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In bridge, 3 No Trump is a winning bid. A bunch of bridge-loving anti-Trump folks funneled their activism into 3NoTrump!, a weekly list that gives you at least three useful actions to take.

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Subscribe to My Civic Workout

Subscribe to My Civic Workout, an activist outlet that delivers twice-weekly action items broken down into things that demand a bit of your time, more of your time, and a bit more of your time than that.

 

My Civic Workout is one of the many online activism outlets that sprung up after the November 2016 election. It belongs to Action Alliance, as does One Thing You Can Do. But it doesn’t seem to get the play or the recognition that some of the others do, so we’re giving it a blog post.

 

My Civic Workout does an admirable job of picking a timely resistance-related topic and breaking it down into three actions that demand varying amounts of investment.

 

The “Five Minute Workout” is quick and simple (but not necessarily easy)–donate money, read a short article, watch a video.

 

The “Ten Minute Workout” is more involved. Read a longer, more densely written article, such as a white paper or an academic article. Type your address into a database and learn about gun deaths in your area, and share it with friends and family. Call your senators, using a script offered by MCW, and advocate for a bill.

 

The “30 Minute Workout” is even more involved, and sometimes reminds you to do stuff that you should have done ages ago anyway. For example, in the wake of Harvey, it suggested drawing up a comprehensive, personalized disaster plan. During the effort to defend Obamacare, it encouraged setting up a phone tree–recruiting friends to call their senators, and having them recruit friends in turn. One of its post-Charlottesville tasks was to check an interactive map and see if there were Confederate monuments on public land near you, and if so, urge local officials to remove them.

 

The twice-weekly email finishes with a selection of nice little digestifs: “Second Wind,” a nugget of wisdom related to the overall theme of the email, and “Need a Little Joy?” a bit of pure fun.

 

My Civic Workout also stands out among the post-2016-election activist sites for its consistency. Sarah Jane, OTYCD leader, has been a subscriber since January at least and she can’t recall MCW missing a week or otherwise dropping the ball. The graphics are elegant, well-chosen, and pleasant to look at. *We say check it out.

 

Visit the website for My Civic Workout:

https://www.mycivicworkout.com

 

Subscribe to My Civic Workout:

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Suggest a topic to My Civic Workout or otherwise contact them:

https://www.mycivicworkout.com/contact/

 

Meet the My Civic Workout team:

https://www.mycivicworkout.com/theteam/

 

Donate to My Civic Workout:

https://www.mycivicworkout.com/support/

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/mycivicworkout/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@MyCivicWorkout

 

And while you’re at it, check out Action Alliance, which accepted My Civic Workout and One Thing You Can Do as members who offer and encourage post-2016-election actions.:

https://www.actionalliance.co/#members

 

*My Civic Workout didn’t ask us to write about it. As of late-ish 2017, when we wrote this post, neither MCW or any member of its six-member team followed or subscribed to OTYCD (at least as far as we know). We’ve interacted with whoever speaks for MCW on Twitter. We wrote about MCW because we like it and thought you might like it too, simple as that.

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Call Your MoCs to Demand They Step Up and Do Something About Trump’s Dumpster-fire of a Performance at the 2018 G7 Summit

Call your members of Congress and ask them to do something–not just make a statement–to appropriately react to Trump’s Dumpster-fire of a performance at the 2018 G7 summit.

 

We were all bracing ourselves for the 2018 G7. We knew Trump wasn’t going to cover himself in glory. But it was worse than we expected.

 

He came late and left early.

 

He had the unmitigated, uneducated gall to ask the others to re-admit Russia to the group. The G-force booted Russia for cause four years ago, after it messed with Ukraine and invaded Crimea. Unsurprisingly, and correctly, the other Gs told Trump ‘no’. Because they are diplomats, they did not say, ‘No, fuck you, no, and also, fuck you.’

 

Bizarrely, the noted fan of tariffs suggested getting rid of all tariffs, while insisting that the tariffs he had just imposed were necessary.

 

He endorsed the G-7 joint statement and then un-endorsed it later on Twitter.

 

He shat upon our allies repeatedly, for no good reason.

 

When he pulls stone cold nonsense like the G7 beclownment, Trump swings a wrecking ball into America’s international reputation. The longer he’s in the Oval Office, the more damage he will do, and the harder it will be to repair.

