Good morning, FAM! In order to make these action alerts sustainable for the long haul, I’m going to try scaling back to one or two a week. Of course if there are urgent action items that come up, I am happy to post them as needed.
Local. Support your local paper. On Tuesday, March 30, the Daily Mining Gazette published an editorial implying that it continues to be criticized for reporting the news truthfully. “We’re going to print what’s happening here,” they write, “regardless of any intimidation or interference we get from anywhere.” If you do not already subscribe to your local paper, please consider doing so. Also, consider writing a letter to the editor on an issue that matters to you. You can subscribe to the DMG here.
Federal (via a FAM member, who attended Saturday’s event with Senator Stabenow): “There was a lot of discussion regarding the investigation of Russia and Donald Trump. Congressman Nunes has cancelled all further Intelligence Committee House meetings. She states that the Senate is committed to completing an investigation ASAP and does not recommend independent investigation because that would create a 9-12 month delay in concluding any findings. She suggests supporting the Senate investigation and applying pressure to the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. These are the contact Senators she indicated were the most receptive to a complete bipartisan investigation.
Please call these Senators and urge them to move ahead with a bipartisan complete investigation of Russia/Trump campaign collusion and election interference:”
Richard Burr (R) Chairman (202) 224-3154
Mark Warner (D) Vice Chair (D) (202) 224-2934
Susan Collins (R) (202) 224-2523
Dianne Feinstein (D) (202) 224-3841
Tom Cotton (R) (202) 224-2353
Kamala Harris (D) (202) 224-3553
Federal. (via Daily Action, Friends Committee on National Legislation) “Urge your Representatives to sign a Congressional letter to the White House demanding that the President seek Congressional authorization before escalating U.S. involvement in the Yemen war.
This is a bipartisan letter drafted by Democratic Representatives Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Ted Lieu of California and Republican Representatives Justin Amash of Michigan and Walter Jones of North Carolina. It is being circulated to House offices right now.
Yemen’s six-year-long political crisis has degenerated into a coup, a foreign invasion and now a civil war with Saudi Arabia and Iran backing opposing sides and 7 million people facing starvation.
The media reports that the Trump Administration is considering escalating U.S. involvement, risking direct war with Iran. But he is required by law to seek war authorization from Congress and he is obligated to stand before the American people and tell us how this ends.”
In case you don’t already have Bergman on speed dial, his DC number is 202-225-4735.
Here is a script you can use, also via Daily Action:
“Hello. My name is (NAME), I am a US citizen living in (STATE), my zip code is (ZIP). I am calling to ask Representative Bergman to sign the Pocan-Amash-Lieu-Jones bi-partisan letter urging President Trump to seek authorization from Congress before escalating the war in Yemen. The deadline to do so is April 4th.
It’s crucial that President Trump adhere to the rules set forth in the US Constitution. There are millions of lives and escalating aggressions with Iran at stake and broad disagreement within our own government regarding how to respond.
You can read the text of the letter here. (Scroll down; it’s right before the “Background Reading” heading)