Daily Action Items

ACTION ITEMS OF THE DAY!

  • HOLD OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE
    – TAKING PLACE TOMORROW: ‪From resistancerecess.com
    Chris Collins no town hall protest 
    Friday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
    Geneseo, NY 15424
    – Call your reps and use this script to inquire into how they will approach the investigation of Russia: http://bit.ly/2kQEqN3
  • PROTECT ALL OUR STUDENTS
    – Call your state’s department of education and senate reps and ask how they plan protect transgender students.- Let Betsy know we expect and demand that she protect all students. Don’t back down to Trump and Sessions. Many outlets are reporting that BDV actually argued against rescinding LBGTQ protections and her job was threatened.

    Tweet Betsy Devos: @BetsyDeVosED

    Write to Besty DeVos:
    U.S. Department of Education
    Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building
    400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20202

  • SAVE AMERICORPS
    “On Friday, 2/17 the New York Times published a report claiming that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) — including AmeriCorps — is on a “hit list” of federal programs the Trump administration could propose to eliminate. We must act now to ensure our voices are heard and national service is protected.Visit the link below to email your member of Congress and tweet to them your stance on AmeriCorps. http://about.serviceyear.org/save_americorps
  • LOCAL DONATIONS NEEDED
    A man from Iraq who worked as a translator with our troops and his family were only allowed to bring one suitcase to start from scratch. Donations are needed in the form of housewares, furniture, toys, and clothing for a 7-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. PM Emerson Schofield for more info.
  • STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
    Get those fingers ready and start making calls to help flip CT to a blue majority. The vote is Feb. 28.: http://bit.ly/2kQOqpf #politicalaction

Daily Action Items

ACTION ITEMS OF THE DAY!

The City Rochester has a Community Climate Action Plan (CAP) to provide a framework for sustainable projects and actions that will help Rochester reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Contact Anne Spaulding in the City’s Office of Energy and Sustainability at (585) 428-7474, or email her to support this.
http://www.cityofrochester.gov/climateactionplan

•FRIDAY, February 24, from resistancerecess.com
Chris Collins no town hall protest
Friday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
Geneseo, NY 15424

•LOCAL DONATIONS NEEDED: A man from Iraq who worked as a translator with our troops and his family were only allowed to bring one suitcase to start from scratch. Donations are needed in the form of housewares, furniture, toys, and clothing for a 7-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. PM Emerson Schofield for more info.

•Call your reps and use this script to inquire into how they will approach the investigation of Russia: http://bit.ly/2kQEqN3

•Get those fingers ready and start making calls to help flip CT to a blue majority: http://bit.ly/2kQOqpf

•Read up on how to be effective at town halls and pertinent questions to ask: http://wapo.st/2ldMJ8K

•Flip-a-friend! Read up on what pushes republicans away from supporting democratic ideologies and have a gentle conversation. http://nyti.ms/2lD6k3q

•Oppose HR 610, a bill designed to push school privatization Send an email today to your representatives that says, “Do not sign on to or support HR 610.” It’s easy to do. http://bit.ly/2lZinsg

•As many of you know, our protest outside of Senator Robach’s office was to defend Planned Parenthood and urge NYS Senators, including Robach, to vote on crucial upcoming NYS legislation: the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA), and the Reproductive Health Act (RHA).

Both of these bills have already passed NYS Assembly, but both still have to pass the Republican-led NYS Senate! These bills have not made it through our NYS Senate in recent years, but that is because they are not feeling the heat from constituents! A few folks are now beginning to schedule visits to our NYS Senators offices to press them on these two very important bills, but we need more! Plan a scheduled visit with 3-4 folks (best if you are a constituent) to your NYS Senator to support CCCA/RHA.
If you are not able to schedule a visit, please see numbers 2 and 3…
2- Call/write to your NYS Senator to support CCCA (has passed NYS Assembly).
3- Call/write to your NYS Senator to support RHA (has passed NYS Assembly)

To find your NYS Senator: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator

SAMPLE PHONE CALL SCRIPT (OR FOR A LETTER):
“Hi, my name is ______________, I’m a constituent from (city/town), (zip code). I am in favor of the Reproductive Health Act AND the Comprehensive Contraception Care Act. And I urge the Senator to please support them both. Thank you.”

