DUD 12. 1,450 days to go.

Today’s Resistance:

I tasked my Senators to resist the confirmation of DeVos, Sessions, and Tillerson. They are incredibly irresponsible cabinet picks, and they must not be confirmed.

On a wider note, 900 State Department officials signed a protest memo protesting the travel and immigration bans signed by POTUS, while San Francisco filed a lawsuit against his executive order on sanctuary cities.

Protests continue at airports around the country, with Customs and Border Protection defying the court order that should have ceased many of the detentions and deportations. It has been widely reported that they were told by the White House to ignore the order.

For any looking to help, many of these airports need translators in: Pashto, Farsi, Arabic, French, and more. Get in contact with your local ACLU chapter, and see what they need. More places that continue to resist the bans that need donations and financial or volunteer support have been added to the resource page. One such group is CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Keep Resisting.

POTUS Today:

Probably the biggest news of today is his pick for Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, a staunch conservative known for his writing style and his adherence to “originalism,” the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founders would have 240 years ago. That obviously presents issues given that the 240-year old document, when read literally, excludes women and Black Americans from just about everything.

More draft orders related to immigration circulated today, including a plan to deport immigrants who require public assistance, and a complete overhaul of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, aimed at limiting who enters the country and the workforce.

His pick for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke were all sent from committee to the full senate for a confirmation vote.

He appointed Dana Boente, an attorney from Virginia, to serve as acting Attorney General. In an official statement, he said he will enforce the – now illegal – immigration ban.

The one good for the day, he met with pharma executives to manufacture more drugs in the U.S. and cut prices, though he also advocated for speeding up approvals and easing regulations.

 

 

DUD 11. 1,451 days to go.

Today’s Resistance: While we continue to mitigate the daily damage POTUS is causing, it is important to look ahead to the future, specifically the 2018 elections. With that in mind, FiveThiryEight has a great way to track who in Congress is joining us in Resisting by tracking their “Trump Score.” This is the number of times the person has voted in favor of/supported POTUS’ position divided by the total number of bills relating to his position. For example, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has a 100% score, meaning she has voted in favor of POTUS’ position 100% of the time (this includes confirming his cabinet picks, etc.).

Folks are resisting in numbers unseen since Vietnam, and it’s time for our Representatives to catch up; holding them accountable has never been more important.

POTUS Today: It was a big today of dismantling our democracy for POTUS. First, he signed an executive order targeting businesses that required two regulations to be cut for every new one created. He then blamed computer glitches and “fake tears” for this weekend’s airport protests over the illegal detentions and deportations. He vowed to dismantle the Dodd-Frank regulations, passed in 2010 to prevent another financial crisis, which he called a disaster. He fired the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, who refused to defend his illegal immigration order, and believed it was illegal.

However, the most important and terrifying thing revealed today was that Senior staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped POTUS’ top aides draft the illegal executive order curbing immigration, but party leadership was not informed. They also worked under non-disclosure agreements. This is a severe breach of the separation of powers. This is scary.

The one piece of good: The freeze on EPA grants has been temporarily lifted.

DUD 10. 1,452 days to go.

Today’s Resistance: Today, I preordered the picture above from artist Christian Ward (http://cadenceselect.bigcartel.com/product/unity-a-charitable-print-by-christian-ward). All proceeds go to the ACLU. Thousands continued to protest at airports around the United States after news broke that individuals were still being detained, despite the judicial order handed down yesterday. Some of the detained were citizens, largely children, including an 18-month-old at Dallas Fort-Worth. The ACLU continues to send pro bono attorneys to airports throughout the U.S., working in airport McDonalds and floors, trying to release detainees. This work will only be possible with continued support from Resistors.

POTUS Today: The administration walked back its executive order in part. John F. Kelly, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said that those with green cards from affected countries will not be prevented from returning to the U.S. No other part of the order was challenged.

POTUS authorized his first military action today, a dawn raid in southern Yemen, which saw 1 U.S. commando, 14 militants, and around 10 women and children killed according to medics on scene. POTUS called the operation a success.

 

 

 

DUD 9. 1,453 days to go.

Today’s Resistance: I donated to the ACLU (https://action.aclu.org). Today, their lawyers worked tirelessly to release individuals detained because of POTUS’ latest executive orders. Less than an hour ago, federal judges issued a stay on the bans, at the behest of ACLU lawyers. Make no mistake, this a victory for the Resistance. But it wouldn’t be possible without the incredible public support that has, as of writing, crashed their site. Make a donation, in whatever capacity you can. It matters.

Donations are being matched by a variety of folks via twitter. Search “receipts” on twitter, and send a screenshot of your receipts to those matching.

