Nightly Actions for Thursday, February 23, 2017

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The top story today was that last night, 45's administration withdrew federal protections for transgender students in public schools. These protections allow transgender students to use bathrooms and facilities that correspond with their gender identities. In a statement, the White House said that 45 "believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level." Here's how you can help protect transgender students.
  • Call the White House. The White House public comment line was recently re-opened after having been mysteriously shut down in mid-January. Call the comment line at 202-456-1111 and use the script below from Project 1461 to oppose the decision to rescind these protections:

    My name is [your name] and I live in [city/town, state]. I'm calling today to tell the president that I disagree with his decision to lift Title IX protections for transgender students. Transgender children are at incredibly high risk of bullying, violence, and even sexual assault. As adults, it's our job to protect them. Allowing children to use the bathroom corresponding to their sexual identity doesn't cause crime - it protects people at risk of being victimized. Please, I urge you to reconsider this policy immediately.
  • Call your members of Congress. Find your members of Congress (MoC) at the following link and use the script below from Project 1461 to urge them to make a public statement opposing this policy: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

    My name is [your name] and I'm a constituent of [representative]. I'm calling today to ask [rep's name] to do everything in his or her power to stop the president from lifting Title IX protections for transgender students. Transgender children are at incredibly high risk of bullying, violence, and even sexual assault. As adults, it's our job to protect them. Allowing children to use the bathroom corresponding to their sexual identity doesn't cause crime - it protects people at risk of being victimized. Please, I urge you to make a public statement opposing this policy today, and to introduce and support legislation that reintroduces protections for transgender students.
  • Email Jeff Sessions. Use this form to email Attorney General Jeff Sessions and demand that he reinstate protections for transgender students: https://ssl.capwiz.com/aclu-action/issues/alert/?alertid=75697626
  • Sign a petition. Sign the following petitions demanding that these protections be reinstated:
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  • Endangered Species Act: The Endangered Species Act was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support more than 40 years ago to provide a legal safety net for wildlife, fish, and plant species that are in danger of extinction. Now Congress wants to slash the Act, threatening the imperiled wildlife and ecosystems that it protects. Use this form to email your MoC and tell them to stand up for the Endangered Species Act:
  • BLM Methane and Natural Gas Waste Rule: This week, Congress is slated to vote to overturn Bureau of Land Management (BLM) protections that would require companies extracting oil and gas from public lands to reduce their methane emissions. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows Congress to override recently issued rules, going back months under President Obama. The CRA would not only block the current standards, but would also prevent any similar standards to ever be issued. Use this form to email your senators and urge them to vote no on the CRA and stop rollbacks on environmental protections:
  • Alberta Clipper Pipeline: Enbridge, the company responsible for the biggest inland oil spill in the U.S. and part owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), wants to double the capacity of tar sands coming to the U.S. from Canada on its Alberta Clipper Pipeline. Alberta Clipper currently pumps up to 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) of tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada to Wisconsin. Enbridge wants to almost double the pipeline's capacity to 800,000 bpd. This will increase physical stress on the pipeline and increase the risk of spills. Use this form to submit a public comment to 45 and the State Department opposing this increase:
  • H.J. Res. 46: A bill now before Congress would roll back the National Park Service's ability to regulate oil and gas drilling on its own lands. In more than 40 national parks around the country, the federal government owns the surface rights but not the rights to the minerals underneath. H.J. Res. 46 would repeal a rule designed to provide reasonable safeguards from private oil and gas development within our national parks. Sign this petition to tell Congress to vote no on H.J. Res. 46: https://www.addup.org/campaigns/tell-congress-no-drilling-in-our-national-parks/petition/tell-congress-no-drilling-in-our-national-parks
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  • February 25th - Healthcare Rallies: This Saturday, February 25th, Democracy for America is teaming up with Senator Bernie Sanders and Our Revolution to hold healthcare rallies and actions across the country in support of the Affordable Care Act. Find an event near you here: http://act.democracyforamerica.com/event/feb-25/search/
  • March 1st - 350.org National Call for Standing Rock: On Wednesday, March 1st, 350.org is holding a national conference call with standing Rock organizers to discuss ways you can show your support for their fight against the DAPL. Learn more and register for the call here:
  • March 4th - Pro-45 March: 45's fans are planning a march on Washington, D.C. on March 4th to show their support for 45. Local marches are being planned in various other states. Find a march near you at the following link and make plans to show up and counter-protest:
  • March 10th - Standing Rock March: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders are calling on their allies across the U.S. and around the world to peacefully march on Washington, D.C. on March 10th. Learn more and sign up to receive updates about the event here: http://standwithstandingrock.net/march/
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  • Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017: Legislation is currently under consideration in the House and the Senate called the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017, which would require the president to divest financial assets that create a conflict of interest. 45 has claimed, without proof, that he divested his interest in Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the DAPL, and declined to answer whether he has divested its parent company, Phillips 66. Use the information at the following link to call your MoC and urge them to support the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act: https://www.theloyalopposition.net/daily-ctas/daily-call-action-february-23rd-2017/#script
  • Resolution of Inquiry: Representative Jerry Nadler has introduced a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Department of Justice to provide the House with any and all information relevant to an inquiry into 45's and his associates' conflicts of interest, ethical violations, and ties to Russia. Use the information at the following link to call the House Judiciary Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee and ask them to support the Resolution:
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  • Run for School Board: 314 Action is recruiting STEM candidates to run for every levels of elected office, including the school board. This is a part-time position with an outsized impact on children's futures. If you or a STEM leader you know would like to run for school board, sign up for 314 Action's training program here: http://go.314action.org/page/s/run
  • Johnson Amendment: At this year’s National Prayer Breakfast, 45 promised to "get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment." This would mean billions more spent trying to buy elections, and it would give super-rich campaign donors a federal tax break for funneling money into buying political power. Sign this petition to tell Congress not to gut the Johnson Amendment: http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/tell-congress-dont-gut-johnson-amendment/
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  • 45's Overspending: In one month, 45's administration has spent on travel a little less than what the Obama administration spent in a year. 45 has been out of the office practically every weekend that he’s been on the job, and American taxpayers are footing the $10 million bill. Use the information at the following link to call your MoC and urge them to call out 45 on his excessive spending: http://us14.campaign-archive2.com/?u=542e52557cb249fb2535906ea&id=13ba5b2f0e&e=afc55cc194
  • Nuclear Weapons: Today, 45 said that he wants to ensure that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack," claiming that the U.S. has fallen behind in its weapons capacity. The U.S. currently has 6,800 nuclear warheads. In a manner of minutes, 45 could start a nuclear war that would literally kill everyone on the planet. Representative Ted Lieu and Senator Ed Markey have proposed urgent legislation called H.R. 669/S, which would prevent the U.S. from starting a nuclear war without a declaration of war by Congress. Sign this petition to support this legislation: http://petitions.signforgood.com/TrumpNukes
  • Postcard Avalanche: This weekend, use the addresses and script below to send postcards to Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham demanding a thorough investigation into 45's ties to Russia:

