Weekly Action Items

POCKET GUIDE OF ACTIONS: http://bit.ly/2pWVNiF
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•Turn it blue! Help phone bank and join the campaign to rebuild a progressive majority. https://www.codeblue.team

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•Keep funding for the wall out of the budget.

CALL:
Schumer; 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Go to 5calls.org for script
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•Protect our climate! 45 wants is pushing to pull out of the Paris agreement. The U.S. needs to stay a part of the agreement with the reduced CO2 emission targets set by the Obama administration.

CALL:
Scott Pruitt: 202.564.4700
Your rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
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•Keep controversy policy riders out of the 2017 budget.

CALL
Schumer; 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
Rep: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Go to 5calls.org for script

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•Sign your name and help save Planned Parenthood from being defunded.

http://bit.ly/2onQATS
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The Climate March is Saturday! Join the march and let Trump know climate change is real! http://bit.ly/2lqpZng

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Additional Action Items:

•Join your local code blue and rebuild a progressive voting majority: https://www.codeblue.team

Join Swing Left and help swing districts turn blue: https://swingleft.org/|

•Go to 5calls.org for more action items

Q&A: Organizing the Rochester March for Science

On Saturday, scientists and those who support science will, as the March for Science website notes, march on D.C. to champion “robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” In Rochester, scientists and supporters will be doing the same.

Stephanie Gallant, an early childhood educator and an organizing committee chair for the Rochester March for Science, told Action Together Rochester a little bit about what inspired her to get on board planning this event while discussing the significance of science to our community and world.

Q: How did you become interested in activism? How long have you been doing it? 

A: This is the first thing I have done in the realm of activism. I tend to prefer to be involved with things rather than just participating in them, and when I became aware of the MFS movement at the end of January, I immediately wanted to be a part of something like that in Rochester. My intention then, and now, is that I am not the ONLY coordinator, but that a team of interested people be created. We have a great team and we make team decisions.

Q: How did you become involved in the March For Science? 

A: While browsing Facebook in late January, after the inauguration women’s march around the time that Twitter-bans were being placed on government agencies, a friend of a friend posted a link to a Facebook Group about scientists who wanted to march on Washington. I was one of the first 5,000 people on the page. By the end of the night, there were 375,000 people. I’m grateful that Rochester has been a part of it from the beginning, as D.C. has provided a lot of guidance. For me, as a newcomer to event planning and activism, it has been very helpful.

Q: Why is the March For Science an important cause and what does it represent for our community and country?

A: I only recently learned exactly how much SCIENCE is done in Rochester. We have so many companies and nonprofits using science and innovation to make our community better. We have many companies, some with federal funding, that employ the people of this area. Our nonprofits use science to help people, animals, and the local environment. Our colleges and universities receive federal funding to train the next wave of scientists. All of this is threatened with budget cuts. 

Science itself is so broad. For me, as an educator, it’s more than just “science class,” it’s the process in which we all learn about the world around us. When young children—preschoolers, toddlers, and infants—play they are *doing* science. They are observing. They are wondering and questioning. They try new things. They change their methods. And, so excitedly, they share their results with the other people around them. I love when young children discover how to make their block building taller or discover that mixing yellow paint and blue paint makes green paint. The wonder of looking closely at an ant on a stick IS science. It’s part of who we are and how we learn, as individuals and as a community. The process of science is being undermined when the results of science are not respected. For me, that is my biggest concern and the reason I march.

Q: What do you most hope the march will accomplish? 

A: I hope this will be a starting point and an eye-opening experience for people, no matter their political views, to understand how important science is to our community and world, and to advocate for responsible, evidence-based policy.

Q: What has been the most surprising experience you’ve had/thing you’ve learned since becoming involved in activism? 

A: I truly understand why people call large projects their “baby.” Much like when I had a newborn, organizing the RMS I’m up all hours of the night, dedicating myself to something other than myself, forgetting important things like showering and eating, and feeling exhausted but running on pure adrenaline.

Q: Any advice you have for avoiding burn-out and keeping positive in activism? 

A: Find an end date and plan a day off from your project, your job, and other obligations. I’ll see if I can practice what I preach.

Q: Lastly, do you consider yourself political? And do you consider science a political issue—why or why not? 

A: I do not consider myself political, which is one reason the March for Science felt comfortable to me. I do not see science as partisan, though, because it is used to better our communities and nation, because the government does and (I believe) SHOULD involve itself in science, it Is political


Details:

What:
Rochester March for Science
When: Saturday, April 22 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Manhattan Square Park
(The first Rochester Science Expo will take place after at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.)

