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9/5/19


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CORPORATE MOVEMENT ON GUN RESTRICTIONS.: Walmart and Kroger ask that no customers have open carry guns when they shop. Walmart announced it will stop “selling ammunition for handguns and some assault-style rifles in all its stores across the United States and called for action on gun safety after a string of mass shootings, including at Walmart stores in Texas and Mississippi.” 
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-walmart-guns/walmart-halts-ammunition-sales-for-assault-style-rifles-kroger-calls-for-gun-safety-idUSKCN1VO26X   Dick’s Sporting Goods removed guns from its store in March of 2019 and sales have skyrocketed. 
https://www.inquirer.com/business/dicks-sporting-goods-earnings-up-reducing-gun-sales-20190822.html  Let’s support stores that are taking the actions that Mitch and the Senate refuse to do. Along with continuing to pressure other stores to follow suit, let’s also continue to pressure our MOCs to proceed with sensible gun laws. 

HELP HURRICANE DORIAN SURVIVORS IN THE BAHAMAS:  People in the Bahamas have been hit hard by Hurricane Dorian (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article234672567.html), but we can help them start to recover. As soon as it’s safe, there are several organizations ready to go there and start doing the work. We can read this article and find out more about supplies needed, volunteers, especially with medical skills, wanted and donations accepted to help the Dorian Survivors in the Bahamas: https://www.local10.com/weather/hurricane/heres-how-to-donate-help-bahamas-recover-from-dorian

PLANT TREES TO HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE:  “Scientists say planting a trillion trees globally could be the single most effective way to fight climate change.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/planting-a-trillion-trees-could-be-the-most-effective-solution-to-climate-change/ Let’s join Empower and Help in their #PlantATree #SaveATree project:  https://empowerandhelp.com/plantatree/

$3.6 BILLION FROM MILITARY TO WALL: “The Trump administration has started the arduous process of canceling $3.6 billion in military construction projects to fund its plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”  That diversion will mean a loss of funding for West Point, for a Cyber Operations Facility, for a Navy Ships Maintenance Facility, for money to replace hazardous materials warehouses—and much more: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/757262799/trump-administration-diverts-3-6-billion-from-military-projects-to-border-wall  This is money that Congress appropriated to military construction.  Whatever we think of Trump’s original commitment to military spending, we must object to this use of our taxpayer dollars to fund a vanity project—and one he’s afraid to enter the 2020 election without.  Let’s object to the White House and to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who in agreeing to Trump’s plan cites the “national emergency” Trump declared in February requiring the use of armed forces on the southwest border:  1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 or (703) 697-1776. Let’s also ask our MoCs which of those construction projects were not really needed and why they funded them if they are not.  Let’s ask what they are going to do about this misuse of federal funds. 

GUN REGULATION/MENTAL HEALTH: In a purported effort to curb gun violence, the Trump administration is considering a proposal to create a new government agency which would monitor people with mental illness and attempt to predict when violent behavior may occur (https://wapo.st/2khFrU6https://bit.ly/2ksKaSS). The Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA) would use data collected from devices such as Fitbits, Apple Watches, Amazon Echo, and Google Home, as well as some data from healthcare providers, to identify what they deem as risk factors. The proposal is being led by Bob Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks which has been widely criticized by autistic and disability communities. In addition to the concerns over privacy, advocates point out that mental illness has been used in the past to target communities of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and the disability community. Let's contact our MoC and tell them people with mental health issues are being used as scapegoats, that we don't buy it, and that we want real gun reform now. We can also specifically speak out against the HARPA proposal as a gross violation of privacy and as a danger to marginalized communities.

KEEP THE IMMIGRANT MEDICAL DEFERRAL PROGRAM: After a huge public outcry when immigrants here for life-saving medical care were threatened with deportation, the administration announced that it would continue to process renewal requests for the time being.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/02/us/trump-immigration-deferred-action.html and https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/459649-trump-administration-walks-back-policy-deporting-migrants-who-receive. However, this hardly amounts to a guarantee that the program will remain. Let’s thank the White House and The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (1-800-375-5283), but let’s also tell them and our MoCs that we want this program to remain intact to make sure that people like Maria Bueso, for whom deportation would mean death, can have continue to have access treatments that will save their lives. 

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TACKLES DISINFORMATION: “Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.”  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-31/u-s-unleashes-military-to-fight-fake-news-disinformation  Let’s tell our senators that it would be much more efficient for them to pass the Election Security Act of 2019 (S. 1540) because we think our election infrastructure is worth protecting. 

CALL OUT ANTI-LGBTQ LEGISLATORS: 50 Senators and congresspeople signed onto a brief that the Trump administration submitted to the Supreme Court arguing that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should not cover sexual orientation and gender identity. https://www.out.com/politics/2019/8/29/these-48-lawmakers-want-legalize-lgbtq-discrimination?. Let’s show our displeasure by contacting these legislators, publicizing their actions to their constituents, and telling them we are donating money or volunteering for candidates who oppose them. 

OVERSEAS VOTERS AT RISK: 4.3 million Americans across 170 countries, including military personnel, are eligible to vote absentee. If the US withdraws from the international postal union as planned in October, that means those voters won't be able to use regular mail to send ballots and will have to rely on more expensive courier services. https://www.naco.org/blog/us-withdrawal-international-postal-union-creates-uncertainty-county-election-administrators This seems like it could drastically suppress the overseas vote in 2020. Let's call our elected officials to make them aware of this consequence!

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT: MIGRATION IS BEAUTIFUL:  San Francisco Bay Area youth activists are creating 15,000 butterflies to raise awareness of the 15,000 children in detention centers.  http://www.ktvu.com/news/ktvu-local-news/calif-girls-launch-creation-of-15-000-butterflies-to-represent-migrant-children-in-us-detention Now, kids across the world are making butterflies – from Zimbabwe to California, and from Brazil to Oregon!  Founding partners are the Alphabet RockersDestiny Arts Center, CultureStrike, and the newest partner is Amnesty InternationalLet’s help the children in our lives join in this endeavor.  make and display butterflies and share pictures on social media with #butterflyeffectmigration. Learn more on their website:  https://butterflyeffectmigration.org/

GET EDUCATED:  From How the US Government Works,
 https://www.edx.org/course/how-the-us-government-works-how-to-get-involved, to Activism and Citizen Journalism through Media, https://www.edx.org/course/activism-and-citizen-journalism-through-media , to Justice, Mercy, and Mass Incarceration, 
https://www.coursera.org/learn/massincarceration , and more, excellent online courses that can help us be better citizens are available from great universities and great professors entirely for FREE. Let’s browse the course offerings of EdX 
https://www.edx.org/ and Coursera https://www.coursera.org/ and enroll in something interesting!

REPORT CANDIDATES WHO ENABLE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN:  The Project is led by the team that successfully recalled Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to just 6 months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at a fraternity party.    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chanel-miller-reads-her-victim-impact-statement-brock-turner-stanford-assault-60-minutes-2019-09-04/  "It's time to end a culture that protects the careers of powerful men who abuse women or other survivors and put this issue before the voters. We are going to put rape culture on the ballot across the country," says Michele Dauber, who led the Recall Persky campaign and is the Chair of the Board of Enough is Enough Voter Project. If we know of any candidates we think promote or enable, or turn a blind eye towards violence against women, we can submit their names here:  enoughisenoughvoter.org/report/

HELP INVESTIGATE FAMILY SEPARATION AT THE BORDER:  From one of our own:  Want to help address treatment of asylum seekers at the border? The Center for Public Integrity is asking for help sorting through complaint documents released by Homeland Security and logging specific details. The material is online. You can do this for as brief or extended a period as you want. We can find more information here:  https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2019/aug/27/help-investigate-family-separation/

NRA SURVEY:  Let’s let the NRA know how we feel:   https://membersurvey.nra.org/2ASurvey/Survey1

ELECTION/VOTING

SEPTEMBER ELECTIONS:  September is full of elections. Let’s check out when and where:  https://politicalcharge.org/2019/09/04/elections-in-september-2019/

NC:  VOTE EARLY:  Due to Hurricane Dorian, voting may well be compromised on election day.  https://patch.com/north-carolina/charlotte/early-voting-urged-nc-special-elections-hurricane-advances  Let’s get out and VOTE and stay safe!

VIRGINIA, VIRGINIA, VIRGINIA. FLIP IT BLUE NOV 5, 2019 & END REPUBLICAN GERRYMANDERING FOR A DECADE. The entire Virginia Legislature is up for election on November 5, 2019. Republicans now hold slim majorities in the State Senate and House of Delegates. The governor is a Democrat. If both houses flip Blue, Democrats will control the congressional redistricting process and end extreme Republican gerrymandering in this important state for a decade. Here are ways that we can help:
This is the home stretch. What an achievement it would be to flip VA Blue!

