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Contact Federal Government Officials
1. The House passed its 2018 budget resolution Thursday in a 219-206 vote. Among other things, this resolution shields the GOP tax bill from a filibuster in the Senate: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/354028-house-passes-budget-paving-way-for-tax-reform We are, once again, at the mercy of the few responsible Republicans, who might deprive McConnell of the 52 votes he will now need to pass his tax-"reform"-for-the-wealthy: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/27/us/politics/six-charts-to-explain-the-republican-tax-plan.html We must call on our senators--especially moderate Republicans--to refuse to grant this windfall to the rich: 202-224-3121
2. As Puerto Rico continues to face devastation following Hurricanes Maria and Irma, let's remind our MoC that we need a waiver from the Jones Act that lasts longer than ten days http://theatln.tc/2xFnPDO Our Revolution has a great tool we can use to call our MoC, which includes talking points and phone numbers:
3. Right now, members of Congress, including members of the GOP, are building momentum for legislation that would prohibit the sale and use of bump stocks, an accessory which enables semi-automatic firearms to operate as fully automatic http://bit.ly/2yqSKqA Automatic guns are currently illegal for civilians, except for manufacturers and dealers, or in the case of firearms made before 1986 http://slate.me/2xXlWnZ In order for these discussions to continue at the legislative level, our MoC need to know that they have our support, especially for republican MoC who would be going against the NRA and many of their GOP colleagues. Let's contact our MoC and let them know that, as Republican Rep. Bill Flores stated, "There’s no reason for a typical gun owner to own anything that converts a semi-automatic to something that behaves like an automatic."
4. From Chop Wood/Carry Water: In the last few years, we've made a lot of progress in improving the efficiency of our nation's vehicle fleet. The Obama Administration rolled out higher fuel economy standards under the Clean Air Act, which led to more efficient cars, improved technology like hybrid/electric vehicles, and less greenhouse gas emissions. These standards are now at risk - Trump's EPA wants to roll them back. https://www.ecowatch.com/epa-clean-car-standards-2493242811.html But they can't do so without going through the rulemaking process, and the comment period is open NOW! Take a minute to tell the EPA that you support fuel economy standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions!!!! Comment in the Federal Register here. (Use your own words--even one or two sentences will help!)
5. Without much fanfare, the Trump administration has been quietly rolling back gun control measures. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/the-trump-administration-has-already-been-rolling-back-gun-regulations/2017/10/04/5eaad7d6-a86b-11e7-8ed2-c7114e6ac460_story.html?utm_term=.73ccfb090f66 Let’s make sure our MoCs know that we want them to do whatever they can to keep us safe from guns.
6. The Senate Judiciary Committee vote yesterday moved the nomination of Eric Dreiband, to serve as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, to the full Senate. More than 70 civil rights groups are objecting to him: http://www.npr.org/2017/09/06/548985268/civil-rights-division-nominee-eric-dreiband-appears-before-senate-panel Our senators need to know that we oppose Dreiband’s nomination and urge them to vote no.
7. H.R. 953, a bill that would undercut the Clean Water Act and make it easier for pesticides and toxic materials to leech into our oceans and drinking water, passed the House and is up for Senate approval (https://www.bna.com/pesticide-spraying-bill-n73014451519/). We need the Senate to strengthen, not weaken, environmental protections. Let’s contact our senators and ask them to publicly commit to opposing this bill.
8. Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) yesterday signed multiple measures to protect our immigrant friends and neighbors, including the “Dignity Not Detention” legislation prohibiting the state government from entering into new contracts with private companies seeking to detain immigrants for pay and blocking private property from being used to build new detention centers. This is a key step towards ending for-profit detention centers in California, and it’s the first law of its kind in the country (http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/05/jerry-brown-signs-california-immigration-bills-into-law/). Let us take this as a model for our states, and contact our state legislators and governors and ask them to pass legislation similar to SB29.
