Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tuesday 10/16 Call to Action


Another Wave of Family Separation Looming
The United States is great in large part because of the hard work and dedication of immigrants who moved here for a chance at a better life. Things like Google, Intel, Pentium, Yahoo, and Apple would not be here today if it were not for immigrants who came to America with nothing but a dream and a willingness to work hard towards a goal. The idea of our country as a “melting pot” was once a point of pride. It seems that the Trump administration is doing its best to change that ideal.
In September, the Department of Homeland Security released a draft regulation that proposed that any immigrant who is likely to use or who has already used Medicaid, public housing or a rent voucher, cash assistance or food stamps, could be barred from the country or kept from getting permanent resident status. The Trump administration’s goal is to only admit people into this country who are already self-sufficient. Think of all the talented people our country will miss out on if this proposal becomes law.
Another sad consequence of this proposal is that it will force nearly 200,000 married couples to either leave the United States or spend their lives apart. Why? Because this rule would deny marriage green cards to any couple who has ever used public assistance or does not meet the minimum wage requirements. In the past, married couples needed only to make about $20,000 to qualify for a green card. Trump’s new proposal would raise that amount to $41,000. Anyone married immigrant who is currently in school (medical school, PhD, etc.) could be affected by this rule. Again, think of the great people we will lose.
The Trump administration is required to hold a 60 day comment period before enacting this rule. Be sure to chime in with your thoughts here:
Or here:
Lame Duck Session
My friend David sent out this post yesterday. It was so great, I hope he doesn’t mind that I copy and paste it today.
Legislative Update via Eric Revell of Countable.
Full Report:
What’s left for the lame duck session?
Funding for the agencies that Congress hasn’t approved FY19 appropriations for yet, the most notable debate coming over the Dept. of Homeland Security’s budget for border wall construction.
Congress has been working on a new Farm Bill, but negotiations on a compromise between the differing House and Senate versions of the bill have stalled over the House bill’s significant reforms to food stamps. Farm Bill programs technically lost their authorization at the end of September, and if progress isn’t made a short-term extension may be required in December.
House Version:…/4680-h-r-2-agriculture-nutrition…
Senate Version:
The Senate will likely take up the confirmation of a new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations following the resignation of Nikki Haley.
The Senate hasn’t indicated whether it will consider the FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan bill that reforms the federal prison system to reduce recidivism that passed the House on a 360-59 vote and has the support of the White House.
It also isn’t clear if the Senate will take the time to vote on the House-passed GOP Tax Reform 2.0 bills, which would make the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s tax cuts for individuals, families, and small businesses permanent.…/10837-look-gop-tax-reform-2-0
Be prepared: The GOP-lead Senate will continue to appoint Judges at a breakneck pace. The Democrats in the Senate will probably do nothing about it. Be sure to call Senator Klobuchar and ask her what she will do to slow down these appointments.…/chuck-grassley-dianne-feinstein-…
Containing the Catastrophe
All three branches of our government are held by the GOP. All three branches of our government are chugging along on the Trump train. This should terrify you. We have got to get people to the polls in November if we ever hope to contain this catastrophe. Read Robert Reich’s opinion about it here then do something to help make positive change. If you haven’t volunteered to help a campaign yet, what the heck are you waiting for? This is the time to get busy!!
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.
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.…
Grab Your Wallet has just launched #GrabYourBallot. It automatically splits your donation between Democratic candidates in especially tight midterm races:
For those of you who are fans of Glennon Doyle, Check her out here:
In a national effort coordinated by author Glennon Doyle, beginning today, October 5, “through Consumer Black Friday (Nov 23), WE ARE GOING TO TURN OUR RAGE INTO CHANGE. We are going to: Represent, Act, Gather & Exit.” When we sign up, we will get each week’s call-to-action. “Please share this post, tag your people, and consider signing on to support this Rage-to-Change Movement:
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…
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.
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-

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