Rogan’s List 3/3/20

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NATIONAL ISSUES

Contact all Federal Members of Congress(includes contact info and links to social media)https://www.contactingcongress.org/
Fax legislators for free: Reps:  https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.phpSenate:  https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php
Or use Resistbot:  https://resist.bot/
Or use StampsLicked to have messages hand-delivered to our own legislators:  https://stampslicked.org/
White House contact:  https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/white-house

HOW TO WASH OUR HANDS: The World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins Medical School show us the best hand-washing technique to avoid spreading the COVID-19 virus. Let’s watch and learn, and let’s share with our networks:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI


DIVERT BORDER WALL FUNDS TO CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY—Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced the “Prioritizing Pandemic Prevention Act,” which will redirect all monies, both appropriated by Congress and snatched up from other accounts by the Trump administration, from the xenophobic border wall to a meaningful response to the coronavirus outbreak. https://www.warren.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/senator-warren-unveils-legislation-to-de-fund-presidents-border-wall-use-funds-to-combat-coronavirus-outbreakLet’s tell our Senators to co-sponsor this bill.


CORONAVIRUS/RACISM: As fear of COVID-19 spreads, racism and xenophobia is spreading with it, putting Asian Americans at risk of discrimination and violent attacks (https://lat.ms/37zzODe). Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) have sent a letter, calling on members of Congress to help prevent further fear and violence and “share only confirmed and verifiable information about COVID-19 and dispel misinformation,” (https://bit.ly/2TyQs0P). Let’s read through the letter, then contact our MoC at the state and federal level, and urge them to do the same. Let’s also continue checking our own actions, and talking to our friends, family, and neighbors to ensure we are stopping xenophobia in its tracks.

TRUMP’S CORONAVIRUS CONSPIRACY THEORY:  Whether or not Trump really believes, with Rush Limbaugh, that the CDC (as opposed to just the Democrats) is out to get him by sowing fear and bringing down the all-important stock market, he sure sounded like it at Wednesday’s news conference, as Greg Sargent points out in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/27/trump-just-pushed-one-his-worst-conspiracy-theories-yet/  and https://www.factcheck.org/2020/02/factchecking-trumps-coronavirus-press-conference/Full of words about the preparedness of the US for an epidemic, Trump failed to mention that he has, while in office, eliminated the National Security Council position meant to coordinate responses to pandemics, ignored an expert panel that warned that the US is unprepared for global health threats, and recommends in the current budget that the CDC be cut by 16%, the World Health Organization by 53%, the Pan American Health Organization by 75%, and the Department of Health & Human Services by 10%.  We need to urge our MoCs to think globally and take charge of this (not yet) health crisis, given Trump’s apparent concern only with the financial well-being of the wealthy and not the public’s health.


REVERSE MPP (REMAIN IN MEXICO): On Friday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declared the MPP was illegal and ordered an immediate end. After the government complained, the court stayed its decision and invited more arguments today and tomorrow. https://www.npr.org/2020/02/28/810440516/federal-court-again-blocks-trumps-remain-in-mexico-program. It’s likely that even if the court upholds its initial decision, Trump will appeal to the Supreme Court. Even worse than MPP, however, are the PACR and HARP programs that fast-track applicants and send them to apply for asylum in other countries. https://www.aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/ban-on-attorney-access-for-asylum-proceedings-in-inhumane-cbp-jails-key-to-trumps-attack-on-asylum/Let’s tell our MoCs to pass legislation that clearly prohibits these policies. 

