Weekly Actions: August 14, 2017

Click on each action for details and scripts:

 

ACTION 1: Demand unequivocal action to protect people against hate crimes instigated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis

 

 

ACTION 2: Urge diplomacy and stop escalation with North Korea

 

 

ACTION 3: Protect our air and water from deregulation

 


ACTION 1: Demand unequivocal action to protect people against hate crimes instigated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis

There are no words to describe the horror of what took place in Charlottesville this weekend: a rally by white supremacists that turned violent and ended with a car deliberately running into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, injuring 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Not surprisingly, the president limited his remarks to “condemning violence on many sides,” a move that delighted the Nazi party and infuriated KKK leader David Duke, who publicly declared that it was his base that got DT elected. Later, a White House spokesperson attempted to clarify the President’s remarks by directly mentioning the white supremacy, but as of the time of this post, we still have not heard directly from the Tweeter-in-Chief.

[Update: After much criticism, Trump finally made a statement.]

And while directly naming domestic terrorism caused by white supremacists for what it is would be an important first step, and one taken by many Congresspeople on both sides of the aisle, simply stating this is not enough. We are following the call from the American Federation of Teachers, asking “the president, the Justice Department and the FBI to conduct real, transparent investigations into terrorism from white supremacists. We call on elected officials and law enforcement from all 50 states to use all of the resources at their disposal to keep our communities safe. People in America need to know that laws will be enforced to protect them. White Americans get to presume the laws will protect them; people of color, Jews, Muslims, and queer Americans deserve that peace of mind as well.”

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Call your MoCs: Ask them what they are planning to do to assure that all Americans of every race, religion and sexual orientation will be protected from white supremacists and to take action against the domestic terrorism instigated by these dangerous groups.
  • Attend a solidarity event/vigil: Find events here.
  • Support people in Charlottesville: See this list of organizations to support.
  • Join the Color of Change campaign to stop your credit card company from processing donations for hate groups.

Script:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. Like the rest of the country, I am sickened and appalled at what happened in Charlottesville this weekend. We should live in a country that protects all of us, regardless of color, religion or sexual orientation. [If you have a personal story that relates to this issue, tell them.] I would like to know what specifically Sen./Rep._____ is doing to fight white supremacy and take action to protect against hate crimes and domestic terrorism. (IF THEY MADE A STATEMENT, ADD: While I thank you for your statement, lip service is not enough. I will be watching Sen./Rep.’s_____ actions very closely on this issue.

ACTION 2: Urge diplomacy and stop escalation with North Korea

As if Charlottesville wasn’t enough drama for one week, the President’s reckless political posturing on North Korea, where he promised that any further testing of nuclear missiles near Guam would be met with “fire and fury” put fear into the hearts of all Americans, and led to calls for restraint and diplomacy by many lawmakers, including some Republicans. While we’re on to DT’s methods of trying to distract us from the Russia investigation, threatening nuclear war is way over the top. As with many of his actions, this should cause any thinking person to question whether someone this seemingly unhinged should have access to the nuclear codes and the ability to put his finger on the button.

Even sicker was the President’s call to the mayor of Guam, where he promised that thanks to his efforts, tourism would increase once this all blows over. While we echo the President’s hope that “this will all work out,” we condemn the recklessness that has put us this close to nuclear catastrophe.

Bills:
S. 200: Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017: Prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike. 

H.R.669: Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017: Prohibits the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such strike is conducted pursuant to a congressional declaration of war expressly authorizing such strike. 

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Call your MoCs:
  • Reach out to Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis (703-571-3343) to express your concern.

    Script (for MoCs):
    Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m very concerned about the situation in North Korea and I would like to ask Sen./Rep._____ to demand congressional approval before any military action is taken and to vote against military intervention, especially if nuclear weapons are involved. We cannot afford this escalation. I would also like Sen./Rep._____ to join his/her colleagues in signing a letter sent by 62 representatives to Secretary of State Tillerson urging diplomacy and restraint. Everyone loses in a nuclear war. Finally, I hope that Sen./Rep._____ will speak up in support of S. 200/H.R. 669, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would prohibit the President from using the Armed Forces to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless Congress had declared war. This act has been backed by Former Secretary of Defense William Perry, Joe Biden, and the Council for a Livable World, among others and is a common-sense check on any President’s power. However, the urgency of passing this bill has increased in light of the current administration’s rhetoric and the escalating situation in North Korea. Please tell the Senator to support this bill.

    Script (for Tillerson and Mattis):
    Hi, my name is _____. I’m very concerned about the situation in North Korea and I would like to urge diplomacy and restraint, rather than calls for war. Everyone loses in a nuclear war, so please use your influence to urge the President to back off on his dangerous rhetoric.

    ACTION 3: Protect our air and water from deregulation

    DT and his GOP cronies in Congress have been very effective in their war against the environment. Most recently, the House passed the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017, which delays the implementation of regulations enforced by the Clean Air Act. The bill is now on its way to the Senate and may be voted on soon.

    Also, as if limiting clean air is not enough, the EPA is now trying to repeal the Clean Water Rule.

    Bills:
    S. 263: Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017: Amends the Clean Air Act by revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program. 

    HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

      • Call your Senators: Ask them to vote against S. 263, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act.
      • Submit public comments on the EPA Clean Water Repeal here. You can find information and talking points here.

    Script:
    Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I am calling to ask Senator_____ to vote against the Ozone Standards Implementation Act. Repealing regulations designed to keep our air clean and our environment healthy is a short-sighted measure aimed to put corporate profits ahead of the concerns raised by global climate change. We need to keep our Ozone layer (what’s left of it) intact. We are already very far behind when it comes to taking steps necessary to ensure our continued survival on this planet, and we absolutely cannot afford to go backwards. Please vote against this bill.


     

    The most effective thing you can do is to pick up the phone,
    but if you’re short on time, you can leave your MoC a message below.