Recent Actions 2017-02-02T12:01:48+00:00


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DAY 19 – JANUARY 19th

Action Plan

Day nineteen – January 19th

Target: DNC Leadership

Objective: Make our voices heard as the DNC elects a Chair


  1. Working with your local and state party, help identify those Democrats who have a vote in the DNC election so that we can organize and make our positions known prior to the DNC Chair election in February
  2. Sign our Petition demanding streamed or televised public debates of the candidates.

What is the DNC?

The Democratic National Committee is the closest thing there is to a permanent organization representing the national Democratic Party, and its main overall goal is to help Democratic candidates get elected across the country, from president on down. Technically, the DNC is a sort of party governing body with approximately 447 voting members, most of whom are chosen in various state Democratic Party chapters. But since the full membership doesn’t meet very often, in practice a chairperson elected by those members has a pretty free hand to run things. Functionally, much of what the DNC does involves raising a lot of money (over $264 million in the 2016 cycle) and using it to pay staffers to get out the party’s message nationally, organize in various states, pay for ads, and fund state party organizations directly. The DNC also sets the rules for the Democratic presidential primaries and helps plan the party’s national convention. When delegates convene for that convention, they supersede the DNC in authority and have the power to change the party’s rules. But except for that four-day period that occurs once every four years, the DNC runs its own shop.

Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, the party, under the leadership of Chairs Tim Kaine, Donna Brazile and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has hemorrhaged more than 900 seats in state legislatures while losing control of 12 governorships, the presidency and both the Senate and House of Representatives.

The election for DNC leadership is tentatively scheduled to held by party voting members at the DNC’s Winter Meeting, from February 23 through 27. There are 447 DNC members, who are the sole voting members of the DNC, with a quarter of the members state level chairmen and vice chairmen, and the remainder being elected at the state level. To be elected as Chairman of the DNC, a simple majority of 224 votes is required.

Here are the current candidates:

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown

Fox News analyst Jehmu Greene

Revelations that the DNC staff played fast and loose with the rules and perceived neutrality between primary candidates resulted in the last DNC chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz resigning right after the DNC convention nominated Hilary Clinton for President.  The 2016 election reduced the Democratic Party to a smoking pile of rubble. And in a little over two months, the Democratic National Committee will decide who should get the difficult job of rebuilding from that wreckage, when it elects its new chair. The race for DNC chair has emerged as an early battleground in the contest over what the Democratic Party’s future should look like in the age of President Donald Trump. Since the current chair, Donna Brazile, isn’t running again — she was just appointed to serve out the remaining months in the term of Debbie Wasserman Schultz— the field is wide open. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota declared his candidacy last month and won endorsements from both Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez jumped in the race Thursday. South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley are also running, and other potential contenders are weighing bids too. Whoever wins will become a leading voice in a Democratic Party that has lost so many of its leaders — but he or she will also have to take on the less glamorous, more practical work of rebuilding a badly reduced party across the county. (

112 slots go to state party chairs and vice chairs (or technically, to the chair and the highest ranking state party officer of the opposite sex). That means two leadership slots each go to the state chapters of the Democratic Party in each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

208 more slots go to the various state parties to fill, allocated by population and Democratic vote total. Basically, the DNC uses a formula that gives more seats to bigger states, and gives a bit of a bonus to states that vote more for Democrats in presidential elections. So California gets 20 of these slots, Texas gets 10, and the smallest states and territories just get two each. 48 slots go to various national Democratic groups. -Certain groups representing Democratic politicians (governors, county officials, municipal officials, state legislators, state treasurers and so on) and constituencies (the Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Committee, Federation of Democratic Women, College Democrats, Young Democrats of America, etc.) get a few slots each. The existing nine-member DNC leadership gets nine votes. Four slots go to Democrats Abroad – while technically there are eight DNC representatives from this group representing Democratic expats, they each only get to cast half a vote. Up to 75 slots are appointed by the DNC Chair. These appointments have to be approved by the DNC. So if all of these slots are filled, there would effectively be 447 votes on the full DNC. It would therefore take a majority of 224 votes to be elected as DNC chair.

DAY 18 – JANUARY 18th

Action Plan

Day eighteen – January 18th

Target: Cybersecurity

Objective: Determine whether Donald Trump’s campaign worked illicitly with Russia to help win the election


The recent U.S. intelligence report details an influence campaign, ordered by Vladimir Putin, that aimed to accomplish the following:

Undermine the publics faith in the US democratic process;

Criticize and attack Secretary Clinton;

Harm Secretary Clintons electability or possible presidency.

Sign the petition to President Obama: (over 160k signed so far)

Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s ties with Trump campaign

Say the word “Cybersecurity” and most people think it’s not their problem.  Until you’ve been hacked. The number of Americans who have used (or still do) passwords like “123456” or “password” is legion, and the problem is that many individuals get hacked by pros and never know it…they move through your computer to their more valuable targets.

(There’s a free app called Lastpass that makes it very difficult for your personal and/or business passwords to be hacked. It is considered by many to be the best password manager application out there.

But have no fear, Trump is putting Rudy in charge. He saved New York City ya know, in a previous life.

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has appointed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as his special advisor on cyber security but within hours of his appointment, security experts were pointing out the glaring lack of security in Giuliani’s own security company website. These included the use of old, unpatched software, the lack of a firewall and multiple open ports. Giuliani, a lawyer who graduated from the New York University School of Law, was elected Mayor of New York City in January 1994 and served two terms until the end of December 2001. Since 2002, his company Giuliani Partners has offered security consulting under the Giuliani Security & Safety subsidiary while, at the same time Giuliani also opened a legal practice in Manhattan.

It’s fair to argue that Trump might know a little bit more about cybersecurity than he did in his first debate when his answer was almost incoherent babble: “We came in with the Internet. We came up with the Internet. And I think Secretary Clinton and myself would agree very much, when you look at what ISIS is doing with the Internet, they’re beating us at our own game. ISIS.  So we had to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son—he’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe, it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester. And certainly cyber is one of them.” He hadn’t learned much by the end of year when he stated “I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of the computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on,” he said. “We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind of security we need.”

Can We Play a Game?

  It now is certain that Russian hacking played a role in the Presidential election, and hopefully investigations by Congress or an Independent body will sort out the facts and recommendations to prevent more shenanigans.  This action by the Russian government adds to their body of work, one that has amazing growth potential. “Whether you’re part of the 37% of Republicans who view Russia favorably, or you have a general disdain for the autocratic nation, or you just couldn’t give less of a shit, you can at least recognize a cyber superpower when you see one.  The mention of Russia usually conjures up visions of vodka, James Bond era spies, and bears riding unicycles to many Americans, but the nation has become a dominant force across all facets of the internet, only surpassed by China. The internet has become the fifth dimension of war (the others being land, sea, air, and space).  Nations have been building their cyber/information warfare capabilities since the mid 1970s.  The U.S. was one of the first to capitalize on its benefits, intercepting Soviet microwave communication signals during the Cold War.  Since then, the nation’s cyber capabilities have rapidly evolved, providing a massive strategic edge in every military and political conflict since then.

Today, three nations have risen to become “cyber superpowers”, each with their own unique motivations and goals:


Heavily targets corporate secrets, military design documents. Values control over communication systems to spy on activists and dissenters. Notable attacks: Google, Lockheed Martin (unconfirmed, substantial evidence).


Military advantage – intelligence, battlefield dominance, preparation. Political motivation, generally attempting to ensure themselves a position of power. Notable attacks: Estonia cyber attacks, “Ouroboros” malware in Ukraine.

United States

Mass intelligence, espionage – what you don’t know can hurt you. Counter command and control, creating military advantage by disrupting enemy trust and communications .Notable attacks: Stuxnet malware, Flame malware.

Other notable nations include Israel, Iran, and North Korea.

DAY 17 – JANUARY 17th

Action Plan

Day seventeen – January 17th

Target: Support Real News

Objective: Keep Honesty and Truth in the Media


This one is going to take some money out of your pocket, but there is no better way to prevent tyranny from taking further hold than to support an honest media, at the same time that Trump is trying to malign it.  Consider it money well spent.

Support Think Progress

Support your local National Public Radio (NPR)  station

Join and support Politifact

Support, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Support the Columbia Journalism Review

Subscribe to your local newspaper – most important!

Also it is important to support  nonprofit investigative newsrooms — three of the largest are The Center for Investigative Reporting, Foundation for National Progress (MotherJones), and ProPublica, but there are many others– see the Institute for Nonprofit News for others.

There are plenty more great and honest sites… send us yours at

We are in uncharted territory.

Here’s what the Columbia Journalism Review recently pointed out: “While Donald Trump might represent an alien being to political reporters, his modus operandi is unsettlingly familiar to those who have covered corporate media. Trump’s behavior is not that of a “normal” president, or even a regular politician per se, but of a loud, competitive, digitally attuned, populist media organization. For Trump, the medium is not just the message, it is the office, too. His chief of strategy Steve Bannon was most recently editor in chief at Breitbart, and will essentially be editor in chief to Trump as president. Jared Kushner, the son-in-law with Trump’s ear, owned The New York Observer. Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire who put Gawker out of business by backing the multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan, is also in the trusted inner circle of supporters. Rupert Murdoch apparently talks to Trump two or three times a week—an extraordinary level of access to an incoming president by a media owner, if true.”

Journalists from The Huffington Post, Slate and Univision will gather days before Donald Trump’s inauguration to publicly discuss  “how the news media can and should proceed to cover” the president-elect. Slate will host the event next Wednesday, called “Not the New Normal.” CNN’s Brian Stelter will moderate the panel at New York University. The focus of the discussion will include “how journalists and media companies at large can play a bigger role in making sure that fact prevails over fiction in the coming months and years,” according to Slate.

Fake news is nothing new. But bogus stories can reach more people more quickly via social media than what good old-fashioned viral emails could accomplish in years past. Concern about the phenomenon led Facebook and Google to announce that they’ll crack down on fake news sites, restricting their ability to garner ad revenue. Perhaps that could dissipate the amount of malarkey online, though news consumers themselves are the best defense against the spread of misinformation. Not all of the misinformation being passed along online is complete fiction, though some of it is. Snopes’s has been exposing false viral claims since the mid 1990s, whether that’s fabricated messages, distortions containing bits of truth and everything in between. Founder David Mikkelson warned in a Nov. 17 article not to lump everything into the “fake news” category. “The fictions and fabrications that comprise fake news are but a subset of the larger bad news phenomenon, which also encompasses many forms of shoddy, un-researched, error-filled, and deliberately misleading reporting that do a disservice to everyone,” he wrote. A lot of these viral claims aren’t “news” at all, but fiction, satire and efforts to fool readers into thinking they’re for real.~

We can’t let ourselves get fooled or allow manipulation of the truth. It’s on each of us to keep our eyes open.

Editor of the Wall Street Journal, the nation’s second-biggest newspaper says he will not report Trump lies, even if he lies

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

There is profit in Fake News.

Facebook initially discounted its contribution to the Fake News problem.  They have modified their position.


So we really have two choices if we want to overcome the Trump machine. Support local journalism and support those organizations we’ve listed above who have taken on the mission of distilling fact from fiction. And get used to doing your own fact checking.

DAY 16 – JANUARY 16th

Action Plan

Day sixteen – January 16th

Target: Save Our Democracy

Objective: Call Out the Lies of Donald Trump


There are few people better qualified to remind us of what Democracy and Truth really looks like than John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who stood and marched with MLK. On this day, the occasion of the celebration of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., we stand united in support of Rep. John Lewis  with these actions:

  1. Urge our Democratic elected Senators and Representatives to join with Rep. Lewis and boycott the Inauguration
  2. Donate in Rep John Lewis’ name to the DNC Donate in Rep John Lewis’ name to the DNC (his campaign gets half) or directly to his campaign
  3. Buy Rep. Lewis’ books about Civil Rights, and donate them to your local middle school library. Here are two sites
  4. Continually encourage your local and national media to call out the lies, write letters to the editor to get your opinion published and actively call out lies on social media.

“Drain the Swamp”.  “Obama is a Kenyan Muslim” “Thousands of Muslims cheered the towers falling” “Millions voted illegally”

“We had a massive landslide victory in the Electoral College” “I never mocked the reporter”

“Americans don’t care about my taxes” (click here to Help show that we do )

As recently as 2015 Trump called for single payer health insurance for the uninsured  and openly called for raising taxes on the wealthy. “We must take care of our own. We must have universal healthcare.” Was he lying?

Most people don’t like liars. Most Americans demand trustworthy elected officials.   When a known liar is in control of the Executive Branch of our government and shows signs of tyrannical behavior the People and Democratic institutions must #Resist

Tyrants always try to suppress a free press; here’s Trump’s playbook. Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump employs.

Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media

Berate the media.  

Blacklist critical media.  

Turn the public against the media.  

Condemn satirical or critical comments.  

Threaten the media directly.

Limit media access. (check this out!)  

Bypass the media and communicate with the public directly (Hello Twitter.)

Something is deeply wrong with the incoming president-elect and his White House team. They seem not to understand, or to care, that their job is to represent and protect the United States, not Russia. Their behavior in the past two weeks makes this problem indisputable. Until we know more, they cannot be trusted.


The actions, statements and available evidence of collusion between Trump, his inner circle and the Russian government and high level business contacts from Russia are a growing body of work. Trump has lied when he says he “has nothing to do with Russia

He has claimed to not know Putin, but in the past he has said differently.


Perhaps Trump is enamored of Putin because they are both bullies in their own right. Witness Trump’s reaction to Meryl Streep’s criticism of the mocking of the disabled reporter. The NY Times called Trump out for that, and we need to encourage those reactions every time Trump Tweets.. Remember the Ford Motors lie that Trump tweeted? The local union leader spoke out and was attacked by Trump, much like he attacked Streep.  We all need to encourage not only the media, but other who have positions of influence. Encourage our friends and family members. Once Americans begin to fear speaking out Trump wins, and Putin wins.


Backers of Trump in Congress are playing along as well.  The Ethics head honcho Walter Shaub has been holding Trump’s feet to the fire and now the office faces a loss of funding and more from Congress.  


This is unacceptable and needs to be criticized, as loudly as possible. Obama did not tolerate Trump’s lies and he shut him down. Trump is trying his hardest to shut down the media, the critics with the biggest megaphone. The more he criticizes, the better the seekers of Truth are doing.

DAY 15 – JANUARY 15th

Action Plan

Day fifteen – January 15th

Target: TRUMP

Objective: Make our voices be heard and our opposition be seen

Today’ Action

TRO members & friends:

Today is the day: At 12pm TRO will  hold our first demonstration against the incoming administration and Republican majority Congress and what they represent: oppression, tyranny and the elimination  of fundamental rights.

Plan to gather outside of the Apple Store at 5th Avenue and 59th Street at 11:30. We will then proceed down 5th Avenue towards Trump Tower.

Bring your signs showing your Opposition: you can include slogans such as “Love Trumps Hate”; “I Will Resist Oppression;” “Resist Tyranny”; “TRO: Not Going Anywhere”. FYI – Signs cannot be posted on wooden sticks or metal poles, must be hand held or use cardboard tubing. Include our website on signs –

See you there!

DAY 14 – JANUARY 14th

Action Plan

Day Fourteen – January 14th


Objective: Lay the Groundwork for Election Success

Today’ Actions

Before you do anything else, watch this 4 minute video on Youtube.

TRO ACTION: We must beat the Republicans at their own gameWe must flip state legislatures from Red to Blue. It’s the only way to safeguard our democracy—the only way to enact our shared progressive ideals.

