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  • #1719
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    mary guercio
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    I started a second “steps” post because the first one is getting too long. Thanks to Hooteo for a successful launch of Steps #1.

    I joined an online group called “LivingLiberal”. It occured to me that there are a lot of small groups emerging as an outgrowth of people’s desire to react and act. I want to start a list of these fledgling organizations so that we can monitor who’s out there doing what. Please add any others you know about.

    LivingLiberal.Com – (from Mary)

    StandUpRepublic.Com –

    Indivisible.org (from Aaron)

    https://www.resistancemanual.org/Resistance_Manual_Home (outstanding information source)

    PantsuitRepublic.com (from Mary)

    https://ourrevolution.com/ (from Creigh)

    https://dailyaction.org/ (Bobo)

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  • #1721
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    Aaron Dow
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    Yeah, it’s good to clean up. We should have another one of these after the first ‘100 days’, and depending on how involved it gets find other good cut-off / roll over points.

    I just want to reiterate at the top of page a few posts that are on a continuing basis:

    Jennifer Hofmann has a weekly action newsletter she sends out on Sundays

    At time of this post, over 7500 people have joined the list and the list typically aggregates the major call-to-action websites.

    Weekly Action Checklist for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans of Conscience

    Browse https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ on a semi-regular basis and sign petitions that matter to you

    If a petition gets 100,000 signatures, the White House at least has to write a response. This can go a major way toward keeping issues going, even if POTUS doesn’t act.

    My list of eight basic civic duties

    What active steps are we taking?

    They are:

    1) Vote in all local and federal elections in your district.
    2) Direct contact with representatives to communicate your stance on issues.
    3) Direct petitioning of representatives to take up certain issues.
    4) Attending town halls and city councils.
    5) Visible, coherent public protests.
    6) Brief, clean letters to the editor.
    7) Donating regularly to charities and activist groups.
    8) Boycotting and divesting

    Link contains more information for each section about how to perform it effectively and why to do it.

    Women’s March has 10 actions in 100 days plan

    https://www.womensmarch.com/100/

    The first one as of this writing is to ‘continue the march’ by filling out post-cards to your state representatives naming the top three issues that matter to you.

    Visit Swing Left to find the nearest swing district that you can help flip in the 2018 midterms

    https://swingleft.org/

  • #1722
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant
    • #1723
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      mary guercio
      Moderator

      I am signed up with a local Living Liberal Chapter (they are popping up all over the country.) and have been asked to contact our local TX senator to support legalization of medical cannabis. I will do so tomorrow. Did all the things listed for the Women’s March list. Gonna take a break for a day or so…recharge.

  • #1724
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    hoonteo
    Moderator

    Hi everyone! I met with my representative today ( Minister of Parliament in Brit terms )! I introduced our campaign group ( Positive Money ) and spoke about our aims for an Independent Money Commission and Sovereign Money creation, and the proposals we have for a new financial system that would decrease wage inequality and the harmful cycle of booms and busts that have proven to be so devastating to society as a whole. I’ve asked her to address our concerns to the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the next cabinet session.

    Am glad to see so much grassroots resistance building and building. May it carry on. We’re in for a long slog. Does anyone know of any methods anywhere to maintain stamina?

    • #1733
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      mary guercio
      Moderator

      Hoonteo, Congrats on getting an audience for your group! Best of luck going forward.

      I just posted this piece on Chris’ post about Barry/potus. I think it’s one of the most cogent, sensible and complete pieces of advice for activists that I have ever seen….and, I have been active all my life. Let me know if this is what you are looking for.

      View story at Medium.com

  • #1730
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    Creigh Gordon
    Moderator

    ourrevolution.com

    • #1734
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      mary guercio
      Moderator

      I added ourrevolution.com to my list above. Please consider that list interactive and fluid. Simply use the edit feature to insert your organization to the list.

  • #1744
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    hoonteo
    Moderator

    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for that link. It is very useful. I’ve started doing some of it, particularly the looking after my physical health bit, and my NY promise is to keep it up. I’ve also given up alcohol, because I find that I feel emotionally healthier without it. Plus trying to eat well, and looking after my finances. Am going to my Quaker meeting more regularly as well. You are right that the advice in there is very good. I find that I have to put down things down and do good things for me and my two daughters as well. We’ve just been to London, and it was fabulous. Saw the Crown Jewels. They are very very shiny and it was quite surreal to realise that it was all real gold and massive diamonds and all the rest of it

  • #1745
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    A mosque in Texas was burned down 2am last night: https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2017/jan/28/breaking-fire-consumes-victoria-islamic-center/

    Donate here for rebuilding funds and be sure to send a message of comfort to the 100 members who are probably feeling shaken right now:

    https://www.gofundme.com/victoria-islamic-center-rebuilding

    In addition, if you are not currently or not able to attend an airport demonstration against Trump’s executive order, protest virtually by sending a (min) $10 donation to either the ACLU or the International Refugee Committee, since both are taking immediate action against POTUS.

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  • #1747
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    The Regents of the University of Michigan have issued a statement in defense of their students’ privacy, making clear that they will not be releasing immigration status of their students to the federal government:

    http://umich.edu/announcements/

    Two actions can be taken from here if you are interested in this:

    1) Contact the Regents of the University of Michigan here with a thank you letter or comment:

    The Regents of the University of Michigan
    500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA
    Phone: +1 (734) 764-1817

    Text of my letter went as follows:

    “Dear regents,

    thank you for your announcment of Jan 28th about supporting your students’ rights and privacy, and defending them against the discriminatory executive actions of the President of the United States.

    You set an example for all universities and speak truth to power.

    [signed]”

    2) If you are a student, parent of a student, or alumnus, contact your own University’s Board of Regents and the Dean of Students with a letter requesting they follow suit. Especially if you’re a student, you can visit the office and demand it.

    • #1763
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      mary guercio
      Moderator

      Aaron, An aside regarding higher education – did you see link announcing Trump’s pick for higher ed commissioner? Jerry Falwell jr…

      words.

    • #1765
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      Aaron Dow
      Participant

      My state just cut funding for education.

      My city just announced that they’re researching whether to build a sports stadium.

      My activist network just learned that my city has enough money to fund education 🙂

  • #1748
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    There seems to be quite a few Texas folks here:

    The sender, as noted in the return address, was State Representative Kyle Biedermann, a central Texas hardware store owner who had officially become a member of the Legislature less than a month earlier. More than 400 surveys went out. Only one came back, Mr. Biedermann said.

    The surveys were distributed as part of a campaign that Mr. Biedermann, a Republican, said was designed to expose “radical Islamic terrorism in Texas” and preceded a forum that Mr. Biedermann held on Thursday at the State Capitol to amplify that theme.

    So, in addition to calling Mr. Biedermann and politely telling him to stop his discriminatory politics, be sure to reach out to friends of yours in his district and inform them of the matter.

  • #1749
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    What to Do This Week of Jan 29, 2017
    Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

    We have 21 months to mid-term elections. Fired up?

    The intention of this weekly document is to make clear suggestions for action backed by well-considered research. If an issue doesn’t affect you, consider whether you would support this issue on behalf of other Americans and act accordingly. Although these topics have been well researched, they are subject to human error. Please do your own research!

    Sign up for this weekly checklist here:

    Weekly Action Checklist for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans of Conscience

    I believe I can make a difference.

    Print out the Americans of Conscience Action Worksheet and make a plan.

    I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

    Action 1: Oppose religious discrimination by contacting the White House.

    Call: The WH comment line is closed, however, use:
    Fax: 202-456-2461 (use a free app to send a fax)
    Email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

    Script: I oppose the executive order banning entry to the US by green card-carrying residents, dual passport-holding residents, legal citizens, and vetted, peaceful refugees. This action is unconstitutional and unamerican.

    Tweet: @realDonaldTrump Banning legal residents is unconstitutional and rejecting immigrants is unamerican. #revoke

    Action 2: Defend the rights of legal immigrants to our country.
    Donate to the National Immigration Law Center: https://www.nilc.org/

    Action 3: Ask your elected officials to publicly oppose this executive order.
    Call: Your three MoCs (1 representative and 2 senators) (lookup)

    Script: Hi! I am a constituent from _ZIP code _ and oppose the executive order on banning refugees and legal residents. Can you tell me if _MoC’s name_ has publicly opposed this action? If not, can you tell me when s/he will?

    I believe in a government with qualified, trustworthy leadership.

    Oppose these cabinet appointees
    Call: Your two senators.
    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ calling about cabinet appointees. I know that five is a lot to oppose, but I believe the following people are unfit to lead: Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, Steve Mnuchin, Rex Tillerson, and Tom Price. Will you let me know how _my senator_ plans to vote on these appointees?

    I believe in my Constitutional right to free speech.

    Oppose legislation that criminalizes your constitutional right to peaceful protest if you live in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, or Washington state. (source)

    Action 1: Call. Look up your state legislators’ numbers at openstates.org
    Script: Hi! I am a constituent from _town_ calling to oppose new legislation that threatens my constitutional right to peacefully protest. Can you tell me where my representative stands on this issue?

    Action 2: Share. If you know anyone in the states above, ask them to make
    these calls.

    I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

    Oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act
    Call: Your representative (not senators–for now) (lookup)
    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ and I support the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA is repealed, it will affect me personally. For example, (share what your life will be like without it, i.e., I take prescriptions I can’t afford, my child has a chronic condition, we would have to sell our home, etc.). Can you tell me where _rep’s name_ stands on this issue?

    Sign up for health insurance
    Conservatives are second-guessing a quick repeal of this law (source), so it’s more important than ever to show them you value the ACA.
    Sign up by Tuesday at healthcare.gov. Experts say coverage is likely remain valid for the rest of 2017 (source).

    I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

    Action 1: Support the water protectors at Standing Rock.
    If you are able, contribute to mounting legal fees after months of arrests (source).
    Click here: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf

    Action 2: Oppose the wall at the Mexican border.
    Its construction would be threaten 111 endangered species (source).
    Call: Your representative (not senators–yet)
    Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ and would like to know if _elected official_ has publicly opposed building a wall on the Mexico border. I’m concerned not just about the expense to Americans and relations with Mexico, but for the numerous endangered species this project would harm.

    I believe in a vote for every American.

