Nightly Actions for Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Phone Calls
  • Syria: Last week, 45 launched 59 missiles at Syria without first getting the approval of Congress. Use the following link to call your members of Congress (MoC) and tell them that you are against further engagement in Syria and other countries that 45 has threatened:
  • ICE Raids: Tomorrow morning, faith leaders are planning a march with immigrant families in Los Angeles. Recent raids have ripped families apart. Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez is a father who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in front of his daughter on the way to school. Tomorrow, April 13th, call David Marin, ICE LA Field Office Director, at 213-830-5931, and use the script below from the The Revolutionary Love Project to ask him to provide relief for Romulo and all immigrant families under the threat of deportation:

    My name is ____. I'm calling to ask you to release Romulo Avelica and grant him a stay of deportation.I urge you to exercise prosecutorial discretion to provide relief for him and all local immigrant families under the threat of deportation based on DHS' new rules. Given the circumstances of their arrests, I ask that you treat them with dignity and respect and release them as soon as possible. We need them back. Thank you.
  • Special Elections: On May 25th, a special election will be held for Montana's only congressional district to replace Ryan Zinke, who was recently appointed Secretary of the Interior. A Democratic win would turn Montana blue and give the Resistance more of an edge over the Republicans in Congress ahead of the 2018 general elections. You can help spread the word about the Democratic candidate, Rob Quist, by joining a virtual phone bank. Democracy for America is holding two phone banks on Saturday, April 15th. Training and tools will be provided. Sign up here: https://www2.democracyforamerica.com/events/dfadialer/quist
  • LGBTQ+ Issues: Police in the Russian republic of Chechnya have been rounding up dozens of men on the suspicion of being gay. These men have been placed in detention, some have been tortured, and at least three are reported to have been killed. Use the following link to email 45 and his administration and urge them to take immediate action against these atrocities: https://act.hrc.org/page/7991/action/1
  • 45's Budget: 45's proposed budget requests an additional $3 billion for immigration enforcement and border militarization. The U.S. system of mass detention and deportation already violates basic human rights and dignity, devastates families, causes thousands of deaths, and terrorizes communities on the border and across the country. Congress must pass a funding bill before April 28th. Use the following link to email your MoC and urge them to fund human needs instead: https://www.afsc.org/action/stop-expansion-immigration-enforcement-and-border-militarization
Social Media
  • 45's Tax Returns: For five consecutive weeks, Democrats offered a resolution on the House floor regarding 45's tax returns; Republicans blocked all of them. 45 still refuses release his tax returns. Until we see his returns, we cannot be certain that foreign governments don’t have leverage over him that can be used to influence American policy. Join the Tax Day Thunderclap to demand that your MoC co-sponsor the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, which would require 45 to make his tax returns public. You can join through Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr. Sign up here: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/55397-demand-trump-s-tax-returns
  • Education: Last week, Representative Keith Ellison, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and other MoC introduced the College for All Act, which eliminates tuition at public universities for families earning up to $125,000 per year, makes community college free for everyone, and provides student loan debt relief by cutting interest rates in half. Sign this petition to become a citizen co-sponsor of this bill: http://mn.keithellison.org/page/s/171204
  • Border Patrol: Growing numbers of U.S. citizens are being forced by border agents to give up their passwords, cellphones, and laptops to be searched at the border–all without a warrant. Refuse and they could be detained indefinitely. A bill introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden and Rand Paul, the Protecting Data at the Border Act, would prohibit border agents from searching your phone or laptop unless they get a warrant first, and it would strictly forbid them from collecting American citizens’ social media passwords. Sign this petition to support this bill:
  • Planned Parenthood: Last month, Vice President Mike Pence went from attending a "Women’s Empowerment Panel" at the White House to casting a tie-breaking vote in the Senate that will let states defund Planned Parenthood. Republicans are going to great lengths to take access to necessary healthcare away from millions. Sign this petition to support Planned Parenthood: https://petitions.signforgood.com/keg-pp
  • Social Security: 45's new budget director has promised to gut Social Security and raise the retirement age to 70. Sign this petition to support Social Security:
  • Russia: A Russian state-controlled oil company called Rosneft, which is run by cronies of Vladimir Putin, may acquire CITGO, which operates 48 oil terminals, nine pipelines, and three refineries within the U.S. and has more than 6,000 franchise locations across the country. In light of Russia’s cyber attacks against America during the 2016 election, allowing a company with close ties to Putin to control major components of America's energy infrastructure is a major national security risk. Sign this petition to oppose this acquisition:

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