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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

Earlier Event: September 10
Week of September 10 - September 16
Later Event: October 1
Week of April 24, 2017