Resist

Enough is Enough.

There are many ways to resist the Trump Agenda and to support progressive  initiatives: attend an event, boycott businesses that support Trump’s agenda, write letters to your elected officials, join a protest, or call your representatives. Through sustained action, we will prevail!

Dreamers Need Immediate Relief

From Indivisible.org: Without question, the most vulnerable group in Trump’s America is immigrants. On Sept. 5, Trump announced that he was terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This Obama-era program provides relief from deportation for an estimated 800,000 young immigrants.

Trump’s immigration policy is based on “four pillars” laid out by his administration:

  • Building his wall on the Mexican border;
  • Ending the diversity visa lottery to prevent black and brown immigrants from coming to America;
  • Ending the family reunification policies that have served as the backbone of American immigration for a century; and
  • Offering some form of relief for Dreamers.

Trump wants to use Dreamers as a bargaining chip to enact drastic, permanent changes to legal immigration. His policies would keep families apart, waste billions of dollars in taxpayer money, and serve his racist vision of who “deserves” to come to America. Call your Senators and tell them: vote no on changes to legal migration and diversity visas.  CALL NOW 1-855-980-2355

Preventing Gun Violence: Tell Your Members of Congress That Their Prayers are Not Enough

From Indivisible.org: Congress is considering making mass shootings easier, not preventing them.  On February 14, 2018, a high school in Broward County, Florida, experienced a mass shooting when a former student used a legally-purchased assault weapon to kill at least 17 students. This marked the thirtieth mass shooting and eighteenth school shooting to that point in 2018. Donald Trump and Members of Congress continue to extend “thoughts and prayers,” but it’s not enough. It is time for Congress to do something to stop this type of gun violence. Instead, Congress is considering making mass shootings easier, not preventing them.

The gun lobby’s top priorities enjoy wide support in Congress. On December 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation was a top priority of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and, if enacted into law, would cause a race to the bottom on gun safety standards. The Senate is expected to take up this same bill this year. We can’t let that happen. Under this legislation, states would be required to recognize other states’ standards governing the possession of concealed firearms in public. This means that even though one state may have stringent regulations such as a permit or training requirement, that state would have to allow people from other states with lower standards – with perhaps no permit or training required at all – to carry concealed firearms without following the more stringent regulations.This legislation would deprive states and localities from fully determining the appropriate gun safety protocols for their communities, and would allow the lowest common denominator to prevail. This will make concealed and loaded firearms more readily available at lower safety standards, raising the risk of gun violence for everyone.

For those reasons, every major law enforcement association opposes this bill because of its potentially disastrous implications for public safety. After all, this legislation would make it easier for more dangerous people, like stalkers, domestic abusers, and people who have committed violent crimes to carry loaded, concealed guns in more public places. This makes the risk of violence more imminent for all of us.

CONGRESS MUST REJECT THE NRA’S AGENDA Defeating this legislation should be a no-brainer for Congress in the wake of these mass shootings. Here’s what you can do.

FIRST, FIND OUT HOW YOUR REPRESENTATIVE VOTED IN THE HOUSE. Click here for the full list of how the House of Representatives voted on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. If you are a constituent of one of the MoCs who voted in favor of this bill in the house, this is an opportunity to hold them accountable. Use the tactics outlined in the Indivisible Guide to get their attention and make sure they know that their constituents will not let this vote go unnoticed.

SECOND, FIND OUT HOW YOUR SENATOR PLANS TO VOTE. The bill is next poised for a vote in the Senate sometime in 2018, where it has a real chance of being stopped. The bill would need 60 votes to pass, so Republicans can’t do it alone. It’s now up to Democratic senators – will they side with the NRA to give Trump a victory? Or will they stand strong against gun violence and reject the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act? 

THIRD, CALL YOUR MOCS AND HOLD THEM TO ACCOUNT.If your Representative voted for the bill in the House, be sure to express your disappointment. Then call your Senators and urge them to stand strong against the bill when it comes to the Senate.

 

Protecting Our Democracy: Tell Trump He Can’t Fire Mueller

The attacks on our democracy under Donald Trump should worry you no matter what your political party. Donald Trump has repeatedly acted as if the rules—and the law—don’t apply to him. That’s why Indivisible has been calling for impeachment hearings for violations already committed, including obstruction of justice.

The New York Times has now reported what we’ve long suspected: Trump wants to fire Special Counsel Mueller, and has already tried to do so. His attorney prevented the firing, but that doesn’t mean that the independent investigation is safe. A smear campaign among Trump and the GOP continues to frame Mueller and his investigation as illegitimate, and Congress has so far failed to enact protections for the Special Counsel’s office.

What’s worse, the Republican smear campaign now includes a fake scandal known as #ReleaseTheMemo. Rep. Devin Nunes has written a document with misleading talking points designed to undermine the Mueller investigation and paint a target on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s back (he hired Mueller in the first place after Jeff Sessions recused himself). This is an effort to give political cover to Trump and the Republicans in their quest to impede the investigation and obstruct justice.

The investigation has already yielded a string of high-profile indictments. General Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to Trump, has reached a plea deal with the Special Counsel in which Flynn agreed to cooperate with the investigation after admitting to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on several charges, including conspiracy against the United States. (Let that sink in: the person who managed Trump’s presidential campaign has now been charged with conspiracy against the United States.) Manafort’s associate Rick Gates has also been indicted, and Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos has pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia.

Most recently, Special Counsel Mueller indicted thirteen Russians on allegations of interfering in the U.S. elections.

These developments are the latest evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to get closer to the truth. That means he, and those associated with his investigation (including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein), are even more at risk of being fired by Donald Trump.

WHO IS ROBERT MUELLER AND WHY DOES HE MATTER? Robert Mueller is the special counsel appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He was appointed after then FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into Russian interference, was fired by Donald Trump. After immense public pressure to insulate the investigation from political interference, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to lead an independent investigation. Mueller is a Republican, respected by both sides of the aisle, who previously served as FBI director under President George W. Bush and also President Obama.

FIRING COMEY CREATED A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS. FIRING MUELLER WOULD BE A CRISIS TIMES TEN.

Firing Comey was obstruction of justice, pure and simple. But firing Mueller would be far worse—because the entire reason Mueller has this job is to protect the investigation from political interference. No one is above the law, especially not the President of the United States. When President Nixon in the Saturday Night Massacre demanded the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor looking into Watergate, Congress and the American people recognized that for what it was—a turning point and a crisis that would later spell the end of the Nixon presidency. Since Mueller is leading the investigation in place of someone else who was already inappropriately fired, his firing would be especially concerning.

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT FIRING MUELLER. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TRUMP COULD HURT THE INVESTIGATION.

We know that Mueller is at risk of being fired. But that’s not the only way that Trump can inhibit his investigation.

THERE ARE OTHER “RED LINES” THAT TRUMP COULD CROSS, AND WE WILL TAKE TO THE STREETS IF HE CROSSES THEM.

These include:

  • If Trump fires Mueller
  • If Trump fires Rosenstein
  • If Trump pardons key witnesses
  • If Trump takes another action that prevents the investigation from being conducted freely (such as repealing the regulations establishing the office)

If these red lines are crossed, we are ready to respond. Be sure to sign up here to host or attend a crisis response event to make sure you receive the most up-to-date information.

WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?

This investigation is ongoing, and there may very well be more developments. While it’s important to focus and continue to resist the Trump agenda simultaneously, we can also work now to protect the Mueller investigation as it unfolds. Here’s how:

  1. All Americans need to be clear that we will not stand for this. Indivisible is teaming up with a coalition of groups to host emergency rallies in the event that Trump crosses a red line. We hope that this terrible event will not come to pass—but if it does, we will all need to stand firm and make it clear that no one is above the law. Sign up to host or attend a rally here.
  2. Ask Congress to prevent Mueller from getting fired. It is the duty of Congress, as a separate co-equal branch of government, to guard against abuses of the Executive Branch. That’s why the framers of the Constitution created separation of powers. Our elected officials need to speak out and make clear that firing Mueller would be a red line that Trump must not cross. Senators can co-sponsor legislation to protect against a Mueller firing: S. 1735 led by Senators Graham and Booker, and S. 1741 led by Senators Coons and Tillis. Representatives in the House can co-sponsor H.R. 3771, led by Representative Jones.

MoveOn.org and Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined forces to launch TrumpTruthHiders.com

This new tool will help the grassroots hold Republicans accountable for their complicity in the Trump Administration’s corruption. The site is tracking actions in the U.S. House of Representatives–including legislation, discharge petitions, and resolutions of inquiry on Donald Trump’s taxes, Russia, and more. Please visit TrumpTruthHiders.com, share the link with friends and family, and take the suggested actions. All Americans can join in a call to investigate Donald Trump and to hold accountable all the Republicans who are enabling him to avoid the thorough and independent investigation that he and his administration deserve.

Act Now With the NY Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

NYCLU is a movement of people fighting together for justice, freedom,  and equality, and activists help turn our fundamental values into reality. Real change starts with you – and every one of us can help make a difference. Here are the ways you can take action NOW.

Grab Your Wallet

“Concerned about conflicts of interest between Trump family businesses & the public good? Flex your consumer power and avoid these companies”

The goal of the #GrabYourWallet boycott is to motivate companies stop doing business with the Trump family. This is so we can return as customers as quickly as possible! Here are some ways you can make that happen. Call the companies on the list. Here is the #GrabYourWallet Action Guide: Start with more.