4/27/2017

One More Important Action for This Week

Hi everyone! I had to pop in once again with a really important action that you should take right away. Republicans in the House are trying to force a vote on their new healthcare bill by the end of this week. Use the link below to call your representative TODAY and tell them to vote NO:
http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50796/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21996

4/25/2017

Two Important Actions for This Week

Hi all:

I just wanted to pop in to let you know that I will probably be absent for most of this week. I've been sick off and on and struggling with allergies and a few other issues. Nothing too serious, but it means I'll be spending most of my time lying down. So, I'll give you two important actions to focus on over the next few days...

Healthcare

Republicans in the House are working on a new "repeal and replace" healthcare bill that's even worse than the last one. Here's how you can help stop it.
Russia

Let your members of Congress (MoC) know that you haven't forgotten about 45's and his administrations ties to Russia.

4/21/2017

Another Sick Day

Hey all:

I'm feeling a lot better today, but still not 100%. I need to take another night off. Remember, I don't post on weekends, so I'll be back Monday night. In the meantime, check out the rest of the Action Alliance at http://www.actionalliance.co.

Jen Heller Meservey
The Night Owl Activist

4/20/2017

Sick Day

Hi subscribers:

I've been sick all day, so I need to take tonight off and get to bed early. As always, check out http://www.actionalliance.co for your daily dose of calls to action.

Jen Heller Meservey
The Night Owl Activist

4/19/2017

Nightly Actions for Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Special Elections - Rob Quist


Montana has one Congressional district for the whole state. On May 25th, a special election will be held to replace their representative, Ryan Zinke, who was recently appointed Secretary of Interior. Special elections are great opportunities to get more progressive leaders in Congress and reduce the Republican majority before 2018.

Democratic candidate Rob Quist is a community leader, business owner, and popular singer/songwriter who was recently endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders. Democracy for America has developed an online phone bank tool that you can use to make calls from anywhere in the country and help get the word out about Quist. They're holding two virtual phone bank events this weekend. Training and materials will be provided. Sign up to make calls here:
https://www2.democracyforamerica.com/events/dfadialer/quist

Immigration - Border Patrol

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently examining procedures to investigate travelers to the U.S. In a congressional hearing, DHS Secretary John Kelly said that they’re even considering forcing some travelers to provide their passwords to social media accounts as a condition to enter the U.S.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents have already been forcing travelers entering the country to hand over the passwords to their cellphones and other devices without a warrant. Senator Ron Wyden has introduced the Data at the Border Act, which would prohibit law enforcement from barring entry to Americans who refuse to provide their passwords at the border and explicitly require a search warrant before any phone owned by a U.S. citizen is searched. Here's how you can help stop CBP and DHS from violating travelers' privacy.
LGBTQ+ Issues
  • Mark Green: 45's nominee for Secretary of the Army, Senator Mark Green, has said that he believes that being transgender is "a disease"; as a physician, he argued that he has a right to deny women birth control because of his religious beliefs; he filed state legislation that would threaten funding for sanctuary cities; and he wants to block Syrian refugees from being welcomed in Tennessee. Sign the following petition to oppose his confirmation:
    http://action.winwithoutwar.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21849
  • 2020 Census: Recently, 45's administration removed questions related to sexuality and gender identity from the 2020 U.S. Census. Many LGBTQ+ Americans face higher rates of homelessness, loss of employment, and income inequality. If we don't have data on these challenges, we can't effectively tackle them. Sign the following petition to tell 45's administration not to erase the LGBTQ+ community from the 2020 Census:
    http://takeaction.joekennedyforcongress.com/petition/count-lgbtq-community/e/

4/18/2017

Nightly Actions for Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

UPDATE - Special Elections


Jon Ossoff, Georgia
Today, despite "technical problems," Democrat Jon Ossoff won over 48% of the votes in the special election for Georgia's 6th district. That's more than twice what the closest Republican contender received (19.8%). It's a huge victory for a district that's been Republican-controlled for 35 years.

However, since Ossoff didn't receive at least 50% of the votes, there will be a runoff election between him and the top Republican candidate, Karen Handel, on June 20th. Whether or not you live in Georgia, you can volunteer to help get Georgians out to vote for Ossoff in June. Sign up here:
https://electjon.com/volunteer/

Rob Quist, Montana
On May 25th, there will be a special election for Montana's only Congressional district. Democratic candidate Rob Quist is gaining popularity with his recent endorsement from Senator Bernie Sanders. This election is a great opportunity to turn Montana blue and get a progressive representative in the House.

