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Previous newsletters have discussed the role of Cambridge Analytica, associated with Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, in assisting 45’s campaign by “mining” voters’ data. Interested in finding out what they know about you? See https://medium.com/personaldata-io/quick-guide-to-asking-cambridge-analytica-for-your-data-52f9e74bd059

Previous newsletters have mentioned the new legislation allowing internet providers to sell our data without our permission. Jennifer Hohmann recommends that we all contact our internet providers and opt out of having our information sold. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/lament-end-internet-privacy-read/ (from https://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/)

“From GovTrack: Since browsing history metadata is no big deal to Congress, we began publishing the browsing history of anyone visiting us from Congress’s and the White House’s office buildings.  https://www.govtrack.us/sousveillance” (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SUCCESSES/GOOD NEWS

 

NEW ITEMS REQUIRING ACTION in no particular order – there are a lot, but that’s because I know that people are interested in different things. Pick the issue that you’re most concerned about, and take action.

1 A horrific chemical weapon attack was carried out against Syrian civilians last week. Intervention of some sort is clearly called for. Rather than consult Congress about this issue, however, 45 launched an unconstitutional and ineffective attack that has endangered our international standing and the safety of our military. 45 saw to it that Russia was warned prior to the attack, and (it appears that) Russia warned the Syrians, who moved some of their assets so that they wouldn’t come to harm. The Syrian airfield in question is already in operation again, and another chemical weapons attack has been carried out. Since the US strike, Russia has complained of our actions to the UN, and has threatened to cut off collaboration with the US in Syria. Some pundits have suggested that the entire incident was an elaborate show to distract from 45’s collusion with Russia. Congressmen Sanders, Leahy and Welch have requested information from 45 regarding this military action. https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/850425431899680768 and http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKBN1782S0 and https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/850154988521304064 and http://abcnews.go.com/International/eyewitness-syrian-military-anticipated-us-raid/story?id=46641107  and https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/comment-of-senator-patrick-leahy-d-vt-vice-chairman-senate-appropriations-committee-on-air-strikes-in-syria and https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-statement-on-us-missile-strike-in-syria and https://www.facebook.com/PeterWelch/posts/10156079512500884

  • Action: Contact your congressmen
    • US Senator Sanders Local office 802-862-0697 https://www.sanders.senate.gov/contact/comment
    • Senator Leahy: Local office 802-863-2525 https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact/
    • US House Representative Peter Welch 802-652-2450 https://welch.house.gov/contact/email
    • Script: I am one of the Congressman’s constituents in Vermont. I want to thank the Congressman for making inquiries into the US military strike in Syria. I would like him to continue pursuing an investigation into 45’s goals and objectives in the region. I would also like him to investigate whether the strike was in fact a violation of US or international law, and if 45 acted in the best interests of Americans and Syrians.
  • Action: Call the White House comment line: 202-456-1111 or write to The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 or tweet to @realDonaldTrump to ask 45 to remove the ban on Syrian refugees entering the US. (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)
  • Action: Renew the call to support sanctuary cities. Call the Department of Justice 202-353-1555 Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a citizen from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to express my opposition to withholding law enforcement funding from sanctuary cities that do not release the names of undocumented people to the federal government. Defunding local law enforcement is an irresponsible and unconsitutional decision that will endanger public safety. [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied] (from https://5calls.org/issue/recOfZFEcuzgi9JPM)
  • Action: Contact the newly elected mayor of Rutland, David Allaire, to express your support for Syrian refugees. MayorAllaire@rutlandcity.orgor 802-773-1800

 

2 New revelations continue to emerge about 45’s collusion with Russia during the election. https://twitter.com/TheLoyalO/status/850263697847009280

 

3 It’s been discovered that Jared Kushner, 45’s aid and son-in-law, omitted meeting with Russian officials on his security clearance forms. This is, at the very least, a case for Kushner losing his clearance. At the worst, it’s a felony. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/us/politics/jared-kushner-russians-security-clearance.html?referer= and https://twitter.com/MarkSZaidEsq/status/850167778476687360 and https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/us/politics/jared-kushner-russians-security-clearance.html?_r=0

