Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Can We Be A Real Democracy?

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  Can We Be a Real Democracy?
by C.A. Matthews

It's been a tumultuous couple of  weeks. Between back-to-back climate-change-charged natural disasters, political shenanigans and racist commentary from the current administration and another killer cop found not guilty, to the introduction of the Medicare for All Act in the Senate and the compromise on DACA, there hasn't been any let up. Americans are sitting up, taking notice and taking action. 

 

More and more are becoming awake, aware and involved in the political process. Our confidence is growing, so much  so that even some in the mainstream media are speaking out against injustices and risking their lucrative positions. ESPN host Jemele Hill (see piece below) called Trump a white supremacist, bringing down the condemnation of the administration and her sycophantic bosses.  Football star Colin Kaepernick continues his activism for Black Lives Matter, which has blossomed into an all-out boycott of the NFL by many viewers this season and his being named the "MVP of Week 1" by the players' union for his charitable work. 

 

The big money types think we're out of the game, and yet we keep on swinging. One day we'll hit a home run and knock them out of the park.

 

So, isn't it about time? Isn't it about time We the People stopped and seriously considered what Dr. Jill Stein has said repeatedly, "We are the change we've been looking for"? Could it be Americans have finally decided they want change? We want to change this oligarchy into a democracy after all?

 

Many are fighting to end gerrymandering and abolish the Electoral College so we can have truly fair elections. The Move to Amend organization is fighting for an amendment to end Citizens United and make our elections publicly funded, putting an end to billionaires buying politicians. Millions have marched, protested and rallied for universal health care--and look at the progress we've made so far. The imperfect A.C.A. is still operational, helping millions to have health care coverage, and who knows what will happen next? We might go hoarse, but our millions of voices might just be enough to shout the Medicare for All Act into law.

 

We the People have power. We have powers we've never dreamed of.  We're not afraid to tell the folks in Washington DC, "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!"

 

We should use our powers--we must use them--because the future of our planet depends upon it. Denying climate change exists didn't stop the hurricanes from barreling into our country, and it won't help end the raging wildfires in the West. Only by becoming awake, aware and involved can we hope to utilize the knowledge and skills of our people to solve the climate crises we are already in the middle of.  We don't have time to waste arguing with the flat-earthers in the pockets of Big Oil. We must end the influence of Exxon, which knowingly kept their own research on climate change secret for the past 40 years.

 

I'd like to think that we're finally discovering we can be a real democracy. We can have a voice in our government. We can change things for the better for the 99%. Stay awake. Stay active. Don't give up. Have courage. Our country's founders would be proud of what all we've accomplished in the face of overwhelming odds. We should take comfort in knowing history will be on our side.

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There are many great progressive organizations that need your help to amplify their message through your social media platforms, your time volunteering to further their cause, and your financial gifts. Here are a few.

 

From Move to Amend: 

 

Health, [Real] Health Care, and [Real] Democracy

The promotion of human health is among the most important single indicators of a just society. The availability and affordability of comprehensive health care to every person, regardless of income or other factors, is defined by many nations as a basic human right.

Recent polls indicate Americans feel health care is one of the nation’s biggest problems. The U.S. spends the most per person on health care than any other nation, has the worst health care system among high-income nations, and has overall poor population health. Nearly 26 million Americans remain uninsured.


3 Ways Corporations Have Captured Health Care

1. Framing health care as a commodity, not as a right. The business model of so-called “health care” corporations is to minimize coverage and treatment, while maximizing premiums, deductibles and co-pays – all of which maximize profits. Despite the rhetoric, insurance agents, not doctors or patients, increasingly determine basic health care decisions.

2. Investments in lobbying and political campaigns to gain political influence. The so-called “health care” sector was #1 in political spending in 2016. More than $500 million was raised to hire 2,700 lobbyists to influence legislation. Health Care Political Action Committees (PACs) invested $55.7 million in federal candidate campaigns (60% to Republicans, 40% to Democrats) in 2016. An additional $53.8 million in “outside” political spending (e.g. largely for advertising) was invested, led by health care-related insurance corporations ($19 million) and pharmaceuticals/health products ($15.8 million).

