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Below is a complete list of Dinner at the Grange’s Call-to-Acton posts and site updates. If there’s an urgent Call to Action Item you’d like posted, use the Contact page to send the pertinent information.
- Senate Update: Judge Gorsuch Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings – March 20, 11 am
- Site Update: Congressional Committees – Contact Information (downloadable, PDF tables)
- Site Update: ACLU Resources & the People Power Resistance Training
- Call to Action – HR 1313 in Committee- Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act
- Site Update: 198 Methods of Non-Violent Actions (for Individual & Groups)
- Call to Action: HR 111. Call, Tweet, Fax before 9 am (ET) on Tuesday 2/28/17 & Request a Special Prosecutor Be Appointed
- Tracking the Administration’s Appointments & Confirmations: More Scheduled
- Call to Action: Two Resolutions to Investigate Trump Being Suppressed by House GOP Leaders – What You Can Do by TUESDAY 9 am (ET) on 2.28.17
- Worried about Bannon on the NSC? Lobby for H.R. 804 (141 Co-Sponsors)
- Site Update: Flowchart – Make Your Way Through the Political Maze
- Site Update: New Graphic added (News Sources & Outlets – Quality & Partisanship)
- Site Update: U.S. Civics – Training – Overview Presentation
- Call to Action (2.5.17): Updated Info to Get Bannon off the NSC
- Call to Action (2.2.17) – Bannon
2.5.17 – Call to Action: Updated Info to Get Bannon off the NSC
New information: Where do your congressional members stand on Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council? Check this site (organized by houses, House of Representatives and Senate). Links to contact your congressional members in the table. Call their District/mobile offices first, then their DC office.
Call to Action # 1: Keep placing calls to the Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee’s main number (202-224-4751). If the mailbox is full, try again in a few hours. They empty the mailbox every day at noon EST (9:00 am PST) and every night. You can call repeatedly; no limit.
You can also email the Committee – use this the form from the Committee to contact them.
The folks over at the Daily Kos put together a list with contact information to the Committee Members. See below for the 15 members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and how to contact them directly. Just one call makes a difference and it takes just a few minutes.
Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) – Chairman
- Direct: 414-276-7282
- DC: 202-224-5323
Claire McCaskil (D-Mo.) – Ranking Member
- Direct: 816-421-1639
- DC: 202-224-6154
John McCain (R-Az.)
- Direct: 602-952-2410
- DC: 202-224-2235
Rob Portman (R-Oh.)
- Direct: 513-684-3265
- DC: 202-224-3353
Thomas R. Carper (D-De.)
- Direct: 302-573-6291
- DC: 202-224-2441
Jon Tester (D-Mt.)
- Direct: 406-252-0550
- DC: 202-224-2644
Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
- Direct: 270-782-8303
- DC: 202-224-4343
James Lankford (R-Ok.)
- Direct: 405-231-4941
- DC: 202-224-5754
Heidi Heitkamp (D-Nd.)
- Direct: 701-258-4648
- DC: 202-224-2043
Gary C. Peters (D-Mi.)
- Direct: 313-226-6020
- DC: 202-224-6221
Michael B. Enzi (R-Wy.)
- Direct: 307-739-9507
- DC: 202-224-3424
John Hoeven (R-Nd.)
- Direct: 701-250-4618
- DC: 202-224-2551
Margaret Hassan (D-Nh.)
- Direct: 603-622-2204
- DC: 202-224-3324
Kamala Harris (D-Ca.)
- Direct: 916-448 – 2787
- DC: 202-224-3553
Steve Daines (R-Mt.)
- Direct: 406-245-6822
- DC: 202-224-2651
Expired & Past Actions
Senate Confirmations – for the record:
2.17.17 – New York Times – How Each Senator Voted on Trump’s Cabinet & Administration Nominees
Call to Action for 2/12/17: SwingLeft Organizational Call Sunday
Use this link to sign up to be on the call.
More information on SwingLeft can be found here.
