Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of March 12, 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 5calls.org, actionalliance.co/, or roganslist.blogspot.com/.

  • Investigate conflicts of interest.
    • Ask your senator to support the Presidential Tax Transparency Act (S26).
    • Ask your MoC to support the Presidential Conflict of Interest Act (S 65/HR 371), which would require the President to divest financial assets which create a conflict of interest.
    • Ask your representative to support HR 186: “Of inquiry directing the Secretary of the Treasury to provide to the House of Representatives the tax returns and other specified financial information of President Donald J. Trump.” You may also be interested in the Tax March on April 15th.
    • Ask your representative to support HR 1452, the No Taxpayer Revenue Used to Monetize the Presidency act. The bill would prohibit federal funds being used to pay for events, overnight stays, food, and other expenses incurred at a hotel owned or operated by the President. Our taxpayer dollars should go to roads and schools—not to the pockets of any president.
  • Protect health care.
    • Call or contact your reps this week (again) to urge their vote against The American Health Care Act (AHCA) or at least to request that the Congressional Budget Office review and report first. Read here for a brief summary of what’s happening with the bill, who it affects and how. Read here from last week’s post for more info and script.
    • Ask your representative to vote against HR 1215, which would strip patient rights and protect corporations from lawsuits for medical neglect, abuse, and malpractice. Patient rights need to come first.
  • Oppose the new ban on refugees and Muslim immigrants. Keep calling your MoC, asking them to stand up and oppose the restrictions on refugees and on immigrants from 6 Muslim countries.  Trump’s own Department of Homeland Security has released two reports in the last week-and-a-half, both of which conclude that targeting these countries for a ban on entry is not a proper national security measure. You might use this very specific, well-researched script from Indivisible.  In addition:
    • Contact your local officials and tell them you want refugees in your community. The EO says that state and local jurisdictions should be granted a role in determining placement of refugees. Tell your town council you want refugees in your city. Ask them to pass a resolution. Tell your mayor. Call the governor. Ask your state legislatures to make a statement that refugees are welcome in your state. Our voices can make it clear refugees are welcome where we live.
    • Donate to organizations that support refugees (like the IRC) or that will be fighting this new EO (like the ACLU). The courts were absolutely essential to striking down the last one and we need them again.
    • A Muslim registry is unconstitutional, ineffective, and un-American. Join thousands ofAmericans who have already committed to keeping it from coming back.  https://registermefirst.com/
    • Support and encourage refugees and immigrants in your communities. Shop at their businesses. Volunteer to help them learn English. Give them rides. This can be draining and time-consuming, but is so important.
  • Investigate possible Russian interference. Ask our legislators for transparency and truth regarding any possible Russian interference in the election and Trump ties to Russia.
    • Contact your Senators and US Representative and ask them to push for a Special Prosecutor and an independent commission to investigate. Let them know that our nation’s electoral integrity is not a partisan issue.
    • Ask your Senators to support Senate bill 27, which calls for an independent commission to investigate Russian influence on our election and democracy.
    • Ask your US Representative to support H.R. 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would establish an independent, 12-member commission to fully examine Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
  • Stand with Standing Rock. The Army Corps of Engineers approved the Dakota Access Pipeline, ignoring the voices of millions of Americans who have stood with the Standing Rock Sioux. President Trump said, “I haven’t had one call’ complaining about Dakota Access Pipeline. I don’t even think it was controversial.” If you oppose the Dakota AccessPipeline, call the Army Corps of Engineers at 1-888-201-9377, and ask them to pass your message on to Trump. You could also post a selfie or video of your call and tag with a message such as: .@POTUS @realDonaldTrump says he’s had 0 calls against #NoDAPL. Wrong!