SolSun Call for Action October 9, 2017

OCTOBER 2017.

Puerto Rico. Las Vegas. DACA. CHIP. North Korea. Tax reform. ICE raids. 20-week abortion ban. Jeff Sessions. Paper towels. Rex Tillerson. Golf. Betsey DeVos. It’s...oh god, it’s a lot.

It is so much.

It is SO SO MUCH.

Consider beginning your meetings with a moment of silence to honor lives lost in Las Vegas.

Then consider asking people to share one moment of hope/humanity/peace/victory they’ve witnessed or experienced recently.

Now, let’s get to work.

Find your Elected Officials: http://act.commoncause.org/


PART I: NOV. SPECIAL ELECTIONS + SISTER DISTRICT PROJECT!

Many SolSun chapters will be hosting representatives from their local Sister District Project (SDP) chapters, and will be learning about ways to get involved in upcoming elections, including Special Elections in Virginia in November, as well as, of course, 2018 midterms. SDP is a network of local teams that support strategic, winnable races across the country. SDP pairs blue districts with red/purple ones, with a down-ballot focus on critical state races where Democratic control hangs in the balance.

Beginning in January 2018 SolSun will be very focused on those elections—we’ll still be taking action in response to whatever nonsense gets thrown at us, but we will also ramp up engagement and partnership with organizations and efforts around November 2018 House and Senate races.

If your SolSun chapter hasn’t connected with a local group like SDP, Indivisible, SwingLeft, etc, we recommend reaching out NOW, so that you can be coordinated and ready to take action in 2018.

There are 6 states holding Special Elections in November, with two of the states—Washington and Virginia—garnering significant nationwide attention and action because of the potential shift the balance of power to the Democrats.

WASHINGTON: All eyes are on Washington's 45th Legislative District, and Democratic candidate for state senate Manka Dhingra. The district includes the cities of Duvall, Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish. Republican state senator Andy Hill, who represented the 45th, died of cancer in October 2016, which led to the special election. The race has garnered national attention because if Dhingra wins, the Washington state senate flips to blue, with Democrats having total control—and making the West Coast entirely blue. The most recent polls show Dhingra with a 10-point lead.


#ACTION: PHONEBANK FOR MANKA!

To login to phonebank remotely for Manka Dhingra, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/408732G-4759

  2. 'Create a new ActionID tab' and use your email and a password of choice

  3. Make calls!

VIRGINIA: All eyes are also on Virginia, where voters will elect a new Governor, and vote on every single seat (100!) in the House of Delegates. Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) currently holds a double-digit lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the race to be the commonwealth's next governor. A list of the 13 Democrats that Sister District and other progressive organizations are supporting can be found here: https://www.sisterdistrict.com/sister-races-2017/

 

#ACTION: POSTCARDS FOR VIRGINIA We are excited to support the grassroots efforts of Postcards For VA, who are aiming to send THOUSANDS of postcards to Virginia voters on October 25th to let them know THEIR VOTE COUNTS! Their 100 postcard Challenge is awesome—let’s see how many SolSun chapters can do it!

https://www.facebook.com/Postcards4VA/

 

PART II: COMMON SENSE GUN CONTROL NOW

I don’t need to tell any of you what happened in Las Vegas on the night of Sunday, October 1, 2017. I don’t need to tell you about what happened in Orlando or San Bernardino or Aurora or Sandy Hook or any of these other cities whose names have become synonymous with mass murder committed by men with guns—atrocities that could have been prevented if we could actually pass common sense gun legislation. As Jimmy Kimmel recently said, the NRA has Congress’ balls in a money clip.

The United States has more guns per capita than any other peer nation; Americans constitute about 4% of the world's population but own 42% of all civilian firearms. There is a mass shooting, on average, almost every day of the year in the United States, and the nation has far higher rates of gun homicides than any other developed nation. Firearm suicides in the US are also dismally common, with suicides actually comprising the majority of gun-related deaths. However, thanks to continued lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Congress has repeatedly failed to take meaningful action and curb gun violence.

