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1)      Since its creation by a bipartisan coalition under the Clinton administration, CHIP has been crucial for the health and well-being of millions of American children, their families and their communities. The benefits for families and communities of CHIP are many. For one, CHIP is crucial in providing financial security and prevents families from suffering catastrophic losses.  As a block grant, CHIP requires periodic appropriation of funding to maintain the program. The most recent extension, the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, funded the program through September 2017. Without additional funding, states will run out of money over the next few months. Moreover, without a quick congressional action, states will be confronted with daunting administrative and planning challenges on how to possibly maintain or phase out the program.http://fortune.com/2017/09/27/chip-kids-health-insurance/  Let’s remind our reps to quickly fund CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) to protect the insurance for these children and their families. If we tweet, we can also use this tweetsheet:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yShbWOXoBeH1hluOxy8IuJtZTtft4EgpDWkzQxTHBmk/edit#gid=0

2)      On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Makan Delrahim, Trump's nominee, to head the Justice Department's antitrust division https://bloom.bg/2wZqwmm This is especially significant, as the antitrust division is deciding whether to allow an AT&T and Time Warner merger; something that would give AT&T a staggering amount of power. John Oliver addressed this in Last Week Tonight, focusing on corporate consolidation and the dangers it presents http://bit.ly/2wlF3o4  Let's check it out, then tell the Justice Department not to allow this merger. We can contact the antitrust division directly through e-mail: 
antitrust.atr@usdoj.gov or leave a message on the Department of Justice comment line: 202-353-1555 

3)      Trump has nominated Jeff Mateer to federal court. Mateer, Texas's First Assistant Attorney General, has described gay marriage as "disgusting," and referred to transgender individuals as being part of 'Satan's plan" http://cnn.it/2wxzKWZhttp://bit.ly/2faeZVW This is not somebody who should be serving in any leadership role, much less that of a district judge. Let's make sure our Senators oppose Mateer's confirmation. We can also call Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office to voice our concerns that someone who is so clearly homophobic and bigoted is serving as the First Assistant Attorney General: (800) 252-8011 Office of the Attorney General PO Box 12548 Austin, TX 78711-2548 Or we can call Mateer's office directly: (512) 463-2191

4)      Representative Joe Kennedy, III, along with 77 cosponsors, introduced the Do No Harm Act (H.R. 3222), "To amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to protect civil rights and otherwise prevent meaningful harm to third parties, and for other purposes" http://bit.ly/2xIsYN2 Let's call the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and ask that they pass this out of committee. Chairman Steve King: 202.225.4426 Ranking Member Steve Cohen: (202) 225-3265 Let's also make sure that our Representatives are cosponsoring and supporting this important legislation.

5)      Even though Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia investigation, that did not stop him from commenting on the investigation's coverage by the media http://bit.ly/2wZcU64 Let's remind Sessions not to overstep the bounds of his recusal, nor use his position to influence the investigation: 202-353-1555 U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

6)      Perhaps showing us their true colors, the Senate quietly passed the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870) by a voice vote the same day they abandoned the Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal/replace the ACA.  “The bill’s provisions include expanding a program created by ObamaCare that provides care for seniors in their homes; giving new tools to groups of doctors that come together to coordinate care for a patient, known as Accountable Care Organizations; and expanding the use of telehealth, where doctors use technology to communicate with patients far away.” http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/352637-senate-passes-bipartisan-medicare-reform-bill  Let’s thank our senators for working together for the common good and remind them that is why we elected them and that we’d like to see more of this. 

7)      Before we find ourselves thoroughly enmired in “tax reform,” we must take heed of Trump’s next, more immediate, move. “President Trump failed again this week to fulfill his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act . . . . Now he is taking aim at President Obama’s central environmental legacy, the Clean Power Plan. The administration has made clear its desire to repeal the Obama energy plan. But what would take its place it remains a mystery.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/climate/clean-power-plan.html  Let’s remind Scott Pruitt and the EPA in no uncertain terms that their job is to regulate greenhouse gases and protect our health, not cater to industry lobbyists or the president:  https://twitter.com/EPAScottPruitt/

8)      It appears there is movement afoot on a bipartisan Senate bill that would stabilize the ACA markets.  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chuck-schumer-democrats-republicans-on-verge-of-bipartisan-obamacare-fix/article/2635928 Let’s contact our senators and express our gratitude for this bipartisan effort, but that we don’t want any one of us to be hurt by what they pass. 

9)      Ajit Pai is up for reconfirmation to run the Federal Communications Commission, and he needs to lose. His record on the FCC is one of rolling back policies designed to protect internet users, communities of color and poor people. If he remains in his position, he will champion unwinding net neutrality protections and losing loopholes to expand the reach of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, aka Trump TV.  https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/fire-fcc-chairman-ajit-pai-petition-tells-us-senators/ . The net neutrality advocacy group Free Press is organizing people to call their senators and urge them to vote against Pai’s reconfirmation. We can find talking points and be connected to our senators at this link: http://act.freepress.net/call/internet_nn_pai_fire .

