Support Louisiana Dems, re:act Round-Up

 
 
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Support Louisiana Democrats

This post is shared from Project Hindsight, one of Project 1460's partner sites.

TODAY'S CALL TO ACTION:
Remember that Senate seat up for grabs in Louisiana? Early voting has begun and Foster Campbell (Dem.) needs us to make calls on his behalf. 
http://action.lademo.org/page/s/start-calling
And if you have a few bucks to throw his way, that would be helpful. He is being outspent by the Republicans at an alarming rate. Even if you already donated, consider another small donation to push him towards the finish line. 
http://www.fostercampbell2016.com
This is an uphill battle, but what better way to show the Republicans what we're capable of?

ALL THE GOOD WE CAN:
Check out my pal, Shane Robert's FB Page: All The Good We Can. He is posting action items broken down my how much time you have available. 5 minutes? An hour? A day? Whether it is through activism, volunteerism, or making smiles contagious, All The Good We Can is a resource that provides hundreds of ways you can make a difference by fighting for those who need us most. You can also join the movement on Instagram and Twitter, handle: @allthegoodwecan.

Click here to join Project Hindsight on Facebook.


re:act Round-Up: Bannon, Deportations, Hate Crimes

This post is shared from re:act, one of Project 1460's partner sites.

First things first, sign up for the Women's March on Washington. Then:

1. "Trump draws sharp rebuke, concerns over newly appointed chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon"

What's happening:
Bannon is a white nationalist who has published stories like “The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ Is Simple: Women Should Log Off,”  “Bill Kristol: Renegade Jew," and “Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield”. His ex-wife said in a court declaration that he “he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.” He will now have a desk next to the Oval Office. Pressure is mounting for Trump to rescind the appointment.

What you can do #1: (Approx 8 minutes)
Read and act on "How To Call Your Representative To Protest Steve Bannon's White House Appointment"

Donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has already denounced Bannon:
https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

2. "Donald Trump plans to immediately deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants"

What's happening:
Trump now plans to immediately deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants who he says are criminals, a figure given "two pinocchios" by the Washington Post

What you can do #2:  (Approx 6 minutes)
Join the ACLU, which promises to "be eternally vigilant every single day of your presidency" on the issue of deportations.

Send along "5 Important Things You Need To Know About DACA During a Trump Presidency”  to any immigrant youth that may be affected.

Sign the United We Dream petition to stop specific deportations. 

3. "Attacks on Muslim Americans Fuel Increase in Hate Crime, F.B.I. Says"

What's happening:
There were a total of 5,818 hate crimes in the U.S. in 2015, including a 67% jump in crimes against Muslim-Americans, the highest since 2001. Attacks against transgender people also sharply increased.

What you can do #3: (Approx 2 minutes)
Review the Anti-Defamation League's Action Center, and sign up for updates.

Consider giving Muslim-Americans a powerful voice by supporting Keith Ellison for the next DNC Chair. Ellison is a six-term progressive Minnesota representative and one of two Muslims in Congress. Bernie Sanders can deliver your signature for support here

4. "Ryan Plans to Phase Out Medicare in 2017”

What's happening:
"I've heard a few people say that it's not 100% clear here that Ryan is calling for Medicare Phase Out. It is 100% clear. Ryan has a standard, openly enunciated position in favor of Medicare Phase Out. It's on his website. It's explained explicitly right there." - Josh Marshall, TPM

What you can do #4: (Approx 15 minutes)
Check the Finance Committee roster to see if your home state Senator is on it, find their phone number here, and call them to let them know you find a Medicare phase-out unacceptable. A staffer will pick up your call. State your message simply - there are no points for creativity (it's the number of calls that matter). Here
are a few Senators in purple-ish states on the committee:

Iowa: Chuck Grassley - (202) 224-3744
Georgia: Johnny Isakson - (202) 224-3643
Ohio: Rob Portman -  (202) 224-3353
Nevada: Dean Heller -  (202) 224-6244

5. “Facebook taking steps to eliminate fake news and hoaxes that might have influenced the 2016 presidential election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says”

What's happening:
Google's top result for "final election results" goes to a fake news site with manufactured numbers saying Trump won the popular vote. A false story of Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump was seen by 1.2 million people. This is important, and Mark Zuckerberg needs to be challenged when he says that "the idea fake news on Facebook... influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea." Social media outlets cannot have it both ways: they can't say they influence buying decisions and democratic uprisings, while also saying that they can't affect elections here by serving as a platform for misleading content.

What you can do #5:  (Approx 3 minutes)
Respond to Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook post addressing the controversy:
https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10103253901916271

Let Facebook’s feedback team know directly how urgent of a task this is:
https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/268228883256323

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