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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

7/26/17

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  1. Despite our best efforts, the Senate passed the motion to proceed and now the health care bill that no one has seen will be debated, and then voted on yet this week.  http://www.npr.org/2017/07/25/539270923/senators-to-vote-on-whether-to-proceed-with-health-care-debate Here’s what happens next: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/24/16019984/obamacare-repeal-republican-flow-chart However, “Late Tuesday night, the Senate voted 57-43 to block a wide-ranging proposal by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell replacing Obama's statute with a far more restrictive GOP substitute.”  GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Rand Paul (Ky.) voted against the repeal-replace proposal on the procedural hurdle. No Democrats voted for it. http://time.com/4874112/health-care-vote-gop/ Don’t let up now.  Keep contacting senators.  We want the ACA to be fixed so more people can get quality care at affordable prices.  Here’s some ideas from Indivisible on what to do:  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/what-happens-now-on-trumpcare/  They also want our help making calls.  We can sign up here: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/hubdialer-signup/  The next two days are crucial

  1. Republican US Congressman Blake Farenthold of Texas managed to get three strikes at once with his un-democratic, sexist, violent comment about the female US Senators from the "North East" (Maine, West Virginia, and Alaska!) whose efforts to impede the progress of repeal and replace are "repugnant". He went on to say that if they were men, he would challenge them to a duel: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40711882  Let's let him know that his comments have no place in 2017: https://farenthold.house.gov/contact/  or 2331 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515

  1. Damien Schiff, Trump's nominee to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, is infamous for his extremist opinions both in and out of the courtroom. On his anonymous blog, Schiff called Supreme Court Justice Kennedy a "judicial prostitute," accused a California school district of "teaching 'gayness' in public schools," and opposed both Lawrence v. Texas (the landmark Supreme Court ruling that decriminalized homosexual sex) and the legalization of adoptions by same-sex couples. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/26/trump-judicial-nominee-justice-kennedy-slight-damien-schiff-238874 There should be no place for him on one of the highest courts in the country. Let’s join 5Calls.org in letting our senators know they should vote no when Schiff comes up for confirmation: https://5calls.org/issue/recOy7I82l5NqBw8Y.

  1. Representative Don Beyer has submitted an amendment to four sections of the House spending bill, disallowing reimbursements to be made for if/when the U.S. Government stays at Trump-owned properties http://reut.rs/2uutpZu This would essentially prevent Trump from profiting off of his presidency, as he has still not divested his businesses. Let's send Rep. Beyer a "thank you" for taking action against Trump's unethical practices: 1119 Longworth H.O.B.Washington, DC 20515 and/or (202) 225-4376    

  1. American air strikes have significantly increased under the Trump presidency, increasing civilian casualties from approximately 80 per month when Obama was president, to about 360 per month currently http://bit.ly/2uUtsiy Trump has made it clear that he will not listen to reason. Let's give our MoC a call and ask them to put a stop to these deadly attacks.

  1. Trump’s need for constant adulation prompts him to organize rallies just for that purpose.  Last night, there was one in Youngstown, OH.  Voters in every state, however, are concerned about actual issues, not his mental health.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/steel-valleys-youngstown-is-much-more-complicated-than-trump-portrays/2017/07/25/6d0d5a78-6fb4-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html?utm_term=.a740e7b5f8s27  Let’s contact the White House and ask that Trump concentrate on finding ways to help other Americans, of all us.

  1. The judicial nominee to lead the criminal division of the DOJ, Brian A. Benczkowski, has Russian ties which he has disclosed.  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343489-trump-doj-nominee-used-to-represent-russian-bank-with-ties-to-putin  Let's tell our Senators to oppose Benczkowski. Right now we have too many open questions about people with links to Russia to add another one to the mix.

  1. The Trump administration has okayed arctic offshore drilling.  http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/341833-trump-admin-approves-oil-companys-arctic-drilling-plan We can use this tool from the National Resources Defense Council for a quick and easy way to send letters to our MoC's asking them to oppose arctic drilling. http://on.nrdc.org/2p6OgMz

  1. Three Democrats introduced a bill on Tuesday to boost the cyber-security workforce. The "New Collar Jobs Act" would establish tax breaks for employers offering cyber-security training, increase funding for a cyber scholarship program and establish a student debt relief program for cyber-security job takers. http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/343635-dems-introduce-cyber-workforce-bill  Let's tell our own representative to support the New Collar Jobs Act.

