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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

5/23/17

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  1. While abroad with President Trump in Saudi Arabia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held a press conference in Riyadh without notifying US press: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334470-tillerson-holds-press-conference-without-us-reporters-reports Let’s take a moment to remind the Secretary that it is this country’s citizens who employ him: U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520

  1. New Orleans mayor Mitchell Landrieu was instrumental in the removal of some Confederate statues. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/confederate-statue-removals-part-orleans-mayor-legacy-47531639  He gave a very powerful and stirring speech about why Confederate monuments are being removed in his city. We can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/t0jQTHis3f4 or read it here:  http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2017/05/transcript-of-new-orleans-mayor-landrieus-address-on-confederate-monuments  Let’s thank Mayor Landrieu for this important form of leadership: City Hall, 1300 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112

  1. Truth be told, resistance must begin at the state & local level. Organizations like flippable.org are working hard to flip state legislatures to blue, but to be successful, we all have to pitch in. It's worth knowing that the Resistance Manual https://www.resistancemanual.org/Resistance_Manual_Home has state-level sites -- we can just type our home state into the search window. Every state's site offers up-to-date, crowdsourced information on state legislation currently under consideration, when local elections are coming up, and a wealth of state-specific facts relating to current political issues (e.g. "Washington has 35 Planned Parenthood centers"). Let's make a point of calling our *state* officials (governors, mayors, etc.) to let them know we are paying attention to what they do: their actions are the most likely to affect our everyday lives. As the Resistance Manual suggests, "stay woke."

  1. In yet another display of ignorance, Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross praised the fact they saw no protesters in Saudi Arabia, not realizing that it is illegal there and can be punishable by death.  http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334513-commerce-secretary-praises-lack-of-protestors-during-trumps-saudi  Let’s let him know that it is because of Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record.  Protesters are arrested there. 

  1. The family of Jordan Edwards has broken their silence, and they are now speaking up about what has happened: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jordan-edwards-family-speaks-out/ While the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the killing of Jordan, let's make sure that this story does not slip into the wayside, and that the former officer is held accountable for his actions  http://theatln.tc/2qDyN8G MomsRising has a form letter that we can send to District Attorney Faith Johnson, recommending specific steps that can be taken to ensure that this does not happen again: http://bit.ly/2qHpqHt

  1. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release the score for the latest version of the AHCA this Wednesday, May 24th. The House Republicans are aiming to meet the budgetary limits required to be able to win with a simple majority vote in the Senate: https://bloom.bg/2qyiDjH Let's keep calling our MoC, letting them know that AHCA is NOT the answer we need in healthcare. We can also join Indivisible Guide's Facebook Live event at 8:30pm ET this Thursday to discuss the CBO score and it's implications: https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleguide/

  1. David Bernhardt, an oil lobbyist who has been nominated to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, remarked last week during his Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee confirmation hearing that following Trump’s policies would take lead over following climate scientific evidence.  We know that Trump is a climate change denier. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/interior-dept-nominee-trumps-views-outweigh-climate-science/story?id=47492689  Let’s tell the committee that we need someone in that office who believes in science, can stand up to Trump, and who can keep our federal natural resources safe:  https://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/members

  1. The US denied visas to gay men from Chechnya seeking asylum from imprisonment, torture and death.  Lithuania has started granted them asylum.  https://euobserver.com/lgbti/137976   Let's thank Linas Linkevicius, the Lithuanian foreign minister, by writing to him in care of the Lithuanian embassy: Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, 2622 16th St NW, Washington DC 20009-4202.  Let’s also contact our MoCs to find out why we are not granting these visas from men who face certain death.

  1. The window for public comments on the opening of Bears Ears and other national monuments to Big Oil closes May 26th.  Friends of the Earth makes it easy for us to let Ryan Zinke and the Department of the Interior what we think: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/

  1. Hands Off is a campaign dedicated to stopping cuts to people’s health care, disability benefits, nutrition assistance, and other basic living standards in the upcoming congressional budgets.  We are asked to share our stories of how Trump’s pending cuts will impact us:  https://handsoff.org/ 

  1. Each week in May, Practicing Sanctuary is offering a free webinar on sanctuary and solidarity.  Recordings of the sessions to date and the upcoming ones, as well as the Practicing Sanctuary Guide are available at https://www.practicingsanctuary.org/ 

