Minds at Work #27

March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  The parade in NYC will be going down 5th Avenue…right past the residence that costs taxpayers around $500K/day.  That was our transition into the budget!

THE LATEST IN TRUMPLAND:

Budget:

Trump’s budget plans were released yesterday and let’s just say that it’s an awful indication of his and his adminitration’s principles, priorities, and how they view us, the American people.  His Mar-a-Lago weekends (which have been every weekend so far) have cost us $3.3M/ weekend.  We are funding this billionaire’s (and his childrens’) lifestyles yet we aren’t expected to have access to healthcare (see TrumpCare/RyanCare), food, housing, the arts, a clean environment (and basics like running water), etc.  The NEA and EPA would be gutted and many programs would be cut up to 30% but of course there are increases for military spending and border security.  Not that we didn’t know this was coming as Pres. Bannon has made it his mission to dismantle the administrative state, but it’s still shocking to see it presented as “normal”.  Even many Republicans spoke out against it.  While a budget is usually completely dimantled by Congress who has budget oversight, it’s still a sign of how he thinks and views us and what’s important. And it’s not right.

Trump/RyanCare: 

The CBO came out with its report on the American Health Care Act and, as expected, yes it cuts the deficit but it will leave millions uninsured with premiums spiking.  Remember when Trump promised health care for all and that his plan would be “great”?  Please continue to call your representatives and ask them to keep the Affordable Care Act and just fix what’s already working rather than starting over with this awful, merciless plan (using your word against you, Ryan). Congressman Joe Kennedy had some apt and choice words.  

In other news…

Don’t get distracted by wire taps and tax returns (or lack thereof) and continue to pay attention to what’s really going on while Trump’s antics grab attention. He signed an executive order earlier this week “reorganizing” the Executive Branch (which basically allows heads of agencies to dismantle it).   You may have seen these lists going around social media, but just in case, here’s the legislation currently being considered by Congress:

  1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
  2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
  3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
  4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
  5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
  6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
  7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
  8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
  9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
  10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran

HR 610 is worth highlighting it basically starts the voucher rollout program, gets rid of the No Kids Hungry Act, and dismantleds the Elementary and Education Act of 1965 providing equal access to education.  Going to highlight that Steve King introduced this bill – add him to the list of those to vote out.

Pay Attention.  A reminder on two tools: 1) an easy way to do so is to use Countable – which will alert you to upcoming votes, help you contact your representatives, and then also tells you how they vote – so you can hold them accountable.  2) Use 5 Calls – the app shows you the issues of the day, you cliek on the ones you find important, and it connects you easily with the best people to lobby – whether your representatives, the heads of committees, etc.  3)  A few readers have brought to our attention ResistBot – it turn texts into faxes so you can have a paper trail with Congress.  Genius!  They all make it so easy!!

RACES:

Jon Ossoff (electjon.com) is gaining momentum in Georgia.  This special election is April 18 – keep donating, making calls, spreading the word!  A reminder for some other upcoming special elections.  Click on the links to learn more about them, donate, phone bank, etc.

1) Rob Quist–Montana: http://robquist.org

DATE of ELECTION: May 25th

2) James Thompson–Kansas: http://www.votejamesthompson. com

DATE of ELECTION: April 11th.

3) Archie Parnell–South Carolina: https://archieparnell.com

DATE of ELECTION: May 2, May 16, June 20

Governors:

There are 38 Governors to be decided between 2017 and 2018 with New Jersey and Virginia holding elections this year. These races are extremely important as right now, the Republicans control the majority of the states.  Here’s a handy breakdown. Of these 38 states, 27 are currently Republican.  Every battleground state outside of North Carolina is up for election and there are opportunities in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado and Florida amongst others to turn the tide.  Start paying attention.

CHARITY:

Today we are highlighting Freedom House Detroit.  They had 60% of their funding cut by HUD for 2017.  It’s a program that provides services and support for refugees so the shift in political winds no doubt played a role in this.  Read more about Freedom House here as well as a link to donate.

In addition the Trump budget cuts Meals on Wheels – a program that helps feed 2.4M people EVERY DAY.  You can donate here.

READING:

This Washington Post article is a reminder to keep calling, writing, and meeting with our representatives.  They are hearing us and it is working. We know it’s only been a couple of months – and we have to keep this up for a few more years (hopefully shorter) – but please don’t get normalized. Keep resisting!  This is What It’s Like Answering All of Those Phone Calls

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Minds at Work #26

March 9, 2017

We hope that everyone had a fantastic International Women’s Day – whether you were striking, communing, wearing red in solidarity, or simply honoring and appreciating the women in your lives.

We wish we could start a newsletter claiming that not much has happened, but since Nov. 8, 2016, not a day goes by without something to protect, resist, or fight.

So here are the most recent action items… focused on health care and Russia.

TRUMPCARE: Size Matters

Well after seven years of promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with “something terrific” (quoth Donald J Trump), we finally received the Republican health care plan, the American Health Care Act, and let’s just say it’s not in any way better (unless your definition of better is a lower page count) or terrific, and in fact it’s much, much worse.  It’s an assault on women.  It will reduce overall coverage and increase premiums.   Many doctors, hospitals and insurers are against it.   But hey, it has rebuke from the left and the right so is uniting our country!

Senator Gillibrand shared her thoughts here and pasted below:

“Here are the top points you need to know about the Trump plan:

  1. It allows health insurance companies to charge older Americans more.
  2. It repeals the employer mandate, causing many families covered by their employers to lose coverage.
  3. It will take insurance away from millions of individuals and cripple state budgets by phasing out Medicaid expansion.
  4. It gives health insurance companies a tax break for CEO pay over $500,000.
  5. It defunds Planned Parenthood, leaving millions without access to breast exams, birth control, and pap smears.

We need to fight this terrible plan with everything we’ve got, because the stakes are literally life and death for millions of Americans.

Here are a few ways you can speak out:

  1. Call your members of Congress. You can dial the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224–3121.
  2. Tell your friends to call their members of Congress.
  3. Show up at your representatives’ town halls.
  4. Spread the word about this plan on Facebook and other social media.”

So PLEASE call your representative via 202-224-3121.  Also use the same number and ask for Paul Ryan’s office and tell him that you do not support this plan.

For those in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has organized a huge phone bank to call constituents in states where Republican senators might cross the aisle and help save the ACA. It’s all computerized and there’s a button that you can push to transfer the caller directly to the correct legislator’s office.

Here’s the Google doc link to sign up for shifts.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSIui0Ol0Rft5-kC6aYkWVUQZDBY6QOVlwY7Eg-YgSjMpnkQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

RUSSIA:

Every day the plot thickens on this one. And the problem is that all of the investigations are being run by partisan Republicans, many of whom worked on the Trump campaign.  Rachel Maddow made a great point (and has been doing great investigative work here):  if Congress isn’t properly investigating due to their own partisan interests, it will be left to the press and the public.

We need an impartial investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

  1.  Call and thank Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) for supporting and advocating for an independent prosecutor.  202-225-3906
  2.  Call Democratic leadership and ask that they demand an independent prosecutor: Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 202-225-4965 and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), 202-224-6542
  3.  And from a reader who met with an aide in Senator Diane Feinstein’s office and received the following recommendations:
  4.  Demand a congressional and an independent investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia.  Call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Ask others in states represented by these members to call:  Iowa, Utah, South Carolina, Texas, Nebraska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, Louisiana, California, Vermont, Illinois, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Delaware, Connecticut, and Hawaii.

RACES:

Going to continue to remind you to support Jon Ossoff (electjon.com) who’s the Democratic candidate running to fill Tom Price’s seat in Georgia’s Sixth District.  Support with money, phone calls, and canvassing if you can.

And let’s start educating ourselves on Kathryn Allen, a physician who’s running against Chaffetz in Utah’s 3rd Congressional district.  She might know that health care costs are more than the cost of an iPhone.  A PAC has been created to oust him.

CHARITY:

A reminder that so many of the battles ahead of us are to be fought in the courts – especially with a Republican controlled Congress.  Trump’s “update” to the Muslim ban basically just continued and worsened more of the same.  Hawaii became the first state to sue over Trump’s travel ban.   Continue to support the ACLU who has their work cut out for them to protect ALL of us.

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Our daily dose of Hamilton: “The world turned upside down!”

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Minds at Work #25

March 2, 2017

It has been a true roller coaster of a week, culminating with Trump’s Address to Congress on Tuesday.  Working backwards, in addition, on Tuesday, Congress voted to keep Trump’s tax returns private, on Friday, Trump declared war on the press by barring certain outlets (those who have been pushing back against him) from his press briefings, and also reversed President Obama’s executive order declaring that transgender students can use bathrooms that conform with their gender identity.  We have a long way to go to #resist. Thank you to everyone across the country who attended Town Halls last week.

SPECIAL ELECTIONS:

Many people have asked how to get involved in elections that are not in their states. Phone banks, fundraising and door-to-door campaigning (if it is a neighboring state) are all helping us to #resist. We have had a few critical victories recently in the 2017 Special Elections and these are key to us regaining influence across the country, for example, Stephanie Hansen’s win earlier this week in Delaware.

Georgia’s 6th District, Jon Ossoff

Here’s one place to start showing your support, included in our last letter, but worth mentioning again as it is a swing seat. Jon Osoff’s district in Georgia is traditionally Republican but Hillary Clinton lost it to Trump by only 1% of the votes.

Campaign for Jon Ossoff:

https://electjon.com

And a reminder to check Flippable and Swing Left to see what other races you can impact.

Also, for those in Los Angeles, a reminder that the election is next week, on March 7, including the Mayoral vote.  Please vote!

ACTION ITEMS:

Save the Affordable Care Act

Republicans are finally beginning their work on a “replacement plan”.  They/ Trump are also realizing it’s more difficult thant it looks. Stay on your Members of Congress NOT to repeal.  Fixes and bettering it are fine, but repealing would be catastrophic to many.

Investigate Russia 

Every day new intelligence emerges highlighting Trump’s conflicts of interst and ties to Russia. Even yesterday, it was revealed that Jeff Sessions lied about his conversations with Russia during the campaign.  Where there is smoke, there is most likely fire. Even though Rep. Nadler’s Resolution of Inquiry was voted down on party lines (shocking), please, please stay on your Congressmen (Republican and Democrat) to investigate this.  Push back on the Republicans who voted no.  This is not a partisan issue; our govenment can not be compromised.  The Republicans say it is driven by “politics”.  It is driven by evidence.

Here’s a link to a great Rachel Maddow piece on this: Rachel Maddow: Connection between Trump, Ross and Russia

Trump’s Taxes

Similarly, the Republicans voted down a demand for Donald Trump to release his taxes. Stay on them. We are losing battles, not wars.  The Indivisible guide has some action items.

Stop Bannon

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is COUNTING CALLS before it decides whether to approve Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council.

The number is: 202-224-4751.

No one will answer: just leave a message saying “Don’t approve Steve Bannon’s appointment to the NSC.”

Join the Ides of Trump Postcard Campaign

Participate in The IDES of TRUMP, a nationwide “virtual march” executed through POSTCARDS mailed to the White House on 3/15. Many areas are holding postcard parties. Talk to your friends and check your local Indivisible page to find out.

https://www.theidesoftrump. com/

NEW TOOLS

Location based call app that provides scripts for five daily calls

https://5calls.org/

This will tell you how reps are voting

https://projects. fivethirtyeight.com/congress- trump-score/

READING:

California is a good place to start for 2018.  There are some flippable Congressional districts in CA.  Read more here.

http://www.sfexaminer.com/winning-back-house-starts-california

Great resource for understanding Trump supporters:

http://www.businessinsider.com/sam-altman-interview-trump-supporters-2017-2

CHARITIES:

Protect Transgender Rights

From the NY Times: In a joint letter, the top civil rights officials from the Justice Department and the Education Department rejected the Obama administration’s position that nondiscrimination laws require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.  That directive, they said, was improperly and arbitrarily devised, “without due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.” For the whole article, click here.

As the meme going around indicates, this is not about bathrooms just as it was never about water fountains. It is about discrimination and lowering the morale of a group whose rights the GOP seeks to compromise. In light of the many recent hate crimes, it is also dangerous. When the government does not stand up for a vulnerable group, or speak out against hate crimes, this group becomes more vulnerable and subject to widespread discrimination. We are seeing proof of that every day – with Muslim and Jewish groups and now with transgender people.

We are highlighting two nonprofits that support transgender youth. Please join, contribute, and spread the word.

Translifeline

The Trevor Project

Join a Nonprofit

People have been generously giving to nonprofits nationwide since the election, which has boosted their ability to resist. Contributions are fantastic, but why not join a local nonprofit that you care about also? Getting involved in an organization is a valuable way to protect that organization’s interests and keep the momentum we feel in this moment for the long-term.

We mentioned two nonprofits that protect the lives of transgender youth in our letter above. On our website, we have added nonprofits to each area of interest. As always, send us ideas – we will add them!  Click here to see our interest areas.

MINDS AT WORK ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. A reminder that we are volunteers (and we just added one to our staff!) so please keep sending us ideas, help us with our accuracy, and spread the word.
  2. We will now send our newsletters out once a week on Thursdays. Between issues, you can find updates on our website. If an emergency issue arises (a likely event!), we will send a short alert between newsletters.
  3. Each week, we will highlight a nonprofit that supports a critical cause. This week, it is transgender youth. See our action items above.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda narrowly missed his shot at an EGOT on Sunday… but he still provides the majority of our inspirational quotes!

“I’m past patiently waitin’ I’m passionately smashin’ every expectation. Every action’s an act of creation!”

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Minds at Work #24

February 23, 2017

All – we also needed a bit of a break over our Not-Our-President’s Day Weekend.  We hope that you all had a good semi-break… while also attending a #NotMyPresident rally or the many #IAmMuslim rallies around the country. Again, the community of likeminded people across the nation gives hope.  Remember to fight with hope, love and words, and not hatred.  We have read some press recently insinuating that our movement and voices are spurred more by hatred than hope and inclusion.  So please start with the rhetoric of inclusion and hope…

So, while we promised our next newsletter would focus on the upcoming Governors’ elections, we have elected (ha!) to hold that for the next newsletter or two. In this one, we are going to highlight a few pressing issues:

IT’S RECESS TIME!

Yes, we all miss this from elementary and middle school… but right now it matters more than sleep during our more youthful years.  Our representatives are back!  Some of them are already holding town halls or meetings – BE THERE.  BE PRESENT. Voice your concerns, questions, opinions, and if they are already on your side, ask how you can help.  A few resources for you: Resistance Recess has created a site where you can insert your zip code and find out about town halls and other happenings near you during this Congressional recess.  We published it in a previous newletter but this site has a list of upcoming townhalls: https://townhallproject.com. On both, enter your zip code and they will alert you from there…

JON OSSOFF FOR THE WIN – IN GEORGIA!

You may have heard but Trump elected Tom Price to be our Secretary of Health and Human Services… and he was confirmed.  Leaving an open seat in Georgia. Jon Ossoff (his name was linked but in case you missed that, for emphasis, click here: https://electjon.com) has been endorsed by John Lewis and we so deperately need this seat flipped. Click on the links here to learn how to phone bank or donate… swinging this country left/ more towards the middle starts now and in the midterms.  So get out there and vote!  And spread the word!

RUSSIA!

Our last item today… trying to keep it short and sweet… well, you may have heard that there is potentially more evidence concerning our presumptive President’s ties to Russia and their influence. Our friends at Daily Action have provided these immediate action items and information:

 

The story of Russia and Trump will continue to evolve and deepen over the next few weeks.  You may have felt assured by reports of a Senate Intelligence committee investigation taking place, and that is surely good news, but we wanted to explain here what this means and what other avenue of investigation is worth demanding.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is a standing committee that has taken the lead into the Russia inquiry because it has the widest authority to look into all of the executive branch’s intelligence agencies. But it does not traditionally operate in a bi-partisan manner – Republicans on committee have full control over all subpoenas that get issued, which witnesses (if any) are compelled to testify, and which records have to be preserved during the investigation.  The committee also operates behind closed doors, doing most of its work in secret.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, a more aggressive and independent investigation would happen with the creation of a bi-partisan select committee.  This committee would be solely devoted to the investigation and would give both parties equal power, with public hearings, and transparency regarding findings.

Democrats have backed down from asking for the select committee, but we need to put pressure on them to still demand it.  The senate intelligence committee will conduct the bulk of it’s inquiry in private, the way many Republicans want it, shielding Trump from any revelations in the media until they make a conclusion.

1. CALL the Senate Intelligence Committee, and ask for a truly bi-partisan inquiry and transparency regarding their findings. Call, leave a message or send a fax

202-224-1700

202-224-1772

2. CALL your Senator and Representative at their local office (they are in recess in their home districts) to ask for the creation of a bi-partisan select committee to investigate Trump and Russia.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

 

I am urging Sen/Rep_____ to ask for a bi-partisan select committee to investigate Trump’s ties with Russia.  I believe that this is the only way to conduct a truly independent and thorough investigation – one that happens in the public eye, and results in a transparent delivery of its findings.  

THANK YOUS!

Again, we don’t want to lead with hatred… thank those who are speaking out for what they believe in. So shower John McCain with thanks for supporting a free press and our Consituation and its various checks and balances. Don’t forget to not only remind your reps of what you want… but also what you don’t.

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A reminder of this great merchandise for good causes:

Link to various merchandise with many proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and ACLU: http://motto.time.com/4666900/nevertheless-she-persisted-merchandise-elizabeth-warren/

Planned Parenthood has a merchandise store where you can shop to support women’s health

Elizabeth Warren campaign t-shirt with proceeds going to her reelection campaign

Reebok’s Nevertheless She Persisted t-shirts to support the Women’s March are already sold out! Check back at Reebok.com

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Your Daily Dose of Hamilton, and it feels telling right now: “Immigrants. We Get The Job Done.”

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Minds at Work #23

February 13, 2017

As promised, we are focusing this latest Minds at Work on the upcoming 2018 midterm election.  It’s time to face the reality of where we are, roll up our sleeves, and get to work.  In the Senate, the sobering news is that 23 Democratic seats are up for reelection as opposed to only 9 Republican seats. As for the Governor races, the news is a bit better: 27 Republican Governors are up for reelection and/ or their seats are open vs. only 10 Democratic Governors.  In this edition, we will focus on the Senate with the next edition focusing on the Governor races across 2017 and 2018 in various states.

So what can we do?  And what can you do in particular from where you are now?

  1. Donate.  Donate to candidates who are vulnerable in any way you can.  For example, the attack ads have already started on candidates like Elizabeth Warren. You may not think that someone in MA is vulnerable but then we would point you to Scott Brown’s win in 2010.
  2. Events.  Even if you don’t have a lot of your own money, you can host events to pull resources together.  This also makes others active in the process.  Host candidates from other states as well to get them the support they need.
  3. Focus.  Which seats are truly vulnerable and which are safe?  Yes, support those who are safe, but allocate more towards the vulnerable ones.
  4. Outreach:
    1. Contact the individual campaigns and ask how they could best use your help from where you live.
    2. Contact your friends and family in other states and make sure they are involved, voting and helping.
    3. Phone bank.  Up to the primaries and then towards the general midterm election, join phone banks near you to make calls to other states and those in your own state.
  5. GET OUT THE VOTE.  Democrats and Independents tend to not vote during the midterms. Republicans do.  We HAVE to change this.  Join get out the vote initiatives in your state.  Travel to states close to you (especially the ones with vulnerable or flippable candidates – for those in NY – MA, PA, VA, CT, MD, NJ aren’t that far away!  For those in CA, look to AZ and NV) Register voters there.  Make sure people know their polling locations and what they need to bring with them to vote (a major issue in the General Election in 2016). Visit our Voter Registration page on our website for voter recruitment tools.
  6. Accountability.  Hold your representatives accountable for their actions.  If they cave and support Trump and President Bannon on an issue you oppose, make sure they know. Attend town halls (a great list can be found here) and visit their offices.  And remind them you are a voter and will be voting in the midterms.  And if they do something you appreciate, thank them. It all helps and reminds them that we are watching.
  7. Social Media.  Use it.  Spread the word, spread messages to friends in other states, connect with your Representatives across all platforms.  Keep the issues you believe are important in full visibility and in their faces.  Be loud.

SENATE:

As we said above, 23 Democrats are up for reelection as opposed to only 9 Republicans.  We have to do whatever we can to keep these seats – the imbalance is bad enough and we can’t let the Republicans control any more of the Senate than they already do. Here’s a status list of candidates up for reelection, compiled from a few sources. Please send us any updates or notes as we will keep this live on our website.

Democrats up for Reelection:

1) Bill Nelson – Florida **in danger

2) Joe Donnelly – Indiana  ***in danger

3) Claire McCaskill – Missouri **in danger

4) Jon Tester – Montana *in danger

5) Heidi Heitkamp – North Dakota **in danger

6) Sherrod Brown – Ohio *in danger

7) Bob Casey – Pennsylvania (possibly safe)

8) Joe Manchin – West Virginia (possibly safe) (Note: he voted YES on Sessions so we need to let him know how we feel if he wants our support – or maybe look for an alternate Democrat)

9) Tammy Baldwin – Wisconsin *in danger

10) Diane Feinstein – California (probably safe, but she is 80 and there have been rumors she may retire.  If she doesn’t run, Eric Garcetti may run.  He is the current Mayor of LA, and he is awesome.)

11) Chris Murphy – Connecticut (probably safe, but he is a Freshman, so he will still need support)

12) Maria Cantwell – Washington (probably safe)

13) Mazie Hirono – Hawaii (probably safe)

14) Ben Cardin – Maryland (he has not yet announced if he will run, please monitor)

15) Elizabeth Warren – Massachusetts *in danger, Freshman, don’t take this seat and her visibility for granted

16) Debbie Stabenow – Michigan ***in danger and this state went Trump! (Note: she needs to be stronger on global warming.)

17) Amy Klobuchar – Minnesota (possibly safe)

18) Martin Heinrich – New Mexico (possibly safe)

19) Sheldon Whitehouse – Rhode Island (possibly safe)

20) Tim Kaine – Virginia **in danger

21) Tom Carper – Delaware (likely safe)

22) Kirsten Gillibrand – New York (likely safe) (Note: she has been excellent at standing up to Trump and his agenda.  Please support her)

23) Bob Menendez – New Jersey (possibly safe)

 

Independents Up for Reelection:  These Independents tend to caucus with the Democrats so it’s important to protect them.

1) Angus King – Maine *in danger, he is an environmentalist, the earth needs this man to stay in office, please support him.

2)  Bernie Sanders – Vermont (safe)

 

Republicans Up for Reelection: With many of these, we need to wait to see who will run against them but there are some flippable targets.

1) Alabama – Luther Strange (Note: He replaced Jeff Sessions who is now Attorney General. We will need to support whoever runs against him in 2018.)

2) Jeff Flake – Arizona (Trump won Arizona by 4% — not a huge margin so AZ could be vulnerable and a seat to flip)

3) Roger Wicker – Mississippi

4) Deb Fischer – Nebraska, she wants to get rid of the environmental protection agency and she is pro-life.  So we need to get rid of her.

5) Dean Heller – Nevada. NV flipped in 2016 (Cortez Mastro (D) won and the state went for Hillary) so this is a good target.

6) Bob Corker – Tennessee

7) Orrin Hatch – Utah, he may retire. We have to flip this seat.  Utah did not like Trump so this could be a flippable seat with the right candidate.

8) John Barrasso – Wyoming

9) Ted Cruz – Texas.  Please oh please let’s get him out.  Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Congressman for Texas’ 16th, has said that he’s “very likely” to run against Cruz.

NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED:

Elizabeth Warren stood up against Jeff Sessions’ confirmation and Mitch McConnell did not allow her to speak.  As Oliver Willis aptly said on Twitter: “The Republican party censored Coretta Scott King’s words to protect a bigoted southerner.  During Black History Month.”  If you’d like to read the letter Elizabeth Warren was reading, it can be found here.  We need to support her for speaking out. And God bless the internet as now a number of products supporting good causes have come out of this.  So have some shopping fun and support Elizabeth Warren and other causes!  #LetLizSpeak

Link to various merchandise with many proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and ACLU: http://motto.time.com/4666900/nevertheless-she-persisted-merchandise-elizabeth-warren/

Reebok’s T-Shirt with proceeds going to Women’s March

Elizabeth Warren campaign t-shirt with proceeds going to her reelection campaign

 

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Your Daily Dose of Hamilton, from the PSAs Lin-Manuel Miranda created leading up to the 2016 Election: “There’s nothing Americans love more than posting online who you should vote for / You tweet and you snap and you gawk, but if you don’t show up and vote, it’s all just talk.”

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Minds at Work #22

February 10, 2017

With the confirmations of DeVos and Sessions sadly done, we need to move our focus to midterms, any state and local elections between now and then, and also to commit to further action.  While we did not win these battles, it’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we’ve had many successes in addition to the setbacks. We need to remember that and continue to fight.

While the news surrounding Trump feels surreal and devastating, we at Minds at Work are constantly reminded of all the great work people are doing both at the local level and more broadly at the national level. Our goal in this newsletter is to bring you the Resources and Tools that are really working and help you commit, if you have not done so already, to creating new habits that will lead to lasting change. Our next newsletter will focus on the midterms – who we should support and who we should fight – as well as ideas on how to do so.

