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

Final action

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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!

 

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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

 

 

Final action

 

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What to do this week

What to Do This Week of Jan 22, 2017

Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

 

There are 21 months to mid-term elections. Let’s get cracking!

 

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 and are intended to be helpful, they are still subject to human error. Please do your own research!

 

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I believe I can make a difference.

 

Gear up for the next 652 days to the midterm elections.

Print out this worksheet for the steps below:

 

  1. Put your representative’s name, local phone, DC phone, address, and email on the worksheet or your phone. Get them here.
  2. Put your two senators’ names, local phones, DC phones, addresses, and email addresses there too. Get them here.
  3. Get a pile of postcards (or sheets of 110lb cardstock to make your own) and 34-cent postcard stamps. Snail mail is the new response to full voice mailboxes.
  4. Decide on your “Top Three” most-important issues. Focusing on just a few issues will prevent overwhelm. Consider choosing at least one issue that doesn’t affect you personally.
  5. Have a conversation with yourself and/or beloved others about how you want to give time and/or treasure to your Top Three.
  6. Set aside time each week to be active. 20-60 minutes is a good range. Add this to your calendar. You might consider doing your actions with others for support and community.

 

I believe in a free, quality education for America’s youth.

 

Oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos to Secretary of Education ASAP.
Even if you’ve already called and/or left a message, call again. If you get voicemail, leave a message. (Instructions on the next page.)

Call: Senate HELP Committee Chair, Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 202-224-4944

Call: HELP Committee Ranking Member, Patty Murray (D-WA) 202-224-2621

Call: Your two senators. (lookup)

Script: Hi! I am calling to oppose Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. (Really, that’s all you need to say.)

 

I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

 

Oppose Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions

Call: Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) 202-224-3744

Call: SJJC Ranking Member, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841

Call: Your two senators local office (look up)

Script: Hi! I am calling to oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

 

Read the ACLU’s 7-point action plan

https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/here-aclus-7-point-plan-action-take-trump-administration

Choose what action you will take based on what you read.

 

I believe in integrity and reject corruption.

 

Sign the first two petitions on the new White House website. (Incidentally, I’m happy to see the petition page–which Obama started–still on the site.)

  1. Release tax returns: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-release-donald-trumps-full-tax-returns-all-information-needed-verify-emoluments-clause-compliance

  2. Divest:  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/divest-or-put-blind-trust-all-presidents-business-and-financial-assets

 

I believe in creating a healthy environment for future generations.

 

Since the new potus* and crew don’t believe the climate crisis is real, we must ask our state governors to uphold Obama’s climate goals.

Click this link for an easy call with complete script. (Weekly Resistance rocks!)

 

I believe in my Constitutional right to free speech.

 

Call your governor if you live in Michigan, Washington (state), Minnesota, North Dakota, or Iowa. These five states are proposing legislation that criminalizes peaceful protest. (source)

Also call your state representative if you live in the states above.

Share: If you know anyone in the states above, ask them to call.

Script: I am a constituent calling to oppose new legislation that threatens my constitutional right to peacefully protest.

 

I believe in the value of social welfare.

 

Protest the potus’* wide-ranging, unamerican budget cuts.
Full instructions on The 65

 

I believe in affordable, accessible healthcare for all Americans.

 

Read this thorough, timely action plan to prevent dismantling the ACA.

https://www.risewhenwefall.org/healthcare

Choose what action you will take based on what you read.

 

I believe in the power of my voice.

Get coffee: Ask a few friends to meet up and discuss how you’ll proceed over the next four years. This website offers fantastic step-by-step instructions on how to take meaningful action.

Send an email to friends.

Use this guide: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/group-toolkit

 

Recommended Reading

 

Prepare mentally: The next four years will be rough if you don’t understand how psychological manipulation works. Using precise examples, this article shows you how to avoid falling prey to fear-based mind games. Moyers is a little intense for my taste, but his information stellar.

Read: http://billmoyers.com/story/the-trump-resistance-plan-step-one/

 

ACA Executive Order: This article explains what the potus’* executive order means for the Affordable Care Act, signed the day of the inauguration.

