Tom Perez Will Be A Strong Fighter For Civil Rights


Excerpt from: The Nation

The new DNC chair opposed voter-ID laws, investigated police misconduct, and protected workers’ rights.

By Ari Berman, YESTERDAY 11:41 AM

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Tom Perez announces a federal civil lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in May 2012. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin)

Tom Perez could’ve been attorney general if Hillary Clinton had been elected president. Instead he’ll be chair of the DNC.

Conventional wisdom portrayed the race for DNC chair as a rerun of the 2016 presidential campaign, with Perez as the corporate establishment and Keith Ellison as the insurgent progressive. That narrative was greatly overstated. While I preferred Ellison as DNC chair, Perez has a strong and impressive progressive record, especially on civil rights.

As head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under President Obama from 2009 to 2013, Perez challenged strict voter-ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, sued Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for racial profiling and objected to Arizona’s anti-immigration SB 1070, investigated police misconduct in a record number of cities, and rebuilt the Civil Rights Division after rampant politicization during the George W. Bush Administration.

Following that, as Obama’s labor secretary, Perez expanded overtime for 4 million workers and championed the Fight For $15 movement. Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU, called Perez “one of the finest labor secretaries since Frances Perkins,” referring to FDR’s labor secretary. Perez is also the child of refugees who fled political persecution in the Dominican Republic.

This experience is particularly relevant now, as the Trump administration plans to wage war on voting rights, Jeff Sessions is already reversing Obama-era directives on LGBTQ rights and private prisons, and congressional Republicans are pushing a national right-to-work law. Trump is the greatest threat to democracy in our lifetime, and few are better equipped to fight back than Perez. (He also shrewdly made Ellison his chief deputy.)

Among other things, he’s called for a “voter empowerment office” at the DNC to make protecting voting rights a top priority for the party. “I’m proposing that the DNC dramatically expand its voter protection efforts and scale a voter empowerment office that is fully funded and fully staffed with legal experts operating year round and integrated with the party’s regional, organizing, and digital staff,” Perez said in January. “This investment is critical to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote can do so without obstacles.”

Perez’s first task will be to revitalize the party internallyboosting forgotten state parties with a new 50-state strategy, repairing the breach that exists between the DNC and grassroots activists who are bitter about the Debbie Wasserman Schultz era, and channeling the resistance against Trump into electoral results. Perez doesn’t have the political experience of someone like Ellison, so time will tell if he’s up to the job. But at a moment when Democrats are searching for leaders, Perez can powerfully take on the Trump administration on issues like voting rights, policing, immigration, and the economy. For progressives upset about Ellison’s loss, Perez is a pretty darn good second choice.

Why is Chuck Schumer Letting Joe Manchin Lead Senate Democrats? Remove Manchin From Leadership


Excerpt from: CREDO Action

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In the face of Donald Trump’s fascism, Senate Democrats’ job should be clear: Stand up for core progressive values, defend the people most threatened by Trump and block and resist Trump’s hateful agenda.

That’s why it is unacceptable for a conservative extremist like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to hold a leadership position in the Senate Democratic Caucus. Manchin was the only “Democrat” who voted to confirm extreme racist Jeff Sessions as attorney general and foreclosure king Steve Mnuchin as treasury secretary. Recently, in a face to face meeting with the White House, Manchin reportedly remained silent while Trump launched a racist tirade against Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In 2015, Manchin voted to defund Planned Parenthood. This is not how a leader of Democrats should act.

There is no justification for Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to anoint someone as a member of Democratic leadership who consistently votes with Trump’s extreme right-wing priorities, fails to defend our progressive values and routinely collaborates with Trump by enabling his racist and fascist agenda grounded in xenophobia and hate.1

Manchin should not be helping to lead the Democratic caucus. We are going to deliver petition signatures this Thursday directly to Leader Schumer’s office. Can you turn up the pressure now by adding your name to our petition campaign?