Now find your state legislators and get to know more about them, their voting record and their contact info.  Find them on social media and interact with them there.  Start to get involved in your state and local political issues.

Why are state legislatures so important? Many of us only vote in national elections. Many of us don’t even know the names of our own representatives in our state’s House and Senate. So it may come as a surprise that state legislatures are crucial to the outcome of national elections. The Republican party currently controls 32 of the nation’s 50 state legislatures. In 25 of these states with Republican legislatures, the governor is Republican, too.

Republican governors and Republican state legislatures use the following tools to influence the outcomes of elections: Redistricting – the practice of redrawing the lines of electoral districts, which takes place every 10 years. When district lines are redrawn in ways intended to benefit one political party, we call it gerrymandering. Gerrymandering is a corrupt practice that skews election results and removes agency from the voters. Voter ID laws – laws that require voters to show photo identification before voting. These laws disproportionately affect minorities and lower-income voters—groups that have historically supported the Democratic party. Voter registration laws – discriminatory laws that create obstacles to registration (e.g. requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship).

As Republican power at the state level increases, it becomes easier for Republican lawmakers to pass ever stricter voter ID and registration laws, which in turn makes it easier for Republicans to win elections. Republican-engineered gerrymandering and voter suppression are widespread across the country, in large part because of Republican trifectas. To fight back against these anti-democratic practices, we must gain control of state legislatures. State legislators, in conjunction with governors, have an awesome power to shape the norms of our democracy.

We need to put this power in the hands of trusted progressive leaders.

There are three states to focus on in 2017:

Virginia will be electing a new governor and holding elections for all 100 seats in its state house. Virginia’s state house is nearly ⅔ Republican – but the state has voted blue in the past three Presidential elections. By encouraging great Democrats to run for state seats and supporting them, we can make sure that Virginia’s state legislature reflects its blue electorate.

North Carolina will be drawing new district lines and electing a new state legislature, following a federal court ruling that its districts had been unconstitutionally drawn on racial lines. There is a huge opportunity here to capitalize on North Carolina’s shift blue and provide an ally to Democratic Governor Roy Cooper.

New Jersey will be electing a new governor, allowing us to replace Chris Christie with a Democrat. It will also be holding General Assembly elections, with all seats up for grabs. While New Jersey’s state legislature is more reliably Democrat, we cannot give up ground.

Due to Trump’s cabinet and other Executive branch nominations, there will be special elections in multiple states where current Congress members will be vacating their seats.  Open House seats must by law be filled by special election. Vacated Senate seats vary by state, but in the case of Jeff Sessions, his seat may be filled by a current House member, also open a vacancy for special election.

Stay tuned to the following situations in the event these Trump choices are confirmed:

Jeff Sessions  Secretary of State

Mike Pompeo  CIA

Mick Mulvaney  OMB

Tom Price  HHS

Ryan Zinke  Interior


  1. Register to Vote (share with progressive friends, family, neighbors and coworkers)
  2. Unless and until you live in an open primary state with a strong third party, Join the Democrats. Progressive change happens best from within the party.
  3. Run for Office. Especially if you are a woman.
  4. GOTV

DAY 13 – JANUARY 13th

Action Plan

Day Thirteen – January 13th

Target: Energy Policy

Objective: Demand that the US promote clean and renewable energy


Join the fight with Earth Justice TO DEFEND CLIMATE PROGRESS

Don’t dismantle critical climate and public health protections

“Dear President-elect Trump and Congressional leaders, If you try to dismantle critical climate protections like the standards to reduce methane emissions and other toxic pollution, know that you are deliberately defying the wishes of the American people. An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that we need strong leadership to act on climate change, and we need it now. Don’t side with polluters and dirty energy insiders. Now is the time to move forward with critical climate safeguards and steps to build a clean energy economy that works for all Americans.”

American Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, who was once on the fence about supporting President-elect Donald Trump, has now become one of his top advisors on energy policy.  T. Boone Pickens advice to Trump on Energy: “The selection of Rick Perry to be secretary of energy should, without question, be met with that third response. He has the skills and leadership qualities necessary to Make America Great Again on the back of cheap American energy. I recommend President Donald Trump and Secretary Rick Perry pursue an energy plan with two parts: 1. Don’t screw up what we have going for us. 2. Don’t settle for what we’ve done so far. In the last 10 years, we’ve seen an incredible increase in domestic oil and natural gas production…These stunning gains have been achieved despite continued foot-dragging and tangled responsibilities in Washington.”

We are the ones causing the foot-dragging and tangled responsibilities, by being loud.  We want to Keep It In the Ground and we want to continue with the Paris Climate Accords, and maybe, just maybe, find some quality of life for our future generations.

Trump has stated he wants out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Yesterday on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson said he believes “the risk of climate change does exist, and the consequences could be serious enough that action should be taken.” But while the Obama administration and other world leaders have aggressively pursued efforts to slash carbon dioxide emissions and stave off global warming, the former ExxonMobil chief executive expressed little such urgency when testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill. Hundreds of American companies, including Mars, Nike, Levi Strauss and Starbucks, have  urged President-elect Donald J. Trump not to abandon the Paris climate deal, saying a failure by the United States to build a clean economy endangers American prosperity. We need to send a clear message to DC.

10 years, we’ve seen an incredible increase in natural gas production. The ingenuity and innovation of private industry has led to a continued decline not just in the price of natural gas and American crude oil, but of wind and solar electricity, as well. These stunning gains have been achieved despite continued foot-dragging and tangled responsibilities in Washington.

The world is doing what it can to reduce carbon emissions and limit the global average temperature change with a new agreement decided in 2015 at the Paris Climate Summit (or COP21) To move forward, we also need to realize that there is only so much that can possibly be done in limiting Green House Gas output as the human population only increases and puts more demands on our energy infrastructure . To further help the environment and secure the future of the planet for our children and their children, we need to move to renewable sources for our energy generation. Most renewable energy sources, and the technology used to harness them, are low carbon emission. In most cases, once installed they have minimal or no carbon output and can still provide our energy needs. We can never go fully carbon neutral as it takes resources to make a solar panel, build a dam and so on, but it is a critical and significant reduction of our carbon output. What we do need to do, is to take the steps we can to reduce our carbon footprint for international regulations, to help those in the developing world, and to protect ourselves against the freak weather. We also know that the ice caps are melting and the sea levels are rising which creates food shortages and national instability as well as being an expensive situation for our insurance.

At every opportunity, we must join the fight to prevent fracking, prevent new offshore and nearshore oil and gas wells and to fight for cleaner alternatives.  What is fracking?  Fracking is the forcing of thousands of gallons of water, chemicals and sand at high pressure into subterranean rocks and boreholes to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. Arguments against fracking include: Hydraulic fracturing is harmful to the climate as it has been linked to methane leaks. Methane is a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.  Fracking consumes vast amounts of precious water. Each fracking job requires several million gallons of water. 75% of this water is not recovered, it is lost forever. Furthermore, this water must be transported to the fracking sites, which in turn uses more fuel. Fracking contaminates soil, air and water. Shale gas has been linked to flammable drinking water. Fracking injects into our water supply over one hundred chemicals that cause cancer or are neurotoxins.

Fissures created by the fracking process create underground pathways for radioactive material, gases and chemicals.

Fracking causes Earthquakes. Via Reuters, one of the world’s leading seismology labs states that earthquakes can trigger “swarms” of smaller quakes which would not have occurred but for the wastewater-injection wells used in fracking. Arsenic has been found in groundwater near fracking wells.  The waste water retrieved is also dangerous and transport of the waste water also poses environmental concerns. Waste water storage is currently regulate by the states, many of whom have weak or non-existent regulations in this area. Visit this link for tools EnvironmentAmerica’s Fight Fracking Toolkit.

DAY 12 – JANUARY 12th

Action Plan

Day Twelve – January 12th

Target: Truth. Resistance. Opposition. (TRO)

Objective: Help TRO Grow


For this movement to succeed we all have to regularly re-commit ourselves to being proactive and making our voices heard.  We are more powerful together than apart. So please take the steps below to help build TRO into the united voice that can change the world.

