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Friday, December 16, 2016

12/16/16  To-do List                                                                         

There is no special way to attack this action list. If it seems overwhelming, just do the first two items to make it easier.  If you have a little more time, do the third….and the fourth…. Or, choose items that speak to your heart.  Some people cut and paste the list, print it off and take it with them so they can check items off while they are out and about during the day and just waiting or driving.  Others click and do items as they work on their computer or phone.  There is no right way to do this.  Just do something!  Remember, too, that many of the suggestions made on earlier days are still doable! 

  1. If you are considering going to your state capitol on Monday for the Electoral College vote, check in here for info:  http://december19.us/

  1. TODAY urge your representative to support the Protecting Our Democracy Act, H.R. 6447, which will "establish a truly bipartisan, independent commission to investigate Russia’s efforts to undermine our elections and democratic institutions."  Find your rep's phone number here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

  1. The lawyers group is trying to get this to all Senators and Congressmen, but there is no automatic way to do it (and best to come from a constituent). Please encourage your networks to share:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-jnY6gQhlDbVUrS4Et69l3SAKb1H4znwniKl7fPe4js/mobilebasic

  1. This is what happens when a Republican governor thinks that schools should be run like businesses and when the conservatives in the state are anti-union and pro-charter/pro-vouchers.  A precursor to Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, perhaps? http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/12/the-fallout-from-gop-attacks-on-teachers-20-year-old-literacy-program-in-detroit-cancelled-due-to-lack-of-teachers.html

  1. And this tidbit regarding charter schools, Michigan, and Betsy DeVos:  http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/12/betsy-devos-steve-ingersoll-and-michigan-as-a-cautionary-tale-for-american-education.html

  1. Here is a doc you might find helpful as you organizeRudimentary Guide to Action for Democracy and Human Rights https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lnVIxGb5P9Bm47v-SzUm-CjBnUBYBZgyObdi8smRq-g/edit
  1. You may remember the “No Bannon” postcard avalanche from a few weeks ago.  The organizing group has regrouped and if you’d like to be kept aware of upcoming postal events they may do, “like” their Facebook page, Postcards for Democracy:  https://www.facebook.com/postcards4democracy/

  1. If you are concerned about the ethical issues of Ivanka and Jared Kushner occupying the white house with business conflicts-of interest thru the "exception" to the anti-nepotism law that they seem to have avoided, call the US Office of Executive Government Ethics at 202-482-9286 or  202-482-9207. 

  1. If you are interested in 1) pushing for a full investigation of Russian interference, 2) having a briefing of electors BEFORE they vote, and 3) saying no vote on Monday until this is completed, call these offices: Homeland Security Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI chair) 202-224-5323, Sen Clair McCaskill 202-224-6154, and Minority Tom Carper (D –DE) 202-224-2441. You can also call Senate Intelligence Com. Richard Burr (R-NC) 202-224-3154 and Diane Feinstein, minority chair (D-CA) 202-224-3841or 415-393-0707.

Michigan


  1. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has extended the public comment period regarding Nestlé Waters North America, Evart, Osceola County, for a proposed increased large quantity water withdrawal made under Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399. Comments will be accepted until March 3, 2017.  Written comments can be emailed to deq-eh@michigan.gov  The application information package can be found here:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/odwma-nestleapplicationpackage72016_540428_7.pdf

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