Contact Federal Government Officials
1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering having all of the National Security Council undergo a lie-detector test: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/350016-sessions-mulling-lie-detector-test-for-entire-nsc-staff-report Since it is pretty clear that he perjured himself during a Congressional hearing, let’s ask him to go first: https://www.justice.gov/contact-us
2. As the GOP tax reform plan has yet to be revealed let's make sure our members of Congress know exactly what we do, or do not, want to see as a result of tax cuts: http://politi.co/2eLwEn3 5calls has some helpful information we can use, along with a call script, as we contact our MoC and demand fair tax reform: https://5calls.org/issue/recBPOngPfTX1kVFU
3. Indivisible Guide has created new call scripts and a state-specific explainer for defending DACA and DREAMers. The new tool shows how many DREAMers are in each state, and the amount of money they contribute in state and local taxes http://bit.ly/2uZyz1b Let's check out the Indivisible Guide resources on DACA, then call our MoC to demand that they support a clean DREAM Act in both the House and Senate.
4. The Senate Republicans have until the end of the fiscal year, September 30th, to push through ACA (Obamacare) repeal. As such, the GOP will be revealing the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would at the very least, gut Medicaid. Let's read through the likely approaches that the bill may take, then contact our MoC to make sure that they fix, not repeal, the ACA, and that they follow regular order to do so http://bit.ly/2wSCqxK
5. Even the Pope defined “pro-life” as larger than just “pro-birth” when he told a group of reporters that Trump may not be as pro-life as he has stated if he follows through eliminating the DACA program. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/11/pope-francis-trump-daca-242554 Let’s let Trump know that we understand “pro-life” to mean being supportive of a person all through his/her life from womb to tomb. Contact: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
6. From Postcards for America: Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and the House to remove Confederate statues from display in the Capitol. Let’s learn more about the bills and what we can do to support them, we can click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15iSlIOkNtgvAqbnrj2tJ-mKXWtErP79UdtIxA9kl73U/edit
7. Astonishingly, Donald Trump is trying to take advantage of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma by rushing through tax cuts for the wealthy and powerful (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tax/trump-calls-for-a-tax-reform-speed-up-in-light-of-hurricane-irma-idUSKCN1BK0XK). Let’s call our reps and remind them that natural disasters are a reminder that we need to strengthen critical public services, not weaken them to line the pockets of Trump’s billionaire buddies. (We can also sign this letter to Congress from MomsRising.com at this link.)
8. Republicans are rallying behind yet another version of Trumpcare in the form of the Graham-Cassidy bill (http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/349462-mccain-backs-graham-cassidy-obamacare-repeal-effort). They’re claiming it’s a compromise measure, but the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has concluded the bill would result in devastating cuts to health care spending. Let’s contact our reps and tell them that they need to stop trying to rush through these bad bills and do the hard work of coming up with real improvements to our health care system.
9. The Republicans are trying yet another effort to repeal the ACA, but they need to have it completed by the end of the month to take advantage of the reconciliation process that requires fewer votes to pass. Will this one work? http://www.businessinsider.com/graham-cassidy-health-care-bill-whats-in-it-details-2017-9 If we are on Twitter, we can take part in a Twitter storm about the Graham-Cassidy repeal of the ACA on Wednesday at 8pm. Here’s the link for instructions and the tweetsheet: https://www.facebook.com/events/23808742338349
10. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has given preliminary permission for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to begin routinely destroying 11 types of records, including those related to sexual assault by guards, substandard medical care, overuse of solitary confinement, threats and physical assault by custody staff, and even death while in custody. https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/ice-plans-start-destroying-records-immigrant But the proposal must go through public comment first. We have until September 15 to send public comments to the National Archives and Records Administration demanding they retract permission for ICE to destroy these records. We can comment here: https://action.aclu.org/secure/ICE-Records
1. As Hurricane Irma continues further North, we are re-sharing the link for the One America appeal as put together by the five living former US presidents to raise money for those dealing with the effects of Harvey and Irma: https://www.oneamericaappeal.org
2. Trump administration is sabotaging the ACA by refusing to conduct public outreach about the enrollment period (Nov 1-Dec 15, 2017). This will do damage to the ACA markets if not enough people sign up, and will hurt people who need health care coverage but don’t know when or how to enroll. A group has formed to spread the word and get people the help they need: the Indivisible ACA Signup Project, https://www.facebook.com/groups/153329925218556/ . Let’s check them out and join them to help in whatever ways we can.
3. From one of our own: We are nothing if not CREATIVE here in Jersey. Congressman won't meet with us and limits us to telephone town halls in the hopes that no one will remember what he said? Challenge accepted - we record, transcribe, and disseminate his words for all to hear and read. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/blog/getting-creative-tele-town-halls-new-jersey/
5. From one of our own: Undocumented people in Houston are not eligible for help from FEMA or any other state/federal resources following the devastation of Harvey, even though like many others their apartments flooded- their belongings are wrecked and rent is due. Fortunately, an organization called FIEL Houston is there to help. http://www.npr.org/2017/09/07/549132417/houston-s-undocumented-immigrants-left-destitute-and-fearful-in-harvey-s-wake And we can help FIEL Houston by donating what we can: https://fielhouston.org/
1. Let’s join the League of Women Voters in telling Trump’s sham Election Integrity Commission not to mess with our vote: http://participate.lwv.org/c/10065/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13052
2. MomsRising asks us to sign on here to make sure that our MoC consider five major principles as they endorse any tax or budget plans: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/TaxLetter/
Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize
1. This year, National Voter Registration Day is September 26 and hundreds of events are being planned across the nation. Let’s find one here: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/events/ If there are none in our area, we can use the same link to create one!
2. On October 10th, SCOTUS will hear oral arguments in the Muslim Ban case. MPower.org is organizing in D.C. with other organizations and will rally outside the Supreme Court and then march to the White House. If we stand with Muslim communities and those who seek refuge—from the six impacted countries and beyond—join in as we proclaim: #NoMuslimBanEver. We can learn more here: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/ and sign up for the rally here: http://act.mpowerchange.org/signup/nomuslimbanever-scotus/ There will be sister rallies as well. We can find one here or learn how we can host one: https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/home#event
1. Thinking about all those Confederate monuments, and what we should do about them? Feeling torn about tearing them down? Feeling cut-up about leaving them up? Wish some real authorities we can respect would weigh in on the issue? Well, the American Historical Association, "the largest professional organization serving historians in all fields and all professions," has released a "Statement on Confederate Monuments." An excerpt: "President Donald Trump was correct in his tweet of August 16: 'You can’t change history, but you can learn from it.' That is a good beginning, because to learn from history, one must first learn what actually happened in the past. Debates over removal of monuments should consider chronology and other evidence that provide context for why an individual or event has been commemorated. Knowledge of such facts enables debate that learns 'from history.'” Read the whole statement here: https://www.historians.org/news-and-advocacy/statements-and-resolutions-of-support-and-protest/aha-statement-on-confederate-monuments
2. Here’s a little boost: Miss Texas and Miss North Dakota answered their questions at the Miss America pageant with surprising clarity against Trump about both Charlottesville and climate change: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/350038-miss-america-contestant-shreds-trumps-charlottesville-response
3. From Chop Wood Carry Water: With all the doom and gloom happening climatewise right now, I found it incredibly soothing to stumble upon this list from the Climate Reality Project of 99 reasons to be hopeful. Yes, hope! Remember that? Please check it out--it made me feel soooo much better. And remember, what we focus on grows!