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 9/22/20

 Do you know why I ‘m certain the republic will survive? Because I know what you are capable of. You are going to rise to this challenge. You are going to do things you never expected you’d do. You will vote. You will volunteer. You will contribute. You will march. You won’t stop.

(Walter Schaub, former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics)

https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1308584865382780928

 NATIONAL ISSUES   

 

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 JUSTICE FOR BREONNA: Months after Breonna Taylor was murdered in her home by police officers conducting a no-knock raid, a Kentucky grand jury has decided against any indictments over her death. https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/09/23/914250463/breonna-taylor-charging-decision-to-be-announced-this-afternoon-lawyer-says) Instead, one officer has been indicted for endangering three people in a neighboring apartment with stray bullets. Let’s be sure to follow the lead of local organizers, particularly Black Lives Matter Louisville, in their six demands: 1) Immediately fire and revoke the pensions of the officers that murdered Breonna, ). Divest from LMPD and invest in community building, 3) Immediate resignation (or impeachment) of Mayor Greg Fisher, 4) Metro Council ends use of force by Louisville Metro Police Department,  5) A local, civilian community police accountability council that is independent of the mayor’s office and LMPD with investigation and discipline power, and 6) The creation of policy to ensure transparent investigation processes. We can find more details, along with contact information here (click “Read more” on the page for details):  https://action.justiceforbreonna.org/sign/BreonnaWasEssential/# For those of us with the means, let’s also contribute to the Louisville Community Bail Fund to help support local activists:  https://afgj.salsalabs.org/louisvillebailfund/index.html

RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA:  As Laurence Tribe, American legal scholar who is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at the Harvard Law School, tweeted on Tuesday, “The meticulously reported works by Michael Schmidt and Peter Strzok make clear that Trump has succeeded in preventing any real investigation of what Putin has on him and how he became Putin’s useful idiot — a Russian asset in the Oval. Reelecting Trump would put Putin in control.”  We always knew it was Russia and we are gaining a greater insight into what has happened over the last four to five years:  https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/september-22-2020 Let’s make sure our MoCs know that we will work to get those who support this out of office as soon as possible. 

 Correction:  PUBLICLY REMIND GOP SENATORS ON TWITTER OF WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINATION IN 2016: Yesterday we published a Google doc featuring what key Republican Senators said in 2016 about why a Supreme Court Justice shouldn’t be confirmed so close to the election. Here’s an updated document with more Senators’ comments and their Twitter handles. Let’s remind them on Twitter of exactly what they said, call them out for their hypocrisy, and demand that they delay the nomination until 2021 in order to let the American people decide through their vote who gets to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice, just as they claimed was the only fair course of action in 2016. Let’s also share this document widely with our networks and post it in public places so the entire country is aware of their hypocrisy:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nnuQNpD4vPB4hjcpGDf_h-dYd0iVgR41DzJUs1frEQQ/edit?usp=sharing

 CHAD WOLF CONFIRMATION: Earlier this month the GAO determined that Chad Wolf was serving illegally in his position as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/14/gao-chad-wolf-ken-cuccinelli-ineligible-dhs-395222  Trump has now put forth Wolf as the nominee for the position.  Let’s remember that under Wolf’s leadership ICE has been continually reckless and harmful to so many immigrants in detention.  He is the one who sent federal officers to Portland to quell the situation.  Now we’ve learned that he and other DHS officials have tried to influence intelligence.  Wolf is not the kind of person needed in that position.   After not showing up at his scheduled hearing last week, he showed up yesterday and, not surprisingly, backed his DHS.  https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/acting-department-homeland-security-secretary-chad-wolf-set/story?id=73173301 Trump appointees are notorious for saying one thing and doing another.  Let’s make sure our Senators and know we oppose him.  

 CONGRESS NEEDS TO HELP HUNGRY CHILDREN: “A critical tool for fighting child hunger is set to expire at the end of the month, despite persistent need among millions of children due to the pandemic. . . According to research from the Brookings Institution, the program led to a 30 percent drop in food insecurity among low-income children in the week following the disbursement of benefits, reaching an estimated 2.7 million to 3.9 million kids.” https://thefern.org/ag_insider/while-congress-fiddles-a-critical-tool-to-address-child-hunger-is-about-to-expire/  Unless Congress extends this before the end of the month children in the USA will starve needlessly.  Let’s let all our MoCs know that this, along with a passage of a substantial COVID-relief bill for regular citizens, not corporations or the wealthy, is a much better use of their time than in-fighting.

 TELL COLLINS AND MURKOWSKI TO USE INFLUENCE TO SWAY GOP SENATORS: Susan Collins likes to play the moderate when her vote isn’t needed, but let’s not forget she voted for Kavanaugh and voted against impeachment. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/20/murkowski-opposes-moving-forward-with-supreme-court-nomination-418910. Let’s tell Murkowski (202) 224-6665 and Collins (202) 224-2523 that it’s not enough for them to take a personal stand against the ethics of choosing a Supreme Court Justice so close to the election. They should do everything in their power to publicly persuade their Republican colleagues that pushing through a successor less than 50 days before a presidential election, especially since they refused to confirm a vacancy that had been open 8 months before an election last time is hypocritical, unethical, and reflects badly on the Republican party. 

