Join a Not My President's Day Event

February 19, 2017

Tomorrow is the first-ever Not My President's day tomorrow (Monday) and there are lots of ways to celebrate it.


1. Find an event. There are marches planned all across the country - here's the list. There are also lots of other events being planned - protests, block parties, concerts and more. If you don't know of something happening near you, I encourage you to find a group near you and see what they have planned. Visit Indivisible to find a group near you.

2. Go to the event.

3. Take lots of pictures.

4. Share the pictures on social media using the hashtag #notmypresident and throw in #resisttrump if you have space for it.

That's it!



Call Your Senators THIS MORNING About Pruitt

February 17, 2017

This one is rather urgent as the vote on Pruitt is scheduled for 4 PM TODAY. Phone lines should open up shortly so GO GO GO. And please share widely. If you're in a rush, just scroll down for the link to find your Senators numbers and the script you can use.

Call your Senators first thing this AM to urge them to delay today's vote on Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick for head of the EPA until thousands of emails he exchanged with oil and gas executives as Oklahoma Attorney General are released. Groups requested the release of these emails two years ago (still waiting) and Democrats in the Senate have also requested to view them as part of the confirmation process. A judge just ordered that he needs to release them yesterday but unless we can delay the vote (or stop Pruitt altogether) they won't arrive in time.

And if the vote cannot be delayed, they need to vote NO on Pruitt who is a long-standing enemy of the EPA who will be only too happy to follow through on Trump's orders to "get rid of it." Even workers at the EPA are calling their Senators to urge them to vote No in an unprecedented show of activism. Here's the NYTimes piece about this.

1. Find your Senators' phone numbers here. Make sure to call them both. If you need to try their district offices to get through, please do so.

2. Here's your script: "My name is NAME. I'm a constituent calling from TOWN/CITY. I don't need a response. I am calling to urge the Senator to delay the vote that's scheduled for this afternoon on Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick for EPA chief until he releases his emails per the judge's order. If the vote cannot be delayed, I urge the Senator to vote NO on Pruitt who has no place in the EPA, an agency he has fought against throughout his career. Thank you for taking the time to pass my comments along."

3. Please share this email widely. We've got to stop Pruitt.

4. Two other things you can do to help:

  • Call Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to thank her for opposing Pruitt (she's the lone Republican who has...) and urge her to use her influence with her Republican colleagues to delay the vote. (202)224-2523 press 0 
  • Call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to urge him to delay the vote until the court-ordered emails are released. (202) 224-2541 

Support Free Press by Subscribing or Donating (and Call Congress )

February 15, 2017

We truly need an independent press right now -- so we have to put our money where our mouths are.

I was so moved by the Washington Post's role in uncovering former national security adviser, Mike Flynn's treachery and forcing his resignation that I finally got past my childish feeling that I should not have to pay for quality reporting and subscribed to the WaPo yesterday. $100 bucks a year is a tiny price to pay for the preservation of our democracy!

I urge you to join me in subscribing - here's the link.


I also made a donation to the New York Times (I already have a subscription to that via a family member). You should either subscribe or make a donation, too.


And I made a donation to the Guardian not long after the election because I think they do excellent reporting. Perhaps you're also a fan of their reporting? If so, please support the Guardian.


Other places to consider supporting include Slate.


And Teen Vogue has done some of the best reporting around lately. Feel free to suggest other good sites/papers via comments.


Also, if you haven't already done it, please call your members of Congress to urge them to investigate Trump's ties to Russia right now. You can use the scripts in Monday's post or simply say, "I urge Senator/Rep.NAME to investigate President Trump's ties to Russia in the wake of the revelations about Mike Flynn's treachery." And while you're at it, you might as well tell the staffer that you'd like them to demand that Trump release his tax returns.

We need to get to the bottom of this sordid affair as quickly as possible and we cannot afford to "move on" from it as some Republicans have requested.

Demand an Investigation of Trump's Conflicts of Interest and Ties to Russia

February 13, 2017

Considering that Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server required massive investigations and contributed to her failure to win the electoral college, it's ironic that Donald Trump's blatant and unprecedented conflicts of interest and his clear ties to Russia are no cause for concern for Congressional Republicans who have repeatedly ignored requests for an investigation on both counts.

So last Thursday, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) resorted to a little-used legislative tool to force either a committee debate or a full House vote on this issue. Nadler filed a "resolution of inquiry" asking our new attorney general, Jeff Sessions (sigh) to provide copies of everything that pertains to any criminal or counterintelligence investigation into Trump.

Now they'll either they'll have to launch an investigation or the GOP will have to go on record as saying they do not believe one is needed - which should provide excellent fodder for their opponents' campaigns in the upcoming midterm elections.


Here's what you do today:

1. Thank Rep. Nadler for pushing for an investigation of Trump's conflicts of interest and ties to Russia.

Here are Nadler's phone numbers: (202) 225-5635, (212) 367-7350, (718) 373-3198

Here's your script: "Hi, my name is NAME and I'm calling from TOWN/CITY/STATE. I don't need a response, I just wanted to tell Rep. Nadler how grateful I am for the leadership he's showing in calling for an investigation into President Trump's conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia. Thank you so much."

Twitter is: https://twitter.com/RepJerryNadler  My tweet is below in case it's helpful.
2. Urge Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chair of the House Judiciary committee to launch an investigation per Nadler's request.
Here are Goodlatte's phone numbers (I got through to DC on my first attempt on Friday morning): (202) 225-5431, (540) 432-2391, (434) 845-8306, (540) 857-2672, (540) 885-3861

Here's your script: "Hi, my name is NAME and I'm calling to urge Rep. Goodlate committee to launch an investigation into President Trump's unprecedented conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia without further delay. This is not a partisan issue, it's a matter of dire national security that requires immediate attention. Thank you for taking the time to pass along my comments." They'll probably ask where you're calling from - you can just say you're not a constituent but are calling with regards to the Representative's role as Chairman of the Judiciary committee.

Twitter is: https://twitter.com/repgoodlatte  My tweet is below in case it's helpful.
3. Contact the House Judiciary Committee to urge the same. 

Phone number is: (202) 225-3951 (I got through on the first try on Friday morning).

Here's your script: "Hi, my name is NAME and I'm calling from TOWN/CITY/STATE to urge the committee to launch an investigation into President Trump's unprecedented conflicts of interest and his ties to Russia without further delay. This is not a partisan issue, it's a matter of dire national security that requires immediate attention. I am very grateful to Rep. Nadler for his leadership on this topic and urge the committee to act ASAP. Thank you for taking the time to pass along my comments."

Twitter is: https://twitter.com/HouseJudiciary   My tweet is below in case it's helpful.
If you'd like to read more, here are some articles about this development.