SolSun Call for Action for March 27th

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Monday, March 27, 2017

First off: YAY HEALTHCARE. Let's be honest: Friday's epic GOP fail was cause for some serious schadenfreude. After 7 years of the GOP promising to repeal Obamacare, and after a zillion speeches by 45 promising he'd do it right away, because he's an amazing dealmaker, they couldn't get it together. Does that mean the fight for healthcare is over? Nope. Not at all. We can't forget that many of the GOP members who remained firmly opposed to Ryan's bill did so because it wasn't harsh enough—they want to defund Planned Parenthood, eliminate Medicaid, etc, and they're gonna keep pushing for that. At the same time, though, don't think for a second that the bill's failure wasn't related to the immense amount of work and pressure from The Resistance. There were a number of moderate/non-Freedom Caucus GOP members who heard and saw the uproar from their districts, and didn't support the bill. The townhalls and enormous volumes of phonecalls, letters, postcards, emails, etc, helped keep the issue front + center in the news, and made it impossible for Reps to ignore the public outcry. So: GOOD JOB.

Now: ONWARD.

I'm gonna make the Gorsuch/Russia investigation calls permanent this week, and will cycle in other issues are well. But those are the top national issues that need sustained, enormous pressure. I get that it's kind of boring calling about the same thing everyday, but it's important! Russiagate is so freakin complicated and new details are breaking and emerging everyday—I'm working hard to follow the threads, but there is also a lot of unverified speculation out there (esp on Twitter!) so I'm gonna take a cautious approach and stick to relaying only verified reports from major media sources.

1) GORSUCH: Today the Dems on the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed the key committee Gorsuch vote until next Monday. So we have another week to call call call.

http://www.politico.com/…/neil-gorsuch-committee-vote-delay…

Keepin' this script simple:

#ACTION CALL YOUR SENATORS:

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to express my opposition to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. President Trump is currently under FBI investigation for his ties to Russia and must not be allowed to appoint a justice given the unresolved questions about his presidency's legitimacy."

2) INDEPENDENT RUSSIA INVESTIGATION NEEDED [text from 5calls.org]

On Monday, March 20th, the House Intelligence Committee began its public hearing on the Trump-Russia connections, calling upon FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers to testify. Both intelligence leaders stated under oath that a classified investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign began in late July. This adds confidence to the mounting evidence that has come to light in recent months, including communications between the Russians and Jeff Sessions, Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Roger Stone.

During the hearing, however, Devin Nunes, Trey Gowdy, and other GOP Congressmen used their time to focus on leaks to the press instead of the Russian interference into the election or the possibility of the Trump campaign having knowledge of their attempts. Their line of questioning during this crucial public hearing proves that political loyalty is their priority, not getting to the truth.

This investigation can no longer remain dependent on partisan congressional committees. An independent 9/11-style special commission into Russia's interference must be established.

#ACTION Call your HOUSE REP

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to request that a 9/11-style independent commission to be established to investigate the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The House Intelligence Committee's hearing was clouded by political agendas, and it is imperative to remove the partisan politics from the equation in order to get to the truth. Thank you for your time and attention."

3) SESSIONS + SANCTUARY CITIES

The official DOJ crackdown on sanctuary cities/states has begun: this morning AG Sessions announced that "State and local governments seeking Justice Department grants must certify they are not so-called sanctuary cities in order to receive the money." He railed against sanctuary cities, and also specifically called out Maryland's efforts to become a sanctuary state.

#ACTION If your city, county, or state is IN THE PROCESS of deciding sanctuary status, now is a good time to SHOW SUPPORT. These federal threats are intended to intimidate and halt these efforts, so vocal, visible support is even more important! Take some time to find out where YOUR city/state is with this. Are there hearings coming up? City councils meetings?

#ACTION If your city HAS announced sanctuary status, now is a good time to FOLLOW UP on that—call your mayor and ask how the city plans to respond to threats like this.

Finally, no matter where your city/state stands on the issue, another #ACTION to take is to identify and reach out to the organizations in your area who work for immigrant rights, and who support those most affected by ICE raids/deportations/immigrant rights violations. Because sanctuary status is still, at this point, more conceptual than it is legally-binding. These organizations are the ones who are truly doing to work to protect and defend immigrant citizens—reach out and see how YOU can support!

http://thehill.com/…/325943-sessions-says-grants-to-be-with…

SolSun Call for Action for March 24th

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Fri, March 24th, 2017

You know what? DC is a total sh*tshow right now. Who even knows what's gonna happen today with the AHCA vote—however it goes down, though, we do know that some major damage has been done to the GOP. Paul Ryan is in trouble, Devin Nunes is in trouble, 45 looks clueless, the Freedom Caucus is getting slammed by 45 on twitter...Not many in the GOP will come out of this unscathed in some way, whether it's damage to relationships w/ fellow GOP colleagues, or with angry constituents. At east there's that. And if it DOES manage to pass, don't forget that it has to head to the Senate next, where the GOP can only afford two defections (and there are like 6 GOP Senators who appear to be a firm 'no'). So today we watch + see (or look away—who can blame anyone for looking away!)

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THAT! Today we let them duke it out, and focus our energy on supporting + amplifying the efforts of a few of the powerful + necessary orgs who are on the ground, fighting the REAL battles—not the ridiculous partisan circus battles, but the real, actual, saving-lives-and-the-planet battles.

If you're in a place to donate even a few bucks to any of these orgs, that's fantastic. If not, check out other ways to get involved and support

1) This week marked the coming of Spring, as well as Nowruz, the Persian New Year. In honor of this special and ancient celebration, and one of our dear SolSun members Sahar Azi, please check out and consider supporting the Omid Foundation. They work with disadvantaged girls in Iran and are one of the only (if not THE only) Iran-based non-profits able to take donations from the US.

http://www.omidfoundation.com/

#ACTION: You can make a donation here:

http://www.omidfoundation.com/index.php/donate-in-the-us/

Here's a beautiful piece on what Nowruz means this year, by writer Porochista Khakpour
http://www.cnn.com/…/nowruz-persian-new-year-khakpour-opin…/

2) Word on the street is that 45 will announce an executive order to basically destroy the planet next week (and he just approved the Keystone XL pipeline). Rest assured the executive order will go right to court, so let's help support the National Resources Defense Council, one of the orgs that is doing strong environmental legal defense:

#ACTION: Donate and/or learn how to support the NRDC: https://www.nrdc.org/

http://thehill.com/…/325565-washington-braces-for-trump-cli…

3) Finally, we know that the terrible no good sad AHCA is a totally anti-woman piece of garbage legislation. We've ALSO seen the state of Texas come out with even more garbage dystopian misogynist legislation. Let's give some love (and some money) to the Texas Equal Access Fund - TEA Fund, a non-profit that provides financial assistance to low-income people who want an abortion and can't afford it. TEA Fund is just one of many amazing non-profits working hard in the face of immense injustice and resistance in Texas. Let them know we see and support them!

