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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Fusion GPS fights back on the Congressional bait-and-switch. Read their story. 

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Congress has been picking at strawmen for years. But nothing quite like this. 

The Steele Dossier has been in the news and rightly so. Produced by a former British intelligence officer commissioned by the research firm Fusion GPS, it alleges significant collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents and that Trump was played by Putin for years before his candidacy, in addition to pointing to many unseemly relationships between murky Trump business interests and criminal elements in Russia and beyond. And some downright aberrant stuff that isn't fit for our PG-rated Daily Actions here.  

Instead of looking into any of the allegations contained in the dossier, Congress has turned it's sights to the investigating firm itself, repeatedly subpoenaing Fusion GPS but refusing to release their testimony and disclosures to the public. 

Today, Fusion GPS fired back in the New York Times - and their story is pretty remarkable. 

Read it Here. 

Stay Questioning America. 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Two Things Everyone Can Do on the Tax Bill

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices on the #TaxScam

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices on the #TaxScam

Tomorrow will see the first - and perhaps only - public meeting of a conference committee on reconciling the House and Senate bills.

What's the latest on the push to shove these bills through before Christmas?

1. They remain as hasty, thoughtless, irresponsible, and mean as when crafted, says one CEO

2. While moderate Senators waiver, statements from the GOP leadership in Congress indicate a belief that they have a messaging issue rather than a policy one. 

3. Ironing out a reconciliation of the House and Senate bills has proved tricky -- a goal for a deal over the weekend passed without success. Many rank-and-file members have yet to see details of what's going on. The President will address the nation on Wednesday in an effort to move some legislators into acceptance -- putting his name to the bill in a public push. 

If the GOP can't pass the reconciled bills before Christmas, they may be in serious trouble. 

“Republicans have made a decision, which I can’t fault them for, that the longer this bill hangs out there, the more barnacles attach,” said Jonathan Traub, the former Republican staff director at the House Ways and Means Committee.

Two things everyone can do: 

1. Is your local group keeping up a steady drumbeat of Letters to the Editor? A letter every two or three days is needed to educate busy Americans about what's going on. Messages for local media don't need to be complex or fastidiously deep on facts, but do need to be constant and powerful. Citizens can speak from the heart, the pocketbook, and trans-partisan values. See, for example, a letter to the editor in the Daily Sentinel, this one in the Durango Herald, and this one in Steamboat Today. 

2. Get 10 friends together for lunch and call a reporter. It's been long enough since many communities last held actions that media can be interested again. Consider a holiday Grinch or similar theme. Make a strong ask to your community to spread the word and contact their representatives. 

Did you see our friends in Pueblo making a visit to their MOC offices? Go Pueblo!

 

Speaking of the Holidays...Did you catch our D3 Holiday Book Gifts for Friends in the Movement?

 

Stay Strong America.

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Mondays' D3 Daily Action: Tax Scam Moves Back to the House -- Educate Your Community!

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices last Monday. 

Our friends in Grand Junction visiting their Members of Congress' offices last Monday. 

Voters need to hear now, tomorrow, and next year about what's happened. 

Letters to the Editor, lunchtime actions for local press, and meetings with your newspaper editorial board are all powerful steps for now. 

The bad guys got their bill through. It's possible that the House and Senate won't even need to hold a reconciliation conference as commonly occurs for bills with significant differences, or that any such conference held will be mostly for show. 

Messages for local media don't need to be complex or fastidiously deep on facts, but do need to be constant and powerful. Citizens can speak from the heart, the pocketbook, and trans-partisan values. See, for example, a letter to the editor in today's Daily Sentinel, this one in the Durango Herald, and this one in Steamboat Today. 

In addition to small and efficiently-organized actions to win media coverage, submitting a letter to the editor every two or three days can provide sustained coverage through the holiday season, and ensure that family conversations into the new year are well-informed about the tax bill. 

Speaking of the Holidays...Did you catch our D3 Holiday Book Gifts for Friends in the Movement?

Coming Next: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet

For the past week, D3 Indivisible has been running a petition and social media campaign for millennials across the 3rd Congressional to save net neutrality. Once the Senate tax bill's fate is decided, we'll pivot to distributing resources and content to help communities fight the FCC's coming firesale of internet freedoms. 

In the meantime, check out these two great education resources via HBO's John Oliver and this handy infographic

 

Stay Strong America.

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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Last Day for Senate Tax Bill Action -- Get Ready for Net Neutrality Next!

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

The Senate vote is upon us... 

...unless two key swing Senators draw a line.

If your friends, family, and fellow community members haven't yet called the key swing Senators listed below, get them to do it NOW! See the handy call script below. 

Senate GOP leadership aims to force a vote today. 

For Tax Bill info, read on below. 

Coming Next: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet

For the past week, D3 Indivisible has been running a petition and social media campaign for millennials across the 3rd Congressional to save net neutrality. Once the Senate tax bill's fate is decided, we'll pivot to distributing resources and content to help communities fight the FCC's coming firesale of internet freedoms. 

In the meantime, check out these two great education resources via HBO's John Oliver and this handy infographic

Back to the Tax Bill (Senators' phone numbers and call script below)

This week, Trump appeared on Capitol Hill and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. Provisions like allowing megachurches to spend in elections, gutting the Affordable Care Act, and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. Yesterday, the New York Times blasted the bill in a new editorial

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Colorado is rising against the #TaxScam

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Our friends in Durango visiting their Members of Congress' offices this Monday. 

