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Friday, July 21, 2017

7/21/17

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  1. Like the Monty Python skit, the GOP Senate health care effort is not dead yet.  http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/342853-source-senate-leaders-to-offer-200b-to-win-over-moderates?amp  There are many confusing options and money being thrown on the table and there is a tremendous amount of pressure without regard to human life and economic impact. The GOP would like us to be quiet now but we cannot be. Trump does not want Congress to leave for August recess until a bill is passed.  They couldn’t come up with a good bill in seven years; a few weeks will not be the charm. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/19/trump-congress-no-recess-health-care-240718. As Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz tweeted: "Under-appreciated in 2017 is the biggest grassroots movement in human history just formed w/no politician in charge. Power to the people."  We are those people. Please keep up the pressure with your Senators

  1. In a strange twist of fate amid the health care mayhem, Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/342849-john-mccain-diagnosed-with-brain-cancer  Just a couple days ago he released a statement about the importance of bipartisan work on health care. A note of well wishes can be sent to him at his local or Washington offices:  https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/office-locations 

  1. We’ve learned that the majority of GOP members do not value college and that they want to take a more isolationistic approach in our country, but now the Trump Administration has issued a Presidential Budget Request that calls for the reduction or elimination of international education programs in the Department of Education (Title VI & Fulbright-Hays).  The House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education has proposed level funding for Title VI but proposed elimination of Fulbright-Hays.  http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/5458546-155/op-ed-cutting-the-fulbright-program-is   This is just the beginning of the appropriations process. Fill out the form to the right to urge your Members of Congress to fund BOTH Title VI and Fulbright-Hays." It couldn't be easier! http://p2a.co/7olnROm

  1. The Trump White House is working with anti-immigrant senators Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) on a bill that would dramatically reduce the number of legal immigrants allowed into this country. (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/12/trump-legal-immigration-cuts-240478) We are a nation built by immigrants, where almost everyone is from somewhere else. This measure is an insult to our values, and to everything that truly makes America great. We need to nip this in the bud. Let’s contact our members of Congress and ask them to publicly announce their opposition to any measures cutting opportunities for people to make their home in this country legally.

  1. Three (3) House Democrats introduced a bill this week that would prohibit the US from forming a collaborative cyber-security initiative with Russia.  http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/341689-dem-reps-introduce-bill-to-block-cybersecurity-team-up-with-russia  Let's tell our representatives that we support the No Cyber Cooperation with Russia Act (HR3191).    We can also thank the bill's primary sponsors: 1) Brendan Boyle (D-PA), 2375 Woodward St Ste 105, Philadelphia PA 19115. 2) Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), 411 N Central Ave Ste 150, Phoenix AZ 85004. 3) Ted Lieu (D-CA), 5055 Wilshire Blvd Ste 310, Los Angeles CA 90036

  1. Trump has nominated Lee Francis Cissna to head the department of US Citizen and Immigration Services.  https://www.propublica.org/article/advocacy-groups-say-senators-should-have-one-word-for-trumps-immigration-pi  "More than 300 immigration advocacy groups urge senators to oppose the nomination of Lee Francis Cissna to head the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services..."  Let's tell our senators to oppose Cissna for Immigration.

  1. The Department of Health and Human Services has released a much more favorable score of the Cruz amendment, as a means of competing with the CBO score http://politi.co/2vmR5gX There are many concerns about the HHS score, however, including that it looks only at the Cruz amendment and does not take the rest of the BCRA into consideration; nor do they disclose how they arrived at their numbers http://bit.ly/2vFFkl5While the CBO is considered non-partisan, Tom Price and the HHS have already proven to be highly partisan and their score should not be considered is the discussions on healthcare. Let's make sure our Senators dismiss the HHS score and continue to use the CBO score as a reliable, non-partisan source of information.