#ACTION: Donate to http://www.teafund.org/

(If you also wanna make more calls today, GO FOR IT! You know what to do on AHCA and Gorsuch. Go forth and call, fax, email!)

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK + COMMITMENT TO RESISTANCE!

XOXO

SolSun Call for Action for March 23rd

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Thurs, March 23th, 2017

I feel like I say this every week (or, um, every day), but WOW THIS WEEK IS CRAZY. And I know there are many other scary crazy important things happening right now, but I'm gonna keep focus here on the Top Drama: ACHA; Gorsuch; and now, the House Intelligence Committee, whose leading members dropped two separate bombshells yesterday. In short:

-Yesterday the House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep Devin Nunes, who leads the committee charged with investigating purported Russian interference in our government (and was a member of the Trump Transition Team. Ok?!?!) made an out-of-the-blue announcement that a "source" informed his that Trump transition team communications may have been collected as part of US intelligence agencies' routine monitoring of foreign officials. In other words, Trump's team was communicating with people who were of interest to the US intelligence community. Nunes did NOT notify House Intelligence Committee minority leader Adam Schiff of his discovery, or any other members of his committee, but instead immediately informed House Speaker Paul Ryan and the media, and INVITED HIMSELF TO DC to brief President Trump. The easiest read is that he thought he was doing Trump a solid by distracting the public/media, and making it look like Trump WAS being surveilled! Just like he tweeted! But basically it backfired and he pissed everyone off (except Trump I guess who loves people who love him?) Again, Nunes went directly to the PERSON HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE INVESTIGATING. This is so far beyond any kind of precedent. House Intel Comm is prestigious, and a big deal—they have super high level intelligence access and clearance, and lots of House Reps freaked out and today Nunes apologized, like "Whoops, my bad, lapse in judgement." Bro. You're fired.

-BUT ALSO the ranking Dem on the House Intel Comm, Adam Schiff from LA, who is emerging as a kind of hero, went on Meet the Press to talk about how wrong Nunes was to do that, and toward the end of the interview he was asked about the circumstantial evidence around Trump/Russia collusion that the committee has seen, and he was like "I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial." WELL. THE PLOT, IT THICKENS.

-Also the House votes on the ACHA bill today and it's a huge mess and the GOP and Trump team are in a panic. This is Trump's first big test: Can they do it? And even if they do, is the damage to the GOP too much?

-ALSO Gorsuch hearings continue today

Just another chill day.

1. LAST CHANCE TO MAKE HEALTHCARE CALLS! The vote is TODAY in the House—call your Rep! No need to write a long script or say much beyond THANK YOUR FOR VOTING NO ON THE ACHA BILL or PLEASE VOTE NOT ON THE ACHA BILL!

Then sit back, sip some tea, scroll through twitter for updates, and feel that schadenfreude.

2) GORSUCH FILIBUSTER The Gorsuch hearings continue today. Yesterday Sen Schumer (NY) announced that he will filibuster Gorsuch. Sen Casey (PA) has also announced that he will oppose. (NOTE: There were reports yesterday about Dems looking to strike a deal w/ McConnell to approve Gorsuch in exchange for preserving the filibuster, but those reports seem really preliminary and unsubstantiated. That said, if those reports are true and that IS a course the leadership explores, we will let them know what BS that is.) As WaPo reports: "Several Democrats are facing political pressure from conservative organizations bankrolling a multimillion-dollar ad campaign designed to bolster Gorsuch." Let's show them pressure from the OTHER side—US. The Resistance.

#ACTION: CALL YOUR SENATOR!

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling today to urge the Senator to take every action possible, including a filibuster, to oppose the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court vacancy stolen from Merrick Garland through Republican obstructionism. President Trump is currently under FBI investigation for his ties to Russia and must not be allowed to appoint a justice given the unresolved questions about his presidency's legitimacy."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/14d21116-0fc7-11e7-9d5a-a8…

http://www.cnn.com/…/neil-gorsuch-filibuster-witness-heari…/

3) NUNES MUST GO!

#ACTION 1) CALL YOUR REP 2) If your House Rep is a member of the House Intelligence Committee, call him/her (listed below, w/out contact info cuz, come on, you can do that right?!)

#ACTION "Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to demand that your colleague Devin Nunes step down from his position on the House Intelligence Committee. His actions yesterday demonstrate more than a lapse of judgement—he is too partisan, and too dangerous for this highly important position."

House Intelligence Committee Members

GOP
Devin Nunes, California, Chair
Mike Conaway, Texas
Peter King, New York
Frank LoBiondo, New Jersey
Rick Crawford, Arkansas
Trey Gowdy, South Carolina
Tom Rooney, Florida
Will Hurd, Texas
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida
Mike Turner, Ohio
Brad Wenstrup, Ohio
Chris Stewart, Utah
Elise Stefanik, New York

DEMS
Adam Schiff, California, Ranking Member
Jim Himes, Connecticut
Terri Sewell, Alabama
André Carson, Indiana
Jackie Speier, California
Mike Quigley, Illinois
Eric Swalwell, California
Joaquin Castro, Texas
Denny Heck, Washington

SolSun Call for Action for March 22nd

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Wed, March 22th, 2017

Today I'm pretty much vacillating between a) feeling psyched that 45 is having such a terrible week (last week's Muslim Ban defeat; Comey hearing; claims of the UK involvement in wiretapping; refusal to back down on wiretapping claims; failed Merkel visit; ACHA drama + internal party dissent; Manafort; sad Kentucky rally; etc) and b) feeling like running down the street waving my arms and screaming "WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AAAHHHHH" because we are living in such a surreal bizarro nonsense moment.

The LATEST Russia-related newsbomb comes this morning from the AP, who reports that Paul "Limited Role, Limited TIme" Manafort (aka 45's Campaign Chair for 5 months, major campaign strategist, trusted insider, and key speaker at the RNC) "secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to assist President Vladimir Putin" by proposing "a strategy to nullify anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics a decade ago." This is technically legal—the problem (well, one of the problems) is that he has repeatedly denied these types of involvement (he resigned as campaign chair last August after it was reported that he was set to receive millions of dollars in secret cash payments from the pro-Russian party in Ukraine). Basically he's just ONE of SO MANY 45-related characters to deny Russia connections (Flynn, Sessions, etc!), despite mounting evidence to the contrary.

