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7/7/20

NATIONAL ISSUES


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TELL GOVERNOR OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TO ENFORCE QUARANTINE AND COVID-SAFE PROTOCOLS FOR PEOPLE ATTENDING TRUMP RALLY: Continuing to show an utter disregard for public health, Trump is continuing to hold large political rallies. The next one is scheduled for this Saturday in Portsmouth, NH. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/505939-trump-to-hold-outdoor-rally-in-new-hampshire-saturday. The campaign reports that masks will be available, and people will be encouraged (but not required) to wear them. Since it will likely not be possible to maintain 6 feet of distance in the crowd, this puts everyone at the rally and everyone they later come into contact with at risk. New Hampshire is currently asking anyone who comes into the state who isn’t from New England (where cases are decreasing)  to self-quarantine for two weeks. This should include Trump and his campaign staff. Let’s tell Governor Sununu that the health of the residents of New Hampshire need to come before political rallies and that we expect him to stick to the mandate that everyone from outside New England, including Trump staffers, needs to self-quarantine. Let’s also ask him to issue an order to require mask wearing for this large gathering. 

COVID DRUG PROFITEERING—The pharmaceutical company Gilead developed the covid-19 drug remdesivir with financial assistance from the US government—that is, taxpayers; that is, you and me. Now, Gilead is charging privately insured Americans $3,000 for the drug—even though the company could sell it for $10 and still make a profit. https://billmoyers.com/story/gilead-is-profiteering-off-a-covid-drug-we-already-paid-for/  Let’s tell our MOCs that this is not acceptable and demand that they put a stop to Gilead’s profiteering off remdesivir

MAKE SURE THAT CHILDREN IN DETENTION ORDERED TO BE RELEASED BY JUDGE ARE RELEASED WITH THEIR FAMILIES: Last week a federal judge ruled once Ragain that in light of a significant COVID infestation at two family detention centers, ruled again that the children in these detention centers must be released by July 17. However, ICE is now saying that they will resist releasing these children’s parents, giving these families an unthinkable  “binary choice:” https://spectrumlocalnews.com/tx/san-antonio/news/2020/07/02/us-signals-it-will-resist-freeing-detained-migrant-families
Let’s sign this petition asking for families to be released together, and call our members of Congress and ask them what they can do to get these children AND their families released!

PPE AVAILABILITY IN DANGER:  We know that we would all have been better off had there been a serious, national approach to COVID.  “As coronavirus infections continue to spike across the U.S, six of the nation’s largest medical equipment distribution companies are raising “troubling concerns” about the Trump administration’s coordination of critical supplies to COVID-19 hot spots, according to a memo outlining a key House committee’s discussions with the companies.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/medical-companies-warn-ppe-critical-equipment-situation-not-sustainable-house-n1232752  Let’s ask our MoCs what they are doing to meet this challenge.

BLACK HILLS LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: Prior to Trump’s Mt. Rushmore rally, Native American protested the misuse of the land that was originally theirs. https://www.businessinsider.com/native-americans-blocked-road-to-mount-rushmore-before-trump-speech-2020-7  “On July 3rd, 2020 Indigenous People and our allies were arrested in the process of defending our sacred lands in the Black Hills. Acts of courage and civil disobedience resulted in arrests and criminal charges. We were protesting the desecration of sacred lands that were stolen from our people.”  Let’s learn more about their demands and help, if we can:  https://bhlegalfund.org/?fbclid=IwAR2D253taOnm6hETRwXrw9nafXQjPUmTtQrLdT0VWfcjMTpz0Q4t1vaWqOk

EXTENDING ECONOMIC STIMULUS IN A PANDEMIC:  Congress is on a 2-week recess, but at the end of July some decision has to be made quickly about whether to extend rental and food assistance, whether to institute a moratorium on evictions or increase aid for nursing homes, whether to continue to provide additional money to those receiving unemployment insurance—which Republicans believe disincentivizes  the return to work while progressives hope might incentivize employers to offer long-overdue wage increases. Unlike most Democrats, Republicans insist that any new legislation must include liability protection for businesses, schools, and health care providers who might be sued if people get sick when they reopen: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/congress-recess-weeks-heres-leave-off-covid-19/story  Let’s urge our MoCs to remember that millions of people are out-of-work, food insecure, at risk of eviction, or forced to work in unsafe workplaces; they depend on the federal government to come to their aid.

TRUMP’S RACISM: Needless to say, the holiday weekend brought no reprieve from Trump’s hideous romance with white supremacy and the Confederacy as he spouted off about NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and decried the low ratings of fighting against the Confederate flag: https://apnews.com/77f320f49331e17ca4ddce5ee4b3bed0 Let’s contact our MoC to ask why they have not called for his resignation.

JUSTICE FOR LT. COL. ALEXANDER VINDMAN:  “Vindman was one of the first witnesses to publicly testify in the impeachment inquiry who directly listened in to Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which he described as "improper."”  “Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said Thursday that she plans to block the promotion of 1,123 senior military officers through the Senate until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms that he will not block the promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.”  https://www.axios.com/alexander-vindman-promotion-tammy-duckworth-74bd31bf-fed9-4842-a269-75da8b92c108.html  Let’s ask our Senators to align themselves with Duckworth and make the same claim.

