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  1. There seem to be a couple of reasons why the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is not moving as quickly on its efforts to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 1): Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the panel, has refused to cooperate with the information requests of Democrats on the committee. https://www.yahoo.com/news/senate-russia-probe-flounders-amid-partisan-bickering-130323166.html and 2): Reuters reports there are currently only 7 staffers working on the case, a number that pales with similar big-time probes of the recent past (there were 46 staffers on the Benghazi probe) http://www.politicususa.com/2017/04/24/senate-46-staffers-investigate-benghazi-7-trumprussia.html Why don't we call Sen. Burr at 1(202) 224-1700  and ask him a) why he won't sign his colleagues' letters requesting more information, and b) why his committee is so understaffed? 

  1. When the US Chief Justice speaks out on the alarming nature of Trump’s immigration stance, we know something is amiss.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-immigration-idUSKBN17S2GN In addition to the points in that article, like so many other impulsive initiatives in the Trump administration that are poorly thought out and executed, the database of targeted supposed criminal immigrants includes babies and children. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-children-in-immigration-database-20170426-story.html Let’s let our legislators know that we are counting on them to keep those in this country safe and treated by due process.

  1. The House Oversight Committee now says that Flynn, Trump’s first national security advisor, may have violated federal law by failing to disclose his business dealings with Russia—and the White House is refusing the House Oversight Committee’s request to turn over documents on the matter. More info: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/us/politics/michael-flynn-white-house-documents-russia.html. Here’s a good refresher on why there is concern about Trump’s ties to Russia: https://swalwell.house.gov/issues/russia-trump-his-administration-s-ties Let’s contact our Members of Congress, even if we’ve done so many times before, and tell them that we care deeply about this issue and we want them to push, push, push for an independent investigation.

  1. From Postcard for America:  Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation to build a 100 percent renewable energy economy by 2050. It calls for 50 percent of U.S. electricity to be produced by renewable energy sources like wind or solar by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. It would require zero carbon emission vehicle standards and prohibit federal approval of oil and gas pipelines, among other measures.  There is not Bill number yet (I'll add it into the GoogleDoc when it appears) but it is called the "100 by 50" Act.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CZpsMgDuwF-nsoychbhUBEQOb0v7_ISQUXQ9hqudi9U/edit

  1. Scott Pruitt is planning to close the Midwest EPA office. This would have devastating effects for the health of our Great Lakes.http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/330521-lawmakers-push-back-against-reported-plan-to-close-regional-epa Let's write to Pruitt to let him know that we care about our Great Lakes and ask him to keep the Midwest EPA office open. EPA, Scott Pruitt, Mail code 1101A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20460

  1. Trump signed an executive order directing the Interior Department to “reconsider” the safety regulations on off-shore oil drilling put in place after the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the bans on drilling in the southeastern Atlantic and Arctic Oceans.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/27/us/politics/trump-offshore-drilling.html.  For the sake of the climate and the oil workers, let’s contact Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and let him know what we think at Dept. of the Interior, 1849 C Street N.W., Washington, DC 20240.

  1. Even thought it has been delayed, let’s not fall asleep at the health care wheel: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/the-new-health-care-bill-may-be-little-more-than-an-exercise-in-blame-shifting/2017/04/27/4701ae48-2b52-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html Let’s please use this extra time to remind our MoCs that we all deserve quality healthcare.  Healthcare should be a right, not a privilege.

  1. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)is speaking out about Flynn: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/oversight-committee-flynn-investigation-to-be-launched-by-dod-inspector-general/  Let’s say thanks to Cummings:  2163 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515

  1. Sen. Shaheen (D-NH) has called attention to the concern that the Russia situation will become normalized: http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/330916-dem-senator-fears-russian-election-interference-could-be-normalized Please let’s say thanks to her and then reach out to your MoCs with this concern. https://www.shaheen.senate.gov

  1. Columbine, University of Texas Tower, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Pulse Orlando.  The gun tragedies in our country continue.  Nevertheless, Trump addressed the NRA telling them that  "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." http://www.npr.org/2017/04/28/525930318/trump-to-be-first-sitting-president-since-reagan-to-address-nra  Let’s remind our legislators that we believe that the right to remain alive always supercedes  the right to own a gun.

