OK, everyone. What did we expect? The NYTimes bombshell report on Trump’s indebtedness to unknown creditors (See our action post here) and making his daughter a co-defendant to tax fraud charges – what we all saw was a human coyote stuck in a bear trap, gnawing a leg off on live TV. His need to win is now existential, because if he doesn’t, he won’t get an opportunity to wipe the memory banks of the IRS, drum up $400 million dollars for his personal accounts or remove more federal prosecutors.
So go grab some ice cream or a glass of your favorite and listen to this great debate analysis here by Jaquita Wilson. For later, here’s the report from the debate’s factcheckers and a great article on Joe’s defense of voting and the power of American citizens.
To the 100,000 victims of the pandemic – Our president gives you “thoughts and prayers.” We demand more.
The “White House Proclamation on Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2020,” states “As we pay tribute to the lives and legacies of these patriots on Memorial Day, we also remember that they sacrificed to create a better, more peaceful future for our Nation and the world. We recommit to realizing that vision, honoring the service of so many who have placed love of country above all else.”
We’re confident Trump has never read this, as he spent last weekend driving his golf cart over the “better, more peaceful future” with racist and misogynistic tweets and refused to mention, much less “honor the service” of our nation’s latest sacrifices – the front line “warriors” drafted into an army of necessity and economic convenience. He only lowered the flag for them after being publicly shamed. On Sunday, a White House spokesman stated: “President Trump’s prayers for comfort and strength are with all of those grieving the loss of a loved one or friend as a result of this unprecedented plague, and his message to this great nation remains one of resilience, hope and optimism.”
Tomorrow, Wednesday 8/22/18 , the Senate Rules Committee will deliberate on the Secure Elections Act [S. 2261]. It certainly will provide a more secure infrastructure against cybersecurity threats than our current state, but it is missing two of the most important and effective ways to secure elections; paper records to detect and quickly correct for cyberattacks and automatic risk limiting audits to ensure that such detection actually happens. Otherwise this bill is like going on a picnic with buns, condiments, and napkins, and then realizing you left the burgers at home.
Action – Call your committee members and ask them to amend the bill!
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to demand that the Committee amend S. 2261– “Secure Elections Act” to require states to give voters the option to mark their ballots by HAND, or provide a voter-verifiable paper trail and to conduct “Risk Limiting Audits”.
(Check here to see if your senator is on the committee. Dianne Feinstein is a member.)
Net Neutrality ENDS MONDAY, June 11, but we have a slim chance of saving it in California if we stop ISP lobbyists from killing SB-822 – “Communications: broadband Internet access service” in the two committees listed below tomorrow, June 12th.
While SB 460 (de León) was a well-intentioned start, Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 822 includes all of the protections from the 2015 Open Internet Order. Unlike SB 460, SB 822 does not leave giant loopholes that ISPs have exploited in the past.
Our representative, Monique Limón, is NOT on these committees. Yours may not be either. However, call them and tell them you expect them to talk to committee members. Then look at the committee members and think of all your friends and family members that live in their districts. INDIVISIBLE CONEJO, we’re looking at you and Jaqui Irwin.
On 5/16, the Senate passed S.J. Res 52, the resolution to overturn the FCC net neutrality rollback. Republican Senators Collins (ME), Kennedy (LA), and Murkowski (AK) joined all 49 Senators in the Democratic Caucus in voting “Yes”. The resolution then moved to the House, where, two days later, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) has filed a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on the Senate-passed resolution. A simple majority of House members must sign the petition.
We’re running out of time. June 11th is the deadline.
Check out where your legislator stands here and send them a “thank-you” or a “WTH?” tweet with the attached links. (The list alphabetizes by first name or by state.) Then find the links to all your out-of-state relatives and friends and ask them to do the same thing. Be Indivisible all over the country. For more impact, call everyone who is a “U” (undecided, my foot) or a “N“.
Minimal Script for “U” and “N” Reps: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to show support for the Senate-passed S.J. Res 52 by signing the discharge petition introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle. I will remember how you vote on this at the next election.
A group of teenagers in Macedonia built a large network of sites spreading false information shortly before the 2016 election because making outrageous statements drove a lot of traffic to them, which translate to a lot of ad revenue.
Others do it for power.
(Washington Post) “…there’s direct political value in spreading misinformation. Setting aside the value that Trump himself sees in misrepresenting reality, there has been a deliberate effort to spread inaccurate information about political candidates and issues — Hillary Clinton, Brexit, etc. — to both shape public opinion and to make it harder to discern real from fake. If you see one article claiming that millions of people were caught voting illegally and another reporting (correctly) that there is no evidence at all of widespread voter fraud, the issue may seem as though it’s still being litigated.”
Most of us realize that still photos can be manipulated with tools like Photoshop. However, technology now allows motivated users to alter videos as well.
Ultimately, it’s our thoughts, opinions and core beliefs that are being Photoshopped and reshaped.
A person’s facial expressions can be altered in a video. This can change anyone into a real-life marionette, seemingly saying words that are supplied by the video creator.
Our plaintiffs, along with co-counsel at Make the Road New York and Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, asked the court to help protect Dreamers, and today we got our wish: a federal court has rejected President Trump’s rationale for ending DACA and put in place another important block to protect Dreamers.
This means that anyone who had DACA in the past must be allowed to re-apply for DACA.
This ruling is particularly important as the arbitrary March 5th deadline that resulted in the crisis President Trump created is right around the corner.
Now all eyes turn to the Supreme Court as it decides whether it will take on a separate case regarding Trump’s DACA termination. It is likely that the Trump administration may appeal rapidly to the Supreme Court in an effort to take away this victory from our plaintiffs and all immigrant youth across the country.
This case is a testament to the bravery of Dreamers like our plaintiffs — this decision wouldn’t have happened if not for their courage to stand up for their rights.Continue reading “Good news for DACA!”→
Join us as we protest outside the Verizon store against the rollback of net neutrality protections! Bring your signs, your voice, a friend, and your enthusiasm!
When: Thursday, December 7, 12-2pm Where: Outside Verizon Store, corner of Main Street and Mills Road. We’ll be meeting on the sidewalk outside the Lowe’s Shopping Center, right across from the Pacific View Mall. 488 S Mills Rd, Ventura
We’ll be contacting BOTH the FCC and our Congressperson on this important action!
FCC Sample Script:I’m calling FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to insist the FCC uphold all existing Title II net neutrality rules. We pay for Internet service, and we have a right to protection from data discrimination, privacy invasion, and access restrictions.
CALL FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: (1-202-418-1000)
Congress Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to do anything in his/her power to stop the FCC from killing net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers.
More script if your want it: Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.
CALL Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779 OR Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to tell Sen. [___] to vote “NO” on reconfirming Ajit Pai.
More script if you want it: He’s supposed to protect the public interest, but he continuously sides with deep-pocketed corporations — like Verizon, his former employer.
If you’re on a roll: He’s trying to destroy Net Neutrality protection and the Lifeline program that helps needy communities. He’s also helping the hard-right media giant Sinclair Broadcasting gain an unprecedented number of local TV stations to broadcast their racist and anti-muslim diatribes.
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