***YOUR DAILY DO'S, TUESDAY 7 AM***
Good morning! I'm Mary and I'm going to be helping out with the Daily Do's.
Are you ready? Have you had your Wheaties and your caffeine delivery system of choice? Because today's Do's are action-packed, boy howdy. There's a lot going on. It's easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you read the think pieces going around about "shock events" and BLOTUS sowing chaos as diversion. What's important--what's a distraction--where does your attention go-- we've got your back!
FIRST: the Muslim Ban. The world has reacted to Trump's Executive Order with a mixture of horror, protests, and lawsuits. Let's keep up the pressure in two key ways. Call our senators (surprise!) and advocate that they
1) #WithholdConsent. Any senator can "withhold consent," putting Senate business on pause for days at at a time. When Senate Leadership asks for 'unanimous consent' to move forward with business as usual, your Senator should say "I Object." This will dramatically slow Trump's other priorities from moving forward until he lifts the travel ban.
2) #NoJusticeNoBills. Your senator should commit to filibustering EVERY bill that comes up in the Senate until Trump's illegal, unconstitutional EO is rescinded. By filibustering, your senator can stop all of Trump's future legislative priorities. The ONLY bill that should be allowed to come to a vote is a bill ending the Muslim and refugee ban.
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SECOND: Steve Bannon. While all our best resources have been devoted to fighting the refugee and travel ban, this admitted white supremacist and neo-Nazi propagandist with no government or security experience was appointed to the National Security Council, a post usually filled by military intelligence professionals, not by controversial political appointees who want to "destroy the state" and "bring everything crashing down." Yes, that's what he has said.
(In our house, we call him Gríma Wormtongue. Your geekiness quotient may vary.)
Bannon is a terrifying appointment for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it's a position Congress has no power over, unlike cabinet appointments. So what can we do? Delegitimize him. Call your members of Congress and tell them not to take ANY meetings with Bannon or members of his staff. The best, maybe the only, way to influence this is to make it so that the president cannot do business at all with Bannon as his mouthpiece. Let's tell our MoCs to get on board with the resistance.
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THIRD: ... Better yet, show up in person! Cantwell and Murray are having joint office hours TODAY, Tues 1/31, at 1 pm, in the 4th floor auditorium of their office building at 915 Second Ave. The Indivisible Guide tells us that showing up in person, en masse, is the single best way we have to get our representatives' ear. Show up, be polite, make yourself heard. Hey, I'm pretty sure you have some signs hanging around your house; bring those too!
Remember: they want to make you feel crazy. You are not crazy. WE GOT THIS. #Resist!
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
Angela Teater- Writer