10)  ​Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has caused the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, and their campaign relies on American-made weapons and refueling provided by the American military. Now, we have an opportunity to put a stop to it. A bipartisan coalition of members of Congress has introduced legislation that would halt American support for the Saudi-led coalition, and under the War Powers Resolution, this measure is guaranteed a vote http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/28/lawmakers-demand-u-s-withdrawal-from-saudi-led-war-in-yemen/  Let’s join Win Without War in e-mailing our members of Congress and asking them to support House Resolution 81 and help stop the killing at this link: http://act.winwithoutwar.org/letter/tell-congress-stop-fueling-war-yemen

State Actions
 
1)      AR and soybean and/or cotton growing states: Arkansas is on the verge of banning the use, during the growing season, of a Monsanto-backed weedkiller, dicamba, which has been blamed for damaging millions of acres of crops in neighboring farms this year. According to estimates compiled by weed scientist Kevin Bradley at the University of Missouri, at least 3 million acres of crops have seen some injury. Dicamba can be sprayed on soybeans and cotton that have been genetically modified to tolerate it. But not all farmers plant those new seeds per this NPR article.  The Arkansas State Plant Board has already voted unanimously to ban the use of dicamba on the state's crops from mid-April until November. A public hearing about dicamba will be held on Nov. 8. We can find out more information on the AR Agriculture Dept. Dicamba update page. The Governor and other legislators will need to sign off on this as well.  If we are Arkansans, let's tell Governor Asa Hutchinson that we want him to accept the State Plant Board's recommendation by using his web contact form or calling:501-682-2345 or writing: 500 Woodlane St Rm 250, Little Rock AR 72201.  Let's also contact our own Arkansas state senators about this issue.  Other states, and the EPA, are considering new restrictions on dicamba use.  We know the current EPA is unresponsive.  If we are in states that plant soybeans or cotton, let's contact our own Governors and ask what they plan to do about the dicamba problem. 

2)      CO: "The Trump administration and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest supervisor  Scott Armentrout have determined to expand coal mining operations near Somerset. This despite overwhelming comments in opposition. Now there is a 45 day comment period before finalizing this travesty." https://www.d3indivisible.co/daily-actions/2017/9/23/d3-daily-action Contact Scott Armentrout with your comments: GMUG Forest Supervisor (Delta Office), Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest
2250 Highway 50, Delta, Colorado 81416, or Phone: (970) 874-6600, or Email: sarmentrout@fs.fed.us

3)      MA: Let’s prevent foreign influence in elections by limiting political spending by foreign-influenced corporations. The state legislature is considering bills that ban “political spending in Massachusetts elections from a foreign-influenced corporation—a company of which 5 percent is owned by a single foreign national, or 20 percent is owned by a group of foreign nationals. [The bills also impose] a disclosure requirement on outside spending groups that take corporate money.” https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/09/26/how-massachusetts-can-fight-foreign-influence-our-elections/CM8rjPu8NtmRJIYRVeUVJM/story.html If we’re in Massachusetts, let’s tell our state senators and representatives to give careful consideration to H.2904 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H2904 ,H.2081 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/H2081 , and S.394 https://malegislature.gov/Bills/190/S394 and pass legislation that will stop foreign-influenced corporations from influencing our elections. We can look up our legislators here: https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

4)      ALL:  The Pence-Kobach commission on “voter integrity” continues to try to disenfranchise American voters.  After its September meeting, “Kobach . . . began building a more methodical case for further federal voting restrictions — like more restrictive photo-ID requirements, background checks and strict enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) voter maintenance — with the help of 12 white, male witnesses”:  http://billmoyers.com/story/calling-kobach-commission/  We need to continue to urge our state officials to push back, as they did when Kobach tried to get extensive data on individual voters; we might also want to keep track of Republican efforts to deny us the vote at https://thefranchiseproject.com.

Other Actions

1)      From one of our own:   ResistBot, can be a great #resistance resource. By texting "resist" to 50409, people can send faxes to their senators through text messages. It even finds your senators for you based on your zip code and remembers your phone number. Also, after you send a certain number of faxes, you unlock the "letter" function, where the service will turn your texts into a letter which they mail. The service is free. For more info, check here:  https://resistbot.io/

2)      Some of us sports' fan Rogan's listers are already boycotting the NFL (for supporting systemic racism and not hiring Kaepernick among other issues like concussions and domestic abuse) and now we are seeing another NCAA basketball scandal with the University of Louisville. Maybe we need a change. Let's take the time to check out the WNBA.  Not only has the league been scandal-free, they have also been on the front lines of activism.  In For the Win, WNBA president Lisa Borders says, "Our players have been working in our communities, not just this year or last year. This has been an ongoing effort by the WNBA since our inception. Our players I’m sure will continue this, as will I and all of us that are working at the league.” WBNA finals are currently in progress so now is a great time for us to check out the game with some of their best players. Let's make an effort to watch and support the WNBA. Game 3 of the Finals tips on Friday (tonight!) in L.A. (9 PM ET, ESPN2) Minnesota Lynx vs Los Angeles Sparks. The series is even at 1-1. Let's make a plan to follow the WNBA next year, pick "our own" team (local or not), and consider purchasing a season ticket or going to a game or two if they play near us. 

