TODAY’S ACTIONS: Say no to arming teachers

Action #1: Please call your reps to let them know you disagree with Trump’s proposal to arm teachers and other school personnel. I agree that improving background checks must be done and this plan takes a small baby step in the right direction. Let your reps know they should also endorse a separate proposal from Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-WV, that would extend background checks to gun purchases made online and at gun shows to close more loopholes.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/11/592777132/trumps-plan-to-secure-schools-calls-for-arming-teachers-improving-background-che

Action #2: ND residents: please call Heidi and John to let them know you disagree with their yes votes on rolling back Frank-Dodd consumer protections and ask them to reconsider their stance as debate continues and the vote happens sometime this week. MN residents: please call Tina and Amy to see how they intend to vote and urge them to vote no.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-finance-202/2018/03/12/the-finance-202-warren-goes-on-attack-over-dodd-frank-rollback/5aa5d8f730fb047655a06bff/?utm_term=.4a35a1cede81

Upcoming Events:

Today! Mom’s Demand Action: FM Area group.  Informational meeting for the upcoming March for our Lives event on March 24.  Monday, March 12 at noon at First Presbyterian Church of Moorhead, MN (2900 S 5th St, Moorhead, Minnesota 56560)

https://www.facebook.com/events/176990826417431/

 

Wed March 14.  Find a local school walkout event and go show your support.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1767175080245694/

https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout

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

TODAY’S ACTION: Protect consumers from big banks!

Please call to tell your senators and rep to vote no on rolling back Dodd-Frank consumer protections.

From the Indivisible Guide Facebook page: “Reminder: At the same time the GOP is crossing their fingers you forget about gun reform and Dreamers, they’re voting this week to roll back Dodd-Frank consumer protections. Why oh why would Democrats give them the votes? #bailoutcaucus

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/376533-action-on-gun-and-immigration-screeches-to-a-halt-in-congress

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

This week’s actions: a little bit of everything

A few things to do this week:
1. Call John Hoeven, Kevin Cramer and Collin Peterson and tell them to stop accepting money from the NRA and to donate what they have received to an organization that supports gun control like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

2. Call your senators and reps to tell them to act now to protect Net Neutrality. Protections expire April 23rd.

3. Call your senators and reps to tell them to continue to fight for a clean Dream Act to protect Dreamers.

4. Start thinking about your game plan for the upcoming election. Do you want to host a yard sign, phone bank, do you want to be a door knocker or a volunteer at a local office? We’re hoping to compile a list of contact information for local, state and federal races so you know who to call to get started.

5. If you see related events towards our mission please feel free to share them with the facebook group or email the details to indivisiblefm@gmail.com and we’ll get them posted for you.

Events of interest this week:

MARCH Feminist First Friday: Fargo

Friday, March 2nd
5:30 PM · Fargo Billiards & Gastropub
You don’t have to be a woman to attend.

Join Elected Officials in Support of LegalizeND

Saturday, March 3rd
6:30 PM · Sanctuary Events Center

 

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

WALKOUT UPDATE

WALKOUT UPDATE: We have decided to step back and let students take the lead on the national walkout planned for March 14. We are working on planning something for March 24.

We have gotten multiple media inquiries about the walkout. If you know of a student or student group who would like to talk to the media about their plans for a walkout, you can put them in touch with us via messenger or at indivisiblefm@gmail.com, and we’ll connect them with the reporters who have asked about it.

Here is some information to pass along to the students in your life about how to organize a walkout.

https://thesouthlawn.org/2018/02/21/how-to-succeed-in-organizing-a-high-school-walkout-while-really-trying/

https://www.actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/enough-national-school-walkout

March for our lives event website:

https://www.marchforourlives.com/

Other related links:

https://everytown.org/

https://gunsensevoter.org/

https://momsdemandaction.org/

https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/

#Enough. Now is the time to talk about sensible gun control.

My heart hurts as I’m sure yours does too after hearing about the school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people yesterday. Now is the time to talk about sensible gun control. People should not be allowed to carry around semi and fully automatic assault rifles!
This is the 18th school shooting this year. 16 kids are hurt or killed each day by guns. Inaction does nothing. Thoughts and prayers does nothing. Please call your reps today to express your outrage on their inaction.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/18-school-shootings-us-year-group/story?id=53091125

https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/health/children-gunshot-wounds-study/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/02/15/florida-school-shooting-suspect-booked-on-17-counts-of-murder-premeditated/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_flashootingthurs-desktop%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.489647cfbd93

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

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