SolSun Call for Action for June 9th

Fri June 9, 2017

HEALTHCARE!!! HEALTHCARE!!! HEALTHCARE!!!

While we are all focused on Comey's testimony, Mitch McConnell is trying to undermine Americans' healthcare behind closed doors. His intention is to bring a bill directly to the floor without a single public hearing.

McConnell has said that he intends to bring the bill before July 4th and after a meeting yesterday with fellow Republican senators, it seems they are now trying to get this done before the American public can realize it.

[credit to @Daily Action for some text]

#ACTION The Center for American Progress has a GREAT #Trumpcare toolkit—check it out and MAKE SOME CALLS TODAY:

https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org/

#ACTION If you're on Twitter, HIGHLY recommend following @TopherSpiro who is laser-focused on this crucial issue. Also @BenWikler

#ACTION If any of your Senators are Republicans, *call their offices and demand a public hearing on healthcare.* And if they didn't bother holding a town hall during the last recess, hold them accountable for hiding from you.

"I am calling to demand a public hearing on healthcare. Mitch McConnell is trying to undermine Americans' healthcare behind closed doors. His intention is to bring a bill directly to the floor without a single public hearing is WRONG. The American people deserve a chance to know what is happening to their healthcare."

#ACTION If any of your Senators are Democrats, call/email and ask their offices whether they intend to allow McConnell and the Republicans to get away with this.

"I am grateful that Sen._______ opposes Trumpcare, but I want to know WHAT ELSE s/he is going to do to STOP Mitch McConnell and the Republicans from pushing this deadly bill through the Senate with NO public hearing and NO CBO score. What steps will the Senator take to stand up for the health of America?"

SolSun Call for Action for June 8th

Thurs June 8, 2017

I KNOW WE'RE ALL FOCUSED ON COMEY BUUUUUT HEALTHCARE!!!

While we are all focused on Comey's testimony, Mitch McConnell is trying to undermine Americans' healthcare behind closed doors. His intention is to bring a bill directly to the floor without a single public hearing.

McConnell has said that he intends to bring the bill before July 4th and after a meeting yesterday with fellow Republican senators, it seems they are now trying to get this done before the American public can realize it.

#ACTION The Center for American Progress has a GREAT #Trumpcare toolkit—check it out and MAKE SOME CALLS TODAY:

https://www.trumpcaretoolkit.org/

#ACTION If you're on Twitter, HIGHLY recommend following @TopherSpiro who is laser-focused on this crucial issue

#ACTION If any of your Senators are Republicans, *call their offices and demand a public hearing on healthcare.* And if they didn't bother holding a town hall during the last recess, hold them accountable for hiding from you.

"I am calling to demand a public hearing on healthcare. Mitch McConnell is trying to undermine Americans' healthcare behind closed doors. His intention is to bring a bill directly to the floor without a single public hearing is WRONG. The American people deserve a chance to know what is happening to their healthcare."

#ACTION If any of your Senators are Democrats, call/email and ask their offices whether they intend to allow McConnell and the Republicans to get away with this.

"I am grateful that Sen._______ opposes Trumpcare, but I want to know WHAT ELSE s/he is going to do to STOP Mitch McConnell and the Republicans from pushing this deadly bill through the Senate with NO public hearing and NO CBO score. What steps will the Senator take to stand up for the health of America?"

SolSun Call for Action for June 6th

Tues June 6, 2017

REMINDER that the next SolSun meetings are coming up next SUNDAY JUNE 11th! As usual, not *all* meetings happen on that day due to hosts' schedules, but the majority of them will be on the 11th. The theme for this month is LGBTQ+ rights, and we will also be writing letters to newspapers around the world letting them know that 45 does NOT represent us on climate change (or anything else). Some chapters will also be phonebanking for Jon Ossof, whose election is on June 20th.

So if you're a regular meeting attendee, make sure it's on your calendar, and THANK YOU. And if you're new to SolSun OR have been here a while but haven't made it to a meeting yet...how about this month?! To find a meeting near you, go here: https://www.solidaritysundays.org/get-involved/ and check out the map. You can also email info@solidaritysundays.org.

