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Action Day 17: Prep for the YUGE postcard party!

My game plan is ready. The cheese is bought. The surfaces are cleared. THE LADIES ARE GONNA RAISE HELL TOMORROW.

25 women x 5 postcards each (MINIMUM) = 125 shrieks of “WHAT THE EFF ARE YOU DOING TO OUR DEMOCRACY???”

Powerful.

For the record, I also plan on sending love to my judicial and senatorial hunnies, starting with Judge Canby:

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Postcard Party Game Plan

  1. Send Valentines/thank yous to three judges who upheld stay against travel ban

Having heard an hour of oral arguments on Tuesday – with both representatives from the department of justice and Washington state, which brought about the blockage of the ban, laying out their arguments – the three judges issued their 29-page ruling on Thursday evening.

They found that the states – Washington and Minnesota – had offered substantial evidence that reinstating the ruling would be highly damaging to them, and the government did not offer enough evidence to outweigh that.

a. Senior Judge William C. Canby Jr., appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980

87 years old and still foxxy enactor of progressive justice!

b. Senior Judge Richard Clifton, appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002

c. Michelle T. Friedland, appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014.

Also worked pro-bono against Prop 8 (criminalizing same-sex marriage)!

Mailing address

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

P.O. Box 193939

San Francisco, CA 94119-3939

  1. Send thank-yous to the two Republican Senators who voted against party lines to oppose DeVos

 

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska

522 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

 

Susan Collins, of Maine

68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330

Main: (207) 622-8414

  1. Postcards: “Vote NO” → Gorsuch (Casey, Toomey (DONE), Corsuch)

 

In Neil Gorsuch, Trump has nominated an avowed originalist and enemy of women’s healthcare to the Supreme Court. While on the 10th Circuit Gorsuch decided in favor of Hobby Lobby, ruling the company could refuse contraception coverage to women on religious grounds. He used the explanation that IUDs and birth control drugs destroyed fertilized eggs (which is scientifically false) and stated corporations are persons that can engage their religious right to choose which laws they want to follow.

In other assaults on women’s healthcare, Gorsuch sided with Little Sisters to the Poor in their challenge to the Affordable Care Act and its contraception mandate, and he led a judicial crusade to help Utah defund Planned Parenthood affiliates. In another particularly disturbing case, he upheld the “qualified immunity” of a police officer who tasered a man in the head and threw out the wrongful death case brought by the man’s parents.

Gorsuch has shown a distaste for the prosecution of white collar crime, he has consistently ruled in favor of corporations in labor disputes and his strict textualist reading of the constitution leaves no room LGBTQ rights. At 49 years old Gorsuch would be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court and if confirmed, his influence will be felt for over a generation.

Even though only the Senate confirms Supreme Court Justices, we will be calling both the Senate and House to let all of our legislators know we strongly disapprove of Gorsuch.

 

  1. Postcards “vote NO” on repeal of Dodd Frank (Casey, Toomey)

OBJECT TO THE UNRAVELING OF DODD-FRANK

The Dodd-Frank Act is a financial reform law that was passed in 2010 as a response to the Great Recession. It includes a set of regulations intended to prevent “too-big-to-fail” banks from causing another economic crisis. One critical piece of legislation under Dodd-Frank is the Volcker rule, which prohibits banks from making certain kinds of speculative investments, such as those that led to the housing market crash in 2008. The Volcker rule also limits banks in their relationships with hedge funds and private equity funds. Another important part of Dodd-Frank is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which ensures that banks, lenders, credit card corporations, and other financial companies treat their customers fairly.

President Trump has promised to “do a big number on Dodd-Frank,” and on February 3rd, he signed executive orders to begin the process of unraveling it. To the delight of corporate lobbyists, the Senate has voted to void an anti-corruption rule that requires oil companies to publicly disclose payments made to foreign governments. But the Republicans still need 60 votes from the Senate to entirely repeal Dodd-Frank.

 

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