DEFUND THE POLICE:  If we are working with Black Lives Matter to defund ou
r local police departments and replace them with a different scheme for public safety, it is worth our reading two different documents that try to go beyond the slogan; one is a 26-page "Defund Toolkit: Concrete Steps Toward Divestment from Policing & Investment in Community Safety" written by members of the Interrupting Criminalization initiative and the Movement for Black Lives--  Defund Toolkit.pdf; the other is a "Draft Fact-Sheet" from Women for Genuine Security, full of specific facts about police budgets in various cities-- ;  draft fact sheet June .docx.  We can also learn about how police unions have influenced law enforcement policy and thwarted pushes for reform: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/23/police-unions-spending-policy-reform-chicago-new-york-la  Let’s read these so that we can knowledgeably lend our support to local efforts to defund the police.

POSTCARDING OPPORTUNITY:  From one of our own:  Remember, you are one of millions working together for justice and equity. Even if writing postcards in isolation feels lonely, you are most definitely NOT alone.  Know that each card you write, each conversation you have brings us closer to the just world we are trying to build. Small steps can accomplish a journey of thousands of miles, in fact, that's pretty much the only way a journey of that size is accomplished.  Here is this week’s list; let’s write:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UZoMdZ6cRhZR26AzZAIB9ySwS-webwePqv3ishT8Ats/edit

OPPOSE CONFIRMATION OF WILLIAM PERRY PENDLEY:  William Perry Pendley,  Trump’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and who has been serving as Acting Director, is a long-time opponent of America’s public lands and has advocated for selling them off, has a 17-page recusal list detailing ties to a number of industries that could benefit from increased access to public lands, and has a history of climate denial.  As the Executive Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) said, “Pendley has a long record of opposing the very existence of the public lands he now oversees.  He may be the perfect choice for Donald Trump, but he is a terrible choice for those who seek a higher standard of environmental ethics and integrity.”   https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/504757-trump-nominates-long-time-acting-head-of-land-management-bureau-as.  The head of the National Wildlife Federation said the nomination is “like putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department.”   https://www.cpr.org/2020/06/26/trump-says-he-will-nominate-william-perry-pendley-to-permanently-run-the-blm/.   Let’s tell our senators that we do not want this person to be approved; we need someone who care about the environment.  (h/t CFAA)

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTION CALENDAR: This resource is searchable by date and state -  https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/2020-state-primary-election-dates.aspx

REMINDER- CHECK VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS:   Let’s make sure to regularly check our voter registration status. States are purging voters routinely--we don't want to get caught off guard. Take 1 minute and check right now: I Will Vote  Then, let’s check how to vote by mail in our state. Many rules have changed due to the pandemic and we may be able to vote with a mailed ballot. We can find our state's latest voting rules here: How to Vote By Mail in Every State

FIND AND SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES IN OUR STATES: Postcards for America has a new website https://www.postcardsforamerica.com/ and it is chock full of information to help us win big in November. In today’s highlights, we can click here find our who to support in our states: https://www.postcardsforamerica.com/all-democratic-candidates-by-state.html. Then, if we like, use this link to amplify and share tweets and posts, and postcards from the candidates we support:

VOTERIDERS-PHOTOCOPY MY ID:  With most everyone either under orders - or still feeling they must stay at home - and are otherwise minimizing external visits…how can people create a copy of an ID to accompany an absentee ballot since most of them do not have a printer at home? With VoteRiders’ new Photocopy My ID program, the voter will email to us a photo of their ID, and our volunteer team will print two photocopies (along with a copy of the absentee ballot application and a postage-paid envelope that is addressed to the office that processes absentee ballot requests) to mail back to the voter!  VoteRiders “services are 100% free, including obtaining documents (such as birth certificates, change of name records), arranging rides to and from ID-issuing offices, and providing copies of ID for voting by mail.”  Here’s the link to request the ID photocopy help: https://www.voteriders.org/photocopy-my-id/

MORE POSTCARDS TO WRITE:  Postcards to Swing States needs our help to “save democracy by hand writing postcards to voters in ten critical states to increase turnout in November. We send you the postcards for free. You provide the stamps and mail the cards in October.”  Let’s sign up here:  https://postcardstoswingstates.com/message

HIGH SCHOOL PHONEBANKING:  Flip the West’s High School Program is empowering interested high school students to work on their own campaigns one day by giving them the tools to lead phone banks, recruit their friends as volunteers, and provide political resources. By participating in Flip the West’s High School Program, students can participate in weekly phone banks (Wednesdays 3-5 pm PDT) and become pod leaders to run their own phone banks. The leadership skills they develop this summer will be supplemented by our educational and mentoring resources to encourage high school students to pursue politics and activism through their high school careers and beyond.  Sign up is here: https://www.mobilize.us/flipthewest/event/282528/

ENGAGE ENVIRONMENTAL VOTERS: The Environmental Voter Project needs volunteers to sign up for Days of Action, July 21 & July 23. Volunteers will be calling environmentalists in Florida and encouraging them to sign up to vote by mail. Let’s sign up: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/blog/sign-days-action-july-21-23#.Xv9uFdQcm9o.facebook

STATE/LOCAL

CO: LET'S FLIP COLORADO DISTRICT 3: 5-term incumbent Representative Scott Tipton was just primaried by a right-wing conspiracy theorist and "gun activist," Lauren Boebert. https://www.npr.org/2020/07/01/885991730/gop-candidates-open-to-qanon-conspiracy-theory-advance-in-congressional-races Scary though this is - which is why this neglected, rural district of Colorado made national news -- Democratic contender Diane Mitsch Bush now has a chance to flip this House seat. Those of us who would like to donate to and volunteer for Diane can sign up herehttps://dianeforcolorado.com

