Stop Steve Bannon's Appointment

Steve Bannon is a white supremacist and misogynist who Donald Trump has appointed to chief strategist. CALL TODAY and demand action and accountability, and demand that they do everything in their power to prevent Bannon from being in any cabinet position under Trump. Be polite!

Keep calling until Bannon is fired!

What you can do

Paul Ryan: (202) 225-3031
Mitch McConnell: (502) 582-6304 / (202) 224-2541
Susan Collins (Maine Republican against Trump): (207) 622-8414 / (202) 224-2523
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska Republican against Trump): (907) 586-7277 / (202) 224-6665
Senator Schumer (or find yours HERE): (212) 486-4430 / (518) 431-4070 / (202) 224-6542
Senator Gillibrand (or find yours HERE): (212) 688-6262 / (518) 431-0120 / (202) 224-4451
Congress person (find yours HERE)
*call both their DC and state offices if you have the time

SAVE THESE PHONE NUMBERS in your phone for future calls!

(be polite, make this your own, leave a message if you don't get a real person)

“My name is and I'm your constituent from [leave out if calling out of state]. I was wondering when ___ was planning on releasing a statement condemning Steve Bannon, who Donald Trump has appointed as his chief strategist?" If they say the person is not planning on doing so, say "I will call back tomorrow".


Get Foster Campbell Elected

Let's help Foster Campbell get elected to the Louisiana Senate so we can tip Congress one vote further in our favor. That means Dems will be 49-51 instead of 48-52, with a better chance to filibuster. The Louisiana runoff is December 10. Republicans are worried about this: they just opened 10 offices in Louisiana dedicated to Campbell's opponent's campaign.

What you can do

1. CALL BANK next week with us from 6:00-6:20 Monday evening next week (we can create more slots if people can't do that one). You can do it from your cell and a computer anywhere, and we'll send you a text so we can all start together. You will be contacting people who volunteered for Hillary last year and asking them if they can call too. Email us with "Foster Campbell" in the subject line and your phone number in the body of the email and we'll send you specific instructions.
2. DONATE to the campaign
3. SIGN UP TO MAKE CALLS on his behalf yourself. Same as above but do it on your own.
4. REACH OUT TO FRIENDS in Louisiana on Facebook by typing "my friends who live in Louisiana" in the search bar and sending them a quick message to remind them to vote in this runoff!

Hi, I am writing to you with an important election message. Louisiana will be having a senate run-off election on December 10th. Let's help Democrat Foster Campbell get elected to the Louisiana Senate. That means Dems will be 49-51 instead of 48-52, with a better chance to filibuster. It is one of remaining ways we can help keep the Trump administration in check. The Louisiana runoff is December 10. Please remember to vote in this election!


Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

The chair of the DNC plays an outsize part in determining the tone of the party's approach and helps to galvanize voter participation, all items that were in particular disarray this election cycle. We need strong leadership in this position moving forward from a Trump election. Keith Ellison is a progressive congressman backed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and was the first Muslim-American ever in congress. You may have heard his name, and think that the powers that be would have gotten the message that the country is ready for a change after Hillary's defeat, but he's not in any way a shoe in for this position, if we want radical change we have to stand behind it.

What you can do

1. SIGN Bernie’s petition to the DNC
2. VOLUNTEER TO WORK ON THIS FURTHER We would like someone to spearhead this effort to move the Democratic party in a much more overtly liberal direction. Possibilities include contacting representatives and asking them to release a statement of support for Ellison. Since the chairman is selected by elected officials, putting pressure on them is key. If you have an idea or want to work on this project please email us with the subject "Keith Ellison." If Ilyse Hogue decides to run we will evaluate our support of her at that time...


Tell the House Oversight Committee to look into Trump's finances

Call the House Oversight Committee to support the call for a bipartisan review of Trump's financials and apparent conflicts of interest. This needs to ideally happen BEFORE he gets into office.

What you can do

Jason Chaffetz DC office: (202) 225-7751
Utah office: (801) 851-2500
Campaign office: (801) 701-8918
House Oversight Committee: (202) 225-5074

(be polite, make this your own, leave a message if you don't get a real person)

Hello, my name is _____, how are you?
I'm calling to let the House Oversight Committee know I am in favor of a bipartisan review of Donald Trump's finances.


Help Stop the Use of Aggressive Tactics Against Peaceful Protestors

On November 20, 2016 law enforcement used water cannons and tear gas on protestors crossing Backwater Bridge in below freezing temperatures. We are asking people to call and ask for law enforcement to stand down from these life-endangering and combative tactics against the protestors of the North Dakota Access Pipeline. There is no room in democracy for water cannons, tear gas, or rubber bullets against unarmed and peaceful protestors and water protectors.

What you can do

Morton County Sheriff's Department (701) 667-3330 (701) 328-8118
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple's Office (701) 328-2200
North Dakota National Guard (701) 333-2000
White House Comments Line (202) 456-1111
White House (202) 456-1414
US Department of Justice (202) 353-1555

(be polite, make this your own, leave a message if you don't get a real person)

Hello, my name is __, how are you? I am calling to ask that law enforcement stand down and stop the use of combative and life-endangering tactics against peaceful and unarmed protestors at Standing Rock.


Tell Paul Ryan Not to Dismantle Obamacare

Paul Ryan is conducting a phone poll on the ACA/Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), hoping to hear overwhelming popular opposition to it. Let's overwhelm him with support for the ACA instead.

What you can do

Paul Ryan: (202) 225-3031 or (202) 225-0600
You should hear an automated voice menu with options (listen carefully in case the options have changed):
• Press 2 to weigh in on the issue
• There will be a brief recording about HR-3762, Paul Ryan's proposal to gut the ACA, PRESS 1 to support Obamacare

*KEEP CALLING UNTIL YOU GET THE AUTOMATED VOICE MENU where the ACA survey is an option, they have been rerouting the phone tree constantly.

We want to explain our support in terms that everyone can understand, regardless of political leaning; we know everyone has a different experience.
• We firmly believe this policy to be one of Obama's greatest legacies and a gift to the country-many of us have experienced the benefits directly. Healthcare is not cheap, and onboarding an entire country to a system is a complex and bumpy road. The ACA should be honed and improved, not eliminated or slashed by conservatives who counter a policy based on the vague and incorrect notions that the poor are being given a handout and the ACA is a jobs killer.
• Obamacare is a net positive for the economy. US healthcare spending is the highest in the world: Obamacare aims to slow that.
• It does not put undue pressure on small businesses, since it doesn't require companies under the size of 50 to adhere to its policies.
• It helps all levels of income by eliminating the pre-existing conditions clause.


Have a Conversation With Your Loved Ones About What's At Stake

If the election proved anything, it's that issues were rarely the issue, and emotional appeals held sway over people's decisions. This will ring true as many of us head home over the holidays to encounter friends and family on the other side of the political divide. While it is all too easy to slide into the comforts of a holiday, we cannot normalize our current state of affairs, and whitewash the dangerous political, cultural, and social reality taking place.

What you can do

With the help of our friends at Flippable and guidance from therapists, we've put together some tips and resources for starting the conversation with family and friends:

Be prepared: Read this toolkit put out by SURJ, ask questions of those you don't agree with, work towards finding common ground, and if you feel up for counter argument try these.

Remember that hearing someone out is as important as being heard. A study shows that in-depth conversation moves people toward changing their minds.

Keep anger and hurt regarding the candidate separate from your feelings about the person because it's too easy to demonize someone.

Take into consideration that many of the people who voted for Trump didn't take his racist, sexist talk literally. They may have chosen to ignore it then, but don't let them ignore it now.

Challenge yourself to think in terms of both/and rather than neither/nor. Two things can be true at the same time rather than mutually exclusive.

If all else fails, text SOS to 82623, and SURJ will send you talking points to help you through these tough conversations (they'll even jump on a call to coach you through target: blank).

And remember to breathe.


Give Thanks

Today, we want to thank you for being a part of this group with us, your accounts of activism are lifting our spirits continually.

We'd like to acknowledge the history of this holiday and the continued struggle by indigenous and marginalized people, past and present.

We are thankful to be surrounded by loving family or friends, to breathe clean air and drink fresh water, and we'd especially like to thank those who are putting their lives on the line for protecting the essence of life for all of us.

What you can do

Give thanks.


Buy Nothing Day

Happy Buy Nothing Day! Money often speaks louder than words. We all need to examine what we are buying, where it came from, who made it, and how the proceeds are being used. If you can, abstain from buying anything today. And every day, follow the guidelines below.

What you can do

1. BUY LOCAL. The money you spend in your community stays in the community. How amazing is it to look around you and be able to say, "my neighbor made that"?

2. BUY ETHICALLY. Pro tip, if it's too cheap to be true, it usually is. Quality items cost more, but they last longer. If you buy only what you truly need and love, you can spend more on it.

3. USE THESE RESOURCES to find companies worthy of your support. HRC buyer's guide highlights companies that support LGBT workplace equality. Buycott lets you choose how to shop based on your own concerns by scanning barcodes and following the money.

4. BOYCOTT. Visit #GrabYourWallet for updated information on companies to boycott. (Boycotts work best when companies know they're losing money because of their actions. Call or write and tell them they've lost a customer. Personalize it if you love shopping there.)

5. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS is donations to the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Lives Matters, Planned Parenthood, Emily's List, NARAL, ProPublica, Everytown for Gun Safety, Sierra Club, NRDC, Brennan Center for Justice, Council on American-Islamic Relations, National Immigration Law Service, Earth Justice. Support the Sacred Stone Camp by sending them exactly what they need. Find the organizations fighting for what you are passionate about and set up recurring donations. (Recurring donations typically make the most impact because the organization can count you as a member for their political lobbying - so give to 4 organizations at $5/mo each ($20/month). That's the cost of one fancy cocktail, but adds up to $240 a year for causes you care about. If you can't do that much, choose 2 organizations that speak to you. If you can do more, do!)

6. DIVEST: Is your bank supporting the DAPL? Bank local or join a credit union instead.

7. Don't forget to SHOP SECOND HAND!


A Little Weekend Action for Standing Rock

Dear wonderful pals: We don't normally send on weekends, but in this case: got some extra supplies? Bring them to the places listed below so we can send them to Standing Rock. Thank you, as always, for your help!

What you can do

We've already donated and sent Amazon supplies, but maybe like us, you also have older sleeping bags, parkas, wool blankets, insulated boots, storage bins, etc., that are too costly to mail but you'd love to give to the cause? We have coordinated with friends to help fill a trailer that heads up Dec. 1st. See supply list below.

NOW-SUNDAY 8PM - Williamsburg, Brooklyn
email us for contact info

Firewood (oak, maple, ash) / Tipis/tipi poles/tipi liners for winter /Tire chains / Sleeping bags for subzero temperatures (inc. Military style) / Battery packs for charging phones /Heavy duty canvas / Propane / Fur blankets / Tesoro gas cards / Gas generators / Insulated carhartt type coveralls / Paint (inc. Spray paint) / Power inverter / Propane heaters (small) / Ropes, tie downs / Solar chargers for electronic devices / Solar panels, inverter / Storage bins - heavy duty - all sizes / Tarps - heavy duty only / Tents (for subzero temps) / Thermal bed rolls / Walkie talkies with long range, cb radios


Catch Up on Past Actions

Dear friends,
We know there has been a lot this last 2 weeks. We're making today housecleaning day: if you haven't been able to perform some of the actions we've sent out so far, now is a great day to look back on the emails and do that. You can just do a search in your inbox for "two hours a week" and our actions will pop right up! If your new and need us to forward any of them to you just let us know which by #. We've listed them by subject below. You'll see us start to move towards a more medium-term strategy in this week's emails--see you in a bit!
Two Hours a Week

What you can do

Action 1: Stop Steve Bannon's appointment
Action 2: Donate & make some calls for Louisiana Senate candidate Foster Campbell
Action 3: Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair
Action 4: Tell the House Oversight Committee to look into Trump's finances
Action 5: Tell those in charge to stop the aggressive tactics against Standing Rock protesters
Action 6: Tell Paul Ryan not to dismantle Obamacare
Action 7: Have a conversation with your loved ones about the election
Action 8: Give thanks! We're so lucky to be in a place to take action
Action 9: Buy nothing! Guidelines for boycotting, spending and donating wisely
Action 10: A little weekend Action for Standing Rock for those in NYC


Ask Facebook to Implement Election Day Reminders for All State and Local Elections

Facebook has been in the news a lot after the election for it's share in creating the polarized political echo chambers that make up our news stream on both the left and the right. Facebook has an incredible influence on elections, not just in the form of news, but in the platform's ability to register huge numbers of voters and remind them to vote on election day.

WE HAVE CREATED A PETITION to Facebook, asking them to implement these voting reminders not just for the presidential election, but for all state and local elections from here on out, including the upcoming Louisiana Senate run-off.

What you can do


2. SHARE IT WIDELY on Facebook! The more shares, likes and comments that happen on facebook, the more noise it generates, which helps bring it to their attention. The best way to get their attention is if you interact with it and share directly from the 2hoursaweek original facebook post. Even better if you make it public.

This is YOUR petition, please help it grow.


We're Making Progress - And There's More You Can Do

Since last week, thousands of us have contacted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to request an investigation into president-elect Trump’s finances and conflicts of interest. And we’re having an effect:

"Americans across the country have flooded our Committee’s offices with thousands of calls in strong support of this investigation, jamming our phone lines with more calls than we have ever received in response to any other issue...For these reasons, we are now all writing to you in support of Ranking Member Cummings’ request, and we ask that the Oversight Committee begin its work as soon as possible."

What you can do

The above is excerpted from a powerful letter written by all of the Democratic members of the Oversight Committee to Chairman Chaffetz (R- Utah) outlining our concerns and demanding action. Thanks to the energized action of concerned citizens, this is now a frontline issue. But there’s more to be done: The Oversight Committee has to have a majority vote to open an investigation, and there are only 17 Democrats. We must convince the committee's Republicans to take action. With more troubling actions and conflicts of interest emerging, it is clear that this should be a bi-partisan issue.

1. CALL Chaffetz and the other 24 Committee Republicans and demand an investigation. Find their phone numbers here

2. TELL YOUR FRIENDS If you have friends in these states, ask them to call the local offices!

3. SUPPORT Elizabeth Warren's audit of Trump's finance by EMAILING Katherine Siggerud and Timothy Minnelli at the Government Accountability office.