3)      Audubon Florida reports "Audubon scientists are saddened to report all of the 44 active nests of the endangered Everglade Snail Kite on Lake Okeechobee were lost due to Hurricane Irma’s high winds and high rainfall. Lake Okeechobee, Florida's largest lake, is a stronghold for the species found only in the Sunshine State. Post-Irma assessments of the Lake indicate that many adults and juveniles in the area rode out the storm and survived, but sadly, nests with eggs or flightless babies perished." If we can, let's help Florida Audubon by donating to help birds and Florida's special places recover from Hurricane Irma. 

4)      The Director of the Michigan State Police said in a Facebook post that those who kneel during the National Anthem are “degenerates”: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/09/26/nfl-anthem-protest-michigan-state-police/705511001/ Let’s let Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue know that speaking out about police violence against African Americans does not make one a degenerate: Michigan State Police Headquarters, P.O. Box 30634 Lansing, Michigan 48909.

5)      From one of our own:  After the first of the year, if our state's drivers' licenses are not compliant with the DHS requirements, we will need a passport or a passport card to board a domestic plane.  http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/september-passport-awareness-month  If our state is not compliant,

6)      Fox 2 Now St. Louis wants to know what we think about NFL players kneeling during the anthem:   http://fox2now.com/2017/09/25/poll-how-do-you-feel-about-nfl-players-kneeling-during-the-national-anthem/

7)      “Royal Caribbean is using a cruise ship to help evacuate people from Puerto Rico and deliver needed supplies to Caribbean islands. The cruise line announced on Tuesday that it is canceling its September 30 Adventure of the Seas trip so it can use the ship to help victims of Hurricane Maria.”  http://ktla.com/2017/09/27/royal-caribbean-sends-cruise-ship-to-help-puerto-rico/  Let’s thank these generous people:  Royal Caribbean, Miami Corporate Offices, 1050, 1080 & 1040 Caribbean Way, Miami, FL 33132

8)      “Twitter said Thursday it had shut down 201 accounts that were tied to the same Russian operatives who posted thousands of political ads on Facebook, but the effort frustrated lawmakers who said the problem is far broader than the company appeared to know.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/twitter-finds-hundreds-of-accounts-tied-to-russian-operatives/2017/09/28/6cf26f7e-a484-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html?utm_term=.6f26f3ddaf7a  This on the heels of Facebook which,  “Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company said it will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators, while also pledging to make political advertising on its platform more "transparent."”   http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/facebook-release-russia-ads-congress-amid-pressure-50010940   Let’s contact both Twitter and Facebook to let them know how much we value their service and that expect them to maintain integrity.  Facebook:  1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, and Twitter:  1355 Market St #900, San Francisco, CA 94103

9)      While we can pause to rejoice that Trump finally waived the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, there is MUCH left to be done. TeenVogue, an unexpected media hero in this era, has put together this very helpful guide that has both historical and social action information to help us stay moving forwarding to help Puerto Rico: https://www.teenvogue.com/story/how-to-help-puerto-rico

Petitions

1)      "Pope Francis has been a vocal supporter of the need for climate action, making him a respected leader to Catholics and people of other faiths alike. We know the Pope believes in the need to phase-out fossil fuels, so this week we’re joining350.org in calling on him to divest. Taking the Vatican’s assets out of any coal, oil or gas investments would be consistent with Pope Francis’s call." Let's join Years of Living Dangerously and National Geographic Channel in calling on Pope Francis to divest the Vatican of fossil fuels by signing their petition

2)      Let’s join Save the Children and urge Congress to publicly oppose the Refugee Resettlement Cap:  https://action.savethechildrenactionnetwork.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=23329

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

1)      It is time to join the Virtual March in support of the DREAM Act 9/27-10/2.  Let’s learn more here how we can participate: http://virtualmarch.us/

2)      “SToPP is a walk/run event to engage college students, campus administration, and other advocates in raising awareness of, and transforming behavior related to, sexual assault on campus.”  In October they will host campus runs and a virtual 5k to raise funds for campus sexual assault awareness.  Let’s check out places and dates:  https://thenewagenda.net/stopp/  Then, let’s contact the sponsor, The New Agenda, and ask how we can help schedule these more places for next year:  https://thenewagenda.net/contact-us/

Reading/Watching


2)      While more information about Trump’s tax plan has been released, there are still many questions: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/unanswered-questions-trump-tax-plan/story?id=50152971

3)      Equifax’s interim CEO offers apology and offers:  http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-equifax-ceo-apology-20170928-story.html


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1.      Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the US; its residents are American citizens.  But these citizens cannot vote in federal elections and have no voting representative in Congress.  Apparently, their plight since being decimated by two hurricanes is of much less concern to Congress than that of the voters in Texas and Florida.  60% of the island is without water; all of it is without electricity; food is scarce.   The impending “humanitarian crisis” has not prompted Congress to act nor has it garnered expressions of sympathy from Trump, who finally tweeted to bemoan the condition of the island’s electric grid and blame  PR’s “deep trouble” on its Wall Street debts: 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/26/trump-puerto-rico-crisis-massive-debt  PR Gov. Ricardo Rosello predicts, understandably, a huge exodus to the mainland if greater federal aid is not forthcoming.  Given that our fellow citizens have no voice, it is critical that we demand that our MoCs immediately provide the resources Puerto Rico needs to avert a crisis.