State Actions

  1. TX:  "Senate Bill 8 would ban private insurance plans in Texas from covering abortion, without any exception for cases of fetal anomaly, like Ingram’s. If a person wants abortion coverage, the proposal says it “does not prevent” him or her from buying supplemental coverage outside of a qualified health plan. But the bill does not require that such plans exist. Ingram and her husband, Ross, wanted a baby. But a screening when she was 16 weeks pregnant found Potter syndrome, a rare condition in which fetal kidney failure prevents the lungs from developing. Knowing that the chance of survival was extremely low, the Ingrams decided to terminate the pregnancy." It would have cost the family $10,000 if not covered by their insurance.  https://www.texasobserver.org/abortion-insurance-ban-texas/  Let's tell the Texas Senate that women need insurance coverage for their personal choices and that government does not get to dictate what a woman and her doctor choose.  Contacts here:  http://www.senate.state.tx.us/members.php

  1. ALL:  Colorado recently joined a dozen other states in a climate alliance, signing an executive order for the state to meet the standards of the Paris Accord http://reut.rs/2eLjklz Let's find out if our own state has signed on to the climate alliance, and if not, encourage our governors to do so http://read.bi/2uxSvp1

Other Actions


  1. Republicans control the Washington state senate by exactly one seat – and they’ve used it to obstruct a progressive agenda led by Democratic Governor Jay Inslee. This November, we’ve got a real shot at flipping control and creating another Democratic trifecta thanks to a special election in the 45th Senate district. Hillary Clinton won this area by more than two-to-one, and it’s represented by two Democrats in the state house. Our help can push Manka Dhingra, a prosecutor who has fought for therapeutic courts for the mentally ill and an activist against domestic violence, over the top. (http://nwnewsnetwork.org/post/national-spotlight-shines-battle-control-washington-senate) Let’s join Code Blue in phone banking for Manka. We can find a virtual phone bank link here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ccwYsPZ-4tRyc18ROcQZcpeuDL2yfKXv8yFS9ByYFt8/edit. And find more information and answers to our questions about virtual phone banking at this link.

Petitions


  1. Let’s join Issue One, an American nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which seeks to reduce the role of money in politics, in demanding that Trump remove all corporate ties from his cabinet:  http://act.issueone.org/page/s/trump-corporate-cabinate

  1. So many children, disabled, elderly, and veterans will all have their lives shaken if this health care bill is passed.  Let’s join Vote Vets in telling Congress to make sure there is a plan to protect everyone’s healthcare:  http://action.votevets.org/page/s/veterans-aca

Marches/events to attend/organize


  1. Saturday, July 29, all over the country, there are “Our Lives are on the Line” rallies being planned in opposition to the health care bill.  Let’s see if there is one near us and attend, or if not, let’s plan one:  http://ourlivesontheline.org/

  1. If we are in/near LA today, The ACLU is hosting a phonebank to save the ACA. Here's a link to their site:  https://go.peoplepower.org/event/action/8280

Reading/Watching


  1. What Life is Like at $7;25 Per Hour:  http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-minimum-wage-life-20160405-story.html

  1. Let's check out this interview between Salon's Chauncey Devega and historian and Yale professor Timothy Snyder on the possibility of a staged coup.  http://www.salon.com/2017/05/01/historian-timothy-snyder-its-pretty-much-inevitable-that-trump-will-try-to-stage-a-coup-and-overthrow-democracy/  Let's continue to be aware that this could happen and that we must act in measured, considered ways if it does.

  1. A Dear John Letter to CNN:  https://www.northernexpress.com/news/opinion/a-dear-john-letter-to-cnn/


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

7/25/17

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  1. The healthcare vote is scheduled for today at 2pm on a bill most of our senators have not seen.  Now is NOT the time to let up with our Senators. The pressure within the GOP and from the President is tremendous and we, their employers, need to be a strong counter-voice.  Let's make sure our Senators are not just voting against the bill, but also against the Motion to Proceed, which could stop the bill before a vote.  Here is where the vote seems to stand:  https://5calls.org/

  1. A few weeks ago, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rolled out a new rule to bar the “rip-off clauses” that take away our ability to protect ourselves against abuses by big companies. Naturally, Congressional Republicans were furious, and are trying to interfere with this new protection. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/wells-fargo-ceo-cfpb-arbitration-rule-well-see-action-184918660.html They could vote as soon as today to roll it back. Let’s call them and tell them we want them to let the CFPB protect our rights without their interference. We can find more info about it here.

  1. Today is the FINAL day we can leave comments opposing Trump’s rollback of our national marine monuments and sanctuaries. (http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/06/26/trump-order-that-could-shrink-california-and-pacific-ocean-marine-sanctuaries-moves-forward/) Trump is trying to open new territory to his buddies in the oil and gas industry. We need to let him know we don’t accept it by 11:59pm EASTERN tonight. We can submit our comments here: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066-0001. And we can find more information and sample text at this link:  http://ecouprising.blogspot.com/2017/07/call-to-action-public-comments-for-our.html.

