Just a reminder that as usual there will be no Rogan’s List tomorrow. We will also not post a list on Monday, August 7th. We will return on Tuesday, August 8th.
The Rogan’s List Team is on vacation from July 30 through August 13, but because of the extension of the Senate calendar we have decided to run a smaller list during this time. We look forward to being back to the full list on August 14.
Contact Federal Government Officials
1. Among their other attempts to push our friends and neighbors out of the United States, former Homeland Security Secretary and new chief of staff John Kelly indicated the Trump Administration will likely soon end temporary protected status for people from Haiti and other countries. These are folks who fled violence and natural disaster, and would be in danger if forced to leave the U.S. (http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article161030769.html). Let’s join Centro Presente in urging Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to continue TPS instead. We can send a message at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_n7h8CxYP-vi-eGor3Q-kUUyTO5oaTLNh6uqQHZds5ZUA0Q/viewform. And then let’s call our members of Congress to encourage them to create real pathways to permanent resident visas for all those are waiting on this decision.
2. Republicans recklessly pushed Wealthcare through the House without even getting a nonpartisan sense of what it would do from the Congressional Budget Office. (https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/cbo-interview-ahca-effects/525420/) We managed to stop the damage, but we should not allow them to act so irresponsibly again. Two Democratic representatives have proposed a change to House rules that would prohibit a vote on budget-impacting legislation until CBO cost estimates are made publicly available. Let’s call our representatives and tell them this should be something both parties can agree on, and we want them to support H. Res. 441, the Require a Score Before the Floor Bill.
3. The Democrats aren’t just standing by and watching the Republicans fail. They’re preparing to do the work to make our health care system work better. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has just introduced legislation to provide an option for Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into Medicare, giving them more options for insurance, along with cheaper deductibles and lower premiums. (http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2017/08/03/debbie-stabenow-medicare/537774001/) Let’s call our senators and ask them to sign on to Senator Stabenow’s bill and other efforts to improve health care access in this country.
1. Congress is on recess and members should be back in their home communities. It's our chance to be heard, preferably in person. Let's check townhallproject.org to see if our MoCs are holding town halls in our communities. If they are, great! Let's check the best practices for attending a town hall here: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/guide/advocacy-tactics/town-halls/. Keep in mind that some MoCs will hold town halls at inconvenient times, or else tele-town halls, if they're seeking to avoid constituents. Robert Reich has a couple of quick videos about why we shouldn't let them get away with this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay_VltA0Zfg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBJIoc4ixi8. If our MoCs are not holding town halls AT ALL, let's call or write to make sure their staff know that we want them to schedule some!
2. After Trump tweeted about rejecting transgender people for military service, Austin Mayor Steve Adler tweeted his support for transgender personnel in the Austin police department saying "If you’re qualified to keep our country safe you’re qualified to keep Austin safe. Transgender Americans are welcome on our police force.” (http://www.statesman.com/news/local-govt--politics/mayor-adler-transgender-and-kicked-out-military-join-austin-police-force/4ui84DqaOLyiHyAQpgK78I/). Let's send thank you's to Mayor Adler at: Mayor Steve Adler, PO Box 1088, Austin TX 78767-1088 or we can use his email web form at: http://www.austintexas.gov/email/steveadler.
3. After Trump's anti-transgender tweets, the King County, Washington Sheriff responded "if any transgender former or active duty members of our armed forces want a supportive boss, apply here..." (http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/local-sheriff-transgender-service-members-come-work-us-n787666). We can send "thank you's" to Sheriff Urquhart at: Sheriff John Urquhart, King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave Rm W-150, Seattle WA 98104.
1. Let's take a few minutes to brush up on our understanding of fracking by watching this TED talk: "How does fracking work?" (https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-does-fracking-work-mia-nacamulli). We can increase our effectiveness as environmental activists by understanding more.
2. It’s important to remind ourselves as we deal with the endless onslaught of terrible proposals that the Resistance against Trump is winning. Let’s be sure to read our weekly dose of Small Victories here: http://peaceisloud.org/small-victories-issue-31/.