Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action February 11-16

Welcome back to the Weekly Resistance, gentle readers! There’s a lot happening this week, from grim anniversaries to another rapidly-approaching government shutdown — so let’s dive right into some actions you can take to make the world a better place.

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

1. Parkland Was a Year Ago. We Still Don’t Have Gun Reform.

One year ago, one of the most notorious school shootings in U.S. history unfolded in Florida — sparking another round of discussion about the need for common-sense gun reform and spurring a group of students to become gun violence activists. In the aftermath of Parkland, we haven’t seen meaningful movement on gun reform, and the brave students speaking out have even experienced harassment and death threats. Meanwhile, we’re all waiting for the inevitable next shooting.

It doesn’t have to be this way. House Democrats held a hearing last week to discuss gun violence, and they introduced background check legislation. The bulk of Americans support background checks – and are open to other ideas like red flag laws and bans on gun ownership for people with intimate partner violence convictions — so why aren’t lawmakers doing anything about it?

The short answer would be that they’re getting a lot of money from the NRA, so call them up and say you don’t want to wake up to the news of another horrific mass shooting ever again. It’s time to get behind the reform the entire country clearly wants.

2. Trump Wants To Kick 755,000 People Off SNAP

Republicans couldn’t sneak cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP, also known as “food stamps” — into the Farm Bill, so Trump’s administration is trying to do an end-run on Congress and severely curtail the use of rules that allow states to waive work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents.

If that sounds like gobbledegook to you, here’s the succinct version: The Trump administration wants to change the rules so it can kick 755,000 people off SNAP.

Work requirements for programs like SNAP and Medicaid do not cut poverty. They just make people hungry and jeopardize their health care. They do not “incentivize dependence,” as conservatives like to claim. Many people subject to rules like these are already working and dealing with life circumstances that the government doesn’t think about, like family members who need personal care and aren’t considered “dependents.”

The comment period is currently open for this proposed rule change, and you can submit your thoughts to the government.

3. The Green New Deal Is Here

The Green New Deal resolution dropped last week, and almost everyone has something to say about it. It’s important to be aware that this isn’t legislation, but a list of principles and goals to explore that will likely need to be accomplished through legislation and rulemaking, in cooperation with states.

In this administration, that may seem like a loser from the start, but it’s critical to engage in this conversation now so we can talk about building the future we want.

You’ll notice that the Green New Deal isn’t just about the environment. It’s very closely tied to social justice as well, acknowledging that low-income communities are disproportionately harmed by environmental issues and that it’s hard to have climate justice without community justice. The Green New Deal includes proposals like investing in infrastructure, creating jobs, reforming the food system and consulting with marginalized communities to accomplish environmental goals.

If it seems like a moonshot, it’s no surprise that multiple 2020 Democratic candidates are lining up to endorse the plan — clearly intending to make the Green New Deal part of their platforms. A conversation that would have been unthinkable two years ago is now deeply entrenched in the party establishment, so good job!

Now contact your representative and senators to ask them how they’re approaching the mandates in the Green New Deal, and do some reading on how it may affect things like food policy.

4. It’s Time for Pay Check Fairness

Equal pay for equal work. It seems like a pretty basic concept, but we still haven’t managed to nail it. Latinas earn 58 cents to every white man’s dollar, while black women earn 65 cents, white women take home 82 cents and Asian-American women earn 87 cents. For women who are also LGBQTI and/or disabled, these disparities are even more stark.

The Paycheck Fairness Act aims to change that, by tightening up existing law and regulations to make it much harder to get away with pay disparities. It’s time to put this pay gap in the dumpster where it belongs, so contact your lawmakers and tell them you support this legislation! After all, conservatives, if you’re doing nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to be afraid of, right?

5. Tell Congress: Reach a Lasting Budget Agreement!

The funding extension that the president and Congress agreed to is about to expire — and we still don’t have a budget. Democrats say they won’t pass legislation that provides funds for Trump’s wall — except that maybe they will, as long as it’s a “smart wall.” Meanwhile, Trump keeps changing his mind from insisting on a big beautiful concrete barrier to being satisfied with steel slats. Either way, we want no part of it, and lawmakers will be working hard this week to reach an agreement.

Make sure your lawmakers know that any agreement needs to come without strings attached. The wall isn’t just racist, although that’s bad enough. There’s also no evidence that it will be effective if the goal is to deter immigrants –  and it’s worth noting that visa overstays are a way bigger risk than starving, desperate people staggering across the desert. A border wall will also be ruinously expensive, and keep in mind that the tax cuts Trump handed out to his cronies deprived the Treasury of some much-needed funds.

Did I mention that it will also be a foreign relations disaster? Take your pick when it comes to advocating with your lawmakers!

Take Action Right Now

Sign a user-created petition! I’ve rounded up some recent favorites below.

Don’t see a petition that speaks to you? Creating a Care2 petition is easy. Here are some guidelines to help you get started and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

 

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32 comments

heather g
heather gyesterday

Rump talks about upping import duties from China - they provide steel (for the wall) so, no doubt, the duties will be introduced only after the wall has been built.

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Emma L
Emma L4 days ago

thank you

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Maria P
Maria P5 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 days ago

Shelley W. - (Continued...)

9. Growth in Worker Productivity Rose Slowly under Both Trump and Obama - But Remains Weak under Trump.
10. Despite Trump's Massive Corporate Tax Cuts, Business Investment Isn't Growing "Like Never Before."
11. It's True Stocks Are at Their Highest Levels - But Stock Prices Grew Faster after the Reelections of Both Clinton and Obama.

I invite you to read the analysis provided for each numbered statement and the graphs that accompany them.

Article title: Trump Claims the Economy Is the Best Ever - These 11 Facts Tell a Different Story - The Century Foundation.

https://tcf.org/content/commentary/trump-claims-economy-best-ever-11-facts-tell-different-story/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAnY_jBRDdARIsAIEqpJ2mm7A9Ri13GriWkUZehGAZZEtfkX3MIqS5QkHqHTeig2T0SodbnCsaAuUjEALw_wcB&session=1

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 days ago

Shelley W. - The praise you heaped on trump for the strong economy and unemployment rates loses its luster when compared to the carefully studied facts and analyses provided by The Century Foundation. Here's an excerpt:

"There has been a great deal of political and media attention paid to the rate of economic growth under the Trump administration during 2017 and 2018. President Trump has often called the results under his administration unprecedented. His statements are unfounded: while wage growth has been strong, most other measures of economic growth under the current administration are less impressive than they were during the tail end of the previous administration, Barack Obama's second term.

1. GDP Growth Was Higher on Average under Obama in 2014 and 2015 Than Compared to Trump in 2017 and 2018.
2. Monthly Job Growth Was Higher under Obama Than in Trump's First Two Years.
3. The Unemployment Rate Was Falling Faster under Obama in 2014 and 2015 than in Trump's First Two Years.
4. Growth in the Employment-to-Population Rate Has Slowed under Trump.
5. Wage Growth Grew Sharply in 2016 and 2017 - Until 2018, When It Slowed.
6. The Racial Pay Gap Declined in Obama’s Final Years - It Has Widened Under Trump.
7. Adult and Child Poverty Rates Have Fallen - But Much Faster under Obama.
8. The Federal Deficit Is Growing Rapidly under Trump.
9. Growth in Worker Productivity Rose Slowly under Both Trump and Obama - But Remains Weak under Tr

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 days ago

Thanks.

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Lisa M
Lisa M5 days ago

Thanks.

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Ingrid A
Ingrid A5 days ago

Thank you

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Dan B
Dan Blossfeld5 days ago

Peggy B.,
I would not be surprised to find scattered account still existing in small areas. Nepotism still exists also. However, in this day and age of computers, the data collected proves that there is no difference among the population as a whole.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-gender-pay-gap-is-a-complete-myth/

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Peggy B
Peggy B6 days ago

I think it is time the political trolls find a right leaning animal rights site to join. Many of the trolls are only on the is site to troll. Some do work for the animals and some of the other causes and their opinions are welcome, but the rest of you should just go. The people on this site care deeply for animals AND other humans and their rights and it takes a lot out of them emotionally without having to listen to your information that is quite frankly Republican propaganda and if they were as intelligent as they think they are they could get to the truth instead of mimicking their tin foil hat BS.

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