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7/23/20

NATIONAL ISSUES


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SUPPORT PREVENTING AUTHORITARIAN POLICING ACT: After a week in which heavily armed, unmarked federal forces in unmarked vehicles have been grabbing protesters off the street in Portland, Senators, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden have introduced legislation to stop the Trump administration from using federal forces as a shadowy paramilitary against Americans. https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Merkley-and-Wyden-draft-legislation-to-halt-federal-paramilitary-occupations-in-Portland-571840371.html The “Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America’s Streets Act,” an amendment to the current defense bill would 1) Require individual and agency identification on uniforms of officers and prevent unmarked vehicles from being used in arrests.
2) Limit federal agents’ crowd control activities to federal property and its immediate vicinity, unless their presence is specifically requested by both the mayor and governor.
3) Require disclosure on an agency website within 24 hours of deployments specifying the number of personnel and purposes of deployment. 4): Make it illegal to conduct any arrests in violation of these rules. We can read the amendment in full here:  https://www.merkley.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/NDAA%20Crowd%20Control%2020.7.20.pdf  A vote could happen SOON, so we can call our Senators and Representatives and ask them to vote YES, on the “Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America’s Streets Act” today. We can also sign here:  http://act.boldprogressives.org/survey/petition-trump-paramilitary/? to show our support and then share this information on social media.

IS IT FASCISM YET?  It is crucial that we not let up the pressure to keep armed, unidentified, camouflage-garbed paramilitary forces off the streets of US cities; Trump now has his eye on Chicago, NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore: https://www.wnyc.org/story/customs-and-border-protection-officers-criticized-for-being-in-portland   We have seen these tactics in Nazi Germany, in Argentina, in Chile and elsewhere.  We can sign this petition:  https://publiccitizen.salsalabs.org/oppose-trump-secret-paramilitary-forces-portland/index.html or we can contact the Acting Commissioner of Customs & Border Patrol, whose forces are now in Portland:  Mark Morgan at 202-344-1040 or 877-CBP-5511 or 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20229

TRUMP TRIES TO ALTER CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATION:  Angry at the Supreme Court decision barring a citizenship question from census forms, Trump, who may never have read the Constitution, on Tuesday issued an memo intended to alter the allocation of congressional representation, claiming that the president has final say over transmitting the final census report to Congress and that the Constitution does not explicitly define which persons must be included in determining apportionment; the memo demands that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross indicate in his legally-required report on the Census how many undocumented immigrants Trump can leave out of the apportionment equation, using records kept by Homeland Security, State, and Social Security among others:  https://www.wnyc.org/story/with-no-final-say-trump-wants-to-change-who-counts-for-dividing-up-congress-seats or https://thehill.com/latino/508314-trump-aims-to-bar-undocumented-immigrants-from-counting-toward-house-representation or https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-07-21/trump-memo-seeks-to-bar-immigrants-here-illegally-from-census-count Let’s tell these agencies to refuse to cooperate: DHS 212-361-8000; State 202-647-6575; Social Security 800-772-1213

WITHOLD ALL FUNDING FROM DHS UNTIL TRUMP STOPS SENDING UNINVITED TROOPS INTO CITIES: After harassing and inappropriately arresting protesters and provoking violence in Portland, Trump is now planning to send DHS troops into Chicago, and has threatened to send them into other “Democrat-run” cities, as well. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/trump-send-federal-agents-chicago-cities-71897784. Many Congressional leaders including House Leader Nancy Pelosi have responded that these stormtroopers must be stopped. Mayors across the country have been writing to Congress that they must find a way to end this practice immediately. Since Congress still holds the power of the purse, let’s ask our MoCs to completely to hold up all appropriations until this has stopped, and to defund DHS, which has clearly gone rogue and is no longer fulfilling its mission of protecting the American people. 

TELL THE SENATE TO PASS THE HEROES ACT AND PROTECT THE VOTE: Two months ago, the House passed the HR 6800, The HEROES Act, which would provide among other types of COVID-19 relief, $3.6 million to expand vote-by-mail and allow districts to make accommodations for safer in-person voting. Like most progressive bills, this has languished in Mitch McConnell’s graveyard. It’s time to call out the Senate for not recognizing the racial implications of denying every citizen in America the right to safely vote. COVID rates have been higher in Black and Brown communities, and people in these districts have had to brave long lines and substandard polling locations. The Republican-sponsored Senate alternative to the HEROES Act focuses on reducing business liability for worker exposure to COVID and tax incentives to get people to return to work. It does nothing about election security.  Let’s tell our Senators that we consider the HEROES Act a crucial piece of legislation and that any alternative COVID relief bill proposed must include the same number and types of safeguards to protect the vote. 

NURSES STILL AT RISK: Nurses all over the US are still dying for lack of the personal protective equipment that would save them from Covid-19. https://abcnews.go.com/Health/doctors-nurses-warn-protective-gear-shortage-coronavirus-surges/story?id=71778380 Let’s join National Nurses United (NNU) to demand that our senators support an OSHA emergency temporary standard to protect workers during the pandemic and the creation of a comprehensive and transparent medical supply chain system — including full use of the Defense Production Act--to rapidly scale up domestic production of PPE. Both of these measures are included in the HEROES Act and must be included in the next stimulus package.  NNU has made it easy to call our senators:  https://act.medicare4all.org/signup/call-your-senators-heroes-act

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD ANNOUNCES FEDERAL DEFENSE HOTLINE:  “The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) National Office is launching a hotline for activists and lawyers to report incidents of federal repression, such as FBI “door-knocks” at activists’ homes, grand jury investigations and subpoenas, and any other federal law enforcement efforts to undermine civil rights, including federal grab squads and the use of unidentified federal agents to police protests. The line is live at: 212-679-2811.”  Let’s learn more here and share what we learn: https://www.nlg.org/nlg-announces-federal-defense-hotline/ 

GET TO WORK FOR THE USPS: Let's not take this institution for granted. It's in trouble. And as Celeste Pewter says, the way we can really help the Postal Service is "1. Call your Senators and demand a vote on the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), and 2. Keep up the calls; it can't be a one and done. We have to keep up maximum pressure. Make calls daily." She includes more details on the bill and how it helps the USPS in this Twitter thread, viewable here. https://twitter.com/Celeste_pewter/status/1285009467336056832?s=20 

GRATITUDE TO THE US CONFERENCE OF MAYORS: "The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more,” https://www.usmayors.org/the-conference/about/ Its leadership is made up of both Democrats and Republicans. Together, the Conference issued a statement opposing the deployment of federal law enforcement to cities. It reads, in part, “Policing is a local and state function.  For the federal government to come uninvited, not coordinate with local or state officials, and arrest their residents without probable cause, is an unprecedented and dangerous threat to our democracy and to the future of our great country.  We call on the President and his Administration to cease and desist this activity.”  https://www.usmayors.org/2020/07/21/statement-u-s-conference-of-mayors-voices-opposition-to-deployment-of-federal-law-enforcement-to-cities/ Let’s express our gratitude and support to the US Conference of Mayors, 1620 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202-293-7330

ELECTION/VOTING

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

STATE/LOCAL

CA: CALL 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗘 𝗦𝗘𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗦: 𝗗𝗢𝗡'𝗧 𝗟𝗘𝗧 𝗡𝗨𝗥𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗛𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗛𝗢𝗢𝗞: AARP 
California has 3,184 COVID-19-related deaths in California nursing homes and long-term care facilities, with more to come. Rather than hold these facilities accountable, a new Bill, AB 1035, could shield them from accountability, granting immunity from COVID related liability to businesses with 25 or fewer employees, including residential care facilities for the elderly. Nursing homes must be held accountable for the health and safety of our most  vulnerable Californians, so AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson has sent a letter to Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson & Andreas Borgeas, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee asking them to OPPOSE AB 1035. We can read the full letter HERE:  http://spr.ly/6182GVhlo then call our State Senators all tell them to vote keep our vulnerable nursing home seniors safe by voting NO on AB 1035 