    Support Americans citizens who are not allowed to vote.
    For years, residents of Puerto Rico and Washington, DC have been seeking statehood and a vote. They need your help.
    Email: Your MoCs (your representative and both senators)
    Write: Use your new postcards and stamps.
    Script: I am a constituent from _ZIP_ and support statehood for the over 4 million US citizens in Washington DC and Puerto Rico. If they are taxed, they deserve a vote and representation.
    Note: Send e/mail so that phone lines are open for pressing issues.

    Recommended reading
    Useful, in-depth articles I find while I’m reading obsessively. You’re welcome.

    Storytelling: How to talk so Members of Congress will listen, by Rachna Choudhry (Click to read.)

    Deliberate action: Step two of the Trump Resistance Plan, by Stephen Harper (Click to read.)

    “Christofascism:” Understanding the minds of zealots, by Kieryn Darkwater (Click to read.)

    Self-care: How to stay outraged without losing your mind, by Mirah Curzer (Click to read.)

    This is #NotNormal

    It is not normal for a president to target investigations on states that didn’t vote for him (source). It is not normal to lie about which people are to blame for not winning the popular vote (source). A normal president accepts election results and, after winning, focuses on his or her leadership.

    It is not normal for a president to ban a federal department from communicating with the public (source), to force them to hide data (source), nor pressure a department to lie on his behalf (source). A normal president welcomes information from government experts to assist in his or her leadership.

    It is not normal to deny entry to legal residents with all required documents (source) nor invade their privacy (source). A normal president respects privacy and allows legal residents to travel freely.

    Good news
    Thank goodness. Couldn’t you use some good news right now?

    One less conflict of interest: Direct references to the first lady’s product lines have been removed from the White House website (source).

    Republican heroes: Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) advocates for an “intelligence-led approach” to securing the Mexico border, not a wall (source).

    Integrity matters: A whitehouse.gov petition for the president to release his tax returns is receiving more votes than any petition ever–over 380,000 so far (source).

    Truth to power: The Tohono O’odham Nation publicly opposes a wall through their tribal lands on the border of Mexico (source).

    Fighting fake news: Google and Facebook are starting to take measures to prevent the spread of fake news (source)

    Reigning in bullies: Ada Morales’ rights as a US citizen were upheld when a federal court ruled her 24-hour detention by US immigration unconstitutional (source).

    Americans showing up for each other: “When the International Refugee Assistance Project put out a call for lawyers to help new arrivals in danger of being turned away, it received 3,000 volunteers in four hours” (source).

    Please keep taking care of yourself. If we get tired, he wins.

    Housekeeping

    If you’d like to receive this message weekly, sign up here.
    To see archives of past Action Checklists, click here and scroll to the bottom.
    Support (patreon) or contribute (paypal).

    Final action

    If you found this checklist useful, please spread the word!

    Tweet: It’s easy to feel hopeless. This checklist helps me get engaged: https://goo.gl/8Vvi7I

    Email and Facebook: This awesome checklist helps me take action and make a positive difference: https://goo.gl/8Vvi7I

    We’re stronger together!

  • #1753
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    hoonteo
    Moderator

    I have e-mailed my MP and informed her about the formal petition to Parliament about cancelling Trump’s State visit on the back of this ban, and I have asked her to raise the question at the next Parliamentary sitting

  • #1754
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/how-to-build-an-autocracy/513872/

    “Get into the habit of telephoning your senators and House member at their local offices, especially if you live in a red state.

    Press your senators to ensure that prosecutors and judges are chosen for their independence—and that their independence is protected.

    Support laws to require the Treasury to release presidential tax returns if the president fails to do so voluntarily.

    Urge new laws to clarify that the Emoluments Clause applies to the president’s immediate family, and that it refers not merely to direct gifts from governments but to payments from government-affiliated enterprises as well.

    Demand an independent investigation by qualified professionals of the role of foreign intelligence services in the 2016 election—and the contacts, if any, between those services and American citizens.

    Express your support and sympathy for journalists attacked by social-media trolls, especially women in journalism, so often the preferred targets.

    Honor civil servants who are fired or forced to resign because they defied improper orders.

    Keep close watch for signs of the rise of a culture of official impunity, in which friends and supporters of power-holders are allowed to flout rules that bind everyone else.”

    Please join me in sending a thank you note to Sally Yates for standing up for honor and integrity in the country.

    (I don’t know what her address is but I’m sending to

    The US Dept. of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20530

    I figure they’ll either forward it or at least someone there will get the message.)

  • #1755
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    mary guercio
    Moderator

    Written, sealed, stamped in the outbox. Thanks Aaron.

  • #1756
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    Trump has a 100 day survey:

    https://gop.com/trump-100-day-survey

    Might as well fill it out I guess? I’m actually unclear if my thing went through, because after you click deliver it takes you to a funding request you can’t click out of or through. So without confirmation, so far it looks like you can’t deliver your opinion to Trump without paying for it ( hahaha ).

    • #1760
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      Creigh Gordon
      Moderator

      That’s one way to screen your calls.

    • #1761
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      Aaron Dow
      Participant

      Yeah it’s brilliant.

      People against don’t want to fund his crap. People for will both fund it and give him numbers to pull (and emails, and phone numbers, etc.).

      I believe conservatives were saying something before the election about pay to play? Except I must have misheard, because I was under the impression they were against it.

  • #1762
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is taking calls about Bannon’s appointment to the NSC. You can call: 202-224-4751

  • #1767
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    Chris Ladd
    Keymaster

    I got the data center management company Nylte to remove their ads from Breitbart. They seemed pretty embarrassed. Lots of companies have their ads placed there by aggregators without knowing it. Anyway, it’s not much, but it felt good.

    • #1770
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      mary guercio
      Moderator

      I have been trying to speak with a “live” person at ATT regarding their Breitbart advertising…so far, to no avail. However, I am a persistent lady and I will keep trying. If they keep dodging me, I will switch my business to another vendor and since we bundle all services through ATT, and auto-pay, I don’t think they want to lose our business.

      I did go on Amazon’s website to the customer comment link and asked that they withdraw all advertising to Breitbart, while also thanking Bezos for the wonderful reporting at WaPo. I place a lot of orders on A-Prime so hopefully the company will link the account with the comment. Small things….

      As you noted in your Forbes article – the power of the purse.

  • #1774
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    mary guercio
    Moderator

    Here’s a request for action to request Bob Iger to withdraw Disney from the Trump’s Economic Advisory Council. You can sign the petition via the link.

    Disney is one of more than a dozen other corporations still on Trump’s economic advisory council. And we aim to hold each and every one of them accountable. With a family friendly brand, it only makes sense that Disney support the many diverse families in this country and stop collaborating with a xenophobic administration.
    Disney CEO Bob Iger has already faced criticism for collaborating with Trump, and he failed to show up to the council’s meeting today in Washington, D.C. Let’s keep the pressure on so he knows, without a doubt, that his bottom line is at stake if he doesn’t side with all of our communities’ families.
    Demand that Disney get on board with the resistance: petition CEO Bob Iger to drop Trump!
    Let’s show anyone complicit with Trump that our communities are incredibly resilient and that we won’t stop fighting. Even Disney can’t escape our collective people power. Petition the company today.

    http://a.cpdaction.org/page/m/33c29d4e/54c009ce/25f07dec/436779a0/2468799983/VEsE/

  • #1775
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    Creigh Gordon
    Moderator

    I have sent letters to my Senators (and visited their local offices to talk to staff) asking them to filibuster Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I will also send a letter to Minority Leader Schumer. I’ve asked them to filibuster anyone not named Merrick Garland.

    We are going to lose the Supreme Court nomination fight. We are going to lose a lot of fights coming up. Elections, as has been noted, have consequences. But here’s our choice as I see it: roll over and lose, or fight and lose.

    I know some people think that the filibuster has some value and should be kept for a really important issue. That horse has left the barn, Republicans have shown they will ignore or go around any rule that stands in their way. There are no rules left.

    The Democratic Party’s biggest weakness has been an unwillingness to fight for its middle class base. They can fight and lose, and be seen to be fighting and losing, and be a credible party. If they continue to be seen as rolling over and losing, they will never be respected.

    • #1776
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      mary guercio
      Moderator

      Sobering thoughts, Creigh. I understand what you mean by saying “fight and lose”, but I don’t agree. What is losing? Is it acquiescence? Is it going down despite fighting? Fighting while still losing still is valid and valuable. It nourishes the spirit and it informs. Acquiescence – walling ourselves off while hoping someone or something else will do the hard work on our behalf, because it is “just” or “right” is even more dangerous. Not everyone is built for protest but there are quiet ways to do so that contribute. Fighting yet losing is more important as a process than it is as an outcome. We know the odds before we start, yet we engage, we endeavor. Why? Because to not resist is to invite worse outcomes. It’s a matter of degree now, I fear. I will personally continue to resist.

      Here’s an interesting well organized effort in TX. I hope other states are replicating this template. It’s specific, it’s timely, and it offers a path for active resistance within a group.

      http://progresstexas.org/blog/advocacy-and-resistance-events-texas-state-capitol?akid=2658.52567.MQjHLq&rd=1&t=1

  • #1778
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    Archetrix
    Participant
  • #1779
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    mary guercio
    Moderator

    This is a list of town hall meetings (Dem and Repub) across America. Note – some are “ticketed” meaning, reservations required, etc. Find your state and attend if you can. Share this website with others on your email list.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yq1NT9DZ2z3B8ixhid894e77u9rN5XIgOwWtTW72IYA/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true

    Here’s how it’s set up, but all states and all members of Congress are represented.

