Nightly Actions for Friday, February 24th, 2017

URGENT - 45's Attacks on the Media

Pete Souza, former White House photographer to President Obama, trolled 45 today with this photo.
Today, several media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, the BBC, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed News, were prohibited from attending a White House briefing by 45's press secretary, Sean Spicer. Spicer allowed reporters from only a handpicked group of news organizations: Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended. Reporters from The Associated Press and Time magazine chose not to attend the briefing in protest. Here's how you can fight back against 45's attacks on the media.
  • Call media outlets to urge a  boycott. The exclusion of reliable, nonpartisan media outlets from a White House press briefing is a clear threat to the freedom of the press and to the media's role in holding 45 and his administration accountable for their actions. Other news outlets must boycott future press briefings until their colleagues' access to briefings is reinstated. Use the information at the following link to call five media outlets and urge them to boycott: https://5calls.org/#issue/recdc2LwZRZXCl0Ri
  • Sign a petition. Sign this petition to remind members of Congress (MoC) that they have a duty to defend the media, the Judiciary Branch, and the Constitution from 45's efforts to delegitimize them: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/country_before_party/
45's Ties to Russia

Today, the White House confirmed that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus spoke with top FBI officials about the bureau’s inquiry into links between 45's associates and Russia, a conversation which appears to violate Justice Department rules to ensure the integrity of investigations. The White House acknowledged that Priebus asked the top two FBI officials to rebut news reports about 45 allies' ties to Russia. On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will debate and vote on investigating 45 and his administration, thanks to a resolution of inquiry filed by Representative Jerry Nadler. Here's how you can help ensure that the investigation takes place.
  • Call your MoC to appoint a special select committee. Use the information at the following link to call your MoC and ask them to support a special select committee to investigate Russian subversion of the U.S. election and 45's ties to Moscow:
  • Call your representative to co-sign Nadler's resolution. Find your representative at the following link, then use the script below to call and urge them to co-sign Rep. Nadler's resolution of inquiry: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

    Americans deserve to know about Trump's ties to Russia and what he's hiding in his tax returns. Please cosponsor Representative Nadler's demand that the Department of Justice turn over all relevant material on these conflicts.

    After your call, report the results to MoveOn.org here: https://act.moveon.org/call/investigate-trump/
Upcoming Events
  • February 26th - Ready to Resist Conference Call: Sunday, February 26th, at 8pm ET/5pm PT, MoveOn.org is holding another Ready to Resist conference call to discuss their Resistance Recess actions. If you attended a town hall or visited your MoC during the Congressional recess, you can share your story. Register for the call here:
  • March 11th - Resistance Training: On March 11th, the ACLU is holding a Resistance Training in Miami, FL to launch People Power, their effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the country. The training will be livestreamed at 5pm ET/2pm PT. Sign up to view the livestream and learn more about People Power here: https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/join/

    You can also sign up to host a Resistance Training event in your local area here:
Gabby Giffords

Yesterday, Rep. Louie Gohmert invoked the 2011 shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as a reason not to hold a public town hall. In response, Giffords, Co-founder of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions, called on leaders in Congress to embrace open debate, listen to their constituents, and hold town halls. Giffords stated that she has held 50 public events campaigning for gun safety in the past year. Here's how you can help Giffords fight against gun violence and convince lawmakers to listen to their constituents:
  • 45's Business Council: The CEOs of Disney, Pepsi, and Tesla are taking verbal stands against the Muslim ban, but won't formally quit 45's business council. Sign this petition to tell them to quit the council now: https://colorofchange.org/campaigns/tell-ceos-quit-council/
  • Joe Manchin: Senator Joe Manchin has been a DINO (Democrat in Name Only) for a long time. He’s fought basic measures to protect West Virginian land from oil, gas, and coal companies; he has ties to the the NRA; and he was the only "Democrat" who voted to confirm Jeff Sessions, Steve Mnuchin, and Scott Pruitt. Sign this petition to tell Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to remove Manchin from the leadership team:

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