  1. “Karl Oliver, a Republican state representative in Mississippi, last week said leaders in Louisiana who have removed Confederate statues and monuments from public property should be “lynched.”” http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/334526-miss-lawmaker-leaders-should-be-lynched-for-taking-down-confederate Let's tell Rep Oliver that his words are disgusting and that a government official should not be threatening anyone. Contact him here:  By mail:  Capitol Office, Room 400-F, P. O. Box 1018 Jackson, MS 39215 or by phone: 601-359-2430 or by email koliver@house.ms.gov

  1. Walter Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, appears to be Trump’s latest target.  The White House’s Mick Mulvaney, head of the Office of Management and Budget, has sent a letter attempting to shut down the OGE’s effort to inquire into waivers granted by the White House to ex-lobbyists now working in government: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/us/politics/trump-white-house-government-ethics-lobbyists.htm and http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334502-trump-moves-to-block-ethics-office-inquiry-into-ex-lobbyists-working  We should let the White House and the Office of Management & Budget (202-395-3080) know that we want a public accounting of the ex-lobbyists to whom Trump has granted waivers.  We might also tell Shaub that we applaud the persistence of the OGE either by phone 202-482-9300 or via email: ContactOGE@oge.gov

Other Actions


  1. Trump’s comments about the press have gotten more heated as his presidency has gone on: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/21/trump-threat-reporters-press-freedom  Let’s financially support quality journalism through subscriptions when we are able and then please pause to express your thanks to a journalist whose work you are relying on at this time.

  1. Winning back state legislatures is crucial to stopping Trump and the Republicans - it will help us win elections up and down the ballot by blocking attempts to restrict voting rights and making sure districts aren't gerrymandered to help Republicans win more than their fair share of seats. One of the most important legislative elections in the country this year is in Virginia, where we have a chance to take back the General Assembly (http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-cns-voter-id-0517-20170517-story.html). We can help turn out Democratic voters in Virginia by taking part in this postcard-writing campaign: www.postcards4va.com/.

  1. Non-violent demonstrations are planned in over 90+ cities on Saturday, June 3.  #MarchForTruth  is scheduled “to demand urgency, transparency and an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and ties to the Trump administration.”  The growing list of march supporters is impressive:  https://www.marchfortruth.info/partners We can find a march close to us here:  https://www.marchfortruth.info/find-a-local-march/ and if there is none, find out how to organize one here:  https://www.marchfortruth.info/organize/

  1. GovTrack is a convenient way to keep track of what’s happening in Congress. The House of Representatives will be voting on 24 bills and resolutions this week.  Let's stay informed by checking them out using GovTrack: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/  Remember: bill titles can be deceptive so read the descriptions carefully.

  1. During Trump’s visit, Saudi Arabia pledged to invest $20 billion in Blackstone Group, a global private equity firm led by Trump advisor Stephen A. Schwarzman, for American infrastructure projects. Not mentioned in the early news reports is that Blackstone is one of the nation’s largest purchasers of foreclosed single-family homes, operating them as rental housing and engaging in a new financing practice called “rental securitization.” Housing advocates warn that the trend toward a rental housing market dominated by global corporate investors could adversely affect tenants and communities. http://homesforall.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/corp-landlord-report-web.pdf and https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-08/sec-probes-rental-home-values-backing-private-equity-bond-deals Let’s write to major news organizations and tell them that we want thorough coverage of Blackstone’s rental housing investments and what they might foretell about Blackstone’s “infrastructure” plans. that we want thorough coverage of Blackstone and what its “infrastructure” investments will consist of.  Contact 1)  CBS’s 60 Minutes: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/contact-information-08-07-1998/ 2) Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ask-the-post/post/how-to-contact-the-post-newsroom/2011/11/17/gIQAd0WJlN_blog.html?utm_term=.0ac19ee54942, and 3) New York Times:  http://www.nytimes.com/help/index.html

Petitions to Sign


  1. In addition to making sure our Representatives have signed the discharge petition for the Protecting Our Democracy Now Act of 2017, we can also sign CREDO Action's petition: http://bit.ly/2rtjOBv Let's make sure our Representatives are placing country over party!

