2/05/2017

Nightly Actions for Sunday, February 5, 2017

Immigration

Earlier today, a federal appeals court judge rejected a request by the Justice Department to immediately restore Trump's Muslim ban. For now, refugees and travelers from the seven countries targeted by the ban are free to enter the U.S. However, this is only temporary. We must keep fighting against the ban until it is permanently rescinded. Here are some ways you can help resist the ban and support immigrants and refugees in your community.
  1. Join Airbnb in helping refugees. During the Super Bowl tonight, an Airbnb commercial aired with a powerful message of inclusivity (watch it here: https://youtu.be/5qUTYHnLz2g). It launched Airbnb's "We Accept" campaign, which encourages people to donate to organizations that help refugees, or open up their homes to refugees. Use the following links to get involved:
  2. Call your members of Congress. Tell your members of Congress to hold the Trump administration accountable for violating court orders and undercutting the independence of the Attorney General, and ask them to support legislation introduced in the House and Senate that would overturn the Muslim ban. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121, press 1 for the Senate or 2 for the House, and enter your zip code to be connected to your senator or representative. Then use the script below:

    Hi, I'm a constituent, and I am calling to ask the member to hold the Trump administration accountable for violating court orders on the Muslim Ban—and  I want to be on record as opposing the Muslim ban. Refugees and immigrants should be welcomed to our country.
     
  3. Contact Trump's advisers. Uber CEO Travis Kalanik recently stepped down from Trump's advisory council and made a statement against the Muslim ban. 18 CEOs still remain on the council, and only two of them have spoken out against the ban. Use the Wall-of-Us AdStrike tool to contact each of these CEOs through email, Twitter, and Facebook: http://adstrike.us/wallofus
     
  4. Email your members of Congress about border militarization. Trump recently signed an executive order directing federal money toward the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico. Use this form to email your members of Congress and tell them to oppose any further militarization of our nation's borders: https://www.afsc.org/action/take-action-to-stop-border-militarization
     
  5. Email your members of Congress about sanctuary cities. Trump recently signed an executive order to stop some funding to cities designated as "sanctuary cities," where local officials refuse to cooperate with ICE in detaining undocumented immigrants. Bills have been introduced that would cut all funding to sanctuary cities. Use this form to email your members of Congress and tell them to oppose any legislation that would punish sanctuary cities: https://www.afsc.org/action/take-action-to-protect-sanctuary-cities
LGBTQ Rights
 
Senator Ted Cruz is planning to introduce the "First Amendment Defense Act" (FADA), which would allow discrimination against LGBTQ people by federal law. Trump has already said that he will sign this act. Here's how you can help fight it.
  1. Sign a petition. Sign this petition to tell Congress to oppose the FADA: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/FADA?t=1&akid=21606.11210309.P4YT9h
     
  2. Take the pledge. Sign this pledge to support LGBTQ candidates and lawmakers whenever a discriminatory bill or order is introduced: http://www.grassrootsact.com/vf-emailwelcome1
     
  3. Join the march. The National Pride March is scheduled for June 11. Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1949652305264195/
Trump's Nominees

Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
The Senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos is scheduled for Tuesday. Two Republican senators have announced that they plan to vote against DeVos, which would cause the vote to end in a tie. Vice President Mike Pence has already stated that he will confirm DeVos in a tie break situation. If one more Republican senator votes against her, DeVos will not be confirmed. Here's how you can help block her:
  1. Call your senators. Use the spreadsheet at the following link to find your senators' phone numbers, then call them using the script below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oNZer6G1FZXCLPHQGxVnNE9P8yhVauoh6wyxCbAF8N4/

    We urge Senator [_________________] to oppose Betsy DeVos. She proved during her confirmation hearings that she is unqualified, unprepared, inexperienced, extremist, non-visionary and would be a terrible choice. Her appointment would also be a scandalous endorsement of pay-to-play politics. As Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murowski of Alaska expressed, DeVos’ lack of knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, as well as basic federal education law is deeply troubling. We appreciate these Republican senator’s leadership and we hope that you will vote against DeVos because she is unqualified, rather than vote for her because you want to support Trump at the expense of your constituents.
Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch
Republicans refused to even consider Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat left by former Justice Scalia. Now, Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch, who is expected to rubber stamp all of Trump's policies, including discrimination against LGBTQ people, anti-abortion policies, and refugee bans. Here's how you can help block Gorsuch:
  1. Call your senators. Use the spreadsheet at the following link to find your senators' phone numbers, then call them using the script below: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oNZer6G1FZXCLPHQGxVnNE9P8yhVauoh6wyxCbAF8N4/

    We disagree with Trump’s nominee Judge Gorsuch on policy issues such as his views on abortion and gun control. That is not why we are asking Senator [__________________] to oppose him. Our reason is simple. Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat when they refused to even consider Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the seat vacated by former Justice Scalia. Since this seat was stolen, unless the vote is to appoint Merrick Garland, we urge [_______________] to vote “no” on Judge Gorsuch. What is Senator [___________________] position on this?
     
  2. Sign a petition. Sign this petition to tell the Senate to stop Gorsuch's nomination by any means necessary: http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/block-trumps-supreme-court-nominee
Miscellaneous
  1. Voting: Trump recently made accusations of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election, calling for investigations in states where he did not win the vote. Multiple reports and election officials agree that Trump's claims are false, and that the real problem with the election was voter suppression. Sign this open letter to tell Trump and Congress to focus on investigating voter suppression, not fraud: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJGoBw67oJwGIR-ude12Oo9SMeE-yKvcoiWRVqrc4J9GyIKQ/viewform
     
  2. Postcard Avalanche: A Facebook page called The Ides of Trump is calling for Americans to send postcards to Trump on the Ides of March (March 15th). Visit the page for information and instructions: https://www.facebook.com/TheIdesOfTrump/
     
  3. Inspiration: For some resistance inspiration, listen to Amanda Palmer read Ella Wheeler's poem, "Protest," from her 1914 book, Poems of Problems: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/01/31/protest-poem-ella-wheeler-wilcox-amanda-palmer/

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