    Please send all questions/comments/updates to townhallproject2018@gmail.com
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    **Compiled by volunteers from each Congress member’s official website, Twitter, or Facebook. Glossary:
    Town Hall – A forum where members of Congress give updates on the current affairs of Congress and answer questions from constituents
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    Last Updated: Feb 4, 2017 at 3:19PM
    District Office Hours – Serves the some purpose as a Town Hall, however Elected Officials are not always expected to attend
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    Find the Town Hall Project 2018 on: Twitter
    Ticketed Event – Oftentimes county party events, local fundraisers, or campaign functions. There may be a fee for admission.
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    Facebook
    TeleTown Hall Meeting – A town Hall conducted by conference call.
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    Member Party State District Meeting Type Date Time Time Zone Location Street Address City State Zip Notes
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    Krysten Siinema Democratic Arizona AZ-9
    District Coffee Saturday, February 4, 2017 3:30 PM MST Spoke & Wheel 8525 N Central Ave Phoenix AZ 85020 $25 to attend. https://www.facebook.com/events/700299216810342/
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    Jeff Flake Republican Arizona Senate Office Hours Tuesday, February 7, 2017 2:00 PM MST Coolidge City Council Chambers 911 S Arizona Blvd Coolidge AZ 85128 Staff. Sen. Flake not in attendance.
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    Jeff Flake Republican Arizona Senate Office Hours Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:30 AM MST Pinal County Administrative Complex 135 N Pinal St Florence AZ 85132 Staff. Sen. Flake not in attendance.
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    Jeff Flake Republican Arizona Senate Office Hours Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:30 PM MST Sun City West 13815 Camino Del Sol Sun City West AZ 85375 Staff. Sen. Flake not in attendance.
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    Jeff Flake Republican Arizona Senate Office Hours Thursday, February 9, 2017 9:30 AM MST Gila County Board of Supervisors 1400 E Ash St Globe AZ 85501 Staff. Sen. Flake not in attendance.
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    Jeff Flake Republican Arizona Senate Office Hours Thursday, February 9, 2017 1:30 PM MST

  • #1780
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    Texas friends: Senator Cornyn’s staff confirms he has NOT yet decided how he will vote on Betsy DeVos for Sec Education. Please call! (DC 202-224-2934; Dallas 972 239-1310; Austin 512-469-6034; SA 210-224-7485; Houston 713-572-3337

    Leave a message this weekend, and then call again Monday morning first thing.

    • #1781
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      Aaron Dow
      Participant

      And actually, there seems to be a rather vocal and widespread initiative on this across the nation, so basically everyone needs to do this: people with Republican senators to chisel away their will, people with Democrat senators to shore it in.

  • #1782
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    Write a thank you letter to Republican Hawaii Rep. Beth Fukumoto for standing up to principle:

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/hawaii-republican-leader-vocal-trump-opposition-ready-leave-gop-n716071

    Her address:

    415 S. Beretania St., Room 333
    Honolulu, HI 96813

    repfukumoto@capitol.hawaii.gov
    808-586-9460

  • #1783
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    Archetrix
    Participant

    Here’s an update on my little suburb’s Indivisible group. We started on January 10 with a facebook page and 2 members. Within 20 minutes of going live we had 7 members.

    As of today our facebook page (our group is a closed group) has over 500 members.

    Last Thursday evening we held our first meeting, in the nave of a gay-friendly Methodist church which graciously allowed us to meet without cost. They even gave us the use of a soundman and their big sound system.

    Although I believed personally that we’d have 15 to 30 people, nearly 160 people crammed the pews. Soon they had formed about 10 different subcommittees workying on different areas of activism, such as the ACA, social security, the environment, racism, and other topics.

    When Trump issued his Muslim ban my group joined other activist groups in my little suburb and together we fielded over 500 protesters on a street corner of our town. We got a big write-up in the local paper.

    It was very inspiring! People are hungry to help our suffering democracy. Our facebook page is humming with tips and suggestions for daily activism tasks. People are posting their actions every day.

    For the first time my despair has become tempered by hope. Now I believe “Yes we can.”

  • #1784
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    What to Do This Week of February 5, 2017
    Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

    We have 91 weeks to mid-term elections. Deep breath–here we go!

    The intention of this weekly document is to make clear, hype-free suggestions for action backed by well-considered research. If an issue doesn’t affect you, consider whether you would support this issue on behalf of other Americans, then act accordingly. Although diligently prepared, contents are subject to human error. Please do your own research.

    Did someone send this to you? Sign up for this weekly checklist here:

    Weekly Action Checklist for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans of Conscience

    I believe I can make a difference.

    Print out the Americans of Conscience Action Worksheet and make a plan.
    (Or use this adorable pocket version by the amazing Kelly Wooten!)

    I believe in a free, quality education for America’s youth.

    Oppose Betsy deVos before Monday, February 6.
    We need one more senate Republican to block her. If you live in the states below, call today. We need your voice.

    Call: The number below. Leave a message if no answer.

    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) (202) 224-4521 or (602) 840-1891
    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) (202) 224-6521 or (785) 628-6401
    Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) (202) 224-6551 or (402) 441-4600
    Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) (202) 224-6244 or (702) 388-6605
    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) (202) 224-4254 or (814) 453-3010
    Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WV) (202) 224-5323 or (414) 276-7282

    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent in _ZIP code_. I am calling to ask _senator_ to vote no on Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. (If you have a child in school, explain how they would be affected.)

    I support the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people.

    Divest from financial institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
    Print this divest worksheet I put together and work through it step-by-step.

    I believe in a woman’s right to safe, affordable reproductive care.

    Advocate for the cause of comprehensive reproductive care.
    Participate in Physicians for Reproductive Health’s storytelling campaign.
    Tell your story at Voices of Courage (anonymous option).

    Support the ACLU of Arkansas.

    The ACLU is fighting a new law that allows men to block wives’ abortions and family members to sue doctors for performing abortions. They hope to sue before the law goes into effect this summer.
    Make a donation: https://www.acluarkansas.org/.

    I believe in creating a healthy environment for future generations.

    Kids write postcards to DJT about planet and climate.

    Read: Kids4planet.com plan to send 1M letters before Earth Day, April 21.
    Write: Full details here.

    Oppose bill forcing states to manage national parks.
    Fax: 202-225-5629 Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
    or go here to call House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee
    Script: Rescind HR622. Federal lands need federal protection!

    Oppose drilling on public, taxpayer-supported wild lands.
    Fax: 202-226-9739 Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and
    Fax: (202) 225-5929 or call US House Committee on Natural Resources.
    Script: I oppose J46. Don’t make it easier to drill on park land!
    (source) (hat tip: @BadHombreNPS)

    I believe in a government with qualified, trustworthy leadership.

    Support bill to remove Steve Bannon from the Nat. Security Council.
    Call: Your congresswo/man (lookup).
    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ and am concerned about Steve Bannon’s role on the National Security Council. I would like _Rep. Name_ to support Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s bill to remove him from this role. Can you tell me his/her position on this?
    Note: Contrary to circulating memes, Bannon does not require senate vote as an “invitee” to council (source).

    Just two left! You can do it!

    Oppose Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court.
    His history includes rulings against women, workers, and the planet, and bringing “corporations are persons” into being (source).
    Call: Both your senators (lookup).
    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ calling to express my opposition to Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Can you tell me how my senator plans to vote? If yes, is s/he concerned about equal rights for women and minorities? I am requesting s/he will change her view.

    I support protecting citizens’ assets.

    Support a bipartisan bill to prevent predatory lending (source, source).
    Call: Your representative (lookup).
    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP code_ and am calling to express my support for the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall financial protections. Can you tell me what my rep thinks about the bipartisan bill to Return to Prudent Banking? How do they plan to vote?

    Acts of gratitude

    Research shows practicing gratitude brings numerous health benefits. If you’d like, take time to express your thanks to people making a difference and showing courage.

    Thank two GOP senators voting against DeVos.
    Script: Thank you for standing up for quality education in our country by opposing the DeVos appointment. I’m grateful. Name, State
    Contact: Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (email and address)
    Contact: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) (email and address)

    Thank Republicans for speaking out against Bannon’s appointment.
    Script: Steven Bannon is bad for our country. Thank you for standing up for reason. Name, State
    Contact: Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) (address)
    Contact: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) (email and address)

    Thank leaders for standing up for equality (source) (source).
    Script: No matter what happens, history will always show your ruling on the side of justice. Thank you for your work on behalf of all Americans. Name, State
    Contact: Attorney General Bob Ferguson (email and address)
    Contact: The Honorable James Robart (email and address)

    Thank a Republican leader for speaking against DJT (source).
    Script: Thank you for marching with us, and for using your conscience and your voice on behalf of all Americans. I admire your courage. Name, State
    Contact: Beth Fukumoto (R-HI) (email and address)

    Recommended reading

    How to prevent news fatigue (link).

    How to tell whether Trump’s actions are normal (prevent freak outs) (link).

    Have a laugh about staying calm and relaxed this year (link).

    This is #NotNormal

    A normal president respects democratic ‘minority rights’ (source).

    A normal president respects the authority of the third branch of government (source).

    A normal president respects longstanding alliances (source).

    A normal president doesn’t target or blame one group (source).

    Good news

    Whew! You made it. We’ve had lots of great successes this past week, so let’s revel for a few moments.

    Messages to senators about supporting ACA are getting through (source).

    3.3M acres of public land will not be sold off–thanks to citizen input (source).

    Obama’s protections for LGBT federal workers will stand (source), and Republicans from FL and PA praised the decision (source).

    US-based corporations publicly opposed anti-Muslim executive order (source).

    Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism released bi-partisan statement on plans to investigate Russian election interference (source).

    Boy Scouts opens participation to transgender boys (source).

    City of Seattle votes to divest from Wells Fargo to protest DAPL (source).

    Baby Fatemah gets to enter the US for heart surgery (see how cute she is!).

    Housekeeping

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    Final action

    If you find this checklist useful, please share.

    Tweet: Want clear, no-hype instructions on how to #resist? Check out @inspiredjen’s action checklist: https://goo.gl/9px9Rq

    Email and Facebook: If you’re looking for clear, no-hype instructions on how to #resist, check out this weekly action checklist from Jen Hofmann: https://goo.gl/9px9Rq

    Thank you! We’re stronger together!

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  • #1800
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    Aaron Dow
    Participant

    In all seriousness, I believe this week’s action item list from Jen Hoffman is one of the more important ones that I’ve seen so far. I think everybody should give extra consideration to carving out sections of this week to execute many of the bullet points.

    I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

    Action 1: Protect Constitutional freedoms at the state level.
    With Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General, Americans’ basic rights may be at risk.
    Call: Both your state legislators (lookup).
    Script: Hi! I am a constituent from ZIP. I am calling to ask whether our state tracks data on police violence and hate crimes.
    — If they’re not sure, ask if they’d be willing to call back with info.
    — If not, say: “With Sen. Sessions’ appointment to Attorney General, I am concerned about eroding rights. I would like _name_ to propose legislation that would keep accurate data on hate crimes and police violence in our state. Thank you.”