  1. Complete the TRO Survey –Help us to better understand who we are as an organization
  2. Complete the platform survey – We plan to help affect the direction of the DNC going forward and we want to know what are the issues that need to be at the center of the platform going forward
  3. Sign up and follow our socials; Twitter – @truthresistopp Instagram – @truthresistanceopposition
  4. Be sure to use #troaction on all political tweets and re-tweet our tweets as often as possible
  5. Invite at least  10 more friends to the TRO Facebook group
  6. Ask at least 5 friends to sign up for mailing list through website
  7. TRO has created 5 petitions to date – If you have not signed them yet, click below to sign each one:  Oppose Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor   Oppose Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the EPA   Oppose Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury   Oppose Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State     Oppose Tom Price as Secretary of HHS
  8. In addition to the petitions, please go through our recent actions page of our Action Center and take action on as many as you can.
  9. If you can, please donate to TRO-PAN (paypal to: or visit – Starting a new organization from the ground up has all kinds of associated costs. Currently we are spending money on a variety of activities including but not limited to: Website development/hosting, email communications and tools, other marketing efforts, general supplies, and legal/business structure establishment. Currently members of the leadership are funding these needs however, to become a stronger organization we need to support our initiatives with a fund contributed to by our members

From a Facebook Group to a web-presence and beyond. Launched on Facebook as a place for a few friends to communicate their frustrations and experiences following the November 2016 elections, the TRO Facebook Group has grown exponentially, recently reaching over 5,900 members in under two months of existence. TRO’s Mission Statement is succinct: To be the voice of truth and opposition, calling out, confronting and opposing anti-democratic and authoritarian actions of the incoming Trump administration; Using the power of a united voice to defeat corporate greed; To support election of candidates whose policies and programs will help the middle class and protect the poor and disenfranchised; To preserve the American ideas and values of pluralism, individual rights and respect for the rule of law that define the U.S.; And to raise the level of political discourse by listening to those with which we disagree, speaking so we are heard and leading by example, following the mantra of “more passion, less emotion”.

TRO’ stated goal is create a powerful and innovative platform to forward it’s agenda, with a wide, deep and powerful reach recently having launched our webpage, TRO is far on it’s way towards achieving  this goal but your participation is essential. Each of today’s Actions will help us become a more robust organization and build stronger public presence.

DAY 11 – JANUARY 11th

Action Plan

Day Eleven – January 11th

Target: Trump & Russia

Objective: Fully Investigate the Trump / Russia Connection and Election Circumstances


Sign the petition demanding that Congress convene a bipartisan investigation into the Russian interference with the election. There are over 65 thousand signers so far!

We urge Congress to convene an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate foreign interference with our presidential election.

In addition contact your Representative, the Speaker of the House, the House Majority and Minority leaders, and the Chairs & Ranking Members of the House Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees; demand that a bipartisan investigation be convened.  Here is a script you can use for your call:

I am XXX and am outraged that Russia has interfered with our elections,  threatening our Democracy. I demand that Congress immediately convene an independent bipartisan investigation into  this matter.

Speaker of the House: Paul Ryan (R-WI)

(202) 225-0600

House Intelligence Committee: House Homeland Security Committee
Majority Leader: Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

(202) 225-4000

Chair: Devin Nunes (R-CA)

(202) 225-2523

Chair: Michael McCaul (R-TX)

(202) 225-2401

Minority Leader: Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

(202) 225 -0100

Ranking Member:

Adam Schiff (D- CA)

(202) 225-4176

Ranking Member:

Bennie Thompson (D-MS)

(202) 225-5876

On October 7, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Department of National Security issued a joint statement indicating the intelligence community’s confidence that the Russian government directed compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations, and that the disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like and WikiLeaks are consistent with the Russian-directed efforts. The statement also noted that the Russians have used similar tactics and techniques elsewhere to influence public opinion.  Less than 2 weeks later Trump indicated his doubt of the intelligence report of the Dept. of Homeland Security, the FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence, during his third debate with Clinton. During hearings last week, after Trump repeatedly voiced skepticism about the intelligence communitys conclusion that Russia interfered to help him win the White House, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) took a swipe at Trump. Who benefits from a president-elect trashing the intelligence community? she asked. It should be noted that  Former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., a veteran of four presidential administrations, resigned Thursday from Trumps transition team because of growing tensions over Trumps vision for intelligence agencies.

In the loud debate over the alleged Russian intelligence attack on our democratic system, Americans have heard all kinds of specious assertions from Donald Trump, his minions, and others who reject the findings of the US intelligence agencies, for their own reasons. Trump must fear that a full investigation of the allegations will permanently discredit his presidency, already tainted by Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote majority. It is telling that he described the hacking probes as a partisan “political witch hunt” before the nation’s spy chiefs even presented him with their evidence. In typical form Trump is sending up chaff designed to distract from his own dubious conduct and connections. – Joe Conason,

In a a CNN interview, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said  that President-elect Donald Trump was wrong to deny that Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 election in the United States. “[Of 100 Senators] I would say that 99 of us believe the Russians did this .“

America’s European allies have expressed alarm to one another about Donald Trump’s public statements denying Moscow’s role in cyberattacks, fearing that Trump has emboldened the Kremlin in its unprecedented cybercampaign to disrupt elections in multiple countries in hopes of weakening Western alliances. Officials from two European countries tell Newsweek that Trump’s comments about Russia’s hacking have alarmed several NATO partners because they suggest he either does not believe the information he receives in intelligence briefings, does not pay attention to it, does not understand it or is misleading the American public for unknown reasons.

It’s telling Trump has been surrounded by advisers and associates who are believed to have economic and familial links to Russia, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump adviser Carter Page; and adviser Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (retired), attended a dinner in honor of the 10th anniversary of RT, a Russian news agency identified by American intelligence as a primary outlet for Moscow’s disinformation campaigns. During the campaign, it was widely believed that  Trump and his campaign spread propaganda created as part of the Kremlin’s effort, including when a manipulated document was put onto the internet anonymously by propagandists working with Russia and within hours, Trump was reciting that false information at a campaign rally. The Trump campaign also spread claims from Sputnik, another news outlet identified by American intelligence as part of a Russian disinformation campaign. For more good background on why Russia is doing this and their end goal, read this from Politico

DAY 10 – JANUARY 10th

Action Plan

Day Ten – January 10th

Please Note that there are Multiple Targets Today

Round 2 of the Trump Cabinet Picks

Sessions, DeVos, Mulvaney, Carson & Perry

Objective: Convince US Congress that Jeffrey Sessions is wrong for Attorney General


Call the Senators on the Judiciary Committee TODAY and tell them your view!
Here is a script you can use for your call:

I am concerned about the upcoming confirmation hearing of Senator Jeff Sessions. It is important that he be asked hard questions by both Republicans and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. Anyone who aspires to be our top lawyer must be thoroughly vetted, and Senator Sessions needs to publicly prove that he respects the dignity and rights of all Americans. I ask you to rigorously question him during this hearing. Please judge his responses not just as a partisan politician, but as an American concerned with justice and equality for all. He was too racist to be a federal judge in 1986, and he’s too racist to be our Attorney General now.

