Call Your MoCs About Bannon’s Position on the NSC

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.

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Reading List 1/29 – 2/4

Here’s a list of articles that I enjoyed and that made me think this week. While I felt that all articles included had good points, I didn’t always agree with the overall conclusion. I present them to you without commentary to allow you to make up your own mind about them (and also to encourage you to read the full article). Enjoy!

  1. In Venezuela, we couldn’t stop Chávez. Don’t make the same mistakes we did. (WaPo)
  2. How to Tame Donald Trump (Politico)
  3. America’s Great Divergence (The Atlantic)
  4. A Clarifying Moment in American History (The Atlantic)
  5. The Alt-Majority: How Social Networks Empowered Mass Protests Against Trump (NYT)
  6. Hold Facebook Accountable (The Ringer)
  7. A Third Way in the ‘Respectability Politics’ Debate (The Atlantic)
  8. ‘Why even let ’em in?’ Understanding Bannon’s worldview and the policies that follow. (WaPo)
  9. How Progressives Are Forcing Senate Democrats Into Action (WaPo)
  10. Fatigued by the News? Experts Suggest How to Adjust Your Media Diet (NYT)
  11. The Rise of Progressive ‘Fake News’ (The Atlantic)
  12. Inside the White House-Cabinet battle over Trump’s immigration order (WaPo)
  13. Can the Democratic Party rise again? Yes — and here’s the first big thing to watch. (WaPo)

Call your Senators NOW and Tell Them to Oppose Scott Pruitt to Head the EPA

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.)

Support Stephanie Hansen in the Special Election for Delaware State Senate

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.

Write a #NoDAPL Letter to the Army Corps of Engineers

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.