Senate Trumpcare Vote

RED ALERT: According to media reports, Senate Republicans are planning to hold a pivotal Trumpcare vote tomorrow morning—a “motion to proceed” that will begin debate on a bill to yank away health care from tens of millions of people.1

If we lose, it’ll give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell huge momentum for the final vote.

Democrats are already united against this bill. But you can still take action to make a difference! Here are three things you can do:

  1. Call your Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey at 855-912-2982. Democrats are united against Trumpcare, but you should thank them for doing all they can to fight, and urge them to use every tactic at their disposal to slow and stop this bill. Ask them to join the filibuster-by-amendment (a way of slowing down the bill with a high number of amendments when the bill does come to a vote) and—this is crucial—to not vote for any amendments that will help Republicans pass Trumpcare.
  2. Urge your friends and family across America to call their senators at 855-912-2982It’s easy! Just click here to share our Facebook post on your wall and click here to tweet. You can also write personal notes to friends and family, especially those who live in Alaska, West Virginia, Ohio, Nevada, Maine, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Arkansas. Be sure to include the phone number they should call: 855-912-2982.
  3. Plan to get involved during the upcoming recess. Activists all over the country, including MoveOn members and MoveOn’s Resistance Summer Mobilizers, are hosting events all over the country on issues from health care and calling for Medicare-for-all, to the environment, to immigration. Find one near you, or sign up to host an event here. And check back often for newly-added events, or add your own!

No matter what happens tomorrow, there will be much more for all of us to say and do—including those of us who are represented by Democratic senators!

We have stopped Trumpcare with intense grassroots pressure before, and we can do it again. 

Newton Impeachment Resolution 

Newton Impeachment Resolution 
Newton Members – if you haven’t yet written to your City Councilors on the impeachment resolution, please do so asap. Hearing is scheduled for Monday. Write to dolson@newtonma.gov and ask him to distribute to Council.

Councilors seem to understand the arguments re: obstruction and emoluments, yet a number feel that it is not their job to consider the issue. Arguments of note that seemed to have weight in the hearing:

1. This is a citizens petition (introduced by citizens as opposed to Councilors), which is provided for in the Newton City Charter, without limitation. There is no restriction that citizens petition be limited to municipal business.

2. City Councilors take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

3. The passion and concern expressed by many members of our community, who have worked to convince our members of Congress to initiate an impeachment investigation without success. The Council should act to reflect and amplify the voices of their constituents.

4. We are at a moment of Constitutional crisis, which demands action.

Please plan on attending the Hearing on the 19th and spread the word!!

Newton – Impeach Donald Trump Referendum

Newton Referendum to Impeach Donald Trump

A coalition of activist groups have been lobbying the members of the programs and services committee of the Newton City Council to support the Referendum to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump.  We know at least one member has already stated he will not support the referendum.  We need your help (Newton residents)  Please copy & paste this text and send an email to members of the committee  (feel free to add your own.  Sign and address at the end of the email.   Committee member email addresses:  

asangiolo@newtonma.gov, “jauchincloss@newtonma.gov” <jauchincloss@newtonma.gov>, gschwartz@newtonma.govaleary@newtonma.govdkalis@newtonma.govjrice@newtonma.govlbaker@newtonma.gov, Indivisible Newton Centre <indivisiblenewtoncentre@gmail.com>

To the members of the Programs and Services committee:

We are writing following up our letter of May 25 regarding the resolution to call for an impeachment investigation (docket #82-17), which will be coming before the committee next Wednesday, June 7. We were dismayed to learn this morning that a member is already voicing opposition, a full week ahead of the first meeting with public comment.

There is enormous enthusiasm and passion for the passage of this resolution. Collectively, we are appalled that more lawmakers, on both sides of the aisle, haven’t come forward to defend our Constitution from its continual, brazen undermining by the Trump administration.

The normalizing of corruption is incredibly dangerous for our government and all citizens. We recognize that both Democrats and Republicans have political concerns that, in their minds, prevent them from speaking out—but we are in very deep trouble indeed when one’s individual career and one’s party come before country.

The fact that so many lawmakers see defending the Constitution as partisan is shocking, and does not bode well for the survival of that document, or of our founding principles. It’s this inactivity that has brought us to this resolution before the City Council.

The objection has been raised that we shouldn’t “nationalize local politics.” But, on the contrary, we are localizing national politics—a principle Newton recently affirmed with the resounding passage of our Welcoming City Ordinance. Were it not for national political developments, the Welcoming City Ordinance would never have been proposed or passed.