      Judiciary Committee:
Chuck Grassley (R – IA) (202) 224-3744 Patrick Leahy (D – VT) (202) 224-4242
(Chairman) (Ranking member)
Orrin G. Hatch (R – UT) (202) 224-5251 Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) (202) 224-3841
Jeff Sessions (R – AL) (202) 224-4124 Charles Schumer (D – NY) (202) 224-6542
Lindsey Graham (R – SC) (202) 224-5972 Dick Durbin (D – IL) (202) 224-2152
John Cornyn (R – TX) (202) 224-2934 Sheldon Whitehouse (D – RI) (202) 224-2921
Michael S. Lee (R – UT) (202) 224-5444 Amy Klobuchar (D – MN) (202) 224-3244
Ted Cruz (R – TX) (202) 224-5922 Al Franken (D – MN) (202) 224-5641
Jeff Flake (R – AZ) (202) 224-4521 Christopher A. Coons (D – DE) (202) 224-5042
David Perdue (R – GA) (202) 224-3521

Richard Blumenthal (D – CT)

(202) 224-2823
Thom Tillis (R – NC) (202) 224-6342

Donald Trump announced that he will appoint Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, or the top law enforcement agent in the country. This is outrageous, and would be disastrous for all civil rights. Sessions is a racist, homophobic, misogynist xenophobe. He cannot lead the department that safeguards the rights and liberties of people in the U.S. Sessions was rejected by Republicans for a federal judgeship in the 80s, because he was too racist. He has used the n-word, called civil rights groups like the NAACP un-American, and joked about liking the KKK, among many other racist remarks. As a Senator, he has fought all paths to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. He has defended Trump’s idea to ban Muslim immigrants. Sessions is a danger to women and LGBTQ people. His actions as Alabama Attorney General to ban Gay-Straight Alliances on Alabama college campuses were ruled First Amendment violations. He voted against the Matthew Shepard Act, which added to the federal definition of hate crimes to include violent acts based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He voted against the Violence Against Women Act. He is also an outspoken opponent of women’s abortion rights.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, US president-elect Donald Trump’s choice for attorney general, is widely considered one of the most conservative Republicans in the senate and has a controversial history as a federal prosecutor in his home state. In particular, Sessions—who endorsed Trump early in the campaign—has a rather dubious record when it comes to women’s rights. Here are some of key positions he has taken in recent years: Opposed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act – Vigorously opposed abortion -Opposed Funding for women-owned businesses – He is Unclear what constitutes sexual assault.

Sessions denied a Federal Judgeship in 1986 because of racist incidents. “My conscience is not clear, and I must vote no.” Sen. Howell Heflin said he had “read and reread the transcript” of the hearings but couldn’t bring himself to recommend Sessions for the federal District Court for the Southern District of Alabama after witnesses testified that the then-U.S. attorney had made racially charged remarks. Neither could GOP Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) or Charles Mathias Jr. (Md.), who sided with Democrats on the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee to stop Sessions’s nomination by a 10-8 vote.” Unfortunately, Sessions’ attitude toward civil rights seems not to have changed in the decades since he was accused of calling civil rights groups “communist-inspired” and “un-American.”  Nowhere is this clearer than in his relationship with Breitbart News. A review by People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch found that since 2013 Sessions has given at least 18 interviews to Breitbart’s radio programs and 7 exclusive interviews to its print journalists and that his office provided Breitbart with exclusive first access to at least a dozen statements and documents.

In addition, a group of more than 1,100 law school professors from across the country is sending a letter to Congress on Tuesday urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general. And questions have also been raised regarding the dearth of pertinent records being provided to the Judiciary Committee by the nominee.

Objective: Convince the U.S. Congress that Betsy DeVos is wrong for Secretary of Education


Call the Senators on the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee TODAY and tell them your view!

Here is a script you can use for your call:

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like [him/her] to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. DeVos and her family heavily lobbied the Michigan legislature for failed schemes like vouchers, which take money  away from public schools to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense and to shield the charter industry from greater oversight. She pushes for-profit charter schools and online schools, which consistently fail the students that they are supposed to serve. I want my tax dollars to stay in my community to support my public schools.  She is unqualified to serve as Secretary of Education.  She has never worked as an educator or in a public school in any capacity, did not attend public schools, and did not send her children to public schools. Instead, she has spent her career working to undermine public education. Betsy DeVos is bad for American education and is No choice for Secretary of Education.

      HELP Committee:
Lamar Alexander – R  TN 202-224-4944 Patty Murray – D WA 202-224-2621
(Chairman) (Ranking member)
Michel B. Enzi- R WY 202-224-3424 Bernie Sanders- I VT 202-224-5141
Richard Burr – R NC 202-224-3154 Robert P. Casey,Jr – D PA 202-224-6324
Johnny Isakson – R GA 202-224-3643 Al Franken – D MN 202-224-5641
Rand Paul – R KY 202-224-4343 Michael F. Bennett –


Susan Collins – R ME 202-224-2523 Sheldon Whitehouse – D RI 202-224-2921
Lisa Murkowski -R AK 202-224-6665 Tammy Baldwin – D WI 202-224-5653
Tim Scott – R SC 202-224-6121 Christopher S. Murphy – D CT 202-224-4041
Orrin Hatch – R UT 202-224-5251 Elizabeth Warren – D MA 202-224-4543
Pat Roberts – R KS 202-224-4774 Tim Kaine – D VA 202-224-4024
Bill Cassidy, M.D. – R LA 202-224-5824 Maggie Hassan – D NH 202-224-3324
Todd Young – R IN 202-224-5623

5 Things to Know about Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump Education Choice

  • She Bragged that Her Family Was the Biggest GOP Funder of “Soft Money,” They Have also Funneled Millions in Dark $$
  • She Has Pushed for Vouchers and More to Get Tax Money to Support Christian Schools
  • DeVos Has Pushed Policies Cloaked as “Choice” that Undermine Public Schools in Michigan and Nationwide
  • She Retained a Convicted Felon to Lobby for Her Wish List of Education Reforms (and There Are Other Scandals)
  • Betsy DeVos Refused to Send Her Children to Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Many have decried the choice  of Betsy DeVos as a looming disaster for public schools in America, with NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia observing that DeVos’ “efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers–which take away funding and local control from our public schools–to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense. ” When funds are diverted to private for-profit institutions, public schools, already suffering from widespread budget cuts, are less and less attractive. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. “The choice signals the President-elect’s intention to put the expansion of taxpayer-funded charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools at the center of his national agenda on education. The charter-school industry — consisting of schools that are funded partly by tax dollars but run independently — may be heading toward a bubble similar to that of the subprime-mortgage crisis, according to a study published by four education researchers. -Business Insider

Reject Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. She has been labeled an outsider to politics but she has plenty of experience lobbying for her particular brand of education. Installing her in the Department of Education is the opposite of Trump’s promise to drain the swamp. Add to this the fact that her political work has been wrought with campaign finance scandals: her American Federation for Children advocacy group retained Scott Jensen despite his conviction for using tax-paid employees to aid his campaign; her PAC “All Children Matter” apparently never paid a $5.2 million dollar fine for exceeding campaign contribution caps. In addition DeVos has campaigned vigorously to prevent oversight on private charter schools in her home state of Michigan. And she and her family are major donors to Senators on the HELP Committee.

Objective: Convince US Congress that Rick Perry is wrong for Energy


Call the Senators on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee TODAY and tell them your view!

Here is a script you can use for your call:

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like [him/her] to oppose the appointment of Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy. Perry is not qualified to lead this agency for many reasons, including his fervent support of traditional fossil fuels without supporting alternative fuels, such as wind power, and is position as a climate change denier, despite evidence and scientific research to the contrary. I believe Rick Perry is a bad choice for Secretary of Energy and implore the Senator to reject this choice.

