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!
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I believe I can make a difference.
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
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.
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.
Note: Send e/mail so that phone lines are open for pressing issues.
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.
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).
Truth to power: The Tohono O’odham Nation publicly opposes a wall through their tribal lands on the border of Mexico (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.
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