  1. He has changed his stance on Dreamers a few times, but two months ago, Trump told the Dreamers that they should rest easy.  Now there is a bipartisan bill (S. 1615) in the Senate to protect these young people as they’d been promised.  Trump and the majority of the GOP may have to show their true colors.  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/graham-tells-republicans-moment-of-reckoning-is-coming-on-dream-act/ Let's keep calling our Senators, asking them to cosponsor and support this legislation.  The Indivisible Guide has a helpful explainer on the DACA program and DREAMers, which we can use to help inform our phone calls: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/tell-senator-defend-daca-support-durbin-graham-dream-act/

  1. In a recent interview, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer mentioned that single-payer healthcare is on the table, as are other healthcare options, and the Democratic Party will consider proposing it http://abcn.ws/2tAT6cg Let's make sure Senator Schumer knows that we're ready for a universal healthcare option 322 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510 /  Phone: (202) 224-6542

  1. A bill that started out with good intentions would limit free speech.  Forty-five (45) Senators have signed on to Senate bill S720, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, that would make boycotting Israel a felony.  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/israel-boycott-crime-bill-settlements-senators-support-law-a7852101.html  The Democrats who signed on are starting to re-think their position after pressure from the ACLU.  Let's encourage all of our Senators to oppose S720.  If our Senators are among the co-sponsors, let's ask them to withdraw their names.  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/720/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22s720%22%5D%7D&r=1

  2. From one of our own:  I am a chemical engineer and have worked for several large companies in the chemical manufacturing industry.  The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) provides a very useful service by publicizing their findings from past incidents so that engineers can design operations that will be safer in the future.  The budget for this organization is tiny, but the Trump Administration apparently wants to eliminate it. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/24/opinion/a-dangerous-idea-eliminating-the-chemical-safety-board.html This is a really terrible idea and we should contact our MOCs to urge them to protect the CSB.

  1. Congressmen Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Conyers (D-MI) have “reintroduced the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2017 (VRAA), which would fully restore and modernize the original Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 to reflect today’s societal needs and challenges.”  https://democrats-judiciary.house.gov/news/press-releases/reps-sensenbrenner-and-conyers-reintroduce-bipartisan-voting-rights-amendment  There are now 71 cosponsors:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3239/cosponsors  If our rep is a co-sponsor, let’s say thank you!  If not, let’s ask why not.

  1. Trump's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board: William Emanuel and Marvin Kaplan, have already passed through Senate committee. Democrats have voiced concern that the nominees are being rushed through with critical questions unanswered. A full Senate confirmation will be scheduled soon. http://thehill.com/regulation/labor/342788-trump-labor-board-nominees-advance-in-senate  Let's call our Senators to oppose Emanuel and Kaplan for Labor Relations until these questions are answered. Let's ask for another hearing. 

  1. We thought the healthcare bill was a zombie, but guess what: "the wall" is apparently also among the undead. According to Gonzalo Martínez, Policy Manager at Indivisible, Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to come up with a sneaky way of funding Trump's proposed wall at the Mexico border. "When a national security funding bill is up for a vote this week (HR 3219), a 'self-executing provision' will tack on $1.6 billion in Wall funding. This means that in order to fund the military, your Representative will be forced to also support a down payment on Trump's wall." http://thehill.com/homenews/house/341527-bill-allocates-16-billion-for-trumps-border-wall Let's contact our Representatives in the House today and request more information on this backchannel provision. Let's ask whether they will put up with being bullied into funding a wall that nearly everyone agrees is useless, impracticable, and needlessly cruel.

State Actions

  1. WI: Wisconsin State Representative Andre Jacque (R- De Pere) has introduced a bill, AB206, that would forbid the University of Wisconsin at Madison from teaching OB/GYN residents how to perform abortions. https://www.wpr.org/medical-groups-wisconsin-abortion-bill-would-jeopardize-doctor-training  If we are Wisconsin citizens, let's contact our own state representative to let them know that we oppose AB206.

  1. CA:  California’s congressional races are pivotal to Democratic efforts to flip the House, and there are already more than 60 candidates in more than a dozen battleground districts for the 2018 election." This Article highlights some of the races and the monies raised by incumbents and challengers so far.  Some of the republican districts are flippable.  http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-house-fundraising-20170723-story.html#nws=mcnewsletter   Let's check these out and see if we can make a donation, help a campaign or spread the word on a new candidate. 

Other Actions


  1. From one of our own: The Political Compass is an international online quiz, began in 2001 that shows us where our political ideologies lie within economic and social axes.  It is not party-related.  Let’s take this interesting quiz and see where we stand: https://www.politicalcompass.org/test

  1. “Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 250,000+ individually-addressed care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas and to their children left behind.”  One of the ways we can help is to write letters to our military:  https://www.operationgratitude.com/writeletters/

  2. Nury Chavarria, a mother of four who has lived and worked in the U.S. for 24 years, has sought sanctuary in a church in Connecticut.  She has never committed a crime and has regularly checked with government authorities as required.  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mom-facing-deportation-24-years-us-takes-sanctuary-church/ Support for her in her community is evident:  http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-new-haven-vigil-0724-20170723-story.html Let’s send her support from us as well:  Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal Mi, 99 E Pearl St, New Haven, CT 06513  

  1. In 2010, a group of Catholic nuns sent a letter to the House of Representatives to “cast a “life-affirming YES vote” on the Affordable Care Act.  It was widely attributed as crucial to the final passage of the ACA.”   Yesterday, 7,150 Catholic Sisters called on the Senate to Cast “Life-Affirming NO Vote.” https://networklobby.org/news/20170724healthcare/  Let’s thank Sr. Simone and Network here:  https://networklobby.org/news/20170724healthcare/

