Actions for the Week
First, here’s how your voices made a difference last week:
- The 9th Federal Court of Appeals ruled unanimously to maintain the freeze on Donald’s immigration ban immediately for national security reasons, and they forcefully asserted their ability to serve as a check on the president’s power.
- Rep Stephanie Murphy’s bill that would forbid Steve Bannon and other political partisans like him from serving on the National Security Council has passed review by the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Armed Services Committees. It has more than 90 House reps sponsoring it
Monday, Feb. 13
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All day. Call SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVES and demand a congressional investigation in Michael Flynn’s communications with Russia.
Michael Flynn, national security advisor to the Trump administration, contacted Russian officials prior to President Trump’s inauguration. Not only did Flynn act illegally, his relations with Russia continue to reveal a troubling relationship between the Trump camp and Russia. These actions must not only be condemned, but also congressionally investigated.
All day. Call SENATORS to oppose the nomination of Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary.
Wall Street’s Favorite Nominee. Putting a former Goldman Sachs banker and hedge fund billionaire in control of the Treasury Department would set loose the biggest alligator the D.C. swamp has seen yet. At every opportunity, Mnuchin has taken advantage of vulnerable people in order to enrich himself. He will do the same to the American people if confirmed.
Foreclosure king. Mnuchin made millions off of the misery of American families by aggressively foreclosing on desperate homeowners during the depths of the housing crisis, including suing to foreclose on a 90-year-old woman’s home for a 27 cent payment error.
Racist history. Under his leadership as Chairman, subprime mortgage bank OneWest faced allegations that it consistently violated the Fair Housing Act by systematically refusing to locate bank branches in areas with high populations of racial minorities and refusing to grant mortgages to people of color.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
All day. Deliver valentines to your local MoC’s district office! Ask them to do a Town Hall, save the ACA, or other sweet nothings. (And remember: votes are not valentines; they are chess moves.)
All day. Call SENATORS and HOUSE REPS about Trump’s conflicts of interest. With Donald’s many conflicts of interest once again front and center given his attack on Nordstrom (and the appalling retweet from @POTUS) and Kellyanne Conway’s illegal infomercial for Ivanka Trump’s products in a news interview, we need to put pressure on the Senate to bring the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 (which would require the president to put his investments in a blind trust and cooperate in annual reports on his financial interests) to a vote. It was introduced Jan 9 and the GOP has sat on it since. We must also demand our individual House representatives vote on HR 371, which is the companion bill in the house and has similarly been stalled by Republican lawmakers.
Here’s a simple sample script for your Senators:
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Call your HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE and tell them to oppose the Electoral Assistance Commission Termination Act (HR 634). The bill recently passed out of committee and would eliminate the Electoral Assistance Commission (EAC), the only institution that oversees the security of voting systems, and states’ compliance with federal voting registration laws.
Thursday, Feb. 16
Call your SENATORS to oppose Trump’s stolen Supreme Court pick. Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court. Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court – not just because he’s a conservative firebrand, far from the mainstream of American jurisprudence, nor solely because he’s been a hardline opponent of reproductive rights – though both of those things are deeply worrisome. No, Gorsuch doesn’t belong because Donald Trump should not have a vacancy to fill.
Friday, Feb. 17
Ask your Member of Congress to host a town hall about the ACA so you can encourage them to oppose repeal. We have lots of resources on the ACA.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Sunday, Feb. 19
Self-care Sunday! If you need a break, do something nice for yourself.