Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of April 2, 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.org, actionalliance.co/, or roganslist.blogspot.com/.

  • Oppose unconstitutional religious discrimination. Muslims contribute much to our country.  Let the White House know you expect freedom of religion to be honored: 202-456-1111.  POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Freedom of religion is a core principle of our Constitution. I oppose the laptop ban and extreme vetting of Muslim immigrants. America is a better place when it welcomes immigrants. I will remember these actions and other recent bans at the next election and vote accordingly.
  • Speak out against racism and misogyny in media. Email or write FOX News (1211 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10036) and remind them that what’s in Maxine Waters’ head matters much more than what’s on it. (If you’re a Republican or a viewer, mention this.) Let FOX know that you disapprove of passing off misogyny and racism as humor.
  • Continue to insist on truth and transparency about Trump’s ties to Russia.
    • Thank Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) for publicly supporting Nunes’ recusal: 2333 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Ask your MoCs to insist on Nunes being removed as Chair of House Intel: POSSIBLE SCRIPT: Hi. This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in zip code [ZIP]. Intel Committee Chairman Nunes has shown he can’t be impartial and needs to be removed as head of the Committee’s Russia investigation. I’d like [Rep____] to call on Speaker Ryan to remove Nunes as head of the investigation.  Thank you so much for taking my message.
    • There is hope that the Senate will step up to the bat. Senate Intel Committee Leaders Burr (R-NC) and Warner (D-VA) pledged to conduct an aggressive and bipartisan Russia investigation, and interview key Trump and intelligence officials along the way. The Senate investigation “amounts to a credibility test for Republicans under the Trump administration,” so stay tuned.
    • Ask your MoCs to insist that the [House/Senate] Intelligence Committee call Sally Yates to testify in an open hearing. POSSIBLE SCRIPT: This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].  I’m calling to ask [Rep/Sen____] to pressure the [House/Senate] Intelligence Committee call Sally Yates to testify in an open hearing.  Thanks and I greatly appreciate your time.
  • Serve the elderly or the blind.
    • Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Budget Chief, said the Meals on Wheels program (which would becompletely defunded under Trump’s proposed budget) is “just not showing any results.” Yet more than 2 million people, including 500,000 Veterans, depend on the service.  Consider volunteering for Meals on Wheels in a way that works for your schedule: a one time thing, a once a month gig, or maybe you have time to do it every week! Some locations even need help in their kitchens preparing food. Check their website and find a volunteering opportunity that works for you. If you are hard-pressed for time, you can visit their site for other ideas for advocacy, shopping, or donations.
    • Download theBe My Eyes app, which connects sighted people with people who have varying degrees of visual impairment.  How it works: The blind or visually-impaired person submits a request for assistance (think reading a medication label or food expiration date) and the sighted person connects with them over a video call and lends a hand with any day-to-day challenge presented.  Right now the app is only for devices with iOS (Apple) but you can sign up to be notified when an Android-compatible version is ready. After you download or sign up, post on social media with #BeMyEyes to spread the word.
  • Consider taking part in an upcoming march: