Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday 7/10 Call to Action

1.Supreme Court Nominee
Last night, Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Up on the stage with his cute kids and his wife, Kavanaugh appeared friendly and benign. He even made a pretty good speech. But don’t be fooled; if Kavanaugh is permitted to take this position he will make decisions that will negatively affect Americans for decades to come.
Here are some points to consider about Kavanaugh:
* He will jeopardize women’s access to legal abortion, birth control, and other basic health care needs. Last year, Kavanaugh ruled against a young, undocumented woman’s ability to access an abortion. His ruling delayed her procedure, pushing it into the second trimester. If he gains a seat on the Supreme Court, this will be the norm in America.
Kavanaugh opposes the ACA’s birth control benefit and believes employers should decide whether or not birth control should be covered by insurance.
If Kavanaugh is allowed a seat on the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade could be overturned.
* Kavanaugh’s past rulings have shown him to be anti-environmental and anti-climate change.
* His past rulings have also shown that he is willing to:
Dismantle Net Neutrality
Sabotage the ACA
Nix the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Strike down gun violence prevention laws
Put the rights and safety of the LBGTQ community in jeopardy
* Most disturbingly, (and possibly the reason he was nominated) is the fact that Kavanaugh does not believe that a sitting president can be indicted; he believes presidents should have wide latitude to hire and fire special counsels. His nomination could shield Trump from facing accountability for his crimes and corruption.
Today is the day that you make some good trouble about this nomination. Call all the people! Email all the people! Tweet all the things!
The only way to stop this nomination from going through is to get all the Democrats and at least two Republicans in the Senate to vote NO. (Senator John McCain may abstain from voting due to illness). I am fairly comfortable saying that Sens. Klobuchar and Smith are in the NO camp. We need to call and encourage them to make sure their colleagues vote no as well.
Don’t forget how handy Resitbot can be. Use it today to write some letters.https://resistbot.io/
There is a rally today at Senator Tina Smith’s office starting at noon. This office has plenty of good parking, FYI. Learn more here: https://savescotus.indivisible.org/#lp-code-141
The general rule is to only contact your own elected officials by phone. I see no problem with emailing or sending post cards to other senators, however. Here is a contact list: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact
2. All The Fish in The Sea
Tomorrow, the House will be voting on H.R. 200, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Ac (MSA). If this bill becomes law, safeguards that require fisheries and the fishing industry to remain environmentally sustainable would be rolled back. From rising ocean temps to islands of plastic debris, our friends in the ocean are already facing an uphill battle. This bill would only make things worse. From CD2Action, this bill would:
Roll back the law’s successful rebuilding requirements.
Increase the risk of overfishing.
Roll back science-based management.
Lessen accountability of recreational fisheries.
Undermine bedrock environmental laws:
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The Endangered Species Act (ESA).
National Marine Sanctuaries Act.
The Antiquities Act.
Check out this post on CD2Action for more information and take some time to contact your members of Congress. We need to act today so the next generation has a world worth living in.
3. Local Candidate in Need
Last week, Tina Folch, House candidate for 54B was busy door knocking when she fell in a hole, landed hard, and broke both of her arms (!!!). Luckily, Tina is tough, (There is no quit in her!) but she needs our help to flip this seat to blue in November. Please commit to helping Tina door knock or march in a parade. If we each help once or twice, Tina will kick some butt!
Sign up for events here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TinaFolch4House/events/
4. Vote Now From Home!
**Secretary of State Steve Simon is reporting a 60% increase in absentee voter applications from the last election cycle! This is awesome!!**
Minnesota is lucky. We have a great voting program that makes it easy for us to get out the vote. You are now able vote early for the Primaries that take place on August 14th. Check out this page from CD2Action that answers some FAQ’s about primary voting. https://cd2action.com/voting-in-the-primaries-101/
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here (https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AB…/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx) for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you for free.
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
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