  1. Yesterday, Trump exploited an opportunity to speak to Boy Scouts of America at their annual Jamboree into a political rally in which he blasted the media, his opponents, used inappropriate words and nuances, and during which the audience seemed to boo former President Obama.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40715185 Nothing Trump said or how he behaved echoed Boy Scout values. Since we cannot change Trump’s behavior or his inappropriate use of the opportunity to talk to the youth of our country, we can certainly let the Boy Scouts of America know that we agree with Amy Siskind who tweeted last evening, “If the Boy Scouts organization has any decency, they'll come out with a statement tonight denouncing Trump, and giving instructions for all troop leaders to speak to these boys about what they just heard and why it was wrong.”  Contact BCA by on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theboyscoutsofamerica/ or emailing them:  myscouting@scouting.org   or tweeting them @boyscouts   or writing to them:  PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079 In this case, phoning is not as effective.

  1. "An Alabama congressman [Mo Brooks] running for Attorney General Jeff Session’s open Senate seat is facing criticism for a campaign ad that includes audio of the June shooting of a Louisiana lawmaker in a Virginia ball field. Scalise's office responded to the ad in a short statement. I guess some people have their own ideas about what’s appropriate,” said Chris Bond, spokesman for Scalise, told NBC News."  http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/rep-mo-brooks-uses-sounds-scalise-shooting-campaign-ad-n786076?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_np Let’s tell the candidate that capitalizing on fear and hatred is not an appropriate way to run a campaign.  A video version was released on the candidate's YouTube channel on Monday and he also plans to release it on TV.  Let’s contact Mo Brooks:  https://brooks.house.gov/contact-me or tweet him @mobrooksforsen

 

Petitions


  1. The Houston physician and community organizer in Texas who started a group called Pantsuit Republic, is asking us, as individuals, to sign on with numerous cities and states which have already banned travel to Texas until SB4, the 'show me your papers' law is REPEALED:  https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/show-you-my-what-boycott-travel-to-texas-now

2.     Republicans in North Carolina keep looking for a way to hang on to their gerrymandered maps, even after the Supreme Court ruled that they were illegal.  Let’s join the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and show them that we are watching: https://ndrc.bsd.net/page/s/nc-commission

Marches/events to attend/organize


Reading/Watching

  1. Interesting interview in the New Yorker with NYTimes reporter Maggie Haberman: http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-conversation-with-maggie-haberman-trumps-favorite-foe/amp

  1. A chilling look at the ICE organization, from the inside: "During the campaign, many rank-and-file agents publicly cheered Trump’s pledge to deport more immigrants, and, since Inauguration Day, the Administration has explicitly encouraged them to pursue the undocumented as aggressively as possible. 'We’re going to get sued,' the agent told me at one point. 'You have guys who are doing whatever they want in the field, going after whoever they want.'”  http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/a-veteran-ice-agent-disillusioned-with-the-trump-era-speaks-out  

  1. How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices': http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/01/16/509325266/how-the-systemic-segregation-of-schools-is-maintained-by-individual-choices


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Monday, July 24, 2017

7/24/17

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  1. 26 bills and resolutions are on the House and Senate calendars for the coming days. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/ Let's take a look so we know what is coming up this week.

  1. McConnell is pushing for a vote early this week.  The problem is that no one knows what the vote will be on.  Members are being urged to vote “yes” on a procedural vote to begin debate, but once the process begins, it’s a mystery what will be before them.  McConnell’s original bill?  The bill with the Cruz amendment?  Repeal and delay?  A new bill that only McConnell has seen?   https://apnews.com/9ff015b3f9744a5488d261a45d3c9c9c  With John McCain out as he deals with newly-diagnosed brain cancer, McConnell can lose only one member and still advance a bill.  Sens. Susan Collins and Rand Paul have already stated, in response to the unveiling of the most recent version that they will not vote to allow debate to begin. Let’s continue to voice our opposition, as loudly and as clearly as we can.  The pressure from constituents needs to exceed the sweet deals they’re being offered and reach deafening levels.  The health of millions is on the line.  Let’s also call any family and friends we have in the following states to put pressure on:  Gardner (Colorado), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Dean Heller (Nevada), Jeff Flake (Arizona), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wisconsin), Rob Portman (Ohio), Jerry Moran (Kansas), and Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia).  They are still our best chances for NO votes.

  1. From Nasty Women Action NetworkLet’s tell the women of the Senate to work together to protect the healthcare of ALL Americans. Info here:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wxRqpxkMMXdxXvifazD1pZyaY2RjuX_-QxyiC_XU44s/edit#gid=0

  1. We've heard about the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) lately in terms of their work "scoring" the various healthcare bills that have come up for a vote. The job of this nonpartisan agency is "providing nonpartisan and high-quality analysis" on proposed legislation. We may also have heard Trump and other Republicans attack the integrity and veracity of CBO scoring. These attacks have prompted a letter from signed by "every former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)." https://medium.com/@douglas.elmendorf/letter-from-former-cbo-directors-on-the-importance-of-cbos-role-in-the-legislative-process-278863b7e1c6 When we call our MoCs about healthcare in particular, let's let them know that we value the professionalism and expertise of this important government office, and that we'll take their estimate above those of partisan politicians any day. 

