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9/22/17

Due to the death of Susan Rogan’s father, there will be no Rogan’s List on Saturday or Sunday this week.

However, this call-to-action item remains extremely important:

Even though it appears that McCain and Paul will vote no, we will still need at least one more vote to take down the newest ACA repeal/replace bill.  A vote is anticipated as early as Wednesday.  Let’s continue to provide input to our Republican senators that the Graham-Cassidy bill is not good for us.  Let’s continue to tell our stories or those of friends and families to show how this bill would hurt.  Use this link from RISE Stronger for resources and guidance:  http://mailchi.mp/risestronger/defeat-graham-cassidy-bill?e=b1c76e5791
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1.      Trump and the Republicans are in such a rush to take health care away from millions of Americans that they are once again trying to pass a bill before it can be fully assessed by the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO will not be able to provide estimates on the effects of the new Trumpcare on the deficit, health insurance coverage or premiums for at least several weeks, and the Republicans want a vote before September 30th (http://www.businessinsider.com/cbo-score-graham-cassidy-bill-coverage-losses-2017-9). Let’s call our senators and tell them it would be irresponsible to vote on this bill before they receive this information. And let’s contact our House members and tell them to support H. Res. 441, which would change the rules of the House to prohibit the consideration of any bill until a CBO cost estimate has been made available.

2.      President Obama spoke at the Gates Foundation on Wednesday and spoke about health care:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/obamas-speech-at-the-gates-foundation-in-three-minutes/2017/09/20/07ccc002-9e2d-11e7-b2a7-bc70b6f98089_video.html?utm_term=.252919c2c912  Let's remind all Republican senators that if they vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill, they can no longer refer to themselves as pro-life.

3.      Only one hearing will be held on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. It is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25 at 2pm in 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building.  http://wjla.com/news/nation-world/health-care-industry-groups-line-up-against-graham-cassidy-bill  Any individual or organization wanting to present their views for inclusion in the hearing record should submit a typewritten, single-spaced statement, not exceeding 10 pages in length. Title and date of the hearing, and the full name and address of the individual or organization must appear on the first page of the statement.  We can email the committee here:  GCHcomments@finance.senate.gov or mail our comments (must be received by Oct. 9) here:  Senate Committee on Finance, Attn. Editorial and Document Section, Rm. SD-219, Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510-6200.

4.      Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, needs to be reconfirmed by the Senate by the end of the year in order to maintain his current position http://bit.ly/2yqtjSR Pai has spearheaded efforts to do away with net neutrality http://bit.ly/2umR8eN Let's call our senators to make sure that they vote to oppose his re-confirmation. We can also send a letter through the Free Press Action Fund, an organization dedicated to preserving free and open internet: http://act.freepress.net/sign/internet_fire_pai

5.      The Senate will be voting on Trump's nominee for the EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Bill Wehrum. Wehrum has a history of defending coal and gas industries as an attorney, and led efforts to weaken clean air efforts in his previous role with the EPA http://bit.ly/2wVzSwj Currently, Wehrum is defending industry groups in court, against Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) silica dust rule http://bit.ly/2yfZm6Y Let's call our senators and ask them to oppose Bill Wehrum as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. We can also edit and send the National Resource Defense Council's (NRDC) letter to our senators https://act.nrdc.org/letter/af-wehrum-nom-170919

6.      "As Senate Republicans continue their campaign to garner enough votes to pass a last minute repeal of Obamacare, one of the key holdouts, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), just made a telling move. The Maine Senator has teamed up with a Florida Democrat, Senator Bill Nelson, to introduce legislation to stabilize existing ACA insurance markets. On CNN, Collins said that the Graham-Cassidy bill contains “many of the same flaws of the bill we rejected previously and in fact, it has some additional flaws.” As such, political experts are placing her in the “no” column for the upcoming vote."   http://newyorkjournals.com/trumpcare-holdout-senator-collins-just-left-republicans-stunned-bold-move/  Let's send her a thank you tweet for her bipartisanship and her efforts to save healthcare for Americans.  @SenatorCollins  or https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact

7.      After an inane and untruthful reply from Sen. Bill Cassidy, Jimmy Kimmel went at it again in his Wednesday night monologue: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB5Hek7Z2b8Let’s let this fuel us to keep reaching our MoC and to contact friends and family in key states like Arizona and Alaska to ask them to make themselves heard. We can also take a moment to thank Kimmel: Mr. Jimmy Kimmel, El Capitan Entertainment Center,6840 Hollywood Blvd, LA, CA 90028

8.      First Lady Melania Trump spoke at the UN on Wednesday:  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/20/melania-trump-un-lunch-bullying-242920With no apparent sense of irony, she said, “No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn… We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children's future is bright." Let’s remind First Lady Trump that POTUS’s actions against DACA recipients, Muslims, LGTBQ+ people and many other groups do not meet this standard: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500

9.      In case we needed more evidence of the political motivations driving the Graham-Cassidy effort to repeal the ACA, we now know who will gain and who will lose under a health care block grant system.  The biggest losses are to those, mostly blue, states that expanded Medicaid, some of them to the tune of $2000+ per person.  And guess who gains? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/19/us/blue-states-lose-republican-health-plan.html We must call our senators and stop this bill in its tracks: 202-224-3121.  There are reports that our phone calls are down!

10.  "A new analysis shared exclusively with the Guardian has found that 80% of nominations for top jobs in the Trump administration have gone to men – putting Donald Trump on track to assemble the most male-dominated federal government in nearly a quarter-century. Without a significant shift, men will outnumber women four-to-one in top positions of the Trump administration. “If you’re not intentional about it [diversity], it won’t happen,” said Don Gips, who served as the White House personnel director for the first six months of Obama’s presidency."  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/21/trump-is-assembling-the-most-male-dominated-government-in-decades Let's ask the White House for diversity:  more women, and people of colorhttps://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

11.  Trump's pick for a federal judgeship in Texas has said gay marriage will lead to bestiality, has advocated for gay conversion therapy and has suggested transgender children are evidence “of Satan’s plan.” Let's check out this Newsweek article about Jeff Mateer then contact our Senators to tell them to oppose this inappropriate nominee.

12.  Wright-Patterson Air Force Base chaplain Captain Sonny Hernandez is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths per this Newsweek article.  The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has filed multiple requests that Hernandez be investigated by the Department of Defense's (DoD) inspector general. Let's join them by writing to the DoD inspector general asking for an investigation of this obviously-compromised chaplain. Write to: Glenn A. Fine, Acting Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General, 4800 Mark Center Dr, Alexandria VA 22350-1500.

13.  The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to expire on Sept. 30.  A bipartisan bill to continue it has come out of the Senate Finance Committee.  It starts out with federal matching rate of 23% as now directed by the ACA, but with a dwindling rate over the five-year span of the bill. http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/senate-finance-committee-extends-chip-funding-5-years  If the CHIP program is not continued, millions of lives will be at risk:  https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/09/18/failure-to-finalize-childrens-health-insurance-bill-could-leave-millions-at-risk/  Let’s let our senators know that we want this successful program to continue for the sake of our children. The US Climate Alliance, an alliance of 14 state governors committed to upholding the Paris climate accords by instituting state policies to fight global warming, unveiled a study produced by the Rhodium research group saying they were on track to meet their share of the Obama administration’s promise under the accord: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-20/despite-trump-states-still-on-pace-to-reach-paris-climate-goals  We still badly need federal action on climate change, but while the deniers are in power, we should urge our states to join the alliance.  The current members are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington; plus Puerto Rico.  If our state is not yet among these, let’s let our governors know we want them to join.

14.  "Moran, a Plainville Republican, helped sink two unpopular repeal-and-replace bills earlier this summer, though he later voted for repeal-only versions. His office said Wednesday he still was undecided on Senate Republicans’ latest efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare."  http://cjonline.com/news/state-government/2017-09-20/sen-jerry-moran-undecided-latest-push-obamacare-repeal  Let's add one more phone call to our list to KILL THE BILL.  We have another one on the fence, let's bring him over to our side. Contact info:   https://www.moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-info

15.  Whatever other world leaders might have thought, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu loved Trump’s speech before the UN on Tuesday--and especially loved his threats to the Iran agreement.  Not surprisingly, given this cozy relationship, the Israeli-owned defense manufacturer, Elta North America, was just granted somewhere between $3 and $500,000 to produce a prototype for Donald’s border wall:  http://www.newsweek.com/trump-wall-israeli-company-make-prototype-200000-mile-long-mexico-border-wall-664968  We need to tell the White House that we don’t want this wall—and that we certainly don’t want Israeli wall-builders to profit:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

16.  Even with the costs of climate change becoming more and more apparent, Trump and the Republicans are focusing on even more giveaways to the oil and gas industry at the expense of our planet. Their 2018 budget plan relies on revenue from opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to new oil and gas drilling (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/342566-house-budget-could-lead-to-alaska-refuge-drilling). Let’s join the Sierra Club in contacting Congress and demanding they protect ANWR and reject this budget at this link:  https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0089071

17.  We may be days away from Trump and the Republicans winning a critical victory on the way to taking away our health care (http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/politics/graham-cassidy-whip-list-health-care-bill/index.html). But we’ve beaten them before, and we can beat them again. There are a few critical swing votes we absolutely need to win. Let’s use this call tool to reach out to voters represented by those key senators, urge them to voice their opposition to Obamacare repeal, and connect them with senate offices: https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare.

18.  From Postcards for America: Senators and Reps have sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the agency to consider new rules that would prevent foreign nationals from using online advertising platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to influence U.S. elections. Following the revelation that Russia purchased Facebook advertisements during the 2016 election to attempt to influence American voters, there has been increasing concern about the lack of transparency in political ads in online advertising platforms.  In the letter they expressed their concern that no guidelines exist for advertising platforms to better prevent foreign nationals from illicitly spending in future U.S. elections.  Apparently, the Republican FEC commissioners will only agree to hold a hearing if they “receive enough substantive written comments.”  Let’s use the guidelines in this doc and provide those necessary written comments:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fCeTUabXYcc6nEZuRkNnlpOhmnDu1jQwGbLGQoVDt9Q/edit  

State Actions

1.      OH: "The Hazel Ginsburg well, an injection well built in the hillside decades ago, was meant to deposit saline and sand underground into porous rock. For the last few years, however, the well has held waste from out-of-state fracking operations done in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other states. It can feel remote here to outsiders. A long hour and a half drive to the airport. Across state lines to West Virginia for a Target. I believe that’s also what drew fracking companies here – fewer people to make a fuss, and the kind of people that others sometimes don’t care about: the poor."  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/21/appalachia-ohio-fracking-wells-toxic  Let your friends and family in Ohio know about this fracking pollution so they can address the issue with state government. This small town wants to stay clean and continue to produce healthy organic foods. 

2.      VA:  Join FLIPPABLE for a Day of Action in Virginia! "We're weeks away from a pivotal election in Virginia, and we need your volunteer spirit more than ever. Please join flippable on October 7th or 8th for a Day of Action to support our inspiring progressive candidates in Virginia. Volunteers will knock on doors, make calls, and support campaigns in five key flippable districts. Sign up to volunteer for our VA Day of Action!  Can't volunteer, but still want to contribute? You might consider donating... https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house/

3.      VA: As reported in the Prince William Times, incumbent Delegate Bob Marshall (R-District 13) refuses to debate Democratic challenger Danica Roem who is transgender.  Marshall says Roem's campaign has referred to him as “Bigot Bob,” an insult he says “disqualifies” the two from face-to-face discourse and suggests Roem is more interested in "hurling insults" than discussing public policy. In the same interview, Marshall doubled down on calling Roem, a transgender woman, "he," asking a reporter: "Why do you call Danica a female? Did Danica's DNA change?" Let's tell Delegate Marshall that we are interested in policy,  not the gender of our candidates, and that we want him to debate Roem.  Write to Delegate Bob Marshall at his district office: P.O. Box 421, Manassas VA 20108 or call:(703) 853-4213 or email: DelBMarshall@house.virginia.gov

4.      UT: The Utah School board has dropped middle school arts and health requirements per this article in the Salt Lake Tribune.  If we are Utahns and want this to change, we need to let Utah State Board of Education (USBE) know.  Write to USBE: PO Box 144200, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200 or call: (801) 538-7500 or email mark.peterson@schools.utah.gov

Other Actions

1.      "Doxing is the violent Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting private or identifiable information about an individual or organization in order to harass and traumatize activists from organizing activity." Hopefully most of us will not need this, but if we are a target of right-wing harassment online, here's a best practices guide to protect ourselves and our personal information: https://medium.com/@EqualityLabs/anti-doxing-guide-for-activists-facing-attacks-from-the-alt-right-ec6c290f543c 

2.      Last March, ProPublica a nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, was “looking for civically engaged people to help us fact-check what members of Congress are sending to their constituents” regarding the repeal/replacement of the ACA. https://www.propublica.org/getinvolved/help-us-fact-check-members-of-congress-on-the-affordable-care-act  While we are now involved in yet another version of repeal/replace, let’s tell ProPublica what we are hearing now.  Use the link above for a form to use.

Petitions

1.      Let’s join the DCCC, the official campaign arm of the Democrats in the House, in telling Republicans to “stop attacking Obamacare”:  https://action.dccc.org/petition/stop-attacking-obamacare

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

1.      Organizing For Action (OFA) will be hosting a call this morning, September 22nd, at 11am ET to discuss how we can fight back against the SHARE Act. The SHARE Act (H.R. 3668) would deregulate the sale of firearm silencers, and it has already made its way out of committee https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3668 Let's sign up to join OFA's call and learn how we can help stop this bill from progressing any further https://www.ofa.us/fight-back-against-the-gun-lobby/

 Reading/Watching

1.      "Fake news" may be a real problem, but there are more fundamental issues at play: "many Americans lack fundamental civics knowledge, according to the recent Constitution Day Civics Survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and therefore cannot understand current events."http://www.newsweek.com/trumps-america-americans-basic-knowledge-understand-current-events-667106 If we are to succeed long-term in building a better society, education must come first.

