Gun Control & Easter Break
The Ten-Minute Activist is announcing a break for Easter. We will resume Actions on Tuesday, April 3. In the meantime, if you’re chomping at the bit to stay active, here are some suggestions for you to be getting on with.
The March for Our Lives is calling for town halls to be held nationwide during the upcoming Congressional recess in order for our representatives to answer to us on the issue of gun control. Here is the Town Hall for Our Lives site: http://townhallproject.com/. The site has various suggestions for getting involved, but the main thing is to make sure your MoC knows that you expect them to attend a town hall.
Here are some upcoming bills which your Senator should support:
S.2009 Background Check Expansion Act
S.2095 Assault Weapons Ban
S.1324 Disarm Hate Act
S.1539 Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act.
Gun Sense Pledge
Sign the Pledge to be a Gun Sense voter:
This is a project of Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, excellent groups who work hard in every state and at the Federal level to produce sensible gun legislation.
(No need to check the boxes to receive texts or volunteer - but go ahead if you feel so called!)
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced that the 2020 Census will include a question about citizen- ship, an item which has not been on the the Census since 1950. (Some longer versions, which are not sent to every household, have included the question.) The Census Bureau is already under-funded under Trump, and adding this question will further jeopardize the accuracy of the Census. States with a large immigrant population will be in danger of losing Federal funding and/or seats in Congress, as many legal immigrants have family members living with them who are undocumented and will be afraid to answer the Census accurately. The entire household will go uncounted, leading to a misrepresentation of population numbers and an under-allocation of Federal funds for basic needs such as transportation, education, social services, etc.
1. Contact the Department of Commerce, Office of Public Affairs and tell them you oppose the addition of a citizenship question to the U.S. Census: call (202) 482-4883, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Contact your MoC and tell them that you oppose the addition of a citizenship question to the U.S. Census.
Net Neutrality Revisited
State legislatures and governors are taking unilateral steps to preserve net neutrality within their own borders. In some cases, governors have issued executive orders requiring Internet providers to abide by strict net neutrality standards which Trump and Ajit Pai sought to undo. Other state legislatures are working on enacting net neutrality laws.
This FreePress article lists the states in question.
1. If you are from Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, New York, or Vermont, contact your governor to thank them for issuing an executive order to preserve net neutrality in your state.
2. If you’re from one of the other states listed in the FreePress article, contact your legislators asking them to take action to enact strict net neutrality standards in your state.
March for Our Lives
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world marched on Saturday to demand that the U.S.A. finally enact meaningful gun control legislation. We are moved and inspired to see the next generation taking the lead!
Contact one or more of your elected representatives to tell them how proud you are of the young people of America for leading us in Saturday’s marches and rallies and for taking action to rid America of gun violence:
Here’s what the DC March for Our Lives looked like from satellite:
1. If you don’t go a-Marching, use today to catch up on any of this week’s actions you missed.
2. If you do March, post a picture of yourself and/or your sign in the Comments on the FB page! Tell us where you were!
Tomorrow We March!
March for Our Lives, the action spearheaded by the Parkland high schoolers and their fellow students across the nation, is happening tomorrow. There will be 833 March for Our Lives events happening in the U.S.A. and across the world.
If you haven’t already found a March near you, here’s where you can look:
If you haven’t yet signed the March for Our Lives petition, sign it here:
On the same page, if you’re so inclined, there are buttons for sharing March info on Facebook and Twitter.
We’ve all been listening to the news about the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica debacle. It’s hard to follow all the ins and outs, but apparently FB has known about the abuse of privacy since 2015 and has failed to follow the terms of a consent decree put in place by the FTC in 2011.
Here’s Stephen Colbert telling it as only he can:
Contact the Facebook Chairman/CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and COO, Sheryl K. Sandberg, to ask that they make a clean breast of Facebook’s malfeasance in the matter over the last years and take steps to ensure that such a breach of trust does not happen again.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently voted to override congressional district maps which were drawn in favor of the GOP.
PA State Rep. Cris Dush has introduced resolutions to impeach four of the justices involved in the anti-gerrymandering decision.
1. Contact Cris Dush and ask him to with-
draw his resolutions and to respect the Court’s decision.
2. Contact your own PA state rep. and ask them to oppose Cris Dush’s attempts to impeach the justices.
A metric which measures something called “the Efficiency Gap” shows the extent to which votes in a given state are distributed in such a way as to favor one party over another.
Take a look at the efficiency gap in your own state. If your state is listed as a culprit, contact your Governor and ask for the district maps to be redrawn. (Even if the map unfairly favors Democrats!)