Fri 1/31: Last time the Social Security pulled this wicked stunt, over 20,000 people died. Trump wants to do it again. Comment tonight by 11:59 pm EST!

The last time this policy was implemented, 21,176 people died. Stop this now!

Trump is becoming bolder about doing things that kill people, either to pay back his biggest lobbyists, distract from his impeachment woes, or to prove his bonafides in the trickle-down war on the poor.

His administration now wants to recreate a 1980’s policy from the Reagan era that resulted in 200,000 Americans losing their earned Social Security disability benefits and 21,176 deaths. Several people committed suicide after being told they no longer qualified for benefits and Medal of Honor winner and Vietnam war hero Roy Benavidez was told to get a job, despite war injuries that left him with severe pain and shrapnel in his heart.

After massive public outcry, that policy was reversed, but now the administration is proposing a similar rule, which increases the frequency of eligibility reviews in an attempt to rip benefits away from hundreds of thousands of Americans with disabilities, especially adults nearing retirement and children.

So we say…Why wait to howl until AFTER people die? Let’s do it NOW!

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While Social Security is best known as a retirement program, disability and survivors benefits are equally essential. That’s why we’re rallying our allies across the country to fight back against this proposed rule change and save the lives of thousands of Americans.  Continue reading “Fri 1/31: Last time the Social Security pulled this wicked stunt, over 20,000 people died. Trump wants to do it again. Comment tonight by 11:59 pm EST!”

Fri 1/31: Trump’s spineless supporters want him declared a king in all but name before the Super Bowl. Let them bow. We’ll keep calling!

Dershowitz’s defense argument transcript here.

Alan Dersowitz stated yesterday that extortion is fine if you’re doing it to get reelected.

As the Senate moves toward pivotal votes on witnesses and the articles of impeachment, Republican senators who decide that Donald Trump’s shakedown of Ukraine was sleazy, but not worth removing him from office, still have a problem. They risk angering a president who insists his actions were “perfect” and beyond reproach.

In the face of a such a dilemma, senators were offered an escape hatch this week by Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz: Don’t worry about what Trump did, Dershowitz assured the senators. You can tell your constituents that if the president didn’t commit a crime, he can’t be impeached and removed from office.” (USA Today)

However, Dershowitz is wrong, according to real constitutional scholars who are not political shills, as well as to Nikolas Bowie, the person he misquotes in his arguments.

What does this leave us with? A president who has reconfigured his Article II power to allow him to freely fire anyone he hates, build anything he wants, assassinate anyone who pisses him off, withhold any of the congressionally appropriated aid he likes, and recall any foreign ambassadors, even for corrupt reasons, or as he put it – “to “do whatever I want as president.” He might as well have said “I am now king.”

If you did these calls before, do them again! Call volume matters!

Action #1 – Email/Call your legislators! Get your friends and family to call theirs!

Continue reading “Fri 1/31: Trump’s spineless supporters want him declared a king in all but name before the Super Bowl. Let them bow. We’ll keep calling!”

Tues 1/28: America demands witnesses! The Senate is voting on this tomorrow. FLOOD their offices with calls now!

If you did these calls yesterday, do them again! Call volume matters!

Action #1 – Email/Call your legislators! Get your friends and family to call theirs!

Add “ I NEVER told John Bolton!” to your collection of Trumpian nonsense, right next to “READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!” and “PERFECT CALL!.

Bolton’s book “The Room Where It Happened”, has been marrooned in the White House since December, waiting for a “classified information review” that may never happen. However, a leak has occurred…the book reportedly states that Trump did exactly what we already know he did, that Attorney General William P. Barr and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney enabled him, and that “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients.

Meanwhile, reports from CBS news claim that GOP Senators have received strict warnings not to vote against Trump, “or your head will be held on a pike,” a phrase that so offended the delicate sensibilities of the GOP, that they’ve retreated to their fainting couches and are threatening to vote for Trump because of it, no matter what evidence says.

Minimal script to your senator: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to move to have John Bolton subpoenaed as a witness immediately, based on the information from his book detailed in the New York Times, along with other witness and documents necessary to ensure a fair and thorough impeachment trial.

Continue reading “Tues 1/28: America demands witnesses! The Senate is voting on this tomorrow. FLOOD their offices with calls now!”

Mon 1/27: John Bolton is ready to rumble. Get that man a subpoena!

Action #1 – Email/Call your legislators and Chief Justice Roberts!

Add “ I NEVER told John Bolton!” to “READ THE TRANSCRIPTS!” and “PERFECT CALL!in your collection of Trumpian nonsense.

Bolton’s book “The Room Where It Happened”, has been marrooned in the White House since December, waiting for a “classified information review” that may never happen. However, a leak has occurred…the book reportedly states that Trump did exactly what we already know he did, that Attorney General William P. Barr and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney enabled him, and that “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged privately that there was no basis to claims by the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani that the ambassador to Ukraine was corrupt and believed Mr. Giuliani may have been acting on behalf of other clients.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is presiding over the Senate trial, “can easily subpoena these folks on his own,” and he “can’t even be overruled by Republicans in the Senate.“, according to Neal Katyal, a former acting solicitor general. Parts of the 1868 Senate rules of impeachment, still in force, give the chief justice the power to issue subpoenas without being overruled by the Senate. Once a subpoenaed witness is deposed, and only then, the Senate has the final say on whether the witness also testifies, according to this op-ed. OK, then.

Ask Chief Justice Roberts and your legislators to call for Bolton to testify!

Minimal script to your senator: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to move to have John Bolton subpoenaed as a witness immediately, based on the information from his book detailed in the New York Times. Continue reading “Mon 1/27: John Bolton is ready to rumble. Get that man a subpoena!”

Fri – 1/24: We are watching. (2) actions. #RemoveThemAll

Action #1: Our president just bragged on international TV that he withheld everything!

Although Sen. Mitch McConnell pretends his sham of a trial is equivalent to the Clinton trial, that administration actually turned over more than 90,000 pages of documents for congressional inspection, and witnesses testified both during the Starr investigation and at the trial. The Trump administration only revealed call transcripts after the the whistleblower’s report forced them to. Trump then ignored subpoenas and forbade individuals to respond to them and now he’s openly admitted to withholding evidence at the World Economic Forum. Only a senator deeply complicit with the authoritarian regime Trump is forming would refuse to call this “obstruction of congress”.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to remind [his/her] GOP colleagues that we, the vast majority of Americans, want a fair trial with testimony from all the relevant witnesses. We want them to be impartial jurors who are paying attention, not wandering around like cats. This is the bare minimum we expect from those to whom we pay with our taxes, from those who say they are our public servants, from those who’ve taken an oath to uphold “impartial justice” at this trial, and from those who’ve sworn to “support and defend the Constitution,” including from enemies without and authoritarian threats from within.

Action #2: Call your legislators and Roberts – have GOP senator-jurors removed for cause!

Continue reading “Fri – 1/24: We are watching. (2) actions. #RemoveThemAll”

Thurs 1/23: Americans have been lending a hand to our newest immigrants for generations. It’s our turn. Come join in!

  • We believe that immigration is what makes America great.
  • We believe that America needs immigrants – their energy, their inventiveness, their work ethic and their bravery, as much as they need opportunity and safe harbor.
  • We believe that helping our newest immigrants honors the sacrifices our own families made, and the help they received, when they first arrived in this country generations ago.
  • We believe that we can make a profound difference in the lives of others when we work together.

Action #1: SPREAD THE WORD! The UFW Citizenship fair is happening in PIRU tomorrow – Friday, Jan. 24th!

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The UFW doesn’t need more volunteers, but they’d appreciate if you’d share this with your social circle. NOTE: THEY HAVE FUNDING FOR DACA! Call to see if you, friends or family qualify. Flyers, in Spanish and English, are here.

Action #2: THIS SUNDAY- 1/26: Volunteer, help spread the word and/or donate to our local free citizenship fair – Swap Meet Justice! 

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Wed. 1/22: Our president is a giant walking, talking national security leak.

He’s trying to distract us by tossing more countries onto his travel ban bonfire…

With breathless fearmongering – “We have to be safe. Our country has to be safe. You see what’s going on in the world. Our country has to be safe,” Trump tries to divert Americans’ attention from a greater danger to our country and our democracy –  the malign foreign influences brought in and encouraged by Trump himself.

Action #1: Keep FLOODING Senate offices with calls. If you have family and friends in GOP-country, make sure they’re calling too.

The vote at the end of the Senate trial will be partially determined by GOP senators who think they’ll be kicked out by disgusted constituents. Update: Some GOP senators must be nervous, because McConnell gave up some territory. 

  • McConnell had to add more time to the proceedings –  The new plan allows up to 48 hours of opening arguments over six days, instead of four, from the House of Representatives lawmakers making the case for impeachment and Trump’s defense team
  • The resolution now “automatically” enters the House’s records from its impeachment hearings into evidence unless there’s an objection. McConnells’s draft released earlier would have required a vote to enter that evidence.

Minimum script for GOP senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to know that I want [him/her] to Continue reading “Wed. 1/22: Our president is a giant walking, talking national security leak.”

Tues 1/21: Inquiring minds want to know: Do the president’s lawyers really need 24 hours to say two words over and over again?

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The trial of our corrupt president starts this afternoon, in front of a GOP-dominated Senate full of potential perjurers of their oaths of office.

UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is waiting for a confirmation vote for a resolution allowing both the House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team 24 hours apiece to present their arguments. Less than an hour ago, those 24 hours had to be contained within 2 days, with opening statements starting at 1:00 pm and final arguments ending in the middle of the night. These shenanigans show us how seriously the GOP need to cover up Trump’s guilt and to get this trial over before the Feb. 4th State of the Union speech, where a still-impeached Trump will assuredly melt down on national TV. The overall trial time has since been changed to 3 days, which is similar to the Clinton impeachment trial, but not before McConnell was redubbed “Midnight Mitch.”

Action #1: Tell your Senators that the Senate Resolution is unacceptable.

Minimum script for GOP senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to know that I want [him/her] to

  1. Support witnesses, depositions, and the public release of testimony. (The resolution does not admit House evidence into the trial record until after the Senate votes on whether or not to call witnesses or admit documents.)
  2. Realize that we know that it’s actually the President’s duty to protect whistleblowers and if his team intends to call this person, how will [he/she] be protected?

Minimum script for Democratic senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want to first thank Sen. [___] for publicly demanding a fair and open impeachment trial. We want a trial with open press coverage, reasonable start and ending times and witness testimony from Bolton, Guiliani, Perry, Perry, Pompeo, Lev Parnas and a representative of the GAO, which has determined that an actual “CRIME” had been committed.

Continue reading “Tues 1/21: Inquiring minds want to know: Do the president’s lawyers really need 24 hours to say two words over and over again?”

Mon. 1/20: Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for access to the polls. We also need to fight – for our polls, our votes, and our democracy to be secure. Comment deadline TONIGHT 5:00 pm.

“Let My People Vote” – In June 1965, the Voting Rights Act languished in the House Rules Committee after passage in the Senate. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote this letter to the New York Amsterdam News urging its passage as the first step in ensuring access to the ballot. (Atlantic) Image by Tumisu from Pixabay

DEADLINE TONIGHT! – Fight for secure elections! Write a comment opposing the certification of an easily hackable voting system for LA County!

Los Angeles County has been working on a more accessible and transparent voting system, using high-tech “ballot marking devices” (BDM). Groundbreaking, just like the first electric voting machines were, compared to old-fashioned hand-marked ballots. However, testers have found user interface and security problems, including being able to access and alter electronic records and get into the physical ballot boxes without detection. Although in-person voting begins in six weeks, the state has yet to sign off on the new technology and in-person voting begins on Feb. 22.

Comments are due by TONIGHT – Monday, January 20, 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST.

  • E-mail the state at VotingSystems@sos.ca.gov immediately.
  • Comment line: Use the words “Comments on VSAP 2.0” in the Subject.
  • Write in the email: Please do not certify the dangerous, unverifiable VSAP touchscreen computer voting system. Instead, require a HAND-MARKED PAPER BALLOT (HMPB) for all voters at the polling place in this year’s crucial primary and general elections. Every precinct should still have ballot-marking devices (BMD) available for those who cannot mark paper ballots by hand
  • Call (916) 695-1680 and say the same thing!

Continue reading “Mon. 1/20: Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for access to the polls. We also need to fight – for our polls, our votes, and our democracy to be secure. Comment deadline TONIGHT 5:00 pm.”

Sat. 1/18: What to do today!

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This day, three years ago, was our beginning, as well as the start of organized resistance against our corrupt administration all across the country. 4.1 million people peacefully took part in that first march in the U.S., along with 300,000 worldwide. It was the largest single-day march in U.S. history.

Continue reading “Sat. 1/18: What to do today!”