People want to be informed about what’s happening w/ the president-elect but they may not have time to follow all the news or for their own self-care, are limiting their exposure to social media right now. These ICYMI updates will be basic bullet points of the daily happenings with call to actions. I will generally just post the news without my own commentary. I will include essays and thoughts from around the web after the news portion to give perspectives from marginalized folks.
Weekend of November 19- 20
- Trump settled the fraud lawsuit against him for $25 million
- ICYMI: You can ready the details of why students of Trump U were suing him HERE
- Donald Trump’s financial conflicts of interest
- Foreign diplomats are booking rooms at Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington, DC
- Mike Pence went to see Hamilton. The audience booed when he arrived. After the performance, the cast addressed Pence directly , very politely and eloquently. Trump took to Twitter to complain that the cast harassed Pence and they needed to apologize. Pence said they were actually not harassing him at all.
- Trump would like equal time on air after Saturday Night Live to respond to their one-sided,biased satirical comedy skits.
- Trump’s cabinet picks so far.
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Reince PriebusCHIEF STRATEGIST and SENIOR COUNSELOR TO THE PRESIDENT: Steve BannonATTORNEY GENERAL: Sen. Jeff Sessions
ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY: Michael Flynn
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: Rep. Mike Pompeo
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has completed an overview of Senator Jeff Sessions complete record on civil rights
- Clinton popular vote lead over Trump now exceeds 1.5 million votes.63,390,669 vs. 61,820,845
This week is a short week due to Thanksgiving break so calls should be made ASAP.
- New Yorkers! Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office is taking a concerned citizens’ tally so she can use it on the floor against Bannon. CALL. You can call any of her offices throughout the state, no matter where you live so if you get a busy signal on one just go down this list of numbers till you get through:
Hudson Valley: (845) 875-4585
Albany: (518) 431-0120
Buffalo: (716) 854-9725
Long Island: (631) 249-2825
New York City: (212) 688-6262
North Country: (315) 376-6118
Rochester: (585) 263-6250
Syracuse: (315) 448-0470*My note* One of her offices said that she is NOT doing any such tally and I didn’t get a clear clarification yet but either way, you can still call to voice concern about Bannon
- Call your Congressman and state reps to voice concern about Bannon as Chief Stategist , Jeff Sessions as Attorney General,and whatever other appointments are objectionable to you.
- Call the House Oversight Committee. Rep. Elijah Cummings is calling for a bipartisan review of the financial arrangements Trump has made for his businesses to ensure there’s no conflict of interest. 202-225-5074 & can also call Chaffetz directly, (801) 851-2500.
If it’s easier for you, you can use a script like this:
“I’m —- —– , a constituent calling to let the committee know that I support Rep. Elijah Cummings’s call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s “financial arrangements” for potential conflicts of interest before he’s sworn in as president. Please ask Chairman Chaffetz to immediately begin conducting a review to ensure that President-elect Trump does not have any actual or perceived conflicts of interests. I want the Committee to make sure Trump and his advisers comply with all legal and regulatory ethical requirements.”
- Speaker Paul Ryan has a survey about ACA. It was closed last week but reopened at a new number. This one is super easy. No talking involved, just press the number after the prompt. Also, when you call, there’s no sign that it’s connecting. The line is silent. You just have to hang on for a moment or two to wait for the voice recording. The new number is Call (202) 225 – 3031. You can also leave a voice mail if you choose
- This Twitter list is every rep who tweets. If you’re not familiar with Twitter lists, it’s a separate timeline of tweets just from specific users added to that list. While tweeting back at these reps isn’t effective, it’s been helpful for me to check in to get an idea of where certain reps are at.
- If possible, support your local abortion fund.
I’ve been seeing this Dylan Thomas quote shared a lot during the past week. The poem is about death but it’s nice how it fits to resistance of other things as well.
(My 1st born is named after Dylan Thomas, so it does give me some warm & fuzzies)
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