House Democrats unveiled legislation on Tuesday to require background checks for almost all firearm purchases, including those sold at gun shows and over the internet. Let’s support our representatives for making this bill a priority — but let’s ALSO push them to go further in promoting gun violence prevention measures during the next two years!
With Trump insisting he won’t reopen the government unless he gets his useless and immoral border wall, Mitch McConnell refuses to allow Senate votes on the bills passed by the House last week. Let’s get our senators behind Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s suggestion that Senate Democrats refuse to allow action on any bill unrelated to ending the shutdown, until McConnell remembers his responsibility to lead a co-equal branch of government.
On Friday afternoon, House Democrats are set to unveil HR1, the “For the People Act” — reform legislation encompassing voting rights, campaign finance limits and transparency, election integrity and security, White House and congressional ethics, and candidate tax returns. Let’s pressure our representatives to approach this bill with boldness and urgency, and pass the broadest possible reforms to clean up American elections!
House Democrats’ first order of business is to pass legislation to reopen sections of the federal government, without providing funding for a border wall. Let’s have their backs as they begin to do the hard work of governing responsibly in the face of Trump and the Republicans!
Trump, mired in his biggest temper tantrum to date, is ready to shut down much of the federal government if he doesn’t get funding for his racist border wall by midnight tonight. Democrats in the Senate must hold firm to American values and reject his xenophobia!
Democratic members of Congress must not to agree to any compromise on this month’s 2019 spending bill that provides funding for President Trump's border wall! Wasting even $5 billion on this boondoggle would do nothing to slow immigration, but would stand as a monument to xenophobia and wreak untold damage on America's standing in the world.
Lame-duck House Republicans have snuck one last attempt to repeal the Johnson Amendment into this month’s must-pass spending bill for 2019. Doing so would fulfill Trump’s goal of giving churches free rein to engage in partisan political activity, and endorse political candidates from the pulpit. Let’s make sure our MoCs uphold the founders’ vision of maintaining separation between church and state!
Sunday’s scenes of mothers and children choking on tear gas — part of a chaotic scramble as migrants approaching the border were turned back by force — have drawn global condemnation. Our elected representatives must reject Trump’s policies and pledge to force more humane treatment of refugees next month and next year, with legislation, investigations and even shutdown threats!
State and local governments should get out of the business of promoting and profiting from the proliferation of firearms and ammunition! In the wake of this month’s mass shooting at Borderline, let’s demand that the Ventura County Fair Board end its contract with Crossroads of the West Gun Shows.
Getting SB 822 across the finish line, and restoring Net Neutrality protections for California consumers, is a top priority for the California legislature as it completes its 2018 session over the next month. But telecom-industry lobbyists are planning to spend big bucks to stop it from becoming law. Let’s press our legislators to ignore the special interests and do the people’s will!
Assembly Bill 84 would create a new spigot for campaign cash, allowing the leaders of California’s assembly and state senate to raise large amounts from wealthy interests. That money most often would go to establishment candidates willing to reflect the desires of corporations and the rich, rather than the needs of their constituents. Let’s urge Sen. Henry Stern, chair of the Senate Elections Committee, to resist the pressure from his leadership to pass this bill!
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he will "look at" the State Department's recent decision to let a company post blueprints for downloadable guns online beginning next week. It's unconscionable to allow criminals, terrorists, domestic abusers to print functional and untraceable guns on demand! Use Everytown’s online form to contact Pompeo and demand sanity from State!
Public protest is crucial to demonstrate a groundswell of opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Today at Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s L.A. office, and tomorrow at Sen. Kamala Harris’ office, we can join the nationwide movement of progressives demanding — loudly and in person — that our rights are too important to be swept away by GOP authoritarianism!
California’s senators both sit on the Judiciary Committee, and they must not only oppose — but resist — Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. Meanwhile, let’s urge our family, friends & colleagues in states with swing-vote senators to engage as we do, and help us round up 51 “No” votes!
Indivisible’s actions to stop Trump from placing a second extremist on the Supreme Court begin with phone calls to California’s senators, both of whom sit on the Judiciary Committee. They must use all means necessary to convince every one of the Democrats’ 49 senators to oppose Trump’s nominee, and find two Republicans to vote No!
Trump’s Department of Homeland Security is cruelly splitting families at the border, separating children from their parents in an attempt to deter future crossings. Congress has the power to stop this betrayal of American values and limit Trump’s options for detaining immigrants; let’s urge our MoCs to demand action now!