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  1. On May 1, 1969 the now-beloved Fred Rogers testified before Congress in hopes of saving the newly created PBS from budget cuts.  It worked. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q PBS and all of public media is now under the threat of even larger budget cuts.  Let’s join Protect my Public Media in their “Let’s Make the Most of This Beautiful Day” campaign to save this funding: .  Find your cardigan and take a selfie!  http://protectmypublicmedia.org/beautiful-day-upload/

  1. “Facebook has publicly acknowledged that its platform has been exploited by governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries – including during the presidential elections in the US and France – and pledged to clamp down on such “information operations”. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/27/facebook-report-government-propaganda Let’s thank Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook for this important work.  Address: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

  1. While Trump briefed 100 senators on the possibilities of war with North Korea, a group of women leaders from 40 countries (including both North and South Korea) called Women Cross the DMZ sent a letter to Trump, Tilllerson, Matthis, and McMaster urging the use of diplomacy to end the nuclear crisis and the threat of war facing the Korean peninsula: https://www.womencrossdmz.org/web/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Trump-admin-letter-April25.pdf  The NY Times carried this report: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/world/asia/north-korea-trump-nuclear-war.html  We can show our support for peace by writing to christine@womencrossdmz.org

  1. "Do You Know Who I Am?" is a performance scripted from monologues written by undocumented youth.  We have an opportunity to catch a trailer of this powerful play anytime we want (http://motustheater.org/projects-2/do-you-know-who-i-am) and to watch a special livestream performance on Sunday at 2pm MDT where law enforcement leaders assume the voices of undocumented Americans.  Watch it here:  https://www.facebook.com/motustheater/

  1. Not all refugees are adults.  Some are unaccompanied minors who are placed in foster homes.  Some of us might want to check into this opportunity to help these kids:  https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/unaccompanied-children-frequently-asked-questions

Petitions to Sign

 

  1. The deceptively named “Working Families Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1180 / S. 801) was just voted out of committee in Congress. Let’s join MomsRising.org in telling Congress to oppose it as it really does not help families.  http://action.momsrising.org/sign/Reject_HR1180/

  1. Let’s join SumOfUs in asking Congress to save the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act.  If the GOP has its way, all those protections will be eliminated.  https://actions.sumofus.org/a/tell-congress-save-dodd-frank

Learning


  1. Although Trump touts “historic accomplishments’ in his first 100 days, a closer look says otherwise:  http://www.npr.org/2017/04/27/525753448/white-house-touts-historic-28-laws-signed-by-trump-but-what-are-they

  1. People, who strive for a life in public service, know how hard it can be.  Trump did not.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-100days-idUSKBN17U0CA

  1. The United States of Resistance shares its 100 Days of “We the People” https://www.risestronger.org/newsroom/100-days-of-we-the-people-ebbea105-22cc-4e22-9bee-b7d4770932b0  

  1. Thanks to Peace is Loud, here is this week’s Small Victories, the 100-day edition:  http://www.peaceisloud.org/blog/small-victories-issue-17


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  1. We all know that Russia remains the major story of this administration.  We need to keep up a steady drumbeat with our MoC about Russia: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-greatest-single-achievement-almost-never-gets-mentioned/2017/04/26/6465447e-2aab-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html?utm_term=.732fbf08bcb7

  1. Is this Senator Enzi’s (R-WY) idea of more civility? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/26/a-u-s-senator-says-a-man-wearing-a-tutu-kind-of-asks-for-it  Let’s remind him what civility really looks like: Senator Mike Enzi, 379A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510

