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1. From the Nasty Women Action Network: There may be a Senate vote on Trump's tax plan & budget as early as tomorrow. Please call the senators listed below (scripts provided below, if needed). There are Democrat AND Republican senators on the fence about the proposed budget resolution, which will reward the rich and punish the poor. Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 CALL DEMOCRATS: 1) Sen. Joe Manchin(WV), 202-224-3954, 2) Sen. Joe Donnelly (IN) 202-224-4814, and 3) Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND) (202) 224-2043 [Script for Democrat calls: http://bit.ly/2y3t1nE] CALL REPUBLICANS: 1) Sen. Bob Corker (TN) 202-224-3344, 2) Sen. Rand Paul (KY) 202-224-4343, 3) Sen. John McCain (AZ) (202) 224-2235, 4) Sen. Susan Collins (ME) (202)224-2523, and 5) Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) (202)-224-6665 [Script for Republican calls: http://bit.ly/2hAuwiE]
2. More on the budget vote: Once again Republicans are trying to destroy our safety net to enrich their donors, quickly in secret. Just like Healthcare, the more light we shine on them, the harder it will be to do it. Indivisible's appalling details of the plan to cut 5 trillion from social programs including Medicare, Medicaid, WIC, Head Start here:
https://theintercept.com/2017/10/04/senate-budget-tax-cuts-medicare-medicaid-health-care/ then read Indivisible's Chad Bolt has good thread on strategy here:
https://mobile.twitter.com/chadderr/status/920442281240 522752 Once we’ve read through this, we can call our Senators to vote No on the budget resolution this Thursday and on any Wealthcare" attempts.
3. The budget vote is the gateway to the tax plan. Once again it appears that Trump does not really know how the tax plan will affect most Americans. While the wealthy, including Trump and his cabinet, friends, and corporations will come off sitting pretty, the rest of us will not see much of anything we will consider a win for us or our country and it will also, backhandedly, undermine the healthcare system by cutting healthcare programs used by millions of our citizens. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-18/trump-may-see-annual-23-million-tax-cut-under-plan-study-says and http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/democrats-slam-gop-budget-taxes-health-care-cuts-50563382 Let’s make sure all our legislators know that while we agree the tax plan could be simplified, but that gifts to the wealthy at the expense of others, especially the most vulnerable among us is not what we want. We can also use this site for resources: https://www.trumptaxscam.org/
4. The USNS Comfort, a state-of-the art Navy hospital ship, is off shore of Puerto Rico with only 33 of its 250 beds filled while hundreds on the mainland need its services. The ship is waiting for patients, but there is a communication problem between FEMA, the Puerto Rico Dept. of Health, and the medical community regarding referrals. https://www.clickorlando.com/health/hospital-ship-mostly-empty-in-puerto-rico Let’s contact FEMA to express our deep concern and ask them to step in to fix this: Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20472 or Administrator Brock Long on Twitter @FEMA_Brock
5. Last week, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 3990: National Monument Creation and Protection Act; another deceptively titled piece of legislation. This bill would essentially gut the Antiquities Act, and the Sierra Club has a very helpful rundown of how the language in the bill allows for this to happen: http://www.sierraclub.org/lay-of-the-land/2017/10/no-more-parks Let's be sure to contact our representative and tell them to oppose H.R. 3990
6. The Senate Judiciary Committee's oversight hearing for the DOJ is putting Attorney General Jeff Sessions back in the spotlight http://trib.in/2gO7QvS Although Sessions has only held the position for eight months, he has already done so much damage. People for the American Way have created a timeline of all the ways Sessions has walked back civil rights and justice for all http://bit.ly/2kYupCt Let's read through the timeline, then use it as motivation to call again for Sessions' resignation. We can contact the Department of Justice by phone: 202-353-1555 or mail: US Dept. of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20530 Let's also be sure to contact our MoC and ask that they put pressure on Sessions to resign as well.
7. From Postcards for America: The Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. The caucus was founded in February of 2016 by two south-Florida representatives Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) who will serve as co-chairs of the caucus. It has a “Noah’s Ark” rule where, if you are joining, you must bring a member of the other party with you. Let’s check to see if our representative belongs. If yes, let’s send a thanks, if not, let’s why, then ask them to do so: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NafXNOgK_YPJ2w6MA-j-o0IU5Pkngz6rREyWy-ks8r8/mobilebasic
8. The Senate on Monday confirmed Callista Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, to serve as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The vote was 70-23, with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and several other Democrats joining all Republicans in favor. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/16/callista-gingrich-vatican-ambassador-243849 Let’s tell our Democratic Reps that they need to stop playing favorites with Congress family and friends. There are certainly many experienced people for this job that aren’t connected to congress.
9. Trump is planning an increase in immigration jails across the country to house the growing number of undocumented immigrants. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/10/17/trump-plans-massive-increase-federal-immigration-jails/771414001/ We’ve learned that most of these prisons are private and lucrative and seriously underserving these people. https://www.thenation.com/article/a-look-inside-our-abusive-immigrant-prisons/ Let’s make sure that legislators know that we disagree with this move and do not want our money spent that way and that we want other private prisons closed.
10. Even though neither Congress nor the White House were fully aware of the bill’s import when Obama signed it into law, according to interviews with former senior administration officials, but the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of last session, made the opioid problem worse instead of better. Many are calling for its repeal: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-addiction-epidemic-capitol-hill-calls-for-change/ Let’s let our MoCs know that we support this repeal. Given the recent reports by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes, it’s clear that this bill weakens the fight against the opioid epidemic.
11. Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just 60 days to consider a radical proposal that would give preferential treatment to coal power --- potentially at the expense of natural gas, solar, wind and other alternatives --- and despite higher costs for consumers and serious consequences for our health and climate. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/rick-perrys-proposal-would-upend-years-of-power-reform/article/2637365 There’s less than one week left to submit a public comment against this. Let’s do it here: https://nextgenamerica.org/act/reject-dirty-power-plan/
12. Trump has nominated David Zatezalo to run the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Per Propublica, "Records show the coal mining company formerly run by David Zatezalo retaliated against a foreman who complained of harassment and unsafe conditions.” On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, by a 12-11 vote, approved the nomination of David Zatezalo as undersecretary of Labor, heading the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Let's contact our own Senators to let them know that we oppose Zatezalo's nominated for mine safety because of Zatezalo's own poor safety record.
13. The Republican legislature in North Carolina has done everything it could think of to thwart Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. Now it is trying to change the state’s judicial system, in a move that would, among other things, ensure that 65% of African American judges would be placed in newly-drawn districts where they would be forced to face other incumbents in now-partisan court elections: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/18/us/north-carolina-republicans-gerrymander-judges-.html This alarming strategy would not only reconfigure justice in North Carolina but offer a model for Republican legislators elsewhere hoping to limit the power of Democrats. It is part of a larger strategy to politicize the judiciary (see, for example, McConnell’s announced opposition on Monday to the senatorial “blue slip” or his unwillingness to allow a confirmation hearing on Merrick Garland). In addition to the pressure NC voters can bring on local legislators, the rest of us also need to let North Carolina’s senators, Richard Burr (R) ( https://www.burr.senate.gov/contact/office-locations) and Thom Tillis (R) (https://www.tillis.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/about-thom ) know that we know that turning the clock back to partisan court elections is only a mask for political interference in the judicial system.
14. The Trump administration is attempting to kill the Iran accord without getting its hands dirty. On October 13th, President Trump announced his administration will decertify the Iran nuclear accord, punting the matter to Congress. By choosing not to certify the agreement, he forces Congress to craft legislation in 60 days – and this Congress has continually failed to pass any major legislation (http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/16/trump-iran-deal-withdraw-243816). Let’s make sure this cowardly gambit doesn’t work by calling our reps and telling them to do their job and craft legislation within the 60-day review period. We can make the call with 5Calls at this link: https://5calls.org/issue/iran-nuclear-deal.
1. ALL: A recent report card of state energy efficiency policies and programs shows that even in this era of partisan divide, blue and red states alike are embracing smarter energy use as a key strategy for reducing harmful pollution, saving consumers money, creating jobs and driving economic growth. Let's check here to see how our own states are doing. We need to continue to drive and support positive energy and environmental action at a local level. Let's contact our state representatives and senators to find out how they intend to increase energy efficiency, especially wind and solar, in our state.
2. MI: Governor Snyder is expected to announce his decision this week on whether to discipline Michigan State Police director Colonel Etue after she shared a meme calling NFL protesters "ingrates" and "degenerates" http://bit.ly/2xNlB3J Etue's behavior is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to race relations and tensions within the Michigan State Police Department http://bit.ly/2ywVpxE Someone who displays racist behavior should not be the head of the police department. Let's join Color of Change in asking Governor Snyder to fire Etue. We can read through background information, a call script, and talking points here https://act.colorofchange.org/call/call-now-fire-mspdirector/
3. MD: Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media. They have only 2 days to get 37 more supporters. Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. THEN cut, paste and share –https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63166-aca-signup-reminder Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here: https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/ Learn more about the ACA Signup Project here. Love to have you get involved! https://www.acasignupproject.com/
4. DE: Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media. They have only 2 days to get 23 more supporters. Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. THEN cut, paste and share - thanks! https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/62591-aca-signup-reminder Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here: https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/ Learn more about the ACA Signup Project here. Love to have you get involved! https://www.acasignupproject.com/
5. OH: Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media. They have only 2 days to get 32 more supporters. Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. THEN cut, paste and share -https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/63081-aca-sign-up-reminder Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here: https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/
6. NH: Huge budget cuts crippled outreach that lets people know when, how and where to sign up for the ACA, so Indivisible ACA Signup Project is spreading the word through social media. They have only 2 days to get 48 more supporters. Help them reach their goal by October 21 to set off a Thunderclap, a social media flash mob message blast. Please click, add your social media support on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. THEN cut, paste and share - https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/62807-new-hampshire-aca-signup Find out more about how Thunderclap helps grassroots organizing here: https://www.socialworkhelper.com/2013/10/02/thunderclap-can-help-grassroots-organizing/amp/
1. The ACA helps us in many ways, but one problem it doesn’t address is skyrocketing medical costs. Neither do any of the major proposals for a single-payer system, for which Americans would pay more than other country’s citizens, because healthcare costs more here (https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/16/16357790/health-care-prices-problem). Part of the problem is that many hospital fees are not public knowledge, so let’s help Vox Media strike a small first blow for transparency by sharing our recent emergency room bills (personal info may be redacted) with this Vox Media project: https://erbills.vox.com/.
2. HalloweenCostumes.com “has removed an outfit depicting German-born diarist Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, from its website after public outrage.” The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League responded to the incident by saying: “This should never have happened in the first place. It shows we still have a long way to go in terms of educating people about what happened during the Holocaust, and why this unique event in human history should never be trivialized.” http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/company-pulls-anne-frank-halloween-costume-website-amid/story?id=50533589 As we prepare for our Halloween festivities, let’s take a few minutes to educate ourselves about the implications of costumes like this, as well as costumes depicting cultures and ethnicities not our own: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/us/cultural-appropriation-halloween-costumes.html and http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114199552 Halloween is a time of celebration! We can be scary, funny, and edgy without being insensitive!
3. In case you missed it last week, here is the video of the teleconference last week on “Building Coalitions” presented by Real Talk, RISE Stronger, Together We Will, Action Together Network, March into ’18 Program, and Act Local. Comments about the presenters are below the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vqeMVykRMs Let’s watch this and see if we can put some of the ideas into action within our own groups.
4. According to Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson (D-FL), when Trump recently called the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in Niger, he more than once told the widow: “'But you know he must've known what he signed up for.’” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/trump-told-widow-soldier-must-ve-known-what-he-signed-n811756 This sort of comment is yet another example of Trump’s callous disregard for the very real cost of service to soldiers and military families. This attitude is particularly disturbing given this administration’s obvious interest in escalating military aggressions, even as the prospects for returning soldiers remain precarious, with the Veterans Administration reporting disproportionately high suicide rates among veterans. https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2951 Let’s check out these tips and see what we can do to support soldiers and veterans in our community:
5. Congresswoman, Frederica Wilson (D-FL) has also begun a scholarship for Sgt. La David Johnson’s children through her 5,000 Role Models of Excellence program. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-gardens/article179356376.html Let’s help if we can: https://www.gofundme.com/sgt-la-david-johnson-scholarship
6. Suit Up Maine has created a helpful piece on the dos and don’ts of engaging with trolls on social media: https://www.facebook.com/notes/suit-up-maine/do-this-not-that-how-to-effectively-resist-trump-on-social-media/1506840242735154/ Let’s read it and put some of this into action in our own social media practices.
7. There is a new “Mainstream Media Accountability Survey” from the Trump campaign folks. Let’s help them out (no need to donate or give identifying info): https://action.donaldjtrump.com/short-mainstream-media-accountability-survey/
8. Sometimes we need to refocus on things that have actually happened (not just said) since the start of this regime. Lambda Legal has put together a list "Every terrible thing Jeff Sessions and the DOJ have done since February." Let's read this and review ways that Sessions is undermining our democracy. Let's inform friends and family who may not be in the know of these specifics.
9. "A.J. Burgess was born a month too soon without a working kidney, WGCL-TV reports, and his father Anthony Dickerson is a 110 percent match for an organ donation. But surgeons at Emory Hospital in Atlanta won't perform the operation because Dickerson served time in prison for violating probation." We can read the full article here. Parole violations or even imprisonment should not stop a matched-donor from making a donation, especially to his own 2-year-old. Emory Healthcare needs to here from us. Call: 404-778-7777.
1. On October 24, the world’s elite bankers and financial institutions will convene in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the annual meeting of the Equatorial Principles Association. These financiers have all committed to guidelines set under an agreement called the “Equator Principles”--voluntary standards signed by 91 financial institutions, mostly private sector banks, to govern their finance of large infrastructure projects and to strengthen risk management by ensuring that projects being financed are "developed in a manner that is socially responsible.” http://amazonwatch.org/news/2017/0829-equator-banks-called-upon-to-act-on-climate-change-and-indigenous-peoples-rights There’s just one problem -- the banks aren’t following through on their “principles,” in the US or elsewhere. Climate Hawks, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Amazon Watch and others ask us to support a petition calling on the Equator banks to commit themselves to a series of specific climate change and indigenous rights principles, laid out in their petition: https://petitions.signforgood.com/EquatorBanksAct/
2. There is an unmistaken link between domestic violence and guns. http://lawcenter.giffords.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Domestic-Violence-Factsheet.pdf Let’s sign Senator Chris Murphy’s (D-CT) petition telling Congress to save lives from gun violence: http://action.chrismurphy.com/page/s/smart-gun-laws
Marches/events/teleconferences/Twitterstorms to attend/organize
1. We can still register for The Women’s Convention being held in Detroit, October 27-29. Here’s the link that provides several registration options including general, student/youth, institutional, and day passes: http://www.womensconvention.com/register.html
2. The Women’s Convention is still in need of volunteers. When we volunteer, we get free admission for the rest of the day. We can sign up here: https://liveunitedsem.galaxydigital.com/aem/corp/event/?doc_id=4485&key=a07caa6d6d98caa618d4da204d16ef09
1. Some fascinating insight into why “Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors” - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-12/why-american-workers-pay-twice-as-much-in-taxes-as-wealthy-investors
2. “I am writing ‘me too’ so my children don’t have to” - https://www.mother.ly/life/i-am-writing-me-too-so-my-children-dont-have-to
3. “The 2017 Hurricanes Didn’t Just Hit Puerto Rico—They Hit the Caribbean - https://www.thenation.com/article/the-2017-hurricanes-didnt-just-hit-puerto-rico-they-hit-the-caribbean/