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IMPEACHMENT: The drips are getting more frequent and louder in the Impeachment Inquiry against Trump. On Tuesday, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman testified that the “transcript” of Trump’s call to Ukraine was missing some key words:
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/468048-white-house-official-says-transcript-of-ukraine-call-omitted-key-phrases The House will vote today on going ahead with a full-scale impeachment process. Let’s continue our own drip, drip, drip of regular contact with our MoC to demand that this clearly corrupt president be impeached. We can find where our House member stands by sending the message ‘Impeachment’ to Common Cause on Facebook.
THANKING DEM LEADERS: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff are taking a lot of heat as the Impeachment Inquiry progresses: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/pelosi-wants-americans-see-trial-donald-trump-n1073686 Let’s take a moment to thank them for their tireless leadership in hard times: https://pelosi.house.gov and https://schiff.house.gov
CONDEMN REPUBLICAN SENATORS FOR RESOLUTION AGAINST IMPEACHMENT: Even as the evidence against Trump becomes more and more damning, Republicans are continuing to defend him. A Senate resolution condemning the House Impeachment process currently has the support of 50 Republican Senators. Only Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Mitt Romney (R-UT) have not signed on. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/467954-mcconnell-gop-will-see-if-pelosis-impeachment-resolution-passes-the-smell. Let’s contact our Republican Senators and demand that they listen to the evidence and take it seriously, rather than simply looking for loopholes to defend the President. We should ask them if they would have the same stance if a Democrat were in the White House and ask them how they possibly can serve as impartial jurors if they are discounting anything that has been revealed.
IMPEACHMENT: From Indivisible: "As of today, more than 500 Indivisible volunteers have officially made 250,000 Hubdialer calls to friendly voters in key states and connected them with their Republican senators on impeachment. We’re setting up to make more than 1 million calls -- and we’re well on our way thanks to you but we need more of you to pitch in an hour of your time and sign up for a shift this week." Let's join Indivisible volunteers across the country, and sign up for a shift connecting voters with their senators to demand a fair and complete impeachment trial:
NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY: Thanksgiving in the United States is quickly approaching, and with it come "First Thanksgiving" re-enactments in schools, among other celebrations that deny our country's brutal treatment of Native Americans both in the past, and still today. Let's make sure we educate ourselves on the violence and trauma that Native Americans have endured. Vox has created a video which explores the forced assimilation of Native American children that we can watch here, then let's learn more about the realities of the First Thanksgiving. Finally, for the educators among us, and for parents and caregivers who would like to start a dialogue with the educators in their lives, let's check out Teaching Tolerance's resources for Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way.
THE PLIGHT OF CHILDREN: A new report indicates that the number of uninsured children in the US has increased by over 400,000 in the Trump years, from 2016 to 2018; this increase in rates is 3 times larger in states that have not expanded Medicaid than in those that have: https://ccf.georgetown.edu/2019/10/29/the-number-of-uninsured-children-in-on-the-rise-acs/ Likewise, the U.S. has detained more unaccompanied minors trying to cross the southwestern border in the past year than ever recorded: https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/department-of-homeland-security/468025-us-detains-record-75000-minors or
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/29/world/americas/unaccompanied-minors-border-crossing.html We need to impress on our MoCs and our state representatives that we hold them accountable for this failure to protect children, immigrant or otherwise, from the dangers of disease and deportation.
CALIFORNIA FIRES AND THE CLIMATE CRISIS: From one of our own: While California burns, let's take the time to write to news organizations (especially those we use regularly) to tell them that any reporting on the fires that doesn't contextualize them within the current climate crisis is both incomplete and dangerous.
https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/california_wildfires_2019_climate_change.php We can find names, addresses and phone numbers to major news outlets here:
PUBLIC HEALTH SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM SHUT DOWN: “The United States Agency for International Development created the Predict project 10 years ago in response to 2005's H5N1 bird flu scare. Through the $207 million initiative, researchers have identified more than 1,000 new viruses and trained about 5,000 people in Africa and Asia to conduct biological testing for virus identification. Many public health experts are concerned the program's closure will hinder global efforts to prevent emerging diseases.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/health/predict-usaid-viruses.html and https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/government-cuts-research-program-for-emerging-diseases.html Let’s ask our MoCs to legislate this program back into existence for the sake of global health.
