7/11/2017

Weekly Actions for the Week of July 11th, 2017

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been absent the last couple of weeks. I've had a lot going on, and my blog just totally fell off my radar. I need to take some time off, probably for the rest of the summer. I'll still be resisting in my local area, and I hope you will, too.

In the meantime, please visit the following websites for more daily and weekly actions you can take to resist 45:
For this week, please see my last post for information on how you can help stop the Senate bill to repeal the ACA. We won a battle by getting the vote postponed, but the war's not over. It's very important that we keep up the fight to protect our healthcare until the bill is officially dead:
http://www.thenightowlactivist.com/2017/06/weekly-actions-for-week-of-june-19th.html

Also, on July 15th, in cities across the country, Refuse Fascism is holding events to protest the 45 administration. The one here in Philly is actually pretty late in the day, so I plan to stop by. Learn more and find an event near you here:
https://refusefascism.org/2017/06/09/july-15-2017-in-cities-across-the-country-demonstrate/

I hope to get back to posting weekly in September. Keep up The Resistance!

Jen Heller Meservey
The Night Owl Activist

6/19/2017

Weekly Actions for the Week of June 19th, 2017


RED ALERT - SAVE OUR HEALTHCARE!

As I type this, Senate Democrats are holding the floor in an attempt to stop the Republican healthcare bill (also known as "Trumpcare"). 13 Republican senators are working on this bill in secret, and they're planning to try to pass it without any public hearings, committee reviews, or amendments. Senate Democrats have pledged to withhold consent on any Senate requests except for honorary resolutions.

This week, I have only one action for you: Get on the phone. Call your senators' offices every day. If you can't get through, call again, or use the Stance app to automatically send a voicemail when call volume is low. You can also use Resistbot or FaxZero to send a free fax.

Find your senators' contact information here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Use the scripts below from Indivisible, and make sure you share your personal story of why the Affordable Care Act and/or Medicaid are important to you.

6/12/2017

Weekly Actions for the Week of June 12th, 2017

Me with my sign I made for a rally against 45's corruption

RED ALERT! HEALTHCARE UNDER ATTACK (AGAIN)!

What's going on: So, last week, I said it was looking like the GOP's healthcare bill might be dead in the water. Well, this week, that's all out the window. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suddenly started pressuring Republican senators to come up with a new healthcare bill by the end of June so that they can vote on it before the July 4th recess. Not only that, but they're trying to get this bill passed without any hearings, committee markups, or amendments, and without sharing it with the public. They want to take away our healthcare behind closed doors before we even know what hit us. We can't let that happen.

All hands on deck! This is not a drill! Word on the virtual street is that members of Congress (MoC) have reported quiet phone lines lately. We can't let that happen either! It's time to get on the phones, send emails and faxes, visit our senators, attend their events, camp out outside their offices, whatever we have to do to stop this bill from being passed. If it's anything like the AHCA (which it most likely will be), it will cause at least 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

What you can do: Use the following links to get informed, contact your senators, and tell them to leave the Affordable Care Act (ACA) alone. Check out My Favorite Tools for the Resistance for easy ways to find information and send voicemails, faxes and emails.
Collusion + Obstruction + Emoluments = IMPEACHMENT!

What's going on: The big news last week was former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he stated that 45 told him to make the Russian investigation go away. A former Watergate prosecutor said that this is sufficient evidence for an obstruction of justice case against 45. Tomorrow, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify in a public hearing. Rumors are going around that 45 plans to fire Robert Mueller, who was recently appointed as special counsel in the investigation.

Yesterday, the attorneys general of D.C. and Maryland filed a lawsuit against 45 for violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution by accepting payments and benefits from foreign governments. All of this, along with the distinct possibility that 45 colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, may be sufficient cause for impeachment charges. Yeah, that's right. It's time to start calling for impeachment (unless you're like me and you've been calling for it from day one).

What you can do: Use the following links to contact your MoC and demand that they hold 45 accountable.

Emoluments Clauses:
Impeachment:
Russia Investigation:
Net Neutrality

What's going on: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has a plan to kill net neutrality by allowing Internet service providers to block web pages, slow down their competitors' Internet traffic, and create online fast lanes by charging tech giants for faster delivery of music, movies, TV shows, and other streaming content. The FCC is currently accepting public comments on the plan.

