Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tuesday 7/3 Call to Action

Your members of the House and Senate will be home in Minnesota this week. Why not take some time to visit their offices? I am sure they will be marching at plenty of parades as well. Some well placed protest signs may be in order. Make a plan to connect with your members of Congress. What can you talk about? Unfortunately, there are plenty of topics from which to choose.
**Families Belong Together!
The Trump administration has made zero attempts to reunite families torn apart at our border, despite a court order to do so.
Trump Administration: Migrant Families Can Be Detained For More Than 20 Days
Last night on The Rachel Maddow Show, an immigration lawyer from Texas reported that ICE is denying parents bond in order to find their missing children. This is alarming news. Again, it appears that the Trump administration is blatantly disregarding a court order to return these children to their parents. Watch it here: https://www.msnbc.com/…/immigration-lawyer-ice-not-offering… via @msnbc
Trump’s government never had specific plan to reunify families, court testimony shows- https://www.cnn.com/…/family-separations-reunifi…/index.html
*Opportunities to Act*
Stand up St. Paul will be holding a rally today for Families Belong Together at 4 pm in St. Paul. Find out more here: http://act.indivisible.org/eve…/local-actions/14428/signup/…
On Saturday July 7th, Free First Saturday will be collecting items to be donated to the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande. The event starts at 10 am at the Walker Art Center. http://act.indivisible.org/eve…/local-actions/14533/signup/…
**Supreme Court
While this theory is still unproven, it does seem pretty fishy. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s son, Justin Kennedy, worked at Deutsche Bank when it loaned Trump more than $1 billion. Deutsche Bank loaned money to Trump when no other banks would, and it plays a still-mysterious role in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Is this why Justice Kennedy retired earlier than expected? https://www.nytimes.com/…/trump-anthony-kennedy-retirement.…
If Trump successfully installs an extreme justice to fill that seat, the Court will rubber stamp the Trump agenda for a generation to come. Trump wants to put a hard-right conservative in this seat: he’s already put out a “short list” of 25 possible picks, and every single one is an extremist. This puts settled rights like abortion, marriage equality, and health care back under threat.
Both Senators Klobuchar and Smith have opposed filling the Supreme Court seat until next year. They need to do more than oppose. Now is the time for them to get busy and fight this appointment any way they can. Here’s a calling script when you can the senators.
Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you please tell me what Senator ___ plans to do about the Supreme Court vacancy?
Staffer: Hello, nice to talk with you! The Senator plans to vote against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The stakes are too high.
Caller: Thank you! I’m very glad to hear that. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with someone from his list of totally unqualified, extreme judges. That includes a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act, and marriage equality. I want Senator ___ to use every tool at his/her disposal to stop Trump from filling this vacancy with anyone on this list.
Staffer: Thank you, the Senator agrees with you. I’ll make sure they get your message.
This article discusses the importance of a balanced Supreme Court https://talkingpointsmemo.com/…/please-read-this-through-he…
2. Why this political scientist thinks the Democrats have to fight dirty
“The Republicans are behaving like a party that believes it will never be held accountable.”
Faris, a political scientist at Roosevelt University, argues that the Democratic Party must recognize that Republicans aren’t engaged in a policy fight; instead, they’re waging a “procedural war.”
What he means is that Republicans have spent the past two decades exploiting the vagueness of the Constitution to create structural advantages for their side — passing discriminatory voter ID laws, using the census to gerrymander districts, blocking Democratic Supreme Court nominees, and so on.
Faris writes Democrats have to recognize this reality and act accordingly, especially now that the Republicans are poised to conquer the Supreme Court for a generation. https://www.vox.com/…/democratic-party-republicans-trump-el…
2. Vote Now From Home!
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.
3. Volunteer for a local campaign.
Gubernatorial and U.S. Congressional races are important and it’s fun to help with a big campaign, but please don’t forget the local candidates that are out there every day fighting to make Minnesota better. Pledge today to help a local candidate at least twice a month. There are so many different ways to contribute so everyone can help regardless of time and physical ability.
Here are some comprehensive lists of local candidates that need your help. There are opportunities every single day. Pledge to do something.
You have 4 MONTHS to make a difference. The actions we take now will have consequences for generations to come. Commit to being part of the solution.
Why voting matters https://www.axios.com/…/axios-am-df273a33-3bb7-493d-bc2a-78…
Sites to Check:
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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