Bringing this issue before our city government is evidence of the extent of the emergency: if there had been more political courage nationally up to this point, there would be no need for such action. We did not undertake this resolution project lightly. But beyond voting, calling our elected representatives, and out-and-out demonstrating, this is the last, but possibly the best, voice we have as citizens. As patriots, we need to use every tool at our disposal.

This resolution effort also acts as a means of public education: many people have been under- or ill-informed about the extent of the President’s financial corruption and constitutional abuses; they may be unaware of the provisions in the Constitution forbidding such abuses. They may feel they have no recourse and are subject only to the whims and inaction of Congress. Many even are taken aback by the boldness of publicly speaking at the municipal level—but that is the kind of political engagement our country was founded upon.

To date, the limits on this administration’s abuses have been some combination of judicial and grassroots resistance.  Even our more progressive representatives have been reluctant to openly discuss impeachment, although recent polling indicates majority support for the impeachment of Donald Trump. Given these circumstances we believe it’s vital that the movement to defend our democracy and Constitution continue as a grassroots effort. Towards that end, we need the power of our local governments to amplify our individual voices. As towns such as Newton and Brookline express support for impeachment, and implore our federal representatives to take a stand, we collectively create a political atmosphere in Massachusetts and in other states to resist this assault on our democratic principles and institutions.

We’d like to note that while some of us were attending hearings about Brookline’s impeachment resolution, we heard several selectmen and Town Meeting members voice their concerns over the local/federal issue, as well as others. They listened to their constituents carefully, and in the end voted in favor of the resolution 158-2. We would hope that, in this fraught time for our country, Newton would give the resolution the same thoughtful consideration.

To state it as plainly as possible: These are not normal times. Our political situation at home and abroad is growing more dire by the day. Trump’s violations of the Constitution and the norms of presidential behavior are both unprecedented and setting corrosive precedents. Extraordinary times require extraordinary responses. We hope very much for your support for our resolution to call for an impeachment investigation.

Yours sincerely,

YOUR NAME HERE
YOUR NEWTON ADDRESS HERE

Indivisible Massachusetts Action
Indivisible Newton Centre
RiseUpMA
Local Indivisible Power–MetroWest

Call Senators Markey and Warren and Demand a Special Prosecutor.

Schumer: No FBI director until special prosecutor named

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that he would support an effort to block any nominee to lead the FBI until an independent prosecutor is named to oversee an investigation into Russia’s interference into last year’s presidential election, as well as the possibility of collusion between the Kremlin and individuals with ties to President Donald Trump or his campaign.

The notion that Democrats might refuse to vote on any nominee put forward by Trump to be the bureau’s director was first floated last week by a handful of lawmakers including Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Schumer, who spoke Sunday morning to CNN’s “State of the Union,” is the highest-profile Democrat to back such a plan.

“Yes, I think there are a lot of Democrats who feel that way,” Schumer told host Jake Tapper when asked whether he would support a move to block any potential FBI director until an independent investigator is named. “We will have to discuss it as a caucus, but I would support that move, because who the FBI director is, is related to who the special prosecutor is.”

The president’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week raised eyebrows from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, especially given the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Trump’s campaign. The president did little to calm concerns about Comey’s dismissal when he told NBC News in an interview that he weighed the Russia investigation, which he called a “made-up story,” as he made up his mind to fire the FBI director.

As the Senate’s minority party, Democrats would have little power to truly block a new FBI director, whose nomination would need only a simple majority to clear the bar of confirmation. But a partisan battle over the head of the FBI would be new territory for the Senate, which typically confirms the bureau’s director with essentially universal bipartisan support. (Comey was confirmed by a vote of 93-1 in 2013.)

Schumer predicted that the plan would enjoy “broad support” among Senate Democrats, as well as among the American people.

“To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief, because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the FBI director,” the New York Democrat said. “The key here, of course, is getting some of our Republican colleagues to join us. We’re hoping. We’re waiting. We understand it’s difficult, but I think patriotism and the needs of this country demand it.”

Independent Prosecutor and Boston Rally

Please call today in response to the firing of James Comey by Donald Trump

Call the Senate Judiciary Committee (202) 224-5225 and the DOJ (202) 514-4609. Demand an independent prosecutor be appointed.

 

Rally being held this afternoon sponsored by MarchForTruth

March for Truth - Boston's photo.

