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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Actions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Petitions

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

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

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

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

 Reading/Watching

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

State Actions

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

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

Other Actions

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

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

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

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

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

Petitions

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

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

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

Reading/Watching

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

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

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


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1.      Trump and the Republicans just can’t seem to accept that Americans do not want their health care taken away, and they’re busily pushing yet another attempt to repeal Obamacare (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/graham-cassidy-and-the-finance-kid/540027/). They have until September 30 to sneak this through. Let’s make sure those on the fence hear our voices by joining the ACA Defenders in calling voters in key states and helping connect them with their senators. We can sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMiCjyVEprsCak0eifPbNorKx-C86ygqSasdbbLaA4gX874g/viewform.

2.      Details from Secretary Zinke’s final report on our national monuments have now leaked to the press. He wants to shrink four and open up six more to mining, drilling, logging and commercial fishing (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41313104). Fortunately, Congress can put a stop to these proposed roolbacks. Let’s join the Sierra Club in telling our members of Congress to deny approval to these changes and protect our public lands. We can send them a message at this link: https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0089003

3.      Senators Lindsey Graham (R-FL) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) wrote a bill which would work towards repealing the ACA and it is gaining traction among the Senate GOP.   http://politi.co/2ftJG9r The bill would eliminate the individual and employer insurance mandates, replace subsidies that people use to help pay their premiums with optional state-level block grants, eliminate cost-sharing, decrease funding for Medicaid, put a one-year freeze on Planned Parenthood Medicaid funding, and charge older individuals up to five times more than younger customers http://wapo.st/2j9frJh Let's make sure to call our senators and tell them to oppose this bill. RISE Stronger has a call script available: http://bit.ly/2hbxkCO Then, let’s also call these three senators who have swung with us in the past: 1)  Senator John McCain, (R-AZ)  https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact-form, 2)  Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact/email, and 3)  Susan Collins (R-ME)  https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact    We can also share FamiliesUSA's tweet with our friends and MoCs:  https://twitter.com/FamiliesUSA/status/908677312727707648

4.      “...the unfortunate truth is that nobody connected with the events in Charlottesville will be charged with committing acts of domestic terrorism under current federal law.”  Current US law does not attach any penalties to “domestic terrorism”, so it is not a federal crime.  http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/judicial/350569-it-is-time-to-make-domestic-terrorism-a-federal-crime  It is time to encourage our MoCs to create and support legislation that corrects this.  Perhaps it could be called the Heather Heyer Act.

5.      Human Rights Watch has an article that helps put into perspective the effect that H.R. 620 would have on individuals with disabilities http://bit.ly/2wrUoTt That the bill made it out of the House Judiciary Committee is deeply concerning http://bit.ly/2xktAbS Let's make sure that we treat those with disabilities with the dignity and respect we afford to others, and ask our representatives to oppose H.R. 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.

6.      The Pence-Kobach voter fraud commission is using private e-mails to conduct public business, which experts argue breaks federal law http://bit.ly/2h8ChfE According to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, private e-mail addresses can be used, but the e-mails must also be copied or forwarded to a government account. Meanwhile, co-chair of the commission Kris Kobach argues that this would be a "waste of resources." Let's be sure we point out to co-chairs Chris Kobach and Mike Pence that we expect transparency and for all communications to be preserved by complying with the Presidential Records Act. Vice President Mike Pence: 202-456-1111 The White House Office of the Vice President 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach: (785) 296-4564 Kansas Secretary of State Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Avenue Topeka, KS 66612-1594

7.      On the eve of the UN meetings this week, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, told CNN “We have pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council,” suggesting that the US might have to turn the matter of North Korea over to the Pentagon. “If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior,” she added, “….North Korea will be destroyed.”: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/17/politics/nikki-haley-north-korea-un-cnntv/index.html  A diplomat, even if Trump’s appointment, threatening to “destroy” another country??  We need to make it crystal clear to Haley that she does not speak for us: US Mission to the UN, 212-415-4000 or 799 UN Plaza, NY, NY 20017

8.      "The Disability Integration Act of 2017 (DIA), S910, aims to ensure that all states provide long-term services and support (LTSS) to individuals with disabilities in community-based settings, such as the individual’s own home." per United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). The bill currently has 14 cosponsors.  Let's thank our senators if they are already cosponsors. If our own senators are not not among the co-sponsors, let's contact them to ask them to co-sponsor and support this important bill for people with disabilities.

