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1.      A resolution to censure Trump has been introduced in the House, with 78 cosponsors:   http://politi.co/2wXwD78 While some Republicans have been outspoken against Trump's failure to fully condemn white supremacists from the Charlottesville march, zero Republicans have cosponsored the resolution so far. Let's contact our representative and make sure that they cosponsor and support H.Res. 496: Condemning and censuring President Donald Trump. 5Calls has a call script and phone number we can use: https://5calls.org/issue/recMfNw76XvEO833U

2.      "The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. The agency has faced a crushing workload since the height of the contentious election season, and it has not relented in the first seven months of the administration. Agents must protect Trump – who has traveled almost every weekend to his properties in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia – and his adult children whose business trips and vacations have taken them across the country and overseas. The president has a large family, and our responsibility is required in law,'' Alles said. "I can't change that. I have no flexibility. Without some legislative relief, though, at least 1,100 agents – for now – would not be eligible for overtime even as one of the agency's largest protective assignments looms next month. Nearly 150 foreign heads of state are expected to converge on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly." https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/21/secret-service-cant-pay-agents-because-trumps-frequent-travel-large-family/529075001/    Our secret service agents should be paid. Let's contact our senators and tell them to up their caps so they can be paid. We don't want to be like trump and not pay our dedicated workers. It's not their fault that the trumps take way too many unnecessary trips. 

3.      Trump’s nominee for the top science job at the USDA, Sam Clovis, does not have a science background.  What he does have are some bigoted ideas about gays and thinks that same-sex marriage could lead to legalizing pedophilia.  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/347354-trump-nominee-same-sex-marriage-could-lead-to-legalizing-pedophilia Clearly this person, with his obvious lack of science is not fit for this job.  Let’s make sure our senators know that we do not want him working in the science field…..anywhere.

4.      The events in Charlottesville coupled with the fact there were only 4 documented cases of voter fraud in the last election harken back to a time of shame in our history when voter suppression prevailed and kept certain Americans without a voice in our government.  https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/debunking-voter-fraud-myth 
Let’s email the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and tell them to disband the commission and use the funds to finance new auditable voting machines, more polling places, and making Election Day a national holiday:  ElectionIntegrityStaff@ovp.eop.gov 

5.      A new rule being proposed by the Trump administration will slam shut the courthouse door on nursing home residents. Instead of being able to go to court if they are harmed during their stay in a nursing home, as they can now under Obama-era rules, residents and their families will be forced to submit to binding arbitration without recourse to review by a judge. Senators Franken (D. MN) and Wyden (D. OR) have been joined by 29 colleagues in calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to withdraw this unjust proposal. A new rule being proposed by the Trump administration will slam shut the courthouse door on nursing home residents. Instead of being able to go to court if they are harmed during their stay in a nursing home, as they can now under Obama-era rules, residents and their families will be forced to submit to binding arbitration without recourse to review by a judge. Senators Franken (D. MN) and Wyden (D. OR) have been joined by 29 colleagues in calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to withdraw this unjust proposal. Here’s how we can register our objections, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/08/2017-11883/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-revision-of-requirements-for-long-term-care-facilities-arbitration . Here’s how we can register our objections, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/08/2017-11883/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-revision-of-requirements-for-long-term-care-facilities-arbitration  Let’s also tell our MoCs that we want to see legislation introduced that will protect the rights of nursing home resident to sue in real courts of law.

6.      From Chop Wood Carry Water: At this moment in our nation’s history, the Justice Department should be stepping up to protect our civil rights. The Trump administration has made it clear that’s not their priority once again by nominating Eric Dreiband for head of the Civil Rights Division – a man who has made a career of campaigning AGAINST civil rights (http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/01/politics/eric-dreiband-justice-department-civil-rights-lgbt/index.html). He is the wrong man for the job. Let’s make sure our senators know we think so, and that we want them to oppose his confirmation.

7.      Started under President Obama, the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Community Partnerships, provides grants to communities and organizations to combat violent extremism, including white supremacy, through outreach. Trump has ended the CVE’s focus on white domestic terrorism, and the proposed federal budget would cut the program entirely in 2018. Let’s tell our MoCs (quoting Indivisible) “to require that the Countering Violent Extremism program retains its focus on white nationalism, that CVE grants are fully funded, and that a substantial portion of CVE grants are awarded to respond to the threat of white nationalism.”  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-extremism-idUSKBN18J2HJ Let’s join Indivisible in demanding that the Trump/Republican proposed budget restore funds to the CVE:  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/members-congress-enough-respond-white-supremacy/

8.      It is not news that the Trump administration has done tremendous damage to public health and safety and to the environment.  In fact, the Union of Concerned Scientists reported at length in July on the tactics used to undermine the critical role of science in our democracy: http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/07/sidelining-science-report-ucs-7-20-2017.pdf  During July, 50 scientists and senior officials, among them whistleblower Joel Clement, have been quietly removed from their posts at the Interior department: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/zinke-moving-dozens-of-senior-interior-officials-in-shake-up/2017/06/16/11801d3a-5295-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html We need to tell the Mary L. Kendall, currently the deputy inspector general of the Dept. of the Interior (there being, of course, no IG), to investigate and end the censorship of government scientists: 202-208-5745 (fax: 202-219-3856) or Dept of the Interior, Office of the IG, 1849 C Street NW—Mail Stop 4428, Washington, DC 20240

9.      Some monuments are worth fighting to take down.  Some others, are worth fighting to keep.  “ U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.”  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-monuments-idUSKCN1B00H7  Let’s let Zinke and Trump know that we want to protect ALL of our national park land and monuments.  Zinke:  https://www.doi.gov/contact-us  Trump: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