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

LEARN TO TEXT WITH TEXT TROOP: If we are looking for more ways to get active from home, Text Troop  can teach us how to text in one of their upcoming Text Troop Webinars. The training covers: the programs we’ll be texting for, the tools we’ll use - Slack and TextOut, and how to text. To make sure we are comfortable with the process and ready to go, there will also be time at the end for personal walkthroughs. We can find a time and date that works for us and then sign up for a texting workshop  here:
https://calendly.com/text-troop/how-to-text  Once we are trained and ready to go, we can find lots of texting opportunities here: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=openprogress.com_07hrf3847on7rfoi859584ag60@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York

GET OUT THE VOTE BY MAIL: Vote From Home 2020 is hosting a Get Out the Vote By Mail training on Monday, July 13, 2020 6:00 PM -  7:00 PM ET.  We learn about helping swing state voters through the process of completing an application to vote by mail in the general election.  They are targeting three states, MI, PA, and NC, which in 2016 had an average rate of 10.7% of absentee voting. We need to massively increase that number to ensure the general election is safe and accessible!  We can sign up for the training here:  https://www.votefromhome2020.org/join/july-13-training-get-out-the-vote-by-mail

LEARN HOW WALL STREET PROFITS FROM POLICE BRUTALITY WHILE CITIES PAY: Police violence is a problem for our communities but a profit maker for Wall Street, banks and corporations, who insure our cities with Police Brutality Bonds, issued to pay for police brutality settlements.  These bonds can drastically increase the cost of police violence, are often not listed in official police budgets, and leave less for other urgent civic needs like schools and housing. To learn more about this warped system, we can attend the Action Center for Race and the Economy (ACRE)  https://acrecampaigns.org/  webinar, Police Brutality Bonds: How Wall Street Profits From Police Misconduct. use of Police Brutality Bonds.  We’ll learn how the bonds work, have an opportunity to explore some of the data sources ACRE has uncovered, and gain an understanding of what other policing costs might be hiding in our city budgets.  We can sign up here for ACRE’s Police Brutality Bonds: How Wall Street Profits From Police Misconduct webinar, to be held TODAY at 10 A.M. PST:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0-g1nEixTByKpCkDMSTQzQ?

GET A FREE ACTIVIST 101 WEBINAR FOR OUR GROUPS: If we are terrified about where our country is, desperate to get it someplace better, but unsure how to start, Jessica Craven, of Chop  Wood, Carry Water  https://www.facebook.com/ChopCarry/ has a Zoom webinar just for us! In over 60 minutes, we will get an overview of several easy ways we can help flip the presidency, the Senate, and a bunch more seats, and leave the GOP a pile of smoking rubble in November. We will also learn how the tiny bit that we do matters so much. All we need to do is put together a group, give her a time, and she’ll be there with slide deck and a handy google doc to give us at the end.  To set up a free, one hour Activism 101 Webinar for our group, we can contact Jessica Craven here: cwcwdailyactions@gmail.com

READING/WATCHING/LISTENING



How Nursing Homes Got Away with Hiding Bodies During the COVID-19 Outbreak - https://bit.ly/2ZBpLeS


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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





 7/6/20

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.)

This week's list - Closing: Allowing asylum for credible fear (note: Trump bans it, but he's banned almost all immigration, legal and undocumented.) New: closing homeless shelter to trans youth. These are all still a moving target. Even as supposedly temporary rules are put in place often w/o comment allowed, other proposed rules on the same topic in the pipeline are proceeding through the process. Some - maybe more - appear to be in direct conflict. So, there's a new Trump Rule on work visas, even as they banned them by Exec order over a week ago. So even if one is tracking these, it often (actually, usually) doesn't make sense. Also, a lot of measures aren't going through the regulatory process. That was the basis for the Supreme Court declaring the LGBTQ have employment rights - why? Because it hadn't gone through the proper regulatory channels. Chief Justice Roberts basically gave the Trump admin. a road map to how to it - except, as we know, Trump et al. have little, if any attention to detail.




7/2/20

NATIONAL ISSUES


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NEXT COVID RELIEF BILL:  The House  passed another COVID-relief bill, the HEROES Act (H.R.6800) in mid-May.  The Senate has refused to take it up.  https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/505120-heroes-act-would-help-families-weather-the-ongoing-covid-19-storm  The Senate Republicans, however, have begun working on their own relief bill, “but with no apparent Democratic involvement it’s unlikely to receive enough support to pass both chambers.”  McConnell claims that the focus will be “kids, jobs, and health care.”  He also claims that liability protections for businesses will also be included.  https://www.rollcall.com/2020/06/30/new-coronavirus-relief-bill-senate-republicans/  Let’s tell our Senators that COVID is a bipartisan issue that needs a bipartisan solution and that if liability protections potentially put workers at risk they should not be included.
 
HOUSING PROTECTIONS:  Yesterday, July 1, was rent day for many in our country.  With the unemployment rate due to COVID, eviction delays being stopped, and the eventual ending of COVID relief funds, very many people will be in financial trouble and lose housing.  “The  Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020 ,  [H.R.7301 which was passed by the House this week] sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), allocates $100 billion to emergency rental assistance programs, creates a $75 billion relief fund for homeowners and extends the eviction and foreclosure moratorium put in place by the CARES Act through March 2021. It is now with the Senate, where it is not expected to pass.”  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/30/house-passes-emergency-rental-assistance-and-mortgage-relief-bill.html  Let’s tell our Senators that unless they have something better to offer, we want them to support this needed relief and to offer more as needed during this global pandemic.