  1. We like the idea of moving manufacturing back to the states to support American workers who are treated better than those in some other countries like those who produce Ivanka’s line.  http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/04/25/ivanka_trump_s_clothing_line_made_by_chinese_factory_workers_earning_1_an.html  Let’s ask Ivanka and her dad to set an example and show other companies how this can be done by bringing ALL their manufacturing back to the states. https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  1. The Ninth Circuit Court has stayed more than a couple of Trump’s executive orders and he’s threatened to shut them down for usurping his power.  Sen. McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Flake (R-AZ) appear to agree with this have introduced legislation this week to do so.  Sen. Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Sullivan (R-AK) also put forth similar legislation this week. The ninth circuit court, which covers California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Montana, plus Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, is the largest appellate court in the USA.  The senators proposing this legislation come from conservative states and unsaid in the legislation but a long held belief by conservatives is that this court is too liberal in its decisions. However, their stated reason is that the court has too many cases.  "Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, a Ronald Reagan appointee, said Thursday that every attempt to split up the court has been misguided. By staying large, he said, the circuit can reallocate judges to where they’re needed most. The reason for the backlog over the years, he said, has been largely the result of open seats staying vacant for months, and a resistance to adding more judges to the circuit. “The problem is not solved until you appoint more judges.” The court is opposed to the split. http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-says-hes-absolutely-looking-at-breaking-up-the-9th-circuit-court-2017-4  Let’s let our senators know that we don't want the ninth circuit court split either and want them to vote no on these pieces of legislation.  

  1. Scott Pruitt may be in violation of the Hatch Act by using his position in the EPA to campaign for the Oklahoma GOP.  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/330578-dem-pruitt-violating-anti-campaigning-law-with-gop-fundraiser We can file a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel. https://osc.gov/Pages/HatchAct-HowToFile.aspx

  1. Let's join Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and 130 MoC's in calling for Betsy DeVos to reinstate critical student loan borrower protections.   https://www.franken.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=3681 Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202

  1. "U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow national monument designations to be rescinded or reduce the size of sites as the administration pushes to open up more federal land to drilling, mining and other development." Trump and his Republican colleagues are making the predictable argument that states, not the federal government, should have the right to decide "which land is protected and which is open for development."  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-monuments-idUSKBN17S1MH  31 senators, led by Tom Udall (D-NM), have sent an open letter to Trump objecting to the EO. Why don't we join Udall in telling Trump "Americans care deeply about the National Monuments and their voices should be considered if you proceed with any potential changes to the monument designations." We can let 45 know by sending him an email or calling him:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact. On Twitter, there is a hashtag associated with critique of this EO, so let's use it in our tweets: #MonumentsforAll.

  1. Since so many of us have already called our members of Congress to demand they #StopTrumpcare, here's something else we can do to protect our health care. We can all sign up with the ACA Defenders Team at this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMiCjyVEprsCak0eifPbNorKx-C86ygqSasdbbLaA4gX874g/viewform. They will give us people to call in swing districts, provide us scripts to have them call their wavering members of Congress, and let us connect them right to their elected officials. With the Republicans proposing a "compromise" that's even worse for people with pre-existing conditions. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/04/27/this-amendment-could-revive-the-gop-effort-to-reform-health-care-here-is-its-potential-impact-explained/?utm_term=.97f9cc04a2a6), we need to put as much pressure as possible where it's most needed. All that's needed is a phone and a computer or tablet!

  1. Senate & House Judiciary Committee Leaders have reintroduced bipartisan legislation to counter rising prescription drug prices leahy.senate.gov/press/leaders.  Let’s thank those involved in the Senate: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members and the House: https://judiciary.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

  1. Perhaps it is for his ego or to line his pockets further, but Trump will be holding a rally this weekend rather than attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/22/trump-rally-100-day-white-house-correspondents-dinner-237483  Let’s let Trump know that both of these activities is very unpresidential and do not do much to unify the country: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  1. Trump is making his much-anticipated return to NYC on May 4 to meet with Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Intrepid:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/nyregion/new-york-braces-for-trumps-first-return-as-president.html  For those of us in the New York area, the Working Families Party has joined with Resist Here to organize a “welcome home” protest we can join, too!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1198328846946489/

  1. “A Republican state representative from Belknap County, New Hampshire, accused of posting offensive and misogynistic comments in the online forum “The Red Pill” is refusing to “disappear,” despite calls by top GOP and state officials — including Gov. Chris Sununu — for him to resign.”  http://www.newhampshire.com/state-government/Calls-for-state-rep-to-resign-grow-after-Red-Pill-revelations-04262017 Let’s write to him with our thoughts on what he should do:  Rep. Robert Fisher, 107 North Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire, 03301