SAMPLE TEXT (make it your own!)
"I'm writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren's request for an audit of our incoming President Elect's finances, to prohibit conflicts of interest that would prevent him from carrying out the responsibilities of the office without corrupt influence."


Personal Divestment Day - Undo Your Own Financial Ties to the DAPL

What's the point of protesting if our money is paying for the pipeline?

Companies building DAPL secured a $2.5 billion loan from over a dozen banks to build the pipeline, but that money won't be delivered until Standing Rock stands down, so we still have time to stop it. Standing Rock has asked us to join them today, on Divestment Day, to kick off a Global Month of Action, by calling our banks and pledging to move our money to banks that don't invest in DAPL. Send a message with your money and call on these lenders to cut off this line of credit and stop funding the DAPL.

What you can do

1. CHECK TO SEE if your bank supports DAPL

2. TELL YOUR BANK you reject the notion of your money supporting DAPL. Promise to remove your money if they do not withdraw their funding.
CALL and ask them to divest
WRITE and quote their own policies back at them

3. CHOOSE A BANK THAT ALIGNS WITH YOUR VALUES: Find a local bank or credit union. We recommend Amalgamated Bank (they offer online banking and deposits, have free ATM's all over the city and is one of the only unionized banks in the United States) or OneUnited, America's largest Black-owned bank.

4. MOVE YOUR MONEY: Most credit unions offer a switch kit and here's a step-by-step guide to switching banks. You'll need to open your new account before you close the old one. Publicly close your big bank account by taking a picture with a sign saying #DeFundDAPL.

BONUS Support Sacred Stone Camp and sign the Sierra Club petition to tell big banks to divest from DAPL. Join an action near you today. Want to do even more?



Take This On As Your Own Project

1. Add our new email to your address book. Starting Monday we are switching to MailChimp. In order to keep receiving our emails, please add to your contacts. (Instructions on how).

2. Help us circulate our petition to help increase voter turnout. Decision makers we know at Facebook are willing to listen, IF we can demonstrate grassroots and nationwide support!

What you can do

PLEASE SIGN our petition, we had to move it to a new platform for better distribution.

High voter turnout is a win for the democratic process; all voices are heard. Young voters use social media disproportionately AND also vote for Democrats disproportionately. And it happens that they have the lowest voter turnout of any age group. Why not give them a boost through social media reminders?

If we can get 100k signatures by Monday, it's possible to get this policy implemented in time for the Louisiana Senate election on 12/10. Regardless of when, this would be a huge step in reversing Facebook's steady erosion of democracy.

Please take this on as your own project, promote it on all platforms. Get 10 friends to tell 10 friends. Tell anyone you know who has a large following in the public sphere. Let's make this happen!


Establish a National Hate Crime Hotline

Since the election, there has been an explosion in hate crimes. The FBI has called on citizens to report them, but we currently do not have a simple way of doing that. A House bill has been introduced to create a National Hate Crime Hotline, similar to the New York state hotline that was just created. This is a no brainer and should be a bipartisan bill, but it isn't likely to get passed without some serious pressure. Congress goes into recess on December 19th so we need to let them know now that we want this bill!

ps...Congrats to everyone participating in our democracy, activism works!

What you can do

1. SIGN & SHARE this petition we created calling for the Hotline. Please make sure to confirm your signature in their followup email. And share widely!

2. CONTACT the following heads of the House Judiciary Committee, the White House and your representative, and ask them to expedite this urgent bill to a vote.

The House Judiciary Committee (202) 225-3951
Bob Goodlatte (VA R, chairman) (202) 225-5431 / (540) 432-2391
John Conyers Jr. (MI D, ranking member) (202) 225-5126 / (313) 961-5670
The White House (202) 456-1111
Please also contact any Judiciary Committee members from your state (click on their name to find their phone number)
And of course your own congressperson

2138 Rayburn House Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20515

USE THIS SCRIPT (make it your own & be polite!)
I am calling to ask Representative __ to support and expedite bill H.R.6332, calling for the creation of a national hate crime hotline. The FBI has asked us to report these crimes and we want a simple and direct way of being able to report incidents of hate in our country. It is vital that this happens before President Obama leaves office.


Support the Injustice Boycott

Join The Injustice Boycott organized by Shaun King. This is an organized, long-term, nationwide economic resistance to combat police brutality, racial violence and systemic injustice in the US.

What you can do

For now, all they're asking of us is to stand on the side of justice, loud & clear, and prepare:

1. JOIN the boycott here.

2. READ Shaun King's plan for an organized stand against racial injustice and police brutality.

3. INVITE those around you to join, and share widely on social media.

Phase one of the boycott began yesterday on the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and will last until Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The first three cities put on watch will be the progressive cities of New York & San Francisco, and Standing Rock. These cities have 43 days to meet the reasonable and humane demands of local activists. While protests have brought increasing awareness to racial injustice, they have not brought about active change by our government and policymakers. From the organizers:

"One of the primary goals of the Injustice Boycott will be to unashamedly hold “progressive” cities, their elected officials, and the businesses in those cities responsible for the reputations they so enjoy."

If demands are not met in 45 days, The Injustice Boycott will call for:
• a tourism boycott of those cities
• pulling money out of banks and financial institutions that either support racial injustice and police brutality in those cities or have not come out against them
• a national boycott of large corporations headquartered in those cities
• protests in the city designed to shut down businesses and government

Join in & let them know they're on watch!


Stop the GOP from Gutting Medicare + Final Push for Foster Campbell

With the holidays right around the corner (and inauguration close behind) there's a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. So, we've got two clicks for you today:

What you can do

CLICK 1: Paul Ryan has made ending Medicare a priority and we are going to stop him. A coalition of progressive groups will join Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at the Capitol TODAY to unveil a massive joint petition to GOP leaders. Sign and share the petition now. Bonus: call your senators and congressperson.

CLICK 2: On December 10th, the Louisiana runoff election will take place and if Foster Campbell wins, there will be one more Democrat in the Senate standing up to Donald Trump's agenda. Whether or not you're in NOLA, help Foster Campbell by digital phone banking or texting supporters - or go down and canvas if you can!


Ask Obama to Send Non-Violent Offenders Home for the Holidays

President Obama has granted more commutations than the previous 11 presidents combined) and as of Thanksgiving, he's granted clemency to more than 1000 non-violent drug offenders. He has 12,000 clemency applications to review in his 43 days left in office. He has the option to do this one at a time, or through a blanket commutation of inmates still serving time under an old, defunct law). Let's tell him to send non-violent offenders home for the holidays.

What you can do

1. CONTACT PRESIDENT OBAMA by email, phone (202-456-1111) or mail (President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500) using the script below.

2. SIGN this petition from the ACLU

3. The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration. SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS fighting for criminal justice reform, like The Sentencing Projectand The Marshall Project

USE THIS SCRIPT (make it your own & be polite!)
"Thank you for making a historic effort to grant freedom to those serving sentences for non-violent drug crimes. Please sort through the remaining 12,000 clemency applications before December 30th to send non-violent drug offenders home for the holidays."

While much of the country is celebrating the legalization of marijuana, it's worth remembering how many people wake up every morning in prison where they are serving often lengthy sentences for non-violent drug possession. Nearly half of all incarcerated Americans are in prison for drug offenses and 93% of those inmates are in for non-violent crimes. Keeping these people in prison does great damage to their lives and is a heavy economic and spiritual burden for our country to bear. Thank you for taking these steps.


Tell Gov Kasich to Veto the Heartbeat Bill

Ohio just passed the "strictest time-based abortion law", the Heartbeat Bill, making abortion a felony after the fetus's heartbeat is detected, typically at six weeks. This is a long-term strategy focused on attacking reproductive freedom in a right-leaning Supreme Court and outlawing abortion nationally. This is not only about Ohio, and none of us can afford to let this pass without a fight. Men, this means you too!

What you can do

1: CALL Kasich and ask him to veto the Heart Beat Bill & the 20 week ban. 614-466-3555

2: EMAIL his office, using Naral's handy form.

3. SIGN this petition from NARAL

4: SUPPORT organizations on the ground: Ohio ACLU, Planned Parenthood & NARAL

USE THIS SCRIPT (make it your own & be polite!)
I am concerned about the passage of the so-called "Heartbeat Bill." This bill threatens the safety of Ohio women, was passed secretively and unconstitutionally, and violates a woman's right to choose. I implore Governor Kasich to use his line item veto against the bill.

The "Heartbeat Bill" makes abortion illegal after a heartbeat is detected, typically 6 weeks. This is so early that many women don't know they're pregnant, and too early to make the often difficult decision, find a clinic, make an appointment, get time off of work, save money, and go in for a procedure. The ban makes all abortion illegal, even in the case of rape or incest. For all intents and purposes, this is a full abortion ban. Ohio legislators also passed a second bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. Kasich has 10 days to veto both bills or they automatically become law. The Ohio legislators who created this bill cite Trump's election as their motivation. They see that and Republican control of all three branches of government as a mandate to pass extreme laws against reproductive freedom. Their long term strategy, if this passes, is that a court battle would ensue which could lead to the overturn of Roe v. Wade in a right leaning Supreme Court, outlawing abortion in the entire US. The first shot has been fired, and we must make it clear that we won't give up without a fight.


Urge the Electors to Not Elect Trump

There are seven days before the electoral college votes on December 19th. American intelligence agencies confirmed that Russia intervened in the US elections to elect Trump. While the discrepancy between the popular vote and the electoral college vote questions the legitimacy of our electoral college system, this act of foreign interference undermines the integrity of the entire election. Some Republican electors are already pledging not to vote for Trump. We need to tell the other members that this election was not legitimate, and to join in voting against Trump.

What you can do

1. GO to to find the email, phone number and social media contact for all red state electors. If you are from one of these red states, start there.

2. CALL, EMAIL, TWEET & FACEBOOK message them. Use this great list of electors with notes on their stances and responses as a guide. Contact them by as many means possible.

3. PROTEST at your state capital on December 19th. Go here for more info.

USE THIS SCRIPT (make it your own & be polite!)
Hi, I’m reaching out to urge you to exercise your right to not vote for Donald Trump. It may seem presumptive of me to ask you how to fulfill your electoral duty, but please consider two important factors before casting your vote. American intelligence agencies have confirmed that Russia interfered in the US election with the goal of electing Donald Trump, and this act alone has de-legitimized the validity of his election. Secondly, The Democratic candidate won the popular vote by 2.84 million votes. That is a win margin larger than 11 previously elected presidents. Clinton is the clear choice of the people who voted, and it is your duty as an elector to honor the choice of the people.

A new report out by the CIA this past week, confirmed that Russia intervened in the US election to help get Trump elected. Russia will have helped to elect the most pro-Russian US president to have as its ally. This is a wholly unprecedented act and it is unacceptable to allow a foreign country to interfere with US elections, and achieve their intended result.


Halt the Electoral College Vote Until We Get an Investigation Into Russian Interference

A bipartisan committee in the Senate has called for a comprehensive investigation into Russian interference with our election, and Trumps ties to Russia. A group of Electoral College members are asking for a full report before they cast their vote next week.

We must call on our representatives to postpone the Electoral College vote until we have a full and public investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, and Russia's interference with our election. This is a bipartisan issue to save our Democracy from the influence of a foreign power; it’s an issue of national security and national sovereignty that we ensure Trump does not take office until the investigations have concluded.

What you can do

1. CALL your senators & congressperson (find their number here)

2. SIGN these petitions to tell Congress that we want an
Immediate investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, an
Investigation into Russias interference in our elections, a
Briefing before the electoral college before they vote, and to
Postpone the electoral college vote & inauguration pending these investigations.

3. SHARE WITH FRIENDS who have republican representatives. We need a bipartisan effort on this. Type "my friends who live in [state or city]" into the Facebook search bar to find friends in red districts & states.

USE THIS SCRIPT (make it your own & be polite!)
I'm calling to request that you do everything in your power to postpone the Electoral College vote until we have a full and public investigation into Trump's ties to Russia, and Russia's interference with our election. Please rally a bipartisan effort in congress and reach out to President Obama, as it should be a bipartisan issue to save the Democracy from the influence of a foreign power. Based on the CIA’s confirmation of Russian interference with the US election to elect Donald Trump, I feel it’s an issue of national security and national sovereignty that we ensure Trump does not take office until the investigations have concluded.


Ask Obama & Congress for Intelligence Briefings Before the Electoral College Votes

On Monday, electors will choose the next president of the United States. But they are doing it without all the information they deserve. After the CIA reported that Russia tampered with U.S. elections to elect Donald Trump, a bipartisan group of electors demanded an intelligence briefing in advance of their vote. The electors, and the American people, have the right to know the extent to which the integrity of our elections has been compromised, before the vote on Monday.

What you can do

(202) 456-1111 (if it's busy call again later)

Find their numbers here

3. WANT TO DO MORE? Catch up on this week's actions, which are all related to this topic

USE THIS SCRIPT (make it your own & be polite!)
The electors have a right and a duty to receive a full intelligence briefing regarding Russian interference in November’s election prior to casting their votes on Monday, December 19. The integrity of U.S. elections—and our democracy—depends on you taking this action now. Please do all you can do to ensure a full briefing before Monday, or halt the vote until it's able to happen.


Contact These 40 Republican Electors Who Seem Open to Voting Against Trump

20 Republican Electors are considering voting against Trump. Our friends have compiled this list of 40 Republican Electors who seem the most open to this idea. They have either indicated dissatisfaction with Trump or are from districts that voted for HRC.Let's focus our energies through Monday on these people.

What you can do

1. CONTACT the electors who seem open to the idea of voting against Trump. It should take you about a half hour. Personalize it and please stay polite and respectful. Remember that you are contacting Republicans; do not try to persuade them of the Democrats superiority. Use words like "national security", "patriotic duty", "protection for foreign influence", "American values", "American sovereignty", "freedom", "Russia", etc.


2. ASK YOUR FRIENDS IN THESE STATES TO REACH OUT Their voice is louder, as a local voter. Call or send them this email or find them on Facebook by typing “my friends who live in [location]" into the search bar. Follow up to make sure they made the calls and trade stories.

3. WANT TO DO MORE? Catch up on the past week's actions, all were related to this topic.

Some Republican Electors have already pledged not to Vote for Trump, and after offering free legal advice to faithless electors, Lawrence Lessig has said that 20 others are considering casting a vote against Trump.