Pueblo, Durango, and the Western Slope are mobilizing. Are you?

A Final Votes comes Thursday or Friday. Call key swing Senators NOW.

Dozens of citizens stood up this week to make their opposition to the tax scam bill in the Senate heard loud and clear. They visited Members of Congress' offices, rallied, flooded local press with letters to the editor and news stories, and sparked friends and family across the Western Slope and Southern Colorado to fight back. 

This week, Trump appeared on Capitol Hill and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. Provisions like allowing megachurches to spend in elections, gutting the Affordable Care Act, and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. Yesterday, the New York Times blasted the bill in a new editorial

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Call to Stop the #TrumpTaxScam in the Senate

The Senate tax bill cleared committee today. A full vote comes this week. 

Call key Senators TODAY.

Trump appeared on Capitol Hill today and showered promises of concessions on key moderate skeptics of the Senate's tax bill. But the core giveaways to the megarich and big corporations, hidden tax increases on working families, and the deficit-busting social-program-imperiling approach remain. If passed, the Senate bill will head to reconciliation committee to be blended with its far more aggressive House cousin. 

Use the sample call script below to ring the offices of key swing Senators ASAP!

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (202)224-2523
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) (202)224-3344 - Emphasize the bill's deficit spending. 
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) (202) 224-2235
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) (202) 224-4521
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) (202) 224-5323

Hello! Good morning/afternoon. My name is ________ and I’m calling from _____.
There’s something important I want to talk to you about.
I work hard for a living / or worked hard if retired. I've worked as a ______, _____, _______ etc. And I payed my fair share of taxes because I believe in this country and I believe in programs like Social Security, Medicare, and _________ . I believe that the tax bill in the Senate now, the “Tax Cut and Jobs Act” is a _________ (slap in the face / betrayal / etc.) of Americans like me.
Trillion dollar giveaways to the very rich are not what makes this country strong and something we can be proud of. Funding cuts for wealthy campaign donors on the backs of working people isn’t something we can proud of. And increasing our deficit by more than $1.5T to pay for this scheme is irresponsible.  
* additional comments here*
I’m calling to ask Senator _____ to do the right thing and vote NO on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for the strength and prosperity of our country, and for generations of Americans to come. 

Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: House votes today on the tax scam. Senate is next. 

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Step one. Call Scott Tipton this morning.

The House of Representatives looks set to vote today (Thursday) on the House bill.

In its current form, it continues to contain hidden sunset tax increases for middle class families and hidden sunset giveaways for the megarich. Its economic growth charade remains a hollow scam and future budget-buster. And the arguments that the GOP leadership in the House are putting forward remain bold-faced fibs, prompting one Washington Post title: "If the tax bill is so great, why does the GOP keep lying about it?"

Call Scott Tipton once more this morning and let him know he'd better be thinking about working class families, not his out of state megadonors, when he votes on the tax bill today. 

Alamosa               
719-587-5105

Durango      
970-259-1490

Grand Junction  
970-241-2499

Pueblo                
719-542-1073

Washington, DC
202-225-4761
 

Step two. Get ready for Senate deliberations.

The GOP has a big margin in the House to pass their bill. Senate Republicans, however, can little afford to lose votes if they hope to pass a version there and send it on to a reconciliation committee. 

One Republican Senator has come out against the current tax scam plans in both House and Senate. Others like Susan Collins and Bob Corker are skeptical. The Senate will vote the week after Thanksgiving. 

Our own Senator Cory Gardner cannot afford to alienate voters in Colorado before his 2020 election race. 

Get together with your team, your allies and your neighbors and start planning a local press event to educate your community about what's going on. Senator Gardner will be watching. 

A Colossal Theft is Coming.

What's in the House tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

- $1.5 trillion in deficit spending, positioning future forced cuts to our beleagured social safety net.

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Calling all D3 Defenders: Paul Ryan wants a vote on Thursday. 

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Groups across CD3 are working to beat back the #TrumpTaxScam.

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Indivisible Roaring Fork is taking this check on a regional #TrumpTaxScam tour!

What will be the theme in your area? Fat cat bankers? A naughty Christmas wish list for the 1%? 

The Trump-Ryan "once in a generation" tax giveaway for billionaires has cleared the House Ways and Means Committee, and GOP leadership in Congress hopes for a vote this Thursday or Friday. For more on what's in this Grinch-worthy bill, read on below or watch this video.

We've got til Thursday to get local press coverage in our communities! 

Need resources to throw together that emergency Wednesday rally, or supercharge any existing plans? Our D3 Organizing Kit is up and running! Sign up today to get your copy and receive key updates on developments with the bill in Congress. 

In other good news, the bill is polling poorly, with Americans opposing it by a 17% margin. People only support the bill when they think it treats everyone fairly. When they learn it overwhelming favors the rich, they oppose it by 90%. 

The D3 Organizing Kit includes:

-          Key Facts and Messaging Kit

-          Fast Response Organizing Checklist

-          Letters to Editor and Call Script Guides

-          Printable Postcard for Congressman Tipton

-          Latest Polling Numbers

-          Sample Event Email Blast

-          Sample Email Blast Image

-          Sample Facebook Image

-          Sample Event News Release for Press

A Colossal Theft is Coming.