Schumer’s elevation of Manchin to a leadership role in his caucus legitimizes Manchin’s extreme right-wing positions and weakens Democrats’ ability to present a united front in opposition to Trump. To be clear, we respect West Virginia voters who have chosen Manchin to be their senator, and we absolutely believe that Sen. Manchin is free to make his own decisions about how to vote. But we reject the idea that Democratic Leader Schumer should have someone in a leadership position who:

  • Voted to confirm friend-of-Putin Rex Tillerson as secretary of state;
  • Voted to confirm climate-denying Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency;
  • Attacked former Democratic Leader Harry Reid by calling him “an absolute embarrassment to the Senate as an institution, our Democratic party, and the nation” for criticizing Trump’s election;2
  • Went on Fox News to call President Obama’s climate policies a war on America;3
    called Democratic support for repeal of the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment “crazy;”4 and
  • Fought to gut mortgage protections proposed by the Obama administration that would prevent consumers being exploited by unethical Wall Street banks.5

Senate Democrats are one of the main firewalls against our fascist president and an extremist Republican party committed to his racist, xenophobic and misogynistic agenda. Leader Schumer has an opportunity to lead his caucus in unprecedented resistance, but he will fail if he chooses the path of compromise. If he keeps Sen. Manchin on his leadership team, he will be sending a clear message that he is more interested in conciliation than opposition. That’s why we’re joining with our friends at #AllOfUs, Democracy for America, 350 Action, and Other98 to pressure him to do the right thing.

  • Tell Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer:
    “Sen. Joe Manchin consistently votes against the core principles and values of the Democratic Party’s progressive base. In the Trump era, his positions legitimize and normalize Trump. It is time for you to remove him from your leadership team.”
  • Go to the link below to sign the petition. https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Manchin_Schumer?t=6&akid=21932.7785905.N6069_

Thanks for everything you’re doing to fight back against Trump.

Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

References:

Ed O’Keefe and Mike DeBonis, “Schumer is next top Senate Democrat, adds Sanders to leadership ranks,” The Washington Post, Nov. 16, 2016.
Burgess Everett, “Manchin slams Reid on Trump comments: ‘An absolute embarrassment’,” Politico, Nov. 11, 2016.
Rebecca Leber, “Senator: Obama’s action on climate change is a ‘War On America’,” Think Progress, June 26, 2013.
Jonathan Swan, “Anti-abortion Democrats fire back,” The Hill, July 16, 2017.
Erika Eichelberger, “Dems defy Obama on mortgage protections,” Mother Jones, Aug. 15, 2013.

© 2017 CREDO. All rights reserved.

There’s Still Time To Stop Trump’s Right-Hand Man Steve Bannon!


Excerpt from: Greenpeace <webmaster@greenpeaceusa.org>

Rebecca Gerber, Feb 27 at 4:05 AM

There’s no room for a climate-denying racist on the National Security Council. Tell Congress to take action today by going to: webmaster@greenpeaceusa.org!

In that time, the Trump administration has given us even more reason to resist. Trump has:

  • Issued orders allowing mining companies to dump coal waste near streams and rolling back protections for trans youth. (He’s also rumored to be preparing executive orders that will limit the EPA’s ability to fight climate change.) [1]
  • Called his administration’s efforts to deport millions of people — inhumanely splitting families apart — a “military operation.” [2]
  • Repeated his claim that the free press — a cornerstone of American democracy — is the enemy of the American people and barred the New York Times, CNN, and other major news outlets from a press briefing on Friday. [3]

Honestly the list is so long I can’t even fit it all in this email.

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  • And as before, Steve Bannon’s dirty fingerprints are all over every dangerous move this administration makes:
  • Those attempts to stop the government from acting on climate? As editor of Breitbart “news” Bannon spread the conspiracy that climate change is a hoax and renewable energy is a scam. He even called climate activists “pure scum.” [4]
  • That new anti-trans policy? Bannon has trumpeted the bigoted lie that allowing trans people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity somehow places children and families in danger. [5]
  • And the repeated attacks on the free press? Bannon doubled down on Trump’s statements, calling the media the “opposition party” in a speech on Thursday. [6]
  • Steve Bannon has shown us over and over again that his presence in the White House makes our country less safe. Tell Congress: it’s time to remove Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.

Both houses of Congress have already introduced legislation to protect our national security from Bannon’s dangerous meddling — but it’s up to us to make sure they follow through. Add your name today at: webmaster@greenpeaceusa.org!

In solidarity,

Rebecca Gerber
Climate Team, Greenpeace USA

P.S. More than 40,000 Greenpeace supporters like you have taken action to resist Steve Bannon in the last two weeks, but I think we can still do more.

  • Steve Bannon is a threat to our democracy but we have the momentum to stop him. Sign the petition today by going to: webmaster@greenpeaceusa.org!