The NRA is huge and rich and powerful and organized. To really be effective, we have to understand how they’re working. Highly recommend reading Mike Spies’ series “The Gunfighters”: https://www.thetrace.org/investigations/the-gunfighters/ and/or listening to him on Fresh Air.

To see how much YOUR Reps get from the Gun Lobby, consult this handy chart from the NYT:

 

#ACTION 1: OPPOSE THE SHARE ACT

The SHARE Act, the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” (H.R. 3668), undermines public safety and environmental protections, including the “Hearing Protection” provision that deregulates the purchase of gun silencers. The sound of gunfire serves an important public safety purpose in alerting nearby people to danger, and as a result, gun silencers have long been subject to the same purchasing restrictions as machine guns, explosives, and other dangerous weapons. If made law, the SHARE Act would remove these restrictions and make it easier to buy a silencer without a background check. Gun silencers also do not serve any hunting-specific purpose, as there are numerous ear protection options already widely available to hunters.

CONTACT YOUR HOUSE REP (by PHONE, EMAIL, FAX, or TEXT)

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from ____ I’m contacting you to ask you to vote against HR 3668, the SHARE Act. The deregulation of gun silencers is dangerous to public safety and security. We have all heard the terrifying accounts of the Las Vegas shooting—we KNOW that the reason more people aren’t dead is because of the sound of the gunfire. If Stephen Paddock had access to a silencer, can you imagine what would have happened? I can. And that’s why I am contacting you today. We must not roll back sensible gun laws that provide a safer community for all.”

 

#ACTION 2: SUPPORT THE AUTOMATIC GUN FIRE PREVENTION ACT

On Wednesday 10/4, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a number of Democrats introduced the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, a bill to close a loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons, which have been illegal for more than 30 years—this is also being referred to as banning the “bump stock”, the firearm accessory that the Las Vegas gunman used to modify his rifles to fire as fast as automatic weapons. On 10/5, the NRA released a statement saying it supports potential new regulations on bump stocks. This legislation is LITERALLY the very very least that Congress can do.

Per Feinstein’s Chief of Staff, this Act is nowhere near as big and bold as Feinstein and other Dems would like to go, and many see the NRA statement on bump stocks as a kind of bait and switch—that may be the case, but Dems see it as the most realistic and immediate avenue for gaining bipartisan support on gun control.

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from ____ I’m contacting you to ask you to support the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act that has been introduced by Sen Dianne Feinstein. This Act would close the loophole that allows people like Stephen Paddock to modify semi-automatic weapons and turn them into killing machines. Supporting this Act is literally the very least that you can do to address the unprecedented American gun violence crisis."

 

#ACTION 3: LOCAL ACTION

Gun ownership and usage varies greatly from state to state, region to region. Conversations around gun usage and safety and control in Oakland, CA are very different from those in Bozeman, MT. But more significantly: some of the most impactful and significant gun legislation (both pro-gun and gun safety) happen on the STATE level. Targeting state legislation is key to the NRA strategy as well as the pro gun control strategy. The 2016 elections saw several significant gun control wins in states like Washington, California, and Nevada.

Consider an action that is specific to where you live. This may entail writing a letter to the editor, contacting your Governor or Mayor, researching gun-related legislation in your state, reaching out to your local chapter of a gun control advocacy group, etc.

 

PART III: SUPPORT THE DREAM ACT

Current DACA protections are set to expire March 5th, 2018, unless Congress passes legislation to make DACA law. The bipartisan Dream Act would protect DACA-recipients by providing qualified undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 18 a pathway to citizenship. The Dream Act has bipartisan public support, and *some* GOP support in Congress. We need to demand that a CLEAN bill be passed, meaning that there are no strings attacks (border wall funding, etc.) There are currently two bills: S. 1615, the DREAM Act in the Senate, and H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act in the House.

SENATE:

“I'm calling/writing to urge Senator ________ to take immediate action and pass S. 1615, the DREAM Act. Our DREAMers deserve legal status and a path to citizenship, and I expect the Senator to act swiftly to help the 800,000 people who relied on DACA for access to jobs, education, and security.”

HOUSE:

“I'm calling/writing to urge Rep.________ to take immediate action and pass H.R. 3591, the American Hope Act. Our DREAMers deserve legal status and a path to citizenship, and I expect Rep. ________ to act swiftly to help the 800,000 people who relied on DACA for access to jobs, education, and security.”

 

PART IV: PUERTO RICO

The devastation in Puerto Rico is staggering and heartbreaking—as is the disgusting response from Mr. Trump, who insulted the Mayor, blamed the citizens, praised himself, and then lobbed paper towels into a crowd like a crappy mascot at a minor league basketball game. If you are able to donate to PR relief, please do. Here are some vetted, recommended organizations/links:

https://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/maria-puerto-rico-real-time-recovery-fund

http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

http://www.losambulantes.com/help-puerto-rico/

#ACTION: EXTEND THE JONES ACT

"The Jones Act" is a 1920s shipping restriction that requires all goods shipped between ports in the United States to be carried by vessels built, owned and operated by Americans. It hampers relief and recovery efforts significantly (and, in general, cripples PR’s economy). After immense public pressure, Trump waived The Jones Act for Puerto Rico for 10-day period, beginning Sept. 28. It ends on Sunday, Oct 8. Puerto Rico is pleading for a 1-year suspension so they can get adequately import supplies and materials for their long recovery.

Senator John McCain has requested the suspension of The Jones Act, stating, “It is unacceptable to force the people of Puerto Rico to pay at least twice as much for food, clean drinking water, supplies and infrastructure due to The Jones Act requirements as they work to recover from this disaster.” Jones Act relief would immediately reduce food and water costs, extend availability of affordable medication, and grant access to international oil markets necessary for restoring the island’s power grid.

#ACTION: CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

“I'm calling to ask the department to support suspending the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for a 1-year period. Trump’s 10-day suspension has ended, and it was not enough time for Puerto Rico to import all of the needed food, supplies, and fuel required to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. This is not the time to disadvantage the people of Puerto Rico in service of a WW1 era shipping regulation.”

  • DHS Comment Line: 202-282-8495

#ACTION: CONTACT YOUR SENATOR

“I'm calling to ask Sen._____to support suspending the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for a 1-year period. Trump’s 10-day suspension has ended, and it was not enough time for Puerto Rico to import all of the needed food, supplies, and fuel required to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.This is not the time to disadvantage the people of Puerto Rico in service of a WW1 era shipping regulation. If DHS won’t act, Congress must!”

 

THANK YOUs

In the midst of all the infuriating news, we need to be reminded that there are good people out there. We’re not including scripts for these—just write from the heart, and feel free to be brief! We encourage chapters to include local organizations as well. Also: If you know of any local first responders or rescue professionals who have helped with hurricane relief in Puerto Rico (local fire departments, National Guard, Coast Guard, etc) consider thanking them! Here are some people and orgs that we think deserve some mega love:

JIMMY KIMMEL Late-night TV host Kimmel has never been an explicitly political celebrity, but that changed when he began speaking up about health care in the wake of his newborn son’s medical crisis. He’s spoken about receiving tons of criticism (as well as violent threats) because of it, but it didn’t stop him from delivering a monologue after the Vegas shooting that is pretty incredible. We need MORE white men with major public platforms like Kimmel to speak up like this, and we want to make sure we let him—AND his producers and network know we appreciate it. Kimmel has reported receiving threats that have led to ABC beefing up security.

Jimmy Kimmel

c/o Jimmy Kimmel Live

6834 Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028

 

CLARK COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT There were many heroes who helped save lives during the shooting—many will remain anonymous, but we can thank the fire department of Clark County, which covers the area where the shooting occurred. At least 12 off-duty firefighters were shot at the concert, 2 of whom were shot while performing CPR. Over 100 firefighters responded to the traumatic and dangerous scene, with many of them entering in body armor because the shooter was still active.

Clark County Fire Department

575 E Flamingo Rd,

Las Vegas, NV 89119

 

UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA is the only level-one trauma center in Nevada and one of only a few free-standing trauma units in the nation. It received an enormous number of patients after the shooting—you can read the description of what it was like at UMC here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/us/vegas-shooting-hospital.htm. Let’s thank the doctors, nurses, and staff for all they did—and will continue to do.