And guess what? We now have chapters in ALL but NINE states! Wanna know what those 9 are? Maybe you live in one and want to host, or maybe you have friends or family who might want to bring some SolSun love to one of these fine states:

Alabama
Arkansas
Delaware
Nevada
North Dakota
South Dakota
Tennessee
Wyomng
West Virginia

Let us know if you know of a potential SolSun host in these states!

Today's #ACTION:

STOP THE ROLLBACK OF BIRTH CONTROL COVERAGE

Since 2011 the ACA has required that female contraception, as a critical preventative service, must be covered by insurers without co-pay. This “contraceptive mandate” has extended affordable birth control to millions of Americans: today 55 million Americans benefit from coverage of preventive services, including birth control, with no out-of-pocket costs, saving Americans billions of dollars per year.

The existing coverage mandate gives exemptions to certain organizations that object to birth control for religious reasons, including houses of worship, certain religiously affiliated hospitals and universities, and ‘closely held’ private companies (recall the ‘Hobby Lobby’ Supreme Court case of 2014). Despite these accommodations, the Trump Administration is pushing further exemptions to the contraceptive mandate. The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing an “Interim Final Rule” entitled “Coverage of Certain Preventative Services under the Affordable Care Act” which goes much further in providing exemptions to the mandate. The draft rule makes the exemption available to *all* employers, including large, publicly-traded, for-profit companies, on the basis of religious beliefs or “moral convictions.” It makes the mandate optional for religiously affiliated organizations, and it creates an exemption for health insurance companies that have religious or moral objections to providing birth control.

This broad expansion of the exemption is in line with the Trump Administration’s record of seeking to roll back women’s healthcare and rights by undermining access to critical, affordable birth control. If this Interim Final Rule is published by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the exemptions will immediately go into effect.

#ACTION CALL the Office of Budget and Management, Mick Mulvaney 202-395-3080

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from _______
I’d like to leave a message for Director Mulvaney. I’m calling to express my objection to the Interim Rule “Coverage of Certain Preventative Services under the Affordable Care Act.” This broad expansion of exemptions to the contraception mandate will erode access to preventative healthcare for millions of Americans. Any plan to publish this new rule should be abandoned, or at the very least, allow for a period of public comment."

SolSun Call for Action for June 2nd

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS WEEKEND PINNED POST***
Fri June 2-Sun June 4 2017

Warning: long post ahead! Because there is SO MUCH to say and SO MUCH to do. If you wanna go right to #ACTIONS, pass up all the blah blah blah and skip to the bottom!

So. I spent yesterday at an incredible, inspiring all-day political event in San Francisco that was jam-packed with badass activists, leaders, artists, thinkers, do-ers, and politicians, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, msnbc's Joy-Ann Reid, Anna Deveare Smith, Gavin Newsom, Indivisible co-founder Leah Greenberg, grabyourwallet.org founder Shannon Coulter, and more more more. It was basically the perfect place to be on the day that 45 decided to give the entire world the middle finger. Right as the official announcement came down I was listening to a conversation between Annie Leonard, ED of Greenpeace, and Gina McCarthy, the fierce hilarious heavily Boston-accented former head of the EPA. They talked about how utterly embarrassing and enraging this decision is—but they also stressed ideas that SO many others talked about, including Sen. Warren:

1. THERE ARE MORE OF US THAN THERE ARE OF THEM (not in Congress—but in this country). Reasonable people ARE in the majority. People of color and progressive whites ARE in the majority. People who believe in climate change and science and justice ARE in the majority. We HAVE the numbers—we need to mobilize and make it happen.

2. ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL—CITIES AND STATES ARE WHERE IT'S AT. This is ESPECIALLY true when it comes to fighting climate change. Gavin Newsom spoke about how California will continue to lead the way. Jerry Brown was on msnbc today, basically smacking down 45 like "pshhh, whatever. I'm going to China to negotiate some real shit."

3. GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY ACTIVISM IS THE ANSWER. AND SPECIFICALLY *WOMEN* DOING GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY ACTIVISM IS THE ANSWER. Over and over the speakers said "Get together with your friends and neighbors! Join a group! Start a group!" I was like "WE ARE!!!"