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/us/politics/trump-agenda-tracker.html
[2] http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320821-trump-calls-deportation-push-a-military-operation
[3] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/business/trump-calls-the-news-media-the-enemy-of-the-people.html
[4] https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16112016/steve-bannon-trump-white-house-climate-conspiracy
[5] http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/anti-lgbt-activists-testing-target-by-sending-men-into-womens-rooms
[6] https://www.c-span.org/video/?424394-102/reince-priebus-steve-bannon-make-joint-appearance-cpac

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Tell the Senate: Don’t Scapegoat Immigrants: Block the RAISE Act


Excerpt from: CREDO Action

A racist anti-immigrant bill endorsed by white supremacists is moving through Congress right now.1 We must demand that the Senate do everything in their power to block it.

Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue have introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, a bill that would crack down on legal immigration by restricting green cards, barring immigrants from reuniting with families and ending the diversity visa lottery.

If it becomes law, the RAISE Act will cut legal immigration by 50 percent.2 Trump and right-wing Republicans want to sanitize their anti-immigrant extremism by claiming they are focused on removing dangerous criminals from the country, but this legislation makes it clear that they plan to attack all immigrants. Speak out now to demand that Senate Democrats and Republicans of good conscience form a firm line of defense against Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda and stop the RAISE Act from becoming law.

Sens. Cotton and Perdue are playing a cruel game with Americans who are struggling to find work by promoting the racist myth that immigrants are stealing jobs. White nationalists are already praising their efforts.3

Research shows that immigrants are a boon to the economy, from the high-skilled immigrants coveted by the tech industry to employees who work in the service industry and agriculture.4 Not all Republicans support cuts to legal immigration. In 2013, the bipartisan-backed, immigration reforming “Gang of Eight bill” was passed by the Senate and included policies to maintain and expand new avenues to citizenship.5 If every single Democrat opposes the racist and xenophobic RAISE Act and Republicans who support expanding legal immigration join them, we can block it.

Immigrants are living examples of the American dream. Those who come to the U.S. have made a courageous and extremely difficult decision to leave their families, communities and countries of birth behind in the hopes of building better lives. Some are displaced by war, others by climate change or corporate greed. All are seeking refuge, freedom from persecution and better economic opportunities for their families. There’s nothing more American than that.

The RAISE Act isn’t just about cutting down on legal immigration. If it passes, xenophobic Republicans – emboldened by Trump’s hate – will have changed the very fabric of our country from a place of inclusion and opportunity, to one of exclusion and scarcity. We can’t let that happen. Add your name now.

  • Tell the Senate: Reject Trump’s xenophobic regime. Block the RAISE Act.
    The petition to the Senate reads:
    “No cuts to legal immigration. Do everything in your power to block the racist Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act.”

Thank you for speaking out,

Nicole Regalado, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

References:

Dana Liebelson, “GOP Bill To Curb Legal Immigration Disproportionately Hits Nonwhite Americans,” The Huffington Post, Feb. 9, 2017.
Ashley Killough, “GOP senators aim to cut legal immigration by half,” CNN, Feb. 7, 2017.
Tim Marcin, “Is Immigration Good For The Economy? These States See The Biggest Effects From Immigrants,” International Business Times, Feb. 14, 2017.
Dana Liebelson, “GOP Bill To Curb Legal Immigration Disproportionately Hits Nonwhite Americans.”
ibid.

© 2017 CREDO. All rights reserved.

Donald Trump’s Shift On Yemen Risks Plunging The Country Into Famine


Excerpt from: The Huffington Post

By Jessica Schulberg , Ryan Grim
02/20/2017 05:45 am ET

A Saudi-led coalition appears set to attack the port in Yemen where nearly all the country’s food comes in.

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen ― all because of a subtle shift in messaging that risks effectively cutting off humanitarian relief to the war-torn nation.

For more than a year, former President Barack Obama’s administration urged a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates not to attack or seize the critical port of Hodeidah on Yemen’s west coast. The bulk of humanitarian supplies that enter Yemen flow through Hodeidah, and attacking the port, which is controlled by the Houthi rebels, would likely put it out of commission, the Obama administration warned.

But now the coalition, allied with the nominal Yemeni government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been redirecting humanitarian and commercial ships carrying food away from the Hodeidah port, relief workers told The Huffington Post. That redirection is itself a major blow to relief efforts. But it could also signal an attack is imminent.

For the past several weeks, the coalition has sent ships instead to the smaller port in Aden, about 250 miles away, said Jamie McGoldrick, a humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations. Humanitarian workers in Yemen have observed a “drastic decrease” in the number of ships reaching the port of Hodeidah,” said Christophe Morard, a logistics officer at the U.N. World Food Program, which heads a group of nonprofits working together in Yemen.

The rerouting of ships coincides with coalition airstrikes over Hodeidah and a military offensive by the Saudi-led forces to retake Mokha, another port city about 100 miles to the south. That confluence of events has led aid workers to develop a contingency plan in case the coalition moves on from Mokha and closes Hodeidah in an attempt to retake it from the Houthis, Morard said.

“Clearly they have some plans militarily for the port,” McGoldrick said of the coalition. “It’s part and parcel of an attempt to try and weaponize the economy.”

An effort by the Hadi-aligned coalition to retake Hodeidah would likely shut the port down for an extended period of time, former U.S. government officials and current aid workers say. Even a short-term halt of the flow of goods through Hodeidah would cut off life-saving food aid to Yemenis on the brink of starvation.

The Obama administration, which faced criticism from human rights groups for its military support to the Saudi-led coalition, took a hardline stance against the coalition attacking the Red Sea ports ― especially Hodeidah, four current and former administration officials told HuffPost. Obama specifically pressed the issue when Saudi Arabia’s King Salman visited the White House in 2015.

Even in a best-case scenario in which the coalition successfully retook the port from the Houthis, the battle would create front lines around Hodeidah, and there’s ample reason to believe the Houthis would make repeated attempts to reclaim it. “The passage of food through those lines would be as difficult as the passage through any other battles lines,” one former senior administration official who worked on the region said, pointing to the southern port city of Aden as an example. When the coalition retook Aden in 2015, the port was inaccessible to humanitarian aid for four months, the BBC reported at the time.

Because the Houthis control major population centers in the western part of the country, it’s unclear whether the coalition would be able or willing to distribute humanitarian aid throughout Yemen if it succeeded in taking over Hodeidah. “If we see a scenario where the bulk of the population is under the control of one side ― regardless of which side ― and the main channel for bringing in aid and commercial food is controlled by the other side, that’s a recipe for disaster,” said a second former administration official.

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A map of Yemen showing Houthi control as of December 2016.
Despite pressure from the Obama administration, the coalition didn’t always leave the Red Sea ports alone.

“I don’t really know if there was much of a leash in the Obama administration,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate foreign relations committee. “We kept telling them not to bomb civilians, not double tap civilian targets, and they kept doing it. I’m not sure we had much control over what the Saudis and Emirates were doing before the Trump administration took over.”

Airstrikes in 2015 destroyed some of the cranes that were used to haul cargo off the ships. Last year, the coalition bombed the main bridge that connects Hodeidah to Sanaa, Yemen’s capital ― a target that the U.S. had included on a no-strike list. Efforts by the Obama administration to investigate war crimes under its watch were often half-hearted at best.

At the same time, the Saudi-led coalition, which is dependent on the U.S. for military support and diplomatic cover in its fight against the Houthis in Yemen, took objections from Washington into account. “When we saw decreases in the flow of food and medicine, we would immediately respond and you would generally see an improvement in the amounts going through,” the first former official said. “But it was something we constantly monitored.”

The State Department declined to comment on whether its position on the coalition retaking Hodeidah had changed under the Trump administration. The White House did not respond to a request for comment. But a softening of pressure from Washington on the coalition could prompt them to move forward with an operation to retake Hodeidah, current and former officials said ― and the Trump administration appears to be doing nothing to stop them.

UAE Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba, whose country has been pushing to take the port, has seen his star rise with the election of Trump. Since June, he has been mentoring White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner on Middle East policy.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with the U.N. special envoy for Yemen and his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and the U.K. to discuss the conflict. The State Department’s readout on the meeting referenced the U.N.-led process to end the conflict and the need for the unfettered delivery of humanitarian aid. Conspicuously absent from the readout was any mention, as was included in past statements, of the need for a ceasefire in Yemen. State Department readouts are carefully parsed word for word by a team of experts who are cognizant that even a slight change in phrasing can send a meaningful signal.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network tracks food scarcity worldwide with a one through five scale. Phase five is a famine. Between 7 and 10 million people in Yemen are estimated to be in phase three, the crisis phase. Of that population, at least 2 million are in phase four, the emergency phase.

