Act of Resistance 7-11-2018

This is cutting into writing time so I’m going to make this quick!

Last week I sent an email to the Democratic Party in the county where I live, volunteering for whatever they might need me for. Now, this is the second time I’ve done this, so I’m not actually expecting a response, but today I also sent them an application form to join as a member. I’ll be attending my first monthly meeting next Wednesday and plan to make it a recurring habit. I don’t know why I haven’t received responses to my calls to volunteer. Maybe they have so many volunteers they didn’t need me, or maybe they prefer volunteers who are members, or (and this is what I think most likely) in this rather Red county they don’t actually do a lot. I don’t know. But I’m going to get involved, find out, and do what I can to help elect Democrats in all offices.

I also called my Senators using scripts and info from this page on the I Called My Reps site. We need to do everything we can to block the SCOTUS nomination put forth by Trump. Brett Kavanagh is a threat to Roe v Wade and we need to take this very, very seriously. There’s also info on the above page for what you can do in the meantime, including supporting a Democratic Senate race in your state. This is very important. Not only because of the SCOTUS nom, but for the country as a whole for the next two+ years.

I also secured my absentee ballot for the August primary since I’ll be away from home on the day of the primary. I haven’t filled it out yet because I need to review a few candidates and decide who I’d like to support (Democrats of course, but which one!) I’ll do that tonight after the kiddos are in bed!

And last I shared information on Twitter, Facebook, and here on how to oppose this SCOTUS nomination. It may not seem like much, but if my posts or tweets get even one person to join the fight, then I’m happy with that result.

So find something you can do in the fight against Trump and get involved! Also, I’d love to hear from others what they have been doing to resist! Feel free to respond in the comments.

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Act of Resistance 6-14-2018

Hey there, Resistors!

Today I called my Senators about Senator Feinstein’s Keep Families Together Act. I chose to call instead of email because this is a very important and time sensitive issue . Every minute we wait these kids are still in detention centers separated from their parents. Every minute we wait more kids are separated from their parents.¬† I urge you to make calls TODAY!

Here’s a link to a Tweet with a script for calling your Senators to ask them to support Feinstein’s bill: Keep Families Together Script

Here’s a link if you need help finding your Senators and their phone numbers: US Senators

Please, if you do one Act of Resistance this week, make it about this issue. (Though there are still plenty of important issues, so just resist where you can!) And phone calls mean more than emails. I know I send emails all the time, mainly due to phone anxiety and the huge list of issues I want to comment on. But phone calls on this are extremely important!

Thank you! And keep resisting!

Letters to My Representatives 5-9-2018

kept today’s letters short again. They were all the smae except in the letter to Moolenaar I took out the part on judicual nominees (House doesn’t vote on judicial nominees) and instead added:

I demand that work requirements for SNAP be removed from the Farm Bill.

Short and sweet. For more information and scripts visit I Called My Reps!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you vote NO on Engelhardt (5th), Brennan (7th), Carson (10th), Nalbandian (6th), Scudder (7th), and St. Eve (7th) as Trump’s judicial nominees.

Please vocally and vehemently oppose Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal and counter the lies he is telling. According to the IAEA there is no evidence of a nuclear program in Iran since 2009. They are in compliance with the terms of the 2015 deal, and Trump has been unable to clarify what he means by saying Iran is in violation of the “spirit” of the deal. Moreover, President Rouhani has already said he will not renegotiate . We cannot risk having Iran exit out of the deal entirely. It would be better to follow France’s plan of seeing the deal as one branch of a new accord, while also preserving the deal as is.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 5-2-2018

Today’s letters focused on only one issue: protecting Mueller’s investigation. I think this is an important issue not only because of Trump, but what it can mean for the future of our democracy. All three reps received essentially the same letter, though Rep. Moolenaar’s was worded slightly different as he is in the House and not the Senate and therefore can’t actually vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act. But I do expect him to voice support for it and demonstrate to his Republican colleagues in the Senate that he expects them to support it as well. I know, I know, it’s asking a lot for A Republican to actually stand up for anything these days, but I have to try.

As always, feel free to sue my letter for your own, and scripts can be found at I Called My Reps though I added a bit this time from my own perspective.

