Rogan’s List for 09/17/2020

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9/17/20


NATIONAL ISSUES


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PRESS CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS OF COVID-SAFETY VIOLATIONS AND FORCED HYSTERECTOMIES ON DETAINEES: A whistleblower has filed a complaint alleging numerous incidents of medical neglect and questionable hysterectomies given to immigrant women at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/16/913398383/whistleblower-alleges-medical-neglect-questionable-hysterectomies-of-ice-detaineLet’s contact our MoCs with the following demands: (1) A public call for an immediate on-the-ground investigation by the Office of Inspector General. (Note: they need to be loud and unapologetic since the OIG has said ICE detention facilities are too unsafe for them to enter. (2) An immediate closure of the Irwin Detention Center. (3) A rejection of any extra money for CBP in next week’s continuing resolution.  We can also text SIGN HFWPIY to 50409 or DM SIGN HFWPIY to @resistbot on Twitter or Messenger.

CHAD WOLF CONFIRMATION: Some feel that Chad Wolf has been in illegally in his position as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.  Trump has now put forth Wolf as the nominee for the position.  Let’s remember that under Wolf’s leadership ICE has been continually reckless and harmful of so many immigrants in detention.  He is the one who sent federal officers to Portland to quell the situation.  Now we’ve learned that he and other DHS officials have tried to influence intelligence.  Wolf is not the kind of person needed in that position.  https://apnews.com/d7ae362072de52c44aea48bbac57c156Wolf has his hearing tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday. Let’s write to or call our Senators and say we oppose him.

OPPOSE ANTI-TRANS RULE:  A proposed rule from the Trump administration would gut protections for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals who are experiencing homelessness by allowing taxpayer-funded shelters to refuse entry based on a number of factors, including for religious reasons. Nearly one-third of all transgender people experience homelessness; that number rises to 50% for trans people of color. The pandemic and current economic crisis likely means these numbers will climb.   https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-09-08/op-ed-trumps-wants-to-make-trans-discrimination-legal-again-dont-let-itThe deadline for making a public comment on this Sept. 22.  Let’s use this information and form from Housing Saves Lives learn more what we can do:  https://housingsaveslives.org/

CHAD WOLF CONFIRMATION: Some feel that Chad Wolf has been in illegally in his position as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.  Trump has now put forth Wolf as the nominee for the position.  Let’s remember that under Wolf’s leadership ICE has been continually reckless and harmful of so many immigrants in detention.  He is the one who sent federal officers to Portland to quell the situation.  Now we’ve learned that he and other DHS officials have tried to influence intelligence.  Wolf is not the kind of person needed in that position.  https://apnews.com/d7ae362072de52c44aea48bbac57c156Wolf has his hearing tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday. Let’s write to or call our Senators and say we oppose him.

OPPOSE ANTI-TRANS RULE:  A proposed rule from the Trump administration would gut protections for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals who are experiencing homelessness by allowing taxpayer-funded shelters to refuse entry based on a number of factors, including for religious reasons. Nearly one-third of all transgender people experience homelessness; that number rises to 50% for trans people of color. The pandemic and current economic crisis likely means these numbers will climb.   https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-09-08/op-ed-trumps-wants-to-make-trans-discrimination-legal-again-dont-let-itThe deadline for making a public comment on this Sept. 22.  Let’s use this information and form from Housing Saves Lives learn more what we can do:  https://housingsaveslives.org/

VETS AND BURN PIT/TOXIC EXPOSURE LEGISLATION: “Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press call with New York media to discuss her new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020 [yet unnumbered]. Earlier today, Gillibrand stood in front of the United States Capitol alongside veterans advocate Jon Stewart, Congressman Raul Ruiz M.D. (D-CA), former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, 9/11 responder and advocate John Feal and an array of veterans groups to announce the bill to streamline the process for obtaining VA benefits for burn pit and other toxic exposures. Approximately 3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits that spewed toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air.” https://wlea.net/sen-gillibrand-over-three-million-veterans-were-exposed-to-burn-pits/and https://www.npr.org/2020/09/16/913376758/jon-stewart-uses-his-celebrity-to-bring-attention-to-vets-exposed-to-burn-pitsLet’s tell our senators that we support this legislation for the vets who served our country. 

