Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday 6/8 Call to Action

Here are some highlights (lowlights) of what’s been happening this week.
1. The Trump administration’s new policy of separating families seeking asylum is in full effect. The parents are beside themselves not knowing what will happen to their kids. The children, many of whom have already experience trauma abroad, are facing new drama as they are stuck in a foreign land without a parent. Who does that to people? Apparently, we do.
Senator Jeff Merkley reports that the within the containment facilities, children, some as young as 4 years old, are kept within chain link enclosures, forced to sleep on hard concrete floors with little more than foil space blankets to keep them warm. Who does that to children? Apparently, we do.
The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting hard to protect these families. Read more here:…/aclu-suit-over-child-separation…
Now call your members of Congress and tell them to start talking about this. Senator Klobuchar has no official statement about this. It’s time for her to start speaking up for these families.
2. Housing Secretary Ben Carson has proposed a new plan to for millions of low-income households across the United States. He wants to give them incentive to find work by raising their rents by roughly 20%.
About 4 million low-income households receiving HUD assistance would be affected by the proposal. HUD estimates that about 2 million would be affected immediately, while the other 2 million would see rent increases phased in after six years. The proposal, which needs congressional approval, is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to scale back the social safety net, under the belief that charging more for rent will prompt those receiving federal assistance to enter the workforce and earn more income. "It's our attempt to give poor people a way out of poverty," Carson said in a recent interview with Fox News. Gross.…/hud-plan-would-raise-rents-for-po…
3. Oil pipelines leak -a lot. The Dakota Access pipeline leaked at least five times in 2017. Read more here:…/dakota-access-pipeline-leak-ene…/ Now call your members of Congress, especially the GOP ones and ask them why they support this leaky endeavor.
4. The Trump administration is still going after your health care. The have declared that they will not defend central provisions in the Affordable Care Act, declaring that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. This rule requires everyone to have health care, thus spreading out the cost to a larger number of people. Without the individual mandate, the ACA is at risk of destabilization and would gut protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Read more here:…/07/politics/trump-admin-aca/index.html
5 Have you signed up to help a local campaign yet? Time to get busy! This handy article lists all the Minnesota candidates running for a House seat in November. Adopt one (or two, or more) and commit yourself to creating a wave of successful campaigns. Check it out:…/who-s-running-minnesota-house-20…
Are you a middle aged woman from the suburbs? This article states that you, more than any other group, are busy organizing and making change for the better. Great Job!…/middle-america-reboots-demo…/
6. Check out this list from that shows the platform resolutions that were voted on at the DFL convention last weekend in Rochester. Anything over 60% passed.…/2…/06/2018-Platfrom-Ballot-Results.pdf
Sites to Check:
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.…/mueller-firing-rapid-respo…/search/
CD2Action, @CD2action
League of Women Voters MN Check out their calendar of activities here:
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
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