9. In one breath, the NRA said that it will support regulations on bump stocks, but in the next breath advocates for Congress to pass a national right-to-carry reciprocity, thereby gutting state laws, in the guise of making citizens safer. http://www.newsweek.com/nra-seeking-more-guns-even-it-gives-bump-stocks-679148 Let’s let Congress know that we them to ban assault rifles, conduct extensive background checks, limit the number of guns a person can own or much ammunition, and to create a national database to keep track of all this.
10. Lest we forget, there are still an ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in our election with new insights daily: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-04/russia-needed-help-targeting-u-s-voters-two-ex-cia-chiefs-say and http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-senate-russia-interference-collusion-20171004-htmlstory.html Let’s let our MoCs know that we support these investigations and want them to create an independent commission (http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/353418-the-2018-midterms-are-coming-and-russia-is-ready) that would “systematically catalogue the methods of Russian interference and then to recommend ways to counter and defend against them.”
11. With the GOP budget passing in the House, we need to step-up our fight to keep our Senators from slashing valuable programs. The Union of Concerned Scientists has provided a tool to help us contact our Senators with messages showing our support for the endangered programs, with photos of ourselves in the field or lab or visiting local landmarks that would be affected by budget cuts.
1. FL: Tonight! On Friday, Oct. 6 at 8:30pm, Sierra Club Florida kicks off its Florida anti-fracking campaign with a call with actor, film-maker and activist Mark Ruffalo. We can join Mark Ruffalo and the Floridians Against Fracking Coalition on this Friday evening as we kick off the fight to pass the ban fracking bills in the 2018 legislative session. To join, call in 8:30pm on Friday at 877 369 0926 and enter Meeting ID: 933 890 949 We can read more information and follow the movement on
Facebook. Let's be inspired by recent news that after pressure from public opposition Scotland has banned fracking. We can do this!
2. MS: HB1523, the anti-LGBT law that goes into effect today would allow government officials and businesses to deny services, based on religious beliefs or moral convictions, to gay couples wishing to get married. The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied a request to keep Mississippi House Bill 1523 from going into effect while opponents of the bill appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Let's read more at the Clarion-Ledger. If we are denied service in Mississippi for being a person who is LGBTQ, let's be sure to reach out to these advocate organizations: Mississippi Center for Justice and Lambda Legal who are bringing this issue to the Supreme Court. Let's donate to support their efforts if we are able.
3. AL: Let's read this AL.com article, "Too poor to vote: How Alabama's 'new poll tax' bars thousands of people from voting" about Alabama's disenfranchisement of some of our citizens. Change needs to happen at a local level. Let's contact our state legislators to find out what they plan to do to fix this problem and let them know that we want it fixed.
1. In case it was not already clear why Roy Moore has no place in the US Senate (Republican candidate in Alabama to replace Jeff Sessions), his Facebook page makes it crystal clear with hideous racist memes: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/353891-roy-moores-facebook-page-shares-messages-attacking-nfl-players-over-anthem If we live in Alabama, let’s join get out the vote efforts and talk with friends and family about what is at stake if he gets to go to the US Capitol. Then, let’s all contribute to his Democratic challenger Doug Jones as we are able:https://dougjonesforsenate.com
2. Three former Obama staffers/speechwriters (Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor – and no, these are not the actor Jon Favreau and the comedian Jon Lovett) launched a media company after the election called Crooked Media which hosts the adored podcasts: Pod Save America, Pod Save the World, Pod Save the People, and others which give great news commentary and have fantastic interviews (reader heads-up: they swear a lot). On Wednesday, they launched a new website with plans for more written work and more podcasts. For the launch, Jon Lovett wrote this very stirring piece about how routine and numbing the mass shootings in our society are becoming and how we fall into a rhythm with each one: https://crooked.com/article/the-death-loop/ Let’s read it as a way to guard against numbly moving on from the need for common sense gun control in our society.
