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AVOID OVERTURNING RECENT SUPREME COURT DACA DECISION: While we can certainly celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision upholding DACA, the basis for the decision was on *how* the program was terminated, not the merits of the program itself. The Trump administration has already indicated that they will resubmit paperwork in an attempt to prove that the decision to rescind DACA was done with “adequate justification.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/503545-trump-signals-he-will-submit-new-paperwork-on-daca-after-supreme. In order to fully protect Dreamers, we need Congress to act. Let’s make sure our MoCs know that a recent poll determined that 74% of Americans support DACA protections and ask them to prioritize passing DACA legislation before this decision faces reconsideration.
IMPEACH BARR: Over the weekend, after the effort of Attorney General Barr to fire U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of NY Geoffrey Berman, House Judiciary Committee Chairman said that although Barr should be impeached, it is a “waste of time” given the corruption of the Senate: https://www.npr.org/2020/06/21/881437223/house-judiciary-chair-says-barr-should-be-impeached-but-wont-be Let’s be in touch with Chairman Nadler and our own MoC to say that Barr has made multiple impeachable moves, that standing up for the values and Constitution of the United States must never be viewed as a waste of time, and that rolling over does nothing to fight corruption: https://nadler.house.gov/contact/ We can also sign here, call our MoCs and let them know enough is enough: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-congress-impeach-bill-barr
VOTING BY MAIL IN DANGER: The postal service is the only government agency expected to fund itself, through the sale of stamps, money orders, and other services, and it only is expected to set aside enough cash to cover the cost of post-retirement health benefits for its workers; the PO delivers medicine, food, PPE, and household necessities to every address in the US, rural, urban, or remote—even though it threatens to run out of money in September, just in time for November’s election. Trump has blocked distribution of the millions earmarked for the PO in the CARE Act and insisted, without evidence, that voting by mail results in fraud: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/15/politics/postal-service-new-director/index.html and https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/why-postal-service-worth-saving/610672/ We need to fight for our ability to vote safely by mail in the fall, given that we can have no knowledge of the coronavirus’s future behavior. Let’s call our MoCs and demand funding for USPS.
FIND OUR STATES CURRENT INFECTION RATES: How is reopening affecting our infections? Who’s up and who’s down? First wave? Second wave? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/22/us-coronavirus-spikes-first-wave-not-over Rt is a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading.” We can check each states’ up-to-date infection rate here: https://rt.live/ Let’s share this information to help us all keep safe.
PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS THREATENED: “Public health workers, already underfunded and understaffed, are confronting waves of protest at their homes and offices in addition to pressure from politicians who favor a faster reopening. Lori Tremmel Freeman, chief executive of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said more than 20 health officials have been fired, resigned or have retired in recent weeks “due to conditions related to having to enforce and stand up for strong public health tactics during this pandemic.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/amid-threats-and-political-pushback-public-health-officials-leaving-posts/2020/06/22/6075f7a2-b0cf-11ea-856d-5054296735e5_story.html or https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/amid-threats-and-political-pushback-public-health-officials-are-leaving-their-posts/ar-BB15Q3Ip Let’s send a note of thanks and support to our own county and state health officials. Please let them know you appreciate good science and restrictions to save lives during the pandemic. Let’s also tell our MOCs to encourage a slower opening of our country, support of face masks, hand washing, and social distancing.
POLITICAL PRESSURE TO APPROVE COVID-19 VACCINE: It would seem that in addition to not knowing that Finland is a country or that the UK has the bomb, as John Bolton has asserted, Trump also knows nothing about the AIDS epidemic; a week ago, he insisted not just that US scientists are “the best, the smartest, the most brilliant anywhere” (except, of course, those at the CDC who are "terrible") but also that ‘they’ve come up with the Aids vaccine”—a vaccine that does not yet exist. Given his stunning ignorance and his unbridled desire to win in November, we should be very worried about whether the FDA will come under tremendous political pressure to approve the COVID-19 vaccine his seriously mismanaged Operation Warp Speed seeks: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/22/trump-circle-pressure-fda-rush-covid-19-vaccine-election or https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/06/17/trump-coronavirus-vaccine/ Let’s make it clear to the FDA that we want a safe, thoroughly tested, and effective vaccine, not a fast one: FDA Investigational Biologics, 240-402-8020 or 800-835-4709 or email@example.com
DEMAND CONSISTENT HEALTH-CENTERED (NOT TRUMP-CENTERED) MESSAGING ON SAFETY PRECAUTIONS DURING PANDEMIC: While nothing should surprise us about Trump’s continually despicable and outrageous behavior, his leadership during the pandemic has sunk to new unimaginable lows. Trump had the audacity to ignore the warnings of health experts, and the strong requests of city officials, and persist in holding a campaign rally with several thousand people in Tulsa, a place where cases a rising, in an indoor space with no requirements for masks or social distancing. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/inside-trump-s-tulsa-rally-no-distancing-few-masks-plenty-n1231654. Clearly, Trump would sacrifice the health of every American at the rally and all they might come into contact with in order to get re-elected. This is beyond immoral. In fact, Trump even went farther in suggesting that if we slowed down testing, we’d have fewer cases, meaning he wouldn’t look as bad, even if it meant that more people would die. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/trump-suggests-us-slow-virus-testing-to-avoid-bad-statistics/2476198/. Let’s demand that all representatives in our government (local, state, and federal) provide consistent, health-centered information on how to protect ourselves and others during the COVID pandemic, and publicly censure the Trump administration’s callous, unscientific, and immoral actions in letters to the editor and on social media.
MARTIN GUGINO: “Gugino remains in hospital due to the serious head injury he received at the hands of Buffalo police. Daloisio says that although he has left the ICU, he sustained a brain injury, and “it’s not clear what long-term effects that will have”.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/14/martin-gugino-buffalo-police-catholic-worker Let’s send him well-wishes in care of his attorney: Kelly Zarcone, Lipman & Zarcone PLLC, New York Office, 5500 Main Street, Suite 201, Williamsville, NY 14221
D.C. STATEHOOD: This week, the House is expected to vote on legislation (H.R. 51) that would admit Washington D.C. as a state, enabling voting and representation for the capitol city's over 700,000 residents (https://cbsn.ws/3eouirh). While the bill is expected to pass the House, there are concerns that it will be blocked in the Senate. Let's learn more about D.C. statehood, then contact our MoC in both the House and Senate and ask them to support H.R. 51: Washington, D.C. Admission Act.
STOP HATE FOR PROFIT: For years, Facebook, fueled by $70B in ad revenue from corporations, has refused to take responsibility for hate, bias, and discrimination growing on their platforms. This July, a coalition of organizations including the Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, Sleeping Giants, NAACP, Common Sense Media, and Free Press is asking that businesses stop all advertising on Facebook to pressure the company to address hate on the social media platform (https://bit.ly/2VaLQzE). Three general recommendations include: 1) Provide more support to people who are targets of racism, antisemitism, and hate, 2) Stop generating ad revenue from misinformation and harmful content, and 3) Increase safety in private groups on Facebook. Each recommendation has specific actions that can be taken to achieve each goal. Users and advertisers demand that Facebook address racism across their platforms. North Face, Patagonia and several more companies are pulling July ads while FB encourages the spread of hate. We can learn more, join in, and ask more companies to sign on too: https://www.stophateforprofit.org/hit-pause-on-hate
JUNETEENTH ACTIONS/VIGILS/PROTESTS: Juneteenth celebrations were held all over the country. https://thehill.com/homenews/politics-101/503538-what-is-juneteenth If we attended a Juneteenth event, let’s take a moment to thank the organizers and follow-through on any suggested action items from the event.
CALL FOR COVID STORIES: The National Writers Series is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging world renowned authors in meaningful conversation. They are seeking writing submissions from children and adults about living in a COVID world. “What we want is what you feel today as the story is swirling around you like you are standing in Lake Michigan. You have your space, the news is a blizzard, your friends are doing one thing, your family is doing another, and your brain and your eyes are working overtime… What are you seeing, what are you thinking. What would you like your children to know about this, and how they should live through this experience, if it happens to them years from now?” https://lifeinthetimeofvirus.org/ Let’s share our stories!
POSTCARDING OPPORTUNITIES: From one of our own: Please use/share/distribute as you see fit. Thank you for all you do—extra thanks if you use any of the material I provide. I'm writing it for you! And take a moment to reflect on all the times you've spoken out over the last 3+ years. You are heroes! Here’s this week’s list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iG5vZeXr8jctOvrp7ckreP0Srm2ELEzw5FnS58rI1pw/edit Let’s write!
2020 ELECTION CALENDAR: This resource is searchable by date and state - https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/2020-state-primary-election-dates.aspx
REMINDER- CHECK VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS: Let’s make sure to regularly check our voter registration status. States are purging voters routinely--we don't want to get caught off guard. Take 1 minute and check right now: I Will Vote Then, let’s check how to vote by mail in our state. Many rules have changed due to the pandemic and we may be able to vote with a mailed ballot. We can find our state's latest voting rules here: How to Vote By Mail in Every State
SIX STATES HAVE ELECTIONS TODAY: Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia have elections today. https://www.rollcall.com/2020/06/22/6-things-to-watch-in-tuesdays-primaries-7/ If we are in these states, we need to VOTE and get out the vote!
KY: VOTE IN THE PRIMARY: This voter guide for Kentucky's June 23rd primary election also shows exactly how voter suppression works: by making it as hard as possible for people to vote. https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article243541377.html. Under the guise of conforming to health and safety guidelines, Kentucky officials have drastically reduced the number of polling places on Election Day from 3700 to less than 200. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/kentucky-cuts-polling-locations-angry-mob-long-lines-georgia-election-day-disaster-confusion-a9577501.html Those who were unable to request a mail-in ballot in time will need to find their polling place. Beware: many of them close at 4 p.m. Here's how to find our polling location: https://www.sos.ky.gov/elections/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx If we have already voted, we can check the status of our mail in ballot here: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/vic/ if we live in Louisville, we can vote in person at The Fairgrounds from 6-6 or if we have an absentee ballot, we can drop it off at 701 Ormsby in the dropbox or at the Fairgrounds. Mail in ballots must be postmarked by 6/23. Here are all Louisville post office closing times with last time for postmarking. (Gardiner Lane is the very last one, 9pm 6/23) https://bit.ly/Louisvillepostoffice If we have more questions about voting in Jefferson County, we can read this: https://louisvilledems.com/faq-voting-getting-your-ballot-june-23-election-for-jefferson-county/ Finally, if there are any issues with voting, we can call the voter protection hotline: 833-468-6835
POSTCARDING TO FLORIDA FOR VOTE BY MAIL: The Postcards to Voters' campaign to reach every registered Democrat in Florida to sign up for vote by mail continues. With over 17,000 addresses assigned by ABBY the address bot the other day, volunteers are making short work of each of the counties as they are loaded. Leader Tony the Democrat has stopped trying to keep up with announcements and has promised volunteers that we still have plenty of Democrats to reach. Let's request 5 addresses today for one of the open campaigns.
WI: AS GOES WISCONSIN: “As Goes Wisconsin empowers Wisconsinites to embrace how much their vote matters. Our goal is to reach and inform Wisconsin voters to be more educated parts of the electorate and more motivated to head to the polls on election day….and to make them laugh in the process.” Kristin Brey’s funny, but informative episodes are just what this election needs: https://asgoeswisconsin.com/episodes Let’s watch and listen!
ALL: PROTESTOR SAFETY: According to a 2017 study, 3% of people hit by rubber bullets die, while approximately 15% suffer permanent injury (https://bit.ly/3dnLBaD). At protests across the U.S., police have been seen both shooting rubber bullets indiscriminately into crowds and targeting civilians at point blank range, with activists, children, journalists, and photographers among those being injured. After the 2017 study was published, Physicians for Human Rights noted the damage that can be sustained from rubber bullets, and called on them to be "prohibited in the context of protests," (https://bit.ly/2V4DnO8). Let's contact our local mayors and city council members and tell them we agree with health experts and want police to stop using rubber bullets during protests. We can also contact our MoC and tell them that we want rubber bullets to be banned for crowd control at the federal level as well. Finally, let's be sure to read through and share this resource from Teen Vogue, which details what to do if we get hit with a rubber bullet.
VOLUNTEER TO ADOPT A BATTLEGROUND STATE FOR 2020 VICTORY: The election may hinge on six key states and a Vote Save America has just launched a strategy to win them. The Adopt a State Program is brand-new remote mobilization program that will help us directly support the work of organizers and candidates in these six key battleground states that will be most important to winning a progressive majority on Election Day—no matter where we live. After months working with the most effective state parties, political strategists, and progressive organizations on the ground in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin to find out where we can help the most, they will only send us actions that will make a real impact. We’ll get first rate training to become part of the best group of digital organizers out there. This custom live training series will include four sessions on Thursday evenings in June, curated to help make us the most effective organizers we can be. When we sign up, we’ll learn the messaging that works best, and the remote and in-person opportunities that will help us make the biggest possible impact on the outcome of its races: https://votesaveamerica.com/subscribe/
LEARN TO WRITE AN OP-ED: "In this hour-long webinar, we’ll look at some letters that hit the mark and others that miss it. We’ll talk about word-length, finding your newspaper/audience, developing a relationship with an editor and how to time your letters. Mostly, though, the focus will be on the writing itself, the tone, the message. Every story coming out of Washington these days is an opportunity to respond as a Democrat. Every letter we write could mean another American abroad voting in November." This is a workshop designed for Democrats Abroad, but is useful for anyone who wants to help remotely. We can RSVP here for the Saturday, June 27 (2-3 pm, EDT) event: https://bit.ly/37W6WXx
GET TRAINED TO VOLUNTEER VIRTUALLY FOR BIDEN: The upcoming 2020 Presidential Election will be crucial in deciding the fate of our country and our democracy. After 2016, we know we cannot be complacent, but must do everything possible to defeat Trump and get our country back on track. One way to start is to help Joe Biden's campaign which is looking for volunteers right now. We can click here to join an Action Center trainings (which will be offered 75 times between May 27 and November 1) and learn how to use our online organizing hub to volunteer virtually for Joe: https://www.mobilize.us/joebiden/event/149561
EPA drops regulation for contaminant linked to infant brain damage - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/epa-drops-regulation-for-contaminant-linked-to-infant-brain-damage
Why CBP’s Presence at the DC Protests Should Alarm All of Us - https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/06/10/cbp-protests-border-zone-312151
George Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests sweep US - https://apnews.com/f01f3c405985f4e3477e4e4ac27986e5
Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza on How to Organize and Stay Inspired During a Crisis - https://www.theroot.com/black-lives-matter-co-founder-alicia-garza-on-how-to-or-1844085402
Rebecca Solnit: The Slow Road to Sudden Change - https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-before-the-uprising-comes-the-work/
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