Congress has unveiled its tax bill. The bill follows a measure passed in both the Senate and House in October that spelled out a Grinch-worthy Christmas wishlist of cuts including:

- $1.3 TRILLION in cuts to Medicaid and Obamacare

- $473 billion in cuts to Medicare

- $1 trillion in mystery cuts. Yes, you read that right. $1 trillion in cuts to life-and-death programs simply marked TBD.

All these proposed cuts are designed to fund tax breaks for mega-donors and the super rich. By ballooning the deficit, they provide a pretext for transformative rollbacks to basic social contract programs including Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, education, and services for working families and seniors.

A tax cut designed to boost the economy would bolster consumer spending power through working family pocketbooks -- not by abetting more luxury spending by the fantastically rich. A tax cut designed to build a strong American future would prioritize investment in new skills, infrastructure, research, technology, and productive capital formation -- not by rewarding the current winners of a rigged economic power structure. 

What's in the tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

This will be a fight.

Today, a Trump-aligned SuperPAC announced a $100 million advertising buy to support the tax cuts. GOP megadonors including the Koch Brothers are twisting the arms of rank-and-file Members of Congress. And tax cut backers have plenty of boondoggle talking points available -- a doubling of the standard deduction! an increase in the child credit! What they won't mention are provisions to slash or end completely several important deductions that working families and retirees currently rely on. 

We can win this, but we need an up-welling like we saw this Spring across women's marches, marches for science, resistance against the Affordable Care Act repeal, the firing of James Comey, and the worst proposed Trump appointments. 

The House will vote late this week. The resistance needs you now.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Support the Dream Act

Our friends at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition need your help.

House Minority Leader Nanci Pelosi told the media in early October that Trump personally promised he would sign the 2017 Dream Act.  

We moved the president on a permanent pathway to citizenship that fixes our broken system, and now it is time to push Colorado's congressional delegation

Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton has yet to sign on in support of the 2017 Dream Act, and we need your support to get him there.

Call Congressman Scott Tipton with a short message of support today! Read here for more DACA 101. 

 Phone: (202) 225-4761

"Hello, my name is _________________ from ____town____,  and I am urging Representative Tipton to support the Dream Act. Creating a permanent pathway to citizenship for young Dreamers is the smart way to fix our broken immigration system. I hope you will work to protect DACA recipients now and give our bright young generation of Dreamers a chance to make this country stronger. "

Make sure to let them know if you are a constituent!

 

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Calling all D3 Defenders: We have 7 days before the earliest possible vote on the Trump Tax Scam. 

Sign Up To Be a D3 Defender Now

Groups across CD3 are working to beat back the #TrumpTaxScam.

Our D3 Organizing Kit is up and running! Sign up today to get your copy and receive key updates on developments with the bill in Congress. 

In other good news, the bill is polling poorly, with Americans opposing it by a 17% margin. People only support the bill when they think it treats everyone fairly. When they learn it overwhelming favors the rich, they oppose it by 90%. 

The D3 Organizing Kit includes:

-          Key Facts and Messaging Kit

-          Fast Response Organizing Checklist

-          Letters to Editor and Call Script Guides

-          Printable Postcard for Congressman Tipton

-          Latest Polling Numbers

-          Sample Event Email Blast

-          Sample Email Blast Image

-          Sample Facebook Image

-          Sample Event News Release for Press

A Colossal Theft is Coming.

On Thursday, Congress unveiled its tax bill. The bill follows a measure passed in both the Senate and House in October that spelled out a Grinch-worthy Christmas wishlist of cuts including:

- $1.3 TRILLION in cuts to Medicaid and Obamacare

- $473 billion in cuts to Medicare

- $1 trillion in mystery cuts. Yes, you read that right. $1 trillion in cuts to life-and-death programs simply marked TBD.

All these proposed cuts are designed to fund tax breaks for mega-donors and the super rich. By ballooning the deficit, they provide a pretext for transformative rollbacks to basic social contract programs including Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, education, and services for working families and seniors.

A tax cut designed to boost the economy would bolster consumer spending power through working family pocketbooks -- not by abetting more luxury spending by the fantastically rich. A tax cut designed to build a strong American future would prioritize investment in new skills, infrastructure, research, technology, and productive capital formation -- not by rewarding the current winners of a rigged economic power structure. 

What's in the tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

This will be a fight.

Today, a Trump-aligned SuperPAC announced a $100 million advertising buy to support the tax cuts. GOP megadonors including the Koch Brothers are twisting the arms of rank-and-file Members of Congress. And tax cut backers have plenty of boondoggle talking points available -- a doubling of the standard deduction! an increase in the child credit! What they won't mention are provisions to slash or end completely several important deductions that working families and retirees currently rely on. 

We can win this, but we need an up-welling like we saw this Spring across women's marches, marches for science, resistance against the Affordable Care Act repeal, the firing of James Comey, and the worst proposed Trump appointments. 

The House will vote the week of 11/13. The resistance needs you now.

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Calling all D3 Defenders: We have two weeks to stop the Trump Tax Scam. 

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This is the Main Event. 

We've beaten back the worst parts of Trump's legislative agenda so far.

Now with the Trump Tax Cuts unveiled, we're facing the greatest assault on our social contract and national wealth in a generation.

D3 Indivisible, in partnership with local Indivisible chapters and allies across Western and Southern Colorado, is organizing to stop this colossal theft in its tracks.

Click here or on the image below to sign up for our special D3 Defenders Action Team to receive timely updates on the tax bill, info on local actions, and cutting-edge organizing tips and techniques.