3. Corporate constitutional rights. Corporate constitutional rights have been used to promote corporate interests over human health and safety and/or to deny health coverage. Examples:

  • 1st Amendment religious rights. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court prohibited requiring closely held, for-profit secular corporations to provide contraceptive coverage as part of their health insurance plans if it violated the corporation’s 1st Amendment “religious rights and beliefs.” To extend and pretend that private, personal religious rights apply to business corporations is a breach of a constitutional firewall with potential widespread discriminatory implications.
     
  • 4th Amendment search and seizure rights. Tens of thousands of deaths annually are attributed to occupational disease while several million people report work-related injuries and tens of thousands of work place fatalities. Corporate 4th Amendment search and seizure rights, affirmed in cases like Marshall v. Barlow, prevent government inspectors from visiting corporate property to investigate health and safety violations, and threaten worker health and safety.
     
  • 14th Amendment due process rights. From 1905 until the mid-1930s the Supreme Court invalidated approximately 200 regulations protecting the health and safety of workers, consumers and children in order to affirm corporate "rights" under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.

Move to Amend and We the People Amendment

Healthy individuals and a healthy democracy are inextricable connected. Ending corporate constitutional rights is the ultimate cure to our critically ill health care system and democracy. 

Move to Amend’s We the People Amendment abolishes the constitutional doctrines that give corporations “personhood” rights and that allow the spending of money in elections to be protected as “free speech.” 
We need to join together to build and sustain a powerful and authentically diverse democracy movement that will guarantee just and peaceful laws – including a universal, affordable, accessible and comprehensive health care system for every person. 

We're hopeful about the new "Medicare for All" bill in the Senate, but the reality is that until we address the legal mechanisms corporations are able to use to dominate our government, it is unfortunately unlikely that we will see changes to healthcare policy that benefit We the People instead of the corporate bottom line.

At Move to Amend we'll continue to do all we can to support Medicare for All -- but we also won't let up on the systemic struggle to get corporations out of power in politics. Please help us!

Call your House Representative and Senators Right Now!


➤➤ Let your Representative know you want them to co-sponsor House Joint Resolution 48 (the We the People Amendment)!
➤➤ Let Your Senator know you want them to introduce a companion bill to House Joint Resolution 48 in the Senate.

Onward!
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap
National Director, Move to Amend


P.S. Wouldn't it be great if all the Senators who are standing up for healthcare for all Americans were also standing up against corporate personhood? So far we have been unable to get the We the People Amendment introduced in the Senate. That's unacceptable! Call your Senator today and tell them to get onboard with the SYSTEMIC SOLUTION to corporate rule!



MOVE TO AMEND COALITION

PO BOX 188617
SACRAMENTO, CA 95818-8617
United States
(916) 318-8040 | www.MoveToAmend.org   
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. 

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From Ohio Single Payer Action Network (SPAN):
Talking Points:
  • Single Payer is not government control of health care and a single payer system would  result in less government control than we currently have in the Affordable Care Act.
  • It saves money. Every other advanced democracy covers virtually all of its people at a cost relative to national income of something like 60% of what the United States pays. That's just wasted money—money that could buy other things. Estimates show that a national program would save about a half trillion dollars in its first year.*  In Ohio, a state based plan would save public employers $2-3 billion each year.**
  • It acts as an economic stimulus.   By reducing the cost of healthcare to consumers, they have more discretionary income to spend on goods and services from other sectors of the economy, thus creating the need for more jobs to produce those good and services.***
  • In addition to creating jobs, mainly in the manufacturing and retail sectors, it would create additional tax revenue to carry on existing programs and decrease the deficit. ***
  • It supports entrepreneurship by removing the burden of increasingly expensive employee benefit programs and frees up  business resources to concentrate on providing a quality product or service. 
  • Controls costs by encouraging competition and allowing a free exchange between the consumer (i.e. patients) and the service providers (i.e. doctors and hospitals) with universal access and availability especially at the mostly small business primary care level.
  • Frees up resources currently duplicated on redundant systems like Worker's Compensation or medical liability written into auto, home, and business insurances.
  • It provides support to the middle class in a time of anxiety. Globalization has thus far tended to enrich the rich and squeeze the middle, not only in the United States, but in almost every developed country.  Health security puts a floor under the middle class without radical change to the rest of the economic system.
  • Allows and encourages consumers to assume personal responsibility for their own health, with completely open access to preventive and primary services including medical screening, health education, mental health and long term care services, dental and vision, and more.
  • Reduces medical malpractice and "defensive medicine" by removing the incentive of consumers to sue the providers in an attempt to recover personal losses in the form of medical bills.
  • Restores the doctor/patient relationship by putting medical decisions in their hands rather than in the hands of insurance companies which seek to deny or limit healthcare.
  • All industrialized nations except the United States have some form of universal health care, which puts US businesses at a  competitive disadvantage.  Single Payer would level the global playing field for business.   
      *   Friedman, Gerald, PHD, July 31, 2013; Funding HR 676, the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act:  How we can afford a national single payer health plan.
       **  Analysis done from school reports and reports from county auditors on health care costs by  SPAN Ohio.
      *** Single Payer/Medicare for All  An Economic Stimulus Plan for the Nation, Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, 2009