FOLLOW-UP TO DEMAND THAT INCARCERATED CHILDREN BE RELEASED *WITH* THEIR FAMILIES, NOT SEPARATED FROM THEM: This past Friday, Federal Judge Molly Gee ordered ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) to, at best release families or at least the children of these families by July 17th who are being held in US Immigration Detention Centers as they try to seek asylum in the US. The judge knows that COVID is spreading in these centers. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/government-must-release-migrant-children-detention-centers-because-coronavirus-judge-n1232328  These families need to absolutely be released together now so they can go to their sponsors or families.  Let’s send postcards to the following ICE Authorities to let them know that there is community support for released families and to help ensure they appear for their immigration hearings.  Let’s as them to do the right thing and keep these families together. 

ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence
500 12th St. SW
Washington, DC  20536

ICE Deputy Field Office Director Achim
1777 NE Loop   410  15th Floor
San Antonio, Texas  78217

ICE Assistant Field Office Director Christopher George
Philadelphia Field Office
114 North 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA  19107

PROTEST SD GOVERNOR FOR ENABLING TRUMP’S REFUSAL TO COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING: Trump is supposed to speak at Mt. Rushmore tomorrow, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, says social distancing and facemasks will not be required. https://www.axios.com/south-dakota-governor-social-distancing-trump-event-c20b93b8-0177-4ac5-bc88-9e6bf1a31d72.html. Let’s tell Governor Noem that this is NOT simply a matter of people’s personal liberties. Ignoring scientifically proven precautions against COVID will put the lives at risk of anyone the people attending this event come into contact with. Governor Noem should prioritize the safety and health of the residents of South Dakota, whom she has been elected to serve, not the whims of an immoral president who values his own ego more than he values the lives of American citizens. 

PASS THE WOMEN’S HEALTH PROTECTION ACT: While we can celebrate the Supreme Court’s recent decision on reproductive rights, the ability of women to decide whether to bear children is far from secure. https://www.npr.org/2020/06/29/884958610/what-supreme-courts-ruling-might-mean-for-abortion-rights. The Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 1645/ HR 2975) would create a safeguard against the frivolous bans and unnecessary medical restrictions that states are passing to try and restrict abortion. Let’s tell our MoCs that we want to move this bill out of committee and pass it ASAP, before the next Supreme Court challenge. We can get more information at Act for Women.

GRAB YOUR WALLET NEEDS OUR HELP:  Shannon Coulter, a marketing specialist began the Grab Your Wallet project following the revelation of the Trump tape before the election.  Her goal was to “encourage consumers to boycott everything Trump.” https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/grab-your-wallet-s-shannon-coulter-there-s-no-quitting-n742236  The project has been successful, but there are 46 companies still on the list.  Ms Coulter is asking us to tell these companies that “you will not do business with it again until it cuts ties with the executives who funded Trump's rise.”  https://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-boycott-.html?soid=1129868021479&aid=BZd95mLSi5c   Let’s get writing:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q9QEq3WZQRMaII7TmEk_Fml-u-S2Y0NdL1lsoGmPxi4/edit#gid=0

SUPREME COURT VOTER: “The amazing advocacy group Demand Justice, whose entire focus is on getting progressive judges confirmed and stopping GOP court stacking, has launched a new project called Supreme Court Voter. It's "a movement of people ready to say “enough.” From their website: "We cannot allow a politically motivated bloc of justices to continue putting the interests of the Republican Party, the rich, and the powerful ahead of the interests of our democracy. We’re not going to sit by while they threaten progress we’ve fought so hard for. We are ready to fight for a Supreme Court that represents all of us and upholds the rule of law." They need our help. Sign up here. THIS IS SO GOOD!! “  (h/t Chop Wood/Carry Water)

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTION CALENDAR: This resource is searchable by date and state -  https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/2020-state-primary-election-dates.aspx

REMINDER- CHECK VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS:   Let’s make sure to regularly check our voter registration status. States are purging voters routinely--we don't want to get caught off guard. Take 1 minute and check right now: I Will Vote  Then, let’s check how to vote by mail in our state. Many rules have changed due to the pandemic and we may be able to vote with a mailed ballot. We can find our state's latest voting rules here: How to Vote By Mail in Every State

NEEDED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR VOTER REGISTRATION:  The Civic Center’s Future Voters Action Week (FVAW) is a 5-day, virtual workshop that trains a select group of dedicated high school students and 2020 graduates to lead efforts to improve youth voter participation. Participants from around the country develop personalized Public Narratives and action plans to lead drives during High School Voter Registration Week. Applications are now open for the next session: July 6-10th from 12:00 - 1:30pm PT / 3:00 - 4:30pm ET.  FVAW takes place entirely over Zoom. There is no cost to apply or to participate, and required program materials will be available online.  Let’s make sure this information gets to those who can use it:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtsf4AyMPVWq2BaHljDazgXRX3jTay35uBF2prTR_lp0en5A/viewform

HELP FOR FINANCIALLY STRAPPED CAMPAIGNS:  Some candidates, like these three in Kalamazoo have little money, but great ideas.  “They adopted free, easy to use apps where possible to reach more voters, fund raise and mobilize their supporters. Volunteers for the three candidates collaborate to get the most value from their efforts in creating videos, flyers and online events.”  https://thedemlabs.org/2020/07/01/david-vs-goliath-in-kalamazoo/  If we are a candidate or working with a campaign, let’s check to see what DemLabs can do to help us at little to no cost:  https://thedemlabs.org/

P2V ELECTION RESULTS: A FLIP!  Democrat Karen Berg has won the special election for Kentucky's 26th Senate District. The State Senator-elect defeated Republican Bill Ferko 58% to 42%. (Source: WHAS11). This seat has been held by Republicans for the past 25 years. Our thanks to everyone who supported Berg's campaign. Let's request 5 addresses from one of Postcards to Voters' current campaigns to flipping celebrate.

STATE/LOCAL

ALL: ASK STATE LEADERS TO USE US OF CARE HANDBOOK TO PREVENT COVID SURGES: It has been five months, and the number of COVID cases in the US are soaring to record and alarming rates. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/25/record-spikes-in-us-coronavirus-cases-push-up-hospitalization-rates-in-16-states.html  Given the failure of federal leadership, finding our way out of this mess is a real challenge. The United States of Care is ready to help, offering us The COVID-19 State Preparedness Handbook detailing five actions to plan, prepare, and prevent COVID-19 surges. This handbook has already been shared across the country and has been featured in the Washington Post and Healthcare Finance News. Now we can click here to read and share this handbook and ask our state and local leaders to adopt the best practices to get this pandemic under control.  https://unitedstatesofcare.org/covid-19/new-preparedness-handbook-details-5-actions/  We can also click here to watch and then share a webinar featuring a panel of health care experts discussing the handbook, as well as their on-the-ground experience. 

ALL: PUBLIC HEALTH NEEDS FUNDING: Kaiser Health News and the Associated Press jointly investigated the state of public health departments nationwide.  They have published 6 “takeaways”: spending on public health has dropped by 16% per capita in the last decade; public health jobs have evaporated (and officials have quit or been fired); 2/3 of us live in counties that spend more than twice as much on policing as on non-hospital health care; ¾ of us live in states that spend less than $100 per person per year on public health; some public  health workers earn so little that they qualify for government assistance; and states facing budget shortfalls have begun laying off or furloughing them:     https://apnews.com/324baaee6417d0bd64fbe249b09da143 and https://khn.org/news/six-takeaways-of-the-khn-ap-investigation-into-the-erosion-of-public-health/   All this is happening as the US coronavirus rates skyrocket.  We must demand that our state, county, or city officials—whoever is in charge—fully fund public health departments and bring back the officials and the workers necessary for their functioning at a living wage.

MA: TELL GOVERNOR TO FOLLOW NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY’S LEAD AND CLOSE DOWN INDOOR DINING: New York City and New Jersey have postponed indoor dining after a surge of cases in states where indoor restaurants and bars are open. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/cuomo-to-reveal-fate-of-nyc-indoor-dining-today-as-city-beaches-finally-reopen-for-swimming/2494249/. However, Massachusetts recently re-opened indoor dining last week, which threatens the excellent progress the state has made in reducing incidences of COVID. Let’s tell Governor Baker that we want him to follow NY/NJ’s lead and shut down indoor dining before it’s too late!

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

LEARN TO TEXT WITH TEXT TROOP: If we are looking for more ways to get active from home, Text Troop  can teach us how to text in one of their upcoming Text Troop Webinars. The training covers: the programs we’ll be texting for, the tools we’ll use - Slack and TextOut, and how to text. To make sure we are comfortable with the process and ready to go, there will also be time at the end for personal walkthroughs. We can find a time and date that works for us and then sign up for a texting workshop  here:
https://calendly.com/text-troop/how-to-text  Once we are trained and ready to go, we can find lots of texting opportunities here: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=openprogress.com_07hrf3847on7rfoi859584ag60@group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York

GET A FREE ACTIVIST 101 WEBINAR FOR OUR GROUPS: If we are terrified about where our country is, desperate to get it someplace better, but unsure how to start, Jessica Craven, of Chop  Wood, Carry Water  https://www.facebook.com/ChopCarry/ has a Zoom webinar just for us! In over 60 minutes, we will get an overview of several easy ways we can help flip the presidency, the Senate, and a bunch more seats, and leave the GOP a pile of smoking rubble in November. We will also learn how the tiny bit that we do matters so much. All we need to do is put together a group, give her a time, and she’ll be there with slide deck and a handy google doc to give us at the end.  To set up a free, one hour Activism 101 Webinar for our group, we can contact Jessica Craven here: cwcwdailyactions@gmail.com

FLIP THE SENATE, SAVE THE WORLD ON JULY 2:  Given the current political momentum, there’s a real chance that Democrats can retake the Senate in November. We are invited to a Zoom conversation and (bring our own) cocktails event with Senator Cory Booker and two of the brightest lights and biggest hopes for flipping Senate seats: Jaime Harrison and Governor Steve Bullock. The event will take place on July 2, at 8p (ET)/5p (PT). We can participate even while making dinner, in our sweats (no one will see us), and we may get our questions answered.  It’s free to RSVP, but of course the goal is to raise buckets of money for great candidates  RSVP HERE or if we would like to attend without making a contribution, email Brynn DiNino at brynn@corybooker.com to RSVP.  If we can’t attend, we can DONATE HERE.