HHS ASSISTANT SECRETARY ACCUSES CDC OF “SEDITION” AND CALLS FOR ELECTION VIOLENCE:  Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing the coronavirus response, urged Trump’s supporters to prepare for an armed insurrection after a contested election, accused government scientists of “sedition,” and claimed that Biden would refuse to concede the election if Trump won; “And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he warned in a Facebook Live video, “The drills that you’ve seen are nothing. If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get”:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/09/14/michael-caputo-coronavirus-cdc or https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/ct-nw-nyt-michael-caputo-video-sedition-20200914-cy4sz4rwejhvxd2urwyq3iqpju-story.html   Either Caputo has lost it or, as likely, he’s trying to deliberately provoke violence.  Caputo has taken a leave of absence, but let’s demand that his boss, HHS Secretary Alex Azar, bring him under control, let him go, whatever that takes: 877-696-6775 or HHS, 200 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC 20201.  While we are at it, let’s ask for Azar’s resignation, too.

WILDFIRE DISASTER RELIEF:  We’ve all seen photos of the burned-out classrooms in California and Oregon; the American Federation of Teachers has established a disaster relief fund specifically to help make sure that the school bus drivers, teachers, school cafeteria workers, college faculty, graduate workers, other school staff and nurses who are directly impacted by the wildfires in the West have support.  We can contribute:  https://www.aft.org/disaster-relief-fund

WILDFIRE RELIEF: Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly rated nonprofit organizations that are providing relief and recovery to communities affected by wildfires in the Pacific Northwest. We can research charities we may want to give to here:  https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=7574

ELECTION/VOTING

ELECTION – GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV)

WASHINGTON—FOR VOTERS DISPLACEDBY WILDFIRES: Rogan’s List has learned through the League of Women Voters of Washington that the WA Secretary of State’s office is advising those displaced by wildfires to contact their local county auditor to make arrangements to receive a ballot. Let’s do so, and spread the word. We can find our county auditors here:  https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/auditors/

OREGON—FOR VOTERS DISPLACED BY WILDFIRES: The Oregon Secretary of State’s office has published FAQs on how to vote if you’ve been displaced by wildfires. Info is here—let’s use it and share: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/fires.aspx

CALIFORNIA—FOR VOTERS DISPLACED BY WILDFIRES: Rogan’s List recommendation: Californians who have been displaced by wildfires and are looking for guidance on how to vote should contact the county elections office in the county where their home was before being evacuated. To find our county elections office, can consult this list: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices

HELP END POLL TAXES:  “Four months after a federal judge ruled that it was akin to an unconstitutional poll tax for Florida to require that people with serious criminal convictions pay court fines and fees before they can register to vote, an appeals court narrowly overturned that decision on Friday,” according to the NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/us/florida-felon-voting-rights.html or https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/09/12/ruling-on-felons-s-voting-rights-disappoints-advocates or https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2020/09/11/reversing-lower-court-judge-rules-florida-felons-cant-vote-until-theyve-paid-fines/#57419b025daf  There are less than 3 weeks to help ex-prisoners pay the fines that will enable them to vote. We can help pay those fees and prevent the court from reversing Florida voters’ decision to end the disenfranchisement of those convicted of felonies; none of us have the means to match Lebron James’ organization’s $100k contribution, but every dollar helps:  https://wegotthevote.org/finesandfees/

ASK BIG FUNDERS TO PAY FEES OF FORMER FLORIDA FELONS SO THEY CAN REGISTER TO VOTE: The recent 6-4 ruling in the Florida Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a state law requiring former felons to pay all outstanding legal obligations before being allowed to vote. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-felon-voting-rights-pay-fines-fees/Let’s write to Bill Gates (media@gatesfoundation.org), Tom Steyer (https://www.tomsteyer.com/contact/), and Michael Bloomberg (mbloomberg@bloomberg.net) and ask them to form a network of wealthy progressives that can pay off these fees and allow 774,000 disenfranchised voters the right to cast their ballot. 

ELECTION – SUPPORT CANDIDATES

Link correction:  SPANISH SPEAKERS URGENTLY NEEDED TO TEXT FOR BIDEN: Spanish speaking volunteers who can text or call in Spanish are urgently needed to drive up Hispanic support for Biden in Florida.  Right now, the Florida race is extremely close, and Trump has gained strength among Cubans and other Latinos who believe Biden is a communist or socialist.  https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/09/trump-florida-latinos-cubans-communism-socialism.html We need to drive out the Democratic Latino vote, and we need your help NOW because we could lose Florida if this continues. Upcoming Texting times are : Tue, Sep 15, 5:00pm–7:00pm EDT, Sat, Sep 19, 11:00am–12:00pm EDT Tue, Sep 22, 5:00pm–6:00pm EDT. We can find out more and signup here to text Spanish speaking voters in Florida. If we cannot make the dates listed, new ones will be added, so we can keep checking back. If we know Spanish speakers who can help we can share this info with them:   https://www.mobilize.us/fl2020victory/event/320226/

POSTCARDS TO VOTERS. Let’s check out the latest campaigns: a) Campaign 209: Marc Arnett for Georgia State House; b) Campaign 210: Cal Cunningham for Senate, North Carolina. Let’s request 5 addresses today for one of the open campaigns.

SISTER DISTRICT PROJECT. CA03 and Indivisible YOLO invite us to participate in various activities in support of democrats in local and national races, including calling voterstexting voters, and postcard writing.Let’s volunteer for the activity that fits our own style best.

VIRTUAL POSTCARDING PARTY IDEAS: For veteran Postcards To Voters writers, the opportunities going on right now to write for Amy McGrath for Senate in Kentucky and Cal Cunningham for Senate in North Carolina are really thrilling and we might want to involve our friends/fellow activists but are concerned about COVID. There are two ways we can involve others: synchronously and asynchronously. For either version, we should decide in advance whether participants will provide their own stamps and postcards or whether will make packets available for pick-up at a central location. The host can pull addresses and instructions in advance (limit 200 per candidate per day) and then distribute for either a synchronous gathering (think Zoom, beverages, music, and conversation) or asynchronous with info shared via email and participants kept updated via email about the total written. Let’s help others get set up with this great way to involve folks who feel overwhelmed by the overall national situation and have been unsure about how to get in action.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE BIDEN/HARRIS CAMPAIGN: It’s time for all hands on deck. Let’s visit the Biden campaign’s “action center” and sign up to help get out the vote: https://joebiden.com/take-action/

ELECTION – REGISTERING VOTERS

RUST BELT RISING: Rust Belt Rising has teamed up with Indivisible in Michigan and Chicago Alliance and the organization Register2Vote to register more voters in Michigan and Wisconsin than the difference in the 2016 election in those two states. Phone banks will be held throughout the month of September, to remind residents in Michigan and Wisconsin to complete their voter registration. Let’s learn more about Rust Belt Rising, then sign up to help grow the electorate.

MOVED SINCE LAST ELECTION?  We move around a lot in this country.  If we’ve moved and want to vote, we need to make sure our voter registration is up to date.  Let’s check this out and make sure we are good to vote on Nov. 3.:  https://thedemlabs.org/2020/09/16/youve-moved-hand-guide-explains-how-to-make-sure-you-can-still-vote/
ELECTION – OTHER

SUPPORT BLACK-LED VOTER PROJECT:  We can support Black-led get-out-the-vote efforts by grassroots organizations.  According to their mission statement, the Movement Voter Project(MVP) “works to strengthen progressive power at all levels of government by helping donors – big and small – support the best and most promising local community-based organizations in key states, with a focus on youth and communities of color. . . . we believe in organizing and organizers. We know that the way to win is by working at the intersections of social movements, grassroots communities, and elections to ensure that we both win big and build long-term progressive power.”  Let’s give MVP our support:   https://movement.vote

VOTING FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS: Knowing how and where to vote when in college can be confusing. The Campus Voter Project https://www.campusvoteproject.org/ has lots of great resources for college students, including a page on Student Voting FAQs:  https://www.campusvoteproject.org/student-voting-faqsLet’s check out this website and spread the word.

HEADCOUNT FUNDRAISER: “HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. We reach young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower. Our message is not about what party you support or where you land on an issue. It’s that you must speak to be heard.”   This Randy Rainbow video is being used as a fundraiser for HeadCount:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI8RZhhoBM0Let’s listen, enjoy, and donate if we are able. 

GEORGIA ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION POWER HOUR. Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is taking volunteers to make calls Thursday, Sept. 17, from 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time. Scripts provided. We can learn more and sign up at SPLC.

HELP PROTECT THE VOTE IN SWING STATE MICHIGAN: Michigan, once a reliable Blue State, went for Trump in 2016 by 0.2%, or less than 11,000 votes. This small amount, the tiniest margin in the election, was enough to usher in the nightmare of the last several years. Once again, Michigan is a vital state in this election and both parties know it. With voter suppression in full swing, we need to make sure that everyone votes and their votes get counted, and Michigan Democrats https://michigandems.com/  need our help. If we can help out in person, poll watchers-and observers are needed on the ground. If we can help virtually, Voter Protection Hotline Staffers and Phone Bankers are also in demand. We can find out more about  volunteering, virtually and on the ground to protect the vote in Michigan, and  then sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQL

STATE/LOCAL ISSUES

“LESS LETHAL” WEAPONS & POLICING THE BLM PROTESTS:  Physicians for Human Rights has released a report detailing 115 cases of head injuries inflicted on protesters by the police using what we are told are “less-lethal” weapons– https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/29cbf2e87b914dbaabdec2f3d350839e ; known officially as “kinetic impact projectiles,” these include, among other things, plastic projectiles tipped with hard sponge or foam, “bean bags” consisting of fabric socks containing metal shot, and “Sting-Balls” or grenades that spray hard rubber pellets. There are no national standards for police use of “less-lethal” projectiles nor is there comprehensive data on their use:  https://khn.org/news/it-seems-systematic-doctors-cite-115-cases-of-head-injuries-from-crowd-control-devices/We must contact both our local representatives and our local police departments and demand that these purportedly “non-lethal” weapons be banned; as one doctor working on the CHR analysis points out, “Weapons are just as lethal as somebody wants them to be.”

DEMAND REPLACEMENT OF UNLAWFUL ACTING SECRETARY OF DHS, CHAD WOLF: Last week, in response to a challenge by 20 state attorneys general, and 10 cities and counties, Judge Paula Xinis blocked two new restrictions on asylum-seekers based on the claim that Acting Secretary of DHS, Chad Wolf, has been serving in the position illegally. https://news.yahoo.com/judge-rules-chad-wolf-serving-131212225.htmlLet’s ask our state Attorneys General to continue to challenge DHS’s draconian policies on immigrants and asylum-seekers, on the claim that DHS has no authority under its acting director to continue to institute more restrictions on the immigration and asylum-seeking process.

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS/GROUP ACTIONS/TWEETSTORMS

TOWNHALL WITH BIDEN CAMPAIGN ON COVID RESPONSE AND HOW TO BUILD BACK BETTER:  We’ll learn from the Biden-Harris Campaign about their plan to stop COVID-19, build back better, and prevent the pandemics of the future.  Let’s register now to join the Town Hall Meeting, which will be held on Saturday, September 19, 4-5pm ET (1-2pm PT) here.

DEFUNDING THE POLICE: “Join Sunrise Movement, Mijente, Southerners on New Ground, Dream Defenders, AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, and Critical Resistance as we deepen our understanding of abolition and learn how to turn the mandate to “Defund the Police” into tangible action in our communities! By the end of this 2-day crash course, you will: Understand what exactly the demand “Defund the Police” means, Envision what a world without police could look like, Get ready to take action to defund police in your community. The training will meet on Saturday 9/26 and Sunday 9/27 from 2-6pm ET (11am-3pm PT).” Let’s register to attend:  https://secure.everyaction.com/g00hq2iuikqEOTfI-wDwrA2


READING/WATCHING/LISTENING

Voting Rights News From Around the Country– https://politicalcharge.org/2020/09/16/voting-rights-news-from-around-the-country/

How breathing in wildfire smoke affects the body– https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/09/how-breathing-wildfire-smoke-affects-the-body/

Birds are dropping dead in New Mexico, potentially in the ‘hundreds of thousands’ – https://www.nbcnews.com/news/animal-news/birds-are-dropping-dead-new-mexico-potentially-hundreds-thousands-n1240116



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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