Read on for a summary of the tax bill and please share this email with others who can help us fight back. 

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A Colossal Theft is Coming.

On Thursday, Congress unveiled its tax bill. The bill follows a measure passed in both the Senate and House in October that spelled out a Grinch-worthy Christmas wishlist of cuts including:

- $1.3 TRILLION in cuts to Medicaid and Obamacare

- $473 billion in cuts to Medicare

- $1 trillion in mystery cuts. Yes, you read that right. $1 trillion in cuts to life-and-death programs simply marked TBD.

All these proposed cuts are designed to fund tax breaks for mega-donors and the super rich. By ballooning the deficit, they provide a pretext for transformative rollbacks to basic social contract programs including Medicaid and Medicare, Social Security, education, and services for working families and seniors.

A tax cut designed to boost the economy would bolster consumer spending power through working family pocketbooks -- not by abetting more luxury spending by the fantastically rich. A tax cut designed to build a strong American future would prioritize investment in new skills, infrastructure, research, technology, and productive capital formation -- not by rewarding the current winners of a rigged economic power structure. 

What's in the tax bill?

-  $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, with 80% destined for the top 1%

- the corporate tax rate permanently felled from 35% to 20%

- the end to medical expenses deductions, which will hit families with sick children and retirees hard

- the end to the head of household deduction, which will penalize single parents and their children

- a $64B decrease in deductible education expenses over the next decade

- a doubling of the income level subject to the highest tax bracket

- a complete elimination of the tax on mega wealthy estates

This will be a fight.

Today, a Trump-aligned SuperPAC announced a $100 million advertising buy to support the tax cuts. GOP megadonors including the Koch Brothers are twisting the arms of rank-and-file Members of Congress. And tax cut backers have plenty of boondoggle talking points available -- a doubling of the standard deduction! an increase in the child credit! What they won't mention are provisions to slash or end completely several important deductions that working families and retirees currently rely on. 

We can win this, but we need an up-welling like we saw this Spring across women's marches, marches for science, resistance against the Affordable Care Act repeal, the firing of James Comey, and the worst proposed Trump appointments. 

The House will vote in mid-November.The resistance needs you now.

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Friday's D3 Daily Action: Tell 5 friends what happened yesterday. A massive theft of American wealth is coming.

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What happened in Congress yesterday is appalling, and we might all be paying the price for a generation.

Our Medicaid and Medicare cut by $1.5 TRILLION. Another $1 TRILLION in future federal cuts that remain unspecified. $1.5 TRILLION added to the deficit. 

All to justify and enable a boondoggle tax rebate for the top 1% that we're told will trickle down to all of us paying for these cuts. The President has claimed that "the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan" -- a statement that FactCheck.org rated as patently false. 

Yesterday, Congress narrowly advanced Trump's budget and laid the ground for a coming tax overhaul, with 20 Republicans breaking to vote against it. Said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL): House Republicans "were asked to vote for a budget that nobody believes in so that we have the chance to vote for a tax bill that nobody's read." For more on the arcane rules that the House set in motion to allow the Senate to pass this massive change with just 51 votes, read here

Tell Me More?

For the internal party politics driving this colossal betrayal of working families, read on here. For the long view, and good links to share on social media, on who has benefited from past tax cuts and who is likely to benefit now, read on here and here.

We are facing an appalling theft of wealth from our country and working people, and polling shows that many voters know it

For more on what the budget will do to Colorado, see yesterday's post

This could backfire in time to be stopped. But regular Americans need to stand up. 

Get on social media and get on the street. Write your newspaper. Ask friends if they've heard about what happened. Ask neighbors how they feel about the programs we pay for being eviscerated just to give billionaires another break. Help people ask questions, be curious, investigate more, and reflect on what's happening in our country. 

...and Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: CALL. Congress votes today on the Federal Budget Boondoggle.

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Now. Right Now. 

The House has scheduled a Thursday vote on the Trump Administration's federal budget. 

What would the budget do? And how does it relate to the plan to slash taxes for the very wealthy and raise them on the working poor? Read more below on the budget that has already passed out of the Senate. 

CALL CONGRESSMAN TIPTON ASAP and urge him to VOTE NO on this harmful boondoggle of a budget. And let him know how you feel on Facebook and Twitter

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073

What's in the Budget?

 
Here's how much Colorado families will suffer from the GOP's move to cut programs to pay for tax breaks for the most fortunate Americans and biggest corporations:

MEDICARE:
 
The Senate budget calls for nearly $500 billion in cuts to Medicare.
In Colorado, 785,398  people who rely on Medicare are at risk.
Medicare beneficiaries make up 14 percent of Colorado's  total population, including:
Seniors: 86 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are seniors.
People with disabilities: 14 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado have a disability.
Women: 57 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are women.
Hispanic communities: 12 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado are Hispanic.
Rural communities: Nearly one in four Medicare beneficiaries nationwide live in rural areas.
SOURCE:
KFF: Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries
KFF: Distribution of Medicare Beneficiaries by Race/Ethnicity
KFF: Distribution of Medicare Beneficiaries by Eligibility Category
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission: Health care spending and the Medicare program
 
MEDICAID:
 
