Weekly Resistance: 5 Ways to Take Action Aug 6-12

Welcome back, friends, to the weekly roundup of actions to make the world a better place.

Before we delve in, something big to celebrate: After years of alienating its own members and infuriating the general public, the NRA is in major financial trouble, and the group may be about to become insolvent. It turns out that allowing a tiny minority of extremists to take over the organization and dominate its policy positions may have been a huge mistake. My thoughts and prayers to those affected.

You can find information on how to contact your officials at all levels of government here. As always, if you haven’t had a chance yet, sign up for our newsletter and stay up-to-date on the latest!

1. Stand Up for the Press

Trump’s attacks on the press are escalating, and they’re emboldening his followers to be increasingly aggressive with journalists.

Know:

  • Trump was on a tear last week about “fake, disgusting news” — and he wasn’t talking about his buddies at Breitbart.
  • United Nations officials have expressed concerns about Trump’s rhetoric and press freedom in the U.S.
  • CNN reporter Jim Acosta was heckled on live television while trying to do his job at a Trump rally.

Act: You can’t control what the president does — if you can, please call me — but you can stand up for the press in your daily life. Push back when you hear people talking about “fake news” or trashing journalists. Know that some controversies around major media outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post are fueled by disingenuous misinformation campaigns, as is the case with the harassment campaign targeting journalist Sarah Jeong. If you can, contribute to organizations like PEN and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

2. Tell Your Reps: We Deserve Town Halls!

School’s out for summer! Well, Congress is out for recess, anyway — and you know what that means …

Know:

  • The House of Representatives has a leisurely break through September 4, and the Senate is back in session next week.
  • You can find out if a town hall is scheduled in your area by contacting your representatives, or checking the Town Hall Project.
  • Town halls are a chance to interact face-to-face with your lawmaker to raise all kinds of issues. That includes national, local and even personal concerns. Having problems with your health insurance, the VA or a local agency? That’s what your representative is for — no matter who you voted for in the election. Your personal story could also inspire legislative change!

Act: If you don’t see a town hall scheduled, ask for one. Show up for scheduled town halls, and bring a friend — or a busload of them — to make it clear that you’re not alone in wanting to communicate with your elected officials.

3. Ask Your State Legislators to Protect Access to Health Care

The Trump administration is expanding short-term health insurance coverage in an attempt to undermine the ACA.

Know:

  • This bare-bones catastrophic coverage was designed for people who need less than three months of insurance, to protect consumers during a gap. It has many exclusions — including pregnancy care! — and high shared costs.
  • States have the right to regulate health insurance sold on their markets.
  • Incidentally, universal single-payer health care would be cheaper than the current health insurance market — and by the way, that info comes from a conservative think tank.

Act: Contact your state legislators, and ask them to introduce legislation banning such coverage — as is underway in California. The problem here isn’t just inadequate coverage. It’s also premium increases for people remaining on ACA plans as consumers flee for low-cost insurance.

4. Oppose Another Tax Cut for the Rich!

Trump wants to cut taxes for the wealthy. Again. Without Congressional oversight.

Know:

  • The Trump administration is specifically looking at capital gains tax: When you own something that accrues value over time — like stocks, if you invested wisely — you’re not taxed on the change in value until you sell it. The administration wants to adjust for inflation, which would radically cut capital gains liability.
  • Congress doesn’t have to participate here. This could be done via a rule change at the Treasury Department.
  • The vast majority of Trump’s tax cuts are going to the wealthiest people in the U.S.; 97.5 percent to the top 10 percent!

Act: You’re not powerless in this situation. You can contact your legislators to express your outrage. You will also be able to participate in the comment period on any proposed rule, so stay tuned — or check Regulations.gov for pending rulemaking.

5. Don’t Let Your Community Profit from Private Detention

Immigration detention practices are receiving a great deal of attention right now thanks to family separation.

Know:

  • The government relies heavily on private contractors not just for detention facilities, but also for guards, food service and more.
  • Some cities and towns are welcoming these facilities as economic drivers.
  • There’s a growing divestment movement demanding that cities and states pull their investments from funds that include private detention companies in their mix.

Act: Find out whether there’s a current or planned detention facility in your area, and prepare to make some noise. Show up at city meetings, request private appointments with local officials, notify big companies that do business in your area and make it so embarrassing and uncomfortable to profit from a private prison that your city rolls up the welcome mat. If no such facility exists in your area, call on local officials to commit to keeping it that way with an ordinance — not just a resolution or promise.

Meanwhile, ask if your city has divested from companies profiting on immigration detention — and if you have a job that provides retirement benefits, check on those too.

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45 comments

Brian F
Brian F4 months ago

Rhoberta E Considering MSNBC and CNN unfairly favored Hillary over Bernie Sanders, lied about the Iraq war, lied about the Syrian war, by supporting the CIA and the rebels who are trying to overthrow Assad, and support the Republican policy of worshiping Israel and giving it 8 million a day so it can oppress the Palestinians, Trump is right to call them fake news. I don't agree with most of Trump's policies, but our corporate controlled media CNN, MSNBC, and Fox news that all lied about the Iraq war cannot be trusted. Their ratings reflect this, as they have plummeted. I get my news from youtube stations like the Young Turks, the Jimmy Dore show, and Secular Talk. Corporate controlled Cable news stations like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox news lie all the time, and cannot be trusted,

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David F
David F4 months ago

RHoberta E. A recent example if the insane mega-fake News The 92% Fake News New York Times, hired Sarah Jeong to its editorial board.

The one that tweeted Quote: "cancel white people".

Oh man it's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.

I was equating Trump to Hitler before it was cool. Plus her frequent "F*** the police".

All of that is just fine with the Fake News victims like Rhoberta?

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Winn A
Winn A4 months ago

Noted

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Winn A
Winn A4 months ago

Thanks

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E4 months ago

david f
Considering trump calls almost EVERY news outlet except fox "fake news" your diatribe posted below isn't worth your effort in posting it.
trump's intent mostly towards CNN and MSNBC is apparent and evident and his CONSTANT use of the term " fake news" (just like YOU do) will get journalists injured or killed. His rallies are an embarrassment to civility and the office of your Presidency.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R4 months ago

Thank you for posting.

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Paulo R
Paulo R4 months ago

petitions signed. ty

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Leo C
Leo C4 months ago

Thank you for posting!

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Daniel N
Daniel N4 months ago

Thank you

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David F
David F4 months ago

Deborah G, the other side of the story. Once again you, among many have fallen head over heels for the Fake News telling you that the president called our media or journalist the enemies of the people.

He did not, I have watched dozens of YouTube and Twitter recordings and simply cannot find where he does not qualify enemies of people with the Fake News.
In fact he repeatedly says just the opposite, "there are good journalists and good news sources". "Fake News is the enemy of the American people".
If anyone can find a tape proving otherwise, I will watch, however, if it exists it would be Anecdotal.
He is 100% correct, proof positive is the number of victims on this thread.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-pty-pty_converter&hsimp=yhs-pty_converter&hspart=pty&p=Trump+called+Fake+News+the+enemy+of+the+people#id=51&vid=c04faa3d9950f29b57ad741e24b0141b&action=view

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