What you can do:

6/05/2017

Weekly Actions for the Week of June 5th, 2017

Paris Climate Agreement

What's going on: Last week, 45 pulled the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, an agreement between several countries to take efforts to combat climate change. Since then, many U.S. mayors, governors, and attorney generals have announced that they will continue to support the efforts of the agreement despite 45's decision.

What you can do:
Russia

What's going on: On Saturday, thousands of Americans in over 130 cities joined the March for Truth to demand an independent investigation into 45's ties to Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Today, a top-secret NSA report revealed that Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier last year, sending spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before the election.

What you can do:
Healthcare

What's going on: Last week, Republican Senator Richard Burr said in an interview that it's "unlikely" that the Senate will come up with a healthcare plan this year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McMconnel stated that he doesn't know how the Senate would be able to get the 51 votes required to pass a healthcare bill. Today, leaked information revealed a 45 administration plan that would allow employers to remove birth control coverage from insurance plans.

What you can do:

5/30/2017

Weekly Actions for the Week of May 29th, 2017

I hope everyone had a nice break for Memorial Day. I had a couple of subscriber requests last week, but I won't be able to include them in this week's blog post because there's just too much to cover. So, if you sent me an action, I apologize. I'll try to post it next week.

Breaking News: In case you missed it, 45's latest Tweet is even more nonsensical than usual...


The Internet is clamoring to uncover the meaning of this mystery word, "covfefe." If you haven't yet, look up the #covfefe hashtag on Twitter. It's highly entertaining.

And now back to our regularly scheduled blogging...

Congressional Recess

This week, members of Congress (MoC) are back in their home states on recess. This is the perfect time to pay a visit to their local offices or attend a town hall. Here are some resources for finding town halls and other events in your area and talking points for when you meet with your MoC.
Healthcare

What's going on: Rumors have been floating around that this recess is a test for the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), the GOP's plan to repeal and "replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was recently passed in the House. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the AHCA would leave 23 million Americans without health insurance. A commission of Republican senators has been formed to write their own version of the bill, which is likely to be just as bad as the House bill.

What you can do:
45's Budget

What's going on: 45's budget plan was released last week, and here are just a few of the programs it would make cuts to:
  • Medicaid
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Children's health programs
  • Food assistance
  • Home heating assistance
  • Payments to disabled veterans
  • Subsidies for farmers
  • The Department of Education
  • The EPA
  • NASA
  • Public media
  • The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities
It would also increase spending on defense and border patrol while giving tax cuts to the wealthy. Needless to say, this budget is designed to benefit the rich and leave everyone else out in the cold. Even some Republicans have stated that the budget goes too far.

What you can do:

5/22/2017

Weekly Actions for the Week of May 22nd, 2017

Hi everyone! I know it's been a while, but I'm back... for now. Things have been crazy for me over the last month or so. You may have noticed that the title of tonight's blog post says "Weekly Actions" instead of "Nightly Actions." Well, I think I need to give myself a break and just post one blog per week from now on. I'll post again during the week if something big happens (as it often does with this administration). I have a lot going on, and this will free up my time to focus on local actions.

If you're not a member of a local Resistance group, I encourage you to find one near you at one of the following websites. It's great to meet up with fellow resisters and plan actions you can take together. You can also work on issues on the local level in your state or town.
Now, let's get back to work...

45's Ties to Russia

What's going on: Last week, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Bob Mueller to be a special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. If you were one of the many people who contacted your members of Congress to demand a special counsel, give yourself a pat on the back! You helped make this happen! Now we need to make sure that an independent commission is formed to complete a fair, impartial investigation.

What you can do:
Net Neutrality

What's going on: Last week, the FCC voted to begin undoing net neutrality rules that were put in place two years ago. The vote kicked off a public commenting period that will last for several months, during which companies, interest groups, and advocates can file their thoughts with the FCC.

