The FCC just announced its plan to slash net neutrality rules, allowing companies like Comcast to slow websites & charge extra fees. Congress can stop them, but only if we flood them with calls now. #NetNeutrality
Support keeping the Johnson Amendment. It protects the integrity of houses of worship and our elections. Current law ensures that houses of worship aren’t transformed into political tools by candidates seeking power. That is likely why the vast majority of Americans believe houses of worship should stay out of partisan campaigns. No one wants our charities to be torn apart by partisan campaign politics.
ACTION: Call Maryland Senators Chris VanHollen 202-224-4654 and Ben Cardin 202-224-4524 and ask them to vote NO on HR 2936!
SAMPLE SCRIPT: My name is _______________ from [zip code] and I am calling to ask Senator ________ to vote NO on HR 2936 “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017”. This bill aids the logging industry and has little to no regard for the health and conservation of our National Forests. Wildfires are a serious problem, but large scale logging projects without environmental safeguards or public input put us at even greater risk.
The bill is touted as bi-partisan legislation that will strengthen our national lands. However, only 10 of the votes in favor were from Dems and provisions in the bill do far more harm than good.
The bill does nothing to lessen the burden of firefighting costs in the Forest Service’s annual budget. Instead, it puts an emphasis on approving massive logging projects to remove trees and make way for roads in an effort to prevent widespread forest fires.
A waiver listed in the bill would allow projects of 30,000 acres to be approved without a review of the environmental impacts. Additionally, the waiver would not require that the public be notified of the impact, a requirement currently in place under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Massive logging projects can be detrimental to native habitats for the endangered plant and animal species that reside there. Our national forests are home to over 400 threatened or endangered species or animals.
Repeal the 2016 law pushed by the drug industry that restricted the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to freeze suspicious pill shipments by predatory pharmaceutical distributors.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is a tax reform bill which is crafted to help the wealthy avoid paying their fair share in taxes. If implemented, this bill would result in the transfer of great wealth from the working class to the rich and will continue to exacerbate income inequality in this country, leaving the middle class and poor much worse off than they've been in decades.
ACTIONS: There are 3 but they are all quick and easy!
1) Print a copy of Moveon.org’s Nobody is Above the Law placard to have on standby in the event that Trump fired Mueller. Bookmark https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org which will include info for rallies in the event of a firing.
2) Share Moveon.org’s Nobody is Above the Law Text Alert notification on social media and with your rapid response team.
3) Send a THANK YOU letter or make a THANK YOU phone call to the members of Congress who addressed Speaker Paul Ryan in a letter dated 10/31. In the letter Reps Raskin, Gallego, Lieu, Boyle, Lawrence and Jayapal voiced concern over the possibility of Trump firing Mueller and they requested that Ryan issue a statement in support of Mueller’s leadership over the investigation.
SAMPLE SCRIPT: My name is ____________ from (ZIP CODE). I am calling to thank Congressman/Congresswoman ________________ for supporting the letter to Paul Ryan in regards to Mueller’s investigation. I appreciate your leadership in acting quickly in the best interest of all Americans.
Rep Jamie Raskin (MD)
431 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Rep Ruben Gallego (AZ)
1218 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Rep Ted Lieu (CA)
236 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Rep Brendan Boyle (PA)
1133 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Rep Brenda Lawrence (MI)
1213 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Rep Pramila Jayapal (WA)
319 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
BACKGROUND INFO: On Monday, October 30, 2017, Robert Mueller announced his first indictments regarding the continuing investigation into Russia’s involvement and possible collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016. Three individuals have so far been named and arrested. Trump has continually denied any involvement and he has lied and attempted multiple times to stop this investigation. For some time he has signaled an intent to try to fire Special Investigator Robert Mueller. The speculation seems to center on who is charged and/or whatever Trump’s ‘mood’ is on any given day. Trump has admitted that he fired FBI Director James Comey because he didn’t like how he was conducting the Russia investigation. It is entirely possible he will try to do the same thing with Mueller. Many people believe the future of the Republic is dependent upon the public’s response as well as that of Congress and other members of this White House. Donald Trump is publicly considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, the person leading the Department of Justice investigation of possible illegal actions by Donald Trump, members of his presidential campaign, and their efforts to conceal those activities. If Trump were to attempt this firing, it would be a constitutional crisis for our country. It would demand an immediate and unequivocal response to show that as Americans, we will not tolerate abuse of power from Donald Trump or anyone in the highest offices of the land. Our response in the minutes and hours following a power grab will dictate what happens next, and whether Congress—the only body with the constitutional power and obligation to rein Trump in from his rampage—will do anything to stand up to him.