• Don't understand how the electors can vote against him? Read this or this
• Not sure you think they should vote against him? Read this


Final Push Before Tomorrow's Electoral College Vote

Please take a few minutes today to make these last efforts to ensure that the electoral college votes with full knowledge and information into Trump's conflicts of interest and Russia's interference with the presidential elections.

Please call your friends in red states and ask them to do this with you.

What you can do

1. CALL and demand a full intelligence briefing for the electors before they vote, and a postponement of the vote until that's able to happen. Call today and leave a message so they get it early Monday morning. Use this script.
• Obama (202) 456-1111
• Nancy Pelosi (202) 225-0100
• Your Congressional representatives
• Attorney General (202) 514-2000 (press 4 for comment line)

2. CALL or EMAIL these 40 electors who seem open to the idea of voting against Trump. Use this updated contact list and this form letter. Be polite and respectful, and personalize your request.

3. Perhaps most importantly, GET FRIENDS IN RED STATES TO DO THE SAME. TODAY.
• Call them if you have their number, or type "my friends who live in [state or city]" into the Facebook search bar to find friends in red districts & states.
• Start here: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

4. JOIN a protest on Monday.


Pause to Reflect, and Prepare for the Future

We are here for each other. On this day we might have feelings of powerlessness, but we want to tell you that you are powerful. We are heartened by your outrage and your determination.

What you can do

1. Today, replace 15 minutes of reading the news with 15 minutes of proactive consideration of the following:
• Think about your personal civic activity going forward.
• Are you spending as much time as you want on being active?
• Why or why not?
• What small changes can you make that would help?
• Have you found a way to seamlessly integrate activism into your life?

2. RSVP to our next community meeting on January 15. We look forward to seeing you, hearing your stories, commiserating and holding community together.

We met with Howard Dean last Thursday. He told us that he sees the future of change as coming from the bottom up, and that we need to be thinking not only of the next 6 months, but also the next 6 years, and 6 decades. We're beginning to find experienced allies to work with, but in the end it's up to us to create the world we want to live in. It's vital that we support each other logistically and emotionally in the short, medium, and long terms. We are here for you, and we are so grateful you are there for us. Love, 2HAW


Use Our Website to Collaborate With Us

Friends! is up and running! We’ve built the site to encourage collaboration. As we said from the beginning, we hope to inspire and encourage you to take action, and support your ideas and dreams. We do not aim to define what each action is from the top down, rather we are here to be your loudspeaker to the community. Please use it as a tool and a resource to become more involved if you feel inclined. We hope you do!
We’re so excited to share this and hear your feedback!
With love,

What you can do

Here’s your activity for today:

  1. BEGIN TO COLLABORATE WITH US! Have an idea for a daily action, an event to suggest, a story to share, or a group to connect us to? Tell us under Connect with Us!

  2. CATCH UP ON ACTIONS that are still relevant; we’ve banked all of them to date on the site. Don’t forget to send actions to friends, that’s a huge help.

  3. UPDATE YOUR PREFERENCES if you’d like to receive invitations to attend local meetings or information about joining the organizing committee. (Link in the footer of your daily action email, or do it below by filling out the sign up form again, it will take you to the link to update your preferences)

Post-Election Holiday Gift Guide

American consumers will spend an average of $935.58 this holiday shopping season. Instead of spending our money on material gifts, let’s put it towards supporting causes that are important to us. Whether we ask friends and family to donate in our names or make the donation ourselves, here’s a list of organizations that could use our support.

What you can do

1. DONATE now or set up a monthly donation. Monthly donations give organizations a steady, predictable source of income allowing them to plan further in advance, and increase their membership count and lobbying power.

Bread and Roses Fund
Center for Constitutional Rights
Common Cause
Human Rights Campaign

The Equal Justice Initiative
Southern Poverty Law Center
Color of Change
Black Lives Matter

Council on American Islamic Relations
Muslim Justice League

Immigrant Defense Project
Families for Freedom
No More Deaths
National Immigration Law Center
Make the Road

National LGBTQ Task Force
TGIJP [Transgender & Intersex Justice Project]
Trans Justice Funding Project
Transgender Law Center
Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement
LGBT Books to Prisoners
Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Planned Parenthood
Center for Reproductive Rights
Abortion Care Network

Emily’s List
She Should Run

Stand Up For Public Schools
Union of Concerned Scientists

Moms Demand Action

Sierra Club
​League of Conservation Voters
Citizens Climate Lobby
Also, while I have you; if you don’t already have green mountain energy, just make the switch. So easy.

Democracy Now!
Think Progress
The Intercept
The Marshall Project
Vox on Policy and Politics


Don't Apologize for Talking Politics

As we enter the height of the holiday season, you may find yourself across the dinner table from friends and family who do not share your views on the election or who don’t want to talk about the incoming administration. Some of us may be chomping at the bit to get into an argument, and some will shy away under the pretense of holiday appeasement. Let’s have constructive conversations with everyone about what’s at stake for all of us under the Trump administration. And let’s not apologize for talking politics! This is our future we’re talking about.

What you can do

1. EMPATHY IS THE FIRST STEP and it is the hardest part of talking across difference. Fear is felt on both sides of this political divide and it is very hard to be open to new ideas when someone is fearful. Work towards empathy and finding common ground with those you disagree with. “If you are able to accept someone and validate how they see the world, even if it’s contrary to your own view, then they might actually stop feeling so threatened with you. And then, you could actually have a conversation with them about what they’re so scared about.”

2. VOICE YOUR CONCERNS clearly and advocate for yourself. Those who voted for Trump may not have taken his racist, sexist, and extremist speech seriously then, but don’t let them ignore it now.

3. THESE CONVERSATIONS ARE THE LONG GAME. You won’t change anyone’s mind over dinner or even a holiday weekend, but if you are able to direct the conversation towards an environment of tolerance, then you are at a good place for continued future conversations.

4. READ this conversation toolkit if you're a white person, which includes tips for speaking up for racial justice.

5. TEXT SOS TO 82623 if you get stuck with the above and SURJ will send you talking points to help you through these tough conversations (they'll even jump on a call to coach you through).

6. IF YOU ABSOLUTELY DO NOT FEEL PREPARED TO SIT DOWN WITH FAMILY OR IN-LAWS WHO SUPPORTED TRUMP, IT'S OK TO STAY AWAY THIS YEAR. If you do, it's important to tell them, unemotionally if possible, that you love them but that you feel hurt and scared and that their vote was one that affects you (or your friends) personally, and therefore feels like a personal affront, so you don't feel prepared to share a meal with them at this moment. Dan Savage says that our only leverage as adults is our presence in our family's lives, and when we use it we need to let them know that. A therapist we consulted also said its important to state your feelings about this situation clearly, but then avoid falling down the rabbit hole into a fight. So be clear, be kind, and let them know that their actions have consequences.


Join us at the Women's March on January 21

The Women's March on Washington aims to send a bold message of defending women's rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQIA rights, and the rights of all those who have been marginalized by the rhetoric of the incoming administration. This is the first step in unifying all these communities to send a clear message to the president-elect that we reject his politics of fear. It is a chance to stand with others and know that we are the majority, and can accomplish much if we work together.

What you can do

1. RSVP here so the organizers can know how many people to expect. This is important for planning a safe and effective march.

2. MAKE A PLAN to get there. Carpool, caravan, get on a march bus from NYC or from elsewhere.

3. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS - this march is open to everyone, not just women - let’s make it a party!

4. FIND A SISTER MARCH IN YOUR CITY if you can’t make it to DC.

This march follows a history of important civil rights marches that took place in our country's capital. Namely the March on Washington in 1963 and the Million Man March in 1995. Marches are powerful symbolic actions, but they are also an indicator of a greater social movement taking place. It can be a way to motivate others to action, and galvanize support among the issues we care about. All successful movements in American history have both an inside and an outside strategy. This is just the beginning of ours.

Thank you!


Read Up in Preparation for 2017

Over this holiday break, and in preparation for 2017, we have some important reading for you to do. First up, is a clear, thoughtful, and tactical “how-to” manual for political engagement put together by former Democratic congressional staffers who provide an insider’s guide for effective activism.

What you can do

1. READ the Indivisible Guide It's an easy and accessible read with actions that can easily be implemented by all of us.

This guide was put together by Democratic congressional staffers who share some of the lessons they’ve learned watching the Tea Party in action. The Tea Party was essentially a constellation of small groups of conservative activists, who were able to harness grassroots efforts to stymie the Democratic majority and challenge the Obama agenda throughout both his terms. With this guide, we can build a progressive movement that can be as, if not more effective, in stopping the Trump administration and a Republican Congress from passing the most dangerous and hateful laws on the agenda.


Reading #2 in Preparation for 2017

If you haven't read Concrete Suggestions in Preparation for January 2017’s change in American Government yet, now is a good time to catch up on it. Take a look and see if there's anything concrete that you or your friends should do before laws begin to change.

What you can do

1. READ the new easily navigable website, or the live doc which still contains the Spanish version.

This live doc was compiled by attorneys and other professionals all over the country. It includes concrete suggestions for preparation and empowerment organized for different groups and issues, including immigrants, LGBTIQ, people living with disabilities, women and allies.


Movies to Inspire Activism

Sometimes we want to sit back and relax and binge on movies. If you want to be inspired as you do that, we've been compiling a list.

What you can do

1. CHECK OUT LIST OF MOVIES TO INSPIRE ACTIVISM - this is a live doc compiled by friends. Feel free to add to it!


Readings to Inspire Activism

We'd like to hear what books, articles, essays, etc that have inspired you to activism. We have a long road ahead of us in this brave new world, and it will be great to have a growing list of inspirational readings to refer to.

What you can do

1. SHARE WITH US! We've started a doc that you can add to here.

2. BOOKMARK THIS comprehensive Reading List for Undoing Amerika, and this complete lesson plan for educating ourselves compiled by educators.


Read the news mindfully

What was the first news story you read this morning and why?

Today we’re inviting you to think about your news consumption. We all saw how fake news, biased news, social media echo chambers and lackluster mainstream and TV news reporting misled voters and affected our election. We also know that Trump's attacks on journalists is a propaganda tactic employed by dictators to silence dissent.

We must now make it our personal duty to consume and support worthwhile sources in the future; fact checked, long form, independent and investigative journalism. Let's support each other in this endeavor.

What you can do

1. GET NEWS LITERATE. Use these tips to spot fake news. Or these, these or these.

2. PICK 1-3 NEWS PUBLICATIONS (digital, radio, print or TV) that you trust to guide you through the complexities of the world. Consider the explicit and implicit intentions and priorities of the writers and publishers. Check to see if your favored publications or broadcasters have fact checkers and editors. Look at these suggestions for good sources.

3. SUPPORT the organization financially – either by subscription or donation.


BONUS : INSTALL THIS CHROME EXTENSION to rid your feed of fake news!


First of all, we allow our view of the world around us to be shaped by people whose intentions are “neutral” at best. Secondly, we train our brains to see the news as a free commodity, largely disconnected from the institutions that produce it. And we let ourselves get out of the habit of critically examining our sources. The truth is that no news is independent news. Every story gets written by someone, and published by someone, and may or may not get fact checked by someone.

None of us have an endless amount of time to spend reading up on every domestic and foreign issue that matters to us – we have to rely on other people to tell us what matters and why it matters and to give us enough of the facts of the matter than we might make informed decisions about how to live in and engage with the world. We have to pick our crew of informants carefully.

In exchange for this hard work, we need to pay these people so that they can travel around the country and the globe observing, interviewing and conducting careful research. We have to support the editing and production of the news and, of course, we have to make sure that the writers and publishers can feed themselves and their families.

We hope that this can be the beginning of a conversation about how the news itself constitutes one of the vital institutions in our Democracy, one which we must nurture, interrogate and protect over the next few years.


Stop Republicans from banning live streaming in Congress

House Republicans are attempting to ban live streaming and taking photos from the floor of Congress. A law will be voted on tomorrow that would fine and punish our representatives for sharing images and videos with the public. Transparency and civilian and press oversight of government is at the heart of our national heritage, and this flies in the face of necessary and long-standing traditions that keep balance in our government.

What you can do

Call today and have your voice heard before the vote tomorrow!

1. CALL your local representative and implore them to vote against it. Find their numbers here

2. CALL Paul Ryan's office and call him out on attempting to silence the minority. (202) 225-3031 / (608) 752-4050 / (262) 654-1901 / (262) 637-0510

Suggested script for your representatives
I'm calling to urge Rep. _____ to vote against Rep. Ryan's proposal to ban live streaming and photography on the Congressional floor. It's an obvious attempt to silence and hobble the minority and goes against our Democracy's inherent spirit of transparency and openness with its constituency.

Suggested script for paul ryan
I'm calling to urge Rep. Ryan to withdraw his proposal to ban live streaming and photography on the Congressional floor. It's an unfair attempt to silence and hobble the minority and goes against our Democracy's inherent spirit of transparency and openness with its constituency.

Be polite, concise and personal.
Leave a message if you don’t reach a live person.


Republicans want to fine Congressmen who violate the ban $500 for a first infraction and then $2,500 for subsequent infractions. This is a response to Democrats live streaming their sit-in proteston gun control after the Orlando shooting. After the sit-in began, Ryan ordered the C-Span cameras shut off and Democrats responded by live-streaming the protest themselves.

It’s vital that in a Republican controlled government that has shown no commitment to playing fair or following long-standing traditions of government, citizens are able to keep an eye on the daily actions in Congress. Without transparency and access by press and citizens alike, we cannot trust that the members of our government will act in the best interest of the citizenry.

Additionally, the law will also impose punishments for legislators protesting in Congress. This is just a first step that Republicans are taking to curb the only power that Democrats hold now - the power to protest.


Join us & Share--what will you fight for?

Happy new year! Thank you for being a part of 2 Hours A Week. We hope our daily action items have helped you focus efforts in this new reality. We’ve got a lot of plans for action in the new year, but first, we want to regroup with you, our community, to hear your progress, concerns, and ideas for action.

What you can do

It's time to begin thinking about what changes you want to make and where you want to take action. Bring these thoughts along with your questions and concerns to the meeting on the 15th. This is a collective effort and the more voices we have acting towards change, the stronger we will be. Come say hi, and, if you like, speak up!

1. RSVP TO OUR COMMUNITY MEETING on January 15th. You’ve been getting daily emails and doing your actions—now come meet us and find out how you can get more involved. RSVP here today so we know what size space we need to secure.