9.      EcoWatch in cooperation with other environmental and wildlife groups has sent a letter to the House Natural Resource committee in opposition to 5 anti-environmental bills.  The letter carefully lays out the reasons for opposition to: 1)  HR 424 (“Gray Wolf State Management Act”) which would block federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes states and Wyoming. Specifically, this bill -- which would be more aptly named the “War on Wolves Act” -- would overturn a federal district court decision and remove existing Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.   2) HR 717 (“Listing Reform Act”) which would put a price on species conservation by enabling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine that a species that would normally be listed as threatened would not receive those protections if there are economic impacts.  3) HR 1274 (“State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act”) which would subvert the Endangered Species Act’s science-based listing process by allowing any information provided by states, tribes, or counties to constitute “best available science.” By automatically assuming such a broad swath of information to be defined as such without any scientific input or review, the bill contradicts the meaning of “best available science.”  4) HR 2603 (“Saving America’s Endangered Species Act”) which would strip Endangered Species Act protections for non-native species within the United States.  5) HR 3131 (“Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act”) threatens to undercut citizen engagement and enforcement of the Endangered Species Act by impeding upon citizens’ ability to obtain counsel and challenge illegal government actions.  Let's tell our representatives, especially if they are on the House Natural Resources Committee,  to protect the Endangered Species Act, our nation’s most effective and important law for species conservation, by voting “no” on HR 424, HR 717, HR 1274, HR 2603, and HR 3131.

10.  “Lakes are warming at different rates but almost one hundred percent of them are warming.” Our freshwater lakes are warming all over the country.  https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/09/lake-tahoe-is-losing-its-famous-clarity/ Remind your senators that climate change is real and affects us in many ways including the decline of our beautiful lakes across this country. 

11.  "U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, one of four Texas Republicans who voted against at $15 billion relief package for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, will lead a congressional task force to help coordinate recovery efforts. Despite his opposition to the bill, which was tied to an increase in the government debt limit, Barton said he wants to help. "Texans will not leave one another behind," he said in a statement Friday."  http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Barton-a-no-vote-on-Harvey-aid-to-lead-12201457.php   Let's remind Joe Barton that raising the debt ceiling was for funding bills previously passed by this Congress and to make sure that the government did not shut down. His "Statement" against the bill that funds Texas recovery was made in the wrong place, wrong time and on the backs of the people he represents! We all stood up for Texas, he should have too. 

12.  Eric Dreiband testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in his confirmation against civil rights protections.  The NAACP has spoken out against Dreiband's nomination, stating “The evidence is clear. http://bit.ly/2f7ATto and  http://bit.ly/2gOpIJQ  For the past 20 years, Dreiband has been on the wrong side of issues pertaining to housing, hate crimes and the many other critical areas that the Civil Rights Division oversees as part of its core mission,"  Let’s let the committee members know that this is not a good fit for our country:   https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/members, then, let’s tell our senators the same thing.

13.  Let’s join in the “Hands Off Healthcare” Twitter Storm this evening from 8-10pm sponsored by Twitter Warriors and hosted by Action Together Network.  Here’s the info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1433939446659219/

State Actions

1.      NY:  "Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered state agencies and law enforcement not to ask about or reveal anyone’s immigration status, his latest move to buffer New York from President Trump’s immigration enforcement agenda. has signed an Executive Order that restricts officials from asking about immigration status." Read the full story at the Observer. Let's thank Gov. Cuomo at NY State Capitol Bldg, Albany NY 12224. 

2.      MO: If you are in Missouri and/or in any way associated with a college or university there, consider signing this letter to lawmakers authored by Everytown for Gun Safety. "Lawmakers are pushing a dangerous policy that would further weaken Missouri’s gun laws and allow hidden, loaded handguns on college campuses. Collectively, we urge your opposition to this dangerous policy, which would allow hidden, loaded handguns in college and university facilities." This should never happen, but it's all too common, and becoming increasingly so. Sign here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeymWfh4YxBG-tknR73GIv2kWr1nuTxtIG-NsLXivkllioiSw/viewform

3.      NH: Today is the Special Republican Primary for Hillsborough County District No. 15 (Manchester Ward 8). http://www.wmur.com/article/republicans-hold-grafton-county-nh-house-seat-as-migliore-wins/12181648 . The winner will face Democrat Erika Connors on November 7, 2017, in a race for a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. If we live in Manchester Ward 8, let’s follow the outcome of this primary and mark our calendars to be sure to vote for Erika Connors on November 7. https://ballotpedia.org/Erika_Connors

