The Trump administration wants to add a citizenship question to the census, and recent information has come to light showing that the mastermind behind this was Thomas Hofeller, a GOP redistricting strategist, who came up with the idea expressly for the purpose of gerrymandering districts to give white Republicans greater influence. The ACLU is fighting the citizenship question in court.
1. Contact your Member of Congress to demand the removal of the citizenship question from the 2020 Census.
2. Consider donating to Let America Vote.
A group of Amazonian women in Ecuador have been fighting to preserve their rainforest against the incursions of ruthless political and commercial interests whose only aim is to extract short-term profit without regard for the interests of the indigenous people or the long-term health of the forest. These women have been attacked for their efforts, and their lives are at risk. So far the Ecuadorian government has failed to act to protect them or to identify and pursue their attackers. The women’s names are Patricia Gualinga, Nema Grefa, Salomé Aranda and Margoth Escobar.
Sign the petition at Amnesty International’s page, and/or send an email directly to the Ecuadorian Embassy in Washington, DC.
Given the current composition of the House, this bill probably isn’t going anywhere, but Rep. Blaine Leutkemeyer (R-MO-3) has introduced HR 1881, the self-explanatory “No Tax Dollars for United Nations Climate Agenda” Act.
Just to be on the safe side, contact your Member of Congress (especially if they’re GOP) and say you reject HR 1881 and that you would like some of your tax dollars to go to further the U.N. climate change agenda.
Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN) have introduced the TICK Act which will mandate funding, oversight, coordination, and data collection with a view to supporting prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections, which have become a huge health problem in the United States. Cases have risen 1,400% since 2003.
1. Contact your Senators and ask them to support the TICK Act. If you have tick-born infections, or know someone who does, be sure to tell them!
2. Contact one of the Senators who introduced the act and thank them.
U.S. Senate: Senators
Happy Memorial Day, and tell Trump NO pardons for war criminals.
Tell Trump no pardons for Navy Seal Edward Gallagher or Nicholas Slatten and other convicted Blackwater employees. Tell him he should never have pardoned Lieut. Michael Behenna. http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Something We Can All Get Behind
At last a chance to thank our GOP senators (as well as our Democratic ones). The Senate just passed S. 151 the TRACED (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence) Act, which will crack down on robocalls by giving the relevant federal agencies more resources to deal with this issue as well as introducing stricter penalties for spam callers. The bill also mandates that voice service providers introduce more sophisticated screening and authentication technologies to intercept and block such calls.
Contact your Senators and thank them for voting for S. 151 the TRACED Act. Unless your senator is Rand Paul, who was the ONLY nay vote. If he’s yours, give him a piece of your mind. Inhofe (R-OK) and Rounds (R-SD) didn’t vote. Everyone else was a yea vote.
Consumers First Act
A vote is expected this week on H.R. 1500 Consumers First Act. This bill would return the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to its original mission of preventing predatory lending practices and would give the bureau teeth to enforce regulations. The bill also creates a dedicated student loan office at the CFPB.
Contact your Member of Congress and ask them to vote in favor of H.R. 1500 Consumers First Act. If your MoC is a cosponsor, thank them.
Bipartisan Background Checks Act
On February 27, the House passed H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This bill has now been placed on the Senate legislative calendar.
1. Contact your Member of Congress and, depending on their vote, thank them for their vote or complain. Roll call here: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll099.xml.
2. Contact your Senators and ask them to vote to pass H.R. 8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. Say that you are aware that this bill is on the calendar and you will be watching to see how they vote.