What you can do:
Voter Suppression

What's going on: Recently 45 established a "commission on election integrity" to investigate his bogus claim that millions of fraudulent votes were cast by noncitizens in the 2016 presidential election. The co-chair of this committee, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is notorious for his voter suppression efforts in Kansas. Research has found very few incidents of suspected noncitizen voting during the 2016 election (only about 0.0001%).

What you can do:
LGBTQ+ Issues

What's going on: So-called "conversion therapy" claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity on the premise that being LGBTQ is a curable mental illness. This fraudulent practice tortures LGBTQ youth and has been repeatedly discredited and condemned by medical professionals. A bill called the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act would clarify conversion therapy as a deceptive practice with enforceable penalties under the law.

What you can do:
Education

What's going on: A copy of the White House's preliminary budget proposal has been released, and it contains a $9.2 billion cut to the Department of Education. $400 million will be spent to expand charter schools and private and religious school vouchers (supported by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos), and $1 billion will be set aside to steer public schools toward so-called "school choice" programs.

What you can do:

5/11/2017

My Favorite Tools for The Resistance

I thought I'd just pop in to quickly share with you all my current favorite tools for The Resistance. Please share them with your friends and family to get everybody engaged in contacting their legislators.
  • Stance App - Record a message and send it to the voicemail of your member of Congress at night when the phones aren't tied up: www.takeastance.us
  • Resistbot - Text a message and fax it to your members of Congress. Text Resist to 50409 to get started, or visit: www.resistbot.io
  • FaxZero - Send a free fax up to 10 pages long to any U.S. senator or representative: www.faxzero.com
  • Countable App - See what Congress is voting on, share your opinion and leave a comment that will be emailed to your members of Congress: www.countable.us
  • Indivisible Resource Library - Find talking points and scripts about the latest important issues to use when contacting your members of Congress:
    www.indivisibleguide.com/resources/

5/10/2017

One Important Action for This Week

Hi All:

Sorry I keep checking out. I was doing OK, and then yesterday, my husband and I had to say goodbye to one of our cats who had been with us for 11 years. We're both devastated, and I'm not in a good emotional space to focus on anything right now. So for now, I'll just leave you with one important action to take this week.

You probably heard that today, in the midst of hearings on his administration's collusion with Russia, 45 fired FBI Director James Comey. Comey was leading the investigation, and now the door is open for 45 to hire someone who will not complete a fair and impartial investigation.

The Resistance has been calling for a special prosecutor to lead the investigation, and our requests have been falling on deaf ears. But today, several members of Congress (MoC), including some Republican senators, finally spoke out, demanding that a special prosecutor be appointed.

Your mission this week is to call your MoC and tell them that we want a special prosecutor to complete a fair, nonpartisan investigation into 45's ties to Russia. Use the information at the following link to make your calls:

Don't forget that you can record a message to be sent directly to your MoC's voicemail outside of business hours with the Stance app. This is very useful of you're getting busy signals. Download the app for iPhone and Android here: http://takeastance.us/

You can also easily send a fax to your MoC with Resistbot. Just text "resist" to 50409.

I'll try to check in later this week if any other important actions come up, as I'm sure they will.

Jen Heller Meservey
The Night Owl Activist

5/06/2017

Early Night

Hi subscribers:

I have to get up early tomorrow, so I'm headed to bed early. I'll be back to post on Monday. In the meantime, keep contacting your members of Congress about healthcare!

Jen Heller Meservey
The Night Owl Activist

5/04/2017

Nightly Actions for Thursday, May 4th, 2017

URGENT - Healthcare

Today, Republicans in the House passed their healthcare bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and take away healthcare from at least 24 million Americans (I call it "Don'tCare"). This bill must still pass the Senate to have a chance of being made into law. Some Republican senators have stated that they will not vote on the House bill and will instead draft their own "repeal and replace" bill (?!). Either way, we need to fight to make sure that Republicans stop attacking the ACA by doing two important things:
  1. shaming House Republicans for supporting a plan that takes healthcare away from millions of Americans
  2. demanding that the Senate reject any plan to repeal the ACA
One of my subscribers, Debbie Tapp, sent me her thoughts on the vote today:
We are mourning again. Don't let it drag you down. The Senate says they let this happen so they can protect Obamacare.
November 8 was horrible. We set our sights on the Electoral College. We started writing letters. Emails. Petitions.
December 19 was awful. There was still a chance when they accepted the votes in January.
January 20 was a depressing day but we survived planning for January 21st and the Women's March.
We have made it through over 100 days. We have learned to fight. We have learned to make calls, send postcards, march, protest.
We will continue.
We have learned that we need to win back and control Congress. If Hillary had won, we would not have learned this.
Hillary Clinton would be an awesome president but she would have fought the same battles that Obama did - but worse as a woman.
Trump is doing the damage that he does because he is an extension of a Republican Congress. We must clip his wings and flip congress.
Make sure your friends, family and neighbors are registered to vote. Contact your Elections Offices. This link may have the info. https://www.eac.gov/voters/election-day-contact-information/
Find out if paper ballots are now being used. Ask what kind of systems and how they are protected from interference such as hacking.
Then, contact your governor, your state legislators. Make changes. It is up to you.
Here are some ways you can fight back right now.
Subscriber Request - Net Neutrality

One of my subscribers, Stacey Edwards, asked me to keep posting this action because she feels that it's a very important issue, and I agree. So you got it, Stacey! Here's how you can help stop FCC Chairman Ajit Pai from destroying the free and open Internet:
  • Submit a public comment. The FCC just opened their official comment period on Pai's plan to kill net neutrality. Use this tool from Fight for the Future to submit a comment opposing the plan: https://www.battleforthenet.com/
Upcoming Events
  • May 7th - Twitter Storm for Rob Quist: On May 25th, a special election will be held for Montana's single House seat. Action Together Network is calling for a Twitter storm to support the Democratic candidate, Rob Quist, on Sunday, May 7th, at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Use the tools at the following link to join in: http://actiontogethernetwork.org/twitter-storm/
  • June 3rd - March for Truth: On Saturday, June 3rd, marches will be held all over the country to demand an impartial investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election and ties to 45, his administration, and his associates. Learn more and find a march near you here: https://www.marchfortruth.info/

5/03/2017

Nightly Actions for Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

UPDATE

Oops! Last night, I had to go to bed early so that I could get up early today for an appointment, and I totally forgot to post something letting you all know that I wouldn't be blogging as usual. My bad! Everything's cool, I just wasn't up until my usual 7-8am, so I didn't have time to put together the blog. There will be a few more days like that next week. I'll try to remember to warn you. Moving on...

URGENT - Healthcare

The most important thing we need to focus on right now is healthcare. Republicans in the House are pushing for a vote TOMORROW (Thursday, May 4th) on their new bill to repeal and "replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a terrible plan that would take away healthcare from millions of Americans. Many representatives have announced their opposition to the bill, but several are still on the fence. Here's how you can help kill Don'tCare again (hopefully for good this time).
Net Neutrality

Earlier today, FCC Chair Ajit Pai revealed his plan to destroy net neutrality by gutting rules that protect the free and open Internet. No net neutrality means Internet service providers can demand that companies and consumers pay fees for decent connection speeds and push those who can't pay into Internet "slow lanes." Here's how you can stop Pai's plan and save net neutrality.
LGBTQ+ Issues

Reports came out today that 45 plans to sign a so-called "religious liberty" executive order, which is basically a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community. While 45 didn't sign the order today, he is now expected to sign it tomorrow as part of the "National Day of Prayer." Here's how you can help stop this order.

5/01/2017

Nightly Actions for Monday, May 1st, 2017

UPDATE

Hey subscribers!

Thanks to everyone for your well wishes over the last few weeks. Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I've had some health issues and some personal stuff going on, and I just haven't had the spoons left at the end of the night to update the blog. To make it easier on myself going forward, I'm going to try to cut down on the number of actions I post per night. From now on, you'll only see the actions that I think are the most important, targeted, effective, or useful. Hopefully I'll be able to keep posting every weekday with that in mind.