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Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old Yememi woman in Hodeidah. The city has already been hit hard by food scarcity. The closure of the port would exacerbate an already fragile situation.

“If there were a serious disruption to that port, that would, I think, be sufficient to tip the country into famine,” said Jeremy Konyndyk, who was the director of foreign disaster assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development until last month. “If they were to cut off Hodeidah, you could see several governorates in Yemen possibly tip into famine,” echoed the first former official.

McGoldrick, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator, described Hodeidah as the “lifeline we use to supply 80 percent of the humanitarian needs in the country.” The other 20 percent comes in through Aden, he said. But Aden, which wasn’t built to serve the entire country, is smaller in size than Hodeidah and geographically removed from most of Yemen’s population.

“We are currently being blamed for the human misery inside Yemen, and conditions there are radicalizing Yemenis against the United States,” Murphy said. “Our policy should be to try to abate the human misery, not take steps that would increase it. That’s bad from a moral perspective, but also really bad from a national security perspective. Anything that increases the humanitarian disaster that’s unfolding in Yemen is really bad for America.”

The coalition did not respond to multiple requests for comment made through several channels. But it has defended military operations around the Red Sea ports in the past by accusing the Houthis of smuggling weapons from Iran in through the port and blocking the flow of aid.

McGoldrick denied that there is any “mass diversion” of humanitarian aid by the Houthis and said the part of the Red Sea leading to the port is “one of the most policed stretches of water in this part of the world.”

“A lot of our inability to bring goods in through Hodeidah has been blocked by the Saudi coalition,” McGoldrick said. “They control the shipping lines. They control what boats come in.”

There have always been factions within the State Department who wanted to give Saudi Arabia and the UAE a freer hand to fight the war against the Houthis. Trump’s regular verbal attacks on Iran, which helps arm the Houthis, have emboldened those in the State Department who wanted that firmer line.

If the coalition succeeded in gaining control of Hodeidah, repaired the damaged infrastructure, and prioritized bringing humanitarian assistance through the port, “it could actually be a very positive development” in the conflict, former ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein argued. “But all of those are question marks,” he added.

Anti-Iran hardliners see the war against the Houthis as a proxy war against Iran, but U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted communications showing that Iran actually urged the Houthis not to launch the war. Once the conflict started, however, Iran has been happy to supply weapons to the Houthis, in order to cause problems for their rival in the region, Saudi Arabia.

Current and former administration officials said that during the Obama administration there were some in the State Department who did not object to the Saudi-led coalition attempting to retake Hodeidah and other Red Sea ports. They believed that losing the port (and the revenue that comes with operating it) could bring the Houthis to a more “amenable negotiating posture,” the second former official said. It could come, however, at the cost of mass starvation.

Others in the previous administration were skeptical of that line of logic. “The coalition’s been bombing the hell out of that country for two solid years now,” the second former official said. “Every advancement by the coalition was supposed to be the game changer that would bring the Houthis to the table. [They said] losing Aden would be a game changer that would bring the Houthis to the table ― but it didn’t change their posture much.”

“There are people who may think that this is a way to end the war quickly,” the first former official said. “That’s fiction.”

News Cover Vets At DAPL!


 

Excerpt from: <reply@reallyamerican.com>

Nathan – Really American, Feb 20 at 2:46 PM

Trump recently signed an executive order to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline, but there’s still hope if you help us right now…

According to the Guardian, a growing group of veterans are returning to Standing Rock to prevent DAPL police from using violent tactics to drive them out.

“It’s not just the people of Standing Rock who are at risk. The water of millions of Americans is at risk. This is not a local issue, it is a national problem we are dealing with here,” said Anthony Diggs, the Secretary of Communications for Veterans Stand, according to CNN.

Late last year, at least two thousand veterans converged on Standing Rock to speak out against the Dakota Access Pipeline, destruction of Native American sacred lands and egregious police brutality against the peaceful protesters working to protect our water. Attendees included U.S. Representative of Hawaii, Tulsi Gabbard, and Wesley Clark Jr., son of the decorated General Wesley Clark.

Don’t you want the nation to know about this renewed historic action by American veterans to stop the contamination of drinking water relied upon by tens of millions of people?