You can ask, “Can you tell me where the Senator stands on these important pieces of legislation?” And, “Please let him/her know that I am in favor of these bills and would like him/her to be in favor of them also?” Feel free to add more information (facts, statistics, personal stories).

Thank you. Together, we can do this!

Daily Action Items

• LOCAL DONATIONS NEEDED: A man from Iraq who worked as a translator with our troops and his family were only allowed to bring one suitcase to start from scratch. Donations are needed in the form of housewares, furniture, toys, and clothing for a 7-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy. Email through our form for more information.

•Call your reps and use this script to inquire into how they will approach the investigation of Russia: http://bit.ly/2kQEqN3

•Get those fingers ready and start making calls to help flip CT to a blue majority: http://bit.ly/2kQOqpf

•Read up on how to be effective at town halls and pertinent questions to ask: http://wapo.st/2ldMJ8K

•Flip-a-friend! Read up on what pushes republicans away from supporting democratic ideologies and have a gentle conversation. http://nyti.ms/2lD6k3q

•FRIDAY: ‪From resistancerecess.com
Chris Collins no town hall protest
Friday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
Geneseo, NY 15424

•Oppose HR 610, a bill designed to push school privatization Send an email today to your representatives that says, “Do not sign on to or support HR 610.” It’s easy to do. http://bit.ly/2lZinsg

What to do week of Feb 12, 2017

What to Do This Week of February 12, 2017

Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

We have 90 weeks until mid-term elections.

The intention of this weekly document is to make clear, hype-free suggestions for action backed by well-considered research. If an issue doesn’t affect you, consider whether you would support this issue on behalf of other Americans, then act accordingly. Although diligently prepared, contents are subject to human error. Please do your own research.

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Act on your beliefs and values

I believe I can make a difference.

Action: Print the Americans of Conscience Action Worksheet to create a plan. Or use Kelly Wooten’s adorable pocket version.

I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

Action 1: Protect Constitutional freedoms at the state level.

With Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General, Americans’ basic rights may be at risk (source).

Call: Both your state legislators (lookup).

Script: Hi! I am a constituent from ZIP. I am calling to ask whether our state tracks data on police violence and hate crimes.

— If they’re not sure, ask if they’d be willing to call back with info.

— If not, say: “With Sen. Sessions’ appointment to Attorney General, I am concerned about eroding rights. I would like _name_ to propose legislation that would keep accurate data on hate crimes and police violence in our state. Thank you.”

Action 2: Speak out against the ban on immigration and refugees.

My buddies at Weekly Resistance make it really easy.

Click: http://www.weekly-resistance.online/past/noBan.html

Action 3: Support detained immigrants.

Donate: Help provide legal representation of peaceful, asylum-seeking immigrants and prevent extended detention in sub-par facilities (source).

Click: https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/.

Action 4: Represent detained immigrants.

Action: With a deficit of legal representation for peaceful immigrants, the American Immigration Council needs volunteers to defend the rights of immigrants. Training provided.

Click for more info: http://immigrationjustice.us/.

I believe in integrity and reject corruption.

On January 6, an official report of the CIA, FBI, and NSA assessed with high confidence that Vladimir Putin ordered a 2016 campaign to undermine public faith in the US democratic process. Thankfully, three Senate and House bipartisan committees are now examining Russia’s actions.
Action: Support investigation of Russian interference in US elections.

Call: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

  • Chair, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 202-224-3154
  • Ranking Member, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) 202-224-2023

Call: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

  • Chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) 202-225-2523
  • Ranking Member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) 202-225-4176

Call: Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism

  • Chair, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972
  • Ranking Member, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 202-224-2921

Script: Hi! I’m calling in regard to _name’s_ role on the _committee name_. I strongly support his work on resisting attempts to “move on” from Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. I am looking forward to learning the outcome of the committee’s findings.

I believe in a quality, taxpayer-funded education for America’s youth.

Action: Connect with a teacher.

Do you know a teacher? Reach out to them and listen. Don’t give advice or vent, just listen to what’s on their mind in the wake of DeVos’ confirmation. Ask how you can support them.

I support the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people.

Action 1: Support the water protectors at Standing Rock.

djt (AKA “45”) recently said that he’s gotten “no calls” complaining about the Dakota Access Pipeline (source).

Use your voice: Use the White House contact pageTwitter, or Facebook to tell 45 you do have a complaint about DAPL.