URGENT - Healthcare

Congress delayed voting on their newer and even worse healthcare bill once again, but they're pushing to vote soon, so we have to keep fighting back against it. Here are some ways you can help.
NEW - Subscriber Submissions

While I was away, a few of my subscribers submitted calls to action that they wanted me to share. Take these actions to make a difference while supporting your fellow members of the Resistance.
  • EPA Regulatory Reform: Thanks to Brenda Deckard for this submission. The Indivisible Washington Environmental Blog is posting a Daily Docket with suggested scripts for EPA "Evaluation of Existing Regulations" public comment submissions. Public comments are being accepted until May 15th, and the blog will be posting Daily Dockets right up until the deadline. Visit the following link to find all of the Daily Docket posts and start submitting comments:
    https://indivisiblewaenvironment.wordpress.com/category/your-daily-docket/
  • Teachers of the Year: Thanks to Debbie for this submission. Since 45 didn't properly honor the Teachers of the Year, let's show them our appreciation! Pick a few teachers from the following list and send them a postcard to congratulate them. Send as many as you like (there are 55 total), and don't forget to use your colored markers:
    http://www.ccsso.org/ntoy/State_Teachers.html
  • Stance: Thanks to Nathaniel Teichman for this submission. A new app called Stance makes calling your elected officials much easier. If you find yourself getting nothing but voicemail and busy signals, Stance can save you a lot of time. It lets you record messages for your elected officials, then delivers them at night when phone lines aren’t so busy, and it keeps calling back until it delivers your message. You don’t even have to deal with navigating a phone tree. It's perfect for introverts and night owls like me who can't call during normal office hours anyway. Learn more and download Stance for iPhone and Android devices here:
    http://www.takeastance.us/
Fun Action of the Night - Shut Down 45's Anti-immigrant Hotline


Let's have some fun with this one! 45 recently launched his Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement (VOICE) office, including a hotline for reporting crimes by "illegal aliens." Channel your inner Mulder and Scully and use the following link to call into the VOICE hotline and report encounters with aliens... of the outer space/UFO variety (think E.T. or Mac and Me):
http://www.commondefensepac.org/alienreport

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

4/14/2017

Nightly Actions for Friday, April 14th, 2017

Just a short one tonight. Don't forget, I'm now taking weekends off, so you won't hear from me until Monday night. As always, you can check out my fellow members of the Action Alliance while you wait: https://www.actionalliance.co/
  • Education: Earlier this week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued a memorandum rescinding Obama-era regulations that safeguarded student loan borrowers by simplifying the repayment process, assisting with debt management, and providing more oversight of loan-servicing contractors. With these regulations no longer in place, student loan defaults are expected to increase in the coming years. Use the following link to call DeVos and urge her to reconsider: https://5calls.org/issue/rec5bUzQuyLoG2YWA
  • Special Elections: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) refused to support James Thompson's campaign for the recent special election in Kansas. This is part of a growing trend of the DNC supporting only centrist candidates with opportunities to raise funds from corporate donors. Use the following link to send a postcard to the DNC and tell them that they need to get serious about the Resistance and support Democratic candidates in all special elections:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OzV4EQAwN5qX47jad0WBQi-G1ko3QKBugRxHTaqY1yo/
  • 45's Tax Returns: Breaking with every other presidential candidate in the past 40 years, 45 continues to hide his tax returns from the American public. Proposed legislation called the Presidential Tax Transparency Act would require any sitting president to release their most recent three years of tax returns publicly. Sign the following petition to support this legislation: http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/trump-taxes/
  • Public Lands: While 45 is slashing funding for our public lands, House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop is pushing to sell off public lands and gut the Antiquities Act to block the creation of future national monuments. 45 and Bishop are even threatening to roll back existing monuments, like Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Sign the following petition to tell Congress to protect our national parks and public lands:
    https://secure3.convio.net/lcv/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app313b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3810
  • Sean Spicer: This week, 45's chief spokesperson, Sean Spicer, said that Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." Hitler murdered more than 11 million people, including 6 million Jews, many in chemical gas chambers. Sign the following petition to tell 45 that Spicer needs to be fired: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/spicer-must-go
  • Tweets: The following link is a list of Resistance Tweets that cover a variety of topics from Sean Spicer to 45's ties to Russia. Just click each link on the list to automatically Tweet it:
    https://resistancetweetsheets.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/april-14-2017-tweet-potluck-russiagate-manifort-spicey-neoptism-and-immigrants/