4. RUN FOR OFFICE, WOMAN! We heard that a lot :)

Yes, pulling out of Paris is DEVASTATING, but they talked about how much is ALREADY happening, and will continue to happen, in the fight against climate change. There was also another sentiment that echoed throughout the day, and I'm seeing this in articles and social media today. And that is: THANK YOU TRUMP. Thank you for being so clearly, utterly, profoundly WRONG, and for ushering in the BIGGEST climate movement we've ever seen. The biggest RESISTANCE movement we've ever seen.

Author and activist Eric Liu talked about how we build citizen power, and how it's not just about "pushing back" against the administration, against the bullshit—it's also about BYPASSING it, working around it in creative and organized ways. It's about proactively creating the progressive world we want to live in.

Elizabeth Warren was practically leaping out her seat as she told us all, over and over, that WE are the solution. Yes, easy for her to say I suppose, but man she FEELS it. Don't stop, she said. Don't give up. You're not in this fight because it's easy. You're in it because you CARE. Because you have HEART. Because you know what is RIGHT.

So let's ACT. Long list here—do what you want, what you can, as long as you DO SOMETHING!

#ACTION CALL/EMAIL/TWEET YOUR MAYOR First, read the
list of Mayors who have signed on to be #ClimateMayors—is your Mayor on here? If YES, call to THANK her and ask: WHAT CAN THE CITIZENS OF YOUR CITY DO NOW?

If you don't see her name, CALL AND ASK WHY.

https://medium.com/…/climate-mayors-commit-to-adopt-honor-a…

#ACTION CALL/EMAIL/TWEET YOUR GOVERNOR The Governors of Washington, California, and NY have announced their intention to start a United State Climate Alliance. If you're from these states, call to THANK them. Otherwise: Call you Governor and ask WHAT he/she is going to do? Will s/he join this alliance? Will s/he issue an executive order or commitment to uphold the Paris Agreement in spite of Trump’s choice to pull out?

http://www.independent.co.uk/…/paris-agreement-donald-trump…

#ACTION Call on companies who are in the WH Strategic + Policy Forum to LEAVE the forum now, like Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger. Pressuring the business community to take bold stances like this has the potential to send a strong message. Several CEOs have already made statements about the withdrawal, but have not yet committed to leaving the advisory board. Let's put the pressure ON.

"I am calling to ask that the CEO of _______ immediately leave the White House Strategic and Policy Forum, as Elon Musk and Bob Iger have done. Donald Trump has betrayed the world community by pulling out of the Paris Accords. The whole world is watching us right now, and Mr. Trump is clearly in the wrong. Your CEO cannot be an advisor to a man who clearly will not take the advice of scientists, world leaders, and the American people."

https://www.nytimes.com/…/trump-paris-climate-reacts-adviso…

Here are the CEO names, links to their reactions, and Public Relations #s and twitter handles.

PEPSICO (CEO Indra Nooyi)
@PepsiCo
PR: http://www.pepsico.com/Media/media-contacts

-WALMART (CEO Doug McMillon)
@Walmart
 PR: http://corporate.walmart.com/contac…/contact-media-relations

-GE (CEO: Jeff Immelt)
@JeffImmelt
Press contacts: http://www.ge.com/contact/press

Immelt response: http://www.bizjournals.com/…/ge-ceo-disappointed-at-trumps-…

-DELL (CEO: Michael S. Dell)
Dell Global Public Relations
Dave Farmer
Dave.farmer@dell.com
508.293.7206

-GM (CEO: Mary T. Barra)
Tony Cervone
Senior Vice President, Global Communications
Phone 313-667-3437
Mobile 313-920-8175
tony.cervone@gm.com

Barra's response: http://detroit.cbslocal.com/…/while-others-drop-out-after-…/

-JP MORGAN CHASE (CEO: James Dimon)

Global Public Relations: 1-212-270-6000
@jpchase

http://money.cnn.com/…/jamie-dimon-trump-paris-…/index.html…

-INTEL (CEO: Brian Krzanich)
@intel
https://www.intel.com/…/corporate-responsibility-contact-us…

-IBM (CEO: Ginni Rometty)
@ibm
 @ibmpolicy

https://www.ibm.com/…/ibm-statement-on-united-states-withd…/

Rachel Thomas
External Relations, IBM
rachel.r.thomas@ibm.com

#ACTION There are 20 Senators who URGED 45 to leave the Paris Accord—if yours is one of them, CALL AND GET PISSED!

