TODAY’S ACTION: Tell Stenehjem you don’t support the travel ban

North Dakota

TODAY’S ACTION: North Dakota is one of 16 states which have petitioned the Supreme Court to defend Trump’s ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. The brief states the “travel ban” order did not unconstitutionally single out Muslims and was needed to protect national security.
 
This is a unilateral action by the current North Dakota administration and the Attorney General’s office in Bismarck to uphold Trump’s executive order which is currently being fought out in the court system.
 
Today let’s call Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office at 701-328-2210 in Bismarck to protest this unilateral action on behalf of the state of North Dakota. Tell him this “travel ban” is in violation of the first amendment and does not represent the views of all North Dakotans.

Minnesota

Great news, Minnesotans! Governor Dayton has signed on with other states to uphold the Paris Accord. In addition to our great state, the states that have joined the U.S. Climate Alliance now include California, Washington, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.

TODAY’S ACTION: Ask your governor to join the Paris Accord

If you’re feeling despondent over the federal government’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, all is not lost. A coalition of states, cities, and businesses is petitioning the UN to be allowed to join the agreement.

According to the New York Times, “By redoubling their climate efforts, [Michael Bloomberg] said, cities, states and corporations could achieve, or even surpass, the pledge of the administration of former President Barack Obama to reduce America’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025, from their levels in 2005.”

Please call your governor’s office today to ask him to add your state to the list. “I am calling to ask the governor to add our state to the coalition of states, cities, and businesses that are petitioning to join the Paris Climate Accord independently.”

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton: 800-657-3717
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum: 701-328-2200

We are also working on a list of actions that we can each take individually to reduce our carbon footprint, which we will start rolling out next week. If you have any suggestions for actions we should add, please email us at indivisiblefm@gmail.com.

TODAY’S ACTION: Ask Hoeven for a town hall (again)

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the ACA repeal bill that the House passed earlier this month. The news is pretty terrible.
 
  • 23 million people are projected to lose their health insurance by 2020.
  • Millions of people who have pre-existing conditions would only have access to insurance plans that are so expensive that they will not be able to afford them.
  • 14 million people will lose Medicaid coverage by 2026.
  • Older Americans with low incomes would go from paying about $1,700 for a policy on the individual market to between $13,000 and $16,000 annually.
Meanwhile, thirteen male Senators are sitting in a back room making deals about YOUR health–and maybe your life–without any public hearings.
 
We have asked Senator Hoeven for a health care town hall a lot of different ways. Today we’re asking you to go to his Facebook page and ask him WHEN he is going to hold a health care town hall in Fargo. We are his constituents and we deserve to know what is going on.
 
As always, please keep your request civil.

TODAY’S ACTION: Learn, then share

Your task today is to learn more about the budget that the Trump administration proposed yesterday, and then share that information with people you know who will be affected by it. Here are some links to get you started.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/334768-here-are-the-66-programs-eliminated-in-trumps-budget

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-budget-cuts-social-safety-net-programs-medicaid-overhauls-tax-code/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/22/trump-budget-seeks-huge-cuts-to-disease-prevention-and-medical-research-departments/?utm_term=.44b47239dc22

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Leaders Object to Trump’s 2018 Budget Proposal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trumps-first-full-education-budget-deep-cuts-to-public-school-programs-in-pursuit-of-school-choice/2017/05/17/2a25a2cc-3a41-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html?utm_term=.b0bc09070f60

http://www.startribune.com/trump-s-4-1-trillion-budget-would-reshape-aid-to-minnesotans/423955373/

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/05/trump-budget-based-on-usd2-trillion-math-error.html?mid=twitter_nymag

TODAY’S ACTION: Hoeven health care town hall

TODAY’S ACTION: While all the other craziness was happening last week, 13 Republican men kept working on changing our entire health care system with no public hearings. North Dakotans, please call Sen. Hoeven and ask him when, NOT IF, he is going to hold a town hall in Fargo on health care. You deserve to know what he is going to do to your access to health care.

Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
If you have used Resistbot enough times, you can use the command “senior” to fax only Sen. Hoeven.

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Russia and Fargo voting

Today’s Action #1: Where is Congressional oversight?

Trump has now admitted giving highly classified intelligence to the Russians. Oversight of the Executive Branch is Congress’s responsibility. WHEN are they going to start doing their job??

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

You can also text RESIST to 50409 to fax your message via text.

Today’s Action #2: Email Commissioner Grindberg with your support for Fargo voting reforms

After the 2016 city election, the Fargo City Commission formed a task force to research possible changes to our elections and governance. The task force has since made its recommendations, and the Commissioners want public input to determine if there’s demand for the chance to vote on these reforms.
 
You can go to https://reformfargo.org and learn about the two reforms the Fargo City Commission is considering placing on the ballot:
 
–Increase the size of the commission by two.
–Switch our election system to Approval Voting.
 
