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12/5/19

NATIONAL ISSUES




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IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS: Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee’s part of the Impeachment Hearings began:  https://apnews.com/fe334cf50d267b749874ddf1089ca6bd  and https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/live-blog/impeachment-hearing-live-updates-judiciary-committee-n1095001  Let’s be in touch with our MoC to say that we expect based on the preponderance of evidence that Trump will be impeached and removed from office. Let’s also take a moment to say thank you to the three distinguished professors who were invited by the Democrats to testify – they have comported themselves with great dignity and candor: 1)  https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10257/Feldman and 2) https://law.unc.edu/people/michael-j-gerhardt/  and 3) https://law.stanford.edu/directory/pamela-s-karlan/

MIGRANT CHILDREN’S MEDICATION CONFISCATED AT THE BORDER: Doctors in Long Island reported two cases of migrant children who ended up in the Intensive Care Unit because their medication was confiscated at the border.  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-migrant-children/u-s-authorities-confiscate-migrant-kids-medications-at-the-southern-border-idUSKBN1Y72NV. This is not the first instance of inappropriate confiscation. In fact, this practice goes back years and a janitor who worked at a border detention facility has saved many of the objects taken from migrants and thrown away, photographed them, and put the photographs on exhibit. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2019-12-02/tom-kiefer-exhibition-el-sueno-americano?. We must tell our MoCs and DHS (202-282-8495; DHSSecretary@hq.dhs.gov; https://homelandsecurity.ideascale.com/; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homelandsecurity/; Twitter: @DHS.gov) that this cruelty must stop. This is just one more reason that Congress must Defund ICE in the next round of budget appropriations. 

MORE SNAP CUTS IN THE WORKS:  The Trump administration has announced a plan that would cut food stamp benefits for approximately 750,000 people; the plan will make it harder for states to get waivers from a SNAP requirement that beneficiaries either work or be enrolled in vocational training and will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, Dec. 5th;  presumably, it will then be available for our comment. This is only one of three proposals that the Trump administration is backing: one seeks to adapt “the types of government benefits that automatically qualify families for SNAP” and other changes the “approach to calculating standard utility allowances.” It is estimated that the 3 programs together would limit food stamps for 2.1 million households: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/472924-trump-administration-to-introduce-plan-cutting-food-stamps-for-750000  As far as this administration is concerned, poor people can either starve or freeze. Let’s comment, and let’s tell our MoCs that we expect them to fight for SNAP recipients.

ENDORSE RAICES’ IMMIGRATION REFORM MIGRANT JUSTICE PLATFORM: As Trump Administration imposes increasingly cruel Immigration policies, RAICES, in conjunction with several other organizations, is working to create comprehensive, just and humane Immigration Reform. Their Migrant Justice Platform proposes concrete governmental action, at home, on the southern border and abroad, with policies to free undocumented workers from fear of persecution, protect workers’ rights, and demilitarize and restrict border agencies. We can read the RAICES-sponsored  Migrant Justice Platform here, then, if we support it, endorse it and share it with our communities:  https://www.migrantjusticeplatform.org/endorse

STOP FACIAL SCANNING REGULATION: The administration is set to propose a new regulation that would photograph everyone entering or leaving the U.S. including U.S. Citizens.  This clear attack on fourth amendment rights reeks of “Big Brother” and violates privacy. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-privacy/u-s-homeland-security-proposes-face-scans-for-citizens-idUSKBN1Y62JO. Let’s make sure to speak out against this proposal when we talk to our MoCs and see if anything legislative can be done about it. Let’s also track this closely and make sure to make a public comment when it is published. 

THE SWELL CARE PACKAGE PROJECT:    The Swell Collective, whose mission is to inspire, equip, and amplify change agents, is seeking nominees and contributions to send out care packages to movement organizers, especially the unsung heroes.  Let’s help fund this initiative if we can:  https://swellcollective.org/shop/2020-swell-care-package-project  If we have a nominee in mind, we can click here:  https://airtable.com/shrDBuwjobl7Hol1W

LIBRARIES: EveryLibrary, an organization "dedicated to building voter support for libraries," has launched the Libraries 2020 campaign to help spread awareness for the good that libraries do across our country. Let's learn more about how libraries play a crucial role in our communities, then let's visit Libraries 2020 and use their click-to-tweets to help them build voter support and ensure that public libraries continue to be fully-funded.

