This Week in Resistance – “This is my birthday and I’ll tweet if I want to…” Edition

Seth Meyers comments on our birthday-obsessed chief executive…

He does an excellent late week round-up here.

Daily Show does a nice job on the language of “obstruction of justice”.

Monday feels sooooo long ago. But that Cabinet meeting was really creepy…

Rules of Resistance… BOOKMARK THIS!

There will be a RESPONSE to the baseball field shooting. The GOP’s plan will involve more guns. We need a Counterplan…

There is a healthcare adage that Medical students should stop and take their own pulse first before going headlong into running a code when a patient is arresting. As the news of the Congressional baseball shootings sinks in, we have this same opportunity to pause, take our own pulse, and make sure we use our energy effectively.

After this weeks shooting, some members of Congress want more security and to be able to carry guns themselves. While this may appease their safety issues, how about the safety issues of those who attend movies, or shop, or go to school?

There are better ways to make life safer for us all. This is how other countries have solved their gun control issues. Let’s join former congressperson and fellow shooting victim Gabby Gifford’s group Americans for Responsible Solutions and help make this happen. Let’s tell our legislators that enough is enough.

In the meantime, let’s also send Rep. Steve Scalise a get-well card and let him know that we do not condone violence.

Healthcare will become a “privilege” again.

The Senate has been busy working on the bill in secret, because, as one aide put it, “We aren’t stupid”. 

Neither are we. We’re fighting back. Indivisible is providing national direction. Indivisible Ventura has just finished Week 1 of our 3-Week Daily Calling Campaign, which provides tips for people who hate to call, explanations and resources.

Reports say that call numbers are low… Please, every day, make at least one call to both of your senators! Same script every day. They are listening, as well as counting the calls to gauge our interest. Some ideas to add if you wish (from Jen Hoffman):

  1. No gender discrimination and no lifetime caps.
  2. Access to reproductive medicine without cost.
  3. Coverage for all pre-existing conditions.
  4. Cost less than $X per month per person.
  5. Comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid.
  6. Share why having good, affordable healthcare has been important to you.

Our legislators are fighting back too with the “No Hearing, No Vote Act” which would require a bill being passed under reconciliation to be voted on by at least one committee and have had at least one hearing. Let’s tell our senators that we support “No hearing No Vote” when we’re making our calls about healthcare.

Eight healthcare groups including the American Medical Association, AARP and the American Heart Association Tuesday said they are launching a series of events to call out flaws in the American Health Care Act in key markets across the country.”

34 faith groups have joined forces calling on the Senate to protect Medicaid.

Just to keep things interesting, Trump is now calling the formerly “GREAT!” healthcare bill “MEAN”.

Meanwhile, Americans go to Mexico for affordable dentistry.

States aren’t waiting for the train to hit them…

Single-payer health care legislation is under consideration in at least 15 states, and Healthcare-Now! is gathering the data on these legislative efforts from across the country.

California’s Senate has passed SB 562 “Healthy California Act” and now it’s in the Assembly. Please call your Assembly member and don’t forget to ask your local businesses to send in letter and emails of support.

Organizing for universal healthcare in our states may be our only way to counter the disaster of Trumpcare. Physicians for a National Health Program has posted an excellent explanation of the effects of a single-payer system

No more “To Russia With Love” for you, Mr. Trump…

Congress whacks Trump on the nose over Russia and removes his ability to lift sanctions.

The Russian cyber hacks on our electoral system are worse than we imagined. Trump still doesn’t see the problem here.

A Russian Newspaper Editor Explains how Putin made Trump his Puppet

Comey explained the  Gravity of Russia’s Election Meddling at his hearing.

How Trump could fire Mueller. Russia is still not going away, however.

There’s a whole branch of the investigation now devoted to Kushner.

PBS has been bought…Let them know we’re disappointed.

This month the Public Broadcasting System is showing a “documentary” that tells a one-sided story of school privatization as told by Libertarian Andrew Coulson. This three-hour broadcast, called  “School, Inc., “ airs nationwide in three PBS broadcasts.  It can be best described as anti-public education propaganda.

The extremist positions of Cato include the belief that discrimination based on race, religion, gender and sexual orientation should not be outlawed because the right to discriminate is a personal freedom. They have also proposed the elimination of public education. Betsy DeVos shares their radical views. The film was funded by extreme right-wing conservative foundations–the Rose Mary and Jack Anderson Foundation, the Prometheus Foundation and the Steve and Lana Hardy Foundation.

The Public Broadcasting System must hear from you.

This cannot go unchallenged.

1) Write your email to PBS by going here.  2) Call PBS and register your complaint and ask that they broadcast Diane Ravitch’s response to School, Inc. before or after each episode as well as the film, Backpack Full of Cash. Here is the number to call: 1-703-739-5000.  3) Contact your local station and ask them to do the same. If your station has not played the series, ask them not to. You can find your local station’s number here. All PBS stations are independent.

More Resources:
DeVos Says More Money Won’t Help Schools, Research Says Otherwise
Asked About Discrimination, Betsy DeVos Said This 14 Times

“The first thing I’m going to do is tell you that if I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary, OK?

June 14th, 196 members of Congress filed a lawsuit against Trump, citing the emoluments clauseThus far, all who have signed on are Democrats, with no Republicans joining in. Let’s thank Senator Richard Blumenthal (202-224-2823) and Representative John Conyers Jr. (202-225-5126) for leading the charge.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine have filed a lawsuit against Trump citing emoluments clause violations: Let’s thank them for taking this action: AG Karl Racine, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 1100S, Washington, DC 20001 and AG Brian Frosh 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202-2202

In Other News:

Kansas throws in the Heritage Foundation towel. “Trickle down” from rich people has been proven again not to work. Unfortunately, Trump is still trying to copy their failed economic plans.

General Mattis declared that North Korea is the most urgent threat to US security

Jeff Sessions wasted everyone’s time as expected.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has brought involuntary manslaughter charges against five officials for their alleged failure to address the Flint water crisis.

Mr. Trump continues to search for  judiciary nominees that are guaranteed never to indict him.

Mr. Trump extends the “Friends and Family”  employment plan to his son’s wedding coordinator.

Projects:

#NoDAPL Lives!  The Water Protectors Need Your Help!

Only 26 companies are still advertising with Breitbart, down from 242 in March, yet Amazon remains among those 26. It is time for Amazon to do stand up against hate, and stop buying advertising on Breitbart. The Sierra Club’s Add Up has a petition and sample tweet we can send to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Readings:

Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich
Why Facts Don’t Change our Minds
Why Democrats and Republicans Cannot Agree on Healthcare
The Dark Psychology of Dehumanization, Explained
A Collector sells a Lichtenstein to Fund Criminal Justice Reform
A Smarter Way to Interpret 2017’s Special Elections

Resources:

NEW! Get your calls to action directly to your phone – download Indivisible Ventura’s brand-spankin’ new Mobile App! The easiest way to make your daily calls! Click here to download!

The LA Times is keeping a list. Everything Trump has tweeted (and what it was about).

Great Trump quotes about how smart he is.

(Thanks to Rogan’s List, Jen Hofmann, Alison and Stephanie, 2 Actions a Week and all the other great internet resources that are still available to us)

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