2/12/2017

Nightly Actions for Sunday, February 12, 2017

Table of Contents URGENT - Immigration: ICE Raids
On January 25th, 45 signed an executive order on immigration enforcement, which is designed to increase mass deportations through small and large scale raids. We’re already seeing the impact of these policies as we are hearing of ICE doing small home raids or sweeps in places like Dodge City, Kansas, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Los Angeles. The implementation of 45's policies was seen in Phoenix when Guadalupe, a mother of two U.S. citizen children, was detained, and later deported, after showing up for her regular check-in at the local ICE office. Here's how you can help fight back against these raids.
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Jeff Sessions, Attorney General
Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Senate Republicans when she attempted to read a letter from Coretta Scott King criticizing Jeff Sessions. Senator Warren has continued to stand up to Mitch McConnell and the other senators who voted to silence her despite Sessions's confirmation. Here's how you can show her your appreciation.
  • Send postcards. A Facebook event is calling for a "Snowflake AvMAILanche." To join, send postcards Warren, McConnell, Sessions, and 45's current cabinet nominees. You can download free postcards or make your own. Learn more and RSVP here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/2189435307949032/
  • Sign a Valentine's Day card. Wall-of-us is delivering a printed card to Senator Warren on Valentine's Day to thank her for standing up against Sessions. You can sign the card by filling out this form before 12:00pm ET/3:00pm PT tomorrow, February 13th:
    https://www.wall-of-us.org/warren
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Other Nominees
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45 was the first presidential candidate in more than 40 years not to release tax information, something he promised to do once elected. Now he says that he won't ever release his returns because the American people just "don't care." However, a representative on the House Ways and Means Committee has invoked a 1924 tax rule to release 45's tax returns immediately. Here's how you can help get 45 to release his returns:
  • Call the members three committees. The three committees with the authority to obtain and release 45's tax returns are the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Committee on Taxation. Call the members of these committees using the links and script below and tell them to obtain and release 45's returns immediately: Dear __________, Thank you for your service to this country. I understand that based on a 1924 tax law, your committee has the power and authority to obtain and release [45]'s tax returns immediately. As an American citizen who is gravely concerned about [45]'s possible conflicts of interest, I ask that you see to it that your committee obtain and release [45]'s tax returns immediately. Avoiding conflicts of interest is not a partisan issue—this is a national security issue and critical to protecting our country's interests. Promoting integrity in government and ensuring transparency are all "good government" principles that transcend party affiliation. Please act forcefully and with urgency on this nonpartisan issue so that [45]'s tax returns are immediately obtained and released by your committee, as any conflicts of interest need to be examined. Thank you for your commitment to our country’s interests and security.

    You can also fax the members of these committees for free with FaxZero at the following links:
  • Sign a petition. Sign this petition to demand that 45 release his tax returns:
    http://act.standupamerica.com/page/s/tax-returns
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  • Valentine's Day Rallies: Many members of Congress haven't yet scheduled townhall meetings with constituents for the February congressional recess next week. That's why this Valentine's Day, February 14th, MoveOn.org is planning "Let's Make a Date" rallies all over the country. Find a rally near you here: https://act.moveon.org/event/feb14/search/
  • Anti-protest laws: Lawmakers in 10 states have recently proposed laws that would make it a serious crime to assemble in groups and express political dissent. In Washington state, any protesters whom authorities deem "disruptive" could be charged with "economic terrorism." In Missouri, wearing a hood at a protest would be considered criminal identity concealment. In North Dakota, drivers would be allowed to run over and kill protesters with no legal liability. Sign this petition to tell lawmakers in these states to reject these dangerous bills:
    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/urgent-ten-states-are-about-to-criminalize-peaceful-protest
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  • Election Assistance Commission: The House recently passed out of committee the "Electoral Assistance Commission Termination Act," which would eliminate the Electoral Assistance Commission (EAC), the only institution that oversees the security of voting systems and states' compliance with federal voting registration laws. Call your members of Congress and tell them to oppose this act. Use the following links to find your members of Congress and call them using the scripts provided: You can also fax your members of Congress for free with FaxZero at the following links:
  • 45's media attacks: Whenever the media reports the truth about his dangerous actions, 45 calls it "fake news," calls his lies "alternative facts," and says the media is deliberately misleading the public. He blacklists reporters and outlets he doesn’t like, and his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, recently told the media to "keep its mouth shut." The press plans to normalize 45 this April, when members of the media elite and Hollywood celebrities converge on Washington for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Sign this petition to tell the media to protest 45 by skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner:
    https://act.credoaction.com/sign/skip_whcd
  • Join the 3.5%: According to The Guardian, "Historical studies suggest that it only takes 3.5% of a population engaged in sustained nonviolent resistance to topple brutal dictatorships." Sign this petition to pledge to be part of the 3.5% of Americans who will work together to resist 45's administration: https://actionsprout.io/D06DB4/initial
  • Self care: To help you with protest perseverance, here's a quote from Michael Moore:
    This morning I have been pondering a nearly forgotten lesson I learned in high school music. Sometimes in band or choir, music requires players or singers to hold a note longer than they actually can hold a note. In those cases, we were taught to mindfully stagger when we took a breath so the sound appeared uninterrupted. Everyone got to breathe, and the music stayed strong and vibrant. Yesterday, I read an article that suggested the administration's litany of bad executive orders (more expected on LGBTQ next week) is a way of giving us "protest fatigue"—we will literally lose our will to continue the fight in the face of the onslaught of negative action. Let's remember MUSIC. Take a breath. The rest of the chorus will sing. The rest of the band will play. Rejoin so others can breathe. Together, we can sustain a very long, beautiful song for a very, very long time. You don’t have to do it all, but you must add your voice to the song. With special love to all the musicians and music teachers in my life.
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