NO JUDICIAL EXTREMISTS:  From Suit Up Maine:  The Senate will vote soon on a number of extremist and unqualified judicial nominees who are up for LIFETIME positions on the federal bench. Learn more about the worst of the worst and contact Senators Collins and King [and our GOP senators if we are on other states] and urge them to vote NO!  https://www.suitupmaine.org/extremist-judicial-appointments/

HEALTHCARE: As states like Ohio continue to restrict women's access to full healthcare, nationwide the Hyde Amendment has long been placing restrictions on low-income women (https://bit.ly/2Yo00Og). All Above All, a coalition of organizations fighting for women's rights, is encouraging us to be bold and push our MoC to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Let's check out their toolkit and use the e-mail template to contact our MoC here.

DISABLED STUDENT BORROWERS DENIED LOAN FORGIVENESS:  Apparently, the Education Department is not content with refusing 99% of the promised loan forgiveness applicants who are public servants (https://www.salon.com/2019/09/05/betsy-devos-education-department-rejects-99-of-applications-for-loan-forgiveness-program/), but it now turns out that it has similarly failed borrowers with disabilities As of this year, 365,000 disabled borrowers were potentially eligible for loan discharge but have gotten no relief, 225,000 of those had already defaulted on their loans; "People don't even know about this. They don't find out about it. Nobody tells you about it," said one eligible borrower; others cite the byzantine application process: https://www.wnyc.org/story/why-student-loan-borrowers-with-disabilities-arent-getting-the-help-they-deserve  We must speak up for students with legitimate claims for debt relief, before an entire generation is decimated by this $1.5 trillion debt: Sec’y Betsy DeVos, 800-872-5327 or U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202.

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTIONS: If we are looking for 2020 Election information or if we have some to share, we can check out Equal Vote Local’s BlueWave Database 2020. We can click here to find information about candidates, voting and more arranged by state. This editable document also allows us to add our groups and any candidates running for office:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ir8YGs1F0Lfayl6T7XR7tklnYrEk4VcEzTkPumLVWAI  We can also find out more about Equal here at their website:  https://www.equalvotelocal.com/

LEARN TO RUN PROGRESSIVE CAMPAIGNS AT THE MOVEMENT SCHOOL:  If we would like to learn to run a winning Progressive political campaign, we can apply to The Movement School for a 10-week distance learning program, structured around a campaign stimulation. Working with some of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s winning staff, we can learn to advocate for working class constituents, generate local solutions, and organize our grassroots communities. Organizers of color, those from working class backgrounds, and women are especially encouraged to apply and will make up the majority of accepted fellows.  We can find out more about The Movement School’s training to run successful Progressive Campaigns here, then apply if we are interested:  https://www.movementschool.us/campaignfellows

STATE/LOCAL

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

CLIMATE STRIKE: The climate crisis is accelerating and slowing it down will require our sustained attention and effort, and that climate strike we marched in back in September was just the beginning. On December 6th, as world leaders gather at the UN’s annual climate conference, young people across America will join a national #ClimateStrike to take the momentum from September to our elected officials’ doorsteps. Climate change is the biggest issue humanity has ever faced, so let's all pledge to help our kids tackle it, here: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/climate-strike  We can also join in Jane Fonda’s  Fire Drill Fridays:  https://firedrillfridays.com/

FLU SHOTS FOR DETAINED MIGRANTS: The group Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) has been trying to get flu vaccinations for people in CBP detention.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1263702860469475/permalink/1355046984668395/ They are being ignored, so that are planning an action. If we are in the Southern California area from Dec 9 through Dec 11, let’s sign up to protest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNm81nXjIu4BLGLSJ2VDw9d0ec1t0c6XF88xGn6SLf0zKytg/viewform

PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT ACTIONS FOR IMMIGRATION JUSTICE ON DECEMBER 10:  Never Again Action is calling for two direct actions, to shut down the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, RI, and to shut down UMB Bank in Kansas City, which has a financial stake in the Wyatt facility. We can read here about the awful happenings at Wyatt, and also view the similarities between a picture of bottles collected from migrants and bottles collected from victims of the Holocaust. Let’s consider participating, telling our friends who live in these areas, or make a donation here.