    Action 2: Speak out against the ban on immigration and refugees.
    My buddies at Weekly Resistance make it really easy.
    Click: http://www.weekly-resistance.online/past/noBan.html

    Action 3: Support detained immigrants.
    Donate: Help provide legal representation of peaceful, asylum-seeking immigrants and prevent extended detention in sub-par facilities (source).
    Click: https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/.

    Action 4: Represent detained immigrants.
    Action: With a deficit of legal representation for peaceful immigrants, the American Immigration Council needs volunteers to defend the rights of immigrants. Training provided.
    Click for more info: http://immigrationjustice.us/.

    I believe in integrity and reject corruption.

    On January 6, an official report of the CIA, FBI, and NSA assessed with high confidence that Vladimir Putin ordered a 2016 campaign to undermine public faith in the US democratic process. Thankfully, three Senate and House bipartisan committees are now examining Russia’s actions.
    Action: Support investigation of Russian interference in US elections.
    Call: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
    Chair, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 202-224-3154
    Ranking Member, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) 202-224-2023
    Call: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
    Chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) 202-225-2523
    Ranking Member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) 202-225-4176
    Call: Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
    Chair, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972
    Ranking Member, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 202-224-2921
    Script: Hi! I’m calling in regard to _name’s_ role on the _committee name_. I strongly support his work on resisting attempts to “move on” from Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. I am looking forward to learning the outcome of the committee’s findings.

    I believe in a quality, taxpayer-funded education for America’s youth.

    Action: Connect with a teacher.
    Do you know a teacher? Reach out to them and listen. Don’t give advice or vent, just listen to what’s on their mind in the wake of DeVos’ confirmation. Ask how you can support them.

    I support the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people.

    Action 1: Support the water protectors at Standing Rock.
    djt (AKA “45”) recently said that he’s gotten “no calls” complaining about the Dakota Access Pipeline.
    Use your voice: Use the White House contact page, Twitter, or Facebook to tell 45 you do have a complaint about DAPL.
    Script: By failing to do an environmental study on the impact of the DAPL pipeline under Lake Oahe, we are violating a sacred agreement and legal treaty rights. I oppose this action and am asking for the environmental study to proceed.

    Action 2: Support the economy of Molokai, HI.
    Stand up for the little guy. A land-owning board is changing a small business’ lease, risking Molokai’s local economy and well-being of native Hawaiians.
    Call: RW Meyer Ltd.’s board at 808-553-3828 (if you live in OR or HI–a divide-and-conquer strategy).
    Script: Hi! I’m calling because I read the news about plans to change the lease for Molokai’s historic mule rides. We hope you’ll have a change of heart and find a solution that works for all. (Be kind and respectful.)
    Call: Rep. Lynn DeCoite 808-586-6790 (If you live in the other 48 states).
    Script: Hi! I’m calling because I’m concerned about the future of Molokai’s mule rides. Although I’m not a constituent, I’m hoping that Representative DeCoite can assist in finding a solution that works for everyone. Thanks!

    I believe in a government with qualified, trustworthy leadership.

    Action 1: Advocate for transparency and oppose corruption.
    Sign the White House petition insisting 45 release his tax returns. It’s already got 600,000 votes. Can we make it a million by February 19th?

    Action 2: Support presidential tax transparency legislation.
    Call: Your three MoCs (1 representative and 2 senators).
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_. I am calling to request that _name_ publicly support the Presidential Tax Transparency bill introduced in the _Senate or House_ (S.26 or H.R.305)_, requiring disclosure of the three most-recent years of tax returns. I do care about President Trump’s tax returns and conflicts of interest. Thank you.

    Action 3: Oppose legislation that makes corruption easier.
    Companies that extract oil and other resources abroad should not be allowed to bribe those countries’ officials and cover it up.
    Call: Both your senators (lookup).
    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from ZIP. Do you know how _senator_ plans to vote on overturning the Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption rule? I’m concerned because overturning it would make corruption easier for oil companies and increase poverty in other countries. I am asking my senator to defend Section 1504 and stand up against corruption and poverty.

    Only two more! You can do it! <3

    I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

    Action: Use a gallon less.
    The climate crisis is created by human behavior. As a human, you can change behaviors that reduce oil production and keep warming below 2* (source). Commit to using a gallon less per week.
    Choose: a behavior from this list.

    I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

    Stay alert to healthcare jargon.
    Pay attention to the rhetoric changes regarding the ACA/Obamacare:
    from “repeal” to “replace” to “repair”
    from healthcare to “health insurance”
    from coverage to “access”
    Republican leaders now understand that many Americans don’t want their coverage to disappear, but using weaselly language puts a different spin on ideas that favor the rich and reduce actual care. The devil is in the details. #staywoke

    Just a little reminder to breathe and keep taking care of yourself. If we get tired and burned out, he wins.

    Acts of gratitude

    Research shows practicing gratitude has numerous health benefits. If you’d like, take time to express your thanks to people making a difference and showing courage.

    Standing up for the judicial branch
    Write: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), 1128 Lincoln Mall, Suite 305, Lincoln, NE 68508.
    Script: Thank you so much for speaking out in support of America’s judges. There are no “so-called” judges. I appreciate your leadership! Name, State

    Speaking up for women’s access to reproductive care
    Write: Isabella Lövin, SE 103 33 Stockholm, Sweden and/or
    Lilianne Ploumen P.O. Box 20061, 2500 EB The Hague, The Netherlands
    (use $1.15 in stamps on each letter or postcard).
    Script: Thank you for your leadership in response to my country’s regrettable “gag rule.” Please accept my gratitude and extend my thanks to leaders whose actions support women’s choices everywhere. Name, State, Country

    Supporting presidential tax transparency
    Write: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) (address), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) (address), and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) (address).
    Script: Thank you for introducing your Presidential Tax Transparency bill in the _Senate or House_. I’m grateful for your efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns and those of future presidents and nominees. Name, State

    Advocating for ethics and integrity
    Write: Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), 367 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071.
    Script: Thank you for recommending a way forward to releasing Trump’s tax returns. Transparency is important! Name, State

    Recommended Reading

    Civics 101: Majority rules and minority rights (source).
    The judiciary is America’s emergency brake (video).
    George Lakoff interview (video), and what we, the majority, can do (Lakoff).
    45’s plans are not good for the economy (source).

    Good news
    You made it! Deeeep breath! Now for the good news: it’s not all going south.

    The immigrant and refugee travel ban was blocked a second time (source).
    Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on the GOP (source).
    A new lawsuit could force 45 to release his tax returns (source).
    The first step toward impeaching 45 began this week (source).
    More Republicans are breaking with 45 (source).
    Evangelical leaders denounce 45’s Muslim ban (source).
    In response to the immigrant ban, NY’s Museum of Modern Art installed Muslim art in solidarity (source).
    Five retailers stopped carrying products featuring the president’s brand (source).
    NC’s governor got his powers back (source).
    The people are “making life miserable” at town halls (source).
    Patagonia protests efforts to reverse Obama’s land-protection legacy (source).
    Melinda Gates stands up for access to reproductive care (source).

    Final action

    If you found this checklist useful, please spread the word!

    Tweet: Want to speak up, but don’t know how? Get @inspiredjen’s weekly Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience: https://goo.gl/djshMB

    Email and Facebook: I wanted to make my voice heard and was so relieved to find Jen Hofmann’s weekly Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience. Here’s this week’s edition, but be sure to sign up! https://goo.gl/djshMB

    Thanks for sharing and using your voice. We’re stronger together!

  • #1801

    Mary, please add Town Hall Project 2018. Per Indivisible, the NUMBER ONE thing we can do is to get face to face with our Members of Congress (MoCs). They are going on recess in a few days and will be back home in their districts, working for us. Town Hall Project keeps an updated list of public appearances/town halls by MoCs.

    My number one Resistance goal for February is getting in front of so-called Senator Pat Toomey and asking him two questions:

    1) Over 500,000 Pennsylvanians have health care under the ACA, including me. Can you guarantee that none of us lose coverage when you vote to repeal the ACA?

    2) Exactly what are you going to do about our president’s ties to Russia and their meddling in our elections?

    • #1803
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      A perfect pair of issues. Matches the noise made at Rep. Chaffetz et al. Makes a clear and consistent unified voice of the people: we want health care, we want transparency, we’re not willing to give up either for GOP’s agenda.

    • #1805
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      I listened to the 90 min. MoveOn.org web event and posted notes I took on my Indivisible FB page. Here is what I wrote which is very practical advice:

      “I listened tonight to the hour and one-half Moveon.org web/conference call. The speakers were excellent and offered many good suggestions and information. I’ll recap briefly but please add if I missed something because it was moving briskly!
      The focus was how to effectively utilize the Congressional Recess beginning Sat, Feb 18- Sun, Feb. 26. MoC (members of Congress) should be available for appointments, may have scheduled public meetings and Town Halls, and/or be available for phone calls. Find out by calling your MOC or checking their website or other sources and get something scheduled or go where an event is planned.
      Bulldogging – A tactic to be used when face to face with your MoC.
      Your goal should be: (1) Get MoC to respond to your specific questions with specific answers, or elicit a definitive “yes or no” response; (2) Make sure area media covers whatever event you attend and provide them with a PR that states your issues for background; (3) Elevate profile of your organization by stating which group you are affiliated with, who and what the organization stands for-succinctly, then move on to your question or statement; (4) When you make your remarks, encourage others who share your concerns to get involved and help them hook up; (5) Look for public opportunities to make an impact – ribbon cuttings, etc – where you can catch the MoC in a less scripted, controlled environment.
      Tips for Success – (1) The more people the better; (2) Prepare questions in advance, know the issue, and decide (if in a group) who will speak and when in the program; (3) Execute your plan – Attend! Go early, scope out the room, spread your group out so it will appear you are “everywhere”, have people in front where they can’t be ignored; (4) Ask questions early and often, repetition is great; (5) Have someone video speakers and push this video out on social media; (6) Have someone taking notes of what is being said, by whom and use this information in press interaction and share with your organization.
      The “Don’ts” List – (1) Don’t ask “softball” questions. Be specific so MoC is forced to take a position or give you a specific answer; (2) Don’t get trapped into a “nice and polite” mindset – be serious and firm and insist on getting an answer to your question; (3) Don’t give up. Big change takes time, grit, and perseverance; (4) Connect with a group/organization that has vision, organization, a strategy so that the time you invest gets results –

    • #1806
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      mary guercio
      Moderator

      Here’s the specific link to the TOWN HALL PROJECT 2018. uPDATED REGULARLY. Find your state (or a family/friend you’ve recruited to go to these events) and attend as possible. This is SO important! I have posted it to my FB page, my Indivisible page and when I can, in a comment to an article as appropriate. People need to know where and when they can speak with their MoC.

      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yq1NT9DZ2z3B8ixhid894e77u9rN5XIgOwWtTW72IYA/htmlview?sle=true

  • #1804
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    Aaron Dow
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    Additional action item for the peeps from Texas:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/11/congressman-rarely-used-law-could-make-trump-tax-returns-public/97788564/

    Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, has asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, to order the Treasury Department to provide tax returns to the committee. Brady’s office did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

    Call Rep. Brady and insist he partners with Pascrell in examining and making public 45’s tax returns.

  • #1813
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    Participant

    Just a note,

    this week ESPECIALLY is a great week to hound your MoC’s asses about tax returns and Russia. With Flynn taking the fall, it’s time to communicate as clearly as you can that you consider Flynn to be a symptom rather than an accident and that you suspect his behavior to be part of the systematic violation of ethics by the administration.

    And if your MoC is Republican, make clear to their staffer that you feel any Republican who refuses to stand up to Trump admits that Trump’s actions are now official GOP platform, and therefore responsibility, and therefore liability.

    Here’s a summary of hounding to do:

    + Call Rep. Brady and insist he partners with Pascrell in examining and making public 45’s tax returns.

    Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat who serves on the Ways and Means Committee, has asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, to order the Treasury Department to provide tax returns to the committee. Brady’s office did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

    + Sign the White House petition insisting 45 release his tax returns.
    It’s already got 600,000 votes. Can we make it a million by February 19th?

    + Call: Your three MoCs (1 representative and 2 senators).
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_. I am calling to request that _name_ publicly support the Presidential Tax Transparency bill introduced in the _Senate or House_ (S.26 or H.R.305)_, requiring disclosure of the three most-recent years of tax returns. I do care about President Trump’s tax returns and conflicts of interest. Thank you.

    + Call your state representatives
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_. I’m calling to ask whether _representative_ publicly support legislation to require that all Presidential candidates submit 5 years of tax forms before being included on a public ballot in the state. Can I ask if that legislation is already being prepared?

    + Support investigation of Russian interference in US elections.
    Call: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
    Chair, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 202-224-3154
    Ranking Member, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) 202-224-2023
    Call: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
    Chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) 202-225-2523
    Ranking Member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) 202-225-4176
    Call: Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
    Chair, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972
    Ranking Member, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 202-224-2921

    Script: Hi! I’m calling in regard to _name’s_ role on the _committee name_. I strongly support his work on resisting attempts to “move on” from Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. I am looking forward to learning the outcome of the committee’s findings.

    + Call up or write your support of Sen. Roy Blunt’s decision to ‘leave no stone unturned’ in investigating how far the Russian influence involves the Trump administration.

    Source for details: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/politics/kfile-roy-blunt-flynn-investigation/index.html

    Good luck guys.

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  • #1834
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    Complexity is increasing as more of the new administration gets on board and as Congress continues to feel out its new role and power. This week marks the point where enough things are happening to miss, and missing things can be discouraging. You can’t spread yourself too thin but you have to keep active. How do you balance?

    A quote was shared by Madonna and has spread across social media. Keep this in mind:

    “A choir can sustain a note longer than an individual human can muster. They can do so because individual choir members take a breath while others hold the note, and then go back to singing that note while others can take a breath.”

    Always remember that the only amount of effort that is ‘too little’ is to give up at all. As long as you’re expending the effort, you’re not doing too little, you’re doing something.

    Here’s today’s action item checklist by Jen Hoffman:

    Act on your beliefs and values

    I believe I can make a difference.

    Create an activism plan.
    Print out: the Americans of Conscience Action Worksheet and make a plan. Or use this adorable pocket version by the amazing Kelly Wooten.

    Fight fake news.
    Email or phone your public or academic library (lookup) (lookup).
    Script: (Ask for library director): Hi, I’m a library patron and am concerned about the spread of fake news. Can you tell me if the library offers resources or programs to help _people/students_ judge the credibility of online information?

    I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

    Protect Constitutional freedoms at the state level.
    With Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General, Americans’ basic rights may be at risk.
    Call: Both your state legislators (lookup).
    Script: Hi! I am a constituent from ZIP. I am concerned about the expense and ineffectiveness of mantatory minimum sentencing in our state. I am asking for you to propose legistation to repeal this ineffective, often discriminatory practice. Thank you.

    Support a new immigrant.
    A thorough New York Times article presents ideas for making a difference. Choose one and take the next step.

    Advocate for a fillibuster for the Supreme Court vote.
    Call: Both your senators (lookup).
    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ calling to express my opposition to Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. He doesn’t represent the majority of Americans’ views, and Republican senators haven’t earned this stolen seat. I am asking _name_ to filibuster the vote.

    Get Disney CEO to speak out against discrimination.
    Email: Disney CEO, Robert Iger robert.a.iger@disney.com
    Script: Copy and paste, “Disney’s brand is as American as mom and apple pie. That’s why I’m writing as a longtime fan to ask you to make a public statement against djt’s Muslim ban in any form. America’s strength is our diveristy. Please speak out publicly against discrimination. Jasmine and Aladdin are counting on you.”
    Or tweet him: @disney #BobIger As a key advisor to djt, please speak out against a Muslim ban in any form. #WallofUs #CEOsAgainstTheBan
    (source)

    I support the rights and sovereignty of indigenous people.

    Support the Constitutional right to peaceful assembly.
    Click: ACLU link here for a way to support Standing Rock.
    This week: Call ND governor and demand he reject limits on free speech.

    I believe in a government with qualified, trustworthy leadership.

    Support a thorough investigation of Flynn’s Russia ties.
    Call: All three of your MoCs.
    Script: Hi! I’m calling from ZIP. I’d like to know if _name_ supports an investigation into Gen. Flynn’s conduct with Russia. Given Attorney General Sessions’ ties with Flynn, I’m concerned that an investigation will not be thorough. Is _name_ willing to willing to make a public statement insisting Sessions recuse himself from an investigation as required by the Department of Justice?

    I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

    Action 1: Protect the planet at the state level.
    Call: Your governor’s office. (lookup)
    Script: Hi! I’m a constituent calling from _ZIP_. I’m concerned about Scott Pruitt’s appointment to the Environmental Protection Administration. Since he will not pursue the planet’s interests, I’m asking _name_ to make a public statment about our climate crisis and support efforts in Oregon to reverse the trend.
    (source)

    Action 2: Support a very special bumblebee.
    Write: Sec. Ryan Zinke, ℅ Office of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240
    Script: Use a postcard. Draw a bumblebee and add the caption: “Bees are not optional. List the rusty-patched bumblebee as endangered.” (source).

    I believe in a woman’s right to safe, affordable medical care.

    Stop Congress’ interference with the doctor-patient relationship.

    Call: Your congresswo/man.
    Script: Hi! I’m calling from _ZIP_ regarding HJ Resolution 43. This bill seeks to invade the doctor-patient relationship and prevent low-income women from making responsible decisions about their future. (Share personal story, if relevant). Can you tell me where _name_ stands on this important issue? (source)

    I support accountability and oppose corruption.

    Support legislation that prevents presidential conflicts of interest.
    Call: Your three MoCs (1 representative and 2 senators)
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_ and calling about two issues related to presidential conflicts of interest. First, I support the proposed bi-partisan bill that requires congressional approval of Russian sanctions. Secondly, I would like _name_to make a public statement of support for bills introduced recently in the Senate and House requiring the president to disclose and divest himself of financial conflicts of interest. Thank you.

    Oppose 45’s actions that put national security at risk.
    Call: Chairman, Sen Richard Burr (R-NC) DC: 202-224-3154 NC: 800-685-8916
    Call: Vice Chair, Mark Warner (D-VA) DC: 202-224-2023
    Script: Hi! I am calling _name_ regarding their role on the Senate Intelligence Committee. I am concerned by the president discussing classified national security information in an unsecured, open-air restaurant. Does _name_ plan to make a public statement or take corrective action on this risky behavior?

    Oppose cabinet appointments that don’t represent your values.

    Oppose Perry, Zinke, and Ross cabinet appointments.
    Note: Ross vote is Feb 27, Zinke is March, and Perry is not scheduled.
    Call: Your two senators.
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_ and am calling Sen ____ to express my opposition to three cabinet appointments coming up for a vote.
    The first is Rick Perry for his ties to the oil industry. (source)
    The second is billionaire Wilbur Ross who has deep financial ties to Russia. (source)
    And finally Ryan Zinke who supports opening public lands to energy development (source).
    How does _name_ plan to vote for these appointees? Thank you (or: I’m asking _name_ to represent my views with his/her vote).

    Acts of gratitude

    Thank senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for voting against Scott Pruitt for EPA.
    Send a postcard to her address (here).

    Thank Kamala Harris (D-CA) for standing up for immigrants (source).
    Send a postcard to her address (here).

    Thank CNN host Don Lemon for having chutzpa to stop mid-interview and oppose fake news and lies (source).
    Send a note: Don Lemon, ℅CNN, 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019
    Call: 212-275-8030

    Thank Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (email and address)
    Thank Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) (email and address)
    Script: Thank you for introducing your Presidential Conflicts of Interest bill in the _Senate/House_. I’m grateful for your efforts. This president must do what’s best for the country, not what’s best for his businesses around the world. #shepersisted Name, State

    Thank Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) (address)
    Thank Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL4) (address).
    Script: Thank you for co-sponsoring bills to protect the National Security Council from political interference. Extreme partisans like Steve Bannon have no place on the NSC, so I’m grateful that you’ve taken a stand. Name, State, ZIP

    Recommended reading

    Me vs. We: 16-year political ideology cycle and a fascinating chart.
    We have a year, at most, to defend American democracy (source).
    The three potus/Russian scandals, summarized (source).
    Why Russia hacking matters (source) and a casestudy (source).
    How to frame a non-existent threat and make people fall for the lies (source).
    You only think you won’t get taken by fake news. Here’s how to recognize it and combat it.
    FOX News in trouble with the Feds (source).
    A dysfunctional White House revealed: Flynn, Bannon, and incoherence on national security (source).

    Good news

    4 Republican senators vote against anti-worker Puzder.
    Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) opposed Pruitt for EPA.
    The Pope tweeted, “How often in the Bible the Lord asks us to welcome migrants and foreigners, reminding us that we too are foreigners!”
    A win for voting rights in Georgia (source).
    Federal judge fines Texas for dragging its feet in voter-fairness lawsuit (source).
    Secretary Mattis upholds the role of the press in a democracy (source).
    A church offers sanctuary (source).
    MA introduces Safe Communities Act to protect Muslims (source).
    Ellen pays off student debt for Sudanese immigrant teacher (heartwarming video).

    Last note:

    If you follow any of the ‘write postcards’ action items, be sure to make them postcards and send them to regional offices, not the DC offices.

    Packaged letters get delayed by as much as 5 weeks to be checked for contaminants and other sorts of things (anthrax scare, e.g.). Postcards are more immediate.

    DC offices are swamped and largely discarding communications. Regional offices are packaging communications and marking off their contents and then sending them to DC.

    Have a good week, everybody.

  • #1849
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    Today’s action checklist is kind of disappointing, in my opinion. However, it’s mostly about self-care and how to take breaks without losing initiative or momentum.

    So first thing’s first, review last week’s list and keep up with anything you might not have gotten done. Then I’m going to go through the resources presented below and fill out a longer checklist for myself.

    I’m tired, but I’m not tired enough. I feel more tired when things are happening I don’t feel I can control; I feel a lot more animated and fulfilled when I do what I can, even if it’s just a little.

    What to Do This Week of February 26, 2017
    Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

    16 weeks down, 88 weeks to go until mid-term elections. Still taking deep breaths?

    The intention of this weekly document is to make clear, hype-free suggestions for action backed by well-considered research. If an issue doesn’t affect you, consider whether you would support this issue on behalf of other Americans, then act accordingly. Although diligently prepared, contents are subject to human error. Please do your own research.

    Prioritize self care

    Wait. Before you skip this suggestion as fluffy or irrelevant, check out these two resources I created and see what you think.

    First, read this timely message I wrote about geese. Yes, geese. 🙂 (link)

    Second, use this worksheet to create a self care plan (link). It will be a vital tool to help you hang in there for the long haul. We need you.

    Act on your beliefs and values

    I believe I can make a difference.

    Print out the Americans of Conscience Action Worksheet and make a plan.
    Or use this adorable pocket version by the amazing Kelly Wooten.

    Want more actions?

    To make sure you get the resources you need to resist, I am recommending three sites for well-vetted, powerful actions.

    Choose based on how much energy you (or your group) have this week:

    Really tired: Just one action at weekly-resistance.online.
    Mildly energized: Four low-hype actions at http://www.wall-of-us.org.
    Lead-goose energy: A treasure trove of daily actions at roganslist.blogspot.com.

    All three of these sites are part of the 50-member Action Alliance (of which I’m a part) and are run by really good people I trust. Your normal checklist will be back next week.

    Acts of Gratitude

    Thank Grace Meng (D-NY) for advocating for women (read for details).
    Send a postcard to her address.

    Recommended Reading

    What a failed administration looks like (source).
    What’s in the news when you ignore 45 (source)?

    #NotNormal

    A normal president doesn’t attack the press (source).
    A normal president seeks to solve disagreements (source).

    Good news

    The White House Comment line is up again! 202-456-1111.
    St Louis’ Muslim community rallied to repair the Jewish cemetary (source)

    Housekeeping

    If you’d like to receive this message weekly, sign up here.
    Become a supporter (patreon).

    Final action

    If you found this checklist useful, please spread the word!

    Tweet: It’s good to #resist, but also important to take care of yourself. Ideas here: goo.gl/4cBBWw

    Email and Facebook: It’s barely been four months, but so many people are feeling weary, overwhelmed, and tired of bad news. Here’s one way to survive the next four years. goo.gl/4cBBWw

    We’re stronger together!

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  • #1851
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    Okay, here’s my long-form list for everybody:

    ACTIONS:

    1) Call your Senators and Representative and ask them to support the BRIDGE Act:

    Script: Hi, I’m [NAME], a constituent from [CITY, ZIP CODE]. Dreamers are part of our community, our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. The federal government promised them that if they came out of the shadows, they would be safe. Michelle Lujan Grisham needs to make sure we keep that promise even with Trump in office. Right now, that means passing the BRIDGE Act as soon as possible. I’d like your boss to publicly commit to supporting it, and to push their fellow representatives to move it forward.

    2. Call your MoC to express your support for the Consumer Protection Bureau:
    Script: I am calling to express my support for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Will Senator/Representative [____________] vote against [Senate Bill S.370] or [House Bill H.R. 1031]? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has supported the public against fraudulent business practices and we need them more than ever today. Can you please confirm that Senator/Representative [____________] will vote “no” on this bill?

    3. Call your representative and tell them to oppose “H.R.610: To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.”  Background:  http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/12/07/504451460/school-choice-101-what-it-is-how-it-works-and-does-it-work

    4. Contact your city council members and ask them to follow Seattle’s lead and divest from DAPL. Tell your local officials that you will be contacting your local media to cover this important story. 

    Say this: “We are impressed with the leadership position that the City of Seattle recently took in unanimously enacting a local ordinance to divest in Wells Fargo because it is funding the Dakota Access Pipeline. I live in and pay taxes to the City of [_______________]. I would like to know if [_____________] is currently addressing whether it is investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline. I don’t want our taxpayer dollars to be supporting a pipeline that hurts the environment and the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

    6. Call your sheriff and request that your police office does not waste resources helping the feds in anti-immigration witchhunts. Go here: http://www.usacops.com/ to find Sheriff, call in this: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Kc8DSlgfGbzX3q9lcPTiTI6j_SH0xGt_o1kK-QWHFxs/edit

    7. “Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.”  https://apnews.com/39f1f8e4ceed4a30a4570f693291c866 Contact your legislators to let them know of your stand on this executive order.

    Letters:

    1) Thank Matt Gaetz for calling for Trump’s tax returns.

    2) Congratulate Tom Perez for his role as DNC chairman, and request he supports a 50 state strategy for grassroots organizations across the nation. Be sure to thank him for bringing Keith Ellison on board.

    3) Thank Rep. Issa (R-CA) for calling for a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Trump’s associates with Russia.

    4) Sean Spicer needs a reminder of his own words of not long ago when he insisted that open access for the media is “what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.” c/o 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

    5) Grace Meng (D-NY) for advocating for women (see above)

    6) Thank Bret Baier and Fox for speaking out on behalf of other journalists being blocked from the White House briefing.  http://www.bretbaier.com/contact-bret/  and on Twitter:  @BretBaier  Contact Fox News here:  1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, or  212-301-3000

    Not too much but important work. Keep at it y’all.

  • #1852
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    The White House has opened a survey asking the public how 45 should present his accomplishments to Congress next week:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/joint-address-issues-survey#page

    So, answer it :).

  • #1893
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    I don’t have time to copy this out with all the links and so forth, but here’s this week’s action list:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/15p97NYoLKIYuqe1Kp3Syo5JwkoWnF9Vk83FNMZZ2LeQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Will copy and provide fuller linked listings tomorrow. I’m running a full time job, full time activism, and some side project deadlines are finally hitting, so I’m swamped. C’est la vie.

  • #1894
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    Here go:

    + Oppose the REINS Act and Midnight Rules Act.

    Jen’s note: I’m committed to no-hype language in this weekly list, but if you only do one thing this week, oppose this bill and this one both in the Senate now. Please (source).
    Call: Your 2 Senators–local offices preferred (lookup).
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_ and want to convey my absolute, 100%, full, and unwavering opposition to both the REINS Act and the Midnight Rules Relief Act in the Senate right now. How my Senator votes on these two sneaky bills matters to me and will affect my future vote.

    I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

    + Action: Support America’s vulnerable kids (source).
    Call: Your local school district (lookup).
    Script: Hi. I have kids in/live within the school district and am concerned about how Trump’s new bathroom bill will affect our district’s transgender students. Because they’re at a much higher risk of suicide and violence, I’d like to know what the board is doing to protect transgender kids.

    + Action: Support your local law enforcement in doing their job (not ICE’s).
    Using local police to enforce immigration law makes communities less safe.
    Call: Your local police/sheriff’s non-emergency number (lookup).
    Script: I’m a resident of ___ and am calling to find out whether city/county police/sheriff plan to act on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I’m concerned that ICE wants to use our local resources and make law enforcement’s job harder (source).

    + Action: Speak up about new directives on immigration and asylum seekers.
    Oppose the wall and support bipartisan BRIDGE Act (HR 496 & S 128).
    Call: All 3 MoCs (lookup).
    Script: I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ calling to express support for the bipartisan BRIDGE Act. I am requesting two things: 1. For _NAME_ to co-sponsor this bill if s/he hasn’t already. 2. For _NAME_ to vote against appropriations to fund the border wall, new immigration officers, detention centers, and more immigration judges. The DHS directives calling for this funding are un-American, unnecessary, and waste taxpayer money on strategies that will not make us safer (source).

    I believe in quality education for America’s youth.

    + Action: Oppose HR 610
    This bill guts America’s public elementary and secondary school system, which serves 9 out of 10 of the nation’s children.
    Call: Your representative in the House.
    Script: Hi! I am a constituent from _ZIP_. I’m concerned about how H.R. 610 will impact rural and high-needs students if the bill becomes law. I urge Rep. _name_ to oppose this bill to shift public dollars away from public schools. Can you tell me where s/he stands on this bill? (source).

    I believe in a government led by qualified, trustworthy representatives.

    + Action: Advocate for an independent investigation into Russia’s influence in US politics.
    Call: All 3 of your MoCs–local offices preferred.
    Script: I am a constituent from _ZIP_. I’m concerned that our president is financially tied to foreign governments. I’m asking for _NAME_ to support an independent bipartisan commission and special prosecutor like the 9-11 attacks had. Can you tell me where s/he stands on this issue?

