Contact Federal Government Officials
- Working quickly, Mitch McConnell is trying to get a new version of the healthcare bill to senators before next week’s recess. Some think he may even go for a vote. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mcconnell-revised-health-care-bill-friday-holdouts-contemplate/story?id=48335067 Let’s keep making those calls.
- No doubt that McConnell has been and will continue to be scurrying behind the scenes to pull together the needed votes by sweetening it for some questioning Republicans. “White House and Capitol Hill officials are exploring potential deals to divvy up billions of dollars to individual senators’ priorities in a wide-ranging bid to secure votes for the imperiled GOP health care bill.” http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/republicans-obamacare-repeal-votes-239984 It is imperative that we keep up the pressure on GOP senators.
- Just as McConnell was delaying the vote, three Senators came out against it: Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Jerry Moran (R-KS) – that one was a surprise, and Rob Portman (R-OH): http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/339713-sixth-gop-senator-announces-opposition-to-healthcare-bill Are these our Senators? We need to keep the pressure up into and through the 4th of July holiday. The pressure from constituents needs to exceed the deals they are being offered by GOP leadership.
- Yet another way to speak up about the healthcare bill: The Senate Committee on Finance has jurisdiction over "health programs under the Social Security Act, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and other health and human services programs financed by a specific tax or trust fund." The committee, chaired by Sen. Orrin Hatch, is taking messages and passing them on to senators regarding the healthcare bill. Let’s help their phone ring off the hook! Phone: (202) 224-4515 If the voicemail box of the Senate Finance Committee is full we can also call 1) for Orin Hatch: 202-224-5251 and 2) for Ron Wyden, the head Democrat on the Committee: 202-224-5244
- Sally Yates is pleased about the criminal investigation on Trump and his cohorts, but she thinks the bar for the president is not high enough. "Bob Mueller is going to be deciding whether or not crimes were committed, to be used for prosecution or impeachment,” Yates said onstage at the Aspen Ideas Festival today. “Surely that’s not our bar. That’s not the standard of conduct we’re looking for from our president or our administration. It shouldn’t just be whether you committed a felony or not. It should also be whether or not you’re observing the kind of norms that we’ve been talking about that are so essential to really the fabric of the rule of law.” https://qz.com/1015976/2016-election-hacking-sally-yates-says-the-us-needs-more-than-a-special-prosecutor-to-get-to-the-bottom-of-the-trump-russia-affair/ This is not a normal presidency following normal procedures." Congress and our Governors need to speak out and demand a transparent presidency, establish an independent investigation into the Russian connection, restore the White House news conferences with cameras, call a halt to the improper tweets and lies from the White House, and demand the proper dissemination of critical information through appropriate sources and agencies not tweets. We deserve our respected democracy back. Contacts: 1) Governors: https://www.usa.gov/state-governor, 2) Representatives: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/, 3) Senators: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
- On Tuesday, over 30 senators sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, admonishing her for her and the Department's stance on civil rights issues http://bit.ly/2sR9vY4 Let's read through the letter, then thank those senators who have taken it upon themselves to hold DeVos accountable for her dangerous actions http://bit.ly/2t0KwA0
- EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with the CEO of Dow in March before deciding not to pursue a ban on chlorpyrifos pesticide, which has been shown to affect brain development in children: https://apnews.com/2350d7be5e24469ab445089bf663cdcb/EPA-chief-met-with-Dow-CEO-before-deciding-on-pesticide-ban Let’s take this opportunity to remind EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that we do not have time to gamble with our children’s brains: EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20460 and let’s say the same to Dow CEO Andrew Liveris, 2030 Dow Center, Midland, MI, 48674
- Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went on a tear about the Russia “hoax” and then got in a kerfuffle with reporter Brian Karem (The Sentinel) about her assertions: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/sarah-huckabee-sanders-brian-karem-media-attack-240016 Let’s let Ms. Sanders know what we think about the “hoax”: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20500
- As the Trump administration seeks to slash environmental and safety regulations across the federal government, the burning of London’s Grenfell Tower provides a tragic object lesson, as severe deregulation is blamed for the fire that has killed more than 100 people and left hundreds homeless. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/24/government-u-turn-over-fire-safety-controls-for-new-schools , https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/28/grenfell-residents-groups-compile-lists-of-victims-and-survivors . Let’s tell our MoCs that environmental and safety regulations are literally a matter of life and death, and that what we need when it comes to regulation is thoughtful, heartful rationality, not blind allegiance to corporate bottom lines.
day, we’re getting closer and closer to breaching the debt ceiling, and
yet congressional Republicans take no action as they focus on taking away
our health care. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/20/senate-republicans-debt-ceiling-239754 Let’s call our reps and
tell them that we expect them to be responsible, not play games with our
country’s economy, and pass a clean debt ceiling increase as soon as
possible so there is no doubt that the U.S. can be counted on to pay its
- The State Department office to monitor and combat anti-Semitism is supposed to have a full-time envoy, and three full-time staffers. As of July 1st, there won’t be anyone working there. (https://www.jta.org/2017/06/22/news-opinion/politics/state-dept-s-anti-semitism-monitoring-office-to-be-unstaffed-as-of-july-1#.WU1Krha1jaI.twitter) At a time of rising anti-Semitism, the Trump administration is neglecting this issue. Let’s sign this petition from the ADL demanding that Trump and Tillerson move forward and appoint an envoy as soon as possible: http://adlaction.purpose.com/special-envoy/. And then let’s call our reps to ask them what they are doing to put the pressure on the White House to allow this office to function.
- Three Democratic representatives are co-chairing the House's United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force. https://www.colorlines.com/articles/3-state-reps-announce-congressional-caucus-dedicated-environmental-and-climate-justice Let's thank these three for their leadership on climate justice and let them know we support their on-going efforts, especially if they are are own representatives. 1) CA: Nanette Diaz Barragan, 302 W 5th St Ste 201, San Pedro CA 90731. 2) VA: A.Donald McEachin, 110 N Robinson St Ste 401, Richmond VA 23220. 3) WA: Pramilia Jayapal, 1904 3rd Ave Ste 510, Seattle WA 98101.
- The EPA is working to roll back clean water protections. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-regulation-idUSKBN19I2L0 We need to remind our MoC's and our local representatives that keeping our water safe and clean is important to us.
- The House unanimously passed House Resolution 351 (HRes351) condemning anti-LGBTQ atrocities in Chechnya. http://www.hrc.org/blog/u.s.-house-of-representatives-passes-resolution-condemning-atrocities-in-ch Let's thank Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-FL) for her leadership in sponsoring this resolution. Ileana Ros Lehtinen, 4960 SW 72nd Ave Ste 208, Miami FL 33155-5549.
- Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) pushed back against criticism from his own party against requiring men to pay for health insurance plans that cover maternity leave, telling reporters that "as best I can tell, women don't get pregnant without sperm.” http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/339907-gop-senator-men-need-maternity-care-because-women-dont-get-pregnant-without Let’s thank him for speaking up on this important issue: https://www.cassidy.senate.gov/contact/office-locations
- From The Resistance: Peaceful Action: Tired of Senators who won't answer their phones or clean out their Voicemails so we can leave messages? Well, here is another way to get our voices heard. I propose that we email every staffer on the list and bury them in emails. Tell your story and let them know how repealing the ACA will affect you and your family. Keep it personal to you. We want to speak individually so each story is unique. There are over 120 emails on the list and to do every one of them would be time consuming so - and this is very important - we do not want to CC or put all the email addresses in the "To" field. We want to put the email addresses in the BCC field For those that aren't familiar - BCC means "Blind Carbon Copy" and means that no one that receives the email will see the other email addresses. It will also (and this is important) keep automated responses or bounces from looping and going out to everyone on the list - this could crash email servers and we do not want to do this. Here’s the list of email addresses: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12AaIxtvT-US1dNl7eesseKueriMrHAKNxXZdPhAfnRg/htmlview
- On Tuesday's White House briefing, reporter Brian Karem called Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders out for her continued attacks on the press http://bit.ly/2rZyNQW Let's thank Karem for holding the White House accountable for their treatment of the press corps. We can tweet him @BrianKarem or write to him in care of Montgomery County Sentinel, 22 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 309, Rockville, MD 20850
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, yes, the Arnold Schwarzenegger, has come out strongly against gerrymandering and has set up a matching fund to help support Common Cause pay the legal costs to fight this issue: https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/207023/this-is-our-chance-to-make-gerrymandering-unconstitutional Please consider a donation.
- It actually started last fall, but on political candidate Facebook pages, there are endorsement tabs. https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/19/facebook-political-candidate-endorsements/Let’s be sure to do them for those we support and tell our friends to do the same!
- Let’s join the Sierra Club in stopping Congress from overturning important climate regulations (i.e., protections): https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0067415
- Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) launched a petition Wednesday to block the deportation of a Sept. 11 recovery worker, calling the possibility "shameful," https://www.change.org/p/president-donald-trump-stop-the-deportation-of-9-11-worker-carlos-humberto-cardona
Marches/events to attend/organize
- This Thursday, Organizing For Action will be hosting an Issues Briefing Call, which will focus on ACA repeal, immigration, climate change, and preparation for the August Congressional recess. Let's listen in and learn about more ways we can fight back: http://bit.ly/2uijYtk
- Given the deportation threats under which our immigrant neighbors are living, perhaps it’s time to take instruction from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) founded organization working for peace and social justice in the United States and around the world, on how best to help them. On Thursday, July 13, the AFSC is holding a conference call, “How to Offer Sanctuary,” (in English and Spanish). For details, click here: https://secure.afsc.org/onlineactions/Ipg9UME4gUqVI7ManNVlhg2
- On July 22 there will be a March for Public Education in Washington, D.C. with sister marches all over the country. Why a march for public education? https://medium.com/march-for-public-education/10-reasons-to-march-for-public-education-92b1dc918310 For more information and to find sister marches, let’s check here: https://www.marchforpubliced.org/
- On Monday, June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the travel ban case. The final ruling will not happen until the fall. In the meantime, some portions of the travel ban will be upheld. Let's inform ourselves on how it will affect people: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/supreme-court-travel-ban-1.4177987. Let's also support the ACLU, who will continue pressing the case that the travel ban is really an unconstitutional Muslim ban. https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/clear-victory-president-trump-muslim-ban-20-hardly
- When we work together, we can accomplish anything. From the storyofstuff.org, here's how one person in Oregon started a movement to keep Nestle out of their town. http://storyofstuff.org/blog/the-reluctant-activist/
- “U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership”: a report from the Pew Research Center: http://www.pewglobal.org/2017/06/26/u-s-image-suffers-as-publics-around-world-question-trumps-leadership