Happy Friday, FAMily!
We applaud you for making it to the end of another week. We see your strength and dignity and we think it rocks!
There are a few decisive actions we want everyone to take today. Before you comment on this post with another action or additional info, please make sure you’re taking some of these actions. We have such a powerful voice-almost 31k strong and we need to use it.
1. It’s been rumored that Susan Collins is really impacted by the tax bill rallies, calls and protests. We’re encouraging everyone to call her today and let her know this bill cannot pass.
2. Speaking of the tax bill, everyone should call their MI representative today and tell them this garbage bill hurts children, people with disabilities, the middle class and cuts Medicare, Medicare and Social Security which are opposite the promises DT made when he was running.
Find your rep here:
3. The GOP is licking their chops at the resignation of Al Franken while an admitted sexual predator is in the Oval Office and a child predator runs for Senate in Alabama with the full weight of the party.
We’d like each of you to call as many Republican Senators as possible and demand they drop support for Moore and call on Trump to resign.
4. Remember Kim Davis? The county clerk in KY who refused marriage licenses to gay couples to preserve the sanctity of marriage (despite being divorced 3 times and having had affairs during her marriages-which should be noted that FAM is not taking a negative stance on this but Davis and the GOP sure were silent). Well, she’s being challenged in the next race for country clerk by David Ermold, who was one of the men she denied a license to.
Check out the article here:
And you can donate to his campaign here:
5. ACA enrollment ends on Dec. 15th. If you or someone you know needs the ACA, use this link to get enrolled.
We’re likely to see big developments in the Russia investigation and the sexual assault and harassment situation in Congress. Remember to not lose heart and to hold all MoC accountable to their behavior, not just our side.
We’re so privileged to have you with us. As always, we are in awe of your spirit and your hard work.
Anne, Anne, and Jen
Happy Wednesday, FAM! ❤️
Hope your week (politics aside) is going well! 😊
So, the tax plan passed the Senate this weekend – what’s next? Reconciliation Committee, to try to get the House and Senate version in alignment. Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi choose who will be on the committee, and it looks like the members are as follows:
Kevin Brady (R) Texas
Devin Nunes (R) California
Peter Roskam (R) Illinois
Diane Black (R) Tennessee
Kristi Noem (R) South Dakota
Rob Bishop (R) Utah
Don Young (R) Alaska
Greg Walden (R) Oregon
John Shimkus (R) Illinois
Richard Neal (D) Massachusetts
Sander Levin (D) Michigan
Lloyd Doggett (D) Texas
Raúl Grijalva (D) Arizona
Kathy Castor (D) Florida
Doing the simple math, you can probably guess how any vote will go…after committee, it goes back to the House and Senate for a final vote, before heading to 45.
But in the meantime, while the tax bill is in committee, Congress needs to pass an operating budget. The former deadline was December 8 – but they are voting on a December 22 extension. The two parties are at odds, with the GOP wanting to increase spending on defense, and the Dems wanting more money for DACA and the opioid crisis.
So, what are we doing this week?
1. Stay informed! As always, avoid the shiny/scary/embarrassing shit coming out of Washington and focus on the long-range.
2. Call your MoC and urge them to protect DACA as they discuss the government operating budget.
3. We may have a couple weeks before the tax plan goes to a vote (45 wants to give y’all a Christmas present, you know…🤮), but keep up the pressure. Call DAILY. We have that time to let your voices be heard. Log those calls! Please!
4. Join us a La Pita (on Newman, in Dearborn) THIS Saturday at 5 pm for another Shawarma Law Enforcement dinner. Annie and I will be there – we’d love to meet you! ❤️
Keep it up, FAM! Stay strong and move FORWARD! ❤️
Anne, Anne, and Jen❤️
Happy Monday, FAMily!
Woah. What a weekend. The admins and moderators want to encourage everyone to practice self care, and to move with intention as we forray into this new area of this administration, especially Congress.
As we’re sure all of you know, Congress passed the ATROCITY of the GOPs tax bill in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday. While this is certainly not a good thing, this is not the final step before the law goes to DTs desk. We can still make a difference as we’ve done for the past year.
Today’s post has some simple but necessary actions to take as well as some reminders and housekeeping. Do. Not. Lose. Heart. We can still make a difference and FAM will always be committed to giving voices to the voiceless.
1. Congress has to vote on this garbage bill at least one more time before it goes to the President for signature. This article from Electablog is a great resource for what actions to take in the mean time. This is NOT over.
The Simple Answer: Call 202-224-3121 and backlash like you’ve never backlashed before.
The Slightly Less Simple Answer: If you have a Republican representative, call 202-224-3121 and demand they stop helping the rich while claiming to be about the middle and working class. Remind them there is no economic proof that giving rich people more money to “stimulate the economy with spending” has ever worked.
Follow @MichaelSLinden and @TaxMarch to stay informed on ways to protest and make your voice heard.
If you can, donate to Democratic opponents of Republicans, especially Doug Jones who MUST DEFEAT pedophile, sexual predator and racist Roy Moore.
2. Remember to check your PMs because our awesome moderator team will reach out to you that way should you submit a post that needs editing before approval. We are having a huge problem with people posting that their posts are being ignored by moderators which is simply not the case.
Also, please SEARCH before you post as to not duplicate posts. Duplicate posts or lonely link posts (things that are simply shared without any commentary or text from you) won’t be approved.
3. Please give a special call to Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and remind him that CHIP must be funded. In order to receive CHIP, a recipient must have a job, so saying that paying for CHIP means paying for people who aren’t contributing is FALSE AS HELL. 202-224-5251
4. For your reference, one of the graphics shared on this post is a list of all of the Republicans who voted YES on the budge in the Senate. We will be setting our sights on them in 2018 and destroying their reelections where applicable.
As always, it is a pleasure for us to be here with you. We hope that you take these actions seriously and complete them every day. Those who have no voice, the marginalized, oppressed, abused, and discriminated against are RELYING ON US to step full force into the fray and protect them. For all that we have, we have a great responsibility to see to it that others have access to the things we take for granted.
Anne, Anne, and Jen