5 Minute Action for Thursday, 3/23: Time Sensitive – Demand Independent Investigation Into Russia/Trump Collusion

Rep. Devon Nunes (R-CA) is the GOP Chair of the House Intelligence Committee charged with non-partisan investigation into potential Russia/Trump collusion. Yesterday, he hurried to the White House to personally share information he had received about foreign intelligence that included reference to Trump and/or his colleagues. He did so before sharing the information with the rest of the committee or his democratic counterpart, Rep. Adam Schiff. He also spoke to the press before informing his committee colleagues.

The good news? The partisanship shown by Nunes removes any question about the need for an independent investigation – it is REQUIRED!

TODAY’s 5 Minute Action:

Step 1: Keep at it! Once again, call and/or fax your House representatives and tell them we need an independent investigation:

  • Call: Click here if you don’t already have the phone numbers: http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep
  • Fax:  Use a free fax service and send a message to your House member by clicking here – House. You will receive an email to confirm this is a valid fax – be sure to confirm!
  • Script:  “I am (name) from (zip). I am (calling/writing) in response to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes’ clear show of partisanship yesterday. It is now clearer than ever that an independent investigation into Russia/Trump collusion is required.”

 

Step 2: Let Rep. Nunes know his actions were partisan and not in keeping with his responsibility as Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

  • Scroll to a relevant post on Nunes’ facebook page and add a comment; click here –  https://www.facebook.com/Congressman-Devin-Nunes-376470350795/
  • Comment:  “Shame on your for showing such partisanship yesterday. At least now it is unquestionable that we need an independent investigation, as you can’t be trusted in your role as Committee Chair.”

BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

For more information about the Nunes action yesterday, click here – http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/22/politics/devin-nunes-trump-communications/

Another take on this from Fox news, click here – https://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/a-dog-and-pony-show-fox-news-john-roberts-says-nunes-revelations-dont-clarify-anything/

5 Minute Action for Wednesday, 3/22: Trump in Quicksand…Don’t Let Him Out

QUICKSAND:  On Monday we learned from FBI Director Comey that there has been an investigation into Trump campaign’s ties to Russia since last July.

QUICKSAND:  On Tuesday a Ukrainian lawmaker released new financial documents allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman for President Trump, Paul Manafort, laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan.

These are but 2 more reasons why an independent investigation must also be conducted by Congress, AND Trump’s tax returns need to be made public.

TODAY’s 5 Minute Action:

Step 1: Call or fax your state senator and tell them you believe an independent investigation into the Russia/Trump campaign ties is required, and that you support S.26 – the Presidential Tax Transparency Act.

  • Call: Click here if you don’t already have the phone numbers:  https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
  • Fax:  Use a free fax service and send a message to your House member by clicking here – House. You will receive an email to confirm this is a valid fax – be sure to confirm!
  • Script:  “I’m (name) from (zip code) and I’m (calling/writing) you to let you know I’m extremely disturbed by the continued stream of new information emerging about the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. I call on you to press for an independent investigation into this matter, and to support the Presidential Tax Transparency Act.”

 

BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

For more information about why an independent investigation is important, click here – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-trump-russia-independent-investigation-20170320-story.html

For more information about the Manafort claim, click here – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-documents-say-trump-aide-hid-payments-from-pro-moscow-ukraine-party/2017/03/21/92ec85f2-0e11-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html?utm_term=.7cdb5781028e

5 Minute Action for Tuesday, 3/21: Keep Pressure On Healthcare Vote Thursday!

Thank you to wall-of-us for these ideas to keep the pressure on the healthcare vote this week.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, a stunning 24 million would lose their health care under Trump(Don’t)Care, introduced a few weeks ago. We cannot let this happen. A critical vote is coming up this Thursday. 17 Republicans have indicated that they would likely vote against Trump(Don’t)Care, but five more votes are needed. Make sure your representative knows your position.

TODAY’s 5 Minute Action:

Step 1:  Contact your House Representatives AGAIN! (Don’t be discouraged if you’re in a blue area – blue staffers have said, they need to continue to hear from you!).

  • Call: Click here if you don’t already have the phone numbers: http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep
  • Fax:  Use a free fax service and send a message to your House member by clicking here – House. You will receive an email to confirm this is a valid fax – be sure to confirm!
  • Script:  “I’m _[name]____ from __[zipcode]_____. I’m (calling/writing) to express my opposition to the GOP’s new healthcare bill and to urge you to vote against it during this Thursday’s House vote.  Among my many objections, I strongly oppose its creation of a tax credit system to replace Medicaid expansion that benefits the rich while leaving the poor unable to afford care, AND I strongly oppose the defunding of Planned Parenthood, leaving so many women without vital services.”

    BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

    Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

For some late-breaking information about the bill, click here – http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/20/politics/republicans-count-votes-health-care/

5 Minute Action for Sunday, 3/19: Smile

Sunday actions on TrumpResistance.TODAY are focused on religious freedom and/or spiritual enrichment. Today’s action is a reminder of one of the simplest, most powerful forms of enrichment for you and those around you.

Scientists and spiritual teachers alike agree that the simple act of smiling can transform you and the world around you. Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. Smiling can lift our mood, lengthen our lives and is contagious for those around us.

Today’s 5 Minute Action:

Step 1:  Smile…a long, contented, peaceful smile.

and repeat:)

BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

For more information about the beneficial effect of smiling, click here – https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile

5 Minute Action for Saturday, 3/18: Join ResistRepeal of the ACA

Great new action on http://www.resistrepeal.org to fight the GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Step 1:  Click on this link and follow the very simple instructions to vote.  Note that ‘Support’ means you support the repeal (bad), and ‘Oppose’ means you oppose the repeal:  www.resistrepeal.org 

  • If you want to set yourself up to communicate directly with your Member of Congress through this opinion collection effort and other efforts, then register first at www.popvox.com to be linked with your members of congress.

Thanks to Rogan’s List for this action.

BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

5 Minute Action for Friday, 3/17: Rebuke Steve King

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) created a firestorm last Sunday when he tweeted in support of anti-Muslim nationalist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, writing that Wilders “understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Whose babies? Our team has had DNA testing. We are a little bit of everything. This way of thinking is archaic. We reject this unequivocal racism by an elected official, let alone a GOP House leader.

When challenged on his statement, let’s be clear:  “King doubled down on his comments during later interviews with CNN and Fox News, saying, “I meant exactly what I said.” 

Step 1:  Join House Minority Leader Sen. Pelosi (D-CA) in demanding that GOP leaders remove Rep. Steve King as chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

  • Script:  “I’m calling to ask you to remove Steve King from the Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice – considering his racist beliefs, it is clear he is unfit to serve in that capacity, and I expect you to take action immediately on this critical matter.”
  • Find your committee member at the link below; scan the list and you’ll find both republican and democratic committee members. Prioritize a call to republican, but OK to call either to make the point! Click here for info about the committee  – https://judiciary.house.gov/subcommittee/full-committee/

BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

For more information about Pelosi’s request, click here – http://thehill.com/homenews/house/323923-pelosi-calls-on-gop-leaders-to-take-away-rep-kings-committee-gavel

5 Minute Action for Thursday, 3/16: Tom Price, We DO NOT Believe You Will Protect Women’s Healthcare

In a recent town hall, newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, promised that, despite defunding of Planned Parenthood, the GOP legislation would “increase money for women’s health services.”

Sorry to use these words, but that is total B-S, as demonstrated by all studies of the services provided by Planned Parenthood across the country, particularly in rural areas, and the dearth of clinics to replace them.

Again, we feel the need to be bold and say: Rich white guys like Tom Price, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, etc etc etc and etc, are deciding the fate of women, many of whom are low-income. This is unacceptable!

Please note, as per their website:  “It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.”

TODAY’S 5 Minute Action:

Step 1: Call Tom Price and let him know where you stand.

  • Script:  “Just as the EPA took ‘science’ out of it’s mission, are you going to take “all Americans” out of yours? We reject your statement that the new healthcare bill will protect women’s healthcare. It has been demonstrated many times over that this is NOT possible given the lack of clinics in rural areas, and you should be ashamed for misleading the public.”
  • Tom Price’s comment line/phone number:  202-205-5445

BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

For more information about Tom Price’s position, click here – http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/15/politics/tom-price-planned-parenthood-womens-health-services/index.html

 

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5 Minute Action for Wednesday, 3/15: Take A Moment to Support Children w/Disabilities

We share this 5-Minute Action from a friend whose disabled grandson is being severely affected by legislation happening below the radar. As she says:  “THIS IS HAPPENING WHILE WE SLEEP!”  Here is the post and 5 Minute Action.

Sad day for public education in the United States, for all students and especially those with disabilities.

GOP members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced Bill 610 on Jan 23rd. The bill will eliminate the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA) of 1965 which is the nation’s educational law and provides equal opportunity in education. ESSA is a comprehensive program that covers programs for struggling learners, AP classes, ESL classes, classes for minorities such as Native Americans, Rural Education, Education for the Homeless, School Safety (Gun-Free schools), Monitoring and Compliance and Federal Accountability Programs.

Bill 610 also abolishes the Nutritional Act of 2012 (No Hungry Kids Act) which provides nutritional standards in school breakfast and lunch. For our most vulnerable, this may be the ONLY nutritious food they have in a day.

The 5 Minute Action for TODAY:

Step 1:  Please call and ask your HOUSE representative and ask him/her to vote NO on House Bill 610 (HR 610). If you need your House rep’s phone number, click here – http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep

Script:  “I’m call to urge you to vote “NO” on House Bill 610 that will gravely limit or completely eliminate the resources and supports young and deserving children need, such as those with rare diseases like myotonic dystrophy. We all deserve a chance in the world.”

BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team


5 Minute Action for Tuesday, 3/14: NO to Tax Cuts to Wealthy By Shrinking Medicare

There’s a reason no one wants their name connected to the new healthcare bill, though we call it TrumpCare. Yesterday the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shared their assessment of the bill:

  • 24 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the House Republican health care bill than under Obamacare, including 14 million by next year
  • It would reduce the federal budget by $337bn over 10 years…but with the largest savings coming from cuts to the federal Medicaid program and “Obamacare” tax credits for people who buy insurance individually
  • The ‘best news’ in the CBO report is for the highest-earning Americans. The CBO estimates that the tax cuts in the bill for people earning a quarter of a million dollars or more a year ($200,000 for single filers) will come to $274 billion dollars over 10 years

TODAY’S 5 Minute Action targets the main proponent of the repeal/replace bill, Paul Ryan:

Step 1: Let Ryan know that you oppose his pet project:

  • Fax his office for free through this link provided by Rogan’s List; find him under the Wisconsin section by clicking here – https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php
    • You will receive an email to confirm this is a valid fax – be sure to confirm!
    • Script (tailor as you see fit):  Re. Healthcare Bill – So now we know why you wanted to move this through Congress before the CBO could score it. You say this result is better than you anticipated – losing 24M insured, mostly older or low income citizens while giving tax relief to the wealthy. THIS is what you stand for? Shame on you. Sincerely, (name)

      BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

      Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

For more information from CNN about the CBO study, click here – http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/13/politics/cbo-report-health-care/index.html

For more information from Fox about the CBO study, click here – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/13/trump-administration-disagrees-with-cbo-report-on-health-care.html

5 Minute Action for Monday, 3/13: Hold Golf Sponsors Accountable (Lexus, Rolex, Deloitte, AMEX)

Conflicts of interest for 45 continue to be very worrisome. Golf is a key part of Trump’s assets, and even Republican ethics experts have concluded that it is a conflict of interest for Trump to use the presidency to promote his resorts.

The US Golf Associate (USGA) awarded the Women’s US Open deal to Trump’s course in New Jersey. The sponsors for the USGA are American Express, Deloitte, Lexus and Rolex. Each of these companies have meaningfully committed to “doing well by doing good” through their corporate responsibility programs. By sponsoring the USGA which refuses to boycott Trump they are, however, fueling both misogyny and corruption.

Thanks to wall-of-us for their continued ingenuity on this issue, as well as TODAY’S 5 Minute Action:

Step 1: Pick one of these companies (if there is one you particularly like, choose that one) and post on their Facebook page or send an email to their CEO – or both.

  • Sample Posts/Emails:  These are just suggestions–if you have time, it is best to put this in your own words. We ask you to be respectful.

Sample Facebook message:

Why are you still sponsoring the USGA, given its refusal to boycott Trump? Bi-partisan ethicists agree–it is wrong for Trump to use the presidency to promote his golf resorts.  The USGA has also not denounced Trump’s disrespect towards women. As a major corporate sponsor of the USGA, your company is fueling unprecedented corruption and misogyny. Ask the USGA to boycott Trump or pull your sponsorship today!

  • Sample email:

I am writing to express my disappointment in your sponsorship of the USGA, given its refusal to boycott Trump. First, bi-partisan ethicists have concluded that it is an ethical violation for Trump to continue to benefit from his businesses. Despite this, The USGA continues to hold key events at Trump resorts, including the upcoming US Women’s Open. The USGA has also not make any statements denouncing Trump’s repeated disrespect towards women. By supporting the USGA, you are fueling unprecedented corruption and misogyny.

I am encouraged that so many companies have shown courage and made public statements against Donald Trump. You are in a unique position to stand up for our democratic values and we hope that you will make a public statement pulling your sponsorship of the USGA soon. Your company claims that you value both transparency and inclusion, yet your sponsorship of the USGA contradicts that.

BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!

Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team

For the complete wall-of-us post, click here – https://www.wall-of-us.org/weekly-acts-of-resistance/2017/3/12/action-1-stop-trump-from-using-the-presidency-to-promote-his-golf-courses