    Senator John McCain
    218 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510

    Senator Lindsey Graham
    290 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510

    I am a citizen of the united states, and in order to preserve our democracy, I am demanding a full investigation of any connections between Russia and the Trump team during the campaign, the transition, and the administration. I am imploring you to make certain that a thorough, bipartisan investigation occurs.
  • 45's Tax Returns: Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee tried to gain access to 45's tax returns, but they were blocked by Republicans on the committee. The Presidential Tax Transparency Act would force Trump to release his tax returns. Fill out this form to become a co-signer of the Act: https://www.signherenow.org/petition/tax-transparency/pfaw/
  • Joe Manchin: Conservative extremist, Senator Joe Manchin, currently holds a leadership position in the Senate Democratic Caucus. Manchin was the only "Democrat" who voted to confirm Jeff Sessions and Steve Mnuchin. In 2015, Manchin voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Recently, at a White House meeting, Manchin remained silent while 45 launched a racist tirade against Senator Elizabeth Warren. Sign this petition to tell Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to remove Manchin from his leadership team:
  • Pay-ratio Rule: Runaway executive pay helped pave the way for the 2008 financial crisis. The Dodd-Frank Act told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to write a rule requiring banks and other public companies to disclose the ratio of their CEOs' compensation to their median workers'. After taking more than five years to complete the pay-ratio rule, the SEC may be trying to undo it. Acting Chair Michael Piwowar has ordered a 45-day review and invited companies to report on "any unexpected challenges" they may have experienced "and whether relief is needed." Sign this petition to tell Piwowar and his fellow commissioners to leave the pay-ratio rule alone: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/its-time-for-action-on-ceo-pay-disclosure
  • Police Violence: Yesterday, a video surfaced online showing an unidentified off-duty LAPD officer forcefully grabbing and dragging 13-year-old Christian Dorscht after he stood up for a girl whom the officer called a "cunt" and yelled at to get off of his lawn. When other teens tried to help Christian, the officer pulled out his gun and fired a shot into the crowd, almost shooting the 13-year-old. When police showed up, they let the officer walk free, but arrested Christian and another 15-year-old boy with charges of "battery and terrorist threats." Sign this petition to tell the LAPD that this cop needs to be arrested, not the children he terrorized:
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