IMPEACHMENT PROTEST: The impeachment hearings are moving forward full-steam with a transition to the Judiciary Committee:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment/u-s-democrats-set-the-stage-for-trump-impeachment-with-key-hearing-idUSKBN1Y613R  There are now 345 protests planned for the night before the impeachment vote (date to be determined).  Let’s make sure we are signed up for one (or organizing one if none of them are near us): 

READING/WATCHING

House Democrats have passed nearly 400 bills: Trump and Republicans are ignoring them - https://www.vox.com/2019/11/29/20977735/how-many-bills-passed-house-democrats-trump

How Auschwitz Christmas Ornaments Ended Up for Sale on Amazonhttps://www.wired.com/story/amazon-auschwitz-christmas-ornaments/



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12/3/19

NATIONAL ISSUES




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(link correction) LGBTQ RIGHTS: Right now, there is a movement taking place across the U.S. to ban conversion therapy for minors at the state level (https://bit.ly/2qzNcb9). The American Medical Association (AMA) has also announced that they are supporting a U.S. ban on this widely discredited practice at both the state and federal level (https://reut.rs/2KSF1O5). Let's contact our MoC and ask them to work with both the AMA and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups to draft legislation that will ban conversion therapy at every level. We can use talking points drafted by the American Medical Association here.

IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS: After whining about due process, Trump and his lawyers sent word that they will not participate in Wednesday’s hearing:  
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/white-house-will-not-participate-wednesday-s-impeachment-hearing-n1093821  Let’s let our MoC know that we expect them to show greater respect for the process than the president does and that the evidence makes clear that impeachment is needed.

IMMIGRANT ENTRAPMENT:  In a perverse coming together of the unchecked privatization of higher education and the determination of the Department of Homeland Security to entrap immigrants, DHS created a bogus college in Michigan; when foreign students applied there to get US visas—a usual process for international students—they were arrested and deported, some of them held in detention centers: 
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/29/783681028/an-elaborate-ice-sting-set-up-a-fake-college-to-lure-student-visa-fraud Having lured unsuspecting foreign students, DHS now claims they fraudulently applied for student visas and should, somehow, have known the college was bogus—despite its resemblance to the for-profit universities Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refuses to close or even sanction:
https://www.brookings.edu/research/betsy-devos-for-profit-colleges-education-america/  Let’s tell DHS what we think of their actions:  202-282-8495 or  https://www.dhs.gov/contact-us  -- and point out to DeVos that if bogus for-profit colleges were not ignored by her department, DHS might find this kind of entrapment more difficult:  800-872-5327 or U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202. 

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA): After refusing to negotiate the House-passed VAWA reauthorization (H.R. 1585), arguing against a provision which would preclude individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor stalking and/or domestic abuse crimes from purchasing guns (https://bit.ly/2Ka90k2https://bit.ly/2O4khU4) a group of Senate republicans have introduced their own reauthorization, S. 2920 (https://bit.ly/2L9ZmhV). The bill not only removes the firearm restrictions, but also the provisions for preventing discrimination of LGBTQ people in shelters, and would strip protections of Native American women (https://bit.ly/2LeyjSy). Let's contact our senators and tell them that we want them to pass the House version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act ASAP. If our Senator is among those who introduced the limited S. 2920, let's be sure to contact them and hold them accountable for attacking the rights of domestic abuse survivors.

TRUMP INTERFERES IN NAVY GALLAGHER CASE AGAIN: “A Navy official confirmed that Trump does have the authority to order the revocation of the awards, and that Spencer, accordingly, planned to rescind them. The news site Task & Purpose was first to report that the Navy's Regional Legal Service Office in San Diego had presented Navy Achievement Medals to four military attorneys involved in the Gallagher case.”
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/07/31/trump-orders-navy-rescind-medals-given-seal-eddie-gallaghers-prosecutors.html  “An attorney for Navy SEAL chief Edward "Eddie" Gallagher also represents the Trump Organization, CNN has learned, just days after reports surfaced indicating the President is considering pardoning Gallagher of charges that could constitute war crimes.” 
 https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/24/politics/navy-seal-chief-eddie-gallagher-defense-team-trump/index.html Justice does not get served in this administration, if you have friends in the right places you get favors. It’s a QUID PRO QUO administration and the pattern is apparent in the Demands made to Ukraine.  Call your MOCs and ask them to support the impeachment process.  Call, write or tweet trump and ask him to let the military courts follow their own procedures and stop interfering for friends. 