 

Our friend Celeste Pewter (who you should be following on Twitter at @Celeste_Pewter) suggested we should call or leave voicemails for our MoCs, asking them to do something. Not just speak out, but do something. On June 9, 2018, after news broke of Trump’s takeback on the joint G7 statement, she tweeted:

 

A good thing to do at the moment? Leave a VM [voicemail] with your electeds and ask how they can stand by and watch Trump torpedo our most critical international relationships.

 

This is one of those times when a mere statement or tweet from an elected isn’t enough. Ask them what they plan to do, and tell them you expect actual action steps.

 

Also: I know this comes off as typical behavior for Trump, but it’s different because he’s reneging on an agreement w/ multiple international countries, after saying the US would sign on.

 

Today’s move gives the international community zero reason to trust the United States for *anything* in the future. Because they’ll always, always be risking Trump backing out, and insulting them to boot.

 

Trump voters: I hope you understand that isolationism does nothing to help our country. It sets our economy back. It sets advances in critical fields back. It will absolutely decrease our global standing, in many ways that are potentially irreversible. Everyone else: [she tweeted three phone emojis, indicating we should CALL]

 

She also retweeted @mikechenwriter, who said:

Do this especially if you live in a red state. There is no practical reason to sabotage our relations with out allies. This is purely driven by ego. GOP electeds need to hear it.

 

…and responded to this subsequent tweet from @mikechenwriter:

Seriously, if you have any conservative friends who are willing to listen, ask them if President Romney or McCain would be doing this. Then urge them to call their electeds.

@Celeste_Pewter responded:

This is an important point. I dislike conservative politicians. But Romney, McCain, Kasich all know how to behave like adults with international allies, even if we disapprove of what they’re saying/doing. What we have ATM [at the moment], is playground-style bullying at the highest level.

She went on to tweet:

 

Sample script: “Dear [Senator/House Rep Lastname,] I am [Firstname Lastname, from
town, zip code.] I am calling because I am disgusted by the way President Trump acted at
the G7 Summit. I was embarrassed, and you should be embarrassed. He called for the
group to re-admit Russia, though it has not atoned for the acts that got it thrown out–
meddling in Ukraine and invading Crimea. He needlessly insulted our allies through his
words and his actions. He came late and left early. He acted like a fool, and he made us
look foolish. He took a sledgehammer to our international reputation, and it’s going to
take a long time to repair the damage.
Barack Obama did not act this way. George W. Bush did not act this way. Bill Clinton did
not act this way. Every other president in living memory did not act this way because
regardless of their politics, they had reached the baseline level of maturity and personal
restraint needed to navigate a high-level meeting of this type. I don’t just want you to
make a statement about the G7 disaster. I want you to do something that makes it damn
clear that Trump’s G7 behavior is not acceptable. And I want you to do it now, before we
ruin our oldest international friendships just so Trump can salve his ego and please
Vladimir Putin. Thank you for listening.”

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Some cites about Trump and the 2018 G7:

 

Stories on Trump pulling the U.S. out of the G7 joint statement because he got shirty over stuff Trudeau said:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-floats-end-to-all-tariffs-threatens-major-penalties-for-countries-that-dont-agree/2018/06/09/a06350be-6bf1-11e8-bea7-c8eb28bc52b1_story.html?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/10/g7-in-disarray-after-trump-rejects-communique-and-attacks-weak-trudeau

 

 

Trump suggests re-admitting Russia to the Gs, with no mention of the behavior that got them booted in the first place:

https://www.vox.com/world/2018/6/8/17441338/trump-russia-g7-summit

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/08/donald-trump-shows-no-sign-compromise-flies-in-g7-summit

 

 

 

Pieces on how Trump suggested eliminating all tariffs:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/09/politics/trump-g7-tariffs-trade/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44423072

https://www.businessinsider.my/trump-suggests-dropping-all-tariffs-trade-barriers-at-g7-summit-2018-6-2/

 

 

Stories on Trump pulling the U.S. out of the G7 joint statement because he got shirty over stuff Trudeau said:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-floats-end-to-all-tariffs-threatens-major-penalties-for-countries-that-dont-agree/2018/06/09/a06350be-6bf1-11e8-bea7-c8eb28bc52b1_story.html?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/10/g7-in-disarray-after-trump-rejects-communique-and-attacks-weak-trudeau

In addition to following Pewter on Twitter (again, her handle is @Celeste_Pewter) you

can support her in other ways.

 

After you call your elected representatives on these two topics, tweet about the

experience using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.