Read: http://www.vox.com/2017/1/20/14343332/trump-obamacare-executive-order

 

This is #NotNormal

 

It is not normal for a inaugural address to include words like carnage, trapped, robbed, decay, and ravage. (source) A normal president doesn’t use language of fear and escalation, but hope and vision.

 

It is not normal for a democratic president to have military parades in major cities. (source) A normal president respects the military by supporting veterans and pursuing peace.

 

It is not normal for a president to threaten citizens for using their First Amendment right. (source) A normal president seeks to understand complex issues and takes a just and nuanced approach to solving them.

 

It is not normal for a president to promise to eliminate business conflicts of interest, fail to do so, and then lie about it. (source) A normal president enters his or her term free of conflicts of interest and even the impression of corruption.

 

Good news

 

Fair voting: Gerrymandering took another huge hit in Georgia where a judge found twelve congressional districts to be racially discriminatory and subject to redistricting. (happy dance for justice!) (source)

 

Republican leadership: Once again, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is calling for deeper investigation into Russia’s influence in the American election process. His willingness to speak out is courageous and commendable. (source)

 

NoDAPL progress: Water Protectors in North Dakota have two pieces of good news. First, out-of-state lawyers may now assist with the glut of arrest cases, and, second, the full environmental DAPL study will proceed. (source)

 

Stronger together: The Women’s March in DC to protest the new potus* was a rousing success. Women and allies marched in more than 500 US cities (source) and more than 70 countries in sister marches (source). The DC march alone surpassed inauguration attendance!

 

Commence Impeachment: The ACLU is taking the first step to analyze potus’* business conflicts of interest as an impeachable offense. Expect calls to action on this in the future. (source)

 

Housekeeping

 

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Things to do week of January 8

Blogger Jen Hofmann’s list of nation-wide action items for this week

What to Do This Week of Jan 8, 2017

Actions for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans of conscience

 

The intention of this weekly document is to make clear suggestions for action backed with well-considered research. Although these actions are intended to be helpful, they are still subject to human error. Please do your own research!

 

If you’d like to subscribe to this weekly action list, please go here:

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

 

The most important thing this week: Senate confirmation hearings

 

This is a second dense action list in a row, but I promise you a ton of good news at the end as your reward.

 

In yet another unprecidented action, most of djt’s cabinet appointment hearings are stacked together starting Tuesday this week. Some will have hearings without a completed ethics review from the Office of Government Ethics. Even if you don’t think this is evasive and creepy, this schedule will make it hard for the OGE, the press, and the American public to understand who the new cabinet leaders are and assess their conflicts of interest.

 

What you can do is put pressure on the senate committees so they know we’re paying attention.Yes, making calls can be stressful, but it’s working. Staffers are telling us they’re hearing from lots of people. Never underestimate the power of your voice.

 

Your voice matters

 

For each cabinet appointee you feel is unfit to serve, take two specific actions:

 

  1. Tell the Senate committee chair (Republican) you oppose the nominee.

  2. Tell the Senate ranking member (Democrat) you oppose the nominee.

 

  1. Optional: Call your own two senators to oppose–especially if you are a Republican.

 

Note: Do leave a message if you get voicemail or call after hours/weekend.

 

Make the calls

 

  1. Oppose Housing and Urban Development Secretary appointee, Ben Carson.

Committee: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Call: Chair Richard Shelby 202-224-5744

Call: Ranking member Sherrod Brown 202-224-2315 (mb full?)

Script: I am calling Sen ____ in his role as the Chair/ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. I would like him to know I oppose Ben Carson for HUD Secretary. I’m concerned about Carson’s lack of experience and opposition to this department. (source)

 

  1. Oppose Homeland Security Secretary appointee, Gen. John Kelly.

Committee: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Call: Chair Ron Johnson 202-224-5323

Call: Incoming ranking member Claire McKaskill 202-224-6154

Script: I am calling Sen ____ in his/her role as the Chair/ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. I would like him/her to know I oppose General John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security. Not because he is unqualified, but I oppose militarizing the US cabinet. (source source)

 

  1. Oppose Environmental Protection Agency appointee, Scott Pruitt.

Committee: Senate Environment and Public Works

Call: Chair John Barrasso 202-224-6441

Call: Incoming ranking member Tom Carper 202-224-2441

Script: I am calling Sen ____ in his role as the Chair/ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. I would like him to know I oppose Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator. I’m concerned about his climate denial, anti-EPA lawsuit, and ties to energy industry. (source)

