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1/31/17  To-do List                                                             

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  1. Just so you all know, President Obama is on our side. He said so.  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/obama-supports-protests-american-values-are-at-stake-234375

  1. If you know/hear of anyone being detained at any airport under Trump's Executive Order, call the ACLU hotline at 415-621-2488. People are on standby to file habeas petitions to get folks out as soon as possible. Spread widely. 

  1. This past weekend, Trump removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.  (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/us/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-national-security-council.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=1 )  This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.  Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military advisor in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.  Call your federal senators, representatives, attorneys general, and state governors this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.  Find them here: http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

  1. If you want to track the reactions of your federal legislators and your state governors regarding the Muslim ban, check here (includes statements, links, and contact info:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hSGjyWJZIQJpGz4V2ftX_qioCgBtL59oJkkhx146nFE/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0

  1. From one of our own:  Paul Ryan's and Mitch McConnell's offices are not taking phone calls. This from Senator Peters office just now, when I asked if we, the people, have no recourse to what is happening. She said, "Ordinarily, I would encourage you to call their offices, but we have just been informed that their offices are not taking calls."  Time to call your legislators and ask why this is happening!  Find them here:  http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

  1. Anyone for coffee?  Let’s support Starbucks, which has vowed to hire 10,000 refugees after Trump’s travel ban.   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/30/trump-travel-ban-starbucks-hire-10000-refugees

  1. It seems that the right is now calling for boycotts against Starbucks for their vow to hire refugees.  They are also receiving negative calls and comments.  Let’s thanking them for their stand,  Call:  800-782-7282  or make some comments on their FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/Starbucks/ or on Twitter @Starbucks

  1. The ACLU is seeking a second hearing on Sessions for Attorney General given the reported involvement of Senator Sessions in recent executive orders, they request that the committee hold a second hearing with Senator Sessions to consider the position of the nominee on the extraordinary claims of executive authority, and the grave dangers to civil liberties and civil rights, posed by the actions taken and proposed by President Donald Trump over the past few days. https://www.aclu.org/letter/aclu-letter-sjc-second-hearing-jeff-sessions Please contact members of the Judiciary Committee and voice your support:  https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members as well as your own senators:  http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

  1. Please join the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in a powerful chorus of voices across America to reject the hate and extremism that is infecting the new administration.  Bannon, the man who rallied the white nationalist movement behind Donald Trump, is now a permanent member of the National Security Council, giving him more access to our national security intelligence than the Joint Chiefs of Staff.   We cannot forget that this is the man, who, in his own words, turned the Breitbart News website into “the platform for the alt-right.” The alt-right is simply a rebranding of white nationalism for the digital age.  Sign here: https://www.splcenter.org/stephen-bannon-has-no-business-white-house

  1. Expressing yourself can also be done by where you choose to spend your money.  This site should help you decided:  https://grabyourwallet.org/

  1. Required reading: “Trial Balloon for a Coup?”  https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/trial-balloon-for-a-coup-024990891d5#.xvcliq23w and a counterpoint,Weak and Incompetent Leaders act like Strong Leaders”        https://tompepinsky.com/2017/01/30/weak-and-incompetent-leaders-act-like-strong-leaders/

  1. From RISE Stronger:  Important individual state actions – check for your state here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/risewhenwefall/permalink/1363540957050371
  
  1. Request that DOJ Acting Director Dana Boente investigate Donald J Trump and Stephen Bannon for: 

a)      Violating the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, with his 01/27/2017 Executive Order titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which bans immigration for people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.
b)      Refusing to obey the 01/28/2017 Federal Court-Ordered Stays on his 01/27/2017 Executive Order.
c)      For illegal discrimination against individuals of the Muslim faith by his 01/27/2017 Executive Order not permitting people presumed to be of the Muslim faith to enter the United States, even if they have legal status.
d)      For illegal discrimination against legally present individuals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia, by not permitting them to enter the United States, based on their alienage and religious beliefs, pursuant to the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, and unjustifiable by any standard of review.

Contact the United States Department of Justice (Phone: 202-353-1555) or https://www.justice.gov/…/w…/your-message-department-justice).  Contact ALL your legislators as well:  http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

  1. From one of our own:  While Uber's CEO will be on an advisory board for Trump, Lyft will be donating $1,000,000 per year for the next four years to ACLU. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-uber-trump-lyft-aclu-2 0170129-story.html) If you haven't already made the switch, look into it. Then, don't just delete the app- delete your account so you can tell them why. (Must be done on the browser, not in the app- google "delete Uber account")  https://www.lyft.com/

  1. If you need a quick refresher on how laws are made, check here:  https://smalldeedsdone.com/wait-how-does-government-work-again/

  1. (Bill) Moyers and Company helps us see the difference between voter fraud, election fraud, and voter suppression:  http://billmoyers.com/story/voter-fraud-explained/

  1. From Damsels in Defiance:  We are launching a emergency postcard avalanche for Mike Pence this Wednesday through Friday. Here the details.  https://damselsindefiance.org/event/emergency-postcard-avalanche/

  1. Call your representatives in the House and tell them to oppose the Congressional Review Act- a bill meant to nullify the Cardin-Lugar Amendment (an anti-corruption act). Read more about the proposed bill and the amendment here:  https://thefactcoalition.org/house-attempts-to-repeal-bipartisan-anti-corruption-safeguard-in-controversial-move/

  1. Attorneys General across the country are speaking out against the executive order on immigration. 15 AGs have signed a joint statement condemning the order, and Washington's Attorney General is suing Trump over the ban on immigration. Call your state's attorney general, and ask what they're doing to protect against discrimination.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-attorneygenerals-idUSKBN15D0XZ  Washington state has already filed a lawsuit against Trump over the ban:  http://komonews.com/news/local/state-attorney-general-plans-major-announcement-on-trump-immigration-plan

  1. FiveThirtyEight has created a resource that tracks how often members of congress vote with/against POTUS: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump-score/house/

  1. Some journalists have reported Facebook posts critical of Trump being switched to private after making publicly available. With that in mind, periodically double check that you are reaching your intended audience on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/kendzior/posts/10154984860017351?pnref=story.  By the way, this woman would be good to follow.  She is an upcoming voice of journalistic integrity.  https://www.facebook.com/kendzior

  1. From Justice for Our Neighbors:  Elected officials must understand the broad support for welcoming refugees and other newcomers. Please call your local, state, and national leaders — tell them where you’re from, why you care about refugees, and urge them to support the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Click here for more information including a sample call script from our friends at Refugee Council USA:  http://www.rcusa.org/advocate-now

  1. From Justice for Our Neighbors:  We are all hearing stories of people around the country and around the world who are directly affected by the Executive Order. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HAIS) developed this form to collect and share these stories to illustrate the widespread devastation of Trumps’ policy:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGGpm4EGflTHrbBhn_lOqX7kFJmR_cNGs9u1c39crDkgkA7Q/viewform These stories can include:  1)  People detained at ports of entry, 2)  Refugees who were expecting to come to the U.S. (in the “pipeline”), 3) U.S. residents who were expecting their family members to join them in the U.S., 4) Communities and congregations who were expecting to welcome refugees (i.e. furnishing apartments, collecting donations, etc.) By filling out the form, you are ranting permission for these stories to be told publicly.  No identifying information will be used. Photos are encouraged. Please contact liza.lieberman@hias.org with any questions.



1/30/17  To-do List                                                            

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  1. We are 3 votes short of blocking Betsy DeVos. If you live in ME, TN, AK, GA, UT, NC, WY, LA, KS, SC, or KY, call your Senators!!  VOTE IS TUESDAY!!!!!!

  1. It seems that Sen. Rand Paul is undecided about DeVos.  Damsels in Defiance needs our help with a special campaign that targets him on Monday from 11-3 Eastern Time. Here is a link to the campaign-https://damselsindefiance.org/event/enabling-campaign-rand-paul/  Join in!

  1. Talking with family and friends who support Trump:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/we-have-to-say-something_us_588b6548e4b0da1b94946dc9

  1. Greenpeace will be resisting every future attempt by the Trump Administration -- whether it’s attacking the Clean Power Plan, rolling back fuel efficiency standards, approving pipelines, or opening up the Arctic to drilling again -- to weaken our country’s ability to meet its climate commitments as defined in the historic agreement.  Let’s join in this effort with them:  https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2059

  1. If there were ever a time to support the ACLU, it is now.  Here is their seven-point plan to take on the Trump administration.  As we saw on Saturday evening, they are already working hard for us.  For more informatin: https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/here-aclus-7-point-plan-action-take-trump-administration

  1. Good talking points to remember and use:  Trump has said that he intends to get rid of 75% of government regulations. Congressional Republicans called for immediate elimination of regulations from the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Security and Exchange Commission. What would be eliminated?  Protections against cancerous poisons in foods, drugs untested for their safety, unsafe drinking water, air pollutants that get into your lungs and can’t get out, fraudulent stack sales, unscrupulous mortgages. That is what our president and Congress are proposing, hiding it behind the word “regulations.”  When you talk with your legislators or others who want to eliminate regulations, shift the frame: always say “protections” instead of “regulations.” “Protections” is a more simple and accurate description.  https://georgelakoff.com/2017/01/28/the-publics-viewpoint-regulations-are-protections/

