Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday 2/8 Call to Action

Thursday 2/8

With a government shutdown looming House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave a marathon speech in support of Dreamers. Our Members of Congress need to know that we want them to pass a Clean Dream Act now. S1615/HR 3440

Looking for other ways to help? Check out this Immigrant Ally Toolkit Indivisible has put together.

2. Russian Hacking
DHS cybersecurity said that Russia hacked into US voters system in 2016 election. Congress needs to do something about protecting our voting process and not let foreign countries meddle in our elections.

Borrowed from previous posts.
Minnesota's own, Senator Amy Klobuchar is working on bipartisan bills that will help protect our elections from foreign influence and make it easier for all eligible Americans to exercise their right to vote.
S.2261 Secure Elections Act…/115th-congress/senate-bill/2261
During the 2016 elections, Russia reportedly hacked presidential campaign accounts, launched cyberattacks against at least 21 state elections systems, and attacked a US voting systems software company. Sen. Klobuchar is working with Senate Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that would
*Improve cybersecurity information-sharing between states
*Provide resources to states so that they can scan voting systems for vulnerabilities
*Help states update voting equipment. (42 states have not updated their election equipment in over a decade!)
*Provide paper ballots as backup to ensure elections can be audited. (There are twelve states that cannot be audited right now!)
Unfortunately, it’s too late for comprehensive changes by the 2018 elections. If Congress acts now, they could help states start screening for vulnerabilities and share important information.
Senator Klobuchar thinks this should be a national priority and so do I. Let’s call Sen. Klobuchar and thank her for her work. Then call Senator Smith and encourage her to support this bill. Ask your representative to sponsor a similar bill in the House.
New bipartisan bills called, “Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines have been introduced in the Senate and more recently the House. These bills would impose penalties on Russia or any other foreign country that tried to interfere in US elections. Despite the fact that Trump refuses to sanction Russia, it would be a good idea to call your members of Congress and tell them to support these bills.
3. Healthcare over Politics
Andy Slavitt along with a team of people have started a new movement called the United States of Care. What is this about? 
*Every American should have an affordable regular source of health care for themselves and their families.
*All Americans should be protected from devastation due to illness or injury.
*Policies to achieve these aims must be economically responsible and win the political support needed to ensure long term stability. 
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-

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