Urge Trump to reconsider his appointment of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education

Send Donald Trump a message voicing your displeasure about his selection of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. We’ve written a sample message for you to get started, but you are encouraged to use your own words. Be firm but polite.

President-elect Trump,

I am deeply concerned and disappointed in your selection of Betsy Devos as Secretary of Education. Her proposals to divert funding out of public schools and into private, charter or even religious schools would only serve to further weaken public schools and make it harder for them to serve the nation’s most vulnerable populations. I urge you to reconsider her selection.

Again, here’s that link to contact Trump.

Why this matters:

Here’s a quote from Kary Moss, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, explained the anxiety many have about DeVos as education secretary:

We strongly urge Congress to scrutinize the record of Betsy DeVos, who has been a staunch proponent of school vouchers, a misguided idea that diverts taxpayer dollars into private and parochial schools and perverts the bedrock American value of separation of church and state. She and her husband served as the primary fundraisers and engine for a Michigan ballot initiative — Kids First! Yes! Coalition that voters soundly rejected in 2000.

She has ardently supported the unlimited, unregulated growth of charter schools in Michigan, elevating for-profit schools with no consideration of the severe harm done to traditional public schools. She’s done this despite overwhelming evidence that proves that charters do no better at educating children than traditional public schools and serve only to exacerbate funding problems for cash-strapped public districts. We believe that all children have a right to a quality public education, and we fear that Betsy DeVos’ relentless advocacy of charter schools and vouchers betrays these principles.

Did your Congress person condemn Bannon?

169 Congressional representatives signed on to a letter pressuring Donald Trump to rescind his job offer to Steve Bannon.

First, find your congressperson (and their contact info) here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Then, check to see if they signed on to this effort to reverse Bannon’s appointment. There is a full list of participants here: https://cicilline.house.gov/press-release/cicilline-leads-169-reps-asking-president-elect-trump-reverse-bannon-appointment

If your congressperson is NOT on this list…

Write them a letter or email letting them know they failed to represent your interests. (You can try to call, but congressional offices are closed this week for Thanksgiving.) Here’s a sample letter for you to personalize:

Representative ___________,

My name is ______ ______. I am a voter and constituent. I was disapointed to learn that you did not sign on to Congressman Cicilline’s (D-RI) letter asking President-elect Donald Trump to rescind alt-right leader Steve Bannon’s appointment as White House Chief Strategist. Mr. Bannon represents the most extreme forms of bigotry, anti-Semitism, sexism and xenophobia, and should not be allowed anywhere near the white house. I urge you to reconsider your inaction on this matter – let Trump know that Mr. Bannon is an unacceptable appointee.

Follow this link to find your congressional representative’s contact information.

If your congressperson IS on this list…

Write them a letter or email and let them know that you appreciate them standing up to Trump’s bigoted appointees, and that you want them to continue opposing hatred at every turn. (You can try to call, but congressional offices are closed this week for Thanksgiving.) Here’s a sample letter for you to personalize:

Representative ___________,

My name is ______ ______. I am a voter and constituent. Thank you for having the courage and conviction to sign on to Congressman Cicilline’s (D-RI) letter asking President-elect Donald Trump to rescind alt-right leader Steve Bannon’s appointment as White House Chief Strategist. I hope that you will continue to oppose Trump’s egregious choice of appointees that represent the most extreme forms of bigotry, sexism, xenophobia and opportunistic science denialism.

Follow this link to find your congressional representative’s contact information.

Why this matters

This time, I’ll let the letter speak for itself. Here’s some key excerpts:

Since the election there have been a number of incidents across the country in which minorities, including Muslim Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Jewish Americans, have been the targets of violence, harassment and intimidation. Mr. Bannon’s appointment sends the wrong message to people who have engaged in those types of activities, indicating that they will not only be tolerated, but endorsed by your Administration.  Millions of Americans have expressed fear and concern about how they will be treated by the Trump Administration and your appointment of Mr. Bannon only exacerbates and validates their concerns.

Disturbingly, leading white nationalists like former KKK Grand Dragon David Duke, American Nazi Party Chairman Rocky J. Suhadya, Richard Spencer, Peter Brimelow, and Brad Griffin have praised the news of Mr. Bannon’s appointment.  We believe it should concern you that civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, are widely opposed to Mr. Bannon’s appointment.

You can read the full text of the letter here: https://cicilline.house.gov/press-release/cicilline-leads-169-reps-asking-president-elect-trump-reverse-bannon-appointment

Tell the speaker of the house: We want to keep the ACA

Let Speaker of the House Paul Ryan know that you support the ACA. He is currently conducting a hugely biased phone poll about whether Americans support the law, presumably in order to show that he has a “mandate” to repeal it from the American people, despite all unbiased polls to the contrary.

1) Call (202) 225-3031. This line works on weekends and at night!

2) If you get a recorded message saying the mailbox is full, hang up and call back. This is an error; you don’t need to leave a voicemail in order to vote in this poll.

3) When you get a recorded voice describing the phone tree options to you, press 2. Be patient; sometimes there is up to a minute and a half of silence before the recording starts.

4) You will now have to sit through an extremely biased lecture about the parts of the ACA the Speaker does not like, before you are allowed to answer the question about whether you support the ACA in general or not. Press 1 to show your support for the ACA.

5) After you have answered the question, you can stay on the line to leave Paul Ryan a voice mail. The voice mail box has been consistently full for the last few days, but every once in awhile you’ll be able to get through. If you are able, tell Paul Ryan why the Affordable Care Act matters to you.

Why does this matter?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes called Obamacare, has helped millions of Americans to access crucial health care services they otherwise would not be able to afford. The Republican party and Trump’s administration are hell-bent on repealing it.

To be able to show that the American people support the dismantling of the ACA, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is conducting a hugely biased phone poll. The poll has one question: Do you support President Obama’s health care plan?

Why is that biased? You have to listen to a long, partisan monologue about the evils of the plan before you are allowed to vote on it.

Let Paul Ryan know that you support the ACA, and these tricks to gain manufactured support will not cover him politically.