Monday, July 15, 2019

Monday 7/15

Check out the Lights for Liberty protest last week.  If you missed it, like I did, you can still call your senator and representatives and demand an end to camps at the border.

https://www.twincities.com/2019/07/12/st-paul-protestors-enraged-about-treatment-of-immigrant-families/

"President Donald Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack progressive Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren't natural-born American citizens.

Trump did not name who he was attacking in Sunday's tirade but earlier this week he referenced New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when the President was defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/14/politics/donald-trump-tweets-democratic-congresswomen-race-nationalities/index.html

"Labor Secretary Alex Acosta said Friday he will resign amid controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes case against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein a decade ago when he was U.S. attorney for southern Florida."

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/12/labor-secretary-alex-acosta-is-resigning-as-pressure-mounts-from-jeffrey-epstein-case.html

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Wednesday 7/3 CTA

Wednesday July 3
Trump’s Concentration Camps #TrumpCamps
The inspector general from the Department of Homeland Security released a scathing report about the conditions of the detention centers in Texas. https://int.nyt.com/…/2dd9d40be6a6b0cd3…/optimized/full.pdf…
The report detailed overcrowded, squalid conditions.
Children are being held without beds, clean clothes, showers, hot meals, oh, and their families. Children are not supposed to be held in these facilities for longer than 72 hours. This rule is not being followed and many children have been held for much longer.
Some detainees are being kept in a cell so crowded that there is only room to stand. They are forced to do this for a week. Can you imagine the torture of not being able to sit or lie down for days? Others have been held for a month in concrete cells with no furniture and limited access to restrooms and potable water.
The nutrition is so bad (there are reports of only having bologna sandwiches to eat) that detainees are suffering from constipation and mouth sores.
Detainees are being denied their prescribed medications, even for life-threatening diseases like epilepsy. People inside the camps are denied medical care even though there are groups of doctors outside the camps willing to help.
Communicable diseases like influenza and lice infestations are spreading because of the crowded conditions.
Detainees are seen clamoring and begging for release, some with signs and notes asking for help.
At least six children have died inside these camps.
To make matters worse, ProPublica discovered a secret Facebook group of current and former Border Patrol agents that features posts that joke about migrant deaths, as well as sexist memes and threats towards members of Congress. “One member's reaction to the news of a 16-year old dying in custody: “If he dies, he dies.” Another member's reaction to the photo of a father and his baby daughter dead face down in the Rio Grande river: "have y'all ever seen floaters this clean?" https://www.propublica.org/…/secret-border-patrol-facebook-…
Representative Frederica Wilson is concerned about the treatment of detained adolescent girls. She attempted to go to see the girls in the camps but was prevented entry. https://www.rawstory.com/…/i-dont-trust-people-with-adoles…/
The Judiciary Oversight Committee is planning on having hearings next week over the conditions of these camps.
Trump has announced plans to begin raids, nationwide to deport undocumented families.
Watch this clip from The Rachel Maddow Show -Public pressure on border officials grows as Trump stokes cruelty https://www.msnbc.com/…/public-pressure-on-border-officials… via @msnbc
In case you were wondering, it appears that Minnesota’s GOP is totally on board with housing asylum seekers in concentration camps.
Please don’t stop making noise about this atrocity at our border. Tomorrow, as we celebrate Independence Day, please think about how this country was founded and built with the help of immigrants. Think about our history, and how we’ve mistreated Native Americans, African Americans, and Japanese Americans in the past. Let’s not repeat those mistakes.
https://front.moveon.org/seven-actions-you-can-take-right-…/
Trump Hijacking July 4th Celebrations
Trump has decided to hijack Independence Day celebrations at the Nation’s Capital and make it a campaign rally for himself, including a parade of tanks, fighter jet flyovers, and VIP tickets that the RNC will hand out to big campaign donors. Trump’s pageant will cost millions of dollars and we taxpayers get to foot that bill.
To help pay for Trump’s day honoring himself. The National Park Service will be diverting nearly $2.5 million intended to help improve parks.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/9109a566-9ce0-11e9-b27f-ed…
House Sues Treasury
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., sued Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to obtain six years of President Trump's tax returns. https://www.npr.org/…/house-democrats-sue-for-trumps-tax-re…
Census Citizenship Question- a win for the good guys!
The Trump administration has decided to print the 2020 census forms without a citizenship question, and the printer has been told to start the printing process, Justice Department spokesperson Kelly Laco confirms to NPR. https://www.npr.org/…/trump-administration-to-print-2020-ce…
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Monday 7/1

"A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 people gathered in south Minneapolis on Sunday to protest the Trump administration's immigration and border policies.

