6/7/17

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  1. The Dept of Justice has been engaged in what some legal observers characterize as “aimless docket reshuffling,” pulling immigration judges from around the country and sending them to detention centers or cities with large immigration backlogs: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-judges-exclusive-idUSKBN16O2S6  This aimlessness is striking in the case of New York where there is a 2-year waiting time for immigration cases, yet eight judges have been reassigned from overwhelmed NY courts to detention centers in Texas and Louisiana: http://www.wnyc.org/story/why-new-yorks-immigration-court-even-busier-fewer-judges-under-trump/  We should, at the very least, query the motives of the DoJ in this apparently irrational shuffling of judges--Dept of Justice Comment Line: 202-353-1555

  2. Trump's Behavior is destructive, erratic, and brazenly unethical. But it’s not happening in isolation. It’s being enabled by Republicans in Congress who continually block investigations about his business dealings, his policies, and his ties to Russia. This site gives you a way to fight back.”  https://trumptruthhiders.com/

  1. Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has overstated the growth of coal jobs by more than a factor of ten and is also spreading misinformation about the Paris climate accord: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ap-fact-check-pruitt-blows-smoke-coal-jobs-47851988  Let’s let Pruitt know that we know he is lying: EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20460


  1. U.S. Congressman Clay Higgins (LA) said of terrorism suspects, among other fiery statements, “… kill them. Kill them all.” http://www.newsweek.com/clay-higgins-terrorism-kill-them-all-621066  Let’s express our thoughts to Rep. Higgins: 1711 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

  1. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said that the Russia needs to know there are consequences for election meddling: http://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/haley-says-international-community-is-concerned-about-russian-election-meddling/ Please take a moment to ask Ambassador Haley what the consequences are: https://usun.state.gov/contact or United States Mission to the United Nations, 799 United Nations Plaza, NY, NY 10017

  1. "Atlantic Blasting" is a term for the disruptive seismic studies that oil companies want to use in the Atlantic to search for oil deposits.  http://www.greensboro.com/news/us_world/trump-administration-proposes-seismic-surveys-for-atlantic-drilling/article_fa9cbe58-b46c-572d-8cee-fe20a96506d1.html  Let's tell our MoC's that we oppose Atlantic Blasting.

  1. The FCC is considering allowing robocalls that go directly to voicemail.  Three (2) state attorneys general publicly oppose this: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/336372-states-push-fcc-to-not-allow-straight-to-voicemail-telemarketing-messages 1) MA: Maura Healy (D) One Ashburton Pl, Boston MA 02108-1518.  2) KY: Andy Beshar (D) 700 Capitol Ave Ste 118, Frankfort KY 40601-3449.  3) NY: Eric Schneiderman (D) The Capitol, Albany NY 12224-0341.  Let's also contact our own state attorney general about this issue if they are not one of these three.

  1. While Trump continues his online assault on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, our Members of Congress have been disappointingly silent http://theatln.tc/2qTs5Ly Let's be sure to let our MoC know that we do not support Trump's attack on Khan, and that his behavior is threatening the U.S.'s relationship with one of our closest allies.

  2. Representative Devin Nunes has retained his sign off power on subpoenas for the House Intelligence Russia investigation, even though he had previously recused himself http://bit.ly/2rZ7byo Let's give Representative Nunes a call to let him know that this clear violation is further indication that it is time for him to step down from the Intelligence Committee: (202) 225-2523  We can also contact the other House Intelligence Committee members, asking them to call for his resignation: Majority Members: https://intelligence.house.gov/about/hpsci-majority-members.htm Minority Members: https://intelligence.house.gov/about/hpsci-minority-members.htm

  1. Trump is reportedly about to announce critical changes in US policy toward Cuba. The Latin America Working Group, a long-standing coalition promoting human rights, peace, justice, and sustainable development in US foreign policy, calls on us to stand with the 55 senators who have reintroduced the Freedom for Americans to Travel to Cuba Act and oppose Trump’s imminent plan to roll back Obama’s policies toward Cuba.   The Latin America Working Group which brings U.S. civil society groups and citizens together to influence U.S. policy to promote peace and justice in Latin America, suggests a script and provides information for calling, emailing, or tweeting both our reps and the White House to say that we support continued engagement with Cuba  http://lawg.org/action-center/78-end-the-embargo-on-cuba/1845-its-now-or-never-stop-trump-from-reversing-travel-to-cuba .

  1. The House vote on the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R 10) is this week.  The act would relieve retirement advisors of any obligation to put  clients' interests first; it would restrict the right of customers ripped off by banks (think Wells Fargo) to go to court by demanding forced arbitration; it would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Public Citizen urges us to contact our reps immediately: http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13526

  1. OSHA, leaderless under Trump, seems, not surprisingly, to be less concerned with the safety and health of US workers than the profits of industry. After decades of trying to restrict the industrial use of beryllium, a mineral linked to lung disease, Obama's OSHA finally won a rule to lower workplace exposure.  This rule is now in doubt, as industries seek OSHA exemptions from the new standard.  Likewise, the “new” OSHA is delaying enforcement of a tougher standard for the use of silica, widely linked to disabling lung disease, and it is similarly delaying the requirement that employers electronically post workplace injuries for public review: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/business/under-trump-worker-protections-are-viewed-with-new-skepticism.html  Let’s tell OSHA to do its job and protect the health and safety of American workers at 800-321-6742.

  1. One of Trump's longest lasting legacies will be the judges he appoints in federal court. The Supreme Court gets most of the attention, but the appeals and district courts have the final say on the overwhelming majority of decisions, and Trump has a huge number of vacancies to fill there. Among his picks so far is John K. Bush II for the Sixth Circuit. (http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/08/donald-trump-taps-louisville-conservative-john-k-bush-court/101426196/) John Bush is an unacceptable choice for a lifetime appointment. He has a long record of homophobic and misogynistic comments, has engaged in conspiracy theories about President Obama and likened a woman's right to choose to slavery, and has actively sought to weaken laws to limit the influence of money in politics. Let's review this summary of his record from the Alliance for Justice, and then call our senators and tell them we want them to vote NO on John Bush.

  1. Said Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, “There’s no doubt that keeping [Congress] members focused on investigations  detracts from our legislative agenda,” http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/05/trump-russia-overwhelm-agenda-239166      Let’s keep the pressure on our MoCs to investigate the Trump-Russia connection, Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump & Trump administration conflicts of interest. We want special prosecutors, we want independent commissions, we want Congressional committee investigations, we want Congressional oversight, we want it all.

Other Actions


  1. Michael Moore has begun TumpiLeaks, “ a site that will enable courageous whistleblowers to privately communicate with me and my team. Patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J. Trump and his associates are needed to blow the whistle in the name of protecting the United States of America from tyranny.”  Let’s check it out here:  https://michaelmoore.com/TrumpiLeaks/

  1. Kim Weaver, the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat racist bigot Rep Steve King in Iowa, has withdrawn from the race. While personal reasons figured into the decision, it seems quite clear that she has been bullied on multiple fronts. She claims that she has received death threats, and that her supervisor told her that the recent budget cut in the state office where she works was a "punishment" for her candidacy. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2017/06/03/kim-weaver-withdraws-her-candidacy-iowas-4th-district-race-congress/368389001/ We'd like to get some answers about what happened here, because if these claims are true, they are unacceptable for any candidate to face. Weaver has told her story; let's call on the Iowa Democrats to look into these issues and stand behind their (former) candidate: @iowademocrats on Twitter; email: info@iowademocrats.org; Tel. 515-244-7292.

  1. We can check "We are Still In" for a list of states, cities, counties, higher education, businesses and investors that have signed on to the Paris Agreement.  http://wearestillin.com/   Let's look for our own localities, companies we work for and companies where we have investments.  Let's contact them if they haven't signed on yet. Remember: we can sign on ourselves individually at https://iamstillin.org/

  1. College and university students, staff, and faculty are joining forces to demand that their leaders develop a “unified, national academic climate initiative,” work with states and cities to lead US efforts to fight climate change, and agree on measures to bring campuses into accord with the Paris Agreement.  Those of us with academic affiliations can sign an open letter at:  http://academiaunited.org

  1. From one of our own:  Rogan readers might want to send a message to {Great Britain’s Prime Minister] Theresa May asking her to cancel Trump's state visit. I just did. Here's the URL for the form: https://email.number10.gov.uk/ 

  1. Our state attorneys general have significant power to push back against Trump's destructive, science-denying climate and environmental policies. (http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/02/politics/democratic-attorneys-general-trump-climate/) We need to encourage them to use it. Let's call them and ask  them what they are planning on doing about Trump's attacks on our environment. We can find contact info for our attorneys general here: here: http://www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag.php. And let's donate to the Democratic Attorneys General Association to make sure we strengthen the ranks of attorneys general who will fight back against Trump and the GOP Congress: http://democraticags.org.

Petitions to Sign


  1. Let’s add our name to this Common Cause petition demanding an independent investigation into Russia’s meddling with our elections:  https://secure2.convio.net/comcau/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1963

  1. Sierra Club and Climate Parents want us to join them in condemning Trump’s reckless withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and his appalling abandonment of American climate leadership:  https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/ClimateParents?actionId=AR0080046

Learning


  1. "Run the Country Like a Business?  Please Don't"  https://www.northernexpress.com/news/opinion/run-the-country-like-a-business-please-dont/

  1. For those who are available to watch, former FBI Director James Comey will be testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee this Thursday, June 8th, at 10:00am ET. The LA Times has a helpful synopsis on the events that have led up to this hearing, as well as what to expect from the hearing itself: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-what-to-know-comey-20170606-htmlstory.html

  1. Zain, the leading wireless service provider with a commercial presence in 8 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, has produced a beautiful Ramadan video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U49nOBFv508 


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