Confused? Here's a fun chart!

http://www.politico.com/…/connections-trump-putin-russia-ti…

1) This is kind of a repeat from yesterday but EVERY MoC's PHONE SHOULD BE RINGING OFF THE HOOK ABOUT THIS. Yes, there are MANY other important bills and issues, but we need to keep the pressure on this—the administration is in total damage-control mode (and Spicer's lies are getting crazier) and the national outrage needs to remain consistent and LOUD.

POSTPONE THE GORSUCH VOTE UNTIL FBI INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES

In the wake of the Comey hearings, the new revelations about Paul Manafort's Putin ties, and the well-documented trail of lies and denials that we've seen from high-level Trump associates over the past few months, we should NOT be proceeding as if this is anything close to normal. As Charles Blow wrote in the NYT: PAUSE THIS PRESIDENCY! And with that, we need to PAUSE THE SCOTUS VOTE.

The Senate should NOT confirm the lifetime appointments of a President whose very legitimacy is being investigated by the FBI. The Republicans ran out the clock on Obama, even though a Supreme Court seat became vacant 11 months before the end of his (entirely legitimate) presidency. We have no idea whether the FBI is going to ask Donald Trump for sworn testimony, whether he is going to be indicted or whether the public findings from this investigation will force Trump's resignation or impeachment. This is a time to slow down—not rubber-stamp Trump's lifetime appointments to the bench.

Today we ask that the Senate postpone the vote on Gorsuch until the FBI's investigation is complete and the findings are made public. This may be an unprecedented move but everything about Trump's Presidency—including his ties to Putin—is unprecedented.

#ACTION: Call BOTH of your Senators!

"My name is (NAME), I live in (CITY), my zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to ask that the (Senator/Congressperson) POSTPONE the vote on Neil Gorsuch until we know the outcome of the FBI investigation on Russia-Trump collusion. The lies keep piling up—the reports on Manafort are just the latest. We should not move forward with the life-long appointment of a Supreme Court Justice from a president who may have mislead and betrayed the American public. Thank you."

2) SAVE OUR HEALTHCARE -- OR ELSE

It’s no secret that Paul Ryan’s health care bill is on life support, and yesterday, in a closed-door meeting Trump told House Republicans that they could lose their seats if they didn’t fall in line and vote to repeal Obamacare. Let’s offer the same simple message to our own reps: If you vote to take health care away from 24 million Americans, we will vote you out of office.

Below is a LONG list of where all of the House Republicans stand, per reporting from The Hill this morning. Your #ACTION is to see if YOUR Rep is on this list, and to call. (Note that many of the NO votes are ultra-Conservatives who are members of the Freedom Caucus and who oppose the bill because it's not evil enough. So if you don't want to call and thank them, I get it.) Keeping scripts short + sweet cuz at this point staffers are likely tallying just YES or NO.

http://thehill.com/…/322903-the-hills-whip-list-where-repub…

If your Rep is a Dem, you can a) Call and thank for the NO vote b) Get your friends + family whose Reps ARE GOP to call! c) Make some out-of-district calls! Again, we don't usually do that, but this affects ALL Americans.

Scripts:

[If NO vote] "I am calling to thank Rep. _______ for deciding to vote NO on the ACHA bill tomorrow."

[If Likely/Leaning No/Unclear] "I am calling to encourage Rep. _______ to please vote NO on the ACHA bill tomorrow."

[If Yes/Likely Yes] "I am calling to encourage Rep. _______ to stand up for the health and wellbeing of all Americans and please vote NO on the ACHA bill tomorrow."

HOUSE REPUBLICANS

No (23)

Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) — “While I've been in Congress, I can't recall a more universally detested piece of legislation than this GOP health care bill, Amash tweeted on March 20.

Rep. Lou Barletta (Pa.) — "Unfortunately, after evaluating the text of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), I cannot support the bill in its current form," Barletta said Tuesday night.

Rep. Rod Blum (Iowa) — "I'm a no as the bill stands today," Blum told The Hill on March 21. "We need real competition driving prices down. We don’t need the government telling us what should be in an insurance policy. The government has a role to play. We need to help people who need the help."

Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) — Brat voted against the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.) — "I'll vote NO," Brooks tweeted Tuesday, March 21.

Rep. Ted Budd (N.C.) — “As currently written, I cannot support the American Health Care Act,” Budd said in a statement on March 21. Budd, a freshman, was backed by Club for Growth in the election. The conservative group opposes the GOP bill.

Rep. Warren Davidson (Ohio) — “If we called the votes today, I would be a no,” Davidson told NPR on March 16.

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.) — "[I]n its current form I cannot support this legislation," Fitzpatrick wrote in a statement posted to Facebook on March 18.

Rep. Tom Garrett (Va.) — Garrett told The John Fredericks Radio Show he would vote against the bill on March 7. In an interview on CNN on March 14, he stressed that: “Right now, I am a firm no.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas) — “Just one thing is not going to fix it,” Gohmert said on Fox News after the bill's release.

Rep. Andy Harris (Md.) — A spokesman for Harris told NBC News he would not vote for the bill.

Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.) — Jones has bucked GOP leaders on a number of occasions.

Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) — Jordan, a former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, has said he would unveil his own clean repeal bill.

Rep. John Katko (N.Y.) — "Despite some promising reforms, I do not support the proposal before the House in its current form," Katko said in a statement on March 17. Clinton won Katko's district in November.

Rep. Steve King (Iowa) — The outspoken conservative lawmaker is a no.

Rep. Raúl Labrador (Idaho) — "We need to make sure that we repeal and replace ObamaCare. But this bill is not it," Labrador said on CNN's "The Situation Room" on March 9.

Rep. Leonard Lance (N.J.) — Lance told reporters Tuesday he was a no after a meeting at the White House.

Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.) — Massie told the Washington Examiner on March 7 that the bill was a "stinking pile of garbage." He also voted in January against the budget resolution that began the process of repealing ObamaCare.

Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) — The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus said he was still opposed to the bill on Tuesday after a private meeting with Vice President Mike Pence. Meadows also shrugged off a warning from Trump earlier in the day that Republicans who oppose the bill could lose their seats in 2018.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) — The GOP lawmaker tweeted on March 14 that she plans to vote no on the current bill, saying it leaves "too many" people in her south Florida district uninsured. Clinton won Ros-Lehtinen's district by nearly 20 points.

Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.) — Sanford voted against the bill in the House Budget Committee. He is also a member of the Freedom Caucus.