John Barrasso, Wyoming
Roy Blunt, Missouri
John Boozman, Arkansas
Thad Cochran + Roger Wicker, Mississippi
John Cornyn, Texas
Mike Crapo, Idaho
Ted Cruz, Texas
Mike Enzi, Wyoming
Orrin Hatch, Utah
James Inhofe, Oklahoma
Mike Lee, Utah
Mitch McConnell + Rand Paul, Kentucky
David Perdue, Georgia
Jim Risch, Idaho
Pat Roberts, Kansas
Mike Rounds, South Dakota
Tim Scott, South Carolina
Richard Shelby + Luther Strange, Alabama
Thom Tillis, North Carolina

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/…/senators-complicit-with…/

#ACTION BROADCAST YOUR DISSENT. Put a damn sign in your window that says CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL, THE PRESIDENT IS NOT. Post it on FB. Make giant signs and put them around your town.

#ACTION Examine your consumer power. Get thee to https://grabyourwallet.org/

#ACTION Get creative, get hyper-local. What can your household do? What can your school district do? What can your city council do?

#ACTION Give that good green $$$

National Resources Defense Council
https://www.nrdc.org/

NextGen Climate
https://nextgenclimate.org/

Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org/

Earthjustice
http://earthjustice.org/

Sierra Club
http://www.sierraclub.org

#ACTION Indivisible has a GREAT Resource guide for this—take some time to read through and get some good facts and stats and insight on all of this madness:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/…/trump-against-the-planet/

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/…/trump-against-the-planet/

Finally, one more sentiment that was echoed yesterday: It's OK to feel angry. It's OK to feel despair. It's OK to feel totally fucking miserable and pissed and disillusioned. It's OK to GRIEVE. This is not remotely easy. And it is not going to get easier or better, not for some time. We have to take care of ourselves and each other, and remain committed to being good, caring, activated citizens who ARE on the right side of history, and who can make this world better. We have no other choice.

Love + solidarity to you all!

XOXO

SolSun Call for Action for June 1st

This is Leslie, one of the co-founders of Solidarity Sundays and yes, Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Pact is something so villanous that I'm not sure if we have a real human as president but some cartoon character of evil, like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons.

"We don't want other countries... to laugh at us anymore," Trump said. Well, he who laughs last...

We are going to call and demand and help fund organizations that will make a difference. And we are going to give. If you have $10-100 give TODAY to your favorite environmental non-profit, like:

National Resources Defense Council
https://www.nrdc.org/

Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org/

Earthjustice
http://earthjustice.org/

Sierra Club
http://www.sierraclub.org

There is no denying that It is awful, but it is not over yet. Just know that this is one of many steps we are going to take to make sure this planet survives.

SolSun Call for Action for May 31

**SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Wed May 31, 2017

Sigh. It's all fun and covfefe until someone tries to pull out of the Paris Accord. #ACTIONS below. Read on, my covfefe friends.

On May 27th, Trump tweeted "I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!" Then last night he tweeted nonsense and passed out, and today when he woke up and climbed out of his crib he tweeted ""I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

Many media outlets are reporting he has already decided to leave the Paris Agreement. If he did this, the U.S. would join TWO countries who have not signed on: Syria and Nicaragua. Uzbekistan was the other hold out, and they just finally signed on. Syria is busy destroying itself with a 6-year civil war, and Nicaragua won't sign because the accord is not strong enough—a show of anti-imperialist resistance, essentially.

Some are arguing that 45's tweet this morning is a teasing distraction (from #covfefe, from Russia, from the sad failing health care bill and the sad failing budget, etc). That's likely a little bit true, but there is enough sound reporting to confirm that he's been mulling this major decision over for some time, and is likely to announce soon. It's ALSO quite possible that he'll announce that we'll remain, but will try to renegotiate and lower our emission targets (which is also not acceptable).

We all know 45 likely has no idea what the Paris Accord actually IS, and is just responding to the loudest sounds around him. Tillerson, Kushner, Ivanka, big corps like Exxon, and the majority of world leaders are urging him to stay. Bannon, Pruitt, and Mitch McConnell and his band of craven lowest common denominators are pushing to leave.

The 2016 ratification of the Paris Agreement was an unprecedented global response to climate change. The Agreement's 143 signatories, including the United States, formally committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to slow the pace of climate change.