  1. Medium.com has published “20 Ways You Can Act Now To Support Muslims/Immigrants + Resist DT: A Solidarity Sundays Emergency Guide.” Solidarity Sunday is “a nationwide network of feminist activist groups focused on taking action to resist Trump. On the 2nd Sunday of each month, we gather in homes across the country to…take action on the immediate issues that matter.”See the list here:  https://medium.com/@kateschatz/20-ways-you-can-act-now-to-support-muslims-immigrants-resist-dt-a-solidarity-sundays-emergency-82c4b392bcfb#.i2h22hjii   Find more ways to take action, or find a local Solidarity Sunday meeting here:  https://www.solidaritysundays.org/

  1. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has compiled a list of do’s/don’ts for bystanders against violence or harassment:  https://www.afsc.org/resource/dos-and-donts-bystander-intervention

  1. Want to find an organization where you can donate or volunteer? Here’s a list of 50 to get you started:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/50-groups-to-learn-about-if-youre-committed-to-intersectional-feminism_us_5887b050e4b0441a8f715df7

  1. Children are not immune to current events. Books are a great way to humanize others and teach compassion. Check out this list of children’s books that talk about what it’s like to be a refugee:  http://www.readbrightly.com/books-to-help-kids-understand-what-its-like-to-be-a-refugee/

  1. White House petition from one of our own:  Rescind your executive order stopping the refugee resettlement program and your illegal immigration ban based on national origin.  Please sign:  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/donald-trumps-anti-immigration-executive-order

  1. The Indivisible team is hosting a phone call tonight at 9pm EST regarding the executive order on immigration. The call will discuss the legality of the order, and talk about what you can do to fight it through congress. Details, as well as a link to RSVP can be found here:   https://www.indivisibleguide.com/action-emails/2017/1/30/week-of-january-30-emergency-call-to-stop-the-muslim-ban-and-more-indivisible-actions











1/29/17  To-do List                                                            

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  1. Save the Children, like so many other individuals and organizations are passionate about the plight of refugees.  Please sign their petition asking Congress to repeal the refugee ban:  http://action.savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/index.sjs?action_KEY=20705

  1. Last month, top tech corporations: Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Google, Apple, IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton, SRA International, and CGI were all asked if they’d sell their technology to help Trump build a Muslim registry - an insidious plan to track, racially profile, and relegate Muslim Americans to second-class citizenship. Please join the Color of Change, an online racial justice organization, in telling tech firms to NOT help Trump build a Muslim Registry:  https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/tell-tech-no-muslim-registry

  1. For a link to your legislators and script to use when contacting them about the Muslim ban, go to Weekly Action to Resist Trump (http://www.weekly-resistance.online/) and choose "Muslim bans and registries" under the "pick a specific issue" drop-down menu.  Then, select your state, then legislator. 

  1. The Council on American-Islamic Relations will have a news conference on Monday, January 30th at 1pm to announce its filing of a federal lawsuit  challenging the Muslim ban. Find more information, including a link to its live stream, here: https://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases.html

  1. For those in California: sign a letter of support for S.B. 31; critical legislation needed to protect against the creation of a Muslim registry: http://bit.ly/civilrightsbills

  1. Please join in MoveOn.org’s petition by Linda Sarsour to the US Congress: Targeting people based on their religion is wrong and unconstitutional. Shutting the doors on some of the most vulnerable people in the world—refugees seeking safety—shows a moral bankruptcy that is shocking even for Donald Trump. We demand that you go on record and resoundingly reject Trump's Muslim ban.http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/reject-trumps-muslim

  1. Mpower Change, an online organizing platform to build grassroots Muslim power while advancing social, spiritual, racial, & economic justice, also has a petition to Congres to reject the Muslim ban:  https://act.mpowerchange.org/sign/reject-muslim-ban/

  1. Donald Trump's Muslim ban is a dark moment in American history. Join the Democratic Party and tell Trump to rescind this order immediately: http://my.democrats.org/page/s/no-muslim-ban

  1. Congress can pass legislation to override an Executive Order. That legislation would be subject to the veto, which Congress could override with a 2/3 majority in both houses. On Monday, call your members in both houses to intro legislation. Someone will. Then, call your members to cosponsor. There are Republicans who are nervous about this horrible Muslim Ban, and I'd expect this is actually possible. Get to work. Find your legislators here:  http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

  1. From Sen. Harris:  I've defended immigrant and refugee communities before — and I'm prepared to do it again with imminent attacks from this administration. Add your name in opposition to Trump’s refugee ban: http://go.kamalaharris.org/page/s/act-refugees-jan2017-v2

