Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday 9/18 Call to Action

Tuesday
Brett Kavanaugh
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, came forward this weekend to put her name to the charges of sexual assault alleged to have been committed by Brett Kavanaugh. Initially, Dr. Ford did not want her story to become public due to the negative repercussions of being associated with such an event, but she made the brave choice to sacrifice her anonymous life so that her allegations of sexual misconduct would be taken seriously. I can imagine that that choice took a lot of guts. I don’t think life in the next few months will be easy for her. This situation is similar to the Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991 when Anita Hill testified that Thomas sexually harassed her when they worked together. She too was reluctant to come forward to put her name in the media and her fear was justified. Let’s hope we have learned a lesson over these years to believe women. Let’s hope.
https://www.aclu.org/…/full-investigation-needed-sexual-ass…
A vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was set for this coming Thursday, and Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee wanted to quickly tidy up Dr. Ford’s accusations with a private meeting or phone call. They dragged their feet against changing this for as long as they could before finally capitulating just a bit. Dr. Ford will now testify on Monday before the Senate with a vote on Kavanaugh to follow later in the week. Democrats in the committee are protesting the decision to have a hearing on Monday insisting that the FBI should reopen Kavanaugh’s background check before any public hearings. The republicans, as you may guess, are against that. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/21db2860-ba6c-11e8-9812-a3…
You may remember, last December our former senator, Al Franken was facing accusations of improper conduct. At that time, Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski made statements asking Franken to resign. Read their statements here: https://www.wmtw.com/…/sen-collins-calls-on-franke…/14290188
http://www.ktuu.com/…/Murkowski-calls-on-Franken-to-resign-…
It seems only fair that they would use the same judgment with a Supreme Court nominee and vote against Kavanaugh. If you are so inclined, you could send them a letter or a tweet reminding them of this.
Trump Orders Russian Information Declassified
One thing Trump excels at is distraction. In what seems to be another act of “look over there,” Trump ordered the Justice Department to declassify significant materials from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump wants the department to declassify portions of the secret court order to monitor former campaign adviser Carter Page, and release unredacted text messages of several former high-level Justice Department and FBI officials. This move could put sources at risk and/or harm ongoing investigation.
Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the order a “clear abuse of power” and said that based on his conversations with federal law enforcement officials, the FBI and Justice Department would consider the release of these materials “a red line that must not be crossed as they may compromise sources and methods.”
“This is evidently of no consequence to a President who cares nothing about the country and everything about his narrow self-interest,” Schiff said in a statement.
What a mess. Only a monumental wave of voting is going to stop this. We have got to make that our main purpose until November.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/661b7c78-bac1-11e8-9812-a3…
Head Of FEMA under Investigation
Rivers are swelling, roads are flooded, and 32 people have died so far since hurricane Florence hit the east coast. As Americans are facing rebuilding their lives after this devastation, William “Brock” Long, the top official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is facing a potential criminal probe related to his use of government vehicles. Long is suspected of using government vehicles to travel between Washington DC and his home in North Carolina. Read more about it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/f8a3a120-babb-11e8-9812-a3…
H. R. 3798 Save American Workers Act
Thanks to D. R. for keeping me informed about this bill. The House will be voting on this bill soon.
The Save American Workers Act would repeal the 30-hour threshold that allows workers to be considered a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act and would require workers to reach a 40-hour threshold to be classified as a full-time employee. I know a lot of working families who will be negatively affected if this bill comes to fruition, since it will be easier for employers to deny workers enough hours to qualify for health care benefits. It seems like another vote against average Americans for the benefit of big business.
Read more here: https://www.congress.gov/…/115th-congr…/house-bill/3798/text
https://www.countable.us/…/hr3798-115-save-american-workers…
Now Take Action!
“An unusual fundraising technique tying the release of campaign funds to how Maine Sen. Susan Collins votes on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reached a milestone on Tuesday, going over $1 million.” https://www.pressherald.com/…/fundraising-campaign-tied-to…/ We can learn more and join in this crowdfunding effort here:https://www.crowdpac.com/…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
Check out Vote Forward to send letters to MN-02 (Jason Lewis) in Minnesota. Another hot option is pro-Russia Dana Rorhabacher's CA-48 district in California. https://votefwd.org/
Since the FCC abandoned net neutrality regulations, major Internet service providers have begun to slow traffic on popular Internet sites such as YouTube and Netflix.https://www.bloomberg.com/…/youtube-and-netflix-throttled-b…. This is exactly what net neutrality advocates warned against. The Senate voted to restore net neutrality under the Congressional Reach Act, and now it’s up to the House to follow. Let’s make sure our MoCs know about the recent behavior of these ISPs and ask them to reinstate net neutrality as soon as possible. Let’s also contact our state legislators and ask them to pass legislation protecting net neutrality on the state level.
Test Your Way to Victory!
Many of us may feel overworked, over scheduled, and under-slept, but have the desire to GOTV for the November midterms. We can join MoveOn’s texting team and transform the tiny bits of time in our week into progressive action in key jurisdictions across the country. https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/
Tweet Your Way to Victory!
Here’s a way to use social media to support candidates we support. Let’s take a look: https://sterbalssundrystudies.miraheze.org/…/Helping_the_ca…
Redistrict Your Way to Victory!
From 2009 to 2016, Republicans had all the momentum in state-level elections, and they used those tremendous gains to stymie President Obama and the federal government generally. Now that the GOP has seized power at the federal level, though, we have a chance to flip that dynamic, to turn their president's unpopular malevolence and bumbling into big gains for Democrats in gubernatorial and state legislature races across the country. And we need to, in order to protect the people from what a right-wing White House, Congress, and Supreme Court could/would foist upon us (https://www.bloomberg.com/…/democrats-focus-on-governors-ra…). So, let's support organizations like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and find a race or two to support directly as well (even if it isn't in your own state). https://democraticredistricting.com/2018-targets/
Candidates cannot win without help from us. Commit today to doing your part.
Each candidate on the November ballot has a website where you can sign up to volunteer.
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
https://cd2action.com/calendar/
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed…
National healthcare advocate Ady Barkan, who has ALS, has an interesting approach to courting Sen. Collins (R-ME) vote on Kavanaugh. He is soliciting donations to go to her opponent in her 2020 re-election bid should she vote for Kavanaugh. https://theintercept.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-susan-collins-a…/ Over $100,000 has been raised so far. Let’s see if we can help:https://www.crowdpac.com/…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results:https://mailchi.mp/…/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-… Let’s read the report and keep on writing postcards!
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
YOUTUBE.COM
Original video for Jars Of Clay's Flood

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday 9/17 Call to Action

There were three significant events since Friday. Very briefly:
1. Manafort is "fully" cooperating with prosecutors.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/paul-manafort-strikes-plea-deal-with-special-counsel

2. Hurricane Florence is causing flooding in North Carolina and some deaths.

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/florence-hurricane-latest-weather-tropical-depression-flooding-power-outage-forecast-live-updates/

3. Christine Blasley Ford, who accused SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault 30 decades ago went public with her accusation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/california-professor-writer-of-confidential-brett-kavanaugh-letter-speaks-out-about-her-allegation-of-sexual-assault/2018/09/16/46982194-b846-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html

4. Choose one or a few things to do and do them. Facebook groups are only as good as our ability to effect change.

Check out Vote Forward to send letters to MN-02 (Jason Lewis) in Minnesota. Another hot option is pro-Russia Dana Rorhabacher's CA-48 district in California.

Candidates cannot win without help from us. Commit today to doing your part.
Each candidate on the November ballot has a website where you can sign up to volunteer.

Walz/Flannagan https://walzflanagan.org/
Amy Klobuchar https://www.amyklobuchar.com/
Tina Smith https://www.tinaforminnesota.com/
Julie Blaha https://blahaforauditor.org/
Steve Simon https://stevesimonmn.com/
Keith Ellison https://keithellison.org/
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
https://cd2action.com/calendar/
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed
This And That
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results: https://mailchi.mp/sisterdistrict/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-insights-265125
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday 9/14 Call to Action