 ENCOURAGE MORE WHISTLEBLOWERS TO COME FORWARD IN DOCUMENTING ICE ABUSES: Last week, nurse Dawn Wooten blew the whistle, alleging that women in ICE detention center in Irwin County Georgia are being sterilized without their consent. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/16/913398383/whistleblower-alleges-medical-neglect-questionable-hysterectomies-of-ice-detaine. Never Again Action and RAICES have teamed up on a campaign to encourage more employees who work for ICE to come forward and blow the whistle on nationwide abuses of inmates. Let’s check out their toolkit and get involved. 

 SHOW UP AT SENATORS’ LOCAL OFFICES ON FRIDAY AND DEMAND THEY POSTPONE THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE PICK: Indivisible is asking groups to mobilize this Friday, September 25 and show up at senators' local offices to demand senators not vote to confirm a new justice until after Inauguration Day. We can check out their event toolkit, and their website to attend a local event on Friday and participate in other useful SAVE SCOTUS actions. 

 COVID FUNDS MISUSED:  Despite an ongoing shortage of PPE, apparently the Pentagon used taxpayer money from the CARES Act intended for masks, swabs, and other medical supplies to pay instead for jet engine parts, drones, body armor, and military uniforms; moreover, they often directed this money to large corporations already receiving Payroll Protection Program money from the federal government:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/09/22/covid-funds-pentagon/ or https://abc17news.com/politics/national-politics/2020/09/22/washington-post-pentagon-used-funds-for-coronavirus-response-supplies-for-jet-engine-parts-body-armor/  Let’s tell Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and the undersecretary in charge of DoD acquisitions what we think of this misuse of funds during a pandemic that has now killed 200,000 people in this country: 1-844-872-4681 or  Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of Defense, 1000 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1000 and Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), 3010 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-3010

 A TRUMP NOMINEE, ANY NOMINEE:  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Tuesday that Trump should get to choose a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, regardless of whether he wins in November: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/22/mitt-romney-supports-holding-a-vote-on-trumps-supreme-court-pick-this-year.html  Despite his words to the contrary in 2016, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has likewise fallen into line with Mitch McConnell’s plan to hold a hasty--maybe lame duck--confirmation vote in the Senate: https://www.postandcourier.com/news/despite-2016-vow-lindsey-graham-supports-trump-choosing-ruth-bader-ginsburgs-successor/article_89725b3e-fa8d-11ea-bc2a-a742a921ff9d.html We have yet to hear that any Republican vote might be effected by WHO the particular nominee is.  Let’s remind our senators that evaluating the credentials of a SCOTUS nominee, not acquiescing to a presidential preference, is their job.

 IMMIGRATION/FORCED STERILIZATION: On September 14th, Dawn Wooten, a nurse at an ICE concentration camp in Georgia, filed a whistleblower complaint alleging forced sterilization among detained individuals (https://n.pr/3cpzkn7). This is yet another means of exacting genocide on immigrants in the United States, as defined by the United NationsFor those of us who have not yet done so, let's call our members of Congress, and tell them that we want them to contact the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security and urge him to conduct an investigation immediately. We can also ask the Inspector General directly: Mr. Joseph V. Cuffari, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Washington, DC 20528. Phone: 202-981-6000. Let's also learn about how we can support organizations on the ground in Georgia, and contribute to the safety of Dawn Wooten as she has taken great risk in filing her whistleblower complaint: https://bit.ly/3kIkHhS

 NEW “SPOT THE TROLL” QUIZ:  Two professors have come up with a quiz that helps us more clearly see how to identify troll accounts on social media.  “Spreading wrong or deliberately false information online often starts with fake accounts. A post is then shared by real people who feel the posts speak to their personal or political beliefs. Linvill and Warren have identified millions of such posts since the 2016 election where U.S. officials uncovered efforts by Russians to sow disinformation on social media.”  https://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/story/can-you-spot-the-troll-how-to-beat-clemsons-quiz  Let’s take the quiz and learn:  https://spotthetroll.org/

 ELECTION/VOTING

ELECTION - GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)

 CA—FOR DISPLACED VOTERS: California has prepared a Displaced Voters Fact Sheet for those displaced by wildfires or other emergencies. Let’s consul it and share so everyone can vote: https://elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/pdfs/votesafe-displaced-voters.pdf

 VOLUNTEER NOW! There are so many ways we can help achieve the four top priorities of the 2020 election: (1) to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House, (2) to flip the US Senate to Democratic control, (3) to keep and expand the Democratic majority in the US House, and (4) to end extreme Republican gerrymandering in the states. Let’s sign up with one or more of the following and get to work:   

 ENGAGE ONE MILLION YOUNG VOTERS: The youth environmental activists at the Sunrise Movement have a postcard campaign to get one million young voters in key swing states to go to the polls. Generous donors have made it possible for us to order 100 postcards and stamps on a pay-as-you-can basis. Let’s order our postcards today and start writing to get out the youth vote! https://postcards.sunrisemovement.org/