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March For Truth – Emergency Rally

Public

Brookline Impeachment Resolution

1)  The Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 9 at 7pm and the Advisory Committee itself will meet right after, at 7:30; both will be   voting on whether to recommend a YES vote to Town Meeting
2)  The Board of Selectmen will meet on Tuesday May 16 at Town Hall (time of our agenda item TBD) to vote on their recommendation to Town Meeting; there will be time for public comments
3)  and the “Let’s Talk About Impeachment Forum” on Wednesday, May 17.

Come Out to Show Your Support for the Brookline Impeachment Resolution

Brookline Resolution on Impeachment

Advisory Subcommittee Meeting 7 pm and Committee Meeting 7:30 pm– Tuesday, May 9

Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee

MEETING NOTICE
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00pm, Room TBD (Town Hall)
The Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting regarding Special Town Meeting 1, Article 1: Resolution requesting Congress to Impeach President Donald Trump.

AGENDA
1.         Review of proposed changes in Article 1, Impeachment Resolution Vote on a recommendation to the Advisory Committee
The public is invited to attend.

Please address comments to Michael Sandman, subcommittee chair, at msandman1943@gmail.com, or mail them to the Advisory Committee c/o Town of Brookline, 333 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445

Let’s Talk About Impeachment: Protect our Constitution

Sponsored by Brookline Citizens in Support of Impeachment
 
Wednesday, May 17
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Click here to register:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-about-impeachment-tickets-34002952747?aff=eivtefrnd
Learn why Congress should start an impeachment investigation now in conversation with Ben Clements, Chair of Free Speech for People and Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech for People.

Inform yourself in advance of the Town Meeting vote:

Town Meeting members in Brookline will vote on whether to pass a Resolution in Support of a Congressional Investigation regarding the Impeachment of President Donald J. Trump at the May 23 Town Meeting.

Speakers:

Ben Clements, Chair of the Board for Free Speech for People

Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech for People

Authors of the January 2017 Newsweek article Will Trump be Allowed to Defy the Constitution? http://www.newsweek.com/will-trump-be-allowed-defy-constitution-547759

For more information on the Brookline Resolution, see this article in the Huffington Post: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#search/huffin/15b8f1f03eb2bdf9

Free Speech for People & RootsAction:

Free Speech for a People is a national non-partisan non-profit organization that works to renew our democracy and our Constitution for the people, not big money and corporate interests. Free Speech for People and RootsAction launched Impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org on inauguration day. On February 16, 2017, they delivered a petition with over 860,000 signatures to Congress calling on the House of Representatives to initiate an impeachment investigation into President Trump’s corrupt business dealings, including violations of the U.S. Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments and Domestic Emoluments Clauses, and other federal law. Democracy Action is also a co-sponsor of this event. https://impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org/

This event is accessible for those who require an elevator. The elevator is in the school’s underground parking garage. Parking also available in School Street lot, Town Hall lot, and in metered street parking.

Action Alert From The Healthcare Focus Group

As mentioned at the meeting Tuesday night, the ACA is in trouble and the 1199SEIU (Mass Healthcare Workers union) is supporting the use of the HUB DIALER in the effort to make calls to constituents in states where the representative is on the fence about supporting the latest Republican healthcare bill. The bill will go to vote today.  Please make calls this morning if possible.  The Hub Dialer makes it very easy to make these phone calls and to connect the constituent through to their representative’s office if they agree. Please sign up to help with this effort today if you can. It is very easy to use and really has a big impact.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMiCjyVEprsCak0eifPbNorKx-C86ygqSasdbbLaA4gX874g/viewform
While calls from constituents are the most effective,  you can also help by calling or posting on the Facebook page of the the representatives themselves.  Here is the information:  https://trumpcaretoolkit.org/

Science Marches

There are two science marches tomorrow, April 22, 2017

Longwood Science March
Join us on the 22nd of April for the March for Science. We will meet at 11:00am at the HMS Quad for a rally with speakers from LMA and music. At 12:15, we will march via Huntington avenue together with Northeastern University to Boston Common gardens, joining the main Harvard campus, MIT, BU and other marches at the Boston’s March for Science rally, starting at 2pm

March for Science

This is a community space for Boston area people who love science and are interested in a sister march to the DC March for Science, taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Boston Common from 2:00 to 4:00! There will also be kid-centric entertainment at the Parkman Bandstand on the Common from 1:00 to 4:00.

Next RiseUp Meeting

RiseUP Alert

 

Next RiseUp Meeting

Date:       May 2, 2017
Time:       7:00 PM
Location:  Brookline Public Library – Hunneman Hall
361 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445