This call to action is inspired by the work of MoveOn.org and Indivisible.
“This is our moment to stand up to protect our democracy. We must mobilize to show that we won't let Donald Trump become the fascist-authoritarian that he aspires to be. The law applies to all of us. Nobody, especially not the President of the United States, is above the law. It's essential that our leaders understand this also applies to the most powerful people in our country. And due process must continue unfettered.”
Open enrollment for the ACA health insurance exchanges runs Nov 1 - Dec 15. Spread the word to help people access health coverage & counter Trump's drastic cuts to Obamacare advertising.
We say that all government is local. Yet how close are we paying attention to what is happening in our own backyards? This week there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local issues. These issues affect you and your family most.
Action-a-Day 10/22: Service Sunday- Donate outerwear to Shepherd's Staff for those in need in Carroll County
Show Donald Trump that nobody is above the law. Urge Congress to protect special counsel Mueller's investigation, and pledge to join a rapid response rally if Mueller is fired.
Action-A-Day, Tuesday, 10/17/17——Local Education Issues In Carroll County: Our Future is NOW, Education Is For a Lifetime.
Education Is For a Lifetime and What is more fundamental to the Republic, than a well educated child? At the very local level, in our neighborhood public schools, input and action is needed now. Whether you have children in school or not, your input as a taxpayer and as a stakeholder in our present and future is needed and necessary.
Action-a-Day 10/14: Self-Care Saturday- Enjoy the fall weather this weekend while at a local event.
Take action now to save the Iran Deal! Trump has recklessly threatened to decertify the international agreement that has successfully blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons.
Mass shootings have become all too commonplace. From Orlando to Newtown; and now Las Vegas, too manylives have been lost. And still Congress has yet to attend to the epidemic of gun violence. It is time to influence this fact to change now. Make calls today to End Gun Violence. it's time TO DO MORE!
Call your Senators and ask them to work with all members to develop a tax plan that's fair for each of us. We expect a tax code that is fair, ethical and fiscally responsible.
How can we help those in Puerto Rico?
ACTION: Share information with family, friends, neighbors, etc about the shortened open enrollment period for the ACA in 2017. It is IMPERATIVE that this information be disseminated in our communities. Please share this link via email and social media, or even consider printing this page for recipients who do not have internet access.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: This year’s open enrollment period has been cut in half and advertising funds have been cut by 90%. Americans only have from November 1st through December 15th to update their information or change health plans through the ACA. Marylanders can file online via www.MarylandHealthConnection.gov or by visiting their local Department of Social Services. There is a phone number available to apply by phone as well 855-642-8572. WANT IN PERSON ASSISTANCE? For appointments in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Howard County and Frederick County please call HealthCare Access Maryland at 410-500-4710. For all other Maryland counties, please call 855-642-8572 and ask who the connector entity is for your area.
NOTE: Medicaid enrollment takes place 365 days a year and special enrollment periods are examined year round for qualifying life events (change in marital status, new child, move to another state, loss of coverage, etc).
Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program is set to expire September 30, putting health coverage for nearly 9 million children in jeopardy. Tell the Senate to #ExtendCHIP!
The Cassidy/Graham Affordable Healthcare repeal effort to strip Healthcare coverage from millions of Americans is coming back for a possible vote this week. Please hold Senators accountable to Vote No to this destructive legislation.