 

  1. Oppose Energy Secretary appointee, Rick Perry.

Committee: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Call: Chair Lisa Murkowski 202-224-6665

Call: Ranking member Maria Cantwell 202-224-3441

Script: I am calling Sen ____ in her role as the Chair/ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee. I would like her to know I oppose Rick Perry for Energy Secretary. I’m concerned about his ties to oil, climate denial, and history of opposition to this agency. (source)

 

Only three more! You can do it!

 

  1. Oppose Commerce Secretary appointee, Wilbur Ross.

Committee: Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation

Call: Chair John Thune 202-224-2321

Call: Ranking member Bill Nelson 202-224-5274

Script: I am calling Sen ____ in his role as the Chair/ranking member of the Senate Energy Committee. I would like him to know I oppose Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary. I’m concerned about his deep financial ties to Russia. (source)

 

  1. Oppose Defense Secretary nominee, Gen. James Mattis.

Committee: Senate Armed Services

Call: Chair John McCain 202-224-2235

Call: Ranking member Jack Reed 202-224-4642

Script: I am calling Sen ____ in his role as the Chair/ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. I would like him to know I oppose General James Mattis for Secretary of Homeland Security. He may be qualified, but we et a dangerous precident when militarizing civilian cabinet posts. (source source)

 

  1. Oppose CIA Director appointment, Mike Pompeo.

Committee: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Call: Chair Richard Burr 202-224-3154

Call: Vice chair Mark Warner 202-224-2023

Script: I am calling Sen ____ in his role as the chair/vice chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. I would like him to know I oppose Mike Pompeo for CIA director. I’m concerned about someone who supports government surveilance, torture, and religious oppression leading this vital agency. (source)

 

Still have time?

 

Last week’s email had seven additional cabinet appointees to oppose–some of whom will have a hearing this week. If you haven’t yet called to oppose them, here’s the link to last week’s document.

 

Good news

 

You did it! Here’s your reward: news of actual humans being kind, supporting each other, and standing up for what’s right. We are still a fantastic, diverse country (in case you needed a reminder).

 

  1. Some Rockettes choose to sit out on inauguration (story from Rolling Stone)

 

  1. Vermont governor pardons 192 non-violent marijuana convictions (story from NYT)

 

  1. A&E cancels plans for Escaping the KKK documentary (story from WaPo)

 

  1. Obama vaporizes anti-Muslim NSEERS program (story from Vox)

 

  1. A bunch of awesome senators introduce legislation blocking discriminatory registries (press release)

 

  1. Obama bans drilling in Arctic and Atlantic oceans (story from The Guardian)

 

  1. Adorable reaction of bystander to lesbian wedding proposal (from HuffPo)

 

  1. Billionnaire donates the last of his fortune to charity (story from NYT)

 

  1. This will make you tear up. There are GOOD people in the world. (from newsner)

 

TOLD you there was good news!

 

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Things to do Week of Jan 1 – Jen Hofmann’s list

What to Do This Week of Jan 1, 2017

Actions for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans of conscience

There are two weeks until DJT takes office

 

The intention of this weekly document is to make clear suggestions for action backed with well-considered research. You don’t need to do them all–just the ones that align with your values and abilities. 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 and are intended to be helpful, they are still subject to human error. Please do your own research!

 

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Happy New Year

 

This is a long one. But we’ll start with good news and end with a whole slew of more good news, okay?

 

The power of our voices

 

First of all, with less than 24 hours notice, the people opposed an effort to gut the independent congressional ethics committee in favor of self-policing and–get this–it WORKED. Although most news sources are crediting djt’s statement with the abrupt change of course, insiders are saying it was public outrage that did it, specifically phone calls.

 

Congresswo/men want to be reelected. When you speak up, they listen.

 

The risks ahead of us

 

On Jan 20, we will have a president who doesn’t respect the constitution, whose advisers deal in conspiracy theories and fear mongering, and whose incoming cabinet has deep ties to foreign leaders, big oil, and racist ideology. For anyone who isn’t white, straight, male, and worth more than a million dollars our, incoming leadership appears to care little about you.