2.      “In the United States, outdoor burning and detonation is still the military’s leading method for dealing with munitions and the associated hazardous waste….[There are at least] 51 active sites across the country where the Department of Defense or its contractors are today burning or detonating munitions or raw explosives in the open air, often in close proximity to schools, homes, and water supplies….[T]he military’s open burn program not only results in extensive contamination, but ‘staggering’ cleanup costs that can reach more than half a billion dollars in a single site.” https://www.propublica.org/article/military-pollution-open-burns-radford-virginia Let’s tell our MoCs that it’s long past time for the US to join its Western allies in destroying aging weaponry without emitting toxic waste.

3.      "…during his speech at the United Nations, President Trump said his government would “totally destroy North Korea” if necessary to defend the United States or its allies. On Friday, Kim Jong Un responded, saying North Korea “will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.” The North Korean leader didn’t elaborate on the nature of this countermeasure, but his foreign minister provided a hint: North Korea might test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Hydrogen bombs are far more powerful than atomic bombs, capable of producing many times more explosive energy. The initial blast could kill most of the life in the strike zone—scores of fish and other marine life—instantly. The explosion would send radioactive particles flying through the air and into the water. Wind could carry the dangerous particles over hundreds of miles. The smoke from the blast site could block out sunlight and hinder life forms at sea that depend on photosynthesis to survive. The exposure to radiation could cause severe health problems for nearby marine life. Radioactivity is known to damage cells in humans, animals, and plants by causing changes in their genes. The changes could lead to crippling mutations in future generations. The eggs and larvae of marine organisms are especially sensitive to radiation, according to experts. Affected animals could pass the exposure up the food chain.  https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/09/north-korea-bomb-pacific-ocean/540825/  Let's ask the White House to come to the table, stop the name calling and make peace. Our Planet can't afford the consequences. 

4.      Our Revolution's People's Platform is focusing its efforts on the Automatic Voter Registration Act (H.R. 2840), which would automatically register anyone 18 years old or older who is eligible to vote and who has provided their information to the state motor vehicle authority. Although the bill has 130 cosponsors, it has been stuck in committee since June. Let's make sure that our Representatives cosponsor and support H.R. 2840. We can also contact the House Committee on House Administration, and tell them that we support the Automatic Voter Registration Act and want to see it pass out of committee: (202) 225-8281 1309 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 We can learn more about the People's Platform here: https://ourrevolution.com/press/60-members-congress-sign-peoples-platform/

5.      Next week, on October 3rd, the House will be voting on Rep. Franks' Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks gestation http://bit.ly/2hyc3XD Not only does this infringe on women's bodily autonomy and reproductive rights, but it presents a clear misunderstanding of why some women have abortions at or beyond the twenty-week mark of a pregnancy 

http://bit.ly/2ysugcp Further, according to the CDC, only 1.3% of abortions in the U.S. in 2013 took place after a pregnancy reached 20 weeks http://bit.ly/2jvxyYd Let's make sure to call our MoC and tell them that we expect them to support women's bodily autonomy, and oppose H.R. 36.

6.      United We Dream has a helpful infographic that we can share to help explain the DREAM Act (S. 1615 and H.R. 3440) and much more conservative SUCCEED Act  http://bit.ly/2xwcfNE Let's make sure that our MoC are cosponsoring and supporting the DREAM Act. We can also check out United We Dream's We Are Here to Stay website, which has a plethora of resources and calls to action to help support and defend immigrants in the U.S. http://weareheretostay.org/

7.      Although waived for Florida, Louisiana, and Texas in the aftermath of the hurricanes that hit those states, the Trump administration took days in approving a waiver of the 100-year-old Jones Act that would help ease ships getting to Puerto Rico to dealing with the humanitarian crisis there: Public and Congressional pressure helped him move in this direction, however the reason he cited for not doing it sooner was that a lot of shippers did not want it.  http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/Trump-Waives-Jones-Act-to-Help-Puerto-Rico-After-Criticism-448446173.html Let’s remind Trump that in times of public crisis, the needs of people come before the wants of industry.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call

8.       The Elder Abuse Protection and Prosecution Act, bipartisan legislation to protect seniors from neglect and financial exploitation has passed the Senate as part of the Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act that would help crack down on elder abuse by strengthening oversight and accountability for guardians and conservators.    https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/8/klobuchar-cornyn-bipartisan-bill-to-protect-seniors-from-abuse-and-financial-exploitation-passes-senate  Let's contact our representative asking support of S178 as it heads to the House for a vote.

9.      As the world sees an extraordinary number of refugees—especially from war-torn areas like Iraq and Syria—Trump intends to set the ceiling for refugees to the US at 45,000, the lowest number since the signing of the 1980 US Refugee Act.           http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-refugees/trump-expected-to-set-u-s-refugee-cap-at-45000-sources-idUSKCN1C12RB  He will not relent on the Oct. 5th deadline for applying for DACA renewal, and he has added Chad, North Korea, and government officials from Venezuela to his now-indefinite travel ban, in hopes that we will be fooled into thinking that it is not directed at Muslims: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/24/politics/trump-travel-restrictions/index.html  Let’s let the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson what we think of these attacks on immigrants: 202-647-4000 or  U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

10.  "President Trump said Wednesday that he is “not happy” about revelations that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took numerous flights on government-funded private jets for work and personal trips. Responding to questions from reporters, Trump said he is “looking into” the situation and that “personally, I'm not happy about it, and I let him know it.”  Price has been criticized for using public funds to pay for private flights more than two dozen times, according to Politico, mixing in some personal travel with business trips."  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/27/trump-not-happy-about-hhs-secretary-tom-prices-travel-on-private-jets/?utm_term=.b70290539c65 Let's ask Trump to practice what he preaches. Let’s ask him to stop his excessive vacation trips paying his own properties and breaking the bank for secret service paychecks while enriching his pocketbooks. 

11.  Now more than ever, we are in need of broad-based change to our political institutions, from campaign finance reform to redistricting reform to automatic voter registration to formally requiring the President to put their assets in a blind trust. That’s why Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative David Price (D-NC) have joined together with reform organizations to introduce the We The People Democracy Reform Act, which takes a comprehensive approach to the systemic issues we face (https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-27/political-reformers-have-a-new-asset-trump). Let’s show Congress that this is what Americans demand, not more attempts to take away our health care, and ask them to co-sponsor and publicly declare their support for this legislation.

12.  Trump has nominated Eric Dreiband, who has a long history of protecting companies from being held accountable for violating civil rights, to be the assistant attorney general in charge of enforcing our civil rights laws (http://www.npr.org/2017/09/06/548985268/civil-rights-division-nominee-eric-dreiband-appears-before-senate-panel). The Trump Administration may not be committed to civil rights, but our country is, and our senators need to know that before they vote on this nomination. Let’s tell them to oppose Dreiband's confirmation and to ask the White House to send them a nominee who we can trust with the Civil Rights Division. ​

13.  While Mueller is conducting his investigation we all know that more is needed. He is bound by special counsel regulations.  “That is why we need a bipartisan commission to investigate the matter and produce a comprehensive public report.”  http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/352289-mueller-isnt-all-powerful-we-need-a-bipartisan-election-interference  Let’s use this guide from Postcards for America to understand the need so we can contact all our federal legislators and ask for such a commission.   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sHuQJGvbSwdOrweIk7m8dMoUsbS6fdIbpAi_8PLARik/edit

State Actions

1.      MI:  The state needs to hear from Michiganders who support clean energy and climate action.  http://www.miclimateaction.org/comment_on_energy_plan

Other Actions

1.      Again, this year, all fourth graders (or 10-year-olds) have access to a free pass to them and their families to attend national parks, monuments, forests, etc. Here’s a good explanation:  http://allthemoms.com/2017/08/10/free-national-park-pass-fourth-grader/  Let’s sign up with our fourth-graders!  https://www.nationalparks.org/our-work/campaigns-initiatives/every-kid-park

2.      On Tuesday night, Roy Moore won the Republican Senate run-off in Alabama against Luther Strange to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat. It would be difficult to overstate how repugnant Moore is (the fifth section of this calls attention to his views about homosexuals and Muslims):  http://thehill.com/homenews/the-memo/352614-five-takeaways-from-the-alabama-run-off Please consider making a donation to his Democratic opponent Doug Jones for the December election:  http://bit.ly/2wkeGlh

3.      "Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban lent the team plane to point guard J.J. Barea to fly food, water, and supplies to Puerto Rico, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.  Barea, who is from Puerto Rico, set up a relief fund for Hurricane Maria victims with his wife, Puerto Rican actress and model Viviana Ortiz. They have raised over $140,000, according to MacMahon. Barea reportedly left Monday after communicating with his parents for the first time Sunday and learning where help was most needed. He'll reportedly return on the team plane Tuesday night. "  http://www.businessinsider.com/mark-cuban-mavericks-plane-jj-barea-puerto-rico-relief-2017-9  Let’s thank Mark Cuban via Twitter @mcuban or a message on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/markcuban/ or write to him in care of Dallas Mavericks, The Pavilion, 2909 Taylor Street, Dallas, TX 75226.  We can also thank J.J Barea  via Twitter @jjbareapr or at the Dallas Maverick’s address. 

4.      From Chop Wood/Carry Water:  we flipped two seats blue yesterday [Tuesday] --one in Florida and one in New Hampshire--in what were both SUPER red districts. The Florida victor, Annette Taddeo, was outspent her by opponent by over a million dollars! The candidate in NH, first timer Kari Lerner, won by 39 votes! In a district Trump won by 23 points. Guess what pushed them both over the edge? Canvassing and POSTCARDING! That's right!  So PLEASE consider doing some! It's so easy; you don't have to talk to anyone, and just think: Kari Lerner won by thirty-nine people. EVERY VOTE MATTERS. So Text HELLO to (484) ASK-ABBY and Abby the Address Bot will help you immediately with instructions and addresses!