You can also participate in this action by Healthcare-NOW!

The 31 Senate Democrats who haven't yet signed onto Sanders's Medicare for All bill are already feeling the heat - but it's time to turn it up even more. Healthcare-NOW teamed up with some big national organizations like Daily Kos, Public Citizen, People Demanding Action, Center for Popular Democracy, and many others and launched an online petition to ALL our Senators with a message they will be hearing loud and clear over the next months: Cosponsor the Medicare for All Act!

Sign the petition demanding your Senators sign onto the Medicare for All Act!
 
This is the moment we're in: "Medicare for All" is trending on Facebook. Establishment superstars like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker falling over themselves to rally for single payer. A third of Senate Democrats have put their name on a bill that would establish a single payer system in the U.S. with no copays, deductibles for all care including dental, vision, and mental healthcare. THIS is the moment to act!

Sign & Share the petition to All our Senators Demanding Medicare for All!

The petition is only one prong of a pressure campaign that we'll be leading over the next couple months; we'll also be calling, organizing district visits, holding public hearings on single payer, and doing in-person signature gathering for the petition. Let's kick it off strong!

Yours in solidarity,
Ben and Stephanie
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff
 
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From Color of Change:
Monday night on Twitter, ESPN SportsCenter host Jemele Hill called Donald Trump “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists.” Because of this, ESPN has publicly reprimanded her and the White House has taken the unprecedented step of calling for her to be fired - a clear assault on the First Amendment. 1 2

What Hill said wasn’t a partisan statement, it is an inescapable truth that has been acknowledged and written about extensively by countless other journalists. Trump is a man that pals around with avowed White Nationalists, even employing them in the White House. A man who outright refuses to condemn the actions of neo-nazis in Charlottesville and has retweeted graphics from White nationalists accounts. A man whose real estate company was sued multiple times by the Department of Justice for refusing to rent to Black people.

ESPN has shown that above all else that they desperately want to "stick to sports" and keep hard truths out of sight. But this is naive. Politics have always been in sports: from Jesse Owens to Jackie Robinson to John Carlos and Tommie Smith to the US and Soviet boycotts of the Olympics. This has been particularly true about race because sports in this country disproportionately rely on the labor of young black men. Labor that often leaves them disfigured, in chronic pain, or with life altering brain injuries.

ESPN’s efforts to silence Jemele Hill for making a political statement are also extremely hypocritical. This year, they re-hired Hank Williams, Jr., to sing their Monday Night Football theme song.3 Williams’ return comes six years after ESPN fired him from the job for comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler.4 Williams has also written songs like “If the South woulda won,” glorifying the Confederacy and waxing poetic about a return to lynchings. How is it possible that a man like Hank Williams Jr, who sings about “taking back Miami” from immigrants, is not politically problematic, but a Black woman pointing out clear and present white supremacy is? 

Race is an issue that ESPN has never been comfortable with and it shows with their tone deaf coverage of Colin Kaepernick, their ridiculous decision to remove Asian broadcaster Robert Lee from the UVA football game, and now their silencing of Jemele Hill.5

Since Trump’s election, many news outlets have embraced their status as arbiters of truth in the face of Trump’s reliance on “alternative facts” to cultivate a climate of fear. But not ESPN. Instead, they have doubled down on normalizing the type of environment that brought Trump to power. In recent weeks, “the Worldwide Leader in Sports” pushed the false narrative that the NFL’s declining ratings are due to players protesting police violence in their communities, regurgitated NFL owner’s talking points about why Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed, and even ran a fantasy football segment after Charlottesville that looked like a pre-Civil War slave auction.6

But this not a time for craven attempts to “stick to sports” or be "neutral" because "unity" doesn't work when one group is denying another's right to exist. The need for Black voices in journalism that take on racism and openly talk about it is more urgent than ever.


Until justice is real, 
-- Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Evan, Jade, Anika, Corina, the rest of the Color Of Change team.

References:
1. "Black Public Figures Are Being Silenced for Calling Out White Supremacy," The Root, 13 September 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/8848?t=9&akid=7899%2E3399430%2EC-f_sK 
2. “ESPN Host Committed ‘Fireable Offense’ With Trump ‘White Supremacist’ Tweet: White House Aide,” Huffington Post, 13 September 2017. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/8849?t=11&akid=7899%2E3399430%2EC-f_sK 
3. “ESPN is bringing back Hank Williams Jr. to ‘Monday Night Football,’ for some reason,” SB Nation, 5 June 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/8850?t=13&akid=7899%2E3399430%2EC-f_sK 
4. “ESPN Permanently Drops Football Pregame Song,” New York Times, 6 October 2011. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/8851?t=15&akid=7899%2E3399430%2EC-f_sK 
5. “ESPN Pulls Announcer Robert Lee From Virginia Game Because of His Name,” New York Times, 23 August 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/8852?t=17&akid=7899%2E3399430%2EC-f_sK 
6. “ESPN apologizes for fantasy football segment compared to slave auction,” CNN, 15 August 2015. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/8853?t=19&akid=7899%2E3399430%2EC-f_sK

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Climate Hawks Vote

Hurricanes and wildfires are ravaging communities and uprooting millions of people across North America and the Atlantic. But EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, under investigation for covering up secret communications with the oil industry, said it’s “insensitive” to talk about climate change now. To “have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm,” he said, “is misplaced.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.




Your fellow climate hawk,

Brad Johnson


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From Greenpeace:
Right before Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida, and while Texas was still assessing the damage from Harvey, EPA chief Scott Pruitt used his national stage to deny climate change yet again. He said it’s "insensitive" to talk about climate during a hurricane!

I disagree, and I won’t sit back and make Pruitt’s fossil fuel industry backers happy. I owe it to my friends and family in Puerto Rico and Florida — who are busy rebuilding — to seize this moment and call out the fossil fuel industry in the strongest way possible: demanding it pays for climate-induced destruction.

Join me in calling for justice. Demand that fossil fuel companies pay for a swift and equitable hurricane recovery. And demand that recovery effort puts the most impacted communities first and paves the way for a just transition to 100% renewable energy.

Right now the nation is talking about extreme weather. Our movement needs to push the needle beyond just talking and strike at root causes — fossil fuel industry pollution that makes storms worse and climate denial that leaves us less prepared.1


The first step is adding your name to thousands of others. Over the next weeks and months we’ll organize the resistance in Florida and across the nation to shift the national debate from merely talking about climate change and stronger storms to holding polluters accountable.

We can’t wait. Climate denial puts our friends and family in danger. Florida Governor Rick Scott banned environmental officials from using the words ‘climate change,’ making it harder for Florida to prepare infrastructure and emergency plans for stronger storms.2

But the fossil fuel industry’s grip on politicians is slipping. The Republican mayor of Miami, Tom├ís Regalado, slammed Scott Pruitt this week: “This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the EPA and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change… If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come.”3

Now is the time for big, bold voices like yours. Demand the fossil fuel industry pay for hurricane destruction instead of making the next storm worse!

Thanks for all you do,

Naomi Ages
Climate Campaigner, Greenpeace USA


P.S. Fossil fuel-fueled climate change made Harvey and Irma stronger. While the nation talks about climate and extreme weather we need to go big. Demand fossil fuel companies pay for hurricane destruction!
[1] https://grist.org/article/harvey-and-irma-arent-natural-disasters-theyre-climate-change-disasters/
[2] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/irma-florida-latest-hurricane-news-climate-denial-governor-infrastructure-a7937356.html
[3] https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/350594-miami-mayor-rips-pruitt-climate-change-criticism-in-light-of-irma

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Deporting the DREAMers & Destroying the American Dream



Destroying the American Dream
 by C. A. Matthews

Hurricane Irma headed toward Mar-a-Lago the article title read. How ironic if Trump's dream golfing retreat was destroyed by the hurricane. (No worries, it's insured through a federal flood insurance program. Interesting that Trump, who wants to cut and eliminate government programs, has benefited so greatly from this particular one in the past.)

Many of Mar-a-Lago's workers are immigrants who are paid very little compared to union workers in similar positions at other resorts, and they probably lack the funds to evacuate and live elsewhere while the clean-up takes place after the storm passes. Trump is notorious for his stinginess. He doesn't care whose dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness he crushes just as long as he makes a profit.
 
One important thing Trump doesn't add to his equations of profit and loss and "running America like a business" is climate change and how it will affect the make-up of America.  Just as rising temperatures and rising oceans will affect rich and poor alike, we need to tackle the challenges of climate change together for the sake of future generations. And future American generations will not look like Trump and his half-Czech/half-Slovenian children--it will be of various hues, notably darker, and, more than likely, non-native English-speaking. 

Climate change-caused flooding and droughts will bring more and more refugees to our shores, not less, unlike so many Tea Party members believe. No amount of  border walls or threats on Trump's part will stop these displaced people from coming. Their "dream" will be to simply survive and will not recognize borders, only safe havens. No amount of bloviating rhetoric will stop them.

Trump wants to deport almost 800,000 DREAMers who have made a contract with the government to become citizens, since they were brought to this country illegally as children by their parents. These DACA children have grown into hard-working taxpayers with a lower rate of criminal behavior and a higher rate of higher education than average.   

Consider this: Trump wants to deport immigrants who work in many highly-skilled professions--doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants, engineers, mechanics, nurses, dentists, I.T. specialists, etc.--as well as those DREAMers who serve honorably in our military. Can't he see the catastrophic effect deporting these workers will have on our economy and national security? 
Is this part of Trump and his cronies' racist agenda all along--deport all the "foreigners" and leave all the jobs to their white buddies waving the Confederate flags and wearing Nazi armbands? I wonder, does Trump even realize how unskilled white supremacists are? White supremacists tend to possess a below average education and are incarcerated at a higher than average rate compared to DREAMers. Are there even enough of Nazis to fill all the vacancies at his resorts and hotels? Who would you trust to put in charge of a bunch of hateful ex-cons and their kind? Steve Bannon?
 

Just as the climate won't wait for Americans like Trump to acknowledge the reality of how human activity has affected it adversely, the world won't wait for white supremacists to get with the program and cooperate in order to build a safe, cleaner and healthier world for all. Other countries and other open-minded leaders will take the lead on the issues of climate change and immigration reform. We will have to follow or die off as a people. Then the American Dream will be no more.


For now, we can take comfort in the knowledge that Trump has already lost his $28 million mansion on the Caribbean Island of St. Martin to Hurricane Irma and has other South Florida properties besides Mar-a-Lago at risk. Perhaps a big business loss will get through his thick skull that climate change is real and not a Chinese hoax... Perhaps the lost of American prestige and leadership on the world stage will convince the low-info voters that now's the time to become educated on the true horrors the Trump agenda engenders.

