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IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS: Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee’s part of the Impeachment Hearings began: https://apnews.com/fe334cf50d267b749874ddf1089ca6bd and https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/live-blog/impeachment-hearing-live-updates-judiciary-committee-n1095001 Let’s be in touch with our MoC to say that we expect based on the preponderance of evidence that Trump will be impeached and removed from office. Let’s also take a moment to say thank you to the three distinguished professors who were invited by the Democrats to testify – they have comported themselves with great dignity and candor: 1) https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10257/Feldman and 2) https://law.unc.edu/people/michael-j-gerhardt/ and 3) https://law.stanford.edu/directory/pamela-s-karlan/
MIGRANT CHILDREN’S MEDICATION CONFISCATED AT THE BORDER: Doctors in Long Island reported two cases of migrant children who ended up in the Intensive Care Unit because their medication was confiscated at the border. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-migrant-children/u-s-authorities-confiscate-migrant-kids-medications-at-the-southern-border-idUSKBN1Y72NV. This is not the first instance of inappropriate confiscation. In fact, this practice goes back years and a janitor who worked at a border detention facility has saved many of the objects taken from migrants and thrown away, photographed them, and put the photographs on exhibit. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2019-12-02/tom-kiefer-exhibition-el-sueno-americano?. We must tell our MoCs and DHS (202-282-8495; DHSSecretary@hq.dhs.gov; https://homelandsecurity.ideascale.com/; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homelandsecurity/; Twitter: @DHS.gov) that this cruelty must stop. This is just one more reason that Congress must Defund ICE in the next round of budget appropriations.
MORE SNAP CUTS IN THE WORKS: The Trump administration has announced a plan that would cut food stamp benefits for approximately 750,000 people; the plan will make it harder for states to get waivers from a SNAP requirement that beneficiaries either work or be enrolled in vocational training and will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, Dec. 5th; presumably, it will then be available for our comment. This is only one of three proposals that the Trump administration is backing: one seeks to adapt “the types of government benefits that automatically qualify families for SNAP” and other changes the “approach to calculating standard utility allowances.” It is estimated that the 3 programs together would limit food stamps for 2.1 million households: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/472924-trump-administration-to-introduce-plan-cutting-food-stamps-for-750000 As far as this administration is concerned, poor people can either starve or freeze. Let’s comment, and let’s tell our MoCs that we expect them to fight for SNAP recipients.
ENDORSE RAICES’ IMMIGRATION REFORM MIGRANT JUSTICE PLATFORM: As Trump Administration imposes increasingly cruel Immigration policies, RAICES, in conjunction with several other organizations, is working to create comprehensive, just and humane Immigration Reform. Their Migrant Justice Platform proposes concrete governmental action, at home, on the southern border and abroad, with policies to free undocumented workers from fear of persecution, protect workers’ rights, and demilitarize and restrict border agencies. We can read the RAICES-sponsored Migrant Justice Platform here, then, if we support it, endorse it and share it with our communities: https://www.migrantjusticeplatform.org/endorse
STOP FACIAL SCANNING REGULATION: The administration is set to propose a new regulation that would photograph everyone entering or leaving the U.S. including U.S. Citizens. This clear attack on fourth amendment rights reeks of “Big Brother” and violates privacy. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-privacy/u-s-homeland-security-proposes-face-scans-for-citizens-idUSKBN1Y62JO. Let’s make sure to speak out against this proposal when we talk to our MoCs and see if anything legislative can be done about it. Let’s also track this closely and make sure to make a public comment when it is published.
THE SWELL CARE PACKAGE PROJECT: The Swell Collective, whose mission is to inspire, equip, and amplify change agents, is seeking nominees and contributions to send out care packages to movement organizers, especially the unsung heroes. Let’s help fund this initiative if we can: https://swellcollective.org/shop/2020-swell-care-package-project If we have a nominee in mind, we can click here: https://airtable.com/shrDBuwjobl7Hol1W
LIBRARIES: EveryLibrary, an organization "dedicated to building voter support for libraries," has launched the Libraries 2020 campaign to help spread awareness for the good that libraries do across our country. Let's learn more about how libraries play a crucial role in our communities, then let's visit Libraries 2020 and use their click-to-tweets to help them build voter support and ensure that public libraries continue to be fully-funded.
NO JUDICIAL EXTREMISTS: From Suit Up Maine: The Senate will vote soon on a number of extremist and unqualified judicial nominees who are up for LIFETIME positions on the federal bench. Learn more about the worst of the worst and contact Senators Collins and King [and our GOP senators if we are on other states] and urge them to vote NO! https://www.suitupmaine.org/extremist-judicial-appointments/
HEALTHCARE: As states like Ohio continue to restrict women's access to full healthcare, nationwide the Hyde Amendment has long been placing restrictions on low-income women (https://bit.ly/2Yo00Og). All Above All, a coalition of organizations fighting for women's rights, is encouraging us to be bold and push our MoC to repeal the Hyde Amendment. Let's check out their toolkit and use the e-mail template to contact our MoC here.