3. Flippable.org works to identify the seats most likely to "flip" to Democrats in an election. Then they "POOL AND DIRECT RESOURCES TO HELP DEMOCRATS WIN." They have just launched new, easy-to-use web page for those of us who want to join and help Democrats win local races. The organization is gathering up steam and represents a very important factor in our fight to win our democracy back. Let’s join here:
4. For our younger activists out there who may not be old enough to vote yet, there are still ways to get involved! Students for Science is an advocate group whose goal is "to empower young people to engage with and advocate for science in the public and private sectors" https://www.studentsforscience.org/what-we-do/ There are walk-throughs on how to start a Students for Science club at school, as well as how to advocate for good science education with our local school boards (including tips on public speaking)
https://www.studentsforscience.org/advocacy Let's check it out and support activism at every age level!
5. For educators, Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance offers some great resources we can use to help empower our youth in their citizenship and activism. There are resource materials like film kits, lesson plans, and teaching strategies https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources For educators themselves, we can also register for their webinars, which cover topics such as bullying, bias, class, gender and sexual identity, race and ethnicity, religion, and activism. Let's take advantage of these tools, then empower our young activists https://www.tolerance.org/professional-development/webinars
6. We know that Trump has made some changes and limitations have been made in the ACA enrollment period this year, including enrollment time, Marketplace availability, and advertising. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/09/changes-to-open-enrollment/541263/ Let’s share this link to let people know it is soon time for ACA open enrollment: https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/dates-and-deadlines/
7. To put “representative” back into our democracy, we need to end gerrymandering, and that means an end to politically biased redistricting commissions. Canada started using independent commissions in 1955, and has been enjoying fairer elections ever since: https://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5604284/us-elections-are-rigged-but-canada-knows-how-to-fix-them So let’s ask Eric Holder and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee to include this in their strategic plan. Email the link to the Vox article to email@example.com, and use the subject line, “Independent Redistricting Commissions Work!”
8. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing course on the Justice Department's policy that a 1964 civil rights law protects transgender individuals from discrimination. In a memo to U.S. attorneys dated Wednesday and obtained by BuzzFeed, Sessions said that the Justice Department will no longer interpret Title VII of of the Civil Rights Act to mean that the law's protections extend to discrimination based on gender identity." We can read the full article at The Hill. Let's be creative in our response to this and let's all ask our employers what they are doing to protect LGBTQ workers and demand a written response. Let's start by contacting the head of human resources. Give them a commitment date for a response and hold them to it. Let's escalate if they do not respond by contacting the company president and/or CEO. We can also do this if we are shareholders of companies.
9. “In late September, Donald Trump released a tax plan that would give away massive tax cuts to the rich, including over one billion dollars in tax cuts for Trump himself. The last thing we need is for the tax code to be even more rigged in favor of millionaires, billionaires, and corporate insiders. Instead, we need to fight for a tax code that makes the economy work better for working families. Even more tax breaks for the super rich will undermine our commitment to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and make it impossible to invest in the middle class.” Let’s take the Not One Penny pledge to “Not One Penny in Tax Cuts for Millionaires, Billionaires, and Wealthy Corporations”: https://notonepenny.org/
10. Long a gun control advocate, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Twitter that he will match all donations to Everytown for Gun Safety. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/04/mike-bloomberg-offers-to-match-every-donation-to-fight-gun-violence.html Let’s donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ab-everytown-default
11. As part of our struggle against prejudice, we need to ensure that we’re bringing more voices to the table. WeNeedDiverseBooks helps to promote children’s literature that reflects the diverse lives of all readers. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/hashtag-movement-book-weneeddiversebooks-publishes-first-anthology-n703606 Let’s check-out the resources they provide to see how we can promote diversity, whether we’re readers or writers. Writers, let’s also look around for conferences (like MadCap’s 2018 Writing Cross-culturally Workshop) and other resources to help us hone our skills to write stories that sensitively and accurately portray diverse lives.