Rep. Rob Wittman (Va.) — “After reviewing this legislation and receiving the Congressional Budget Office score today, it is clear that this bill is not consistent with the repeal and replace principles for which I stand,” Wittman said in a statement on March 13.

Rep. Ted Yoho (Fla.) — “I could not support the bill as it is right now,” Yoho said on “PBS Newshour” on March 14. On March 17, he introduced a bill to give insurance companies more flexibility while Congress works on a replacement plan.

Leaning/Likely No (6)

Rep. Mark Amodei (Nev.) — Amodei told the AP he would likely vote against the bill as it stands after the release of the CBO’s score. He said he wanted more hearings on the bill.

Rep. Joe Barton (Texas) — Barton voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee but says he is leaning against the legislation. On March 20, he said he was a "friendly lean no."

Rep. Ken Buck (Colo.) — Buck told CNN on March 17 that he was "leaning against" the current version of the bill.

Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) — King told reporters on March 15 he's leaning "slightly against it," citing the bill's rollback of the Medicaid expansion. "The reality is I have thousands and thousands of constituents who are on it."

Rep. David Young (Iowa) — "I'm not right now supporting the bill," Young told a local radio station on March 15, "but I'm not opposing it, either. I'm looking at it. I want to make sure it is something that works in the end for all Americans, and that it would pass if it gets over to the Senate.

Rep. Don Young (Alaska) — Young won't vote for the bill unless he can get more changes, according to the Alaska Dispatch.


Unclear or Uncertain (14)

Rep. Barbara Comstock (Va.) — “The legislation is a work in progress,” a Comstock spokesman told The Washington Post in a statement on March 14.

Rep. Paul Cook (Calif.) — Cook told constituents he had a "lot of questions" about the bill and was undecided in a Facebook video on March 17.

Rep. Dan Donovan (N.Y.) — Donovan on Tuesday expressed concern about the CBO numbers, but told reporters he was undecided.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.) — Diaz-Balart voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee, but in a statement said: "My committee vote does not mean I will support final passage of this legislation as it presently reads. I have clearly stated that I have some serious concerns with the bill in its current form."

Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) — “I remain concerned, however, about the impact of the Medicaid changes on vulnerable populations, as well as the overall effect of the bill on access to affordable care,” Dent said in a statement on March 7. The centrist voted in January against the budget resolution that began the process of repealing ObamaCare.

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) — A DesJarlais spokesman told The Commercial Appeal in a story published March 7 that the lawmaker is waiting to make a “full evaluation” after the CBO releases its numbers.

Rep. Neal Dunn (Fla.) — Neal told a town hall on March 19 that he was undecided, according to WJHG, a local NBC station.

Rep. Trent Franks (Ariz.) — Franks on March 21 said he was "undeclared."

Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) — “Congressman Gosar hasn’t taken a final position yet on AHCA,” Gosar’s Commnications Director Steven Smith wrote in an email to The Hill on Tuesday, March 21. “He believes that the bill is still changing and will wait to see the final version before deciding how he will vote.”

Rep. Mike Johnson (La.) — Johnson has yet to make a decision, his communications director, Ainsley Holyfield, told The Hill on March 21. “He’s still watching it through Rules Committee and then he’ll make a decision after that."

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (N.J.) — In a Facebook post on March 11, LoBiondo said he was reviewing the legislation “thoroughly, am having meetings with my colleagues to see if we have any opportunities to improve the bill, and await additional analysis next week.”

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (Maine) — Poliquin told the Maine Sun Journal he “might have drafted this new plan a bit differently,” but said he was “encouraged” by many of its elements.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.) — “He's not a member of the relevant committees, but is waiting to see the final product of negotiations, determined as he is to see ObamaCare gone," Rohrabacher spokesman Ken Grubbs wrote in an email to The Hill.

Rep. Daniel Webster (Fla.) — “While I am strongly committed to repealing the failed Affordable Care Act and adopting real healthcare reform, I have concerns with both proposals,” Webster said in a newsletter to constituents about the GOP leadership plan and one from Sen. Rand Paul for a clean repeal.


Leaning/Likely Yes (5)

Rep. Steve Chabot (Ohio) — Chabot told The Hill on March 21 he was “inclined to vote yes” but not there yet.

Rep. Mike Coffman (Colo.) — Coffman, a top Democratic target in 2018, is “leaning yes.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) — Issa said he is a likely yes after meeting with Trump, according to ABC News. Clinton won Issa's district in the presidential election last fall, and he is a Democratic target in 2018.

Rep. Brian Mast (Fla.) — Mast told CNN on Monday that he is a "lean yes" on the bill. "It's definitely moving in the right direction,” he said.

Rep. Roger Williams (Texas)- Williams told Roll Call he is leaning yes after Trump’s March 21 visit to the Capitol. “I’m positive about it and I think my district is going to like what they hear,” he said.


Yes (76)

Rep. Robert Aderholt (Ala.) — "I changed my vote to yes," Aderholt said after meeting with Trump and getting assurances the bill would be changed.

Rep. Jodey Arrington (Texas) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.) — "I committed to President Trump that I would support this plan if it contains the changes we agreed to today," Banks, a member of the Republican Study Committee, said in a statement on March 17.

Rep. Andy Barr (Ky.) — Barr, a Republican Study Committee member, said he was backing the bill after a meeting with Trump.

Rep. Jack Bergman (Mich.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Fla.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Mike Bishop (Mich.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Diane Black (Tenn.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Susan Brooks (Ind.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (Fla.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Larry Bucshon (Ind.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Buddy Carter (Ga.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. James Comer (Ky.) — "Rep. Comer plans to vote for the bill," his communications director, Michael Gossum, told The Hill.

Rep. Ryan Costello (Pa.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (N.D.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (Fla.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (Texas) — Farenthold told The Dallas Morning News he went from undecided to yes after an Oval Office meeting March 17.

Rep. John Faso (N.Y.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee

Rep. Drew Ferguson (Ga.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Bill Flores (Texas) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (Fla.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Morgan Griffith (Va.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Glenn Grothman (Wis.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Brett Guthrie (Ky.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Gregg Harper (Miss.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas) — "It could be more market-oriented, but at the end of the day, at some point you’re given a binary choice: either ObamaCare or some other bill,” Hensarling, a member of the Republican Study Committee, told local station KERA on March 10. “As long as the other bill improves it, I’m going to vote for it."

Rep. George Holding (N.C.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Richard Hudson (N.C.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Kan.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Bill Johnson (Ohio) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Sam Johnson (Texas) — "I’m pleased that — with a Republican in the White House — we are finally able to move forward with a real plan to repeal and replace Obama’s disastrous law," Johnson said in a statement.

