Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of March 19, 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/.

  • If you have concerns about President Trump’s new budget proposal: Call your three MoCs. Make this a separate call from other issues. Depending on your concerns, here are some possible things to address:  Script: Hi. I am a constituent from _ZIP_ calling to express my deep concern over the president’s proposed budget. Specifically, (choose one or two that concern you most and share a personal story related to it):
    • I don’t want my tax dollars paying for his wall or a bigger military.
    • I don’t want to pay a higher TSA fee or to privatize air traffic control.
    • I support national parks, the prevention of wildlife trafficking, and superfund pollution cleanup.
    • I support scientific research on the climate crisis and cancer.
    • I support the EnergyStar program that rates appliances’ efficiency.
    • I support loan guarantees for small businesses.
    • I support the arts and humanities, including quality programming like Sesame Street, NPR, and Public Broadcasting.
    • I support programs like WIC, school meals, housing subsidies, and medical care for people in need.

I am concerned that my tax dollars should support [adapt to your beliefs…people in need and programs for the public good.]  Where does _NAME_ stand on this proposed budget?

  • Defend a free American press.
    • Visit All Sides when you wish to see how particular issues and events are being reported from various perspectives.
    • Protect My Public Media is a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the United States. The goal of the campaign is to activate our audiences to support federal funding for public media by taking a stand for the local stations and programs they love.
    • The Free Press Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization fighting for our rights to connect and communicate. It does not support or oppose any candidate for public office.
  • Investigate possible Russian interference. Ask our legislators for transparency and truth regarding any possible Russian interference in the election and Trump ties to Russia. On MONDAY (3/20), the House Intelligence Committee holds the first hearing on the Russian election hacking. Although we featured this last week, again our representatives really need to hear our voices.
    • Some big questions: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/opinion/what-to-ask-about-russian-hacking.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0
    • Call any reps, and especially those listed here, members of the House Intelligence Committe  Ask them for an independent investigation of Russian interference: Devin Nunes (Chairman, R, CA-22); Mike Conaway (R, TX-11); Rick Crawford (R, AR-1); Trey Gowdy (R, SC-4); Will Hurd (R, TX-23); Peter King (R, NY-2); Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-2); Tom Rooney (R, FL-17); Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R, FL-27); Elise Stefanik (R, NY-21); Chris Stewart (R, UT-2); Mike Turner (R, OH-10); Brad Wenstrup (R, OH-2); Adam Schiff (Ranking Member, D, CA-28); André Carson (D, IN-7); Joaquin Castro (D, TX-20); Denny Heck (D, WA-10); Jim Himes (D, CT-4); Mike Quigley (D, IL-5); Terri Sewell (D, AL-7); Jackie Speier (D, CA-14); Eric Swalwell (D, CA-15).
    • Possible Script: Hello, I am one of your constituents in [___]. I am concerned about the possible foreign intervention from Russia into our presidential election. I encourage you to join your fellow senators and representatives in calling for a full inquiry. This is not a democratic or republican issue. Our nation is founded on free and fair elections, and foreign intervention puts our democracy at risk. History, and voters, will not look kindly on representatives in Congress who looked the other way when a foreign government infiltrated our elections. Thank you.
    • Common Defense, a diverse, grassroots organization of U.S. veterans and military family members who are fighting to preserve the core values we swore to uphold and defend would like us to join in their petition to investigate Trump’s connections to Russia: http://www.commondefensepac.org/investigate-trump-relationship-with-kremlin
  • 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.
  • If you feel Jeff Sessions should not continue as Attorney General if he lied under oath: Contact the Alabama State Bar to ask for further investigation. The Center for American Progress Action Fund suggests this action: “For any other lawyer in the country, perjury means disbarment, but so far there have been no consequences to Sessions’ actions. The standard for our nation’s top lawyer should be higher than that.
    • Read this letter to the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission.
    • Print out the letter
    • Address it to Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission P.O. Box 671 Montgomery, AL 36101
    • Mail it!
    • Call the Alabama State Bar at 334–269–1515 and call on them to #DisbarSessions.”