Petitions

1.      “The Democratic opposition to Ajit Pai's re-confirmation was launched today by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who accused the Federal Communications Commission chairman of abandoning the public interest. Cantwell criticized Pai's in-progress attempt to eliminate net neutrality rules and said he has taken other actions that hurt Americans. “  https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/senator-launches-opposition-to-ajit-pais-fcc-re-confirmation/  Let’s sign this petition to voice our agreement:  http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fire_pai

2.      Let’s join in the petition to the Dept. of Homeland Security and Trump to waive the Jones Act to help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico:  https://www.change.org/p/department-of-homeland-security-waive-the-jones-act-for-all-cargo-at-ports-in-puerto-rico-to-aid-hurricane-maria-relief

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

 Reading/Watching

1.      Here’s in insight into why getting ID for some people is so problematic:  http://www.bridgemi.com/detroit-journalism-cooperative/poor-michigan-no-id-i-am-somebody-i-just-cant-prove-it

2.      Fox Sports commentator Nick Wright says, "The protests have been hijacked by folks with an agenda. I tried to set the record straight this morning. I think this is worth your time."  https://www.facebook.com/NickWrightFS1/videos/1675829499156048/

3.      Details of the Trump tax plan are still not clear, but all indication points to this being a very good plan for the very rich and businesses, not so much for the middle class or our country as a whole.  ““If this framework is all about the middle class, then Trump Tower is middle-class housing,” said Senator Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax/trump-proposal-slashes-taxes-on-businesses-the-rich-fuels-deficit-worries-idUSKCN1C213M  A radio commentator offered that getting this legislation passed will make the ACA repeal/replace effort look like a walk in the park.

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1.      There will not be a vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill after all.  http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/352503-senate-wont-vote-on-obamacare-repeal-bill  There may well be another bill rushed in before the Oct. 1 deadline for the GOP to use the 51-vote reconciliation process, but let’s encourage our MoCs to work together across the aisle to fix what is wrong with the ACA to make our country healthier.  While we are at it, let’s thank Senators Collins, McCain, and Paul for speaking up on behalf of so many of us. 

2.      Awareness of the crisis in Puerto Rico is finally spreading.  But, unlike Texas and Florida, Puerto Ricans, while US citizens, don’t have voting members of Congress to stand up for the disaster relief they need. In addition, there are two hidden issues preventing aid from reaching PR as quickly as they could: a) a 1920 law that prevents PR from receiving aid from non-US ships, and 2) a FEMA rule that requires aid recipients to match federal funds with local resources. Rep. Nydia Velásquez (D-NY) and other MoCs today submitted a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking that the government waive these two requirements. https://velazquez.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/members-congress-push-recovery-plan-puerto-rico Let's ask our MoCs to add their support to these two requests, which would have immediate positive results.   

3.      “A group of Democratic lawmakers is urging Defense Secretary James Mattis to send additional military resources to Puerto Rico after back-to-back hurricanes created “harrowing conditions” on the U.S. territory.”  http://thehill.com/policy/defense/352517-dems-call-for-additional-pentagon-assets-to-be-deployed-to-puerto-rico  We need to make sure we’re using our power to stand up for our fellow Americans. Let’s contact our members of Congress and tell them to fight for Puerto Rico by supporting Rep. Jose Serrano’s proposed task force, modeled after the one created for Superstorm Sandy, to coordinate the rebuild.

4.      As published in the Federal Register, Dept. of Homeland Security will soon begin to collect social media data on all immigrants, including those with green cards and those who have been naturalized.  http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/352421-dhs-planning-to-collect-social-media-info-on-all-immigrants  Here is info on making comments before the Oct. 18 deadline when this new rule is to go into effect:  https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/18/2017-19365/privacy-act-of-1974-system-of-records   This is a clear violation of rights, particularly to those we have lawfully admitted to our country.

5.      Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said that 1/3 of employees at the Department of the Interior are “not loyal” to Trump or the flag:   https://apnews.com/570c910d21be41869f76d45a2c55c359/Zinke:-One-third-of-Interior-employees-not-loyal-to-Trump Let’s remind Zinke that disagreeing with his abhorrent efforts does not mean they lack loyalty to this country: https://www.doi.gov/contact-us

6.      It seems that the Koch brothers have threatened to sequester donations to members of Congress who oppose the latest ACA repeal.  According to the San Diego Free Press, “There’s $400 million in campaign contributions and lobbying waiting behind a door the Koch brothers and their donor network have locked up pending ‘results’ on these issues.”:   https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/09/follow-the-money-to-understand-graham-cassidy-use-your-heart-to-stop-it  While Graham-Cassidy seems to be dead, now that Sen. Susan Collins has announced her opposition, we should take nothing for granted.  Money talks, especially to this Congress; we must keep up our pressure on Republican senators until we see this bill defeated or withdrawn.

7.      As tensions rise between North Korea and the U.S., it is becoming more and more evident that we need to rein in Trump's ability to deploy military force and utilize nuclear weapons http://bit.ly/2foU5CZ Let's contact our MoC and tell them we need legislation passed which requires Trump to gain congressional approval before he engages in another unnecessary war https://5calls.org/issue/rec0qzYhTOiR0H9DG

8.      Instead of taking real action to keep us safe from terrorism, Trump is continuing to double down on bigotry and fear-mongering by expanding his Islamophobic travel ban (http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/24/politics/trump-travel-restrictions/index.html). With all that’s going on right now, it’s important to make sure Congress gets the message that we’ve noticed and we want it stopped, not expanded. Let’s contact our reps and tell them that this is un-American and we don’t want a penny of our tax dollars spent on it. We’re calling on them to defund enforcement of this ban in the appropriations process.