 

4 A US military build-up is occurring as matters escalate with North Korea. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39542990

  • Action: Contact your congressmen
    • US Senator Sanders Local office 802-862-0697 https://www.sanders.senate.gov/contact/comment
    • Senator Leahy: Local office 802-863-2525 https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact/
    • US House Representative Peter Welch 802-652-2450 https://welch.house.gov/contact/email
    • Script: I am one of the Congressman’s constituents in Vermont. I am asking the Congressman to press for transparency from Trump with regard to the escalation with North Korea. I’m worried that Trump’s going to take action without consulting Congress, and that it will be just as ineffective and potentially dangerous and illegal as his actions towards Syria.

 

5 “On Monday, ProPublica, the investigative news site, reported that someone had changed the terms of the trust that Trump established before he entered the White House. The trust controls the four hundred or so businesses that Trump owns, and a new clause says that its trustees—Trump’s two sons, Eric and Don, Jr., and a family lawyer, Allen Weisselberg—“shall distribute net income or principal to Donald J. Trump at his request, as the Trustees deem necessary for his maintenance, support or uninsured medical expenses, or as the Trustees otherwise deem appropriate.””  http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/trump-kleptocracy-watch-an-update (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)

 

6 Previous newsletters asked you to support H.492, which calls for the appointment of a Racial Oversight Board in Vermont. This legislation is heading to the floor next week. https://twitter.com/VTHouseDems/status/850006210409582592 and http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/H.492

 

7 In Vermont, S.32, “A bill that would give a competitive edge in state contracts to businesses that limit their contribution to climate change has hit a roadblock in the governor’s office….Denise Gumpper, chief of contract administration for the Vermont Agency of Transportation said S.32 would effectively block federal funding for most of VTrans’ projects. VTrans has asked legislators to exempt most transportation projects from the requirements in the bill….Though Gumpper says federal rules prohibit the preference S.32 puts into law, others disagree with her interpretation. Johnson said agency heads never raised the issue when Shumlin issued the executive order….VTrans has asked for an amendment to the bill that would eliminate the threat of losing federal funding that the bill represents, Gumpper said. This amendment would exempt most VTrans projects from the bill’s provisions, she said…. The committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Peg Flory, R-Pittsford, has committed to moving the bill forward once those changes are made, Barlow said. It should appear before the Institutions Committee on Tuesday, Barlow said.” https://vtdigger.org/2017/04/07/gov-scott-puts-brakes-climate-change-contract-provision/

 

8 Local Vermont police departments are ignoring the direction from the VT Attorney General and Governor (see previous newsletters) and are aiding federal immigration officials. http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/vermont-dmv-state-police-play-nice-with-ice/Content?oid=4953143

  • Action: Re-contact your local Sheriff/Chief of Police’s asking him/her to take a stand against anti-immigrant policies. (Here is the same script from a previous newsletter). To find your Sheriff/Chief of Police: http://www.usacops.com/ For Rutland, the Chief of Police is Anthony Bossi, 52 Washington St., Rutland, Vermont 05701, Phone: (802)773-1816.

Script (from https://www.wall-of-us.org): Hello, I am calling to see what Chief of Police [______]’s position is on supporting the Trump Administration’s policies targeting lawful undocumented immigrants. Who can I speak to in your office to ensure the Chief of Police receives my message?

[make sure you get to the right person]

Is the Chief of Police voluntarily making the decision to enforce Trumps new policy of targeting lawful undocumented immigrants? I wanted to make sure that the Chief of Police is aware that local law enforcement is not legally required to assist the federal government in enforcing federal law. In fact, the principle of Separation of Powers in the US Constitution makes it clear that the Chief of Police can decide whether or not to enforce federal law and policy. What is the Chief of Police’s position on this?