Friday
I have a plane to catch this morning so I’m going to keep this short. Remember, volunteering for a campaign is the best thing you can do right now to turn this ship around.
Dianne Feinstein-Brett Kavanaugh
Yesterday, Senator Dianne Feinstein received some alarming information about Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. This information was sent to federal investigators. While Sen. Feinstein refused to make the information public, the rumors around town are saying it has to do with an incident of possible sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh and a women when they were in high school. Never mind though, Republicans are planning to forge ahead and confirm their nominee no matter what. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this. Friday is looking like it’s going to be a big news drop day.
https://www.nytimes.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-dianne-feinstein.…
https://www.npr.org/…/democrats-refer-kavanaugh-allegations…
https://www.newsweek.com/brett-kavanaugh-accused-sexual-mis…
Mueller’s Office is seeking Cooperation from Manafort.
The pretrial hearing for Paul Manfort, Trump’s former campaign manager, has been delayed. It has been reported that Manafort may be close to an agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller to plead guilty to foreign-lobbying and money-laundering. The big question is, will Manafort cooperate with Mueller and his team? If Manafort does indeed cooperate, it could spell bad news for Trump. Keep an eye out for this. More information is surely to come.
https://www.politico.com/…/manafort-plea-hearing-delayed-82…
https://abcnews.go.com/…/tentative-deal-reached-mana…/story…
Teachers in Americans
Check out Time’s recent article on the plight of teachers in America. Teachers are experiencing some of the worst wage stagnation of any profession. Many teachers are living paycheck to paycheck and/or working multiple jobs to get by. Is this what we want for our education system? Is this how we should treat the leaders who will shape our children’s future? I sure don’t think so. Read this article and volunteer this weekend in honor of our teachers. Fight to get good people elected who will make education a priority.
http://time.com/longform/teaching-in-america/
“An unusual fundraising technique tying the release of campaign funds to how Maine Sen. Susan Collins votes on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reached a milestone on Tuesday, going over $1 million.” https://www.pressherald.com/…/fundraising-campaign-tied-to…/ We can learn more and join in this crowdfunding effort here:https://www.crowdpac.com/…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
Test Your Way to Victory!
Many of us may feel overworked, over scheduled, and under-slept, but have the desire to GOTV for the November midterms. We can join MoveOn’s texting team and transform the tiny bits of time in our week into progressive action in key jurisdictions across the country. https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/
Tweet Your Way to Victory!
Here’s a way to use social media to support candidates we support. Let’s take a look: https://sterbalssundrystudies.miraheze.org/…/Helping_the_ca…
Redistrict Your Way to Victory!
From 2009 to 2016, Republicans had all the momentum in state-level elections, and they used those tremendous gains to stymie President Obama and the federal government generally. Now that the GOP has seized power at the federal level, though, we have a chance to flip that dynamic, to turn their president's unpopular malevolence and bumbling into big gains for Democrats in gubernatorial and state legislature races across the country. And we need to, in order to protect the people from what a right-wing White House, Congress, and Supreme Court could/would foist upon us (https://www.bloomberg.com/…/democrats-focus-on-governors-ra…). So, let's support organizations like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and find a race or two to support directly as well (even if it isn't in your own state). https://democraticredistricting.com/2018-targets/
Candidates cannot win without help from us. Commit today to doing your part.
Each candidate on the November ballot has a website where you can sign up to volunteer.
Walz/Flannagan https://walzflanagan.org/
Amy Klobuchar https://www.amyklobuchar.com/
Tina Smith https://www.tinaforminnesota.com/
Julie Blaha https://blahaforauditor.org/
Steve Simon https://stevesimonmn.com/
Keith Ellison https://keithellison.org/
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
https://cd2action.com/calendar/
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed…
This And That
National healthcare advocate Ady Barkan, who has ALS, has an interesting approach to courting Sen. Collins (R-ME) vote on Kavanaugh. He is soliciting donations to go to her opponent in her 2020 re-election bid should she vote for Kavanaugh. https://theintercept.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-susan-collins-a…/ Over $100,000 has been raised so far. Let’s see if we can help:https://www.crowdpac.com/…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results:https://mailchi.mp/…/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-… Let’s read the report and keep on writing postcards!
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
YOUTUBE.COM
Official Music Video for Robert Plant, 'Ship of Fools', from the album "Now And Zen" (1988) Website: www.robertplant.com Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Rob…

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday 9/13 Call to Action


Thursday 9/13

Everyday is a new low with this administration. Please keep those in the path of Hurricane Florence in your thoughts. 

1. Feds are holding 12,800 children.
Federal custody has detained 12,800 children this month. That would be the population of Waconia, or Mounds View, or North Saint Paul, all being detained. I can’t even imagine what that looks and sounds like. It’s inhumane, a mass human rights violation, and it’s more sickening because it is children. 
Detention facilities such as the one in Tornillo, Texas, are exempt from child welfare inspections that are required at similar facilities. On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it would triple the size of the "Tent City" in Tornillo so that it could house around 3,800 children.”