Script: By failing to do an environmental study on the impact of the DAPL pipeline under Lake Oahe, we are violating a sacred agreement and legal treaty rights. I oppose this action and am asking for the environmental study to proceed.

Action 2: Support the economy of Molokai, HI.

Stand up for the little guy. A land-owning board is changing a small business’ lease, risking Molokai’s local economy and well-being of native Hawaiians.

Call: RW Meyer Ltd.’s board at 808-553-3828 (if you live in OR or HI–a divide-and-conquer strategy).

Script: Hi! I’m calling because I read the news about plans to change the lease for Molokai’s historic mule rides. We hope you’ll have a change of heart and find a solution that works for all. (Be kind and respectful.)

Call: Rep. Lynn DeCoite 808-586-6790 (If you live in the other 48 states).

Script: Hi! I’m calling because I’m concerned about the future of Molokai’s mule rides. Although I’m not a constituent, I’m hoping that Representative DeCoite can assist in finding a solution that works for everyone. Thanks!

I believe in a government with qualified, trustworthy leadership.

Action 1: Advocate for transparency and oppose corruption.

Sign the White House petition insisting 45 release his tax returns. It’s already got 600,000 votes. Can we make it a million by February 19th?

Action 2: Support presidential tax transparency legislation.

Call: Your three MoCs (1 representative and 2 senators lookup).

Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_. I am calling to request that  _name_ publicly support the Presidential Tax Transparency bill introduced in the _Senate or House_ (S.26 or H.R.305)_, requiring disclosure of the three most-recent years of tax returns. I do care about President Trump’s tax returns and conflicts of interest. Thank you.

Action 3: Oppose legislation that makes corruption easier.
Companies that extract oil and other resources abroad should not be allowed to bribe those countries’ officials and cover it up (source).

Call: Both your senators (lookup).
Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from ZIP. Do you know how _senator_ plans to vote on overturning the Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption rule? I’m concerned because overturning it would make corruption easier for oil companies and increase poverty in other countries. I am asking my senator to defend Section 1504 and stand up against corruption and poverty.

Only two more! You can do it! <3

I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

Action: Use a gallon less.

The climate crisis is created by human behavior. As a human, you can change behaviors that reduce oil production and keep warming below 2* (source). Commit to using a gallon less per week.

Choose: a behavior from this list.

I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

Stay alert to healthcare jargon.

Pay attention to the rhetoric changes regarding the ACA/Obamacare:

Republican leaders now understand that many Americans don’t want their coverage to disappear, but using weaselly language puts a different spin on ideas that favor the rich and reduce actual care. The devil is in the details. #staywoke

Just a little reminder to breathe and keep taking care of yourself. If we get tired and burned out, he wins.

Acts of gratitude

Research shows practicing gratitude has numerous health benefits. If you’d like, take time to express your thanks to people making a difference and showing courage.

Standing up for the judicial branch

Write: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), 1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 305, Lincoln, NE 68508.

Script: Thank you so much for speaking out in support of America’s judges. There are no “so-called” judges. I appreciate your leadership! Name, State (source)

Speaking up for women’s access to reproductive care

Write: Isabella Lövin, SE 103 33 Stockholm, Sweden and/or

Lilianne Ploumen P.O. Box 20061, 2500 EB The Hague, The Netherlands

(use $1.15 in stamps on each letter or postcard).

Script: Thank you for your leadership in response to my country’s regrettable “gag rule.” Please accept my gratitude and extend my thanks to leaders whose actions support women’s choices everywhere. Name, State, Country (sourcesource)

Supporting presidential tax transparency

Write: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) (address), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) (address), and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) (address).
Script: Thank you for introducing your Presidential Tax Transparency bill in the _Senate or House_. I’m grateful for your efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns and those of future presidents and nominees. Name, State

Advocating for ethics and integrity

Write: Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), 367 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071.
Script: Thank you for recommending a way forward to releasing Trump’s tax returns. Transparency is important!  Name, State

Recommended Reading

  • Civics 101: Majority rules and minority rights (source).
  • The judiciary is America’s emergency brake (video).
  • George Lakoff interview (video), and what we, the majority, can do (Lakoff).
  • The shame of American detention centers (source).
  • 45’s plans are not good for the economy (source).
  • What happened to the biggest scandal in Washington? (source).
  • Note how hard Breitbart works to defend 45’s tax opacity–and his spokeswoman to evade the issue. In the end, Wikileaks may do the job.