When the United States ratified the Agreement last October, President Obama remarked, "If we follow through on the commitments this agreement embodies, history will judge it as a turning point for our planet." Withdrawing from the Agreement would represent a very different kind of turning point--a moment when our nation refused to meet the pressing threat of climate change head-on, committing instead to protecting the interests of fossil fuel companies.

#ACTION: CALL YOUR REPS

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from _____.
I'm calling to urge the United States to remain a signatory to the Paris Climate Agreement. For the sake of our economy, health, and national security, the United States must continue to lead the global fight against climate change."

#ACTION CALL THE EPA + THE DEPT OF ENERGY

EPA (202) 564-4700; (202) 564-4700; (202) 564-4700; 202-564-2663 (Office of Media Relations)
DEPT OF ENERGY (202)-586-5000

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from _____.
I'm calling to urge the United States to remain a signatory to the Paris Climate Agreement. For the sake of our economy, health, and national security, the United States must continue to lead the global fight against climate change."

#ACTION PRESSURE IVANKA VIA SOCIAL MEDIA!

If you use Twitter or IG, let Ivanka know she needs to wield her power and stop her evil dad from destroying the planet. Ivanka's most recent IG post is a video of her adorable scion toddling around. Let her know that grandpa needs to stay in the Paris Accord if Precious Baby Boy plans to continue walking on this earth.

IG: ivankatrump
Twitter: @IvankaTrump

#ACTION CONTACT YOUR GOVERNOR

12 U.S. governors have written to 45, urging him to maintain the Paris commitment. If yours is among them (California, Colorado, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Virginia) call and THANK them. If not, call and ask your Governor to stand up for our climate and demand that we remain part of this historic agreement.

https://www.colorado.gov/…/govs_ltr_to_potus_re_paris_agree…

SolSun Call for Action for May 23rd

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS!***
Tues May 23, 2017

LET THE GOP KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON HEALTHCARE

In today's NYT, David Leonhardt writes: "While the rest of the country has been transfixed by Trumpian chaos, members of the Senate have spent the last two weeks talking about taking health insurance from millions of Americans...The effort to take health insurance from the middle class and poor and funnel the savings into tax cuts for the rich is a little like mold. It grows best in the dark. That’s why Republican leaders in the House...did not hold a single hearing, because they knew that attention would have been devastating...The Democrats’ process for passing the Affordable Care Act in 2008-10 was certainly not perfect. But it was radically more open than this process, including 44 hearings and other public events in the Senate alone. Republicans, by contrast, have invited select people to send feedback to an email address — HealthReform@finance.senate.gov — (I encourage you to send your own email!)"

#ACTION HEAR THAT? IT'S TIME TO SEND EMAILS! Leonhardt links to a tweet from Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro), a Senior Fellow on Health Policy at the Center for American Progress. Spiro posted a leaked memo from Sen Orrin Hatch sent to select individuals seeking their "expertise" by MAY 23rd (today!). Hatch writes that it's "vital to have from key stakeholders that represent the interests of patients, providers, employers, and thought leaders."

https://twitter.com/TopherSpiro/status/865664030542659584

You know who has expertise and input on healthcare in America? EVERYONE IN AMERICA. I *highly* recommend checking out @TopherSpiro on twitter—his tl is full of insight into the healthcare shenanigans, as well as sample emails that people have written and he's RTd (in case you need inspiration)

#ACTION Send an email to HealthReform@finance.senate.gov letting Hatch and his Secret Committee of Finance Men know what YOU, as an "expert" think about healthcare reform. For inspiration, again, check out Spiro's twitter feed.

And read this op-ed: https://www.nytimes.com/…/opi…/health-care-bill-senate.html…

SolSun Call for Action for May 22nd

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS!***
Monday May 22, 2017

RESIST The Budget!

While Trump may have campaigned on promises to fight for the “forgotten man and woman,” his administration’s budget—expected Tuesday, May 23—will include deep cuts to critical programs for workers, children, seniors, people with disabilities, and LGBT Americans, while undermining environmental protections, investments in women’s health, and more—to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Just a few weeks later, Congress will release its own budgets with similarly lopsided priorities.

#ACTION To further understand the budget, here are two videos to check out:

-"The Science of Federal Budgets" is a video about the budget making process particularly as it pertains to science

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pevAqRc-kis&feature=youtu.be

-"Trumps Budget Explained" is a very clear, nonpartisan account of what was in Trump's skinny budget, including appropriations for the Wall, increases in military spending, and decreases to just about everything else.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3h5kcNHVxA

Today SolSun is amplifying Hands Off, a national campaign from the Center for American Progress to stop budget cuts that would harm everyday Americans and their families.

The campaign’s steering committee includes: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); the Center for Community Change; Coalition on Human Needs; Generation Progress; Indivisible; National Council on La Raza; National Women’s Law Center; NETWORK Advocates for Catholic Social Justice; Organizing for Action (OFA); PICO National Network; Planned Parenthood Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Social Security Works; Stand Up America; The Arc of the United States.

Budget cuts are about much more than statistics and charts. That’s why a core goal of the Hands Off campaign is putting a human face on proposed cuts to educate the public and policymakers about what’s at stake. Through the campaign’s website—HandsOff.org—people can share their stories and access a toolkit to tell Members of Congress what the budget would mean for them, their families, and their communities.

#ACTION:

1. Go to https://handsoff.org/ and SHARE YOUR STORY as to how the budget cuts will affect YOU or people you love.

2. On social media, use the #HandsOff hashtag when discussing proposed cuts to critical programs in the Trump/Congressional Budgets

3. Take a photo and share your story using the hashtag #HandsOff

Thanks to Wall-of-Us and Colleen Chien for sharing the great resources for today's ACTIONS!

SolSun Call for Action for May 18th

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Thurs May 18, 2017

You know what today's action is? It's whatever you need it to be—make calls, follow the news, turn up your old Soundgarden CD and listen to Chris Cornell wail while you think whatever thoughts you want to think about Roger Ailes ;). There is SO much going on and it's all happening so fast—and we KNOW there is so much more to come. Rosenstein is briefing the Senate today. Net neutrality rollback has started. Burr said that Flynn wouldn't obey the subpoena but then he walked it back. Chaffetz is gonna resign by June. And Reuter's just reported that "Trump's campaign reportedly had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russian officials and those with ties to Moscow." 45 is about to leave the country for 9 days (hey can we build that wall real quick while he's gone but make it around the White House instead?!) where he will engage in a whirlwind series of super high-stakes, sensitive interactions that he's bound to bungle. And he'll give a speech about Islam written by Stephen Miller the racist weasel-child who is every little evil pubescent high school Republican we hated in high school! Wheeeee!

But also! Chelsea Manning is free! Oscar Lopez Rivera is free! Larry Krasner won in Philly! And we have SUPER IMPORTANT special elections coming up: Montana on 5/25 and Ossof in Georgia on 6/20 and South Carolina on 6/20 as well.

One thing is for sure, though: The efforts of #TheResistance ARE WORKING. I 100% believe that the constant and consistent stream of calls, emails, demonstrations, townhalls, etc that we've been part of have led to this moment (moment of what? chaos? reckoning? we'll see...) We've kept the pressure on the media AND on our Reps and despite the immense (also illegal) efforts of the White House IT IS NOT GOING AWAY. The only thing that's going away is his presidency, amirite?!

So yeah: kick back and follow along today (or make your calls! You know where to look for scripts and guidance by now!) Or kick back and listen to a podcast, like maybe Politically Reactive! If you're just joining us here in SolSun because you heard me on W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu's podcast, then welcome! We're glad you're here (as long as you're not an asshole.) It was super fun to talk to Kamau and Hari (duh, how could it NOT be fun to talk to those guys) and I'm really excited about how excited THEY are about SolSun. I'm including it here NOT to self-promote (I really try to avoid doing that here!) but to share the SolSun love. And PLEASE listen to the other episodes—they've interviewed so many incredible leaders, activists, journalists and all-around brilliant people. Honored to be among them.

XOXO #Resist!

