One of the best parts of the resistance is seeing people forming action groups and getting involved. This is sprouting up organically all over and is truly inspiring to see.
A great local resource that has been started since the election is Kelly’s weekly action list. (It’s much more nicely formatted in her emails than this post) Every week, Kelly collects calls to representatives at the state and federal level and has people gather Thursday afternoon to make them together. Several other groups have gotten in on the action and are using her list when they meet in each others homes.
If you want to join Kelly’s group, would like to get her list to use in your group, or -best of all- would like to form a group and use her list, shoot us an email at indivisibleyolo at gmail dot com and we’ll make sure you get added to the distribution list.
Below is the list for this week. Let us know if you use it, and take a pic of your group getting together!
Kelly’s List April 13, 2017
I believe health care is a basic human right.
Background: Many experts believe saving (or tinkering with) Obamacare, while a good first step, is not enough to solve Americans’ health care problems. Instead, we could join almost all other developed countries and guarantee health care for all. SB 562 would enact a single-payer system in California, leading the way for the nation. Google “SB 562” for more information.
Action: Call State Sen. Bill Dodd & Gov Jerry Brown, both of whom seem reluctant to endorse single-payer.
Contact info for Brown: (916) 445-2841 and State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Script: Hello, I am a constituent. My name is ___________ and I live in Davis. I would like to ask Sen. Dodd/Gov. Brown to support single-payer health care in California. Let’s make California a leader on this issue, and fix health care once and for all. [Share personal story if you have one.]
I believe our government should be free from foreign influence.
Background: As a penalty for Russia illegally annexing Ukrainian territory in Crimea, starting in 2014, President Obama issued a series of executive orders imposing increasingly heavy sanctions. The sanctions have had a crippling impact on the Russian economy and getting them lifted is a high priority for Putin. Prior to the Inauguration, Trump expressed an openness to lifting the sanctions and we now know that during that period,
General Michael Flynn, then on the Trump transition team, discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador (and lied about doing so). Concerned by this and Trump’s very friendly attitude towards Putin, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation to hamstring the Administration’s ability to act without the consent of Congress. A week later, the House followed suit with it’s own corresponding bill. We now know the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia are subject to an ongoing FBI investigation that started last July. It was reported yesterday that Exxon Mobil, formerly led by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is trying to get approval for an exemption from the sanctions to proceed with what could be a $500 Billion project with a Russian state- owned oil company which would greatly benefit Russia. Congress needs to stay on top of Russia sanctions and pass this legislation, especially while there are ongoing investigations into what may be a quid pro quo deal between Trump and Russia trading election help for lifting of the sanctions.
Action: Call or write to urge our senators to co-sponsor the Russia Sanctions Review Act of 2017 (HR 1059/S 341).
Script: Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I’m calling because I want to find out if [Rep/Sen____] is supporting the Russia Sanctions Review Act. I’m very concerned that the administration may attempt to strike a deal to do business with Russia despite numerous investigations into Russian meddling in our election. [wait for answer] If yes: I didn’t see Sen. Harris/Feinstein down as a co-sponsor…I would love to see my senator add her name to this important piece of bipartisan legislation. and I want Congress to stay on top of the issue by passing this bipartisan legislation. Thanks for taking my call!
I believe in the constitutional balance of powers.
Background: The Constitution gives the power to authorize military action to Congress. However, in recent decades, Congress has often failed to fully assert its prerogative and has acquiesced to the executive branch taking various military actions with flimsy Congressional authority. Many in Congress in both parties want Congress to play a more explicit role in authorizing military action in Syria and elsewhere. By dropping a MOAB in Afghanistan and threatening North Korea, Trump appears to be escalating military action. With an unpredictable and ill-informed president risking nuclear attack or retaliation, it is imperative that Congress perform its Constitutional duty and reassert its obligation to approve or disapprove of military force before it occurs.
Action: Call or write Feinstein, Harris, and Garamendi and tell them Congress must reassert its Constitutional duty and require the president to obtain Congressional approval before any further military action.
Script: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I’m concerned that the White House is carrying out military perations without Congressional approval. I urge [Sen/Rep____] to insist Congress reassert its Constitutional duty and require the president to obtain Congressional approval before any further military action in Syria, North Korea or anywhere else. I appreciate your time. Thank you!
I believe in common-sense immigration reform.
Background: Juan Manuel Montes is a 23-year- old who has lived in the U.S. for 14 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, or DREAMers as they are also called, are not currently targets of his mass deportation campaign. Despite Juan’s active DACA status, he was arrested by ICE agents in February and deported to Mexico within three hours of his arrest. His documentation was in a friend’s car, but the agents refused to let him retrieve them. Juan’s arrest and deportation set a chilling precedent for the more than 750,000 other young people who have gained the right to work and live in the U.S. under the DACA program.