  1. SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ALL VULNERABLE GROUPS:  ATTENTION: Immigrants and Refugees from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen:  YOU HAVE RIGHTS.  If you are denied entry or detained at a port of entry by a Customs and Border Protection here's what you should do:  1) Green Card Holders: Resist any demands to give up your green card. Do NOT sign Form I-407, even if they say it will make things easier. 2) Demand a hearing from a judge: You have the right to a hearing with an immigration judge. Do NOT relinquish this right. 3) Demand to Speak to an Attorney: You have the right to be represented by an attorney. Ask to speak to an attorney, and discuss details of your case with only your attorney, not CBP. From:  Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights:  https://www.facebook.com/ICIRR/photos/a.410517941671.201460.16644371671/10154944019286672/?type=3&theater

  1. There have been zero fatal terror attacks on U.S. soil since 1975 by immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries Trump targeted with immigration bans on Friday, further highlighting the needlessness and cruelty of the president’s executive order. Join with the Democratic Coalition Against Trump and write your reps and senators urging them to push back on Trump's Muslim ban here [http://bit.ly/2k3SpQD] and call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to tell them how you feel.

  1. If you're a lawyer who doesn't work for the federal government - especially if you speak Arabic, Farsi, or Kurdish - the International Refugee Assistance Project is taking volunteers to do triage at major airports where refugees, visa holders, and LPRs are detained due to Friday's executive order.  The stories coming out of the airports are horrifying.  Here's the IRAP Google doc where you can sign up to assist detainees:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScU15uSaSkA61YrGmXfplfOu2UwlcwIyEJXPuyON6SCE6YlAw/viewform?c=0&w=1

  1. Here is an interesting gender pay gap interactive site to show how much you could be paid in an equal economy:  http://www.epi.org/multimedia/gender-pay-gap-calculator/

  1. Consider joining or starting a chapter of Mothers Out Front, Mobilizing for a Livable Climate:  http://www.mothersoutfront.org/

  1. While it may be hard to sort out the true news outlets, Bill Moyers’s gives us this list of 10 investigative reporting outlets to follow:   http://billmoyers.com/story/10-investigative-reporting-outlets-to-follow/

  1. Over 750 corporations have pulled their advertising from Breitbart. However, Amazon is not one of those companies. Sign the petition, urging Amazon to do the right thing- stop advertising on Breitbart:  https://actions.sumofus.org/a/amazon-stop-investing-in-hate-3/?akid=27094.12406434.skmXHm&rd=1&source=fwd&t=1 

  1. GovTrack  not only lets you see voting records, legislative committees, etc., but it also lets you  keep track of what your legislators are doing and lets you follow bills going through Congress.  Check it out here https://www.govtrack.us/

  1. Let’s all support and thank the ACLU (https://www.aclu.org/)  for arguing a nationwide stay on Trump's immigration ban and thank U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York for granting that stay.  http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/28/aclu-mounts-legal-challenge-to-trumps-refugee-ban-calling-it-unlawful.html

  1. Free Press and Free Press Action Fund, nonpartisan organizations fighting to save the free and open Internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in our media, are offering “100 Days of Disruption”. Sign up so you can receive daily emails highlighting ways to fight back against the Trump administration.               http://act.freepress.net/signup/trump_disruption/


1/28/17  To-do List                                                            

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As Rogan’s List becomes more and more widely distributed and used, I strongly encourage others to create similar blogs that can concentrate on individual state issues as well.  Think what a force that could be!  Step up!  We only need 50 of you to start with!  How about YOU?

  1. If you want to keep up with what is happening at Standing Rock from a Native perspective, I urge you to follow Dallas Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dallasgoldtooth

  1. Bernie’s organization, Our Revolution, is on Facebook.  Consider “liking” the page and sign up for more info while you are at it:  https://www.facebook.com/PoliticalRevolution/  State chapters are also cropping up.  Here is Michigan’s:  https://www.facebook.com/Our-Revolution-Michigan-1832904720292046/?hc_ref=ADS

  1. Don't get rid of those pink pussy hats!!  More marches to come:  https://m.facebook.com/notes/the-ascent-of-the-resistance/list-of-dates-for-marches/1330203373721732/  Find one or start one!

  1. Tax March on Washington on April 15 Event page:       https://www.facebook.com/events/1775904869340111

  1. Here is a new tracker for Trump’s agenda where you can also sign up for updates:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/us/politics/trump-agenda-tracker.html

  1. And a similar tracker for Trump’s nominees:  https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/us/politics/donald-trump-administration.html

  1. Here is another way to track Trump’s nominees.  Tracking how Senators voted on the confirmation of each member of Trump's Cabinet.  Updated after each vote. Click on a Senator's name for contact information.  https://cabinetvotes.org/

  1. The White House senior strategist just told the media to "shut up" and described them as "the opposition." Can everyone send him the text  of the First Amendment to remind him how things work in this country?  Send to Steven Bannon c/o The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC 20500.  Here’s the wording of the 1st Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  1. Want to receive alerts before votes in Congress, let your legislator know your opinion, and track votes and outcomes?  Sign up here:  https://issuevoter.org/

