Act: Postcard Avalanche, Part 3 Demanding an Independent Investigation into the Trump – Russia Connections & Admin Efforts to Thwart

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It has become increasingly clear that the Trump campaign, and subsequent administration, were in contact with Russia. We have all US Intel agencies asserting that Russia did in fact use a network of 1000+ operatives to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election.

We have allegations of pay offs, pay outs, off the record loans from Russian financiers and allegations that POTUS was actually compromised by Russia who then leveraged that information to force POTUS to push a pro Russia agenda.

We do not know how much is true, how deep it goes, or who precisely was involved. What we do know is that Trump has pivoted decades long American policy from that of viewing Russia as a nation hostile to the interests of the United States and an enemy of the state to that of  “hey, let’s be friends and get rid of sanctions.”

We do know that the contact with Russia happened.

We do know that the White House attempted to enlist the FBI to influence media reports on the Russian contacts.

We do know that the White House has banned major news media outlets that reported on this accurately from attending press briefings while allowing fringe media outlets that only regurgitate the administration’s narrative to attend.

We do know that the White House went directly to the heads of the Congressional Investigative committees and successfully enlisted them to contact the news media to quash the story and push the administration’s narrative.

It is time for an independent investigation. A 9/11 Commission style investigation and a Watergate style special prosecutor.

Below are the members of Congress who are responsible for pushing an investigation of Trump and Russia.

Send them a postcard and call them every single day telling them that you want them to go forward, ignore the POTUS attempts to bury the information,  and call for an independent investigation. Everyday until they do it.

…and please go to your MOC’s local Town Hall Meetings and ask them about this. Wear a strip of tape across the back of your shirt, with your zip code written on it, and the phrase “Not Paid to Be Here. I am a constituent from [your zip code]. This helps hammer home the message that they work for you, and it helps turn back the talking point that Towhn Hall Attendees are professional agitators. You can find out where and when your Town Hall meetings are here.

What to write:

(Introduce yourself). I want an independent investigation of Trump-Russia ties and a special prosecutor immediately.

Where to send your postcards and who to call:

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Jason Chaffetz, (Rep) Chairman
2236 Rayburn House
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-7751

Elijah Cummings, (Dem) Ranking Member
2163 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-4741

Subcommittee on National Security

Trey Gowdy (Rep, SC)
Note: He’s not on the committee this time but I thought it would be poetic justice if he was buried under voter requests. Your decision if you want to add him.
2418 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-6030

John Duncan (Rep, TN)
2207 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-5435

Justin Amash (Rep, MI)
114 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-3831

Paul Gosar (Rep, AZ)
2057 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-2315

Ron Desantis (Rep, FL)
1524 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-2706

Jody Hice (Rep, GA)
324 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-4101

Steve Russell (Rep, OK)
128 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC. 20515

James Comer (Rep, KY)
1513 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-3115

Stephen Lynch (Dem, MA)
2268 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-8273

Peter Welch (Dem, VT)
2303 Rayburn House
Washington, DC. 20515
(202) 225-4115

The germination of this idea comes from our Facebook follower Crystal R.

You can amplify this message and help makes this the largest Postcard Avalanche to date by sharing this far and wide across all platforms.

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Action Agenda: Stop Congress from Dismantling Public Education

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Rep. Steve King has introduced H.R. 610 to effectively dismantle the K-12 public education system in the United States. The bill would remove federal funding from all public schools. The Department of Education would only be allowed to provide “block grants” to schools in states that meet new, unspecified criteria. The bill also removes the guaranteed minimum nutritional standard from school lunch programs.

“This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)”

This is unconscionable. To find out what you can do to stop this bill click here. To read the full text of the bill click here.

Connect: Town Hall Project

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Is your member of Congress AWOL? Hiding behind the phone instead of meeting constituents face to face? Find out at the Town Hall Project.

Click the link to find your MOC and the location of their next town hall meeting. No meeting listed? Call your MOC and find out why. Is your MOC hiding behind the phone with a “Tele”Town Hall? Call them ask why. Want a one on one with your MOC? Call and schedule it.

Don’t know who your MOC is? Click here to enter your zip and find out who is representing you.

Never forget that the Tea Party movement grew from the grassroots pressure that conservative constituents put on the their MOCs at Town Hall meetings. We can do the same thing.

Find the Town Hall Project here.

Locate your Member of Congress here.

Call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Action Agenda: Rogan’s List

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“I am a retired university librarian who is an information and fact-checking geek. Between Facebook, Twitter, email, and follower recommendations, I gather action items during the day and then update and upload the blog each morning. I then post this link to over 60 Facebook groups all over the country in hopes that it will help others take some meaningful action . We are all doing this work together! As always, please feel free to share this link and these lists with others!”

Everyday Susan Rogan posts a To Do List with Action Agenda items for activists. To Do lists are fully sourced with links to action items, stories concerning the issue and a brief explanation why the action or issue is important.

You can follow Rogan’s List here. Don’t forget to sign up for email updates while you’re there.

Join: Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.

#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.

It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all.

Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.  It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.  It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

What Does #BlackLivesMatter Mean?

When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.  We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.

#BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  We affirm our contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.  We have put our sweat equity and love for Black people into creating a political project–taking the hashtag off of social media and into the streets. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.

Black Lives Matter offers opportunities to learn, to act and to join the movement – for everybody – black folks, queer folks, straight folks, all folks. If you are not part of the black community Black Lives Matter provides excellent opportunities to learn how to be a good ally.

Join Black Lives Matter here.

Action Agenda: The Rose Resistance

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The Rose Resistance is a national movement dedicated to advocating for freedom, equality, and democracy – American values currently under siege. We are committed to nonviolent resistance through information, advocacy, and physical presence. On a national level, we provide information to counter Trump propaganda. On a local level, we organize in our cities and communities to help protect the people most endangered by the Trump regime. Get involved. Your country needs you.

The Rose Resistance began in LA on the evening of November 8th and spread across the nation within a few days. Our organization is dedicated to advocating for freedom, equality, and democracy – American values currently under siege. This group welcomes people across the political spectrum who are ready to fight fascism and white supremacy. The Rose Resistance is committed to nonviolent resistance through information, advocacy, and physical presence. On a national level, we provide information to counter Trump propaganda. On a local level, we organize in our cities and communities to help protect the people most endangered by the Trump regime.

Our name is inspired by the White Rose, a nonviolent, intellectual resistance movement against the Nazis, founded by students in Munich in 1942. The White Rose stood for truth in the face of lies, bravery against the worst odds, and the duty of good people to stand up for each other. The motto of authoritarianism is, “It can’t happen here.” We have a ten-year head start on the White Rose. We are organizing before it is too late. Because it can happen here – unless we stop it.

The Rose Resistance provides Action Agenda To Do Lists, issues education and has regional chapters that you can join.

Join the Rose Resistance here.

Action Agenda: The 65

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Over 65 million Americans rejected Donald Trump on Election Day. What if we came together every day to fight for our vision of a diverse, inclusive America? Together, we can use our voices to remind Congress that they work for all of us.

Members of the The 65 are committed to making Congress work for us by mobilizing to speak up for values of diversity, inclusion, and equality. Each week, we’ll share a common mission, the Weekly Call to Action (WCTA), and commit to calling influential leaders to let them know where we stand, what we want, and how to best represent us. In the past, we’ve used WCTAs to:

  • Support the Office of Congressional Ethics when Republicans threatened to dismantle their own oversight committee
  • Call the Governor of North Dakota and the Army Corps of Engineers to demand safety for water protectors peacefully assembled at Standing Rock
  • Insist that Congress protect our access to affordable health care
  • Tell the Senate to block confirmations of unfit, unqualified, and unvetted Cabinet appointees

In addition to WCTAs, we maintain a bank of call scripts on a series of high-priority progressive issues, including gun violence prevention, affordable health care, reproductive rights, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and more. We encourage you to refer to this list daily, picking issues that matter to you and reminding your representatives that you expect them to speak on your behalf.

Why We Do It

There’s no one right way to push back against the incoming administration. We are going to have to show up in person, in greater numbers and with more frequency than ever before. That said, calling is the easiest way to consistently make your voice heard. By committing to a weekly call routine, you’re standing up for your values and strengthening your resolve. Many of our members report that calling makes them feel more hopeful and more productive, even when the news seems bleak.

But that’s not the main reason we focus on calling. Time and again, Washington insiders have told us that, short of showing up in person,

Calling is the most effective way to communicate with Congress

In her series of viral tweets, Emily Ellsworth, a former Congressional staffer, says that the most effective way to communicate with representatives is to call them on the phone at their district offices. This message is underscored by Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. Compiled by former Congressional staffers, the guide lists grassroots organizing and calling as best practices for getting Congress to listen.

And it’s not just an opinion shared by staffers. Representatives themselves credit a barrage of phone calls as an important factor in their decision to abandon a recent proposal to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Long story short: calls work!

We are The 65. Join us and call your legislators today!