Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday 8/10 Call to Action

1.Judicial Nominees
Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh has been working for a long time and has a massive paper trail that Democrats in the Senate would like to examine. So far, Republicans have refused to allow them to obtain the documents. Democrats have resorted to using Freedom of Information Act requests to get the things they need. A seat on the Supreme Court is one of the most powerful jobs in the country. It is imperative that the nominee is fully vetted. Here’s a great example of why:
In 2006, Brett Kavanaugh was before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his conformation hearing to the D.C. Circuit court. During questioning, it is believed that Kavanaugh misled (lied to) the committee about whether he helped the Bush administration make a legal case for torture. This would be a road block at any other time. For the current Republican led Senate, this may not even be a road bump. Let’s ask our senators about it today.
Read more about it here: Https://…/email-exposes-kavanaugh-to-quest…
And here:…/400903-senate-dems-make-unprecedented-…
Minnesota is lucky, our senators are working hard for us. Since Senators Klobuchar and Smith are already on board, we can help influence other senators by joining National Equality Action Team’s phone banks. Their program helps people from around the US communicate with voters in key states and connect them with their home state senators. We can join in from anywhere in the country. Let's sign up here:
(Thanks to A.Q. for this information)
David Porter is a Trump judicial nominee for the federal appeals court. Just like other Trump nominees, Porter is a terrible choice for a lifetime position. He has extremely conservative views and is a contributor to the Center of Vision and Values, a conservative think tank that works against the best interest of women, minorities, the LGBTQ community and workers rights. Porter's past rulings have predicted that he will not be kind to the environment, civil rights, women’s reproductive rights, LBGTQ equality, and workers rights. This man should not be a judge.
Today, leave a message for our Senators Klobuchar and Smith and ask them to vote against Porter's nomination for a lifetime federal judgeship.
Indivisible East Bay has provided more information and a calling script here:…/monitoring-nominees/porter/*
2. Anti-Environmental Bills
From Calvins List: (
Three bills were introduced last month that undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
1) The STORAGE Act, HR6354 (…/115th-congress/house-bill/6354…), would exempt areas of water infrastructure (reservoirs, dams, etc.) from being required to follow ESA policies.
2) The PETITION Act, HR6355 (…/115th-congress/house-bill/6355…), would allow listing deadlines to be ignored if a ‘backlog’ is declared (meaning species may go extinct waiting for review) and aims to again cut out crucial judicial review of decisions with the excuse that it will expedite petitions.
3) The EMPOWERS Act, HR6345 (…/115th-congress/house-bill/6345…), aims to weaken the ESA by allowing states and county governments to put the kibosh on ESA petitions before they even get to the federal government.
Let's group these bills together in an email or postcard and tell our representatives that we oppose these anti-ESA bills.
3. Federal Deficit
The federal deficit has increased by 20% in 2018, mostly due to the tax cut bill.…/400876-federal-deficit-jumps-20-percen….
At the time the law was voted on, Republicans argued that the expense would be offset by a growing economy, but despite a good growth rate, revenues are down and spending has increased. Let’s make sure to raise this issue with our GOP MoCs and make sure to tell them that the way to address this is NOT to cut social programs, but to reverse policy and make businesses pay their fair share.
3. VOTE!!
Let’s be honest. The only real power we have to contain Trump and his collaborators and enablers is to VOTE in the upcoming midterm elections, and we are in the final three months before the big day. Now is the time for you to get to work, getting others to vote.…/08/06/all-thats-left-is-the-vote
Every person needs to commit to helping increase voter turnout. Multiple studies have shown that personal contact with voters is the key to encouraging them to participate. NOW is the time to volunteer with a campaign to canvass. Push yourself out of your comfort zone these next three months. Share your enthusiasm for the DFL with others in Minnesota communities. You can rest easy at night knowing that you are doing your best to take back this country.
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.…
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push.
Join your neighbors to stand up against Trump and his terrible administration. #StandOnEveryCorner encourages all of us to get out in our communities and speak out about what’s happening in the U.S. right now. It’s simple and easy. Grab a sign and find a participating corner near you. Better yet, create your own corner and encourage others to join you. Learn more from this article here:…/honk-if-you-stand-with-s…/
Or here:…/…/
This tweet lists some of the participating spots. There are many in the Twin Cities.
Attention Texters:
If we’re comfortable with technology and would like to help get Democrats elected by reaching out to voters via texting, let’s check out Build the Wave Consider joining their Text the Vote team.
If we want to increase voter turnout, we can join the Vote by Mail enrollment #PostcardsToVoters campaign. When we do, we will get addresses of Democratic voters to send postcards to, encouraging them to sign up to vote by mail. Once they do,
each one of these Democratic voters will, for two years, automatically receive a ballot by mail for each election - big and small - for which they are eligible to vote. That bump in Democratic voter participation is “yuuuuuge!” We can ‪get in on the fun by emailing or by texting JOIN to 484-275-2229
4. Primaries are August 14th
ATTENTION! Monday, August 13th is the final day you can vote early in person for the primaries. On Tuesday, August 14th you can vote at the polls. If you haven’t already, make plans to vote. Check out the Secretary of State website for more information
Check out this website for more information on who’s running in Minnesota.…/minnesota-8-14-primary-at-a-…/
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
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