This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.
Update, mid-April 2018: This update is just to reflect that the scope of the actions covered by the rapid response plan has expanded.
Be prepared to act if:
Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
Trump attempts to compromise the Mueller investigation by other means.
As of mid-April 2018, more than 300,000 people have RSVPed to the Nobody Is Above The Law website coordinated by MoveOn.org.
To RSVP and learn where your nearest rally site is, follow the link below. Also, scroll down this OTYCD page for specific time-linked instructions on what to do and when.
Update, mid-March 2018: After the FBI carried out the firing of already-outgoing deputy director Andrew McCabe on March 16, 2018, John Dowd, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, urged Rod Rosenstein to end the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
When asked for comment on a Trump tweet about the firing, Dowd wrote, “I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier.”
See an article about the Dowd statement by The Daily Beast:
For this reason, we at OTYCD are asking you all to refresh yourself on where you’re gathering if Rosenstein fires Mueller; to consider RSVPing to the link below if you haven’t yet; to start or restart talking about your walkout plans with friends and family; and to start or finish getting your protest signs ready.
Update, January 2018: On the evening of Thursday, January 25, 2018, news broke that President Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller in June 2017.
Only the refusal of White House counsel Don McGahn stayed his hand (Trump evidently wanted McGahn to carry out the action; McGahn refused and threatened to quit.)
See the New York Times story on the incident:
As we ready this update, more than 180,000 people have signed on to join Nobody is Above the Law rallies. Please consider doing so if you haven’t yet.
Learn what to do if Trump actually up and fires special counsel Bob Mueller. Be ready to act on the spot.
The Minutemen of Massachusetts got their name because they stood ready to muster against their British overseers at a moment’s notice.
This is the modern version of the Minutemen militia–you need to be ready, at a moment’s notice, to muster and defend our democracy if Trump actually does the second-dumbest thing he could possibly do and fires Mueller.
Moveon.org has detailed plans to hold emergency ‘Nobody is Above the Law’ rallies if this happens.
Below is a link to a map with a search tool that will show you where your nearest rally would be held if Trump fires Mueller (and let’s hope fervently that it never happens).
Here also are general instructions from Moveon.org:
Rallies will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing:
- If Mueller is fired BEFORE 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ 5 P.M. local time
- If Mueller is fired AFTER 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day
- This is the general plan—please confirm details on your event page, as individual hosts may tailor their events to their local plan.
Again, we at OTYCD hope this plan will never need to be enacted. But we also think it’s a good idea to think about your daily patterns and cross-match them against the map, so you can make sure you can get to what would be the event closest to you.
See where your nearest emergency rally would take place:
This link includes organizational materials, including training videos, images to share on social media, de-escalation tips, and a downloadable sign:
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