Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday 5/8 Call to Action

Welcome back to the work week people!  Our U.S. representatives are enjoying an eleven day break from the House.  Keep an eye out for them and fill us in if you know where they will be.

1.  Let's go local!
We haven't focused on Minnesota's local government for a while.  The House and Senate are just finishing up.  Take a look at Watch Your Reps MN and see what makes your heart go aflutter.
Contact Governor Dayton and give him your support.  His job has been extra stressful this year.

2.  Scientists are the Good Guys
One of the most absurd and tragic aspects of this time of Trump is the villainization of science and knowledge  (I am old enough to remember when learning facts was cool.)  In another step towards a culture of anti-intellectual and pro-$$, the EPA (Scott Pruitt) has decided to replace half of the members of the EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors.  The Board, which is made up of mostly academics with an array of research backgrounds,  is tasked with maintaining the rigorous, scientific standards of the EPA.  Pruitt is considering replacing these scientists with representatives from the industries that create the pollution that necessitated the EPA in the first place.  Read more about it here:

America used to be the innovator of science.  Now our scientists have received an invitation from the new French President Marcon (Viva La France!) to seek refuge in his country.  What a surreal time this is.

I am not sure what can be done about the dismantling of America's scientific backbone.  I do know that we can call our senators and make a stink.  We can call/email the EPA (Scott Pruitt) and voice our disdain.  We can write letters to our papers and let everyone know this has not gone unnoticed.
Scott Pruitt  Phone: (202) 564-4700

If you live in Congressional Districts 2, 3 or 6 and you can get off of work a little early try to make it out to one of the AHCA protests today.  See below for more information.

House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-

Out and About

Monday 5/8, 4-5:30 PM
Women Are Watching (CD-2)
Protest outside of Rep. Jason Lewis' office
Jason Lewis District Office: 2805 Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN 55337

Monday 5/8, 4 - 5:30 PM
Save the ACA Rally!
Protest outside of Rep. Tom Emmer's office
9201 Quaday Ave NE, Otsego, MN 55330

Monday 5/8 4 - 5:30 PM
Save the ACA Rally!
Protest outside of Rep. Erik Paulsen's office
250 Prairie Center Drive, Suite 230
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344

Tuesday 5/9, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Medicare For All Rally at the Capitol
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

Friday 5/12, 3 - 7 PM
Unity March
Stand in solidarity and raise awareness that we are united, as Trump likes to claim "Make America Great Again". America IS Great when we are UNITED.
Minnesota State Capitol
75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

Tuesday 5/16, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Case for Impeaching Donald Trump
with Prof. David Schultz
Maplewood Ramsey County Library
3025 Southlawn Drive
Maplewood, Minnesota 55109

Saturday 5/20, 12 - 3 PM
Invest in Success Rally for Public Education
Education Minnesota
41 Sherburne Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55103

John Lennon - Imagine

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