Mitch McConnell has made comments that indicate his desire to eliminate the blue slip process, which allows home-state senators to block judicial nominees who are too extreme or partisan for the bench, as we know it. His contempt for the institution of the Senate is clear as he keeps chipping away at checks and balances and processes that protect constituents from extremism and cronyism in order to keep ramming through Donald Trump’s agenda.
The only way that McConnell can advance Trump’s agenda is by changing and destroying Senate rules and traditions. Senators from both sides of the aisle need to stand up to McConnell’s attacks on Senate checks and balances. Blue slips allow senators to be consulted about lifetime appointments to the federal bench in their home state, and act as a safeguard against extreme appointees who are unfit to serve.
Tell your senators: Resist McConnell’s agenda and protect blue slips!
Throughout Trump’s campaign for president and since he took his oath of office, he has relentlessly attacked the First Amendment right to freedom of the press. Whether barring publications (the Washington Post) from his events or constantly using inflammatory language like “crooked media” and “FAKE news”, the right to a free press is threatened like never before.
Trump recently told reporters “it is frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write” after an NBC scoop detailing Trump’s absurd request to increase the nuclear arsenal tenfold. And that threat was buttressed by his Twitter threat that their license to broadcast should be challenged.
And his incessant attacks on SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill cannot go ignored – his administration has called for the journalist to be fired and over Twitter Trump has lobbed numerous attacks at her.
It is long past time for Congress to address this: tell your members of Congress to speak out in defense of the First Amendment right to freedom of the press!
Trump has taken great care to ensure that each of his nominees actively opposes the mission of the department they are appointed to. Eric Dreiband is no different -- Dreiband has been nominated to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice, yet he has built his career as an attorney supporting corporations over civil rights.
Dreiband is the wrong choice to lead the Civil Rights Division at DOJ. He a represented a corporation accused of discriminating against a Muslim woman. And he was part of the legal team that represented the University of North Carolina when they fought the Civil Rights Division's attempt to block North Carolina's infamous transgender discrimination law. Beyond his professional capacity, he has committed his personal time and energy to testify and speak out against protections for women, older workers, people of color, and LGBTQ Americans.
Urge your senators to OPPOSE Eric Dreiband for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights!
Congressional Republicans are still trying to strip health care from millions of Americans -- this time targeting reproductive health and rights with an unconstitutional 20-week abortion ban. The bill would not just ban abortion at 20 weeks -- it would also penalize doctors who perform those abortions with up to five years in jail.
This threat against reproductive health is dire -- with Trump as president, if this bill passes the House and Senate it will be signed into law and impede women's abilities to access critical health care and make decisions about their own bodies.
Tell Congress: Reject the 20-week abortion ban NOW!
In a chilling move, the Justice Department served web hosting platform DreamHost with a warrant for 1.3 million IP addresses of visitors to the DisruptJ20 website. DisruptJ20 is the group that organized mass protests at Donald Trump's inauguration where over 200 activists were arrested.
Beyond the IP addresses of millions of visitors, the DOJ also wants DreamHost to hand over email content, photos, and contact information for thousands of these individuals. DreamHost is refusing to comply with this disturbing overreach.
The consequences of this action could be broad – Americans may be intimidated about exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech and protest if they think the government will collect their information and potentially put them on a watch list.
Demand the DOJ withdraw its warrant NOW!
Firing Stephen Miller is long overdue. As someone with a white nationalist ideology, he has no business being in the White House, writing policy, and crafting strategy. Miller is the rabidly anti-immigration architect of Trump's anti-Muslim ban, as well as an opponent of DACA.
With the escalation in hate crimes since Trump's election -- from sometimes fatal violence towards religious and racial minorities to appalling displays of white nationalism and out-of-control Nazi rallies -- it is clear that Miller does not belong in the White House. His continued presence legitimizes the hateful beliefs of the "Alt-Right", white supremacists, and neo-Nazis and he works on policy with Trump that is racist, anti-immigrant, and xenophobic.
Tell Trump: It's time for Miller to GO.
Republicans in Congress have been working feverishly to gather the votes for legislation that would repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new rule banning forced arbitration clauses -- and a vote could come very soon!
Forced arbitration clauses allow Wall Street banks and predatory financial institutions to block consumers from joining together in a class action lawsuit, denying ripped-off consumers their day in court. With the CEOs of Wells Fargo and Equifax set to testify soon, now is the time to get answers from them AND to block legislation that would let CEO’s like them off the hook
Americans deserve answers and accountability from the CEOs of companies that have played fast and loose with our money and data, not the rollback of important rules that protect us from being taken advantage of.
Tell Congress: Don't overturn the CFPB arbitration rule and turn your backs on American consumers!
Trump has nominated Jeff Mateer to the federal bench a rabidly anti-LGBTQ Texas lawyer who spoke at the 2015 "Kill the Gays Conference" and called transgender youth part of "Satan's plan."
If Mateer can be confirmed, then ANY nominee -- no matter how unfit, unethical, or unhinged -- can be confirmed … and Trump and the Radical Right will have a green light to run roughshod over our entire judicial branch.
This is an all-hands-on-deck emergency call to action to STOP this nomination in its tracks.
Allowing this nominee to proceed would cross the line of decency. Tell your senators to call for the Mateer nomination to be WITHDRAWN.