2.      “Why is Betsy DeVos and Bill Gates Afraid of this Grandmother?” --  https://www.facebook.com/networkforpubliced/videos/1572760702785702/



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1.      Senate Democrats, who spent weeks thinking they would won (sic) the fight to keep the Affordable Care Act in place, are mobilizing alongside progressive activists for 11 more days on the defensive. "They’re going to hear from us one more time!” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said at a Tuesday afternoon rally outside the Capitol. “Protesting, picketing, emailing — you name it!”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-ask-base-for-one-more-aca-rescue-mission/2017/09/19/d9b1a94a-9d72-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html?utm_term=.df74bfa94453  Let's do it, one more time, CALL, TWEET, EMAIL, VISIT OFFICES, SEND POSTCARDS.  We can knock this ball out of the park !!! In addition to our own Republican senators, let’s target these perhaps swayable others: 1)  Murkowski (202) 224-6665, 2) Collins (202)224-2523, 3)  Capito (202)224-6472, 4)  McCain (202)224-2235, 5)  Portman (202)224-3353, and 6)  Heller (202)224-6244

2.      Three blatantly anti-union, anti-worker bills are currently before the House:  H.R. 986 would take away workers’ rights if they work at tribal casinos or on any part of tribal land, no matter their job; H.R. 2776 would give employers the right to set the date for union representation elections, enabling them to postpone these votes for months at a time; H.R. 2775 would cut off workers' access to key information before an election, denying workers the opportunity to make an informed decision about joining a union. The Communication Workers of America has created a tool enabling us to easily tell our Reps what we think about these politically-motivated attacks on workers’ rights: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-member-of-congress-to-stop-the-attack-on-workers

3.      The GOP is trying to push through the Graham-Cassidy bill, even though the CBO has announced that it will not be able to provide its full analysis and score before September 30th http://bit.ly/2hfMoPL As we make calls to members of Congress, let's make sure we point out that it is reckless, irresponsible, and not in following "regular order" to vote on a bill before the CBO score is released. Senator McCain in particular may need a reminder that it was he who pointed out the importance of Congress returning to regular order:  http://n.pr/2uwx1u7 Phone: (202) 224-2235

4.      "In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel. Price, a frequent critic of federal spending who has been developing a plan for departmentwide cost savings, declined to comment." This breaks with the tradition of previous secretaries who flew commercially in the USA.  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/19/tom-price-chartered-planes-flights-242908 Let’s let Secretary Price know that we see his hypocrisy:https://www.hhs.gov/about/contact-us/index.html

5.      From one of our own:  Please call Susan Collins (https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact), Lisa Murkowski (https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact/email), and John McCain https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form) and ask them to again vote NO on repeal of the ACA. In a NY Times Opinion article today (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/opinion/mccain-healthcare-graham-cassidy.html) by David Leonhardt, he states the phones have been quiet. I called yesterday and talked to a person in Collins office and left messages for the other 2. The article also says McCain voted no mostly because the process used " violated everything he believes about how the senate should function". The process being used this time is similar. The new bill has more money for Alaska and Maine so I just emphasized how their vote affects millions of people nationwide. Thanks.

6.      Because it does not fit their nationalist agenda, The White House is rejecting the findings of a government study that refugees have a positive effect on our economy:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/refugees-revenue-cost-report-trump.html Let’s let Stephen Miller know that he does not get to pick and choose which evidence he believes: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC 20500

7.      Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday defended his use of a personal email address to conduct business in his role as vice chairman of President Trump's voter fraud commission, saying that using his Kansas state email would be a "waste of state resources." Because Kobach is using a personal email instead of a government account, the emails are not subject to public records requests unless copied or sent to a government account. According to ProPublica, in order for members of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to comply with federal records retention laws, they must either use government email accounts, copy a government account on messages sent from a private account or send messages from their private accounts to a government account within 20 days."  http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/351414-kobach-defends-use-of-private-email-for-voter-fraud-commission  Contact Kobach tweet @KrisKobach1787, write to Kansas Secretary of State, Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1594 or call (785) 296-4561.  Let’s contact the White House, too:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

8.      If we have not yet seen Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue Tuesday night about the Graham-Cassidy bill and the ways Senator Cassidy lied to him, it is worth the watch (imbedded in article): http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/20/jimmy-kimmel-bill-cassidy-obamacare-242913 Then, let’s call as many Republican senators to say that there is no place in our society for the harm of this bill.

