Today’s Action: Call your house rep to oppose the tax plan proposal.

Call your house rep and tell them to vote no on tax cuts for the wealthy! We do not need to eliminate the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax or reduce the corporate business tax. This proposal does nothing to help the low income wage earners who could really use a break!

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611
Or text RESIST to 50409

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/09/28/fact-checking-president-trumps-tax-speech-in-indianapolis/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_factchecker-745a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.5cd2f4e4d8d3

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/27/553860929/republicans-outline-biggest-tax-code-overhaul-in-a-generation

TODAY’S ACTION: Call or visit Hoeven about DACA

 

In 2013, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill. It included the DREAM Act, which would provide lawful permanent resident status to eligible DACA recipients. It passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 32, and one of the “yea” votes was from Sen. John Hoeven. The bill never became law because the House did not vote on it.
 
Please call or visit Sen. Hoeven’s office today to ask whether he will vote for the DREAM Act or a similar bill, such as Lindsay Graham’s BRIDGE Act, today. As his constituents, we are entitled to know where he stands on this.
 
District office: 123 Broadway North, Fargo (second floor of the old Metro Drug building)
Fargo phone: 701-239-5389
Washington phone: 202-224-2551

TODAY’S ACTION: Defend DREAMers

Today, Jeff Sessions is expected to announce that the Trump administration will end the DACA program. To be eligible for DACA, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
  5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
  6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers, were brought to this country by their families when they were too young to have anything to do with their immigration status or where their family chose to live. If they are here without documentation, it’s not their fault, and we shouldn’t punish them for it.

Right now, 800,000 people are in the DACA program. Trump can end it because our last president created it via executive order after Congress refused to act. Congress MUST act now, or these DREAMers and their families will suffer tremendous heartache, and for what?

Please call your representatives today and ask them what they are planning to do to help these DREAMers, who are Americans in every way except paperwork.

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
Or text RESIST to 50409

Minnesota

Sen. Al Franken
St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Washington: 202-224-5641
Moorhead: 218-284-8721
Or text RESIST to 50409

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

ANTI-NAZI ANNOUNCMENT

Hi, Indivisibles. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about what we’re planning to do in response to the white supremacist rally that is being planned for October. We are working in conjunction with a number of community groups and leaders to come up with a plan. Stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, please know that lots of people are coordinating on this and that we do expect to have an event planned. It might take some time because we want to make sure whatever we do is thoughtful, inclusive, and as safe as possible.

TODAY’S ACTION: Do Cramer and Hoeven agree with Trump’s statements yesterday?

“If you look, they were people protesting very quietly the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee. I am sure in that group there were some bad ones. The following day, it looked like they had some rough, bad people, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, whatever you want to call them. But you had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest.

Because I don’t know if you know, they had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit. So I only tell you this. There are two sides to a story.”

The innocent protesters on Friday night were chanting “Seig heil,” “blood and soil,” “Jews will not replace us,” and “white lives matter.”

The president said yesterday “you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.” White supremacist Christopher Cantwell says that more people are going to die in this fight. Do Rep. Cramer and Sen. Hoeven agree with the president that some of the white supremacists who marched on Friday were very fine people? Do they believe that Americans need to speak up and fight white supremacy and Nazism when they see it, as the counter-protesters were doing?

Rep. Kevin Cramer
District office: 3217 Fiechtner Drive, Fargo
Fargo phone: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C. phone: 202-225-2611

Sen. John Hoeven
District office: 123 Broadway North, Fargo
Fargo phone: 701-239-5389
Washington phone: 202-224-2551

TODAY’S ACTION: Ask your reps to speak out against white supremacy

Some of our representatives have made definitive statements that stand against the hatred and bigotry that marched through Charlottesville. Others have not. Their staff is back at work now, so it shouldn’t be hard for them to say something today.

Please call Cramer, Hoeven, and Peterson and ask them when they will release a statement condemning white supremacy, as their colleagues Heitkamp, Franken, and Klobuchar have.

Rep. Kevin Cramer
District office: 3217 Fiechtner Drive, Fargo
Fargo phone: 701-356-2216
Washington, D.C. phone: 202-225-2611

Sen. John Hoeven
District office: 123 Broadway North, Fargo
Fargo phone: 701-239-5389
Washington phone: 202-224-2551

Rep. Collin Peterson
District office: 714 Lake Avenue, Suite 101, Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes phone: 218-847-5056
Washington phone: 202-225-2165

THIS WEEK’S ACTION: Learn how to doorknock

Last November 9, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I should have done more before the election. I should have made phone calls. I should have knocked on doors. But I didn’t. I was born and raised in North Dakota, and few things make me more uncomfortable than asking a stranger to do something they might not want to do.

My action wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the election by itself, but as we learned with the ACA repeal, if we all work together, we CAN do what seems impossible. Did you ever think that the Affordable Care Act would survive a Republican President, a Republican House of Representatives, and a Republican Senate? I didn’t! And yet here we are, until they try again.

With collective action, we can change things, but the first step is to get outside our comfort zones. Many of us have been doing that already–how many of us had never called a Senator’s office before? How many of us never attended a protest until this year?

Now is a great time to push yourself a step further. The AFL-CIO is doing a doorknocking blitz on Wednesday to tell people about how Cramer and Hoeven voted on health care. That’s easy, right? You’re not trying to convince them of anything or ask them to vote a certain way. You’re not asking them to do anything but call the local offices if they are concerned about their access to health care. Piece of cake.

Andrew Bushaw will be holding a brief training at the beginning to tell you what you need to know. You’ll go out in pairs, so you won’t be alone. And you’ll be ready when we do this a bunch in 2018.

With the size of this group, we should be able to get 10 people to commit to attending. How about you? Will you be with us on Wednesday at 6 pm at the Red Raven? If you’ll be there, please email abushaw@ndaflcio.org to RSVP.

Walk with us in the FM Pride Parade!

We’ll be walking in this year’s Fargo-Moorhead Pride Parade, and we’d love to have you join us. The parade is on Sunday, August 13. We’ll be lining up at the corner of NP and Broadway at 1:30 that afternoon.

If you’d like to order a t-shirt to wear to the parade, please do so here by Friday, August 4. We will work out a t-shirt pickup location later, so you can choose “My house” as a shipping option if you don’t want to pay extra for shipping.

THIS WEEK’S ACTION: VISIT SEN. HOEVEN’S NEW OFFICE

As of right now, it’s hard to say when the final health care vote will be or even what they will vote on. It sounds like they will vote on “skinny repeal” on Friday. What does that mean for you? Great question. You should ask Sen. Hoeven.

Please make every effort you can to visit Sen. Hoeven’s new office on the second floor of the old Metro Drug building downtown. Ask his staff, “What will happen to me/my child/my parent if this bill passes?” Bring insurance statements and explanation of benefits forms if you can.

They should be able to tell you how this bill will affect you. If they can’t, how can he vote for it?

PLEASE BRING A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER if you can. We want as many people as possible to ask these questions before the likely vote on Friday.

Get ready for a big health care push, Indivisibles!

This afternoon, the Senate will vote on a motion to proceed with a vote on a health care bill. Which health care bill? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ No one knows! This is our health care policy now.

If they vote to vote on an actual bill, they will have 20 hours of debate. We are going to use that time to try to convince Sen. Hoeven to vote against whatever bill it is they decide at the last minute is going to reshape health care in this country.

Are you ready?

If you want to put a call into Sen. Hoeven’s office to ask him to vote no on the motion to proceed, the numbers are 701-239-5389 in Fargo and 202-224-2551 in DC. The vote is scheduled for 1:15 this afternoon, our time.