Fight the destruction of National Monuments

In April, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order which asked Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review national monuments set aside by Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

After signing his order Trump said: “Tremendously positive things are going to happen on that incredible land, the likes of which there is nothing more beautiful anywhere in the world.”  (Whatever that means.)

Secretary Zinke has spent the last few months taking public comment. It is no surprise that 99% of those who commented were opposed to reducing the size of our federal lands. But Zinke and Trump didn’t listen. Last week Secretary Zinke made his recommendations to Trump, in a memo that ought to be public but has not yet been disclosed. As the New York Times reported, Trump could reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah from 1.35 million to 160 thousand acres. Environmental groups, Native American tribes, and corporate leaders like Patagonia did not hesitate to speak up, and neither will we. The fate of these national monuments is being decided upon this week. We must fight for the national lands that belong to all-of-us.

Here’s how:

  1. Watch Patagonia’s first ever TV ad released on August 20th rallying to protect Bears Ears, and share it on your Facebook.
  2. Take action here. Patagonia has resources where you can call, message, or tweet at Secretary Zinke.
  3. Retweet this and thank Patagonia for their corporate leadership

From our allies at Wall-Of-Us.

Defend DACA and Stand up for Immigrant Children

The DACA program still needs your help!

Despite repeated campaign promises to the contrary, Trump now appears poised to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that grants protected status to undocumented immigrant children brought into the US by parents or other adults.

Eliminating DACA would deprive the nearly 800,000 people protected by the program of jobs and access to education and put them at risk of deportation. Rescinding DACA would not only hurt DACA recipients but also damage our economy, reducing GDP by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade. Furthermore, the program is popular on both sides of the aisle. An April 2017 poll found over 75% of registered voters supported allowing DACA recipients to remain in the US, while over half supported DACA recipients ultimately earning citizenship.

Now, it is up to Congress to defend DACA recipients against Trump and the AGs’ threats. On July 20th, Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced the DREAM Act (S. 1615), a bipartisan bill which would grant legal status and a path to citizenship for DACA participants. Congress must quickly move to support and pass the DREAM Act to protect our Dreamers.

Call Rob Portman: 202-224-3353

Your script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.

I’m calling to express my support for S. 1615, the DREAM Act, and the thousands of Dreamers who contribute to our society. I urge Senator Rob Portman to support this bipartisan effort to protect the DACA program and the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on it for access to jobs, education, and security.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

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CONDEMN THE PARDON OF RACIST SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO

Late on Friday, August 24th, while category 4 Hurricane Harvey barreled into Texas, Trump issued a presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Earlier this year, Arpaio was convicted for defying a court order which barred his deputies from conducting “immigration round-ups” — racially profiling Hispanics and detaining them on suspicion of their legal status. He housed inmates in brutal, unhealthy conditions such as outdoor jails in sweltering heat and chain gangs. Women inmates were denied menstrual products and those mentally ill were targeted for abuse, leading to higher than average suicide rates in his jails.

Call Rep Mike Turner
937-225-2843 Dayton
202-225-6465 DC

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.

I’m calling to express my outrage that Trump issued a pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio. I ask that Rep. Michael R. Turner publicly condemn this blatant abuse of power and dangerous acceptance of corrupt, racist law enforcement officials.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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DENOUNCE TRUMP’S BAN ON TRANSGENDER TROOPS

The White House has signed a guidance memo on how to implement Trump’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. Defense Secretary Mattis will have 6 months to enact the changes once he receives the memo.

Call Rep Turner

937-225-2843 Dayton

202-225-6465

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.

I’m calling to ask Rep. Michael R. Turner to denounce the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. These dedicated Americans should have the right to serve their country even if they need special medical care. It is unacceptable for Trump, the Pentagon, and Defense Secretary Mattis to strip them of these rights.

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DENOUNCE TRUMP’S BAN ON TRANSGENDER TROOPS

The White House is expected to send the Pentagon guidance on how to implement Trump’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. Defense Secretary Mattis will have 6 months to enact the changes once he receives the memo from the White House.

Call Rep Turner
937-225-2843 Dayton
202-225-6465 DC

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.

I’m calling to ask Rep. Michael R. Turner to denounce the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. These dedicated Americans should have the right to serve their country even if they need special medical care. It is unacceptable for Trump, the Pentagon, and Defense Secretary Mattis to strip them of these rights.