 WRITE VOTER TURNOUT LETTERS—Vote Forward’s The Big Send is a campaign to send letters to Democratic-leaning voters in key states and urge them to vote. The goal: 10 million letters! Let’s sign up and start writing from the comfort of our own homes: https://votefwd.org/bigsend

 WRITE POSTCARDS TO GET DEMOCRATS TO THE POLLS: “Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.” https://postcardstovoters.org/ This is something easy and impactful we can do from home. Let’s sign up and start writing: https://postcardstovoters.org/volunteer/

 SPLC POWER HOUR:  Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will continue to sponsor virtual phone banks weekly on Thursdays giving us the ability to encourage voters in the South get out the vote, recruit people to work the polls and to register to vote.  Scripts are provided. We can read more and sign up here:  https://www.splcenter.org/splc-power-hour

 ELECTION - SUPPORT CANDIDATES

 GET INFORMATION MATERIAL TO SUPPORT DEM CANDIDATES IN EVERY STATE: If we are looking for information on good candidates  to support, Postcards for America https://www.postcardsforamerica.com/  has all the information we need on Democratic Candidates for House, Senate, Governor, Attorney General and Secretary of State for all fifty states. With prewritten tweets, Facebook posts, website and donation links, and colorful postcards, there is much we can use to get our candidates over the finish line. We can click here for links to follow and support Democratic candidates and download printable postcards for each one as well: https://www.postcardsforamerica.com/all-dem-candidates-postcards-tweets--posts.html

 DIY BIDEN SIGNS:  From one of our own:  Here is the link to high res files, so you can have your own 24x18 yard signs made:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1nugIA7lGejlKyS7e4CPrmwWY0MeTER9I

 TEXT FOR JAMIE HARRISON IN KEY MONEYBALL WINNABLE SC SENATE RACE: If we are looking for a race where our efforts can have a big impact, we can check out Jamie Harrison’s South Carolina Senate race against Lindsey Graham. South Carolina is a “Moneyball State”, where flipping a small amount of voters Blue in a tight race can lead to a Democratic Senate, according to calculations by the Princeton Election Consortium.  https://election.princeton.edu/2020/08/09/whats-more-important-than-a-presidential-probability/  We can check out Harrison’s campaign here. https://jaimeharrison.com/then sign up to text, and get the detailed information and help we need to be effective here. https://demvolctr.org/resources/textbanking/textbanking-harrison/  Let’s get busy and turn the Senate Blue! 

 2020 SENATE PRIORITY RACES:  From Your Weekly Pep Talk & Action List -“Jonathan Zucker, first CFO and second CEO of ActBlue and founder of It Starts Today (www.itstarts.today), has assembled n incredibly helpful list of 2020 Senate Priority races, based upon a combination of electoral chances and current support. If you want to support candidates but are trying to figure out which races you should focus on, this is your resource! Check it out here:  https://contribute.itstarts.today/2020_priorities/contribute  Important: if/when you donate via the 2020 Priorities, your donation will go to the nominee.” 

 MORE DIRTY TRICKS:  Regardless of how one feels about the Green Party, in particular, or third parties, more generally, it is clear that the Republicans are at work trying to split the Biden vote in November’s election by working to get the Greens on the ballot:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/22/us/politics/green-party-republicans-hawkins.html  It is equally clear that the Democrats want the Greens off the ballot and that they hope third party candidates will have less impact than they did in 2016:  https://apnews.com/477f1db3b18163a429ab4b3f418f60d4  Before we assume, like last time, that Biden will inevitably win, so a doomed third party vote is inconsequential, let’s think twice and consider both the voting statistics from 2016 and the arguments put forward by 170 environmentalists who urge us not to vote Green this time:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/open-letter-green-voters-diane-maceachern

 REPUBLICANS FOR BIDEN: "In an era when voters are increasingly skeptical of national politicians and media, your voice matters more than ever. From now until Nov. 3, help us place 500 op-eds in local papers across America written by Republicans who support Joe Biden. If you want to write an op-ed, we can help you through the writing process/ show you how to submit it to your local paper. If you've already written an op-ed, we want to help amplify it!" Let's get the word out about this fantastic initiative. We can sign up to write an op-ed, here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQqxlPcwnH_zyMmzGTXDnTg-r27d1PZYLKQxLtt3BcGCVSNQ/viewform

 ELECTION - REGISTERING VOTERS

 HELP TO GET PEOPLE REGISTERED TO VOTE: “The act of voting is a centerpiece of our American democracy. But before you can vote, you must be registered to vote.  A conservative estimate from the Pew Charitable Trusts indicated that just over 1 in 5 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. The way we will win elections is by getting our candidates more votes. So the first place to start is by helping fellow Americans get registered.”  Let’s see how we can help:  https://politicalcharge.org/2018/03/10/15-ways-you-can-help-get-more-people-registered-to-vote/

