Demand your senators care about Russian espionage

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Senators McCain, Graham, Schumer and Reed have released a joint statement emphasizing the seriousness of the Russian espionage and interference with the election and calling for an investigation. This is a good first step, but we need to get to work on this NOW, before the electoral college meets, not next year.

Please do as many of the following as you are able, and share widely. You can do these things more than once.

Call or write your Senators

Call and write your Senators, particularly Republican Senators, and make clear that (1) you endorse this joint statement, (2) you take this matter very seriously, (3) you demand that your Senators publicly endorse the joint statement and push for a full investigation into Russian espionage during the election. This is vital. Here is a link to find the contact information for your senators: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Here is a sample script you can read when you call them (preferred), or use as the basis for a letter/e-mail to them.

My name is ________ ________. I am a voter and a constituent. I want Senator _______ to know that I endorse the joint statement about Russian espionage’s effect on the election by Senators McCain, Graham, Schumer and Reed, and I want to see this matter taken extremely seriously by the entire senate. If you have not already, I want to see you publicly endorse this joint statement and join the push for a full investigation into Russian espionage during the election. Please do this immediately, before inauguration day.

Contact Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan

Whether they are your representatives or not, please still contact Senator McConnell and Speaker Ryan to demand that they endorse the joint statement and support a full investigation. Emphasize that Senators McCain and Graham are putting country over party and that all elected officials must do the same. Push this message out on blogs, on Twitter, on your social media pages. When you get pushback, continue to emphasize that our elected leaders need to put country over party.

Senator McConnell:
202-224-2541
https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform

Speaker Ryan:
202-225-0600
https://paulryan.house.gov/contact/

Trend the hashtag #CountryOverParty

Demand that the media focus on this issue like a laser. The incoming President and his team will try to distract the media with outrageous statements and inflammatory tweets. Write letters to the editor. Email the public editors of newspapers. Tweet and email cable news shows. Demand that all of them treat this story with the seriousness it requires. Tell them that you want to see serious investigative journalism on this issue.

Demand that Standing Rock protesters not be threatened with fines

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Call the office of North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and tell him you want to see the fine on delivering supplies to the Standing Rock protesters lifted, and access to emergency services fully restored.

The phone number is: (701) 328-2200

If you would rather send an email, there is a contact form here: https://www.governor.nd.gov/contact-us

My name is ______ _________. (If you are a resident of North Dakota, mention that. Otherwise, say you are a citizen of the USA.) I am calling to let Governor Dalrymple know that threatening to fine people who enter the Standing Rock camp is unacceptable. The Standing Rock protesters have a moral duty to remain in that location regardless of the weather, and attempting to discourage those who would increase their safety by bringing them much needed supplies such as food, fuel, warm clothing or adequate shelter only further endangers them. I also want to urge the Governor to reconsider his order of providing emergency services to the Standing Rock camp only on a “case by case” basis.

Why this matters

Citing “harsh winter conditions,” North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple issued an emergency evacuation order to the protestors at Standing Rock. As a result, emergency response services such as ambulances may be denied to protestors who remain to block construction of the oil pipeline, and will only be provided on a “case by case basis.” Just as bad, a $1,000 fine is now possible on anyone caught entering the camp or bringing the protestors supplies such as water, food or even outhouses.

A great deal of money and preparation has already gone into preparing for North Dakota’s harsh winters by the water protectors. This order seeks to make conditions in the camp so unbearable and dangerous that the protestors are forced to evacuate and clear the way for construction to continue.

Tell the Senate: Vote on Obama’s supreme court pick

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Sign Senator Jeff Merkle’s petition to tell the Senate to do its job and confirm Obama’s supreme court nominee: http://www.jeffmerkley.com/petition/give-garland-a-vote/e/

Then, if you have time, call as many of your senators as you can and tell them directly. Here is the link to find your Senators: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

My name is _____ ______. I am a voter and a constituent. I am calling to tell Senator _________ that I want the senate to do its job and hold a vote on Senator Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Garland, immediately.

Why this matters

Since 1975 the Senate has taken an average of 67 days to vote on Supreme Court nominees. It is now more than eight months after the President made a nomination, and the Senate has failed to hold a single hearing on Judge Garland’s nomination. Per the constitution, the Senate’s duty is to provide “advice and consent” on the President’s Supreme Court nominations.

We have mere weeks until Donald Trump is sworn in as President and replaces Judge Garland’s nomination with his own pick for the Supreme Court.

Condemn attacks on unarmed clean water protectors

Law enforcement fired tear gas, rubber bullets, noise cannons and water cannons at unarmed protesters in sub zero temperatures at Standing Rock.

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Yes, this is a second thing to do today to help keep America Great, but this is in response to an unfolding emergency situation happening at Standing Rock.

CALL THESE NUMBERS TODAY

White House (202) 456-1111

White House (202) 456-1414 US

Department of Justice (202) 353-1555

Morton County Sheriff’s Dept. (701) 667-3330

North Dakota Governor’s Office (701) 328-2200

Tell them you condemn the attacks on unarmed water protectors, you support the protectors’ cause, and you demand that the constitutional right to peaceful assembly and protest be upheld and defended. Here is a sample script to get you started:

My name is ______ ______. I am a US citizen and resident of [CITY], [STATE]. I am calling to demand that constitutional right to peaceful assembly and protest be upheld in Standing Rock, North Dakota. The attacks on unarmed protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets, noise cannons, and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures is criminal. Please intervene to stop this brutality immediately and prevent it from ever happening again. I am in support of the water defenders and want to see you support their cause too.

Why does this matter?

Amnesty International has a great explanation. On October 29th, Amnesty International sent human rights observers to monitor the response of law enforcement to protests at Standing Rock. The following is quoted from the Amnesty International press release that explains their concerns:

  • The decision to disperse an assembly should be a last resort and should be communicated clearly and with ample time for people to comply. If a small minority tries to turn a peaceful assembly into a violent one, police should protect the peaceful protestors and not use isolated violence as a pretext to impede the rights of the majority of protestors.
  • Police should not use force against protestors simply for assembling; the decision to disperse an assembly should only be taken when there are no other means available to protect public order from an imminent risk of violence; and the type of equipment used to disperse an assembly must be carefully considered and used only when necessary, proportional and lawful.
  • Police should not selectively enforce laws against the media, legal observers, or protest organizers.
  • Arrest and detention should be carried out in accordance with the law and should not be used as a means to prevent peaceful protest or to intimidate or punish people for participating in a public assembly.
  • If people are arrested, police should not use restraints in an excessive manner; people who are arrested should have access to food and water, restrooms, medical attention, and legal counsel.