Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action March 11-17

Welcome, gentle readers! There’s a lot moving on all fronts in Washington this week, so hang on to your hat: It may be a bumpy ride. While we wait to see movement on a variety of fronts, why not pick up the phone — or a keyboard — and contact your legislators about some some issues you have on your mind? I promise it will be a productive distraction from refreshing the page constantly for updates on Mueller!

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. Support Two Great Bills for Working Families

Two separate pieces of very cool legislation were just announced: the Child Care for Working Families Act and the American Family Act. Both would be a huge boon for working families, especially low-income families with young children.

The first bill would expand access to affordable, high-quality daycare for people across the United States, with a robust proposal that addresses issues like caregiver compensation, irregular work schedules and the needs of disabled children. Those earning under 150 percent of their state median shouldn’t be spending more than 7 percent of their income under the bill, which recognizes the affordability crisis facing child care in the U.S.

The other bill would expand the child tax credit to $3,600 annually from $2,000 annually for kids under six — and drop to $3,000 annually for children over six. This credit would come in the form of a monthly allowance to parents, rather than forcing them to wait for tax season — and it could substantially combat child poverty.

Contact your lawmakers to let them know you support these bills, and urge them to sign on if they haven’t already.

2. Kirstjen Nielsen Isn’t Fit to Head the Department of Homeland Security

If you had any doubts about whether Nielsen should really be in charge of the agency that’s overseeing prisons filled with children along the U.S. Border, hopefully her testimony in Congress last week settled that pretty definitively.

Nielsen showed a shocking ignorance of what’s going on under her watch, backed with callous indifference to human suffering. Someone in charge of the DHS should be willing to take ownership of what the agency is doing; it’s time to remind members of Congress that she should resign or be impeached from a role she is clearly not fit to fill.

3. Get Behind Another Chance for Net Neutrality

The battle over net neutrality has been a bit of a rollercoaster — and after months of simmering in the background, it’s back!

Democrats just introduced a bill to restore net neutrality protections and make it harder for the FCC to interfere, something activists like you have been calling for ever since it became clear that the agency was planning to undermine net neutrality at the behest of telecommunications companies.

In a Democratic-controlled House, the bill may have a good chance of passing, but it could be a tougher sell in the Senate. Make sure to call your legislators to let them know that this still matters to you — and that you’re holding them accountable for the future of the internet.

4. Grab ‘em by the Security Clearances

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner clearly enjoy preferential treatment in the White House, thanks to their status — and they can credit the power, influence and money that comes with their positions to Ivanka’s daddy.

News has been filtering out that both Ivanka and Jared got security clearances by dubious means, with the president pressuring staffers to grant security clearances against their specific recommendation.

House Democrats have said they’ll be investigating the practices surrounding security clearances at the White House, so tell your representatives that you support this investigation and want to see the Trump administration held accountable.

5. Momentum Is Building Against Payday Lenders

Maxine Waters, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other House Democrats are done playing when it comes to exploitative lending, as evidenced at a House Financial Services Committee meeting last week. AOC has already lodged objections to credit reporting practices, and Waters has spoken out about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s decision to roll back an Obama-era rule that put exploitative lenders in check.

Momentum is clearly building to protect people from exploitative and unjust financial “services” that prey on low-income people with limited financial literacy. Contact your lawmakers and tell them to get on board before it’s too late!

Take Action Right Now: Sign a Petition!

Join Care2 activists in speaking out about issues that matter to you by signing a petition — and use a petition to get inspired to learn more about something new to you!

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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35 comments

Lesa D
Lesa D11 days ago

RESIST ~ PERSIST ~ REPEAT!!!

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Paulo R
Paulo R11 days ago

all petitions signed

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W11 days ago

Thankk you for caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W11 days ago

Thankk you for caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W11 days ago

Gteat work Thankk you for caring and sharing

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W11 days ago

Thankk you for caring and sharing

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Anne M
Anne M12 days ago

No. 2 - She is a 'hard' woman,, not an iota of compassion in her whole body..

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Alea C
Alea C12 days ago

I'd like to resist by moving out of the deep red state of Florida, but I can't afford it. I signed the petitions, but I have a state full of reject leaders who love Trump.

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Brian F
Brian F13 days ago

Only Bernie Sanders can end the corruption of the DNC that cheated him out of his primary in 2016, and anointed a Wall Street crook Hillary, which caused this crook Trump to win. Bernie Sanders takes no corporate money and is our best chance to beat this crook Trump in 2020.

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Loredana V
Loredana V13 days ago

I'm not in the US, so I can only sign petitions. I've already signed them all :)
Thank you!

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