Hello fellow RUWMI activists!
Ideally this newsletter would start with an uplifting message of holiday cheer but this week it seems the overall mood is more “Aghhhhhhhhhh!” than “Ho-Ho-Ho”. The news cycle is crazy and between the GOP trying to undermine the Mueller investigation, the Tax bill scam coming up for a vote, the recent repeal of net neutrality, and the newly released list of banned CDC words, let’s just say there is a lot to be preoccupied with. So, this week we hope you all find time (and strength) to take a step away from the news and focus on the joys of the season with those you love.
Last week we mentioned that we would take the information gleaned from our Resistance Resolutions meeting and compile it into a survey so those of you not who were not able to attend the meeting could still weigh in. You can find the survey here. If you could take just 2 minutes (literally 2 minutes) and fill it out, we would greatly appreciate it!
- RUWMOneSmallThing – There has been much in the news this week about the possibility of Trump firing Mueller. Though (for a variety of reasons) this seems unlikely to happen, we need to be prepared to take peaceful and organized action if it does. To that end this week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference is to sign up to join the “if Trump fires Mueller” Rapid Response Team event in Springfield. RSVP here to join.
- Tell Senators “No Jones, No Vote” – From Indivisible National: “Republicans are rushing to a final vote on the Trump Tax Scam THIS WEEK, before Senator-elect Doug Jones is seated. The people of Alabama have spoken, and they rejected the Trump agenda. Their voices deserve to be heard, and that means no vote on the Trump Tax Scam before Doug Jones is in the Senate. Use our call tool to call the GOP’s constituents in red states and connect them to their Senators to say #NoJonesNoVote.”
- Sign this petition – to request resignation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for impeding freedom of speech on the internet. By repealing net neutrality, he has also ignored millions of complaints—Republican, Democrat, or otherwise—to give his former employer Verizon and other major internet service providers the right to close off access to information on the World Wide Web. You can sign the petition here.
- Sign this petition – from Lin Manuel Miranda to tell Congress: Puerto Ricans need government help now. The federal government’s response to the disaster in Puerto Rico has been painfully slow and not commensurate with the hurricane response in Texas and Florida. The four areas Congress must address to help Puerto Rico are: Taxes, Healthcare, Relief package, debt relief. You can read more and sign the petition here.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Women’s March 2018 – January 20 in various locations nationwide. We are still working on getting information for marches in other locations and will update this when we have it. Thus far, here are the marches that we have information for. (As of today there is no advertised march in DC on 1/20).
- To get the most up to date list of events, go to Rise Up Western Mass’s event calendar here. Also bookmark the National Resistance Calendar for additional events.
From Indivisible National
Seating Doug Jones in the Senate, Explained
On December 12, Doug Jones became the first Democrat to win a Senate election in Alabama since 1992. His victory put progressive control of the Senate within striking distance in 2018, and potentially dealt a serious blow to the Trump agenda.
However, Republicans in Congress are steaming ahead to pass their Tax Scam before Jones can officially be seated as a United States Senator. This document breaks down Alabama election law and the process for seating a new Senator. The bottom line? Continue reading here
Keep Your Eyes On
Can Trump really fire Mueller?
- Can Trump Fire Mueller? – FactCheck.org
- Why Trump Can’t Easily Remove Mueller— and what happens if he tries
- TRMS Law School: What happens to Trump probe if Mueller is fired?
- Could Trump Fire Mueller? It’s Complicated.
- Why it’s much harder for Trump to fire Robert Mueller than it was to fire James Comey
- Can the president fire special counsel Robert Mueller? (And then what?)
Check This Out
This season you can give the gift of knowledge. Check out this company giving history tours of Springfield.