Resistance groups are solidifying everywhere around the country, human stories are emerging, and a reminder that we are the majority motivates us to progress.

So, for a break from phone calls, let’s focus on organizing. Sign up for as many of these tools below to help direct your efforts.

  1. Join your Indivisible Group

The Democrats have often been accused of being disorganized, but we are getting our act together. This growing network of groups nationwide provides opportunities for local action, local leadership and national action. Join a group or create your own at this link.

And for ease of reference, here’s the Indivisible Guide again: https://www.indivisibleguide.com

  1.  Tools and Resources:

We’ve sent most of these before, but as a reminder, these are great resources to have at hand.  Names link to their sites.

Elections:

Flippable – a great resource to start focusing on local and state elections that can be flipped

SisterDistrict – a tool to find the closest district to you where you can focus

Swingleft – use the tool to find out where you can start supporting a campaign to gain a seat in the next election

Current Congress:

Countable – gives you a simple and concise overview of the bills your national representatives are debating, and it lets you instantly send emails to these representatives, telling them how you would like them to vote

Action: easy, simple to follow, action items sent via email or text.

Wall of Us

Everyday Project

2 Hours a Week

Daily Action

Speaking Out:

Town Hall Project – a Google doc that links you to the scheduled town halls and office hours for members of Congress across the country

WeBot is a Facebook tool that allows you to input your town and find out about local protests. Search for it on Facebook.

  1. Get ready for the next election

There are local races in 2017 and a number of very important races in 2018. Historically, Democrats and Independents do not vote in these off-year elections in the same numbers as Republicans. Here’s how to change that:

– Register to vote

– Get family members, friends and neighbors registered

– Some local communities are doing campaigns to help increase voter registration. Here’s a tool to organize a voter drive: AAUW Voter Registration

Our next newsletter will focus on the 2018 midterms, who’s up for reelection, who we need to support and who we should try to flip.

And this went around on Facebook.  For those who did not see, it’s a great toolkit:

  1. Don’t use his name;
  2. Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
  3. Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
  4. Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
  5. No more helpless/hopeless talk;
  6. Support artists and the arts;
  7. Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
  8. Take care of yourselves; and
  9. Resist!

Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.

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Your Daily Dose of Hamilton, highlighting human rights: “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

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Please continue to send us your ideas and feedback at mindsatwork18@gmail.com. We appreciate any additions and corrections to keep our information as current and accurate possible.

To subscribe, follow our blog at mindsatworkblog.wordpress.com, where we have more resources and local events that are not included in our newsletters.

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Minds at Work #21

February 3, 2017

 

We at Minds at Work recognize that every time we open a news site or social media, we are bombarded with the abomination of this administration.  From last week’s executive order banning legal migrants to our country basically due to their religion, to Trump’s botched call with the Australian prime minister, Australia one of our staunchest allies, to his careless and tone deaf words to start Black History Month, to his Supreme Court nominee who once started a Fascism Forever club (none of us want to be held accountable for what we did in high school but character doesn’t change THAT much), to using a PRAYER breakfast to attack Schwarzenegger’s ratings on the Apprentice.  It’s mind numbing. And demoralizing.

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Minds at Work #20

January 31, 2017

We are listening to your feedback and keeping these newsletters brief. These ten days have been one blow after another, and we are trying to make sense of it and give you the best information to move forward and resist. For this issue, we bring the ABC’s of ways to resist: Appointments, Ban on Immigrants, Bannon, and Congress.

A is for Appointments: Oppose, Oppose, Oppose
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Minds at Work #19

January 29, 2017

This is an emergency edition of Minds at Work in response to the executive order issued on Friday banning the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to those from certain countries (except of course, those countries with whom the “President” has business) as well as barring refugees from around the world.  This is inhumane, insane and will have diplomatic, economic, and security affects.

We want to applaud everyone who quickly mobilized yesterday to protest this action around the country and the many, many lawyers working on behalf of those detained.  This led a federal judge to block parts of Trump’s actions.  But there is a lot of work to be done. This is unconstitutional, is not what our country stands for (has he READ the Constitution or what’s written on the Statue of Liberty??) and is immoral, separating families and blocking those who LEGALLY are living in our country!

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