Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action Apr. 3-9

We made it through another month, gentle readers, and it’s time to take on April in all its glory. There are all sorts of items in the hopper on the local and federal level this month, so let’s delve into some direct actions you can take to make a difference.

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On the phone

The Senate Judiciary Committee votes today on whether to advance the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court to the full Senate floor. The more we hear about Gorsuch, the worse he sounds for those concerned about equality under the law.

Democrats have threatened to filibuster, but they need your help: Call your senators to let them know you want them to make good on their threat. If you live in Maine, be aware that Senator Angus King, an independent, has waffled on his vote — give him a call to let him know how you feel.

On the local level: sanctuary cities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly threatened sanctuary cities, leaving local officials to decide whether they should hold the line or revoke their status.

They need to hear from residents: If you live in a sanctuary city, call city council or board of supervisors members to find out what that means. How do you feel about the policy? Ask how you can support your city, and if you don’t live in a sanctuary city and think you should, express your concerns!

  • When immigrants feel safe reporting crimes to the police, they can be part of the effort to build a safer community.
  • Speaking of crime, immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes than U.S.-born citizens.
  • Immigrants are a vital part of the American economy and cultural landscape, and your city will benefit from creating a safe environment to live and work.

Russia: Last week wasn’t a great one for legislative transparency and the push to investigate the possibility that Russia interfered with the election. Republican Senator John McCain is among those calling for a transparent bipartisan investigation into the issue, while Republican Devin Nunes is being pressured to step down from the House Intelligence Committee for conflicts of interest.

Here’s where you have a role, American public: Contact your representatives to tell them you support further inquiry into the Russia-Trump connection and potential election interference.

  • An investigation could put this issue to rest — one way or the other.
  • If Russia did interfere in the election, there should be penalties, and the U.S. should explore how to prevent this kind of compromise in the future.
  • If there are connections between the Trump Administration and Russia, including conflicts of interest,  it’s critical that the American people know this — and that those parties be removed from their positions.
  • This is a bipartisan national security issue, something relevant to both Democrats and Republicans concerned about the intelligence community. To be a free and fair democracy, we need to operate free of foreign influence.
A protester holding up a FILIBUSTER YOU MUST sign.

Photo credit: Alec Perkins

On the streets

“Resist Trump Tuesdays” continue across the nation, but don’t let the name put you off. This is a bipartisan effort to call for accountability and civility on the part of the government. The initiative aims to defeat problematic legislation and push for transparency in White House dealings. It’s also a great way to get to know people in your community, including your lawmakers.

This Tuesday, April 4, is Equal Pay Day. To earn as much as men did last year, women had to work through all of 2016 and until early April. Many cities are planning equal pay marches and other protests, so check to see what’s happening in your area. Consider taking the fight beyond the streets, too: Ask your local government to increase the minimum wage or pass an equal pay ordinance!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so find out how you can get involved with local sexual assault response organizations. You may be able to donate money or time to their operations. Alternatively, you may consider volunteering as a crisis counselor — an intense but incredibly rewarding experience. With an accused sexual assailant occupying the White House, it’s more important than ever to stand with victims and indicate that we have zero tolerance for sexual harassment and assault.

April is also Autism Awareness Month. Consider learning more about self-advocacy, which puts autistic people in charge of communications about neurodiversity. It’s a great time to seek out education about social, political and personal issues for the autistic community. Changes to health care policy and community funding could make a big difference for autism organizations, so autistic perspective and voices are more important than ever!

In writing

Consider signing the following Care2 petitions:

Brace yourself

The Trump Tax March is scheduled for next Saturday, April 15. Protesters across the country will turn out to ask for a look at Trump’s complete tax returns, in conformity with a very old presidential campaign tradition. What’s Trump hiding in those documents? If you’d like to find out, see if there’s a march in your area!

Speaking of taxes, the White House is hard at work on a sweeping tax reform proposal, still stinging from its health care defeat. Apparently, the plan is highly secretive, though White House officials suggest that the public will hear more about it soon. The proposal will likely contain substantial tax cuts for both individuals and corporations, especially in higher tax brackets. The policy may also open up new loopholes to allow wealthy people and entities to avoid paying their share of taxes.

The worldwide March for Science will occur on April 22. Organizers have been careful to maintain a nonpartisan stance — this is a march for people of all political stripes who support scientific inquiry  and evidence-based approaches to medicine and policy.

Protesters in city council chambers holding up signs calling for Jared Kushner's removal

Photo credit: Alec Perkins

Weekly “did this actually just happen?”

April Fools’! …or was it? The Russian Foreign Ministry went a little on the nose with a prank this year featuring a “leaked” recording of an automated phone menu for Russian embassies. The recording included a variety of options that would supposedly allow callers to interfere in elections. A shot across the bow over growing calls for investigations into the Russian government’s potential real-world interference?

A spokesperson confirmed that the recording was a joke, but the Kremlin still denies meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Photo credit: Karla Cote

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Lisa M
Lisa M1 years ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M1 years ago

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Marie W
Marie W1 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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ERIKA S
ERIKA S1 years ago

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ERIKA S1 years ago

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ERIKA S1 years ago

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Margie F
Margie FOURIE1 years ago

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Mary B
Mary B1 years ago

I came across an article recently from the Daily Kos about the Army of Russian Trolls and their repeated message . Hillary bad, Jill S. good, fake Bernie suporters [Bernie Bros] pro 'free market' stuff, all the usual stuff a few guys on this sight have been endlessly repeating. I had been wondering when the Green party had gone so far right, and that story explained it. They try to make a view that had been very left pass as left even tho it has shifted right. Beware. The Trump supporters here are not all racist, but they are all misinformed and probably not very smart. They have nothing to offer and can't justify what Trump is doing. They can't even figure out what the resistance is about. And at least one can't tell the difference between major progressive agreeing with him and him agreeing with them. He's not primary but he sure wants lots of credit where it's not deserved. Hey, Margaret Goodman, you might want to check out the Daily Kos. This sight has digressed into the same old arguments from the same people. If you like politics they have much more to offer with out the nasty attitudes and shit slinging. Hope to see you there.

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ERIKA S
ERIKA S1 years ago

noted

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Deborah W
Deborah W1 years ago

LIFE HAPPENS with or without you. Indications are you're not that important.

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