    + Action: Appeal to MoCs support of jobs in your state (and keep the ACA).
    Lookup: Number of medical jobs your state would lose if repealed.
    Call: All 3 MoCs.
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_ and calling not just because I oppose repealing the ACA, but jobs are so important in _state_. Repealing ACA would mean losing _number_ of good-paying medical jobs. Does _name_ support ACA repeal or replacement? Does s/he have a plan to replace them? (source)

    I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

    + Action: Protect Great Lakes’ threatened lake sturgeon, plover, and sunfish.
    Call: All 3 MoCs.
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_. I am concerned about news from Trump’s upcoming budget that will slash ongoing restoration efforts in the Great Lakes. This move will threaten fragile species and compromise water quality for all. Where does my rep/sen stand on this issue? (source)

    I believe in being a good citizen of the world.

    + Action: Help feed Yemen’s hungry children.
    Jen’s Note: Embarrassingly, until I met Abdullah–our local falafel restaurant owner–I didn’t know where Yemen was. When I played a teeny role in helping his brother make it to the US after the immigration ban, Yemen became a place I care about. There, one in three children is malnourished due to a drawn-out, violent attempt to stabilize the government.
    Donate: Help feed Yemen’s people through World Food Programme.

    Acts of Gratitude
    Get out your stamps and postcards for some gratitude mail.

    Wish Ruth Bader Ginsburg a happy birthday and thank her for 24 years of service (and counting!).
    Mail to: ℅ Supreme Court of the United States, 1 First Street, NE
    Washington, DC 20543

    Thank member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.
    Click this link (list of CSC members) and choose one or more.
    Script: Express your gratitude for bipartisan collaboration and creative policy making to address the global climate crisis.

    Thank Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-NY) for publicly stating he’ll not vote for ACA repeal without a replacement proposal first. (source)
    Mail to: 7308 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228

    Recommended reading
    Thought-provoking, in-depth reading that’s worth your time.

    Five graphics that explain 45’s business conflicts of interest (source).
    How to respond to the threat of immigration raids (source).
    What American foreign policy currently looks like from the inside (source).
    A deeper look at the trend of anti-protest legislation (source).
    Two resources for inspiration and self-care for the long haul.

    Please keep taking care of yourself. If we get tired, he wins.

    Not Normal
    Avoid normalizing this presidency and #staywoke.

    A normal president does not conduct business during his presidency much less at taxpayer expense.
    A normal president doesn’t fudge numbers to make the country’s economic future look better than consensus analysis.
    A normal president doesn’t exclude journalists that disagree with him.
    A normal president doesn’t send surrogates to criticize legitimate concerns regarding targeted acts of violence.
    A normal president doesn’t lie about wiretapping by a former POTUS.

    Good news

    Obama is back in town (source).
    Inmates reading to their kids (source).
    A whole website full of weekly celebrations! (hat tip)
    After the racially-motivated shooting in Kansas, over a million dollars has been generously donated to victims and their families. (source)

    Housekeeping

    If you’d like to receive this message weekly, sign up here.

    It’s Jen’s birthday week! She’s decided if she reaches her Patreon goal, she’ll quit her very part-time job to devote more energy to creating this list. She doesn’t normally ask–and won’t again in the future–but if you feel called to support this checklist monthly, we can be stronger together.
    Become a monthly supporter (patreon) or contribute (paypal).

    Final action

    If you found this checklist useful, please spread the word!

    Tweet: This checklist from @inspiredjen is how I make a positive difference in this insane administration: goo.gl/ieyVqo

    Email and Facebook: The lies and chaos make me run far, far away, but this activism checklist cuts through it so I can make a positive difference–and feel a little inspired, too! Check it out: https://goo.gl/ieyVqo

    We’re stronger together! Believe it, sister! And bad hombres!

    Off to rabblerouse,
    <3 Jen

  • #1897
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    Last week my home state passed an agreement with Amazon.com to charge state sales taxes on Amazon purchases. Currently something like 35 states do so. This agreement comes right when the state is suffering a budget shortfall from shrinking gas prices. The agreement could potentially cover the shortfall and more.

    Interestingly enough, just today I received a message from ‘eBay Government Relations’ (eyeroll), saying this about my CURRENT state:

    The State Legislature is threatening to impose new Internet sales tax burdens on you by penalizing your favorite online marketplaces.

    A budget proposal recently introduced in the legislature would require online marketplaces to impose sales tax for any transactions involving buyers within the state, including all out-of-state purchases from even the smallest businesses, artisans, and consumers.

    Here’s why you should care:

    This is a drastic departure from current law. It threatens to increase costs to everyone in your state who takes advantage of the Internet to buy from small businesses, artisans, and even other consumers, undermining the very business model that allows online marketplaces to provide low-cost services and opportunities.

    Other states will follow suit, subjecting small businesses and marketplaces to the jurisdiction of tax departments in other states. Imagine every small business—and even the most casual seller being subject to audits and tax enforcement throughout every tax-hungry state across the country.

    For years, eBay Inc. has pushed government to eliminate harmful tax burdens for small businesses and consumers—and now we need your help. If you agree that this is bad Internet tax legislation, tell your state legislators.

    Participation is easy—just fill out the simple form on our eBay Main Street website. Let your state legislators know that you oppose harmful tax laws that stifle business growth and harm consumers.

    Sincerely,

    The eBay Government Relations Team

    Yeah. Cry me crocodile tears to your tiny violin. Silicon Valley’s parallel legal reality has always taken the best side of free exchange without any liabilities and consequences that small vendors have.

    So anyway, I’m turning this into the opposite action item.

    + Contact your state legislators and ask them if the state currently applies sales taxes to online marketplaces. If not, ask that they sponsor legislation to do so.

  • #1910
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    I went to a Volunteer Action Meet-up hosted by Houston Women March today, at Axelrad’s Beer Garden (which generously donated space for the meeting). We divided up by Congressional district and did a bit of meeting and greeting, discussing why we came, the most important issues to each of us, etc. The people in my group clued me in to some local political meetings in the next few weeks that I didn’t know about (and will be able to attend) and I clued them in to Charles Kuffner’s political blog OffTheKuff, a great source of local & state political info (from a Dem perspective). My immediate focus will be on the March for Science, but I’ll need something constructive to work on after that’s over, so I’ve volunteered for things on the research/admin/website end.

    Also looks like a TaxDay March (Sat 4/15) will be happening, but I currently have no additional details.

    One of the ladies in my group is one of those people who is alive because of the ACA. She had been healthy with no pre-existing conditions her whole life, until she was diagnosed with a brain aneurism a few years ago. Modern medicine saved her, but her treatment costs ran well over $1 million, something she could not have done without insurance. She’s currently doing well, but still needs frequent checkups, and therefore continued coverage. If Olson ever dares show his face for a townhall he had better have some answers for people such as her.

  • #1911
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    What to Do This Week of March 12th, 2017
    Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience
    By Jen Hofmann

    18 weeks down, 86 weeks to mid-term elections. Here we go!

    The intention of this weekly document is to make clear, hype-free suggestions for action backed by well-considered research. If an issue doesn’t affect you, consider whether you would support this issue on behalf of other Americans, then act accordingly. Although diligently prepared, contents are subject to human error. Please do your own research.

    Did someone send you here? Sign up to receive this weekly checklist.

    Click if you have a question or action suggestion.

    Act on your beliefs and values below.

    I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

    + Action: Oppose the new Muslim immigration ban.

    It’s not making us safer and is unconstitutionally discriminatory. Don’t let it be normalized. It’s time to up the ante.

    Call: Your three MoCs (lookup).
    Script: Use this very specific, well-researched script from Indivisible.

    I believe in a government led by qualified, trustworthy representatives.

    + Action: Support an independent investigation—until it happens.
    Call: Your two senators.
    Script: Hi. I’m calling because I would like _NAME_ to support Senate Bill 27 which calls for an independent commission to investigate Russian influence on our election and democracy. Can you tell me how s/he stands on this issue?

    + Action: Oppose Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture.
    Call: Both of your senators.
    Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ and calling to oppose Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. His history of using his role as governor of Georgia to benefit his own business has no place in America’s leadership. How does _NAME_ intend to vote on Perdue?

    I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

    Action: Support the ACA, oppose new ACHA, and support patients’ rights.
    Call: All 3 MoCs.
    Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_ and calling about two issues related to health care. First, I oppose repealing the ACA. For me, losing the ACA would mean (share a personal story: can’t afford premiums waiting for tax credit, want abortion coverage, want maternity leave without being married, lifetime caps would cause personal bankruptcy, etc.). Americans deserve the same plan Congress receives. Secondly, HR 1215 intends to strip patient rights and protect corporations from lawsuits for medical neglect, abuse, and malpractice. Patients rights need to come first. Please ask _NAME_ to vote against HR 1215.

    I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

    + Action: Help elect progressive veteran James Thompson to Congress.
    Putting a progressive in Mike Pompeo’s seat improves Kansas, the environment, and Congress all in one. You can help.
    Read about James: http://www.votejamesthompson.com/issues and donate to his campaign.
    Make calls from home: http://www.votejamesthompson.com/phonebank.

    + Action: Tell your climate story.
    Stories change minds. Our Climate Voices is seeking first-person narratives about how climate change impacts your local community to be shared in their newsletter and website. If climate change affects you where you live, consider telling your story.
    Email: ourclimatevoices@gmail.com.

    + Action: Oppose the defunding or termination of the EPA (sources).
    Review: Proposed budget cuts to EPA programs and choose one that will impact your state if defunded.
    Call: Your 3 MoCs.
    Script: Hi, I’m from _ZIP_ calling to ask _NAME_ to publicly oppose White House plans to defund the EPA and bills like H.R. 861. The EPA protects human health, the environment, and the economy. If defunded, (Share story about impact of proposed cuts). Where does _NAME_ stand on this issue?

    I support protecting citizens’ right to legal action.

    + Action: Oppose a bill that would strip your rights as a consumer.
    Yes, this is unsexy, but class action lawsuits protect you from shady corporations who commit civil rights violations or willfully harm people.
    Call: Your two senators.
    Script: Hi. I am a constituent from _ZIP_ calling to oppose HR 985, a bill that would strip my rights with regard to class action lawsuits. Americans and workers have a right to hold corporations accountable. Can you let me know how _NAME_ plans to vote on this bill as it moves into the Senate?

