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- In the seven months leading up to the election, the Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-contacts-idUSKCN18E106 Now that we have a DOJ-appointed special counsel, it is all the more important to continue demanding a Congressional independent investigation. Let’s contact our legislators on this, again.
- The latest word out of the White House is that Joe Lieberman is now the frontrunner to be nominated as the new FBI director. In addition to being a politician selected for a job always held by non-partisan law enforcement professionals, Lieberman works for the law firm that Trump uses. (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/joe-lieberman-fbi-frontrunner-238563) Let's call our senators and tell them that it's more important than ever for us to be able to trust the FBI, and that means no politicians and no one with ties to Trump.
- A replay/revote in the House on repealing/replacing the ACA? Maybe. “House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t yet sent the bill to the Senate because there’s a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects. House leaders want to make sure the bill conforms with Senate rules for reconciliation, a mechanism that allows Senate Republicans to pass the bill with a simple majority.” https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-18/house-may-be-forced-to-vote-again-on-gop-s-obamacare-repeal-bill In case our representatives are not sure how we feel about this bill, let’s pick up the cause once again and let them know.
- President Trump used the Coast Guard Academy graduation as a chance to say: ““No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/17/donald-trump-presidency-media-coverage-russia-scandal And since then has taken to Twitter to decry the “witch hunt”. Please let him know what you think about how he is treating our country: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500
- As Donald Trump pushes ahead with his plan to expand local and state efforts at voter suppression with a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, we can do two things: 1) tell our MoCs that this commission is both poorly focused (available data suggest strongly that voter fraud is not a real issue) and poorly led (commission co-chairs Mike Pence and Kris Kobach have long histories of promoting the disenfranchisement of minority groups). 2) We can also encourage any aspiring members of the commission who could be a check on Pence, Kobach, et al. Trump has invited Democratic officials to apply, and at least 2 have agreed to do so (Matt Dunlop and Bill Gardner, Secretaries of State for Maine and New Hampshire, respectively). A few words of encouragement from us could help them resist the apparent intent of the commission! Dunlop: 207-626-8400; Gardner: 603-271-3242.
- Among the programs Trump and DeVos want to eliminate is student loan forgiveness for people who go into public service. It's meant to encourage college graduates to go into the professions where they're needed most - teaching, medicine in rural areas. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.a645554bb847&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1) If you would be impacted by the end of this program, you can help fight it by e-mailing Emily Fishman, who is working on an op-ed about her own experiences with this program, and telling her where you work and how not having this program would have impacted your career choices. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Texas Congressman Al Green (D-TX) has called for Trump’s impeachment: http://time.com/4782225/al-green-congress-donald-trump-impeachment/ Please take a moment to thank him for speaking up: http://algreen.house.gov or 2347 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
- Many of our MoCs who were for a special counsel and who are for an independent investigation are getting nasty negative feedback from conservatives who are taking their lead from Trump who tweeted yesterday that he is the victim of a ‘witch hunt’. http://www.startribune.com/special-prosecutor-abruptly-named-to-probe-trump-russia-ties/422913553/ Let’s remember to take the time to thank our MoCs who are standing on the right side of history. Let’s offset the negative feedback on their Facebook pages and Twitter, too.
- Trump and DeVos are planning on cutting $10 billion in funding from our schools and pushing $1 billion in privatizing American education. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.a645554bb847&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1) But they have to get through Congress - and Congress answers to us! Let's call our reps and tell them that when they fund the government, we expect them to block all cuts to education because we know that all of our children need quality education.
- There has been no White House response to the attack on peaceful protestors at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. the other day by Turkish President Erdogan’s bodyguards. http://www.newsweek.com/police-involvement-brawl-outside-turkish-embassy-dc-was-pretty-dicey-chief-611166 Metropolitan Chief of Police Peter Newsham said, “That’s something we will not tolerate here in Washington, D.C. This is a city where people should be allowed to come and peacefully protest.” http://thehill.com/homenews/news/333881-dc-police-chief-attack-on-protesters-at-turkish-embassy-brutal While the Turkish perpetrators are probably protected by diplomatic immunity, let’s thank the Chief for his department’s handling of the situation: 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 5059, Washington , DC 20001
- From one of our own: A new EPA rule (calling for stricter requirements for applying restricted-used pesticides, essentially the most dangerous ones that are still allowable ones that made a bunch of Calif. farm workers sick recently: http://www.ewg.org/release/days-after-calif-farmworkers-sickened-pesticide-drift-epa-delays-safety-rule) was supposed to go into effect May 22 (Monday). But last Friday, May 12, EPA head Scott Pruitt announced he would delay the new rule by at least a year. The EPA only will allow the public to comment on Pruitt's decision through the end of today, instead of the normal 30-day public comment period. Let's make our opinions heard! The public comment section is available for updating through today. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/15/2017-09386/pesticides-certification-of-pesticide-applicators-rule-extension-of-effective-date Tell the EPA how you feel about pushing off this regulation by entering a comment in the Federal Register. (It's not necessary to select a "government agency." I wrote my name in the "Organization Name" field.) I told the EPA that I care about how pesticides are regulated and want our children's health and the health of the planet protected. The EPA has to approve the comments so you won't see yours posted immediately.
- “About 55.7% of the U.S. voting-age population cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election, according to newly released Census Bureau figures…” http://www.finchannel.com/world/america/64881-u-s-trails-most-developed-countries-in-voter-turnout Let’s help make sure more people are registered to vote by organizing voter registration drives. AAUW and Rock the Vote offer guides on how to get started: http://www.aauw.org/resource/organize-a-voter-registration-drive/ and https://www.rockthevote.com/assets/publications/field/voter-registration-how-to.pdf
- MoveOn.org is launching a Resistance Summer program. Through this program, participants will receive training on how to organize and mobilize their communities, and will host community events during the summer. After summer is over, Mobilizers will have the knowledge and support they need to take local action in a moment's notice. We can learn more about the program and apply to be a MoveOn Mobilizer here: http://bit.ly/2pXoPOO
- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed legislation banning gay conversion therapy on children by licensed mental health therapists: http://bit.ly/2quYsTa Let's send out a "thank you" to Governor Sandoval for supporting this important bill: State Capitol Building, 101 N. Carson Street Carson City, NV 89701 Let’s also contact our own state legislators to follow suit.
- For those of us in the Chicago area, there will be a March on McDonald's on May 23rd; the day before their annual shareholder meeting. The goal is to put pressure on McDonald's in hopes that they will raise their minimum wage to $15.00/hour, and allow their workers to unionize: http://wapo.st/2ruXk0j McDonald's has the means to make this happen; let's let our voices be heard! We can sign up to participate here: http://bit.ly/2qVzPAG and stay up-to-date with the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1395247903868642/
- From one of our own: MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack is trying to steer MSNBC in a more conservative direction (and Trump has been applying pressure to get rid of O'Donnell). Here's how we can fight back! EMAIL Lack and tell him we want O’Donnell to stay: email@example.com
- “Producers and stars of the CBS/Warner Bros. TV sitcom “ rather than mount an Emmy campaign this year.” http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/mom-planned-parenthood-allison-janney-chuck-lorre-donation-1202431555/ Let’s thank actor Allison Janney and series co-creator/exec producer 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 136, 2nd Floor, Burbank, CA 91522 ” have decided to make a $250,000 donation to
- With Rep. Chaffetz’s (R-UT) resignation announcement effective June 30, there will be a need for a special election in Utah. http://thehill.com/homenews/334109-chaffetz-announces-resignation-at-the-end-of-june-report There will be another chance to flip a seat to blue! Let’s follow this story.
Petitions to Sign
of the Earth and the Environmental Working Group are keeping up the
pressure on the EPA to regulate more closely the pesticides in our food
and environment, like chlorpyrifos, lately in the news:
- Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has been jailing rape survivors who do not willingly come forward to testify in their rape cases: http://ind.pn/2oWbrLo Using material witness warrants, Cannizzaro is further victimizing those who need our support. It's time for Cannizzaro to step down as DA. Color Of Change has a petition we can sign: http://bit.ly/2pXsITQ We can also call the Orleans Parish District Attorney Office directly: (504) 822-2414
- “…there is no evidence that businesspeople make good politicians. Historians certainly haven't found any.” http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/18/trump-is-trying-to-run-the-government-like-his-business-thats-why-hes-failing.html
- Despite our efforts, net neutrality regulations are being rolled back: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/18/528941897/fcc-votes-to-begin-rollback-of-net-neutrality-regulations
- How Israel is responding to reports that Trump may have disclosed sensitive intelligence to Russia: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/israel-responding-reports-trump-may-disclosed-sensitive-intelligence-russia/