (no need to donate or give identifying info):   https://action.donaldjtrump.com/short-mainstream-media-accountability-survey/

8.      Sometimes we need to refocus on things that have actually happened (not just said) since the start of this regime. Lambda Legal has put together a list "Every terrible thing Jeff Sessions and the DOJ have done since February." Let's read this and review ways that Sessions is undermining our democracy. Let's inform friends and family who may not be in the know of these specifics.

9.      "A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won't perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation." We can read the full article here.  Parole violations or even imprisonment should not stop a matched-donor from making a donation, especially to his own 2-year-old. Emory Healthcare needs to here from us.  Call: 404-778-7777.

Petitions

1.      On October 24, the world’s elite bankers and financial institutions will convene in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the annual meeting of the Equatorial Principles Association. These financiers have all committed to guidelines set under an agreement called the “Equator Principles”--voluntary standards signed by 91 financial institutions, mostly private sector banks, to govern their finance of large infrastructure projects and to strengthen risk management by ensuring that projects being financed are "developed in a manner that is socially responsible.”  http://amazonwatch.org/news/2017/0829-equator-banks-called-upon-to-act-on-climate-change-and-indigenous-peoples-rights  There’s just one problem -- the banks aren’t following through on their “principles,” in the US or elsewhere. Climate Hawks, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Amazon Watch and others ask us to support a petition calling on the Equator banks to commit themselves to a series of specific climate change and indigenous rights principles, laid out in their petition: https://petitions.signforgood.com/EquatorBanksAct/

2.      There is an unmistaken link between domestic violence and guns.  http://lawcenter.giffords.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Domestic-Violence-Factsheet.pdf  Let’s sign Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) petition telling Congress to save lives from gun violence:  http://action.chrismurphy.com/page/s/smart-gun-laws

Marches/events/teleconferences/Twitterstorms to attend/organize

1.      We can still register for The Women’s Convention being held in Detroit, October 27-29.  Here’s the link that provides several registration options including general, student/youth, institutional, and day passes:  http://www.womensconvention.com/register.html

2.      The Women’s Convention is still in need of volunteers.  When we volunteer, we get free admission for the rest of the day.  We can sign up here:  https://liveunitedsem.galaxydigital.com/aem/corp/event/?doc_id=4485&key=a07caa6d6d98caa618d4da204d16ef09

Reading/Watching

1.      Some fascinating insight into why “Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors” - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-12/why-american-workers-pay-twice-as-much-in-taxes-as-wealthy-investors

2.      “I am writing ‘me too’ so my children don’t have to” - https://www.mother.ly/life/i-am-writing-me-too-so-my-children-dont-have-to

3.      “The 2017 Hurricanes Didn’t Just Hit Puerto Rico—They Hit the Caribbean - https://www.thenation.com/article/the-2017-hurricanes-didnt-just-hit-puerto-rico-they-hit-the-caribbean/










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1.      Senators Lamar Alexander(R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) say they have “reached an agreement on a bipartisan Obamacare deal to fund a key insurance subsidy program and provide states flexibility to skirt some requirements of the health care law.”  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/17/alexander-and-murray-say-theyve-struck-bipartisan-obamacare-deal-243872. Andy Slavitt, who ran the ACA for Obama and has been working hard to save it, tweeted this statement in approval:  https://twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/920401437598683136  Let’ call our 3 MoCs and ask them to support the Murray-Alexander ACA stabilization compromise as currently negotiated and ask that it be brought up for a vote ASAP!  If we tweet, we can use this Click-2-Tweetsheet (from @planetscape) to tell GOP senators to support it: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CKz9Xqv53Lorvovm2kU_kgcQd8O9kfAQCTcl44aIAYo/htmlview#gid=0  

2.      On Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) received the 2017 Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center.  His acceptance speech (text here:  https://medium.com/@SenatorJohnMcCain/remarks-at-the-2017-liberty-medal-ceremony-8d69751a5ac1)  was gracious, but he also warned against the US turning toward "half-baked, spurious nationalism".  “President Donald Trump on Tuesday slapped at Sen. John McCain's condemnation the previous night of “spurious nationalism,” warning the Arizona Republican that "at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty.”  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/17/trump-to-mccain-i-fight-back-243861   We don’t always agree with McCain but he is Veteran, a POW survivor and helped the WOMEN in the SENATE save ACA. Let’s thank him for his service to this country:  https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form or tweet:  @SenJohnMcCain

3.      The Dream Act (in both houses of Congress) is still languishing, yet so many people feel that these young people need our support, the support that is being pulled from under them.  http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/2017-10-15/sunday-extra-dream-act-deserves-support.html   There are currently 200 cosponsors of H.R. 3440: Dream Act of 2017, which would give young people brought to this country as children the right to stay and keep their families intact, but the  House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security has taken no action to get the Dream Act out of committee. If your Representative is listed as a co-sponsor, thank them and ask them to tell the subcommittee chair to take a vote on the bill. If he or she is not listed, ask them to cosponsor the bill. Meanwhile, the Senate version of the Dream Act only has 9 cosponsors. Check to see if either of your senators have cosponsored S. 1615, and thank them if they have.  If they haven’t, call and tell them they need to cosponsor and support the Dream Act now.

