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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.

Tell the Chair of the House Committee on Science: Focus on Climate Change

The Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology needs to be sent a wake-up call about climate change.

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Congressman Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (and climate change denier) is conducting a one question survey about what congress should prioritize in 2017. His options are all Republican talking points such as repealing Obamacare, or “other.”

Please take the survey, select “other”, and write-in “Climate change mitigation”

The link to take the survey is: https://iqconnect.lmhostediq.com/iqextranet/EForm.aspx?__cid=TX21LS&__fid=100039

 

 

Ask Trump to hold all his advisers equally accountable

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Contact President Elect Trump and let him know that you approve of his firing Michael G. Flynn from his transition team for spreading dangerous fake news stories on Twitter, and you want to see his father, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (whom Trump appointed as his national security adviser) held accountable for the same behavior.

Here is the link to contact Donald Trump: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/contact

To get you started, here is a sample message. Feel free to use it as is, or to personalize it.

President Elect Trump,

My name is ________ ________. I am a US citizen and a voter, and I am writing to applaud your decision to fire Michael G. Flynn over his promotion of dangerously false news stories via his twitter account. Accurate reporting is crucial to a healthy democracy, and people who spread falsehoods have no place in government.

I hope that you will continue this show of good judgement by removing other members of your transition team or cabinet who have been repeatedly guilty of promoting easily disproved faux news, starting with Michael’s father, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn. Lt. Gen. Flynn has shared many fake news stories, such as ones alleging that Mrs. Clinton committed felonies and has posted his own Islamophobic views.

This country has many real problems to solve, and it is unproductive and dangerous for us to waste our time on baseless conspiracy theories.

Again, here’s that link to contact Trump: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/contact

Why this matters

If Trump’s own national security adviser can’t tell the difference between fake news and real news, he is obviously in a position to give advice that is not just terrible, but has tragic consequences. Our government must not order military actions or base foreign or domestic policy on easily disprovable fantasies.

These fake news stories that Trump and his associates have been spreading on Twitter have already led to a shooting in a pizzeria, after the owner was targeted by vicious libel because he had held fundraisers for Hillary Clinton. This is only the beginning of the tragedies that can happen when our elected officials buy into – and spread – conspiracy theories against their enemies.

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.

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.

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

Demand the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigate Trump’s financial conflicts

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Call Jason Chaffetz’s office directly. Chaffetz is the congressman from Utah and Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and let him know you want the committee to make sure Donald Trump does not have any financial conflicts of interest.
Phone: (202) 225-7751

“I’m —- —– , a US citizen and voter calling to let Chairman Chaffetz know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s “financial arrangements” for potential conflicts of interest before he’s sworn in as president. Please immediately begin conducting a review to ensure that President-elect Trump does not have any actual or perceived conflicts of interests. I want the Committee to make sure Trump and his advisors comply with all legal and regulatory ethical requirements.”

Why this matters

The number of conflicts of interests that Donald Trump brings with him into office are unprecedented, many of which call into question even his own campaign promises. For example, multiple Chinese owned banks are in business with Trump. Let us not forget that Trump just paid 21 million dollars to avoid standing trial for corrupt business practices.  Meanwhile, foreign diplomats are booking rooms at Donald Trump‘s hotels in the hopes that putting money directly into the pocket of the President Elect will earn their countries favor.

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.

Fight Myron Ebell’s appointment as head of the EPA

Donald Trump has selected a climate change denier to head the EPA.

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Please add your name and comments to the following petitions:

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-don-t-let-myron-ebell-dismantle-the-epa

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/keep-myron-ebell-from

Then send Donald Trump a message voicing your displeasure. 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 writing to express my disappointment that you would select Myron Ebell to head the EPA, an agency that is meant to protect human health and the environment. Myron Ebell has shown himself to be a friend only of the fossil fuel industry, with no regard to the health of the American people. I urge you to reconsider his selection.

Again, here’s that link to contact Trump.

Why does this matter?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exists to protect human health and the environment for future generations, by writing and enforcing regulations. This is how the EPA describes their mission:

  • all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work;
  • national efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information;
  • federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively;
  • environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
  • all parts of society — communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments — have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
  • environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive; and
  • the United States plays a leadership role in working with other nations to protect the global environment.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, President-elect Trump’s pick for the new head of the EPA is Myron Ebell, is about as antithetical to this mission of protecting human health and the environment as you could possibly get! Mr. Ebell is a proud climate change denier despite not having any scientific experience (although, he’s also argued that if climate change is real, it would “have benefits”). Do you know who’s concerned about climate change other than scientists? The Pentagon: they consider it a major threat to national security. He wants to throw out the Clean Power Plan. He’s worked to reduce protections for endangered species.

This article from the New York Times describes Ebell’s stance on environmental policy and enumerates many troubling aspects of appointing Ebell to lead the EPA Transition in the Trump Administration.

Make your voice heard: Myron Ebell is an unacceptable choice for head of the EPA.