Weekly Action Items

Check out this pocket guide of actions! CTA 4-9-17nat 2

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Urge congress to grant asylum to Syrian refugees
Go to 5calls.org for script

CALL:
Schumer: 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
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•Support access to safe abortions by opposing HR7: http://bit.ly/2jNecvF

CALL:
Schumer: 202.224.6542
Gillibrand: 202.224.4451

SCRIPT:

Hi. I’m from ZIP and calling to express my opposition to HR7, which prevents women from accessing safe, medical abortion. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/7
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Demand town halls during the April recess
Go to 5calls.org for script and representative’s phone number

Or find your rep here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
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Support the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017
Go to 5calls.org for script and representative’s phone number

Or find your rep here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find
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Hike for Earth Day and help the Sierra Club raise $20,000
Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2oY6sfE
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Oppose any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood or restrict women’s access to critical reproductive health services.
Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/2ojVdvf
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Join your local tax day march on Saturday. There’s one going on in Buffalo: https://www.facebook.com/events/408659229507588
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Additional Actions!

•Join your local code blue and rebuild a progressive voting majority: https://www.codeblue.team

•Join Swing Left and help swing districts turn blue: https://swingleft.org/

•Go to 5calls.org for more action items

Daily Action Item: Call your Representative to reject the Rebublican Obamacare repeal bill

The Republican Obamacare repeal bill passed through two committee votes in the House of Representatives last week, and is expected to pass through more this week.

A vote by the full House is expected as early as the end of next week.

In order to stop this bill, we need 21 Republicans and all Democrats to oppose it. Right now, only 8 Republicans are on record in opposition. We need more votes.

No matter whether you are represented by a Democrat or a Republican, we need you to get on the phones right now.

Call Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter at (202) 225-3615. Demand she reject this plan. Here is a sample script:

Hi, my name is (Name ) from (zip code) in (City). I oppose the health care bill introduced by House Republicans last week and I want Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter to reject this proposal and fight to protect the millions of Americans who rely on Obamacare for health insurance. Thank you for all your hard work on our behalf.

Today’s Action Item: Call/Email Eric Schneiderman

NY’s State AG, Eric Schneiderman, is planning to take down Trump using the emoluments clause. They are asking people in NY to call AND send an email to him, voicing our support for further investigations into Trump’s conflicts of interest and potential violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, so that the AG can bring a suit! As of today they only had 300 responses to the call for support. Let’s grow that number by leaps and bounds! Please share widely.
Phone 212-416-6218 or 212.416.8300
Email: nyag.consumerbureau@ag.ny.gov
Be sure and put your name, address and number in the email.

DAILY ACTION ITEMS

Action Items of the Day!

  • Action Item: Call your congressional representative and make sure they know how many people in your district rely on ACA — repealing this is a threat to the health of our nation. Check out the info here: http://bit.ly/2lxAIK3
  • Action Item: Stand up to hate crimes. Since Trump’s election in November, there has been an uptick in hate crimes against vulnerable communities across the United States. Call the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division: 202.514.4609

SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned citizen from [CITY, ZIP].

I am calling today to ask for a full and unified investigation into the multitude of recent hates crimes, such as the mosque burnings, Jewish Community Center bomb threats and the racially motivated shooting of an Indian engineer. These crimes are appalling and must be investigated immediately to ensure a safe America for everyone.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

  • Action Item: Join the Alliance for Quality Education in New York and Action Together Rochester in the People’s March for Education Justice in Rochester.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1153194151445863/

  • Action Item: Ask you reps to oppose the HR 610! The Choices in Education Act of 2017 (H.R. 610) has three components that would affect public schools throughout the country. Passing this legislation would be a blow to our public school system and rip critical funding from our public schools to private, for-profit institutions. #actioneducation

 

  • Action Item: Fax your congressional representatives and demand that they move forwards on calling for a thorough investigation into election interference with Russia

Senator Schumer:
(202) 228-2838 NYC (not a typo_
(202) 228-3027 DC

Senator Gillibrand:
(866) 824-6340 NYC
(202) 228-0282 DC

Here are letters for easy printing, signing, mailing, and faxing! And SHARING!

http://bit.ly/2mEVXcf

Don’t have a fax machine? Use this site site: https://faxzero.com/

  • Action Item: 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.

 

 

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.

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

Have a question or action suggestion? Check out my FAQs first.

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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