Call for Action - November 22, 3017

BE THANKFUL FOR NET NEUTRALITY—TAKE ACTION!

Net Neutrality—i.e. equal access to a free and "open" Internet—is imminently threatened by the Trump-era FCC and the power of the Telecom giants. There are a number of crucial calls + emails to make, which I'll list below, but first I wanted to share this great idea for a Thanksgiving Day #action from SolSunner Vaneeta Sandhu:

#ACTION: Bring preaddressed postcards to Thanksgiving dinner and ask guests to write a short message in support of net neutrality! Net neutrality is (ideally) an issue that MANY people can get behind (unless your uncle works for Viacom or something ;). If this is up your alley, here are some tips:

**Bring a stack of postcards that you've preaddressed to the Chairman of the FCC:

Ajit Pai c/o Sec. Marlene H. Dortch

Federal Communications Commission

Office of the Secretary

445 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC 20554

**Be prepared with some basic talking points for people who aren't familiar with the issue

**Write a few sample messages, and let people know they can keep it simple (and punny, if you think they'll like that)–

"Dear FFC Chairman: I am THANKFUL for a free and open internet. PLEASE PRESERVE NET NEUTRALITY"

"Don't be a turkey! KEEP THE INTERNET OPEN!"

"Today I am thankful for cranberries, stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey, and A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET"

**Have a plan for mailing them—offer to collect and mail them yourself, or make sure people take them with them (pro tip: don't leave them behind at your host's house! ;)

NOW! Here are MORE #ACTIONS and some more detailed info from 5 Calls:

The FCC has confirmed that they will vote on 12/14 to abolish the regulations that prevent internet service providers from blocking access to certain sites, throttling internet speeds, and otherwise controlling what websites and online services are available to their customers.

Internet users scored a significant victory in 2014 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) installed protections for net neutrality and the "open Internet." Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet, and prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from essentially turning the internet into cable television -- creating fast and slow speeds for sites of their choosing and charging consumers premium prices for upgraded access. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably-fast internet service.

The four major ISPs (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and AT&T) have been lobbying against the 2014 net neutrality regulations, frustrated by the constraints placed on their ability to profit from those who need their services the most. They have specifically targeted the classification of ISPs as Title II services, a category that requires more strict federal oversight. In response to their lobbying efforts, the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections with a softer Title I classification and will allow ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet.

#ACTION: EMAIL THE FCC COMMISSIONERS

Ajit Pai, Chairman: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov.

Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov.

Michael O'Rielly, Commissioner: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov.

Brendan Carr, Commissioner: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov.

Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov.

"I'm writing to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers. I stand with the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have already commented in support of net neutrality, as well as major companies like Google. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it."

#ACTION: CALL AJIT PAI, THE FCC COMMISSIONER

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman

202-418-1000

Call for Action - November 15, 2017

OPPOSE THE TRUMP TAX SCAM! There have been a number of great posts w/ good actions to oppose the tax "reform" plan—I wanted to share the info from Indivisible:

#ACTION: Contact your MoCs to OPPOSE the Trump Tax Scam AND write a letter to the editor of your local paper!

[the following is from Indivisible}

"We’ve finally seen the Trump Tax Scam, and unsurprisingly it’s a massive giveaway to the wealthy and corporations, paid for by raising taxes on some middle class families and forcing deep cuts down the line to critical programs like Medicare and Medicaid. They want to eliminate taxes that only affect the wealthiest individuals and let corporations pay even less than they already do. The majority of the tax benefits from the Republicans’ plan will go to the top 1%, which will exacerbate our country’s massive racial wealth gap.

The fight in Congress over the Trump Tax Scam is happening right now. Republicans voted along party lines to report their Tax Scam bill out of the Ways and Means Committee on November 9, and want to have it ready for Trump to sign by Thanksgiving. Their plan is to use the same secretive, partisan process they tried (and failed) to use for health care, using “reconciliation” to pass the Trump Tax Scam through the Senate with only 51 votes.

The first step is to pass a bill through the House, which is why it’s critical that they’re met with massive constituent opposition right now. The more pressure we put on them before they build momentum, the better a chance we have of stopping the Trump Tax Scam before it ever gets off the ground. Call your MoC and tell them: no tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. NO to the Trump Tax Scam."

#ACTIONS: As usual, the Indivisible Team has put together a comprehensive website w/ detailed info and clear #ACTIONS.

Go to https://www.trumptaxscam.org/ and scroll to the bottom of the page for Call Scripts for Dems and Republicans, AS WELL AS a template for Letters to the Editor.

OThis is probably one of my favorite things they've put out so far because it goes beyond just calling your Rep (and a year in, let's be real, we've made A LOT OF CALLS) and gives you very clear guidelines as to how to write an effective letter. Plus you can just put in your info and it'll give you a list of local publications AS WELL AS how many other people have sent letters so far! I LOVE THIS! So: make some calls and WRITE SOME LETTERS. We need to be getting the word out about this garbage plan as much as possible.

https://www.trumptaxscam.org/

Call for Action October 31, 2017

RELEASE ROSA MARIA HERNANDEZ IMMEDIATELY!

