Weekly Action Recommendations: Week of March 5, 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/, roganslist.blogspot.com/, or docs.google.com/document/d/15p97NYoLKIYuqe1Kp3Syo5JwkoWnF9Vk83FNMZZ2LeQ/preview.

  • Unite American families. Ask your Representative to support the bipartisan American Families United Act (H.R. 1036). See http://www.americanfamiliesunited.org/i601 for more information.
  • Investigate Russian interference. While the issue is being looked at by the Intelligence Committees in both the House and the Senate, this may not be sufficient. Ask your MoC to publicly demand an independent bipartisan commission and special prosecutor like the 9-11 attacks had. This conversation with Evan McMullin on “All Things Considered” gives more information (5:27-7:55).
  • Protect DREAMers. Ask your MoC to support the BRIDGE Act (S.128 for senators, H.R. 496 for reps). This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), would protect DREAMers by continuing to provide them with temporary stays of deportation and work permits. More information and a calling script available at: https://5calls.org/#issue/rece7Uc2zay3scFlV. In addition, call the Department of Homeland Security (202-282-8495) and ask that DACA recipient Daniela Vargas be immediately released from detention. Ask the Department to instruct ICE to truly prioritize their immigration enforcement raids and arrests on criminals who have committed violent crimes. More information and a calling script available: https://5calls.org/#issue/recwoHib7TBEBBkiE.
  • Support Health Care. An ACA repeal plan, which could have a massive financial impact on Americans as well as affect their ability to access health care, is being written in private without input from Democrats or the American public. Call your MoC to demand that the Congressional Budget Office review any ACA repeal plan: this will help establish the objective impact on things like insurance premiums, insurance coverage, and the overall federal budget. More information at https://5calls.org/#issue/recGrjFZPDNDIm5Ke.
  • Educate vulnerable populations. Download and print any of these flyers (https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights) to distribute to places where vulnerable populations may spend time. Help educate people about their rights (and know your own!).
  • The Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act (S65, HR 371) has been sent to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The following Senators are on the committee; if they represent you, especially if they are Republicans, contact them to express support for the act: Ron Johnson (R-WI) Chairman, John McCain (R-AZ), Rob Portman (R-OH), Rand Paul (R-KY), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Hoeven (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Gary Peters (D-MI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA).
  • Another tactic if you are concerned about conflicts of interest is to call (212-416-6218) and email (nyag.consumerbureau@ag.ny.gov) Eric Schniederman, New York Attorney General. His office is tallying public support, not only from New Yorkers. The Attorney General wants to investigate Trump’s possible violations of the Emoluments Clause. Your email can be as simple as: “Please investigate President Trump’s possible violations of the Emoluments Clause.” More information at https://freespeechforpeople.org/revoke-trump-charter/