Perhaps the threaten deportation of a million or more DREAMers and their families will wake up all Americans to the fact that Trump's tactics threaten their dreams as well.
More stories on the DREAMers and DACA:

I'm a DACA Recipient and This is What Will Happen to Me

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/45637-im-a-daca-recipient-and-this-is-what-will-happen-to-me

Several States Sue Trump Administration Over DACA Repeal

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/45641-several-states-sue-trump-administration-over-daca-repeal

What Will Happen to the DREAMers' Lives They've Built

https://www.nationofchange.org/2017/09/07/will-happen-dreamers-lives-theyve-built/

Ending DACA Lowers Wages and Tax Revenue and Degrades Labor Standards

http://www.epi.org/blog/ending-daca-lowers-wages-and-tax-revenue-and-degrades-labor-standards/

Lee Camp's excellent video on DACA

 https://youtu.be/0fRbDc0K4AA
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Here are some actions you can take this week to show solidarity with both hurricane victims and the DREAMers. We can rebuild the American dream--make it bigger, more inclusive and more compassionate--if we work together to save our planet and each other.

Climate Hawks Vote


Now, in the wake of tens of billions of dollars of damage from Hurricane Harvey, 107 members of Congress in the Senate and House—including 4 from Texas—voted “NO” on an aid package to help survivors in the Gulf and to keep FEMA funded.

Their excuse? They wanted the cost of this disaster relief to threaten a government shutdown. That’s right, these 107 #HarveyHeartless Republicans are so committed to cutting taxes for billionaire polluters and making the rest of America suffer that they’ll vote against disaster aid.

Fortunately, they’re outnumbered by the members who voted FOR this essential relief.
Call your senators and members of Congress today to tell them how you feel about their vote for aid for Hurricane Harvey victims.

  1. See the bottom of this email to find out if your members are among the 107 #HarveyHeartless who voted against Harvey aid.
  2. Call your members of Congress: For those who voted NO: “My name is ... and I am from TOWN, ZIP. As a constituent, I am calling to condemn Sen./Rep. _______ for their vote against essential Harvey relief for millions of our fellow Americans. If they’re concerned about how to pay for climate disasters, they should raise taxes on the fossil-fuel billionaires who profit from polluting our climate. I will remember this vote on Election Day.” For those who voted AYE: “My name is ... and I am from TOWN, ZIP. As a constituent, I am calling to thank Sen./Rep. _______ for their vote for essential Harvey relief for millions of our fellow Americans. I will remember this vote on Election Day.”
  3. Email me back and let me know how the call went.

Our climate movement is not just about saving the future. It’s about taking care of our communities who are already experiencing the devastation of a changed climate right now.
Thanks for making the call today.

Your fellow climate hawk,

Brad Johnson
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THE 107 #HarveyHeartless

The 17 GOP Senators who voted against Hurricane Harvey disaster relief:

Jeff Flake & John McCain of Arizona
James Risch of Idaho
Joni Ernst & Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Jerry Moran of Kansas
Rand Paul of Kentucky
Deb Fischer & Ben Sasse of Nebraska
James Lankford of Oklahoma
Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
Lindsay Graham of South Carolina
Bob Corker of Tennessee
Mike Lee of Utah
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin
Michael Enzi of Wyoming

The 90 GOP Representatives who voted against Hurricane Harvey disaster relief:

Bradley Byrne (AL-01)
Martha Roby (AL-02)
Mo Brooks (AL-05)
Gary Palmer (AL-06)
French Hill (AR-02)
Bruce Westerman (AR-04)
Paul Gosar (AZ-04)
Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
David Schweikert (AZ-06)
Trent Franks (AZ-08)
Tom McClintock (CA-04)
Duncan Hunter (CA-50)
Scott Tipton (CO-03)
Ken Buck (CO-04)
Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Matt Gaetz (FL-01)
Ted Yoho (FL-03)
Doug Collins (GA-09)
Jody Hice (GA-10)
Barry Loudermilk (GA-11)
Peter Roskam (IL-06)
Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Darin LaHood (IL-18)
Jackie Walorski (IN-02)
Jim Banks (IN-03)
Todd Rokita (IN-04)
Luke Messer (IN-06)
Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09)
Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)
Kevin Yoder (KS-03)
Ron Estes (KS-04)
James Comer (KY-01)
Thomas Massie (KY-04)
Garland “Andy” Barr (KY-06)
Andy Harris (MD-01)
Bill Huizenga (MI-02)
Justin Amash (MI-03)
Tom Emmer (MN-06)
Ann Wagner (MO-02)
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Sam Graves (MO-06)
Billy Long (MO-07)
Jason Smith (MO-08)
Trent Kelly (MS-01)
George Holding (NC-02)
Virginia Foxx (NC-05)
Mark Walker (NC-06)
David Rouzer (NC-07)
Richard Hudson (NC-08)
Mark Meadows (NC-11)
Ted Budd (NC-13)
Don Bacon (NE-02)
Adrian Smith (NE-03)
Stevan “Steve” Pearce (NM-02)
Lee Zeldin (NY-01)
Brad Wenstrup (OH-02)
Jim Jordan (OH-04)
Warren Davidson (OH-08)
Michael Turner (OH-10)
James Renacci (OH-16)
Markwayne Mullin (OK-02)
Steve Russell (OK-05)
Scott Perry (PA-04)
Keith Rothfus (PA-12)
Marshall “Mark” Sanford (SC-01)
Jeff Duncan (SC-03)
Ralph Norman Jr. (SC-05)
Kristi Noem (SD-AL)
John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. (TN-02)
Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)
Diane Black (TN-06)
Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
David Kustoff (TN-08)
Sam Johnson (TX-03)
Jeb Hensarling (TX-05)
Joe Barton (TX-06)
Mac Thornberry (TX-13)
Chris Stewart (UT-02)
Robert Wittman (VA-01)
Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
David “Dave” Brat (VA-07)
Morgan Griffith (VA-09)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
James Sensenbrenner Jr. (WI-05)
Sean Duffy (WI-07)
Mike Gallagher (WI-08)
Alex Mooney (WV-02)
Evan Jenkins (WV-03)
Liz Cheney (WY-AL)

You know the drill--call, email, mail, or smoke signal your feelings on the topic. Then remember to vote them out of office at your earliest chance. 


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Donald Trump sent Jeff Sessions in front of reporters to announce an end to DACA. He didn't even have the courage to tell us himself.

The decision to throw 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children into legal jeopardy is despicable and immoral. Our Revolution believes that no human being is illegal. We need a path to citizenship not only for DREAMers, but all 11 million undocumented people living in the shadows today. When we bring people together and build stronger communities, everyone benefits.

There is a bipartisan consensus that DACA should be protected. It includes the most conservative and most progressive members of Congress. That's why your action is so important.

In solidarity,

Erika Andiola
Political Director
Our Revolution
DACA Recipient

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From Color of Change:

Today, more than ever our communities must continue to fight back against the Trump regime.  DACA currently protects over 800,000 young immigrants from being deported. It allows immigrants to stay in the U.S., live with their families, work, go to school, and thrive in their communities. Without such a program, millions of families will be torn apart.
But there's more: Trump is refusing to extend the Temporary Protected Status program for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have sought safety here in the U.S. from harm, climate disaster, violence in their home country. Many Haitian immigrants and other Black immigrants benefit from this program. It is expected to expire in January. When it expires, many of these immigrants will be immediately deported -- forcing many to live in fear. There is already bipartisan support for the extension of TPS. But not for Haitian immigrants. The Trump administration has even said, "Haitians should be prepared to go home."2 No one should have to live in that kind of fear. There is no time to waste -- Congress must act quickly to protect all immigrants. 

Tell Congress to pass the DREAM Act and extend the Temporary Protected Status program. Sign the petition. 

Since the start of Trump’s occupation in the White House, he has laid out an agenda that harms immigrants. It began with the executive orders to strip funds from Sanctuary Cities and issuing travel bans that target Muslim immigrants. We cannot forget the Trump administration is determined to build a border wall. One of the country’s largest private prison companies GEO Group received one of the first contracts from the Trump administration that resulted in the opening of a large Texas detention center for children and families. All of this is happening right on the heels of Trump abusing his power and pardoning former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio who was just convicted weeks ago for human rights abuses. He is a known racist who spent his entire tenure as sheriff racially profiling Latinx communities. But at every turn, people have fought back: blocking the travel ban, stalling the funding of the border wall, and cities filing lawsuits to protect Sanctuary Cities. So we know together we will continue to win each and every battle. 