This is #NotNormal

  • A normal president doesn’t use his position to publicly shame a company for refusing to carry his daughter’s product lines (source).
  • A normal president’s aide doesn’t publicly promote the president’s daughter’s product lines (source).
  • A normal president’s wife doesn’t use her position to promote her own product lines (source).
  • A normal president doesn’t hide money in offshore tax havens associated with money laundering and the Russian president (source).
  • A normal president’s office is not leaking this level of detail about infighting and incompetence (source).
  • Canadian visitors to the US are not normally turned away at the border (source).
  • New, legal immigrants to the US do not normally head straight to Canada for asylum (source).
  • A normal president doesn’t yell, “See you in court!” while in a courtroom.
  • A normal president understands how the judicial branch works to uphold constitutional rights (source).
  • A normal president reads executive orders before signing them (source).
  • A normal congress thoroughly vets cabinet appointments and makes room for dissent (sourcesource).

Good news

You made it! Deeeep breath! Now for the good news: it’s not all going south.

  • The immigrant and refugee travel ban was blocked a second time (source).
  • Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on the GOP (source).
  • A new lawsuit could force 45 to release his tax returns (sourcesource).
  • The first step toward impeaching 45 began this week (source).
  • More Republicans are breaking with 45 (source).
  • Evangelical leaders denounce 45’s Muslim ban (source).
  • In response to the immigrant ban, NY’s Museum of Modern Art installed Muslim art in solidarity (source).
  • Five retailers stopped carrying products featuring the president’s brand (source).
  • NC’s governor got his powers back (source).
  • The people are “making life miserable” at town halls (source) and speaking up for affordable health care (source).
  • Patagonia protests efforts to reverse Obama’s land-protection legacy (source).
  • Melinda Gates stands up for access to reproductive care (source).
  • Close to home: The Yemeni brother of my local falafel stand owner made it safely to the US this week. He has been working for fourteen years on his application and spent several days in the Dubai airport after the EO was signed. What a joy and relief for his family and our community that he is finally here!

Housekeeping

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What to do this week Jan 29

What to Do This Week of Jan 29, 2017

Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

 

We have 21 months to mid-term elections. Fired up?

 

The intention of this weekly document is to make clear suggestions for action backed by well-considered research. If an issue doesn’t affect you, consider whether you would support this issue on behalf of other Americans and act accordingly. Although these topics have been well researched, they are subject to human error. Please do your own research!

 

Did someone send this to you? Sign up for this weekly checklist here:

http://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/

 

I believe I can make a difference.

 

Print out the Americans of Conscience Action Worksheet and make a plan.
(Or this adorable pocket version by the amazing Kelly Wooten!)

 

I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

 

Action 1: Oppose religious discrimination by contacting the White House.

Call: The WH comment line is closed, however, use:

Email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact (scroll down past the photo)

Script: I oppose the executive order banning entry to the US by green card-carrying residents, dual passport-holding residents, legal citizens, and vetted, peaceful refugees. This action is unconstitutional and unamerican.

Tweet: .@realDonaldTrump How foolish it looks for a POTUS to prevent legal residents + peaceful immigrants from entering the USA.

(A note on the tweet: Shame motivates narcissists, not criticism.)

 

Action 2: Defend the rights of legal immigrants to our country.

Donate to the National Immigration Law Center: https://www.nilc.org/

 

Action 3: Ask your elected officials to publicly oppose this executive order.

Call: Your three MoCs (1 representative and 2 senators) (lookup)

Script: Hi! I am a constituent from _ZIP code _ and oppose the executive order on banning refugees and legal residents. Can you tell me if _MoC’s name_ has publicly opposed this action? If not, can you tell me when s/he will? If so, are they willing to withhold consent in the senate until the ban is lifted?

 

I believe in a government with qualified, trustworthy leadership.

 

Oppose cabinet appointees who will soon be up for a full senate vote.

Call: Your two senators. (lookup)

Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ calling about cabinet appointees. I know that six is a lot to oppose, but I believe the following people are unfit to lead: Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, Steve Mnuchin, Rex Tillerson (confirmed), Scott Pruitt, Andrew Puzder, and Tom Price. Will you let me know how _my senator_ plans to vote on these appointees?