STOP NEW FOOD STAMPS RULES:  New food stamp regulations proposed by the Trump Administration could cause millions of food insecure families to lose food stamps. What a wonderful way to kickoff the holiday season.  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-administration-proposal-could-cause-millions-lose-food-stamps-n1092866  While the comment period for these regulations closed yesterday, we can still contact Secretary of Agriculture: 1-202-720-2791 or feedback@usda.gov to express our concern. Let’s also ask our MoCs to put pressure on the administration to make sure that these regulations are not enacted. 

DHS LACKED TECHNOLOGY TO ACCOUNT FOR FAMILY SEPARATIONS: And for yet another, even more horrifying reason to demand the defunding of ICE, a recent report by the inspector general revealed that DHS knew it did not have tracking systems in place when it separated migrant families, which made reunification extremely difficult, and at times impossible. https://www.npr.org/2019/11/27/783513721/new-report-says-u-s-lacked-technology-to-account-for-separated-families. The report also notes that the administration aimed to separate five times as many families as they actually did, that the program cost nearly $1 million taxpayer dollars in overtime work, and that the practice persisted, even after an executive order was assigned to end the practice in June 2018. Let’s make sure that our MoCs know that we do not want to see any of our taxpayer dollars going to an agency whose policies have gone far beyond protecting our borders to cruel and abusive treatment of children and families.

FREE ONLINE SKILLS TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF FROM DEMLABS: If we, or our groups, are looking for ways to give our staff and volunteers the skills they need to be more effective activist and organizers, we can check out this these five  free online learning platforms DemLabs has organized for us. They have drawn together Best Practices training from Organizing for American, Midwest Academy and other highly experienced groups and put them in clear accessible formats for us to use.  We can click here for free, high quality, ready to use volunteer and staff online trainings on canvassing, phone banking, digital work, strategic planning and framing issues: https://demcastusa.com/2019/11/30/five-free-online-platforms-to-train-volunteers-activists-and-campaign-staff/

PROTECT DEMOCRACY IS LOOKING FOR STAFF: Protect Democracy, a cross-partisan team dedicated to preventing American democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government, is looking for new staff members. If we are interested in joining a group that has used the courts, media, legislatures to effectively shut down the Pence-Kobach Voter Suppression-oriented “Voter Integrity Commission,” challenged Trump’s  fake “Border Emergency” funding raid and is gearing up for new challenges, we can check out the organization’s information and position descriptions here. They are especially interested in people based in PA, TX, AZ, MI, WI, GA, NC and FL. If we’re in one of those states, we can include the state name in the subject line when applying:  https://protectdemocracy.org/x/jobs/

POSTCARDING ISSUES:  From one of our own:  You can find this week's postcarding write-ups here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v6S51cLbS-byILKK5hyrbuVBOf049w6O_Sjzf2yzSYM/edit?usp=sharing

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTIONS: If we are looking for 2020 Election information or if we have some to share, we can check out Equal Vote Local’s BlueWave Database 2020. We can click here to find information about candidates, voting and more arranged by state. This editable document also allows us to add our groups and any candidates running for office:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ir8YGs1F0Lfayl6T7XR7tklnYrEk4VcEzTkPumLVWAI  We can also find out more about Equal here at their website:  https://www.equalvotelocal.com/

STATES WITH OUTSIZE ROLES IN 2020 ELECTIONS. RollCall has compiled information for us by region. a) EAST: Maine and Pennsylvania. b) MIDWEST: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin. c) SOUTH: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina. d) WEST: Texas. Let's read about our own region and/or state as we prepare for 2020.

POSTCARDERS WANTED. Postcards To Voters' experienced a Thanksgiving holiday slowdown. Tony the Democrat sent out a call to action: We need more volunteers to work on Campaign 185 for the Houston Texas runoff election on Saturday, Dec. 14.  Let's request 5 addresses today.