The commission will decide whether or not they’re willing to place these reforms on the ballot on May 22nd.
 
Please email Commissioner Tony Grindberg at tgrindberg@cityoffargo.com with a polite request to place these reforms on the next ballot for all of us to vote upon.
 
Please follow https://www.facebook.com/ReformFargo on Facebook to stay informed on what we can do to get these vital reforms in place for our fine community.

TODAY’S ACTION: Fargoans, email the mayor

Today’s Action #1: Educate yourself on the election reforms which are proposed for Fargo.

Go to https://reformfargo.org and learn about the two reforms the Fargo City Commission is considering placing on the ballot:

  • Increase the size of the commission by two.
  • Switch our election system to Approval Voting.

The commission will decide whether or not they’re willing to place these reforms on the ballot on May 22nd.

Today’s Action #2: Email Mayor Mahoney with your support for the reforms.

Email Mayor Tim Mahoney at tmahoney@cityoffargo.com with a polite request to place these reforms on the next ballot for all of us to vote upon.

Please follow https://www.facebook.com/ReformFargo on Facebook to stay informed on what we can do to get these vital reforms in place for our fine community.

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Reform Fargo

After the 2016 city election, the Fargo City Commission formed a task force to research possible changes to our elections and governance. The task force has delivered its recommendations and the commissioners want public input to determine if there’s demand for the opportunity to vote on these reforms.

TODAY’S ACTION #1: Educate yourself on the election reforms which have been proposed for Fargo.

Go to https://reformfargo.org and spend a few minutes learning about the two reforms that have been proposed:

  • Increase the size of the commission by two.
  • Switch our election system to Approval Voting.

If these reforms are enacted, they will help the City Commission be more representative of the citizens of Fargo.

TODAY’S ACTION #2: Teach one friend about what you’ve learned.

Teach one friend about these reforms, what they’ll mean for us, and how we can get them in place for future Fargo elections.

Please follow ReformFargo on Facebook to stay informed on what we can do to get these vital reforms in place for our fine community.

TODAY’S ACTION: Special prosecutor now!

As you have certainly heard by now, Trump fired Comey as FBI director yesterday. What you may have missed is that subpoenas were issued yesterday for Flynn associates’ business records.

The next FBI director will have the power to shut down the entire Russia investigation. We need a special prosecutor appointed as soon as possible so that someone independent of the White House is continuing this investigation.

The Deputy Attorney General can call for the appointment of a special prosecutor, and then a three-judge panel would choose that prosecutor.

We need our Senators to put pressure on the White House and the DAG to appoint a special prosecutor NOW. Ask your Senators to refuse to hold a vote on a new FBI director until a special prosecutor has been appointed.

The FBI director can be approved by a simple majority, so we need every single Senator we can get to agree to this.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

You can also text RESIST to 50409 to fax your message via text.

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Postcards and Hoeven

TODAY’S ACTION #1: Get your postcards ready. We’re going to flood Sen. Hoeven’s office with your concerns about your health care. Our goal is to get at least 100 postcards sent in the next week. We can do it, Indivisibles! Here’s what to do.

1. Tell him WHERE YOU’RE FROM. This is important–we don’t want to be dismissed as people from outside the state.

2. Tell him WHAT YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT regarding the repeal of the ACA. Do you have a pre-existing condition? Do you have a child who will lose Medicaid services? Do you have a parent who will no longer have access to a rural hospital after they close as a result of this law? Tell him. If you have more than one concern, SEND MORE THAN ONE POSTCARD.

3. ASK HIM A QUESTION. “Can you promise me…?” “What are you going to do about…?” “Can you guarantee…?”

4. TAKE A PHOTO of your postcard and send it to us at indivisiblefm@gmail.com or via private message at https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleFM. We will be adding your postcards to a public Facebook album. If there are parts of your postcard that you would like us to obscure, such as your name or your health condition, please let us know. If you’re not comfortable having us share your postcard, that’s okay. But we’re trying to get as many posted publicly as we can.

5. ADD YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION *IF* you want Sen. Hoeven’s office to respond. Best to do this after you’ve taken a photo of your postcard, but if you forget we can hide it for you.

6. MAIL YOUR POSTCARD to
1802 32nd Ave. South
Room B
Fargo, ND 58103

MINNESOTANS: You can participate, too, if you want to. Be honest about where you’re from. If you have a friend or family member in ND whose health care you’re worried about, please tell that story on your postcard. It’s okay to tell your own story, but a North Dakotan’s will have more impact.

TODAY’S ACTION #2: We heard from someone who called yesterday that Sen. Hoeven is planning to hold a health care town hall during his next recess. Please call today to verify that. “I heard that Sen. Hoeven is going to hold a health care town hall in Fargo in June, is that true?” Please let us know what they tell you.

Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
If you have used Resistbot enough times, you can use the command “senior” to fax only Sen. Hoeven.