From the Kmart parking lot at the corner of Nicollet and Lake, they marched — waving banners and cardboard signs, and spanning two city blocks at a time — to the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis.

Once there, speakers shared their stories and spoke against the separation of families, threats of deportation and other federal actions that have made headlines for months. President Trump has made stricter immigration and border control a signature issue of his campaign and presidency."

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/06/30/minneapolis-march-protesting-immigration-border-policies

The House passed the Senate's immigration bill, without adding additional protections for unaccompanied minors.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/27/house-vote-emergency-border-package-1385222

At the G-20, Trump jokingly told Putin not to meddle in the elections.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/smiling-trump-tells-putin-don-t-meddle-election-please-n1024396

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday 6/28 Call to Action


Friday 6/28

At the G20 summit Trump signaled he would welcome Russia’s help in 2020. Putin has attacked our democracy and national security, not just our elections. Seeing Trump joke with Putin shows where his loyalties lie. 
"Don't meddle in the election, president," Trump said in a joking manner to Putin as cameras clicked and reporters shouted questions. Wagging a finger at the Russian president, Trump repeated, "don't meddle in the election."

Yesterday the House passed the election security bill that would require paper ballots, post-election audits, and give money to states to update election equipment. Now it is off to the Senate. It would be nice if election security was bipartisan, especially in the wake of how Trump has shown where his loyalties lie at the G20. 
On Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) attempted to force a vote to allow the Senate to consider her Election Security Act, but was blocked by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.). This legislation would require backup paper ballots and provide $1 billion in election security grants for states to improve election security issues.”

There has been a lot of turmoil over the emergency border aid package. Here is why a leading immigrant rights coalition opposed the bill, saying it did more harm than good. 

Glencore, a Swiss mining giant is now the majority shareholder of PolyMet. “"Glencore’s worldwide record of environmental disasters, violations of human rights and disregard for workers and labor rights speaks for itself ... The terrible record of Glencore and its leaders should concern every Minnesotan," Hoffman said.”

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Wednesday 6/26 CTA

Wednesday June 26
The United States is in crisis. Just this week we have children and families suffering (and dying) at our southern border, Trump was accused of his 22nd assault/rape, there are escalating tensions between U.S. and Iran fabricated by Trump and his warmongering Cabinet, Senate Majority Leader McConnell is still blocking all the things, Trump’s cronies are still ignoring House subpoenas, Trump’s administration is suppressing scientific research, and more. The most disappointing part for me is the lackluster response by our members of Congress. I see a lot of posting on social media but not much else.
Let’s talk about things we can do this week.
Children’s Concentration Camps
We are currently witnessing human rights violations occurring at our southern border and many of those suffering are children.
How can you help? Give money. Groups working to help those detained need donations to keep going. Please donate as you can.
This article lists a number of places to donate. http://stories.brightest.io/best-ways-stop-ice-detention-i…/
You can donate to ActBlue and they will divvy up your money to a number of worthy groups: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/kids-and-families-border
If you are bilingual (Spanish/English) or an immigration lawyer, consider volunteering to help down at the border. If you have a surplus of frequent flier miles, you can donate them to get interpreters and lawyers down to the border. https://www.lawyersforgoodgovernment.org/…/what-can-you-do-…
Write a letter to your local newspaper about this. I bet there are a lot of people in our state who do not know what’s going on. Fill them in on the atrocities.
Join Minnesota Immigrants Rights Action Committee https://www.facebook.com/miracmn/ “MIRAC is an activist organization, and they champion a variety of causes, and it’s helpful to be aware of what they are advocating and what kind of activities they’re involved in, because they’re Minnesota-based and they have their finger on the pulse of many of the most important immigration-related issues of the day.”
Did you know that Minnesota has 36 ICE detention centers? There are centers in Albert Lea, Elk River, Chaska, and Crookston. If you live in a town with a detention center, call you state legislators and ask them about it. Call Governor Walz as well and ask him what’s going on.https://www.businessinsider.com/ice-immigrant-families-dhs-…
"Illinois Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill on Friday that bans private immigration detention centers in the state, making it the first in the nation to forbid the practice, according to a release from the governor's office. Pritzker signed the legislation, HB 2040, as part of a three-part package to protect undocumented immigrants, as the state braces for Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that are expected in Chicago and nine other major cities starting Sunday." - We must still understand that the non-profit industrial complex is just as much a part of this growing no. of concentration camps in the U.S. - https://www.cnn.com/…/illinois-private-detention…/index.html
Call you members of Congress, again and again until this problem is solved. Tired of calling? Write a letter to the editor or use Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/. You can also call the Chairs of these two committees.
Congressional Committee on Homeland Security https://www.govtrack.us/congress/committees/HSHM
Senate Committee on Homeland Security https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/
Take to The Streets Join MIRAC and CAIR-MN on Sunday, June 30th in Minneapolis from 2-4 PM to tell our government to stop separating families. https://www.facebook.com/events/297434524532185/
Vote them out.
We have GOT to flip the Senate (state and federal) in 2020. Thousands of volunteer hours are needed to accomplish this. Decide now what you will do to help and get started.
The first Democratic debates are tonight and tomorrow! Be sure to check it out. https://www.nytimes.com/…/moderators-first-democratic-debat…
Parade Season-As parade season gets started, our favorite elected officials will be marching. Why not volunteer to walk with them? This is a fun, easy way to support the legislators who do good work for us.
Mueller Report
Don’t stop calling your members of Congress about Trump’s impeachable digressions. Call again, and again, and again. Ask them what they are doing about that fact that members of Trump’s administration are ignoring subpoenas.
A number of actors did a dramatic reading of the Mueller Report. Check it out here: https://lawworksaction.org/
Here’s an audio version of the report so you can listen to it while you clean the house or drive to work. https://www.audible.com/…/The-Mueller-Report-Aud…/B07PXN468K
Politifact is hosting a Mueller Report book club. Sections of the report and introduced each week and lively discussions follow. https://www.politifact.com/…/introducing-politifacts-muell…/ Sign up for their weekly email to get started. https://www.politifact.com/signup/
And last but not least, The Trump Administration continues to suppress research and hide the climate science.
https://www.politico.com/…/agriculture-department-climate-c…
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Monday, June 24, 2019