University Medical Center

1800 West Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89102

GOV. JERRY BROWN AND STATE SEN. KEVIN DE LEON  On Thurs 10/5 California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a package of important immigration legislation, including SB54, The California Values Act, which makes California the first  “Sanctuary State.” This landmark legislation was written by California State Senate President Kevin de Leon, and it vastly limits who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities. It’s also a direct rebuke to Trump, Sessions, and the California sheriffs who love them (and the federal money they get from renting prison beds to ICE). Even if you’re not from California, we think it’s worth thanking Jerry and Kevin for setting the example of how a state can resist, just as he did in the wake of Trump’s Paris Accord pull-out.

 

Kevin de Leon

State Capitol, Room 205

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Governor Jerry Brown

c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

SAN JUAN, PR MAYOR CARMEN YULIN CRUZ San Juan’s badass Mayor has been insulted and  criticized by Donald Trump for speaking up and begging for help during a massive crisis—and she has not backed down. She continues to use her platform to advocate for her people, she refuses to play Trump’s ass-kissing games, and she wore a NASTY t-shirt during a major TV interview. #goals NOTE: We would like to send thanks to the Mayor, but it is obviously very hard to get mail to PR right now, and we don’t want to add to that. You can thank her on Twitter or FB.

Twitter: @CarmenYulinCruz

FB: https://www.facebook.com/carmenyulincruz/?ref=br_rs

SolSun Call for Action for Oct 2, 2017

BLOCK THE DEREGULATION OF GUN SILENCERS

The SHARE Act, the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act” (H.R. 3668), contains several alarming provisions that undermine public safety and environmental protections, including the “Hearing Protection” provision that deregulates the purchase of gun silencers. The sound of gunfire serves an important public safety purpose in alerting nearby people to danger, and as a result, gun silencers have long been subject to the same purchasing restrictions as machine guns, explosives, and other dangerous weapons. If made law, the SHARE Act would remove these restrictions and make it easier to buy a silencer without a background check, therefore enabling people with violent criminal records to have easy access to gun silencers. Gun silencers also do not serve any hunting-specific purpose, as there are numerous ear protection options already widely available to hunters.

From an environmental perspective, the SHARE Act would undermine the 1964 Wilderness Act and severely limit the National Park Service’s authority over the management of hunting and fishing within national park boundaries. It would replace the current requirement for reasonable limits on fishing with a lower standard of protection, resulting in overfishing and the destruction of habitats. The bill also reduces the ability of the National Park Service to regulate hunting, even in Alaskan wildlife preserves.

The SHARE Act has passed committee and now awaits a vote on the House floor.

#ACTION: CALL/EMAIL/FAX YOUR HOUSE REP!

Find your Elected Representatives here

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from ______.
I’m calling today to urge Rep. _______ to vote against HR 3668, the SHARE Act. The deregulation of gun silencers is dangerous to public safety and security. We must not roll back sensible gun laws that provide a safer community for all."

[feel free to add more to the script—like maybe something about how many more people would've died in Vegas if he'd had a silencer...]

https://5calls.org/issue/recxiDfuam45Tmn8r

SolSun Call for Action for Sept 30, 2017

GOLFING ASSHAT CRITIQUES LEADERSHIP OF ACTUAL LEADER

I don't usually wake up on a Saturday morning and write up a series of urgent #actions before I've even crawled out of bed BUT WHEN I DO it's because "the president" has shown himself, once again, to be an unfathomably foolish, embarrassing, disgraceful racist "person" and we we need to use that to make A LOT of noise about the need for IMMEDIATE aid to Puerto Rico AND a mass condemnation of his shit.

To recap: On Friday San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz held a powerful press conference last night, announcing that "people are DYING", imploring the media to send an SOS to the entire wrld, and doing what NO other officials in PR have dared to do (and who would blame them? they all fear the idiot's wrath!)—directly criticize the slow US gov't response. She did something that women leaders so rarely do: she dared to get emotional, to be real + honest (yet completely composed + fierce) in a moment of utter crisis.

In response, 45 woke up (AT HIS GOLF COURSE, ok? HE IS LITERALLY SPENDING THE WEEKEND GOLFING) and crapped all over Twitter, tweeting "The mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump" and "Such poor leadership ability by the mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help." AND WHY STOP THERE? He added "They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job." They. Want. Everything. Done. For. Them. "They" are American citizens on a devastated island who are DYING. (Need a history reminder? PR has been a non-voting American territory, aka a damn colony, since 1898, along with Guam and the Philippines. http://www.history.com/…/puerto-ricos-complicated-history-w…)

OMG guys. GUYS! YA'LL! This is an elected official who is working 24-7 in desperate conditions, surrounded by others doing the same. Here is what we do:

#ACTION CALL YOUR SENATORS AND YOUR HOUSE REPS It's the weekend, so let's fill their voicemails and inboxes.

"My name is ________ and I am writing/calling for two reasons: 1) To implore you and your Congressional colleagues to do EVERYTHING in your power to get immediate aid to the people of Puerto Rico. These are American citizens who are suffering beyond belief and they need help NOW 2) To register my absolute disgust at the comments made by Donald Trump. While humans suffer a massive crisis he tweets insults from his golf course? He is a disgrace, as is ANY one of his colleagues who doesn't immediately reject his ignorant words. [if your rep is GOP, add some choice words about their complicity]"

#ACTION Share your thoughts about it on social media. If you have Trump-y friends + family, this is yet another moment to call on them: who can stand with this man? It shouldn't MATTER that PR is a US territory, that these are US citizens we're talking about, but alas, it's something to point out. At the same time, please keep the colonial context of PR in mind—Puerto Rico is not U.S. soil, it is colonized Puerto Rican soil.

#ACTION Write a letter to your local paper—feel free to crib any of my language here. Keep it short, under 200 words. We need to prioritize the crisis in PR while also keeping his disgusting response in the spotlight.

#ACTION DONATE DONATE DONATE It is so deeply hard to feel this helpless. The best most of us can do is to donate whatever we can, and support and amplify the needs and efforts of rescue and aid organizations on the ground.

http://www.losambulantes.com/help-puerto-rico/

https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

https://www.generosity.com/…/maria-puerto-rico-real-time-re…

http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

#ACTION Learn about and highlight the *ACTUAL EFFORTS TO HELP* that people are making. Yes we need to keep His Stupidity in focus, but ALSO share stories about effective, powerful rescue + aid efforts:

https://www.facebook.com/PatientAirLiftServices/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/volunteer-pilots-swoop-into-pu…

https://www.wingsofrescue.org/

SolSun Call for Action for Sept 25, 2017

UGH NORTH KOREA WTF

And in the midst of EVERYTHING, we have the looming threat of goddamn war with North Korea. What do we DO?! It's a good question, and I welcome suggestions + action ideas. Let's start with, yes, more calls + emails to our Senators. This comes from 5calls, and feels to me like a good start. But for real—please share other action ideas in the thread.

from 5calls.org:

With tensions escalating with North Korea, Trump continues to make provocative public comments. On September 19th, Trump gave his first address to the UN General Assembly, stating that the US would “totally destroy North Korea” and referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man...on a suicide mission for himself." Trump's latest statements echo his past threats of responding with “fire and fury” to any North Korean threats against the US. Trump’s bombastic and inflammatory approach to this delicate and fragile situation is dangerous for everyone involved.

Bombs and attacks are not always the answer to global crises, and we must not stumble into another unnecessary war. Trump has yet to seriously explore diplomatic solutions to this potential nuclear crisis and instead has only made threats of force and aggression. As an important check on the President's power, Congress must be consulted before any further actions take place that endanger the lives of Americans.

Trump should follow the same procedure as all other US Presidents and seek the approval of Congress before any military action takes place in North Korea, or any other location in the world.

#ACTION: CALL YOUR SENATORS

Find your Elected Representatives here

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from _____.
I'm calling to urge Senator ____ to demand congressional approval for any military engagement in North Korea and to advocate strongly for diplomatic rather than military responses to this potential nuclear crisis. We cannot stumble into another unnecessary and endless war, especially one that could trigger the use of devastating nuclear weapons by both sides."

SolSun Call for Action for Sept 22, 2017

CALLS TO DEFEND THE ACA!

If you live in a blue state w/ Senators who support the ACA or have already called your Senators and want to do MORE to defend healthcare, consider signing up for this peer-to-peer calling tool from Indivisible! It's quick and easy and SUPER IMPORTANT!

#ACTION: SIGN UP HERE AND MAKE SOME CALLS!

https://www.trumpcareten.org/calls-to-kill-trumpcare/

#ACTION: LET LISA MURKOWSKI KNOW WE ARE COUNTING ON HER TO HOLD HER GROUND

The COP is putting the mega-squeeze on Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who stood firm in the face of serious intimidation + harassment for the last several Trumpcare attempts. They're trying to buy her off again—let her know she needs to stay strong.

http://thehill.com/…/351831-graham-and-cassidy-go-into-over…

Phone: (202)-224-6665
Fax: (202)-224-5301
https://www.facebook.com/SenLisaMurkowski/
https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact/email

"I am calling to ask Sen. Murkowski to stay strong in her defense of the Affordable Care Act and the citizens of Alaska. She knows she's doing the right thing--she can't let the GOP buy her vote!"

#ACTION: CALL YOUR OWN SENATORS!

SolSun Call for Action for June 28th

CALL YR GOVERNOR!

Yesterday's announcement that the healthcare bill vote will be delayed means more time for both sides: more time for McConnell to attempt to force votes from Senators, and more time for US to remind Senators who they actually work for. This article points to another potential force in this fight: GOP governors, some of whom are concerned about the bottom line for their states and are putting pressure on their Senators to oppose the bill (or force changes). Noted in the article are Kasich (OH), Sandoval (NV), Ducey (AZ), and CO Dem Gov Hickenlooper.

"GOP governors opposed to the Senate healthcare bill’s changes to Medicaid are exerting influence on their home-state senators, making it more difficult for Republican leaders to net the 50 votes they need to pass the legislation.

The GOP governors could give cover to senators who oppose the bill, but they could also make it more difficult for a Republican senator to stake out a dissenting position."

#ACTION What is YOUR Governor's stance on the healthcare bill? Do a Google search for any recent public statements your Guv has made, and then call/email accordingly. If you have a GOP Governor who has NOT made any kind of strong public statement, call and inquire about it. Cite GOP Governors like Kasich and Ducey, and ask what the fiscal impact for YOUR state will be. If your Guv is supporting the bill, let em know how you feel about THAT.

#ACTION And, of course, CONTINUE TO CALL YOUR SENATORS (and ones in other states if ya want). We're headed into a holiday weekend and calls/emails/noise will likely die down somewhat as people go on vacation, etc, so make the next few days ACTIVE and LOUD.

SolSun Call for Action for June 27th

Tues June 27, 2017

HEALthCARE VOTE DELAYED

http://thehill.com/…/339682-senate-gop-punts-obamacare-repe…

The Hill is reporting that "Senate Republicans are delaying their effort to vote on legislation repealing ObamaCare until after the July 4 recess after a number of members said they opposed the current bill...It appeared GOP leaders faced an almost certain defeat on a procedural vote for the measure..
Several GOP senators had said they would oppose their party on the vote, including Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Susan Collins (Maine), Mike Lee (Utah) and Ron Johnson (Wis.). Many other GOP senators were at a minimum undecided on the vote."

THIS IS GOOD NEWS but this is NOT OVER. This means that Mitch McConnell and his merry band of robbers have more time to do anything they can to try to force votes out of Senators. It ALSO means is that Reps have to go home to their districts over the 4th of July holiday recess, where they need to HEAR FROM THEIR CONSTITUENTS. In their offices, in town halls, on the phones, in their driveways—ANYWHERE. This is exactly what they've been afraid of, and this is where WE come in big time.

#ACTION: See if your Senator is holding a Town Hall. Remember that Senators RARELY hold town halls, as these are seen as more for House Reps who have smaller constituent bases.

https://townhallproject.com/

#ACTION Check your Senator's schedule for the recess—you can go to their website and also call their offices. Are they planning to appear in any parades? Are there public events? Are there NO public events? Get that info and then make a plan to act!

