Weekly Actions: August 22, 2017

 

ACTION 1: Demand that Congress formally censure the president for his support of Nazis and white supremacists.

Even the President’s own staff was shocked when at a press conference geared to address infrastructure, the president continued to assert that in Charlottesville, “there were some very fine people on both sides,” making it clear that his short statement denouncing racism, which did not come until two days after the demonstration, had been forced upon him and didn’t represent his genuine despicable views.

While many Republican leaders have been quick to denounce racism and bigotry in general, very few have called out the president for his tacit approval of hate crimes and hate speech, as indicated in this spreadsheet. It’s time for Republicans to speak out.

Bills:
H.Res. 496: Condemning and Censuring President Donald Trump

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Ask your Congressperson to support H.Res. 496, which censures and condemns the president for his response to Charlottesville.
  • If you have Republican MoCs, check whether they’ve formally called out the president here. If they haven’t, urge them to do so.
  • Ask your Senator to introduce a formal companion resolution to H.Res. 496 that censures and condemns the president.

Script:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____ . I’d like to thank _____ for issuing a formal statement condemning the President for his post-Charlottesville remarks/I would like to ask _____ to formally call out the President for his remarks post-Charlottesville. I’m very distressed that the President of our country called neo-Nazis and white supremacists “fine people” and that he has equated hate-inspired acts of terror and violence with civil-rights inspired actions of peaceful protestors. It is not enough to simply denounce racism and bigotry generally – the President must be censured for these actions. Thus, I hope Rep _____ will co-sponsor and support H. Res. 496, which formally censures the President for his remarks/Thus, I would like to ask Senator _____ to introduce and support legislation that is comparable to H. Res. 496, which formally censures the President for his remarks. [For Republican MoCs, add: I hope that Rep./Senator _____ will see his/her way to being on the right side of history and morality, rather than compromising American values by putting party over people.]

 

 

ACTION 2: Insist that the president fire Gorka and Miller and all other staff with ties to white supremacist organizations.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
This week, we are syndicating this excellent action from our friends in the Action Alliance.

URGE FOR THE REMOVAL OF GORKA AND MILLER FROM THE WHITE HOUSE

ACTION 3: Encourage charities to stop holding events at Mar-A-Lago and other Trump properties.

While most Republican leaders have been slow to condemn Trump for his inappropriate reaction to the Charlottesville events, many facets of mainstream America have been quick to protest. After several CEOs resigned from the President’s Advisory Councils, the President was forced to disband these groups. The entire Arts and Humanities Committee also resigned, and several artists due to receive Kennedy Center Honors this year stated that they wouldn’t attend the ceremony, after which the President decided not to attend.

But perhaps more importantly, in moves that hurt DT in the place that matters most to him–his wallet– 20 charities have cancelled fundraising galas at DT’s Mar-A-Lago club, most within the past week. As discussed by our action alliance partners at Save U.S., there are a few remaining charities who are sticking with Mar-A-Lago or are undecided, and it’s time to put pressure on them to take a stand.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

 

THE MESSAGE: (please personalize, if you can, so they don’t get a lot of identical messages):

I am urging you to follow the twenty other charities who recently canceled events at Mar-A-Lago, due to the President’s remarks condoning the actions of neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Continuing to hold events at a place that benefits the president financially amounts to tacit approval of racism and bigotry, which will reflect badly on your organization. However, by refusing to hold events there, your organization can send the President and the United States a clear message: that racism and bigotry will not be tolerated.

While we understand that you may have already placed a large deposit on the venue, you can still take the moral high ground by issuing a public statement and resolving not to hold any future events at Mar-A-Lago or other Trump properties. I sincerely hope that you will consider the values your organization stands for, and schedule your event at another venue, both now and in the future.

 


 

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.


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