FREE VOTER ID INFO CARDS—The organization Vote Riders has wallet-sized cards with voter ID requirements for each of the 50 states and DC. The cards are available in English and Spanish. They will print and ship cards for free to registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Let’s click here to learn more and order cards: https://www.voteriders.org/get-involved/order-voter-id-info-cards/

STATE/LOCAL

FL: DEFEAT MATT GAETZ IN 2020: “Florida Democrats have identified 27,876 unregistered Democrats in Rep. Matt Gaetz's Congressional District. For just $1 you can send a return postage pre-paid voter registration form to one of them.” Let’s get these voters registered by chipping in here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fdp-votethemout

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

CLIMATE STRIKE: The climate crisis is accelerating and slowing it down will require our sustained attention and effort, and that climate strike we marched in back in September was just the beginning. On December 6th, as world leaders gather at the UN’s annual climate conference, young people across America will join a national #ClimateStrike to take the momentum from September to our elected officials’ doorsteps. Climate change is the biggest issue humanity has ever faced, so let's all pledge to help our kids tackle it, here: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/climate-strike  We can also join in Jane Fonda’s  Fire Drill Fridays:  https://firedrillfridays.com/

FLU SHOTS FOR DETAINED MIGRANTS: The group Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) has been trying to get flu vaccinations for people in CBP detention. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1263702860469475/permalink/1355046984668395/ They are being ignored, so that are planning an action. If we are in the Southern California area from Dec 9 through Dec 11, let’s sign up to protest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNm81nXjIu4BLGLSJ2VDw9d0ec1t0c6XF88xGn6SLf0zKytg/viewform

IMPEACHMENT PROTEST: The impeachment hearings are moving forward full-steam with a transition to the Judiciary Committee:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment/u-s-democrats-set-the-stage-for-trump-impeachment-with-key-hearing-idUSKBN1Y613R  There are now 345 protests planned for the night before the impeachment vote (date to be determined).  Let’s make sure we are signed up for one (or organizing one if none of them are near us): 

READING/WATCHING


Lisa Page Speaks: ‘There’s No Fathomable Way I Have Committed Any Crime at All’ -

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against - https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-03595-0

House Democrats have passed nearly 400 bills. Trump and Republicans are ignoring them. - House Democrats have passed nearly 400 bills. Trump and Republicans are ignoring them.

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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule






12/2/19

On Mondays, Rogan’s List features a listing of proposed rule and regulation changes that are currently accepting public comment.  Commenting is the way to show government agencies how we feel about these proposed changes. Our comments also become part of a record that will be reviewed by courts if and when a reg change is contested. Courts use comments to judge whether an agency is acting arbitrarily and capriciously.

Organization

Closing Soon
Recent   
Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB
Section II - everything environmental - EPA, BLM, DOE
Section III - Civil rights, housing, education, healthcare
Other: More on regulations (tracking the trackers/general information)  

(Note: After a couple of weeks items are moved from “Recent” and “Closing soon” into the Roman numeral sections. A note on regulatory processes: there are three stages - Notice, Proposed Rule, and Rule. There’s usually a time lag of a few months to a few years between them, and they must be published in the Federal Register before appearing on Regulations.gov. Comment time varies from 10 days to 2 months, sometimes with extensions.)






11/26/19

Rogan’s List will not publish on Thursday so that we all, contributors and readers alike, can spend time with friends and families.  
If necessary, we will do a special edition at some point, 
but otherwise, see you next week! 
Happy Thanksgiving!  We are all thankful for YOU!

NATIONAL ISSUES




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THANKFULNESS: From DemCast:  On American Thanksgiving (Thurs 11/28), 
@DemCastUSA will be posting comments from our readers about what they are thankful for on our website.  Tell us what YOU are thankful for at bit.ly/DemCastThankful (see form for details).  Submissions due by Wed 11/27 at 5PM Eastern

MORE THANKFULNESS:  From one of our own:  A friend who works with Adam Schiff’s staff is creating a lovely thank you action & calling for video snippets of activists saying thank you - deadline Wednesday! Click here for the details and instructions:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=15qHsYh2Wiphn7uVuB6Lh-uYzROpymv-J

TRUMP’S ETHICS (OR LACK THEREOF): Even if you have any reason to believe the Republican response to the impeachment inquiry, there are countless other ethical violations in this administration that should not be ignored. In recent weeks news stories have revealed that Caliburn, the infamous company that ran the migrant detention center in Homestead and is now slated to open a detention center in El Paso, is paying Trump’s golf club to hold a holiday party https://www.cbsnews.com/news/caliburn-international-holiday-party-trump-national-golf-club  And in another recent report, he secret service spending $250,000 to stay at Trump properties in just the first five months of 2017 https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/471597-secret-service-spent-over-250000-at-trump-hotels  Then, there are still the issues raised by the Mueller Report:  https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/22/impeachment-robert-mueller-072698  Let’s raise these issues with our MoCs and suggest that these clear violations of the emoluments cause be investigated and potentially added to the articles of impeachment.

JOIN TWITTERSTORM TODAY TO GET ACA ENROLLMENT INFO OUT: 
DemCast, UniteBlue and Action Together Network are sponsoring a Twitterstorm TODAY at 8pm Eastern Time to raise awareness about the current ACA Enrollment period, (Nov 1-Dec15). The Trump administration, in their efforts to destroy the ACA, have cut enrollment period times and slashed outreach budgets, so it is up to us to get the word out. We can click here to send out ready-made tweets to inform people of their rights and choices during the current ACA Enrollment period. If we are on Facebook or Instagram, we can find messages to share too. Let’s help as many people as possible find the health care coverage the need by Dec 15!

IMPEACHMENT THANKSGIVING: Well if we are going to talk politics at the table as inevitably happens, let's have some good talking points at the ready about how we should all support impeachment. Courtesy of Political Charge: 

PROTECT LT. COL. ALEXANDER VINDMAN: Fox News has falsely accused Vindman of committing espionage. The accusation has gone viral. Vindman was deposed by and testified before the House Intelligence Committee because of his knowledge of the Trump’s quid pro quo call with the Ukrainian president. He and his family are now in fear for their lives and may have to move to a military base for protection. Vindman’s lawyers have demanded that Fox News retract its false coverage of Vindman, correct the record, and publish the truth. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6555531-VIndman-Boies-LETTER.html Let’s do the same: Lily Fu Claffee, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Fox News, The News Corporation Building, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036; email:

LGBTQ RIGHTS: Right now, there is a movement taking place across the U.S. to ban conversion therapy for minors at the state level (https://bit.ly/2qzNcb9). The American Medical Association (AMA) has also announced that they are supporting a U.S. ban on this widely discredited practice at both the state and federal level (https://reut.rs/2KSF1O5). Let's contact our MoC and ask them to work with both the AMA and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups to draft legislation that will ban conversion therapy at every level. We can use talking points drafted by the American Medical Association here.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: A bill introduced in Ohio would charge any doctor attempting an abortion with aggravated murder and even require physicians to attempt to re-implant an ectopic pregnancy, which is medically impossible and would risk the life of the mother. https://www.insider.com/ohio-abortion-ban-proposal-can-you-reimplant-ectopic-pregnancies-2019-11. If we live in Ohio, let’s contact our state legislators and express our extreme dismay. If we don’t live in Ohio, let’s spread the word about this dangerous bill introduced by those who ostensibly call themselves “pro-life,” but seem to have no regard for the life of the pregnant women affected by this condition.  

FUND WITNESSING AND VOLUNTEER EFFORTS AT THE BROWNSVILLE/MATAMOROS BORDER: Josh Rubin, who was a leader in organizing witnessing efforts at the child detention centers in Tornillo, Texas and Homestead, Florida, two facilities that were shut down in part due to public outcry, has now turned his attention to the horrific conditions on the border resulting from the “Migrant Protection Protocol” (aka “Remain in Mexico”) program. He is now calling for a consistent witness presence at the border starting on January 12th. The main role of a witness is to show DHS that we see what they are doing and also to go home and report back on what they saw. We can contribute to this effort at this link. Those of us thinking about becoming witnesses, or simply wanting more information, and updates on the situation can check out the Facebook page: Witness Tornillo: Target MPP.