Keep resisting!!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller as introduced by Senators Tillis, Coons, Booker, and Graham. Following the Senate Judiciary vote it is clear that there is bipartisan support for efforts to protect Mueller’s investigation. While McConnell has stated that the bill will not go to the floor I urge you to speak out, reiterate the results of the Judiciary vote, and do what you can to push the majority leader for a floor vote. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating that they believe in Mueller and want to let him do his work. If that’s true then please encourage your Republican colleagues to advocate for the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to be considered and voted on as soon as possible.

This act is not only in the interest of protecting the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, but also in the interest of protecting our democracy in that no one being investigated in our government should have any power to disrupt that investigation. The American people deserve to know that their elected officials are not breaking the law and are here for the best interests of the American people, and not a foreign power or themselves. We need to take back the integrity of Washington, which has been absent for far too long. This is not just a Trump issue. It’s a vital vaccine for our democracy against corruption and abuse. And I think it’s high time we had a few more shots to fix things.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 4-27-2018

Today’s letters are very similar to last weeks, but I sent them any way! It’s important to keep the issues in front of our representatives even if we’ve already voiced out opinions once. Please write your own letters or make your own phone calls and encourage your friends an family as well. You are welcome to use my letters, but you can also visit I Called My Reps for information and scripts!

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I ask that you support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to protect Robert Mueller, as introduced by Senators Tillis, Coons, Booker and Graham. The NYT’s latest report indicates that Trump considered ending the Russian investigation in the fall, the second time he has made such considerations. That move along with his continued rhetoric suggests Trump might try to end Mueller’s work sooner than later. Prominent members of the GOP keep reiterating they believe in Mueller and want to let him do his work. Please pass the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act as soon as possible. I would also like to ask that you reiterate that Rod Rosenstein cannot be fired as well.

Please vote NO on Ronny Jackson for Head of the VA and NO to Haspalo for CIA Director.

I want you to address the fact that our country has only taken in 11 Syrian refugees this year. If we are to seriously address the challenges being faced by Syrians, the refugee restrictions put forth by this administration need to be reversed.

I demand you call for Scott Pruitt’s resignation. The daily scandals that keep coming out of the EPA are absolutely unacceptable. Not only is he repeatedly committing ethics violations, he clearly doesn’t spend enough time doing his job, versus trying to defend his job.

I want you to vote in favor of Senator Markey’s resolution to repeal the FCC’s December decision to unwind Net Neutrality, via the Congressional Review Act. Polling suggests 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of the net neutrality, and voting in support of this bipartisan resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t singlehandedly decided by five people.

I support the FCC Inspector General case against Chairman Pai and I ask that you do as well. Chairman Pai’s potential connections with Sinclair Broadcasting need to be explored, particularly given the potential Sinclair-Tribune merge on the table. I also ask you to consider passing anti-trust laws, so Chairman Pai’s actions to help Sinclair in the merger process, cannot be repeated.

I am adamantly opposed to John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Advisor, and demand you do everything in your power to protest this appointment. John Bolton has a track record for advocating for extreme foreign policy views, often to the detriment of the nation. It’s for that reason Senate Foreign Relations determined Bolton was unfit to serve TWICE during the Bush Administration, and why he’s still unfit to serve now. I understand that you have no confirmation power when it comes to Bolton. But I demand you push forward w/ other options, including pushing forward w/ the Markey/Lieu bill limiting POTUS’s ability for first strike.

I expect you to take a stand against the Trump Administration’s latest attempts to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. The administration’s justification for banning transgender¬† individuals is based on flawed, discriminatory research. Moreover, many active service duty members have already reiterated: this discriminatory act against potential/serving officers, only damages unit cohesion. It doesn’t improve it. I expect you to take a stand, and let your constituents know you are supportive of any and all who choose to serve.

I ask that you do what you can to defend Andrew McCabe from the administration’s latest attack. Firing him days before he’s scheduled to retire is, as Senator Hirono called it, “sadistic”. He will lose his pension, after a twenty-two year career at the Bureau. I encourage you to call to let McCabe retire and receive his full pension, and continue on with whatever investigations are needed at that point.

I want to know why Trump is meeting with Putin and why Russia made the announcement.

I am against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, and I am demand you take a stand against these measures. According to economists, the tariffs will likely cause trade wars, disrupt the US economy and cause job losses in certain industries. Moreover, history has shown us before, tariffs simply are not effective. Please take whatever steps you can to oppose these measures.

I demand you work with your colleagues, to determine a concrete solution to address Dreamers. Since the Trump administration has announced the end of DACA, more than 19,000 immigrant youth have lost their protections from deportation. 850 more lose it every week. We need action NOW, especially as Leader McConnell wants the immigration debate to end. Now the bipartisan budget bill is out of the way, I demand you take the promises you made in the lead-up to that vote seriously, and figure out a solution for DACA. Please take this seriously. Please support a clean DREAM/SECURE Act for all then people currently in this country who need it, including 200k Slavadorans who will lose their protected status.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

Letters to My Representatives 2-21-2018

I am not posting today’s letters because they are exactly the same as last week’s with one exception. I asked Rep. John Moolenaar to vote NO on HR. 620, an act that would remove protections from the ADA and thereby greatly hamper a person with a disability from recourse against discrimination and remove incentives for businesses to comply with ADA standards. He of course voted YES so that part was replaced with my opinions on that decision and a reminder that I will keep his constituents informed of his decisions.

As always, scripts came from It’s Time to Fight. Please visit the site for information and scripts. And if you are feeling generous, please consider donating to the Ko-Fi that helps It’s Time to Fight continue running.

 

Letters to My Representatives 1-10-2018

Here are today’s letters. They’re a little short as I have been a bit distracted over the holidays from the news cycle, and the director of the It’s Time to Fight website has been involved in a cross country move and hasn’t been able to update the site! So here are the couple of things that she has posted on her Twitter page and a few I have thought of.

Dear Senator Stabenow,

I would like you to vote in favor of Senator Markey’s resolution to repeal to the FCC’s decision to unwind Net Neutrality last month, via the Congressional Review Act. Polling suggests that 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of net neutrality, and support of the resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t single-handedly decided by five people.

I do not support Trump’s decision to begin deportation of 200,000 Salvadorians and 60,000 Haitians, removing their protected status in this country. Please stand up and support these disadvantaged people so they may stay protected in this country.

Please help to find and support a solution for Dreamers in this country and support a clean Dream Act.

Please support Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and increase funding for the people there who need electricity, food, water, and medical aid.

I am horrified over Trump’s comments and taunting with Kim Jung Un via Twitter concerning nuclear weapons and his “button”. Not only is this unbecoming of a president, it is dangerous.

I am disgusted by Trump’s plans to award “Fake News” awards. Not only is this unbecoming of a president, it is embarrassing to this nation, and quite frankly he has a job to do. It is wholly inappropriate for him to be taking time to do this and most importantly, it goes against everything the Constitution was written for. It is examples of his authoritarian leanings and wishes to stifle and suppress the free press.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin

 

Dear Representative Moolenaar,

I am looking forward to reminding your voters come 2018 elections that you support the repeal of the ACA, the GOP Tax Scam, and repeal of Net Neutrality.

I want you to support the Senate resolution on Net Neutrality. Polling suggests that 60-80% of Americans do not support the rollback of net neutrality, and support of the resolution will help ensure this issue isn’t single-handedly decided by five people. Please do what you can to bring this issue to the House floor for a vote.

I do not support Trump’s decision to begin deportation of 200,000 Salvadorians and 60,000 Haitians, removing their protected status in this country. Please stand up and support these disadvantaged people so they may stay protected in this country.

Please help to find and support a solution for Dreamers in this country and support a clean Dream Act.

Please support Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and increase funding for the people there who need electricity, food, water, and medical aid.

I am horrified over Trump’s comments and taunting with Kim Jung Un via Twitter concerning nuclear weapons and his “button”. Not only is this unbecoming of a president, it is dangerous.

I am disgusted by Trump’s plans to award “Fake News” awards. Not only is this unbecoming of a president, it is embarrassing to this nation, and quite frankly he has a job to do. It is wholly inappropriate for him to be taking time to do this and most importantly, it goes against everything the Constitution was written for. It is examples of his authoritarian leanings and wishes to stifle and suppress the free press.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Austin