    Acts of Gratitude
    Get out your stamps and postcards for some gratitude mail.

    + Thank the ACLU for finding a clever way to call out Attorney General Jeff Sessions for lying during his hearing.
    Address: 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004

    + Thank Attorney General Preet Bharara for his service to the United States of America.
    Address: One St. Andrew’s Plaza, New York, NY 10007

    Recommended reading
    If you have time, read this thought-provoking, in-depth journalism.

    We are warehousing undocumented immigrants and forcing them to work. Please don’t look away.
    The politics of hating women.
    Big Oil will burst and why the climate crisis is political.
    What does calling Congress achieve?

    Please keep taking care of yourself. If we get tired, he wins.

  • #1936
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    This week’s activism list includes:

    + Health care bill
    + Budget bill
    + Cabinet appointment
    + Reproductive rights
    + Russian election influence
    + An exciting new option for creative people

    What to do if your MoCs are blue

    Democrats and progressive Members of Congress (MoCs) need to hear from you on the issues you care about. Even when you’re 100% sure they agree with your view and will vote accordingly.
    Here’s why: Your stories give blue MoCs a backbone. Your lived experience supports their actions. If you are a progressive or Democrat, please pick up that phone (or visit) and tell them why you, personally, support or oppose issues and how they affect you. Don’t leave them hanging.

    If you don’t call with your stories, all they hear are the haters and could cave to them.

    A reminder to take good care of yourself. Seriously.

    The news from the top is getting more complex and confusing. It’s likely to be uglier and more complicated before four years is through. What they’re doing is supposed to make you tired and give up. All the lies and shell games are intended to make you compliant.

    I can’t stress strongly enough the importance of taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being as an act of resistance. We need you. We need you well, sane, rested, and resilient for the long haul.

    It is a form of active resistance to:

    + sleep for 6-8 hours (Aaron Dow’s note: seriously, the six hour sleep night is a myth. 8-10 hours. I am not kidding).
    + turn off the TV, internet, and screens
    + hug your kiddos or pets
    + get outdoors and say hello to strangers
    + cut out sources of negativity.

    If you need to coast at the back of the flock for a while, do it. Take care of yourself. We’ll keep flapping until you come back. But do come back. The resistance needs you. Otherwise, he wins.

    19 weeks down, 85 weeks to mid-term elections.

    The intention of this weekly document is to make clear, hype-free suggestions for action backed by well-considered research. If an issue doesn’t affect you, consider whether you would support this issue on behalf of other Americans, then act accordingly. Although diligently prepared, contents are subject to human error. Please do your own research.

    I believe I can make a difference.

    + Put a great Democrat in Tom Price’s vacant seat.
    Support Jon Ossoff for Georgia’s 6th district. Election is 30 days away.
    Readers overwhelmed me with requests for this. Please help Georgia.
    Donate or volunteer: https://electjon.com/.

    I believe in a government led by qualified, trustworthy representatives.

    + Action: Support an independent investigation–even though nothing seems to be shifting yet.
    Call: Your two senators (lookup).
    Note: See if your senator is on the committee hearing this bill. Bonus points for calling them if they are. 😉
    Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ calling because I am angry about the appearance of corruption of the president and his team. Will _NAME_ co-sign Sen Cardin’s bill 27 for an independent commission to investigate Russia’s takeover of our elections? (If no or waffle-y:) This is not a partisan issue. Our democracy depends on truth and transparency. As a voter, this is a top issue for me. (If they’re on the committee, ask for a progress update.)

    + Action: Support the No TRUMP Act.
    Call: Your one congresswo/man (lookup).
    Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ calling to express my support for HR 1452, the No TRUMP Act. Donald Trump should have divested of his businesses before entering office. Earl Blumenauer’s bill stops my tax dollar from lining the president’s pockets.

    + Action: Oppose Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture.
    Call: Both of your senators again. Vote is this week.
    Script: Hi. I’m from _ZIP_ and calling to oppose Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. His history of corruption as governor of Georgia has no place in America’s leadership. How does _NAME_ intend to vote on Perdue?

    + Action: Share your creative skills to support progressive candidates.
    Join Prolog: Prolog is a searchable database of professionals who offer their expertise – everything from graphic design to catering to copywriting and fundraising – to Democratic candidates and campaigns, free of charge, in order to regain a Democratic majority in 2018: http://www.weareprolog.org.
    Note: The creator of Prolog is one of our own! Brava!

    I believe in my Constitutional right to free speech.

    + Action: Share with someone who wants actions in Spanish.
    Acción: Compartir con alguien que quiere acciónes en español.
    Mis amigos tienen buenas ideas participar en la resistencia.
    Sitio: https://www.resistancetrpa.org/spanish.

    I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

    + Action: Sway key Republicans to oppose the health care plan.
    RISE Stronger made a list of the ten most likely Republicans to oppose the new healthcare bill. If one of them is yours, call and ask them to oppose it.
    Check the list: Click here for the image.
    Call (only your rep.).

    I believe my taxes should be used to support the common good.

    + Action: Oppose 45’s new budget proposal.
    Call: Your three MoCs. Make this a separate call from other issues.
    Script: Hi. I am a constituent from _ZIP_ calling to express my deep concern over the president’s proposed budget. Specifically, (choose one or two that concern you most and share a personal story related to it):
    I don’t want my tax dollars paying for his wall or a bigger military.
    I don’t want to pay a higher TSA fee or to privatize air traffic control.
    I support national parks, the prevention of wildlife trafficking, and superfund pollution cleanup.
    I support scientific research on the climate crisis and cancer.
    I support the EnergyStar program that rates appliances’ efficiency.
    I support loan guarantees for small businesses.
    I support the arts and humanities, including quality programming like Sesame Street, NPR, and Public Broadcasting.
    I support programs like WIC, school meals, housing subsidies, and medical care for people in need.
    Honestly, it’s not just the budget, it’s the belief that my tax dollar should support people in need and programs for the public good. Where does _NAME_ stand on this proposed budget?

    I believe in a woman’s right to quality reproductive health care.

    + Action: Support funding birth control medication and reproductive care.
    Look up: Your MoCs on Planned Parenthood Scorecard.
    Call: All three MoCs.
    Script: Hi, I’m from _ZIP_ and calling to thank/take issue with _NAME’s_ voting record on women’s health issues. There are several current efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, under cover in the AHCA and in bills like H.R. 354/S.241. I’m asking that s/he vote no on these efforts. In attempting to prevent abortion, they will severely limit access to birth control and other basic reproductive care, especially for those who have few or no alternatives. (Share your own story.) Thank you for advocating for women/Please tell _NAME_ to show his/her constituents that women’s health matters to him/her.

    + Action: Get involved in the campaign to defend Planned Parenthood.
    Click: Go here to discover how you can help.

    I believe in the value of my vote.

    + Action: Support changing to the popular vote model in the US.
    Click: http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/.
    Use their tools to advocate for your state to elect a president by popular vote.

    Acts of Gratitude
    Get out your stamps and postcards for some gratitude mail.

    Thank Sen. Kristin Gillibrand, for speaking out against dangerous firearm accessories.
    Address: Leo W. O’Brien Federal Office Building
    11A Clinton Avenue, Room 821, Albany, NY 12207

    Thank Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), for his new No Hate Act and sending a message that hate and discrimination are un-American.
    Address: 90 State House Square, 10th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103

    Thank Derrick Watson, the judge who blocked the second Muslim travel ban, for his good judgment and courage.
    Address: Hon. Derrick Watson, United States District Court, District of Hawaii, 300 Ala Moana Blvd C-338, Honolulu, HI 96850

    Thank Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister, for his courage and integrity in explaining to 45 the role of immigrants in America.
    Address: PM Enda Kenny, Department of the Taoiseach, Government Buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, D02 R583, IRELAND
    Use $1.15 in US stamps or an international stamp..

    Thank Kristina Dunz, German reporter, for showing American media how to hold 45 accountable with honest questions.
    Address: Kristina Dunz, Deutsche Presse-Agentur
    Mittelweg 38, D – 20148 Hamburg, GERMANY
    Use $1.15 in US stamps or an international stamp..

    Recommended reading
    Thought-provoking, in-depth reading that’s worth your time.

    If you want the latest news and a laugh, the most recent Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me program is worth a listen.
    45’s slowest presidential transition in decades. [Aaron Dow’s note:] Probably by design, considering:
    The full details of 45’s plan to gut the US federal government (don’t worry, we’ll fight it in Congress),
    though this tongue-in-cheek summary might be an easier read.
    How the climate crisis is affecting the underrepresented.
    Yale historian explains what stage in the progression of fascism the US currently is.
    (Note: I don’t usually link to sources like alternet.org, but the interview is good quality. Ignore the rest.)

    Not Normal
    Avoid normalizing this presidency and #staywoke.

    A normal president doesn’t defund the federal government’s essential functions.
    A normal president keeps his word when he says he’ll make a donation.
    A normal president doesn’t publicly lie about wiretapping by a former POTUS, and then change his mind. Or implicate other foreign leaders.
    A normal president doesn’t lie to cover past lies by implicating a foreign government, causing that government to insist he not repeat the lie in the future.
    A normal CEO (now Secretary of State) doesn’t hide climate data in an alias email account.

    Please keep taking care of yourself. If we get tired, he wins.

    Good news

    The second unconstitutional Muslim ban paused in Hawaii. Then blocked in Maryland.
    A bright spot in the proposed budget is increased funding for veterans’ medical needs.
    Global carbon emissions stayed flat in 2016.
    Florida felons sue for the right to vote, hopefully giving these citizens their voice.
    The world’s sixth largest advertising company pulls out of Google and YouTube for not guaranteeing ads won’t appear on hate sites.
    Regretful anti-Muslim shooter makes an emotional public apology.
    What happens when two Texan congressmen, a Democrat and a Republican, drive cross country together.

    Housekeeping

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    Final action

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    Please keep taking good care of yourself and rest when you need to. We’re stronger together!

    Warmly,
    Jen

    • #1937
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      Aaron Dow
      Participant

      People are reading these, right?

    • #1941
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      Flypusher
      Moderator

      Yes we are. I haven’t been posting as much lately because I have a bunch of other commitments this month, but I’m still reading. Thanks for posting these updates.

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    Robin R.
    Participant

    I would never have thought to send a thank you note to the Taoiseach. Good idea!

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