  1. The NRA and the gun lobby fought harder than anyone to get Donald Trump elected, and they're trying to reap their rewards... by making it easier to purchase dangerous gun silencers. This would make it more difficult for law enforcement to locate active shooters, and easier for criminals to escape. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/05/16/law-enforcement-leaders-join-gabrielle-giffords-in-gun-control-push/?utm_term=.c298997908c0) Let's join Gabrielle Giffords and Americans for Responsible Solutions and sign this petition telling Congress to reject deregulation of the sale of firearm silencers: http://action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/page/s/may-silencers.

Learning


  1. The Center on Budget and Policy priorities offers two guides to the federal budget process: http://www.cbpp.org/research/policy-basics-introduction-to-the-federal-budget-process and http://www.cbpp.org/research/policy-basics-non-defense-discretionary-programs  We might need these soon!

  1. Now THIS is a commencement address:  http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/opinion-10-commitments-live/story?id=47509773

  1. A small church pastor has some big questions:  https://revolsen.com/2017/05/17/an-open-letter-to-rev-franklin-graham-from-a-small-church-pastor/ 


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Monday, May 22, 2017

5/22/17

Contact Government Officials


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  1. “President Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations.”  http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/19/donald-trump-end-payments-obamacare-subsidies-238616 While Trump may think this is a good way to thumb his nose at another Obama entity, it will leave many citizens, patients and doctors alike, in dire straits.  Let’s let our MoCs know that we are counting on them to keep us covered and healthy.

  1. We still need an independent Congressional commission, which will have more autonomy and would produce an extensive report of its findings (which the special prosecutor does not have do), including information about wrongdoing that might not warrant criminal charges. “Director Mueller … cannot take the place of a truly independent, outside commission that is completely free from the Trump Administration’s meddling.”  http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/18/what-the-special-counsel-can-and-cant-do-with-his-investigation.html  H.R. 356 Protecting Our Democracy Act is a bipartisan bill that would establish an independent commission of 12 non-governmental appointees to fully investigate Russian interference in the election and any ties to the Trump campaign. A discharge petition requires 218 signatures to move the bill out of Committee and onto the House floor for a vote.  As of May 18, the motion needed 27 more signatures.  Here is the list of signees: http://clerk.house.gov/115/lrc/pd/petitions/DisPet0002.xml Let’s make those calls and get those final signers. 

  1. A bi-partisan Senate bill, S. 1127 to prevent unjust and irrational criminal punishments and House bill HR2435, the Justice Safety Valve Act, have been introduced to counteract DOJ Jeff Session's recent call for harsher prison sentences.  http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/senate-moves-forward-with-bill-to-rein-in-jeff-sessions-w482927 Let’s tell our own two senators that we support S.1127 and urge our representative to cosponsor HR2435.   

  1. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch is asking select key stakeholders for their thoughts on what the Senate should do with Trumpcare, and wants them to submit their comments. (https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/865664030542659584) Seeing as we're all "key stakeholders" in America's health care system, let's make sure he hears from all of us! The email address is healthreform@finance.senate.gov. and the deadline is tomorrow.

  1. The Trump campaign is way out of compliance with federal finance laws. The campaign’s filings are plagued by “illegal corporate contributions, donations over the $2,700-per-election limit, anonymous gifts, double-counting, totals that should match but don’t,” according to this in-depth report: https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2017/05/fec-is-on-the-job-with-messy-2016-reporting-by-trump/ . Let’s post this report on social media, and let’s also thank the Reports Analysis Division of the Federal Elections Commission for staying on top of this: 202-694-1000 or Reports Analysis Division, Federal Elections Commission, 999 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20463.

  1. The 2020 census has the potential to bring the next round of extreme pro-Republican gerrymandering—and one possible way it might happen is through the systematic undercounting of  local minority populations: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-18/unreliable-data-can-threaten-democracy . Let’s pressure our MoCs to adequately fund the Census Bureau so that it will have sufficient personnel and resources to properly count all of America’s households.

  1. Speaking of Trump’s $110 billion defense deal with Saudi Arabia, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee said, “It appears the Trump administration is counting on the country with the worst human rights record in the region to enforce peace and security in the Middle East.” http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/334390-dem-senator-calls-trumps-arms-deal-with-saudis-a-terrible-idea  He added that the deal "was negotiated by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, who has zero experience in foreign relations generally, or Saudi arms sales specifically." Let’s let our MoCs know, that this does not sit well with us and that we will be watching how they handle this as the situation develops.