  1. The new administration announced the EPA would not only have to run its data and studies by its political staff, but it has to vet any "controversial" public events before holding them.  Science does not need to be spun.  Let your legislators know that this is unacceptable to the American people.  Find them here:  http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

  1. Remember the White House petition for Trump to release his tax returns?  It has now received more signatures than any other petition in the system’s five-year history.  You can still sign it!  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-release-donald-trumps-full-tax-returns-all-information-needed-verify-emoluments-clause-compliance?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000618

  1. This is a repeat, but still good info:  Those of you with smartphones may want to consider downloading the Countable app, which is a legislative tracking app. It allows you, as a citizen, to see how certain people vote, browse bill and issues summaries, and track their tendencies and history as well as to communicate with them.  It is available for both iPhone and Android.  For more information:  https://www.countable.us/

  1. Pence will also be speaking at this weekend’s March for Life in Washington.  It may be time for another round of donations in his name to Planned Parenthood.  https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2?df_id=12913&12913.donation=form1&s_src=Evergreen_c3_PPNonDirected_banner&_ga=1.150053686.1825951918.1485528704

  1. If you have not already done so, it is time to sign up with CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) is a non-partisan legal watchdog group working to force our government officials to behave responsibly and ethically. http://www.citizensforethics.org/  “Like” them on Facebook, too:  https://www.facebook.com/citizensforethics/

  1. Looks like we might actually have a shot at denying Betsy De Vos - now to act (especially ME, GA, NC and SC friends.)  Many educators have expressed strongly that she is not qualified to ensure quality children’s' education in this country. If you need even more information on this, read:  http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/01/betsy-devos-paid-for-a-grand-rapids-school-superintendent-to-support-her-at-her-senate-confirmation-in-washington-dc.html  *** PLEASE *** call one of the Republican Senators (key in the confirmation vote) to express your opinion on the appointment. At least 3 of these senators need to be convinced in order to block DeVos' nomination. Don't email. Don't tweet. Don't complain on Facebook. Call them!  http://www.help.senate.gov/about/members

  1. The public comment line on DAPL is now open until Feb. 20. This article helps describe the process and what you can do:  http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/dont-let-trump-distract-you-public-comment-on-dapl-is-now-open-20170125

  1. The creators of the Indivisible Guide have put together a Group Leader Toolkit that has a comprehensive explanation of how to organize locally, and successfullyhttps://www.indivisibleguide.com/group-toolkit

  1. If you feel you need more/different action items to keep you going, please sign up for email updates at the “Action Hub” of  What Do I Do About Trump:            http://whatdoidoabouttrump.com/action-hub/

  1. If you are not on Twitter, this would be a good time to get on it. The insiders are telling us a lot, on the sly in rogue accounts. Here is where you can find members of the Twistance (Twitter + Resistance) https://twitter.com/stollmeyereu/lists/twistance/members  Consider following some of them, especially @RoguePOTUSStaff   Chilling what these folks are dealing with.

  1. Time is running out! If you, or anyone you know, want to sign up for the ACA you can only do so until Jan. 31 if you want to be covered for the year. The new administration has taken down all of the commercials and ads letting people know this. It's up to us now. Tell your friends and family.



1/27/17  To-do List                                                            

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  1. Tell North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum to remove the road blockade and keep water protectors safe from police violence.  Use this link to help make the call: https://www.aclu.org/feature/tell-gov-burgum-keep-standing-rock-water-protectors-safe  

  1. With the White House public comment line down (which actually went down near the end of the Obama administration) people are looking for alternative ways to get messages to the President.  Aside from calling the switchboard (202-456-1414), you can also go the White House web page, hover on the tab "Participate" and choose "Contact the White House".  It will take you to this link:   https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  1. Another option for leaving messages and comments is to call the Winter White House at Mar-A-Lago: 561-832-2600, or as described in this piece, there is a new website that will connect you to a Trump businesses where you can pass along your concerns.  http://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-to-call-white-house-comment-line-closed  Since he has not divested, these businesses are quasi-extensions of the White House.  Click this link to make a call:  https://whitehouseinc.org/  Enter your phone number and email and you will be connected to one of the many White House satellite offices.  They might ask if you'd like to make a reservation, but you just get busy talking about the important matters like women's rights, immigration, the Wall, the Affordable Care Act, etc.  Politely ask them to take a message and pass it to Trump.


  1. From MomsRisingNow is a critical time to make our voices heard to protect healthcare coverage. The coverage of nearly 30 million people is at risk. Send a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper to speak out for quality, affordable healthcare via this easy link! (It’s truly easy. Sample language and direct links to papers are on the link when you click it).  * Click to help protect healthcare:  http://action.momsrising.org/lte/Healthcare?t=2&akid=8675.2464717.UOMRie

  1. Here is a new way to engage with your federal legislators.   Once 5 Calls knows your location, it will show you the calls to be made, a bit of background on the issue, the number to call, and a script to use:  https://5calls.org/

  1. Please join the Council on Exceptional Children which is requesting  Congress to delay the confirmation vote until it is clear that Mrs. DeVos will enforce all provisions of IDEA and not divert the use of public IDEA dollars to support private schoolshttp://cqrcengage.com/cek/app/onestep-write-a-letter?4&engagementId=277673

  1. Trump’s financial holdings in the companies that are responsible for the Dakota Access oil pipeline (DAPL) are even more concerning now that he has signed the executive order to continue its construction.  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trumps-stock-in-dakota-access-oil-pipeline-raises-concerns/  If you’ve not already done so, add your voice in support of Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act to force him to divest.  http://act.standupamerica.com/trump-corruption and call Rep. Chaffetz's office in DC to lodge a compliant about the Oversight Committee's lack of oversight thus far.  The number is 202-225-7751.

  1. Please join Organizing for Action (OFA) in standing up for American values.  Walls, bans, and divisive politics do not represent us.  https://www.ofa.us/stand-up-for-american-values/

  1. The employees were notified by EPA officials on Tuesday that the administration had instructed EPA's communications team to remove the website's climate change page, which contains links to scientific global warming research, as well as detailed data on emissions.the sources said.”  http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-trump-epa-climatechange-idUSL1N1FF0IZ  Contact your legislators to voice your opposition against this dangerous move and what it  portends for the future:  http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

  1. Become an OFA (Organizing for Action) Fellow.  This is an introductory-level course designed for people with little to no organizing experience, but who are looking to make an impact. Take the first step—join the next class of fellows who are ready to make change a reality.  https://www.ofa.us/community-engagement-fellowship/

  1. Another postcard avalanche -- Write and mail one postcard to: Donald J. Trump
    C/O The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500.  Message:  “I will NOT pay for YOUR wall. PERIOD” Then call your legislators and leave a message with staff stating you will not be paying for Trump’s wall. 
    http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page

  1. Indigenous Environmental Network is asking for people to submit public comments to the Dept of Army for the DAPL Environmental Impact Statement regarding Standing Rock! There is a pre-filled form you can sign. The deadline for comments is Feb 20.  https://actionnetwork.org/letters/submit-a-public-comment-on-dapl-eis

  1. We should let Rep. Smith know that we don't want to do away with a free press and get all our info from the White House. The number for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is 202-225-6371. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/25/house-science-committee-chairman-americans-should-get-news-from-trump-not-media/?postshare=6441485385357127&tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.78ec45306762

  1. For an inside view of what Republican activists are doing now, this is very insightful.  While we are working hard, so are they:  http://docdro.id/JBgo1Ph

  1. The March for Life is happening this weekend.  Since we support ALL life, this would be a good time to donate to Planned Parenthood, perhaps in Kellyanne Conway’s name.  Conway, Trump’s senior counselor, will speak at the march, the highest-ranking White House official to ever attend the event, according to march organizers.  Donate here:  https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2?idb=1960237759&df_id=17835&mfc_pref=T&17835.donation=form1

  1. If you currently have banking services with a bank that is involved in DAPL, this might be a great time to change to a local credit union.  http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/how-to-contact-the-17-banks-funding-the-dakota-access-pipeline-20160929  if that link does not work, try this one:  http://inhabitat.com/heres-every-bank-funding-the-dakota-access-pipeline-and-how-to-switch/

  1. Pruitt’s confirmation vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled for Monday Jan 30.  Please make a call now to urge key members of the committee to oppose Pruitt’s confirmation: https://act.credoaction.com/call/block_pruitt_calls/  Talking points: 1) Pruitt sued the EPA to block environmental rules, 2) Pruitt sent letters to the EPA on behalf of big polluters, 3) Pruitt’s campaigns were funded by the fossil fuel industry, and 4) Pruitt falsely claimed climate science is “far from settled”

  1. Stand with refugees and immigrants and make it clear that you welcome them. MoveOn.org has printable signs available here:  https://act.moveon.org/survey/immigrants-and-refugees-are-welcome/?t=1&akid=176976.32012904.57jExc

  1. Resistance behavior abounds:  Someone bought alternativefacts.com and redirected it. Go ahead, click on it.  J  Make sure to read it, too!

