Actions for the Week of 6/15/2018

email Senator Cantwell: Phone: (202) 224-3441 Fax: (202) 228-0514
email Senator Murray: Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238
email Rep. Kilmer: Phone: (202) 225-5916

Daily actions 6/15/2018

  1. Contact our members of Congress and tell them Trump’s policy of separating children from their families is unAmerican. Ask them to do everything in their power to stop this disgusting, nauseating and vile national tragedy. This issue has to be kept front and center until it stops.
  2. Contact Congressman Kilmer and ask him to join the proposal, filed 6/8/2018 by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif) and Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey) to pressure the Justice Department to produce documents describing Trump’s use of the pardon power as well as his consideration of pardon power for those who have pleaded guilty or been charged by Robert Mueller. Read about it here.

    Also ask Congressman Kilmer to join House Resolution 523, introduced by Karen Bass (D-Calif) on 9/14/2017. This resolution disapproves of an act by the president to grant to himself or any family member a reprieve, pardon, or commutation of a sentence for an offense against the United States.

    Also ask Congressman Kilmer to join House Joint Resolution 115, introduced by Al Green (D-Texas) on 8/17/2017. The resolution proposes an amendment to the United States Constitution to clarify the presidential pardoning power and would deny the president the power to self-pardon.

  3. Contact our members of Congress and ask them to start thinking seriously about making Puerto Rico a state. Now that we know the death count in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria is well over 4,000 fellow U.S. citizens, we must acknowledge that at least some of those deaths happened because of racism for the people in a place that is “out of sight, out of mind.”

    Puerto Rico has been an unincorporated U.S. territory since 1898, when the United States invaded the island during the Spanish-American war. Puerto Ricans are already U.S. citizens, but they cannot be represented in Congress nor vote in presidential elections because Puerto Rico is not a state.

    Republicans have gerrymandered, suppressed the vote and stolen a Supreme Court seat. It is time for Democrats to do something in their favor AND help Puerto Ricans, at the same time. Think how the balance of power would change in Congress with two more Democratic senators in the Senate and six more Democratic representatives were in the House. Because that is how Puerto Ricans vote.

    Puerto Rico can become a state by following the path set by Alaska and Hawaii in 1959. That path consisted of:

    Voters in each territory held a referendum approving of statehood.
    The territories sent “shadow” delegations to Washington D.C. to lobby for statehood.
    A simple majority in each house of Congress voted for statehood.
    The president proclaimed Alaska and Hawaii to be states.

    The people of Puerto Rico have already completed the first two steps several times.
    And how much better would it be if the District of Columbia were a state, too?

  4. Contact our senators and ask them to oppose Thomas Farr, who has been nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Farr is a well-known advocate of voter suppression laws (having written the North Carolina voter suppression law). When he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Farr lied about his participation in the notorious voter intimidation campaign aimed at black voters by the then-Senator Jesse Helms in his 1990 campaign.

    Farr’s nomination is opposed by Rev. William Barber and the NAACP.

    Also, ask our senators to oppose the nomination of Patrick Wyrick, currently a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court, to an Oklahoma district court judgeship. Wyrick is Scott Pruitt’s anti-choice, anti-environment protégé who has little more than a year of experience on the bench and who is on Trump’s short list for the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Read about Wyrick here.

  5. Contact our senators and ask them to oppose S.J. Res. 59, Authorization for the Use of Military Force of 2018 concocted by Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia).

    Instead of reigning in the war-making powers given to the president by the AUMF of 2001, the Corker-Kaine war authorization would double down on our failed policies by codifying the use of force against everyone the United States is already fighting under the auspices of the 2001 law (it names 8 groups in total).

    The bill then turns the Constitution completely on its head by giving the president the authority to add to that list of organizations and countries with just an FYI to Congress. Congress can technically vote to reject that move — but only after two months (an eternity in modern warfare), and only by a huge margin. The fact is, once the president has single-handedly started a new war, it would be nearly impossible to stop.

    Read about it here, and here, and here.

  6. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to update the National Voter Registration Act, originally passed in 1993. The Supreme Court used that law, which allows states to take action to “maintain” their voter registration lists, in its decision to allow Ohio to “purge” infrequent voters from the rolls (that is, more Democrats than Republicans according to a study by Reuters). We need a national voter registration law that encourages people to vote, rather than discourages. We need clarity and consistency among the states on deadlines, early voting, mail-in ballots, what qualifies as a voter ID, election day registration, pre-registration for 16- and 18-year-olds, voting when in college and much more. Check out some ideas from the Brennan Center here and here.

 

Questions / daily action suggestions? kathy@mainlandview.com