  1. Trump has officially nominated Sam Clovis as the Department of Agriculture's undersecretary of research, education, and economics. Sam Clovis is neither a scientist, nor does he accept that climate change is real http://bit.ly/2uDm8aE Let's be sure our Senators know that this is not someone who should serve as the USDA's top science position and that we know there are better qualified candidates. 

  1. Seven years ago, Joel Clement, a science and policy expert, was hired at the Interior Department in Washington, “where, among other things, I’ve helped endangered communities in Alaska prepare for and adapt to a changing climate. But on June 15, I was one of about 50 senior department employees who received letters informing us of involuntary reassignments. Citing a need to “improve talent development, mission delivery and collaboration,” the letter informed me that I was reassigned to an unrelated job in the accounting office that collects royalty checks from fossil fuel companies.”  Clement is now a whistleblower on the Trump administration:  http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/19/538216232/climate-scientist-says-he-was-demoted-for-speaking-out-on-climate-change  Let’s contact him at the DOI to thank him and let him know we support him:  https://www.doi.gov/contact-us/   

  1. In yet another very troubling arena with so many implications, “The Treasury Department on Thursday fined Exxon Mobil Corp. $2 million for violating sanctions against Russia while now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of the company.”  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/342911-feds-fine-exxon-2m-for-violating-russia-sanctions-while-tillerson Let’s let Tillerson know that we know about these Russian connections and insist that while Sec. of State that he put our country’s well being before anything else:  U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520. 

  1. In a move favored by Putin, Trump has ended CIA arms support for anti-Assad rebels in Syria.  It is apparently part of an effort to improve the US/Russia relations.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-syria-idUSKBN1A42KC Clearly, this will not help in the overthrow of Assad, but it does cozy up Trump to Putin.  Under this administration the support of Assad has gone back and forth. Let’s let Trump and our MoCs know that this is not acceptable.  The overthrow of Assad , however complicated, is in the best interest of the Syrian people who have suffered so long. This is not how we back out. Contact:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

State Actions

  1. TX:  If you are in the TX-07 district and want to unseat Republican John Culberson, then check out Laura Moser, the founder of Daily Action.  She wants to change things up and she is just the person to do it!  http://www.vogue.com/article/laura-moser-congressional-candidate-texas-7-vogue-august-2017-issue  Follow Laura on Facebook and get involved:  https://www.facebook.com/lauramosertx/

  1. TX:  Texas is a hot bed of attempts to pass anti abortion laws with ridiculous consequences to women, women's rights, and doctors. "The 85th Legislature has already been among the bleakest for abortion rights. Far-right legislators are no longer claiming their bills are in the interest of “women’s health,” with one House Freedom Caucus member even proposing to make obtaining an abortion a felony.  While that bill failed, lawmakers did pass a sweeping anti-abortion  measure requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains and banning the most common form of second-trimester abortions.  Last year, the Supreme Court struck down two major provisions of another sweeping Texas anti-abortion law, known as House Bill 2, which closed more than half the abortion clinics in the state. But the ruling has not deterredSwanson — the sole female member of the Freedom Caucus — or her colleagues, who aim to abolish abortion entirelyhttps://www.texasobserver.org/texas-bill-would-revoke-medical-license-of-doctors-who-perform-abortions/  Let's  be diligent and watch our our States for laws that take away a woman's choice. The government should not be making medical decisions for women and restricting doctors with jail time for treating their patients.  If you live in TX, let your reps know you don't want freshman representative Swanson dictating your medical choices.  TX contacts: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=150

 Other Actions


  1. If you do not have a subscription to the New York times, it could be worth it to burn use of a free article this month on the interview that Peter Baker, Maggie Haberman, and Michael S. Schmidt did with Trump. The topics are varied and include some particularly pointed (and at times disturbing) reflections on Sessions, Comey, Mueller, and health care, along with some very troubling riffs on Napoleon, Hitler, and Russia: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/19/us/politics/trump-interview-transcript.html  It is an interview that continues to make clear the state of the union. Let's stay in touch with our Members of Congress about our deep concerns about the executive branch at this time.

  1. The Trump administration cannot pursue its agenda of vilifying and attacking immigrants on its own. Make the Road New York and the Center for Popular Democracy launched the Corporate Backers of Hate campaign to draw attention to and pressure companies that help—either by financing detention centers or private prisons or sitting on Trump’s business council—and they are asking people across the country to write personal letters to these companies. (http://time.com/4755885/trump-protests-corporations-activists/) Many of their recent efforts have focused on JP Morgan Chase; CEO Jamie Dimon sits on Trump’s business council and the company finances immigrant detention centers and private prison companies. Let’s join them in writing a letter to JP Morgan and Jamie Dimon. We can find more information and an easy way to send at this link: http://www.backersofhate.org/en/jpmorgan.html.

  1. From RISE Stronger:  RISE Stronger500 Women Scientists, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition have come together to call on you to speak up for science by writing an op-ed in support of government funding for science, technology, and the programs that enrich and improve our society and local communities.  For more info, check here:  https://risestronger.org/newsroom/op-ed-fy18-budget-science

  1. Calvin's Eco List is a bio-monthly environmental action list.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LrAqRC26ynxrEeOeGD8zgEu8AcABS4KSZbpbBJ_513s/edit  We can check out the latest actions and sign up for our own subscriptions at the linked Google doc. 

  1. There are many ways that the Trump administration can take steps towards dismantling the Affordable Care Act. NPR has detailed six different routes that Trump could take to ensure that the ACA fails. Let's read through it so that we can be wary and ready to act http://n.pr/2tggVlp

Petitions


  1. It looks like the Senate may still hold a vote next week on health care next week even though no one knows quite what is in the bill.  Let’s sign this petition by the DCCC, the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House, urging them not to do so:  https://action.dccc.org/petition/stop-attacking-obamacare

  1. Let’s sign the MoveOn.org petition asking our governors defend DACA and not deport these young people:  https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/attorneys-general-protect

Marches/events to attend/organize


  1. Next Thursday, July 27 from 2-3pm EDT, the Union of Concerned Scientists is holding a “webinar on how to write an effective LTE [letter to the editor] and get it published in your local newspaper.”  Look for more info here:  https://secure.ucsusa.org/onlineactions/7okzv776PE6p35UDzMQP6Q2

Reading/Watching

  1. Here’s some fact-checking on Trump’s lunch meeting about health care with the GOP senators:  http://www.npr.org/2017/07/20/538171317/fact-check-trumps-confusing-remarks-to-senate-republicans-on-health-care

  1. An inside look to Bannon’s influence on Trump:  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/steve-bannon-pulled-one-greatest-upsets-american-politics/

3.     From Bill Moyers & Co.: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Koch Brothers are in Denver this week. One of the topics of discussion is a model bill to repeal the 17th Amendment, which established the popular election of United States senators in 1913.  http://billmoyers.com/story/alec-koch-industries-gerrymander-denver/     Let's be aware of this type of gerrymandering.


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2016 election, are sharing daily or weekly calls to action.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

7/20/17

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  1. At a lunch meeting at the White House yesterday, Trump urged Republican senators to continue working on a health care bill and to not leave for their August recess until they passed a bill.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A40UX Let’s let our senators and the White House know that we want a good bill, not a fast bill.  If the GOP has not been able to come up with a plan in seven years, a few more weeks will not be the right fix. The Indivisible Guide has a helpful resource, which details three different scenarios that could play out next in McConnell's fight to get rid of the ACA. We can read through, and then use the call script at the bottom of the page when we contact our senators http://bit.ly/2tHvwFM

  1. “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is shutting down an office that coordinates cyber issues with other countries, according to two people familiar with the plan, in a move that critics said will diminish the U.S. voice in confronting hackers.”  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-19/tillerson-is-said-to-shut-cyber-office-in-state-s-reorganization  Considering what happened to our 2016 elections, this move seems dubious at best.  Let’s call our MoCs to get this turned around.  Let’s also voice our concern to Tillerson:  https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/u-s-department-of-state

