Nov
8
to Nov 17

November 8 - November 17

1. Nobody is Above the Law (Rally)

Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up.

Trump putting himself above the law is a threat to our democracy, and we’ve got to get Congress to stop him. Indivisible is mobilizing immediately to demand accountability, because Trump is not above the law. Once you sign up, make sure to invite friends to join you at the event! Sign up HERE.

When: Thursday, November 8 at 5 p.m. (local time)
Where: Civic Center, San Francisco, CA 94102

2. Send Get Well cards to Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office and fractured three ribs. The 85-year-old liberal justice was admitted to a hospital Thursday, November 8th after falling in her office and fracturing 3 ribs. Let’s send her some love to let her know how much we appreciate her and wish her well.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543

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Aug
11
to Aug 19

August 11 - 18

ACTION 1: Urge Senator Wiener to oppose AB 813

On Monday, August 13th, Sen. Wiener will vote in the CA Senate Appropriations Committee on AB 813, which would cede California's authority over appointing the board members who run California's electricity market to the Trump Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), whose members all have ties to the coal and fossil fuel industry. Please call Senator Wiener this weekend or early Monday morning to urge him to vote NO on this bill- he is still undecided! 

Call script is below: 

"Hello, my name is _______ and my zip code is _______. I am part of Indivisible SF.

I am calling to ask Senator Wiener to oppose AB 813, which would cede California's authority over appointing the board members who run California's electricity market to the Trump Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), whose members all have ties to the coal and fossil fuel industry. 

AB 813 would create a Western regional grid of major coal states, which would replace the California corporation that runs our system and allow a new regional group to control California's electricity choices. 

iven Trump's promotion of the coal industry, shackling California to major coal states would undermine California's progress in clean energy. We should no more trust the Trump FERC to pick the people who would run California's electricity system than we trust Scott Pruitt to run the EPA. That is why Senator Wiener should vote no on AB 813."

https://www.indivisiblesf.org/2018-5-7-weiner-ab813.html

ACTION 2: Postcard Campaigns for California Democratic Congressional Candidates

CA-1

Democrat Audrey Denney is running against Republican incumbent Doug LaMalfa.

Email postcardstocd1voters.org to sign up again for addresses and instructions.

CA-4

Democrat Jessica Morse running against Republican incumbent Tom McClintock.

Email info@committoflipblue.com for addresses and instructions.

CA-21

Democrat TJ Cox is running against Republican incumbent David Valadao.

Email info@committoflipblue.com for addresses and instructions.

CA-22

Democrat Andrew Janz is running against Republican incumbent Devin Nunes

Email intern@andrewjanzforcongress.com for addresses and instructions.

CA-42

Democrat Julia Peacock is running against Republican incumbent Ken Calvert

Email crystal.juliapeacock@gmail.com for addresses and instructions.

ACTION 3: Sign up with Sister District phone bank

Changing demographics and dismay with Trump are giving Democratic candidates a chance for governor and Senate (and the State House of Representatives for Legislative District 6, which is nested in Jeff Flake's Congressional District!). Sign up for Sister District’s #SDPWeekendofAction at Sunday's phone bank from 11am - 2pm to help get out the vote for Felicia French for Arizona and Bobby Tyler for Rural Arizonahttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/sister-district-sf-phone-bank-…

ACTION 4: Postcards for Indivisible SF

Here are some great postcarding opportunities you can help out with right now:

Sneaker Blue Wave: CA CD1 really needs our help. They have been badly hurt by the fires, their phonebank hub was down for a week. But people are still getting mail! The candidate, Audrey Denney, is fantastic, and it couldn’t be easier to be active---they will provide you with cards, mailing labels and the message, you write the cards and provide postage. Contact Cindy Ellsmore or Stephanie Nix at info@postcardstoCD1voters.org.

September Swell: Orange County Indivisible is currently postcarding to recruit volunteers. The Harley Rouda campaign (to defeat Dana Rohrabacher, Russia's favorite congressman) will gear up in September; contact Sara Lowell at resist@ioc48.com.

Rising Tide: Live in the East Bay? Indivisible East Bay has their monthly postcard party this coming Sunday Aug 12, contact Ted and see more info at their Facebook event.

And on Wednesday, Aug 15, join us at our Wednesday Wine & Sign happy hour at 6-8pm at Standard Deviant Brewing (280 14th St & Mission) to have a drink, socialize and write letters to GOTV for the midterms. RSVP link coming soon!

And don’t forget - we are working on our November Election Voter Guide. Use this Google form to suggest questions for the candidates in the upcoming election. The deadline to submit your questions is this Thursday.

https://mailchi.mp/indivisiblesf/indivisible-sf-weekly-actions-a-tsunami-of-postcards

ACTION 5: Support SB-100 Clean Energy in California

Let's fight climate change in California.

STATUS: passed Senate. Now in Assembly

WRITE YOUR Assemblymember

Members from: Assembly
Find your Assembly Member here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov
Addresses for Assembly Member here: https://docs.google.com/…/127Qj_pNrC1_Kz8wugb2P-IODRr…/edit…

SUGGESTED WORDING:
Dear AM. ___,
Please support SB-100. Mandate 100% carbon free electricity by 2045. Stop climate change and protect Earth. There is no PLANet B. From your constituent and voter.
NAME & ADDRESS

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Jun
23
to Jul 7

June 23rd - July 7th

Action 1: Fight for the re-unification of migrant families

Listing of immigrant child detention centers, by statehttps://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fpc2a.info%2FListingImmigrantChildDetentionFacilities&h=AT0WMWQjMXJx31UzZsEa7IeJaZtPPvzX_8uU94-7ZChXcY5vgMJ5iKW8V6MEGCRhUjwMAzufRHNTXY7J7P4sZDp1w9KK9mSrcjXf2O7_rYk2zG9nsaM

Immigration Resources: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1onS-oiXj20IYTeaKNtan_4SB7ccv3Ypg5efqBRIkUgg/htmlview

Map of where migrant children are being held across the country: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/21/us/where-are-the-border-children.html?smid=tw-share

Keep Families Together Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/3036/cosponsors

Day of Action at West County Detention Facility: June 26 from 7am - 7pm.  West County Detention Center at 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806. Event details

Families Belong Together: Attend a June 30th event. 

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May
28
2:30 PM14:30

May 28 - June 6

ACTION: If you are a California voter, contact your Assemblymember or State Senator now. 

Priority bills that are now before the Assembly or Senate, and MUST pass before June 1.

Legislative Update: twelve of our priority bills have passed all the committee hearings in the first house and are headed for floor votes next week! These bills must pass their first house by Friday, June 1st, in order to go on to the second house. More information on the state legislative process can be found here: https://ca.state-strong.org/index.php/guide/

The twelve priority bills are below: 

SB 822 - Wiener, Scott D. (D, SD 11) - Net Neutrality: Prohibits internet service providers from blocking, throttling, and prioritizing paid tiers of traffic if they use state-provided funding or infrastructure, like utility poles. 

SB 834 - Jackson, Hannah-Beth (D, SD 19) - Prohibits the development of new oil pipelines and other infrastructure in coastal waters controlled by the California State Lands Commission

SB 974 - Lara, Ricardo (D, SD 33) - Extends Medi-Cal to all those eligible, regardless of immigration status. 

SB 1100 - Portantino, Anthony J. (D, SD 25) - Raises age to 21 for buying a gun and prohibits anyone from buying more than one gun per month. 

SB 1186 - Hill, Jerry (D, SD 13) - Requires law enforcement agencies to develop and publicise a proposed Surveillance Use Policy for the use of each type of surveillance technology. 

SB 1421 - Skinner, Nancy (D, SD 09) - Permits public disclosure of records of police officers using firearms or other weapons, or involved sexual assault. 

SB 1449 - Leyva, Connie M. (D, SD 20) - Requires testing of rape kits. 

AB 1793 - Bonta, Rob (D, AD 18) - Allows automatic expungement or reduction of a prior cannabis conviction. 

AB 1775 - Muratsuchi, Al (D, AD 66) - Prohibits the development of new oil pipelines and other infrastructure in coastal waters controlled by the California State Lands Commission. 

AB 2965 - Arambula, Joaquin (D, AD 31) - Extends Medi-Cal to all those eligible, regardless of immigration status. 

AB 3118 - Chiu, David (D, AD 17) - Requires statewide audit of existing rapekit backlog. 

AB 3131 - Gloria, Todd (D, AD 78) - Requires police and sheriffs to hold open public hearings and transparency reporting when acquiring military-grade equipment.


Write your State Senator

Find your Senator here:
http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Contact info for your state Senator here:
https://docs.google.com/…/15chgbWSPzh8MLemsfLPgnim1NB…/edit…

Write your Assembly member now! 

Members from: Assembly
Find your Assembly Member here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Addresses for Assembly Member here: https://docs.google.com/…/127Qj_pNrC1_Kz8wugb2P-IODRr…/edit…

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May
1
to May 13

May 1 - May 13

ACTION 1: Support CA District 10

If you would like to support CA-10, please volunteer for a phone bank or canvass! They really need your help to get a democrat past the primary on June 5, 2018, and phone banking and canvasses are some of the best ways to turn out voters. If you'd like to keep writing postcards, you can also join one of our CA-21 campaigns.

Action 2: Thanks to Kamala Harris and Kristen Gillibrand

Today we're thanking US Senators Kamala Harris and Kristen Gillibrand! Senator Harris has vowed that she will no longer accept donations from corporate PACs, nor will Senator Gillibrand (in addition to Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Maria Cantwell and Bernie Sanders). Read more here: http://thehill.com/…/384408-kamala-harris-will-no-longer-ac…

And Senator Gillibrand has proposed new legislation that would require every US Post Office to offer basic banking services, making it easier for working-class and low-income Americans without access to commercial banking to obtain low-cost, short-term loans.