Rep. Mike Kelly (Pa.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Bob Latta (Ohio) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Jason Lewis (Minn.) — Lewis, who voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee, in an op-ed on March 17 said the legislation is “the first step” toward keeping the promise of repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Rep. Billy Long (Mo.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (Ga.) ­— A member of the Republican Study Committee, Loudermilk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was a yes after meeting with Trump.

Rep. Tom MacArthur (N.J.) — MacArthur said he will back the bill after changes from House GOP leaders. "I'm glad that these changes reflect in large part what needs to be done," he said.

Rep. Kenny Marchant (Texas) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Tom McClintock (Calif.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Budget Committee.

Rep. David McKinley (W.Va.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Martha McSally (Ariz.) — McSally is backing the bill after changes. “I’m thankful leadership heard our concerns,” she said.

Rep. Patrick Meehan (Pa.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Okla.) — The Republican Study Committee member told the Hill on March 15 that he is a firm yes. He also voted to advance the legislation in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Tim Murphy (Pa.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Kristi Noem (S.D.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Pete Olson (Texas) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) — The Republican Study Committee and Freedom Caucus member voted no on the House Budget Committee but backed the bill with changes after a meeting with Trump.

Rep. Erik Paulsen (Minn.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (Texas) — Ratcliffe said after a meeting with Trump on March 17 that he was satisfied the Republican plan moved "as far to the right as I think it can go" while retaining enough GOP support to pass, according to the Dallas News.

Rep. Tom Reed (N.Y.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Dave Reichert (Wash.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Jim Renacci (Ohio) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Tom Rice (S.C.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Todd Rokita (Ind.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Peter Roskam (Ill.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. David Schweikert (Ariz.) — The House Freedom Caucus member says he is a yes. He also voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. John Shimkus (Ill.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Adrian Smith (Neb.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Jason Smith (Mo.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Lloyd Smucker (Pa.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Claudia Tenney (N.Y.) — Tenney was leaning no, but said an amendment from Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.) on Medicaid would win her support.

Rep. Pat Tiberi (Ohio) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Tim Walberg (Mich.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.) — The chairman of the conservative Republican Study Conference said he is a "positive yes." Walker endorsed the legislation after a meeting with Trump, where they discussed changes to the bill.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (Ind.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Mimi Walters (Calif.) — Voted to advance the bill on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Rep. Bruce Westerman (Ark.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Steve Womack (Ark.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Rob Woodall (Ga.) — Voted to advance the bill in the House Budget Committee.

SolSun Call for Action for March 21st

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Tues, March 21th, 2017

Ok! So ICYMI, yesterday's action was to RECOMMIT to your activism! Now that you're all re-fired up and re-committed and re-energized, here's what to do today:

1) POSTPONE THE GORSUCH VOTE UNTIL FBI INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES [text + script modified from Daily Action]

Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey testified under oath that the FBI had begun investigating the collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia in the run-up to the election. They began last July, and the fact that they are still at it eight months later speaks volumes.

The Senate should not confirm the lifetime appointments of a President whose very legitimacy is being investigated by the FBI. The Republicans ran out the clock on Obama, even though a Supreme Court seat became vacant 11 months before the end of his (entirely legitimate) presidency. We have no idea whether the FBI is going to ask Donald Trump for sworn testimony, whether he is going to be indicted or whether the public findings from this investigation will force Trump's resignation or impeachment. This is a time to slow down—not rubber-stamp Trump's lifetime appointments to the bench.

Today we ask that the Senate postpone the vote on Gorsuch until the FBI's investigation is complete and the findings are made public. This may be an unprecedented move but everything about Trump's Presidency—including his ties to Putin—is unprecedented.

#ACTION: Call BOTH of your Senators!

"My name is (NAME), I live in (CITY), my zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to ask that the (Senator/Congressperson) support postponement of Neil Gorsuch’s hearing vote in the wake of yesterday's confirmation from James Comey that the FBI is, in fact, investigating collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Until we know the outcome of the FBI investigation we should not move forward with the life-long appointment of a Supreme Court Justice from a president who may have mislead and betrayed the American public. Thank you."

2) LAST FEW DAYS (hopefully) TO MAKE CALLS ON THE ACHA [modified from 5 Calls]

The House is expected to vote on the AHCA this Thursday, March 23rd. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that Republicans' purported ACA replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), would leave a total of 52 million Americans uninsured by 2026. This is primarily due to $880 billion in proposed cuts to Medicaid, despite Trump's campaign promise of maintaining Medicaid coverage. The bill is also predicted to substantially raise premiums for older people, especially in rural areas. Republicans argue their goal is to reduce the federal deficit, and indeed the bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion over the next 10 years. However, this reduction is less than 0.2% of the United States GDP and is far less than the $592 billion in tax cuts that the bill provides to wealthier Americans.

A last-minute AHCA amendment developed by GOP leadership failed to meaningfully address the bill's affordability issues. The amendment does include a proposed medical tax deduction for people between the ages of 50 and 64 (which the Senate would need to implement) to help offset skyrocketing premium costs under the AHCA. However, the amendment would worsen insurance access for Medicaid beneficiaries by allowing states to establish work requirements for Medicaid enrollees. To add insult to injury, the amendment would hasten the repeal of ACA-related taxes, again disproportionately benefiting wealthier constituents.

#ACTION Call your HOUSE REP

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to take a stand against the American Health Care Act. A health care plan that would leave 24 million more people uninsured by 2026 is an unacceptable replacement for the ACA. [OPTIONAL: tell how the ACA/Obamacare has helped you or someone you know]. Thank you for your time and attention."

3) With the House vote on the AHCA looming, this is the last push to activate everyone you know to take action—ESPECIALLY older Americans and Medicaid recipients who may not be Dems, but who sure as hell need healthcare. This is one of the those potential reach-across-the-aisle issues: Can you contact your red state grandma? Your elderly parents? Your conservative high school friend who might lose coverage? Take a few moments to contact people you know + love who might be affected by this, and who might be willing to make a phone call or two themselves.

Finally: Gorsuch hearing is live today. Fascinating stuff so far.

SolSun Call for Action for March 20th

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Monday, March 20th, 2017

Ok my ReSisters...There's A LOT going on this week, but today I'm only giving you ONE #ACTION. One Very Important Action, plus a bunch of background and info. Ok, you ready? Here it is:

1) #ACTION: RECOMMIT YOURSELF TO THE RESISTANCE. That's it. I'm serious. Now read on.

How's your Resistance Energy? Where you at with making calls and writing emails? Sending letters and postcards, showing up to meetings and marches? Have you been doing less lately? Are you flagging? Are you overwhelmed? Sick of making phonecalls? Done donating to threatened non-profits? Is it starting to feel...normal? If any of these things are true, I'm not mad at you. I understand. Today marks TWO MONTHS since the Inauguration, and this shit is CRAZY and unrelenting and really damn hard. But it is our reality, and now more than ever it is CRUCIAL that we stay focused, stay engaged, and RECOMMIT—because they are waiting for us to get distracted, to get back to normal. To "calm down", give up, go away. And we 100% cannot.

Last Friday a few of us SolSun folks (Leslie Dotson Van EveryJennye GaribaldiJen LoyKathryn Ann SnyderLena Wolff + I) got to spend the entire day in downtown Oakland brainstorming The Resistance at a "Wonkathon" organized by Colleen Chien + the amazing women behind Wall-of-Us. They brought together long-game activists, policy wonks, behavioral scientists, techies, strategists, and 30+ Resistance groups (including folks from Indivisible, SwingLeft, 5Calls, Color of Change, the Women's March, Sister District, Flippable, + so many more) to connect, strategize, and collaborate on how we can build + sustain this movement. We heard from Prof George Lakoff, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, head of the NorCal ACLU Abdi Soltani, authors Arlie Russell Hochschild + Kevin Phillips, and more. It was, to say the least, an exhilarating day. My brain is basically still on fire from it all. I'll write a longer post about the whole thing, but the basic takeaway? THE PROGRESSIVE RESISTANCE IS STRONG, REAL, AND HAPPENING NOW. And YOU are an ESSENTIAL part of it.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/…/Next-step-for-Trump-resistance…

So: please take a look at your calendar, your habits, your energy levels, your schedule, your family, your community, your heart. What can you commit to doing this week? 3 calls a day? 5? Can you tweet, post on FB, call your red state family, show up to a town hall? We know that the actions of Resistance look different from person to person, and depend on many factors—your access/your location/budget/mobility/health/time/etc. But EVERYONE can participate in SOME way. What can you do to RESIST and how can you refuse to NORMALIZE? Because LOOK WHAT IS COMING:

* Today (Mon 3/20) marks the start of the Gorsuch hearings. Gorsuch will be present, but is not expected to testify until Tuesday. Today will be made up of members of the Senate Judiciary Committee making their opening remarks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/f52997fe-0b15-11e7-a15f-a5…

* Today FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency (NSA) head Adm. Michael Rogers are slated to testify before the House committee investigating Russian interference in the election. Comey gave a closed-door briefing to top Senate Dems (Grassley, Feinstein + Warner) last week but this will be the first open hearing in the probe.

You can watch Comey AND Gorsuch here: https://www.c-span.org/

* On Thursday the full House will vote on the ACA replacement bill. It needs 216 votes to pass and move onto the Senate, and the GOP is scrambling to get those votes. GOP leaders cannot afford more than 21 defections in the House and two in the Senate. There is A LOT OF NOISE TO MAKE HERE!

http://thehill.com/…/322903-the-hills-whip-list-where-repub…

SO BASICALLY THIS IS THE WEEK TO GET BACK IN THE GAME IF YOU HAVE SLIPPED SLIGHTLY OUT OF THE GAME!

And hey—if you're "Man, I am IN THIS TO WIN THIS, I don't need to recommit because I am totally unwavering!"...Then YAY and thank you and also...maybe still take a moment to reflect and recommit? Cuz it can't hurt? Just sayin'... ;)

XOXOXO
Onward!

SolSun Call for Action for March 17th

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
MARCH 17th
Subject: This insane freaking budget
Note: if you plan to share--please include date, subject, article, and from Solidarity Sundays

https://www.theatlantic.com/…/president-trumps-hard…/519702/

In a nutshell, 45’s proposed budget strips out all of the things that give us faith in humanity and leaves us with guns and barriers. So long Meals on Wheels! Bye bye glaciers! Arts--who needs ‘em? Me Fail English? You betcha with these education cuts! It would almost be comical if the consequences weren’t so bone chillingly horrible.

NOPE. Not today, Don the Con.

So, let’s get to work and demand action to stop this.

1) Contact ALL your MOCs: email/call/write--whatever it takes and let them know that this budget WILL NOT FLY.

Find your local MOCs here, if you don’t already have them on speed dial: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

Sample Script (parts taking from 5calls.org because when I started typing all that came out was a long list of curse words):

Please vote NO on Trump's proposed budget's elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The total cost of these programs is a tiny fraction of the federal budget but they deliver a wealth of art, culture, education, and joy to our communities. Military spending already represents half of our discretionary budget, and the EPA programs whose funding Trump would cut are vital to maintaining clean and livable communities.

2) Donate or volunteer to your favorite non-profit that is in danger of budget cuts.

Karen Finlay, who has been coming to Solidarity Sundays meetings, since the beginning had a great idea--she signed up to become a driver for Meals on Wheels! How great is that? And guess what?--you can, too!

http://mowsac.org/volunteer/

You can also donate money to climate change focused non profits like these.

Natural Resources Defense Council: https://www.nrdc.org/
The Sierra Club: www.sierraclub.org/
Evironmental Defense Fund; https://www.edf.org/
Union of Concerned Scientists: www.ucsusa.org/

Or go to a museum and pay double the entrance fee this weekend. Or go to the ballet! Or listen to NPR!

Or sign up to volunteer at your closest school. Donate books. Or better yet, go to www.DonorChoose.org and find a school and give it money--even $20 can help!

Whatever you do, the most important thing is that you do something. And continue to do something.

Thank you all for your amazing efforts for every call, every dollar, every moment spent helping others--it is a deposit into making a better world.

SolSun Call for Action for March 15th

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Wed, March 15, 2017

**please feel free to copy + share; include the date + credit Solidarity Sundays please***

#ProtectTransWomen! Today is a National Day of Action to Celebrate the Lives of Black Trans Women and Protect All Trans Women and Femmes. From the organizing group, GetEQUAL (read full statement on their website:

"Since taking office, Donald Trump and his administration have taken extreme steps to make his campaign promises rooted in racism, sexual violence and xenophobia the law of the land. Since he has taken office, we have been grieving and resisting with our communities around the country. His administration's latest attacks targeting transgender students and immigrants is an attempt to oppress our identities, control our lives, and intimidate us into compliance. But we have seen this before.

State-based violence is not new to our Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Two Spirit and Queer communities, especially queer and trans Black, and Indigenous people...This year is on track to be the most dangerous year yet for trans women of color -- even more violent than 2016, and 2015 before that. So far in 2017, seven of our sisters have lost their lives to horrific acts of violence. These Black and native trans women’s lives were in jeopardy on multiple levels before November 8th and threats have only increased since...