This #ACTION comes from the ACLU: Call the Office of Refugee Resettlement today and demand they release Rosa Maria Hernandez immediately.

Phone: 202.401.9246
Fax: 202.401.5487

BACKGROUND:

On Tuesday, October 24, 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez was en route to an emergency gallbladder surgery when the ambulance carrying her was stopped at an immigration checkpoint.

Rather than simply allowing the ambulance to proceed, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol sent vehicles to follow Rosa Maria to the hospital, 80 miles away, and camped outside of her room until she was discharged. Border Patrol took Rosa Maria into custody and referred her to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, separating her from her parents and family members. Currently, Rosa Maria is jailed in a federal facility for kids, alone, and could be detained for weeks without being able to see her parents.

Border Patrol needs to immediately address and change their policies regarding checkpoints for people seeking medical attention. Hospitals are considered sensitive locations under the Department of Homeland Security’s own policy, and Border Patrol agents should not be arresting people at them – especially at a children’s facility.

Border Patrol’s decision to target a young girl at a children’s hospital is unconscionable and threatens to keep parents and sick children from seeking the health care they need if such practices are allowed.

https://www.aclu.org/issues/release-rosa-maria-hernandez?redirect=ReleaseRosaFB&ms=FB_171027_immigrantrights_rosamaria

Call for Action October 25, 2017

Of all the disasters and scandals happening lately, the sick public feud between 45 and Rep. Frederica Wilson and the family of deceased Sgt. LaDavid Johnson is just...it's almost too hideous and embarrassing and unfathomable to think about. But we must. Because THIS is what 45 encourages and enables:

https://www.nbcwashington.com/…/des-plaines-facebook-post-l…

Wilson is being attacked and slandered for criticizing 45's belated and half-assed, insulting phonecall to the widow of Sgt. Johnson. She is one of 18 Black women in the House of Representatives (out of 435 members total). She is no stranger to these attacks, for sure—in 2012 she spoke out forcefully after the murder of Trayvon Martin, whose family she knew, and who were her constituents.

#ACTION: Show Rep. Wilson the respect + support she deserves. Let her know that she is appreciated and that America needs the voices and actions of strong, fierce women like her.

Rep. Frederica Wilson: 
(202) 225-4506
2445 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
https://www.facebook.com/RepWilson
https://twitter.com/RepWilson

Call for Action October 9, 2017

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

It is so much.

It is SO SO MUCH.

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

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

Now, let’s get to work.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


#ACTION: PHONEBANK FOR MANKA!

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

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

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

  3. Make calls!

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

 

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

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

 

PART II: COMMON SENSE GUN CONTROL NOW

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

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

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

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

 

#ACTION 1: OPPOSE THE SHARE ACT

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

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

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

 

#ACTION 2: SUPPORT THE AUTOMATIC GUN FIRE PREVENTION ACT

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

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

CONTACT YOUR SENATORS

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

 

#ACTION 3: LOCAL ACTION

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

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

 

PART III: SUPPORT THE DREAM ACT

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

SENATE:

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

HOUSE:

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

 

PART IV: PUERTO RICO

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

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

http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

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

#ACTION: EXTEND THE JONES ACT

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

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

#ACTION: CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

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

  • DHS Comment Line: 202-282-8495

#ACTION: CONTACT YOUR SENATOR

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

 

THANK YOUs

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

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

Jimmy Kimmel

c/o Jimmy Kimmel Live

6834 Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028

 

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

Clark County Fire Department

575 E Flamingo Rd,

Las Vegas, NV 89119

 

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

University Medical Center

1800 West Charleston Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89102

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

 

Kevin de Leon

State Capitol, Room 205

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Governor Jerry Brown

c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

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

Twitter: @CarmenYulinCruz

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

Call for Action for October 2, 2017

BLOCK THE DEREGULATION OF GUN SILENCERS

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

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

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

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

Find your Elected Representatives here

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

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

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

Call for Action for Sept 30, 2017

GOLFING ASSHAT CRITIQUES LEADERSHIP OF ACTUAL LEADER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://hispanicfederation.org/donate

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

http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

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

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

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

https://www.wingsofrescue.org/

Call for Action for Sept 25, 2017

UGH NORTH KOREA WTF

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

from 5calls.org:

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

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

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

#ACTION: CALL YOUR SENATORS

Find your Elected Representatives here

"Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from _____.
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Call for Action for Sept 22, 2017

CALLS TO DEFEND THE ACA!

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

#ACTION: SIGN UP HERE AND MAKE SOME CALLS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

#ACTION: CALL YOUR OWN SENATORS!

Call for Action for June 28th

CALL YR GOVERNOR!

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

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

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

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

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