Thursday Actions 1/26/2017

The news these days can feel bleak and overwhelming, but rest assured a movement is building and if you’re taking the time to read this post, you’re a vital part of it.
 

Recent estimates have it that the Women’s March may have been the largest collective demonstration in United States history. With more than 3.3 million people marching in the US alone, this equates to 1 out of every 100 households or 1% of the population. If that doesn’t sound like a lot to you, it should. In a 2015 interview with the Huffington Post, Ralph Nader discussed that all it takes is less than 1 percent of the people to engage in civic life and coalesce around a movement to become harbingers of change, a force the centers of power can’t ignore. The Women’s March was the opening salvo.
 

We can’t do it all, but we can each do our part. For today we’re focusing on a few key issues:

Click on each action for details and scripts:

The vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was delayed. The hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will now be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, according to an advisory from the committee. Many, many educators have expressed concerns that she is not qualified to ensure quality children’s education in this country!
 

If you live in one of the states represented below who have Republican Senators on the Committee, CALL YOUR SENATOR. If you don’t, send this alert to someone (or everyone) you know in these states and ask them to make the call. Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent.
 

All of you can also call the committee itself at: 202-224-5375
 

  • Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414..&..202.224.2523
  • Lamar Alexander (TN) 615.736.5129..&..202.224.4944
  • Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277..&..202.224.6665
  • Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999..&..202.224.3643
  • Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380..&..202.224.5251
  • Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125..&..202.224.3154..&.. 910.251.1058..&..828.350.2437
  • Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
  • Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
  • Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
  • Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
  • Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343

 

If you live in a state served by one of the Democratic Senators on this Committee should also be reminded to do everything they can to keep this nomination from moving forward, but please, ALSO reach out to people in the states above, if you can.
 

  • Patty Murray (WA) (202) 224-2621
  • Al Franken (MN) (202) 224-5641
  • Tammy Baldwin (WI) (202) 224-5653
  • Tim Kaine (VA) (202) 224-4024
  • Bernie Sanders (VT) (202) 224-5141
  • Michael Bennett (CO) (202)224-5852
  • Chris Murphy (CT) (202) 224-4041
  • Maggie Hassan (NH) (202) 224-3324
  • Robert Casey (PA) (202) 224-6324
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) 202-224-2921
  • Elizabeth Warren (MA) 202-224-4543

Script:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling today to ask the Senator to reject the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos is hostile to public education; she holds no relevant experience for this critical position; and her efforts in Michigan have resulted in decimated public schools. DeVos has no business making crucial decisions about the education of American schoolchildren. Please tell the Senator that confirming DeVos will be disastrous for American students and their families and I hope she/he will do everything in her/his power to prevent this nomination from going forward.

Thanks in part to your calls, the Judiciary Committee vote moving Sessions to a floor nomination was delayed. Now the ACLU is leading an effort to re-open the hearing based on Sessions’ alleged role in crafting the Executive Orders signed yesterday related to Muslim exclusion and allowing the federal government to punish so-called sanctuary cities. CALL YOUR SENATORS and ask them to reopen the hearing. Read more here.

Script:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to ask _____ to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold another hearing on the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. There are reports that Sessions played a key role in crafting the Muslim exclusion order and the order allowing the federal government to punish Sanctuary Cities. I’m very concerned these orders, which the Judiciary Committee did not get a chance to questions Sessions about, raise major Constitutional issues. The Committee needs to question Sessions on his role in crafting them and about how he would implement them. I’d appreciate if Senator _____ would publicly call for additional hearings to determine the answers to these pressing questions about Senator Sessions before a vote occurs.

As you probably know, an Executive Order was signed placing a gag rule on the EPA and the National Parks. It was originally also placed on the USDA, but that was already rescinded due to public pressure. As we continue to research the most effective tactics to combat this, you can follow the following handles to stay connected to the facts:
 

 
We also recommend that you follow your Senators and representative on social media to see what they are doing to thwart or advance the Trump agenda. However, it is not recommended that you contact them via social media. Calling or showing up in person is always better.