  1. Unlike criminal court, people fighting deportation in U.S. immigration courts are not guaranteed the right to an attorney. Nonprofits across the country often provide legal services for people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.”   These pro-bono services are the lifeline for many of these people, but the Trump administration has said that these lawyers must officially represent these immigrants, which they cannot afford. Fortunately, a U. S. District Judge has blocked this. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-ruling-idUSKCN18D2NV 

  1. Puerto Rico, which is part of the U.S., but not a state, has non-voting representation in Congress and really need advocacy from other states in order to get heard.  Puerto Rico is currently in financial ruins and needs our help.  https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/05/16/statehood-way-out-puerto-ricos-fiscal-crisis Let’s contact all our legislators to urge them to support the stabilization of Puerto Rico's debt crisis and statehood.

  1. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) on Saturday said that he has been threatened with lynching following his call for President Trump's impeachment." He played some of the disgusting comments at his recent town hall. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/334417-congressman-threatened-with-lynching-after-calling-for-trumps Let's give him some support and call in or write a note with some thanks and appreciation for him.  Contacts here:  2347 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515 / Phone: (202) 225-7508 or fax: (202) 225-2947 OR 3003 South Loop West, Suite 460, Houston, TX 77054 / Phone: 713-383-9234 or fax: 713-383-9202We can also comment on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/repalgreen  or tweet him:  @RepAlGreen

  1. Rep. Devin Nunes seems unclear on the nature of his own recusal:  http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/334166-nunes-still-viewing-russia-intel-after-recusal-report?rnd=1495149439  Let’s remind him that there was a reason he needed to recuse himself: Longworth House Office Building, Suite 1013, Washington, DC 20515

  1. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wrote a letter to Trump-connected organizations requesting answers about the president’s potential conflicts of interest and 16 fellow Democratic Senators signed the letter.  https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/leahy-leads-letter-to-trump-organization-requesting-answers-on-presidents-compliance-with-constitution  Let’s thank the 16 Senators (particularly if we are constituents) for addressing this critical issue that is easy to lose track of amid all the Russia news: 1) Sen.r Patrick Leahy (VT), 437 Russell SOB, Washington, DC, 20510, 2) Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT), 706 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 3) Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), 331 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 4) Sen. Ben Cardin (MD), 509 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 5) Sen. Richard Durbin (IL), 711 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 6) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), 530 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 7) Sen. Al Franken (MN), 309 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 8) Sen. Christopher Coons (DE), 127A Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 9) Sen.  Jack Reed (RI), 728 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 10) Sen. Ed Markey, 255 Dirksen SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 11) Sen. Thomas Carper (DE), 513 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 12) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), 317 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 13) Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI), 709 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 14) Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), 359 Dirksen SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 15) Sen. Tom Udall (NM), 531 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 16) Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR), 313 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510,  17) Sen. Chris Van Hollen (MD), 110 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510.

  1. Trump has appointed David Clarke, who often misleadingly dresses in military-looking attire he did not earn, as assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Clarke, a former Milwaukee Sheriff, has shown that he is in favor of racial profiling, as well as utilizing local police agencies to round up undocumented immigrants. There have also been multiple deaths of inmates at his jail, with circumstances that have been questionable at best: http://bit.ly/2rq9N8w Let's join MomsRising in telling John Kelly, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, that David Clarke should not have *any* federal power, let alone the authority of the DHS: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/NoSheriffClarke_DHS/ DHS Comment Line: 202-282-8495 

  1. While more states are banning conversion therapy, it's important to bring this to a federal level, so that everyone, regardless of which state they're in, is protected from this harmful practice. http://wapo.st/2psqAq7 http://nbcnews.to/2pgoDdU  Let's ask our Representatives to cosponsor and support Rep. Ted Lieu's Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 (H.R. 2119). We can also sign CREDO Action's petition: http://bit.ly/2qHRM4C

  1. Trump and Scott Pruitt's EPA have reversed course on plans to pull chlorpyfiros, a brain-harming insecticide, off the market - putting the health of millions of children and farm workers at risk despite strong scientific evidence that the chemical is unsafe. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/health/pesticides-epa-chlorpyrifos-scott-pruitt.html) The comment period on this decision will last until June 5th. Let's join the United Farm Workers in telling Pruitt to follow the science and put our health and safety first: http://action.ufw.org/page/s/epa5517comment.