  1. Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on sweeping sanctions legislation to punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors, they said Saturday, defying the White House’s argument that President Trump needs flexibility to adjust the sanctions to fit his diplomatic initiatives with Moscow.”  The bill has passed the Senate and the House is scheduled to vote on Tuesday. If they pass it, Trump will have to choose between supporting a nearly united Congress or Russia.  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/22/us/politics/congress-sanctions-russia.html We need to call our representatives and urge them to vote for this bill.

  1. On Monday, the Senate will convene at 4:00 pm to resume consideration of the nomination of David Bernhardt to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.  Bernhardt has been a lobbyist for mining and energy interests.  Environmentalists are concerned that Bernhardt has too many conflicts of interest for this important Interior position. Voting for Bernhardt's confirmation is expected on Wednesdayhttp://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/17/david-bernhardt-interior-secretary-environmentalists-concern/  Let's call our Senators to tell them to say "no" to David Bernhardt for Interior.

  1. “The Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. The caucus was founded in February of 2016 by two south-Florida representatives Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) who will serve as co-chairs of the caucus.”  Let’s use this link to see if our are members of this important group yet, and if not, ask them to join:  https://citizensclimatelobby.org/climate-solutions-caucus/

  1. From one of our own:  “Our nation’s food supply relies on the hardworking men and women who labor to put food on our tables, so the solution must include an earned path to legalization for these people and their families who are essential members of our society. “  A different and better way to help these workers our country relies on has been introduced in Congress:  The Agricultural Worker Program Act (S.1034/H.R.2690) -- known as the "Blue Card”http://action.ufw.org/page/speakout/bluecard Let’s make sure our MoCs know that we support this approach to helping our valued workers.

  1. On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned, purportedly because of Trump's appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the new Press Secretary and Scaramucci, a former Clinton supporter who called Trump a hack during the campaigns, is already showing his opportunist side by praising Breitbart News:  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343318-scaramucci-asks-breitbart-reporter-to-apply-for-wh-job  There are different perspectives on this shake-up at the White House but let's keep an eye on the messaging from the White House going forward.

  1. Representative Adam Schiff has introduced H.J.Res. 113, proposing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United http://bit.ly/2tRhjWWThe Citizens United ruling has opened up the opportunity for few wealthy individuals and organizations to influence elections through dark money http://bit.ly/2nCpJOG Let's call our representatives to make sure they cosponsor and support H.J.Res.113.

  1. The Trump administration has finally spoken out against the atrocities in Chechnya, with State Department spokesman Heather Nauert stating that Chechen leader Kadyrov's remarks about the gay community were "very concerning and also upsetting," and that Washington has raised the issue with Russian officials "at the highest levels." http://nbcnews.to/2uAC5OZ This is not an adequate response to the humanitarian crisis occurring in Chechnya http://abcn.ws/2uFL3Kv Let's call on our MoC to demand that Trump respond to the torturing and  killing of gay men in Chechnya, as well as the remarks made by Chechen Republic leader Ramzan Kadyrov http://read.bi/2eFBN2V

  1. Today, the public comment period will close for those wishing to share their thoughts on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The EPA is considering a ban on some of the most commonly used neonics, which studies have shown to be harmful to some bee populations. Sum of Us has some helpful talking points we can use, as well as an easy-to-submit comment form:  https://actions.sumofus.org/a/the-science-is-in-on-neonics-now-let-s-make-sure-the-epa-listens/ 

  1. Congressman Adam Schiff of California has introduced a joint resolution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The joint resolution calls for a constitutional amendment allowing the United States Congress and individual states to regulate contributions and expenditures in political campaigns. The proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution would also enact public financing of elections. The move is intended to get big money out of politics and restore democracy, “  http://www.inquisitr.com/4382612/congressman-adam-schiff-introduces-constitutional-amendment-to-overturn-citizens-united/  Let’s tell our MoCs that we support this effort to get dark money out of our elections. 

14. “The Interstate Crosscheck system is a database used by officials in 27 states to identify voters potentially registered to vote in more than one state. States need a mechanism to maintain accurate voter rolls, but the states participating in the Interstate Crosscheck system risk purging legally registered voters—with a significant oversampling from communities of color—from the voting lists. “  https://healthofstatedemocracies.org/factors/intercross.html  Kobach, of Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, wants to use this system nationwide.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-gop-anti-voter-fraud-program-nationwide-20170720-story.html  Let’s tell our MoCs that there are too many false positives to make this an effect tool and that too many people will erroneously be removed from voter lists.