2. SIGN UP TO SHARE. If you’d like to speak about an idea, action item, action group you're involved in, or a concern, include it in the RSVP form (linked above) and we’ll be sure to make time for you to speak.

• Think about your personal civic activity going forward.
• Are you spending as much time as you want being active?
• Why or why not?
• What small changes can you make that would help?
• Have you found a way to seamlessly integrate activism into your life?
• What are the issues you want to focus on?

We've heard from a lot of you hoping to join meetings outside of NYC. If you'd like to host or attend one in your hometown, RSVP above, include your zip code and a note about hosting in your town.


Oppose Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

While the next President is not inaugurated until January 20th, the new Congress has already returned to work. The Senate will begin confirmation hearings soon thereafter of Trump cabinet appointees. As we have seen, Trump's picks have been uncompromising in their complicity with white nationalists, dangerous foreign interests, and big corporations. Rex Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobil, who has worked for many years in Russia and the Middle East, and has strong ties to Vladimir Putin. If confirmed, Tillerson would be the first secretary of state in decades who has not previously worked as a public servant or member of the military.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be holding a two-part hearing on January 11th to vet Tillerson on a number of his conflicts of interest. Democrats only need to persuade one Republican to oppose Tillerson in order to block his nomination.

What you can do

1. CALL the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and tell them you oppose this nomination and ask what they plan to do at the hearing. If one of these Senators is from your state, even better! Marco Rubio (R- Florida) has voiced concerns about Tillerson.

2. CALL your own state Senator and ask them what they will do to oppose this nomination. Use this extensive google doc as a guide.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, I am calling to ask Senator [name] to block the appointment of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. Does Senator [name] have a plan to oppose this nomination? I am deeply concerned about Tillerson's private sector interests and his clear ties to Putin and Russia. Both ExxonMobil and Russia stand to greatly profit from the easing of sanctions on the Kremlin. This is a clear conflict of interest and the making of a business deal. We need the secretary of state to be someone who views the world with moral clarity, free of conflicts of interest, and who has the nation's interests at heart.


How Cabinet appointments get confirmed and what we can do about it

Over the past two months, we have reacted with disbelief to the President-elect's cabinet picks. Many of these appointees come from the private-sector and from within an industry that presents a direct conflict of interest with the department they intend to oversee. Rather than "draining the swamp," Trump has filled his cabinet with billionaire CEO's, and corporate and Washington insiders.

As Congress gets back to work, a schedule of confirmation hearings has already been announced for some of these top positions. Here is a quick guide to how the confirmation process works. Over the next few days, we will be sending out actions to directly address individual appointees. For now, find some time to read up on how the process works and how Senate Democrats can possibly disrupt it.

What you can do

1. LEARN about all the cabinet appointees here.

2. READ up on the process of cabinet confirmation here.

Here's a quick breakdown of the above article:
a) A nomination is given to the relevant senate committee (made up of Republican and Democratic Senators).

b) That committee can then hold hearings, vote to move the nomination straight to the Senate floor for a vote or not move on it at all (in which case, the committee effectually kills the nomination).

c) After hearings, the committee votes to report a nomination to the full Senate. It may vote to report the nomination favorably, unfavorably or without recommendation. If a committee sits on an appointment, the full Senate may vote to invoke cloture and move the nomination along.

d) If a nomination clears committee, it moves to the Senate floor and can be confirmed by a simple majority Senate vote.

3. STRATEGIZE Although Democrats cannot block the vote, Senate Democrats can slow down the process by asking the the party leader, Chuck Schumer, to delay the vote. They can also ask for 30 hours of debate on each nomination. This is what Republicans did to obstruct and effectively kill Obama's Supreme Court Justice nomination. We must make clear to Schumer and other Democratic Senators, that we need them to employ all and any tactics to fight these nominations.

4. BEGIN TO ACT Find out if one of your state senators is on a relevant committee holding a hearing for the nomination, and start writing and calling any time. And look out for our detailed actions in response to many of these nominations over the next few days.


Oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions for his Attorney General. Sessions was previously rejected for a federal judgeship by a Republican Senate because of disturbing allegations of racism. He believes that the Voting Rights Act is intrusive legislation, allegedly claimed that he wished he could decline all civil rights cases, openly opposes birthright citizenship, and consistently opposes pro-LGBTQ legislation.

The Judiciary Committee’s Democrats have asked for a four day hearing and the calling of multiple witnesses, but Republican Committee Chair Chuck Grassley has declined and limited the hearing to two days with only 4 witnesses from the Democratic side. On top of this, Sessions has submitted remarkably incomplete answers to the Committee’s questionnaire and also will not recuse himself from voting for himself.

What you can do

1. CALL the heads and ranking members of the Judiciary Committee. If one of these senators is from your state, make sure to provide your zipcode during the call. If you have friends and family from the states of any of these Republican senators, please ask them to call as well.

Here's a breakdown of asks to important committee senators:

Chuck Grassley - Republican Senator of Iowa, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee
202-224-3744 / 515-288-1145
We need to stress that Sessions and his background of intolerance and bigotry is un-American. Sessions’ cavalier attitude towards the confirmation process shows that he thinks he doesn’t have to play by the same rules. He must submit the missing records for 20 years of work as Alabama US attorney , attorney general, and senator before the hearing takes place. Sessions himself has put up a fight against Obama nominations when they were not comprehensive in their questionnaires. He is subject to the same rules.

Lindsey Graham - Republican Senator of South Carolina
202-224-5972 / 803-933-0112
Because Graham is considered somewhat moderate and bi-partisan these days, he is a good one to appeal to on basis of his dislike of Trump and his willingness to work with Democrats. His state also has a large African American constituency, whose vote would be assuredly undermined under Sessions. Stress Sessions past history of racially motivated litigation.

Patrick Leahy - Democratic Senator of Vermont, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee
202-224-4242 / 802-863-2525

Dianne Feinstein - Democratic Senator of California
202-224-3841 / 415-393-0707 / 310-914-7300

Chuck Schumer- Democratic Senator of New York
202-224-6542 / 212-486-4430 / 518-431-4070

2. CALL We need to press all Judiciary Committee Democrats to make this a tough non-conciliatory hearing on Sessions. Their constituents are comprised of diverse racial backgrounds, many of whom would be directly targeted and undermined by Sessions and his policies. If the nomination goes to the senate floor for a vote, they must put a hold on the nomination and delay the vote. States with Democratic representation in the committee: CA, CT, DE, IL, MN, NY, RI.

3. CALL If your Republican Senator in on the committee, put pressure on them to hold Sessions accountable to a full review and confirmation process at the very least (and vote against him at the most!). States with Republican representation in the committee: AL, AZ, GA, LA, NC, SC, TX, UT.

SCRIPT - please add relevant material from above depending on who you are calling (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, I am calling to express my opposition to the appointment of Jeff Sessions for attorney general. I believe his bigotry, record of intolerance, and racially motivated litigation to be unAmerican and unacceptable for the role of top law enforcement official in our country. In addition, his omission of decades of records shows his utter disrespect for the process of his confirmation. He must play by the same rules as all past nominations and be subjected to a full review of his record.

If calling a Democratic senator, add:
Please fight against this nomination and make sure that Jeff Sessions entire record is fully reviewed in the hearing. This is no time to be conciliatory. Your constituents are counting on you to serve them well and not confirm a man whose policies will directly harm them and their families.

Read any of these articles
7 Big Areas Where Jeff Sessions Could Change Policy at the DOJ
Jeff Sessions is expected to bring sweeping changes
8 ways Jeff Sessions could change criminal justice


Call to Oppose Jeff Sessions Today

Welcome to the first week of cabinet confirmation hearings. The first of which takes place January 10th-11th for Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. We can be really effective the next few days if you can call on the days you receive these emails. If you missed our last email, and want to review the reasons why we oppose and read details on the call, see Action 40.

What you can do

1. CALL the Senate Judiciary Committee: 202-224-5225
and call the individual senators that comprise the committee.

Here is the breakdown of 5 to call - if one of these senators id from your state, start there!
Chuck Grassley - Republican Senator of Iowa, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee
202-224-3744 / 515-288-1145
Lindsey Graham - Republican Senator of South Carolina
202-224-5972 / 803-933-0112
Patrick Leahy - Democratic Senator of Vermont, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee
202-224-4242 / 802-863-2525
Dianne Feinstein - Democratic Senator of California
202-224-3841 / 415-393-0707 / 310-914-7300
Chuck Schumer - Democratic Senator of New York
202-224-6542 / 212-486-4430 / 518-431-4070

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, I am calling to express my opposition to the appointment of Jeff Sessions for attorney general. I believe his record of intolerance, and racially motivated litigation to be unAmerican and unacceptable for the role of top law enforcement official in our country. In addition, his omission of decades of records shows his utter disrespect for the process of his confirmation. He must play by the same rules as all past nominations and be subjected to a full review of his record.

If calling a Democratic senator, add:
Please fight against this nomination and make sure that Jeff Sessions entire record is fully reviewed in the hearing. This is no time to be conciliatory. Your constituents are counting on you to serve them well and not confirm a man whose policies will directly harm them and their families.

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has expressed real concern over the schedule that Republicans are pursuing for confirming Trump's cabinet appointees. Republicans are trying to ram through these confirmations as fast as possible before the OGE can fully vet the nominees and make sure they will remove themselves from conflicts of interest. Let these senators know now that we will hold them accountable for going easy on Sessions, and for endorsing a nominee who has a clear history of racism. We, voters, will remember which senators voted for Sessions when the time comes for their re-election.


Call to Oppose Betsy DeVos!

The president-elect’s nomination for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos is a Michigan billionaire and heir to the Amway fortune. She has never attended nor sent her children to public school, and has no education experience. Despite having no background in education policy, she has spent years advocating for the use of public funds to pay for private school tuition in the form of vouchers, pressed to expand publicly funded but privately run charter schools, and tried to strip teacher unions of their influence.

Many public education advocates fear that she will defund public schools in her pursuit of a market-based privatized vision of education. She has no credentials in this field, only her immense wealth, which she has used to influence the conversation on education reform. Wealth should not buy a seat at the head of any policy-making table.

What you can do

1. CALL the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP)

2. CALL the individual senators that make up the committee, start with the senators from your state. Pass on to friends and family who live in these states - they need to hear from their constituents!

Republican committee senators:
Lamar Alexander - Tennessee 202-224-4944 Chairman of HELP
Susan Collins - Maine 202-224-2523
Considered a moderate Republican
Lisa Murkowski - Alaska 202-224-6665 anti-Trump in the past, but accepted money from DeVos
Tim Scott - South Carolina 202-224-6121
accepted money from DeVos
Bill Cassidy - Louisiana 202-224-5824 accepted money from DeVos
Orrin Hatch - Utah202-224-5251
Richard Burr - North Carolina 202-224-3154
accepted money from DeVos
Michael B. Enzi - Wyoming 202-224-3424
Johnny Isakson - Georgia 202-224-3643
Rand Paul - Kentucky 202-224-4343
Pat Roberts - Kansas202-224-4774

Democratic committee senators:
Patty Murray - Washington202-224-2621 *Ranking member of HELP
Bernie Sanders - Vermont 202-224-5141
Robert P. Casey Jr - Pennsylvania202-224-6324
Al Franken - Minnesota202-224-5641
Michael F. Bennet - Colorado202-224-5852
Sheldon Whitehouse - Rhode Island202-224-2921
Tammy Baldwin - Wisconsin202-224-5653
Elizabeth Warren - Massachusetts 202-224-4543
Christopher S. Murphy - Connecticut202-224-4041
Tim Kaine - Virginia 202-224-4024
Maggie Hassan - New Hampshire202-224-3324

3. CALL your own state senator if they are not already listed above, and tell them you oppose this nomination, and ask them what they will do to oppose it as well.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, I am calling to register my strong opposition to Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. I want to let you know I am watching the confirmation hearings closely. Betsy DeVos has never worked in a school in any capacity. As a proponent of charter schools and voucher programs, she shows her lack of interest in supporting poorer communities, the ones with parents who work full-time and struggle to simply keep up. The president of the National Education Association has said that DeVos "“has done more to undermine public education than support students". As a firm believer in the American dream, I do not feel that the United States of America will be a country of equality, or be poised to be a globally competitive producer of strong, educated minds with Betsy DeVos' combined set of values and lack of experience. I would not feel proud to call her my secretary of education.


Call to Oppose Ben Carson!

You know how you usually have to have experience in a field in order to get a job? Apparently that doesn't apply to Ben Carson!

Ben Carson has NO HOUSING POLICY EXPERIENCE. Full stop. On Nov 15, he issued a public statement in that he wasn't qualified to lead a government office because of his complete lack of experience. Now he has done an about-face. One of the few public statements he has ever made about public policy has compared housing regulation to communism. He would be the head of an organization of 8,000 employees, and an office that is responsible for 5 million people who need assistance avoiding foreclosure and finding affordable housing.

His hearing for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is tomorrow. Call to oppose him, and offer questions to your members of the committee that you'd like them to ask him.

What you can do

1. CALL your own state senator and tell them you oppose Ben Carson's appointment.

2. CALL the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (202) 224-7391.

3. CALL the individual senators that make up the committee, start with the senators from your state. Pass on to friends and family who live in these states - they need to hear from their constituents!

Republican committee senators:
Shelby - AL
(202) 224-5744 / (205) 731-1384
Cotton - AR
(202) 224-2353 / (479) 751-0879
Perdue - GA
(202) 224-3521 / (404) 865-0087
Crapo - ID *Chair
(202) 224-6142 / (208) 334-1776
Kennedy - LA
(225) 930-9033
Tillis - NC
(202) 224-6342 / (704) 509-9087
Sasse - NE
(202) 224-4224 / (402) 476-1400
Heller - NV
(202) 224-6244/ (702) 388-6605
Toomey - PA
(202) 224-4254 / (814) 453-3010
Scott - SC
(202) 224-6121 / (803) 771-6112
Rounds - SD
(202) 224-5842/ (605) 224-1450
Corker - TN
(202) 224-3344/ (901) 683-1910

Democratic committee senators:
Schatz - HI
(202) 224-3521 / (404) 865-0087
Donnelly - IN
(202) 224-4814/ (812) 425-5813
Warren - MA
(202) 224-4543/ (617) 565-3170
Van Hollen - MD
(202) 224-4524 / (410) 962-4436
Tester - MT
(202) 224-2644 / (406) 252-0550
Heitkamp - ND
(202) 224-2043 / (701) 258-4648
Menendez - NJ
(202) 224-4744 / (973) 645-3030
Masto - NV
(202) 224-3542 / (702) 527-1634
Brown - OH *Ranking Member
(202) 224-2315 / (216) 522-7272
Warner - VA
(202) 224-2023/ (276) 628-8158
Reed - RI
(202) 224-4642/ (401) 943-3100

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, my name is __ and I'm urging you to oppose Dr. Ben Carson's appointment to HUD secretary. The American people deserve a qualified person to lead the agency. Carson is not that person, especially since he declined a previous federal agency position due to his lack of experience. He has clearly shown in past statements his belief in a bootstraps mentality that does not show a comprehension of the complex role housing plays in overcoming the extreme economic disparities that are only widening in the United States.

*BONUS - offer questions to your members of the committee that you'd like them to ask him!


Push Flippable Republicans to Oppose Rex Tillerson & Jeff Sessions

Did you watch any of Rex Tillerson's hearing yesterday? Marco Rubio was all, is Vladimir Putin a war criminal?, and Rex Tillerson was all I don't know I'd have to do more research, and MR was like it's not classified information-- people who oppose him end up shot in the back of the head, and then RT said, and this is almost a direct quote, -sometimes things like that happen to people who stand up against authorities- However he said it, it was bad, like 'these things happen, what?' Also, he's long time besties w Putin from Exxon business. (Read more about why he's a terrible pick.)

It's a rare thing to see Republican Senators standing up against Trump - please call to support the Senators who are voicing concern about Tillerson and Sessions, and urge them to vote against them.

What you can do

1. CALL THESE REPUBLICANS VOICING CONCERN ABOUT TILLERSON and tell them you support their opposition of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. We only need ONE Republican to vote against him.
Marco Rubio - FL (202) 224-3041 / (407) 254-2573
John McCain - AZ (202) 224-2235 / (602) 952-2410
Lindsay Graham - SC (202) 224-5972 / (864) 250-1417

2. CALL THESE REPUBLICANS TO OPPOSE SESSIONS. He will only lose the nomination with a lot of public pressure.
Jeff Flake - AZ (202) 224–4521 / (602) 840-1891
Lindsey Graham - SC (202) 224–5972 / (864) 250-1417
Michael S. Lee -  UT (202) 224–5444 / (801) 392-9633
Joe Manchin (D) - WV (202) 224-3954 / (304) 342-5855
Susan Collins - ME (202) 224-2523 / (207) 622-8414

3. TELL YOUR FRIENDS IN THESE STATES TO CALL (and states with other Republican senators). They need to hear from their constituents too.

4. CALL YOUR OWN SENATOR and ask them to do what they can to support the Republican senators opposing Tillerson and Sessions.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

Hello, my name is [your name]. I’m calling today to ask the Senator to prevent Rex Tillerson from becoming the next Secretary of State. We can’t afford to have a friend of Vladimir Putin representing our country abroad, nor can we afford to have someone who put his own financial interests above those of the American people. Please, on behalf of our nation, do not allow Rex Tillerson to become Secretary of State.

Hello, I am calling to express my opposition to the appointment of Jeff Sessions for attorney general. I believe his record of intolerance, and racially motivated litigation to be unAmerican and unacceptable for the role of top law enforcement official in our country. In addition, his omission of decades of records shows his utter disrespect for the process of his confirmation. He must play by the same rules as all past nominations and be subjected to a full review of his record.


Fight Against the Repeal of the ACA

We'll keep it short. The GOP has made it's first major steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act. We need to act now, and the public outcry must be loud and clear!

If you or anyone you know relies on the ACA, this will be obvious. But even if you don't, a repeal will affect your health insurancetoo.

No complacency - this affects everyone!

What you can do

1. CALL your congressperson now. Dial 202-224-3121, press 2 for your elected representative, and then enter your zip code.

2. CALL these 5 Republican Senators who have broken away from the GOP to demand a slowdown of the repeal. Tell them that while you appreciate their efforts to slow the repeal, that they need to stop it in full, or replace it with something that better serves the majority of American people, not corporations. Share your own story about the ACA.

Senator Bob Corker (TN)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (AL)
Senator Rob Portman (OH)
Senator Susan Collins (ME)
Senator Bill Cassidy (LA)

BONUS - Ask friends from these states to call - constituents carry the most weight!

3. POST on social media and tell your health care story with #SaveACA #coveragematters or share with McConnell - he asked!

4. ATTEND a rally. Bernie Sanders has declared Sunday 1/15 a day of national protest to save health care. RSVP and details.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)
Hello, I am calling because I oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. It provides much needed health insurance to 22.5 million Americans, not to mention many critical protections for those who receive insurance through an employer. I am incredibly disappointed by Wednesday night's Senate vote, and the ruthless manner in which Republicans seek to rob Americans of their healthcare. I advise Representative_ to vote to continue the ACA. If I see that Representative__ votes for the repeal, they will not have my vote in their upcoming election.

(Please share your own ACA story - this is the most powerful way to convey the message to your congressperson).

Read this and this and this


Attend Our Sunday January 15 NYC Meeting & Host (Or Attend) A Meeting In Your Town

Below is information on our NYC meeting and hosting or attending a meeting in your town. We're sorry for the short notice on the local meetings, we've meant to send this earlier but there hasn't been a slow news day since the New Year!

What you can do

Come meet us and speak up! Find out how you can get more involved, and how we can help you with your projects. We've got a lot of plans for action in the new year, but first, we want to regroup with you, our community, to hear your progress, concerns, and ideas for action. Guest speakers from other activist groups will also be speaking about their projects, organizations and history of action, then we will break into working groups to discuss long term efforts.

1. RSVP to help us get a headcount.

2. SIGN UP TO SHARE. If you’d like to speak about an idea, action item, concern, or action group you're involved in, include it in the RSVP form (above) and we’ll be sure to make time for you to speak. Everyone's welcome!

Sunday, January 15, 5-8pm
311 East Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002

We've gotten many responses from people outside of NYC interested in attending meetings - we'd love for YOU to spearhead one in your town! We'll share information on our meeting structure and answer any other questions you have.

Even with the short notice, feel free to host an impromptu small gathering with friends over brunch or dinner to get the ball rolling. If you can't host or attend a meeting this week please still sign up and we'll put you in touch with other interested people in your area for the future.

1. RSVP here and include your zip code - whether you want to host or simply attend

2. REPLY to this email with your contact information and your offer to host a small meeting on the 15th (or soon after)

3. INVITE FRIENDS in your town to sign up to our mailing list and RSVP (above) to join you for a first meeting

4. CHOOSE A LOCATION for a small meeting - we've been hosting them in living rooms of our members. We won't share your location publicly, instead we'll put people in direct touch with you once they RSVP

If you read the Indivisible Guide, you know that engaging locally is going to be our strongest form of attack. The first step in this is building and engaging your community network.



This week holds positive meaning for us as activists: it's a week to connect and create bonds, make promises, inspire each other, and be heard. This is Not Normal. We are the majority. We Are All Immigrants. Women's Rights Are Human Rights. We Are Watching. We Will Act.

Please join in events and activities this week, and if you know of any we've missed, please submit them to our Action Calendar (below).

What you can do
  1. USE OUR CALENDAR to find events this week and every week. And as always, please share events through our submission form.

  2. DISRUPT J20 all week long, and use this list, this guide, and this resource to find dozens of nation-wide inauguration week protests.

    • March in DC
    • March in one of the 386 (and counting) sister marches around the globe
    • Fill out their questionnaire to help them plan logistics
    • Find a bus to DC or email us if you want one on our friends' buses
    Donate to help pay for permits etc
    • Read their Unity Principles
    • Make signs or print these ones (but no wooden handles allowed)
    • Share this book by Zoe Leonard or submit a video from the marches for this documentary.
    • READ THIS very helpful guide for the March from a seasoned activist, what to bring, and what not to bring (ex: no backpacks) and how to stay safe.

  4. DOWNLOAD THE MOBILE JUSTICE APP from the ACLU to instantly record any civil rights violations, and KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.

  5. BOYCOTT COMMERCE on January 20 & JOIN THE WOMEN STRIKE on January 20 & 21. PLEDGE TO STRIKE in DC / in your home town / at school / for all or part of the time / from all or some of your work / WE STRIKE FROM Paid jobs / Emotional Labor / Childcare / Diapers / Housework / Cooking / Sweeping / Laundry / Dishes / Errands / Groceries / Fake smiles / Flirting / Makeup / Laundry / Shaving / What are you striking from? / WE STRIKE FOR An end to racist and sexual assaults, and all forms of bigotry / Reproductive freedom, full access, and no coercion / National Health Care for all / A $15 minimum wage for all workers, no exceptions / Protection and expansion of Social Security / Childcare, free like the public schools, and paid family leave / R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Senate will continue to steamroll disgusting policies through in the middle of the night, too many for us to email about, so keep an eye on our Facebook Page for Bonus Actions.


Letter from a Birmingham Jail

As we gear up for the years to come, let's reflect on the legacy of those who paved the way for us. Please take 10 minutes today to read Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and thank Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for all he has given us.

What you can do

1. READ the letter (10 minutes)
2. WATCH this film (1 hour) to learn more

In one short piece, the mechanisms of and needs for direct action are explained, just and unjust law defined, history of the Civil Rights Movement and its evolution and reactions against it outlined. The complacent church and white moderates are called to action with unignorable moral clarity and urgency. On this day, at this moment in history, when so many of us feel the new call to action and resistance and begin to join with those who have been fighting injustice and oppression for decades there is no better primer for the work ahead.


Oppose Scott Pruitt for head of the EPA

At Scott Pruitt's confirmation hearing, science will be on trial. The president-elect's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has spent much of his career fighting the very agency he has been tapped to lead. In Pruitt's tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, he has sued the EPA 14 times. He is a climate change denier, and has called himself "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda". The EPA's mission is to defend human health and the environment, but Pruitt would shred the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act in favor of promoting the interests of fossil fuel companies and other industries with which he has deep financial ties. Again and again, he has stood up for the profits of business at the expense of the health of the people and the environment. Protest this appointment for the sake of our planet and our future.

What you can do

1. CALL the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
Majority Office (Republican) 202-224-6176
Minority Office (Democrat) 202-224-8832

2. CALL the senators that make up the committee if any of them represent your state. We cannot stress enough - please pass this on to any friends and family that live in these states, and urge them to call. They need to hear from their constituents!

Sullivan (R-AK)
(202) 224-3004 / (907) 271-5915
Sessions (R-AL)
(202) 224-4124 / (205) 731-1500
Boozman (R-AR)
(202) 224-4843 / (501) 372-7153
Harris (D-CA)
(202) 224-3553 / (213) 221-1269
Carper (D-DE) Ranking Member
(202) 224-2441 / (302) 573-6291
Ernst (R-IA)
(202) 224-3254 / (515) 284-4574
Duckworth (D-IL)
(202) 224-2854 / (312) 886-3506
Moran (R-KS)
(202) 224-6521 / (785) 628-6401
Markey (D-MA)
(202) 224-2742 / (617) 565-8519
Cardin (D-MD)
(202) 224-4524 / (410) 962-4436
Wicker (R-MS)
(202) 224-6253 / (228) 871-7017
Fischer (R-NE)
(202) 224-6551 / (402) 441-4600
Booker (D-NJ)
(202) 224-2841 / (603) 647-7500
Gillibrand (D-NY)
(202) 224-4451 / (518) 431-0120
Inhofe (R-OK)
(202) 224-4721 / (918) 748-5111
Merkley (D-OR)
(202) 224-3753 / (503) 326-3386
Whitehouse (D-RI)
(202) 224-2921 / (401) 453-5294
Rounds (R-SD)
(202) 224-5842 / (605) 224-1450
Capito (R-WV)
(202) 224-5323 / (414) 276-7282
Sanders (I-VT)
(202) 224-5141 / (802) 862-0697
Capito (R-WV)
(202) 224-5323 / (414) 276-7282
Barrasso (R-WY)
(202) 224-6441 / (307) 261-6413

3. CALL YOUR OWN SENATOR and ask them what they will do to oppose Pruitt's nomination.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

Hello, I am calling to urge Senator _____ to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA. We need a regulatory approach that looks to the future, not someone who sits back on his haunches and takes kickbacks from the energy industry. Environmental protection should be of national concern because clean air and water flow from state to state and pollution does not stop at a state's border. Pruitt has let his own state of Oklahoma be run over by the oil and gas industry, whose fracking has caused a record 907 earthquakes last year, alone. Protest this appointment for the sake of our planet and our future.

*add any questions you'd like to hear your Senator ask during the hearing!

This week is full of important hearings, and EVERY SINGLE STATE IS REPRESENTED in the committees! We will be covering some but not all hearings, so take a look at this cheat-sheet to find your Senator's committees and phone number. Make sure to keep calling YOUR Senators!

Betsy Devos - TODAY! Tuesday, January 17th

  • find info on who to call & what to say here*
    Tom Price - Wednesday, January 18th
    Wilbur Ross - Wednesday, January 18th
    Rick Perry - Thursday, January 19th
    Steve Mnuchin - Thursday, January 19th

For each of them, just say you oppose the nomination and urge the Senator will vote against it


Oppose Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary

Yet another billionaire has been tossed into the ring of cabinet positions. Steven Mnuchin, former Goldman Sachs executive, and current hedge fund and banking mogul will have his senate confirmation hearing this Thursday, January 19th.

Mnuchin earned his first fortune the old-fashioned way, he inherited it. And has gone on to represent the worst of wall street greed, making billions off the housing crisis and ensuing foreclosures. During the recession in 2009, he engineered the creation of OneWest Bank, a leader in foreclosing on seniors, and in communities of color, that profited him at the government's expense. Steven Mnuchin's financial policies will do little for ordinary families and working class communities, and he will do lots to ensure the continued wealth of his wall-street cronies ( including someone named Donald J. Trump).

What you can do

1. CALL the Senate Committee on Finance

2. CALL the senators that make up the committee if any of them represent your state. We cannot stress enough - please pass this on to any friends and family that live in these states, and urge them to call. They need to hear from their constituents!

