Nightly Actions for Thursday, February 2, 2017

Urgent - Trump's Nominees

Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos
In response to public pressure, two Republican senators, Collins and Murkowski, have announced that they will vote no on Betsy DeVos’s confirmation. We just need one more Republican to block her nomination. The vote to confirm DeVos is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 6:30. Here are some ways you can help block her confirmation.
  1. Call Republican senators. Use this form to call a Republican senator and ask them to vote no on DeVos: https://act.credoaction.com/call/Republicans_DeVos/
  2. Sign a petition. Sign this petition to tell the Senate to oppose DeVos: https://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13413
Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch
On Tuesday, Trump announced that he has selected Federal Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. As Senator Merkley of Oregon suggested, this is a "stolen seat," and we must encourage Democratic Senators to block this nominee for as long as possible. Here are some ways you can help.
  1. Call your senators. Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121, enter "1" to speak to the Senate, enter your zip code, and choose your senator. Then use the script below to urge them to oppose and filibuster Gorsuch's nomination:

    I’m [NAME], a constituent from [CITY]. I want [SENATOR X] to do everything in his/her power to keep Neil Gorsuch off the Supreme Court. I believe this seat was stolen, and I think that confirming Gorsuch only invites that kind of action in the future. Will [SENATOR X] agree to filibuster the nomination?
  2. Email your senators. Use this form to email your senators and tell them to reject Gorsuch using any and all available means, including the filibuster: http://actnow.prochoiceamerica.org/letter/170131_trumpscotus/
Attorney General: Jeff Sessions
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s nominee for attorney general. In the coming days, the full Senate will vote to confirm or deny his nomination. Here are so ways you can help block Sessions.
  1. Write a letter to the editor. Use this form to write a letter to the editor of one of your local newspapers to get the message out that Sessions is a bad choice: http://act.freepress.net/lte/trump_sessions_oppose/
  2. Sign a petition. If Senate Democrats boycott Sessions, he will go into his position knowing that the country is paying close attention and will be ready to fight back. Sign this petition to tell Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to get Senate Democrats to boycott the vote on Sessions: https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/boycott_sessions/
Department of Labor: Andrew Puzder
Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, has faced a "barrage of criticism" for his long history as a sexist with an utter disdain for working people. Even though he now insists that he is looking forward to his hearing, recent reports stating that he was considering backing out show that our voices are making a difference. Puzder’s hearing is just days away. Here are some ways you can help block his confirmation.
  1. Call the Senate. Use this form to call the Senate and tell them to oppose Puzder: https://act.credoaction.com/call/block_puzder_calls/
  2. Sign a petition. Sign this petition to let the Senate know that you will protest Puzder's hearing: http://fightfor15.org/s-petition/2117-action-rsvp/
EPA Administrator: Scott Pruitt
This morning, for the second day in a row, Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted a vote on EPA Administrator nominee, Scott Pruitt, citing deep concerns over his fitness for the position. Rather than respect their reservations, Republicans changed the committee rules so that they could push Pruitt forward without the presence of their Democratic colleagues. Now, after a vote of 11-0, Scott Pruitt will be voted on by the full Senate for official confirmation as the next EPA Administrator. Here's how you can help block his confirmation.
  1. Call your senators. Use the following link, text Pruitt to 877-877, or call 1-855-621-7808 to be connected to your senators and tell them to vote no on Pruitt: https://www.lcv.org/take-action/click-to-call-pruitt/
The Environment

The People's Climate March
If the policies Trump proposed on the campaign trail are implemented, they will destroy our climate. On April 29th, The People's Climate March will take place, demanding that Trump and Congress work to protect our environment. Here's how you can help.
  1. Join a conference call. On Monday, The People's Climate Movement is holding a conference call at 8pm ET/5pm PT to discuss their plan to build resistance that will culminate in the People's Climate March on April 29th. Register for the call here: http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/E1PZB4V8JERU9I34
The Congressional Review Act
This week, Congress is slated to begin votes to overturn important safeguards put in place by the Obama Administration to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to override recently issued rules, going back months under President Obama. Here are some ways you can help protect these important safeguards.
  1. Email your representatives. Use the forms below to email your members of Congress and tell them to vote no on the CRA and stop any rollbacks on our environmental and public health protections:
The Dakota Access Pipeline
The Trump administration wants to fast-track the Dakota Access pipeline, and has already directed the Army Corps of Engineers to abandon the full environmental review ordered by President Obama, urging the agency to speed through a final permit. Here's how you can help further delay the construction of the DAPL.
  1. Email the Army Corps. Use this form to email the Army Corps of Engineers and demand a full environmental review: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17561
  1. Muslim Ban: Protests against Trump's Muslim ban are still going on at airports all over the country. Sign up here to receive notifications about protests near you: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScU15uSaSkA61YrGmXfplfOu2UwlcwIyEJXPuyON6SCE6YlAw/viewform?c=0&w=1&fbzx=-6039300150345738000
  2. Postcard Avalanche: Write to your representatives in Congress about possibly removing Trump under Article 4 of the 25th Amendment.
  3. March for Science: The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The politicization of science, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. The March is scheduled for April 22, 2017. Learn more and RSVP here: https://www.marchforscience.com/
  4. Gun Laws: Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested an executive order eliminating gun-free schools was coming soon. Sign this petition to tell the Trump administration that guns have no place in America's schools: http://action.americansforresponsiblesolutions.org/page/s/no-guns-in-schools
  5. Paid Family Leave: In the US, only 14% of workers, and 5% of low wage workers, have access to paid family leave. Nearly 1 in 4 mothers return to work within 10 days of giving birth, and 1 in 4 retirees leave the workforce earlier than planned to care for an ill spouse or other family member. Sign this petition to tell Congress that we want a comprehensive paid leave bill that benefits all workers: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/paid_family_leave_2017/

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