State Actions

Other Actions


  1. Amy Siskind is keeping a list of all the not-normal things that are happening around us.  Let's read her list for Week 36: https://medium.com/@Amy_Siskind/week-36-experts-in-authoritarianism-advise-to-keep-a-list-of-things-subtly-changing-around-you-so-5f21d774631e

  1. Saturday morning, Trump had a lengthy tweet-storm on Twitter taking disturbing angles on a few topics:  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/trump-pardon-tweets/534594/  Perhaps the most disturbing is his assertion of his complete power to pardon. His teetering relationship with Sessions and on-going dance with Mueller lead some to be concerned that there is a constitutional crisis ahead. Please stay tuned-in to these issues and let your MoC's know of your concerns about rule of law.

  1. Tony the Democrat has more campaigns of postcards to voters starting up!  We can find out more about the project here and how we can sign up to help!  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexYwaJk3Qu9VtiV5iQCbbX7qwHHVnEQxje7aY6ma-31UHjpw/viewform

  1. The Indivisible Guide has a good entry on how to write effective letters to the editor.  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/write-letters-editor-really-get-attention/ Let’s follow their advice and start writing letters about issues that speak to our democracy and us.

  1. The Women’s March was the beginning, and when one looks more closely, much of the #resistance continues to be forged by women.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/23/trump-resistance-one-adjective-female-womens-march Let’s all take some time to thank the re-sisters we know who are working so hard for all of us.

  1. Democrats take control and turn the entire West Coast into blue trifectas: http://chewelahindependent.com/valley-resident-announces-senate-campaign/ We can help her out by texting to get our voters out to the polls - which is especially important in a rural district like Karen's, which are harder to door-knock. We can sign up and find more information here: openpr.gg/a/a5b68de8

 

Petitions


  1. From one of our own:  Thorough investigations must be done by the judicial system and each person needs to be represented by a lawyer. Then we may have a system we can trust. Colleges and universities have little or no training to be deciding what took place in an alleged crime. https://act.credoaction.com/sign/devos_titleix 

  1. We know that voter suppression is real and that “and the victims will be disproportionately people who are low income, the elderly, and people of color”.  Let’s sign this to tell Republicans to stop attacking our voting rights:    https://petitions.signforgood.com/protectthevote/

Marches/events to attend/organize


  1. As the Trump administration slowly tries to dismantle the NIH and strip funding from science organizations, let's make sure we're standing up for scientists in the U.S. http://n.pr/2qWP4sa Rise Stronger, 500 Women Scientists, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Engaging Scientists and Engineers in Policy Coalition, have launched the Op-Ed Project: Building a Better Society Through Science. This is a multi-step project which utilizes the power of the op-ed to promote government funding for science and technology. We can read more about the project, and sign up to join in as a writer or editor here https://risestronger.org/newsroom/op-ed-fy18-budget-science We can also tune in to the first conference call which will explain the project in greater detail today, Monday July 24th, at 8pm ET https://www.freeconferencecall.com/join/rise-science-tech

  1. With Jason Chaffetz having stepped down, we have another special election for the House coming up in Utah's Third Congressional District. This is a very conservative seat, but we have a strong progressive Democrat standing up for our views. (http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685369/Democratic-3rd-Congressional-District-candidate-supports-taxpayer-funded-health-care-for-all.html) She's going to need all the help she can get in this tough district. Let's join folks across the country in a national fundraising virtual phone-a-thon for her this Saturday. We can find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/917477401723989

  1. On Saturday, July 29, Americans all over the country are gathering to say “Our Lives Are on the Line” if Republicans pass Trumpcare.  The list of partners is impressive. Let’s check here to attend or host an event:  http://ourlivesontheline.org/

Reading/Watching

  1. Washington Post op-ed by Jennifer Rubin with dire perspective on potential endurance of Trump presidency:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/07/21/this-presidency-cant-be-saved-its-all-downhill-from-here/?utm_term=.bb9087ed7b40&wpisrc=nl_most-draw16&wpmm=1

  1. Good piece in The Atlantic about Special Counsel Mueller's ability to look into Trump's finances:  https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/534525/

  1. This is an interesting analysis of what state attorney generals and congress could possibly do if trump pardons himself or fires Mueller:  https://shugerblog.com/author/jshugerman/


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2016 election, are sharing daily or weekly calls to action.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

7/22/17

Just a reminder that there will be no Rogan’s List tomorrow.

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  1. The Trump team is saber-rattling about special counsel Mueller:  https://apnews.com/c24162eda00e4efd87bcf49493424090/Trump-legal-team-looking-to-investigate-Mueller-aides  and http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/343016-trump-mueller-tensions-escalate  While we can hope that Trump would not be so foolish as to take steps to fire Mueller, we could have hoped the same about his actions towards Comey. The resistance should be ready to take to the streets if he makes this move. In the meantime, we can contact our Members of Congress about Trump's continued flirting with flouting the rule of law and let them know that if Mueller is fired that we expect them immediately to form an independent investigation and hire Mueller as counsel so that he can finish what he started.

  1. The Senate continues to plan to vote on their health care bill but it is unclear which version. This guide from FiveThirtyEight walks through the current three paths clearly for our information: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-republicans-have-three-health-care-bills-and-no-clear-paths-forward/amp/  Let's please stay in touch with our Senators to say that this chaos is a dangerous and disrespectful way to approach such critical decisions.