DISABLED STUDENT BORROWERS DENIED LOAN FORGIVENESS: Apparently, the Education Department is not content with refusing 99% of the promised loan forgiveness applicants who are public servants (https://www.salon.com/2019/09/05/betsy-devos-education-department-rejects-99-of-applications-for-loan-forgiveness-program/), but it now turns out that it has similarly failed borrowers with disabilities As of this year, 365,000 disabled borrowers were potentially eligible for loan discharge but have gotten no relief, 225,000 of those had already defaulted on their loans; "People don't even know about this. They don't find out about it. Nobody tells you about it," said one eligible borrower; others cite the byzantine application process: https://www.wnyc.org/story/why-student-loan-borrowers-with-disabilities-arent-getting-the-help-they-deserve We must speak up for students with legitimate claims for debt relief, before an entire generation is decimated by this $1.5 trillion debt: Sec’y Betsy DeVos, 800-872-5327 or U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202.
2020 ELECTIONS: If we are looking for 2020 Election information or if we have some to share, we can check out Equal Vote Local’s BlueWave Database 2020. We can click here to find information about candidates, voting and more arranged by state. This editable document also allows us to add our groups and any candidates running for office: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ir8YGs1F0Lfayl6T7XR7tklnYrEk4VcEzTkPumLVWAI We can also find out more about Equal here at their website: https://www.equalvotelocal.com/
LEARN TO RUN PROGRESSIVE CAMPAIGNS AT THE MOVEMENT SCHOOL: If we would like to learn to run a winning Progressive political campaign, we can apply to The Movement School for a 10-week distance learning program, structured around a campaign stimulation. Working with some of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s winning staff, we can learn to advocate for working class constituents, generate local solutions, and organize our grassroots communities. Organizers of color, those from working class backgrounds, and women are especially encouraged to apply and will make up the majority of accepted fellows. We can find out more about The Movement School’s training to run successful Progressive Campaigns here, then apply if we are interested: https://www.movementschool.us/campaignfellows
CLIMATE STRIKE: The climate crisis is accelerating and slowing it down will require our sustained attention and effort, and that climate strike we marched in back in September was just the beginning. On December 6th, as world leaders gather at the UN’s annual climate conference, young people across America will join a national #ClimateStrike to take the momentum from September to our elected officials’ doorsteps. Climate change is the biggest issue humanity has ever faced, so let's all pledge to help our kids tackle it, here: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/climate-strike We can also join in Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Fridays: https://firedrillfridays.com/
FLU SHOTS FOR DETAINED MIGRANTS: The group Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) has been trying to get flu vaccinations for people in CBP detention.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1263702860469475/permalink/1355046984668395/ They are being ignored, so that are planning an action. If we are in the Southern California area from Dec 9 through Dec 11, let’s sign up to protest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNm81nXjIu4BLGLSJ2VDw9d0ec1t0c6XF88xGn6SLf0zKytg/viewform
PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT ACTIONS FOR IMMIGRATION JUSTICE ON DECEMBER 10: Never Again Action is calling for two direct actions, to shut down the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, RI, and to shut down UMB Bank in Kansas City, which has a financial stake in the Wyatt facility. We can read here about the awful happenings at Wyatt, and also view the similarities between a picture of bottles collected from migrants and bottles collected from victims of the Holocaust. Let’s consider participating, telling our friends who live in these areas, or make a donation here.
IMPEACHMENT PROTEST: The impeachment hearings are moving forward full-steam with a transition to the Judiciary Committee: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment/u-s-democrats-set-the-stage-for-trump-impeachment-with-key-hearing-idUSKBN1Y613R There are now 345 protests planned for the night before the impeachment vote (date to be determined). Let’s make sure we are signed up for one (or organizing one if none of them are near us):
House Democrats have passed nearly 400 bills: Trump and Republicans are ignoring them - https://www.vox.com/2019/11/29/20977735/how-many-bills-passed-house-democrats-trump
How Auschwitz Christmas Ornaments Ended Up for Sale on Amazon - https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-auschwitz-christmas-ornaments/
The Frightening Rise In Low-Quality, Low-Paying Jobs: Is This Really A Strong Job Market? - https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2019/11/25/the-frightening-rise-in-low-quality-low-paying-jobs-is-this-really-a-strong-job-market/#1f266afa4fd1
Republican Time-Wasting Is Killing Native Women - https://newrepublic.com/article/155827/republican-time-wasting-killing-native-women
We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule