Daily Call To Action: August 22nd, 2017

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Daily Call To Action: August 22nd, 2017

The Call:  No stepped up military action without Congressional approval – #Afghanistan

Most use of US military force since 9/11 has legally relied on a 2001 Congressional authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), which gave then President Bush the authority to strike the 9/11 perpetrators and those that harbored them. Congress has wrestled with the need to reassert its Constitutional authority to declare war and there is some bipartisan support for updating the 2001 AUMF.

In Trump’s Monday night speech, which included few details, Trump outlined his plan for escalating the war in Afghanistan and sending an unspecified number of additional troops.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued a statement expressing concern that Trump’s plan is open-ended, with no ceiling on troops and no timeline for withdrawal. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) put it stronger, saying it’s a blank check and he does not trust Trump.

With an inexperienced and erratic President desperate for a diversion from the Russia investigation, it is imperative that Congress perform its Constitutional duty and reassert its obligation to approve or disapprove of military force.

Your Action

Call your three members of Congress and tell them Congress must reassert its Constitutional duty and require the President to obtain Congressional approval before escalating the war in Afghanistan.

Talking Points

  • This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
  • Trump’s plan for Afghanistan is a blank check with no ceiling on troops or timeline for withdrawal.
  • It is long past time to update the 2001 AUMF.
  • Congress must reassert its Congressional authority to authorize any escalation of the war in Afghanistan (or for that matter, any other military action) by the president.
  • Congress reasserting its war authority is especially urgent with an inexperienced and erratic president like Trump.

Enter Your Address for Congressional Contact Info

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500


Daily Call To Action: August 21st, 2017

The Call – #CensureTrump #FireGorka #FireMiller

The Republican-controlled Congress must act to condemn Trump’s comments on Charlottesville. Democrats have called for censure and the removal of white nationalist sympathizers from the White House. With the resignation of Steve Bannon, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) called Sunday for Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller to also be removed from White House Staff.

In addition to Democrats and civil rights groups, Trump’s remarks have been condemned by many Republican Senators and Representatives, world leaders, Jewish Republicans, business leaders, most of the press and even James Murdoch. Each of the House and Senate can censure a president, expressing their moral outrage and publicly shaming him. House Democrats have unveiled a resolution to censure Trump for failing to immediately name and condemn white supremacist groups and condemn terrorist actions in Charlottesville.

Congress must censure Trump to make clear that white supremacy is inconsistent with American values. They must also demand that White House staffers seen as allies by white supremacists be dismissed.
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Daily Call To Action: August 18th, 2017

The Call – #CensureTrump #Charlottesville

Trump’s shocking comments in the wake of Charlottesville, which he has since doubled down on, have left him increasingly isolated.

His remarks have been condemned by Democrats, civil rights groups and liberal organizations and a much wider group. These include many Republican Senators and Representatives, world leaders, Jewish Republicans, business leaders (who forced Trump to disband his business advisory councils), popular mainstream press, and even James Murdoch.

Each of the House and Senate can censure a president, expressing their moral outrage and publicly shaming him. House Democrats have unveiled a resolution to censure Trump for failing to immediately name and condemn white supremacist groups and condemn terrorist actions in Charlottesville. In addition, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund has recommended that Congress go further, including an ask highlighted in today’s call to hold oversight hearings with DOJ, DHS and other agencies about enforcement of hate crimes, civil rights laws and anti-discrimination efforts.
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Daily Call To Action: August 17th, 2017

The Call – #CensureTrump #Charlottesville

At press conference on Tuesday, Trump accused the so-called “alt-left” of attacking some “very nice” white supremacists and asserted that “both sides” were to blame for violence in Charlottesville. His comments were widely met with shock and condemnation, including by some Republicans, for morally equating neo-Nazis with those protesting neo-Nazis. White supremacists were pleased and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke promptly commended Trump for his comments.

In addition to lacking morality, Trump was also factually wrong on a number of counts. He claimed the unarmed protesters lacked a permit and instigated the violence on Saturday in Charlottesville. and that they instigated the violence. He also accepted as real what turned out to be faked photos of neo-Nazis showing them as victims rather than the aggressors.

Both the House and Senate can censure a president, expressing their moral outrage and publicly shaming him. House Democrats have unveiled a resolution to censure Trump for failing to immediately name and condemn white supremacist groups and condemn terrorist actions in Charlottesville.

Congress must take action to censure Trump’s refusal to unequivocally distance his administration from white supremacists and neo-Nazis.
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Daily Call To Action: August 16th, 2017

The Call – #FireBannon #FireBannonMillerGorka

With the Charlottesville #UnitetheRight rally, the White Power movement was showing its strength. In Charlottesville, David Duke said the white supremacy groups voted for Trump “to take our country back” and that the #Unitetheright fiasco “fulfills the promises of Donald Trump.”

White Supremacists celebrated Trump’s initial tepid comments about the rally as an endorsement. They also applauded his comments on Tuesday attacking those who opposed their hateful movement in Charlottesville. Many political leaders, including senior Republicans condemned white supremacy, called the fatal car attack domestic terrorism and stood up to Trump’s comments.

White supremacists see Steve Bannon as an advocate for their cause in the White House. White House aide Stephen Miller also has deep roots in white nationalism. A third White House aide, Seb Gorka, is also an icon of white nationalists and has troubling connections to Nazi-linked group.

White Supremacy must be firmly rejected as a vile concept.  A divided America cannot heal while Bannon, Miller and Gorka continue to work in the White House.
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