Tuesday. Good morning here's the news.
1. Yes, We Still Care about Russia
I don't know about you, but many of my hopes are planted in the success of a thorough investigation of the Trump administration's ties with Russia. Unfortunately, I am not really surprised that the Senate led investigation is being stymied by a reluctant set of GOP senators. (I'm looking at you Richard Burr from North Carolina!) Combine that with the debacle in the house (Your turn, Devin Nunes.) and the fact that the head official in the Justice Department just quit, you get a whole lot of inactivity. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/senate-investigation-russia-scandal-faces-gop-resistance?cid=eml_mra_20170424
It has been a few weeks since we put the pressure on our legislators. Today, let's call our representative and senators and remind them that we expect them to get to the heart of this problem. If they can't do it, it's time for an independent investigation ASAP.
2. Is Corruption the New Normal?
Check out what the State Department did.
They created a blog post sent to foreign dignitaries touting the new "Winter White House" -Mar-a Largo, Trump's personal country club. To me, this seems like blatant use of the presidency for financial gain. So far, these breaches of the Emoluments Clause only garner "tsk-tsk's" and negative tweets. When will Trump's corruption actually lead to punitive action? That seems like a good question to ask our representative and senators.
3. The Fate of Dreamers
Juan Manuel Montes, a 23 year old man who was brought to the U.S from Mexico when he was only nine, was recently deported back to Mexico. He is the definition of a "Dreamer", a child who was brought to this country illegally by an adult. Up until now, the consensus was that as long as they obeyed U.S. law, they could stay. That makes sense since for many of them, the U.S. is they only country they know. Even Trump has said that he would let Dreamers remain. The problem is, AG Jeff Sessions did not get the message. In an interview with ABC News, Sessions opened the door to the possibility of more Dreamers being deported.
What is the new policy of this administration? Our Senators, Klobuchar and Franken, should have some answers for us. Give them a call and find out!
4. A Little Bit of Good News
Perhaps because of backlash from resisters like us, Trump is beginning to back down on his dream of "The Wall". According to this article, he will either modify what "The Wall" means or push off funding until September. Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/white-house-confident-of-averting-shutdown-as-trump-shows-flexibility-on-wall/2017/04/24/72aa945a-2923-11e7-be51-b3fc6ff7faee_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_wallstrategy-835pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.e887af98a8d5
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Tuesday 4/25, 12 - 1:15 p.m.
ResistTrumpTuesdays: 100 Days of Resistance
Klobuchar Amy Senator
1200 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Please join us for our final weekly #ResistTrumpTuesday rally for a special event. We want to thank all our friends and neighbors who have come out in support of this project with donuts, coffee, special music, and more. If you have joined us once, or many times, please join us again for one last rally outside Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office at 12pm.
Thursday 4/27 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
MN Indivisibles - Health Care Rally at the Capitol!
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
Saturday 4/29, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Stop the Muslim Registry Training
MAS South Metro Islamic Center (SMIC)
Monday 5/1, 3 - 6:30 p.m.
Marcha el 1 de mayo | May 1 march! #DiaSinInmigrantes
East Phillips Park
2307 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Here is my wishful song for you. Someday I will play it again and the words will be true! Carbon/Silicon-The News