The Senate budget calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid – an even deeper cut than Republicans proposed in their health care repeal bills.
In Colorado 1,338,700 people who rely on Medicaid are at risk.
Medicaid beneficiaries make up 19 percent of Colorado's total population, including:
Adults: 1 in 7 nonelderly adults in Colorado.
Children: 2 in 5 children in Colorado.
Seniors: 3 in 5 nursing home residents in Colorado.
People with disabilities: 2 in 5 people with disabilities in Colorado.
Women: 52 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are women.
Hispanic communities: 33 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are Hispanic.
Black communities: 24 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in Colorado are black.
Rural communities: Medicaid covers one in four nonelderly rural residents nationwide.
Veterans: 41,000 veterans in Colorado rely on Medicaid services.
SOURCE: KFF: Medicaid State Fact Sheets
 
NUTRITION & INCOME SECURITY PROGRAMS:
 
The Senate budget calls for deep cuts to programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, and Social Security.
SNAP helps 476,000 of Colorado families and workers stay out of poverty and keep healthy food on the table.
74 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in families with children.
   48 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in working families.
25 percent of SNAP participants in Colorado are in families with members who are seniors or have a disability.
In 2016, SNAP benefits added $728 million to Colorado's economy, because families spend their SNAP benefits at local grocery stores and other retailers.
111,625 Coloradans rely on Social Security Disability Insurance, which workers pay into so they can support their families if they develop a severe disability.
SOURCE:
CBPP: SNAP State-by-State Fact Sheets
KFF: Total Disabled Social Security Disability Insurance
 
TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY:
 
By passing the Senate budget, Republicans have cleared the first hurdle in moving forward to a vote on a tax bill that has been written in secret and few have seen. If the Republican tax plan were to pass:
The richest one percent of Colorado residents would receive 60 percent of the state’s total tax cuts in 2018. These households are projected to earn at least $637,800 next year and would see an average tax cut of $86,480 in 2018.
In stark contrast, middle-class Coloradans would only receive 7 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. These households would only get an average tax cut of $510 in 2018.
Millionaires alone would get 45.5 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. Their average tax cut would be 334 times the tax cut middle class families would get.
17 percent of Colorado households would face a tax hike if the GOP tax plan was in effect in 2018.
  
CUTS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Nationwide, the Senate budget cuts close to $200 billion from services like Pell Grants and student loan assistance over the next decade.

Stay Strong America.

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action - Stand Up for the Clean Power Plan


Trump's appointment for EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, is moving to rewind the clock on climate action. 

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Pruitt has the Historic Clean Power Plan in His Sights.

On October 9th, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the agency will take steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants and combating climate change.

That's the same Scott Pruitt who made his name suing the very agency he now heads.

The Clean Power Plan is a set of policies and guidelines issued in 2015 under the Clean Air Act, the nation's longstanding air pollution law. The plan sets carbon emission targets for coal, gas and other power plants, and gives each state the ability to design their own methods to achieve them. If fully implemented, the Clean Power Plan is projected to cut carbon emissions by 32% nationally (relative to 2005 levels), save the US $20 billion in climate-related costs, and add $14-$34 billion in added health benefits. The shift toward clean renewable energy sources will also save the average American family money due to their overall lower cost.

Why was the Clean Power Plan such a historic breakthrough, and what do will be the cost of it's repeal? Learn more from the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

There is no question that increased carbon emissions have led to climate change and the rise of more and more floods, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes that have put populations in the US and around the world in danger. It is irresponsible for the EPA to roll back policies that curb carbon emissions under false promises of reduced costs or a coal industry comeback.

While a repeal of the Clean Power Plan is not expected to be immediately implemented (it will go through a formal rule-making process and will also face lawsuits), Congress can take action now by supporting measures that uphold the strategies of the Clean Power Plan and voting down those that undermine it.

Congress has the power to do what's right. 

Sample script for a quick call to your Congressional office:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from _____. 

I'm calling to express my concern about the EPA's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan. It is clear that carbon emissions have led to climate change and the increase of natural disasters devastating our country. I strongly urge Rep. Tipton to support measures that uphold the strategies of the Clean Power Plan and oppose those that undermine it.

<Speak about how climate change is effecting and will impact your community or things that are important to you..>

We can't deny the harms that Congressional inaction is allowing. Please do what's right for Colorado and my community and take action on this. 

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Stay Strong America!

 

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Monday's D3 Daily Action - Stop the Muslim Travel Ban 3.0

New Trump travel ban goes into effect October 18. Ask your representatives what they plan to do about it. 

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Not last time. Not this time.

Trump's team is back with a more carefully planned legal argument to achieve his promised "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” With his past efforts cast aside by the courts, many civil rights and immigration watchers believe that Trump is returning better prepared -- and that this will be the biggest battle yet. 

What's different about this ban, how has Trump's strategy changed, and how will his past comments shape the battle in court? For more information, see Bloomberg and the ACLU

While many groups are pushing back and filing actions in court, including the ACLU and State of Hawai'i, citizens committed to protecting our civil rights and equality under the law can make a difference too -- by asking our representatives to declare whether they support Trump's feckless racial scapegoating or will take a stand for civil rights. 

This Monday, take a few minutes to call your representatives in Congress and the Senate and ask them what they plan to do to uphold our civil rights and oppose these divisive and hurtful policies. 

Sample language

Dear Representative Tipton / Senator Gardner, I am deeply concerned about the president’s new travel ban that adds a form with religion-specific questions to our already thorough immigrant screening process. I support our constitutional rights and oppose any attempt to discriminate against anyone -- including immigrants -- based on race and religion. Please contact me with details about what you are doing to protect our civil rights and equality under the law."

