We’re in the second week of recess – next week lawmakers will retreat back to D.C. This week they’re at home in their districts (hopefully) hearing constituent concerns. Now’s the time to show up at events where they might be lurking about, and attend any town halls they’ve scheduled.
Here we are, friend. We’re part of a band of people who are just crazy enough to think that we can change the world, one phone call and one action at a time. When you think about it, it really does sound crazy. What could a phone call really do to stop our behemoth government?
Weekly action items for positive change.
Support an independent, bipartisan, transparent, investigation of Russian interference. Reps. Eric Swalwell and Elijah Cummings introduced H.R. 356 – the Protecting our Democracy Act, which would provide for an independent 9/11-type commission to investigate Russian interference. Currently H.R. 356 has 198 co-sponsors, only one of which is a Republican. That needs to change.
No matter if you’re new to activism or not, you have the ability and the duty to get out there and fight. Once again, this is the fighting age.
Weekly Deeds from SDD
The REINS Act already passed the house; the companion is in the Senate, where it’s with the Homeland Security Committee. The REINS Act is terrifying, and I’ve discussed it before but it’s worth repeating the background.
This week we saw what happens when freedom after speech disappears. On Friday, the New York Times, BBC, CNN, Politico, The Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post were excluded from the White House “gaggle” – a more intimate and informal press briefing.
We need to show that we are dedicated – and are likely to be voters in the mid-term elections. Continue proving that we are in this for the long haul by remaining engaged and calling, writing, e-mailing, going to protests, setting up meetings with your members of congress – be as creative and original as you can be.
This week we learned that Mike Flynn, Trump’s National Security Advisor, was in regular contact with Russian diplomats in December, before the new administration was in place.