Let's send thank you and encouraging postcards to both of these hard working Senators fighting to keep our elections fair and improve our lives!

Senator Kamala Harris
501 I St Suite 7-600
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
780 Third Avenue
Suite 2601
New York, New York 10017

ACTION 3: Keep the pressure on to protect a free and open internet

*This action is from Wall of Us

Here’s how:

1. California’s SB822 is advancing its way through the California Senate but predictably, high-priced cable lobbyists are doing all they can to throttle the momentum. Those of us represented by Senators Henry Stern and Robert Hertzberg need to tell them to get out of the way.

2. Use this tool from our friends at Indivisible to apply pressure to your state AG, elected officials, governors, or municipalities to restore net neutrality. Make sure the officials who work for you are on the right side of history.

 https://www.wallofus.org/posts/314/keep-the-pressure-on-for-a-free-and-open-internet


 

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Mar
25
to Apr 2

March 25 - April 2

This week's actions all come straight from Wall of Us.

"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have." -- James Baldwin

Action 1: Tell Your Representative to Vote on Legislation to Protect Mueller
Protect the man protecting our democracy.

Action 2: Help Flip NY Blue in a State Special Election
Empire State, we are comin’ at ya.

Action 3: Time for Facebook to Face the Music
Where’s the dislike button, Mark?

Action 4: Enrage Mike Pence & Support Gay Rights by Buying John Oliver's Brilliant Children's Book
John Oliver is magic!

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Mar
10
to Mar 24

Weeks of March 10 - 24

Thanks to Solidarity Sundays for these actions, which are part of their action plan for this month. (www.solidaritysundays.org)
 

ACTION 1: #BLUEWAVE2018 VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING!

Here are several ways that anyone can start taking action on some very important campaigns.

  • Do A Virtual Phonebank For Stacey Abram
  • Stacey Abrams is running for Governor of Georgia—if elected, she would be the first Black female governor in American history!
  • The Georgia primary is May 22nd, and you can very easily volunteer to phonebank for her by going here: https://secure.staceyabrams.com/page/s/open-virtual-phone-bank (note: Sundays are not listed as a day option for phonebanks, but they give an option for ‘other’ dates

Volunteer Remotely For Beto O’Rourke

Support Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania

ACTION 2: SUPPORT THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN

In 2004, the NRA successfully pressured the Republican-controlled government into not renewing the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. The ban had worked to protect lives: after it expired the number of gun massacre deaths (which had decreased over 40% during the ban) jumped nearly 2.5 fold. Gun violence experts are now renewing their calls for a nationwide ban on these types of weapons. Recent polls show at least 2/3 of Americans support a nationwide assault weapons ban. In November of last year, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced an assault weapons ban (S.2095). This bill would ban future sales of high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons, including the AR-15 used in many recent gun massacres (Parkland, Las Vegas, Newtown). Legislators must act now before any more lives are needlessly lost.

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS:

I’m calling/writing today to ask Senator ___________ to vote in favor of S.2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017. We cannot afford to wait any longer to protect innocent lives from gun massacres.

ACTION 3: MAKE A PLAN FOR THE UPCOMING WALKOUT AND MARCH FOR OUR LIVES.

On Wednesday March 14th, the Women's March EMPOWER youth group is calling for schools around the country to hold walk-outs at 10am. Learn more here.

Saturday March 24th is the March For Our Lives, organized by the youth from Parkland.

How can your chapter support these efforts? Is there a march it happening in your city? Will your local schools walk out? How can you attend/support/be part of these important demonstrations?
 

ACTION 4: REPEAL THE DICKEY AMENDMENT

The Dickey Amendment is a federal provision first inserted as a rider into the 1996 federal government omnibus spending bill which mandated that "none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the(CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control." Backed by the NRA, it was inserted into a much larger bill, and it become law.  While technically it doesn't actually prevent the CDC from doing public health research on guns, it effectively prevents it, as little to no research can be done without funding.  

Since it went into effect, CDC researchers have mostly avoided firearm studies, worried that to propose a scientific examination of the issue would be perceived as a promotion of gun control and could cost them federal funds. According to the New York Times: "When someone dies in a car crash, the local police fill out a detailed form that is shared with the federal government. Researchers have mined that data to see how policies — in road design, licensing rules, seat belt laws or car requirements — can reduce the death toll from driving. When someone is killed in a shooting, the data collected is skimpier, more haphazard and not reported to the federal government from every state. That lack of information isn’t the main reason gun policy remains such a political and controversial issue in American life. But it does limit the ability of policymakers to fully understand what laws could make a difference."

  • Write, email, or reach out on social media to your members of Congress.  

  • "We need to repeal the Dickey Amendment so that we have the best information we can about gun violence.  If we want to solve the problem of gun deaths, we need to understand it, and to understand it we need accurate data and fully-funded, thorough research."

ACTION 5: SUPPORT ONGOING NRA BOYCOTT/DIVESTMENT EFFORTS

Since the Parkland shooting, a number of major companies have cut ties with the NRA—an organization that has gone far beyond being an advocacy group for responsible gun owners, and has devolved into an explicitly racist, fear-mongering, race-baiting, politician-buying force. You can keep pressuring companies like FedEx, and sporting good stores that sell assault rifles like Bass Pro Shops, but also consider looking locally: Are there local business in your community supporting the NRA? If the NRA has a strong presence in your community, how can you organize safely and locally to push back on their violent agenda? Here’s a great example of this kind of advocacy: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/video/3814259-women-urging-people-to-boycott-businesses-supporting-nra-fundraiser/

ACTION 6: THANK YOUS

In honor of Women’s History Month, we encourage chapters to write to women and women-led community organizations who are making positive and profound impacts on the lives of women and girls. Thank them for their work, and let them know you see and appreciate their efforts and their labor.

Also consider writing notes of support and encouragement to women who are running for office in November! These campaigns are long, hard slogs and they’re just getting started—let these women know you are rooting for them, and will work to support them! Here are a few that we suggest, but please look to your local and state races as well:

Laura Moser (progressive running for Congress in TX-7; founder of texting-based activist org Daily Action; recently subject to attacks from the DCCC, but still made it to the run-off in May
5711 Bissonnet St.
Bellaire, TX 77401

Claire McCaskill (Dem Senator from Missouri who faces a critical and tough reelection campaign)
503 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Stacey Abrams (running in Georgia to become the first Black female Governor)
1270 Caroline Street Suite D120-447
Atlanta, GA 3030

Want MORE #Actions?! Go here:

 

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Feb
18
to Feb 25

Week of February 18 - 25

1. No more blood money!

Write companies that are connected with the NRA. No more blood money. Great list here: https://www.drainthenra.com/company-information-1

2. Tell FedEx to Stop Supporting the NRA

FedEx is still a member of the National Rifle Association’s Business Alliance, granting discounts up to 26% for NRA members and funding a reckless and irresponsible pro-gun agenda that puts all Americans at risk.

Tell FedEx to stop supporting the NRA. Ask them, politely but firmly, to pull out of the NRA’s Business Alliance and cease supporting a reckless organization that puts the lives of Americans at risk in the name of corporate profits.
The National Rifle Association accepts millions of dollars from gun manufacturers every year to advance an extremist pro-gun agenda, including eliminating gun-free zones at schools and houses of worship, gutting criminal background checks for gun sales, and allowing open carrying of loaded guns in all public places.

While the NRA’s Washington lobbyists scheme to weaken gun laws and increase gun sales with scare tactics, they ignore the will of their own members, who overwhelmingly support8 stricter gun laws.

FedEx was #58 on the Fortune 500 list of companies in 2016, with revenues exceeding $50 billion. They have enormous economic power in America, and they can send a clear message to the NRA: American businesses don’t support your extreme agenda, and we won’t accept your blood money!

SEND POSTCARDS HERE
FedEx Customer Relations
3875 Airways, Module H3
Department 4634
Memphis, TN38116

YOU CAN EMAIL THEM HERE
https://www.fedex.com/…/customersuppo…/email/office/FXO.html

ACTION 3: CA-10 POSTCARD WRITING VIA "PERSON TO PERSON."

http://bit.ly/2BgOj25

Sign up by email and you get 1 address at a time. Easy!

 

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Feb
11
to Feb 17

Week of February 11 - 17

Action 1: Postcards of thanks to CA Attorney General Berecca

Thank you, Att'y General Becerra, for standing strong on correctly counting our census.

“What the Trump Administration is requesting is not just alarming, it is illegal,” Becerra said. “The California Department of Justice is putting President Trump on notice: if a citizenship question is added to the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau questionnaire, we are prepared to take any and all necessary legal action to protect a full and accurate Census. This is clearly an attempt to bully and discourage our immigrant communities from participating in the 2020 Census count.” --San Diego Tribune.

Please thank (again) our AG.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
Office of the Attorney General
1300 "I" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-2919

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-citizenship-census-20180212-story.html

Action 2. Save our Libraries!

On February 12, 2018, the White House released the budget proposal for FY 2019. The proposal eliminates funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS provides more than $183.6 million for libraries through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The proposal also eliminates funding for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program, a Department of Education program that provides $27 million for school libraries.

Ultimately, Congress has final say over the budget. Today, let Congress know that federal library funding is important to you and your community. Use the talking points on ala.org/takeaction or visit ala.org/fundlibraries#FundLibraries #SaveIMLS

Action 3: CA-10 Postcard Writing: CA-10 postcard writing platform beta is up! It's called "Person To Person."

http://bit.ly/2BgOj25

Sign up by email and you get 1 address at a time. Easy!