CLIMATE STRIKE—REGISTER VOTERS: Students and adult allies in the US and around the world are joining in a global climate strike on Sept 20, 2019. This is a golden opportunity to register young people to vote and help to build a pro-environment electorate that can’t be ignored by politicians. Let’s check this list to find a Climate Strike near us, https://strikewithus.org/ and  https://globalclimatestrike.net/usa/ , and let’s be in touch with the organizers with an offer to register voters at their event. Here are some tips for organizing a voter registration drive from the League of Women Voters: 
https://www.lwv.org/blog/planning-voter-registration-drive The Environmental Voters Project has some good resources, too: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/

CANDIDATE TRAINING IN OHIO AND MICHIGAN:  The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)  is taking our National Candidate Training on the road to 10 states. The next training in Columbus Ohio is coming up fast and they still have spaces left! 100 local, state, and federal candidates will converge in Ohio on October 19- 20. In addition to Columbus, they will be in Detroit for two-days of cutting-edge training on November 16 -17.  These trainings will cover the A to Zs of running for office   There will be an opportunity to take professional headshots, have campaign logos designed, and build a website with their experts. There is an application process and the training is free for those chosen.  We can find out more about PCCC’s candidates training and then apply if we want to here:  https://www.nationalcandidatetraining.com/

ELECTION SECURITY: “Federal, state and local authorities are trying to improve the security of the nation's voting systems before that happens. One way they're doing that is by purchasing more machines that produce paper ballots, which can be used to verify results in the event of a cyberattack on electronic systems.  The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that nearly 90 percent of Americans will cast their ballots on paper-based systems in 2020, compared with 80 percent in 2016.  That still means about 16 million voters will use paperless machines.”  https://www.npr.org/2019/09/03/756007555/states-upgrade-election-equipment-wary-of-a-race-without-a-finish-line  Let’s contact our State Secretaries of State and/or Boards of Elections (for States where that is who handles elections) and ask about the equipment our state will be using: https://www.usa.gov/election-office

STATE/LOCAL

MA--IMMIGRANT DRIVERS’ LICENSE BILL: The State Legislature Transportation Committee held a hearing yesterday on S. 2061, The Work and Family Mobility Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers’ license. https://www.wbur.org/news/2019/01/23/undocumented-immigrants-drivers-licenses-bill. This legislation is seen by the immigrant community as crucial, since the road to deportation often begins with a traffic stop and subsequent arrest for driving without a license. It would also make the roads safer by diminishing the number of unlicensed drivers. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia already have similar legislation that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain licenses. Let’s follow up on the hearing by asking our state representative and the people on the Transportation Committee to support this bill and move it to the floor for a vote. 

MA: DISABILITY RIGHTS: In October of 2018, the FDA announced in its Unified Agenda that it would be implementing a final ban on electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) in the upcoming year. It has been almost a year since the announcement, and the ban has still not been issued. Meanwhile, disabled individuals at the Judge Rotenberg Center continue to be tortured by these shock devices. Because of the lack of movement at the federal and state levels, Boston resident Daniel Farnkoff is working to get a proposal on the Massachusetts ballot in November 2020; he will need to get approximately 80,000 signatures in order to get the question on the ballot (https://bit.ly/2lvZL4m). Let's read through the initiative here, then keep our eyes out for the petitions. We can also contact our state legislators and ask them to introduce legislation that would ban electrical stimulation devices used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior.

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE: “On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to #strikewithus
Find a strike near you to attend on September 20 on the map . . .  If you don’t see an event in your area, organize one! We’ll provide everything you need to get started in planning something in your community, so no experience is necessary.”  Let’s check out more here:  https://strikewithus.org/  (scroll down page to see map of locations)  If we are outside the U.S., let’s check out this site for opportunities:   https://globalclimatestrike.net/

WE THE PEOPLE MARCH:  Needless to say, a lot has transpired during the two weeks of Rogan’s List hiatus. Let’s be inspired by our siblings in the UK, Hong Kong, and Russia who have taken to the streets in support of democracy. The We The People March (organized by Amy Siskind of The List) is Saturday, September 21 in Washington DC. The March is looking for volunteers to house people coming from other states to DC, as well as leaders to put together marches in cities across the country. Check out the website to find local marches or buses headed to DC. If you can, make a donation to help the marchers:  https://wethepeoplemarch.org

READING/WATCHING



David Byrne Curates a Playlist of Great Protest Songs Written Over the Past 60 Years: Stream Them Online - http://www.openculture.com/2018/12/david-byrne-curates-a-playlist-of-great-protest-songs-written-over-the-past-60-years.html


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