Monday Update: Week of February 13

News:

The vote for both DeVos and Sessions occurred this week – and both passed. There were a few Republicans that voted against DeVos (though some argue that they only did so to appease constituents, because they knew it wouldn’t keep her from being appointed), but one democrat voted FOR Sessions.

There has been continued lack of distinction between the presidency and personal profit, including the promotion of Ivanka’s fashion line from the White House, and the use of 45’s personal resort for a visit from the Japanese Prime Minister.

ICE raids have increased, leading to the deportation of a number of undocumented immigrants. The claim has been made that they are specifically targeting those who have had prior criminal convictions, and others are just “caught” in the net. However, this is important to pay attention to – Sanctuary status of a state or city applies only to the way local law enforcement acts, it does not extend to federal enforcement and this can (and it could be argued has already) become a matter that needs to watched closely. There are many undocumented immigrants here in the States, and many of them have been living and working as contributing members of our society and culture for decades – they have raised families here. There are our neighbors, and actions should be taken to help them become legal citizens, not uprooting them from their families and homes and shipping them to places that are no longer home.

45 continues to drive hard at declaring all news sources he disagrees with to be “Fake” news, including stating provable lies. He is taking extreme stands and we must be paying attention to these attempts to discredit the media.

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Good News:

The 9th Circuit court ruled, 3 to 0, against 45s Travel ban.

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This page, in particular, is pretty awesome.

45 was not pleased… but it was a beautiful moment of reassurance for all of us. There are checks in place and, at least in this case, the courts are keeping an eye out for our nation.

Action:

Contact those Representatives. Continue to get after the Republican (and sometimes Democrat or Independent) representatives that are not standing for their people, and thank those who are working for us.  We need to continue to remind them that we are here, we are paying attention, and we are not going to let go. Contact them about any votes coming up, contact them about issues you are hearing about. Make them hear you.

It might be good to also remember those Senators who voted for Sessions and DeVos who are up for reelection in 2018 – keep them in mind if you’re in these states and be ready to fight to get them replaced.

  • Flake – AZ
  • Wicker – MS
  • Fischer – NE
  • Heller – NV
  • Corker – TN
  • Cruz – TX
  • Hatch – UT
  • Barrasso – WY
  • Manchin III -W.Va (the democrat that voted for Sessions. Voted against DeVos)

 

Pay attention to what is happening.  You can visit congress.gov to find out what has been happening in congress – both the House and Senate.  You can see when the next meetings are, what the legislators are doing. You can also follow bills that have been introduced. There are a lot that get created and it’s important to pay attention. However, so many never even make it past committee.  When a bill comes to your attention I recommend going to Congress.Gov and finding it there. Take a look at it and look at where it is in the process. If it’s been introduced but still in committee it may not be worth your energy to start contacting people about it. However, if you sign in you can set an alert and receive updates om it as it moves through the process. This way, as soon as it does move to the House you can begin to make calls to fight it (or support it. It would be nice if we are able to find ones that we like the sounds of as well)!

This is a totally kid-focused page, but I think it’s helpful for all of us who may have not been too engrossed in politics until recently. Reminder of the steps a bill must go through to become a law.

Remember that this is a War, and also, a marathon.

I encourage you to read the Twitter thread I’m sharing here (and follow Celeste!) And also to remember that we are in a marathon. There are others who will take the baton for a stretch, when you need to step back, when you need to rest and take care of yourself until it’s your turn to take point again.

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