***DAILY DO’S – THURSDAY 7AM EDITION*** Wendi Lindquist
I was listening to NPR last night and heard something that shocked me more than it should have. Apparently, the president’s team pushed back the release of the new travel ban because they wanted his speech to Congress to dominate the news cycle for a day.
Refugees and immigrants were so scary that he had to close the borders to them mid-flight, but it’s okay to delay these new protections because it might detract from people saying his speech wasn’t the worst thing they ever heard. To quote Charlie Brown “good grief.”
It’s possible that a new executive order will be issued today. Given the current disorder the wait may drag on another few days. In the meantime, there is something you can do to help take a stand for refugees and immigrants.
1. "Refugees whose lives are in danger ... they don’t have lobbyists, they don’t have political action committees. Really, all they have is you." Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut is encouraging all citizens to keep up the pressure when it comes to the refugee bans (video: http://bit.ly/2lW8NW3) It really is making a difference. Call your elected officials in Congress and tell them why you welcome refugees and immigrants.
2. Investigate Russia There were a number of important things the president left out of his speech. Russia for example. Last night we learned that Sessions lied under oath, neglecting to mention his multiple conversations with the Russian ambassador last year (http://wapo.st/2mIa6Gu) And there are several other cabinet members with equally dubious connections to Russia. That's why it's time to contact our members of congress again to demand a transparent, bipartisan investigation into the Trump administration's possible ties to Russia. (or better yet, an independent investigator -ed) Republican defiance against such demands is showing some cracks, especially with the release of info on Sessions, but we need to keep up the pressure. Push!
3. Reproductive Rights:
While the president has expressed an interest in female genitalia, there’s not a lot of evidence he cares about reproductive rights. If you're interested in working to preserve women's reproductive rights at the state level but you're not sure where to start or who to contact, NARAL's Political Action Workshops can provide guidance. These workshops will provide more information on NARAL's upcoming Stand with Women event on March 8, and will offer valuable tips for affecting state legislation.
The next workshop will take place in Vancouver on March 18, 4:15-6:15pm. For more information and to register for a workshop, visit http://bit.ly/2mNsY6f
What to help support NARAL? They’re having a “Chocolate for Choice” event on March 15th in Seattle: http://bit.ly/2lW31DH.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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