Steve Bannon is a menace. His appointment to the NSC is unprecedented, and his views are dangerous. Here’s how you can help to potentially minimize his impact.
See if your Representative is on this list of co-sponsors for HB804, which would prevent political appointees from serving on the National Security Council (NSC). If they aren’t, call and ask them to please become a co-sponsor. If they are already co-sponsors, consider calling them to thank them, and asking them to continue to publicly denounce Bannon’s policies and his level of power within the White House.
See if your Senator is on this list of co-sponsors for SB291, which would modify the requirements for membership in the National Security Council (NSC). If they aren’t, call and ask them to please become a co-sponsor. If they are already co-sponsors, consider calling them to thank them, and asking them to continue to publicly denounce Bannon’s policies and his level of power within the White House.
Calling is an extremely effective way to reach your reps. We’ve already seen what thousands of phone calls can do: angry constituents forced the GOP to backtrack on gutting the independent ethics committee, have thrown Betsy DeVos’s confirmation into question, and are putting extreme pressure on the GOP to not dismantle Obamacare without something extremely similar to replace it. But even more effective is showing up at office hours, town halls, and other public events that your representative or their staff will be at, fielding constituents’ questions and concerns.
Use this Google Doc put together by Town Hall Project 2018 to track your representatives’ events and show up to put pressure on them in person. For even more effectiveness, join your local Indivisible group, since groups across the country have been showing up and demanding their representatives listen to their voices.
Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the EPA just passed in committee. This means that he’ll be up for a full Senate confirmation vote soon. Call your senators NOW and tell them to oppose this nomination.
A sample script from re:act:
“Hello, I am [NAME] from [PLACE]. As your constituent, I’m afraid that Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA, would be a disaster for our health, air, water, and climate. Will the Senator pledge to publicly oppose Pruitt’s nomination?”
Call them now to help ensure that decades of climate and environmental protections aren’t rolled back to keep our country and planet safe and beautiful for future generations.
(Friendly reminder to only call Senators and Reps who represent you, except for under special circumstances for those in leadership roles when they’re acting in that capacity – calling other reps of whom you’re not a constituent allows them to say that most of the feedback they get about any given topic doesn’t accurately reflect their constituents’ views, even if it does. Not flooding their phone lines also makes it easier for their constituents to get them on the phone, which is important.)
Inspired by Flippable:
How Democrats are doing on a state and local level is as, if not more, important than how they’re doing on a national level. Right now, Republicans are killing us in that regard – 33 out of 50 governors are Republicans, and Republicans in 24 states control both the entire state legislature and governorship. This is… not good. That’s why we need to support Democrats running for State and local offices, and this week, one of those Democrats is Stephanie Hansen. Stephanie is running for State Senator in Delaware’s February 25th special election. Right now, Delaware is one of the only Democratic ‘trifectas’ in the country, which means that Democrats control the entire state legislature and governorship. If Stephanie wins, that will continue to be true, but if she loses, Republicans will control Delaware’s state senate and will be able to gridlock progressive legislation.
You can learn more about Stephanie and donate to her campaign here.
The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an environmental impact study on the currently proposed route for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). They’re accepting public commentary until February 20. Write them a letter here to let them know why the project should not go forward.
There is no shortage of marches and protests these days (and you should keep an eye out for ones local to you as they spring up – there are many ongoing demonstrations against Trump’s EO on Immigrants and Refugees), but here are two upcoming ones to keep an eye on:
The march’s mission statement:
March for Science is an effort comprised of dozens of independent, nonpartisan coordinators. Recent rhetoric has inspired us to march on Washington D.C. and in Satellite Marches across the country. Our mission statement is as follows:
THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE CHAMPIONS PUBLICLY FUNDED AND PUBLICLY COMMUNICATED SCIENCE AS A PILLAR OF HUMAN FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY. WE UNITE AS A DIVERSE, NONPARTISAN GROUP TO CALL FOR SCIENCE THAT UPHOLDS THE COMMON GOOD, AND FOR POLITICAL LEADERS AND POLICYMAKERS TO ENACT EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
The date hasn’t yet been set, but follow their social media accounts to learn more. You can get all the current info and sign up to volunteer at or coordinate a satellite march in your community on their website.
- Tax Day (April 15th) Marches for Various Causes
Mark your calendar for April 15th – there are already protests and marches being planned all across the country for Tax Day. Various causes are being represented – I’ll be attending a Black Lives Matter march in Seattle (Westlake Park, 2pm – 6pm!), but I’ve also heard of marches pressuring Trump to release his tax returns and for other causes and grievances. Find out what’s happening near you and go participate.