  1. For a growing list of alternative Twitter accounts for the federal government entities that have had gag rules imposed on them, check here:  http://www.wearetraversecity.com/node/56

  1. More than 1.4 million CREDO activists from all over the country have signed a petition demanding that the Senate block Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as secretary of education. Senator Jeff Merkley will be joining with CREDO to host a rally in Portland Friday, January 27th which will be broadcast live on CREDO’s Facebook page. Check it out here at 1:30pm ESThttps://www.facebook.com/CREDO

  1. To fight back against the removal of federal funding from sanctuary cities, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) has created a toolkit for moving resolutions through local government: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fT9-uzUROnGz5UykItIGzIsbyMVozIw1FNTtNEiuvxw/edit

  1. The ALCU is demanding a second confirmation hearing on Sessions because he was deeply involved in some of Trump’s executive orders without the knowledge of the nominating committee.  This is highly irregular. “It is our belief that the Senate cannot meaningfully carry out its constitutional obligation without Sen. Sessions testifying to his views on President Trump’s actions, which threaten civil rights, civil liberties, and executive authority.”  https://www.aclu.org/blog/washington-markup/one-wasnt-enough-heres-why-aclu-demanding-second-confirmation-hearing  Call Senate Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Grassley, as well as other members of the committee, and demand a second confirmation hearing for Attorney General-nominee Jeff Sessions.  Find them here:  https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

  1. Join the Greenpeace resistance today by putting your members of Congress on notice that you expect them to protect the commitments made under the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and that you’ll be holding them accountable. https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2061  


1/26/17  To-do List                                                            

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  1. Political activism advice from Michael Moore, “Every day, you have to contact your member of Congress or your—one of your two senators. Every day. It takes three minutes. Wake up, brush teeth, make coffee, contact Congress. That’s the new morning routine. The phone number is (202) 225-3121. You call that number any time of the day or night, a human being answers it. There’s an actual 24/7 switchboard. Call that number.”  (at an anti-Trump rally in New York, January 19, 2017)

  1. Trump has signed executive orders to 1) build a wall on the Mexican border, 2) cutoff federal funding for "sanctuary cities" that shield migrants in the country illegally, and 3) expand detention space for migrants who have been caught and being shipped back to their home countries.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/25/trump-take-executive-action-border-sanctuary-cities/97035086/

  1. Since Kellyanne Conway called the marches on Saturday "pointless, it might be helpful to send Kellyanne a note or postcard of "I marched because..." Don't think it will change her mind but she needs exposure to a broader perspective.  Attn: Kellyanne Conway, C/O The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20500

  1. Trump needs to get the message from the majority of Americans that we value and need the benefits of the ACA. Let’s show him how many of us feel that way. Send a postcard or letter to Donald Trump with the simple message: “Don’t make America sick again.  Improve the ACA.  Don’t repeal it.”  Send to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC  20500.

  1. The mobilization of millions of women all across the globe on Saturday was a stunning accomplishment.  Over 500,000 marched in DC in solidarity with women from every background.  From toddlers to octogenarians, surrounded by partners and spouses and friends, the areas surrounding the National Mall were filled with messages of hope and resilience.  As we marched, we were surrounded by the landmark Smithsonian museums, but one was missing -- the one dedicated to women's history.  Consider committing $5 or more to help build the National Women's History Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  We made history on Saturday, now let's help build our history museum.  https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/nwhm_jan2017-email?refcode=em20170124-wmw-gb

  1. Some people are having their own postcards made reflecting issues that are important to them.  If you’d like to do that, Visaprint is having a 50% off sale right now through the end of the month.  http://www.vistaprint.com/

  1. Here is a piece by strong woman from the right who understands why it was important to march and wrote to help others understand.  http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/why-i-marched-a-letter-from-a-pro-life-republican-anti-government-making-womens-decisions-stay-at-home-mom/ Such thoughts are so assuring to us that we can find common ground.

  1. From MomsRising The U.S. Senate has started voting on Trump’s cabinet nominees. It’s an understatement to say that this isn’t a normal cabinet, nomination process, or election. These nominees represent and promote hateful ideals and policies that are harmful for our children and our economy. We cannot stay silent because these dangerous cabinet nominations hurt our children and families, threaten our economy, and tear at the fabric or our democracy. Join us in telling the U.S. Senate not to confirm a Cabinet of BigotryClick to sign onto a letter to your U.S. Senator about the cabinet nominees: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/put-stop-cabinet-of-bigotry/?t=4&akid=8675.2464717.UOMRie

  1. From MomsRising Childcare now costs more than college. This is a national emergency. Parents need safe, enriching places for their children to be so they can go to work, kids need high-quality childcare so they can thrive, and childcare workers need fair pay. We need solutions at every level! Sign up now to urge your city leaders to make early education and childcare a priority by delivering the Strong Start for Strong Cities city resource guide to your local leadership.  Click to help urge your city leaders to get moving on childcare:  http://action.momsrising.org/signup/StrongStart_2016/?t=6&akid=8675.2464717.UOMRie

  1. President Trump just instituted a gag order to all employees in the Environmental Protection Agency and the USDA, however public outcry reversed that decision for the USDA. That means scientists are barred from communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.  It’s ridiculous, and we must stand against this.  Let’s join with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to demand that the gag rule be revoked:  http://action.dccc.org/petition/trump-epa Furthermore, Trump is now mandating that political staff review EPA scientific studies before being released.  This is highly unusual.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-epa-studies-20170125-story.html

  1. Join in Bernie Sanders organization, Our Revolution, to oppose the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines: https://go.ourrevolution.com/page/s/DAPL-keystone-XL

  1. Marchers:   Consider sending a note to mayors who allowed marches to be hosted, to police departments who keep our marchers safe, and to transit authority who adapted schedules to support our large gatherings.  Thank them for being true patriots by upholding freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble. 

  1. From Sierra Club:  The Keystone XL pipeline was rejected because it was determined not to be in the country's best interest, and the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline was ordered because of the threats it poses to the Standing Rock Sioux's water supply.  Show President Trump that we will continue to fight these pipelines every step of the way.  https://www.addup.org/campaigns/fight-back-trump-approved-keystone-xl-and-the-dakota-access-pipeline/petition/fight-back-trump-approved-keystone-xl-and-the-dakota-access-pipeline If you are on Twitter, also send him this tweet:  .@realDonaldTrump isn't standing w/the people -- these pipelines aren't in our national interest & we will #resist! #NoKXL #NoDAPL

  1. The National Park Service (NPS) is coming in for some hard times with this administration.  NPS is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all U.S. national parks, many American national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. Take a look at this encouraging video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ykvO8UN3g0&feature=youtu.be  Weekend Protest Opportunity:  Visit a National Park close to you.  Buy something in the gift shop, and tell a park ranger thank you.  Find your Park here:  http://findyourpark.com/

  1. Trump’s gag rule on many government agencies has cause them to create unofficial Twitter accounts so that they can still fulfill their responsibility of getting information to us taxpayers.  Please consider following them to support them and to keep informed:   @AltForestServ @AltNatParkSer @Alt_NASA @RogueNASA @altUSEPA @Alt_CDC @AltHHS @alt_fda @Alt_NIH @altusda

  1. If you are not already on Twitter, this would be a good day to sign up.  So much will be happening there that you won’t want to miss.  This will help you get started in just a short time:  https://www.lifewire.com/tutorial-intro-to-using-twitter-2654622

  1. See what the United State of Women is all about by watching this video:  http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/film/  Consider joining them to find action items for the issues you care about:  http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/  Check out a week of action planned for February 18th-25th, coinciding with the first Congressional recess: http://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/weekofaction/

  2. Due to the real threat that this administration is anti-science, there is a Scientists’ March on Washington being planned. “Although this will start with a march, we hope to use this as a starting point to take a stand for science in politics. Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and cannot be allowed to stand as policy. This is a non-partisan issue that reaches far beyond people in the STEM fields and should concern anyone who values empirical research and science.” Here’s their March for Science FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/  and their closed FB group  page if you feel you fit:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1862739727343189/  For more info and to sign up for updates:  http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com/

  1. Please consider signing the MoveOn.org petition to Trump to not stop refugee settlement in the United States.  We have a safe, proven system that works as outlined here:  https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/blog/2015/11/20/infographic-screening-process-refugee-entry-united-states.  Sign here:  http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/do-not-stop-refugee-resettle

  1. In addition, there is a White House petition asking Trump to not base refugee status on religion or country of origin:  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-halt-refugee-resettlement-lower-number-we-resettle-or-stop-resettlement-based-religioncountry-origin

  1. Let’s join the League of Conservation Voters in thanking Sen. Peters for his opposition to Pruitt and for calling him out for attacking the EPA's lifesaving public health standards.  https://secure3.convio.net/lcv/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3707&s_src=FBAds&s_subsrc=champs

  1. Tell your mayor to stand up to Trump and expand sanctuary cities. Mijente, a Latinx and Chicanx organization focused on social progress, shows us how: https://action.mijente.net/efforts/tell-your-mayor-to-defy-trump-expand-sanctuary/near/new

  2. Data shows that the kind of voter fraud that Trump want to target in his investigation, is very small and rare.  We all know that voter suppression is a much more substantial issue and affects large numbers.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/25/trump-seeks-major-investigation-into-unsupported-claims-of-voter-fraud/?utm_term=.4d26f8900e6b Please join People For the American Way, an organization that affirms and works to preserve the fundamental values that define the American Way, in seeking to have a real investigation of this kind of voter fraud.  https://secure.pfaw.org/site/SPageNavigator/action.html?survey_id=11743

  1. While you are at it, the DNC wants to know who will stand with them to protect voter rights: http://my.democrats.org/page/s/protect-our-voting-rights

  1. And lastly, please take care of yourself.  We all need each other.  This is going to be a long and drawn out process.  Take some hints here on self-care lessons for the resistance: https://medium.com/the-coffeelicious/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3#.jpoi1qs4n