  1. One of our big victories on a tragic election night in November was finally forcing notorious bigot Scott Garrett (R-NJ) out of Congress. Naturally, Trump wants him back in power, and has nominated him to lead the Export-Import Bank. (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/17/scott-garrett-trump-export-import-bank-nominee-240639) Garrett’s nomination is in trouble for a variety of reasons, and attention from the public could help stop him. Let’s contact our senators, especially those of us whose senators serve on the Banking Committee, and tell them someone who doesn’t think gay people should serve in Congress shouldn’t get their support.

  1. The House last week passed the National Defense Authorization Act for this year, and included now-standard language preventing any recognition of Russian sovereignty over the Crimea. The Trump administration is criticizing this measure. (http://thehill.com/policy/defense/342069-house-passes-6965b-defense-policy-bill) We obviously can’t trust Trump in dealing with Russia, and our members of Congress need to know that. Let’s contact them and tell them that no matter what the White House says, we want them to make sure that provision is in the final bill.

  1. The news has broken that Trump had an additional meeting with Putin at G-20 in Hamburg; this time, for one hour and with only Putin’s interpreter, which is a break in US protocol: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-07-18/bremmer-on-trump-putin-meeting-charlie-rose-video  and http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342589-ian-bremmer-trump-and-putin-held-second-informal-meeting-during-g-20?amp  Let’s walk and chew gum at the same time about health care and Russia and let our Members of Congress know that if Trump chooses to engage with Putin without staffers present and without his own interpreter, we have very significant issues that need attention.

  1. Trump has expressed a willingness to play dice with 1/6th of the US economy alongside the lives of our people:http://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/trump-on-senates-health-care-failure-let-obamacare-fail/  This is behavior wholly unbefitting a president. Please keep the pressure up with your Senators until we are at the end of the straight repeal effort and let Trump know what you think of his leadership: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500

  1. The bi-partisan Credit for Caring Act (Senate bill: S1151; House bill: HR2505) would create a $3000 family caregiver tax credit. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/341845-bipartisan-group-pushes-caregivers-tax-credit   Let's tell all three of our MoC's to support the Credit for Caring Act. (S1151/HR2505)

  1. “Frustrated by delayed promises of citizenship from the U.S. military, and in fear of the Islamic State if he were deported back to Iraq, Ranj Rafeeq has given up the American Dream for a Canadian one.”  Rafeeq, like many, many other foreign-born recruits like him, were promised fast-tracked citizenship here by the Pentagon, but it has not happened.  Now many of them are here illegally and will be deported unless they follow Rafeeq;s lead: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/07/17/foreign-born-recruits-promised-citizenship-by-the-pentagon-flee-the-country-to-avoid-deportation/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.9f1a1e3a0421  Let’s contact our MoCs and the Dept. of Defense.  We promised these young people something better.  DOD:  https://www.defense.gov/Resources/Contact-DoD/

  1. On Wednesday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed HB 5277 into law, banning conversion therapy against LGBTQ youth http://bit.ly/2ubmcxB Let's send Governor Raimondo a "thank you" for protecting our young LGBTQ communities: Office of the Governor 82 Smith Street Providence, RI 02903 Phone: (401) 222-2080

  1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced plans to expand civil asset forfeiture; a practice that even conservative Supreme Court Justice has admonished, saying "That system—where police can seize property with limited judicial oversight and retain it for their own use— has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses,”  http://theatln.tc/2trcxE9 This bipartisan concern over governmental overreach should be put into action; let's ask our MoC to speak out against Sessions's new directive to expand asset forfeiture, and to work across the aisle to come up with a workable solution. We can also contact the Department of Justice to let Sessions know how we feel about his plans 202-353-1555 U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

  2. The House Appropriations subcommittee passed the spending bill, which included approximately $1.6 billion for Trump's border wall http://bit.ly/2vD9JR5 Let's give our representatives a call to make sure that do not allocate any funds for this wall. Let's also make sure that they know we do not support a government shutdown to intimidate any representatives into voting in favor of the wall http://politi.co/2vacUj2

  1. "Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) blasted Speaker Paul Ryan late Tuesday, saying the Wisconsin Republican "stripped" her Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) repeal amendment in the "dead of night.” Lee said in a tweet the move was "underhanded & undemocratic," adding "the people deserve a debate!" The measure was surprisingly backed by both Republicans and Democrats when it was voted into the House defense spending bill in late June."   http://thehill.com/policy/defense/342666-dem-rep-stripping-war-authorization-repeal-underhanded-undemocratic Really, do we want an unpredictable president like Trump to have the authority to use deadly force without Congressional review? Let's contact Ryan and tell him we want that action presented for a vote: https://paulryan.house.gov/contact/

State Actions

  1. CA: In Santa Rosa, workers at a waster management company have successfully organized and unionized.  Now they are working with local groups to implement more environmentally friendly waste-recovery practices.   http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7148757-181/teamsters-advocating-for-better-sonoma. Let's take away from this that, with persistence, it is still possible to unionize in the USA and that workers are stronger when they do.

Other Actions

  1. If we flip 24 House seats in 2018, we reclaim it.  To see how we can help, let’s check out Swing Left https://swingleft.org/

  1. From red state Texas comes this commentary in the  Dallas News by Carl P. Leubsdorf outlining Trump's achievements during his first six months in office. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/07/17/outline-trumps-achievements-first-six-months-office  We can send feedback to Carl Leubsdorf at this email address: carl.p.leubsdorf@gmail.com  or write to: Carl P. Leubsdorf, c/o The Dallas Morning News, 508 Young St, Dallas TX 75202.

  1. From Strong Women Action Network (SWAN)The VA Pilot recently published an article titled “Virginia Republicans face the largest number of contested elections in over a decade” stating that 85 percent of Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates districts will host contested races. It notes that this is the most since the 2009 elections. Virginia is the first battleground state to be a proving ground for the resistance against the Trump agenda. What happens in the Virginia House of Delegates elections not only will affect issues close to home for many Virginians and the Virginia congressional district lines, but it will show the nation whether or not the resistance energy can translate into votes at the polling booth. There is a national effort to "Turn Virginia Blue" and with the help of Mobilize America and the Strong Women Action Network, we can make calls to support progressive candidates by joining a Facebook based phone bank this Saturday, July 22nd.  These two groups are working together to make calls for many candidates including: Jennifer Foy, Danica Roem, David Reid, and others. They will provide you training and all the tools you need to help make a difference! Sign up here or email here:  action@swanimpacts.org

  1. Yesterday, defying White House wishes, journalist” Ksenija Pavlovic, a former political science teaching fellow at Yale who founded a news site called Pavlovic Today, used the Periscope app to stream audio of Wednesday's briefing.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/07/19/a-reporter-broke-white-house-rules-by-streaming-live-audio-of-an-off-camera-briefing/?nid&utm_term=.d1f76dcd2f7c  She may be taken to court over this, but Ms Pavlovic knows that this kind of transparency is the American way.  Let’s thank her:  Twitter: @ksenijapavlovic  or email:  newsroom@thepavlovictoday.com

  1. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is in Denver at the 44th annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting. The American Legislative Exchange Council claims to be a nonpartisan group, but since their slogan is "limited government, free markets and federalism" we'd have to say that makes them right-wing. "DeVos has close ties to ALEC. She is the founder of the American Federation for Children, which provides financial support to ALEC and has representation on ALEC’s Education and Workforce Development Task Force." In the wake of this meeting, we can expect this influential group to help push DeVos' ill-conceived school voucher schemes. Let's watch her next moves closely, as are the hundreds of protesters who showed up in Denver to protest! http://www.coloradoindependent.com/166344/betsy-devos-alec-protests 