12. An activist for Americans for Financial Reform and Public Citizen made headlines on Wednesday by appearing at a Congressional hearing on the Equifax data breach dressed up as Rich Uncle Pennybags from the board game Monopoly. This creative tactic drew public attention to an important issue while at the same time making a critical point about the increasingly oligarchic nature of American politics.
http://www.newsweek.com/monopoly-man-made-appearance-equifax-and-wells-fargo-hearings-heres-why-677984 As the weeks go by, our energy flags along with our ability to capture the public’s interest. So let’s check out http://www.creativeresistance.org/ for ideas for protest art, music, poetry, flash mobs, puppets and more. Let’s create with purpose!
13. Get paid for working in the Resistance! Flippable, an organization dedicated to gaining progressive electoral ground in the states, is hiring. They’re looking for a Director of Marketing and Communications, an Operations Manager, a Product Designer, and a Product Manager. Let’s check out the job descriptions and apply here: https://jobs.lever.co/flippable
14. The inaugural The Women's Convention will be in Detroit from October 27-29 and there will be a Women’s Market, where we'll celebrate and uplift design and production with a social justice mission, made by independent makers and small business owners working within the Women’s March values. We are invited to apply to participate, either with our own solo or curated booth, or by wholesaling through our shop partners The Outrage. Application is at bit.ly/WomensMarket and the deadline is Monday, October 9, 2017.
15. Facebook and Google have become the largest purveyors of news in the world. Yet both corporations are still failing to grapple with the growing problem of fake news, and seem reluctant to don the mantle of responsible journalistic standards that reputable publishers have worn for generations. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/5/16410912/illusory-truth-fake-news-las-vegas-google-facebook. So, let’s encourage them to “put on their grownup pants” by leaving them feedback about their News features here
https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/268228883256323 and https://news.google.com/news/headlines?hl=en.
1. Last July, EPA whistleblower Joel Clements was demoted to a position well beneath his education and training. On Wednesday, he resigned citing the failed leadership of Ryan Zinke: https://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/national/read-joel-clements-resignation-letter/2566/ Let’s show we stand with Clements against what is happening in the EPA by signing this petition from Climate Truth: https://act.climatetruth.org/sign/climate_whistleblowers/
2. Let’s join the League of Conservation Voters in asking Pruitt not to roll back Obama’s clean car standards: http://p2a.co/j5SmaXF?p2asource=c4gawbclca
Marches/events/teleconferences to attend/organize
1. The Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape, has now been in place for 41 years. In January 2017, as soon as Trump took office, the House passed H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017"; in August, the Trump administration radically cut federal grant programs to prevent teen pregnancy (http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/346122-abrupt-trump-cuts-to-teen-pregnancy-program-surprise-groups); on Tuesday, the House passed a ban on 20-week abortions (http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/353709-house-passes-20-week-abortion-ban) If either of the pending bills is passed by the Senate and signed by the president, womens' right to safe, legal, affordable abortions would suffer and the Hyde Amendment would become permanent. Forward Together is organizing reproductive justice meet-ups nationwide to “celebrate” the anniversary of the Hyde Amendment. If we can host one of these, we should:
2. The NewFounders Conference in Chicago, October 18, is “for anyone that wants to reshape the future of politics in America. We are ALL NewFounders. This is past calling reps and resistance. We're going to directly bridge you into teams solving critical problems based on your skill set, so you can work alongside leaders as a leader to make the change we need.” Let’s learn more here: http://www.newfoundersconference.com/#DONE
1. ‘Statistics show that since 1982, the majority of mass shootings — 54 percent — were committed by white men, according to data from Mother Jones. Black people were the second largest perpetrators of mass shootings based on ethnic background, but only accounted for roughly 16 percent of the total incidents during the same time period.” http://www.newsweek.com/white-men-have-committed-more-mass-shootings-any-other-group-675602
2. American’s for Tax Fairness’ summary of the worst features of the Trump-Ryan tax plan: https://americansfortaxfairness.org/worst-features-trump-ryan-tax-plan/
3. “How the Elderly Lose Their Rights” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights