Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday, 8/22 Call to Action

1. Sam Clovis
(I can’t remember if we’ve had this for a call to action. If we have, it bears repeating.)
Continuing Trump’s theme of choosing the absolute worst person for the job, Sam Clovis-former right-wing talk radio show host, climate change denier, and certainly not a scientist has been tapped by Trump to be the chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Now it has been discovered that Mr. Clovis stated on his radio show that homosexuality is a choice and that supporting same-sex marriage could lead to pedophilia.
This is not the person we need to make important research based decisions for the United States. The Senate must approve Mr. Clovis’ appointment. In 2008, Congress passed a bill requiring chief scientists to be “distinguished scientists with specialized or significant experience in agricultural research, education and economics.” Mr. Clovis does not have the resume for this job. Today, let’s call our senators and tell them so.
2. Bannon’s Out (But Not Really)
Remember the short lived wave of excitement you felt last Friday when Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House? Now that Bannon will be returning to his flock at Breitbart News, there is a nagging question of whether he will do more damage on the outside with the knowledge he gleaned on the inside.
As this article from August 2016 states, Breitbart has been an online hot spot for white nationalists (racists) for a while. http://www.motherjones.com/…/stephen-bannon-donald-trump-a…/ Since the events in Charlottesville, the consequences of this hateful rhetoric are now clear to us.
While the first amendment protects publications like Breitbart, it does not prevent us from asking advertisers to pull their ads from the web site. A magical thing has come out of this realization: Sleeping Giants. Sleeping Giants is a powerhouse movement that has made its mark by asking advertisers to pull their adds from Breitbart. It has been wildly successful. According to this article from the Chicago Tribune, as of this June Breitbart had lost 90% of its advertisers in two months!
Sleeping Giants is successful because everybody can help out. It’s simple; all you need is a computer, the internet and a twitter account. Then follow these simple steps here:https://twitter.com/slpng_giants/status/809563352204591105
This is a perfect call to action for introverts like me.
3. Finally, from Rogan’s List:
On Tuesday, August 22nd, Teaching Tolerance, the American Federation of Teachers, the Anti-Defamation League, and Facing History, will be hosting a webinar, "When Hate is in the Headlines: Resources for K-12 Educators." The webinar will discuss "the so-called alt-right, the history of hate and white supremacy, how to talk about race and religion, memorials and monuments, the First and Second amendments, and the emotional impact on our students. “We can sign up for the webinar, then check out the included resources http://bit.ly/2v3Wc57 Those of us who are educators can also receive one hour of professional development credit for attending the webinar, as well as completing the poll questions and survey (please see registration page for details).
Don't forget your Republican party job evaluation.
Do you have a Republican elected official working for you (state or federal)? Today is your chance to evaluate their job performance!
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/
Congressional District 2 residents: Check out this website for information about groups and events in your area. mn02progressiveactionnetwork.com
Out and About
August 22nd, 5-7 pm
Al Franken Giant of the Senate Reading and Book Signing
North Folk Winery
43150 Blackhawk Rd, Harris, Minnesota 55032
August 22nd 6-8 pm
Ice Cream for Planned Parenthood
Attention District 2!
Eagan Central Park Pavilion
1497 CENTRAL Pkwy
Saint Paul
August 28th 6-8 pm
CD2 Town Hall
Burnhaven Library
1101 County Road 42 W, Burnsville, Minnesota 55306
Thursday, August 31st 5pm
RebStock 2017 Picnic
Blackhawk Park Pavilion
1629 Murphy Pkwy, Eagan, Minnesota 55122

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