Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action Feb. 5-11

February may be the shortest month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pack in a lot of action! There’s a lot happening this week, with some big deadlines looming, so let’s dive right in!

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. Defend the Mueller Investigation

On Friday, the Trump administration released “the memo,” a four-page document authored by the GOP, supposedly detailing irregularities at the FBI.

Know:

  • Some see the release as a partisan move designed to undermine the FBI and cast doubt on the Mueller investigation into the connections between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has demanded that Devin Nunes be removed from the House Intelligence Committee for partisan activities surrounding the release of the memo.
  • This document may be used to undermine or even curtail the investigation. All Americans want to know is whether Russia was involved with Trump’s campaign, how extensive that involvement was and who knew about it. And yeah, we might want to make a federal case of it — but first, let’s get the facts.

Act:

2. Enforce Russian Sanctions

Congress told the White House that it wanted sanctions against Russia, but the Trump administration let the deadline for imposing them lapse without action.

Know:

  • Administration officials say that simply threatening sanctions is a sufficient deterrent to Russian defense sales. Speaking from personal experience, I frequently threaten my cat with sanctions for getting on the kitchen counters, but he continues to do so anyway …
  • This is a bipartisan issue: Almost everyone in Congress voted for sanctions.
  • Congress’ options here are pretty limited.

Act: Even though your representatives have limited options, it’s still important to contact them, say you’re concerned about what’s happening and ask them to take any available action. Knowing that constituents are watching — and caring — is important for legislators.

3. Act Before the February 8 DACA Deadline

Remember the very brief government shutdown – in part because of a dispute over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA? Democrats agreed to a continuing resolution if Congress took up DACA as a separate issue, and that deadline is February 8.

Know:

  • DACA provides a pathway for those who came to the United States without documentation as children, and people are already being deported as protections expire. The policy was originally instituted by executive order during the Obama Administration.
  • The DREAM Act formalizes it into law, while the SECURE Act would cover people who lost their temporary protected status, or TPS under the Trump Administration. TPS allowed people from regions with catastrophic environmental or political situations to live legally in the U.S. Now, the administration is canceling TPS and ordering people home — even after decades here.
  • Some are beginning to wonder if the promise of a vote was made under false pretenses.

Act:

  • Contact your legislators and tell them you’re very concerned that the promise of voting on a DACA fix is about to expire. You may wish to note that immigrants contribute to U.S. society and play a vital role in many communities.
  • Join fellow Care2 activists in signing our petition to pass the DREAM ACT.

4.Don’t Let “Infrastructure” Trump the Environment

In Trump’s State of the Union speech, he made a major promise about infrastructure, but aside from the prohibitively expensive price tag, it hid a few nasty surprises.

Know:

  • Buried in proposals for massive infrastructure spending are clauses that call for reforms to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act and other legislation that protects the environment.
  • Developers claim that this legislation hampers the ability to do cost-effective work, and, notably, many Trump administration officials have also lodged opposition to environmental regulations. Expedited permitting is supposed to facilitate infrastructure fixes, but at what cost?
  • Americans have repeatedly indicated that they want clean energy and environmentally-friendly development. A huge infrastructure investment plan represents a golden opportunity to update government infrastructure for climate resilience, energy efficiency  and a new green look – all while creating a ton of jobs.

Act: Contact your legislators, and tell them you do not support abridging important environmental regulations to fast-track permits. If you, like me, live in an area of the country with urgent needs for infrastructure improvements, stress that this could be an opportunity to do some amazingly good work. And emphasize that it’s worth taking time to make sure this work is done well.

5. Step Up for Community Health Centers

Community health centers are a vital health care resource that provide care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay with the assistance of federal funding. Sadly, that funding has expired.

Know:

  • Many people in the U.S., including some with insurance coverage, can’t afford care. Community health centers exist to support the nine million Americans who rely on their services.
  • Around 50,000 people in the low-income areas served by these entities could lose their jobs.
  • Congress can address this problem by reauthorizing funding so they can continue operations.

Act: Contact your representatives, and tell them you would like them to support a funding reauthorization to protect Americans in vulnerable communities. These centers run very efficiently, and the cost of not providing care is, in the long term, much higher than the cost of offering it in the first place.

Take on a mini-challenge: Get your flu vaccine! I know it sounds boring, but doing your part for public health is a good deed. If you’re already vaccinated, congratulations!

Photo credit: Ty Nigh

44 comments

Paulo R
Paulo R7 days ago

signed the petitions. ty

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Vania G
Vania G16 days ago

Obrigada pela informação

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Ruth S
Ruth S16 days ago

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Cathy B
Cathy B16 days ago

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Winn A
Winn A16 days ago

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie16 days ago

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Veronica Danie16 days ago

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Veronica Danie16 days ago

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Janis K16 days ago

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Leo C16 days ago

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