The ACLU has asked for our assistance convincing our state legislators to increase police transparency and accountability by passing AB 931, which would limit the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers; and SB 1421, which would make police officers' records more accessible by the public when they use force or engage in misconduct.
If Trump abandons the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has said it will resume its progress toward a nuclear weapon -- and our allies who helped broker the agreement have made clear that they will not participate in a resumption of sanctions. If the nuclear deal is to survive, it is incumbent upon Congress to take the power to destroy it out of Trump's hands.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a longtime critic of the use of torture, but she has not ruled out voting to confirm Trump's choice of Gina Haspel as director of the CIA -- even though Haspel ran a secret “black site” CIA prison in Thailand, then tried to cover it up. "Everything I know is she has been a good deputy director," Feinstein said last week. Let's remind her that torture is un-American, and Haspel is unsuited for this promotion!
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps over 40 million low-income Americans purchase food -- most of them children, seniors, and adults with disabilities. Now Republicans want to attach work requirements and job training to SNAP eligibility, following a Wisconsin model that has left tens of thousands with no food security. Let’s tell our MoCs to reject the Farm Bill if it includes these restrictions!
In recent weeks Trump supporters and immigration opponents have made the rounds at local-government meetings, seeking (and obtaining, more than a dozen times so far) resolutions to undermine the California Values Act (SB 54). Now they're targeting the Thousand Oaks City Council, and we must fight back. Send a letter to the editor of the Acorn or Star; participate in public comments during the April 24 city council meeting, and stand up for our immigrant neighbors!
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt clearly was hired to destroy the agency he's running. To make matters worse, he is awash in scandal, and his abuse of his position is well documented -- culminating in the GAO's determination on Monday that he broke federal spending laws. Even the Trump administration must be expected to maintain at least a modicum of propriety. Scott Pruit must go!
Assad's chemical attacks on his own citizens are unforgiveable -- but Trump's airstrikes last Friday came without congressional authorization, without legal justification, and with no apparent strategy for what happens next. Congress, and not the President, holds the authority to determine if and when the United States goes to war. Let's insist upon a congressional authorization vote before the Trump administration launches any more airstrikes or military incursions.
Consensus has been building across California, and across the nation, that our money bail system is antiquated and broken -- as our recent Daily Action argued. Still, the state’s elected prosecutors, both individually and through the California District Attorneys Association, have been undermining reform efforts. Let's join SWAN's effort to convince our local DAs to stop standing in the way of these necessary reforms!
Mike Pompeo's nomination as Trump's next Secretary of State has caused an uproar, for good reasons. Human rights and progressive activists yesterday said Pompeo is “too hawkish and too extreme” for the State Department, noting that he opposes same-sex marriage, wants to kill the Iran nuclear deal and has “a sordid record of anti-Muslim bigotry.” Let's make sure our Senators vote him down!
The ACLU's annual Lobby Day in Sacramento is focusing on criminal justice reform. Let's back them up by urging our legislators to support measures that would improve our criminal justice system, including SB 10, which would fix our broken and inequitable bail system by replacing monetary demands with risk assessment; AB 931, which would limit the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers; and SB 1421, which would make police officers' records more accessible by the public when they use force or engage in misconduct.
Trump wants to militarize our border with Mexico, using the National Guard - but he can't deploy California troops without Gov. Jerry Brown's consent. Let's urge our governor to refuse Trump's demands!
SB 10, the California Money Bail Reform Act, has been languishing in the state assembly for nearly a year. It would scrap most bail requirements in favor of a smarter system that bases pretrial release decisions on risk assessment. Let's urge our assemblymembers to fight for fairness and equity, and support SB 10!
A package of bills currently in the California state senate -- including ones introduced by our local senators, Henry Stern and Hannah-Beth Jackson -- fight back against the Trump administration's dangerous rollbacks in federal environmental regulations and public health protections. Let's thank our senators and encourage our assembly members to strengthen our environmental, public health and worker safety protections, even if Trump will not.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein needs to join the 42 Democratic senators who have signed on to Sen. Tammy Duckworth's letter opposing H.R. 620 -- the bill that would gut the Americans with Disabilities Act by creating new barriers for those seeking to secure accessibility rights. The letter goes to Mitch McConnell this week, so let's convince her to sign her name!