 

Other Actions


  1. Oh, Fox, sexist comments from your anchors?  Didn’t the reaction to Bill O’Reilly teach you? http://thehill.com/homenews/news/330816-fox-host-jesse-watters-announces-vacation-following-backlash-over-ivanka-trump  Let’s let Fox News that there is no place for sexism, racism, or any other kind of abusive language or behavior on news shows or amongst its employees: Fox News, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10036

  1. The Peoples Climate March is this Saturday in Washington DC with sister marches around the country. More info here:  https://peoplesclimate.org/

  1. The Trump administration has set up a hotline for us to report alien crimes at VOICE: Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. This has nothing to do with public safety; in fact, immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than are the native-born:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/us/politics/trump-voice-immigrants-crime.html Apparently, the hotline has been getting lots of calls about outer space alien crimes.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39731085 Let’s make sure that we help with this endeavor by reporting those pesky out-of-this-world beings or join with #HearOURVoice, a project of the New York Immigration Coalition, and counter this effort by sharing our stories about why immigrants matter.  Call 1-855-48-VOICE

  1. Here’s another way to counter Trump’s VOICE program, “Rep. Tony C├írdenas (D-CA) along with Jared Polis (D-CO), Norma Torres (D-CA), and Pramila Jayapal, (D-WA) announced the start of the Saved by American Immigrants National Taskforce (SAINT).  The taskforce will collect and share stories of documented and undocumented immigrants who have positively contributed to U.S. society through heroic or lifesaving acts.” http://lapostexaminer.com/cardenas-torres-polis-jayapal-announce-saint-promote-role-immigrants-america/2017/04/27  Let’s send our SAINT stories to Rep. Polis at Jared.Polis@mail.house.gov with the subject: I need to report a SAINT.

  1. From one of our own:  A tip to stay safe -- When you see petition or donation sites, go to a WHOIS search (such as https://www.whois.com/whois/ ) and type in the domain name and see where the domain is owned, registered and managed. For instance, I just deleted a couple of donation links from a group called "crowdjustice[dot]org. That domain is registered, owned and managed in Panama. Panama does not have to adhere to the United States FCC laws and regulations. Your information - name, address, phone number, email address, BROWSING HISTORY, credit/debit card information - all of that can be up for grabs by anyone in the world that wants to buy it. Stay safe everyone!!

  1. Pretty and colorful postcards are fun, but for the price you can’t beat the stamped postcard for 38-cents from the US Post Office.  If they are not available at our local post offices, we can order them here: https://store.usps.com/store/browse/uspsProductDetailMultiSkuDropDown.jsp?categoryNav=false&navAction=push&navCount=0&atg.multisite.remap=false&categoryId=cards-envelopes&productId=S_222110 

  1. Nine major corporations stand particularly to profit from Trump’s agenda, especially those who finance immigrant detention and private prison companies. Corporate Backers of Hate has initiated a campaign to pressure the CEOs and the Boards of these corporations to end their collaboration with Trump’s anti-immigrant, anti-labor policies.  http://time.com/4755885/trump-protests-corporations-activists/ Let’s check it out and see how we can help:  http://www.backersofhate.org/en/

  1. Out-door clothing provider Patagonia is threatening to sue over Trump's National Monument executive order!  Let's write to thank them for being good corporate citizens. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/330788-patagonia-threatens-to-sue-trump-over-national-monuments Patagonia, 259 W. Santa Clara St., Ventura CA 93001

Petitions to Sign


  1. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has returned nearly $12 billion to families ripped off by big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders. But Republicans in Congress have introduced legislation to start the process of gutting the CFPB. Let’s join the AFL-CIO in telling the White House and Congress to keep the CFPB: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/big-banks-need-a-watchdog-dont-gut-the-consumer-bureau

  1. Common Cause, a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government, gives us an insight into the ethics of Trump’s first 100 days showing it may be the most corrupt in our history.  They also offer a petition as well. Let’s read and sign:  https://stateoftheswamp.com/

