Nobody is Above the Law – Be Ready! Update 12/21

Any firing that occurs between December 23 and December 26 would trigger the protest events on December 27.

Flash Mob Protest — Nobody is Above the Law

Join MoveOn and your local resisters in action if the unthinkable happens.

This is an nation-wide event planned as a rapid response protest in the event that Donald Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller. Please note that the listed date is a placeholder and will be updated to be within 24 hours of the firing, should it occur.

Update from our Ventura rally organizer.

Dear Grassroots & Democratic Friends,

There is widespread concern that Robert Mueller will be fired — an attempt by Trump to stop the investigation into his ties to Russian oligarchs, his financial entanglements, and conspiracy to help a foreign entity affect our democratic election.

We have organized a Rapid Response Flash protest that will occur in coordination with the national host of the event, MoveOn. (If you haven’t sign up yet, RSVP here. Too far away, check out local rallies here.) It is expected that Trump will fire chief investigator, Mueller, during the upcoming Christmas Recess when members of the House and Senate will not be in Washington, DC to obstruct Trump’s desire to be rid of the legal investigation.

Therefore, we must stand ready to join together in protest. So many have signed up to attend, that it would be impossible for me to call each of you on the day that the firing occurs.  To get a notification of the day and time of our assembly,  you will need to to enroll to receive a text message by:

1. Install the app for iPhone (http://apple.co/2o8cQAG) or Android (http://bit.ly/2neIpnw)
2. Press ‘Create New Account‘ to sign up
3. Enter the Indivisible Ventura invite code: 340-050-206

Secondly, if you cannot receive texts, I will notify you at the same email address you have used to sign-up with GrassrootsVentura. (See attachment for full details.)
Continue reading “Nobody is Above the Law – Be Ready! Update 12/21”

Going backwards at full speed. Next stop…your wallet.

The GOP voted yesterday to destroy an important Obama-era consumer protection.

Despite overwhelming evidence that the public disapproved of a future of extortionate fees, blocked websites, throttled services and content censorship, the GOP-majority members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completed their mission of rooting out and destroying Obama-era landmarks by voting 3-2 along party lines Thursday to repeal its landmark net neutrality protections.

They did this despite credible evidence of corruption…

Eighteen attorneys general, dozens of Democratic congressmen and two Republicans had pushed for a delay to the ruling to address the millions of fake comments supporting the repeal, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai refused. Two million comments filed to the FCC on net neutrality were submitted under stolen identities, said Commissioner Rosenworcel, who opposed the repeal. Half a million came from Russian addresses, and 50,000 net neutrality complaints have gone “inexplicably missing.”

They did this despite fierce public opposition…

“Organic” comments from real people, approximately 22,000,000 of them, were overwhelmingly against the repeal.  There were 700 protests across the country last week to stop the FCC’s attack on the internet, or that 83% of Americans opposed his plan to repeal Title II.Meanwhile Democratic lawmakers and dozens of activists protested outside. Despite all this and after a bomb threat cleared the room for a short time, the voting took place.

History proves that allowing corporations to regulate themselves is a terrible idea.

Continue reading “Going backwards at full speed. Next stop…your wallet.”

Sanity-Saving Good News – The #MeToo Edition

Good News for Women!

Time Magazine chose the women brave enough to stand up to their harrassers as “Person of the Year” over the man accused of being a harrasser himself. Which is great!

However, as we learn more about the #MeToo movement, it is disappointing to learn that the actual original author, Tarana Burke, who started it as part of her work with young harrassment and assault survivors more than ten years ago, wasn’t included on the cover. Our thanks and congratulations to her.

tarana Burke

Continue reading “Sanity-Saving Good News – The #MeToo Edition”

The separation of Church and State is what makes America special. This is the kind of wall we want.

Although some darkly mutter that that our secularity of our government was an atheist plot, it was actually a profoundly religious Baptist minister, Roger Williams, who gave us the gift of a separate church and state 400 years ago.

Here’s the short form as to why we’re not actually a religious theocracy right now.

In 1630, John Winthrop led 1,000 men, women and children to start the Massachusetts Bay Colony. These Puritans left England because they were disgusted with what they saw as corruption in the Church of England and the tyranny of the crown. Finally given complete freedom to create the simple worship and personal intimacy with God that they long desired, they proceeded remove religious freedom from others. “Puritan ministers were compelled—upon pain of imprisonment—to wear the surplice and use the Book of Common Prayer, and their congregants were compelled to participate in what they regarded as rote worship.”

In other words, having risked their lives to escape an oppressive religious regime, they immediately started to set up one of their own. Humans! 

However, Roger Williams, actually paying attention to history, felt that they should use this chance in a new world to do better than their forebears in protecting religion from the games of politicians.