PRESSURE CAR COMPANIES TO SUPPORT CALIFORNIA’S RIGHT FO LOWER EMISSION STANDARDS: General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Isuzu, Suzuki, Maserati, McLaren, Aston-Martin and Ferrari have chosen to side with the administration in a lawsuit challenging California’s right to set lower auto emission standards. In contrast, BMW, Ford, Volkswagen and Honda are siding with California. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/automakers-side-with-trump-in-legal-fight-with-california Let’s contact these companies and either thank them for being on the side of the environment, or ask them to change their position, if they aren’t. And if we currently own their products, let’s make sure to let them know that we will consider their stance on this issue when it’s time for us to buy our next vehicle.
TELL ZUCKERBERG TO STOP ALLOWING POLITICIANS TO LIE ON FACEBOOK: Under the CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s latest rule change, politicians’ posts and ads don’t have to follow the rules that ours do so candidates are free to promote lies, conspiracy theories and propaganda unchecked. In 2016, Facebook was an extremely powerful platform for disseminating harmful misinformation. In 2020, under these rules, it will be even worse. Alarmed Facebook employees have written a protest letter about this disastrous move which we can read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/technology/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-letter.html and https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/28/facebook-employees-vs-ad-lies/ We can call or email Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to demand that he stop the spread of lies and disinformation: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We can also click here to demand that Facebook stop giving politicians a broad influential platform to spread lies and misinformation. Politicians on Facebook MUST follow the same rules on content and advertisements as every other user. Facebook must correct this policy now: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-facebook-end-the-trump-exemption
PRESSURE FACEBOOK TO CHANGE ITS STANCE ON POLITICAL ADVERTISING: Twitter just announced that it will not accept paid political advertisements. https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/30/twitter-dropping-all-political-ads-000308. CEO Jack Dorsey claimed, “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought." Meanwhile Facebook has stated that it will accept political advertisements, even when the company knows that they contain misinformation. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-can-lie-in-facebook-ads-but-no-profanity-cursing-2019-10. Let’s thank Twitter (@Twitter) for putting integrity before profits and keep calling on Facebook to change its stance.
WELCOME BLANKETS FOR REFUGEES & OTHER IMMIGRANTS: “The Welcome Blanket Project aims to connect people already living in the United States with our country’s newest immigrants through stories and handmade blankets, providing symbolic and literal comfort and warmth.” https://www.welcomeblanket.org/welcome If we knit, crochet, or quilt, let’s get involved in making a Welcome Blanket for newcomers to America: https://www.welcomeblanket.org/
CLIMATE CHANGE, FIRE MANAGEMENT, & INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE:
Most of us feel like the world is out of balance. Our social, political, and ecological systems aren't working as they should, and research is now showing that many of these maladies are interconnected, such that the legacies of colonialism and racism can result in the larger, hotter, and more frequent wildfires we see today (https://theconversation.com/what-western-states-can-learn-from-native-american-wildfire-management-strategies-120731). So, let's remember that fighting for equality means fighting inequality everywhere.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 IS AN ELECTION DAY IN MANY LOCATIONS: Getting out the vote is the most important thing we can do at this point, especially our vote. Let’s find out how making a plan can turn this into a reality: https://politicalcharge.org/2019/10/30/make-a-plan-to-vote-3-steps-to-boost-turnout/
UPCOMING 2019 ELECTIONS: In order to keep track of upcoming elections, we can use this from Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Elections_calendar
HELP “GRANDMOTHERS IN ACTION” GROW—Grandmothers in Action is a get-out-the-vote postcarding group founded in 2008 that targets Democratic women aged 60 and older in swing states and swing districts. Their thoughtfully messaged postcard templates are intended to be printed on canary yellow cardstock, with volunteers (us!) supplying stamps and handwriting the addresses and a personal message on each card. In preparation for the 2020 presidential and senate campaigns, Grandmothers in Action is looking to expand their network. To join the Grandmothers and perhaps also start your own postcarding group, sign up now at: http://www.grandmothersforabrighterfuture.com/
TEXT THE VOTE WITH BLACK VOTES MATTER: The organization Black Votes Matter is texting more than 500,000 Black voters in seven states to encourage them to vote between now and November 5, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/BlackVotersMtr/photos/a.134846770532964/412759112741727/?type=3&theater Let’s sign up for a shift: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzi-SW3fWqEouzGNqOvVeDI4yD1uUNHw1fW1fCeZWPwZvILQ/viewform
RECAP: NOTABLE 2019 MAYORAL RACES: a) Denver CO: Incumbent Mayor Michael Hancock (non-partisan) defeated urban development consultant Jamie Giellis in the June 4, 2019. Hancock received 56.3% of the vote to Giellis' 43.7%. (Ballotpedia.org) b) Chicago IL: Former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot (non-partisan) defeated Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle in the April 2, 2019, runoff election. (Ballotpedia.org) c) Kansas City MO: City council member Quinton Lucas (non-partisan) defeated fellow council member Jolie Justus in the June 18 election. (Ballotpedia.org) d) San Antonio TX: Incumbent Ron Nirenberg (non-partisan) won election in the general runoff election for on June 8, 2019. (Ballotpedia.org) e) Memphis TN: Incumbent Jim Strickland (non-partisan) defeated eleven other candidates for a four-year term in October 3, 2019, receiving 62% of the vote. (Ballotpedia.org).
MAYORAL RACES TO WATCH: a) San Francisco CA: Incumbent Mayor London Breed (non-partisan) is running to retain her position in this election. (Ballotpedia.org) b) Houston TX: Incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner (non-partisan) and 11 challengers will compete. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two general election candidates will participate in a runoff election on December 14, 2019. (Ballotpedia.org) c) Indianapolis IN: Incumbent Joseph Hogsett (D) faces five challengers in his bid for a second term: one Democrat, three Republicans, and a Libertarian. (Ballotpedia.org). If we are voters in any of these cities, let's make a plan to vote.
PHONEBANKING FOR VIRGINIA: It is not too late to sign up with Grassroots Democrats HQ to phonebank for flipping the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate. We can meet on Saturday in Beverly Hills at the Feminist Majority with Women’s March Action for GOTV weekend: https://tinyurl.com/WM-Action-GOTV-Virginia or we can work from home and take the 20 Dial A Day Challenge: https://tinyurl.com/20-Dial-A-Day-Virginia
GA: CHECK VOTER REG STATUS AND WATCH OUT FOR VOTER PURGE NOTICES: With elections coming up next TUESDAY NOV 5, it’s time to protect our votes! Let’s find out if we are registered and then make sure that we stay on the voter rolls through the latest Voter purge. We can check our voter registration status at the state site here:
https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do Even after next week’s election, we must stay alert, since the state will be mailing Purge Notices to over 330,000 GA voters starting next week. If we get one of these Purge Notices, we MUST RESPOND within 30 DAYS or get removed from the voter rolls!
Then, to make sure we registered, we can check out
indivisiblegeorgia.turbovote.org and sign up for reminders to check our voter registration status.
MI: INDEPENDENT CITIZENS REDISTRICTING COMMISSION: Applications are now being accepted for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission that was approved by voters in the November 2018 election. The Commission, and no longer political parties, will draw the new U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. The commission will be composed of 13 randomly selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party. We can learn more and sign up here: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633_91141---,00.html
IMPEACHMENT/NOVEMBER RECESS: From November 2nd thru the 11th, the House will be on recess, with many representatives back in their home districts. Just like we did during their October recess, let's make sure to make impeachment a focal point during townhalls and in-person meet ups with our representatives. We can find a townhall or event near us here, or if there isn't one yet, we can register one here. Whether we can attend an event in-person or not, let's also be sure to call our not-onboard MoCs and ask them one question: Do you think it's OK to ask a foreign power to interfere in our elections? Then, let's take note of their response and share it on social media. We can find more information and toolkits at https://www.impeachnow.org/
ELECTION SECURITY RALLIES: “Election security experts are warning that too many states and localities have election systems that are vulnerable to hacking and external actors. On Wednesday, November 13th, join activists across the country as we gather outside of Senate offices to urge our Senators to pass $600 million in election security funding and to include accountability language to ensure the money is well-spent.” More info: https://secureourvote.us/take-action/ Guide for hosting: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OXaQmIYBWYfb6_MFsyL3rWpB3IWojGyCcC6k8HRgcwA/edit
IMPEACHMENT MOBILIZATION: The night before the House impeachment vote is held, a nationwide mobilization, “No One is Above the Law,” is planned. The coalition behind this effort is impressive. Let’s click here to learn about events, how we can create one, materials to use, and more: https://www.impeach.org/event/impeach-and-remove-attend/
Democrats seize advantages in proposed impeachment rules - https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/democrats-seize-advantages-proposed-impeachment-rules
He was undocumented. Now he's exposing detention center abuse - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/29/he-was-undocumented-now-hes-exposing-detention-center-abuse
The U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West - https://www.hcn.org/issues/51.17/indigenous-affairs-the-us-stole-generations-of-indigenous-children-to-open-the-west
The Amount of Money Being Made Ripping Migrant Families Apart Is Staggering - https://www.thenation.com/article/immigration-ice-family-separation/
We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule