Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of May 14, 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/.

  • Continue to act on the Code Purple issued last week. Find more details at the original post, but in sum:
    • Continue the Purple Rain letters to Jason Chaffetz, head of the Oversight Committee, encouraging him to investigate ties between Russia and the Trump administration, as well as Director Comey’s firing.
    • Call your MoCs. Again.
    • Send a message to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the need for Sessions to be dismissed (he recused himself but then meddled in Russia with his suggestions re: Comey’s firing) and a special prosecutor to be appointed.
    • Read MWEG’s Open Letter to Chaffetz, then post a civil comment to balance any negative trolls.
    • Pray!
  • Consider supporting EPA protections and the Paris agreement. The Paris agreement, signed in 2015 by 196 countries including the US, asks each country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to regularly increase their ambitions. The US pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Here’s ten things you should know, according to the Nature Conservancy.  This article also makes the case for the Paris Agreement from a business perspective. Yet senior administration officials have begun meeting to discuss whether the US should abandon the agreement. According to the Washington Post, officials are considering whether the US should “stay in the agreement but renegotiate it in some form, or opt out entirely. Even if Trump decides to abandon the agreement — which is not a treaty, and therefore did not undergo Senate ratification — it may take three years for the United States to formally withdraw from it.”
    • Today is the last day to submit comments on the Trump- proposed rollbacks of EPA protections.  Here are 23 of them.  For those of us needing a little help figuring how to do the comments on the EPA, this explanation from Indivisible Ventura can help.
    • Contact EPA Chief Scott Pruitt who opposes the Paris Agreement, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry who wants to revise the agreement, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who wants to stay in the agreement. Tell them that climate change is real, and that we cannot afford to wait any longer to cut harmful carbon emissions and combat climate change.
      • EPA Chief Scott Pruit: Write: Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460. Or more info here.
      • Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson (his Contact Us page is impossible!): Call: 202-647-4000. Or write: Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520
      • Secretary of Energy Rick Perry: Email: Secretary@hq.doe.gov. Phone: 202-586-5000. Fax: 202-586-4403. Mail: U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585
    • Oppose the EPA’s waiving of regulations on the neurotoxin, chlorpyrifos.  Visit the EPA chlorpyrifos comment page by June 5. Click dark blue button on right. POSSIBLE SCRIPT: I object to the denial of the petition to revoke tolerance for chlorpyrifos, a dangerous chemical that causes birth defects and neurological damage. The MSDS states, “Fetotoxicity and fetal developmental abnormalities were observed in a chronic ingestion study of pregnant mice . . . Effects reported in [human] workers repeatedly exposed include impaired memory and concentration, acute psychosis, severe depressions, social withdrawal, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, spatial disorientation, nightmares, sleepwalking, and drowsiness or insomnia.” Most farmers know to use less harmful, more effective chemicals to solve pest problems. All tolerances for this chemical should be revoked.
  • Support HR356 & S27, bills for investigation of Russian interference in the Presidential Election. The bills are currently with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (members listed below) and the Senate Rules & Administration Committee (members listed below); we can urge them to move it forward.
    • Possible Script: Dear Senator/Rep____. I am a Voter and your Constituent and I am writing to ask you to support the [HR356/S27] so that any attempts by the Russians to influence or interfere with the 2016 Presidential election may be thoroughly examined. Thank you.
    • HR 356: Sponsor Eric Swallwell and Co-Sponsors (199) listed here. Urge members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Members from AL CA FL HI IL MA MO NC NJ NY NV OH PA RI SC TX VA WI to move the bill forward.  Address List for House Foreign Affairs Committee here.
    • S27: Sponsor: Ben Cardin and Co-Sponsors (26) here.  Urge Members from AL CA IL KS KY ME MN MO MS NE NM NY NV TN TX VA VT WV to move the bill forward.  Address List for Senate Rules Committee here.
  • Health and Health Care:
    • Continue to contact your MoCs about the health care you value.
    • Orrin Hatch, one of the 13 men on the all-male Senate Healthcare group tasked with rewriting health care policy (the Senate apparently doesn’t want to touch the AHCA), recently made a statement to a reporter about the replacement bill. He said, “Let’s face it, once you get them on the dole, they’ll take every dime they can. We’ve got to find some way of getting things under control or this country and your future is going to be gone.” Action Utah has a good response to this statement; read it here (scroll down a bit or search for Carrie Butler, the author).
    • Voice your objection to the all-male senate healthcare group. Write: Sen. Mitch McConnell, 317 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510.  Possible Script: Not everyone is at the table to discuss health care, Sen. McConnell. 51% of the US population is female. 37% is not white. 19% has a disability. By these statistics, your committee should have six women, four minorities, and two disabled people. Leaving these voices out could harm those excluded from the conversation. Please make it right.
  • Support healthy meals in schools. Write Secretary Sonny Purdue 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250. Possible script: As a parent (or tax-paying community member), I oppose your plan to make school lunches less healthy. Your priority should be protecting the health of America’s youngest citizens, not the interests of corporate agriculture.
  • Acts of Gratitude. Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle stickers for some gratitude mail.
    • Thank Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for opposing Comey’s firing and advocating for a select committee to investigate 45. Once again putting country over party shows outstanding leadership. Address: 218 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
    • Thank Patty Murray (D-WA) for saying it matters to have women at the table regarding health care. Address: 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
    • Thank Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) for joining the call for an independent prosecutor for the Russia investigation. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-republican-tom-mcclintock-calls-for-1494519776-htmlstory.html   Let’s thank him and ask him to convince his colleagues to join him. Address: Tom McClintock, 2200A Douglas Blvd Ste 240, Roseville CA 95661  (Washington DC phone: 202-225-2511)
    • Thank Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) for her initiative creating her own healthcare plans and reaching out to moderate Democrats. This is what democracy looks like. Address: 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
    • Thank Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Susan Collins (R-ME) for voting against the repeal of methane gas emissions protections. You are an example for your party on how to avert the climate crisis. Address: Sen. Graham, 290 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 (for others, see above)
    • Thank Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) for questioning the value of Session’s plans for tougher sentencing for drug-related crime. Your advocacy for being “smart on crime” is appreciated. Address: 361A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
    • Thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for supporting an independent investigation after Comey’s firing. As a Dem/Rep/other, I admire your leadership and integrity. Address: 522 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
    • Thank Rep. Mike Coffman (R-C)) for calling for an independent investigation into Russia. Find various offices through which to contact him here.
    • Thank Ana Navarro, conservative strategist and pundit, who this weekend said that Republicans should stop acting like members ‘of the Donald Trump cult’. http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/13/politics/navarro-donald-trump-cult-cnntv/ Let’s thank her for publicly and continually putting country before party and calling out this administration.  Comment on her Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Ana-Navarro-1500169186928411/  or tweet her @ananavarro
  • Slowing down nuclear strikes. Markey (D-MA) has introduced S. 200, the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act,” to make a president—any President—unable to launch a nuclear strike without a declaration of war from Congress.  The Union of Concerned Scientists urges us to write to our MoC and tell them to immediately cosponsor this bill.
  • We are a nation of immigrants.
    • The filmmakers featured in this story want to lessen anti-immigrant feeling in America, which, thanks to the xenophobic rhetoric of Trump. By making short films about recent immigrants in the U.S. and marketing them via “sponsored posts” on Facebook, Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine want to reach people who “whose social media preferences suggest they might not be sympathetic to the plight of newcomers to the United States.” The films are insightful and timely; the social media strategy is ingenious.
    • Support advocacy for asylum seekers. According to Human Rights First, US border agents are illegally turning away asylum seekers at the border. Help advocate for their legal rights.  Here is the Human Rights Fund’s report on the treatment of asylum seekers.
    • The search continues for any justification that can be found to revoke the status of those Haitians who came to the US under the Temporary Protected Status Program. We must protest this ICE hunt for a reason to deport these immigrants from Haiti by writing to the US Immigration & Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW, Washington DC 20536