“Williams believed that preventing error in religion was impossible, for it required people to interpret God’s law, and people would inevitably err. He therefore concluded that government must remove itself from anything that touched upon human beings’ relationship with God. A society built on the principles Massachusetts espoused would lead at best to hypocrisy, because forced worship, he wrote, “stincks in God’s nostrils.” At worst, such a society would lead to a foul corruption—not of the state, which was already corrupt, but of the church.” Continue reading “The separation of Church and State is what makes America special. This is the kind of wall we want.”

The “You have got to be kidding me!!!” guy is up for a vote tomorrow. CALL!

This Wednesday, the Senate will be voting on the confirmation of Trump’s nominee William Wehrum, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation.  Mr. Wehrum is a petrochemical lawyer and climate denier. The nomination has angered environmentalists, given Wehrum’s history as a lawyer for industries he would soon be charged with regulating, including polluters who are actively suing the EPA. Watch this great video as Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley discovers “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

CA Senator Harris also nails him on the California waiver issue.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Sen. [___] vote NO on the latest unqualified nominee, William Wehrum, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation.

More script if you want it: This nominee cannot be trusted to protect public health and the environment. Additionally he will not commit to uphold California’s Green House Gas Waiver.


CALL Senator Feinstein
: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

 More Info: Continue reading “The “You have got to be kidding me!!!” guy is up for a vote tomorrow. CALL!”

Support the Honest Ads Act. It’s a first step and the very least social media giants can do.

Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask –
Rep. [___]  to support the Honest Ads Act – H.R. 4077
Sen. [____] to support the Honest Ads Act – S. 1989

More script if you want it: Holding online political ads to the same standard as ads published through other media is a critical first step in safeguarding our democracy and preventing foreign interference in elections.

But that’s just a beginning. Add this: We would like the bill to be amended to include tough identification rules and cut off anonymous and semi-anonymous payment methods for advertisers. When the platforms are recognized as publishers, it should become impossible to broadcast content anonymously, without the author’s true, verified identity being known at least to the platforms themselves; it should also be impossible to buy an ad in the U.S. without a U.S. bank account. (Bloomberg). The law should be revisited regularly to keep up with new types of interference methods.

Representatives

Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779 https://juliabrownley.house.gov/contact/email-me

or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348 https://carbajal.house.gov/contact/email

Other Rep Contactshttp://www.phoneyourrep.com

Senators

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430 https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884 https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More info.: Continue reading “Support the Honest Ads Act. It’s a first step and the very least social media giants can do.”

Corruption Alert – Keep the EPA’s “Science Advisory Board” Scientific. NO on HR 1431

Minimal script:  I am calling from [zip code] to ask Senator [___] to vote no on HR 1431, which would allow industry a voice on the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board.

More script if you want it: This bill would empower lobbyists and let big money, not science, to shape environmental policy.

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

More Info:  Continue reading “Corruption Alert – Keep the EPA’s “Science Advisory Board” Scientific. NO on HR 1431″

Daylight cleans up a lot of things. Release the Steel Dossier Testimony.

Minimal Script: I am calling Senator Feinstein to vote YES on making public the 9+ hours of Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on the Steele dossier by Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS.

More script info if you want it: “The dossier is at the center of the investigation into Russia’s hacking of our election. We have a right to know its sourcing and credibility.”

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Not in California? Is your Senator on the Judiciary Senate Committee? Continue reading “Daylight cleans up a lot of things. Release the Steel Dossier Testimony.”

Update on our National Monuments from Sierra Club’s Jim Hines – Action Call 8/29

Greetings Friends:

In two weeks I will be on Capitol Hill in DC (third trip this year) to meet with our adversaries in congress who are supporting elimination of many of our national monuments, national parks, national conservation areas and national forests, YOUR national public lands.

I will also be meeting with members of the Trump Administration Dept. of the Interior staff. It is so important to meet with our adversaries on national public lands issues as they are in full control of the process in DC right now.

The Administration and its many allies in congress are now taking a two prong approach to attacking our national public lands.

1) by using the 2018 federal budget process to reduce funding for national public land units the Administration does not feel warrant protections, such as many national monuments, national forests and national conservation areas in the western U.S. and will instead open those lands up to oil and gas drilling, coal and uranium mining, logging and cattle grazing.

2) supporting congressional legislation such as the Public Lands Initiative (PLI) soon to be introduced into congress by congressman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) which would remove all protections for federal lands in the state of Utah. Similar legislation is being drafted for other states in the western U.S. who do not want the U.S. Government owning/managing national parks, national monuments, national conservation areas and national forests.

3) And on top of all of this will be upcoming actions by the President to reduce the size and eliminate protections of many national monuments and other national public land units as well as National Marine Sanctuaries.

We are in an epic battle to save some of the most spectacular landscapes and endangered ecosystems in the United States.