Daily Call To Action: August 15th, 2017

The Call –#DefendDACA #DefendDREAMers #DreamAct

In 2012, President Obama issued an executive order (DACA) allowing undocumented migrants (Dreamers) brought to the US as children to obtain work permits and remain in the US without fear of deportation. Having grown up in America, Dreamers feel American, and are de facto as American as apple pie.

Trump has made conflicting statements about Dreamers’ status, but has not rescinded Obama’s executive order. Hard line anti-immigrant groups, led by 10 Republican AG’s are threatening to sue the administration if it does not rescind the DACA order. The Trump administration has still not made a decision, but there is high anxiety that Trump will terminate DACA.

Bipartisan legislation, the Dream Act, has been introduced in the Senate and the House, which would formalize protection for Dreamers so they were not subject to the whims of an executive order. Large majorities of American voters, including 73% of Trump voters, favor protecting Dreamers, and rescinding DACA would have a devastating economic effect.

Tuesday August 15th is #DefendDaca Day. Find an event near you.
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Daily Call To Action: August 14th, 2017

The Call – #FireBannon #FireBannonMillerGorka #Charlottesville

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 tepid comments about the rally as an endorsement. 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 a 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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Daily Call To Action: August 11th, 2017

The Call: #NorthKorea No military action without Congressional approval

US Intelligence believes North Korea has developed miniaturized nuclear warheads which could be delivered by ICBMs capable of reaching the US.

In response, Trump vowed that further threats by North Korea would be met with “fire and fury.” North Korea promptly responded that it was seriously considering striking Guam. Despite criticism of his comments, Trump doubled down on them on Thursday.

Legislation has been introduced in the House and the Senate which would require Congressional approval for any nuclear first strike by the president. Without the legislation, Trump can initiate a nuclear strike merely by giving the military the order.

With an unpredictable and ill-informed President desperate for a diversion from the Russia investigation, it is imperative that Congress assert its Constitutional duty to approve the use of military force before it occurs, and in particular, insist on Congressional approval for any first strike with nuclear weapons.
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Daily Call To Action: August 10th, 2017

The Call – #ResistanceNearMe #TownHall #AugustRecess

During the summer recess, most members of Congress are in their districts and it is a traditional time to hold town halls with constituents. Town Hall Project has a list of currently scheduled town halls.

Local action by constituents, as proven in the healthcare fight, is a powerful way to influence lawmakers. Many MoC’s, especially Republicans, are avoiding town halls or making them inconvenient to avoid constituents angry about their healthcare votes or their support for Trump.

If your MoC is having a town hall, try to attend (and let friends know about it). Indivisible publishes tips for effective town hall advocacy. Indivisible also publishes tips for dealing with phone town halls.
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Daily Call To Action: August 9th, 2017

The Call: #NorthKorea No military action without Congressional approval

US Intelligence believes North Korea has developed miniaturized nuclear warheads which could be delivered by ICBMs capable of reaching the US.

In response, Trump vowed that further threats by North Korea would be met with “fire and fury.” North Korea promptly responded that it was seriously considering striking Guam.

Legislation has been introduced in the House and the Senate which would require Congressional approval for any nuclear first strike by the president.

With an unpredictable and ill-informed President desperate for a diversion from the Russia investigation, it is imperative that Congress assert its Constitutional duty to approve the use of military force before it occurs, and in particular insist on Congressional approval for any first strike with nuclear weapons.
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