Learning


  1. It’s not only Trump’s first 100 days it is ours as well.  Fortunately, re-act has kept tabs for us:  https://medium.com/@reactletter/the-peoples-100-days-58c089235c9c

  1. Bryce Covert, the economic policy editor at ThinkProgress, has written a very important op-ed piece on the Democratic “unity tour.”  Covert makes clear the problem with the Democratic party’s efforts to subordinate “social issues,” like reproductive rights, to “economic” ones as if these were separable: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/opinion/why-abortion-is-an-progressive-economic-issue.html

  1. Eleven people, in a class action lawsuit, have sued Fox News for “intolerable” racial bias. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/business/media/fox-news-racial-discrimination-lawsuit.html

  1. Once again there are not enough votes to pass the ACA replacement so the vote is being delayed.  Let’s hope the result is eventually the same as last time.  We deserve something better, as promised.  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/27/house-republicans-obamacare-repeal-votes-237685


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  1. The vote to replace the ACA could come as early as Friday. While the Freedom Caucus is now on board with the bill, the MacArthur-Meadows amendment would undermine coverage guaranteed by the ACA by allowing states to get a waiver from having to use the ACA’s “community rating” requirement, which prevents insurers from charging premiums based on customers' health.  Specifically, it would allow states with waivers 1) to charge people with pre-existing conditions much higher premiums due to their illnesses, putting coverage out of reach for some, 2) to opt out of covering “essential health benefits”, an ACA mandate that all insurance plans cover certain services, such as mental health and prescription drug benefits, and 3) to loosen restrictions on how much more older people can be charged than younger people. http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/330656-new-obamacare-repeal-bill-puts-centrists-on-the-spot In addition, this amendment to the GOP- proposed health plan exempts Congress members and their staffs so that they can maintain their current, ACA-based, health insurance.  Also, the bill also features cuts to expanded Medicaid that has helped countless citizens. http://www.vox.com/2017/4/25/15429982/gop-exemption-ahca-amendment We the people have gotten used to having quality care no matter where we live and we expected this administration to live up to its word to improve health care and costs. This does neither. We need to let our legislators know that this is not a healthcare plan, as it will hurt so many people and we want Congress to have the same insurance options as everyone else. 

  1. There is concern that the Senate Intelligence Committee is not moving quickly and thoroughly enough on the Russia investigation:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/04/25/the-gops-russia-investigation-is-a-joke-and-americans-know-it/?utm_term=.4f1740b8201e Let’s write to co-chairs Senators Warner and Burr to call for an independent investigation: Senator Mark Warner, 703 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 and Senator Richard Burr, 217 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

  1. With years of documentation on why trickle-down economics does not work the way it once thought it would, Trump’s new tax plan appears that he is not privy to that information.  It gives big tax cuts to businesses and the wealthy with Trump saying that it will put people back to work. http://thehill.com/policy/finance/330696-trump-proposes-sweeping-tax-reform  Let’s let Trump know that experience has shown us that when corporations and the wealthy have more money, they generally do not use it to create more jobs for people who need/want to work.

  1. While overused, the word despicable comes to mind when Trump had the audacity to compare his first 100 days ratings to those of broadcasting after 9/11.  Even the foreign press picked up on this statement. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-9-11-approval-ratings-interview-who-with-first-100-days-us-president-world-trade-center-a7698516.html Let’s tell the President that he is no longer in the television industry and has many more things to worry about comparing ratings.  Contact the White House here:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  1. Fallada Project is yet another postcard initiative, but with a twist.  If you missed this soon after the inauguration, it is a great way to get others involved: http://falladaproject.org The logo can be printed and glued to postcards and then addressed and stamped to Trump.

  1. As the People's Climate March looms, Trump will sign an executive order today to "review" the Antiquities Act, which protects national monuments. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/us/politics/national-monuments-energy-drilling.html We should let our MofCs know what we think about the possibility of opening currently protected public land to energy drilling.

