Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of April 30, 2017

This is only a partial list of actions which might be taken this week to defend ethical government. For more ideas, you might visit For more ideas, you might visit 5calls.orgactionalliance.co/, or roganslist.blogspot.com/.

  • Health Care: Trump and Paul Ryan are just a few votes short of what they need to pass TrumpCare in the House. The House Rules Committee is meeting today, and they’ve been hard at work all weekend trying to round up their votes. They’re very close, but they don’t have them yet. If you oppose this, let your MoCs know. Information and talking points here and here.
    • If you oppose the new version, call your representatives.  POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Please say your name, and where you live, so they know that you are a constituent. Tell your Representative to oppose passage of the revised health care plan, because it allows states to opt out of ACA insurance requirements for essential health benefits and to charge much higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Advocate for a special commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties. Newly-confirmed Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein can approve a special prosecutor or commission, but has previously hedged on this action. Speak up.
    • Call: Dept. of Justice comment line 202-353-1555 Postcard: USDoJ, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001 POSSIBLE SCRIPT: I am among the 58% of Americans who want an independent commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties. Trust in the four current investigations is compromised, and the Attorney General’s credibility is tarnished. Only an independent commission or special prosecutor will restore confidence.
    • Call your 3 MoCs and ask them to demand that the Deputy Attorney General appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the President, his ties to Russia and Russian interference in our election. POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].  I’m calling to ask [Rep/Sen____] to demand that the Deputy Attorney General appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the president, his ties to Russia and Russian interference in our election.  I greatly appreciate your time.
  • Defend our Constitution: Trump has attacked the constitutional checks and balances built in to US governance. “It’s a very rough system,” he said. “It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”  We must defend our Constitution against Trump’s authoritarian nature and Bannon’s influence:. We can continue to call for oversight, and increase our calls for getting Bannon out of the White House.
  • Support the science of climate change. The day before the Climate March, the Trump Administration removed all reference to climate science from the EPA website.  We can respect science and keep informed: here are two in-depth articles about the climate crisis.  In addition, we can understand that women, especially in developing nations, are often uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change for a wide range of reasons. For instance, because of their role in caregiving, women are often the last to leave an area in the grip of a climate change-related natural disaster, and therefore are more likely to die. Women in some communities may not have access to education that could help them combat the effects of drought on crops and livestock, which are traditionally their responsibility.  On top of all this, our current administration represents a perfect storm for these women. Trump’s agenda simultaneously looks to slash foreign aid –  including programs aimed at empowering women in developing nations, cut off access to family planning for those women via the “global gag rule,” and defund climate change science.  We have to stand up for our sisters in other lands. Once again, women bear the brunt of catastrophic policies, but we’re not going to take it any longer.
    • Write: Make a postcard of the scientific method to help science deniers. See the scientific method wikipedia page, then write or draw the 7-step process on a postcard and send it to climate science deniers in the current administration: Scott Pruitt (address), Rex Tillerson (address), Ryan Zinke (address), Rick Perry (address), Tom Price (address), Wilbur Ross (address).  Involve your kids if you have some. Add: “The climate crisis is real.”
    • Get Local!  350.org is building a grassroots climate change movement, which you can take part in locally by attending events, participating in calls to action, or even starting your own group. Explore the site, find a campaign and spread the word on social, or take the steps needed to join or start a local group.
  • Oppose Trump running his business at taxpayer expense. Call: Your 3 MoCs (lookup). Blue or red.  POSSIBLE SCRIPT: I’m a constituent from _ZIP_, calling because I want to know why I my hard-earned tax money is sending Trump to Florida to play golf, paying for his kids’ security while they fly around the world to make him money, and funding Secret Service members staying in Trump’s hotels? This is not normal. It’s corruption. I’d like to know what _NAME_ is doing about it. Bonus: Install the Don’t Pay Trump Chrome extension.
  • We are all immigrants. Our national heritage is the quilted fabric of a nation of people hailing from different nations of origin — some generations ago, some just days ago. We all benefit from the freedoms afforded to us by the Constitution, and we all contribute to this great nation through the work we do in our jobs and in our struggles to maintain freedom and justice in our land.
    • Get informed. Read this ABC News article to learn why immigrants are essential to the American economy and workforce. Read this PBS News Hour article about how, despite rhetoric from the Trump administration, half of the immigrants targeted by ICE have had only traffic infractions or no criminal record at all. And read this Business Insider article about how the Supreme Court is now hearing the case of a woman whose citizenship was revoked for a minor infraction. SHARE THESE ARTICLES on social media to help other people get informed.
    • Ask your MoCs to stand with immigrants. Tell your members of Congress that ICE is splitting up families across the nation and in your own state, taking mothers away from their children — even disabled and very young children. Ask your MoCs to make a statement that this is immoral, unethical, not what Utah needs and must stop.
    • Send a postcard to congressional leaders. Fill out this online postcard form to send a quick postcard to your MoCs, then spread the word to others to do the same by tweeting: Immigrant communities are under attack! Help @RI4A protect them: http://bit.ly/2nQD2Qj #RiseUp
    • Oppose the deportation of DREAMers. Call or write your 3 MoCs. POSSIBLE SCRIPT: I’m from ZIP and want to express my support for a healthy, sane immigration policy in the US. Except for Native Americans and the descendents of slaves, our country is made up of immigrants and is stronger for this diversity. What is NAME doing to support DREAMers and offering a path to citizenship?
    • Get to know immigrants. Join an event in your community to get to know and understand the immigrant families working and living around you, such as one of Utah Islamic Center’s weekly “Meet the Muslims” events or next week’s Burundi Cultural Night.
    • Write an immigrant mama. Immigrants are afraid and struggling in today’s political climate. Reach out to an immigrant mother for Mama’s Day by sending a note of solidarity and support through Presente.org’s online letter form.
    • If in Utah: Join Action Utah’s Immigrant Allies Team. Get alerts about local UT events and press conferences to help rally community members to the aid of immigrants and deportees in our own communities. Join by emailing mobilize@actionutah.org.
  • Advocate for gun safety. After so many senseless deaths by guns in the wrong hands, the last thing we need is more guns and gun availability.  HR 38, also known as “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017,” would create a federal right of reciprocity for holders of a state permit to carry a concealed firearm. This bill has over 180 co-sponsors.  If you oppose this, contact your MoCs to say you do not want more guns, but fewer guns.