 

Pewter founded The Road to 2018, an organization devoted to defending Democratic

Senators who are vulnerable and up for re-election this year. See our post on it:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/02/25/support-the-road-to-2018-which-defends-democratic-senators/

 

Subscribe to Pewter’s peerless newsletter, It’s Time To Fight:

http://itstimetofight.weebly.com

 

 

 

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Help John Oliver Keep Up The Great Work By Subscribing to HBO

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

 

Support the work of John Oliver and his team at Last Week Tonight by subscribing to Home Box Office (HBO) and telling HBO that you signed on specifically to get his show.

 

Comedian John Oliver, alumnus of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, has done powerful and impressive work before and since the election of Donald Trump. If we manage to save net neutrality, he and his #GoFCCYourself campaign will deserve a big slice of the credit.

 

While the 2016 presidential campaign was still live, Oliver called attention to the madness of the presidential primary process and asked us to reserve February 2, 2018, as the day to ask our legislators to fix it.

 

He’s aimed his guns at income inequality, payday loans, the rank injustices of the prison system, student debt, civil asset forfeiture, and dozens of other vital issues.

 

You’ve learned a lot from him, admit it. So forgive us for asking, but do you watch his segments for free online, or do you subscribe to HBO?

 

If you don’t, well, it’s past time for you to subscribe to HBO. And when you do, please go out of your way to tell HBO that you signed up specifically because it runs Last Week Tonight, and you want Oliver and his team to carry on with their good work.

 

Sign up for HBO, with or without cable:

http://www.hbo.com/order/get-hbo.html

 

Once you’ve done that, contact HBO and tell them you subscribed expressly to support John Oliver and Last Week Tonight:

http://www.hbo.com/about/contact-us.html

 

Follow Last Week Tonight on Twitter:

@LastWeekTonight

 

Like the show on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LastWeekTonight

 

Follow John Oliver on Twitter:

@iamjohnoliver

 

Read about Last Week Tonight‘s #GoFCCYourself campaign and how effective it’s been:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/05/09/john-oliver-may-have-helped-spur-150000-comments-fcc-net-neutrality/101480100/

http://deadline.com/2017/05/john-oliver-donald-trump-fcc-net-neutrality-ajit-pai-1202086601/

https://news.fastcompany.com/to-support-net-neutrality-john-oliver-just-helped-crash-the-fccs-website-again-4036955

http://theweek.com/speedreads/697291/john-oliver-sounds-warning-siren-net-neutrality-summoning-internet-horde-that-saved-before

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-net-neutrality-john-oliver-20170508-htmlstory.html

 

Read about how the efforts of John Oliver and Last Week Tonight have boosted other worthy anti-Trump and pro-democracy causes:

http://www.poynter.org/2016/propublica-is-seeing-a-surge-in-donations-after-john-olivers-trump-segment/439254/

http://lastnighton.com/2016/11/15/john-olivers-last-week-tonight-trump-segment-spurs-donation-increase/

 

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Refresh, Review, and Prepare for the 2018 Elections (GOP Tax Bill-Related Briefing, Postmortem Edition)

This OTYCD entry originally appeared in December 2017.

 

Refresh, review, and prep for the 2018 elections following the vote on the GOP tax bill.

 

The GOP tax bill passed both chambers between December 19 and December 20, after some glitches that forced a revote in the House of Representatives.

 

John McCain did not vote–he had to go home to Arizona to recuperate from complications from his brain cancer treatments. But the yes votes on the final bill included Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.

 

Let’s review what we should do now.

 

First–Much has been asked of you lately. You have worked hard. If you need a break nowrightnow, take it. If you need to purge politics from your life for a few hours, a few days, a few weeks, do it. Tend to yourself. Do whatever you need to do so you can come back, refreshed and ready to fight. If you can hang on until Congress adjourns on December 22, do. If you feel yourself fraying, step away now, before you have a chance to unravel. Remember, you matter, and your voice matters. We need you to stay here and carry on the fight.

 

Next, call your MoCs again and either thank them for holding firm against the bill, or berate them for passing it.

 

Check this New York Times article to see how your House Rep voted (if you have a Republican senator, and that senator isn’t John McCain, your senator voted yes):

 

Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter–you’re following her, right?) tweeted the reason why you should make a final call on this topic on December 20:

 

Go call your reps right now, and be ANGRY. You know what happens when people don’t call after contentious votes? We shrug and think, “Ok, what’s next?” But if you call, it forces us to pause and wonder how to address it.

