N.B. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so it’s fine if you’re real strict about sticking to only ten minutes a day. Better to keep that up for a year (or four argh!) than to do two hours a day to start with and then give up. So … with that in mind, here are four suggested actions for today. PLEASE only do as much as you can do in ten minutes
1. Betsy DeVos is probably confirmed by now or will be soon. If you have a Republican senator, shoot them a fax (via Fax Zero, which is linked on the Speak Out page) telling them they’re quislings. Except for Collins and Murkowski who voted against DeVos - you could thank them, or not. If you have a Democratic senator, you can pass.
2. Jeff Sessions is coming up for nomination for the position of Attorney General. The vote will likely split along party lines, but with possibly (I’ve heard) two Dems voting in favor of him. One is Joe Manchin of WV. If Joe is your Senator, call him and let him know you want him to oppose Sessions. If you have a Republican senator, call (or fax or message) him or her telling them good job putting politics ahead of principle or words to that effect. If I find out who the other pro-Sessions Dem is, I’ll post it in a comment later.
3. Steve Bannon - if you didn’t make the call to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security yesterday, you can do it today. When I called on Thursday, there was still room in the voice mailbox.
4. Sheriff Sally Hernandez of Travis County Texas has boldly defied the order to detain illegal immigrants for U.S. Immigration & Customs. As a result, Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has cut funding to her department. Let’s all write her a card or letter thanking her and send it via U.S. mail to: Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 1748, Austin, TX 78767.