  1. April Doss, who chairs the Cybersecurity and Privacy practice at Saul Ewing, LLP has been hired by the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. It's a start but no subpoenas, emails, memos, or phone records have been requested from the Trump campaign. http://www.businessinsider.com/april-doss-will-join-senate-intelligence-committee-russia-investigation-2017-4 Let's call, and email the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and let them know we want to see more staff hired, documents requested and critical persons interviewed to get to the bottom of Russia's interference in our elections. https://www.intelligence.senate.gov

  1. The Trump administration is reviewing all of National Monument designations since the mid-90's in the hopes of making them smaller to allow for drilling, mining, and other developments in those areas. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-monuments-idUSKBN17S03N Let's tell them that we want to keep and protect the existing monuments. Write to:  Michael D Need, Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665, Washington DC 20240 or call:  202-208-3801

  1. The new Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be overseeing the Russian investigation.  We need to tell him that we want an independent investigation and that he needs to appoint a special prosecutor. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/25/rosenstein-confirmed-attorney-general-237600  Write him here:  Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

  1. Rep.Lieu (D-CA) has introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 that bans gay conversion "therapy." https://lieu.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-lieu-introduces-therapeutic-fraud-prevention-act-2017 Let’s tell our MoC's that we support this bill. Let’s also write a "Thank you" note to Rep. Ted Lieu at his LA office: 5055 Wilshire Blvd. - Suite 310, Los Angeles CA, 90036

  1. Rep. Chaffetz (R-UT), chair of the House Oversight Committee, says that it appears that Flynn may have acted illegally. We’ve contacted Chaffetz many times criticizing his lack of action, but now it's time for a "thank you" to encourage him and to let him know that we do appreciate when he does the right thing. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/25/chaffetz-cummings-flynn-no-data-support-he-complied-law/100882356/  Write him here:  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, 51 S. University Ave, Suite 318, Provo UT 84601  

Other Actions


  1. A federal judge in San Francisco has temporarily halted the threat of blocking of federal funds to sanctuary cities and once again Trump blasts a judge for doing his job:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/2017/04/25/c9e212c8-29f7-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html   While thanking judges is not a usual practice, let’s say thanks to Judge William H. Orrick for defending American law.  Write him at: San Francisco Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94102

  1. While we are at it, let’s thank another judge who put country before party when he resigned rather than follow the wishes of his North Carolina Republican Party. http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/04/24/north_carolina_republican_judge_resigns_in_protest_of_his_own_party_s_attack.html Let’s thank Judge J. Douglas McCullough, Court of Appeals, P.O. Bos 888, Raleigh, NC  27602-0888

  2. Food & Water Watch is launching a campaign to “lay siege to fossil fuels at the local level” in an effort to transition to clean energy in time to avert total catastrophe. The kickoff is a national livestream on May 13. We should consider hosting launch parties in our communities to watch the livestream and learn the details of this plan. http://act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/MessageViewer?dlv_id=80482&em_id=69574.0

  1. The Movement for Black Lives,  a coalition of groups across the United States representing the interests of black communities, has a terrific idea: in the week before Mother’s Day, organizations across the country will bail out mothers who would otherwise spend Mother’s Day in jail simply because they cannot afford bail.   Information on Mama’s Bail Out Day and how to donate are here: https://nomoremoneybail.org

  1. The idea of net neutrality is that all Internet traffic should be equal to everyone. Corporations and those who can afford it should not get faster speeds any more than they should get cleaner drinking water.  http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-wozniak-apple-net-neutrality-2017-4 Here's the direct link for leaving a comment about net neutrality for the benefit of all Americans, an issue already recently resolved after significant public comment!  Revisiting the issue is a waste of taxpayer dollars, and threatens the availability of an open Internet for all.  FCC comment link:  HTTPS://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express (In top box, enter "14-28" for the proceeding number and fill out the rest of the comment form.)