CALL SENATOR CORY GARDNER
Colorado Springs: 719-632-6706
Denver: 303-391-5777
Durango: 970-415-7416
Fort Collins: 970-484-3502
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Greeley: 970-352-5546
Pueblo: 719-543-1324
Washington, DC: 202-224-5941

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Stand Strong America!

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Sunday's D3 Daily Action

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Sunday Reading Project:  Peter Hessler's How Trump Is Transforming Rural America:  In Colorado, the President’s tone has started rubbing off on residents. - The New Yorker

Peter Hessler joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2000. From 2000 until 2007, he was the magazine’s correspondent in China. His Letter from China articles included features on the basketball player Yao Ming, a Shenzhen factory worker, and a rural family in the grip of a medical crisis. His first book, “River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze,” won the Kiriyama Prize and was short-listed for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. His second book, “Oracle Bones,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. He won an American Society of Magazine Editors award for his piece “China’s Instant Cities,” about the entrepreneurial frenzy behind China’s dramatic economic growth, published in National Geographic. He completed his trilogy of China books with “Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip.” In 2011, Hessler was named a MacArthur Fellow. After leaving China, Hessler moved to southwestern Colorado, where his stories included a feature about the local uranium industry and a profile of a small-town druggist. His collection of essays, “Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West,” was published by Harper in 2013. In the fall of 2011, Hessler moved to Cairo, Egypt, where he has covered the ongoing revolution

 

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Saturday's D3 Daily Action

Saturday Reading Project:  "A Stoic’s Guide to Surviving Trump” by William Steding, PhD, a brilliant piece that offers eight disciplines to help those with a conscience survive the Trump presidency.  "Trump too shall pass."  A must read.

Dr. Steding is an advisor and scholar working with public and private organizations on a range of issues from global risk assessment, mergers and acquisitions, executive development, and strategic and operational planning. He has extensive business experience having run large companies as well as founding and operating small companies. He has completed more than $10 billion in mergers and acquisitions during his career and has also conducted extensive research on presidential decision-making and US foreign policy. His academic credentials include degrees in marketing & finance as well as diplomatic history. He is the creator of cognetic profiling™ that provides a powerful diagnostic tool to explain complex decision-making based on the beliefs, convictions and modus operandi of the executive or leader. He is a former senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of a number of essays and book reviews as well as his 2007 monograph, American Avenue: Rhythm and Reason and his 2014 monograph, Presidential Faith and Foreign Policy.

Steding, who has lived in many great American cities from Seattle to Washington DC, currently resides with his wife, Dana McCullam, in Ridgway, Colorado. Together, they have four children ranging in age from 19 to 32. He enjoys a number of outdoor activities, especially skiing, hiking, and fly-fishing. He is a certified helicopter pilot, dabbles in digital photography, and, when his restless mind requires, writes essays at his blog, ameritecture.com.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," H.R. 3003 & "Kate’s Law," H.R. 3004 – Call Representative Tipton – Please call first thing this morning - VOTE HAPPENS TODAY!

Today, the House is voting on two anti-immigrant bills aimed at implementing Trump’s mass deportation agenda. The laws—called “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” and “Kate’s Law”—would undercut local law enforcement’s ability to keep our communities safe, jeopardize national security, and give the Trump administration even more unchecked authority to apprehend, detain, and deport immigrants. Final votes are scheduled today on these bills!

With Health Care on the table, this is slipping under the radar...

Call Representative Tipton and tell him to VOTE NO on "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," H.R. 3003 & "Kate’s Law," H.R. 3004.  

Lorella Praeli, the director of immigration policy at the American Civil Liberties Union, criticized the bills, saying they were “riddled with constitutional violations that completely disregard the civil and human rights of immigrants...Despite claims to the contrary, Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act will make our communities less safe by undermining the trust that law enforcement builds with its communities — citizen and immigrant alike.” - PBS

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) has joined more than 400 organizations in sending a letter to Congress opposing the bills and calling on elected officials to reject such nonsensical and harmful legislation. In the face of hateful rhetoric, now is the time to stand with immigrant communities.

More info:

Trump Calls on Congress to Crack Down on Illegal Immigration – CBS News

Trump presses passage of immigration measures – NBC News

President Trump urges passage of House immigration bills - PBS

 

 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action

 

Call Governor Hickenlooper and ask him to join the Climate Alliance: (303) 866-2471

After Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, 12 governors across the nation joined what is now called the US Climate Alliance -- a state partnership to keep meeting the goals of the Paris deal, and push the US forward on climate action.

Unless Governor Hickenlooper steps up to be a part of the Paris solution, he is siding with Trump's plan of climate denial and climate disaster.

Call on Colorado Governor Hickenlooper to join the Climate Alliance: (303) 866-2471

Script:  With Trump sending us backwards, Colorado must ACT ON CLIMATE so that we can protect our communities from bigger forest fires and floods and build a renewable energy economy that will provide jobs without the pollution of oil and gas.  We've all felt the effects of harsher heat waves, bigger fires and stronger flooding in Colorado. The question is whether Gov. Hickenlooper is ready to do what it takes to stop them. He can show he's with us by joining the US Climate Alliance.

Also, add your name to 350.org’s petition to Governor Hickenlooper.  They will deliver it to him next week.

With thanks to 350.org for this D3 Daily Action.

More info:

Hickenlooper could gain hero status fighting Trump’s decision on Paris Agreement – Denver Post

Colorado governor still considering U.S. Climate Alliance alongside other states - Denverite

More states sign on to U.S. Climate Alliance to honor Paris agreement - USA Today

Which states have joined the climate alliance that commits to Paris agreement? - CBS News

 

 

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Begin the Impeachment Process

James Comey’s testimony confirms that Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice. That is an impeachable offense. Impeachment takes time but we need to start the process now. It’s time to call for impeachment hearings.

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IMPEACHMENT IS A PROCESS, AND THE TIME TO BEGIN IS NOW.

June 8, 2017. We should all remember this date, because it was the day when former FBI Director James Comey (a Republican) confirmed under oath what many of us already suspected and what the press has reported—that Donald Trump asked him to drop the investigation into disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense. Period. Let’s be clear about what this means: the President of the United States knew that the FBI was investigating his associates, TRIED TO STOP THAT INVESTIGATION, and then fired the person who wouldn’t stop it. This is obstruction of justice, a federal crime, and an impeachable offense. (See our explainer on obstruction of justice here.)

Don’t believe us? Then trust Laurence Tribe, a former Supreme Court clerk, constitutional scholar, and professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School. His assessment: “The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.”

WHY DOES IMPEACHMENT EXIST? FOR TIMES LIKE THESE.

As Americans, we cannot afford to have a President who breaks the law. No one is above the law, not even the President—and the job of the Presidency is too important to trust it to someone who doesn’t respect the basic rules of our democracy. 

Impeachment is enshrined in the constitution. James Madison argued impeachment was “indispensable” to protect against the “incapacity, negligence or perfidy” of the president. The Constitution provides that “[t]he President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” 

Yes, obstruction of justice is one of those “high crimes and misdemeanors.” President Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. And the very first article of impeachment against Nixon was similarly obstruction of justice. Obstructionof Justice is absolutely an impeachable offense. 

WHAT IS IMPEACHMENT? IT’S A PROCESS—A LONG PROCESS.

After Watergate, in July of 1973, a Democratic Member of the House of Representatives introduced H.Res 513, legislation described as “Resolution impeaching Richard M. Nixon, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors.” It took three months for the House Judiciary Committee to even begin considering impeachment. It took more than a year before Nixon left office, before the full House had even voted, and the Senate hadn’t taken any action.

Bottom line: impeachment takes time. So if you want it done, you’ve got to get it started. And, it starts with impeachment hearings. Here’s how the impeachment process works:

The House acts first, then the Senate. Both the House and Senate have a role to play. First, the House decides whether or not to impeach the President (essentially whether to “charge” the president). Each “charge” is referred to as an “article of impeachment.” If the House votes to impeach, then the Senate holds a trial on each article of impeachment against the president.

Impeachment is only the beginning—it’s not a conviction. It’s worth noting here the difference between two terms that are often used interchangeably but do not mean the same thing. Being “impeached” only means that the House of Representatives voted to send articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. Being “removed from office” means that the Senate voted to convict the President. 

No President has ever been impeached and then convicted by the Senate and removed from office. President Andrew Johnson (in 1868) and Bill Clinton (in 1998/1999) were impeached by the House but acquitted in the Senate; Richard Nixon resigned to avoid being impeached.

YOUR EASY TO USE, STEP-BY-STEP IMPEACHMENT GUIDE:

  1. A Member of the House introduces a House Resolution calling for impeachment.Literally any House member can do this. The legislation will come in the form of a House Resolution (a.k.a. “H. Res” followed by a number). For Nixon, the final resolution was H. Res 803 ; for Clinton, it was H. Res 611. House Resolutions don’t need to be passed by the Senate or signed by Trump—they just have to pass the House.
  2. A committee holds impeachment hearings to investigate. After introduction, the legislation will be referred to a House committee, likely the House Judiciary Committee (as was the case for both Nixon and Clinton). The Judiciary Committee may conduct its own investigation, or accept the investigation of another party. For Nixon, the Judiciary Committee eventually began a months-long investigation. For Clinton, the Judiciary Committee simply accepted an existing investigation conducted by independent counsel Ken Starr.
  3. The committee votes. Once an investigation has concluded, the committee—again, in most cases, House Judiciary—will vote on the article or articles of impeachment. They can do this together as one resolution or separately for each article. In the case of Nixon, the Judiciary Committee approved the articles of impeachment with strong bipartisan support. For Clinton, the Committee approved impeachment mostly on a party line vote.
  4. The full House votes. If the Judiciary Committee approves one or more articles of impeachment, the next step is for the full House to vote either on the resolution or on individual articles. It takes just a simple majority in the House to impeach a President. If that happens, the process moves to the Senate.
  5. The Senate holds a trial. The Senate receives evidence and hears testimony, like in a court trial, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides. Members of the House make the case for impeachment, and the President is defended by his counsel.
  6. The full Senate votes. Once the trial concludes, the Senate meets in closed session to deliberate before it takes a final vote. A two-thirds majority (67 votes if all Senators are present) is required to convict the President and remove him from office. This is an extremely high bar that was set that way intentionally, given the gravity of removing a president from office.

IMPEACHMENT IS A POLITICAL PROCESS: REPUBLICANS WON’T GET THE PROCESS STARTED WITHOUT PRESSURE FROM YOU

Despite the evidence from Mr. Comey’s testimony that Trump obstructed justice, the hard truth is that Republicans have control of both the House and Senate. Some Republicans did join the call for a special prosecutor, who was appointed on May 17. This would have never happened without the immense pressure from the public and from Indivisible groups around the country. But politically speaking, most Republicans are not yet close to the point where they’ll call for—or even allow—impeachment proceedings to begin. This is especially true for Republican leaders who control the process and have fallen in line with Trump on basically every issue so far.

We Need Both an Independent Commission and to Begin the Impeachment Process. What we do know is that Donald Trump obstructed justice. That is enough to begin the impeachment process, and your Representative should be calling for it. But there is still much left that we don't know, especially about connections between Trump associates and the Russian government. That's why it’s important to call for both an independent commission, and to begin the impeachment process against Trump for the violations that we do know about. Remember, since the impeachment process will take time, we can still learn more if there is an independent commission continuing to investigate.

UNTIL WE GET IMPEACHMENT, CONTINUE TO RESIST THE TRUMP AGENDA

While we pressure Republicans to begin impeachment hearings, we must continue to oppose Trump’s agenda more broadly. One of the best ways to increase the chances of Trump’s impeachment is to drive a wedge between him and his party, by making it clear that Republicans can’t accomplish their agenda in Congress as long as Trump is President. 

Even as new information about the Trump camp’s ties to Russia continues to come to light with each new week, the Administration and its allies in Congress are pushing forward with their terrible legislative agenda. The House is voting to gut financial consumer protections. Mitch McConnell is maneuvering in the Senate to fast track their health care bill. Especially given the dark cloud that now hangs over the Administration, it is more important than ever to stop every piece of the Trump agenda. In doing so, we stop the worst damage to our country and our institutions while ramping up the pressure for Republicans to split with Trump.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAND INDIVISIBLE

First and foremost, impeachment is a long game. We won’t be getting hearings anytime soon, and even once we do, the impeachment process is likely to take a long time. That’s why, in addition to opposing the Trump agenda more broadly, we need to be doing two things at once:

  1. Continue the push for an independent commission. Obstruction of justice should be enough for impeachment, but if a commission or the special prosecutor uncover further wrongdoing, that only bolsters the case, especially in this hyperpartisan environment.
  2. Call on your Representative to support impeachment resolutions calling for impeachment, like the one Rep. Al Green will introduce shortly. An impeachment resolution is step one in the process.

Impeachment won’t happen overnight—it will be a long-term fight. And we will continue to demand that Congress do more, especially as more information comes to light. Until then, we must continue to focus on stopping Republicans and Trump from advancing other parts of their agenda, including repealing the ACA, attacking immigrants and people of color, threatening the environment, repealing consumer financial protections, and attacking reproductive rights, to name only a few. The list of things we need to protect is long, but if we stick together, if we stand indivisible, we will win.

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton]’s position on creating an independent commission to get all the facts regarding the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia?

  • [For House members] A Swalwell-Cummings bill called the Protecting our Democracy Act (HR 356) would establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference, but Republican leadership is refusing to even hold a vote on it. There is currently “discharge petition” to force a vote on the Protecting our Democracy Act. Over 190 members have already signed on (updated count here)—Will the Representative join them?
  • [For Senators] Senator Ben Cardin’s bill, S.27, would establish a commission of independent experts to examine the facts regarding Russia and the 2016 election. It currently has 26 co-sponsors (updated count here). Will the Senator join them?

OPTION 1: SUPPORTS

Staffer: Thank you for calling! [Senator/Representative Hernandez] supports H.R. 356 / S.27.

Caller: That’s great! Thank you. I’m pleased to hear that [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton] supports creating an independent commission. It appears that by firing FBI Director Comey, Trump may have engaged in obstruction of justice—that’s an impeachable offense. If [Senator/Representative Hernandez] is truly concerned about the integrity of our democracy, will s/he also support starting impeachment hearings for this apparent violation?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Senator/Representative.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when the Senator/Representative has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.

OPTION 2: OPPOSES

Staffer: Thank you for calling! [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton] opposes creating an independent commission. The Department of Justice already appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as the special counsel investigating ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. We should let that investigation run its course.

Caller: That’s not enough. Mueller’s appointment was an important first step, but it is not nearly enough. Congress should pass legislation to create an independent commission to get a full and more transparent airing of the facts. I am disappointed that [Senator/Representative Hernandez] would choose to protect Trump rather than listen to his/her constituents.

OPTION 3: DODGES / HAS NO POSITION

Staffer: Thank you for calling! I don’t know what Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton position is.

Caller: That’s disappointing to hear—this is a critical issue for our democracy. Does [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton] think it’s more important to protect Trump than listen to his/her own constituents? The appointment of Robert Mueller to serve as the special counsel investigating ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was an important first step, but it is not nearly enough. Congress should pass legislation to create an independent commission to get a full and more transparent airing of the facts.

Staffer: I didn’t know that but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

Caller: Here’s my concern: By firing FBI Director Comey, Trump appears to have engaged in obstruction of justice—that’s an impeachable offense. If [Senator Gardner / Senator Bennet / Representative Tipton] is truly concerned about the integrity of our democracy, will s/he also support starting impeachment hearings for this apparent violation?

Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to the Senator/Representative.

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when the Senator/Representative has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.