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Examining our biases and being better allies

Today we bring you a call to do some difficult self reflection.  Although many of us believe ourselves to be allies of minority and marginalized communities, we may still harbor some negative thoughts and stereotypes about these same communities.  The website Wall-of-Us has created today’s CTA, so that we can learn more about these biases, and take steps to deepen our commitment to fairness and justice.

“Most of us don’t find it hard to condemn the white supremacists and Nazis who descended upon Charlottesville. What is more difficult is owning and addressing the implicit bias and prejudices that we all have. Charlottesville woke us up (again), it’s on all of us to #staywoke.”

Here’s how:

  1. Read this article, and this one to learn about implicit basis and racism.
  2. Watch this video (part of a series on bias) from the NYT to understand how we all have bias, how it is different than racism, and how it might contribute to racism.
  3. Take the Harvard Race Implicit Bias Test.

Demand New Authorization to use military force for Afghanistan

In his speech to the nation on August 21st, Trump announced his strategy in Afghanistan offering few details about an actual plan. In response, Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have introduced a bipartisan AUMF authorizing military action giving Congress an oversight role it currently lack.

If we are to proceed with military action in Afghanistan, the public deserves a clear understanding of the mission and desired outcome, and Congress must be able to hold the President accountable.

Call Rep Turner’s office
937-225-2843 (Dayton)
202-225-6465 (DC)

Hello, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.

I’m calling to express my support for the bipartisan Authorization for Use of Military Force introduced by Senators Jeff Flake and Tim Kaine. It is time to end the overly broad and outdated 2001 authorization and reintroduce appropriate congressional oversight of the fight against terrorism. I urge Rep. Michael R. Turner to work towards accomplishing this necessary change.

Thank you for all your hard work answering the phones.

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Ohio Senate Don’t Over Ride Vetoes

This week, the Ohio Senate will try to override several of Gov Kasich’s vetoes.
If they succeed, they’ll do serious damage to #Medicaid and healthcare in Ohio.

CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR today and Tuesday. Tell them #NoOverride of any Kasich vetoes.
Find them here: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/find-my-legislators #resistance #resist

Demand that Trump fire White House staff members who are allies to alt-right movement

Today, we are going to ask you to take some time to fight back against the white supremacy we saw in action this weekend in Charlottesville by asking our elected leaders to demand that Trump fire White House staff members who are allies to the alt-right movement and prevent new such appointments.

We can’t believe this is an ask that needs to be made, but this is where we are. Donald Trump refuses to disavow, or even publicly disapprove of, the racist white nationalist movement that organized the rally in Charlottesville, VA. This might be because his racist and discriminatory agenda have won him the support of the alt-right. It is unacceptable that Donald Trump refuses to condemn white nationalism, and has chosen high-profile members of the alt-right movement to advise him in the White House.

Our congressional leaders need to help change that. First, they can sign on to co-sponsor H.Con.Res 77, which is a resolution introduced by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal to condemn hate groups and demand Trump fire staff that support white nationalism. Second, they can shut down the addition of new appointees that traffic in racism. Trump has nominated Sam Clovis, a conservative talk radio host, to be the chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture. Clovis is not a scientist, but he did help fuel the racist birther movement.

Take a few minutes to call Turner, Portman, and Brown’s offices and ask them to demand that Trump disavow white nationalism and fire staff associated with it, starting with Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, sign on to H.Con.Res 77, and oppose the Clovis nomination so additional people with histories of racism are not added to the Administration.

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Cincinnati office: (513) 684-1021

Sen. Rob Portman’s Cincinnati office: 513-684-3265
Rep. Mike Turner’s Dayton office: (937) 225-2843

Time for some healing

The need for taking care of yourself in the midst of a slow-motion disaster like the Trump Administration is obvious.  Perpetual outrage is exhausting!  We are part of a marathon of action; one which could end with resignation or impeachment, but could also drag into another election battle and <shudder> second term.

If we don’t do some self care, we will be unable to take on new battles.  In other words, Trump will have won.

Today, we aren’t asking you to make any calls.  Instead, read this short piece about one man’s response to witnessing another slow-motion disaster: the rise of Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler.

This Leonard Woolf passage on Hitler’s rise is a reminder of the restorative powers of art

It will only take a few minutes to read, but the lesson is a powerful reminder that what we choose today has the potential to outlive both Trump’s administration and our own time on this Earth.

After you read, ask yourself, “What choices am I making today to leave a legacy of peace? How do my actions reflect my values?  What small acts can I incorporate into my life to reflect inclusivity, care for the earth, or the importance of science and reason?”