Call to Action: Senate to Vote on Jeff Sessions WEDNESDAY February 8, 2017
Find your Senators and place a call to their DC and District/local offices
From 5calls website: In 1986, the Senate denied Jeff Sessions a federal judgeship due to allegations of racism. As a U.S. Attorney for Alabama, Sessions wrongfully prosecuted African-American civil rights activists on trumped-up charges of voter fraud. In addition, four of his fellow lawyers testified that he had made racist remarks and had said that the NAACP and ACLU “forced civil rights down the throats of people.” Jeff Sessions’ political career is defined by his opposition to immigration reform, his rejection of women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, his mixed record with the Voting Rights Act, and his belief that the Constitution does not require a separation of church and state. It is clear that if Sessions is confirmed as Attorney General, he will not serve the interests of all Americans or uphold the values of this country.
[This call to action has been updated. See above] 02/02/17: The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is taking calls about Bannon’s appointment to the NSC. Call District ad DC offices.
Link to committee members here. A note from the Southern Poverty Law Center: Be sure to tell the committee that you believe no individual whose primary responsibility is political in nature should be allowed on the NSC or authorized to attend its meetings. Partisan politics have no place in our national security. Call the committee members (even if you’re not a constituent). That number is: 202-224-4751.
02/03/17: Keep up the pressure by calling your Senators ahead of the full-Senate vote for DeVos, Price, Sessions, and Pruitt.
The calls are making a difference! Call District/local or mobile offices prior to calling DC. You may have a better chance at getting through. All local offices report in to DC office at least once a day to provide call tallies from constituents. Find your Senators here
Follow up on DeVos full-Senate vote (2.7.17):
Pruitt Confirmation vote – who voted for/against his confirmation
2.5.17 – NC Senator Tillis Wants to Hear from You on DeVos Confirmation
North Carolina’s junior Senator Thom Tillis’s office says he’s undecided and wants to hear from people. While you’re calling, might as well mention your thoughts on Jeff Session’s appointment as US Attorney General.
Phone: (202) 224-6342
Fax: (202) 228-2563
Phone: (252) 329-0371
Fax: (252) 329-0290
Phone: (336) 885-0685
Fax: (336) 885-0692
Phone: (919) 856-4630
Fax: (919) 856-4053
Prior to 9 am (ET) on TUESDAY, January 31, 2017: Call to OPPOSE Jeff Sesson’s appointment as US Attorney General
The Judiciary Committee is voting Tuesday 1/31 on Jeff Session’s nomination to be our Attorney General. This is the man who was considered to be too racist for a federal judgeship during the Reagan administration. A friend posted that less than 5,000 calls have been received to oppose his nomination. Time to ring up your Senators (on this list or NOT) and then these specific ones. If you’ve called already, please call again.
I didn’t have time to look up all the contact numbers for the Senators on the committee but here are their names:
Republicans: Chuck Grassley (IA) – Chairman, Orrin G. Hatch (UT), Lindsey Graham (SC), John Cornyn (TX), Michael S. Lee (UT), Ted Cruz (TX), Ben Sasse (NE), Jeff Flake (AZ), Mike Crapo (ID), Thom Tillis (NC), John Kennedy (LA)
Democrats: Patrick Leahy (VT), Dick Durbin (IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Al Franken (MN), Christopher A. Coons (DE), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Mazie Hirono (HI) AND
Dianne Feinstein (CA): (415) 393-0707 & 202-224-3841. Can’t get through to Feinstein? Email her Chief of Staff (suggested subject line: OPPOSE Sessions) at Sean_Elsbernd@feinstein.senate.gov
Prior to 9:30 am (ET) on TUESDAY, January 31, 2017: Call to OPPOSE Betsy DeVos’ appointment as Secretary of Education
The Betsy DeVos confirmation vote was delayed because the ethics review revealed 102 conflicts of interest. Below are the Republican Senators on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee overseeing the DeVos confirmation. She has a financial stake in for-profit education which should prohibit her from taking this position (in addition to her opinions on federal protections for special education in public schools which are heartbreaking and wrong).
DeVos needs 8 of the following 11 votes to be confirmed. Get on the phones. Maybe you’ve already called. It’s time to call again…and one more time for good measure.
These are the Republican Senators on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee overseeing the DeVos confirmation. Collins and Paul may be more likely to oppose Trump’s policies (and nominees) than some of the others. So call them first. Might as well voice concern about the media blackout too:
Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414 and 202.224.2523
Lamar Alexander (TN) 615.736.5129 and 202.224.4944
Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277 and 202.224.6665
Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999 and 202.224.3643
Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380 and 202.224.5251
Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125 and 202.224.3154, 910.251.1058, 828.350.2437
Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343