Bennet (D-CO)
(202) 224-5852 / (303) 455-7600
Carper (D-DE)
(202) 224-2441 / (302) 573-6291
Nelson (D-FL)
(202) 224-5274 / (954) 693-4851
Isakson (R-GA)
(202) 224-3643 / (770) 661-0999
Grassley (R-IA)
(202) 224-3744 / (319) 363-6832
Crapo (R-ID)
(202) 224-6142 / (208) 334-1776
Roberts (R-KS)
(202) 224-4774 / (913) 451-9343
Cassidy (R-LA)
(202) 224-5824 / (318) 448-7176
Cardin (D-MD)
(202) 224-4524 / (410) 962-4436
Stabenow (D-MI)
(202) 224-4822 / (517) 203-1760
McCaskill (D-MO)
(202) 224-6154 / (573) 651-0964
Burr (R-NC)
(202) 224-3154 / (336) 631-5125
Menendez (D-NJ)
(202) 224-4744 / (973) 645-3030
Heller (R-NV)
(202) 224-6244 / (702) 388-6605
Brown (D-OH)
(202) 224-2315 / (216) 522-7272
Portman (R-OH)
(202) 224-3353 / (614) 469-6774
Wyden (D-OR) Ranking Member
(202) 224-5244 / (503) 326-7525
Casey (D-PA)
(202) 224-6324 / (215) 405-9660
Toomey (R-PA)
(202) 224-4254 / (814) 453-3010
Scott (R-SC)
(202) 224-6121 / (803) 771-6112
Thune (R-SD)
(202) 224-2321 / (605) 348-7551
Cornyn (R-TX)
(202) 224-2934 / (713) 572-3337
Hatch (R-UT)
(202) 224-5251 / (435) 586-8435
Warner (D-VA)
(202) 224-2023 / (276) 628-8158
Cantwell (D-WA)
(202) 224-3441 / (206) 220-6400
Enzi (R-WY)
(202) 224-3424 / (307) 261-6572

3. CALL YOUR OWN SENATOR and ask them what they will do to oppose Mnuchin's nomination.

4. SUBMIT A STATEMENT for the hearing. Instructions (scroll down to bottom). It's not too late - statements, which must be mailed, can be received up to 2 weeks after the conclusion of the hearing.


USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

Hello, I am calling to urge Senator _____ to oppose the nomination of Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary. If our president-elect truly believes in ridding government of it's pay-to-play politics, this would be a choice in the opposite direction. Mr. Mnuchin is a wall street pro who has orchestrated the enrichment of himself and his fellow financiers off the backs of ordinary families, seniors, and working class communities, through predatory mortgage practices and foreclosures. I am concerned that as treasury secretary he will oversee tax policy that will ensure that the wealthy stay wealthy, while ordinary Americans pay more than their fair share to make up the difference.


This week is full of important hearings, and EVERY SINGLE STATE IS REPRESENTED in the committees! We will be covering some but not all hearings, so take a look at this cheat-sheet to find your senator's committees and phone number. Make sure to keep calling YOUR senators!

Scott Pruitt - TODAY! Wednesday, January 18th

  • find info on who to call & what to say here
    Tom Price - TODAY! Wednesday, January 18th
    Wilbur Ross - TODAY! Wednesday, January 18th
    Rick Perry - Thursday, January 19th

*For each of them, just say you oppose the nomination and urge the senator to vote against it



What's the rush for repealing the ACA? To deliver on a highly partisan grudge and dismantle a crucial legacy from a Democratic administration.

It took Democrats an entire year to create the policy that onboarded an entire country to healthcare. Republicans had 6 years to propose an alternative, and they did nothing until they could set in motion a high-profile train wreck. They simply want to pull the plug and deal with the consequences later. Or not deal.

If you're not one of the 30 million moderate income individuals that would lose health insurance with a repeal, you're probably one of the 150 million who get health insurance through their job. You will be affected too. The Senate has already voted 51 to 48 to end coverage for preexisting conditions, remove discrimination protection for women in healthcare; voted against the provision allowing children to remain on their parent's insurance till the age of 26, and against ACA contraceptive coverage and maternity care provision, among other things.

We need to make noise now. Some Republican senators have broken with the fast-tracking of a repeal, expressing doubt in this approach without an alternative ready. Let's call them and tell them we need them to stick to their guns.

What you can do

1. CALL SENATORS who are open to the idea of slowing the repeal (7 min):
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN): (202) 224-3344
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): (202) 224-6665
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH): (202) 224-3353
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME): (202) 224-2523
Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA): (202) 224-5824
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY): (202) 224-4343

2. CALL YOUR SENATOR if they're on this list (10 min):
Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV): (202) 225-6155
Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC): (202) 225-6401
Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA)202-225-6411
Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) (202) 225-6730
Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) (202) 225-7772

Hi there, I’m calling to express my personal appreciation for [_____]’s efforts to slow repeal of the ACA without an alternative. I am calling to ask the [Senator/Representative] to continue to insist on a viable alternative to the ACA before it is repealed. To me any real alternative must meet and include the following bare minimums:
• Parental policies
• No denial based on pre-existing conditions
• No age discrimination
• Subsidies for those who can’t afford it to get care
• Expansion of Medicare. Shrinking, not growing the donut hole

*Add a personal story of who you are and why this matters to you

Depending on response:
I will be sure to tell many of his/her constituents that [Senator/Representative] cannot be counted on to hold the line and protect the healthcare that millions have come to count on. I AM PART OF A GRASSROOTS GROUP of 2,000 PEOPLE AND I WILL LET THEM KNOW ABOUT MY CONVERSATION WITH YOU.



Welcome to the New Future.
It depends on us.

It has been an exceptional two months. We are ready to meet a truly exceptional and uncertain future. It's hard to overstate how overwhelming this time has been. It's by design. Let's stay focused, because it will get harder before it gets easier. We will not be overcome.

The good news is this: People have sprung into action. We all know 700% more about our political process than before the election.

We had an amazing 2HAW meeting last weekend, attended by the executive director of the Common Cause NY. This incredible woman, who has been an activist for four decades, told us that we're on the right track. She also said: be tedious. Choose the one or two issues that you care about. Learn everything you can and find organizations to help amplify your voice. Tell your supermarket cashier how you feel, tell your family, your friends, your Facebook friends. Wash, rinse, repeat. Be tedious, be relentless. We're here for you, and we are so glad you're here for us.

Let's march together this weekend!
Women's March DC
One of 616 Sister Marches
(Check out our tips)

What you can do

We Will Not Go Away, Welcome To Your Everyday

This was one of our favorite chants from the women's march this weekend. It said loud and clear: this is a movement, not just a march! And we will not go away, the march continues every day in our daily activism. Scroll to the bottom of this email for important actions in preparation for the days to come.

Our movement is millions of people strong from all over the country and the world. And we can't overstate how inspiring it was to march together with all of you!

Marching together helped motivate millions of people to become engaged and galvanize support for the issues important to them. Let's carry out the mission of the women's march everyday!

What you can do
  1. STAY ACTIVE Check out the new initiative 10 Actions for the first 100 Days created by the organizers of the Women's March. And keep up with actions from us and others doing similar work!

  2. ENGAGE LOCALLY Find what you care about the most, research the organizations already working on them, and join up in their efforts! If you are NY local, this site is a great tool for channeling your skills and interests into helping the right organization.

  3. STAY MOTIVATED If you missed the speeches at the DC march, here's a videoof entire rally. This was the full lineup of speakers and here are a few transcripts we found compelling!
    Angela Davis's speech
    Janet Mock's speech

Keeping up with the Bullshit: A News Brief

This first week is going to be hard. You will want to look away, but don't! Brace yourself, and keep watch over what's happening. Realizing that knowledge is power, and that we can't address every single thing that occurs in our actions, we're launching a periodic lineup of things that occurred so that we can all keep up and stay informed. Here's our first linked list of what we're paying attention to.
More actions coming soon.

What you can do
  1. At 12:01 on inauguration day, the following policy categories were erased from the website: climate change, LGBTQI rights, civil rights.

  2. The Trump administration banishes the Parks department from Twitter because of an unflattering public comparison by an employee between Trump's inaugural crowds and Obama's.

  3. Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, gives a press conference accusing the news media of misreporting crowd sizes at the inauguration. Kellyanne Conway follows up with the new term "alternative facts" aka lies.

  4. A team of scholars, Supreme Court litigators and former White House ethics lawyers intends to file a lawsuit Monday morning that President Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments.

  5. Trump signs three executive orders this morning slashing American aid to groups that provide or promote abortions overseas, withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade negotiations and put in place an immediate federal hiring freeze.

  6. Looks like someone caved under peer pressure. Marco Rubio says that he will vote for Tillerson for secretary of state in deference to the president, despite still having reservations. Time to call your friends in Florida.

  7. launches ResistTrumpTuesdays, the first of which is January 24, to oppose Trump's #SwampCabinet. They're planning to visit members of Congress (MOC) offices every Tuesday for the next 100 days. The NY Rally is full for Tuesday (!), but if you live elsewhere, sign up here.

Sign up to visit your Member of Congress (MOC)

You need to have a sit down with your member of Congress. We get it, it's a little freaky to go to their office. But they were hired to represent you, and their office is where you can and should be putting pressure to oppose this administration. Don't assume that just because they're Democrats they'll be supporting your interests, how can they if they don't know what you want? So go tell them! If your employee started using the company's credit card to take all their friends out to lunch, you'd probably say something to HR, right?

One very simple way to start a direct discussion with your senators is to sign up for the effort that our friends at MoveOn have launched hosting rallies at the offices of our MOCs every Tuesday for the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

What you can do

1. SIGN UP FOR MoveOn's Resist Trump Tuesdays starting with today, Tuesday the 24th. If you can, go today, if not, sign up for future visits. They plan to go to members of congress' offices across the country every week for the first 100 days of the administration. They will bring press and they need crowds, so pass it on.

2. ORGANIZE your own visit. Get a group of friends together and each hand deliver a letter to your local office (here's another link for finding your senator). Congress has its first recess February 20-24 and are supposed to be spending that time in their home districts. Call their office and politely inquire what events they have planned for that recess week - or go in and surprise them! Show up with letters that are relevant to what is happening at that point in time - or just tell them what issues you care about. That's it--it's that simple!

BONUS - if you feel like it, invite press to cover it, or take a video yourself and share online. It's important to have our Representatives on record and for them to know that the world is watching, and we expect them to truly represent us now.


Who are your friends in Red States?

Let's get a real-life buddy system going with our friends in Red states (including if you already live in one!). By pairing up and holding each other accountable for small actions like writing letters, we can ensure our progressive voice is heard by senators where the conservative voice is loudest. We're going to use this strategy again and again for various issues. First up: oppose the fast-track repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

What you can do

1. Find your friends on Facebook who live in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maine, Alaska, or Nevada In Facebook's search bar, type these exact words: "Friends who live in Tennessee." Repeat for the above-mentioned states, which either havesenators who have expressed doubts about passing a repeal of the ACA without a replacement, or who are up for re-election in swing states in 2018.

2. Ask those friends to write a postcard to their senator, or make a phone call telling their senator's office they oppose a repeal of the ACA If you haven't talked to the friend in a while, or you need an icebreaker, use our friendly script below!

3. Tell them you will be asking them for other things, too Not everyone has had a stellar experience with the ACA, so this may not be the issue they want to weigh in on. But we need those supporters in red states. Ask them if you can reach out to them for help, and tell them how powerful their voice is in putting pressure on our representatives in conservative regions.

4. If you have extra time, and are chomping at the bit to do more, get in touch with friends who live in any state with a Republican senator. We named the 6 above, here are the others: Wyoming, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Idaho, Montana, Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Georgia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Ohio, Florida, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Indiana.

Use this script (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

*Hi pal! (<--insert your pal's name here)

Since the election I have been actively fighting for the issues I care about, but I live in a blue state where I am represented by Democratic politicians who are in the minority in congress. So I am reaching out to my friends in states with Republican senators, especially those who have expressed doubt about repealing the Affordable Care Act. In this fight, your voice is louder than mine. That's why I am asking you to get in touch with your senator and let them know you oppose the repeal of the ACA. If you haven't had a great experience with the ACA yourself, consider that it shouldn't disappear without a replacement. And continue to write them about the issues you care about that are under attack by the new administration.
Here's what this new political action group, is suggesting: buy a pack of notecards and a book of stamps (you can buy both at most drugstores). Find your senator's address here and write them a short postcard. You can also call them if you feel comfy on the phone and tell them the same thing.

Thank you so much! If you want to do more, go to and sign up for their daily action emails! :) *


It's Time To Show Up In Person

Today we joined CAIR (Council on American-Islamis Relations) for an emergency rally to support our Muslim, immigrant, refugee and undocumented neighbors against attacks from the new administration. It was a beautiful and inspiring event, with 20 NYC government representatives and countless activist organizations pledging to keep NYC a sanctuary city and work with other progressive American cities to protect the immigrants who are the very core and beating heart of this country from prejudice and recrimination. (Specific actions you can take to help are below).

As we're learning, targeted, in-person actions are the way to get our representatives attention, so we invite you to attend a few local events this week in NYC (or find your own in other states).

What you can do

Support our Muslim, immigrant, refugee and undocumented neighbors

1. DONATE to Council on American-Islamic Relations, the ACLU, the NYCLU, Immigrant Defense Project, National Immigration Law Center and Make the Road.

2. STAND UP FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS. If you see someone whose rights are being violated or is the victim of discrimination call the Commission on Human Rights, 718-722-3131 or 311.

3. GET FREE LEGAL ADVICE if you hold a passport from Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen by contacting CLEAR at or 718-340-4558.



After our visit to Schumer & Gillibrand's office to demand a NO on Trump's cabinet, Gillibrand seems to be listening but Schumer still needs a push.

• Thursday, 1/26, 6:30pm - Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY 8th District) State of the District Address. RSVP here

*Find the representative for your district here and see if they are holding a district address or town hall you can attend during the break next week.

• Friday, 1/27, 12pm-1pm - Hand Deliver Your Letters to Senator Schumer's Manhattan office with us and demand that he vote NO on all appointments

• Saturday, 1/28, 12-1:30pm - Get a Spine, Chuck! Protest at Senator Schumer's Brooklyn apartment to demand he stand up to Trump, Pence and Ryan's extremist agenda

• Tuesday, 1/31, 6pm, Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn - Rally at Senator Schumer's Brooklyn apartment with MoveOn's #ResistTrumpTuesdays

For those of you in other states, see Action 55, and please fill out your zip code (click "update your preferences" below) for more targeted emails in the future.



Educate & Act Programming Survey

2 Hours A Week is proud to partner with CUNY Hunter/Hunter Artist Action Group (HAAG) to create a series of educational seminars and events this winter aimed at empowering all of us to be better informed citizens with stronger voices and longterm stamina.

We need your voice! We've compiled a list of possible workshops, events, seminars and actions. Please let us know which ones you'd attend, which ones you could help with, and if you know an expert on any of these topics willing to share their knowledge. This is an opportunity for all of us to share our skills and expand on our knowledge.

What you can do PLEASE FILL OUT OUR SURVEY by tonight at midnight to help us plan the programming!

2. IF YOU WANT TO PLAN AN EVENT please include it in the survey. You've been researching a topic you'd like to take action on but want to learn more? Use this as an opportunity to invite experts to answer your questions, and invite the public to join you in your project!

3. DON'T LIVE IN NYC (or you're just too busy to attend)?
There will be opportunities for you to learn from this programming as well, please fill out the survey so we know the best way to share it with you.

BONUS If you'd like to join the programming committee, we're meeting tomorrow at noon. RSVP to this email and we'll send you the address.


The Muslim Ban & Jeff Sessions

We know you all had a tough weekend of disbelief, anger, sadness and confusion, and we know that many of you were out in the streets standing up for American values of inclusivity and diversity. These actions are working, our Senators are listening, and according to MoveOn, our judges are forming opinions shaped by our outcries.

We must keep acting, and we must understand how the ban relates to the cabinet picks being forced through Congress. Jeff Sessions' job as Attorney General would be to protect American citizens and hold the government accountable, neither of which he can do since he is believed to be an architect of the Muslim Ban and other dangerous and unconstitutional policies being enacted.

We spoke with our Senator's aide on Friday and he told us that our outcries shaped her decision on DeVos, but they haven't been hearing as much outrage about Sessions. The ACLU is asking for our help on this. We have to make noise TODAY, they are listening!!!

What you can do

Even if you've done it before. Even if you did it this weekend. If each of you donate $5 we can give them each an influx of $20,000 today!



1. CALL TO DEMAND A NO VOTE ON JEFF SESSIONS. His committee vote is tomorrow. No script necessary, just say no.
• Call the committee 202-224-5225
• Call your Senators 202-224–3121
• Have your friends in these states call their Senators: AL, AZ, CA, CT, DE, GA, IL, LA, MN, NC, NY, RI, SC, TX, UT
• more info here & here

2. ATTEND A VIGIL TONIGHT TO STOP SESSIONS Sponsored by the Women's March, Vigils will be held outside the Senate Judiciary Committee members offices, rally to demand that Senator Sessions’ nomination for U.S. Attorney General will not be furthered.



1. CALL YOUR SENATORS, AND GOVERNOR TO DENOUNCE THE MUSLIM BAN using this spreadsheet that tracks their statements & positions and offers phone numbers and scripts. Also call your Congressional rep.

2. IF YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOURSELF read this guide from CAIR. Find pro-bono legal services, refugee assistance, or help in NYC.

3. ARE YOU A LAWYER? Volunteer with the ACLU, CAIR or a local group to do pro-bono work.

4. DO YOU SPEAK ARABIC OR FARSI? Volunteer to translate for the lawyers, contact the NY ACLU (212-607-3300), ACLU (212-549-2500) or the international refugee assistance project.

5. KEEP GETTING OUT IN THE STREETS. Find airport protests, nyc protests, and follow us on twitter for impromptu gatherings.


Call your Senators, call the committee, & ask friends from the committee members' states to call. Find contacts here. Keep up to date here.

(202) 224–3121
Mnuchins committee vote is Monday night 1/30
Committee: 202-224-5225 • more info
DeVos committee vote is Tuesday 1/31
Committee: 202-224-5375 • more info
Pruitt committee vote is Wednesday 2/1
Committees: 202-224-6176 (R) & 202-224-8832 (D) • more info


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
-Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)


Save Lives, Stop Pruitt

Do you like your water drinkable and your air breathable? Scott Pruitt is set to dismantle the EPA. Pruitt is a Koch brothers plant who does not believe the EPA should exist. For a rundown of why he is so scary, see our Action 49.

• 5 min: Tweet or Facebook these tags: #SaveLivesStopPruitt #PollutingPruitt
• 10 minutes: See below for a shortened list of retweets and articles to post on FB. We spelled it all out for you! Just repost.
• 20 minutes or more: Here's the full list of things to tweet, superb resource.

What you can do

Tweet these tags:

PollutingPruitt #SaveLivesStopPruitt @RejectPruitt

Retweet these tweets from your own account:

Tweet these graphics to these senators
--Download a graphic from this folder
--tweet one to each of these Republican senator handles
@SenatorCollins, @SenDeanHeller, @SenDonnelly, @SenatorHeitkamp, @SenBobCorker, @SenAlexander, @SenJohnMcCain, @JeffFlake

Posts for Facebook

PollutingPruitt doesn't believe in mainstream climate science #SaveLivesResistPruitt

PollutingPruitt has deep industry ties. Keep him from killing us slowly. #SaveLivesResistPruitt

Senator Gillibrand defended our right to a healthy future during #PollutingPruitt’s EPA confirmation hearing.

Tag Susan Collins in these two articles


Obstruction, obstruction, obstruction

The Republicans can yell obstruction all they want, but last night Democrats stood up for democracy and the preservation of our government, by blocking the vote on Jeff Sessions, and Steve Mnuchin). Let's break down the potential power regime: while last week's executive orders carry out Trump's hard line nationalist campaign promises, it's Bannon and Sessions who are the architects of this worldview. Sessions fingerprints are all over the muslim ban and as attorney general he would defend its legal parameters. It will be Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state nominee who did not rule out a muslim registry during his hearing, who will be in charge of implementing the ban. Time to call/email/fax those Republicans in congress and senate who have spoken out against the ban and ask them to be the check we need on this tremendous imbalance of power!

What you can do
  1. CALL/EMAIL/FAX these congresspeople and senators who have spoken out against the muslim ban (either in its entirety or partially) and tell them you support their oppositon and ask them to:
    1) Keep speaking out against the ban
    2) Oppose the nominations of Jeff Sessions and Rex Tillerson who would collude to enact the ban and other unconstitutional orders.
    3) Call for the removal of Steven Bannon from the white house.
    You can send 5 free faxes a day through this site.

Rep. Charlie Dent - PA
Sen. Jeff Flake - AZ
Rep. Justin Amash - MI
Sen. Ben Sasse - NE
Sen. Susan Collins - ME
Rep. Barbara Comstock - VA
Sen. John McCain - AZ
Sen. Lindsey Graham - SC
Sen. Rob Portman - OH
Sen. Orrin Hatch - UT
Sen. Dean Heller - NV
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick - PA
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - FL
Rep. Elise Stefanik - NY
Sen. Cory Gardner - CO
Rep. Will Hurd - TX
Rep. Leonard Lance - NJ
Rep. Steve Stivers - OH
Sen. Jerry Moran - KS

  1. CALL out the 3 democrats who joined with Republicans in clearing the path to confirmation for Tillerson. All of them are up for re-election in 2018.
    Sen. Joe Manchin III - W. VA
    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp - ND
    (202) 224-2043
    Sen. Mark R. Warner - VA

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

For Call #1
Hi Rep/Sen____
Thank you for speaking out and voicing your concerns about the muslim ban. I am asking you to go a step further in protecting the rights of those who live in this country. I am deeply concerned about the unchecked power of the president if Jeff Sessions and Rex Tillerson are confirmed. There is strong evidence that both of them will carry out executive orders without the moral clarity and constitutional respect required of their jobs as Attorney General and Secretary of State. Please speak up against their confirmations. Please also speak up against Steve Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council. He is wholly unqualified to make decisions regarding the safety and protection of Americans.

For Call #2
Hi Sen___
I am deeply disappointed that you sided with Republicans on Monday night to clear the path for Rex Tillerson's confirmation. His statements regarding a muslim registry make him wholly unfit to serve as secretary of state. May I remind you that you are up for re-election next year, and votes like this will be remembered come voting day.


Your efforts have been successful!

  1. Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).
  2. Federal Court ordered a Partial stay of the immigration ban for those with valid visas. (this one is NOT over)
  3. Green card holders can get back in country.
  4. Uber pledged $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter. (They have a long way to go still.)
  5. Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air.
  6. The ACLU raised 24M over the weekend (normally 3-4Mil/year).
  7. HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted.
  8. EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.
  9. Reddit alt right page taken down.
  10. Senators openly talking about supporters motivating them to stay strong.
  11. Collins & Murkowski are voting NO on DeVos (we need 1 more!)
  12. Seattle became the first city to divestment from the DAPL Pipeline.
  13. Milo Yiannopoulos' speaking tour in Berkeley cancelled after protests.
  14. More people of different career/religious/economic/race backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.
  15. MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.

While more is needed, sometimes you have to celebrate your wins. Stay vigilant, but also take self care seriously. Activist burnout is a thing. Marathon, don't sprint.

If you want to do more...

What you can do

Steve Bannon's appointment to the NSA is unprecedented and possibly illegal. He is a neo-Nazi blogger with no military experience and this job should be based on facts and safety and not on politics and policy. He must be removed.

  1. CALL & FAX Homeland Security to tell them Bannon MUST be removed from the NSA.
    Your calls are making an impact - staffers says calls are pouring in against Steve Bannon. Keep it up.
    CALL (202) 224-4751
    FAX or E-FAX (202) 612-1976 if phone lines are down

Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are VOTING NO on Betsy DeVos in final confirmation on the floor. Because of you! This is HUGE. We need one more Republican. Let's flood them with calls!

AZ Flake R (202) 224-4521 (602) 840-1891
KS Moran R (202) 224-6521 (785) 628-6401
NE Fischer R (202) 224-6551 (402) 441-4600
NV Heller R (202) 224-6244 (702) 388-6605
PA Toomey R (202) 224-4254 (814) 453-3010
WV Capito R (202) 224-5323 (414) 276-7282

3. CALL AND THANK Senators Collins & Murkowski for putting nation over party. You know they'll be flooded with calls and threats from the other side, let's keep their phone lines full with support.
AK Murkowski R (202) 224-6665 (907) 271-3735
ME Collins R (202) 224-2523 (207) 622-8414


CIVICS 101 - partisan polarization & influencing members of Congress.
more info
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• Keep an eye out for events being added daily on our Educate & Act Calendar, we have an exciting program in the works!
• If you want to join the programming committee please reply to this email.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

205 Hudson St
2nd Floor Flex Space
New York, NY 10013

NOT IN NYC? We'll be recording it to share with you later!

• Visit your Senators. Tips on how to get an appointment
• Attend a February Town Hall near you
• Keep protesting. Large and small protests work, especially when you get them covered by the media. Use twitter to alert your local newsrooms.


Fight Against the Gun Control Rollback

In 1938 Karl Frederick, the NRA’s president said, “I have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons... I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.”

On thursday, House Republicans (and some Democrats!) employed a rarely used tool called the Congressional Review Act to rollback a measure that prevented those with mental illness from being able to buy guns. The Obama regulation required those with a mental disorder so severe they cannot work or handle their own finances to be entered into a gun-buying background check system. The background check would prevent them from being able to purchase a firearm.

This is a common sense gun control measure, put into place in the wake of shootings like Sandy Hook. And it barely scratched the surface of our nation's gun problems. It has always been clear that the Republicans, and some Democrats, are willing to barter away our safety and well-being in order to stay cozy with the gun industry, but this rollback is an outrageous new low.

What you can do

Find their contact here and here.
• Ask them how they voted, and let them know you are opposed to the rollback. We need more common sense gun control in this country, not less! Don't assume your representative is a Democrat because you live in a blue state, and don't assume because they are a Democrat they will always vote in line with your beliefs. Republican or Democrat, they need to hear our voices on this issue.

The vote on the rollback will go to the Senate before it hit's the president's desk.
Find their contact here.

Facebook or tweet at your Rep and Senators! Social media is a powerful tool for getting their attention quickly on an issue. Post about it on your page and send to friends who may want to share it.

Use this script if you need it (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

Hi Rep/Sen __, I am outraged at the houses's vote to rollback a common sense gun control measure. This was the bare minimum of checks that we could've put into place in the wake of shootings like Sandy Hook, and the increasing number of gun-related deaths in our country.

If speaking with Republican,
The measure was written to apply to a very narrow group of those who are severely mentally ill, not to a broader range of people with disabilities, as many who voted claimed. This is not a rollback on an infringement of rights, but rather a favor to the NRA and the gun lobby. It is very clear to me that you did not have the health and safety of your constituents at heart when making this vote.


Oppose Puzder for Labor Secretary

Andrew Puzder is another CEO multi-millionaire whose pay-to-play donation to the Trump campaign has garnered him a cabinet nomination for Labor secretary.

Many past labor secretaries have lead big corporations, but Puzder's corporation, CKE Restaurants, is majorly concerning because it is the fourth worst labor violations offender in the industry. A study by the Department of Labor (DOL) reported that 60% of CKE restaurants had at least one Fair Labor Standards Act violation.

In addition, Puzder has been a harsh critic of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and opposes a recent DOL effort to extend overtime pay to millions of workers. He is opposed to the ACA because it increases costs for employers, and is an advocate of automation that could increase profits by replacing workers with machines.

His appointment is antithetical to the mission of the Department of Labor. Andrew Puzder has made it clear that he cares only for the bottom line, and will be working to help owners and employers undo regulations that safeguard American workers.

What you can do

1. CALL/FAX the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension. Let them know you oppose Puzder ahead of the hearing date (which has been delayed for a 4th time due to lack of Puzder's paperwork on divesting from conflicts of interest). You can send 5 free faxes a day through this site. Please pass on to any friends who live in these states!

Lamar Alexander - TN CKE headquarters moving to Nashville
Susan Collins - ME
Lisa Murkowski- AK
Tim Scott - SC
accepted money from Puzder
Bill Cassidy - LA
Orrin Hatch - UT
Richard Burr - NC
Michael B. Enzi - WY
Johnny Isakson - GA
Rand Paul - KY
Pat Roberts - KS

Patty Murray - WA
Bernie Sanders - VT
Robert P. Casey Jr - PA
Al Franken - MN
Michael F. Bennet - CO
Sheldon Whitehouse - RI
Tammy Baldwin - WI
Elizabeth Warren - MA
Christopher S. Murphy - CT
Tim Kaine - VA
Maggie Hassan - NH

2. CALL/FAX your own state senators, if not already mentioned above. Find their contact here. If Puzder clears the committee hearing, he will be voted on by every senator on the floor. Ask your senator where they stand on Puzder, and encourage them to oppose the confirmation. You can send 5 free faxes a day through this site.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course) We encourage you to say you are calling as part of the group 2 Hours A Week. This makes your call all the more powerful to politicians when they know you are calling as part of a larger organized group. Use it if it feels comfortable.

Hello Senator __ I, and my community organizing group 2 Hours A Week, oppose the confirmation of Andrew Puzder for labor secretary. His entire career has been built on opposing and tearing down the regulations that safeguard American workers from harmful and predatory labor practices. He is looking out for the interests of business owners and their bottom line, not that of the worker and their daily wage. If you care at all about those of us who go to work everyday in your state, and our welfare as laborers, you will say "no" to Puzder for secretary of Labor.


Make America Broke Again: It's Happening

Trump has jumped right into helping his Wall Street cronies line their pockets. It's becoming clear that he is more concerned with rewarding his big donors and privileging big banks and corporations than with protecting the American public from another economic collapse.

Last week he issued an Executive Order ordering the Treasury Department to work with other agencies to review the Dodd-Frank Act. He's asking that the agencies make recommendations on changing regulations that protect consumers from predatory banking, lending, and financial practices. The Dodd-Frank Act was passed in response to the 2008 Financial Crisis. It curbs the unchecked deregulation that led to the financial industry plunging the U.S. into recession, which in turn triggered a global financial meltdown.

Trump is also intent on weakening the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) through a "restructuring" that may involve replacing CFPB's current head. Call your representatives today and let them know that we expect them to stand with the American people and not Wall Street and that they must prepare to oppose attempts to deregulate the financial industry.

What you can do

1. CALL/FAX your Senators and Representatives and let them know that you are with 2 Hours a Week, and that you expect them to stand firm against any attempts to roll back critical consumer protections.
You can send 5 free faxes a day through this site.

  • Find the contact information for your U.S. Representatives here.
  • Find the contact information for your Senator here.
  • If you know who represents you, call the Congressional switchboard to be transferred to their office: 202-224-3121.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

Hi, I'm with the group Two Hours a Week and I'm calling to express my opposition to any rollback of critical consumer protections under Dodd-Frank. I urge Senator/Representative to oppose rollbacks once the Treasury Department issues its report on Dodd-Frank. I also oppose scrapping the Fiduciary Rule or weakening the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and urge Senator/Representative ____ to speak out against this. President Trump has made it clear that he prioritizes Wall Street profits over the American people and I am counting on Senator/Representative ____ to put the interests of voters first.


Please Do Not Counter Protest at Planned Parenthood

Many of us are enraged over the continued legislation of our bodies and choices. Rightfully so. You may have heard that there are anti-choice protests planned for Feb 11th as part of the movement to defund Planned Parenthood.

However, if you are planning to organize or attend any counter protests at Planned Parenthood on Feb 11th or anytime thereafter, please reconsider. We have heard directly from Planned Parenthood that they DO NOT WANT ANY COUNTER PROTESTS. They cause more chaos and make it harder for them to do their main job of providing much needed healthcare to the members of our communities.

Counter protests also bring more attention to the anti-choice protests and create more work for PP, who are already working non-stop in the fight to preserve our healthcare rights. They have spent decades in this fight, and they know what works and what doesn't. So let's support Planned Parenthood by changing our counter protests to a helpful action (one that doesn't interfere with access to clinics )! We list some ideas below

What you can do

1. 7 ACTIONS You Can Do to help Planned Parenthood. Suggestions put together by PP include volunteering with them to take action locally. Always coordinate with the clinic before taking any action. They want your support but it's best organized through a dialogue with a PP clinic.

2. BECOME A CLINIC ESCORT volunteer and help walk people in safely! Contact your local Planned Parenthood to sign up. Read about a first-hand experience here.

3. ATTEND A RALLY (not a protest) to stand with Planned Parenthood. Here are the details for one in NYC on Feb. 11th


New York has it's very own pipeline: Spectra

New York has it's very own fracked gas pipeline you've probably never heard of, but that likely already feeds to your kitchen. The Spectra Pipeline, also known as the Spectra Algonquin Incremental Market [AIM] pipeline is an approximately three-foot wide, high-pressure shale gas pipeline carrying fracked natural gas running from Pennsylvania up to Canada. This gas is both for export and for distribution to NY through National Grid and Con Ed.

The first section is already operational, and enters Manhattan in the West Village. This fracked gas is already known to carry radon. Besides the environmental realities of fracked gas and the already-confirmed presence of radon, there is another threat with this pipeline: further upstate, it sits 105 feet from the edge of aging Indian Point Power Plant, which uses some of the most outdated technology available for cooling spent fuel rods.

The second of three phases of construction is set to begin, pending certain permissions. The next window of time in which to act against the Spectra Pipeline is now. While the pipeline is regulated at the federal level, they need the approval of the state, specifically Governor Andrew Cuomo, for water quality permits in order to proceed. Today's action focuses on education about the pipeline so we can prepare to act starting in the next few weeks.

What you can do

1. Read up on the history of the pipeline and understand the risks it presents to you. You probably haven't heard of it because its parent company broke the construction of the pipeline into three sections in order to garner less media attention. Here is an article (also cited above) about the health risks of the radon already coming through New York City. Here is an article about the history of the pipeline's construction. This is a condensed list of the many concerns about the pipeline. Understand how we got here: the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees this and other large cross-state pipelines, is comprise of oil and gas executives: Trump's pick for the head of FERC used to be CEO of National Grid.

We'll be back soon with concrete actions to take on Spectra.


Keeping Up with the Bullshit - Febuary 9th, 2017

Our second edition of a semi-regular round up of news. So much has happened in so little time, it's hard to wrap our minds around it all. We know you've all been reading the major stories, so we include a few, but wanted to highlight some of the items that may have gotten less attention!

If you want to see how each side of the news media, left, right, and center are portraying the same issues, take a look at All Sides.
Now for the BS (some good in there too).

What you can do

1. On Thursday, February 9th, a federal appeals court refuses to re-instate the travel ban executive order.

2. On February 8th, Jeff Sessions is confirmed as Attorney General 52 to 47.

3. On Tuesday, February 7th, House Republicans voted to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which helps states run elections and is the only federal agency charged with making sure voting machines can’t be hacked.

4. In late January, leaked audio from a closed-door GOP summit revealed deep Republican anxiety over repealing ( and replacing) the ACA.

5. The Pentagon may rent space at Trump Tower, directly funneling government money to Trump's commercial interests. Currently security for Melania and Barron Trump have cost US taxpayers and the city of New York 35 million dollars.

6. Last week, Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy introduced a bill to prevent a political operative such as, Steve Bannon, from being on the National Security Council or even attending meetings.

7. The White House may designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, a dangerous decision that would roil relations with the Middle East even more.

8. The first Navy SEAL special operation approved without enough scrutiny under Trump, results in civilian casualties and no capture.

9. UK lawmakers declared that they do not want Trump to speak at Parliament during his upcoming visit.

Check out Suzan Eraslan's List for a day by day edited news briefing!


Say It Loud And Say It Clear: Immigrants Are Welcome Here

This past weekend, large-scale immigration raids in a half dozen states rounded up and detained hundreds of people. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) maintains that these raids were business as usual; however, the scope and speed of the raids has immigrant rights groups concerned that this is the beginning of a new era of enhanced enforcement and deportation.

Trump himself tweeted Sunday morning that "gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed," and that the crackdown is a fulfillment of his campaign promises. Immigrant communities are terrified. Deportation proponents claim they are only interested in banishing criminals, but undocumented immigrants can be labeled criminals for nearly any encounter with the law.

It's scary stuff, but we've been here before and our voices make a difference. In 2012 Obama significantly reduced deportations as a result of public outrage and pressure. We don't know how this new administration will act from day to day but we can protect ourselves and our neighbors by speaking out, sharing information, and supporting the organizations that are working to safeguard immigrants.

What you can do

1. SAVE AND DISTRIBUTE THE DEPORTATION DEFENSE CARD. Download this card on your phone to have handy if you are approached by an immigration official or witness the same happening to someone else so that you know what to say and do. Consider printing and distributing the card to persons you know who may be at risk. Also direct those at risk to the ACLU guide on ICE showing up at your door.

2. CHECK OUT IMMIGRANT DEFENSE PROJECT'S RESOURCES on ICE Raids and Arrests, which includes community responses and raid map.


4. ATTEND A RALLY to protest raids and mass deportation. Find one in NY, find one near you, or organize a demonstration at your Senator's office during the upcoming Senate recess using these talking points for a face-to-face meeting if you can get one.

5. DONATE to organizations that are fighting for immigrant rights - some local ones in NYC: Make the Road, DRUM, NYIC


This Is The Long Game

We are going to quote from Indivisible here because the message is so important:

"This is the long game. We are going to lose a lot. We are going to get good at losing. We are going to lose cabinet votes for terrible nominees. We are going to lose bills that are offensive and appalling. But while we are losing, something else is going to happen. We are going to keep raising our voices and slowly our representatives are going to start listening to us. We've seen it happen...

It'll happen over months, where you keep showing up, regularly. Then, we are going to start winning. It'll sneak up on us... Every time we change the narrative, every time we delay, every time there's a newspaper story about a member of Congress avoiding his or her constituents, that's a win. And it matters." (read the rest here)

That means we have one job during the congressional recess next week, Feb 18-26: to attend townhall meetings. We want you to meet with your Representatives and Senators, and make your voices heard in person. Last weekend, Republican representatives faced tough crowds at townhall meetings, and got their feet held to the fire. Let's keep it up while our members of Congress are back in their home states starting in a few days.

What you can do

1. ATTEND A TOWNHALL MEETING Find your local one HERE.

2. CALL the local office of your senator and representative, and ask about their plans to hold any events during recess. Or make an appointment to meet in person. You can also sign up for their newsletter to stay informed about future town halls and appearances.

3. SHOW UP using Indivisible Guide's event locator for planned actions in your area during recess.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

I am calling to see if Rep_ will be holding a town hall or any kind of public event where his/her constituents can meet with him/her. If not, I would like to know the best way to meet with the representative in person. I think it is incredibly important for Rep to hear the real concerns of his/her constituents. How else can they truly represent us in Congress?



February 17: General Strike

At this dangerous point in our history, we must confront how our participation in the economy has made us complicit in Donald Trump's rise to power. How do we change our relationship to the economy to empower ourselves rather than the economic system in place?

One of our most powerful weapons is our cooperation in the economic establishment by way of our labor and our dollars. This Friday February 17th, a general strike has been called for!

The logic of the general strike is simple. Through cooperative action, each and every one of us refuses to comply with whatever orders the economic establishment has given to us. We don't go to work, we don't buy anything, and we join our fellow citizens in the streets and in our communities in a peaceful display of resistance and solidarity.

What you can do

1. DON'T BUY ANYTHING Shop the day before if necessary. We want the economy to register a dip in activity as a method of protest.

2. DON'T GO TO WORK OR SCHOOL, if possible. Plan a day of peaceful protest or community service. Here is a list of ways to get involved on this day of strike, even if you only have your lunch break in which to act.

3. REACH OUT TO YOUR REPS AND SENATORS and tell them you are striking in protest of this administration.

4. TAKE THE DAY TO CATCH UP ON PAST ACTIONS banked on our website or the website of any of your other favorite grassroots activists.

5. CHECK OUT Strike4Democracy for more info.

6. FOR THE FUTURE, USE GrabYourWallet to be a conscious consumer going forward.


Trump & Russia: Where is our democracy headed?

By now you have heard about the Trump campaign's direct and repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials in the year leading up to the election. This comes after revelations that Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, assured the Russian ambassador that sanctions would likely be lifted under Trump.

These are likely just the first clues to the complicit and dangerous relationship between Russia and our current president.

Yet Republicans are still holding the line, refusing to conduct a full investigation into Russia's influence over Trump and his administration. They are instead focusingon how the Flynn phone call was leaked to the press, distracting from the clear danger to our national security and the foundation of our democracy.

We urge you to take the three actions listed below as soon as you can today. Congress will go on break at the end of this week, and the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) cannot leave these dangerous revelations hanging! The Democrats on the committee have urged us to ask everyone to do the following:

What you can do

Ask them to open a formal investigation into Russia's influence over Trump and his administration.
If the line is busy and/or the mailbox is full, call the committee leader, Representative Devin Nunes.
559-733-3861 or 559-323-5235
See if your representative is on the committee, and call them if they are.

2. CALL the few republican senators who have publicly expressed concern over the Russian revelations. Ask them to call for a full investigation!

Sen. John McCain

Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Bob Corker

3. CALL your own senator and representative and ask them to issue a statement calling for an investigation into Trump's ties to Russia.

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib and make it your own!)
It has become increasing clear to me that our president and members of his campaign and administration have been influenced by the Russian government and its interests. Their ability to lead our country is clearly compromised by these complicit relationships. I am calling to urge Sen/Rep ____ to ask for a investigation into the full nature and extent of these relationships. How can we entrust our president with upholding the interests, safety, and values of the American people when the nature of his dealings with Russia are so troubling?


Last day for the EPA

If you needed more evidence that Donald Trump is selling this country out, along with your health and your natural resources, look no further than Scott Pruitt. His floor vote in the Senate is today. Please call your Senator to tell them all that he wants to do is dismantle the EPA and that you prefer your buildings without asbestos, your air without mercury, your environment with bees in it, and your water without coal ash in it.

What you can do

1. CALL your senators and tell them you want them to vote against Pruitt as nominee for head of the EPA or do anything in their power to delay the vote (use script below)
2. CALL Democratic Senators Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Manchin (W.V.) and tell them you abhor their support of someone whose sole intent is to dismantle the EPA: they voted for Pruitt in the Senate Committee vote in early February, and their votes in favor of Pruitt are going to offset Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins of Maine's defection vote against Pruitt.
Manchin: 202-224-3954
Heitkamp: 202-224-2043

USE THIS SCRIPT (feel free to ad-lib, of course)

Hello, I am calling to urge Senator _____ to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA. We need a regulatory approach that looks to the future. Environmental protection should be of national concern because clean air and water flow from state to state and pollution does not stop at a state's border. Pruitt has let his own state of Oklahoma be run over by the oil and gas industry. Protest this appointment for the sake of our planet and our future.

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