 ELECTION - OTHER

 DONATE: Giving to the Biden/Harris campaign https://joebiden.com/ is obvious—and definitely important!—but we have many options for applying our donations impactfully this election season. Let’s check out these campaigns and consider donating what we can:   

 POLL WORKERS: Power to the Polls is working on getting 250,000 healthy, low-risk people signed up to be poll workers this election. Currently, poll workers are disportionately over 60 years old, placing them at greater risk during the pandemic. Let's join Power to the Polls to not only take this burden off of older individuals, but also become more engaged citizens and work to decrease long wait times on Election Day. We can learn more about being a poll worker, and sign up here:  https://www.powerthepolls.org/about

 TAKE OR ANALYZE PHOTOS OF PRECINCT RESULTS TO PROTECT THE VOTE: With so much at stake in the next election, many of our votes need protection from hacking and interference with voting equipment. If we are looking for ways to help defend election integrity, we can check out the Protect Our Votes (POV)  Photo Finish project, which will publish and compare election night precinct tallies with the final results. At the end of election days, precincts print their results on poll tapes and post them on doors or windows for all to see. To help preserve the integrity of these results, we can take their photos, then post them on POV website. If we don’t take photos, we can still help by comparing these pictures with the final counts. POV will publish this info and any significant differences on their Photo Finish Results page. This kind of transparency will help shine a bright light on possible tampering.  We can sign up to photograph poll tapes or to compare them to the final results here, then share this information with our friends on social media: https://www.protectourvotes.com/photo-finish/

 DEMOCRACY CARE PACKAGES: Many of those we know are feeling very stirred up and motivated following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg but don’t know how or where to get started. With their permission, let’s deliver democracy care packages… 10 stamped postcards, 10 addresses for Postcards To Voters, and instructions/deadline for the campaign being written for (greatly simplified from what is sent by PTV: like “write this exact text…”). We can also include phone numbers for our Congressional Reps and an inspiring RBG quotation.

 SUPPORT WISCONSIN DEMS AND WATCH A REPLAY OF VIRTUAL PRINCESS BRIDE:  Many of us may have missed the live virtual Princess Bride last week, but now we can “chip in any amount to get access to an exclusive replay of The Princess Bride Reunion with a script read by the original cast, special guests, and a wonderful Q&A session hosted by Patton Oswalt!  Anything you donate will be used to ensure that Trump loses Wisconsin, and thereby the White House.”  Let’s do this and have some fun, too:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/princess-bride-reunion-replay

 STATE/LOCAL ISSUES

 FL – RACIAL INJUSTIC LEGISLATION:  Florida governor Ron DeSantis has proposed legislation, the “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act,” that, if passed in the next legislative session, would impose draconian (and possibly unconstitutional) punishments on both cities and individuals involved in the struggle for racial justice:  https://www.flgov.com/2020/09/21/governor-ron-desantis-announces-the-combatting-violence-disorder-and-looting-and-law-enforcement-protection-act/  and https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/09/21/watch-live-gov-ron-desantis-speaks-from-polk-county-sheriffs-office/  It is crucial that those of us who live in Florida make it clear to our state legislators that their support of this act will lose them our vote.

 RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

 SCOTUS NATIONAL ACTIVIST CALL: “Indivisible is hosting an emergency SCOTUS National Activist Call when Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee. This is your chance to hear from Indivisible leadership and our policy experts on how we are preparing to fight back against Trump and his Republican enablers once they push through a SCOTUS pick in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's passing.”   Let’s sign up here to keep up to date and informed:  https://act.indivisible.org/signup/scotus-emergency-natl-call/

 ACTIVISM 101 WEBINAR:  Jess Craven, of Chop Wood Carry Water, is continuing her Activism 101 sessions! Activism 101 is a free, one-hour (ish) webinar for folks who have very little to no experience with activism and/or political action. It’s a survey course with one goal: to give those who are furious and sickened by the state of our, bite-sized actions they can take to help vote Trump out, flip the Senate, win a bunch of down-ballot races, and basically make good things happen in November and beyond. Workshop will be led by Jessica Craven who is a mom, veteran activist, elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, legislative chair of her Moms Demand Action chapter, and the author of daily actions email “Chop Wood, Carry Water.”  Let’s grab a few friends and inquire about times: cwcwdailyactions@gmail.com  

 WOMEN’S MARCH ON OCTOBER 17: “The Women’s March organization is planning a nationwide protest next month [Oct. 17] opposing President Trump and his move to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.”   https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/517603-womens-march-planned-for-october-to-protest-trump-filling  Let’s sign up and be part of this action:   https://act.womensmarch.com/signup/march-october

 READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

 Majority of Americans, including many Republicans, say wait for election to replace Ginsburg - Reuters poll - https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN26B0TN

 Democrats Need a Plan. Fast. - Here’s how they can apply maximum pressure, brand the process as the illegitimate farce it is and lay the groundwork for desperately needed reform - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/21/opinion/ruth-bader-ginsburg-senate-democrats.html 

 Trump Preached White Supremacy in Minnesota, America Barely Noticed - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-white-supremacy-racehorse-theory-1064928/

 Sustaining Police Free-Schools Through Practice- https://issuu.com/ggenyc/docs/gge_police-free_schools_toolkit__formatted

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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

 

 

 

 9/22/20

 

NATIONAL ISSUES

 

 
Contact all Federal Members of Congress
(includes contact info and links to social media)
https://www.contactingcongress.org/
 
Fax legislators for free:
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Senate:  https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php
 
Or use Resistbot:  https://resist.bot/
 
Purchase stamps, postcards, and other mailing supplies: 
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White House contact:  https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/white-house
 

REMIND SENATORS WE NEED COVID RELIEF, NOT A RUSHED SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINATION: With the rush of news about Justice Ginsburg’s death, let’s not forget about the many families and businesses who are still suffering huge economic losses due to the COVID pandemic. https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/a-new-stimulus-bill-before-the-election-heres-the-last-day-it-would-have-to-pass/. Let’s tell our Senators that if they’re really concerned about what the American people want them to do, they should be putting their energies into passing a relief bill that includes the provisions in the Heroes Act, not pushing through a Supreme Court Justice 45 days before a presidential election.

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE NEEDS TO HEAR FROM US:  Kamala Harris tweeted yesterday afternoon, "There cannot be one set of rules for Republican presidents and another for Democratic presidents. I joined Senate Judiciary Democrats in demanding Chairman Graham not consider a nominee to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat until after inauguration." Let’s join her in letting these committee members know that we agree with her Let’s hand write a message and send it to them individually using Fax Zerohttps://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members

PUBLICLY REMIND GOP SENATORS ON TWITTER OF WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE NOMINATION IN 2016: Yesterday we published a Google doc featuring what key Republican Senators said in 2016 about why a Supreme Court Justice shouldn’t be confirmed so close to the election. Here’s an updated document with more Senators’ comments and their Twitter handles. Let’s remind them on Twitter of exactly what they said, call them out for their hypocrisy, and demand that they delay the nomination until 2021 in order to let the American people decide through their vote who gets to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice, just as they claimed was the only fair course of action in 2016. Let’s also share this document widely with our networks and post it in public places so the entire country is aware of their hypocrisy: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nnuQNpD4vPB4hjcpGDf_h-dYd0iVgR41DzJUs1frEQQ/edit?usp=sharing

TELL MITCH “NO”! MARCH FOR OUR FUTURE: “This is a grassroots movement. We're here to organize together and fight for our future! Let's protest the move by Mitch McConnell to try and replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a Trump appointee before the next inauguration!”  We can use this ink to find ways to get involved with this effort:   https://tellmitchno.com/  

TELL OUR REPS, JUDICIARY COMM. AND SPEAKER PELOSI TO IMPEACH BARR: William Barr has gone way too far in his latest step towards Authoritarian rule, helping Trump shut off federal funding to New York City, Portland and Seattle by declaring them “Anarchist Jurisdictions”.  Barr has shown contempt for his office with his subversion of the Mueller investigation, interference in the Roger Stone and Michael Flynn cases, firing of US Attorney Geoffrey Berman, and obstruction of House investigations.  https://www.citizensforethics.org/the-case-for-impeachment-of-attorney-general-bill-barr/  This latest act is the final blow. Partisan punishment and political theater have no place in the Justice Department, and it is long past time for Barr to be removed.  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/justice-dept-deems-new-york-city-portland-seattle-anarchist-jurisdictions-n1240600  Full text of DOJ announcement here: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-identifies-new-york-city-portland-and-seattle-jurisdictions-permitting  We can call our Representatives 202-224-3121   , the House Judiciary Committee 202 225-3951, and Speaker Pelosi 202-225-4965 to demand that Barr be impeached.  

 2020 CENSUS: The census may be boring, but it is so important, and happens only once a decade. As Celeste Pewter put it recently, "Census data/redrawn districts will impact our ability to:  1. Win the next 3 presidential elections, 2. Win the next 5 House elections, 3. Impact state legislatures for the next 10 years." Will the numbers be good enough?  https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/08/will-2020-census-numbers-be-good-enough-and-how-soon-will-we-know  Let's encourage everyone we know to fill it out online if they haven't already, here: https://my2020census.gov

POWER GRAB AT HHS:  On Sept. 15, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar signed a new order that prohibits the nation's top health agencies, like the FDA and the CDC, from signing any new rules, including those affecting medical products and vaccines; "Any prior delegation of rulemaking authority, including the authority to sign or issue a rule or a proposed rule, is rescinded," the memo says, and all such power "is reserved to the Secretary" going forward: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/scott-gottlieb-hhs-centralize-control-agencies-fda-makes-no-sense-face-the-nation/ OR https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/health/azar-hhs-fda.html  It is difficult to see this move as other than a power grab by the Trump administration, dispelling any illusion of political independence for these agencies and, once again, challenging scientific expertise.  Let’s tell Azar what we think of this authoritarian takeover of HHS: Secretary@HHS.gov or 202-690-7000 or Hubert H. Humphrey Bldg., 200 Independence Ave, SW, Washington DC 20201

BARR GOES AFTER "DEMOCRATIC CITIES”:  Early in September, Trump issued a memo instructing AG William Barr to identify “anarchist jurisdictions” that should lose federal funding over their responses to protests against police brutality and systemic racism this summer, and he gave the Office of Management & Budget 30 days to issue guidance to federal agencies on restricting these jurisdiction’s eligibility for federal grants; Barr has identified NYC, Portland, and Seattle as “Democratic cities” that should lose federal funds: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/09/21/us/trump-vs-biden   OR https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/justice-dept-deems-new-york-city-portland-seattle-anarchist-jurisdictions-n1240600  OR https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/doj-designates-new-york-city-as-an-anarchist-jurisdiction/2423900/ It is, of course, unclear whether Trump has the authority to do this, but we should make it clear to all of our MoCs that we expect any effort by the DoJ to punish these, or any other  cities, based on the party affiliation of their leaders or their handling of Black Lives Matter protests will be met with serious Congressional sanction.

 ELECTION/VOTING 

ELECTION - GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)

HELP FLIP VOTES:  Spend 2 hours helping Flip the West flip the Senate.  Currently calling Iowa and Kansas voters at https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/274954/.  Currently calling Colorado voters at https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/311121/.  Currently calling Kansas voters at https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/312030/

PHONEBANK TO VOTERS OF COLOR IN VOTER SUPPRESSION STATES: As election battles heat up, so do voter suppression efforts and it is time to fight back. We can start by joining Reclaim Our Vote’s  national phone bank, TODAY, Tuesday, 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM Eastern, / 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM PST. We’ll be calling voters of color in North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Alabama and Georgia--with Florida and other states being added soon.  We will be helping voters of color in voter-suppression states avoid long lines on November 3rd by giving them crucial information related to absentee voting and early voting.  If we can’t make today’s session, we can still help out any Tuesday through Nov3. We can learn more and sign up to call help voters of color claim their votes in voter suppression states: https://demvolctr.org/event/phone-bank-with-rov-2/2020-09-22/

 ELECTION - SUPPORT CANDIDATES

SAVE SUPREME COURT SEAT BY SUPPORTING AZ SENATE NOMINEE MARK KELLY: (From Wall of Us): Democrat Mark Kelly is leading in the AZ Senate race against Republican Martha McSally, who has already said she would support a Trump Supreme Court Nominee. But because this is a special election, since McSally was appointed by the Governor to fill Senator John McCain’s seat, if he wins, Kelly can take office on November 30th, adding one more Democratic vote to a lame duck session. Let’s support Mark Kelly’s campaign directly, or through one of the progressive groups organizing voters in Arizona that have been vetted through the Movement Voter Project

TEXT FOR BIDEN/HARRIS:  Spend 1 hour learning how to text for Biden/Harris and remind people to vote.  We can sign up for training here:  https://www.mobilize.us/2020victory/event/293967/

HELP UNSEAT SEN. SUSAN COLLINS:  Spend 1 hour making calls or texting voters for Sara Gideon, running to unseat GOP Sen. Susan Collins in Maine.  Let’s sign up here: https://gideon.bsd.net/page/s/volunteer

SEND POSTCARDS TO UNSEAT GOP ALASKA SENATOR:  Write 25 postcards to help elect Dr. Al Gross to the Senate in Alaska. Let’s check this out to see how we can help:  https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/270046

MAKE ALLS TO HELP RETAIN SEN. GARY PETERS IN MICHIGAN:  Spend 1 hour making calls for Sen. Gary Peters, who is fighting to retain his seat in Michigan.  We can sign up here: https://petersformichigan.com/volunteer/

 ELECTION - REGISTERING VOTERS

TEXTING TO RE-REGISTER VOTERS IN FLORIDA:  Let’s join Women's March Action to “re-register purged voters in Florida! To do this, we’ll be texting voters who have been purged from their state's voting rolls, and we will be re-registering them to GOTV!”  The event is scheduled for Thursday, 9/24, 5 – 7pm.  Click her for more information and to sign up to help:  https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/320618/

 ELECTION - OTHER

OR: VOTERS DISPLACED BY WILDFIRES CAN STILL VOTE USING HOME ADDRESS: If we have had to leave our homes because of the wildfires, and are temporarily staying at a different address, we can still vote a ballot customized for our home address, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2020/09/in-oregon-you-can-vote-a-ballot-for-your-home-address-even-if-your-home-burned-and-youre-staying-elsewhere.html   If we fit this situation, we can contact our county clerk to discuss the options that suit our specific circumstances. We can then share this information with our friends on social media. 

POLL WORKERS NEEDED:  Poll workers are desperately needed all over the country.  Poll Hero is actively “recruiting thousands of college and high school students to be paid poll workers to make the 2020 Election a success.”  Let’s see how we can help:   https://www.pollhero.org/

SIGN UP FOR BALLOT TRACKING:  39 states and Washington, DC have the capability to track mail-in ballots.  https://www.newsweek.com/these-are-states-where-you-can-track-your-mail-vote-1525920Let’s check ours here (scroll to bottom of page):  https://www.nass.org/

STATE/LOCAL ISSUES

VOTER INTIMIDATION:  We don’t yet know all the forms voter intimidation may take in the 2020 election, but if the situation that emerged during early voting in Fairfax, VA is any indication, we need to be prepared for anything; according to the NY Times, “ A group of Trump supporters waving campaign flags disrupted the second day of early voting in Fairfax, Va., on Saturday, chanting “four more years” as voters entered a polling location and, at one point, forming a line that voters had to walk around outside the site.”  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/us/politics/trump-supporters-early-voting-virginia.html or https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/trump-supporters-disrupt-early-voting-in-virginia/ There is debate about whether these Trump demonstrators violated VA’s laws against voter intimidation, but what is clear—and voiced by a Common Cause representative—is that states and localities need to be prepared: “Contingency plans aren’t only if there is a hurricane or a pandemic. It’s also if something is making my polling location inaccessible to voters. That could be power going down, that could be people protesting and blocking the door.” Let’s urge our local representatives to have such a contingency plan in place by November.

 RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

LEARN TIMELY VOTER PROTECTION INFO AND STRATEGIES: Although the Voting Right Act was passed 45 years ago, the right to vote is under some of its worst attacks ever, and the fight to protect it must grow even stronger in response. To find out the latest information and strategies to protect the right to vote and to have that vote counted, we can check out this livestream from Rise Up for Justice in collaboration with the Black Voters Matter Fund  When we sign in,  we will hear from “frontline strategists, organizers and lawyers on the frontline of the battle to ensure that everyone's vote counts and every vote is counted”.  We can sign up here to attend Rise Up for Justice’s Voter Protection Livestream this Wed, September 23, 2020, from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rise-up-for-justice-voter-suppression-and-the-fight-to-vote-registration-121432033481?

 READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Lie In Repose At Supreme Court This Week For Public Viewing - https://www.npr.org/sections/death-of-ruth-bader-ginsburg/2020/09/21/915269363/ginsburg-to-lie-in-repose-at-supreme-court-on-wednesday-thursday

We Can’t Just Stick to Football - https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/matthew-stafford-detroit-lions-nfl-racial-injustice

50 reasons the Trump administration is bad for workers - https://www.epi.org/publication/50-reasons/

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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

 

 

  

 

9/21/20

 

NATIONAL ISSUES

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 REPLACING RUTH BADER GINSBERG:  Our hearts are breaking at the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Friday evening.  In less than respectable time, McConnell started working on gathering the needed votes to confirm her replacement on the Supreme Court before the election.  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/20/mcconnell-supreme-court-votes-murkowski-alexander-418910  As of Sunday afternoon, Senators Murkowski of Alaska and Collins of Maine have said (Murkowski more directly than Collins) that they do not think it is proper to jam a Supreme Court hearing through and that the logic used for Merrick Garland needs to hold:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/09/20/lisa-murkowski-opposes-ruth-bader-ginsburg-replacement-before-election/5845511002/   Here are some other ways to contact senators to tell them to hold off until after the inauguration: do one, do all: 

 1)   From Indivisible: “Call your Senators now and demand they REFUSE to consider any Supreme Court Justice until the new president is inaugurated. The American people deserve to have their voice heard in what could shift the courts irreparably for our lifetimes. “Let’s use this:  https://indivisible.org/demand-your-senator-refuse-confirm-any-new-supreme-court-justices

2)     Use Resistbot to text RBG to 50409 to tell your senators not to confirm her seat until after inauguration day!

 3)    One activist said that her rep told her that one well written letter is more impactful than all the petitions and Resistbots and form letters sent. Let’s hand write a letter, scan it, then upload and send it to our senators using Fax Zero, where we can send five free faxes each day. 

 4)     Several senators made pleas in 2016 why Merrick Garland’s nomination should be postponed until after the inauguration.  Let’s use this list with quotes and send postcards or faxes to them reminding them of what they said then and that we want the same terms now:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GfGmehNt-x1gX_LP49ynrBMktWpc4_-4/view?usp=sharing

 5)     We need at least two more Republicans to to step and stop the madness. Let’s start with Mitt Romney (Utah) and then go to Senators up for re-election in flippable seats: McSally in Arizona, Gardner in Colorado, Tillis in North Carolina, Hyde-Smith in Mississippi, Ernst in Iowa, Graham in South Carolina, Sullivan in Alaska, Daines in Montana, Cornyn in Texas. Whether we live in one of these states or can contact people who do, let’s make sure these Senators phones are lighting up with clear messages that the hypocrisy will not stand. Messaging: using McConnell's own "rule" there must be ZERO movement on this process until after the inauguration. Here's the Capitol Switchboard number for reaching Senators: (202) 224-3121

CORRECTION:  CHAD WOLF CONFIRMATION: Earlier this month the GAO determined that Chad Wolf was serving illegally in his position as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/14/gao-chad-wolf-ken-cuccinelli-ineligible-dhs-395222  Trump has now put forth Wolf as the nominee for the position.  Let’s remember that under Wolf’s leadership ICE has been continually reckless and harmful of so many immigrants in detention.  He is the one who sent federal officers to Portland to quell the situation.  Now we’ve learned that he and other DHS officials have tried to influence intelligence.  Wolf is not the kind of person needed in that position.   https://apnews.com/d7ae362072de52c44aea48bbac57c156  Wolf’s Senate confirmation hearing was tentatively scheduled for last Wednesday, but he did not appear. Let’s make sure our Senators and know we oppose him.  

 TRACK THE REGULATIONS TRACKERS:  Track the Trackers is a list of different websites tracking deregulation in the era of the Trump administration. Of Federal sites, their regulatory agenda which lists "regulatory reform" and what stage the revision is at - notice, proposed rule, rule, or not published yet. Individual federal agencies also often, though not always, post proposed regulations and/or actions on their website.  Let’s check this out and see where we can help:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z-0C4ntd4uMrJMubCa3JyKVwotiNV_Vj/view?usp=sharing

 POSTCARDING OPPORTUNITY:  From one of our own: Please use/share/distribute in any way you'd like. My additional request is that for every postcard you write using this info, please write an additional get-out-the-vote postcard (just google get-out-the-vote postcarding groups for possibilities). We need to continue to hold elected officials responsible for what's going on right now, but we also need to be building the blue wave for November. We can do this!   Let’s write:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_xOZZ99yFAmmwBIWcWGgn3Vlp8ZJ1QXBpKNWFYPafmQ/edit?usp=sharing

                                                             ELECTION/VOTING

ELECTION - GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)

 POSTCARDS FOR VIRGINIA. In honor of the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, P4VA has extended postcard writing through Oct. 1 and added more addresses, including a campaign to reach new voters. Let's request some addresses for Virginia voters today. 

 ELECTION - SUPPORT CANDIDATES

 FLIPPING THE SENATE: Unsurprisingly, the GOP has wasted zero time turning into monster hypocrites regarding filling the Supreme Court seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on Friday evening at the age of 87. After refusing to hold a vote on Merrick Garland after Justice Scalia died in February of 2016, they have found contorted ways to justify jamming through a confirmation hearing in a very short span:  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/19/ruth-bader-ginsburg-mitch-mcconnell-donald-trump It has never been more important to flip the Senate to Democratic control in the event whether or not they can be slowed. The folks at Crooked Media (Pod Save America) have made it very easy to contribute simultaneously to 13 Senate races: 11 Democratic challengers within reach of flipping a seat and 2 Democratic incumbents at risk of losing their seats (Gary Peters in MI and Doug Jones in AL). Managed via Act Blue. the Get Mitch or Die Trying fund raised $13 million overnight after the news of RBG’s death broke. Let’s give as generously as we can to reach these 13 key races:  https://secure.actblue.com/donate/getmitch

 USE MONEYBALL STRATEGY FOR BLUE VICTORIES: After the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are even more fired up and ready to fight, but where will our efforts make the most difference? Where can we best invest our time, energy or money to produce these results: win the Presidency, flip the Senate Blue, or put the brakes on Gerrymandering? The Princeton Election Consortium https://election.princeton.edu/  suggests focusing on Moneyball States, states with the where influencing a small group of voters can lead to these very large results: above 270 Electoral college votes for Biden, 50 Democratic and Independent Senate Seats, and bipartisan control over redistricting in certain states: https://election.princeton.edu/2020/08/09/whats-more-important-than-a-presidential-probability/  Current Money Ball States:

President: Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina. 

U.S. Senate: Montana, Alaska, South Carolina, Kansas. 

State legislatures: Kansas, Texas, North Carolina. 

We can keep this in mind as we chose where to focus our support, then share with friends on social media.

 ELECTION - REGISTERING VOTERS

 PHONEBANK TO HELP REGISTER YOUNG VOTERS IN BATTLEGROUND STATES: Young people make up an increasingly large part of the electorate, and, if they turn out to vote, could make a significant impact on the election. We can help make that happen this Tuesday, September 22, by joining Vote Save America  partnering with NextGen America  to register young voters in 11 battleground states. Once we’re signed up to make calls, we’ll get a script, calling platform, training, and access to a virtual field office where we can connect with other NextGen volunteers. We can sign up here for a shift to help reach young battleground state voters: https://www.mobilize.us/nextgen/event/319606/?

 ELECTION - OTHER

 STATE/LOCAL ISSUES

 RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

 READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

 Where to Stream the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Films RBG and On the Basis of Sex - https://www.tvguide.com/news/where-to-stream-the-ruth-bader-ginsburg-films-rbg-and-on-the-basis-of-sex/

 Ruth Bader Ginsberg:  Her Story - https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/ruth-bader-ginsburg

 A 5-Decade-Long Friendship That Began With A Phone Call- https://www.npr.org/2020/09/19/896733375/a-five-decade-long-friendship-that-began-with-a-phone-call

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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