We need common-sense gun laws. The safety of our kids and our communities depends on it.
"There are lots of conversations right now about gun policies that are effective at reducing violence," she said, "and this study adds to a fairly robust and growing body of literature showing that requiring prospective handgun purchasers to obtain a license is one of the best policies to reduce violence."
So why is it that in our country that has such a devastating record of mass school shootings would the Federal Commission on School Safety decide that studying guns’ impact on school violence is not a priority?
“Leahy then asked a question at the heart of the commission's stated mission: whether an 18-year-old high school student should be able to walk into a store and "moments later come out with an AR-15-style gun and hundreds of rounds in ammunition." DeVos didn't offer her opinion. Instead, she told Leahy that the topic was "very much a matter for debate."
We need to elect lawmakers who will pass common-sense gun laws and get the NRA out of politics.
2. No Gag Rule
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that the U.S. birth rate has hit a 30-year low.
That same day, news broke that the Trump administration planned to announce the revival of a Reagan-era “gag rule” that prevents medical facilities that receive funding under Title X ― a federal family-planning grant program ― from even mentioning abortion as an option. The proposed rule change was officially announced Tuesday.
If the Trump administration and GOP politicians are still concerned about America’s low birth rate and the future of our economy, plenty of other solutions exist that don’t restrict abortion care access. They could raise the minimum wage so people can better afford to have children if they choose to do so. They could provide paid family leave so parents can afford to take time off work to bond with their newborn children. They could increase (rather than decrease) CHIP funding so children from low-income families have health care coverage. They could institute universal health care for everyone.
The only thing this rule will do is prevent people ― disproportionately, low-income patients ― from accessing reliable information and safe, affordable abortion care, and instead sign them up for future economic instability.”
3. Time to Get to Work!
Now is a great time to volunteer to help a worthy Minnesota candidate win in November. Rest assured, we all need to pitch in if we want to see positive change happen in our government. Virginia is a great example of this. Just month after a blue wave changed the face of Virginia’ s General Assembly, the VA Senate voted to expand Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/5df5e304-640d-11e8-a768-ed…
Indivisible is shifting its focus from resisting to supporting grassroots political organizations. Their new guide has tools you can use to help get progressives elected this November. Check it out: https://www.indivisible.org/…/announcing-50-state-politica…/
Do you hate what Trump is doing to America? The best way to check his behavior is to vote in Democrats in the fall. We have got to get people motivated to vote. https://www.nytimes.com/…/opi…/midterms-trump-democrats.html
We’re right around the corner from another set of special elections – and we’ve got the chance to help roll back some of the damage Scott Walker has done to Wisconsin from home. On June 12, the two seats Walker tried to avoid calling special elections for are up.
Flippable is organizing virtual phonebanks to help elect Caleb Frostman to the state senate and Ann Groves Lloyd to the assembly. Let’s join in! We can sign up here: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/flippable/event/1481/
Want to know the best way to get out the vote? It’s canvassing. Nothing beats face to face interaction with voters. Put on your walking shoes and join a local campaign in some lively door knocking. If we all do a little we can make a big difference. What we do in the next 5 months will affect our lives for years to come.
Want to volunteer for a campaign?
Here are the candidates in congressional district 2
Angie Craig: https://cd2action.com/congress/
State Congress for CD2: https://cd2action.com/minnesota-house/
Congressional District 3
Dean Phillips: https://www.facebook.com/deanphillipsforcongress/
State Congress for CD3: https://www.dfl3cd.org/candidates/
Sites to Check:
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
CD2Action https://cd2action.com/, @CD2action
MN02 Congress Watch http://mn02congresswatch.org/
League of Women Voters MN https://lwvmn.org/ Check out their calendar of activities here: https://www.lwvdakotacounty.org/calendar
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/