1/27/2017

Nightly Actions for Friday, January 27, 2017

Knowledge is Power:
  1. Read Canvas Core Curriculum's "A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle" for information about "planning, conducting, and evaluation of strategic nonviolent conflict": http://canvasopedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/CANVAS-Core-Curriculum_EN.pdf
     
  2. For young people, check out "Rebel Well: A Starter Survival Guide to Trumped America for Teens and Emerging Adults" for help making it through the Trump Administration: http://www.scarleteen.com/sites/files/scarleteen/rebel%20well_0.pdf
     
  3. For people of faith, there's Groundswell's "Rapid Response Guide for People of Faith & Moral Conscience," which lists weekly steps you can take to help build the resistance against Trump: https://docs.google.com/document/d/142a1jq4JKN3G3mognT05sEUafnaXBGMs4sHFOQjykT8/
     
  4. If you're ready to start organizing in your community, consider becoming an OFA fellow. Learn more and apply here: https://www.ofa.us/community-engagement-fellowship/
The White House Comment Line:
  1. Earlier this month, the White House took their phone line for comments down, and recorded a voicemail telling people to email them or use Facebook Messenger. A week into Trump’s term, the phone line is still not back up. Click this link to Tweet the White House and tell them to open their comments phone line to the public: https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?text=The%20%23PublicDemandsAVoice%21%20Tell%20the%20@WhiteHouse%20to%20open%20their%20comments%20phone%20line%20202-465-1111%20to%20the%20public%21%20@POTUS%20@PressSec
     
  2. You can also contact the White House through the website. Hover over the "Participate" tab and choose "Contact the White House." It will take you to this link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Trump's Cabinet Nominees:
  1. Soon, the Senate will vote to confirm Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. It's important that we keep the pressure on. Price wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut Medicaid, end Medicare, and defund Planned Parenthood. Use this form to call key senators and urge them to block Price: https://act.credoaction.com/call/call_block_price/
     
  2. CNN reported that the most vulnerable of Trump's cabinet picks, Andrew Puzder, is considering bowing out. That's because Puzder, Trump's pick for Labor Secretary, couldn't deny his damning record during his hearing before the Senate. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. His restaurants are facing countless complaints for the sexual harassment of two-thirds of their female employees, illegally withholding overtime pay, stolen paychecks, and more. Sign this petition to tell the senate to block Puzder: https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/puzder_nomination/
     
  3. Betsy DeVos is Trump's nominee for Education Secretary. She's totally unqualified, having never worked as a teacher or held any other job in our schools. In her home state of Michigan, she has used her wealth to impose policies of cuts and privatization that The New York Times said led to a "total collapse of public education in Detroit." The vote is coming up on Tuesday, and it's expected to be close.

    Democracy for America members recently joined a progressive coalition to demand that senators block Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions and Trump's other cabinet picks. More than 600,000 people signed that petition. Now it's time to deliver those signatures to your senators, and tell them that you expect them to oppose Betsy DeVos. Use this form to sign up to deliver signatures to your senators' offices: http://act.democracyforamerica.com/call/stop-devos/
     
  4. In her confirmation hearing, DeVos refused to commit to upholding Title IX guidance requiring schools to investigate instances of sexual harassment or violence. She was ignorant about federal laws protecting students with disabilities, and has no experience with student loans. We need a secretary of education who’s committed to protecting our students. Sign this petition to tell the Senate not to confirm DeVos: http://petitions.signforgood.com/standagainstdevos
     
  5. Use this form to send a letter to your legislators and ask them to support the continued delay of the Senate HELP Committee vote and a second hearing on the confirmation of DeVos: http://cqrcengage.com/cek/app/onestep-write-a-letter?1&engagementId=277673
Healthcare
  1. The ACA deadline for 2017 health insurance is January 31st for coverage beginning March 1st. Please tell your friends to enroll if they haven’t. PFLAG is a national partner and leader on urging people to secure health insurance and take advantage of the LGBTQ portal Out2Enroll. You’ll find LGBTQ-specific FAQs, enrollment assistance and other resources. This year, millions of uninsured Americans have incomes that qualify them for reduced monthly costs on high quality plans. In fact, most people eligible for financial help through HealthCare.gov can find plans with monthly costs reduced to $50 - $100. Find more information here: https://out2enroll.org/
     
  2. The Republican party wants to privatize Medicare, so that you can pay more money to get less care. Sign this petition to get progressive leaders to join Bernie Sanders in his effort to mobilize the country to shoot down this proposal immediately: https://actionsprout.io/AE2012/initial
Planned Parenthood and Women's Rights:
  1. House Speaker Paul Ryan recently confirmed that Republicans in Congress will try to defund Planned Parenthood as part of their repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have already started the repeal process. They plan to fast track a bill that would dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act and strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding through a legislative process called "reconciliation." That means the bill can’t be filibustered and just needs a simple majority in the Senate to become law. Sign this petition to tell the Senate not to defund Planned Parenthood: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/protect_pp
     