Monday 6/24 Call to Action

Monday

I'm just going to make a few points this morning.

Go march Sunday.  Trump has threatened massive deportations.  In court Friday, the DoJ argued that it should not have to provide toothbrushes or soap to immigrant children.

https://www.facebook.com/events/297434524532185/

Trump cancelled a military strike on Iran at the last minute.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-says-he-did-not-given-final-approval-iran-strikes-n1020386

There is a new allegation of sexual assault against Trump.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-says-he-did-not-given-final-approval-iran-strikes-n1020386

Trump Tower collaborator Felix Sater failed to show up to testify to Congress.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/house-panel-subpoena-felix-sater-about-trump-moscow-project-after-n1020276

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday 6/21 Call to Action


Friday 6/21

We can’t stop looking at the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, inside the US concentration camps. These human tragedies will never be erased from America’s history books. 
A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy toddler who was handed to them by a guard days ago. Lawyers warn that kids are taking care of kids, and there’s inadequate food, water and sanitation for the 250 infants, children and teens at the Border Patrol station.”

This administration went to court this week to argue that detained migrant children don’t need toothbrushes or soap and can sleep on concrete floors. 

From Wednesday because we cannot stop calling and making noise about this:
Congress is currently debating funding for agencies. Call your members of Congress ant tell them to CUT funding for ICE & CBP and get rid of the ICE slush fund.
We Count! is an organization working to close the Homestead camp. Check them out and donate $$ if you can. http://we-count.org/
Check out this group that is bearing witness to what’s going on at the border:https://www.facebook.com/groups/339957239906299/
Jewish activists from Massachusetts went to Homestead this past weekend to protest these concentration camps. Read their blog here: https://jewishactivistsforimmigrationjustice.blog/
Here’s another blog about experiences from Texas: https://www.suitupmaine.org/annunciation-house-journal/

Maybe now would be a good time to have a secretary of defense? I don’t know what to feel when Trump’s most rational advisor is Vladimir Putin. 
A senior administration official said that the operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down. 
“The swift reversal was a stark reminder of the serious risk of military conflict between U.S. and Iranian forces as the Trump administration combines a "maximum pressure" campaign of economic sanctions with a buildup of American forces in the region. As tensions mounted in recent weeks, there have been growing fears that either side could make a dire miscalculation that led to war.”

Next week would be a good week for Congress to vote on authorizing war. I feel like we are living on borrowed time. 

Parade Season
As parade season gets started, our favorite elected officials will be marching. Why not volunteer to walk with them? This is a fun, easy way to support the legislators who do good work for us.