SHOP BLACK WEEK: This week is Shop Black Week, where every consumer is asked to support a black-owned business by making at least one purchase between November 22nd and 29th in order to "permanently and systematically change the economic condition of the Black community forever," (https://prn.to/35qcUNY). Let's learn more about this important campaign, and make sure that we support black business this week: https://www.shopblackweek.org/

HOLIDAY GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Mari Copeny, Little Miss Flint, has adopted a school with about 340 students in the Flint School District for Christmas this year. To help make this happen, she is asking for help by either donating gifts, or contributing to her GoFundMe. For those of us with the means, let's considering helping to make Copeny's Winter Wonderland

RULES FOR ONLINE POLITICAL ADS: In the interests of fairness and transparency, the FCC has long regulated political ads on TV, but no such controls exist online. Given the immense and expanding power to identify and target audiences through social media, more control is badly needed.   https://theconversation.com/on-tv-political-ads-are-regulated-but-online-anything-goes-126553   Let's tell our senators to back the Honest Ads Act (S. 1356), which would bring online political ads under the same regulations applied to TV ads, and then tell our reps to draft and sponsor an equivalent bill in the House. 

HEALTHY DEMOCRACY = HEALTHY PEOPLE: A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that life expectancy is lower in voter-suppression states, https://www.ucsusa.org/about/news/study-finds-residents-reduced-voter-access-and-gerrymandered-states-have-worse-health Automatic voter registration, early voting, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds, restoration of voting rights, ending extreme partisan gerrymandering, and sufficient voting machines and other voting resources are among the many voting reforms that can end voter suppression. 
https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/ensure-every-american-can-vote/voting-reform ;   https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/gerrymandering-fair-representation Let’s share the UCS report with our state and federal legislators, and let’s tell them that we want to end barriers to voting and expand the franchise.

COLLEGE INTERNSHIP WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL VOTER PROJECT: The Environmental Voter Project is working to build a pro-environment electorate. They are seeking undergraduates to serve as Spring 2020 Interns. Internship description and how to apply here: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/jobs/intern  Let’s spread the word!

TENNESSEE WITHHOLDS AID TO THE POOR:  While over a quarter of children under six in Tennessee live in poverty and 12.9% of them in extreme poverty, the state has failed to spend $732 million in federal funds allocated for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), withholding aid to poor children and reducing services for working families: https://www.tnjustice.org/tanf/ or https://www.wnyc.org/story/1d54fd202b34b8def553160b  Let’s let Republican governor Bill Lee know what we think of his administration’s refusal to aid Tennesseans in need, especially if we are constituents: billl@fnal.gov or (615) 741-2001 or State Capitol, First Floor, 600 Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Blvd., Nashville, TN 37243

POSTCARDING:  From one of our own: Here are this week's postcarding write-ups:

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTIONS: If we are looking for 2020 Election information or if we have some to share, we can check out Equal Vote Local’s BlueWave Database 2020. We can click here to find information about candidates, voting and more arranged by state. This editable document also allows us to add our groups and any candidates running for office:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ir8YGs1F0Lfayl6T7XR7tklnYrEk4VcEzTkPumLVWAI  We can also find out more about Equal here at their website:  https://www.equalvotelocal.com/

THANKSGIVING VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE: As we gather together this Thanksgiving, let’s check in with any returning college students and others at our table and ask if they are registered to vote. Let’s share with them that they can register to vote and sign up for voter reminders at https://turbovote.org/ . We can model the importance of voting by using the link to check our own registration status as well!

REGISTER DEMOCRATS, SAVE THE WORLD: That’s the tag line of Field Team 6 https://www.fieldteam6.org/ , an organization that trains and deploys volunteers to register Democrats in swing states and swing districts. Endorsed by Rep Adam Schiff, https://www.fieldteam6.org/press-recognitionwe can sign up for voter registration drives and trainings here: https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/  We can also help by donating or offering up our skills and talents: 

REGISTER VOTERS IN PHOENIX TO FLIP MARICOPA AND WIN BIG IN 2020:  Maricopa County, AZ has been determined to be one of the five crucial counties to help swing the 2020 Presidential election BLUE. AZ Blue 2020 and Field Team 6 are ready to make it happen, holding a massive Voter Registration Drive from January 13 to 17. The goal is registering 1,000 New Democratic voters and we can help! When we sign up, we will get training, materials, and everything we need to successfully register voters.
We can click here learn more about registering 1,000 Democrats in Phoenix this January and then, if we want, sign up. Volunteers from other states are welcome to join.  https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/140789/?fbclid=IwAR1bKZ1YQxF4jzVB-TJT50CYr7UV92PByiV8DJEt5bwx73XBRV0LmGG20O0  We can also sign up here for an Arizona-Specific Training Call here:
https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/89253/   We can check out this voter registration training video made with Swing Left: 

