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  1. "Donald Trump is hiding something. And we know where he’s hiding it: not in a safe, not in a vault. Nope, he’s hiding it in his taxes."  Sen. Warren (D-MA) explains in this new MoveOn,org video. #TaxMarch  https://www.facebook.com/moveon/videos/10154314702610493/  Let’s tell all our legislators that we want Trump to reveal his taxes just as presidents have done since the 1970s.  While we are talking with them, let’s ask our reps in the House to support H.R. 305 and our Senators to support S. 26 (Presidential Tax Transparency Act)

  1. Despite everything else going on, let's not lose focus- we still need an independent investigation in the Trump/Russia ties: https://5calls.org/issue/recEgDdW66VRb2htD

  1. Right now it is even more important for our MoC to support the Keeping Our Promise to Our Afghan Allies Act, which would add 2,500 visas to the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/324393-protect-lives-us-credibility-pass-the-keeping-our  Let's call the House Judiciary Committee https://judiciary.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/ , asking them to move this bill along and call our own representatives, too.  Here’s how:  https://5calls.org/issue/recCLKCS8HJVJdmye

  1. The Paycheck Fairness Act now has almost 200 cosponsors! Most recently, it has been referred to the House Education and Workforce Committee. http://www.nationalpartnership.org/research-library/workplace-fairness/fair-pay/the-paycheck-fairness-act.pdf   Let's call Chairwoman Virginia Foxx  (R-NC)to tell her that we support equal pay:  (202) 225-2071  For those of us who have a representative on the Education and Workforce Committee, let's give them a call to let them know that their constituents support this Act: http://edworkforce.house.gov/committee/subcommitteesjurisdictions.htm

  1. Most people who need hearing aids find the cost of them, even with insurance, prohibitive.  There is a bipartisan bill introduced by Sen. Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Grassley (R-IA) that would make hearing more affordable for more people.  http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2017/04/10/bipartisan-bill-would-make-hearing-aids-cheaper-and-more-accessible-but-some-doctors-object/17H4hx5qSPsPAITu2s997L/story.html Let’s ask our senators to get behind this bill so that more people can hear better. 

  1. We know that at least some members of this administration want to blur the lines between church and state, but now we learn that Trump’s promise to let churches support candidates may be part of the new tax bill.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-pledge-to-allow-churches-to-support-candidates-may-be-part-of-tax-bill/2017/04/13/fe9dd1fe-2052-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.fb168bf1b61b  In that case churches that do that should no longer be tax-exempt.  If churches are going to become political, then they should pay taxes. Perhaps it is best to remind our legislators that the Founding Fathers kept the church and state separate for a reason and we want that to continue. 

  1. Thanks to Postcards for America:  Rep. DeFazio (D-OR) has introduced H J. 75, the War Powers Resolution Act to give the ability to declare war to Congress rather than the President.  http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/syrian-air-strikes-prompt-demands-for-new-war-powers-legislation/article/2619625 This is currently in two committees and needs to be nudged out and moved along.  Here’s how we can help:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c-xXws1_NsmbJtIUtL7d0L5sLMVtL34IIJr-UA-MfBw/edit

Other Actions

 

  1. Everyone is expecting today’s Tax March to run smoothly, but if we are planning on attending, we best take a look at this from the ACLU,  Know Your Rights:  What to do if Your Rights are Violated at a Demonstration or Protesthttps://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/what-do-if-your-rights-are-violated-demonstration-or-protest

  1. If you are unable to attend today’s Tax March, MoveOn will be livestreaming the DC march here:  https://www.facebook.com/moveon/videos/10154309394685493/?notif_t=live_video_schedule_broadcaster&notif_id=1492004036922736 

  1. Many of us are already using Reistbot to contact our legislators in an easy way. http://www.teenvogue.com/story/resistbot-faxes-texts-to-senators The more we use it, the more features open up for us including sending letters to the editor and being able to use our own signature in messages!  If we are not already using this phone app, let’s start now:  https://resistbot.io/ 

  1. The Center for American Progress is developing a Success of the Resistance: First 100 Days product and are trying to come up with a comprehensive list. Please answer some of the below questions to help us highlight specific examples of good organizing around the 100 day mark of Trump.  Let’s help!  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecum_UVrwunw5ll-0HBuibwIBcOCWx7p0nSCMe3UIle3kYXg/viewform?c=0&w=1

  1. From one of our own:   Amazon Employees have written a letter to Amazon owner and CEO Jeff Bezos to stop advertising on Breitbart. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/328784-hundreds-of-amazon-employees-ask-company-to-pull-advertising  This may be the time to postcard him and back them up! I have been sending a postcard regularly to him, so here is the address:  Jeff Bezos CEO Amazon, 410 Terry Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109

  1. On April 13 Ivanka Trump tweeted “This #NationalLibraryWeek, we honor our libraries and librarians for opening our eyes to the world of knowledge, learning and reading!”  Perhaps she does not realize that the cuts her father is proposing will hurt so many libraries and library users. Her tweet backfired among those who support libraries.   http://www.attn.com/stories/16444/ivanka-trumps-tweet-about-libraries-backfired  Let’s ask her to ask her father to save library funding for all:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

  1. When asked to do an interview as a strong woman entrepreneur for an Ivanka Trump blog, executive chef Angela Dimayuga of Mission Chinese Food, declined saying, in part, “As a queer person of color and daughter of immigrant parents I am not interested in being profiled as an aspirational figure for those that support a brand and a President that slyly disparages female empowerment. Sharing my story with a brand and family that silences our same voices is futile."  http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Mission-Chinese-Food-Angela-Dimayuga-interview-11074014.php  Let’s thank Ms Dimayuga for standing up for her beliefs:  Mission Chinese Food, 2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Petitions to Sign

 

  1. How big companies are rigging tax reform and how we can help:  https://action.oxfamamerica.org/riggedreform/

  1. Removing Steve Bannon from the National Security Council is not enough; he needs to leave the White House. CREDO Action has a petition we can sign, demanding that Bannon be removed:  https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Bannon_Trump

Learning


  1. From Peace is Loud, here is our weekly dose of Small Victorieshttp://www.peaceisloud.org/blog/small-victories-issue-15 

  1. The sculptor of the charging bull on Wall Street is not happy with Fearless Girl, but she’s not going anywhere:  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/read-letter-charging-bull-sculptor-sent-demanding-removal-fearless-girl/

  1. The misconception about welfare is still driving too many people make wrong decisions: 
    http://michiganradio.org/post/cant-we-just-force-people-welfare-work


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