  1. The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All bill (HR676) could be a success for all Americans.  http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/readers-opinion/guest-commentary/article151090452.html  This legislation now has 110 co-sponsors. Let's check to make sure our representatives are among them:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/676/cosponsors  If our representatives are not on the list, let's contact them and ask them to join their colleagues by supporting HR676 Medicare for All.

  1. While Trump was wined and dined by Saudi royalty, the head of his economic advisory council and CEO of the Blackstone Group, Steve Schwarzman (https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-08/steve-schwarzman-explains-why-he-counsels-trump ), struck a $40 billion deal with the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund as part of a larger effort by Blackstone to invest stateside in toll roads, airports and other public works: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-saudi-blackstone-group-idUSKCN18G0OW;
    http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/334407-saudi-arabia-trump-ally-set-to-invest-40-billion-in-infrastructure  Not only does Trump intend to privatize what once were known as “public works” but he seems determined that his corporate friends profit.  We should let the White House know what we think of this plan.

Other Actions


  1. We've got just a few days left to help Rob Quist turn Montana blue and win the special election for the state's at-large congressional seat! Election Day is on Thursday, and we can help push him over the top against Greg Gianforte. (http://www.businessinsider.com/montana-russia-greg-gianforte-rob-quist-2017-4). You can sign up to help send texts to turn out Montana voters for Rob here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIcMYKBRPxYJrip-kUfonwN0j8jTm4WH5cDiqO8x4oNupnlw/viewform

  1. The Women's March organizers are calling on all white women who marched on the January 21st Women's March to join a rapid response task force. The task force focuses on the dangers of systemic racism which function under the guise of protecting us, but which actually cost lives. We can sign up to be part of the rapid response team here: http://bit.ly/2qKREzi

  1. Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos are set to roll out critical measures to attack public education this week, including a budget that will cut $10 billion in funding from public schools. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/05/18/five-key-questions-about-trumps-education-budget/?utm_term=.9cf5a4db058f) We can join the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools for a tele-conference briefing on these initiatives and a discussion on how to respond on Wednesday at 4pm. RSVP here: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/68TM85SCAISHWFIB.

  1. National Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 2.  It is day to “Wear Orange”.  Find out more here including why orange and where to find events or how to host one:  https://wearorange.org/

  1. Many of us are familiar with and use Vanessa Otero’s infographic on media bias, but few of us know how she formulated the design.  Here’s the backstory:  http://www.allgeneralizationsarefalse.com/?p=65  Let’s use this info to be more mindful of the information sources we use to educate ourselves.

  1. We know that Trump is very insistent on fighting “radical Islamic” terror in our country and, in fact, admonished Saudi Arabia to do their part in ridding the mid-east of terrorism as well: http://fortune.com/2017/05/21/president-donald-trump-middle-east-saudi-arabia-speech/ .  We are pretty sure Trump does not realize that homegrown right-wing terror is as big a threat here at home as he does not acknowledge it.  http://www.newsweek.com/right-wing-terrorism-us-has-been-constant-threat-adl-report-exclusive-612492 Let’s all tell him and our MoCs some of these facts and ask them to get tough on this type of terror, too.

Petitions to Sign


  1. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who has called Black Lives Matter a terrorist group and has been accused of criminal wrongdoing over repeated abuses and deaths in his jail, is reportedly taking a senior position at the Department of Homeland Security. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/milwaukee-county-sheriff-david-clarke-assistant-secretary-homeland-security/)  But the Department hasn't confirmed he's been offered the job - there still might be time to stop him. Let's join Presente.org and Voces de la Frontera and sign this petition to DHS Secretary John Kelly asking him not to hire Clarke: https://somos.presente.org/petitions/dhs-secretary-kelly-don-t-hire-sheriff-clarke

  1. Let’s join in with the Courage Campaign to demand an independent commission to find the truth about the Trump-Russia scandal:  http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/independentcommission

Learning


  1. As quick as we are to point out the right’s reliance on far-right, often misleading and/or fake news sources, the left has its equivalents as well.  It serves us well to be aware and wary:  https://www.vox.com/world/2017/5/19/15561842/trump-russia-louise-mensch

  1. An excellent and in-depth piece about former FBI Director James Comey and newly appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/18/james-comey-trump-special-prosecutor-robert-mueller-fbi-215154

  1. In case we wondered, the former acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal, who wrote the special-counsel regulations now governing Robert Mueller, explains the kinds of interference Mueller might encounter from Trump, Congress or the DoJ: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/19/politics-could-still-block-muellers-investigation-i-know-i-wrote-the-rules/


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





Saturday, May 20, 2017

5/21

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5/20/17

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  1. UPDATE:  In keeping with standard judicial etiquette, we will no longer be thanking judges or anyone involved in what are considered independent investigations.  These activities need to be seen as independent and impartial, and for many of those involved being thanked will get their backs up and may make them lean over backwards not to look like they are in any way supportive of any side. 

  1. Instead of hearing Trump say that he will cooperate with any investigation, we are hearing him wail and complain.  On top of that the White House is looking into “…an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia…”  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mueller-idUSKCN18F2KK  We need to let the White House and our MoCs know that this is unacceptable and that the special counsel should be able to do his job. 

  1. Appointing a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties between the Trump campaign and Russia was a great first step. However, we also need to make sure that the public is kept in the loop and fully informed. This can be done through a special committee, where hearings and testimonies are public. Let's contact our MoCs to let them know that we would still like a special committee to investigate Russia's interference in last year's election and its ties to the Trump campaign. ACLU has a form letter that we can edit and send to our MoCs:  http://bit.ly/2q3CcfG

  1. The discharge petition for the Protecting Our Democracy Now Act of 2017 (H.R. 356) has been filed https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/356 The bill would call for an independent commission to investigate Russia's ties with the 2016 U.S. election and the Trump campaign. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/house-democrats-circulate-petition-to-force-vote-to-create-an-independent-commission/ The petition will need 218 signatures to move the bill out of Committee, and on to the House floor for a vote. As of Thursday, May 18th, the bill had 191 signatures. We can check the petition to see if our Representative has signed it yet, and if they have not, urge them to do so: http://clerk.house.gov/115/lrc/pd/petitions/DisPet0002.xml 

  1. No matter what happens with #TrumpRussia, one way or another Congress has to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling this fall. Conservative extremists would like to use these upcoming deadlines to push their destructive agenda, attaching things like Social Security and Medicare cuts or attacks on critical protections for workers and our environment to a debt ceiling hike. (http://thehill.com/policy/finance/333729-conservative-groups-want-debt-limit-spending-fights-separate?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8641) Let's call our reps and tell them that we haven't forgotten these deadlines, and we want a clean hike of the debt ceiling, with nothing else tacked on.

  1. The GOP has used the Congressional Review Act of 1996 to repeal 14 ​Obama-era protections for our health, safety, pocketbook and environment. Now, Democrats are fighting back with the Sunset the CRA and Restore American Protections, or SCRAP, Act - which could stop further attacks on these protections and help us get these safeguards back in place. (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-regulation-exclusive-idUSKCN18C1T5) So far, only four members of Congress have signed on. Let's build some momentum for it by calling our reps and asking them to co-sponsor S.1140 and H.R. 2449, and signing this petition in support of it at rulesatrisk.org/.

  1. Joe Lieberman is way too close to the trump team to be appointed as head of the FBI. He comes from the law firm, Kasowitz Benson Torres and Friedman, which trump uses. "The firm has represented Trump in matters for years. Last October, Marc Kasowitz, a partner at the firm,threatened The New York Times with legal action after the newspaper published pages from Trump’s 1995 income tax return. Later that month, Kasowitz wrote a letter to Times demanding the retraction of an article about two women who claimed Trump had “touched them inappropriately.” The Times did not retract the article."  http://www.newsweek.com/fbi-director-joe-lieberman-trump-kasowitz-611182  Let's call our reps and say no to the appointment of Lieberman.  It's just another sneaky trump attempt to stop the criminal investigation. 

  1. Reporter John Donnelly was physically handled at the FCC when trying to ask a question: http://www.press.org/news-multimedia/news/club-leaders-protest-report-reporter-manhandled-fcc-guards-because-he-asked-que and http://time.com/4785484/john-donnelly-fcc-security-press-freedom/ Let’s let the FCC chairman, Mr. Ajit Pai, and the FCC Commissioners, Ms. Mignon Clyburn and Mr. Michael O’Reilly know that this is not acceptable in a society with freedom of the press (and while you’re writing, you can express disappoint about the net neutrality decision):  Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov, Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov, mike.o'rielly@fcc.gov 

  1. We have earth-shattering, administration-threatening scandals occupying the headlines… but the GOP is still frantically working to shove their agenda through, and they’re making frightening progress in their attacks on crucial protections for our food, water, workers and kids. They call it “regulatory reform,” but what they mean is “let’s let our corporate donors run wild.” This week, a Senate committee passed the so-called “Regulatory Accountability Act.” Now this bill, which really means corporations will be LESS accountable, is headed to the full chamber.  Let’s make sure they know that we see what they’re doing, and we won’t stand for it. Read the Environmental Defense Fund's case against this legislation here: http://blogs.edf.org/health/2017/05/11/red-tape-and-over-reach-that-is-the-regulatory-accountability-act-in-a-word-and-a-graphic/  And then let’s call our senators and tell them to say no.

  1. The Trump administration is asking us which government agencies we’d like them to get rid of—including the National Park Service and other caretakers of our lands and waters. Let’s let them know that we want to keep them all:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/reorganizing-the-executive-branch

 

Other Actions


  1. From Americans Resisting Overseas:  The Standing Rock native defenders will be launching the Stand With Standing Rock European Tour, Saturday, between 20th of May and 19th of June. This tour, includes visits to over 10 European cities to mobilize around divestment and has been supported by overseas resistance groups! Find out more about the Stand With Standing Rock European Tour and how you can support it here. https://americansresistingoverseas.com/2017/05/19/act-now-standing-rock-goes-to-europe-20th-of-may-heres-how-you-can-help/

  1. ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN are all refusing to air Trump's ad about his first 100 days in office:  http://bit.ly/2rlk71o The ad also accuses each network of airing "fake news." Let's thank these networks for taking a stand against Trump's false accusations. We can contact them here:  1)  A ABC: http://abc.go.com/feedback, 2) CBS: http://www.cbs.com/feedback, 3) NBC: http://www.nbc.com/contact-us, and 4) CNN: http://www.cnn.com/feedback/

  1. ExxonMobil and Chevron will both hold their annual shareholder meetings on May 31, the first in Dallas and the second in Midland, TX.  Both have opposed every climate-related resolution put forward by shareholders. http://www.ecowatch.com/exxon-chevron-climate-change-2409787084.html The Union of Concerned Scientists is urging us to make it clear to these corporate purveyors of climate change disinformation that we hold them accountable: https://secure.ucsusa.org/onlineactions/3n8nBVACEEeD-jDtdfFPQg2  And, of course, those of us in Texas should check out local actions.

  1. The undue haste, sloppiness, and lack of information that characterizes much of the action of our president extend, it seems, to his appointees. So much so that on Wednesday, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote to Energy Secretary Rick Perry objecting that his department’s “hastily developed” study of the reliability of the national electric grid “appears to predetermine that variable, renewable resources . . . have undermined grid reliability” and will not be “viewed as credible, relevant, or worthy of valuable taxpayer resources.” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-energy-renewables-idUSKCN18D2UG Let’s tell Perry we agree with Grassley and want government studies to be informed, fact-based and reliable.  Rick Perry can be reached at 202-586-5000 (FAX 202-586-4403) or at The.Secretary@hq.doe.gov

  1. While Trump has said nothing, Senators Diane Feinstein and John McCain have spoken out together about the brawl outside the home of the Turkish Ambassador to the US, Serdar KiliƧ, and they wrote a joint letter to the President Erdogan asking that the guards at the ambassador’s home be held accountable for their actions: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/334103-senators-to-turkey-hold-guards-accountable-on-dc-brawl  Please take a moment to write to Ambassador KiliƧ to express that violence against protestors is not acceptable in the United States: 2525 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20008

