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TELL OUR REPS TO INVESTIGATE SECURITY RISK CAUSED BY TRUMP’S $300 MILLION DEBT: As news broke last evening about Trump’s shaky finances shown by tax records uncovered by the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html) concerns about the security risk posed by his huge level of debt. Trump has over $300 million in loans coming due in the next four years, the second term he’s campaigning for right now. Financing some of that debt would be an easy way to buy influence and The Times tells us that Trump has already gotten payments from several foreign countries, including “licensing deals in countries with authoritarian-leaning leaders or thorny geopolitics — for example, $3 million from the Philippines, $2.3 million from India and $1 million from Turkey.” The likelihood of Trump making fair, impartial decisions involving his creditors is small, so let’s call our Representatives and demand an immediate investigation into the security risk posed by Trumps debts.
CONFIRMATION HEARINGS FOR AMY CONEY BARRETT FOR SUPREME COURT: Amy Coney Barrett has been nominated to the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/27/917303199/what-amy-coney-barretts-supreme-court-nomination-means-for-the-2020-election Most of us question doing this before the election/inauguration in light of McConnell’s rule that was used near the end of Obama’s presidency. We also question why the haste with this and not another COVID-relief bill to help suffering American’s. Let’s let our senators know that we want them to work on a COVID bill, as well as the stack of legislation awaiting Senate review. Filling the Supreme Court should wait. And, if they vote to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election or during the lame duck period between the election and the inauguration, we will work to vote them out.
CHANGES TO POLLING PLACES SURVEY: “Polling place closings and changes can confuse voters, or force them to travel longer distances to vote. The Center for Public Integrity and Stateline are investigating the effect of polling place movement and closures on voters. Has a change in your polling place affected your ability to easily vote since 2012? Are you concerned about polling place changes in your community in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic? If you want to tell us about a polling place change that affected voters’ access, please fill out this form”: https://publicintegrity.org/politics/elections/ballotboxbarriers/changes-to-your-polling-place-survey/
INHUMANE TREATMENT OF IMMIGRANTS: The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act (S. 1243/H.R. 2415) would end the use of private facilities, set operating standards, increase oversight to eliminate abuse, and better protect the civil rights of immigrant detainees. https://www.npr.org/2020/09/16/913398383/whistleblower-alleges-medical-neglect-questionable-hysterectomies-of-ice-detaine Let’s tell our MoCs that we support these bills and want them to co-sponsor this. (h/t)
ELECTION – GET OUR THE VOTE (GOVT)
“NAKED VOTES” IN PA: “After a Pennsylvania court said ballots returned without secrecy envelopes would be rejected in November, election officials and Democrats are raising the alarm that “naked ballots” could inadvertently disenfranchise thousands in a pivotal battleground.” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/naked-ballots-explained-pennsylvania-new-court-ruling-complicates-mail-voting-n1241017 Voter education is going to be the best way to address this issue. Let’s share this graphic with those we know in PA and those with outreach GOTV efforts in PA to help explain what needs to be done to make sure votes count: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ow7fAPkiVseLvDPX9nKLqUUHNTd6YOVT/view?usp=sharing
HELPING TO OVERCOME VOTER SUPPRESSION IN WI: Spend 2 hours fighting voter suppression in Wisconsin by joining a Wisconsin Voter Protection phone bank – every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm ET, and Saturdays from 2-4 pm ET. Learn more and sign up at www.mobilize.us/swingleftboston/event/294842
HELP MAKE CALL TO VOTERS IN VOTER SUPPRESSION STATES: Spend one-hour training to make calls to voters of color in voter suppression states, with Reclaim Our Vote. We can sign up for a one-hour training, offered every Monday at 7:30 pm ET at: https://www.votinginformation.org/rovphonebankcentral.
ELECTION – SUPPORT CANDIDATES
MARK KELLY- ARIZONA: Mark Kelly is the Democratic candidate in a special election in Arizona on Nov. 3 for a Senate seat. After John McCain died, Republican Martha McSally was appointed, subject to voter approval via a special election. According to Arizona law, Mark could be sworn in as early as November 30, were he to win: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/517827-mark-kelly-arizona-senate-race-winner-should-be-sworn-in-promptly If so, Kelly would represent one more vote against whichever reactionary judge is liable to be nominated by Trump and pushed through the Senate by Mitch McConnell. He’s a little ahead in the polls but not enough to be a shoo-in. Let’s consider helping to get him elected by texting, donating, or otherwise volunteering: https://go.markkelly.com/page/s/volunteer-signup
POSTCARDS TO VOTERS: “Postcards to Voters are friendly, handwritten reminders from volunteers to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast.” https://postcardstovoters.org/ This is something easy and impactful we can do from home. Campaign #212 is for Jon Ossoff in Georgia! Let’s sign up and start writing: https://postcardstovoters.org/volunteer/
ELECTION – REGISTERING VOTERS
TURNOUT 2020: Spend one hour helping Turnout2020 flip critical swing states. On Turnout Tuesdays, volunteers call voters in Texas to make sure they’re registered to vote by mail. Register to help at https://www.mobilize.us/turnout2020/event/268044. On Turnout Thursdays, they do the same in Pennsylvania. We can register to help at: https://www.mobilize.us/turnout2020/event/282171/
ELECTION – OTHER
MAKING SURE OUR VOTES COUNT—ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts shows us how to check our voter registrations, how to make a voting plan, how to avoid making errors on our mail-in ballots—and what to do to correct our mistakes—voting in-person, and so much more. It’s a great resource. Let’s use it and share with others: https://www.propublica.org/article/propublicas-pandemic-guide-to-making-sure-your-vote-counts
POSTCARDERS WANTED! Here are a few of the organizations that currently have postcarding opportunities for volunteers: a) Postcards to Voters; b) Sister District Project; c) Postcards for Virginia. Let’s request some addresses today to help reach VIP voters and get out the vote.
VIRTUAL “I VOTED” STICKER FOR SOCIAL MEDIA: With so many of us voting early or by mail, the power of seeing a zillion I Voted stickers on Election Day will be muted. Let’s add a virtual “sticker” by either adding #IVoted after our profile name, or adding this Twibbon sticker on our profile pic: https://twibbon.com/Support/i-voted-blue-2020
LET’S CONTACT OUR STATE OFFICIALS ABOUT POLICE REFORM: “Meet the Momentum is an organization created by several recent college graduates, some with political backgrounds and some without. We have a broad spectrum of policy positions and beliefs but are united by our common desire to see concrete change in the American system of policing.” Let’s find more information here and see how we can get involved: https://www.meetthemomentum.org/
SCOTUS NATIONAL ACTIVIST CALL: “Indivisible is hosting an emergency SCOTUS National Activist Call when Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee.This is your chance to hear from Indivisible leadership and our policy experts on how we are preparing to fight back against Trump and his Republican enablers once they push through a SCOTUS pick in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing.” Let’s sign up here to keep up to date and informed: https://act.indivisible.org/signup/scotus-emergency-natl-call/
ACTIVISM 101 WEBINAR: Jess Craven, of Chop Wood Carry Water, is continuing her Activism 101 sessions! Activism 101 is a free, one-hour (ish) webinar for folks who have very little to no experience with activism and/or political action. It’s a survey course with one goal: to give those who are furious and sickened by the state of our, bite-sized actions they can take to help vote Trump out, flip the Senate, win a bunch of down-ballot races, and basically make good things happen in November and beyond. Workshop will be led by Jessica Craven who is a mom, veteran activist, elected member of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee, legislative chair of her Moms Demand Action chapter, and the author of daily actions email “Chop Wood, Carry Water.” Let’s grab a few friends and inquire about times: firstname.lastname@example.org
WOMEN’S MARCH ON OCTOBER 17: “The Women’s March organization is planning a nationwide protest next month [Oct. 17] opposing President Trump and his move to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.” https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/517603-womens-march-planned-for-october-to-protest-trump-filling Let’s sign up and be part of this action: https://act.womensmarch.com/signup/march-october
The Election That Could Break America – https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/what-if-trump-refuses-concede/616424/
Where Biden and Trump stand on key issues – https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-ELECTION/POLICY/ygdpzwarjvw/
Revealed: pro-Trump activists plotted violence ahead of Portland rallies – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/23/oregon-portland-pro-trump-protests-violence-texts
Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference – https://www.justsecurity.org/72491/prepare-for-the-worst-and-fight-for-the-best-a-citizens-guide-to-2020-electoral-interference/
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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