5/22/2017

Weekly Actions for the Week of May 22nd, 2017

Hi everyone! I know it's been a while, but I'm back... for now. Things have been crazy for me over the last month or so. You may have noticed that the title of tonight's blog post says "Weekly Actions" instead of "Nightly Actions." Well, I think I need to give myself a break and just post one blog per week from now on. I'll post again during the week if something big happens (as it often does with this administration). I have a lot going on, and this will free up my time to focus on local actions.

If you're not a member of a local Resistance group, I encourage you to find one near you at one of the following websites. It's great to meet up with fellow resisters and plan actions you can take together. You can also work on issues on the local level in your state or town.
Now, let's get back to work...

45's Ties to Russia

What's going on: Last week, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Bob Mueller to be a special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. If you were one of the many people who contacted your members of Congress to demand a special counsel, give yourself a pat on the back! You helped make this happen! Now we need to make sure that an independent commission is formed to complete a fair, impartial investigation.

What you can do:
Net Neutrality

What's going on: Last week, the FCC voted to begin undoing net neutrality rules that were put in place two years ago. The vote kicked off a public commenting period that will last for several months, during which companies, interest groups, and advocates can file their thoughts with the FCC.

What you can do:
Voter Suppression

What's going on: Recently 45 established a "commission on election integrity" to investigate his bogus claim that millions of fraudulent votes were cast by noncitizens in the 2016 presidential election. The co-chair of this committee, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is notorious for his voter suppression efforts in Kansas. Research has found very few incidents of suspected noncitizen voting during the 2016 election (only about 0.0001%).

What you can do:
LGBTQ+ Issues

What's going on: So-called "conversion therapy" claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity on the premise that being LGBTQ is a curable mental illness. This fraudulent practice tortures LGBTQ youth and has been repeatedly discredited and condemned by medical professionals. A bill called the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act would clarify conversion therapy as a deceptive practice with enforceable penalties under the law.

What you can do:
Education

What's going on: A copy of the White House's preliminary budget proposal has been released, and it contains a $9.2 billion cut to the Department of Education. $400 million will be spent to expand charter schools and private and religious school vouchers (supported by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos), and $1 billion will be set aside to steer public schools toward so-called "school choice" programs.

What you can do:

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