Other Actions

1.      "The Weekly List was created by Amy Siskind in the aftermath of the last U.S. presidential election to track our nation's slow descent into authoritarianism. As the List continues to grow, it has become evident that it requires a permanent home online where it can live alongside other content and resources to keep you informed on what is happening in our government and how to preserve our dwindling democracy." While the initial goal has been reached, there are 4 more days to contribute to this worthy and crucial project. If we can contribute a little more, we can do so here. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-weekly-list-chronicling-a-dying-democracy-news-website#/

2.      When we are buying our Halloween candy this year, let’s support Mars (Snickers, Twix, M&Ms, Milky Way).  The company has pledged to invest $1 billion over the next few years to fight climate change.  http://fortune.com/2017/09/06/mars-pledge-one-billion-fight-climate-change/

3.      For unknown reasons, the Emmy Awards decided to give Sean Spicer a redemptive moment of humor at Sunday night’s awards by inviting his presence for an on-stage gag: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/emmys-2017-sean-spicer-appearance-celebrities-reaction-backlash-melissa-mcarthy-a7952521.html andhttp://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/351109-spicer-makes-surprise-appearance-at-emmys  Let’s let the Emmys know that rewarding someone who lied to the American people constantly was a sad move: https://www.emmys.com/contact

4.      Part of fighting back against racism, xenophobia, and bigotry is making sure we are discussing these issues with our children. It does no good to promote a "colorblind" philosophy, rather, we should acknowledge and embrace our differences, then work together to create a more equitable system. Books can be a great way to get the conversation started. Let's check out this book list from the Conscious Kid Library to help empower our children to speak up and speak out http://bit.ly/2xfN2pX

5.      The March for Racial Justice scheduled for Sept. 30 is seeking organizations who want to sign on and endorse the March.  Let’s sign up with our organizations here:  https://www.m4rj.com/endorsements/

Petitions

1.      Let’s join in signing this petition from People For the American  Way (PFAW) to support passage of a clean Dream Act, with no amendments.  http://act.pfaw.org/sign/pass-dream-act/

2.      If we believe in climate change and truth in science let’s take a moment to sign this petition and tell our senator to reject Trump’s nomination of climate change denier, Jim Bridenstine to lead NASA:  https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/273/334/976/

Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize

1.      People For the American Way (PFAW) is hosting Sen. Chuck Schumer for a telebriefing this evening, Monday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 pm MT. Let’s  RSVP at http://act.pfaw.org/sign/rsvp-telebriefing-senator-chuck-schumer-sept18 to reserve our space and get the call-in information.

2.      The March for Racial Justice is a black and indigenous led multi-community movement united in our demands for racial equity and justice. The main march will be on Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C. with sister marches all over the country.  Let’s find out more about the march and where we can go or how we can create one:  https://www.m4rj.com/sister-marches/

Reading/Watching

1.      “Carpe Diem Politics”: How to Do More Than Just Resist -- http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/just-transition/carpe-diem-politics-how-to-do-more-than-just-resist-20170915

2.      "It is every Washington reporter’s dream to sit down at a restaurant, overhear secret stuff and get a scoop. It rarely happens. Dowd represents Trump but does not work at the White House. Cobb is a White House employee who is instantly recognizable to many because of his handlebar mustache. Together, they went for what appears to have been a working lunch at BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW in Washington. It’s close to the White House and very convenient.  It’s also next door to 1627 I St. NW, which happens to house the Washington bureau of the New York Times. The White House Counsel’s Office is being very conservative with this stuff,” Mr. Cobb told Mr. Dowd. “Our view is we’re not hiding anything.” Referring to Mr. McGahn, he added, “He’s got a couple documents locked in a safe.” Let's hope Mueller asks about the documents locked on the safe. Thank goodness for the free press. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/09/18/trump-lawyers-spill-beans-after-terrible-restaurant-choice-next-to-nyt/?utm_term=.63c9cd5db918


Rogan’s List is a participant in and strategic part ner of the Action Alliance,
a loosely-federated group of organizations that, in the wake of the
2016 election, are sharing daily or weekly calls to action.
Other member sites are listed here: https://www.actionalliance.co/  --scroll down and click through and you'll find many more opportunities to make a difference.
******
Rogan’s List is also part of RISE Stronger’s United States of Resistance