Today, we are making a collective call to action. Any resistance movement that is dynamic and powerful enough to overcome white supremacists and religious extremists who hold power in our government must also be bold enough to stand up and fight back against transphobic, racist, anti-woman, anti-femme forces in our ranks and in our neighborhoods. We must demand more of ourselves and of each other."

#ACTION: Take some time to learn about the recent murders of Trans Women of Color, as well as the broader threats (including physical violence AND legislative violence) that QTPOC (Queer/Trans People of Color) face:

http://www.nola.com/…/03/transgender_women_killed_new_o.html

http://www.thedailybeast.com/…/why-have-there-been-so-many-…

http://www.truth-out.org/…/39827-how-the-south-s-hate-crime…

#ACTION: Find + attend an event near you:

http://www.getequal.org/take-action.html

#ACTION: Make a donation to one of the LGBTQ Liberation orgs listed here: http://www.getequal.org/lgbtqorgs.html

http://www.getequal.org/take-action.html

2. OPPOSE HR 985!

This comes from the folks at Daily Action, and was suggested by SolSun Oakland host Kris Bradburn.

#ACTION: Call your Senator and tell them to oppose the 'Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985), which sailed through the House while we were busy gawking at the awfulness of Trumpcare.

What could be wrong with "Fairness in Class Action Litigation," you ask? Well, this particular bill is anything but fair to the American consumer, and its passage has long been on corporate Republicans' wish list. It's not enough that big businesses already have an enormous advantage over ordinary Americans in our legal system. They're now going after class-action lawsuits--one of the few remedies left to the average American.

While corporate lobbyists portray class-action suits as a frivolous, costly distraction for business, groups of wronged Americans have used them for decades to fight everything from civil rights violations to toxic drywall. By allowing individuals who have suffered similar harms to join their lawsuits, these suits are one of the few ways average Americans can have a fair fight in court without going bankrupt.

H.R. 985 would make it much more difficult for "classes" of people to join in lawsuits against corporations and civil institutions, thereby giving big businesses one more advantage over regular Americans.

#ACTION Dial (844) 241-1141 and tell your Senator that you want them to stand for justice, not corporate lobbyists!

3. CALIFORNIA-SPECIFIC #ACTION: Including this b/c we have a large # of California-based members in this group. It's also a great example of how states can organize and legislate to resist! From the ACLU of Northern California:

"Yesterday the CA Senate Appropriations Committee voted 5 to 2 on party lines to pass SB 54, the CA Values Act. Senators Beall, Wiener, Lara, Hill, and Bradford voted yes. Senators Nielsen and Bates voted no. About 10 anti-immigrant people turned out holding "no no no on SB 54" and gave hate-filled testimony. One cussed profanity at Senator Wiener for supporting the bill. We had many more people in support of SB 54.

As the bill heads to the full Senate for a vote, we urge you to let your voice be heard!

#ACTION: Call to Show Your Support for SB 54:

“Hello, my name is _________ and I would like ask _________ to support the California Values Act, SB 54. The California Values Act just passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and it is heading to the Senate floor for a vote. The bill will ensure that most state and local resources are not used to further mass deportations. The California Values Act will uphold our core principles of equal treatment, community, and compassion. Thank you."

All Senators need to hear from you, but especially if you’re constituents of these Senators/districts:

Senator Galgiani (Modesto) - @SenatorGalgiani (916-651-4005)

Senator Glazer (Contra Costa) - @Steve_Glazer (916-651-4007)

Senator Newman (North Orange County) -(916-651-4029)

Senator Portantino (North Los Angeles County) - @Portantino (916-651-4025)

Senator Roth (Riverside) - @GeneralRoth (916-651-4031)

Senator Stern (Los Angeles - San Fernando Valley) - @HenrySternCA (916-651-4027)

SolSun Call for Action for March 14th

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***
Tues, March 14, 2017

Grab bag of actions today! Make some CALLS!

1. MAKE PHONECALLS FOR HEALTHCARE!

Two options for making phonecalls to different states in support of saving the ACA!

This #ACTION comes from Hannah Burton Laurison—it's a great way for those who want to make some calls to support the ACA, especially in the wake of yesterday's report from the CBO, showing just how many Americans will be uninsured if the ACA "replacement" goes through. This is a great CONCRETE action: Two of Pennsylvania's Congressmen (and they are ALL men) are on the fence about ACA repeal. Are you available to make phone calls to their constituents to urge them to call their MoC and speak out about why ACA matters? Pennsylvania Health Access Network. a phenomenal statewide healthcare advocacy org is doing phonebank trainings TODAY (Tues) and TOMORROW (Wed) (more to come later in the week). 30 minutes to get trained and then you are good to go. Once you've gone through the training, you can set up your own phonebank, so if any of you are hosting this weekend and want to show PA some love, we'd be eternally grateful.

https://www.facebook.com/events/441047032899107/

Another #ACTION: Join the California Calvary virtual phonebanking effort. Go here and follow instructions for making calls from home: http://californiacavalry.org/rebuild-the-hope-phone-banks/

If you're in the Bay Area, there are ones you can join in person. You can also host your own phonebank! http://californiacavalry.org/

2. STEVE KING FROM IOWA IS A HORRIBLE RACIST

Congressman Steve King of Iowa is a thoroughly documented racist. A few days ago he wrote a tweet in praise of Geert Wilders, the hypernationalist, far-right, anti-Muslim, xenophobic and anti-EU candidate (aka the "Dutch Trump") who is running a close race in the Netherlands.* It read, in part: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” He then went on a media blitz to defend it. He was praised by both the white supremacist David Duke and The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website.

King is a pretty terrible ultra-conservative who has made MANY inflammatory statements—so this is nothing new. However, it comes at this moment of increasing white nationalism—and resulting acts of violence and terrorism across the country (including the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas; the threats and attacks against synagogues and JCCs; the shooting of a Sikh man in Kent, Washington; and many more). And we need to call it out. The guy is desperate for attention—so let's give him some.

#ACTION Call his offices.

202.225.4426
515.232.2885
515.573.2738
641.201.1624
712.224.4692
712.580.7754

"Hi, I'm calling because Steve King's racist statements are dangerous, unAmerican, and unacceptable. His comment on twitter, and his subsequent comments in multiple interviews, play into dangerous sentiments of white supremacy that are the root cause of domestic terrorist attacks, like the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotl in your nearby state of Kansas. Please let Mr. King know that his sentiments are unacceptable. Also, I'm very sorry that you have to work for someone who is this full of hate for so many of his fellow Americans."

https://www.nytimes.com/…/steve-king-babies-civilization.ht…

*The Netherlands election is Wednesday, and we should all pay attention—it precedes elections in France and Germany that are also seeing these swells of "populist" "nationalist" (aka racist, xenophobic) movements, and is being seen as a potential indicator of how those races could go.