THANK YOU FOR BEING A VOTER is one of many optional talking points we can include on our Postcards To Voters' (P2V) get-out-the-vote postcards. Current open campaigns are 1) FL: Palm Beach County Vote By Mail. We're writing to all registered Democrats in the county who are not yet signed up to vote by mail.  2) PACampaign 183: Michael Schroeder for State Senate.  The Special Election is Tuesday, Jan. 14.  Let's help start the buzz!  3) TX, HoustonCampaign 185: Mayor Sylvester Turner and Janaeya Carmouche. Re-elect the Mayor and elect Carmouche to City Council. The Runoff Election is SATURDAY, Dec. 14.  4) IDCampaign 184: Evangeline "Van" Beechler for Caldwell City Council. The list for this Tuesday, Dec. 3 election has already been completed. (First P2V campaign in Idaho!). We are grateful for all our P2V volunteers. Whether we write with P2V or not, this Thanksgiving let's offer 
Postcards To Voters as a potential solution to anyone who says they don't know what they can do in the current political environment.  

STATE/LOCAL

CO: REPEALING COLUMBUS DAY: from Indivisible Front Range Resistance: 
https://twitter.com/indivisiblefrr/status/1198743366193704960?s=12  "This week, spend time thinking about the fact that Thanksgiving, while deeply embedded in American culture, is a sorrowful and traumatic season for many indigenous and native people. For many years, indigenous-led efforts to repeal the CO state holiday of Columbus Day have failed. In 2019, the repeal efforts went farther than they ever had before - the bill passed the House but was killed in a DEMOCRATIC-led senate committee. As a result, several Indivisible groups wrote an open letter to democratic leadership, declaring their commitment to being there in 2020 (the new state legislative session) to urge lawmakers to pass the repeal. So, now is the time to start talking with senators again. Let’s 1Read the letter groups around CO sent by US Mail to every state dem senator:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/19aEtHgFk6PuOIltn09HGg9LC4idCKbsksoYIUzpQVko/edit?fbclid=IwAR02IZRRKDl8wDGUX6X1fi2vF8R-0uejaHV2THDWFpnI9YqJVNF-X8NsaHw, then 2) Find our state senator’s letter template in the link above, and copy/paste the language into a document of our own. Send a hard-copy letter or email to our state senator (hand-written signature would be great!).

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

CLIMATE STRIKES CONTINUE:  From Future Coalition:  On Nov 29 & Dec 6, we strike again! Youth across the U.S. will lead a #ClimateStrike on Nov 29 & Dec 6 to demand legislative action to combat the climate crisis.  Strike with us!  Let’s find or host an event:  https://strikewithus.org/

MORE CLIMATE STRIKE: The climate crisis is accelerating and slowing it down will require our sustained attention and effort, and that climate strike we marched in back in September was just the beginning. On December 6th, as world leaders gather at the UN’s annual climate conference, young people across America will join a national #ClimateStrike to take the momentum from September to our elected officials’ doorsteps. Climate change is the biggest issue humanity has ever faced, so let's all pledge to help our kids tackle it, here: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/climate-strike

FLU SHOTS FOR DETAINED MIGRANTS: The group Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) has been trying to get flu vaccinations for people in CBP detention. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1263702860469475/permalink/1355046984668395/ They are being ignored, so that are planning an action. If we are in the Southern California area from Dec 9 through Dec 11, let’s sign up to protest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNm81nXjIu4BLGLSJ2VDw9d0ec1t0c6XF88xGn6SLf0zKytg/viewform

ATTEND A NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW RALLY: MoveOn is sponsoring “No One is Above the Law Rallies on the night before the House votes on Articles of Impeachment. We can sign up here to organize or attend an event in our area. 

READING/WATCHING

That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It: Here’s what Russia’s 2020 disinformation operations look like, according to two experts on social media and propaganda  - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russia-troll-2020-election-interference-twitter-916482/

U.S. income inequality at highest level in 50 years, economic gap growing in heartland - https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-income-inequality-highest-level-50-years-economic-gap-n1058956

Under Trump, LGBTQ Progress Is Being Reversed in Plain Sight - https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/lgbtq-rights-rollback


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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule