TrumpCare is back and Republicans are pushing for a vote next week. Help defeat TrumpCare for good. #GrahamCassidy #KillTheBill
Action-A-Day for Tuesday, 9/19/17—— Attend the Board of County Commissioners Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 21st, 2017.
On Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm, The Carroll County Board of County Commissioners is holding a Town Hall Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to give feedback regarding future Land uses, development, housing, roads, traffic, safety and school impacts for the Freedom Area Masterplan. This meeting is critical not only for the Freedom Area but it is indicative of how other unincorporated parts of the county may also be impacted in the near future.
Action-a-Day Self Care Saturday: Enjoy Local Festivities Visit the Maryland Wine Festival at the Farm Museum this weekend and be sure to check out the Westminster Fall Fest next week.
BACKGROUND INFO: H.R.676 - Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act was introduced to the House January 2017 and despite a number of co-sponsors, it has not received much traction. Bernie Sanders has finally announced a Senate companion bill to H.R.676 and he already has 15 co-sponsors signed on (non-marylanders). Both VanHollen and Cardin have made public comment about how they agree that healthcare is a human right, neither have signed on a co-sponsors.
ACTION: Call Maryland Senators Chris VanHollen 202-224-4654 and Ben Cardin 202-224-4524 and ask them to sign on as co-sponsors to Senator Sanders’s Medicare for All bill in the Senate.
SAMPLE SCRIPT: My name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP CODE] to ask Senator [NAME] to sign as a co-sponsor to Senator Sanders’s Medicare for All Bill. While Senator [NAME] has publicly state that he supports healthcare for all, I am asking to put that statement into action by co-sponsoring this bill. Thank you for your time.
ADDITIONAL ACTION: Sign the MoveOn.org citizen’s petition in support of Medicare for All, which as of 8pm 9/13/17 already had over 100,000 signatures!
Social Security is not a hostage or a bargaining chip. Reject H.R. 3423, the Social Security Commission Act of 2017, and remove Social Security from the next debt ceiling debate.
Ah, Saturday, a day we often spend catching up with errands, laundry, cooking and yard work. Or we spend it driving all over the place, going to places or events for recreation. Either way we can end up collapsing in exhaustion at the end of the day.
ACTION: Complete the ACLU’S online form to ask your Congressional representatives to protect America’s Dreamers through DACA.
WHERE TO FIND THE FORM: ACLU webform
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR PHONE CALLS TO CONGRESS (Taken from the ACLU form): I urge Rep/Senator __________ to sponsor and pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017. These young people came to the U.S. as children. America is their only home. Every one of them risks losing their work authorization and being deported. And our country will lose their talents and skills.
BACKGROUND INFO: The Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (aka DACA) is a policy enacted by the Obama administration in 2012. The policy applies to children who arrived in the US illegally when they were 16 years or younger. DACA allows these folks to have deportation delayed for 2 years and to obtain employment authorization during that time. The DACA certification has been renewable and can be reapplied for every 2 years. Research has shown that DACA has greatly reduced the number of immigrant households living in poverty in the US and has added to the American workforce and has raised enrollment in America’s institutions of higher learning.
#45 has declared that he is ending DACA and since it was never passed as law, only implemented as policy, he has the power to do so. Effective earlier this week deadlines were set for the final DACA renewals. DACA is now in the hands of Congress. Congress has the power to save DACA by passing it into law.
ACTION: Call BOTH of your Senators to Demand FAIR Tax Reform
SAMPLE SCRIPT: Hello, my name is _____ from (zip code). I am calling because I am opposed to any tax plans that cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans on the backs of lower and middle class families by way of reducing funding for social programs. I expect Senator (name) to work towards a tax reform plan that is fair and just. Thank you for your time.
SENATOR VAN HOLLEN 202-224-4654
SENATOR CARDIN 202-224-4524
BACKGROUND INFO: In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, #45 has been busy promoting his plan for tax “reform”. Not surprisingly, this plan will put an even larger financial burden middle and working classes.
Since this proposal is not favored by DEMs, GOP members of Congress are planning to use the plan to use the budget reconciliation. This process means that the bill is not allowed to add to the federal deficit. The only way to do that is to reduce spending on programs that benefit lower and middle class Americans, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.
The proposed GOP plan would cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% and eliminate the alternative minimum tax (AMT). These changes that would greatly benefit already wealthy Americans. A prime example being that without the AMT, 45’s 2005 tax rate would have been a mere 3.5%.
Trump's recent rollback of an Obama policy to guarantee the flood resilience of infrastructure undermines our preparedness for future flooding disasters like Hurricane Harvey. This reckless move combines crony capitalism & climate change denial in one bad policy.
Support the members of congress who are bringing censure resolutions. This act, if adopted, would be a formal and historic rebuke from Congress of Trump's remarks and behavior regarding White Supremacy, Nazism and Racism. The draft resolution from three Democrats cites specific actions the representatives believe merit censure.
Action-A-Day 8/24: Hear Us, Hogan! Demand that the Governor Hold Town Halls To Hear Citizen Concerns
While Governor Hogan attends big-ticket political fundraisers, he refuses to hold town halls where ordinary citizens can voice their concerns. Remind the Governor that he represents ALL Marylanders, not just deep-pocketed donors.
Tell Congress: Bannon, Gorka and Miller Must Go
Trump aides Stephen Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller empowered the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who terrorized the streets of Charlottesville.
White supremacy has no place in the White House, and our Members of Congress must not remain silent. Call on your Member of Congress to demand the immediate removal of all White House staff who espouse white nationalism in words and policy.
Bannon, Gorka & Miller cannot be allowed to remain in positions of power, driving a resurgence of white nationalism in America.
We must always take sides.
— Elie Wiesel
What happened in Charlottesville was the inevitable result of Trump’s Administration and agenda. By fomenting hatred against — and scapegoating — people of color, Muslims, immigrants, women, the poor, and Jews, Stephen Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller empowered the white supremacist alt-right who took over the streets of Charlottesville with torches, guns, and pipes, chanting anti-Jewish hatred, beating people of color, and killing Heather Heyer.
These three men, all members of President Trump’s inner circle, have championed the anti-Semitic, racist, neo-Nazi movement that chanted “Jews will not replace us,” gave the Nazi salute, and stoked the deadly violence in Charlottesville this past weekend.
1. Contact your Member of Congress
Senator Ben Cardin
Senator Chris Van Hollen
Representative Jamie Raskin
Representative Andy Harris
2. Add your name to Stand Up America's petition and your signature will be hand-delivered to Congress:
SAMPLE SCRIPT (Reword in your own words)
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [YOUR TOWN]. I urge [NAME OF MEMBER OF CONGRESS] to call on the White House to fire all members of the President's top circle who are closely tied to the white nationalist neo-Nazi movement responsible for the terror in Charlottesville — including Stephen Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller. Thank you for all your hard work answering the phones."
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.]
1. The Guardian, Q&A: What are Trump and the White House's links to the far right?
2. Real Clear Politics, Joy-Ann Reid: Trump Has White Nationalists In The White House: Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, Mike Anton
3. Vox, David Duke explains the white supremacist Charlottesville protests
4. The Hill, Sebastian Gorka casts himself as Trump’s ‘pitbull’
5. The Forward, Sebastian Gorka’s Ties To Nazi-Allied Group Stretch Back Decades
6. Washington Monthly, Stephen Miller’s Dog Whistles to White Nationalists
This CTA was adapted from material from Stand Up America, Bend The Arc Jewish Action & Credo Action.
Action-A-Day Tuesday 8/15/17: Moderates in the Middle, Your Time is Now! Stand up for justice and democracy.
Take an open and overt stand to say no to violence and hatred and the subtle ways we each allow it to creep into our lives and discourse.
Kick back and cool off by the water this weekend without a long drive!
It's recess time for Congress, but this is not a break for the resistance. It's time to put pen to paper (or more likely fingers to the keyboard) and submit Op Eds to your local newspaper. We are not alone in the resistance and even the most devout #45 supporters are starting to waiver. Are you passionate about a particular issue, piece of legislation or other hot button issue? Use that passion to spread that passion and knowledge with your community.
ACTION: Draft a Letter to the Editor about an issue you are passionate about and email it to the Carroll County Times firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: LETTER TO THE EDITOR SUBMISSION. You may also submit your letter online via http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/cctnews-submit-letter-to-the-editor-20150520-htmlstory.html
BACKGROUND INFO: Letters to the editor are a fantastic platform for spreading your message to a vast audience. With newspapers publishing works in both print and online, news travels fast. Letters should be brief (400 words or less), concise and relevant to current events.The following is a link to a fantastic guide to writing letters to the editor. Possible topics: immigration, lgbtq rights, reproductive rights, equality, climate change, healthcare, transparency.....or anything else that has you fired up and speaking out!
Also, consider taking an upcoming seminar in DC by The Op Ed Project.
Want to get started but are unsure how? Check out the links below for some fabulous guides to writing op-eds!
Action-A-Day 8/9/17: Support the Presidential Pardon Transparency Act to Prevent Trump from Issuing Secret Pardons
Don't let Donald Trump derail the Russia investigation by issuing secret pardons for aides & even for himself. Support HR 3489 to require disclosure of executive pardons.
Butterflies and Border Walls: Demand Due Process for Private Land Acquisition and Reasonable, Safe, Border Security.
Treat yourself to luscious local produce and treats this weekend at one of Carroll County's great farmers' markets and stands.
ACTION: Call your senators and ask that they oppose HJ Resolution 111 which would prevent consumers from participating in class action lawsuits against financial institutions.
SAMPLE SCRIPT: Hello. My name is _____ from [zip code]. I am calling to urge Senator [name] to vote no to HJ Resolution 111 which would overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's arbitration rule. The CFPB's rule protects consumers from predatory lending practices.
Senator Chris VanHollen 202-224-4654
Senator Ben Cardin 202-224-4524
BACKGROUND INFO: Many financial instituions use mandatory arbitration clauses in their agreements and contracts which mandate that consumers use private arbitration companies to settle disputes, rather than the court system. These clauses prevent consumers from being able to join class action lawsuits when they are the victims of predatory and illegal banking practices. July 10, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a new rule that bans these mandatory arbitration clauses. On July 20, 2017 Representative Keith Rothfus of Pennsylvania introduced a resolution to the House to overturn this rule and on July 25, 2017 it passed in the House 231 to 190 thanks to the GOP members. The rule was created by the CFBP to protect consumers and it is now being threatened by GOP leaders who accept millions in campaign contributions from major financial institutions.