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.
Not a lot today (although I may have missed things today….Snow Day plus sick kid)
- That $25M Trump U settlement? Trump gets to use that as a tax write-off
- Donald Trump outlines policy agenda for his first 100 days in office . Plans include:
– withdrawl from Trans-Pacific Partnership
– cancel “restrictions on energy”
– for every new regulation created, 2 have to be gotten rid of
– protect US infrastructure from cyberattacks and “other attacks”
– direct labor dept to look into visa abuses
– that whole “draining the swamp” thing …imposing rules about lobbying
- Don’t offer to register as Muslim – stop the registry before it’s even a thing – call all your representatives and make it clear that you do not want such a registry
- Not an action related to Trump specifically (although he supports DAPL) , but we need to bombard these numbers and be vocal. Last night police sprayed water protectors with water cannons in below freezing temps as well as rubber bullets.
- 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.