9.      Even though the majority of Americans aren't aware of this, the roughly 3.5 million people of Puerto Rico are American citizens. The island was suffering before it took a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, and the power grid is still completely out. While some federal personnel have been deployed, the governor of the U.S. commonwealth is asking for more help, but it needs more than clean-up and infrastructure help. http://fortune.com/2017/09/25/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-relief-debt-crisis/    Let's a) ask our MoCs where the relief funding bill is for Puerto Rico and the aid to help it overcome its financial crisis, and b) find immediate ways to send help by choosing one of the PR-specific charities on this website: https://www.romper.com/p/how-to-help-puerto-rico-after-hurricane-maria-ravaged-the-island-2414119

10.  "President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will take separate fundraising trips this week as Republican leaders in Washington grapple with what appears to be the latest failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  Trump will travel to New York City for a fundraising dinner on Tuesday night, administration officials said. Pence will raise money for the Michigan GOP on Wednesday after an official event in the state to tout tax reform, according to a person familiar with the plans. He’ll hold another tax reform event on Thursday in Wisconsin, and tack on a fundraiser for the Trump-Pence Victory Fund and the Republican National Committee."   
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/trump-pence-fundraising-243130  What about funds for Puerto Rico?  Since they can't vote, neither one of them seems to care that American Citizens have no electricity, clean water or food.  Let's tell Pence and Trump to help raise funds for our citizens in Puerto Rico and not for their own pockets.

11.  If we are followers of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), we may have received a call to action on Monday asking us to call on our Senators to reject any legislation that attacks the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) or its forced arbitration rule.  In a floor speech on Monday evening, Senator Elizabeth Warren  spoke in support of a rule recently issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that gives consumers who have been cheated the ability to hold their banks accountable. The CFPB's forced arbitration rule, which prevents banks and other financial firms from forcing customers to give up their rights to join class action suits, may be repealed by Senate Republicans as soon as this week, according to reports.  We can read more at The Intercept.  Let's get on the phones today to tell our Senators not to touch the CFPB or its forced arbitration.

12.  A pro-lobbyist bill, HR1431, has already passed in the House and moved on for consideration in the Senate.  The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Reform Act, HR1431, would allow industry representatives to serve on the SAB and other scientific research panels without receiving a special waiver. The panels are typically composed primarily of independent academics and researchers charged with reviewing agency science and advising the Environmental Protection Agency on major policy decisions with some input from industry. This legislation could change the balance in favor of greater power for regulated companies, particularly the oil and gas industries. Read the full article on The Intercept.  Let's tell our Senators to oppose HR1431.  Minnesotans: One of this bills co-sponsors is Democrat Collin Peterson from MN's 7th District. Let's encourage Representative Peterson to withdraw his support for this bill even though it has already passed in the House.  We can use Peterson's contact page to call or write his district office nearest us or to send an email now (only available to constituents.)

13.  Big Oil is renewing its push to destroy the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with Trump’s active assistance. We need to make it clear to Congress that we want this option off the table now and for good (http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/09/15/trump-administration-moves-to-lift-ban-on-oil-assessment-in-anwr/). Let’s contact our reps and ask them to oppose any bill that would allow the administration to drill in ANWR and to support H.R. 1889, which would block drilling permanently by designating ANWR as protected wilderness. And let’s tell our senators to support the ban on drilling ANWR in S. 820. (H/t Chop Wood Carry Water)

14.  Propaganda watch. Sinclair Broadcast Group, the giant pro-Trump right-wing media organization, is waiting for approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media Company. https://www.exposedbycmd.org/2017/09/25/trump-ally-sinclair-moves-consolidate-tv-empire/  If the merger goes through, Sinclair will reach 72% of American households nationwide. https://savelocalmedia.com/ According to the Coalition to Save Local Media, “Sinclair has a record of picking political winners and losers at their national headquarters and promoting them instead of allowing their local stations to be fair and balanced. Their expanded power and reach will cause them to become more engaged in political news stories and even play favorites in Republican primaries.” https://savelocalmedia.com/facts/Let’s tell our MoCs that Congress must reject the Sinclair-Tribune merger by using this form:  https://savelocalmedia.com/take-action/

State Actions

1.      PA: In response to the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football team choosing to remain in the locker room for the national anthem, Cecil Township Chief of the [volunteer] Fire Department, Paul Smith, called coach Mike Tomlin "a no good n***er" on Facebook. Now that Smith has received negative backlash, he regrets his comments as noted in this CBS/Pittsburgh article. The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors issued a statement saying they are “deeply disturbed” by Chief Smith’s comments and suggested contacting the president of the Muse Fire Department regarding any further comment or action. Let's ask for Smith's removal. He said it; we know he meant it. Write to: President Ron Zombeck, Muse Fire Department, 186 Muse Bishop Rd, Muse PA 15350.

2.      KY: A Lexington-based non-profit, Plantory.org is now accepting applications for those Kentucky DREAMers who need help with their DACA renewal fees. We can read more about their work at wfpl.org. We can apply if we have need.  If we can help, we can donate. Both at Plantory.org. Let's be sure to share this information with our fellow Kentuckians.