4.      The proposed Health and Human Services Strategic Plan, which is updated every four years, contains some concerning elements.  While it is no surprise that it is more conservative in nature than the current plan, this one states that it will protect lives from conception to natural death and has references to over 40 faith or faith-based organizations, compared to Obama’s three, obviously pandering to and using the language of the religious right.  https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/13/16449724/trump-hhs-abortion-pro-life-conception   The concerns over how this will play out and what it will mean are troubling, at best.  Let’s take advantage of the opportunity while public comments are being accepted by HHS.  Here how we can do that until Oct. 27:  1) using the comment box shown at the bottom of each page of the draft strategic plan (link above), 2) emailing HHSPlan@hhs.gov, 3) faxing to (202) 690-5882, or 4)  sending mail to: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Strategic Planning Team, Attn: Strategic Plan Comments, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 415F, Washington, DC 20201.

5.      The National Chicken Council and Republican lawmakers are “lobbying to speed up poultry inspection lines.” Not only would this increase the risk of food contamination, but it would also put plant employees—often immigrants and refugees—at greater risk for on-the-job injury. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/another-obama-decision-reversed-now-it-s-about-food-safety-n810296 Let’s contact Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking him to refuse requests to speed up poultry inspection lines: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20250  

6.      Wilbur Ross, the Commerce Secretary, has given contradictory reports about $2 billion that he left off of his financial disclosure report, raising questions about whether he “violated federal rules and whether his family owns billions in holdings that could create the appearance of conflicts of interest.”https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2017/10/16/the-mystery-of-wilbur-ross-missing-billions/#3a5e5f11c90a Let’s contact our MoC as well as the US Office of Government Ethics (ContactOGE@oge.gov) to request an investigation into whether Ross lied on his financial disclosure report and whether he is really taking the appropriate steps to avoid conflicts of interest.

7.      Democrats are working to stop Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from rescinding Obama-era guidance on how colleges should handle sexual assaults on campus. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced legislation, HR4030, Title IX Protection Act, to codify into law guidance on sexual violence DeVos withdrew last month while the agency takes its first steps to write new guidance." http://thehill.com/regulation/355179-dems-unveil-bill-to-write-campus-sexual-assault-guidance-into-law . Right now, the bill has 27 Democratic co-sponsors. Let's check here to see if our Democratic representatives are among them. Let’s send thanks if they are; if not, let's ask them to support HR4030.

8.      A bipartisan team in the United States Congress – in both the House of Representatives and the Senate – has introduced legislation to protect transgender troops and prohibit the Department of Defense from kicking out members of the military because they are transgender (http://thehill.com/homenews/house/355324-lawmakers-offer-house-bill-to-block-transgender-troop-ban). We need all Representatives and Senators to support this effort immediately—because transgender troops who have had their lives upended by this reckless change in policy can't wait any longer. Let’s join Freedom for All Americans in contacting our reps and asking them to get behind this measure at this link: http://action.forallusa.org/page/speakout/collins-gillibrand-bill.

9.      Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services released a disturbing new plan that redefines life as beginning at conception and removes all references to LGBTQ people and their health needs – while heavily emphasizing the role of religiously affiliated organizations. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article177486081.html This is yet another case of this administration treating religion as a license to discriminate against women and LGBTQ people, and an example of why it’s more important than ever to throw our full support behind the Do No Harm Act (H.R.3222). This bill would stop the misuse of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to ensure that protections of our First Amendment rights can’t be used as an excuse to attack Americans. Let’s contact our reps and tell them we want to see them supporting this measure. (We can also sign this petition from the ACLU: https://action.aclu.org/secure/DoNoHarmAct2017).

State Actions

1.      MI:  Energy Transfer Partners' Rover Pipeline, LLC. has been issued a violation for discharging water contaminated with petroleum http://bit.ly/2gexpph There have already been concerns raised by local citizens, as well as U.S. Senators Peters and Stabenow, regarding how the construction of the pipeline negatively affects the environment and drainage systems http://bit.ly/2yvtb77 This is the same pipeline that spilled over 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into Ohio's wetlands http://to.pbs.org/2pIpLa1 It is clear by now that violation notices are not sufficient; action needs to be taken to stop this pipeline, before it does more damage. Let's join the folks at Over With Rover and contact the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and ask that they put a halt to the Rover Pipeline. Over With Rover has step-by-step instructions on how to file an official e-comment with FERC, as well as contact information for our state and federal representatives here:  https://sites.google.com/view/overwithrover/complain-to-ferc-and-congress

2.      MO:  Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media.  They have only 2 days to get 45 more supporters.  Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  THEN cut, paste and share – thanks!  https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/62916-dc-projects/62916-dc-

3.      FL: Clean-up drivers and crews are leaving their current firms to work for MCM and Community Asphalt "because they can make a lot more money thanks to a never-before seen contract put out by the [Florida Governor Rick] Scott Administration immediately after Hurricane Irma. The emergency contract, uncovered by CBS4 News, dramatically raises the cost of cleaning up the Florida Keys. And it came at a time when Governor Scott was publicly claiming his Administration was holding the line on costs and demanding debris removal firms not raise their rates. Under the emergency contract awarded through the Florida Department of Transportation, MCM and Community Asphalt are being paid anywhere from three to 10 times more to do the same work that another firm is doing under a separate agreement the firm has with Monroe County." If we are Floridians, we can contact Governor Scott to express our displeasure at his lack of transparency and the extra costs to our state.  Let's remember this clean-up debacle when Rick Scott decides to run for Senate when he leaves the Governorship next year. 

4.      NC: North Carolina Republicans, who have been reprimanded by federal courts for targeting minorities with voter ID restrictions and gerrymandering, passed legislation last week to eliminate primary elections for state judges next year in what critics say is a blatant and brazen attempt to take control of the state’s courts. http://www.themountaineer.com/news/nc-lawmakers-expected-to-make-big-changes-to-election-law/article_9d4ff502-b351-11e7-b8b4-53fcfb107146.html  If we are North Carolinians, let's contact our NC state legislators about this issue to let them know we oppose a GOP takeover of the state's courts. 

Other Actions

1.      Resistbot can now contact the White House on our behalf.  Text president to 50409 or Facebook Messenger and we can write a letter to Trump or any of our members of Congress. Resistbot has just rolled out v. 3.  Messages now first go to email, then to fax if email fails, then to letter if the fax fails.  Let’s learn more:  https://resistbot.news/resist-the-white-house-880b59a7fce5

2.      Now let’s take a moment to appreciate something good: the World Central Kitchen and chef José Andrés have been rivaling (and shaming!) FEMA by preparing and delivering thousands of meals to hurricane-stricken Puerto Ricans for 3 weeks now: 
https://www.eater.com/2017/10/16/16481720/jose-andres-100000-meals-daily-puerto-rico-hurricane-maria. While the White House wallows in its own ineptitude, WCK just keeps getting it done, even expanding out into less accessible regions and exemplifying a determination to do the right thing that we all need to show. Let’s help them carry on! https://www.worldcentralkitchen.org/donate

3.      Flip Virginia Blue! Join Today's Action Together Network's Twitterstorm for Democratic candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates.  Virginia's off year election results often predict how the next national midterm election will go, so their elections matter to us all. If Virginia has a strong Democratic showing, things look up for 2018 and we can make that happen. You'll be tweeting for: 1) Joshua Cole: African-American and youngest candidate to ever win the Dem nomination for this seat, 2) Science teacher Cheryl Turpin: 362 votes shy of flipping a 30-year Red District Blue, and 3) Lee J. Carter: Former Marine and IT specialist.  2018 victories start here. Let's make it work!  Tweetstorm Link with instructions here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1943005329297657

4.      Americans for Responsible Solutions has changed its name to Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence. Let’s watch their new video about this exciting new chapter for the organization and then add our name to recommit ourselves to the fight against gun violence:  http://act.giffords.org/page/s/giffords-launch-video   

5.      5calls.org has launched a new tool that allows us to phone bank to help get progressive candidates elected. The first candidate they're focusing on is Danica Roem, who is running for Virginia's House of Delegates for District 13. We can learn more about her background, experience, and platform, then make some calls https://5calls.org/team/danicaroem

6.      Indiana State Representative Jim Lucas has drafted legislation which would require journalists to obtain licenses from police, stating “If you’re OK licensing my Second Amendment right, what’s wrong with licensing your First Amendment right?” http://bit.ly/2ylYCRl This false equivalence, while ridiculous, should also be called out. We can contact his office by phone: 1-800-382-9841 or e-mail: h69@iga.in.gov

Petitions

1.      "Sign this petition to all NFL team owners and the league. Call on them to stand in solidarity with protesting athletes and to take substantive action in support of their efforts."  https://petitions.signforgood.com/DefendNFLPlayers/

2.      Over 42,000 people have already signed the UltraViolet petition to bring back ESPN anchor Jemele Hill after Trump and his racist followers got her suspended...for supporting anti-racist protests. Let’s join in:  https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/ESPN_Jemele_Hill/

Marches/events/teleconferences/Twitterstorms to attend/organize

1.      Tune in tonight with Indivisible and Senator Chris Murphy to learn more about the Iran Deal and how we as citizens can take action. Senator Murphy is also happy to answer your questions about the topic. 8:30 p.m. ET on Facebook Live: 

Reading/Watching

1.      “Colin Kaepernick and a Landmark Supreme Court Case” -  https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/colin-kaepernick-and-a-landmark-supreme-court-case

2.      We hear a lot about Thunderclaps lately.  Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here:  https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/

3.      RISE Stronger’s Week in Science and Technology:  https://risestronger.org/newsroom/week-38-science-technology