This is the letter from Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986, about Sen. Jeff Sessions. The GOP does not want you to read it.
OK, we did not stop DeVos. Don't let that discourage you. In 228 years of the executive branch, the Senate has outright rejected only nine Cabinet nominations We forced a tie, and the first ever tie-breaking vote by a Vice President. This is a big achievement and you should be proud of that.
SO KEEP CALLING! Remember that emails and faxes are a supplement to calls, they are NOT a substitute. Keep calling. It is OK to call every single day. It is OK to email and fax every single day. When your friends and family complain about what's happening, tell them that you are trying to stop it, and show them how. Never doubt the power of a committed group of people doing the right thing.
So.... The next vote will be SESSIONS for Attorney General. We have very little chance of stopping this one. Yes, Sessions has a career full of disdain for civil rights and voting rights. He's an all around rotten choice. He is also a Senator, and when you combine deference to the President's Cabinet picks with the courtesy owed a colleague, we will not stop Sessions. In fact, he will get Democratic votes, and we will have to make those Senators very uncomfortable later.
We DO have some chance to oppose PRICE for Health & Human Services and PRUITT for EPA. Check the Daily Actions link to get phone numbers, sample scripts to use on your calls, sample letters, fax instructions, links to email.... Pretty much all the info you need, but info alone won't get the job done. We need you, me, all of us to take the time to make the calls.
PS - It's not much time. Maybe two minutes per call. You can do it!
What Effective Protest Could Look Like
Perspective from the right on Trump’s political challenge for the left
Written by David Frum, published in The Atlantic on February 7, 2017
I wanted to hate this article, because I think David Frum is awfully full of himself. But he raises some valid points. We need to own the righteousness -- the flag, the pledge of allegiance, veterans. We need to have clear, short, easy to define asks. And we need to coordinate and concentrate our power.
America hates protesters — it shouldn't. From the Boston Tea Party to the Civil Rights Movement, Mic's Gabe Gonzalez explains why America should embrace protest.
Why do you fight? Why resist? He won the electoral vote, right? We should give him an opportunity to prove himself and if he proves to be as bad as the liberals say, we can vote him out in 2020.
This has been a common conversation between some of my friends and I. My Facebook wall, once adorned with goofy D&D memes and music videos took a pretty significant turn in January. Up until then, I hoped one of the various cogs in the political machine would wake us up from the nightmare that started back in November. I trusted that someone out there would make it stop. First, I had faith in my fellow voters. Voter turnout was lower than I hoped and despite Clinton winning the popular vote, Trump was projected to win the Electoral vote. But, I had faith that the Electoral College would do what they were meant to do and prevent an unqualified man from taking the White House and they let me down.
A week or two before he was sworn in I realized I couldn’t keep hoping that someone else would do the right thing. I had to do more than vote. I had to start acting. If no one else was going to save me from Trump, I realized that I needed to take action and try to prevent him from leading us down a road we cannot turn around from. This is my country and it is a country where every voice matters, you just have to be willing to speak up and speak out.
The internet can be a blessing or a curse at times like these. But I found out about the Indivisible movement because of social media and then one of my favorite podcasts featured on of the folks responsible for the Indivisible Guide. For the first time in my adult life, I was taking time to learn about my government. Research on the President’s cabinet nominees and what they will be asked to do in their appointed roles. Research on bills and proposals, at the state and federal level.
But being active is more than just research. You need to be willing to speak out. I started with emails on local issues. I got in a few heated email exchanges between myself and local legislators on topics of importance to myself and my family. Then, with the help of our local Indivisible chapter, I started tweeting and calling. My voice would be heard. And if, in order to be heard, I needed to send out tweets, emails, and calls each day, then that is what I would do. It can feel a bit daunting, but I know I am not alone.
But the question is, why do I fight? I fight because I am afraid that someone like Trump will one day tell me that my life doesn’t matter. That my husband and I deserve to be second class citizens. I fight because we need affordable health care and affordable quality education. I fight because I believe we all deserve better.
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NOTE: May be updated Friday due to developments in the Senate, or following the Executive Orders expected on Friday.
The full senate needs to vote on DEVOS for Education, SESSIONS for Attorney General, PRICE for Health and Human Services, and MNUCHIN for Treasury. We are getting traction here, and there are reports that Daines may be wavering on DeVos.
Next week, expect to spend some time on other issues, including SCOTUS, Bannon, and whatever Executive Orders are signed.
** ACTIONS for THURSDAY 2/2 **
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** WARNING *** GOP just forced Priutt (EPA) out of committee (11-0) today and want to get him to the Senate floor for a vote TODAY. CALL SENATOR TESTER NOW!