Other Actions

1.      From Together Rising: “Last month, through Together Rising, you stood with Texas and gave $320,000 to those suffering after Harvey. Now it’s time to stand with our sisters and brothers suffering in Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.”  Let’s listen to Glennon Doyle about what is happening there and how we can help:  https://www.facebook.com/glennondoyle/videos/10155742598459710/  Please give here:  https://app.mobilecause.com/form/xVzQ0A or text TR4RELIEF to 41444 for a link to give your tax-deductible donation. 100% of what we receive goes directly to suffering people. Together Rising is matching each of your gifts up to $100,000.

2.      “With the spotlight once again on the act of kneeling during the national anthem, students will bring this conversation to the classroom. Here’s how to guide that discussion”:  https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/discussing-takeaknee-in-class  Let’s use this if we can and share with teachers we know as well.

3.      Citizens have been engaged in protests in St. Louis since a September 15th verdict which acquitted a former St. Louis police officer of murder. While the case was considered by many to be a straightforward case of murder, with premeditation, the judge stated that the prosecution had not met their burden of proof, especially in proving that the victim did not have a firearm, and noted ""The Court observes, based on its nearly thirty years on the bench, that an urban heroin dealer not in possession of a firearm would be an anomaly." Since the verdict, there have been protests, met with militarized police response, which has been compared to the events of Ferguson http://rol.st/2xyK9kj  Protesters are now asking for interim St. Louis police chief Larry O'Toole's resignation, after his handling of the protests, as well as the possible cover up of a black officer who was shot by a white officer, as well as an incident in which an undercover black officer who was arrested during the protests http://bit.ly/2wQQSad Meanwhile, the St. Louis mayor is standing behind O'Toole's inflammatory remarks regarding the protests http://bit.ly/2xxTQxp Let's stand behind the citizens of St. Louis as they fight for racial justice. We can call or mail St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson at her office to ask for Chief O'Toole's resignation: (314) 622-3201 1200 Market City Hall, Room 200 We can also consider donating to the St. Louis Legal Fund, to contribute towards the activists' court and legal costs.  http://bit.ly/2wU0Oe9

4.      Steve Kerr, coach of the NBA Golden State Warriors, responded to Trump's withdrawal of the Warriors' invitation to the White House. We can read his response at Sports Illustrated.  Let's stand behind Kerr's message to Trump of "Don't divide us. Bring us together."  Let's tell the White House on their website contact form.  We can thank Steve Kerr for his words at: Steve Kerr, c/o Golden State Warriors, 1011 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607.

5.      Department of Justice is looking into ADA violations for those in Adult Guardianships.  The moment a judge signs or upholds an involuntary guardianship they have designated your loved one “disabled”.  These individuals are protected by the ordering court as well as the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1993 and the Olmstead Act provision enacted in 1999 to further protect the disabled unlawfully institutionalized or isolated.  Most adult guardianship courts completely ignore these obligations. If we know someone who fits one of these profiles, we can file a complaint with the DOJ:  1)  Victims who are living and have been INVOLUNTARILY placed in a professional, public or private, guardianship, especially when advance directives or state law designate a family member or friend to serve, or, 2) Victims, living or deceased, who were removed from their residences, INSTITUTIONALIZED AND ISOLATED from legitimate family or friends by the guardian. (Olmstead Act Violations).  We can use this form to file suspected violations: https://www.ada.gov/complaint/form.php

  Petitions

1.      “One of our proudest legacies as Americans is welcoming those who need refuge. For decades, we’ve safely given refuge to families who fear for their lives and have nowhere else to turn.”  Trump’s new travel ban, supported by some in Congress, ignores all those who have been fleeing danger and living in camps.  Let’s join Oxfam and tell Trump and Congress that welcoming refugees is an American value! https://secure3.oxfamamerica.org/page/speakout/americans-welcome-refugees 

2.      Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation plan would make it easier for multinational fossil fuel companies to harm public health while making even bigger profits. This corporate power grab is formally called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).  Let’s add our name to demand that any North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation removes the corporate power grab known as ISDS:   https://petitions.signforgood.com/EndISDS

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

1.      “Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has been rammed through Congress every year as a “rider” to a must-pass appropriations bill. It bans the use of Federal funds to cover abortion services, except in very limited circumstances.”  Forward Together is organizing meet-ups with friends and community members in November to organize national opposition to the renewal of the Hyde Amendment.  Let’s join them: https://secure.everyaction.com/rHLhvlhxr0Gjf7wcJce2Xw2

 Reading/Watching

1.      The Right’s use of “free speech” to defend attacks on science, on expertise, on the universities, on intellectuals should concern us more than the chaos of the Trump regime has allowed.  Here’s a very useful exploration of free speech and academic freedom from Joan Scott, professor emerita of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study:  https://www.aaup.org/sites/default/files/Scott_0.pdf

2.      The white supremacists aren't just loud. They are backed by a lot of money from a variety of sources. Let's understand the nature and extent of this monetary support for hate by watching this short but informative video put together by AJ+: "Where Do 'Alt-Right' Groups Get Their Money?" http://www.ajplus.net/english/ . Understanding is the first step in the fight.

3.      Stay alert! “GOP already eyeing next chance to revive Obamacare repeal”:    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/obamacare-repeal-republicans-budget-243125


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2016 election, are sharing daily or weekly calls to action.
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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