MY BLACK RECEIPT:  My Black Receipt builds on the protests that are happening now addressing police brutality and the mistreatment of black people in the U.S. Part of this mistreatment comes from how wealth has been distributed historically in the US.  My Black Receipt will redistribute wealth to the black community by supporting black businesses. Over one month starting on Friday, June 19, My Black Receipt will focus on a different business sector each week and ask everyone to support black businesses in all their purchases in that sector. Let’s support this protest and help amplify the message through social media on June 19 through July 4, using the hashtag #MyBlackReceipt and on Instagram: Official Black Wall Street. 

GET TRAINED TO VOLUNTEER VIRTUALLY FOR BIDEN: The upcoming 2020 Presidential Election will be crucial in deciding the fate of our country and our democracy. After 2016, we know we cannot be complacent, but must do everything possible to defeat Trump and get our country back on track. One way to start is to help Joe Biden's campaign which is looking for volunteers right now. We can click here to join an Action Center trainings (which will be offered 75 times between May 27 and November 1) and learn how to use our online organizing hub to volunteer virtually for Joe:  https://www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/149561

READING/WATCHING/LISTENING



System Failure: How the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda is affecting the health and safety of Americans -


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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






6/30/20

NATIONAL ISSUES


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DEMAND THAT INCARCERATED CHILDREN BE RELEASED *WITH* THEIR FAMILIES, NOT SEPARATED FROM THEM: Once again, Judge Dolly Gee, in light of a significant COVID infestation at two family detention centers has ruled that ICE must release detained children by July 17. However, the order “allows ICE to decline to release a child if there’s not a suitable sponsor or if the parent signs a waiver.” Most parents have chosen to sign waivers, because they do not want to be separated from their children, who, due to a lack of tracking protocols, have often been lost in the system.  thttps://apnews.com/bb44b51b597757ca389b543fc161fbc5. We need to keep advocating for these children by insisting that they and their families be released together. Let’s sign this petition and this petition, and then ask our MoCs to put pressure on ICE to protect the health of these families and to stop separating families

PUTIN’S BOUNTY ON AMERICAN SOLDIERS: As terrible news unfolded over the weekend that Putin has paid Taliban fighters in Afghanistan to kill American soldiers, Trump and the White House have denied that Trump was informed of this by US Intelligence sources.   https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/june-26-2020  However, “Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.” https://apnews.com/425e43fa0ffdd6e126c5171653ec47d1 As Dan Rather’s News and Guts queried “Imagine wearing the uniform of the United States military, and learning that Russia is paying bounties to Afghan soldiers to kill you. Then you hear that your commander in chief has not only known about this for months and not only done nothing, but has actively courted the Russian president." https://www.newsandguts.com/since-learning-of-russian-bounty-on-u-s-troops-trump-continued-to-court-putin/  There still seems to be no bottom and it becomes clearer that Trump is not serving the interests of the nation of which he is president. Let’s contact our MoC to ask that they demand his resignation and do something to help guarantee our troops’ safety and make Russia accountable.  Let’s also contact Sec. of Defense, Mark Esper: https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/u-s-department-of-defense and Sec. of State, Mike Pompeo: https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/u-s-department-of-state and ask what they are doing to stand up for our troops.

TRUMP PHONE CALLS:  As if things were not bad enough, even Carl Bernstein, of Watergate fame, is now expressing grave concern about Trump.  "One person familiar with almost all the conversations with the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Canada, Australia and western Europe described the calls cumulatively as 'abominations' so grievous to US national security interests that if members of Congress heard from witnesses to the actual conversations or read the texts and contemporaneous notes, even many senior Republican members would no longer be able to retain confidence in the President."  https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/trump-phone-calls-national-security-concerns/index.html  Let’s contact our MoCs to ask what they are doing to ensure our national security.

DEMAND INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT OF JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: In a rare move, the Senate Judiciary committee voted 21-1 on a bipartisan bill S 685 that would expand Inspector General oversight of the Department of Justice.  https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/504532-senate-panel-votes-21-1-to-back-justice-ig-measure-over-graham-objections. But since Judiciary Chair Lindsay Graham, and Attorney General, William Barr oppose the bill, it’s not clear whether it will be taken up for a vote in the full Senate. Let’s call Majority Leader Moscow Mitch McConnell and demand that he bring this up for a vote and ask our Senators to support this bill and put pressure on the leader to bring it to the Senate floor. 

CHILD CARE IS ESSENTIAL: Child care across the U.S. has become increasingly expensive, with quality, licensed child care unattainable for millions of families (https://bit.ly/3i622fc). One of the ways we can improve the system and support families and child care workers is by increasing federal funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) via the Child Care is Essential Act (H.R. 7027/S. 3874). Let's read more about the legislation  here, then contact our MoC in the House and Senate and ask them to support these bills. We can use this tool from MomsRising to get in touch, or we can contact our MoC directly.

HOLD SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS ACCOUNTABLE FOR KAVANAUGH VOTE: While we should celebrate yesterday’s Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upholding abortion rights it should be noted that justice Brett Kavanaugh voted for the increased restrictions. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who claims to be pro-choice, told Americans that she voted for Kavanaugh despite his anti-choice positions because he assured her that he would respect legal precedent. However, it was Justice Roberts, who recognized the legal precedent in a Texas case, who voted with the four liberal justices, despite his personal opposition. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-strikes-down-restrictive-louisiana-abortion-law-n1231392. Let’s make sure that Senator Collins (202-224-2523) knows that we will not forgive her for this vote, and let’s donate money to her opponent, or to the Maine People’s Alliance, which will be working to educate Mainers on Senator Collins’s abysmal voting record. 