Action: Call or write the Department of Homeland Security at 202-282- 8495 or The Honorable John F. Kelly,
Secretary of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C. 20528
Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I’m from [city, zip]. I’m calling to support the return of DACA recipient Juan Manuel Montes to his home in the United States. Montes’s deportation violated President Trump’s own statements. ICE should prioritize deportations for criminals who have committed violent crimes and respect the protected status of DACA recipients. [add personal story if you have one]
I believe in affordable public education.
Background: The College for All Act would provide free public university tuition for families earning up to 125,000 per year, covering about 80% of U.S. college students. The bill would also reduce student loan interest rates for new borrowers, allow existing borrowers to refinance at lower rates, and eliminate tuitions and fees at two-year community colleges. Student loan debt prevents people from buying homes, starting families, saving for retirement, and working in lower paying but crucial fields like social work and public education. It’s time to end the student debt crisis!
Action: Call or write Senator Feinstein and Rep. Garamendi (Harris is already a co-sponsor).
Script: Hi, my name is ________ and I’m a constituent from [city/zip]. I’m calling in support of [HR 1880 for House/S 806 for Senate], the “College for All” Act. This bill would give everyone access to an affordable college education. [add personal story if you have one] What is the senator/congressman’s position on this bill? [if yes: thank you! I’d like to see him/her add his/her name as a co-sponsor. If undecided: My neighbors and I are all in support of this bill…Please let the senator/congressman know that we are tracking this bill and want him/her to jump on board.]
Acts of Gratitude
Thank Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for defending Americans’ constitutional right to free speech. (See Reuters article)
o Address: (CG) 354 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
o Address: (ML) 361A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Thank Rep. Maxine Waters for her inspiring leadership and for speaking up for democracy.
o Address: 10124 S Broadway #1, Los Angeles, CA 90003
Thank Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) for supporting food assistance to Sudan and opposing Trump’s foreign aid cuts.
o Address: (BC) Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-425, Washington, DC 20510
o Address: (CC) 127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
D.C. Phone: (202) 224-3841
San Diego Phone: (619) 231-9712
San Francisco Phone: (415) 393-0707
Los Angeles Phone: (310) 914-7300
Fresno Phone: (559) 485-7430
Senator Kamala Harris
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
D.C. Phone: (202) 224-3553
Sacramento Phone: (916) 448-2787
Los Angeles Phone: (213) 894-5000
San Diego Phone: (619) 239-3884
Congressman John Garamendi
2438 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
D.C. Phone: (202) 225-1880
Davis Phone: 530-753- 5301
State Senator Bill Dodd
State Capitol, Room 5063
Sacramento, CA 95814
Capitol Office: (916) 651-4003
Vacaville Office: (707) 454-3808
Napa-Sonoma Office: (707) 224-1990
Vallejo Office: (707) 551-2389
State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0004
Capitol Office: (916) 319-2004
Woodland Office: (530) 662-7867
Technology News | Fri Apr 7, 2017 | 10:04pm EDT
Twitter case shows breadth of U.S. power to probe anti-Trump statements
By Alison Frankel and Dustin Volz | NEW YORK/WASHINGTON
An attempt by U.S. authorities to identify an anonymous critic of President Donald Trump on Twitter has set off larm bells among Democratic and Republican lawmakers and civil liberties advocates fearful of a crackdown on dissent.
Twitter Inc on Friday succeeded in beating back a demand for records about a Twitter account called ALT Immigration (@ALT_uscis), which pokes fun at Trump’s immigration policies and appears to be run by one or more federal employees.
The U.S. government withdrew an administrative summons that customs agents had sent the company in March demanding the records.
But the government backed away only after Twitter filed a federal lawsuit accusing it of violating the First
mendment’s protection of free speech. Customs agents could still continue the investigation using some other methods, civil liberties attorneys said.
Although authorities retreated, the case has laid bare the broad power of the U.S. government to demand information from technology companies, sometimes with no oversight from the courts and often with built-in secrecy provisions that prevent the public from knowing what the government is seeking.
The summons that Twitter received came from agents who investigate corruption and misconduct within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Even after it was withdrawn, some lawmakers had questions about the agency’s actions.
"CBP must ensure that any properly authorized investigation does not disregard the rights to free speech enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," two Republican U.S. senators, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Mike Lee of Utah, wrote in a letter on Friday to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
The senators asked whether the agency would ever ask a private company to divulge private records about a customer based solely on "non-criminal speech." Senate Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon called for an investigation of whether customs agents had violated a law by retaliating against an internal critic.
The Department of Homeland Security plans to respond directly to the senators, an official said on Friday.