Contact Government Officials
Some reports are saying that phone calls to Congressional offices have slowed down to pre-Trump times. Let’s pick it up and keep calling. It seems endless. It seems worthless. It seems repetitive. It seems hopeless. Let’s not fall for the idea that we can’t and aren’t making a difference. Let’s keep calling!
- From Postcards for America: It is back to concentrating on healthcare. Mitch McConnell is pushing this fast and it could be getting close. http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/senate-moderates-say-getting-closer-health-overhaul Even other senators are getting frustrated at the process. http://www.businessinsider.com/claire-mccaskill-senate-gop-healthcare-bill-secrecy-attack-2017-6 Instead of calling our senators this time, let’s call the person on their staffs who is specifically in charge of healthcare issues. As well as telling our own healthcare stories and why certain elements of healthcare are important to us all, we can also ask if public hearings will be held, will they wait for a CBO score before voting, and will transparency be evident. The call list, for those of us with Republican senators, is here: http://www.istrumpcarestilldead.com/staffers/
- We've called for Jeff Sessions' resignation in the past, and following James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday, it looks like it's time to do so again http://n.pr/2s9kaxX Recusal is simply not enough. Let's call the Department of Justice and our own MoC to tell them we want the Attorney General's resignation. DOJ Comment Line: 202-353-1555
- One thing James Comey made clear in his testimony as that there is no doubt that Russia interfered in a U.S. presidential election. That's unacceptable, and it seems obvious that Donald Trump at minimum isn't concerned enough about it. But a bipartisan coalition in Congress is fighting to sanction Russia and make it harder for Trump to lift those sanctions. http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/336928-dems-play-hardball-on-russia-sanctions Let's call our members of Congress and tell them we support tougher sanctions on Russia and checking Trump's power to let them off the hook.
- Now that Comey’s testimony is behind us, it is up to us to contact our MoCs about what else we think needs to happen next: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/08/james-comey-testimony-impeachment-machine-trump
- Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is using the “new at this” defense for Trump: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-ryan-idUSKBN18Z2A1 WHAT? Let’s let Speaker Ryan know what we expect of our president: H-232 The Capitol, Washington, DC 20515
- Senator James Risch (R-ID) got really focused on the word “hope” in Comey’s testimony: http://www.nbcnews.com/card/sen-risch-questions-meaning-word-hope-n769771 We can let Senator Risch know what our hopes are: 483 Russell SOB, Washington, DC, 20510
- Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has scolded Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price for “deliberately misleading” us about health care reform: https://mobile.twitter.com/SenBobCasey/status/872891627936903168 We can thank Sen. Casey: 393 Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510 and then echo his sentiments to Sec. Price: The US Dept of HHS, Hubert H Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20201
- Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) spoke with tremendous clarity and power to Sen. Orrin Hatch about the Senate health care process during the Senate Finance Committee meeting: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a10001393/claire-mccaskill-trumpcare/ Let’s thank Sen McCaskill for standing up for all of us: 503 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510 and then echo her concerns to our MoC
- Trump is moving to make temporary surveillance powers permanent. https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/trump-hypocritically-moves-make-temporary-surveillance-powers-permanent Let's tell our MoC's that we oppose this.
Republicans rejected the education budget cuts proposed by Betsy
DeVos. http://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/senate-republicans-reject-devos-proposed-education-cuts Let's
thank any of our senators who are members of this Appropriations'
- Trump wants to return two diplomatic compounds in the US to Russia. The compounds were seized by the Obama administration in response to the Russian election hacking. http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/336755-senators-press-trump-admin-not-to-return-compounds-to-russia Let's contact our own senators to let them know we do not the compounds returned, especially during these Russia/Trump investigations. We need to let them know this is on our radar.
- The Equality Act of 2017 (H.R. 2282 and S. 1006) was introduced last month, and already has 195 cosponsors in the House, and 45 in the Senate. This legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the categories protected from discrimination. Let's call our MoC and ask them to cosponsor and support this bill if they haven't already, or thank them if they have. https://5calls.org/issue/recuOgYh1aCw94VMd
Trump has openly admitted that firing James Comey eased pressure from the Russia investigation, it would be completely inappropriate for him to then nominate the next FBI Director especially when his appointee, Christopher Wray firm has done legal work for the Trump family, not to mention “his history of partisan activity, as well as his history of defending Trump's transition director during a criminal scandal makes us question his ability to lead the FBI," http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKBN18Y1K2 Let's call our Senators and ask that they fully vet and scrutinize nominee Chris Wray.
- U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) have called on the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival to relocate out of Texas until the anti-immigration law is repealed there: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/08/sxsw-austin-senators-anti-immigration-law-repeal Let’s join these Senators in asking this of SXSW: SXSW LLC, PO Box 685289, Austin, TX, 78768
- Postcards from the People, a site where we can download and print our own postcards for free, has new designs: http://postcardsfromthepeople.com/ They are also looking for those of us who are professional artists and designers to participate with them!
- The Movement For Black Lives will be hosting a political education webinar on Wednesday, July 14th. This webinar will focus on "community control as it relates to land, gender justice, policing and participatory budgeting." Let's check it out! http://bit.ly/2lIcoYV
- One thing we can do right now for immediate impact is push for divestment from key industries like fossil fuels and private prisons. This helps us fight Trump's agenda without relying on Republicans in Congress to do the right thing. (http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21656204-investors-are-being-pressed-sell-their-holdings-coal-oil-and-gas-fight) Representatives from 350.org, Last Real Indians, Enlace and the Student Divestment Network will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, June 13th at 2:00pm to discuss divestment strategies and tactics. If you want to learn more about divestment, you can sign up here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/2c0b70efab770716d746f627e8486654.
- Some of us have been trying to figure out which “alt” and “rogue” Twitter accounts are real; there are so many of them now. Fortunately, Snopes has done the work for us: http://www.snopes.com/2017/06/01/alts-and-rogues/ Let’s follow the verified accounts.
- This should give us all some peace and hope: https://www.lawfareblog.com/worst-thing-happened-donald-trump-week
- And, our weekly dose of “Small Victories” http://www.peaceisloud.org/blog/small-victories-issue-23