 Energy & Natural Resources  Committee:
Lisa Murkowski (R – AL) (202) 224-6665 Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (202) 224-3441
(Chairman) (Ranking member)
John Barrasso (R-WY) (202) 224-6441 Ron Wyden (D-OR) (202) 224-5244
Jim Risch (R-ID) (202) 224-2752 Bernard Sanders (I-VT) (202) 224-5141
Mike Lee (R-UT) (202) 224-5444 Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (202) 224-4822
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) (202) 224-4521 Al Franken (D-MN) (202) 224-5641
Steve Daines (R- MT) (202) 224-2651 Joe Manchin (D-WV) (202) 224-3954
Cory Gardner (R-CO) (202) 224-5941 Martin Heinrich (D-NM) (202) 224-5521
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) (202) 224-4124 Mazie Hirono (D-HI) (202) 224-6361
Lamar Alexander (R-TN) (202) 224-4944 Angus King (D-ME) (202) 224-5344
John Hoeven (R-ND) (202) 224-2551 Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (202) 224-2854
Bill Cassidy (R-LA) (202) 224-5824 Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)  (202) 224-3542
Rob Portman (R-OH) (202) 224-3353

We question Perry’s qualifications to lead the massive federal agency, particularly because he called for its elimination during his first unsuccessful presidential bid five years ago.  He is a fervent supporter for traditional fossil fuels, obviously championing oil drilling and fracking in his home state of Texas.  “Judging by the past, he has backroom deals with special interests and big polluters — the rest of the economy and the air be damned,” said Jim Marston, the Texas head of the Environmental Defense Fund, recalling a 2005 executive order to approve coal plants that his group successfully challenged in court.  Last year, Perry joined the board of Energy Transfer Partners, the Dallas-based company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline; its CEO, Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren, was a major supporter of Perry’s political endeavors.

Rick Perry is a climate change denier, something that virtually all scientists agree on. Mr. Trump himself has described climate change as a “hoax” perpetrated by China, a preposterous claim backed by no evidence. This month, Mr. Trump’s transition team sent a questionnaire to the Energy Department asking for the names of employees who had attended certain climate change meetings. The Obama administration rejected the request, fearing that the employees would be marginalized or targeted for retaliation by the new administration.

As governor of Texas, Mr. Perry was a champion of the oil and gas industry, but he did support wind power, which boomed in the state under his watch. Trump is on record as being opposed to wind power.  The Department of Energy is tasked with our Nuclear weapons program management as well.  Based on Trumps recent tweets, this is cause for concern as well if Mr. Perry is in charge.

If Perry’s nomination gets through the Senate committee, it moves to the Senate floor for a simple majority vote. In the full Senate there may actually be a good opportunity to pressure moderate Republican Senators who are not committee members, but who might have a vested (constituents’) interest in opposing Perry’s appointment. Our opposition to Perry’s appointment should focus on areas in which most Senators can feel at home…

-Jobs for constituents (green/clean energy is a future job growth center)

-Economic benefits of clean energy itself

-Safety and security of Nuclear stockpile and waste

-Safety and security of their states’ natural resources (water, air, etc.) vs. drilling/fracking/pipelines (spills, earthquakes, pollution etc.)

-The advancing effects of climate change on the physical realities of life in their states (coastlines, warming, drought, etc.)

Additional Suggested Actions and Articles:

Food and Water Watch  

Care2 Petitions  

National Resource Defense Council  

Truth Out

Objective: Convince US Congress that Mick Mulvaney should not be confirmed as White House Budget Director


Call the Senators on the Budget and Homeland Security Committees TODAY and tell them your view!

Here is a script you can use for your call:

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like [him/her] to oppose the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as White House Budget Director. Mulvaney’s views do not represent the views of the majority of Americans. His stated support of privatization of Social Security,  his deeming  as “baseless” decades of scientific research on global warming and his support of drastic restrictions on, and cuts to, Food Stamp programs indicate how out of touch he is with the needs of this country. Mulvaney is a bad choice for Budget Director and I implore the Senator to reject this choice.

      Budget Committee:
Mike Enzi R – WY (202) 224-3424 Bernie Sanders  I-VT (202) 224-4843
(Chairman) (Ranking member)
Charles Grassley R – IA (202) 224-3744 Patty Murray D – WA (202) 224-2621
Jeff Sessions R – AL (202) 224-4124 Ron Wyden D – OR (202) 224-5244
Mike Crapo R – ID (202) 224-6142 Sheldon Whitehouse D – RI (202)-224-2921
Lindsey Graham R – SC (202) 224-5972 Mark R. Warner D – VA (202)-224-2023
Pat Toomey R – PA (202) 224-4254 Jeff Merkley D – OR (202) 224-3753
Ron Johnson R – WI (202) 224-5323 Tim Kaine D – VA (202) 224-4024
Bob Corker R – TN (202)-224-3344 Angus King I – ME (202) 224-5344
David Perdue R – GA (202) 224-3521 Chris Van Hollen D – MD (202) 224-4654
Cory Gardner R – CO (202) 224-5941 Kamala Harris D – CA (202) 224-3553
John Kennedy R – LA (202)-224-4623

      Homeland Security Committee:
Ron Johnson R – WI (202) 224-5323 Claire McCaskill D – MO (202) 224-6154
(Chairman) (Ranking member)
John McCain R – AZ (202) 224-2235 Thomas R Carper  D – DE (202) 224-2441
Rob Portman R – OH (202) 224-3353 Jon Tester D – MT (202) 224-2644
Rand Paul R-  KY (202) 224-4343 Heidi Heitkamp D – ND (202) 224-2043
James Lankford R – OH (202) 224-5754 Gary C. Peters D – MI (202)-224-6221
Michael Enzi R – WY (202) 224-3424 Margaret Wood Hassan (202)-224-3324
John Hoeven R – ND (202) 224-2551 Kamala D. Harris (202)-224-3553
Steve Daines R- MT (202) 224-2651

Mr. Mulvaney’s views do not represent the majority of Americans. 81% of Americans disapproved of the shutdown of the Federal Government, led by Mr. Mulvaney, Ted Cruz, and others in Congress at an estimated cost of $160 million/ day. Mr. Mulvaney’s voting record and policy approach has had a singular focus: reduce the size of government by cutting spending. Mulvaney supports privatization of Social Security, a Federal amendment to prevent same-sex marriage, and referred to decades of global warming research as “baseless claims”. Handing control of the budget appropriations process to Mulvaney reflects too great a risk for the American people, as he has demonstrated repeatedly his willingness to put his personal ideology ahead of the interests of the American people, risking default on US debt and shutting government services.

Mulvaney has said about Medicare: “We have to end Medicare as we know it.” He is a hard-liner conservative who has voiced fierce opposition to the Affordable Care Act,  Planned Parenthood and voted for onerous Food Stamp program cuts and restrictions. Mulvaney, the ultra-conservative South Carolina congressman,  a deficit hawk who recently spoke before a chapter of the right-wing-fringe John Birch Society, has questioned whether the federal government should spend any money on scientific research. He seems to believe the budget and the agencies should not be funding research into diseases like the Zika virus. Two weeks before Congress finally passed more than $1 billion to fight the spread of Zika and its effects, Mulvaney questioned whether the government should fund any scientific research. See  Mother Jones Article 12/19/16

On Climate Change The League of Conservation Voters tracks each member of Congress’s lifetime voting record on environmental topics, assigning scores. Low scores equate with anti-environmental votes. The lifetime score of Mulvaney is  7 out of a possible 100, at the very low end, even for Republicans. He was also one of 67 Republicans to vote against the Hurricane Sandy relief package.

Objective: Convince US Congress that Ben Carson is wrong for Housing and Urban Development Secretary


Call the Senators on the  Banking Housing & Urban Affairs Committee TODAY and tell them your view!

Here is a script you can use for your call:

My name is xxxx and I am calling to let the Senator know of my opposition to appointing Ben Carson as HUD secretary. Carson himself has said as recently as this past  month that he lacks experience and has no business running a federal agency.  To put him, a surgeon, with no experience in governance  or leadership at this level, in control of a department that oversees 8000 people with a multibillion dollar budget is irresponsible and dangerous to the people that HUD is  designated to help. Furthermore, he does not even believe in the mission of this department, firmly standing against challenges to segregation  and discrimination.  If you question him thoroughly I believe you will agree that Ben Carson is a bad choice for secretary of HUD,  as he is imminently unqualified to serve in this position.

 Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee:
Mike Crapo R – ID (202) 224-6142 Sherrod Brown (D- OH) (202) 224-2315
(Chairman) (Ranking member)
Richard C. Shelby R- AL (202)224-5744 Jack Reed (D- RI) (202) 224-4642
Bob Corker R – TN (202)-224-3344 Robert Menendez  (D- NJ) (202) 224-4744
Pat Toomey R – PA (202) 224-4254 Jon Tester (D- MT) (202) 224-2644
Dean Heller R- NV (202) 224-6244 Mark R. Warner D – VA (202)-224-2023
Tim Scott – R SC 202-224-6121 Elizabeth Warren – D MA 202-224-4543
Ben Sasse  R – NE (202)-224-4224 Heidi Heitkamp D – ND (202) 224-2043
Tom Cotton R- AR (202) 224-2353 Joe Donnelly  (D- IN) (202) 224-4814
Mike Rounds R- SD (202) 224-5842 Brian Schatz (D- HI) (202) 224-3934
David Perdue R – GA (202) 224-3521 Chris Van Hollen, Chris (D-MD) (202) 224-4654
Thom Tillis R – NC (202) 224-6342 Catherine Cortez Masto, (D-NV)  (202) 224-3542
John Kennedy R – LA (202)-224-4623

President Elect Trump’s nomination of Ben Carson as HUD Secretary is difficult to interpret in any way other than as a reward for Ben Carson’s support for Trump’s Campaign. It is an affront to our democracy. Ben Carson has no experience, background, or knowledge of urban development or housing. Like many of Trump’s appointments, Carson has no government or public sector experience either, and with Carson, very limited experience with management and governance. Dr. Carson is unqualified to run HUD, an agency of 8,000 employees and a $50 billion/ year budget, serving roughly 5 million families. His past public statements include irresponsible and unsubstantiated claims of recent corruption, waste, and ineffectiveness of HUD’s programs. His intent to reform the HUD with no understanding of it’s policies or operations is unacceptable, and taxpayers should not be asked to pay the salary of Department administrators who lack the most basic qualifications and skills to fulfill the responsibilities of their appointment. As concerned citizens of the United States, we must oppose this appointment and advise the Senate that Dr. Carson must not be confirmed as HUD Secretary due to his lack of qualifications and misleading and reckless public commentary.

Tea Party darling Ben Carson would oversee about 8,000 people working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an area in which he has absolutely NO experience. Carson allegedly admitted as recently as mid-November that he has no business running a federal agency. “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience; he’s never run a federal agency,” Carson’s business manager and close friend Armstrong Williams told the Hill. “The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”  What that department and its employees do affects people of every economic level in every part of our country including homebuyers, people in inner cities and seniors. To keep all that operating well takes empathy for citizens who may be out of sight, but who should never be out of mind. Yet Carson has stated that poverty “is more of a choice than anything else”.

As Secretary , he would be tasked with granting out subsidies for public housing to cities; giving federal grants to city, county and municipal governments for projects ranging from rental vouchers for low-income families to large-scale infrastructure development; and overseeing natural disaster relief in a nation increasingly wracked by the fallout from climate change. Carson has admitted he was not sold on global warming being real, despite an estimated 97% of actively publishing climate scientists agreeing it is. Just as relevant, Ben Carson has said he believes that the Earth literally was created in six days. And Carson has said he would “certainly get involved” to reverse the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, comparing homosexuality to bestiality.

Besides having absolutely no experience in government, much less with housing policy, Carson opposes one of HUD’s key missions: to challenge racial segregation and discrimination. Last year he denounced a HUD plan with Dubuque, Iowa, designed to ensure the city didn’t discriminate against African-Americans in distributing federally funded housing vouchers, as “what you see in communist countries.” He mocked a HUD rule designed to help municipalities use data to “overcome historic patterns of segregation” as “government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality” and as “failed socialist experiments.”


Action Plan

Day Nine – January 9th

Target: Climate Change

Objective: Day of Action on Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Action Plans

Contact your Representative and your Senators. Unsure who to call? Check here to find out  the names of your Senators; or here to find out the name of your Representative. 

When you call, share your story on how the climate crisis is affecting you, and how the solutions are benefiting you. Tell them whats going on locally:

  1. How is the climate crisis impacting your life and community? For example, has your life been impacted by a historically severe storm, wildfire, or increasingly unpredictable weather?
  2. How are solutions to the climate crisis benefiting your life and community? For example, have you purchased a home solar energy system or clean, fuel-efficient vehicle and realized any benefits?

Participate in 350.orgs Day Against Denial Today: is holding many events in January, including a Monday, January 9th Day Against Denial in which people in all 50 states will take to the streets for rallies with friends and neighbors.

We will call out our Senators to do the right thing and reject Trumps cabinet nominations, including via direct conversations with Senate staff to pass along the message that we, as constituents and voters, do not accept these dangerous nominations.

Additional actions are planned for January 11th and January 20th-21st.

  Click here to find events in your area 

You don’t need to accept the overwhelming scientific evidence underlying climate change to support the solutions, which offer profound triple bottom line benefits. On one hand, the climate crisis is already proving to be devastating and costly. For example:

⇒Miami is in the midst of spending $400-500 million on infrastructure to combat sea level rise.

⇒NRDC estimates that four impacts of climate disruption alone – hurricane damage, real estate losses, and energy and water costs – will come with a price tag of $1.9 trillion annually by 2100.

⇒The Council on Foreign Relations emphasizes that “climate change presents a serious threat to the security and prosperity of the United States and other countries.”

⇒Leading scientists estimate that, “replacing lost forage caused by climate change with extra hay will hike costs for the California ranching industry (alone) by up to $235 million per year by 2070.”

⇒The EPA reports that the climate crisis is already having a significant impact on America’s natural heritage, causing many of our precious native species to migrate and others to face endangerment and extinction.

Fortunately, the Union of Concerned scientists emphasizes that solutions to the climate crisis offer society valuable economic, public health, national security, and environmental benefits.  For example:

Our transition to clean energy and vehicles not only reduces heat-trapping pollution, but is creating millions of jobs – to manufacture, install, service, and market these renewable energy technologies.

Replacing fossil fuels with clean energy benefits our national security by fostering America’s energy independence and cutting off sources of funding to countries that support terrorism.

Climate-smart, regenerative agriculture not only curtails heat-trapping emissions, but also cuts input costs, improves soil health, and increases the resilience of farms to drought.  Yet Trump has appointed multiple climate change deniers and fossil fuel industry insiders to his cabinet.

Messaging Tips  Science-based info to counter common climate denier talking points:

Southern Fried Sciences 10 Misconceptions About Climate Change

Responses to the most common skeptical arguments of climate change deniers

Tips from messaging and “framing” guru, George Lakoff:

How to frame climate change:

How we talk about climate change

More Links to actions and climate change resources:

  1. Join NRDC in taking one or more actions in your garage, in your kitchen, and/or at your dining-room table to stop global warming
  2. EDF – Why you need to care about climate change:
  3. Earth Day Network – Climate Change: What Can I do?
  4. Global Warming Tips from the EPA (these will likely disappear soon after Trump’s inauguration) – 50 things you can do to stop global warming (and often save $$ in the process)
  5. What you can do at home to stop climate change What you can do on the road What you can do at school



An obscure Washington policy group that opposes almost any government aid for renewable energy has emerged as an influential force in shaping Donald Trump’s plans to dismantle Obama administration climate initiatives.

Climate Change Information on the Web may be endangered by the Trump Administration



Find Fuel efficient/clean-fuel vehicles; clean vehicle incentives: Federal  Tax Credits and California Rebates;  Look into home renewable energy systems;


Action Plan

Day Eight – January 8th

Target: Hands Off Women’s Bodies

Objective: Promote Reproductive Rights and Medical Choices

ACTION PLANS – Freedom of Choice.