 

I believe in my Constitutional right to free speech.

 

Oppose legislation that risks criminalizing your constitutional right to peaceful protest if you live in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, North Dakota, or Washington state. (source) (source) (source) (source) (source) (source)

 

Action 1: Call. Look up your state legislators’ numbers at openstates.org

Script: Hi! I am a constituent from _town_ calling to oppose new legislation that threatens my constitutional right to peacefully protest. Can you tell me where my representative stands on this issue?

 

Action 2: Share. If you know anyone in the states above, ask them to make

these calls.

 

I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

 

Oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act

Call: Your representative (not senators–for now) (lookup)

Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ and I support the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA is repealed, it will affect me personally. For example, (share what your life will be like without it, i.e., I take prescriptions I can’t afford, my child has a chronic condition, we would have to sell our home, etc.). Can you tell me where _rep’s name_ stands on this issue?

 

Sign up for health insurance

Conservatives are second-guessing a quick repeal of this law (source), so it’s more important than ever to show them you value the ACA.

Sign up by Tuesday at healthcare.gov. Experts say coverage is likely remain valid for the rest of 2017 (source).

 

I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

 

Action 1: Support the water protectors at Standing Rock.

If you are able, contribute to mounting legal fees after months of arrests (source).

Click here: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf

 

Action 2: Oppose the wall at the Mexican border.

Its construction would be threaten 111 endangered species (source).

Call: Your representative (not senators–yet) (lookup)

Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ and would like to know if _elected official_ has publicly opposed building a wall on the Mexico border. I’m concerned not just about the expense to Americans and relations with Mexico, but for the numerous endangered species this project would harm.

 

I believe in a vote for every American.

Support Americans citizens without representation.

For years, residents of Puerto Rico and Washington, DC have been seeking statehood and a vote. They need your help.

Email: Your MoCs (your representative and both senators) (lookup)

Write: Use your new postcards and stamps.

Script: I am a constituent from _ZIP_ and support statehood for the over 4 million US citizens in Washington DC and Puerto Rico. All citizens deserve a voice and representation.

Note: Send e/mail so that phone lines are open for pressing issues.

 

Recommended reading

Useful, in-depth articles I find while I’m reading obsessively. You’re welcome.

 

Storytelling: How to talk so Members of Congress will listen, by Rachna Choudhry (Click to read.)

 

Deliberate action: Step two of the Trump Resistance Plan, by Stephen Harper (Click to read.)

 

“Christofascism:” Understanding the minds of zealots, by Kieryn Darkwater (Click to read.)

 

Self-care: How to stay outraged without losing your mind, by Mirah Curzer (Click to read.)

 

This is #NotNormal

 

It is not normal for a president to target investigations on states that didn’t vote for him (source). It is not normal to lie about which people are to blame for not winning the popular vote (source). A normal president accepts election results and, after winning, focuses on his or her leadership.

 

It is not normal for a president to ban a federal department from communicating with the public (source), to force them to hide data (source), nor pressure a department to lie on his behalf (source). A normal president welcomes information from government experts to assist in his or her leadership.

 

It is not normal to deny entry to legal residents with all required documents (source) nor invade their privacy (source). A normal president respects privacy and allows legal residents to travel freely.

 

Good news

Thank goodness. Couldn’t you use some good news right now?

 

One less conflict of interest: Direct references to the first lady’s product lines have been removed from the White House website (source).

 

Republican heroes: Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) advocates for an “intelligence-led approach” to securing the Mexico border, not a wall (source).

 

Integrity matters: A whitehouse.gov petition for the president to release his tax returns is receiving more votes than any petition ever–over 380,000 so far (source).

 

Truth to power: The Tohono O’odham Nation publicly opposes a wall through their tribal lands on the border of Mexico (source).

 

Fighting fake news: Google and Facebook are starting to take measures to prevent the spread of fake news (source) (source) (source).

 

Reigning in bullies: Ada Morales’ rights as a US citizen were upheld when a federal court ruled her 24-hour detention by US immigration unconstitutional (source).

 

Americans showing up for each other: “When the International Refugee Assistance Project put out a call for lawyers to help new arrivals in danger of being turned away, it received 3,000 volunteers in four hours” (source).

 

Please keep taking care of yourself. If we get tired, he wins.

 

Housekeeping

 

 

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