TELL PROCTOR AND GAMBLE TO JOIN JULY FACEBOOK BOYCOTT: Honda, Hersey’s Levi’s, Starbucks, North Face, Patagonia, Ben and Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever and more have joined  the #StopHateForProfit  campaign, to encourage Facebook to stop fostering hate on its platforms. https://www.forbes.com/sites/afdhelaziz/2020/06/24/facebook-ad-boycott-campaign-stop-hate-for-profit-gathers-momentum-and-scale-inside-the-movement-for-change/#2d3986701668  However, Proctor and Gamble, the world biggest advertiser has remained silent. They are, however, currently reviewing their policies of advertising on all platforms, and we can tell them enough is enough.  We can call Proctor and Gamble at (513) 983-1100 to ask they join the “Stop the Hate for Profit” campaign, pausing their advertising until Facebook seriously changes its hate enabling policies. We can also email their CEO David S. Taylor, here: taylor.ds@pg.com

URGENT NEED FOR COVID-19 CONTACT TRACERS:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told Congress on Tuesday that the United States has about 28,000 contact tracers, falling short of the 100,000 that are needed to track the spread of coronavirus. Contact tracing often gets less attention than COVID-19 testing but experts say it is also an urgent priority to stem the spread of the disease.  https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/504098-cdc-director-us-has-about-28000-contact-tracers-out-of-100000-needed  Contact your County or State Health Department and apply to be a Covid-19 Contract tracer. Many online classes are offered for free. Ask your county health department which ones they accept. Help stop the spread of Covid-19. 

POSTCARDING OPPORTUNITIES:  From one of our own:  Keep reminding yourself: every action, even if it seems small, takes us closer to the justice we're working toward. The things you do matter!  We can find this week's postcarding write-ups here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WmFmrG_zSxlMbLmPbB8pWGHSQsqDEORfWqo1i_c9aY8/edit?usp=sharing

PAID SWING LEFT COLLEGE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: Swing Left is seeking 17 college students who are attending school in AZ, CO, GA, IA, ME, and TX, to mobilize campus communities in their state to vote and volunteer. Fellows receive training in online and in-person organizing. The commitment is 10 hours/week over 12 weeks, plus a virtual 2-day Summer Summit training. Stipend: $2,400. Let’s encourage qualified college students to apply: https://swing-left.breezy.hr/p/5a7b8d7854ee-college-fellow

WANTED: SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER VOLUNTEER: Vote Forward is looking for “an experienced and motivated volunteer developer to work on the software that will help thousands of volunteers write ten million hand-written letters to voters in time for the November 3rd, 2020, election.” If we’re qualified, let’s apply, and if we’re not, let’s spread the word: https://vote-forward.breezy.hr/p/fff6d1f6a22c

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:  From one of our own:  If you have any unused/used/old/new working iPads please PM me. We recently with help of our Global Challenge Student Ambassadors launched EmpowerandHelp Remote Mentorship Program for children affected by Refugee Crisis. Currently program is teaching 10 students -remotely and as we have enough resources, we will expand it further. Some of these students have missed on 4 years of education straight due to living in camps. And even if they are in Grade 6 as per school, they need basic help.  If we can help, let’s contact Empower and Help:  http://empowerandhelp.com/contact/

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTION CALENDAR: This resource is searchable by date and state -  https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/2020-state-primary-election-dates.aspx

REMINDER- CHECK VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS:   Let’s make sure to regularly check our voter registration status. States are purging voters routinely--we don't want to get caught off guard. Take 1 minute and check right now: I Will Vote  Then, let’s check how to vote by mail in our state. Many rules have changed due to the pandemic and we may be able to vote with a mailed ballot. We can find our state's latest voting rules here: How to Vote By Mail in Every State

ELECTIONS TODAY:  Today, June 30 three states have primaries:  Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utah.  If we live there, let’s vote! 

VOTE-BY-MAIL POSTCARDING OPPORTUNITY: From Postcards to Voters: "Dems have opened up a 302,000-voter advantage over Republicans in vote-by-mail enrollment, an edge that could pay big dividends in Trump’s newly adopted must-win state," (https://politi.co/2Vf713n). Tens of thousands of volunteers have written to Democrats in all 67 Florida counties to encourage them to enroll in VBM.  Over one million fun, friendly, fully handwritten grassroots postcards have been mailed since we adopted this project in June 2018. We still have more to write and we need more volunteers.  Write as few (or as many) as you want every few days.  We always have addresses of Democrats who are not yet enrolled in FL VBM. Write #PostcardsToVoters with us! Text JOIN to (484) 275-2229 and #MailTheVoteFL

WRITE LETTERS TO VOTERS: Vote Forward is working on an initiative called “The Big Send,” which involve writing letters to voters to encourage them to vote this November. Two million letters have been written so far! It’s fun to sign up to write letters ourselves, but a virtual letter writing party is even better, so they’ve put together a party kit. Let’s get some friends together and start writing letters! The party kit is here:  https://bit.ly/3g9m0nG

CALLING COLORADO POSTCARDERS TO FLIP FLORIDA: Colorado-based Blue Wave Postcard Movement is sending postcards to Florida Democrats to urge them to register to vote by mail. They’re working on other key states, too! If we’re in CO, let’s sign up and start writing: https://www.bluewavepostcards.org/home