Go to: reply@reallyamerican.com, to add your name and demand that CNN, NBC and CBS broadcast the renewed action by hundreds of vets to stop DAPL & the police violence perpetrated on behalf of Big Oil.

(If you already signed this petition you’ll see a request to chip in to help promote this issue to more people. Please consider supporting this effort financially, but even if you are not in a position to chip in, just sharing this on social media is greatly appreciated!)

Peace,

Nathan Brown
Really American Founder
——
Really American is a news and PR firm that enables individuals to protect truth, democracy, social justice and the environment. Payments made to promote these campaigns are not tax-deductible.

Really American was founded by Nathan Brown and Adriel Hampton when they saw a revolutionary movement forming in response to the corruption, fraud and lies within the US political system that Bernie Sanders exposed to the American public during the 2016 presidential primary.

Nathan is an online activist, internet marketing consultant, social entrepreneur, and impact investor. He’s dedicated his life to living simply while using marketing science and strategic partnerships to help solve society’s biggest problems.

Adriel is a technologist, entrepreneur and progressive activist. He’s focused on using technology to give more people a voice in the political process, and in 2009 ran for Congress on issues including single payer, ending interventionist wars, and making it easier for workers to unionize. Adriel is a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and lives in California.

Call Rep. Amodei: Investigate Trump


Excerpt from: MoveOn.org Civic Action <moveon-help@list.moveon.org>

Jo Comerford, Feb 24 at 12:48 PM

Next Tuesday—finally—House Judiciary Committee members will debate and vote on investigating Donald Trump and his administration, and it’s all because of the resolution of inquiry filed by Representative Jerry Nadler.

Rep. Nadler’s resolution directs the Department of Justice to provide the House of Representatives with any and all information relevant to Trump and his associates’ conflicts of interest, ethical violations, and ties to Russia.1

So far, your representative—Mark E. Amodei—hasn’t signed on as a co-sponsor of Rep. Nadler’s demand to investigate Trump and key members of his current administration.

Can you pick up the phone right now and ask Representative Mark E. Amodei to sign on? Here’s where to phone: Rep. Amodei – (202) 225-6155

  • You can say, “Americans deserve to know about Trump’s ties to Russia and what he’s hiding in his tax returns. Please cosponsor Rep. Nadler’s demand that the Department of Justice turn over all relevant material on these conflicts.”

You can report the details of your call by going to: moveon-help@list.moveon.org.

Nearly every day, more and more questions surface concerning Donald Trump’s ethical violations and questionable ties to Russia.

Donald Trump has refused to step away from his business interests in any meaningful way. Trump’s foreign entanglements are likely unconstitutional. He has repeatedly refused to disclose his financial assets, and he is severely compromised by known Russian interference in our election and by continued revelations about ties that he, his campaign, and his administration might have to Russian officials.

Rep. Nadler’s resolution represents one of the best chances we have right now to pull apart Trump’s web of corruption and foreign entanglements.

Please phone Rep. Amodei right now and ask him to declare his public support for a full-on investigation of Donald Trump by cosponsoring Rep. Nadler’s resolution.

Here’s the deal: If Republicans had followed through on their constitutional duty to conduct oversight, this resolution would not be necessary.

Prior to Rep. Nadler’s introduction of this resolution, Democrats had sent multiple requests for hearings which—outrageously—were ignored.

Republicans were stonewalling, even as more and more Americans demanded answers. That’s why Rep. Nadler took matters into his own hands.

On Tuesday, House members will be forced to go on record and choose between enabling Trump’s ethical and national security breaches or honoring the oath they took to act in our nation’s best interest and uphold our Constitution.

Thank you for helping make sure Rep. Amodei gets on board right now.

And thanks for all you do.

—Jo, Emma, Michael, Ilya, and the rest of the team

P.S. Nearly 400,000 MoveOn members have already signed a petition in support of Rep. Nadler’s resolution. If you haven’t yet added your name, please do so now by going to: moveon-help@list.moveon.org. If you’ve already signed on, consider inviting your friends and family to join you.

Source:

1. “Congressman Nadler Introduces Resolution of Inquiry to Force GOP Vote on Trump’s Conflicts, Ethics Violations, and Russia Ties,” Website of Congressman Jerry Nadler, February 9, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/8493?t=7&akid=178649.9323432.l84tRv

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