Trump's agenda is all part of a larger racist, white supremacist agenda to get rid of communities of color, and Black and Brown immigrants. Congress must stop Trump now. Congress must put forth the effort to not allow Trump use immigrants as pawns for his agenda to build a wall and must stop the increased policing. Their silence must end today.
Sign the petition to demand Congress pass the DREAM Act and extend TPS.

Trump does not care about any immigrant. He wants to get rid of every immigrant and their families. This is a clear attack on all Black and Brown immigrants regardless of their status. Congress can no longer stay on the sidelines and let Trump continue his vicious attack on immigrants. For years, people have been on the frontlines pushing for change that will end the discrimination and violence against immigrants. The reality is, more needs to be done to ensure all immigrants are protected. Congress must not exploit immigrants to promote Trump's agenda for building a wall or increasing funding for harsher policing and law enforcement. Instead, the legislation must reflect the justice our communities. We must end all criminalization of Black and Brown people. Every single person deserves the right to freely live their lives with dignity and without shame. This means, no ban, no wall, no deportations, no detention centers, #DefendDACA #SaveTPS, pass the DREAM Act, and protect our communities.

Sign the petition. 

Until justice is real,

Scott, Rashad, Arisha, Scott, Anay, Clarise, Enchanta, Malaya, Katrese, and the rest of the Color Of Change team

References
1. "Watch: Attorney General Jeff Sessions expected to announce end of DACA immigration program," CNBC, 09-05-2017
https://act.colorofchange.org/go/8754?t=9&akid=7859%2E3399430%2EP0rcU_

2. "‘Temporary’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means" National Review, 05-22-2017
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/8730?t=11&akid=7859%2E3399430%2EP0rcU_


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Our Revolution

Aloha,

For so long, young people who came to this country as kids through no choice of their own, have been forced to live in the shadows, too afraid to come forward because they don't trust that our government won't come after them. Even after DACA was put in place, so many were too afraid to apply because if the program got taken away, the government would know where they live and could go after them and their families.


But 800,000 young people in this country took that leap of faith, applied for DACA, and have relied on it to obtain an education, earn a living, and establish themselves in our communities.


The current administration's decision on Tuesday to end DACA leaves them feeling betrayed and afraid after they put their trust in our government.


Last week on Maui, I sat down with some of Hawaii’s DREAMers and heard their stories about living every day in fear of deportation until DACA was put into effect. They shared their stories of the opportunity and freedom they have experienced because of DACA, and the fear of uncertainty that now lies before them, with the prospects of their government targeting them and forcing them to leave the only home they’ve ever known.


This is not a partisan issue. It's an issue that affects communities all across this country. DACA’s termination is a call for Congress to act now. We should take this opportunity to actually fix the problem once and for all and provide a permanent solution for these DREAMers, so they are not forced back into the shadows.


I have had many conversations with people about this issue. I have spoken with those that support DACA, and those that do not support it. However, the most important part of any conversation about immigration and DACA is to be informed with the facts.


What is DACA?
DACA is a temporary program instituted by President Barack Obama that defers immigration action and provides relief from deportation for people who were brought into the United States as children and gives them a work permit.


Who is eligible for DACA?
The people who apply for and receive DACA must meet a number of requirements, including: they were under the age of 16 when they were brought into the U.S., they have lived most of their lives here, they are in school or have graduated or are an honorably discharged member of the military, they have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors.


How many people have DACA?
There are around 800,000 recipients of DACA right now in the U.S.


What can I do?
At the Sanders Institute, we believe that being informed, engaged, and involved in the discussion about an issue and a policy like DACA are the first crucial steps.




Thank you for staying engaged,

Tulsi Gabbard
Sanders Institute Fellow