Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thursday 8/23 Call to Action

Thursday 8/23

1. Kavanaugh
Pressure needs to continue that our Senators shouldn’t even be meeting with or have hearings that would confirm Kavanaugh. Our Senators shouldn’t be meeting with someone who has been nominated by a President implicated in federal crimes. Our Senators should also demand that Senate Republicans stop hearings until they have Kavanaugh’s full record. Kavanaugh’s nomination is tainted. McConnell has possibly set hearings for September 4th. This cannot happen. No vote for a lifelong appointment until after the midterms. No vote until after the Mueller probe.  

2. Unsuccessful Hacking (luckily) of the DNC - again. 
The DNC alerted the FBI on Tuesday that hackers had used a “sophisticated attempt” to try and gain access to it’s voter database. 
The hackers apparently created a fake website designed to look very similar to the real one that Democratic Party officials and campaigns use to log in to that database. The idea was that officials would try to log in to this fake page using their real usernames and passwords, thereby revealing that information to the hackers and enabling them to use it to log in to the real site and access the voter database. This tactic, called “spearphishing,” is one of the most common ploys hackers use to try to gain access to sensitive or private information.”
While it is believed this attempt was unsuccessful this is still very worrisome. 

And we need to continue to push for election security. It might not be important to most of the GOP but it is important to us. If Republicans don’t want to pass legislation that will protect U.S. elections from cyber attacks then vote them out. 

3. Kathy Kraninger nominated to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
In a letter to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, 57 groups urged senators to oppose Kathy Kraninger’s nomination to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The panel is expected to advance her nomination to the full Senate on Thursday.
The groups say Kraninger, an associate director at the White House Office of Budget and Management (OMB), is unfit to lead the financial regulator because of her ties to Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy that led to the separation of thousands of migrant families at the U.S. border.
“Either Ms. Kraninger failed terribly at her job, putting the wellbeing and lives of thousands of children in danger, or, even more concerning, she purposefully sought to run an ineffective, cruel process in order to punish children and/or their parents, in which case she lacks the moral sense or standing to hold a government position,” the groups wrote. “In either case, her nomination should be rejected.””

The best way to change all the terrible things that are happening every day is to vote in November. Besides getting ourselves to the polls, we need to encourage others to do so as well.
As a whole, we need to stop trying to bring Republicans over to our side in November. The best path to victory for the midterms is to reach those in the community who have not voted in the past and get them to participate. We should all be working to do this now. Studies have shown that the best way to accomplish this is by talking to voters in person, on the phone or via texts. Literature is also an effective means of communication. The more personal the interaction the better. To accomplish this, candidates need hoards of volunteers. Your biggest call to action from now until November is to be part of this movement to vote.
Each candidate on the November ballot will have a website where you can sign up to volunteer. That are myriad ways to help so if you haven’t already, sign up and get busy.
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.
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results:…/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-… Let’s read the report and keep on writing postcards!
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