Call your MoCs on this issue last time if you haven’t already. Yes, we know you’re sick of calling about this, and you might be despondent over the passage of the bill. We get it! We’ve been beating the drum about the GOP tax bill since early November. But if the pressure disappears the instant the bill passes, your MoCs might downplay the protests. Force them to pause and wonder how to address it.

Also, it’s perfectly OK to be mad or sad over this, but don’t let your emotions derail you. Put them to use. Again, Celeste Pewter tweets wisdom:

Channel your frustrations into the tax bill into rage right now. Angry tweeting is cathartic, but will not solve anything in the long run. What are actionable steps you’ll take OFF line? Think about it, and do it.

Here also is a string of tweets from Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt):
My view on last night’s tax vote: don’t dwell too long. They think they are just be getting started. 1/
I believe last night’s vote was baked months ago, seen internally to GOPers as necessary for party survival. Collins, Rubio, Flake & Corker vote had more to do with fraternity than ideology. 2/
Negotiating for something for themselves or to show their power was all they ever intended. The fact is they were all crap negotiators but once AL flipped & McCain was hospitalized, demands dropped & everybody fell in line. 3/
The fact that the bill was unpopular was an irritant, that every economist & deficit hawk saw it as a clear disaster just had to be lived with. The prospect of passing no legislation in what felt like a closing window was unacceptable for a simple reason. 4/
It costs $20 million or more to run a Senate race or a competitive House race and those dollars generally don’t come locally and they don’t come without promises. The single fact that 6000 lobbyists worked on the bill is the one I will remember. 5/
The immediate agenda once the tax is signed is all that matters now . . . 6/
CHIP and DACA and the size of zmedicare cuts are immediately on the agenda with the CR coming on Friday. As are the reinsurance and CSR amendments Collins asked for. 7/ [Editor’s note: CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which serves more than nine million American children, and has gone unfunded since expiring on September 30; DACA stands for Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, a program that helped people who are Americans in every sense except the paperwork; CR stands for ‘continuing resolution,’ a maneuver that will furnish the funds that let the government pay its bills for a set period of time. The current CR expires Friday, December 22; many are urging Democrats to make the next CR contingent on reauthorizing CHIP, protecting the DACA folks, or both.]
GOP has focused so much on the tax bill and so much of that agenda they don’t like that much of it will get kicked to January. The dynamic is horrifying.8/
In the new party roles, anytime something is done for people, Republicans want something in return. Example: CHIP, DACA, Medicare all have price tags on them. Republicans insist on cutting the ACA, a border wall, and Defense spending.9/
And we are weeks for 2018…Republicans are ready to reach for much more. Graham & Cassidy have already begun the process of trying to recruit Collins or Murkowski to do ACA repeal next year. The White House and Paul Ryan promise to cut Medicaid and other poverty programs. 10/
Going into 2017: Most Americans didn’t know what CHIP was until the GOP decided not to pass it; weren’t focused on Medicaid until the GOP tried to slash it; and thought pre-existing condition protections were safe until the GOP tried to end them. It’s different now.

Other things to know:

Most people realize how bad this bill is, and most see how it’s Robin Hood in reverse–not just “liberals”.

See this December 20 tweet from Michael Linden (@michaelslinden), a tax expert:

Honored to be part of a tele-town hall with small business owners hosted by this evening. If this call is any indication, small business owners are super upset about the tax bill. It’s so complicated, and it benefits corporations over them, and they know it.

Also see these articles, which are just a few of many on how bad the bill is:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/12/18/16782484/gop-tax-bill-cuts-reform-republican

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/12/gop-tax-bill-inequalilty/548726/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/12/20/republicans-are-about-to-pass-a-tax-bill-democrats-think-theyre-signing-their-death-certificate/?utm_term=.9fba711406ca

The team behind the Trump Tax March and Not One Penny are ready with a call to Repeal the Trump Tax:

https://notonepenny.org

https://repealthetrumptax.org

We’ll devote posts to that as they develop, but for now–know that Paul Ryan and his minions plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security next.

If they try to do that, they should be met with a loud and forceful response: Repeal the tax cuts you just passed, and apply the money to those programs.

Now, having said all that: It was clear before the bill staggered to the finish line, and it’s clearer now that it has passed:

 

All Republican senators have to go.

 

All. Of. Them. Without exception.

 

Maybe there are some decent ones in the House of Representatives, maybe, but the Senate? They all have to go. All of them.

 

You now have to start thinking seriously about what you will do to help get all those Republicans out of office.