State Actions

1.      OH: Algae blooms from polluted water are hurting Ohio property owners by decreasing their property values in addition to the odor. https://news.osu.edu/news/2017/08/17/algaehouse/  The deregulation planned by Scott Pruitt's EPA will only make this situation worse.  Let's tell the EPA that we want to keep Ohio waters clean and do not want to roll back clean water re gulations. Scott Pruitt, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20460

2.      ME: At a vocational training center, Governor Paul LePage called classroom teachers "a dime a dozen."  http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/17/at-new-cianbro-facility-lepage-praises-vocational-training-calls-teachers-a-dime-a-dozen/  We all know teachers and the value they provide. Let's tell Governor LePage that while we appreciate the importance vocational training too, our classroom teachers are far from "a dime a dozen." Let's tell him about specific teachers that we know, how hard they work and how much of their own money they put into their classrooms. Governor Paul LePage, #1 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0001  or call: 207-287-3531  or web contact form: http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/citizen_services/ideas-suggestions.shtml

3.      MA: Activists in Massachusetts are fighting to ensure that no presidential candidate can compete for our votes without releasing their taxes. State Senator Mike Barrett has introduced S.365, which would require that all presidential and vice presidential candidates have to publicly release their tax returns to appear on the ballot (http://www.wbur.org/politicker/2016/12/13/barrett-tax-returns-legislation) Indivisible Action and Minuteman Indivisible are encouraging us to submit written testimony supporting this bill. You can use their sample letter at this link or draft your own (you can find talking points here), and you can submit them to democracy@minutemanindivisible.org. You can also contactGovernor Baker to encourage him to support this bill.

4.      ALL:  More than 200 U.S. mayors have joined the Anti-Defamation League and United States Conference of Mayors in a new initiative to fight extremism and bigotry in America. Let’s make sure our mayors sign on, too. https://mayorscompact.org/

Other Actions

1.      On Sunday night at the University of Texas – Austin, the university president ordered the removal of four Confederate statues: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/university-texas-removes-four-confederate-statues-overnight-n794411  Let's send President Fenves a big "thank you!" for taking a stand against white supremacy. President's Office: 512-471-1232 or  president@utexas.edu or 110 Inner Campus Drive, Stop G3400, Austin, Texas 78712-3400

2.      Protecting and working to expand voting rights may be the most effective way to resist, and there's good news for those of us who want to know how we can do more. Let America Vote was founded earlier this year "to fight back against proposals across the country that make it harder for eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right to cast a ballot." Even better, the organization has an internship program, which promises that "You will learn the nuts and bolts of how a professional campaign operation is run, help elect some great candidates, and be a critical grassroots advocate for protecting our constitutional right to vote!" Those who would like to find out more/apply for this program can do so  here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8QCrO26Rw_ciCPQSrfNEG8DuCCoZLAASK_ZsCIJ_s1YzAow/viewform

3.      Sleeping Giants is asking that we focus our efforts on getting Shopify to pull their advertising from Breitbart. Let's contact Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke , and ask him when he plans to end his financial support, through ad dollars, of hate speech and racism at Breitbart and The Rebel. We can reach him via e-mail tobi@shopify.com or on Twitter @tobi

4.      Many on the right seem to think that Black Lives Matter (BLM) should be considered a hate group because of their violent agency.  We know that is not true and there are many misplaced arguments against BLM.  https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2017/08/economist-explains-15?fsrc=scn%2Ffb%2Fte%2Fbl%2Fed%2F  Let’s use the information here to learn more and better explain to our friends on the right.

5.      National Voter Registration Day is September 26, 2017. Let’s study their website and learn how we can organize or participate in a voter registration drive in our communities. https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

6.      As part of Black August, a traditional month of resistance in the Black community, the National Bail-Out Collective is once again asking for donations to bail out those in jail for lack of money: https://brooklynbailfund.org/national-bail-out-day-donate  Let’s contribute as much as we can to reduce the damage to individuals while we fight the money bail system.


Petitions

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

1.      October 7, 2017 at multiple locations will be a National Solidarity Peaceful March.  “This will be a day for everyone with a compassionate heart and open mind to come together and celebrate love and unity! This will be a non-violent march. Our hope is to give everyone a day to celebrate our differences all while uniting together.”  The organizers are still looking for organizers for the following cities:  Philadelphia, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Houston, Milwaukee, Columbus, El Paso, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland.  If we can help, we can contact:  Solidaritymarch.main@gmail.com For more information:  https://www.facebook.com/NationwideSolidarityMarch/

2.      October 13-15, 2017 at the Workman’s Circle Camp (about 90 minutes from NYC) there will be a camp for active citizens and emerging activists.  We can get more information, read the program, get tickets, and see the participating organizations here:  https://www.campdeepstate.us/

Reading/Watching

1.      This is a powerful op-ed in the Guardian by former Senator Russ Feingold re: the relationship between the GOP and white supremacists: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/19/republican-party-white-supremacists-charlottesville

2.      Journalist Sarah Jaffe of billmoyers.com writes "Activists are trying to combat both the accelerated tracking and detaining of immigrants and the use of for-profit prisons to hold them by targeting the big banks that prop up for-profit prison companies." Let's read about the companies and banks supporting the for-profit prison industry:  http://billmoyers.com/story/private-prison-industry-corporate-backers/  If our own banks are complicit, maybe it is time for us to change banks.

3.      “Why is it that the death of a white woman at the hands of a white supremacist group has finally gotten the attention of white folk? Why have we been turning our heads the other way for so long? How many black families, Latino families, Asian families, Native-American families before us have been left broken from this ugly vein of hatred in our country? “ Heather Heyer’s cousin talks about racism:  https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/08/19/opinions/heather-heyer-cousin-racism-has-no-place-in-america/index.html



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