Petitions

  1. Let’s stand with FWD.us, which “is mobilizing the tech community to promote policies that keep the U.S. competitive in a global economy, starting with fixing our broken immigration system and criminal justice reform” and tell Congress we stand with immigrants:  https://www.fwd.us/stand-with-immigrants-rti-sl-clal

  1. Trump’s Voter Integrity Commission met today for the first time amid great skepticism and genuine distrust in the need or how it will be handled.    http://www.npr.org/2017/07/19/537910132/amid-skepticism-and-scrutiny-election-integrity-commission-holds-first-meeting  Let’s join the DNC in asking Trump to shut down this unnecessary commission:  http://my.democrats.org/page/s/shut-down-trumps-voter-fraud-commission

Marches/events to attend/organize

Reading/Watching

  1. A helpful piece in FiveThirtyEight about when to trust unnamed sources: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/when-to-trust-a-story-that-uses-unnamed-sources/amp/

  1. A nice tip of the hat to resistance efforts with a special shout-out to Kansans: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/18/opinion/health-care-bill-republicans.html

3.     Climate change is often not perceived as a threat until it threatens us personally. In Chile, many regard climate change as the greatest external threat. Everyone has been affected, directly and indirectly. "Chile's government is introducing a range of measures to help the country adapt to hotter, drier conditions — for example, better water conservation and fire prevention methods, and creating green spaces to help cool urban areas. To further raise awareness, there will be mandatory climate change classes in Chile's schools, from next year onward."  We can read the full article here:  http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/07/16/536896748/in-chile-many-regard-climate-change-as-the-greatest-external-threat  Let's be aware that climate change is already having huge impacts on lives around the world.  While we, in the US, have people arguing about the validity of the science, Chile has already reached a point where climate change knowledge must be mandatory in school.


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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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

7/19/17

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  1. Thanks to three senators speaking up, it appears there will not be enough votes to achieve a repeal of the ACA.  http://www.npr.org/2017/07/18/537921805/mcconnell-backup-plan-to-repeal-affordable-care-act-falters Let’s thank those senators who wanted to see something better for their constituents.  1) Shelly Capito (R-WV):  https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/office-locations, 2) Susan Collins (R-ME):  https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact, and 3) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact

  1. While it seems over, it is not. Just because we cannot see ANY logic in going this route does not mean it is not going to happen. “Despite the fact that it doesn't look like Republicans have the votes at the moment, McConnell announced Tuesday night on the Senate floor that Republicans would hold a procedural vote on the health care bill "early next week." http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/18/politics/mcconell-repreal-and-replace-obamacare-not-successful  So, we need to keep calling, writing letters, sending faxes and tweets to our Senators. We need to keep attending protests and also contacting friends and family with Republican Senators to ask them to keep the pressure up. McConnell is very backed into a corner and we cannot presume what rabbits he might pull out of a hat and we know we can’t trust him with a better healthcare plan for everyone. 

  1. Russia is putting more and more pressure on Trump to reverse some of Obama’s actions to punish them for hacking our election. (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-18/russia-demands-u-s-return-properties-as-talks-reach-no-deal) Trump has proven as clearly as possible that he cannot be trusted when it comes to Russia. We need Congress to make sure he doesn’t let them off the hook. A nearly unanimous Senate voted for a bill that would allow Capitol Hill to step in if Trump tries to remove sanctions on Russia, but House Republicans have been stalling it. Let’s call our members of Congress and tell them we want them to do everything in their power to pass this measure as soon as possible.

  1. House Republicans rolled out their budget plan today, and it’s a disaster for regular Americans. It helps them move forward with their plans to cut taxes for the wealthy by letting Americans go hungry, allows them to cut Medicare, and sets them up to repeal crucial Obama-era limits on Wall Street so that the millionaires and billionaires who wrecked our economy can run wild again. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN1A228B) Let’s contact our members of Congress and tell them that if they expect our votes next November, we expect them to vote no on a budget that helps the 1% of the expense of everyone else.

  1. Do all roads lead to Kushner? Possibly. Thankfully more are calling into question the legitimacy of him having security clearance for classified information:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/senate-democrats-ask-for-kushner-security-clearance-review/  Please let your Members of Congress know that Kushner has abused the privilege far too much and to keep the pressure on for a review of Kushner's security clearance. 

  1. The Trump Administration wants to use the UN climate fund for new coal plants  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/342077-trump-aims-to-use-un-climate-fund-for-coal-plants-report  Let's tell UN Ambassador Nikki Haley that we oppose this idea: Nikki Haley, US Mission to the UN, 799 United Nations Plaza, New York NY 10017.

  2. The National Monument review continues with the Davidson Seamont Monument off the coast of Monterey CA and three other unique marine sanctuaries and monuments. http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170701/NEWS/170709970 We have until July 26 to submit public comments. We can do so at this link from  regulation.gov and click "comment now"  https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066.  We can also send letters; however, July 26 is coming up quickly! Write to: NOAA, SSMC4-11th fl, 1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Springs MD 20910. Let's be sure to include this information on our letters and envelopes: Re: EO 13795, Docket ID#NOAA-NOS-2017-0066.

  1. At the end of June, the House Appropriations Committee approved by voice vote Rep. Barbara Lee’s amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/politics/house-panel-repeal-war-authorization-isis-al-qaeda/index.html Lee has fought, largely alone, against the post-9/11 “endless war.”  We need to join her and tell our representatives that it’s time support Lee’s amendment in the House and get rid of the AUMF. Since Bush, presidents have used the AUMF to justify warrantless surveillance, indefinite detention, and the lethal use of drones. We don’t want to give a blank check to this president!

  1. While the End Racial Profiling Act of 2017 has 73 cosponsors in the House and 27 in the Senate, it has been stuck in committee since early February and March http://bit.ly/2tcshqr Let's give our MoC a call to let them know that we want them to support H.R. 1498 and S. 411. We can also call the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to let them know that we want to see both bills move forward https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members https://judiciary.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

  2. There are reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans on closing the Office of Global Criminal Justice, which focuses on policies to address war crimes and genocide http://atfp.co/2u2iXH1 Let's contact Tillerson to let him know we oppose the closing of the OGCJ  202-647-000https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

  1. Many on the left feel that the time is right to be on the offensive politically rather than staying on the defensive.  Roy Cooper, current governor of North Carolin, is showing how it can be done.  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/18/can-roy-cooper-show-democrats-how-to-win-again-215386 Let’s let our Democratic/Independent MoCs and those we know running for office that they have a guide in Cooper.

  1. S. 1460 (Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017), the massive energy bill being rushed through the Senate. It’s opposed by conservation, water, farming, and even industry groups because it increases our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. https://www.bna.com/democrats-caught-green-n73014461860/ Let’s call our senators asking them to oppose this outdated bill and focus on clean, renewable energy. 

  1. Last week, a military plane crashed in Mississippi resulting in 16 deaths.  http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2017/07/10/plane-crashes-leflore-county/466582001/  When a tragedy like this occurs, the sitting president traditionally goes to the scene to console the families.  Trump tweeted.  Let’s tell Trump that these military families deserve so much more than 140 characters: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

State Actions

  1. CO:  In the wake of CO's secretary of state Wayne Williams agreeing to share public voter information with the so-called "Election Integrity Commission," over 3700 CO voters have pulled their registrations. "Of the voters who have withdrawn their registrations, 88 percent are either Democrats or unaffiliated voters—54.5 percent Democrats and 33.5 percent unaffiliated voters. Just 9.8 percent of the withdrawn registrations came from Republicans."http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/88-percent-of-colorado-voter-registration-withdrawals-are-from-democrats-unaffiliated-votersWe think that this is precisely the effect that Kobach, known for his involvement in voter suppression schemes, was going for. Disenfranchising ourselves is never a good idea. Let's stay registered!

  1. MI:  Voters Not Politicians has begun a campaign to educate state voters how voting maps are created and the resulting problems.  They want to collect signatures on a petition to get a redistricting question on the 2018 ballot.  However, after following all the rules and guidelines, they are still awaiting the okay from the state to start collecting signatures.  These are generally reviewed and approved within 24 hours.  It has been 19 days.  If we are a Michigan resident, we can sign our name here to get information and find out how we can get involved in the petition drive:  http://www.votersnotpoliticians.com/7182017_michigandersdemandchange

Other Actions

  1. We should be aware that the perhaps intentional sloppiness of the White House administration extends to the data we share with them: last week, emails from concerned citizens to the so-called "Election Integrity Commission" headed by Kris Kobach were made public. "But the administration made a big mistake: It didn’t censor any of the personal information — such as names, email addresses, actual addresses, and phone numbers — included in those emails." http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-white-house-security-voters-outrage-data-personal-information-election-integrity-a7842566.html. Let's continue to speak up but *protect ourselves* by not including addresses, phone numbers, or place of employment in the content of our emails. Let's also not submit any extra personal information that isn't required.

  1. The GOP has a new survey for us entitled “Listening to America”.  As usual, it is pretty slanted with some leading questions.  Oh, and it doesn’t mention healthcare at all so let’s be sure to add that in the comment section at the end.  Let’s help them out:  https://gop.com/listening-to-america-surveys/

3.       This summer, Our Revolution, an American progressive political action organization spun out of Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign to continue its work  is focusing on the People's Platform; eight House bills which embody progressive ideals. The goal is to have the majority of Democratic House members cosponsoring each bill by the end of the summer recess.  We are being asked to sign on as citizen co-sponsors.  Let’s learn more about this and sign:  http://unityfeed.com/doc/12310/the-summer-for-progress?grp_id=0

  1. Last week, we learned about the former GOP member who turned Democrat.  In this piece, he tells us why.  http://www.chicagonow.com/politics-now/2017/07/what-the-democrats-have-that-was-attractive-to-this-ex-gop/ Maybe we should share this with some of our conservative friends who may be moving closer to the fence.

  1. Run for Something is an organization that supports under-35 year old progressives running for office. https://www.runforsomething.net/ Let’s take a look and see how we can help or share this info with someone who wants to run. 

Petitions

  1. Let’s join Friends of the Earth in telling our senators not to gut the Endangered Species Act and clear the path for the Keystone XL:  http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22050

  1. SumOfUs wants us to sign a petition telling American denim companies in China to stop contributing to the pollution in China:  https://actions.sumofus.org/a/it-s-time-to-put-a-stop-the-the-denim-industry-s-dirty-secrets

Marches/events to attend/organize

  1. No Labels is an American political organization based in the United States, composed of Republicans, Democrats, and independents, whose mission is to "usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics. On July 19th at 7:00 pm EDT, No Labels strategist Ryan Clancy will be hosting a conference call to discuss our urgent efforts to support the growing Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress. It’s a pivotal moment for both No Labels and the Caucus as there is growing support from inside and outside Washington for bipartisanship as the only way out of this mess, on issues ranging from healthcare, to the budget and the debt ceiling. These next few months may well decide whether this Congress can get anything done and No Labels is working every day to ensure they do.  Let’s click her to RSVP:  http://action.nolabels.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=22850

Reading/Watching

  1. A stirring read from Rebecca Solnit about personal and political space: https://harpers.org/archive/2017/07/occupied-territory/

  1. Dan Friedman from Mother Jones tells us how Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is creating his own narrative: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/how-chuck-grassley-is-creating-an-alternative-trump-russia-investigation/

  1. Here is an excerpt from Nancy MacLean’s “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America”: http://billmoyers.com/story/book-democracy-in-chains-far-right/
                       

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