ELECTION PROTECTION: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law https://www.lawyerscommittee.org/mission/ runs an initiative called Election Protection to defend our right to vote https://866ourvote.org/. Whether we need help ourselves in exercising our right to vote or we wish to volunteer and protect the voting rights of others, Election Protection is a great resource. Let’s:
  • Add the Voter Hotline number to our cell phone contacts lists
    • English 866-687-8683
    • Spanish 888-839-8682
    • Asian Languages 888-274-8683
    • Arabic 844-925-5287
  • Volunteer

BECOME A POLL WORKER:  Many locations are needing poll workers for upcoming elections.  Traditionally, these jobs have been held by older people, however with COVID, many of these workers will stay home for health reasons.  https://publicintegrity.org/politics/elections/democracy-2020/elderly-workers-run-elections-but-covid-19-will-keep-many-home/  Let’s share this fun video with others as a way to encourage young people to become poll workers in their local elections:  https://asgoeswisconsin.com/episodes/workapoll  Then, let’s share this link that shows them how:  https://www.eac.gov/voters/become-poll-worker

STATE/LOCAL

CA: VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR FUTURE LGBTQ+ LEADERS: The Equality California Institute is ready to train and foster the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders with its Virtual Leadership Academy this summer. Over 100 graduates have already been helped to run for office or seek appointments to boards and commissions. Training consists of 6 online sessions through the months of July and August, presented by current California public officials as well as Equality California institute staff. Graduates’ credentials will be included in a resource bank of LGBTQ+ leaders and used to advocate for placement in appointed positions. If we or someone we know would excel as an LGBTQ+ leader, we click here and apply to The Equality California Institute Leadership Academy by 6pm PST on Tuesday, July 7:  https://action.eqca.org/Leadership 

MI:  SHUT DOWN LINE FIVE:  Due to discovered damage to Enbridge Line 5, “Ingham Circuit Judge James Jamo Thursday ordered Enbridge to fully shut down the Line 5 pipeline at the bottom of the Mackinac Straits…”  https://www.michiganradio.org/post/judge-orders-enbridge-temporarily-shut-down-line-5-within-24-hours  Line 5 has long been an issue due to past violations and environmental concerns. https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-environment-watch/enbridge-line-5-shutdown-prompts-michigan-debate-over-risks-vs-economic  Let’s email Gov. Whitmer’s office every day until she agrees to cancel the original easement given to Enbridge and demand that she terminate any agreement that allows for the transport of fossil fuels either through or under the Great Lakes:  https://somgovweb.state.mi.us/GovRelations/ShareOpinion.aspx 

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

GET A FREE ACTIVIST 101 WEBINAR FOR OUR GROUPS: If we are terrified about where our country is, desperate to get it someplace better, but unsure how to start, Jessica Craven, of Chop  Wood, Carry Water  https://www.facebook.com/ChopCarry/ has a Zoom webinar just for us! In over 60 minutes, we will get an overview of several easy ways we can help flip the presidency, the Senate, and a bunch more seats, and leave the GOP a pile of smoking rubble in November. We will also learn how the tiny bit that we do matters so much. All we need to do is put together a group, give her a time, and she’ll be there with slide deck and a handy google doc to give us at the end.  To set up a free, one hour Activism 101 Webinar for our group, we can contact Jessica Craven here: cwcwdailyactions@gmail.com

FLIP THE SENATE, SAVE THE WORLD ON JULY 2:  Given the current political momentum, there’s a real chance that Democrats can retake the Senate in November. We are invited to a Zoom conversation and (bring our own) cocktails event with Senator Cory Booker and two of the brightest lights and biggest hopes for flipping Senate seats: Jaime Harrison and Governor Steve Bullock. The event will take place on July 2, at 8p (ET)/5p (PT). We can participate even while making dinner, in our sweats (no one will see us), and we may get our questions answered.  It’s free to RSVP, but of course the goal is to raise buckets of money for great candidates  RSVP HERE or if we would like to attend without making a contribution, email Brynn DiNino at brynn@corybooker.com to RSVP.  If we can’t attend, we can DONATE HERE.

MY BLACK RECEIPT:  My Black Receipt builds on the protests that are happening now addressing police brutality and the mistreatment of black people in the U.S. Part of this mistreatment comes from how wealth has been distributed historically in the US.  My Black Receipt will redistribute wealth to the black community by supporting black businesses. Over one month starting on Friday, June 19, My Black Receipt will focus on a different business sector each week and ask everyone to support black businesses in all their purchases in that sector. Let’s support this protest and help amplify the message through social media on June 19 through July 4, using the hashtag #MyBlackReceipt and on Instagram: Official Black Wall Street. 

GET TRAINED TO VOLUNTEER VIRTUALLY FOR BIDEN: The upcoming 2020 Presidential Election will be crucial in deciding the fate of our country and our democracy. After 2016, we know we cannot be complacent, but must do everything possible to defeat Trump and get our country back on track. One way to start is to help Joe Biden's campaign which is looking for volunteers right now. We can click here to join an Action Center trainings (which will be offered 75 times between May 27 and November 1) and learn how to use our online organizing hub to volunteer virtually for Joe:  https://www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/149561

READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

For Native Americans, voting rights were hard-won. Mail-in voting could undo the gains - https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/21261058/vote-by-mail-native-americans-voting-rights-covid-reservations-ballot


Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China - https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53218704


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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