#ACTION Check in w/ local Indivisible and other activist groups to see if anything is already being planned for the upcoming recess for your Senators.

SolSun Call for Action for June 22nd

Thurs June 22, 2017

Who Ya Gonna Call? THE SENATORS ON THIS LIST. The GOP released their stupid mean secret healthcare bill today. By all means, please review it and read it in depth but if you're busy, here's the Cliffnotes version: IT SUCKS.

McConnell can't afford 3 No votes, and here's the latest on where they "stand" (keeping in mind that these are spineless politicians who are all playing insane power games with our futures and lives, and who will happily trade their votes for giant spending packages for their precious states, etc).

No (4)

Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) 
Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) 
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) 
Sen. Ron Johnson (Wis.)

Undecided/Unclear (8)

Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.) 
Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) 
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) 
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) 
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) 
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) 
Sen. Mike Rounds (S.D.)

#ACTION: I suggest that you adopt 2-3 of these Senators and focus your energy accordingly, meaning that you email, call, AND fax, and then do it again EVERY DAY UNTIL THE VOTE. Choose Senators who come from states that you have the most connection to, or live in proximity to. I'll be calling and writing to Dean Heller, as my in-laws live in Nevada and I spend a lot of time there, and I'll continue my messaging to the three women: Collins, Murkowski, and Capito. Note that the four 'No' vote listed are NOT voting No because the bill is too mean, but because it's basically not mean enough, so be aware of that if you feel compelled to call Ted Cruz to thank him...

So that's the plan: ADOPT-A-SENATOR (or 2 or 3) and BE ABOUT THEM. Research their stances and craft your messaging. Consult this Indivisible list and find who their healthcare-focused staffers are and call/email them:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/…/impact-of-trumpcare-by-…/

Tell us who you're adopting in the thread below, and why!

SolSun Call for Action for June 20th

Tues June 20, 2017

Slytherin's Silent Senate Subcommittee of Evil (aka Mitch's Marauders) is getting more media attention as their refusal to be public or remote semi-transparent continues, and the pressure must. remain. on. McConnell has said that some version of the bill will be available for his "colleagues" (in quotes b/c this is NOT how you treat actual colleagues) this Thursday.

From the NYT:

"If Republicans do not hold a vote before the Fourth of July, Democrats hope the pressure over the recess will weaken support. Then lawmakers would have just three weeks to pass a Senate bill and work out differences with the House before the planned August recess. The Trump administration also wants Congress to raise the government’s statutory borrowing limit before August, another fight that could collide with the Affordable Care Act repeal...

Republicans, who hold 52 seats in the Senate, are planning to pass their repeal bill using special budget rules that would bypass a Democratic filibuster. But they can afford to lose only two votes, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a tie, and more than two Republican senators have expressed qualms, from moderates like Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to conservatives like Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah."

On Twitter, @TopherSpiro from the Center for American Progress says he's hearing "No's" from the following Senators: Capito, Collins, Cruz, Lee, Murkowski, Paul, Sasse. Heller, Cassidy, Portman. These could TOTALLY be false flags, and note that they are split into two camps: Too Mean (Murkowski, Collins, Capito) and Not Mean Enough (Paul, Cruz, Lee, Sasse). ALSO NOTE that THREE of the potential NOs are THE THREE FEMALE GOP SENATORS.

TODAYS #1 #ACTION: CONTACT THE THREE GOP WOMEN AND APPEAL TO THEM TO SAY "NO"! If you're not from these states STILL CALL. Find a way to connect yourself to their constituents when you call (does your aunt live in Alaska? do you have friends in Maine? are you generally interested in the survival of other humans in America?) Use whatever knowledge you have about that state, its constituents, and their specific healthcare needs. Appeal to them as humans, as mothers (Capito and Murkowski both have children; Collins does not), as professional women who have been SHUT OUT of decision making by their OWN colleagues.

Lisa Murkowsi (Alaska)
Phone: (202)-224-6665
Fax: (202)-224-5301
https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact

Susan Collins (Maine)
Main: (202)224-2523
Fax: (202)224-2693
https://www.collins.senate.gov/

Shelley Capito (W Virginia)
Phone: 202-224-6472
https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/office-locations

More #ACTIONS if you want!

#ACTION CALL YOUR SENATORS (AGAIN)

If your Senator is GOP: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/…/stop-trumpcare-senate-c…/

If your Senator is Dem: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/…/withholding-consent-fil…/

#ACTION USE THIS HANDY TOOL TO FIND YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS IN THE FOLLOWING 10 STATES, AND ASK *THEM* TO CALL *THEIR* SENATORS: Alaska, Maine, Tennessee, W Virginia, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arkansas

https://indivisiblemoco.org/stoptrumpcaresocial

SolSun Call for Action for June 19th

Mon June 19, 2017

The urgent need for calls/emails/faxes/noise around healthcare absolutely continues for this entire week—PLEASE keep calling Senators! But also—there is devastating violence and toxic masculinity that must be addressed. It's really gutting, and, frankly, hard to confront and process the events of just the past WEEK---the Congressional baseball shooting; the Cosby verdict (or lack thereof); the acquittal of Philando Castille's killer; and now the mowing down of Muslims in London, the murder of a 17-year old Muslim girl in Virginia; and the police murder of a pregnant Black mother in Seattle. Here are two #ACTIONS to take today. Genuine trigger warning: both of these actions concern the brutal death of women of color.

#ACTION FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE SEATTLE POLICE DEPT [from Sahar Azi] On Sunday morning, two officers were dispatched to a burglary call in Seattle. The statement released by Seattle Police and the audio recording of the incident demonstrate that the officers were aware prior to responding that the caller in question had children in the home, and that she had a history with the department demonstrating mental instability. Seattle police confirm, in their statement, "Both officers were equipped with less lethal force options, per department policy. All Seattle police officers receive Crisis Intervention Training." The police can be heard entering the apartment and speaking with the caller. They can then be heard telling her to "get back," as they claim she was wielding a knife. Then, 2 gunshots.

Three children were in the home when both officers fired, shot, and killed their 32 year old mother. These police were trained in methods to safely de-escalate the situation without killing the woman, in front of her children. They had stun guns and non-deadly weapons. They had no reason to murder her.
This is not isolated news. This is not 2 bad cops. This is a culture of violence and no accountability, that allows the officer who murdered Philando Castille to get off with no penalty, that allows police to profile victims until they are no longer seen as human beings.

Charleena Lyles, the victim, was a small-in-stature woman, 3 months pregnant, and shot by the police she had called to help her. Please file a report. Make some noise. Don't let this keep happening.

#ACTION: Fill out an online complaint with the Seattle Police Department office of Accountability. Tell them this is unacceptable, and that the police must be held accountable for their actions. Tell them that training in non-violent crisis intervention is useless if the culture that creates racial and class profiling and no consequences is allowed to continue. Tell them that calling the police to help you SHOULD NOT result in your children watching you get killed. http://www.seattle.gov/…/file-a-complaint-about-the-seattle…

#ACTION SEND A CARD TO THE ADAMS CENTER IN VIRGINIA Early Sunday morning in Sterling, Virginia, a group of Muslim teens were walking from The ADAMS Center mosque (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) toward a shopping center to get food around 3 a.m. They had been attending an all-night prayer session for Ramadan. According to police reports, a man driving a red car got out of his car and confronted the teens, assaulting a 17 year old girl named Nabra Hassanen. Police said her friends ran back to the ADAMS Center to get help; a search was launched, and her remains were found yesterday in a nearby pond.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/02e379ac-5466-11e7-a204-ad…

Police arrested and charged Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, with her murder on Sunday evening, and have announced that the murder will not be investigated as a hate crime (they have not said why). Nevertheless, we know that, according to a May 2017 report by the Council on American-Islamic Affairs (CAIR), there was a "57 percent increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents" from 2015 to 2016, accompanied by "a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the same period." The ADAMS community is serving as a center of grieving for the community, and is offering counseling services.

#ACTION Send a postcard to the ADAMS community expressing love, sorrow, solidarity.

ADAMS Center
46903 Sugarland Road
Sterling, Virginia 20164

https://www.adamscenter.org/contact/