4/13/2017

Nightly Actions for Thursday, April 13th, 2017

45's Tax Returns

Members of Congress (MoC) have supported a variety of different initiatives to obtain 45's tax returns, which he has refused to release, unlike any president in 50 years. Republicans have so far rejected all attempts to obtain 45's taxes. Questions about 45's conflicts of interest and ties two Russia are mounting, and his refusal to release the returns (after saying he would if he ran for president) is strong evidence that he is hiding something important and damaging. Here's how you can help get them released.
45's Budget

45's proposed budget for 2017 designates $1.5 billion to build more detention centers, hire hundreds more ICE agents and border patrol officers, and expand efforts to remove undocumented immigrants. It would also gouge the State Department, EPA, Department of Education, and other vital programs and services. Here's how you can help stop it.
Healthcare

Yesterday, in an attempt to force Democrats to negotiate away our healthcare, 45 said that he may withhold payments that lower deductibles and co-payments for people who get their insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This move would jeopardize access to healthcare for millions of people. Here's how you can help stop him.
The Environment
  • Climate Change: The Heartland Institute, a group funded by fossil fuel interests, is sending 25,000 climate textbooks to science teachers. Their textbook states that there’s "deep disagreement among scientists" about climate change and that decades of scientific evidence on warming temperatures are "unreliable." Sign this petition to tell state Departments of Education to oppose teaching climate denial in our classrooms:
    https://secure.314action.org/page/s/add-your-name-to-oppose-climate-denial
  • NAFTA: 45 has ordered a review of all U.S. trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This agreement has empowered corporate polluters to challenge environmental protections, boosted destructive mining in Mexico, and contributed to the rise of Canada's toxic tar sands industry. Now 45's corporate-driven trade agenda threatens to make matters even worse. Use the following link to email your MoC and tell them that renegotiating NAFTA should benefit people and the planet, not corporate polluters:
    https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0066474
  • Dakota Access Pipeline: Two senators have alleged that the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) didn't have proper permission to build under Lake Oahe, a tributary of the Missouri River. It's not known if oil can be safely transported through the DAPL because the Army Corps of Engineers may have issued a permit before checking to make sure that everything was OK. Sign this petition to tell these senators to lead a movement in Congress to stop oil transportation through the DAPL: https://actionsprout.io/90A9D0
  • Keystone XL Pipeline: 45's administration has issued the final federal permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline, but TransCanada still needs a permit to build part of the pipeline through Nebraska. The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) is currently accepting comments from the public. Use the following link to submit a comment to tell the Nebraska PSC to stop the Keystone XL: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/nebraska_keystone_xl
Miscellaneous
  • Constitutional Convention: Article 5 of the Constitution allows for a convention to be called by 34 States. 22 states have already passed resolutions for it, with an additional five states having already passed through one house. They plan to push the government into balancing their budget, but once convened, there are no limitations on which Constitutional issues they could address. It would basically put the whole Constitution up for grabs. If you live in one of the states listed at the following link, use the information provided to call your state senators and representatives and tell them that you oppose a Constitutional convention:
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1STJpmhlSxYIhuuqNiS81980OSMaINcDlXdHZKIRWypc/
  • Online Privacy: Earlier this month, 45 and Congressional Republicans rolled back Internet privacy rules and cleared the way for companies to sell your web browsing history. That means your private information can be exploited by companies however they see fit. Sign the following petition to tell Congress that your online privacy is not for sale:
    https://petitions.signforgood.com/defendourprivacy
  • Immigration: 45's draft executive order would make it policy to deport families for using programs "determined in any way on the basis of income, resources, or financial need," which could mean no free and reduced-price school lunches, no food stamps for hungry families, and no prenatal care for low-income moms. Sign the following petition to oppose this order:
    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/dont-let-trump-take-food-stamps-and-school-lunch-from-immigrant-kids
  • Civil Rights: A group including what Slate called "the biggest names in voter suppression" are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to abandon the Justice Department’s mission to protect voting and civil rights and make hiring and firing decisions in the Civil Rights Division based on on political affiliation instead of merit. Sign the following petition to tell Sessions not to put politics before our rights:
    https://secure2.convio.net/comcau/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app260a?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2063