  1. After being thrown under the bus by Trump in the New York Times interview, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stated that he will stay on in the role "for as long as that is appropriate": http://mobile-feeds.cbsnews.com/news/sessions-says-hell-continue-on-as-attorney-general-for-as-long-as-appropriate/  We can let him know that this marker passed months ago: U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001   

  1. “President Donald Trump’s administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.”  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-administration-ends-affordable-care-act-assistance-contracts-18-cities/ This is Trump starting to dismantle the ACA.  He wants the law to fail, but he will do things to fail the law.  Our MoCs need to know that we want people to have access to quality health care AND ways to find out about it.

  1. From one of our own:  Here is another way to contact and thank Joel Clement, the Dept. of Interior whistleblower:  @jclement4maine 

  1. Trump has nominated Michael Dourson for a key EPA position.  http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/49929/title/Trump-Nominates-Toxicologist-for-Key-EPA-Position/  Let's tell our Senators that we have concerns about Dourson's ties to the chemical industry and ask them to ask good questions about this at his hearing. We can read an environment assessment about Dourson here:  https://theintercept.com/2017/07/21/trumps-epa-chemical-safety-nominee-was-in-the-business-of-blessing-pollution/

  1. This is NOT what America looks like.  We do not advocate civil war against ourselves.  http://www.newsweek.com/trump-alex-jones-infowars-violence-639912 Let’s make sure that our federal and state legislators know that we cannot condone this type of incitement.

  1. Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin have introduced the Dream Act of 2017, which would bring legal status to immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age http://bit.ly/2tKjtYz Let's call our Senators to make sure they cosponsor and support the Dream Act.    

  1. AT&T and Time Warner are attempting to get approval from the Justice Department for a merger, which would essentially put control over content into the hands of a corporation that controls our broadband http://bit.ly/2uizuZ4 This conflict of interest raises serious concerns over equal accessibility of content across all networks. Let's call on the Justice Department to reject the proposal 202-353-1555 We can also thank the Democratic Senators who raised this concern, along with others, in a letter to the Justice Department http://bit.ly/2gQTWvl

  1. This Monday, July 24th, the public comment period will close for those wishing to share their thoughts on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The EPA is considering a ban on some of the most commonly used neonics, which studies have shown to be harmful to some bee populations http://n.pr/2tpE4oU Sum of Us has some helpful talking points we can use, as well as an easy-to-submit comment form http://bit.ly/2gQW6v5

  1. Senators Kamala Harris and Rand Paul have introduced bipartisan legislation to overhaul the bail system over a three-year period http://cnn.it/2tNiaYQ The Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 is supported by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the ACLU. Let's call our Senators to ensure that they, too, support and cosponsor this bill.

  1. The NRA was one of Donald Trump’s strongest supporters in 2016, and they’re trying to cash in on their investment now. They’re trying to push a bill through Congress that will allow people with no safety training and no background check to carry hidden, loaded guns in public in all 50 states. http://www.newsweek.com/mayors-oppose-concealed-carry-guns-629401 But the majority of Americans supports common sense gun control laws, and we need to make sure our representatives remember that. Let’s join Everytown for Gun Safety in sending postcards to our congressional delegations telling them to oppose this effort:  http://act.everytown.org/sign/postcards-dont-gut-our-gun-laws

  1. “With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population growth and reproductive rights was swept away. Now some of the world’s poorest women must count the cost.”  This global gag rule that Trump signed on his very first day in office has, and will continue to be, his most devastating attack on women.  Women will die, abortions will rise, girls will be forced to leave school, to marry.  https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jul/21/trump-global-death-warrant-women-family-planning-population-reproductive-rights-mexico-city-policy  Let’s let our MoCs know that this does not sit right with us.  We need to find a way to help these women. 

  1. Mark Serrano was on the payroll of the Trump 2020 re-election campaign this spring, while also defending the president in political commentary on the Fox Business Network.”  Ethics has never been a strong suit of Trump, nor those who work with/for him.  http://www.npr.org/2017/07/20/538401459/fox-commentator-turns-up-on-trump-campaign-payroll  Let’s tell our MoCs that it is past time to come up with legislation so that ethics plays a more prominent role in our government.

State Actions

  1. FL:  Help get FL ex-felon's voting rights on the ballot!  The League of Women Voters and other volunteers are working to collect 700,000 signatures to get ex-felon voting rights on the voters' ballots so the People of Florida can decide.  Read more and print the petition form here: http://thefloridavoter.org/the-florida-voting-rights-restoration-for-felons-initiative/  If we're in Florida, let's print, sign and send in this form.  This article goes into detail on how the "system" for regaining voting rights currently "works." http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article160996109.html    

  1. UT: Senator Mike Lee has been outspoken against Attorney General Jeff Sessions' latest moves on police asset seizure. http://www.sltrib.com/home/5531589-155/utahs-mike-lee-splits-from-sessions  Let's thank Senator Lee for his leadership and let him know that we support his position on this: Mike Lee, 125 S State Ste 4225, Salt Lake City UT 84138-1188 or call this district office at: 801-524-5933.