Petitions to Sign

 

  1. Let’s join Demand Progress in asking Congress and the FCC: Reject Trump’s plan for a corporate-controlled Internet.  http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/trump-pai-attack-net-neutrality/

  1. Support for legalization of marijuana is at an all-time high.  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/support-for-marijuana-legalization-at-all-time-high/ Let’s join Sen. Merkley (D-OR) in telling Trump to respect states’ rights to regulate it:  https://www.signherenow.org/petition/let-states-regulate-marijuana/merkley/e/ 

Learning


  1. We need to find ways to engage to bridge the gap.  This is heartwarming and hopeful:  https://youtu.be/8wYXw4K0A3g

  1. Good news about us:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-most-striking-accomplishment-so-far/2017/04/24/904f71e2-23b5-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html?utm_term=.25a5062a1c67 

  1. “As a Catholic Priest, I am Against an Executive Order on Religious Liberty”: http://religionnews.com/2017/04/26/as-a-catholic-priest-i-am-against-an-executive-order-on-religious-liberty/


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  1. Trump has requested a special meeting with the entire Senate at the White House today.  All indications point to his looking for permission to go to war over North Korea. China is asking Washington for patience.  However, we know that Trump want to improve his ratings and needs to show that he is strong and decisive.  He thinks that making a show of force would help him do both.  Nothing Trump has done so far has been done in a careful, thoughtful manner.  With two leaders such as Trump and Kim who are so volatile, this is getting more dangerous.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-missile-program.html Let’s contact our senators and tell them to oppose a war decision and to impress that diplomacy, while it may be slow, is always the first choice. 

  1. From Daily ActionToday's Daily Action is to call both of your Senators at (844) 241-1141 to demand an independent non-partisan commission, like the 9/11 Commission, to investigate Russian interference in the November election. After the House investigations became a debacle, the last great hope for Congress was that the Senate Intelligence Committee was going to get this right. For more info, click here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0k1qCMVpKZpQ2NzUHpfc1pwVWs

  1. From Postcards for America (PCA):  HJ Res 46 introduced by Rep. Gosar (R-AZ) would encourage drilling in National Parks.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/01/this-lawmaker-wants-more-drilling-in-national-parks-and-he-just-became-more-powerful/?utm_term=.5e7d174128b5  Let’s use this guide from PCA to let our legislators know that we do not want this in our National Parks.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXsXAnLKmRrAUG3JEQGmZ0aiPwQMB8-wUue4lL4uUyE/mobilebasic

  1. Our tax dollars should not be used to advertise Trump’s businesses. Even though it has been removed, let’s tell our oversight committees to investigate how it is that promotions for Mar-a-Lago appeared on State Department and US embassy websites.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/us/politics/mar-a-lago-winter-white-house-state-department.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur  Contact: Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, 202-224-4751  or  https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/contact; House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:  202-225-5074; US Office of Government Ethics, 202-482-9300 or email:  contactOGE@oge.gov.

  1. Both the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-moving-quickly-to-build-up-nationwide-deportation-force/2017/04/12/7a7f59c2-1f87-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html?utm_term=.0dfd2b7b15ad) and the NY Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/us/detained-immigrants-may-face-harsher-conditions-under-trump.html) have reported in the last weeks on Trump’s plans to expand and harshen immigrant detention.  Now Amnesty International has begun a campaign to let our MoCs know what we think of these plans and their projected expense to taxpayers like us:  https://act.amnestyusa.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1839&ea.campaign.id=68620&ea.url.id=910522

  1. The White House has refused to release documents on Flynn to the House Oversight committee.  Last month it was revealed that Flynn's lobbying office accepted $530,000 that likely benefited the Republic of Turkey. The Committee will require all of the documents to conduct a thorough investigation. http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/330410-white-house-rejects-oversight-request-for-flynn-documents Let’s let the White House know we want them to comply with the request by the House Oversight committee to provide the materials they requested on Flynn. https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call

  1. Only eight states require genocide education as part of their curriculum.  The Ann Frank Center for Mutual Respect has announced its “50 State Genocide Education Project” by announcing those state legislators who will be introducing such legislation.  http://annefrank.com/50-state-genocide-education-project/ Let’s check this link and thank the legislators taking this on and follow and support the passage of these bills in our states.

  1. We have lived through trickle-down economics before and it failed. Trump is reported to want to cut the corporate tax rate to 15%, which will raise the deficit and affect generations to come: https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-wants-tax-plan-to-cut-corporate-rate-to-15-1493057898 Let’s let him know what we think of this: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500

  1. CarsonWatch is joining hands with its national partners and allies for a national call-in day today   Wednesday, April 26th – to let Congress know that we support increased funding to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  We can join in, click here:  http://mailchi.mp/publicadvocates/action-alert-tell-your-representative-to-fund-housing-for-all

  1. Because he has no legislative accomplishments to point to in his first 100 days, Trump is bragging about the unprecedented number of executive orders he signed. Here's what Trump said about President Obama just one year ago:  "The country wasn't based on executive orders. Right now, Obama goes around signing executive orders. He can't even get along with the Democrats, and he goes around signing all these executive orders. It's a basic disaster. You can't do it."  https://www.apnews.com/e9f75e03bb7a41c1a44e9512d4990832/Trump-touts-executive-orders-he-once-lambasted  Let's send him postcards with his own quote to remind him of his hypocrisy and to show that we're paying attention. The President, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC 20500

Other Actions


  1. From one of our own:  The special election for Montana's At-Large Congressional District is on May 25th. http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/330017-special-election-spotlight-shifts-to-montana The DCCC has made a 'low six figure' contribution to Rob Quist's campaign. Both Governor Steve Bullock and one of Montana's Senators, Jon Tester, are Democrats, so this election is a winnable for the Democrats. Encourage the DNC  https://my.democrats.org/page/s/contact-the-democrats and the DCCC http://dccc.org/contact/ to do more to back Rob Quist: send paid staffers and organizers plus more money to flip this district to the Democrats.  

  2. Just in case you were wondering – the #resistance is #resilient.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/opinion/resilience-of-the-resistance-donald-trump.html?_r=0 Let’s find ways to take care of ourselves for the long haul.

  1. From one of our own:  Indivisible Washington Environment Network is posting a Daily Docket for suggested topics for the EPA comments on Evaluation of Existing Regulations. Check them out here:  https://sites.google.com/view/iwen/current-actions 

  1. Ivanka was booed in Germany for promoting her family-friendly champion of a father https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/25/ivanka-trump-wants-to-help-female-entrepreneurs-they-say-her-dad-is-making-their-work-harder/?utm_term=.fae3baa0b6df Let’s send her a postcard to share our perspective on what is not family-friendly about her father: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500

Petitions to Sign


  1. We know that the Trump administration, and specifically FCC chairman Ajit Pai, has put Net Neutrality under attack. What might be unclear, though, is just how big of a threat this is to all of us. It is about much more than selling your browsing history. Many aren’t aware that it’s thanks to Net Neutrality that anyone can mobilize online. When activists are able to turn out thousands of people in the streets at a moment’s notice, it’s because companies like Comcast aren’t allowed to block their messages or websites. The Trump administration is doing everything in its power to clamp down on dissent. If we lose Net Neutrality, it will have succeeded. Learn more about this issue (https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now). There’s a petition too (http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_NN_trump), but best of all would be for us to bend our MoCs’ ears.

  1. ColorofChange.org wants us to join in their effort to tell Congress not to waste our tax dollars on building Trump’s wall.  Let’s sign:  https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/tell-congress-no-border-wall-money

Learning


  1. Real politics and law making isn’t riveting nor easy to follow. Long debates and votes scheduled at varying times make government hard to follow. How can the public stay abreast of legislation on issues that matter to them?  http://www.cio.com/article/3191732/cloud-computing/open-media-project-increases-government-transparency-with-technology.html

  1. Moyers & Company has posted a useful update on the state of reproductive health legislation nationwide.  Originally appearing in Mother Jones, it recounts current research from the Guttmacher Institute, a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States: http://billmoyers.com/story/state-reproductive-health-legislation-2017-not-exactly-expect/

  1. Swarm on!  https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/04/25/why-a-decentralized-swarm-of-resistance-is-the-best-way-to-contain-trump/?utm_term=.729c367e8c78



Rogan’s List is a participant in and strategic partner of the Action Alliance,
a federation of more than 70 #resistance sites located throughout the nation,
each with its own methods and approach.  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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