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

LEARN EFFECTIVE, SAFE NON-VIOLENT DIRECTION ACTION TACTICS ONLINE TODAY: As Trump widens his authoritarian attacks on peaceful protesters to include more cities, it’s a good time to learn how to be effective and stay safe as we stand up for justice on the streets. Extinction Rebellion NYC https://www.facebook.com/xrnyc/ is offering an online training TODAY in Non Violent Direct Action strategies and tactics to help prepare us to safely take to the streets and show solidarity through action.  We can sign up here for Non-Violent Direct-Action Training, held TODAY at 6:30 Eastern Time:

10,000 CALLS TO CONGRESS TO SAVE THE POST OFFICE: To continue functioning, and to get our mail-in ballots counted, our imperiled US Postal Service needs billions in federal funding, https://www.npr.org/2020/05/30/865258362/as-more-americans-prepare-to-vote-by-mail-postal-service-faces-big-challenges ; https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/14/834336341/hoping-to-save-the-postal-service-people-rush-to-buy-stamps . US Mail Not for Sale, the worker-led campaign to save the USPS sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers, https://usmailnotforsale.org/about/ , is holding a Call-in Day of Action today July 23. They need our help to make 10,000 calls to pressure Congress to pass $25 billion in COVID-19 relief for the USPS. Let’s sign up and save the Post Office: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/usmnfs-sign-up-for-the-senate-call-in?source=website

SURPRISE RETIREMENT PARTY:  Field Team 6 wants us to join in to Tweet, post, 'Gram, TikTok & text up a social storm to roll out their first virtual voter registration drive on Saturday, July 25 from 5-6 pm PT. Let's get the VOTERIZER.org link out to every eligible unregistered American......and have some online fun sending Donnie into retirement! Let’s get a little more information and sign up:  https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/287772/?refcode=newsletter07162020

LEARN DIGITAL ORGANIZING BASICS: The Campaign Workshop is offering a series of free workshops this summer, starting with Let's Get Digital w/ Sophie Thurber on July 30. In this workshop, we will learn digital fundamentals and find creative ways to engage with our targeted groups, using different platforms, creating a strong online presence and integrating digital communications into our strategies. We can learn more and sign up for the Campaign Workshop’s Digital Organizing webinar here:

TRAINING TO WIN 2020: “Got Covid Blues? Ready to pivot to virus free, online electoral action? Training to Win 2020 has got you covered. We're here to help you navigate pandemic-induced challenges in traditional grassroots and field organizing, to boost the total number of voters reached and volunteers recruited in 2020.”  We can learn more and sign up for this August 1st (10:00am to 1:00pm PDT) free virtual training here:  https://www.mobilize.us/training2win2020/event/287118/

FREE ACTIVISIM 101 WEBINAR:  Activism 101 is a free, one-hour (ish) webinar for folks who have very little to no experience with activism and/or political action. It’s a survey course with one goal: to give those who are furious and sickened by the state of our, bite-sized actions they can take to help vote Trump out, flip the Senate, win a bunch of down-ballot races, and basically make good things happen in November and beyond. Workshop will be led by Jessica Craven who is a mom, veteran activist, elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, legislative chair of her Moms Demand Action chapter, and the author of daily actions email “Chop Wood, Carry Water.”  Let’s grab a few friends and inquire about times: cwcwdailyactions@gmail.com  

READING/WATCHING/LISTENING



New York Times investigation of how ICE helped to spread COVID-19 - https://www.cbsnews.com/video/coronavirus-new-york-times-investigation-ice-helped-spread-covid-19/

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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




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