Additional places to give that are being matched: International Rescue Committee (https://www.rescue.org) Council on American Islamic Relations (https://www.cair.com) Narional Immigration Law Center (https://www.nilc.org)

Last thing: NYC taxis today showed their mettle when they boycotted the airport. Uber is being called out for not doing. Airbnb is providing free housing to those detained. This is how companies should be acting.

POTUS Today:

He called Russian President Vladimir Putin, and they discussed renewing ties and cooperating in Syria.

He signed three executive orders, the first to set lobbying bans, the second directing the Joint Chiefs of Staff to submit a plan within 30 days to destroy ISIS, and the third to restructure the National Security Council, including removing the Joint Chiefs and Director of National Intelligence and replacing them with Bannon.

DUD 8. 1,454 days to go.

Today’s Resistance: I called my representatives using https://5calls.org/#, tasking them with opposing Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, and opposing the Border Wall. 5 Calls is a great way to tell your representatives what matters to you, and to be active in resistance. It takes 5 minutes, you make 5 calls, and they provide scripts and contact information. Make your voice heard.

POTUS Today: He announced that he will launch a Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, then signed an executive memorandum while at the Pentagon that detailed his plans to invest in a bigger military, including more troops, warships, and a modern nuclear arsenal, “a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States.” He called the media “the opposition party”.

But most significantly, POTUS issued an executive order that temporarily halts the admission of new refugees to the U.S., imposes a ban on the entry of Syrian refugees, and suspends the entry of Iranian, Syrian, and Sudanese citizens. It may also apply to Libyan, Yemeni, and Somali citizens. The order cuts the number of refugees allowed in the U.S. from 110,000 to 50,000. POTUS claimed that the order is necessary to protect Americans from “radical Islamic terrorists.” The suspension for refugees and entry of Muslim-majority citizens lasts at least 120 and 90 days respectively. The order is incredibly vague, referring to “foreign nationals” and religious minorities” without defining either. However, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, POTUS said that persecuted Christians will be given priority over other refugees.

DUD 7. 1,455 days to go

Today’s Resistance: I tasked my representative to support a bill that would amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require certain Federal officials to make requisite financial disclosures within 30 days of assuming office. We must have accountability.

POTUS Today: Relations with Mexico continue to tank, with President Enrique Peña Nieto their meeting, after being told once again that Mexico would pay for The Wall. POTUS plans on charging a 20% import tax on goods and services from Mexico to pay The Wall, even though an incredibly basic level of education says that the price of the goods will increase, and therefore, American’s will be paying The Wall.

POTUS then went to Philadelphia to meet the GOP and discuss their Affordable Care Act replacement plan.

POTUS planned on signing an executive action that would address voter fraud (the kind that doesn’t exist) but canceled.

Also, fun fact, an easily overlooked part of yesterday’s executive order on immigration:

Agencies shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law, ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information.”

Basically, non-citizens have their privacy rights revoked.

DUD 6. 1,456 days to go.

Today’s Resistance: Today was about supporting the things POTUS hates in small ways.

Today I bought “March: Volume 1” by John Lewis, in print. I had previously bought it digitally but figured I needed to see the “real” thing. For those unfamiliar, March is a comic/graphic novel written by and about Congressman John Lewis, regarding his growing up in rural Alabama, meeting Dr. King, his involvement in the Civil Rights movement, and his journey to Congressman. It’s a fantastic read and represents everything that POTUS wishes to silence. Please go out and buy it, preferably from a local comic/bookstore such as The Comix Gallery in Wilmette, Illinois. The man who runs it, Verne, is a vocal advocate of women, POC, and LGBTQ+ being more present in the industry and the content. He carries books by and about these groups and has been recognized as having a shop that is safe for women and children readers. Verne also represents that which POTUS wishes to silence.

Link to Comix Gallery: http://comixgallery.com

Link to “March” for reference: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CTBU3NC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect…

POTUS Today: Yet another busy day for the MOTUS (Megalomaniac of the United States)

He signed two executive orders during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security. The first of these called for the construction of his wall on the border with Mexico. The second reinstates the Secure Communities Program, which ICE uses to target undocumented immigrants for removal. Additionally, it allows the State Department to withhold visas to get countries to take back deported undocumented immigrants and strips federal money from sanctuary cities that harbor undocumented immigrants.

MOTUS also commented on “enhanced interrogation techniques” (fantastic marketing on the intelligence community’s part, honestly) a.k.a. TORTURE, saying he was in support of bringing it back.

He also promised to launch an investigation into completely made up widespread and rampant voter fraud. Because…why not.