If planning to cooperate with enforcement of Trump’s new policy say this:

I oppose my local taxes being used to enforce federal immigration law. The enforcement of immigration law should be left to the federal government and not transferred to local law enforcement. The costs are a drain on local resources and divert funding from more effective safety and crime prevention methods. By eroding trust and cooperation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities, public safety is also undermined.

If planning not to enforce Trumps new policy say this:

Thank you, for making the decision to not enforce Trump’s policies. Many members of our community support your decision.

Afterwards:  If your sheriff/chief of police is cooperating with Trump and thereby putting his agenda above the safety of the community, post this on social media:

“Sheriff/Chief of Police _____ @[add their handle], deportation is Trump’s priority, not our community’s. Focus on safety and prevention, not deportation. #WallofUs”

 

9 The Compact of Mayors is working to fight climate change. https://www.compactofmayors.org/

 

10 Vermont should follow in Maryland’s steps to protect Planned Parenthood. (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)

 

11 As mentioned above, Minnesota’s Senate has passed legislation, which aims to protect its citizens’ Internet privacy.    http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/29/minnesota-senate-passes-passes-internet-privacy-protections/

 

12 As mentioned above, advertisers have been leaving Bill O’Reilly in droves.

 

13 The Newton School Board has asked 45 “to denounce deniers of the Sandy Hook killings that claimed the lives of many of their students and staff.”  http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-newtown-school-board-trump-letter-20170403-story.html (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)

  • Action: Contact Ivanka Trump asking her to all on her father to denounce the “naysayers and acknowledge the tragedy” Ivanka Trump, c/o The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 or info@ivankatrump.com

 

14 Acts of gratitude recommended by https://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/

  • Thank Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) for publicly supporting Nunes’ recusal. Address: Walter Jones, 2333 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
  • Thank ExxonMobil for encouraging the US to stay in the Paris Agreement. Address: ExxonMobil Corporate Headquarters, 5959 Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX, 75039-2298
  • Thank Rep Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) for filing a resolution of inquiry to release 45’s tax returns. Address: 367 Valley Brook Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
  • Thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for putting women above politics by supporting clinics with Title X funding. Address: Sen Murkowski, 510 L Street, Suite 600, Anchorage, AK 99501

 

PETITIONS/SURVEYS/ETC.

 

THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

“The peek at the new and improved ACA repeal/replace plan has even more people concerned about it.  States would be allowed to request waivers from two of the ACA’s regulations.  “The first regulation, known as essential health benefits, requires insurance plans to cover services like mental health and prescription drugs. The second, known as community ratings, prevents insurers from charging higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions.” http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/327305-centrists-push-back-on-new-obamacare-plan The ”essential health benefits” are actually ten services that must be offered to qualify as an ACA plan. http://obamacarefacts.com/essential-health-benefits/  This may make the Freedom Caucus happier, but not us!” (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)

 

GROUPS TO SUPPORT

To help the Syrians, see

To help Jon Ossoff flip his Republican district in Georgia, volunteer to phone bank. You don’t need to live in Georgia to do this. https://electjon.com/volunteer/

“Aerospace scientist and former army ranger Joseph Kopser is currently running against climate change denier Lamar Smith in one of Texas’ 21st Congressional District. : https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/193261/joseph-kopser-new-leadership-for-tx-21  Let’s read more about Kopser and let’s consider pledging our support.” (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)

“Noteify, an Etsy shop, sells resistance-themed postcards and part of the proceeds go to a good cause!  25% of the proceeds this month go to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council). There is also a 50% off code for this group, it is PFAHALFOFF.  Here’s the link:”  https://www.etsy.com/listing/503984280/postcards-for-the-resistance-political (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)

 

READING/VIEWING

Ideas for activism for introverts and highly-sensitive people:  https://thousandshadesofgray.com/2017/03/26/activism-for-introverts-and-highly-sensitive-people/ (from http://roganslist.blogspot.com/)