Happy Monday, FAMily!
Hopefully everyone is staying warm and enjoying the snow (if you’re into that sort of thing). We’re happy to have you back with us!
One quick note before we start: we’ve been seeing an increase in lonely links and less than reputable sources in our pending posts. A lonely link is just that, a share to our page without any text from you, the poster. This creates more “spam” on our page, and doesn’t guide conversations.
Also, FAM wants to wish a heartfelt Happy Hanukkah to all those who observe! Tonight is the first night of this holiday, that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Stay tuned for more info on this, and many other holidays that occur this time of year!
Okay, onto action!
1. Call Governor Snyder’s office and demand he move up the projected date of the special election to fill Rep. Conyers seat. It’s a disgrace for a safely democratic district (which is why he is doing it) to go unrepresented for almost a year.
Gov. Snyder 517-373-3400
2. Tax Bill is still a thing unfortunately, so continue to call Republicans in the house and Senate and demand that they honor their christian roots and protect the poor, oppressed, and marginalized.
Sen. Collins has publicly said she has not decided on her final vote. We should also target McCain, Rubio, Corker, and Flake (who is vocal about his distain for 45 yet voted for the bill).
3. Doug Jones is up for election in Alabama tomorrow. If you can spare any time phone banking, text banking, or donating, please consider doing so here:
4. Net Neutrality is at risk. There is likely going to be a vote tomorrow. Use the link below to save the internet:
5. ACA Enrollment ends on Friday, December 15th. Tell everyone who relies on the ACA they must have enrolled by that date.
Finally, a note on happiness. Each of you, regardless of your circumstances, deserves happiness. There is not a person among us who isn’t entitled to it. Whether it be success, wealth, health, family and friends, accepting and embracing their true selves, all of us are important and we are worthy.
When we are taking care of ourselves, we become better advocates and allies for those who need our voices.
Photo Credit: Moorea Seal “52 Lists for Happiness”
We are so proud of each and every one of you, and we look forward to the days ahead. Do what you can from this list and know it makes a difference.
Anne, Anne and Jen
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❤️