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Thursday, June 15, 2017

6/15/17

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  1. “Eight healthcare groups including the American Medical Association, AARP and the American Heart Association Tuesday said they are launching a series of events to call out flaws in the American Health Care Act in key markets across the country.”  https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2017/06/13/nationwide-blitz-launched-to-derail-trumpcare-in-senate/#109f816d2bae In addition, 34 faith groups have joined forces calling on the Senate to protect Medicaid.  https://networklobby.org/news/060917healthcare/ Let’s join these groups in opposing this by calling our senators, and those senators we know who are on the fence or who are for this revision.  We must tell our stories from our hearts. 

  1. In her statement about the shooting at a congressional baseball practice yesterday, Gabby Giffords, a former congressperson who was also the victim of a shooting, made a statement: http://fortune.com/2017/06/14/steve-scalise-shooting/ The need to join the rest of the world and have responsible national gun laws has to become a reality.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFIYLimyRHU Let’s join Gabby Giffords’ group Americans for Responsible Solutions and help make this happen:  http://americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/stand-with-gabby/  Let’s also send Rep. Steve Scalise a get-well card and let him know that we do not condone violence:  https://scaliseforms.house.gov/contact/

  1. Following Attorney General Sessions’ Senate testimony on Tuesday, Senators Durbin, Warren, and Booker have questioned his ability to serve and called for his resignation: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/337673-durbin-on-sessions-testimony-hard-to-see-how-he-could-continue-to-serve?amp and http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/337696-warren-goes-on-tweetstorm-over-sessions-testimony-he-should  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V07geuonPHo&app=desktop Let’s join their call: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, US Dept of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20530

  1. For the second time, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has interrupted Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA):  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/14/as-a-prosecutor-kamala-d-harris-doggedness-was-praised-now-shes-hysterical/?utm_term=.39305bb641fe  Let’s ask him to stop interrupting his colleague: https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form and let’s thank Sen. Harris  for her persistence:  https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

  1. Yesterday, 196 members of Congress filed a lawsuit against Trump, citing the emoluments clause http://n.pr/2rYWE5u http://wapo.st/2t1SgBp Thus far, all who have signed on are Democrats, with no Republicans joining in. Let's thank Senator Richard Blumenthal (202-224-2823) and Representative John Conyers Jr. (202-225-5126) for leading the charge. We can read the complaint to see if our MoC are among those who have filed the lawsuit, and either thank them for doing so, or ask them to join in as a congressional plaintiff http://bit.ly/2sovWnJ

  1. Senators have struck a deal with bipartisan support to impose sanctions against Russia, while also limiting the president's power to lift sanctions without congressional approval and have passed (97-2) S.Amdt.232: To impose sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation and to combat terrorism and illicit financing http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/14/senate-passes-russia-sanctions-trump-limits-239553?cmpid=sf  It sounds like it may be a bit tougher of a sell in the House. Looks like we need to call our Reps to let them know we want it to pass, and we can also thank our Senators for working across the aisle to move this forward. 

  1. The tax-payer funded Zika vaccine will have no price controls.  http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article155665424.html  We can ask the Army to negotiate a better deal. Acting Secretary of the Army, Robert Speer, 101 Army Pentagon, Washington DC 20310-0101.

  1. The legislation known as the "No Hearing, No Vote Act" would require a bill being passed under reconciliation to be voted on by at least one committee and have had at least one hearing. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/337663-dems-introduce-bill-to-block-obamacare-repeal-vote-without-senate  Let's tell our senators that we support "No hearing No Vote" when we're making our calls about healthcare. 

  2. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and other House LGBT Equality Caucus members reintroduced the LGBT Pride Act, which would provide funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect data on anti-LGBT violence and suicides: http://www.hrc.org/blog/the-lgbt-pride-act-would-combat-violence-suicide-in-lgbtq-community   We can tell our representatives that we support this bill and would like to see it move through committee during this session.

  1. Right now, more than 65 million people in the world are refugees, and 34,000 more people are displaced from their homes every day. (http://www.unhcr.org/576408cd7.pdf) Donald Trump wants to turn his back on them, but the need to take refugees into the United States has never been greater. Let's join the Stand With Refugees campaign and call our representatives and senators to let them know we welcome refugees. Make the call through http://www.standwithrefugees.us.