  2. Tweet your Women's March photo to your members of Congress and show them you're committed to protecting reproductive health and rights. Use this sample tweet and a handy tool to find your members on Twitter. There's even a photo you can use if you don't have one: http://www.ppaction.org/site/R?i=HgJfQcm_98jTlaRn9zxtug
     
  3. Use this form and script to call your senators and tell them not to defund Planned Parenthood: https://www.istandwithpp.org/call
     
  4. Take the Women's Pledge of Unity and pledge to stand up for human rights, dignity and our democracy: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/womens-pledge-of-unity
The Environment:
  1. Trump recently signed executive orders to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines. These dirty and dangerous pipelines are a bad deal for clean air, safe drinking water, and the communities living along the pipeline routes. Sign this petition to tell Trump to rescind his executive orders: https://secure3.convio.net/lcv/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3712&s_src=FB&s_subsrc=KXLDAPL
     
  2. If your bank is one of the 17 funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, here's how you can contact them and tell them to pull their funding: http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/how-to-contact-the-17-banks-funding-the-dakota-access-pipeline-20160929
     
  3. Trump campaigned for president on a promise to obstruct and derail action on climate change at every level. And, so far, his administration is doing just that. From cabinet picks to policy statements (or tweets), it’s clear the Trump Administration’s goal is to undermine progress on climate change. Protecting the Paris Agreement is a critical first step to make sure that doesn't happen. Use this form to email your members of Congress and tell them to protec the commitments made under the Paris Agreement: https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2061
     
  4. We have an "environmental voter turnout problem" in the United States. The people who care most about climate change and other environmental issues don't vote. In fact, 15.78 million environmentalists didn't vote in the 2014 midterm elections, and an estimated over 10 million didn't vote in the 2016 presidential election. Take this pledge to help you show up to every single election - local, state, and federal: http://www.environmentalvoter.org/blog/care-about-environment-heres-what-you-can-do-right-now
Trump's Tax Returns:
  1. The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Sign this petition to tell Trump to immediately release his tax returns: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/immediately-release-donald-trumps-full-tax-returns-all-information-needed-verify-emoluments-clause-compliance
     
  2. Tax Marches are being planned all over the country. Visit this website to find a march near you and send a message to Trump to release his tax returns: https://taxmarch.org/
Federal Agencies and Public Lands:
  1. Mere days into Donald Trump's presidency, multiple agencies have been banned from speaking to the press, public officials, even the public. Sign this petition to demand that your members of Congress force the administration's hand and rescind Trump's gag orders: https://www.addup.org/campaigns/lift-trumps-gag-orders-on-federal-agencies/petition/defend-federal-workers-from-congressional-retaliation
     
  2. For a growing list of alternative Twitter accounts for the federal government entities that have had gag rules imposed on them, click here: http://www.wearetraversecity.com/node/56
     
  3. One of the top priorities in the GOP is selling off our public lands to the highest bidder. We need to stand up and send a clear message that our public lands are NOT for sale. Sign this petition to tell Congress to keep their hands off: http://nm.martinheinrich.com/page/s/fb-protect-public-lands
Immigration:
  1. Trump's executive order to take federal funding away from cities that protect immigrant families is shameful and violates the Constitution. Sign this petition to tell Trump to rescind this executive order immediately: https://my.democrats.org/page/s/stand-with-immigrant-families
     
  2. On Dec 3rd 2013, Resolution 1008-13 was submitted to the Miami Dade County, Florida Commission by County Attorney R.A. Cuevas Jr. asking for elected leadership to honor the spirit of sanctuary in Miami. Today, Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has ordered Miami Dade county jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests, which would change the county’s position as a sanctuary for immigrants to comply with Trump’s executive order. Sign this petition to let Mayor Gimenez know that you oppose the executive order on immigration enforcement: https://www.change.org/p/emergeusa-call-on-miami-dade-mayor-gimeniz-to-keep-city-s-sanctuary-status
     
  3. Trump just signed an executive order that will grind refugee resettlement to a halt. To make matters worse, the order discriminates against Muslim immigrants, and will prevent all but a handful of people from Syria, the world's largest refugee population, from entering the US. Use this form to send a letter to Trump and tell him that you oppose his decision to slash refugee resettlement and that you support welcoming people of all faiths to our country: https://secure3.oxfamamerica.org/page/speakout/stand-with-refugees
     
  4. Join the postcard avalanche. Write and mail one postcard to the following address with the message: "I will NOT pay for YOUR wall. PERIOD."

    Donald J. Trump
    C/O The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20500
Mischellaneous:
  1. Trump refuses to cut ties with his international business interests that pose serious conflicts of interest. He's even refusing to liquidate foreign holdings, which places him in violation of the United States Constitution. So Democrats, led by Senator Warren, have introduced the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017, which would force Trump to divest. Sign this petition to support this bill and resist corruption: http://act.standupamerica.com/page/s/stand-up-to-trump-corruption
     
  2. Combat fake news. Work with Sleeping Giants to hold companies accountable for advertising on fake news sites. Read this document to get started: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14xnkluiAdVqT-KmwcZRJs4U0wia9TIBRzPaUaGVCqRU/
     
  3. This week, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced to the world that the Women’s March changed everything. She made sure that the vote to confirm Jeff Sessions for Attorney General is not rushed through, and she said that the march inspired her to stand up to Trump’s extreme agenda. This is the type of leadership that we need in Congress. Now, we need to make sure other Senators exhibit the same resistance. As the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer could help make that happen, but the initial signs are not good. He himself voted for pro-torture Representative Mike Pompeo to lead the CIA. Use this form to email Senator Schumer and tell him that you expect more from him: http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20974
     
  4. After the Pulse massacre in Orlando, Trump bragged about being "right" instead of offering condolences. We can’t trust him to protect us from gun violence, and his party has made it clear that they are more interested in serving the NRA than the American people. Sign this petition to stand up to gun violence: http://www.grassrootsact.com/vf-fb-violence
     
  5. Use this website to make five calls to your senators about important issues: https://5calls.org/
     
  6. Trump is an unprecedented threat to our nation's democracy, health and environment. He must not be allowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, gut the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts, raid our public lands, eliminate regulations protecting poor communities from pollution, deport millions of people, take away our reproductive freedom, or force millions to live in fear. Take this pledge to resist Trump's assault on America's environment, democracy, and civil rights: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17524
     
  7. Civil disobedience is the breach of law in order to change culture and policy. Nonviolent civil disobedience is grounded in the ethic of love - for others, opponents, and ourselves. Historically, when people use civil disobedience to protest not just a single policy but widespread injustice, then this act of love becomes revolutionary. It changes a community, a culture, even a country. Take this pledge to support civil disobedience against the Trump administration: https://action.groundswell-mvmt.org/petitions/we-support-civil-disobedience-as-a-form-of-moralresistance
     
  8. In 1982, Carole King released the song, "One Small Voice." It was a subtle anthem about standing up to power, and its lyrics are unfortunately applicable to our current historical moment. King re-recorded the track a few decades after its original release. She remembered the second version she made while preparing to participate in the local branch of the woman’s march this past weekend, and is now releasing it for the first time. Listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaPYz-6Bji4
     
  9. The Virginia House of Delegates committee on elections is today hearing recommendations on a bill to strip Virginia voters of one person-one vote. The bill, HB 1425, would take Virginia from a winner take all electoral vote in Presidential elections to dividing up the electors by (already gerrymandered) Congressional districts. Next Monday, a committee in the Virginia House of Delegates will vote on two bills, HJ 763 and HJ 581, which are amendments designed to make it unconstitutional under Virginia law to draw districts that favor one party.

    If you live in Virginia, please call the committee members at the phone numbers below and let them know that a) you strongly oppose HB 1425, b) you strongly support a nonpartisan redistricting commission, and c) you support HB 763 and/or HB 581 in the interim:
    • Steve Landes (R), sponsor of HJ 763 (804) 698-1025
    • Rip Sullivan (D), sponsor of HJ 581 (804)698-1048
    • J Randall Minchew (10th district) (804) 698-1010
    • Jackson Miller (50th district) (804) 698-1050
    • Timothy Hugo (40th district) (804) 698-1040
    • Jason Miyares (82nd district) (804) 698-1082
    • Joseph Lindsey (90th district) (804) 698-1090
    • Marcia Price (95th district) (804) 698-1095
    • Mark Cole (88th district) (804) 698-1088

    Here's a script you can use when you call:
    Hi, my name is _____. I’m a resident of _____. [I know I’m not in your district, but…] I’m calling to express anger and disapproval of HB1425. We have a right to one person one vote, and this would violate that. I also ask you to support one of the two constitutional amendments to draw districts without favoring any party or legislator. While I would like to see a nonpartisan redistricting commission, I believe that these bills at least represent an improvement to Virginia’s current districting rules. Also, I’d like to get more information on these bills if you have it, in particular, I’d like to know how they will be implemented and how it will be determined whether a district favors or disfavors a party or legislator? Thank you for your time!

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