You can help get Montanans out to vote for Quist by from anywhere in the country by making phone calls using the Democratic Coalition's National Digital Phone Bank system. Sign up here:
https://www.democraticcoalition.org/digital-phonebank

The Environment - Paris Climate Agreement

45's administration is currently discussing "whether to recommend [45] withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord." This historic agreement with nearly 200 others countries would significantly reduce carbon emissions in the United States by 2025. Here's how you can help keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Miscellaneous
  • Working Families Flexibility Act: Republicans in Congress have introduced the Working Families Flexibility Act, which would allow employers to delay paying any wages for overtime work for as long as 13 months. Use the following link to email your representative and tell them to oppose this bill:
    https://actionnetwork.org/letters/write-your-representative-today-dont-steal-overtime-pay-from-working-people
  • Presidential Tax Transparency Act: Senators Chris Murphy and Ron Wyden have introduced the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, which would require 45 and all future presidential nominees to release their tax returns to the public. Sign the following petition to support this bill: https://donate.chrismurphy.com/page/signup/trump-taxes
  • Affordable Care Act: After failing to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 45 recently suggested that he and other Republicans would move to sabotage healthcare for millions of Americans by cutting off funding for the ACA's subsidies for lower income consumers. Sign the following petition to demand that Congress continue funding ACA subsidies:
    https://secure.pfaw.org/site/SPageNavigator/action.html;jsessionid=00000000.app322b?survey_id=11943
  • Online Privacy: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering an invasive update to procedures for travelers entering the U.S. These new rules would force some travelers to provide the passwords to their social media accounts if they want to to enter the country. Sign the following petition to tell DHS Secreatary John Kelly to reject this proposal:
    https://flydontspy.com/

4/17/2017

Nightly Actions for Monday, April 17th, 2017

URGENT: Special Elections - Jon Ossoff


The special election for the House in Georgia's 6th district is tomorrow, April 18th (today if you're reading this on Tuesday morning)! Special elections are a great way for us to get some progressive candidates in Congress before 2018.

You can help make one last push to turn this seat blue by calling Georgians in the 6th district and telling them to go out and vote for the Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff. You don't have to live in Georgia to make calls! Use the following link to sign up for a virtual phone bank and start making calls now from wherever you are:
http://act.standupamerica.com/page/m/67710cc2/68a149e5/1d6c6082/eaa65af/2624570899/VEsC/

The Environment - Paris Climate Agreement

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. was a leader in crafting the historic Paris Climate Agreement. Now 45's administration is debating either backing out of the agreement altogether or breaking our promise to significantly reduce our carbon pollution. Here's how you can help stop them.
45's Nominees - Mark Green, Army Secretary

The Secretary of the Army is responsible for every matter that relates to the Army, including personnel. 45's pick, Mark Green, is a Tennessee state politician with a horrendous record of anti-LGBTQ positions, vocal Islamophobia, and anti-Latino racism. Here's how you can help stop him from being confirmed:
White House Visitor Logs

45's administration is blocking public access to the White House visitor logs. Now there will be no way to know who is entering the White House and with whom they are meeting. Any Russia-tied associate, corporate lobbyist, or foreign agent can visit 45 in the White House, and the public will be kept in the dark. Here's how you can help oppose this policy.
Immigration
  • Keeping Our Promises to Our Afghan Allies Act: Since 2009, the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program has given Afghans who aided American troops in Afghanistan an avenue to seek refuge in the U.S.; however, the program does not have enough visas to accommodate the thousands of Afghan allies and their families who are seeking refuge from oppression. The Keeping Our Promises to Our Afghan Allies Act would expand the SIV program to add 2,500 additional visas. Use the following link to call the Senate Judiciary Committee to support this bill: https://5calls.org/issue/recCLKCS8HJVJdmye
  • 45's War on Immigrants: On March 16th, 45's administration requested an extra $3 billion from Congress through September, 2017, to pay for his anti-immigrant agenda. He can’t implement this plan without funding. Use the following link to email your senators and urge them not to authorize any more funds for 45's war on immigrants:
    https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu-action/issues/alert/?alertid=76838626
Upcoming Events
  • April 20th - Debating with Climate Skeptics Webinar: On Thursday, April 20th, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, the Environmental Defense Fund is hosting a webinar where climate scientists will review some of the most common arguments used by climate skeptics and how to counter them. Register for the webinar here:
    http://support.edf.org/site/R?i=_7qSUgu3KEygI1px-5R6Vg
Miscellaneous
  • 45's Conflicts of Interest: Use the following link to call your members of Congress and urge them to support the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017, which would require the president to divulge his tax returns and divest financial assets that create a conflict of interest:
    https://www.theloyalopposition.net/daily-ctas/daily-call-action-april-17th-2017/
  • Student Loans: Last week, Betsy DeVos and 45 rolled back President Obama’s rules for student loan companies, which were meant to protect more than 40 million borrowers with student loan debt. Sign the following petition to tell DeVos to help students, not debt collectors: http://www.pattymurray.com/act/stand-with-students
  • Gerrymandering: For far too long, gerrymandered districts have rigged the map and silenced voters. Republican-drawn districts lock Democrats out of office and create a system where politicians pick their voters instead of voters picking their politicians. Sign the following petition to tell Congress to end gerrymandering:
    https://petitions.signforgood.com/endgerrymandering/
  • Wall Street Tax Giveaways: Under 45's tax plan, the six biggest banks in the country would get a $25 billion break on the taxes they owe on offshore profits, and hedge fund managers and Wall Street CEOs would see a huge break on their tax rates. Sign the following petition to tell Congress that Wall Street banks and billionaires should pay their taxes like the rest of us:
    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/demand-wall-street-pay-its-fair-share-of-taxes