 

We’ve wrangled a bunch of links to past posts to cover things you should consider doing, and things you can start doing.

 

 

First off–if you haven’t seen the page on The Most Important Thing You Can Do, go there and read those four posts. (Yes, there are four Most Important Things You Can Do. #SorryNotSorry.)

https://onethingyoucando.com/the-most-important-thing-you-can-do/

 

 

Only one-third of the Senate is up for re-election in 2018. Defending Democratic Senators helps the cause just as much as defeating Republican incumbents.

Start scouting for senators who you can donate time and money to in 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/11/23/start-scouting-for-senators-who-you-can-donate-time-and-money-to-in-2018/

 

 

Also, think about which House of Representatives members to support or oppose in 2018. All of them are up for re-election, and some incumbents are retiring. Watch the Democratic primaries, see who you can get behind, and do it. Again, you need to commit time, money, word-of-mouth support, or some combination of all three.

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/11/20/think-about-which-house-reps-to-support-or-oppose-in-2018/

 

 

Trump and his minions are going to try everything they can to suppress the vote. Once you are sure you’re registered, and once you’ve started talking to friends who were eligible to vote in 2016 but chose not to do so, look into other ways you can support and defend the right to vote.

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Support Spread the Vote, which helps citizens obtain IDs and other paperwork they need in order to vote in their home states:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/11/26/support-spread-the-vote-which-helps-citizens-obtain-ids/

 

 

Support the efforts of Let America Vote:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/11/25/support-the-efforts-of-let-america-vote/

 

 

Support H.R. 2840, the Automatic Voter Registration Act:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/11/27/support-h-r-2840-the-automatic-voter-registration-act/

 

 

Help Florida’s ex-felons regain the right to vote:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/11/25/help-floridas-ex-felons-regain-the-right-to-vote/

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Fight Back If Your State Wants to Pass A Law That Lets Drivers Escape Liability for Hitting Protestors

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Is your state working on a law that would lighten or lift punishments for drivers who hit protestors with their cars? Call your state legislators and tell them to vote no or stop progress on that bill. 

 

Months ago, in the depths of winter 2017, we at OTYCD were grossed out enough to ask readers who live in North Dakota to oppose HB 1203, a bill that would lessen legal penalties for drivers who hit protestors with their cars:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/04/21/oppose-a-north-dakota-state-bill-that-would-cheapen-the-lives-of-protesters/

 

It failed to pass the North Dakota house by a too-close-for-comfort margin of 50 to 41. But apparently some sick individuals who got elected to state office elsewhere in the country thought that HB 1203 was a good idea and introduced their own versions in their home legislatures. (You get one guess as to what their party affiliations are.)

 

According to a CNN story linked below, these five states have joined North Dakota in pursuing bills that would make it easier for drivers to hurt or kill protestors with their vehicles and escape punishment or receive what amounts to a slap on the wrist. The bill numbers are included:

 

 

Rhode Island, HB 5690. Introduced in March but has since been held, per the state’s House Judiciary Committee, for more study.

 

 

North Carolina, HB 330. Introduced in March. It passed the house in April on a 67-48 vote and is now with the state’s Senate Committee on Rules and Operations. It could proceed from there to broader consideration in the state senate.

 

 

Tennessee, SB 944 and HB 668. The house version is dead, but the Senate version is still alive, sitting with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

 

And so you’re aware:

 

Florida‘s senate and house introduced bills along these lines in February and March, respectively. Both have since died.

 

The Texas house introduced HB 250 last month during its legislative special session. It was referred to the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee and was still there when the session ended on Aug 15.

 

So, what should you do?

 

If you live in any of the four states where the bills are not-quite-dead, call your state legislators and make it damn clear that you expect them to let these bills die in committee or vote against them if they come up. If your reps happen to be sponsors of one of these bills, ask them to remove their support. If you live in one of the two states where bills were introduced, but died, call and make it clear that you expect the bills to stay dead. And if you live anywhere else? Call your state reps, mention these bills, and make it clear that you want them to stop any such bill before it starts.

 

Here’s how to find your state legislators. You have a state senator and a state house rep. Plug your street address into this search engine to find them:

whoaremyrepresentatives.org

 

 

Sample script for state legislators who are from the four states that have not-quite-dead-yet bills: “I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am asking state senator/house representative (Lastname) to oppose (Bill ID goes here), which would shield drivers from the consequences of accidentally hitting protesters who block a roadway. It was a sick idea before that guy attacked those protestors in Charlottesville, and it’s an even worse idea now. Please do everything you can to stop its progress. If you are a sponsor, please remove your support, thank you.”