 

But this is not who we are. We still have a voice. “If you feel hopeless, it’s because you’re not doing enough.” When I wake up filled with dread, these words remind me– don’t fret, just do more.

 

Do something.

 

How to act strategically

 

Which brings us to this week’s action checklist. As Americans of conscience, the most important issue for action is the senate’s cabinet confirmation hearings.

 

We must oppose djt’s many nominees who have unprecedented conflicts of interest that risk the integrity of our democracy. The good news? Speaking up might effect change since the senate needs 51 votes to confirm, and Republicans hold only 52 spots. Don’t assume your senators will make the right choice for our country. Be clear and unyielding.

 

Make calls. It works. Based on the advice of my own senator’s staff, make these calls before hearings begin on Jan 10. This means right now, for each cabinet appointee you feel is unfit to serve, there are two specific actions to take:

 

  1. Tell the Senate committee chair (Republican) you oppose the nominee.

  2. Tell the Senate ranking member (Democrat) you oppose the nominee.

 

  1. Optional: You can also call your own two senators to let them know.

 

Note: Do leave a message if you get voicemail or call after hours.

 

The following seven people are the Senate Democrats’ official “oppose” list. I’ll be suggesting more in next week’s email. Appointments with an asterisk* were major donors to djt campaign and/or PACs.

 

  1. Oppose Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson for ties to Exxon and Russia (source)

Committee: Foreign Relations Committee (more deets)

Call: Chair Bob Corker (R-TN) 202-224-3344

Call: Ranking member Ben Cardin (D-MD) 202-224-4524

Script: I am calling to oppose Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. His ties to Russia and Exxon are a risk to our nation’s integrity and security.

 

  1. Oppose Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions for racial bias and opposition to LGBT rights (source)

Committee: Senate Judiciary Committee (deets) hearings on Jan 10 and 11

Call: Chair Chuck Grassley 202-224-3744

Call: Incoming ranking member Dianne Feinstein 202-224-3841

Script: I am calling to oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General because I believe in the rights of gays and lesbians and people of color.

 

  1. Oppose Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Price for his opposition to the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). (source)

Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (deets)

**Note: this is the same committee as for Betsy DeVos and Andy Puzder (below), so combine these calls if you wish.

Call: Chairman Lamar Alexander 202-224-4944

Call: Ranking member Patty Murray 202-224-2621

Script: I am calling to oppose Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human services. I believe we should be expanding health care coverage for Americans, not making it more difficult to access and afford.

 

  1. Oppose Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos* for her support of diverting tax dollars to private schools. (source)

Committee: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (deets)

Call: Chairman Lamar Alexander 202-224-4944

Call: Ranking member Patty Murray 202-224-2621

Script: I am calling to oppose Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. I believe my tax dollars should fund a robust and free primary education to all Americans. Her plans would leave public schools even more underfunded.

 

  1. Oppose Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder* for his opposition to workers rights and fair wages (source) (implications)

Committee: Hearing on Jan 12 (deets) Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Call: Chairman Lamar Alexander 202-224-4944

Call: Ranking member Patty Murray 202-224-2621

Script: I am calling to oppose Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary. I value fair wages and worker’s rights, and Mr. Puzder seeks to weaken both.

 

  1. Oppose Mick Mulvaney’s appointment to Director of Management and Budget Office. (source) (opinion)

Committee 1: Senate Budget Committee (deets)

Call: Chairman Mike Enzi 202-224-3424

Call: Ranking member Bernie Sanders 202-224-5141

Committee 2: Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (deets)

Call: Chairman Ron Johnson 202-224-5323

Call: Incoming ranking member Claire McCaskill 202-224-6154

Script: I am calling to oppose Mick Mulvaney’s appointment. I believe in honoring our country’s financial obligations and supporting affordable healthcare.

 

  1. Oppose Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin for his history of predatory business practices (source)

Committee: Senate Finance Committee (deets)

Call: Chairman Orrin Hatch 202-224-5251

Call: Ranking member Ron Wyden 202-224-5244

Script: I am calling to oppose Steven Mnuchin (m’NOO-chin) for Treasury Secretary. I believe someone in this role needs to have a history of solid ethics and integrity.

