Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday 2/9 Call to Action

1. Mini Government Shutdown
The government shut down for five hours last night thanks to Senator Rand Paul, who delayed the vote in an act of opposition against the addition of $320 billion to the federal budget deficit. (Strangely, Paul was not as vociferous when he voted for the tax bill that will add $1.5 trillion to said deficit.)
The new budget finally passed the House in the wee hours of the morning. It passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.
The new budget is a spending extravaganza that will increase funding for the military and support domestic programs, such as the following:
*Extend CHIP funding for 10 years
*Fund community health centers for two years
*$80 billion for disaster relief
*$6 billion for opioid and mental health treatment
*$5.8 for a Child Care Development Block Grant
*$4 billion for Veterans’ hospitals and clinics
*$20 billion for the National Institutes of Health
*$20 billion for infrastructure
*$4 billion for college affordability programs for teachers, police officers, and firefighters
In light of the recent tax cuts, where will the government get money to pay for all this? Congress also voted to increase the debt ceiling.
A solution for Dreamers was not included in the budget deal. Starting next week, Congress will hopefully start negotiations on a bill that will create a plan for these young, undocumented immigrants that have been waiting since September for protection against deportation.
Our job this week will be to remind our members of Congress to pass a clean DACA bill for once and for all.
From yesterday, here’s that Dreamer toolkit to guide your way when making calls.…/immigrant-ally-toolkit-intro…/
5 Calls has a good calling script as well:
I don’t know about you, but I am sick of calling about this. I can’t imagine how tired these poor Dreamers must be living the past five months in limbo.
2. Local Elections
The elections that take place in 2018 will have long term repercussions for Minnesota. We must mobilize and work together to get out the vote.
Minnesota’s first test is coming up on Monday, February 12th. (That’s 3 days away!)
Karla Bigham is running for the state Senate seat in district 54.
Melissa Wagner is running for the state House seat in district 23B.
You can help them succeed by volunteering to knock on doors or phone bank.
Karla Bigham
Door Knocks-
February 9 at 3 pm; Saturday, February 10 at 9 am; Sunday, February 11 at noon; Monday, February 12 at 9 am. Newport Field Office (1594 Hastings Ave., Newport)
Phone banks-
February 9, 5 pm and 7 pm shifts. AFSCME Office (300 Hardman Ave. South #3, South St. Paul)
Sign up here:
Melissa Wagner
Check out this Facebook Even for opportunities to volunteer.
3. Fake Facebook Ads
(From Rogan’s list) Julia Angwin from ProPublica is collecting political ads from Facebook to save in case someone needs to check on them later. Remember, Russia bought thousands of ads during the 2016 campaign season with the intent of swaying the election. Angwin created a browser plugin that collects ads from Facebook. She asks users to decide if the ads are political or not. Any ads marked as political will be gathered into a database. Interested in helping? Check it out here:
Check out this new website for active activists in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district.
Here’s a great way to keep track of Rep. Jason Lewis’ actions in Congress.
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
The theme song for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch…

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