3. TEXAS STATE REP JESSICA FARRAR IS TROLLING THE GOP WITH HER BILL ABOUT JERKING OFF

...And we should thank her. "A bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives on Friday [March 10] would fine men for masturbating, allow doctors to refuse to prescribe Viagra and require men to undergo a medically unnecessary rectal exam before any elective vasectomy. State Rep. Jessica Farrar, who introduced the bill, tells The Texas Tribune she knows the satirical legislation will never be passed. But she hopes it will start a conversation about abortion restrictions. The measure turns the language of abortion laws against men."

YES JESSICA YES!

#ACTION Call her offices to thank her!

(512) 463-0620
(713) 691-6912

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ to thank Representative Farrar for her efforts to bring attention to abortion rights and unfair attempts to legislate women's bodies. Her satirical bill is fantastic! Thank you!"

http://www.npr.org/…/texas-bill-that-would-fine-men-for-mas…

SolSun Call for Action for March 13th

***SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS DAILY ACTIONS***

Monday, March 13, 2017

We haven't crunched the numbers yet, but we know that there were many many many SolSun meetings around the country yesterday—tons of postcards, tons of letters, and a LOT of powerful conversations and connections. A number of groups had guest speakers as well (including many speakers on immigration/"Know Your Rights") , which is fantastic, and MANY groups are focusing on issues specific to their local communities. I cannot say enough how great this is—we provide the monthly infoscript as a general guide, with the HOPE that some groups will begin to add their own actions, and tailor it to their region's needs. To see it happening now is fantastic.

Here in Alameda we did a video conference with Jess O'Connell, the ED of EMILY's List, the largest women's political action PAC in the country. They support pro-choice Dem women who are running for state and federal offices. Among the many notable things she talked about was this stat: annually, EMILYs List gets "several hundred" women who reach out to them about running for office. Since the election? 10,000 WOMEN HAVE CONTACTED THEM SAYING THEY WANT TO RUN. That's pretty damn exciting.

We also had a visit from our newly elected State Senator, Nancy Skinner, who is, we all learned, pretty freakin great. She did some Civics 101 as to how the California Legislature is structured, and talked about her own journey of running for office. She also talked a lot about mass incarceration in CA, including the work she's done around reducing the # of inmates in solitary; strategies for preventing county jails from renting out space to ICE for detention; and the importance of paying attention to Sheriff elections.

1. Speaking of women in politics...I'm hearing more + more from SolSun chapters who either have a member running for something like School Board (like Lyndsey Schlax here in Alameda!) or are starting to organize and donate/put energy behind a woman who's running. So:

#ACTION: learn about EMILY's List—become a member, make a donation if you can, and check out their Run To Win campaign!

http://www.emilyslist.org/run-to-win

#ACTION: Follow the lead of the SolSun San Diego chapter and make a donation to the potential campaign of Kim Weaver from Iowa, who has announced she will run again against RACIST Steve King if she can raise the $$$. This announcement followed King's totally f*%^ing racist tweet:

http://www.sfgate.com/…/Rep-Steve-King-warns-that-our-civil…

I'm following her on Twitter (@KimWeaverIA) and she had almost 900 donations totaling $20k in one day:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribu…/…/weaverforiowaexpresss

These come from 5calls.org (w/ my edits):

2. STOP THE REINS ACT

H.R. 26/S. 21, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017 was passed by the House recently and will be reviewed and voted on by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) this Wednesday, March 15th.

The REINS Act makes it significantly harder for federal agencies to create, manage, and fund the programs that serve the American people. Under REINS, among other obstructions, all major programs and funding requests for services must be submitted to and passed by both chambers of Congress within 70 days, allowing Congress to simply sit on any request until the time expires and then table it. This Act also requires these same agencies to waste overhead reporting and re-reporting on the impact of any major funding request or program on corporate interests rather than focusing on what's needed to serve tax-paying citizens.

#ACTION: Call the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs: 202-224-4751

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to take a stand against S. 21, the REINS Act. Congress should not create regulations to obstruct the operation of the federal government. Thank you."

3. ASK FOR THE RELEASE OF DREAMER DANIEL RAMIREZ MEDINA + LEARN ABOUT HIS CASE

Daniel Ramirez Medina is a 23 year old father of a three year old who has lived in the United States for 16 years and has twice been granted deferral of deportation and a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump has stated that DACA recipients are not currently targets of his mass deportation campaign. However, despite Daniel's active DACA status, he was arrested by ICE agents in a raid on February 10th. ICE agents claim Daniel is affiliated with a gang and, chillingly, that his DACA status has been voided by his arrest. However, Daniel has no criminal history and denies any gang participation.

Daniel's arrest on such flimsy grounds sets a terrifying precedent for the thousands of other young people who have gained the right to work and live in the United States under the DACA program. The Trump administration has claimed their goal is to remove violent criminals from the country, but the actions of ICE and the Department of Homeland Security do not resemble that priority. The unnecessary raids and arrests of DACA recipients and non-violent undocumented immigrants who simply want to forge a better life for their family must stop.

His case will be heard, and possibly decided, this week by Judge James P. Donohue in Seattle. According to Seattle paper The Stranger: "There are more than 750,000 "Dreamers" like Ramirez in the United States—immigrants who were brought to this country as children and are protected by the Obama-era DACA program. But the outcome of the Ramirez case could set a precedent for how they're treated by immigration officials under President Trump...Ramirez's lawyers are asking for two things: First, they're asking that Judge Donohue grant an emergency motion to release Ramirez pending the resolution of his petition for habeas corpus—a case that challenges his arrest and detention. They're also asking that Judge Donohue issue a declaration clarifying the "rules of the road" and rights of other DACA dreamers. At stake, the lawyers say, is the question of whether immigration officials can round up and detain DACA recipients and take away their DACA status without recourse in federal court."

So, this is an important case to follow. Calling the DHS, which is the suggested action here, is good b/c it keeps the case on the radar and indicates that people are paying attention. But the real deal will be the outcome of the court cse.

#ACTION: Call the Department of Homeland Security: 202-282-8495

"Hi, my name is [Name] and I'm from [CITY, ZIP]. I'm calling to support the release DACA recipient Daniel Ramirez Medina from detention. ICE should prioritize deportations for criminals who have committed violent crimes."