  1. We should seize on the few formal opportunities we have to comment on the less visible but no less important actions of Trump’s appointees. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice created the National Commission on Forensic Science, comprised of scientists, judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and other stakeholders who have an interest maintaining strict, professional, and quality scientific standards for forensic sciences. The Commission's objective was to provide advice and recommendations to the DOJ.  Last month, AG Jeff Sessions announced that the NCFS would not be renewed, but public comments will be accepted until June 9th.  Rise Stronger provides all the information we need to post a comment: https://risestronger.org/newsroom/renew-the-national-commission-on-forensic-science

  1. If we believe public schools should remain public and our tax dollars should not be rerouted to private and/or religious schools, we should tell Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as much before she unveils her “school choice” agenda in Indianapolis next Monday. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/sources-devos-to-unveil-school-choice-plans-in-policy-speech-238544  Let’s  call the Department of Education at 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) and let them know that we oppose the “education tax credit scholarship” proposal, which the Trump administration has apparently had under consideration for months: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-schools-tax-credit-public-private-235228

  1. "The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal...The vote by the FCC commissioners is the first stage in the process of dismantling the net neutrality regulations.  The agency is now inviting public comment on whether it should indeed dismantle the rules. Americans have until mid-August to share their views with the FCC." http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39973787 FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, the only one of the three commissioners who defended the rules, has said “Net neutrality is doomed if we’re silent."  https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/16/fcc-commissioner-net-neutrality-is-doomed-if-were-silent  Let's let Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, know we want #netneutrality preserved, by filing a comment: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. The "proceedings" number is 17-108.

  1. We can now call a leave a message for our MoCs with the app called Stance. “Calling members of Congress is the most effective way for people to make their voice heard, but overflowing voicemails and busy staffers mean that constituents spend hours waiting to deliver messages. Stance is a free app designed to resolve that problem. Stance allows anyone to record and send an audio message directly to their representative's office. More info here: http://takeastance.us/

  1. Through a strong combination of resistance actions and the excellence of the press, misogynist New Hampshire State Representative Robert Fisher (of Red Pill infamy) has resigned:  http://time.com/4782902/new-hampshire-robert-fisher-red-pill-reddit/ Postcards for Kate has suggested sending a thank you to Daily Beast reporter Bonnie Bacarisse for her diligent sleuthing that brought the situation to a head: The Daily Beast, 7 Hanover Sq, NY, NY 10004

Petitions to Sign


  1. Congress is considering legislation that would roll back ballast cleanup rules that manage the invasive species that travel on ship ballasts. And that’s very bad news for the Great Lakes.  Let’s remind our MoCs that we need to protect our Great Lakes:  http://greatlakes.p2a.co/mmxGzgP

  1. A petition for those of you in the Washington, D.C. area calling on advertisers to boycott the Fox station there until proper actions are taken for the irresponsible and false reporting disparaging the late Seth Rich: https://www.change.org/p/hold-fox-5-dc-accountable-for-irresponsible-seth-rich-reporting

  1. Joe Lieberman is a politician. He has no real law enforcement credentials. This post needs someone with the know-how to run investigations independent of politics -- especially now, with Trump's ties to Russia under a microscope. After retiring from the senate, Lieberman went to work for a law firm that represents Donald Trump. Let’s sign Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) petition tell Trump:  No politician at the FBI:  https://www.sherrodbrown.com/landing/e170519/

Learning


  1. Here's a learning item we all need to watch. Journalist Roland Martin wants us to know why so-called "identity politics," a phrase often used to dismiss issues of race, class, and so forth, should be neither ignored nor vilified. In this 10-minute clip, Martin cites a variety of historical facts and reminds liberals that it is vital to fully understand why "Identity politics has made America a better nation." It will also be, he implies, what keeps us from going under. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gBUo6iKlCb8

  1. While we may take issue with her notion of liberals’ current “obsessive delight”, former speech writer for President Reagan Peggy Noonan reminds us all that democracy is not our plaything:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/democracy-is-not-your-plaything-1495149082

  1. Here’s this week’s “United States of Resistance” https://www.risestronger.org/newsroom/that-s-the-way-the-cookie-crumbles

  1. And, our weekly dose of “Small Victories”  http://www.peaceisloud.org/blog/small-victories-issue-20


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