Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday 8/7 Call to Action

1. Rick Gates Testifies
Rick Gates, Trump’s former campaign chairman, testified in court yesterday that he committed a bunch of crimes with his former boss, Paul Manafort. Gates said that at Manafort’s direction, he didn’t report 15 foreign financial accounts they controlled to the US government, even though they knew that was illegal. He also testified that Manafort directed him to send millions in foreign cash as phony “loans” to his US companies, so he could avoid paying taxes on them. Gates also admitted that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from those accounts without Manafort’s knowledge.
Sure seems like there was a lot of illegal activity happening around Trump.
In case you missed it from the post yesterday, Trump implicated his son, Don Jr., in a crime via tweet on Sunday: “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”
You know we are in deep when an admission like that causes barely a stir. Keep an eye on the news, but know that the only sure way to stop this nonsense if to vote.
2. Congress
The House is on recess for the rest of the month. This is a great time to visit their offices or meet them at a campaign rally near you. Because Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to shove Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh down our throats, the Senate will only be home for the following week, due to be back in session on August 15th. The Senate will also be considering other judicial nominations like,
A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit and the nomination of Julius Ness Richardson, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is on the Senate Judicial Committee. Let’s call her office and talk to her about these nominees.
Sens. Klobuchar and Smith have been vocal about their opposition to Kavanaugh. Let’s continue to encourage them to take any and all steps they can to prevent his nomination from going forward. Kavanaugh has a dicey past when it comes to torture. Read more about that here: https://www.nytimes.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-signing-statement…. Get a peek into Kavanaugh’s history to see how he would rule on a woman’s right to abortion: https://www.aclu.org/…/a…/brett-kavanaughs-one-abortion-case. And of course Trump’s favorite, Kavanaugh’s belief that sitting presidents are immune from indictment: https://www.politico.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-president-indict…
Activists across the country are coming together for a 50-state day of action against Kavanaugh’s nomination on August 26th. Unite for Justice has a list of events occurring across the U. S. Keep an eye out for an event here in Minnesota, or if you’re feeling feisty, make your own event and share it here. https://uniteforjustice2018.com/
3. Children Are Still Separated
Over 500 innocent children, separated form their parents while crossing our southern border, are still waiting to be reunited with their families. In light of the barrage of news we get each day, it’s easy to forget about these kids. Please don’t. Keep calling your members of Congress and remind then that these families belong together. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Trump has been planning this separation policy since a month after his inauguration. While we are on the phone with our MoCs we can request a special investigator to determine how this can be remedied, and hold responsible people accountable. Our legislators also need to set policies so this can never happen again.
4. 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. https://www.newyorker.com/…/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. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
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: http://www.southwestjournal.com/…/honk-if-you-stand-with-s…/
Or here: http://www.startribune.com/new-hyperlocal-political-forc…/…/
This tweet lists some of the participating spots. There are many in the Twin Cities. https://twitter.com/BenyonMelissa/status/1023331029719773184
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 https://www.buildthewave.org/ Consider joining their Text the Vote team. https://www.textthevote.com
4. Primaries are August 14th
Don’t forget to vote in the primaries by August 14th. Check out this website for more information on who’s running in Minnesota. https://politicalcharge.org/…/minnesota-8-14-primary-at-a-…/
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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