Other Actions


  1. The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which "works to defend and strengthen the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education," has written a letter to Trump demanding he stop blocking his constituents (the latest to be blocked by DT: author Stephen King!). It's not just Trump who is trying to infringe on the free speech of his constituents. If any of us have been blocked by our MoC (or DT for that matter), the Institute would like to know. Send an email to blockedonline@knightcolumbia.org with the following information: 1) screenshot of the post that you suspect led to your blocking, and 2) screenshot of the page showing you are blocked. Let's not let our elected officials get away with this!

  1. Led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, 17 Attorneys General have filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court in opposition to the Muslim Ban:  https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-files-scotus-brief-opposing-trump-immigration-ban  The briefs were filed by the AG’s of: New York, Virginia, Maryland, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. If your AG is on this list, please take a moment to say thank you to him/her. Addresses can be found here: http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag.php

  1. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine have filed a lawsuit against Trump citing emoluments clause violations: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/12/trump-lawsuit-maryland-washington-dc-239420  Let’s thank them for taking this action: AG Karl Racine, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 1100S, Washington, DC 20001 and AG Brian Frosh 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202-2202

  1. While we work to take back the US House of Representatives, let’s also remember the importance of *state* legislatures. ​One of the most important things we can do to resist Trump and to move progressive policies forward during his administration is winning back state legislatures, and we have a great chance to do so this November in Virginia.  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/democrats-win-new-york-new-hampshire-flip-seats-trump/527970/ But it's going to take a lot of hard work from all of us! Let's sign up with flippable to learn more about how to volunteer to help:​ ​https://www.flippable.org/flipvablue-volunteer.​  Let’s donate what we can to these campaigns. Even a $5.00 contribution matters!  https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/207924/support-flippable-to-turn-virginia-blue-this-year

  1. Let’s thank Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette for bringing involuntary manslaughter charges against five officials for their alleged failure to address the Flint water crisis.  http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/06/five_official_charged_with_man.html Facing felony convictions punishable to up to 15 years in prison and/or a $7,500 fine are Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Director Nick Lyon, former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, former City of Flint Water Department Manager Howard Croft, Drinking Water Chief for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Liane Shekter-Smith, and former district supervisor Stephen Busch. To contact AG Schuette: miag@michigan.gov, or 517-373-1110, or G. Mennen Williams Bldg, 7th Fl., 525 W. Ottawa St., P.O. Box 30212, Lansing, MI 48909.

  1. An important part of sustaining our resistance work, and enduring the constant influx of news, is practicing self-care and remembering that we are not working alone. This summer, MoveOn.org is hosting Resistance Summer Community Cookouts on June 24th-25th, and July 1st-3rd to help us recharge and connect with others nearby. Let's partake in some fellowship and build momentum in our activism! We can find nearby cookouts, or host one if there isn't a cookout nearby:  https://www.resistancesummer.com/event/cookouts/

  1. Thanks to Postcards for America:  June 17 marks the two-year anniversary of the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.  Let’s send warm thoughts of support to the survivors in care of the church.  Details here:   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JLE5s-tNmwBjqhVUj8QdlFXyoFRArN_JGMOyA0UR4Xw/edit?usp=sharing

  1. “Leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention were divided over a resolution affirming the denomination’s opposition to white supremacy and the alt-right during their annual meeting in Phoenix this week.”  While not an easy process given their history, yesterday, they passed a statement condemning the alt-right.  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-southern-baptist-convention-alt-right-white-supremacy/530244/ Let’s reach out and thank them for taking this stand:  http://www.sbc.net/

Learning


  1. Naomi Klein’s “No is Not Enough” is “one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment … and it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.”  We should take a look--https://www.noisnotenough.org/   And we should look as well at The Leap, a recently-formed Canadian organization in which Klein has been instrumental, and its vision of “energy democracy”: https://leapmanifesto.org/en/the-leap-manifesto/  

  1. A important lesson to us all about class in America: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/opinion/sunday/stop-pretending-youre-not-rich.html

  1. A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the environmental review for the Dakota Access pipeline was, in part, inadequate and must be reconsidered, handing tribal opponents of the 1,170-mile pipeline project a key legal victory.”  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/337863-court-dakota-access-pipeline-needs-further-environmental-review


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