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Follow Other Democratic Members of Congress on Social Media

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

Are you a fan of California Senator Kamala Harris? How about New Jersey Senator Cory Booker? Or Minnesota House rep Keith Ellison?

Trolls target the social media postings of these and other popular Democratic members of Congress online, making nasty comments on their Facebook pages and their tweets.

You already know that you should not call members of Congress who do not represent you. They do not listen to citizens who live outside their legislative area. But you can support Democratic members of Congress you like, but who don’t represent you, by following them on social media. 

Liking and sharing their posts helps get their message out. While you should still pay the most attention to your own reps’ social media accounts, following other Democrats online lets you know what those like-minded folks are saying and doing.

Learning what they are doing readies you to call your own reps and ask them to support what those out-of-state Democrats are doing. You can indirectly help Democrats you like by asking your own Congressional delegation to join forces with them on specific bills and actions that matter to you.

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Call Your Senators to Support S.54, Which Would Prevent Creation of a Muslim Registry

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump voiced support for banning Muslims from immigrating to the United States. In January, he signed an executive order that attempted just that, causing chaos and strife at airports across the country.

He also voiced support for a Muslim registry–creating a database of Muslim immigrants. Many fear that he might try to make it happen.

It won’t be as easy as it could have been; between the election and the inauguration, Barack Obama’s administration moved to dismantle the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), a program that was put in place after 9/11 that had gone dormant, but could have been revived and repurposed by Trump.

Members of Congress are stepping up as well. Call your senators and ask them to support S.54, which is designed to prevent creation of a Muslim registry.

Introduced by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who has called it the Protect American Families Act, S. 54 forbids the federal government from making any “immigration-related registry programs that classify people based on religion, race, age, gender, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality.”

Sample script: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code,) and I would like Senator (Lastname) to support S.54, the Protect American Families Act. It was introduced by Cory Booker and it would forbid the federal government from creating a Muslim registry. When he was campaigning, Donald Trump had expressed interest in a Muslim registry. He has already tried to implement a Muslim ban. Let’s pass a law against a blatantly unconstitutional registry before he has a chance to try.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will notice, in checking the GovTrack links below, that PredictGov gives the bill a one percent chance of passing. Yes, this could be one of those 97 percent of bills that goes nowhere.

That said, we at OTYCD realize that pushing back against the creation of a Muslim registry is important to you. This is why we chose to devote a post to this bill, even though it is a long shot. We also chose to cover it because it leads to a positive action–asking you to support a bill that most of us would like to see become law. OTYCD is far less likely to ask you to spend energy opposing a nasty, scary bill that probably won’t become law.

If you don’t think this is the most important thing you can do today, you are welcome to head to the “Want To Do More?” page and pick something else.

 

See the S.54 entry on GovTrack.com:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s54

 

Read GovTrack’s summary of S.54:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s54/summary

 

Read Washington Post articles in which Trump mentions or discusses creating a Muslim registry:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/12/21/trump-on-the-future-of-proposed-muslim-ban-registry-you-know-my-plans/?utm_term=.27b4ede78fc8

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/11/17/registermefirst-takes-off-after-trump-camps-talk-of-muslim-registry/?utm_term=.1d41b8c50190

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/17/the-evolution-of-donald-trump-and-the-muslim-database/?utm_term=.aec9db47a7ec

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/11/17/japanese-internment-is-precedent-for-national-muslim-registry-prominent-trump-backer-says/?utm_term=.7f11d821a975

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You Actions

Thank House Rep. John Lewis and Senator Cory Booker

Thank members of Congress John Lewis and Cory Booker for speaking out against Trump and his cabinet nominees.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against against Jeff Sessions, nominee for the United States Attorney General, during his Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this week. This was an especially brave act. It might be the only time that a sitting U.S. senator has testified against another sitting U.S. senator.

John Lewis, a civil rights hero who stands for Georgia’s Fifth District in the House of Representatives, also testified powerfully against Sessions at the Judiciary Committee hearings. Text for his remarks and a tape of Booker’s speech is below.

Side note: Know also that Lewis is under fire for saying on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd why he won’t be attending the upcoming presidential inauguration–the first he’s skipped since becoming a Congressman: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton… I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open democratic process.” A clip of the appearance, in which Lewis speaks this quote, is below; the full interview airs on the morning of Sunday January 15.

Lewis has received a lot of support on social media, but he’s also getting flak from Trump and his nastier minions. (You read that right–Trump wasn’t smart enough to avoid attacking John Lewis on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.)

If either man is one of your members of Congress, call their offices on Tuesday to thank them. If they are not, send a thank-you postcard to these addresses (And if you’re upset about Booker’s vote against importing pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, send a second finger-wagging postcard–best to have one message per card) :

 

Senator Cory Booker

One Gateway Center

23rd Floor

Newark, NJ 07012

 

House Representative John Lewis

100 Peachtree St NW

Suite 1920

Atlanta, GA 30303

 

You can also tweet your thanks to Booker:

@CoryBooker

 

And you can tweet Lewis or leave a message on his Facebook page:

@repjohnlewis

https://www.facebook.com/RepJohnLewis

 

See Cory Booker’s testimony against Jeff Sessions:

http://www.businessinsider.com/cory-booker-jeff-sessions-2017-1

 

Read John Lewis’s testimony against Jeff Sessions:

Click to access Testimony%20of%20Congressman%20John%20Lewis%2011%20January%202017.pdf

 

See a clip from Lewis’s appearance on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (the full interview airs on Sunday January 15):

John Lewis: Donald Trump not ‘a legitimate president’

 

More on Lewis’s statement and Trump’s response on Twitter:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/13/john-lewis-doesnt-think-donald-trump-is-a-legitimate-president/?utm_term=.511250568742

 

And here’s a nymag.com piece on the vote that Booker and 12 other Democrats took against the Sanders-Klobuchar amendment on importing prescription drugs. Twelve Republicans voted in favor. This occurred during the early-morning January 12 “vote-a-rama”.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/why-cory-bookers-getting-progressive-heat-on-drug-vote.html