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday 6/19 CTA


It’s starting to get mighty uncomfortable here in the U. S. and I don’t like it one bit.
Trump has stated that ICE is planning to start making mass arrests sometime next week. ICE will aim to round up thousands of migrant parents and children across U. S cities. How is that going to happen? Where will those families go? Ugh, my stomach hurts.
Children are being held in detention centers in Homestead, Florida. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has called the centers what they truly are, concentration camps. She has faced a lot of backlash, but she is correct in calling them that. If you ever wondered how the atrocities of the Holocaust occurred, its beginnings were very similar to what’s going on right now.
Read this thread to learn a bit more. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1141101726390464518.html
We need to act on this stuff NOW. We can’t look the other way because it’s going to keep getting worse. Children have already died in detention. Children and families have suffered and are suffering now.
Congress is currently debating funding for agencies. Call your members of Congress ant tell them to CUT funding for ICE & CBP and get rid of the ICE slush fund.
We Count! is an organization working to close the Homestead camp. Check them out and donate $$ if you can. http://we-count.org/
Check out this group that is bearing witness to what’s going on at the border: https://www.facebook.com/groups/339957239906299/
Jewish activists from Massachusetts went to Homestead this past weekend to protest these concentration camps. Read their blog here: https://jewishactivistsforimmigrationjustice.blog/
Here’s another blog about experiences from Texas: https://www.suitupmaine.org/annunciation-house-journal/
Don’t stop making noise about this.


Mueller Report
Have you read it yet? Here’s an audio version so you can listen to it while you clean the house or drive to work. https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Mueller-Report-Audiobook/B07PXN468K
Politifact is hosting a Mueller Report book club. Sections of the report and introduced each week and lively discussions follow. https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/jun/06/introducing-politifacts-mueller-report-book-club/ Sign up for their weekly email to get started. https://www.politifact.com/signup/


Election Security
Senate Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly told his colleagues that he will not allow the Senate to vote on election security legislation this session. Lobbyists for the two biggest voting machine makers have started writing him four figure checks.” https://readsludge.com/2019/06/10/as-he-blocks-election-security-bills-mcconnell-takes-checks-from-voting-machine-lobbyists/
Why is McConnell able to be such a road block in the Senate? A good question to ask Senators Klobuchar and Smith.








The first presidential primary debates will happen on June 26 and 27. Buckle up! Here we go! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/business/media/moderators-first-democratic-debate.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur


Parade Season
As parade season gets started, our favorite elected officials will be marching. Why not volunteer to walk with them? This is a fun, easy way to support the legislators who do good work for us.


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2020 Democratic Debate Schedule https://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2020-debate-schedule/2020-democratic-debate-schedule/
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Smith (202) 224-5641 
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: 
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Governor Walz https://mn.gov/governor/




Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday, 6/17 Call to Action

Monday

"The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said."

...

"Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/us/politics/trump-cyber-russia-grid.html

The Justice Department issued a memo to justify not turning over Trump's tax returns.

"The Justice Department on Friday released its legal rationale for refusing to provide President Trump’s tax returns to Congress, arguing that House Democrats want to make the documents public, which “is not a legitimate legislative purpose.”"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-dept-issues-memo-backing-mnuchins-refusal-to-provide-trumps-tax-returns-to-congress/2019/06/14/3c8b3376-8ee7-11e9-b08e-cfd89bd36d4e_story.html

There's more evidence here that the GOP conspired to rig the census.

"Voting rights group say they have found even more evidence connecting a now-deceased GOP gerrymandering consultant to the Trump administration’s push to add a citizenship question census."

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/even-more-evidence-emerges-linking-deceased-consultant-to-trump-census-push

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Governor Walz https://mn.gov/governor/


Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday 6/14 Call to Action


Friday 6/14

The U.S. is in a dangerous situation. Yesterday two oil tankers were attacked on the Gulf of Oman, and the U.S. claimed that Iran was behind the attacks. Iran has denied these accusations. One of the oil tankers attacked was a Japanese vessel, and the owner says that the ship was hit by a flying object, not by a torpedo. Whatever the case, we need to make sure this administration doesn’t lead our military into war with Iran because this administration wants a war. Congress must make sure evidence is disclosed before any decisions are made. Until there is validation that Iran is behind any of these attacks we cannot trust this administration.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday blamed Iran for the attacks on the Norwegian-owned MT Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous.
“It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks occurred in the Gulf of Oman today,” Pompeo said in a roughly five-minute statement, citing intelligence, the weapons used, expertise required and similar recent attacks. He did not go into further detail on what evidence the United States has against Iran and did not take questions after the statement.” https://thehill.com/policy/defense/448530-iran-pushes-back-on-tanker-attack-blame-says-it-controls-hormuz-strait
Katada said his ship was attacked on the starboard side by a flying object, not by a mine. “It seems that something flew towards them. That created the hole, is the report I’ve received,” Katada said, according to the Financial Times. “It seems there was a high chance they were attacked by a flying object. The impact was well above the water. I don’t think it was a torpedo.” The Japanese ship owner did not say who might be responsible for the attack. Iran has vehemently denied it was involved.”
Trump has said in an interview that he would accept foreign intel offers on his opponents. He’s already done this once so why wouldn’t he do it again? This is criminal activity and undermines federal law.
Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub released a statement Thursday making clear that candidates for public office may not receive help from a foreign government, in what appeared to be a warning to President Trump, who said he would consider taking information about an opponent from another country.”
VOTE THEM OUT! 
Senate Republicans blocked legislation on Thursday that would force campaigns to notify the Federal Election Commission and the FBI about attempts by foreign nationals to influence an election.”
Documents released Wednesday show the Environmental Protection Agency was concerned an earlier draft permit for PolyMet’s proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, set to be the first of its kind in Minnesota, would not meet the standards set in the Clean Water Act unless the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency made substantial changes to the permit.”
Presidential Debates
The first presidential primary debates will happen on June 26 and 27. Buckle up! Here we go! https://www.nytimes.com/…/moderators-first-democratic-debat…
Parade Season
As parade season gets started, our favorite elected officials will be marching. Why not volunteer to walk with them? This is a fun, easy way to support the legislators who do good work for us.
Keep tabs on all the great things going on in CD2 here:https://cd2action.com/
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Call To Action Wednesday 6/12

Wednesday June 12
Elaine Chao And Another Tale of Trump Cabinet Corruption
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is married to the most powerful person in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Her family also owns one of the biggest shipping companies in China. Thanks to some excellent reporting, it has been revealed that Chao and McConnell have been involved in some pretty dastardly behavior.
Chao’s family has contributed big money (more than $1 million) to McConnell’s election campaigns.
Chao is in charge of America’s shipping industry, which has been in steep decline over the past years. She uses her celebrity in China to bolster her family’s own shipping company instead. Chao had attempted to include members of her family in meetings with Chinese officials that she was set to attend as a Cabinet secretary. (Someone called her out about it and she quickly canceled the meeting.)
Chao has abused her authority as transportation secretary by allocating nearly $80 million in federal grants to Kentucky (McConnell’s state). She also hired a former McConnell campaign staffer, Todd Inman, to help navigate the funding process. Keep in mind, this is not typical and it appears to be an example of playing favorites.
Chao owns stock in Vulcan Materials, a road-paving company that happens to be the largest U. S. supplier of stone, sand, and gravel used in road-paving and building. Chao had promised over a year ago to divest from the company, oops. The company’s stock has increased since Chao became transportation secretary and she has pocketed some big $$$.
In saner times, this type of behavior would lead to impeachment of Chao and McConnell. But since McConnell has become dictator of the Senate, I fear it will just become business as usual.
What can we do? Let’s call our members of Congress and demand that Chao step down from her Cabinet position. Let’s commit now to the work it will take to flip the Senate in 2020.
Help for Heroes
Former Comedy Central star, Jon Stewart, spoke before a (not well attended) congressional committee yesterday to fight for funding for the first responders of 9/11. This is a must watch. Once you watch it, call your members of Congress and demand this bill is passed ASAP.
https://www.cbsnews.com/…/jon-stewart-breaks-down-in-emoti…/
Presidential Debates
The first presidential primary debates will happen on June 26 and 27. Buckle up! Here we go! https://www.nytimes.com/…/moderators-first-democratic-debat…
Happy Birthday VP Pence!
Vice President Pence is turning 60. In honor of his birthday, why not donate to Planned Parenthood in his honor. A supporter will match your donation up to $60 through June 30th. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/PlannedParenthoodAction/videos/618635438639915/
Doug Wardlow
Doug Wardlow, former candidate for Minnesota’s attorney general, has been fined $46,000 for excess expenditures. Whoops.
http://m.startribune.com/doug-wardlow-fined-46k-for-exce…/…/
Parade Season
As parade season gets started, our favorite elected officials will be marching. Why not volunteer to walk with them? This is a fun, easy way to support the legislators who do good work for us.
Keep tabs on all the great things going on in CD2 here:https://cd2action.com/
2020 Democratic Debate Schedulehttps://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/…/2020-democrat…/
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