TODAY’S ACTION: URGENT! Protect the ADA

URGENT: The House of Representatives is about to vote on HR 620. the misleadingly named ADA Education & Reform Act, a bill designed to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is scheduled for a vote in the House on Thurs, Feb 15, 2018.
If HR 620 passes, businesses would no longer have to comply wth the ADA. Instead, the bill requires that people with disabilities research the code, write a highly specific and complicated letter to businesses, and then wait 6 months or longer to maybe gain access. This is the way it was prior to the ADA!
HR 620 REMOVES THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF DISABLED PEOPLE! It will result in people with disabilities having to wait to access places and services that all American have access to everyday. HR 620 asks people with disabilities to wait months to be able to enter places like stores, restaurants, hotels, and theaters. This would not be asked of any other group.
A vibrant economy and a fair society depend on everyone having access to the marketplace of goods, services and ideas. People with disabilities live in every community. We are your sons and daughters; sisters and brothers; mothers and fathers; your neighbors; your employees; your employers; your customers; and your business owners!

Please call Reps Kevin Cramer and Collin Peterson requesting them to vote no on HR 620. Thank you!

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

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

TODAY’S MINNESOTA ACTION: Caucus!

Minnesotans, tonight is caucus night. If you’re in Moorhead, your caucus location is the Comstock Memorial Union at MSUM.
 
WHY CAUCUS? This is your opportunity to get involved in the DFL so you can make sure it represents your values. That’s a lot easier to do if you’re involved on more than just election days.
 
Several things will happen at the caucus, but one of the big ones is the election of delegates to the county convention. For Clay County, that meeting will be on February 24 at 2 pm in the CMU. At the county convention, county party officers will be elected, as well as delegates to the congressional and state conventions. So if you want to be involved in any of that, the first step is to show up to caucus tonight.
 
You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from representatives from Minnesota’s gubernatorial candidates, to learn more about why they are running.
 
WHEN: Tuesday, February 6. Registration begins at 6:30 and voting begins at 7. The caucus is scheduled to end by 8.
 
WHERE: Moorhead residents caucus at the Comstock Memorial Union at MSUM. When you arrive you’ll be directed into the room for your precinct. Not in Moorhead? Find your caucus location here.
 
WHY: Make your voice heard!

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Protect Mueller and call for Russian sanctions

There was a lot going on in the news yesterday so there will be some links at the bottom to catch you up.  The piece of good news is that the 20 week abortion ban that we called about yesterday did not pass.

Action #1: Protect Mueller

From Indivisible Guide:

In the midst of the fake Nunes’ #ReleaseTheMemo non-scandal, our task is to recognize that this is a manufactured scandal and to be ready to respond. Congress can protect the Mueller investigation RIGHT NOW. There’s nothing stopping them. There’s bipartisan legislation to do so. They should pass it.

Here’s more information on what you can do now to protect our democracy.

https://www.indivisible.org/resource/protecting-democracy-cant-fire-mueller/

Please call your reps to request that they protect Mueller!

Action #2: Call your reps to ask them what are they going to do now that Trump decided not to implement further Russian sanctions even though Congress voted for them almost unanimously?

North Dakota

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

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

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

News from yesterday:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbis-andrew-mccabe-leaving-deputy-director-job-will-retire-in-march/2018/01/29/35b1bbd4-051c-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_mccabe-112pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.5f3f88972efe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/republicans-vote-to-release-memo-alleging-fbi-missteps-while-surveilling-trump-campaign-operative/2018/01/29/750fb150-0535-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_memovote-645%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.df48b25ce49f

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-a-classified-four-page-russia-memo-triggered-a-political-firestorm/2018/01/29/42f94628-0516-11e8-94e8-e8b8600ade23_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_memohistory-820pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ed59ea502334

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/29/politics/mccabe-resignation-analysis/index.html

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/30/581767028/cia-director-has-every-expectation-russia-will-try-to-influence-mid-term-electio

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/29/581718405/intel-committee-votes-to-release-secret-gop-memo-withhold-democrats-rebuttal

 

TODAY’S ACTION: Say NO to 20 week abortion ban

Instead of focusing on passing legislation that would protect Dreamers or keep the government open past February 8, Senate Republicans are voting on — you guessed it — an abortion ban.

On Monday, January 29, the United States Senate is expected to begin a procedural vote on S.2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the bill is intended as a counterpart to H.R. 36, the House version of the same bill that was introduced by Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ)and passed in October 2017 with a 237–189 vote.

The bill is intended to amend title 18 of the U.S. code to, according to the bill’s summary, make it a “crime for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.“ Any person who violates this amended code would be subject to criminal penalties, including financial penalties or a prison sentence of up to five years. In some circumstances, the violator could be subject to both.

With a slim Republican majority, the bill isn’t expected to pass — but that’s not the point.

Activists think the 20-week abortion ban is a potent election issue for 2018, particularly against Democrats hailing from red-leaning states who are expected to vote against the bill.

The activists hope their efforts will lead to the defeat of vulnerable Democrats such as Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), who both voted against the 20-week bill in 2015. McCaskill’s office said she plans to do so again, while Heitkamp’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Call today to support your Democratic senators (esp. Heidi) in voting “NO” on this bill. Hoeven is a co-sponsor on the bill, call him to express your concern that he is willing to make health caregivers targets for the anti-abortion movement.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/370992-gop-goes-on-offense-with-20-week-abortion-vote

North Dakota

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

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

Minnesota

Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

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

TODAY’S ACTION: Please call again to protect Dreamers

There is bipartisan support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, not to mention from the majority of the American public. Trump and the GOP made this mess when they eliminated DACA in September and now it’s time for answers. We’ve waited long enough!

After four months of negotiations, in January 2018 a bipartisan group of senators—led by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—presented a deal that would have both provided relief for Dreamers and met White House demands for additional border security. It also provided protections for thousands of TPS holders put at risk by this administration. The DACA deal was presented the day after Trump told senators that he would sign any DACA deal that was presented to him.

How did Trump respond? Despite meeting the White House’s requirements, Trump rejected the deal because it didn’t do enough to prevent immigrants from “shithole” countries from coming to the U.S. He was referring to Haiti, African countries, and El Salvador—i.e., countries with people of color. Trump made sure to clarify that he prefers to have immigrants come from countries like Norway.

Republicans have been complicit in every one of Trump’s abuses, and by voting to reopen the government without protections for Dreamers they enabled the worst instincts of Trump and hardline members of their caucus. On January 22, most Senate Democrats joined Trump and the Republicans and voted to deport Dreamers at a rate of 122 per day; this three-week funding extension doesn’t provide relief for Dreamers, but does fund their deportation.

The DACA recipients have waited long enough! Call your representative and senators and tell them NOW is the time to pass DACA!

https://www.indivisible.org/resource/trump-shutdown-whats-stake-dreamers-tps-holders-country/

North Dakota

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

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

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

Volunteer opportunity plus events and news for this week

Want to get involved and not sure how? Here’s an simple place to start!

The Cass County Dem-NPL office needs help with a large mailing Tuesday and Wednesday this week from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The address is 3003 32 Ave. S., #6 in Fargo.  If you have some time and want to get involved, please drop in and help for a little while.

Choice Desserts Event this Friday!

Hosted by ND WIN Abortion Access Fund on Friday, January 26 from 7-10 pm at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo, ND. Address: 2525 9th Avenue South, Fargo, North Dakota 58103

https://www.facebook.com/events/143766479658761/

For MN residents: Collin Peterson (house rep) will be at The Farm Bill Forum event on Wed evening.

Wed Jan 24 from 6:30-8:30

Lake Region Electric Cooperative Public Meeting Room, 1400 S Broadway, Pelican Rapids, MN.

https://www.facebook.com/events/305203986552321/

Also here’s an update on the government shutdown.  Please call your reps to tell them to continue to fight for a clean Dream Act.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/22/16920532/shutdown-deal-democrats?utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

https://www.npr.org/2018/01/23/579837013/government-reopens-for-business-but-immigration-fight-still-looms

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/congress-votes-to-end-shutdown-after-democrats-agree-to-trust-mcconnell-on-dreamer-promise/2018/01/22/79783cc2-ff85-11e7-bb03-722769454f82_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-main_banner-shutdowntrust-830pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Ready to March? Join us on January 20!

Indivisible FM is excited to announce that we are organizing this year’s Women’s March!

Join us for “A Step Beyond the March” on January 20. How have you participated in our democracy, and what is one step you can take what you have done before now?

The Women’s March will start at the Fargo Civic Center.  Doors will open at 12:30 for sign-making. The rally will start at 1:00 in Centennial Hall in the lower level. We’ll start marching at about 1:30. Route and rally speakers will be announced soon.

You can keep up to date with news about the march at our Facebook event or at fmwomensmarch.com. We hope to see you there!

TODAY’S ACTION: Say no to nuclear war.

Call your reps to tell them to say no to nuclear war and to back Ted Lieu’s HR 669/ S 200 that would require congressional approval before a nuclear strike.

Also, if you are on twitter, please report Trump’s post as in violation of their rules.

North Dakota
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043
Or text RESIST to 50409

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

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

Minnesota
I still need to find Tina’s contact information. If anyone already has it post it in the comments and I’ll update it here.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
Or text RESIST to 50409

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165
Or text RESIST to 50409

TODAY’S ACTION: Relax, unwind, nap, go for a walk

For the last two weeks of the year we’ll be focusing on self care. No actions are planned unless something urgent comes up (i.e., Mueller is fired).

The plan for if/when Mueller is fired is this:

IndivisibleFM Rapid Response Event

This is an event planned as a rapid-response protest in the event that Donald Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Please note that the listed date is a placeholder and will be updated to be within 24 hours of the firing, should it occur.

Location: US Bank Plaza, 2nd and Broadway, Fargo.

Date/Time:

Rallies will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing:

  • If Mueller is fired BEFORE 2 P.M. local time —>  events will begin @ 5 P.M. local time
  • If Mueller is fired AFTER 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day
    • This is the general plan—please confirm details on your event page, as individual hosts may tailor their events to their local plan.

https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/19036

Hopefully it’s a quiet, peaceful holiday.

Some helpful links:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-political-change.aspx

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/well/how-to-follow-the-news-in-a-political-age-of-anxiety.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/do-the-right-thing/201706/5-ways-cope-better-political-stress-now

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/friendship-20/201702/8-tips-tackling-political-stress-now

Self-care during tumultuous politics