SolSun Call for Action for May 17th

Wed May 17, 2017

THE "I" WORD

IMPEACHMENT—It's out there. They're talking about it. They're writing think pieces, they're saying it on the radio. Whatever you think about this option, we've reached atipping point and it's being publicly acknowledged in a way we haven't yet seen. It's moved from the far left/activist conversations to the mainstream—Maxine Waters has been at it for a while, but now Rep. Al Green is calling for it, and today GOP Rep. Amash (MI) said that if the Comey memo is true, it is grounds for impeachment. There are MANY arguments to be made and had about impeachment—whether it's even possible (I'd say that, at this point, anything is possible!), whether it's a good idea because then we end up with Pence. To that point, I defer to Rebecca Solnit:

"I keep hearing people say: if we get rid of Trump, then Pence becomes president. But:
--We now have Trump and Pence, so we have Pence anyway and already. (Thanks, Taj James, for that point.)
--If Trump is deposed, impeached, or resigns, Pence becomes like Gerald Ford ( without the charm), a caretaker inheritor of a contaminated mess. He'd be an unpopular president without a mandate. Not that Trump has a mandate, but he and some of his followers believe he does.
--If Trump has to resign because his campaign colluded with a foreign power, then maybe Pence does too. [Evidence of Pence's collusion continues to appear.]
--The whole argument sounds kind of like "if we escape from prison we might get hit by a car" or "if I get cured of cancer, I might have to attend my stepmother's 80th birthday." Let's just break free, do what's right, and see what emerges, because we don't actually know what will happen. I mean, maybe Pence's handsome lover will phone in the secret history. You never know."

Anyway. We will undoubtably be having this conversation for some time (Or maybe not! Maybe it all ends tomorrow! WHO THE F*&K KNOWS!) For now, ONE THING IS CLEAR: KEEP MAKING CALLS. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. THE GOP IS FEELING THE HEAT BIG TIME AND THE MEDIA IS ALL OVER THIS. CALL REPUBLICANS EVEN IF THEY'RE NOT YOUR REPS. KEEP UP THE NOISE, KEEP IT LOUD!

1. #ACTION: Call your HOUSE REP and urge them to support HR 356, which calls for an independent commission on Russia's interference in our election. Representative Eric Swalwell is leading the bill and already has two Republican co-sponsors, so TODAY is the day to push hard and let your Representative know that you're watching.

(From 5calls) Rep. Pelosi is filing the discharge petition on Weds 5/17 to force a vote on HR 356, legislation to create an independent commission. In light of Comey's memo describing Trump's request that he stop the investigation into Flynn and Russia, there is growing motivation among Congressional Republicans to support the independent investigation.

On May 10th, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter to Speaker Ryan urging for him to bring H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to an immediate vote on the floor as soon as the House reconvenes the week of May 15th. The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), would establish an independent commission of 12 non-governmental appointees to fully investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential ties to the Trump campaign.

If Speaker Ryan fails to bring this bill to the floor immediately, Pelosi will file a discharge petition: a parliamentarian procedure that allows a bill to be brought to the floor without passing through committee. If a simple majority of House members sign the discharge petition, Pelosi can force a floor vote on the measure. Currently, every Democrat has agreed to sign the petition.

While a special prosecutor is clearly needed after the abrupt firing of FBI Director Comey, especially given the role AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein played in the decision, an independent commission is still needed to ensure a fair and thorough investigation. A special prosecutor will be able to press criminal charges if necessary, but he/she could still be controlled or even fired. An independent commission, however, would have more autonomy and will produce an extensive, conclusive report of its findings, including information of wrongdoings that may not warrant criminal charges but is still vital for the American public to know.

#ACTION: CALL YOUR HOUSE REP

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from _______. I'm calling to ask that Rep. _____ support the bipartisan bill H.R. 356, and if necessary, sign a discharge petition to bring the bill to an immediate vote on the House floor. An independent commission is needed as soon as possible to remove the political games that have been hindering the investigation into Russia's interference in our election."

2. #ACTION CALL YOUR SENATORS AND DEMAND THAT THEY DEMAND THAT THEY REFUSE TO DO SENATE BUSINESS UNTIL THE APPOINTMENT OF A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR AND THE COMEY MEMO

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from ____.
I'm calling to demand that [SEN/REP NAME] refuse to take part in any Senate business, especially the appointing or confirming of any new members of the Trump administration until a special prosecutor is appointed for the Russia investigation. This is all so outrageous and unbelievable—I need my Senator to stand up and refuse to allow our country to be destroyed by this incompetent man and his cronies."