KMP posted yesterday how you can comment on the Federal Register opposing indefinite child detention. If you haven’t commented yet, do so today. 

2. Money transfered from FEMA to ICE
This touches on what KMP posted about yesterday. This is outrageous since this is the start of hurricane season. 
"There's perhaps never been a clearer articulation of this administration's priorities than this transfer document: cruelty over compassion. While Puerto Rican families struggled to survive a disaster our government largely ignored, the White House and DHS took funds from FEMA's coffers to jail more asylum seekers and beloved community members," Heidi Altman, the director of policy for the National Immigrant Justice Center, told NPR via email.”

3. Oil and gas extraction in National Forests
This is why we can’t have nice things. 
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees the Forest Service, is planning to revise the contents of the agency's oil and gas resources regulations, according to one advance notice of proposed rule-making submitted to the Federal Register on Wednesday.
The new rule would aim to "streamline" procedural requirements for oil and gas leasing and extraction from the 154 national forests and 20 grasslands managed by the Forest Service. Oil and gas is currently being developed on 44 national forests and grasslands.”

4. We need Democrats to win in November. 
By now, it’s well understood that the outcome will be enormously consequential for the future of Donald Trump’s presidency. But these coming elections are not just a battle to control Congress next year — they’re a battle to control it for the next decade.
Whoever emerges victorious in key November races will have a huge amount of power over the next congressional redistricting — a crucial event in national politics that comes up only once every ten years. Last time around, Republicans dominated the process and walked away with such slanted district maps that they’ve held the House of Representatives easily ever since.”

Test Your Way to Victory!
Many of us may feel overworked, over scheduled, and under-slept, but have the desire to GOTV for the November midterms. We can join MoveOn’s texting team and transform the tiny bits of time in our week into progressive action in key jurisdictions across the country. https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/
Tweet Your Way to Victory!
Here’s a way to use social media to support candidates we support. Let’s take a look: https://sterbalssundrystudies.miraheze.org/…/Helping_the_ca…
Redistrict Your Way to Victory!
From 2009 to 2016, Republicans had all the momentum in state-level elections, and they used those tremendous gains to stymie President Obama and the federal government generally. Now that the GOP has seized power at the federal level, though, we have a chance to flip that dynamic, to turn their president's unpopular malevolence and bumbling into big gains for Democrats in gubernatorial and state legislature races across the country. And we need to, in order to protect the people from what a right-wing White House, Congress, and Supreme Court could/would foist upon us (https://www.bloomberg.com/…/democrats-focus-on-governors-ra…). So, let's support organizations like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and find a race or two to support directly as well (even if it isn't in your own state). https://democraticredistricting.com/2018-targets/
Candidates cannot win without help from us. Commit today to doing your part.
Each candidate on the November ballot has a website where you can sign up to volunteer.
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
This And That
National healthcare advocate Ady Barkan, who has ALS, has an interesting approach to courting Sen. Collins (R-ME) vote on Kavanaugh. He is soliciting donations to go to her opponent in her 2020 re-election bid should she vote for Kavanaugh. https://theintercept.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-susan-collins-a…/ Over $100,000 has been raised so far. Let’s see if we can help:https://www.crowdpac.com/…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results:https://mailchi.mp/…/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-… Let’s read the report and keep on writing postcards!
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121








Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday 9/12 Call to Action

Wednesday
1. Yet Another Reason to VOTE
Republicans in the House have announced plans for another round of tax cuts for the rich that could add more than $2 trillion to the deficit. Republicans are doubling down on their argument that giving the richest Americans tax cuts will trickle down to benefit everyone.https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/house-gop-is-pushing-new…/…
2 Brett Kavanaugh
The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court continues to cause significant concerns due to his views on abortion and birth control, his perspective on rights for LGTBQ people and those with disabilities, and evidence that he has perjured himself in front of the Senate in prior hearings: http://thehill.com/…/405663-kavanaugh-comes-under-new-scrut… and https://www.newsweek.com/brett-kavanaugh-face-perjury-inves…
Rebecca Solnit shares with us a list that shows where each Senator stands. It is shocking to see so many Democratic senators in the undecided column. Thankfully, Minnesota’s senators are solid “No’s”. Check out the list. If you are so inclined, send an email, a postcard and/or a tweet to the senators in the undecided category. https://docs.google.com/…/1IhksP1EBXbIxirXRILNBOj…/htmlview…
https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.solnit
Indivisible is organizing a phone bank to call constituents of key Senators who could oppose the Kavanaugh nomination. We can sign up here: https://www.indivisible.org/phonebank/ We can also check their Save SCOTUS toolkit for a list of other things we might do. https://www.indivisible.org/phonebank/
3. Save The Children
As of September 4th, there are still 416 migrant children who have not been reunified with their families. https://thinkprogress.org/…/uploads/2018/09/sept-6-court-fi…
While the media cycle continues its quick pace with this administration, let's not let the momentum of this issue die down. We can continue to share the stories of these children, to help humanize them and illustrate the trauma that they are subjected to, such as this video from The Atlantic.https://www.theatlantic.com/…/ind…/569572/family-separation/
Then, let's call our members of Congress to ask that they put pressure on the Trump administration, and more specifically Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, to reunify these families. We can also make sure that we've commented at the Federal Register, opposing indefinite child detention here. https://www.federalregister.gov/…/apprehension-processing-c…
We can help reunite immigrant families by donating air miles, hotel, and rental rewardsto Immigrant Families Together. Let’s consider doing this, and also tell our friends.
https://immigrantfamiliestogether.com/how-you-can-help…
https://immigrantfamiliestogether.com/
Children still remain separated from their parents due to Trump's "zero tolerance" policy at the border, but even at the best of times, immigrants at the border are treated badly. Read and watch this excellent and compelling video story featuring prizewinning illustrator Molly Crabapple and her illustrations of families and children being processed and released from Post Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos, Texas. While interviewing immigrants, she also sketched them. A compelling reminder of how art can reveal our humanity better than any photo. https://www.rollingstone.com/…/immigration-border-crisis-m…/
4. Stolen Money
Last night, Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon reported to Rachel Maddow that the Trump Administration is taking money away from FEMA so that they can pay to put more asylum seekers in detention centers. This news is coming out as hurricane Florence is barreling down on the east coast and is expected to cause massive amounts of (expensive) damage.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/Ntb96PMvIHA
Test Your Way to Victory!
Many of us may feel overworked, over scheduled, and under-slept, but have the desire to GOTV for the November midterms. We can join MoveOn’s texting team and transform the tiny bits of time in our week into progressive action in key jurisdictions across the country. https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/
Tweet Your Way to Victory!
Here’s a way to use social media to support candidates we support. Let’s take a look: https://sterbalssundrystudies.miraheze.org/…/Helping_the_ca…
Redistrict Your Way to Victory!
From 2009 to 2016, Republicans had all the momentum in state-level elections, and they used those tremendous gains to stymie President Obama and the federal government generally. Now that the GOP has seized power at the federal level, though, we have a chance to flip that dynamic, to turn their president's unpopular malevolence and bumbling into big gains for Democrats in gubernatorial and state legislature races across the country. And we need to, in order to protect the people from what a right-wing White House, Congress, and Supreme Court could/would foist upon us (https://www.bloomberg.com/…/democrats-focus-on-governors-ra…). So, let's support organizations like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and find a race or two to support directly as well (even if it isn't in your own state). https://democraticredistricting.com/2018-targets/
Candidates cannot win without help from us. Commit today to doing your part.
Each candidate on the November ballot has a website where you can sign up to volunteer.
Walz/Flannagan https://walzflanagan.org/
Amy Klobuchar https://www.amyklobuchar.com/
Tina Smith https://www.tinaforminnesota.com/
Julie Blaha https://blahaforauditor.org/
Steve Simon https://stevesimonmn.com/
Keith Ellison https://keithellison.org/
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
Minnesota House Campaigns
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This And That
National healthcare advocate Ady Barkan, who has ALS, has an interesting approach to courting Sen. Collins (R-ME) vote on Kavanaugh. He is soliciting donations to go to her opponent in her 2020 re-election bid should she vote for Kavanaugh. https://theintercept.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-susan-collins-a…/ Over $100,000 has been raised so far. Let’s see if we can help:https://www.crowdpac.com/…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results:https://mailchi.mp/…/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-… Let’s read the report and keep on writing postcards!
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Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
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