Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wedesday 6/20 Call to Action

1. “Tender Age” Facilities
Last night the AP reported that babies and other very young children are being held in three facilities somewhere in Texas. Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis.
“Children are biologically programmed to grow best in the care of a parent figure. When that bond is broken through long and unexpected separations with no set timeline for reunion, children respond at the deepest physiological and emotional levels. Their fear triggers a flood of stress hormones that disrupt neural circuits in the brain, create high levels of anxiety, make them more susceptible to physical and emotional illness, and damage their capacity to manage their emotions, trust people, and focus their attention on age-appropriate activities.”
Keep in mind that many of these children will never be reunited with their parents.
Mark your calendars for the nationwide protest taking place on June 30th. There are multiple Minnesota options now.…/families-belong-together/search/…
Want to do more than protest and make phone calls? Donate $$ to the organizations at the front line trying to help these families.…/heres-list-organizations-ar…/
Or here:
Donald Trump will be in Duluth today to rile up his troops. Reps. Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis will be hanging out with him at his roundtable event (If you were wondering why they have been so quiet about what’s happening down south…/trump-to-hold-roundtable-ahead-of-dulu…/). Are you planning to protest? Check out the events and Duluth here:… or this:…/blue-wave-2018-rise-and-resist-ra…/…
Our Minnesota Senators, Governor, and Attorney General are making it clear that the atrocities happening at the border are unacceptable. Give them a call and thank them. Encourage them to find ways to fight harder to fix this mess.…/democratic-senator-trump-chi…
Are you experienceing family, friends or social media posters that are awash with misinformation? This post has some great answers to the most common lies that are floating about:
2. 2019 Budget Proposal
While we are understandably distracted by the terribleness at the border, the House GOP is busy trying to pass a budget bill that will fast track Affordable Care Act repeal, massive Medicare and Medicaid cuts, and more tax cuts. It is possible that they may vote on this as early as next week! All hands on deck. Read about the bill here and then flood your representative’s office with phone calls, emails and letters.…/house-gop-unveils-budget-to-fas……/…/HealthPolicyConsensusGroup-Report
3. United Nations Human Rights Council
The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, making good on a pledge to leave a body it accused of hypocrisy and bias against Israel. On Monday, the Council began their meeting by calling Trump’s practice of separating children from their families at our borders “unconscionable”. Perhaps that’s the real reason Trump withdrew. Condemning the move, Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a Democrat who serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the decision “sends a clear message that the Trump administration does not intend to lead the world when it comes to human rights.”…/trump-is-said-ready-to-pull-u-s……/nikki-haley-un-human-rights-council-u…
4. Be Part of The Blue Wave
Have you signed up to help a local campaign yet? There are a myriad of ways to help local candidates. Phone banking and door knocking are the obvious ones. But if the thought of talking to strangers shivers your timbers, there are other options as well. Consider donating money, food, supplies, or your expertise to a campaign. Write post cards to voters. March in parades. Be part of a crew that holds signs on highway overpasses.
Tina Folch House Candidate for 54B. Looking for a fun activity that’s kid friendly and easy to do? Join Tina’s crew at the Hastings Rivertown Days Parade on July 22nd. Look here for more information:
Are you action oriented? Do you like to get things done? Consider joining the St. Croix Valley Women’s Alliance.
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…
Do you live in the 2nd congressional district? Do you live in a blue part of Minnesota and you want to help others? Check out CD2Action’s calendar for upcoming activities. CD2Action, @CD2action
Check out Third Thursday’s Mobilizing for Midterms on June 21st
The party Conventions have kicked off the election season. This is what we’ve all been waiting for -- to vote the right people into power!! Come engage with the biggest citizen activist groups in the Metro Area and hear how they working to get Progressive candidates elected at federal and especially the state level. There will be a Q&A with representatives from St Croix Valley Women’s Alliance, Indivisible North Metro, CD2 Action, and Indivisible MN03.
Turnout in the TC metro is definitely important, especially the state-wide races, but the flippable suburban districts are arguably where this November will be won or lost. If you are in a solid blue district, come find out how you can help drive the vote in the purple and red districts!
Would you like to help get out the vote? Check out League of Women Voters MN and their calendar of activities here:
Young people—18-29-year-olds—have a notoriously low voter turnout rate, especially in mid-term elections. Cap, Gown, Vote! a toolkit to empower young people themselves to remedy that. Let’s check it out and spread the word.
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/
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
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