9.      The House is expected to vote on legislation deregulating the sale of firearm silencers, over the objections of law enforcement and at risk to public safety, before the end of the month (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/13/gun-silencers-congress-republicans-242673). Let’s make sure we contact our members of Congress and tell them to oppose H.R. 3668. We can also sign this petition to Congress from Americans for Responsible Solutions opposing this bill at this link.
State Actions

1.      SD:  State Representative Lynne DiSanto (R), the GOP Whip, has already apologized for posting an anti-protest meme "all lives splatter." Above the meme, DiSanto had written her own comment: “I think this is a movement we can all support.” Her excuse shows her lack of understanding of First Amendments rights of peaceful assembly, "I perceived it as encouraging people to stay out of the street.”  Per the Rapid City Journal, DiSanto has already been dropped as speaker at a local event and has lost her position with a real estate company.   She needs to hear from us, especially if we are her constituents.  We need to help her understand how mistaken she was: Lynne DiSanto, 22739A Rando Ct, Box Elder SD 57719.  Perhaps DiSanto is not the right person to be the majority Whip. We can also contact: SD Republican Party, Chairman Dan Lederman, PO Box 1099, Pierre SD 57501.

2.      NY: "Teamsters Joint Council 16, with 27 affiliate local unions representing 120,000 workers in the New York City area, has declared itself a so-called sanctuary union after the deportation of one of its members."  We can read this Moyers&company interview with George Miranda, the President of Joint Council 16.  We can send "thank you's" and notes of support to: George Miranda, Pres. of Joint Council 16, c/o Teamsters, 25 Louisiana Ave NW, Washington DC 20001

3.      SD "State Rep. Lynne DiSanto, R-Box Elder, was criticized by the state Democratic Party and others Tuesday and lost her position at a real estate firm after she made a post to Facebook that joked about striking protesters with a vehicle. The post consisted of a drawing of an SUV mowing down stick-figure people, plus three lines of text: “All Lives Splatter,” “Nobody cares about your protest” and “Keep your (expletive) out of the road.” Above the meme, DiSanto wrote her own comment: “I think this is a movement we can all support.” She added the hashtag “alllivessplatter” — a play on the slogan "All Lives Matter," which arose in response to the Black Lives Matter movement — to make the post appear with other similar posts on Facebook." She lost her job so we know she worked for a responsible employer.  http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/update-firm-drops-rep-disanto-over-facebook-post/article_314a46a6-20a4-5af6-9f1b-1e2c6a6ec145.html Now, her constituents need to VOTE HER OUT. Please let your friends and family in South Dakota know about her despicable actions.  

Other Actions

1.      “… Trump is using money donated to his re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his lawyers in the probe of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.”  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-lawyers-exclusive/trump-using-campaign-rnc-funds-to-pay-legal-bills-from-russia-probe-sources-idUSKCN1BU2OS  Let’s contact the Office of Government Ethics and ask them to issue a statement about this: https://www.oge.gov/web/oge.nsf/Organization/Contact%20Us  Let’s also contact the Federal Election Commission and ask them to do the same: https://www.fec.gov/contact-us/   

2.      Live in a blue state? Want to do more to help defeat the terrible Graham-Cassidy bill? The Indivisible Team has a fantastic tool for us right here: https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare. Sign up here to call up "persuadable Republicans" who live in swing states and get them to help us stop the Republicans in the Senate from forcing this down our throats. As Indivisible says: "It’s super easy: more than 1,000 Indivisibles in blue states made 100,000 phone calls to constituents in our target states in the final two days before the healthcare vote in July. And we won. We can win this time, too."

3.      Lawyers for Good Government (L4GG) and the L4GG Foundation are working with immigration groups all over the country to match volunteer lawyers with nearly DACA renewal clinics in need of volunteers.  The list of clinic volunteer opportunities available on this page is being constantly updated, so if we don't find an event near us when we search, we can check again in a day or twoOnce we find an event near us, click through to read the event details and RSVP to let the clinic organizer know that you'd like to volunteer.

4.      United We Dream has created a DACA Renewal Fund to help cover the fees for qualified DREAMers who need to renew their DACA status by the October 5th deadline http://bit.ly/2wHs2Vq The renewal fee is $495 per person, and there are approximately 154,000 individuals who qualify. For those of us with the means, let's consider contributing to this cause: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/renewalfund/

5.      The Nebraska State Board of Education approved new science standards, which will add climate change to the curriculum http://bit.ly/2wyDmYB While this is great news, it also serves as an important reminder of how critical it is to pay attention to local and state elections to ensure that we are electing the best candidates for each position.

6.      As Ken Burns has once again reminded us, John McNaughton, Asst Secretary of Defense in 1965, claimed that 70% of our aim in bombarding Vietnam was “to avoid a humiliating US defeat.” We know all too well that LBJ didn’t like to lose--and neither does Trump!  Which makes his taunting threat to “totally destroy” North Korea at the UN on Tuesday and his slightly more veiled threat to pull out of the Iran agreement all the more frightening to those of us who want peace and diplomacy: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/donald-trump-threatens-totally-destroy-north-korea-un-speech  Trump must certify Iranian compliance with the agreement or not by October 15.  Win Without War is urging us to write letters to the editor of our local papers and has provided an easy tool for doing so: http://act.winwithoutwar.org/lte/Iran_UNGA/  Vocal opposition to the war in Vietnam started slowly—and too late; let’s not make the same mistake again in relation to Iran or North Korea.

7.      “The Committee to Investigate Russia is a nonprofit, non-partisan resource provided to help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy. All relevant information is aggregated in one place to provide context and allow users to see the full picture of what Russia has done and will continue to do unless we start paying closer attention.”  Let’s check out this new source:  https://investigaterussia.org/

8.      The House and Senate members are back home until Monday, Sept. 25.  Let’s check with Town Hall Project to find a town hall and also to sign up for alerts when something is scheduled to happen in our zip code are:  https://townhallproject.com/

9.      "In a very pointed message, international charity Oxfam invited four refugees from three countries to spend the day at the Queens, N.Y., home where Trump spent his earliest years." as reported by NPR. "The Airbnb listing has since been removed from the website for unknown reasons."  We appreciate Oxfam's symbolic action. Let's check out Oxfam's website and follow their activities on Facebook if we are not already.  If we are able, let's donate to their causes.

Petitions

1.      Let’s sign this petition demanding that Equifax identify and inform all customers who were impacted by this massive data breach:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/690/852/562/

2.      Let’s add our names to our petition by Free Speech People, and demand a Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United, get corporate money out of politics, and restore democracy to the people:  http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7003/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

1.      With the theme of “Reclaiming Our Time” the Women’s March Women’s Convention will be held in Detroit on Oct. 27-29.  We can learn more about the convention and register here: http://www.womensconvention.com/

 Reading/Watching

1.      GOP senators are rushing to pass Graham-Cassidy. We asked 9 to explain what it does -- https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/20/16333876/republican-senators-graham-cassidy

2.      Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low Of 8.8% -- http://khn.org/news/uninsured-rate-falls-to-a-record-low-of-8-8-percent/

3.      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that President Trump called him last week to apologize for the bloody fight between Erdoğan’s security and protestors in D.C in May. A grand jury indicted 19 defendants last month in the brawl that took place outside the Turkish embassy, including 15 Turkish security guards. Sixteen of those indicted were charged in June on criminal complaints." The White House spokesperson back tracked on it saying it was discussed but no apology. This is just another example of talking out of both sides of the mouth at the White House. They tell Heads of States one thing and us another thing. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/351461-erdogan-trump-apologized-to-me-over-turkish-bodyguards-attacking


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1.      Let’s listen to Senator Kamala Harris tell us about what the Graham-Cassidy health care bill means:  https://www.facebook.com/SenatorKamalaHarris/videos/550949648581506/  and then let’s contact our own senators and tell our healthcare stories, or stories of our friends and family.  We did it before, we can do it again.  We cannot give up this fight. Let’s also call the three Republican senators who voted in our interests on health care in the past: 1)  Senator John McCain, (R-AZ)    

2.      House Speaker Paul D. Ryan wants Americans to start 2018 with a new tax system. After the Republican-controlled Congress failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the pressure is mounting to pass major legislation. And Ryan is hoping to win on taxes. Regular readers of The Fact Checker know we’ve called out politicians before for using dubious statistics to advance their tax agenda. During his interview, Ryan rehashed several of the often-cited statistics. But he puts them together in a misleading way." We can see the "real tax facts" in this article. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/09/18/speaker-ryans-fuzzy-math-on-the-u-s-s-terrible-tax-system/?utm_term=.df8072194ce4  Let's contact the speaker and tell him Americans don't want to be mislead and we are smarter than his political games.  We want the real tax facts. Contact:  http://www.speaker.gov/contact


3.      It is dig-deep-GO-time on health care, again. The GOP is counting on us to be worn out from summer efforts and distracted by other issues like Manafort being wiretapped. We can take nothing for granted about how they might get the destruction of Obamacare completed before the September 30th deadline (after which point they would need 60 votes not 50 in the Senate): https://apnews.com/18bcda43759844e88f5dfec5d5fd9a78 They are flirting with the 50 vote threshold and some staffers have said that the phones are much more quieter this time around. Please contact your own MoC and be in touch with friends who live in states considered in play to ask for them to pick up the phone too (Arizona, West Virginia, Alaska, Maine, Ohio, etc.)

4.      “Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/refugees-revenue-cost-report-trump.html  By jiggering the metric, HHS gave the administration a final version of this study more to Trump’s liking, citing only the per capita refugee costs for major HHS programs.  The White House apparently believed that the draft report was “delivered by someone with an ideological agenda”—unlike the White House: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/351289-trump-administration-officials-rejects-report-on-refugees   Since we can’t trust the account of this administration, let’s urge HHS to make ALL their findings available to the public: Secretary of Health & Human Services Tom Price 202-690-7000 or 200 Independence Ave. SW, DC 20201

5.      The Pentagon is going to release a decision on transgender troops by February per this article on Military.com.  Additionally, this article in the Washington Post identifies the individuals that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has tasked with a recommendation: Gen. Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (VCJCS), and Patrick Shanahan, Deputy Defense Secretary.  Mattis is looking for evidence-based recommendations on the way forward. Let's write to Selva and Shanahan to provide evidence that we care about this issue and that we believe that all individuals who wish to serve their country should be able to do so. 1) Gen. Paul Selva, VCJCS, 9999 Joint Staff Pentagon, Washington DC 20318-9999.  2) Patrick Shanahan, 1400 Defense Pentagon, Washington DC 20301-1000.

6.      Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Lindsey Graham have introduced S.1821: A bill to establish the National Commission on the Cybersecurity of United States Election Systems, and for other purposes. The bill would create a commission similar to the one that was created after 9/11 to investigate the terrorist attacks, and would investigate cyberattacks which took place leading up to and during the 2016 election http://bit.ly/2jvQl7m If we want to prevent interference in our elections, whether they're local, state, or national, we have to understand our vulnerabilities and how these attacks happened in the first place. Let's call our senators and make sure they cosponsor and support S. 1821. We can also call our representative to make sure that they have cosponsor and support the House's H.R. 356: Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election to investigate Russian interference in any elections for public office in 2016.

7.      Three Democratic congressmen were arrested Tuesday outside Trump Tower in New York as part of a protest of President Trump’s decision to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ.) were among at least 10 people arrested, according to a Gutiérrez spokesman. Those arrested also included New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is Puerto Rican and widely considered among New York political observers to be a future mayoral or congressional candidate. The protest Tuesday outside Trump’s home was organized by Make The Road New York, a progressive, immigrants’ rights group."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/19/democratic-lawmakers-arrested-outside-trump-tower/?utm_term=.ba9181f544ee&wpisrc=nl_politics-pm&wpmm=1  Let’s tweet a quick thank you to Reps. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) @RepEspaillat, Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL.) @RepGutierrez, Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) @RepRaulGrijalva and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito @MMViverito

8.      “The scientist nominated to head the federal government’s chemical regulatory program has spent much of his career helping businesses fight restrictions on the use of potentially toxic compounds in consumer goods. That record is expected to figure prominently in a Senate confirmation hearing for the scientist, Michael L. Dourson, who critics say is too closely tied to the chemical industry to be its chief regulator. Mr. Dourson has a popular sideline as a writer of books that combine Bible stories with his views on science. His series, “Evidence of Faith,” is an examination of the intersection of evolution and bible history. At a time when the E.P.A. is in the early stages of putting in place Congress’s 2016 overhaul of the law governing toxic chemicals, Mr. Dourson’s nomination to become the agency’s assistant administrator for chemical safety has alarmed Democrats and some former E.P.A. officials."  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/science/epa-chemical-industry-dourson.html  Call your senators and ask them to ask the tough questions and then VOTE NO on his appointment. 

State Actions

1.      AL: Roy Moore, the Republican front-runner in next week’s special Senate election in Alabama, referred to "reds and yellows fighting" in a campaign speech, a video shows. Responding to criticism about his remarks on Facebookl ate Monday, Moore quoted the popular Bible school song, “Jesus Loves the Little Children," written in the 1800's. The general election will not take place until December, but given Alabama's conservative lean, the winner on Tuesday is expected to become the state's next senator. Moore, who has suggested that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were punishment from God, often mixes religion and politics. He was removed from the state’s top judicial post twice for doing so — the first time for refusing to remove a statue of the Ten Commandments he had installed on state property, and the second time for refusing to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing same-sex marriage."  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/alabama-gop-senate-candidate-says-reds-yellows-are-fighting-n802461 If we live in Alabama or have family who do, please make sure we and our family members vote in the primary. Voter turnout is crucial.  A candidate that has shown he does not respect the law should not be a political leader. 

2.      AR: "The latest effort to undo Obamacare, the Graham-Cassidy legislation, would shift federal support for health coverage to a block grant system to the states. Bad news for Arkansas. Block grants would be doled out equally — no advantage to states that adopted the Medicaid expansion.  States like Texas, which rejected the Medicaid expansion would benefit hugely. Arkansas? Loser. A Center for Budget and Policy Priorities analysis puts the loss to Arkansas at more than $1 billion a year by 2026. The bill eliminates federal subsidies for the Medicaid expansion in 2020. Conventional Medicaid also faces cuts. Democrats in Congress are seeking a full Congressional Budget Office analysis of the legislation before a hurryup vote. The legislation reported is near the votes needed for passage."  https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2017/09/18/latest-obamacare-repeal-bill-would-hit-arkansas-treasury-hard  If we live in Arkansas, let’s call our senators and asked them to reject this bill. It's no good for Arkansas. It's no good for our country. 

Other Actions

1.      "Jerry Brown, the governor of California, huddled on Sunday night with European, Brazilian and small-island leaders — gathered here for the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, which formally begins on Tuesday — and pledged to work with them on climate change. Analysts said it would be the first real test of whether governors can persuade world leaders that efforts by American states might be able to take the place, at least in part, of federal government action. The goal, the governors say, is to assure other countries that they, along with and hundreds of cities and businesses, remain committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris accord. "You have allies in the United States. You shouldn’t put your foot on the brake or even tap it just because we have a climate denier in the White House. You’re not alone,” Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington said he would tell world leaders this week." https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/climate/climate-change-unga-governors.html  Let’s check with our city and state to make sure they on board to protect us against climate change issues. 

2.      Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has announced a plan to pay for all Rhode Island DREAMers' DACA renewal fees, so that they can meet the Department of Homeland Security's October 5th deadline http://bit.ly/2w4IuiV We've sent Governor Raimondo thank you's in the past for ending conversion therapy in her state, protecting scientific and academic researchers, and for joining the United States Climate Alliance to declare her state's commitment to the Paris Agreement. Let's thank the Governor again, for standing up for Rhode Island's DREAMers: on her website contact form or by mail:  Office of the Governor 82 Smith Street Providence, RI 02903Phone: (401) 222-2080

3.      The Trump White House is putting its full weight behind yet another attempt to strip health insurance from millions of Americans, and we need to keep up pressure on crucial swing votes (http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/politics/trump-graham-cassidy-obamacare-repeal/index.html). NextGen America is running a texting campaign to protect health care starting today to fight back. We can join them in opposing Obamacare repeal by signing up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezxPFYpCPN-VRPi8YQa3wZvoJcLiye47RkWOYW3RNBLJ6PVw/viewform.

4.      Gerrymandering has given Republicans as many as three extra congressional seats in Florida, as well as a built-in advantage in state legislative races (https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/news/2017/05/19/different-maps-same-destination-floridas.html). That makes it all the more important to put in the extra work it will take to start clawing our way back to power to stop the regressive GOP agenda there. There’s a special election for a key state senate seat in Florida on September 26th. Let’s check out this blog post from Flippable on how we can help win it: https://blog.flippable.org/how-to-flip-the-sunshine-state-blue-1f3668b32f2b.  

5.      Here’s a cool tool to fight the truly awful Graham Cassidy ACA (Obamacare) repeal bill: https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare If we live in a state with Democratic senators, we can use this tool to call pro-Obamacare voters in the states of swing Republican senators and then patch them through to their senators’ district offices. We’ll only be calling people who will be sympathetic to the cause. Let’s give it a try!

Petitions

1.      Let’s join the League of Conservation Voters and tell Congress to pass the Dream Act:  http://p2a.co/qFblCRS?p2asource=c4gaemdaca

2.      Friends of the Earth knows it is wrong to allow national parks and monuments to big industry.  So do we.  Let’s sign so here:  http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=22323

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

Reading/Watching

1.      Lauren Duca continues to hit it out of the park at Teen Vogue. Read her latest about the normalization effect of having Sean Spicer at the Emmy Awards:https://www.teenvogue.com/story/sean-spicer-emmys-2017-cameo-normalization-thigh-high-politics-lauren-duca/amp

2.      Morgan Freeman explains Russia’s plot to undermine the U.S. -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2av__s-598

3.      “Koch network 'piggy banks' closed until Republicans pass health and tax reform” -- https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/26/koch-network-piggy-banks-closed-republicans-healthcare-tax-reform


Rogan’s List is a participant in and strategic part ner of the Action Alliance,
a loosely-federated group of organizations that, in the wake of the
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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Rogan’s List is also part of RISE Stronger’s United States of Resistance