 

Edit: I got an email from someone asking for clarification. Normally senators don’t want to hear from non-constituents. Here’s my reply:

Yes, that is absolutely 100% normally the case. However, we’re contacting them specifically in their role as leaders of the senate committee that will be vetting a cabinet member. Because of this, they absolutely need to hear from all constituents. It is also useful to contact one’s own senators about who you’re opposing, but for cabinet positions, we’ve got to tell the committee leaders how we feel and what we value.

 

Recommended reading

 

What we know so far about the Russian cyber attacks

 

Why Russian ties are bad for the West (prophetic article from July 2016)

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/07/vladimir_putin_has_a_plan_for_destroying_the_west_and_it_looks_a_lot_like.html

 

First reports on increased hate crimes since the election

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/opinion/the-scope-of-hate-in-2016.html?_r=0

 

The limits of the press with a president who tweets his policy

http://pressthink.org/2016/12/winter-coming-prospects-american-press-trump/

 

How to prevent normalizing djt & co. (opinion)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/14/democrats-donald-trump-presidency-normalize-administration

 

Priebus’ relationship with djt

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/310827-priebus-flexes-muscle-in-trump-tower

 

A 20-year-old waiter from Appalachia said it best

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/20/i-make-2-35-an-hour-in-coal-country-i-dont-want-handouts-i-want-a-living-wage/?postshare=2101482276552209&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.7f028e1e13cb#comments

 

From the Department of #NotNormal

 

It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to raise money by charging people to see him. A normal president isn’t for sale.

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/trump-mar-a-lago-conflict-of-interest

 

It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect and his staff to disregard the importance of free press. A normal president tolerates scrutiny and values many forms of communication.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/sean-spicer-donald-trump-media-press-conferences-233029

 

It is NOT NORMAL for a Secretary of State nominee to have an offshore tax haven for his Russia-connected business. A normal SoS avoids any and all conflicts of interest for the good of the country’s security and integrity.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/18/leak-rex-tillerson-director-bahamas-based-us-russian-oil-company?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to assume the cause of an attack. A normal president is deliberate in their communication and avoids making unfounded accusations.

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/12/ankara-berlin-trump-obama/511202/?utm_source=atlfb

 

It is NOT NORMAL for a House Speaker to willingly violate constitutional rights. A normal Speaker prefers open sharing of the democratic process.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/paul-ryan-livestream-constitution-232994

 

It is NOT NORMAL. No words.

https://thinkprogress.org/under-political-pressure-kuwait-cancels-major-event-at-four-seasons-switches-to-trumps-d-c-1f204315d513#.fq7yh6z0p

 

It is NOT NORMAL for a president-elect to pass off foreign aggression. A normal president handles foreign aggression in a deliberate and considered manner.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-no-computer-safe-from-hacking-233093

 

Good news

 

At last! I promised a whole slew of good news, so here is your reward for making all those phone calls. You did make those calls, right? 😉

 

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is fighting back with a plan against djt’s rigged cabinet appointments

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/trump-cabinet-confirmation-battle-232867

 

President Obama commutes sentences for nonviolent federal inmates

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/19/barack-obama-commutes-sentences-presidential-pardons

 

Generous Israelis help Syrians

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/1218/Surge-in-Israeli-donations-to-their-sworn-enemies-Syrians

 

Making peace with enemies

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/trump-supporter-man-punched-hug-court-vow-heal-america-together/

 

Djt’s press criticism is helping the journalism industry

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/business/media/by-attacking-the-press-donald-trump-may-be-doing-it-a-favor.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

 

New ebola vaccine at 100% effectiveness

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/22/health/ebola-vaccine.html?_r=0

 

NYPD allows sikhs to wear turbans on duty

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/30/applause-nypd-move-allow-turbans-sikhs-uniform/95988158/

 

China bans ivory trade

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/elly-pepper/china-announces-game-changer-elephants-will-ban-ivory-trade-end-2017?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=socialmedia

 

Washington Post is adding 5 dozen reporters (even if they won’t use the word ‘lies’)

http://www.politico.com/media/story/2016/12/the-profitable-washington-post-adding-more-than-five-dozen-journalists-004900

 

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