Action 4: Postcard against HR726 and HR727 that would prohibit federal funding of National Public Radio (NPR) and PBS

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nnP5igYGbZFHScpVaugbY3lOuNors5WtzHcNZUBE1dY/edit

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Feb
1
2:00 PM14:00

Week of January 29 - February 9

1. Encourage California lawmakers to reduce plastic pollution. 

Write your Assembly member now!
Find your Assembly Member here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Addresses for Assembly Member here: https://docs.google.com/.../127Qj_pNrC1_Kz8wugb2P.../edit...

SUGGESTED WORDING:
Dear AM. ___,
Please support AB-319 Plastic Bottle Cap bill. Good idea: Less junk in our ocean!
NAME & ADDRESS
#postcardsforAmerica

“A bill slated for a vote in the California Assembly by month’s end, Assembly Bill 319 by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, mandates the use of tethered caps on plastic bottles by 2020. The solution is available and practical, and the switch can be made without disrupting any existing businesses or industry.”

Background: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-plastic-caps-pollution-20180126-story.html

 

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Jan
24
11:30 AM11:30

Week of January 22, 2018

ACTION 1: Protect California Taxpayers Act

Sponsors Sen. Kevin de Leon [D], Sen. Benjamin Allen [D], Sen. Jerry Hill [D]
https://ww2.kqed.org/…/california-resistance-takes-aim-at-…/

BACKGROUND
On December 20, 2017, President Trump signed into law a sweeping tax proposal that will add at least $1 trillion to the federal deficit. Specifically, the new law caps the state and local tax deduction at $10,000, a move that will increase taxes nationally by $36 billion dollars in 2018 and $90 billion by the year 2024.

In California, about one third, or about 6 million taxpayers, itemized deductions on their tax returns, claiming an average of $18,438 for state and local taxes.

PROPOSAL
The Protect California Taxpayers Act will allow California taxpayers to make charitable donations to the California Excellence Fund, and in turn the taxpayer will receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contribution. The taxpayer will then be able to deduct the contribution from their federal taxes just as they have historically done with their state tax payments.

WRITE YOUR State Senator.
Find your State Senator here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Addresses here https://docs.google.com/…/15chgbWSPzh8MLemsfLPgnim1NB…/edit…

SUGGESTED WORDING:

Dear Sen. ___,
Please support SB227 Protect California Taxpayers Act. Californians should not be paying for Trump's TaxScam.
From your constituent and voter.
NAME & ADDRESS
#postcardsforAmerica

http://sd24.senate.ca.gov/…/protect_ca_taxpayers_act_backgr…

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/fa…/billTextClient.xhtml…

https://legiscan.com/CA/bill/SB227/2017

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Jan
7
to Jan 13

Week of January 7 - 13 , 2018

ACTION 1: Offshore Drilling in CA? Speak out! Closes 1/29/18

The public comment period for OFFSHORE DRILLING revisions is OPEN and expires on Jan. 29. Speak up & reject these changes to offshore drilling rules!

You can comment in multiple ways:
1. Go to this link and click "Comment Now!" https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BSEE-2017-0008.*

2. Email your comment to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov and include Docket Number BSEE-2017-0008 in the subject and body of the message.*

3. Fax comments to 202-395-5806, addressed to: Interior Desk Officer 1014-0003, Office of Management and Budget. Use Docket Number BSEE-2017-0008 in your message.*

For talking points, look at these links. 
(Disregard dates, the points are sound):
- Tips from NJ Sierra Club: https://tinyurl.com/killthedrill
- Tips from Center for Biological Diversity: https://tinyurl.com/talkingpoints1
- Tips from StandCNJ: https://tinyurl.com/talkingpoints2
 

ACTION 2: Register with Postcards For Voters

Started on March 11, 2017 with sharing 5 addresses apiece to 5 volunteers on Facebook so that they could mail postcards to voters in Jon Ossoff’s race grew in one month to 1,200+ volunteers nationwide and over 51,000 postcards mailed. Now they consist of over 10,000 volunteers in every state (including Alaska and Hawaii) who have written over half a million postcards to voters in dozens of key, close elections.

Register today! https://postcardstovoters.org
 

ACTION 3: Register with Swing Left in your area

Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a small number of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives—and defeat Republicans—in that district, no matter where you live. We can stop Trump and the GOP agenda by working together NOW.

Register today: https://swingleft.org


ACTION 4: Register with Sister District in your area

The Sister District Project is a community of volunteer teams across the county who are working to win back state legislatures and fight for our shared progressive values. Together, we can win critical down-ballot elections and will go from red to blue.

Register today: www.sisterdistrict.com

 

 

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Nov
26
to Dec 2

Week of November 26 - December 2

This week's actions come courtesy of Wall of Us

ACTION 1: Don't write off killing trump's tax bill!

For the past few weeks we have asked you to call your senators and ask them to oppose Trump’s Tax Bill. In case you missed it, here is last week’s post. Just like healthcare, Trump’s Tax Bill will be stopped by a Wall-of-Us. It’s coming down to wire and the senators in the following states* are key:

  • Alaska - Lisa Murkowski

  • Arizona - John McCain

  • Arizona - Senator Jeff Flake

  • Indiana - Senator Todd Young

  • Kansas - Senator Jesse Moran

  • Maine - Senator Susan Collins

  • Nevada - Senator Dean Heller

  • Tennessee - Senator Bob Corker

  • Wisconsin - Senator Ron Johnson

* This list keeps changing. If you have updated information to share about your Senator’s position, email us at contact@wall-of-us.org.

There’s no time to waste. All-of-us must get laser focused on tanking this tax bill this week.

Here’s how:

  1. If you are from one of the eight states above, contact your senators. Use this helpful toolkit from the Center for American Progress.
  2. If you live in a state with at least one Republican senator, call your senator. Use this tool to get specific information on how this bill affects your state so you can personalize your message.
  3. If you live in a blue state, use this peer-to-peer calling tool to call constituents in red states.
     

ACTION 2: Fight for Net neutrality

We can’t stay neutral on net neutrality. Net neutrality rules protect the free flow of information on the internet free of discrimination, censorship, and corporate control. Dismantling it, which FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, a former telecommunications lobbyist, moved to do this week by scheduling a vote among FCC Commissioners on December 14th, would undo these protections and hand Pai’s former bosses an unprecedented level of control over how we use the Internet. There are two Democrat and three Republican commissioners. Jessica Rosenworcel (a Democrat) recently explained the consequences of ending net neutrality in an OpEd.

Wiping out net neutrality would have big consequences. Without it, your broadband provider could carve internet access into fast and slow lanes, favoring the traffic of online platforms that have made special payments and consigning all others to a bumpy road. Your provider would have the power to choose which voices online to amplify and which to censor. The move could affect everything online, including the connections we make and the communities we create.

All-of-us must speed up the fight for net neutrality.

Here’s how:

  1. Learn about Net Neutrality from the ACLU here (including a very informative summary from John Oliver!).
  2. Tell Congress to stop this move by signing this petition from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and using this calling tool from the ACLU.
  3. Plan to attend a protest at a local Verizon store--details here.
     

ACTION 3: Defend net neutrality - via postcard
(This action comes via Postcards for America)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BS-MQZL50jFrtVEZhlVMml49MISSWFTiONpbkXI_gOA/edit

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Nov
16
to Nov 18

Week of November 16 - 18

ACTION 1: Investigate Abuses/Mistreatment of Detainees at Richmond ICE Facility

** This action comes to us courtesy of Postcards for America: California (Postcards for America: California)

ALL CALIFORNIANS:
Write Atty General Xavier Becerra
1300 "I" Street
Sacramento CA 94244-2919
Public Inquiry Unit: (916) 210-6276 or (800) 952-5225

SUGGESTED WORDING:
Dear AG Becerra:

Please investigate the mistreatment/abuse of ICE detainees at the Richmond ICE facility. People should not be treated this way.

Your name
#Postcards4America

EAST BAY RESIDENTS:
Please write your House of Rep., State Senator and State Assemblymember.

Find your U.S. House Representative here:
https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Addresses for House members: https://pc2a.info/CongressDistrictAddresses

Find your State Assemblymember here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Addresses here  
https://docs.google.com/…/127Qj_pNrC1_Kz8wugb2P-IODRr…/edit…

Find your State Senator here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

Addresses for State Senator here: https://docs.google.com/…/15chgbWSPzh8MLemsfLPgnim1NB…/edit…

And if you live in Contra Costa:
Contra Costa County Supervisor
651 Pine St.
Room 107
Martinez, CA 94553

SUGGESTED WORDING:
Dear Rep./Sen./Am./Supervisor:

Please investigate the mistreatment/abuse of ICE detainees at the Richmond ICE facility. People should not be treated this way.

Your name
#Postcards4America

https://indivisibleeb.org/…/abuses-alleged-at-richmond-ice…/

https://docs.google.com/…/1Vj8chUsSijYaKbVnOvzQe0ShTb…/edit…

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Oct
1
to Oct 8

Week of April 24, 2017

ACTION 1: Let California Reps who take money from NRA know what you think of them.

