Nightly Actions for Thursday, April 13th, 2017

45's Tax Returns

Members of Congress (MoC) have supported a variety of different initiatives to obtain 45's tax returns, which he has refused to release, unlike any president in 50 years. Republicans have so far rejected all attempts to obtain 45's taxes. Questions about 45's conflicts of interest and ties two Russia are mounting, and his refusal to release the returns (after saying he would if he ran for president) is strong evidence that he is hiding something important and damaging. Here's how you can help get them released.
45's Budget

45's proposed budget for 2017 designates $1.5 billion to build more detention centers, hire hundreds more ICE agents and border patrol officers, and expand efforts to remove undocumented immigrants. It would also gouge the State Department, EPA, Department of Education, and other vital programs and services. Here's how you can help stop it.

Yesterday, in an attempt to force Democrats to negotiate away our healthcare, 45 said that he may withhold payments that lower deductibles and co-payments for people who get their insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This move would jeopardize access to healthcare for millions of people. Here's how you can help stop him.
The Environment
  • Climate Change: The Heartland Institute, a group funded by fossil fuel interests, is sending 25,000 climate textbooks to science teachers. Their textbook states that there’s "deep disagreement among scientists" about climate change and that decades of scientific evidence on warming temperatures are "unreliable." Sign this petition to tell state Departments of Education to oppose teaching climate denial in our classrooms:
  • NAFTA: 45 has ordered a review of all U.S. trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This agreement has empowered corporate polluters to challenge environmental protections, boosted destructive mining in Mexico, and contributed to the rise of Canada's toxic tar sands industry. Now 45's corporate-driven trade agenda threatens to make matters even worse. Use the following link to email your MoC and tell them that renegotiating NAFTA should benefit people and the planet, not corporate polluters:
  • Dakota Access Pipeline: Two senators have alleged that the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) didn't have proper permission to build under Lake Oahe, a tributary of the Missouri River. It's not known if oil can be safely transported through the DAPL because the Army Corps of Engineers may have issued a permit before checking to make sure that everything was OK. Sign this petition to tell these senators to lead a movement in Congress to stop oil transportation through the DAPL: https://actionsprout.io/90A9D0
  • Keystone XL Pipeline: 45's administration has issued the final federal permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline, but TransCanada still needs a permit to build part of the pipeline through Nebraska. The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) is currently accepting comments from the public. Use the following link to submit a comment to tell the Nebraska PSC to stop the Keystone XL: https://act.credoaction.com/sign/nebraska_keystone_xl
  • Constitutional Convention: Article 5 of the Constitution allows for a convention to be called by 34 States. 22 states have already passed resolutions for it, with an additional five states having already passed through one house. They plan to push the government into balancing their budget, but once convened, there are no limitations on which Constitutional issues they could address. It would basically put the whole Constitution up for grabs. If you live in one of the states listed at the following link, use the information provided to call your state senators and representatives and tell them that you oppose a Constitutional convention:
  • Online Privacy: Earlier this month, 45 and Congressional Republicans rolled back Internet privacy rules and cleared the way for companies to sell your web browsing history. That means your private information can be exploited by companies however they see fit. Sign the following petition to tell Congress that your online privacy is not for sale:
  • Immigration: 45's draft executive order would make it policy to deport families for using programs "determined in any way on the basis of income, resources, or financial need," which could mean no free and reduced-price school lunches, no food stamps for hungry families, and no prenatal care for low-income moms. Sign the following petition to oppose this order:
  • Civil Rights: A group including what Slate called "the biggest names in voter suppression" are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to abandon the Justice Department’s mission to protect voting and civil rights and make hiring and firing decisions in the Civil Rights Division based on on political affiliation instead of merit. Sign the following petition to tell Sessions not to put politics before our rights:

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