Close to the 51 votes they need to repeal Obamacare forever, Senate Republicans are preparing to introduce a new health care repeal bill worse than all those before it. Republicans in Congress have 12 days before their repeal attempts are dead altogether, and we need to make sure this bill does not pass in this window.
The bill is cruel and immoral, leaving millions without health coverage, and stripping others of options to pay for it. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office even announced that they do not have enough time to fully score the bill before the vote -- meaning that the people voting on it and the people impacted will not know the full scale of the damage it will inflict.
Demand your members of Congress REJECT Trumpcare!
Donald Trump announced that he was ending the DACA program effective six months from now, upending the lives of 800,000 young people. In doing so he is stooping even lower to satisfy his anti-immigrant and nativist supporters by attacking kids, and he is feeding the bigotry of his base.
Congress MUST stand against this devastating and immoral distruption to the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants by passing the DREAM Act of 2017 in the next six months. The DREAM Act provides a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other young undocumented immigrants who graduate from US high schools and attend college, enter the workforce, or enlist in military programs.
Tell your Members of Congress to support the DREAM Act of 2017 NOW!
People For the American Way and PFAW’s African American Ministers In Action network are calling on Congress to hold Trump accountable for preaching hate from the White House.
US Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Pramila Jayapal are introducing a resolution to censure Donald Trump for refusing to condemn the KKK and Nazis, and for employing white nationalists -- like Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka -- in his White House.
Sign the petition: Tell Congress to CENSURE President Trump now!
Firing Steve Bannon, Seb Gorka, and Stephen Miller -- three of Trump's white nationalist advisors -- is long overdue. These men, all of whom have explicitly white nationalist ideologies, never should have been crafting strategy and policy in the White House in the first place.
Tell Trump: It's time for Bannon, Gorka, and Miller to GO.
It is time for Trump and his administration to forcefully denounce bigotry, hate crimes, and the "Alt-right" white nationalist movement. This hate does not exist "on all sides" and it is disingenuous for Trump to equate the violence from his fiercely loyal Alt-right supporters with the actions of counter-protesters.
Demand Trump take a REAL stand against white supremacy, hate crimes, and acts of hate-motivated domestic terrorism.
We’re ready to go all-in... planning a national campaign, along with key allies, to respond in the biggest way possible, and that includes getting thousands of Americans at protest events that day if Trump crosses this bright red line.
Please add your name now to let us know that you’re with us and ready to fight back immediately if Trump fires Mueller!
Republicans in the Senate just voted to open debate on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. And they don't even know which version of this abhorrent bill they're voting on.
Because of the tenacity of Mitch McConnell and the cowardice of a handful of Republican senators, Trumpcare lives. And millions of Americans are left wondering if the health care they depend on will be there next year.
Tell the Senate Republicans: SHAME on you for voting to move forward on debate to repeal to Affordable Care Act.
The news about the meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner appears to be the smoking gun signaling that, at the very least, there was intent by the Trump campaign to collude with the Russian hacking of our election in 2016.
While Don Jr.’s emails are beyond damning, only one of those three members of the Trump campaign who were in that meeting is currently a member of the Trump administration -- the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. And he must have his security clearance revoked immediately.
A rapidly growing number of Democratic members of Congress are calling for Kushner’s security clearance to be suspended.
Tell both Congress and the White House that Jared Kushner’s security clearance should be revoked without delay!
Donald Trump escalated his voter fraud witch-hunt—based on his unsubstantiated belief that voter fraud cost him the popular vote in 2016 -- by convening a "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" headed by notorious voter suppression advocates.
Now he’s using this commission to lay the groundwork to suppress voting rights, and the “experts” on his commission are demanding private voter data from state election officials, including names, dates of birth, voting histories, party identifications, and parts of voters’ social security numbers. There are SERIOUS concerns with the information the commission has requested -- not only is it a breach of voters’ privacy and security, this information could be used to target voters for suppression.
Please join us in calling on state election officials to REFUSE to share voters’ information with this sham commission.
Donald Trump made some very specific promises to the Religious Right in his 2016 campaign. Nominating an anti-choice judge to the Supreme Court was one, and demolishing the Johnson Amendment was another. The Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, prevents churches and other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from spending their money to support or attack political candidates. If wealthy special interests are able to pour tax-exempt money into our elections through churches and religious nonprofits, the impact on the amount of money in politics could be like a second Citizens United.
ALL types of available investigations are needed because no single option is perfect. Congressional inquiries can be slowed by Trump allies in the Republican House and Senate majorities. And the special prosecutor still technically exists under the DOJ’s chain of command and can be fired. We also need an INDEPENDENT COMMISSION can to investigate the Russian interference in the election. Right now House Democrats are circulating a "discharge petition" -- a procedural measure to force a floor vote on legislation that creates an independent commission.
Trump is trying to remake the courts by installing ultra conservative far right judges to lifetime seats on our federal courts. With the Comey firing and Trump's defiance of the rule of law front and center, it's clearer than ever how critical it is to ensure that these seats are filled with jurists who will serve as a bulwark against abuse of power and the loss of core constitutional protections. Yet the slate of nominees Trump has put forward is deeply troubling. Two of his nominees were on Trump's list of 21 potential picks for the Supreme Court -- extreme right-wing judges hand-picked by the far right activists at the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. Trump is looking for judges who won't get in his way and we have got to stand up against that threat.
Tell your Senators to oppose Trump's extreme judicial nominees!