Doug LaMalfa (CA1) ----------------$9,590
322 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3076

Tom McClintock (CA4) ------------$52,842
2312 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2511
Fax: (202) 225-5444

Paul Cook (CA8) ---------------------$7,000
1222 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5861

Jeff Denham (CA10) ---------------$46,861
1730 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4540
Fax: (202) 225-3402

David Valadao (CA21) ------------$51,570
1728 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4695
Fax: (202) 225-3196

Devin Nunes (CA22) --------------$23,030
Longworth House Office Building
Suite 1013
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2523
Fax: (202) 225-3404

Kevin McCarthy (CA23) ----------$33,940
2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2915
Fax: (202) 225-2908

Steve Knight (CA25) --------------$13,487
1023 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1956

Ed Royce (CA39) ------------------$38,800
2310 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone (202) 225-4111
Fax (202) 226-0335

Ken Calvert (CA42) ---------------$61,125
2205 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1986
Fax: (202) 225-2004

Mimi Walters (CA45) --------------$4,000
215 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5611
Fax: (202) 225-9177

Dana Rohrabacher (CA48) ----$34,817
2300 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2415

Darrell Issa (CA49) ---------------$37,636
2269 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Ph: (202) 225-3906
Fax: (202) 225-3303

Duncan Hunter (CA50) ---------$13,000
2429 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5672
Fax: (202) 225-0235

FYI: These are (Democratic) CA Reps the NRA SPENT AGAINST

John Gargamendi (CA3) -----------$7,030
Ami Bera (CA7) ---------------------$12,730
Jerry McNerney (CA9) ------------$86,717
Jim Costa (CA16) ------------------$81,223
Salud Carbajal (CA24) -------------$2,194
Julia Brownley (CA26) ------------$10,572
Raul Ruiz (CA36) --------------------$4,320
Mark Takano (CA41) ------------------$799
Alan Lowenthal (CA47) ---------------$890
Juan Vargas (CA51) --------------------$80
Scott Peters (CA52) -----------------$7,846

ACTION 2: Call out members of the House subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations who receive money from the NRA

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations is sitting on most of the gun control bills. Here's how much each member has received from the NRA:

GOP
Jim Sensenbrenner (WI5) $20,468 (Chair)
Louie Gohmert (TX1) $13,386 (Vice Chair)
Rep. Steve Chabot (OH01) $114,548
Rep. Ted Poe (TX2) $14,436
Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC4) $7,150
Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX4) $4,500
Rep. Martha Roby (AL2) $5,000
Rep. Mike Johnson (LA4) $6,223
Rep. John Rutherford (FL4) $1,000

DEMS
Sheila Jackson Lee TX18 $0
Karen Bass CA37 $0
Ted Deutch FL22 $0
Ted Lieu CA33 $0
Cedric Richmond LA2 $0
Hakeem Jeffries NY8 $0
Jamie Raskin MD8 $0

The Committee address is: 2138 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Phone 202-225-3951

Here's the Individual Addresses of All Members
Members from AL CA FL LA OH MD NY SC TX WI:
https://pc2a.info/HouseSubOnCrimeTerrorismHomeland

 

 

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Sep
24
to Sep 30

Week of September 24 - 30

Action 1: Thank Senators Warner and Klobuchar 

Although Facebook has pledged greater transparency in the purchase of political ads, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) want to make those pledges mandatory. The proposed legislation would require web platforms like Facebook and Google to disclose more information about political ads and their buyers. If passed, any web platform with more than one million users must publicly disclose the names of individuals and organizations that spend more than $10k on election ads. Social media platforms reach larger audiences than broadcasters, but are currently not subject to the same disclosure requirements. Facebook recently revealed that Russian companies bought more than 3,000 political ads during the 2016 presidential election. Let's thank Senators Warner and Klobuchar for authoring this legislation and working hard to keep our elections clean!

Senator Mark Warner
919 E. Main Street, Suite 630
Richmond, VA 23219

Senator Amy Klobuchar
1200 Washington Avenue South, Room 250
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Background: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/facebook-to-release-russian-purchased-ads-linked-to-2016-election-242982?cmpid=sf
 

ACTION 2: Fight for the integrity of elections in California

CA was one of 21 States notified by the Department of Homeland Security (after a 10 month delay) that it was the target of Russian Hacking. Contact Alex Padilla (D) and ask what he has done to investigate the 2016 election hacking and what he plans to do about protecting the elections from interference in the future. 

Alex Padilla
Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-7244
secretary.padilla@sos.ca.gov

Background: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/09/23/what-we-know-about-the-21-states-targeted-by-russian-hackers/?utm_term=.3f952c2b0a38
 

ACTION 3: Urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign SB 169 ASAP

Right now SB 169 is on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk for signing. 169 would import the protections of Title IX guidance into CA. State Ed. Code which governs all public schools. 
Please write to Gov. Brown and urge him to sign SB 169 ASAP.

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160Email: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/index.php

Background: 
https://www.facebook.com/SenatorKamalaHarris/posts/552958781713926
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/us/devos-colleges-sex-assault.html
 

ACTION 4: Demand the firing of fire chief who directed racial slur at Steelers' coach over anthem protest

Paul Smith, the chief of Cecil Volunteer Fire Station #2 in Cecil, PA, called Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin the n-word on Facebook.

Cecil Volunteer Fire Station #2
3351 Millers Run Road
Cecil, PA 15321

Background: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fire-chief-uses-racial-slur-steelers-coach-mike-tomlin-anthem-protest/
 

ACTION 5: Select a Committee and Independent Commission

Congress CAN, without signature, appoint an Independent Commission OR Select Committee to Investigate. Both are Bipartisan. This is done by Senate Resolution (or House Resolution for a House Special Committee). (Note: the Appropriations Bill for the funding of the Independent Commission does need Presidential signature).

DOJ Special Counsel is a good first step. (Note: The FBI is the Investigative arm of the DOJ).

However, we can still write our reps (in both the House and the Senate) asking for BOTH an Independent Commission and a Select Committee NOW!

Suggested wording: 
Dear Senator/Rep _____:
I am your constituent and I strongly urge you to demand and Independent Investigation into the Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential election.

Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-3841
Fax: 202-228-3954
http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/

Kamala Harris
Governmental Affairs, Intelligence
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3553
Fax: 202-224-2200
https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

Hon. Nancy Pelosi
House of Representatives
233 Cannon H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
https://pelosi.house.gov

Background: http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/352289-mueller-isnt-all-powerful-we-need-a-bipartisan-election-interference


Action 6: Support Herman Bell, 69-year old grandfather, former member of the Black Panther Party, and political prisoner

Many of us have been horrified at the recent beating of political prisoner Herman Bell, a 69-year old grandfather and former member of the Black Panther Party who has been incarcerated for more than 40 years. In an unprovoked attack, five correction officers at Comstock Prison in upstate New York beat, kicked and maced Herman, slamming his head into the concrete and leaving him with two broken ribs, severe head trauma and damage to his eyes.

1) Write to Herman to let him know that he has community support, and to let the authorities know that we are concerned for him.

Herman Bell 79 C 0262
Five Points CF
6600 State Route 96
Caller Box 119
Romulus, N.Y. 14541

2)   Email (one click to send) Anthony Annucci, Commissioner of New York Dept. of Corrections and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. Sample Letter in email link.

3)  Learn more about Herman and other political prisoners, and join campaigns for their freedom.

Background: http://mailchi.mp/collectiveliberation/69-year-old-black-panther-beaten-in-prison?e=6110673539

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Sep
10
to Sep 16

Week of September 10 - September 16

ACTION 1: Protest Motel 6's support of ICE in AZ

Two Motel 6 locations in the Phoenix area are reportedly sending guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on a daily basis. According to a report by the Phoenix New Times, this has resulted in at least 20 arrests at the two locations between February and August of this year. Both Phoenix locations are corporate owned (i.e. not operated as franchises) and G6 Hospitality refused to respond to questions “over a period of several weeks.” ThinkProgress similarly reached out to G6 Hospitality for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Background: https://thinkprogress.org/motel-6-ice-deportation-29e7bc932b63/

Contact:
CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
G6 Hospitality
4001 International Parkway
Carrollton, Texas 75007
972-360-9000

Tom Bodett
PO Box 268
Putney, VT 05346
tbodett@gmail.com

Steven Arcieri
Arcieri & Assoc.
305 Madison Ave
New York NY 10165
212-286-1700
steven@arcieritalent.com

ACTION 2: Speak out in support of AB10

The California Assembly passed AB10 on September 11, which is a bill that would provide feminine hygiene products to low-income schools. This bill now has one last stop...Governor Brown's desk. You may recall that AB10 is one of a pair of bills that women across California endorsed back in the Spring. We organized period products drives up and down the state to raise awareness for AB10 and the companion AB9, which aims to eliminate sales tax on period products. Whereas AB10 has progressed nicely through the legislative session, AB9 has been punted to the next session. 

Please add your personal voice by posting, tweeting, calling, faxing and texting to the Governor in support of AB 10.

Contact: 
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Email (form): https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov39mail/
Twitter: @JerryBrownGov

Talking Points:
Governor Brown, please approve AB10. Lack of access to menstrual products can keep students from attending school or can distract girls from their studies. AB10 will ameliorate one of the most shameful impacts of deep poverty among school age girls.

Background: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB10

ACTION 3: Take a stand for freedom of speech!

Congressman Doug LaMalfa (Congressman (R), 1st District in CA) needs to hear from us! For background please read the Washington Post article (link below) titled "Can you be prosecuted for repeated unwanted emails to government offices or officials?" 

Suggestions: Write what you want him to vote yes or no on, especially if you live in this district. Or just simply write "FREEDOM OF SPEECH".

Washington DC Office
322 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-3076
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

Auburn District Office
2399 Rickenbacker Way
Auburn, CA 95602
Telephone: (530) 878-5035
Fax: (530) 878-5037 

Oroville District Office
2862 Olive Highway
Suite D
Oroville, CA 95966
Telephone: (530) 534-7100
Fax: (530) 534-7800

Background: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/09/13/can-you-be-prosecuted-for-repeated-unwanted-emails-to-government-offices-or-officials/?utm_term=.9b2f4a09882e

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Aug
27
to Sep 2

Week of August 27 - September 2

ACTION 1: Urge the CA Department of Pesticide Regulation to ban chlorpyrifos in our state

Please take a moment to write a comment asking the Department of Pesticide Regulation in CA to ban chlorpyrifos in our state. http://earthjustice.org/…/what-you-need-to-know-about-chlor… CA is considering a ban strongly enough that they've opened up a public comment period. Here's the email address: chlorpyrifos@cdpr.ca.gov

Background: http://earthjustice.org/features/what-you-need-to-know-about-chlorpyrifos
 

ACTION 2: Thank you to Islamic Society of Greater Houston

The Islamic Society of Greater Houston is sheltering displaced residents in mosques and distributing goods to people in need. Please send a card of thanks ISGH President M. J. Khan for his service to the community.