 

 

Sample script for state legislators from the two states where bills were introduced, but died: “I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I realize that (Bill ID goes here) has essentially died and can’t become law in the current session, but I am asking state senator/house representative (Lastname) to make sure it stays dead and is not revived in a future session. The bill would have shielded drivers from the consequences of accidentally hitting protesters who block a roadway. It was a sick idea before that guy attacked those protestors in Charlottesville, and it’s an even worse idea now. Please do everything you can to stop its progress. If (State Senator/House Rep Lastname) co-sponsored the bill, I am asking (him/her) to please withdraw support. Thank you.”

 

 

Sample script for those of us in the 44 other states: “I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). In the wake of the horrifying car attack on protestors in Charlottesville, I learned that six states had been pursuing bills that would lessen or remove penalties on drivers who hit or killed protestors with their cars. I realize there is no such bill moving through our state legislature now but I am asking State Senator/House Rep (Lastname) to oppose such a bill if anyone tries to introduce one. Thank you.”

 

 

See the CNN story from August 19, 2017 on states’ efforts to lessen penalties on drivers who injure protestors:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/18/us/legislation-protects-drivers-injure-protesters/index.html

 

 

See a similar story from a British paper (warning: It includes a graphic image from the Charlottesville attack):

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/charlottesville-states-introduced-bills-laws-protect-drivers-run-protesters-texas-florida-tennessee-a7902546.html

 

 

Read about backlash to these bills after the terrorist incident in Charlottesville that killed Heather Heyer and injured 19:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/backlash-gop-bills-shield-drivers-hit-protesters-49234719

 

 

Read state-level coverage of various laws (warning–some of these stories include links to eyewitness videos taken of the attack in Charlottesville):

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/10/bill-would-make-drivers-immune-civil-liability-protests/97743390/

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article167065952.html

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-bills-protest-criminal-20170201-story.html

 

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Tell Your Senators to Reject S 446, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

Tell your Senators to vote no on S 446, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in one state to carry a concealed weapon in other states that have more restrictive gun laws.

 

We at OTYCD have kept an eye on this bill for a while. Because its counterpart, H.R. 38, passed the House of Representatives on December 6, 2017, we’re devoting a post to it now. Evidently, the Senate intends to tackle the bill in Spring 2018. The bill would also allow concealed carry on federal lands, including national parks.

 

People who support concealed carry reciprocity claim that the law is no different than laws that recognize the validity of state-issued marriage licenses and driver’s licenses. People who oppose concealed carry reciprocity oppose weakening gun laws, and some disagree with how it relies on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

 

All states offer concealed carry permits, but some states restrict them far more severely than others do. You won’t be surprised to learn that the National Rifle Association is the main booster of the bill.

 

The House of Representatives pressed ahead with the December vote despite the fact that 2017 has been an especially deadly year for mass shootings in America.

 

GovTrack cites numbers from Skopos Labs that rate the odds of the House version passing at 51 percent; the odds of the Senate bill passing are 10 percent. If the Senate fails to pass the bill, it dies there.

 

You can do your bit to make sure it dies in the Senate by calling your two Senators and asking them to vote no on concealed carry reciprocity.

 

Sample script: “Dear (Senator Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname of town, zip code), and I’m asking you to vote against S 446, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Guns are deadly weapons. Concealed carry permits should not get the same treatment we grant to marriage licenses and driver’s licenses because state gun laws vary so widely. Also, passing this bill would threaten public safety at a time when mass shootings are becoming more frequent and deadlier. The House version passed in December 2017. I ask you to stop this bill’s progress and stop it from becoming law. Thank you.”

 

 

Here’s the GovTrack page on S 446:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s446

 

 

Here’s the GovTrack page on the House version of the bill:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr38

 

 

Read a GovTrack Insider piece about the bill and its effects:

https://govtrackinsider.com/the-first-gun-related-bill-passed-since-the-vegas-and-texas-massacres-was-the-concealed-carry-9f023335f6b8

 

 

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Read a November 2017 CNN piece on how the law enforcement group Prosecutors Against Violence tried to fight its passage in the House of Representatives:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/29/politics/gun-control-event/index.html

 

 

Read an April 2017 Politico story on how Michael Bloomberg intended to spend $25 million to fight concealed carry reciprocity through his gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/everytown-for-gun-safety-mike-bloomberg-concealed-carry-237056

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest restraint on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.