SK ALABAMA GOVERNOR TO REPRIEVE DEATH SENTENCE FOR WRONGLY CONVICTED NATE WOODS: Nathaniel Woods is going to be executed on March 5th, for a crime he did not commit. He was wrongly charged and wrongly convicted, and may soon be wrongly executed. Woods was charged with planning to kill a police officer, but the actual convicted killer maintains there was no plan. https://eji.org/news/nathaniel-woods-alabama-execution/ Overcharging and inadequate legal representation has led him to the brink of execution, but we can speak up for him now. This injustice is unacceptable. We need to fight together to save Nate Woods. We can click here to learn more about how badly Nates case has been handled for the beginning, then send a letter to Kay Ivey, the Governor of Alabama, and her colleagues telling them to asking for a reprieve of execution so that new crucial evidence in Nate’s case can be reviewed. https://savenate.com/ It will take minutes and could save a life.

REPORT SOCIAL MEDIA SUPER TUESDAY DISINFORMATION: Today, on Super Tuesday, we can expect our social networks to be flooded with disinformation, but we can work with global activist organization Avaaz  https://secure.avaaz.org/page/en/ to stop it. As the Super Tuesday social Media front line eyes and ears, we can report any disinformation we see to Avaaz here: https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/disinfo_form_super_tuesday_b/Working with fact-checkers and partners to investigate our tips, Avaaz can then expose the fakes, report on them, and make sure that social platforms take action. We can also see the many ways Avaaz is fighting disinformation, and join in if we would like, here:
https://secure.avaaz.org/campaign/en/disinfo_hub/


WE DO NOT SUPPORT TORTURE:  From one of our own:  “I was scared to be killed and leave my children without a mother,” a woman from Honduras told Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) as she sought a safe haven in the United States after she and her children fled violence. Migrant parents take the difficult journey to the United States in hopes of protection for their families, but what they encounter at the border is cruelty, confusion, and having their children forcibly taken into custody by U.S. immigration officials. They are sometimes not even told where their children are being held.  According to PHR’s newest report, this constitutes torture:  https://phr.org/news/asylum-seeking-families-separated-by-u-s-government-experienced-torture-phr-concludes-in-new-investigation/  Let’s sign and share this PHR petition:  https://secure.phr.org/secure/not-just-trauma-torture


CURB EFFORTS TO DENATURALIZE IMMIGRANT CITIZENS: The Justice Department has established an office to revoke citizenship of naturalized immigrant citizens. Its supposed goal is to revoke citizenship from those who are proven “terrorists, war criminals, sex offenders, and other fraudsters,” but there’s legitimate fear that the office could use its powers more broadly, putting all naturalized American citizens at risk.  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/us/politics/denaturalization-immigrants-justice-department.htmland https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/02/28/department-of-justice-steps-up-efforts-to-target-naturalized-citizens/Let’s ask our MoCs to introduce legislation that clearly curbs the powers and funding of this new office and assures that naturalized citizens have the same rights as all American citizens. 


DIVESTING THE GLOBE: “ In a major win for environmental organizations and Indigenous groups, JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday announced that it will not finance oil and gas extraction in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, nor will it continue financing many coal-related enterprises, including thermal coal mines and coal-fired power plants across the world.”  https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/jp-morgan-chase-will-halt-financing-arctic-oil-gas-drillingDivesting from fossil fuels is an effort long supported by indigenous people, students and those interested in climate, but the call to divest is now coming from others as well.  https://www.cjr.org/covering_climate_now/climate-beat-newsletter-big-oil.php  and https://apnews.com/83593b884fcba7ca1527a8ef6cae41b3Let’s learn how we can all become part of this change with Mazaska Talks – Money Talks  and let’s get our organizations involved as well: https://mazaskatalks.org/pledge  We can also like them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MazaskaTalks/and follow them on Twitter:  @MazaskaTalks


ADVOCATE FOR SEA WALL TO PROTECT NEW YORK FROM FLOODING DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE: After a Trump tweet mocking the project, a sea wall designated to protect New York City from flooding was “indefinitely postponed.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/25/nyregion/sea-wall-nyc.htmland https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-25/u-s-army-corps-suspends-key-study-of-nyc-storm-protectionsWith climate change forcing rising sea levels, let’s remind our MoCs that they have allocated this money and ask them to follow through on assuring that one of our country’s key economic centers is protected.

CLIMATE CHANGE LIES:  It’s called, internally, “Goks uncertainty language” after Indur M. Goklany, an Interior Department official recently promoted ed by Trump, who has led the effort to introduce debunked, misleading, or inaccurate information about climate change into at least nine agency reports–things like that rising carbon dioxide levels are beneficial to the environment or that there is no scientific consensus about global warming:  https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/485442-trump-official-inserted-debunked-climate-change-language-into-scientific  The Bureau of Reclamation, which first published Goklany’s  misinformation and which is in charge of dams and water resources, insists that the bureau has “no formal requirement to include specific language in any document”;  let’s tell them and the Interior Department that WE require that the language be true—and  that those who circulate lies face some consequences: Bureau of Reclamation, 202-513-0501 or Brenda Burman, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240-000; Department of Interior, 202-208-3100 or 1849 C Street NW, Washington DC 20240-000.     

 
POSTCARD TIME:  From one of our own – Here is a ready-to-print list of postcarding opportunities for this week.  Let’s grab some friends and head to a local coffeeshop and get writing!  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q5oithfDmSijorwGSCXqq3rPifx81–qmhddRi0deRs/edit
ELECTION/VOTING
PRIMARIES/CAUCUS CALENDAR:  https://ballotpedia.org/Elections_calendar


STATE-BY-STATE GUIDE TO SUPER TUESDAY:  The face of Super Tuesday is changing quickly with Pete Buttegieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out within a 24-hour period. If we live in a Super Tuesday state (AL, AR, CA, CO, MA, ME, MN, NC, OK, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT) and haven’t voted yet, here’s a voting guide:  https://www.npr.org/2020/03/02/811028381/your-state-by-state-guide-to-super-tuesday  Let’s get out there to have a say in the Democratic primary.


SUPER TUESDAY SAME-DAY VOTER REGISTRATION STATES: If we’re not registered to vote but want to vote on March 3, 2020—Super Tuesday—we can do so if we’re in the following states: CA, CO, ID, IL, MI, MN, NH, UT, VT, WA (according to Rock the Vote, https://www.facebook.com/rockthevote/photos/a.95488458672/10157765351768673/?type=3&theater ) Let’s share—and go to the polls!
SUPER TUESDAY TEXTING:  When We All Vote has a texting team. We can sign up and help remind people to get to the polls today, this is an easy way to do it.  We can sign up here:  https://action.whenweallvote.org/page/s/join-the-texting-team(h/t Chop Wood Carry Water)


WRITE TO VOTERS! We can help get out the vote with Postcards to Voters. Currently, two campaigns are running with long lists of addressees: a) Florida Vote By Mail: Miami-Dade County. We can help reach more than 500,000 Miami-Dade registered Democrats to encourage them to sign up for Vote By Mail. b) Campaign 197: Jill Karofskyfor Wisconsin Supreme Court. We are writing to more than 400,000 registered Wisconsin Democrats to make sure they know about experienced judge Jill Karofsky for the April 7 election. Let’s request 5 addresses for one of these campaigns today.

VOTE AT HOME:DemLabs is helping Vote at Home to collect comments from people on the value of voting by mail. Please help by recording a short 30-second video clip and sharing with others too. We can record the video from a phone or laptop – in any language. Some of these clips will be used to create a short campaign video after Super Tuesday to encourage more people to get mail ballots.  Let’s use this link: https://flipgrid.com/voteathome


MAKE CALLS TO TURNOUT GUN SAFETY VOTERS: It’s time to elect a gun safety majority, so let’s join #Turnout2020,  and get out the vote (GOTV) for gun safety in key swing states. Funded by the Progressive Turnout Project, this Newton Action Alliance phone program aims to drive voter turnout in key Senate and Presidential battleground states, by making phone calls to voters likely to benefit from a social nudge by a fellow voter. We can sign up for phone bank shifts at home or in local community centers.  Tonight, March 3 is the first  call night when we invite volunteers to join us in calling Wisconsin voters to turn out for the April 5 Supreme Court race. There will be many more ways to call voters and we can check them out here to find out more, then, if we like, to volunteer to GOTV for Gun Safety efforts via #Turnout2020:  https://turnout2020.org
ELECTION PROTECTION—There’s a national, nonpartisan coalition of voting rights defenders with a hotline number. https://866ourvote.org/Let’s put this number in our cell phone contacts before we head to the polls, just in case we need assistance: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). Hotlines for other languages here:  https://866ourvote.org/about/
OVERSEAS VOTERS: We have our own Presidential Primary, and our vote may have 4 times more punch than voting in our home state! Vote today, and help determine the Democratic Presidential candidates our delegates cast their vote for at the Democratic National Convention this July! Go to https://www.democratsabroad.org/primary, download a ballot, fill it out, email it back: it’s easy as pie, and doesn’t prevent us from voting for down-ballot primaries in our state. The deadline for emailing in ballots is midnight, Pacific Time on March 10th, 2020.


P2V ELECTION WATCH:  Postcards to Voters’ (P2V) volunteers will be watching returns Tuesday night for two (2) California elections: a) Campaign 192: Ellen Beraud for San Luis Obispo County Supervisor. b) Campaign 193: Ammar Campa-Najjar for Congress, CA District 50. Thanks to everyone who wrote for these campaigns.
CA: Yes, homeless folks can vote in the presidential primary. Here’s a how-to: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-02-28/homeless-voters-california-presidential-primary-2020


STATE/LOCAL

MI: ELECTION LEGISLATION: From MI Resistance: “The Michigan Senate’s Committee on Elections has unanimously passed to the Senate body two bills (Senate Bills 0756 and 0757) that would implement early processing of absentee ballots and to allow for absentee counting boards to work in shifts. While the two bills addressing absentee voting have bipartisan support in the Michigan Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey intends to block them.” Let’s call Senator Shirkey and the Republican sponsors of the bills, and urge them to bring these bills to the Senate floor for a vote: Sen. Mike Shirkey: 517-373-5932, Sen. Ruth Johnson: 517-373-1636, Sen. Peter Lucido: 517-373-7670, Sen. Michael McDonald: 517-373-7315, Sen. Jim Runestad: 517-373-1758, Sen. Peter MacGregor: 517-373-0797, Sen. Aric Nesbitt: 517-373-0793, Sen. Ed McBroom: 517-373-7840


RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS
#TheIdesOfTrump: On March 15, together let’s make history by sending 1 million postcards to Donald Trump telling him he is fired.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBq9GTAtsyU&feature=youtu.be
Light UP America: Mark your calendar for March 15 at dusk, and follow Vigil for Democracy to stay updated: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vigilfordemocracyand Instagram.com/VigilForDemocracy and Twitter.com/vigil4democracy. This is not another march or rally. It’s a thoughtfully designed non-violent direct-action campaign, put together by seasoned activists. While you wait, read George Lakey’s book How We Win, or browse his org’s website: wagingnonviolence.org

READING/WATCHING
What is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms? – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/02/what-is-coronavirus-symptoms-wuhan-china-covid-19
Every Democratic Candidate’s “Black Agenda,” Ranked – https://www.theroot.com/every-democratic-candidates-black-agenda-ranked-1841959166
EPA scientists found a toxic chemical damages fetal hearts. The Trump White House rewrote their assessment– https://www.revealnews.org/article/epa-scientists-found-a-toxic-chemical-damages-fetal-hearts-the-trump-white-house-rewrote-their-assessment/
The Way You Define Racism May Stop You From Seeing It – So What Definition Do You Hold? –  https://metro.co.uk/2020/02/28/way-define-racism-may-stop-seeing-definition-hold-12287889/
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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule


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