ISGH President M. J. Khan
3110 Eastside Dr
Houston, TX 77098

Background: https://www.bustle.com/p/is-joel-osteens-megachurch-open-hurricane-harvey-victims-are-finding-shelter-in-mosques-79679
 

ACTION 3: Thank you to 13-year old Luke Macanucco for taking a stand

Luke Macanucco
C/O Winchester Star
9 Meriam St.
Lexington, MA
02420

Background: http://www.upworthy.com/a-man-complained-about-anti-hate-lawn-signs-this-13-year-old-set-him-straight?g=2&c=ufb2
 

ACTION 4: Write to Rep. Ron DeSantis to express dismay

Rep. Ron DeSantis proposed an amendment to stop Robert Mueller's investigation after 180 days.

Rep. Ron DeSantis
1524 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2706
Fax: 202-226-6299

Background: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/348343-gop-lawmaker-proposes-amendment-that-would-stop-funding-for-special-counsel

 

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Aug
20
to Aug 26

Action Plan for the week of August 20 - August 26

 

Action: Send a postcard to the Gettysburg, SD Police Department
 

The Gettysburg, SD police department refuses to remove the Confederate flag from their uniform. Let them know what you think about that.

Gettysburg Police Department
601 East Blaine Ave
Gettysburg SD 57742

Background: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/16/confederate-flag-police-patch_n_7809176.html?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

 

 

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Aug
5
to Aug 12

Week of August 5 - 12

Action 1: Thank you to AG Rod Rosenstein

DAG Rod Rosenstein clarified that the recently invigorated DOJ focus on leak investigations is not focused on journalists who publish, but on officials who leak. This probably took some guts, as there are certainly some in the WH were would prefer to have the focus the other way around. 

Thank Rosenstein for acknowledging the freedom of the press, and encourage his further respect for the Constitutional protection of journalism. 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Background: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/us/politics/trump-leaks-deputy-attorney-general-journalists.html


Action 2: Stop fracking in CA!

Our eco-governor has led the fight against climate change but still allows fracking in California.

Please write our governor to stop fracking in CA
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

https://youtu.be/M5nMyjWOvx4

https://www.google.com/…/Gov-Brown-clashes-with-environment…

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Jul
29
to Aug 5

Week of July 29 - August 5

ACTION 1: Thank the three Republican senators who voted "no" on the Skinny Bill.

Suggested postcard verbiage: "Thank you _____ for putting country over party by casting a 'No' vote on the Skinny Bill, and standing firm on the right side of history."

Senator Lisa Murkowski
510 L Street
Suite 600
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 271-3735
Fax: (877) 857-0322
DC Phone: (202) 224-6665
DC Fax: (202) 224-5301

Senator Susan Collins
202 Harlow Street, Room 20100
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207) 945-0417
DC Phone: (202) 224-2523
DC Fax: (202) 224-2693

Senator John McCain
2201 East Camelback Road
Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Main: (602) 952-2410
Fax: (855) 952-8702
DC Phone: (202) 224-2235
DC Fax: (202) 228-2862

 

ACTION 2: Let Ryan Zinke know his thuggery is a disgrace

Suggested postcard verbiage: "As cabinet secretary, your have a sworn duty to faithfully execute the laws, not bend them to secure votes in congress. Shame on you for resorting to extortion and threatening Senator Murkowski with retribution against Alaska for her opposition to the latest healthcare repeal bill."

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, CD 20240

Background: https://www.adn.com/politics/2017/07/26/trump-administration-signals-that-murkowskis-health-care-vote-could-have-energy-repercussions-for-alaska/

 

ACTION 3: Protect our National Marine Monuments 

NOAA will formally accept comments on the review of national marine sanctuaries through August 14. Let the administration know that our ocean needs more protection, not less. http://mbayaq.co/2eOnDNd

MAIL POSTCARDS BY August 7, and be sure to include the ID docket number. You may submit comments, identified by docket ID NOAA-NOS-2017-0066, to:

E.O. 13795 Review
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Silver Spring Metro Campus Building 4 (SSMC4), Eleventh Floor
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

SEND ELECTRONIC COMMENTS by August 14 (extended): https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066-0001

 

Action 4: Postcards of support to Senator Mazie Hirono

Senator Hirono of Hawaii is recovering from her second surgery for stage 4 kidney cancer. She showed up and voted to save our healthcare; she got no standing ovations or time to make a speech live on cable news. Let’s wish her the best and thank her for her strength and courage.

Senator Mazie Hirono (DC Office)
730 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6361
Fax: (202) 224-2126

or

Hawaii Office
300 Ala Moana Blvd. Rm. 3-106
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: (808) 522-8970
Fax: (808) 545-4683

 

ACTION 5: Take a look at Jennifer Hoffman's Weekly Action Checklist for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans of Conscience

Her website: https://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/

Her action plan for this week: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RVWcFBtmYJ1xsdqJrj8CP_W3OdMf5nkAgfHxhwmGn54/mobilebasic

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Jul
22
to Jul 29

Week of July 22 - July 29

Action 1: PROTECT OUR NATIONAL MARINE MONUMENTS

Due to public interest and requests for additional time, NOAA will formally accept comments on the review of national marine sanctuaries through August 14. Let the administration know that our ocean needs more protection, not less. http://mbayaq.co/2eOnDNd

MAIL POSTCARDS BY August 7, and be sure to include the ID docket number. You may submit comments, identified by docket ID NOAA-NOS-2017-0066, to:

E.O. 13795 Review
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Silver Spring Metro Campus Building 4 (SSMC4), Eleventh Floor
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

SEND ELECTRONIC COMMENTS by August 14 (extended):
https://www.regulations.gov/comment

 

ACTION 2: FIGHT FOR THE ACA

- Thank our Senators for standing strong against ACA repeal.
- Use Trumpcare Ten toolkit: https://www.trumpcareten.org
- Text Red State folks using Rapid Resist https://rapidresist.org
Thank you to Peter Lee and Covered California for planning ahead to protect our healthcare in our home state: 

Covered California
P.O. Box 989725
West Sacramento, CA
95798-9725

 

The following actions all come straight from Wall Of Us  

ACTION 1: Down with Trumpcare 

Et tu, Mike Lee and Jerry Morgan? Methinks the drama amongst Republicans in Washington has reached Shakespearean proportions. Monday night these two Republican senators dealt the deathblow to Mitch McConnell’s bill to repeal and replace the ACA. Democrats momentarily cheered across the land! But, wait! Is that Mitch we see rising from the carnage on Tuesday, shrieking “repeal and delay?!” A truly frightening sight. Hark, here come the fair maidens from Alaska, West Virginia and Maine to quell him

Enter the Donald stage left Wednesday, ordering senators to stay in Washington until they pass a bill to repeal and replace the ACA. The saga continued late into Wednesday night, as a cohort of Republican senators conspired behind closed doors to find the yet illusive consensus. And yet, an impasse

But the reality is that this is not a stage, and 32 million Americans stand to lose their healthcare. Repeal and delay is a reckless move which is far worse than the revised bill we fought off last week. Let’s make sure that this true story has a happy ending. 

Here’s how: 

  1. Read this article and study up on what the bill would do. 
  2. Find your Facebook friends in ten key states by using this tool  from our friends at Indivisible. 
  3. Attend the Our Lives On the Line - Day of Action & Bus Tour on July 29. Here are details for the DC event and state events. Bus route is here. Email emma@thehubproject.org if you have folks who want to plug into any stops.
  4. Call your senators. Use the scripts below. 

Call Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
SCRIPT: "I am calling to thank Senator Feinstein for standing firm against the Senate’s healthcare bill, our opposition worked to stop the bill! Of course, now the GOP wants to repeal and delay, which would immediately impact millions of Americans. I am calling to ask Senator Feinstein to fight back even harder against this bill. I have also learned that Senator Feinstein can stop this bill from being passed by filing an unlimited number of amendments as part of the reconciliation process. I hope that Senator Feinstein is prepared to protect the health of his/her constituents by using all the strategies available."

Call Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553
SCRIPT: "I am calling to thank Senator Harris for standing firm against the Senate’s healthcare bill, our opposition worked to stop the bill! Of course, now the GOP wants to repeal and delay, which would immediately impact millions of Americans. I am calling to ask Senator Harris to fight back even harder against this bill. I have also learned that Senator Harris can stop this bill from being passed by filing an unlimited number of amendments as part of the reconciliation process. I hope that Senator Harris is prepared to protect the health of his/her constituents by using all the strategies available."

ACTION 2: stop devos from taking protections away from victims of sexual assault

Is anyone surprised that the Trump Administration doesn’t care about victims of sexual assault? This week we saw another example of that when Education Secretary Betsy Devos proposed to eliminate protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses that were implemented under President Obama. Despite the fact that 23% of college students experience sexual assault or violence on campus, DeVos is justifying her elimination of these protections on the theory that sometimes the accused are innocent. Of course, the punishment of anycrime faces that risk. DeVos’ outsized concern for those accused of assault has caused the attorneys general of 20 states to urge DeVos to keep the protections in place. We must make sure other states follow this lead.

