Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday 9/27 Call to Action

Thursday 9/27

Today is bound to be an intense news days with the Kavanaugh hearing. And with the slow newsweek (sarcasm) I’m sure I’ve missed some things. 

1. More allegations of misconduct against Kavanaugh.
As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee more allegations of sexual misconduct have come forward against Kavanaugh. The logical thing to do would be to have the FBI investigate all of these allegations.

Republicans fueled by Evangelicals are ramming this nomination forward so that they can get their man on the Court. Once he is appointed Roe v. Wade will be quickly overturned.
As the Senate mulls the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-abortion judges are wasting no time laying the groundwork for the reversal of Roe v. Wade. Earlier in September, the 8thU.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld two abortion restrictions that are patently unconstitutional under Supreme Court precedent. On Wednesday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals pulled the same trick, affirming the legality of an anti-choice Louisiana regulation that’s identical to a law the Supreme Court struck down in 2016.”

Here is Dr. Ford’s opening statement for the Senate Hearing.

You can thank Senator Klobuchar for standing in solidarity with the other Democrats urging Trump to withdraw his nomination of Kavanaugh or reopen the FBI investigation.

2. Trump accuses China of interfering in upcoming election.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of seeking to meddle in the Nov. 6 U.S. congressional elections, saying Beijing did not want his Republican Party to do well because of his pugnacious stance on trade.”

3. LGBT Content removed from Federal Websites.
““We’ve seen a general reduction in the prominence of LGBT content across Health, Labor, Education, Housing—even the White House itself,” Rachel Bergman, co-director of the Sunlight Foundation’s Web Integrity Project, told The Daily Beast. “At best, this is definitely a signal that LGBT concerns have been significantly de-prioritized and, in the worst cases, they’re actively being undermined.”
The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan organization that has been monitoring changes made to federal websites around issues that it deems “politically sensitive” through the Web Integrity Project (WIP). So far, that project has tracked two major LGBT-related changes to federal websites.”

4. Election Security Bill not passed. 
“Thanks to the lack of political will in the White House and among congressional Republicans, the bipartisan election security bill will not be passed in time for midterms, meaning that our elections will remain just as vulnerable to cyberattacks as they were during the 2016 presidential race.”

Now Take Action!
The Secretary of State’s website has all the information you need to get your vote on. You can apply for an absentee ballot, figure out where to vote and even get a sample ballot so you can do your research ahead of time.

Snail Mail Your Way to Victory!
Check out Vote Forward. This program helps you send letters to voters in Minnesota’s Congressional District 2 MN-02 (Jason Lewis) and encourages them to get out and vote. Another hot option is pro-Russia Dana Rorhabacher's CA-48 district in California.
Text Your Way to Victory!
Many of us may feel overworked, over scheduled, and under-slept, but have the desire to get out the vote for the November midterms. We can join MoveOn’s texting team and transform the tiny bits of time in our week into progressive action in key jurisdictions across the country.
Tweet Your Way to Victory!
Here’s a way to use social media to support candidates we support. Let’s take a look:…/Helping_the_ca…
Candidates cannot win without help from us. Commit today to doing your part.
Each candidate on the November ballot has a website where you can sign up to volunteer. Every person can do at least one thing per week to help these candidates win.
Amy Klobuchar
Tina Smith
Julie Blaha
Steve Simon
Keith Ellison
District 1 Daniel Feehan
District 2 Angie Craig
District 3 Dean Phillips
District 4 Betty McCollum
District 5 Ilhan Omar
District 6 Ian Todd
District 7 Collin Peterson
District 8 Joe Radinovich
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.…
National healthcare advocate Ady Barkan, who has ALS, has an interesting approach to courting Sen. Collins (R-ME) vote on Kavanaugh. He is soliciting donations to go to her opponent in her 2020 re-election bid should she vote for Kavanaugh.…/brett-kavanaugh-susan-collins-a…/ Over $100,000 has been raised so far. Let’s see if we can help:…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
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!
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-

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