  1. IN &MI & Other Great Lakes States: Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Gary Peters (D-MI) are "introducing bipartisan legislation to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps in the Great Lakes to better address habitat restoration and potential ecological impacts in the event of an oil spill or a natural disaster." https://www.peters.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/peters-young-introduce-legislation-to-update-environmental-sensitivity-index-maps-for-great-lakes  We can send "thank yous" to: a) IN: Todd Young, 3602 Northgate Ct Ste 15, New Albany IN 47150.   b) MI: Gary Peters, 818 Red Dr Ste 40, Traverse City MI 49684. If we are in other Great Lakes States, or, just to show our support for the Great Lakes, let's tell our own Senators to support this legislation. We are on the front end of this process so postcards and emails are best. 

Other Actions


  1. "I think we should march." When Teresa Shook, a retired lawyer and grandmother living in Hawaii, posted those five words in Facebook following the 2016 election, little did she know she’d given birth to the Women’s March.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/womens-march-on-washington-rights-feminism-donald-trump-1.3941997 Yesterday was the six-month anniversary of that historic march and the serious beginnings of the #resistance.  Let’s thank Teresa Shook for galvanizing a movement using this address:  P.O. Box 488, Hana, HI  96713-0488.

  1. Exhausted from the chaos? Need to recharge? We recommend listening to the Self-Care Sunday podcasts hosted by Aditi Juneja, who is also co-creator of ResistanceManual.org. You can get the podcast on iTunes for free https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/self-care-sundays/id1231811517?mt=2, or listen here as well: https://www.selfcaresundayspodcast.com/ If we like her work, we can support her through Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/SelfCareSundays

  1. The Sacramento office of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) was mailed a Koran submerged in lard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0Vz26b2vSs  Notes of support can be mailed to CAIR at 1122 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815

  1. Tip: When we write to our MoC's offices, especially the district offices, we can write a little note on our postcards, as sidebar or PS, to the staffers at that location letting them know that we appreciate them and the work they do. They are most likely people to read our heartfelt messages to our MoC's. Even if they just read an angry note, we can still be kind to them. Remember: "When they go low, we go high."

  1. No matter our talent, RISE Stronger needs our help!  Let’s check out their volunteer pages to see where we can be directly involved in the #resistance:  https://www.risestronger.org/volunteer

Petitions


  1. Let’s join Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) asking that Betsy DeVos be held accountable “for pushing a budget that would cut $9.2 BILLION from vital public education programs, and most recently for taking steps to diminish civil rights enforcement for students across the country.” http://act.maggiehassan.com/page/s/201707_DeVosCivilRights

2.      Trump signed an Executive Order that could allow drilling in Giant Sequoia.  Let’s tell Zinke, head of the Dept. of the Interior that we do not want that to happen:  https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/quick-signature-needed-8

Marches/events to attend/organize


  1. “Recently local Young Democrats and Young Republicans groups got together for a community project. It helped to open the lines of communication, "Bridge the Gap," and find common ground. “  We know that this kind of collaboration will save our country.  Let’s join the Twitter Warriors on Sunday, July 23 at 8pm ET for a Twitter storm on this topic: http://mailchi.mp/9c03d8a43c9a/twkillthebill-238243?e=8cd66bd7d8

  1. Monday, July 24 at 10:20am EDT, “WGBH News' Joe Mathieu welcomes U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III to our studio at the Boston Public Library for an exclusive interview for WGBH’s Morning Edition. Congressman Kennedy will discuss timely questions surrounding health care and the future of the Democratic Party, including his role as it relates to the party and Congress”  It will be streamed on Facebook Live here:  https://www.facebook.com/wgbhnews/videos/10155527340989609/

  1. Women’s March is starting a series of #ResistanceRevival nights beginning on Monday, July 24 in NYC at City Winery.  Here is a sneek peak at the entertainment:  https://www.facebook.com/womensmarchonwash/posts/1607801555899784 Details and ticket information for The Resistance Revival: A Restoration of Force can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/womensmarchonwash/posts/1607801555899784

Reading/Watching

  1. This thought provoking editorial in the Washington Post juxtaposes what Trump said in his New York Times interview with what the answers of an ethical president would have been. The differences are stark: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-an-ethical-president-would-say-to-the-new-york-times/2017/07/20/cfc56e16-6d58-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.6a7ded8afa38

  1. A well-written (and lengthy) piece in Time Magazine about events in 2016 related to election interference efforts. It sets good context about the relationship between states and the federal government regarding elections: http://time.com/4865982/secret-plan-stop-vladimir-putin-election-plot/

  1. Passing the health care bill just got harder:  https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/21/16012950/senate-health-care-bill-byrd-rule-rulings

  1. And, our weekly dose of Small Victories, thanks to Peace is Loudhttp://peaceisloud.org/small-victories-issue-29/


Rogan’s List is a participant in and strategic partner 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