Here’s how:

  1. Read the letter.
  2. Call your attorney general. Use the script below.

Call CA Attorney General (916) 445-9555
SCRIPT: "I am calling to thank Attorney General Becerra for signing the letter in response to Betsy Devos’ proposal to eliminate protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. Attorney General Becerra’s support of these victims is an example of true leadership. Will Attorney General Becerra consider posting his/her letter on his/her social media so that I can share it widely?"

ACTION 3: Gear up to fight against the house GOP budget

The House GOP unveiled its budget this week and it is just as ugly as Trump’s budget released last May--it steals from the working class and poor to give massive tax cuts to the rich. Specifically, the House GOP budget proposes to freeze pell grants to college students, take funding from people with disabilities, and eliminate funding for environmental clean-up of toxic waste sites. It isn’t time to call your Representatives just yet, but we can’t kick back either. We need to start preparing to resist this budget now.

Here’s how:

  1. Study up on what Trump’s budget does to your state or district, prepared by our friends at the Center for American Progress.
  1. Help the Center for American Progress fight this budget by sharing your personal story about how the budget would impact you or your family.
  2. Share the Center for American Progress’ Hands Off Campaign on social media.

ACTION 4: Stick with love

Partisanship and division are at an all time high in America, and the spirit of love, understanding, and civil discourse seems gone. All-of-us must do our part to stand in unity, engage with our communities, and show our love for our country. 

Join our partner LoveArmy this summer to resist with love + power. The Summer of Love and Resistance is 10 weeks of teach-ins, actions and events to ground you in the skills, values, and ideas you need to fight different. Their first teach in, hosted by Van Jones with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and award winning filmmaker Valarie Kaur, centered on the theme of love as resistance. So let’s make this the summer of love. 

Here's how: 

  1. Sign up for the Love Army to learn about the history of the progressive movement and find new strategies to unite and create change through radical love.

 

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Jul
1
to Jul 9

Week of July 1, 2017

Action 1: Advocate for homeless college students in Los Angeles

"One in every 5 of the Los Angeles Community College District’s 230,000 students is homeless, and nearly two-thirds can’t afford to eat properly, according to a new survey commissioned by the system’s board of trustees."

Let's ask Los Angeles Community College District officials to "make showers and other facilities available to homeless students and streamline referrals to public benefits and other resources" in accordance with the survey authors' recommendations.

Los Angeles Community College District
770 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 891-2000

Possible contacts:
Chancellor's Office
Phone: (213) 891-2201
Email: https://services.laccd.edu/districtsite/contact/email2.asp…

Ryan M. Cornner, Student Services
Phone: (213) 891-2279

http://www.latimes.com/…/la-me-ln-homeless-community-colleg…

 

Action 2: Big thanks to Representative Barbara Lee!

This week US Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA 13) inserted an amendment into the Dept. of Defense Appropriations bill which would repeal the Authorization to Use Military Force Act (AUMF) which granted George W. Bush (and every president thereafter) broad powers to pursue terrorists abroad in the wake of 9/11. House Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee approved the amendment (and cheers erupted in the chamber). There's still a long way to go, but if the bill passes with the amendment intact, makes it through the Senate and is signed into law, the President will have to get authorization from Congress before committing troops to new military actions. This is the first step toward repealing what Lee calls "blank check for perpetual war." Lee was the only Congressperson to vote against the AUMF in 2001, and she's been fighting to repeal it ever since. Read more about it, and then send her a message of thanks for her persistence. Going to war should require debate.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee
1301 Clay Street, Ste. 1000-N
Oakland, CA 94612

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-committee-unexpectedly-opens-door-to-1498776070-htmlstory.html

 

Action 3: Save Giant Sequoia National Monument from logging

URGENT! Giant Sequoia National Monument at risk as surrounding counties want to turn it over to logging companies!! Make sure that you submit a public comment (on postcard or electronically) before July 7 to stop this! How to comment and what to say here: 

http://ecouprising.blogspot.com/…/call-to-action-26-more-mo…

 

Action 4:  Chin-up and keep fighting 

Big thanks to Wall of Us (wall-of-us.org) for this action.

We lost all four of the special elections this year, and those punches hurt. But let’s rise above the current pain and get our eyes on the big picture. Remember that each of these seats were cherry picked by Trump because they were in “safe” Republican districts. The fact that we got close to winning seats in these deeply red states means that there is no such thing as a safe red district because of all-of-us. We are getting increasingly organized and focused, and by the 2018 elections, when we do what we did in Georgia across the country, at least 52 House Republicans will lose. It’s going to be awesome--but we have to keep our eyes open and hearts in the fight. Here’s how:
 
1. Read this article about how the special elections still paint a good picture for Democrats. (5  mins)
 
2. Take a walk and listen to this podcast from our friends at FiveThirtyEight, who give the bigger picture and historical perspective. (25 mins)
 
3. Read this article by Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color, and get pumped up when you see that our base is growing. (5 mins)

 

Action 5: Help protect 11 marines sanctuaries and monuments

The Trump administration is targeting Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off Hawaii, Rose Atoll Marine National Monument off American Samoa, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary off California and the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary off Michigan. The goal is to reduce the marine sanctuaries and monuments so they can be opened to oil and gas exploration, fishing, and much more. Public comment can be submitted electronically here until July 26th:

https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NOS-2017-0066

Thanks to Alt National Park Service (via Facebook) for this action.

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Jun
19
to Jun 30

Weeks of June 19 - June 30

ACTION: Protect the ACA from repeal and replacement!

The good people at Indivisble have created an incredible crowdsourcing tool for us to create thousands of amendments (one per constituent) nationally for Democratic senators to use in their "Filibuster by Amendments" campaign, which they will use to grind progress to a halt on the repeal of the ACA. This is a critical week and it's imperative we support the ACA through this action. 

www.ouramendments.org

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Jun
11
to Jun 18

Week of June 11, 2017

Our actions this week come straight from wall-of-us.org (www.wall-of.us.org)

Action 1: Get the deets on impeachment

To impeach or not to impeach, that is the question. Lordy, Comey’s testimony this week got all-of-us all a-flutter about impeachment. But is it the best long-term strategy for our cause? We don’t have the answer for you quite yet. Like many of you, we are on the fence--mostly because impeachment leads to a President Pence (shudder). So let’s hold up, and study up, on the impeachment process. This week we will talk to our resistance allies, do our own research, hear your feedback, and get back to you. Here’s what all-of-us can do this week:
 
1. Wrap our brains around the process of impeachment. Check out Indivisible’s guide on impeachment.
2. Read Robert Reich’s position, who thinks we should go for it now.
3. Um, not so fast. Check out the argument on the other side of the coin.
4. Thanks for those of you who emailed us about impeachment this week--keep sharing your opinions with us at contact@wall-of-us.org.

Action 2: Stop Mitch McConnell from depriving millions of healthcare

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, sneaky Mitch McConnell began the procedure Wednesday for fast-tracking Trumpcare to get it to the floor with minimum transparency and maximum pressure. But our allies at the Center for American Progress are on it. Topher Spiro, Senior Fellow broke it down -- here are the millions of Americans who would lose their coverage under the Senate’s lipstick-on-a-pig of a revised bill:

  • 5.3 million in waiver states
  • 4.3 million people age 55-64
  • 5.4 million on Medicaid expansion
  • 1 million elderly on Medicaid 

All-of-us must make sure that doesn’t happen.
 
Here’s how:
 
1. Use this Trump toolkit to call and tweet at senators in key states. (10 minutes)
2. Retweet this and share it with your friends in targeted states. (3 minutes): https://twitter.com/jonfavs?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wall-of-us.org%2Fweekly-acts-of-resistance%2F2017%2F6%2F11%2Faction-2-stop-mitch-mcconnell-from-depriving-millions-of-healthcare
3. Sign this petition from our friends at DailyKos. (1 minute)  
4. Follow @TopherSpiro for up to date intel on healthcare. (1 minute)

ACTION 3: STAND WITH OUT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

As scary as Trump's deportation machine is (and getting scarier, recently extending to DACAyouth), allies are coming together at schools, churches, and community locations around the country to stand in solidarity with their undocumented neighbors, friends, and family members. The California Values Act (SB 54) would keep immigrant families together by limiting the use of state and local resources from engaging in deportations and sets a model for the rest of the nation. This week all-of-us must love our neighbors and ally with local groups, support state efforts, and take coordinated action in support of World Refugee Day on June 20.
 
Here’s how:
 
1. WALL-OF-US has joined forces with other organizations to build a map of local immigration advocacy groups. If you know about a local group that serves immigrants add it to this map.
 
2. [FOR SUBSCRIBERS IN CALIFORNIA] Support the California Values Act, which has passed the California Senate, by calling your California Assemblymember. Use this script:
 
“Hello, my name is _________ and I live in _______ I would like ask Assemblymember _________ to vote YES on the California Values Act, SB 54. The bill will ensure that state and local resources are not
used to further mass deportations and separate families. The California Values Act will uphold
our core principles of equal treatment, community, and compassion. Say NO to Trump’s mass
deportation programs, please vote YES on SB 54. Thank you."
 
3. [FOR ALL OR AT LEAST THOSE OUTSIDE OF CA] Take action to stand with refugees by texting “STAND” to 313131 to get reminders to contact your rep and make sure they know you support the welcoming of refugees.

ACTION 4: Keep the fight up for John Ossoff!

Ready for some good news? While we’ve been focused on impeachment, things have been going peachy keen for Ossoff in Georgia! After the Tuesday debate, Ossoff emerged the victor against climate-change-denying and Planned-Parenthood-defunding Handel.  The polls rewarded him with a 7 point lead post-debate. But don’t pour the bubbly just yet, because his lead means Republicans are going to start pouring money and time to elect Handel. All-of-us must keep our sleeves rolled up until the June 20th election.
 
Here’s how: 
1. Sign up to host or attend a “Call Your Ossoff” party.
2. Support the final stretch of this race by donating to Ossoff’s campaign.

 

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Jun
4
to Jun 10

Week of June 4, 2017

Action 1: Getting answers about trump's finances

BACKGROUND: Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee sent a letter last month to the CEO of Deutsche Bank – Germany’s largest bank -- asking whether the bank's loans to Trump for his real estate business were backed by the Russian government. The letter gave the bank until last Friday to respond, but it has failed to to so.

ACTION: In the wake of trump's behavior on his recent meeting trip abroad, it's possible that German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be willing to help. Please use the link below to urge her to request that the bank cooperate.
https://m.bundeskanzlerin.de/Webs/BKinm/EN/Service/Contact/contact_node.html
 

ACTION 2: Keep the pressure on about Trump's tax returns

Background: Trump’s New York state resident income tax returns show his salary, dividends, capital gains, rental real estate income and other income from all sources — including sources outside New York. Other States may or may not have quite as much information (because he has fewer holdings) – but all will be valuable! (NYS Senator Holyman and Assemblyman Buchwald are currently drafting a Bill.)

Action: PCA to your State Reps in New York, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada and Virginia, where Trump owns real estate, to ask them to pass a bill requiring the disclosure of Trump’s State Tax Returns.

SUGGESTED WORDING:

Dear Senator/Rep____,

I am writing to ask that you introduce a Bill to disclose Trump’s State Tax Returns. The American people have a right to know about what influences their President’s financial decisions on their behalf. Please stand up where the US Congress has not. I look forward to hearing from you.

NAME & ADDRESS

 

 

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May
28
to Jun 3

Week of May 28, 2017

This week's actions come straight from Wall of Ushttps://www.wall-of-us.org

ACTION 1: Stop trump(don't)care

This week the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office summed up how devastating the House Republicans healthcare bill - i.e. TrumpDon’tCare - would be. Within a few years, about one-sixth of all Americans could be at risk of not being able to afford health insurance if they have pre-existing conditions and don’t have health insurance through an employer or the government. The rub for Republicans -- most of these Americans reside in red states.

TrumpDon’tCare also cuts Medicaid - the program for low-income Americans that Trump promised on the campaign trail he wouldn’t cut - by a shocking $839 billion. To pour a mountain of salt on wounded Americans, the recent budget that Trump released includes an additional $610 billion cut to Medicaid. 

All-of-us must turn out this week to urge our leaders to vote against TrumpDon’tCare -- and for all Americans. Here’s how:

1. Call your governor. Find their contact information and a script for the call on our new site. Why? Many governors are putting pressure on their senators to stop the Republicans from defunding Medicaid and dismantling the ACA. All states matter, but these six states have a Democrat governor and at least one Republican senator: Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia. (5-10 minutes)

2. Call your senator to demand that they do not allow this bill to pass. Find their contact information on our new site. The states below are extra key because your senators are on the (sausage-fest) committee advising Mitch McConnell on the Senate’s health care plan. (5-10 minutes)

  • Arkansas - Tom Cotton
  • Colorado - Cory Gardner
  • Kentucky - Mitch McConnell 
  • Ohio - Rob Portman
  • Pennsylvania - Patrick Toomey 
  • South Dakota - John Thune 
  • Tennessee – Lamar Alexander
  • Texas – Ted Cruz and John Cornyn
  • Utah – Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee
  • Wyoming – Mike Enzi, John Barrasso

ACTION 2: Hands off Public Education

 

Trump is often compared to a child, which is incredibly disrespectful - to children, that is. Trump’s full proposed FY18 budget, released on Tuesday, cuts 9.2 billion from public education slashing higher education student aid, Medicaid, after-school support for deserving students, special education, and teacher training.

The budget cuts the legs out from many important programs but in particular those that held the nation’s most vulnerable, to fund tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, sheesh. While there’s little chance the budget as a whole will pass in this form, there is a risk that some parts of it will.

Do you have or know a child in public school? Then you need to let your Members know they need to keep their #HandsOff our public education.
 
Here’s how:
 
1. Call your three Members of Congress.* Find their information by going to our new site and logging in if your not already. Here’s a script for when you call. (5-10 minutes)

2. Personal stories move policy. Share your story of how public education has helped you or a child you know. Or tweet your story using #HandsOffEducation and #WallofUs hashtags. (5-15 minutes)

*You should have all your MoC info in your Wall-of-Us profile, but there are a ton of other resources and tools popping up for contacting your MoC. If you are curious, check them out.

ACTION 3: March of Truth

Lace up and dust off your awesome signs -- it’s time to march again. On Saturday, June 3rd, the Women’s March (yay!) will join the March for Truth to demand urgency, transparency and an impartial investigation into Russian interference in our election. There are nearly 100 marches (and counting) planned in cities across the US and world. Let’s remind Trump what the Wall-of-Us looks like!

ACTION 4: Turn it on for Jon Ossoff

The Republican candidate in Montana punched a reporter and got elected anyway. But in a deep red state, the Democrat lost by only six points. That means that all-of-us must continue to counterpunch, and we are taking the fight to Georgia again. The election is on June 20th and Ossoff has a narrow lead in the polls. Let’s work our Ossoff to ensure a victory. Here’s how:

1. Volunteer with the Ossoff campaign here.
2. Donate to support Ossoff here.

 

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May
14
to May 20

Week of May 14

This week's actions come from Wall of Us: https://www.wall-of-us.org
 

ACTION 1: Action 1: Educate Ourselves on the Options for Investigating Trump’s Ties to Russia

This has been another frenzied week and there is a lot of information being thrown around as everyone scrambles to stake out a position on Trump’s firing of James Comey, the FBI Director who was overseeing the criminal investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia. We learned that Trump tried to get Comey to commit his loyalty to him--but when it was clear that Comey don’t play that, Trump canned him.

Let’s begin by clearing up the basics--here is a resource with answers to questions that all-of-us have been asking.
 

ACTION 2: Action 2: Demand That the Senate Checks the Imbalanced President

Now that you have read Action 1 (and know what’s what about Comey and Russia), you are ready to call your two senators. The goal is to convince your senators to refuse to cooperate on any senate business until the GOP agrees to form an independent investigation.

Before you call, you should know your senator’s position. Luckily, you don’t even have to do the research -- we’ve already done it for you, and incorporated the info into your new personalized page on our beta website. Once you log-in, you’ll see your senators’ responses to Trump’s firing of Comey.

Your calls will be more impactful if you understand where your senators stand. We don’t want to waste your time (or your senators’ time, if they are Democrats that is) asking for things that they have already done. With six months of resistance under our belts, we just can’t play the rookie card anymore. It is time to make our activism more informed and more strategic. The fate of our democracy depends on all-of-us taking targeted action.

Here’s how:

1. Log in or create a new account to see your senators’ positions (click on "full profile" for each senator). If you can't login let us know, and see where your senators' stand in this NYT article.

2. Use this script, which can be modified based on your senator’s position on the issue.

3. If you have updated information email: contact@wall-of-us.org.
 

ACTION 3: Action 3: Rethink the Power of the Petition

We all need broccoli. It’s nutrient filled and good for you.

But sometimes we just want candy.

We ask you to do a lot of broccoli activism: contact your Members of Congress, show up at a town hall meeting, go to a march, phone bank. Candy activism, like signing a petition, goes down a little easier sometimes. And it feels deliciously gratifying to see the hundreds of thousands of other names on that list.

But as sweetly easy as they are, petitions make a real difference. Petitions can send a signal of public opinion to a decision maker, tell the media there is enough public attention to do a story, build a list of people who are interested in an issue, spur additional action, and raise money.

Americans have a long history of using petitions to resist. More petitions were sent to Congress in 1837 to 1839 (most of these relating to anti-slavery) than ever before or ever since. Women not only signed these petitions in greater numbers, they also canvassed petitions with amazing energy, getting far more signatures than men did. A few years later, new antislavery chapters and parties started exactly where petitions had been signed a few years earlier.

Short and sweet, but also healthy for our democracy, petitions are an essential staple of a well-balanced resistance diet. Here’s how all-of-us can leverage petitions this week:

1. Sign this petition and this one from our allies at the Daily Kos (a leading voice for grassroots activists since 2002) to demand action on Russia.
 

ACTION 4: Action 4: Resist with Quist

The best way to resist the Trump agenda is to take control of Congress, and we don’t have to wait until 2018 to start. You know that special election in Montana on May 23? Well, Democrat candidate Rob Quist is closing in on his billionaire Republican opponent; it is now a single digit race. And that poll was conducted before Trump’s Tuesday massacre!

That’s why we are partnering with our friends at Swing Left to help us resist by getting Quist into the House.

Rob Quist, a country singer, made Montanans a promise in his campaign song when he said, “stand with me and I will stand up for you”. We need more stand-up guys like Quist who will stand down bullies like Trump. All-of-us must stand with Quist.

Here’s how:

1. Watch Quist pull his guitar (and your heart) strings as he plays his campaign song, “I will stand up for you”. 

2. Learn about where Quist stands on the issues.

3. Now get ready to Swing Left: find a phone bank party near you, or host one!

4. Staying under your covers 'til the Trump nightmare is over? We get it. But you can still phone bank for Quist using the Democracy for America Hubdialer.

5. Support others by donating to Quist’s campaign.

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May
7
to May 13

Week of May 7, 2017

ACTION 1: Support CA Single-Payer Health Care Bill - SB 562
Special thanks to Solidarity Sundays North Beach for help with this action.

The Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on 5/22 on CA SB 562 - the single payer healthcare bill - before the bill moves to a full Senate vote by early June. NOW is the time to be a cheerleader for this bill.


PLEASE THANK THE LEADERS
Authors: Senator Ricardo Lara and Senator Toni Atkins the lead authors. Co-authors include Senators Benjamin Allen, Cathleen Galgiani, Mike McGuire, Nancy Skinner, and Scott Wiener, and assembly members:.Rob Bonta, David Chiu, Laura Friedman, Ash Kalra, Kevin McCarty, Adrin Nazarian, Mark Stone, and Tony Thurmond.

PLEASE CONTACT THE Sentate APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE (listed below) to express your enthusiastic support for the bill and to thank them for theirs. Then call OUR LOCAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS/SENATORS and GOVERNOR

Senator Ricardo Lara (Chair) (lead author)
Senator Patricia Bates (Vice Chair)
Senator Jim Beall
Senator Steven Bradford
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Jim Nielsen
Senator Scott Wiener (co-author)

Here is the script we can send via email, tweet, postcard, or letter:

To: the California State Assembly, the California State Senate, and Governor Jerry Brown

Every Californian deserves guaranteed health care. But even with the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, over three million Californians still lack health insurance. They’re our parents, children, grandparents, neighbors, co-workers, and community members.

The Affordable Care Act is currently under attack leaving even more millions at greater risk of being left uninsured. California has the resilience to lead the nation to provide an amazing example of single payer insurance

That’s why I’m calling on you to enact the Healthy California Act (SB 562), which would create a universal health care system in California. Everyone would be guaranteed the health care they need. Health care costs would go down. And health care decisions would never again be decided by private insurers’ profit margins.

BACKGROUND: http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/california-single-payer-bill-sb-562-clears-first-hurdle/

ACTION 2: Donate to opponents of Swing District Republicans who voted for Trumpcare 

The House just passed Trumpcare with 35 votes from representatives in Swing Districts. (See the full list.)

Make them regret voting for Trump's disastrous agenda—every donation you make will be split evenly among these 35 Swing District Funds, which will be handed over to the the eventual Democratic nominees running against these Republicans. (10% of the total donation will go to Swing Left's national efforts.)

(If you’d prefer to make a different allocation, just email your donation amount, name, and preferred allocation to districtfunds@swingleft.org after you’ve made your donation.)

Swing Left: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ahca-reps?refcode=med_20170504

NOTE: All Republicans from Californian voted YES on Trumpcare. Feel free to send them a card to let them know what you think of their vote. They are:
VULNERABLE /CA-10 Jeff DENHAM (won 51.7% of votes)
VULNERABLE /CA-25 Steve KNIGHT (won 53% of votes)
VULNERABLE/CA-49 Darrell ISSA (won 51% of votes)
VULNERABLE /CA-22 Devin Nunes (won 68% of votes) wiretapping investigation
VULNERABLE /CA-50 Duncan HUNTER (won 61% of votes) potential misuse of campaign funds
CA-1 Doug LaMalfa (won 59% of votes in 2016)
CA-8 Paul Cook (won 62% of votes in 2016)
CA-21 David Valadao (won 59% of votes in 2016)
CA-39 Ed Royce (won 57% of votes in 2016)
CA-42 Ken Calvert (won 59% of votes in 2016)
CA-4 Tom McClintock (won 63% of votes in 2016)
CA-23 Kevin McCarthy (won 69% of votes in 2016)
CA-45 Mimi Walters (won 59% of votes in 2016)
CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher (won 58% of votes in 2016)

 

ACTION #3: SEND LOVE TO LONE ABORTION CLINICS ACROSS THE U.S. 
(Note: Thanks to Solidarity Sundays for this action)

As of early May, there are seven states in the U.S. that have only ONE abortion clinic: West Virginia, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Missouri, Wyoming. That is almost 10% of states in the continental U.S. Kentucky is on the verge of losing its ONLY clinic—in September a federal judge will determine whether the EMW Women's Surgical Center in Louisville can stay open or not. Today, we will send some love and solidarity to these clinics and the staffers who keep them going.

Write a short note to each clinic, thanking them for their invaluable work and bravery. Ask how you can best support them (be sure to include your return address or contact info if you’d like a reply, esp if you’re using a postcard!)

West Virginia: 
Women’s Health Center of West Virginia
510 W Washington St, 
Charleston WV 25302

Mississippi: 
Jackson Women’s Health Org.
2903 N State St, 
Jackson, MS 39216

North Dakota: 
Red River Women’s Clinic
512 1st Ave N, 
Fargo, ND 58102

South Dakota: 
Planned Parenthood--Sioux Falls Clinic
6511 W 41st St, 
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Kentucky: 
EMW Women’s Surgical Center
136 West Market Street, 
Louisville, KY 40202

Missouri:
Planned Parenthood
4251 Forest Park Ave, 
St. Louis, MO 63108

Wyoming:
Blue Mountain Clinic
610 N. California St
Missoula, Montana 59802

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Apr
30
to May 6

Week of April 30, 2017

ACTION 1: Postcards to Protect Our California National Monuments

BACKGROUND: "Call to Action:  (The) ... executive order issued by Donald J. Trump is the start of an all-out assault on America’s national monuments. This attack threatens our national parks and monuments. We need your help! The executive order calls for a review to be done by Secretary Ryan Zinke. This executive order provides Secretary Zinke with the power to decide any reason he deems appropriate..." -- Call to Action from Alt National Park Services. What does this mean? These National Monuments will no longer be protected and could be sold off to private businesses. There are 5 National Monuments in California. These beautiful parks will be open for mining, drilling, fracking or cutting down trees. TIMBERRrrrrr! Goodbye, Giant Sequoia, where the oldest trees in our state live.

NEWS STORY: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-national-monuments-pictures-20170426-htmlstory.html

WHAT TO DO: Write the Member of Congress who represents the district where the National Monument in California is located. Find MoC under each National Monument listed below:

Dear Rep. ___:

Our National Monuments are our treasures. Save NAME OF MONUMENTS from drilling, mining and lumber businesses. We visit from all over the country.

Closing these monuments will lose tourist revenue for your constituents.

Yours truly,

YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS


SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT
https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/ca/st/en/prog/nlcs/Sand-to-Snow.html
MOJAVE TRAILS NATIONAL MONUMENT
https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/ca/st/en/prog/nlcs/Mojave_Trails.html
Rep, Paul Cook
14955 Dale Evans Parkway
Apple Valley Town Hall
Apple Valley, CA 92307
 

BERYYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN
https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/ca/st/en/prog/nlcs/Berryessa_Snow_Mountain.html
Rep. Jared Huffman
P.O. Box 2208
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone:(707) 671-7449
Fax: (707) 962-0905

CARRIZO PLAIN
https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/ca/st/en/prog/nlcs/Carrizo_Plain_NM.html

GIANT SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sequoia/home/?cid=stelprdb5394941

Rep, Kevin McCarthy
4100 Empire Drive
Suite 150
Bakersfield, CA 93309

 

ACTION 2: Call and write Secretary of the Interior  

BACKGROUND: http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/4/26/15433912/trump-executive-order-federal-lands-national-monuments

WHAT TO SAY: Demand that Secretary Zinke to protect our national monuments and not remove Bears Ears National Monument or any other national monument from its current protection

CONTACT: 
Secretary Ryan Zinke
Department of Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-7351

 

ACTION 3: Lodge complaint regarding Scott Pruitt's violation of the Hatch Act

Scott Pruitt is using his Federal position as head of the EPA to raise money for the Oklahoma GOP, in violation of the Hatch Act. He is the featured guest speaker on the OKGOP gala invite (May 5th, 2017), and his accomplishments touted include rolling back clean water rules, calling for an exit from the Paris Agreement, slashing regulations, and decreasing the size of the EPA. The Office of Special Counsel handles violations of the Hatch Act. Complaints can be filed on their website (https://osc.gov/pages/file-complaint.aspx) via fax:

Office of Special Counsel
1730 M Street
Suite 218
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 254-3700: 

OKGOP Gala Invite: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-SoYO0VYAAMsLE.jpg:large

**NOTE: As of this writing, the above link is not working. Keep trying or do what I did - file your complaint by both Fax and postal mail.

 

ACTION 4: Speak out about Dow Chemical's unethical and undue influence on Trump

US Office of Government Ethics
Mr. Walter Shaub, Director
1201 New York Ave NW
Suite 500
Washington DC 20005

Background:
Dow Chemical donated 1 million to Trump's inauguration: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/dow-chemical-endangered-species

Dow Chemical pushing trump to ignore pesticide studies: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-dow-pesticides-trump-20170420-story.html

 

ACTION 5: Call for a special commission to investigate Trump's ties to Russia

Background:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has it in his power to approve a special prosecutor or commission, but has yet to do so. 

Contact the Department of Justice by phone or postal mail to say that you are part of the 58% of Americans who want an independent commission to investigate Trump's ties to Russia. The current four investigations are compromised, as is the credibility of the Attorney General. An independent investigation is needed to restore confidence and find the truth.

US Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Comment Line: (202) 353-1555
Main Switchboard: (202) 514-2000
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ACTION 6: Card of thanks to Senator Blumenthal

BACKGROUND:  "The President of the United States should work for us – and only us. Yet President Trump has refused to address the numerous conflicts of interest stemming from his business ties and staff dealings, despite the enormous risks they pose to our interests at home and abroad. That’s why this morning, I joined my colleagues in the Senate and House to demand an impartial investigation into the Trump administration’s unprecedented conflicts of interest. It’s time to treat this urgent matter with the seriousness it demands." - Senator Dick Blumenthal (Connecticut, democrat)

Senator Dick Blumenthal
90 State House Square
Hartford, CT
06103

 

 

 

 

 

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