Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday 4/11 Call to Action

1. The Law is Coming Mr. Trump
It seems that the law is slowly closing in on Trump and he is starting to feel the pressure.…/opinion/trump-michael-cohen-ra…
On Monday, the FBI raided the offices of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. Not surprisingly, Trump did not take this news very well. Reports now hint that the president may be considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Here we go again. If Trump makes the poor choice to fire either Rosenstein or special counsel Robert Mueller, we must be ready to take to the streets. Load up your car again with snacks, signs (and unfortunately) winter gear.…/trump-rod-rosenstein-rober…/index.html
If you haven’t already, sign up for’s Nobody is Above The Law Mueller (and now Rosenstein) Firing Rapid Response. There will be plenty of options for where you can go. Find out more here:…/mueller-fi…/search/…@
Watch Robert Reich’s informative video about this topic.
1. Free Internet For All
On Monday, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown, signed a bill that will give companies an economic incentive to allow unfettered online access in the beaver state. Oregon is part of a growing wave of states creating their own internet protections since net neutrality was repealed last year.…/gov_kate_brown_signs_oregons_n.…
Here is a nice list of legislation that has been introduced across the U. S.…/net-neutrality-legislation-in-states.…
In January, MN Attorney General Lori Swanson sued the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for repealing net neutrality. She gives a great explanation of why she did so in this article here.…/2018/01/18/lori-swanson-net-neutr…
Minnesota’s own lawmakers have proposed protections as well.
SF 2880 Internet service contracts regulation; net neutrality adherence (…)
This bill was referred to the Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee. (Member list:…)
This bill was referred to the Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee. (Member list:…)
Today, contact your state members of Congress and remind them that free and open internet is important to you. This is especially true if your legislators sit on either of these committees. You can also contact the committee chairs.
3. Facebook
Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testified in front of the Senate yesterday. Read more about it here.…/b72c09e8-3d03-11e8-974f-aa…
Senator Amy Klobuchar was there and did a nice job of asking Zuckerberg some important questions. She has called for better privacy practices, a requirement that Facebook warns its users within 72 hours of any private data breach, and tougher disclosure requirements for political ads. Give Sen. Klobuchar a call today and thank her for her hard work.
Also, from Rogan’s list. This article is an eyeopening and shocking glimpse into Facebook algorithms that shape what we see on our timeline.
"Facebook’s feed is less a window into the world than a personal secretary that faithfully learns who you are and shows you what you want to see." A journalist pretended to be a Trump supporter on Facebook to see what the algorithms of the platform would offer her. She also looks into who's behind the fake news that took over her feed. This essay is an eye-opening reminder of how we are manipulated by social media without even knowing it.… Let’s be mindful of the news we share and promote.
4. Legislators Back in Action
Minnesota’s Congress is back in session. Check out Watch Your Reps MN for a detailed list of what’s going on at the Capitol.…/watchyourrepsmn-action-alert-for-week-…
Indivisible Minnesota Local is also a great resource for keeping track of local government issues.
US Congress also gets back in business this week. Here’s a link to the House voting schedule: the Senate:
Countable is a great website to keep track of important legislation. Also, GovTrack.
Sites to Check:
CD2Action, @CD2action
League of Women Voters MN
Dates to Remember:
Tax Day Rally at the Capitol,
On Sunday, April 15th join fellow Minnesotans in protesting tax laws that benefit the richest Americans at the expense of the poor and working classes. Let’s get together and tell our government that we want them make laws the benefit the majority, not just their pocketbooks and election campaigns.
Look here for more information:
RSVP here:
Wednesday, April 18th Moms Demand Action Lobby Day at The Capitol
Join Moms Demand Action at the Capitol in St. Paul to meet with your representatives and urge them to support common sense gun safety measures. Meet at Christ Lutheran Church at 9:30am and then walk over to the Capitol after a brief training. We will rally in the Rotunda at 11am. Please wear your Moms Demand Action t-shirts or red!
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
Julian Lennon - Valotte Sitting on the doorstep of the house I can't afford I can feel you there Thinking of a reason, well, it's…

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