Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday 9/19 Call to Action

Violence Against Women Act HR 6545
In light of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, it seems like a good time to support the Violence Against Women (VAW) Act (HR 6545…/115th-congress/house-bill/6545/). The VAW Act works to direct a national response to crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. This bill will expire at the end of this month if our lawmakers don’t act. Last July, House Democrats introduced a measure designed to reauthorize the VAW Act and then quickly went on recess. Now there are only a few days to get this bill renewed. Unfortunately, House Republicans have not been supportive of the renewal. Today would be a really good day to call your members of Congress and tell them that this bill needs to be made a priority.…/la-na-pol-violence-against-women-……/8506-violence-women-act-expire
Here is a calling script if you so desire.…/na…/call-script-for-vawa-action/
H. R. 3798 Save American Workers Act
The House will be voting on this bill soon. The Save American Workers Act would repeal the 30-hour threshold that allows workers to be considered a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act and would require workers to reach a 40-hour threshold to be classified as a full-time employee. I know a lot of working families who will be negatively affected if this bill comes to fruition, since it will be easier for employers to deny workers enough hours to qualify for health care benefits. It seems like another vote against average Americans for the benefit of big business.
Read more here:…/115th-congr…/house-bill/3798/text…/hr3798-115-save-american-workers…
The Trump administration has decided on the number of refugees that the United States will allow into the country for the upcoming fiscal year: a dismal 30,000 people, down from 45,000 this year, and 115,000 in 2016 under the Obama administration. Following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement, Kevin Appleby, senior director of international migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies stated that “Congress should exercise its oversight responsibility and push back hard on this low number through every tool at its disposal.” We agree. Let's contact our MoC and tell them that we know the U.S. is capable of supporting far more refugees in our country, and we want them to do everything in their power to do so. We can also hold Secretary Pompeo accountable by telling him exactly how we feel about the Trump administration's abandonment of those who need help. What we really need to do though is vote in new leaders.
State Department Office of the Secretary
Phone number: 202-647-4000
Address: United States Department of State 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520
Twitter: @SecPompeo
Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton was interviewed by Rachel Maddow last night. Check it out, if only to remind yourself that articulate conversation is still a possibility. Watch it here: or read Secretary Clinton’s article about American democracy in crisis here: American Democracy Is In Crisis by Hillary Clinton -…/american-democracy-is…/570394/
Net Neutrality
Since the FCC abandoned net neutrality regulations, major Internet service providers have begun to slow traffic on popular Internet sites such as YouTube and Netflix. This is exactly what net neutrality advocates warned against. The Senate voted to restore net neutrality under the Congressional Reach Act, and now it’s up to the House to follow. Let’s make sure our MoCs know about the recent behavior of these ISPs and ask them to reinstate net neutrality as soon as possible. Let’s also contact our state legislators and ask them to pass legislation protecting net neutrality on the state level.…/youtube-and-netflix-throttled-b…
Find your state legislators here:
Vote in November so we can have leaders that will work for us and not big $$.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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!
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