ACTION 1: Keep asking for an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump/Russia/election connections
ACTION 2: Denounce the faux Voter Fraud Commission and keep working to improve voting access for all.
ACTION 3: Limit Trump’s ability to launch a first-strike nuclear attack.
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We won’t spend too much time repeating what you already know. Suffice it to say that the timing of the firing of FBI Director Comey smells pretty fishy, as does the Justice Department’s continued refusal to appoint a special prosecutor. This refusal to investigate poses a grave threat to the principles of our democracy, principles that Trump has publicly threatened, calling the Constitution an archaic document that is bad for the country. If you need more background before taking action, read the open letter to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein by the NY Times editorial board, which discusses these grave threats to the democratic process. Indivisible guide also has excellent resources here. Finally, read this article for a great explanation of the differences between an independent investigation, a Congressional investigation, and a special prosecutor.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Call your MoCs (script below): First, see where they stand.
- Call the Department of Justice: Use this script from 5calls.org
- Contact House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Reports from Rogan’s list state that McConnell’s office, at least, is receptive to calls from outside voters (and you can remind him that as Senate Majority Leader, his role impacts all Americans, not just those in his state.) Keep the message simple: if he continues to refuse the push for a special prosecutor, he risks his own credibility by appearing complicit in the investigation. Ryan has a notorious reputation for not taking feedback–his voice mailbox is generally full, so some people have resorted to sending postcards to Speaker Paul Ryan, 20 South Main Street, Suite 10, Janesville, WI 53545
- Contact the Judiciary Committee: Some groups are also advising people to call all the members of the Judiciary Committee to emphasize the need for a special prosecutor. (Capitol Switchboard number is listed below.) While it’s not clear whether these senators will count calls from out of state, please at the very least make sure to reach out to constituents and ask them to call. It’s also worth calling the Judiciary committee’s main line at 202-224-5225
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m very concerned about the latest developments related to the firing of James Comey as they seem to signal an obstruction of justice that is threatening to erode the foundations of our democracy and cause me to lose confidence in our government.
[Here is a list of actions your MoCs can publicly demand. If they’ve done some of these, make sure to thank them! Then urge them to go further.]
- Appoint a special prosecutor and a bi-partisan independent 9/11 style commission with subpoena power to investigate Trump, his businesses, and his administration’s and advisor’s ties to Russia. (Congressional committees run by the GOP have not proven themselves distant and independent enough to do this work.)
- Approve only a new FBI director who is assured to operate independently and not under the thumb of the White House.
- Demand that Attorney General Jeff Sessions resign since he violated the terms of his recusal by ostensibly recommending to the President that Comey be fired.
- Call for former FBI director Comey, AG Sessions, and Deputy AG Rosenstein to testify publicly before Congress so that the American public can know the circumstances that led to Comey’s firing.
- (Dem. Senator) Block business as usual until an independent commission and a special prosecutor is appointed. (GOP Senator) Show that you are putting the interests of your country before the interests of your party by assuring that justice is not obstructed. Until you join the call for an independent investigation, you are being perceived as complicit in the cover-up.
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In yet another attempt to distract (and please don’t be distracted – in addition to this week’s actions, it’s important to keep making calls about healthcare, discussed in last week’s post), DT launched a commission this week to investigate alleged issues of voter fraud. As a point of fact, there is no evidence to support his false accusations. Out of the 137.7 million votes cast in the 2016 election, there was only one case of alleged voter fraud. Yet, Trump is determined to spend our taxpayer money to try and support his lies.
Worse yet, the commission is being headed by Kris Kobach, whose past history of voter suppression has led the ACLU to investigate. To put it bluntly, this commission is not about addressing fraud. It’s about suppressing voter rights, which, like his attempts at covering up the Russia investigation, represents a clear and present danger to our democracy.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Call your Rep: Express your outrage that your taxpayer money is being spent to suppress votes. Ask him/her to reject HR 634, The Election Assistance Termination Act, which guts a key provision of the Helping America Vote Act of 2002 and support HR 1094, The Weekend Voting Act, which would move the voting day to a weekend, making it easier for working people to vote.
- H.R. 634: Election Assistance Commission Termination Act: To terminate the Election Assistance Commission.
- H.R. 1094: Weekend Voting Act: To change the date for regularly scheduled general elections for Federal office to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November in every even-numbered year.
- To the ACLU
- To organizations working for voting rights, such as Spread the Vote and VoteRiders.
- To the Miami Rights Campaign, which is working to restore the right to vote to non-violent felons after their sentence has been served. (Currently FL is one of several states that bans felons from voting for life, a policy that disproportionately affects African Americans.)
- H.R.669 – Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017: This bill 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.
- S.200 – Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017: To prohibit the conduct of a first-use nuclear strike absent a declaration of war by Congress.
- Read: This article from Foreign Policy does a great job explaining prior support and reasoning behind this act, which was backed by several groups even before any looming threat of a Trump administration. Now, with Trump holding the nuclear codes, the need to restrict a President’s nuclear strike power is even more urgent.
- Call Your MoCs: Ask them to support Markey and Leiu’s bill, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. If Markey or Leiu is one of your MoCs, thank him for introducing the bill, state your support for it, and ask for an update on its progress.
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to express my outrage that my taxpayer money is being spent on a Voter Fraud Commission. The President’s claims about voter fraud have already been debunked and there are grave concerns about this so-called Fraud Commission actually being used to fuel voter suppression, which is already a huge issue in this country. We should be making it easier for people to vote, not harder. I would like Rep. _____ to denounce the Voter Fraud Commission and also to stand strong against legislation that makes it harder to vote such as HR 634, The Election Assistance Termination Act. I would also like Rep. _____ to support HR 1094, the Weekend Voting Act, which would make it easier for working people to vote. France holds elections on Sunday, and got a much higher turnout in their elections than the U.S. did.
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Support the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, which would prevent Trump from launching the first strike of a nuclear weapon unless Congress had declared war. Trump would still be able to respond to a nuclear threat – he just wouldn’t be able to initiate one. This bill was introduced in both houses of Congress in January, but not much seems to be happening with it. However, public support is clear: On May 3rd, a petition with over half a million signatures backing the Act was delivered to Congress. Let’s keep the pressure up by calling our Reps and Senators and asking them to get behind this important Act and push it forward!
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m calling to urge Senator/Rep _____ to support 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. No one person – even the president – should have sole decision-making capability when it comes to initiating a nuclear attack, and the urgency of passing this bill has increased in light of the current administration’s rhetoric. Please tell the Senator/Rep to support this bill.
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