What to Do This Week of April 9, 2017
Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience
22 weeks down, 82 weeks to mid-term elections. Take a nice, deep breath. Ahhh.
The intention of this weekly document is to make clear, hype-free suggestions for action backed by well-considered research. Although diligently prepared, contents are subject to human error. Please do your own research.
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Act on your beliefs and values below.
I believe I can make a difference.
Create an activism plan.
I believe in a government led by qualified, trustworthy representatives.
Action: Protest Jared Kushner’s dishonesty.
Call: the White House comment line at 202-456-1111.
Script: To receive a security clearance, Jared Kushner had a responsibility to report seven years of meetings with foreign officials. He lied by omission by not including recent meetings with a Russian bank owner and Russian ambassador. His security clearance should be revoked, and he should step down from his role in the White House. Americans will not tolerate dishonesty.
Bonus action: Call your MoCs using the same script (lookup).
Action: Push for an independent investigation of 45’s ties to Russia.
Call: Your two senators (lookup).
Script: Hi! I’m from _ZIP_ and would like to know what _NAME_ is doing to push for an independent investigation of the Russia scandal.
Increase pressure: Follow instructions at Wall-of-Us to involve your local press.
I believe in my Constitutional right to free speech.
Action: Show up in person to a town hall meeting during the two-week recess.
Call: Your 3 MoCs (lookup).
Script: Hi! Can you please tell me the date of the town hall meeting closest to _TOWN_?
Guide for attending: Use this document from Indivisible with top 5 priorities. (Note: No matter how tempting, do not attend meetings of other MoCs.)
I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.
Action 101: Advocate for a healthy environment.
Visit: Audubon Action page
Choose: One of three actions to take this week.
Action 201: Choose one challenge to increase awareness of personal oil use.
Challenge 1: Go one additional day without driving.
Challenge 2: Go one day without using anything plastic.
Challenge 3: Go one week without ordering anything online that is shipped.
I believe in a vote for every American.
Action: Advocate for electing a president by national popular vote.
Complete: Enter ZIP in the grey box (right) to email your MoCs.
I believe in a woman’s right to safe, affordable medical care.
Action: Donate to a Planned Parenthood clinic in a rural area of your state.
Lookup: Use the search function to locate all clinics in your state.
Though it takes a little sleuthing, donations to rural areas make a big difference.
I believe my tax dollar should do good and help others.
Action: Oppose the border wall and increased military spending.
Call: Your 3 MoCs (lookup).
Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from _ZIP_. I’m calling because the proposed federal budget does not represent my values. I want my tax dollars to fund projects for the public good — like education, health care, a healthy environment, and public transportation. I want to be clear that I don’t want a dime of taxpayer money spent on Trump’s wall or increased military spending.
I believe in being a good citizen of the world.
Action: Support babies and moms in Syria’s Idlib refugee camp.
Visit: Parcel of Love http://hchearts.org/campaigns/Parcel-of-love/.
Deep breath innnnnnn… Deep breath ouuuuuuuut… Now comes the fun part!
Acts of Gratitude
Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude.
Thank Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) for his clarity, humor, and trolling tweets that make the point.
Address: 5055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 310, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Thank Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for his 15-hour filibuster to protest Gorsuch.
Address: 121 SW Salmon St., Ste. 1400, Portland, OR 97204
Address: 1029 State Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Thank Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) for speaking out against our bombing of Syria.
Address: 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 5-104; Honolulu, HI 96850
Thank Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for defending constitutionally-protected free speech.
Address: 1355 Market Street. Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103
Thought-provoking, in-depth reading that’s worth your time.
- Before you lament the end of your internet privacy, consider this.
- Republicans, Medicare, and single-payer healthcare (opinion piece).
- 5 reasons Bannon’s demotion matters (opinion piece).
- Be nice: “Social progress means winning over voters in flyover country.”
- bell hooks on feminism in the era of 45.
- The radical roots of self care.
Please take good care of you. If we’re well-rested and energized, we (the majority) will win.
Avoid normalizing this presidency and #staywoke.
- A normal president doesn’t lie 367 times within his first 80 days in office.
- A normal president doesn’t sneak money from his business after agreeing not to. In fact, a normal president doesn’t run or own a business at all during his presidency.
- A normal president doesn’t make money from waging war.
- A normal president doesn’t bomb another country without Congressional approval.
- A normal president doesn’t publicly support an accused sexual predator.
- A normal president doesn’t revoke women’s rights in favor of corporate power.
- A normal president doesn’t spend $24M on travel in the first 10 weeks of his term.
- A normal president doesn’t take golf vacations for ten consecutive weekends.
Because it was a craptastic week, I’ve got good news–oodles of it!–to buoy your spirit.
- Court rules in favor of equal rights in employment for LGBT people.
- Steve Bannon is off the National Security Council…and two qualified leaders, previously excluded, are once again attending the meetings.
- Nunes “stepped down” from leading the House investigation on 45-Russia ties.
- The Wall is looking increasingly less likely.
- A lawsuit will proceed against 45 for inciting violence at a campaign rally.
- Four senators (2 Dem, 2 GOP) present a bill preventing unwarranted searches of Americans’ devices at the border.
- Some GOP leaders are starting to publicly support elements of the ACA.
- The Department of Homeland Security withdraws its request for Twitter to release a user’s account information.
- Jeff Sessions loses battle in attempt to bully Baltimore Police.
- EPA staffer shares a piece of his mind on his last day on the job.
- 8,000 millennial Democrats plan to run for office. (I heart this generation.)
- Delaware Democrats win a swing vote and keep control of the legislature.
- Cards Against Humanity founder will buy and publish Congress’ internet browsing data.
- In response to a violent hate crime against a gay couple, men in The Netherlands are holding hands in public.
- New Mexico becomes the 8th state to ban the practice of gay “conversion therapy.”
- NY state becomes the first in the nation to provide legal assistance to ICE detainees.
- NYC will raise the age at which youth are sentenced as adults from 16 to 18.
- Nebraska court strikes down rule banning gay foster parents.
- California court upholds innovative cap-and-trade program–a win for the environment.
- Maryland will financially support its Planned Parenthood clinics.
- Advertisers flee en masse from The O’Reilly Factor, and show oddly shortened.
- California’s drought is declared over with snowpack at 164% above normal.
- Renewable energy is taking over fossil fuels.
- Due to public health concerns, KFC stops using chicken treated with human antibiotics.
- TV satirists are covering 45 better than the news. Hilarious example.
- Unemployment went down again and wage gains are up.
- US women’s soccer scores a goal for pay parity.
- Vermont’s New Farms for New Americans’ programs feed body and soul.
- We’re still the majority.
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Note: Because I’ll be on break next week, you’ll be getting a shorter checklist on Easter. Please keep taking good care of yourself and rest when you need to. We’re stronger together!