There are 3 Actions today for Women’s Reproductive Health:

  • Show your support for Planned Parenthood or join their Action Team. In two-thirds of the 491 counties in which they are located, Planned Parenthood health centers serve at least half of all women obtaining contraceptive care from safety-net health centers. In one-fifth of the counties in which they are located, Planned Parenthood sites are the sole safety-net family planning center.  Planned Parenthood provides birth control, annual exams, STD testing and wellness. You can support them by making your appointment there.
  • In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Sharing frustration about the global reproductive health status of Black women and the limitations of a privacy-based “pro-choice” movement when women of color had minimal choices, Black women adopted a human rights framework that addressed issues of bodily autonomy and freedom with reproductive decision-making. Support this organization that addresses the reproductive health issues of Women of Color.
  • Tell Congress to Act on Zika Eliminate Hyde Amendment Restrictions on Abortion Coverage

The vision and policies Donald Trump has proposed for America are a clear and present danger to women, their bodies, freedoms and economic stability. Donald Trump, in a September letter to anti-abortion activists declared, “I am committed to … defunding Planned Parenthood.” There more than a million-and-a-half people who rely on Planned Parenthood, and for most of them we’re their only medical provider, even before a potential repeal of affordable care.

Repeal of the ACA could return us to a world where insurance companies can indiscriminately charge women more than men for health coverage, deny women coverage of critical services, and impose high costs that effectively deter women from accessing care that is essential to their health and well-being.  This not only harms women’s health, it also undermines the economic security of families and communities. ACA repeal risks too much for women and families.

What you should know about Reproductive Health and Team Trump.

The Trump presidency has placed Planned Parenthood in the crosshairs of a Republican-dominated government, crusading against women’s reproductive freedom. Because it serves Medicaid patients, whose care is subsidized by the government, Planned Parenthood receives significant federal funding. Republicans – in a long war, launched by incoming Vice President Mike Pence – have sought to cut off Planned Parenthood’s access to federal dollars, in hopes of also crippling its ability to provide abortion services. (These are paid for privately; federal law prohibits virtually all taxpayer funding of abortion.) As a House member in 2007, Pence introduced the first bill seeking to defund Planned Parenthood. As governor of Indiana, he slashed public health funding, shuttering Planned Parenthood clinics and fueling an HIV epidemic in rural Indiana. With Pence leading the presidential transition, Trump has tapped as his budget director South Carolina congressman Mick Mulvaney – the Republican who led the 2015 campaign to shut down the federal government in protest of Planned Parenthood funding.

For another example, the US Center for Disease Control recommends precautions for women and their partners thinking about pregnancy and pregnant women: Consider avoiding nonessential travel to areas with Zika if you are thinking about  having a baby in the near future.” If you must travel, talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider first and take steps to plan for travel” “If your partner travels to an area with Zika, protect yourself from getting Zika during sex” “What to do if you live in or travel to an area with  Zika If you aren’t pregnant, but you’re thinking about having a baby,  here’s what you can do” “Take steps to prevent mosquito bites.” Then here comes Mick Mulvaney: “I have received all sorts of emails and FB comments this week on Zika. Some people want me to pass a “clean” bill.  Other folks want us to fund more research if we can find a way to pay for it. No one has written me yet, though, to ask what might be the best question: do we really need government-funded research at all.” He goes on to suggest that because a preliminary study found no wave of birth defects linked to Zika infections in Columbia, government funded research into Zika and its link to birth defects might not be necessary.

The contraceptive mandate could be scrapped without ever involving Congress. All the Trump administration would have to do is ask its new Department of Health and Human Services to redefine preventive care as not including birth control. That would fly directly in the face of expert medical opinion, but, then again, the Trump-Pence ticket hasn’t exactly been known for scientific prowess.  Let’s not let them succeed.


Action Plan

Day Seven – January 7th

Target: The DNC

Objective: Help Shape The DNC Platform


Let’s tell the DNC what we believe the Party’s platform should include.  Complete the Survey , which requires you to rank certain items in order of importance to you and which provides you with the ability to list 5 additional items which are important to you. 

DNC Platform Survey

The DNC is scheduled to hold a full meeting over several days from February 23-26. At this meeting, the DNC will determine a Chair, elect other officers and discuss such other matters as are included on the agenda. We should pressure the DNC to adjust the party’s platform as appropriate to return the DNC to it’s progressive glory as an all inclusive party, supporting all of it’s members, both locally and nationally,  and appealing to those non-party members who have become disenfranchised by each of the DNC and the Republican party.

The DNC is at a crossroads. Failures in recent elections have shaken the faith of members in the DNC’s leadership. While the election of a Democrat as President has been the focus of the DNC,  there seems to be a failure to focus on other political races which should have been as important; that the Republican’s have been able to keep control of the House and Senate, and have had an overwhelming number of victories in state governor and legislator races, points to this lack of focus.  It is this same leadership which has shaped the Platform of the party.  The Platform is determined every 4 years in conjunction with the Presidential  election and is said to “reflect the ideas and beliefs of the party as a whole”. The DNC believes the 2016 Platform is the most progressive to date. Perhaps,  but does it go far enough ? Or is it misguided? You be the judge: 2016 DNC Platform

Critics have noted that the Platform is not cohesive,  does not confront the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal or corporate welfare, and does not reflect a “clear sense of how the pieces of America’s economic, social and political puzzle fit together…” The Nation.

The failure of Hillary Clinton’s campaign can be viewed as an indictment of the DNC’s platform.  We should tell the DNC what we believe are the issues which the party’s platform should address and not wait until the 2020 election.

Additional Actions:

Plan to attend or live stream  one of the DNC’s regional forums:

January 13-14th in Phoenix, AZ

January 27th- 28th in Houston, TX

February 3rd-4th in Detroit, MI

February 10th-11th in Baltimore, MD


Action Plan

Day Six – January 6th

Target: Boycott All Things Trump

Objective: Hit Trump in the Wallet


  1. We must tell companies to stop funding racist, sexist, and xenophobic sites like Breitbart. Visit and follow the simple instructions to force companies to stop promoting fake news sites.

  2. Visit GRAB YOUR WALLET and do not do business with companies supporting Trump.  Better yet, contact those companies and explain why. This is a very valuable tool to check every time you go shopping or plan a purchase.

  3. Get notified by adding the DON’T PAY TRUMP  plugin to your computer or phone. The plugin contains a list of Trump-supporting websites. When you visit one, you’re notified with an overlay on the page.  The overlay provides a link to tweet at the owners of the website to voice your concerns. The plugin will never post on your behalf. DONT PAY TRUMP researched top competitors of the companies on the boycott list and made sure they weren’t affiliated with Trump.  Let the boycotts begin!\

Dental offices throughout the land are reporting no openings in their schedules on January 20th, as a clear majority of citizens are hoping to get their teeth drilled or pulled rather than watching the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States.   You don’t have to go to that extreme to make a statement. Nothing works better with a guy like Trump than hitting him smack in the wallet, especially since he is seeking to avoid divestment of his commercial enterprises. While it is unlikely that any of us had planned to book rooms or play a round of golf on a Trump property, there are plenty of opportunities to vote with our checkbook by boycotting Trump related things (while also supporting those who support #TheResistance)

Boycotts work.  Ask Seaworld about it. Here’s an easy one. Don’t watch the Trump-produced Celebrity Apprentice. Terminate their ratings with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Better yet, don’t watch NBC at all until its canceled. An Entertainment Weekly critic notes the season opener was way down in ratings, but he’s not buying that it was current Boycott efforts. EW Let’s prove him wrong.

Hopefully, you’re already not watching anything on Fox, in particular Fox News.  Expand that by asking the managers of places you do business with that have televisions on to turn off Fox and NBC. Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. owner of the Wall Street Journal and NY Post.  Their editor said on Meet the Press that they won’t call Donald Trump’s Lies, ‘Lies’. Don’t read it. Boycott.

One of the action plans is from AdStrike. This tool helps you to kill advertiser revenue from online media outlets that support Trump and fake news, like WSJ and Steve Bannon’s Breitbart, and have some fun while doing it.  Over 200 companies have already changed ad plans.

We mentioned supporting those people and companies who are not supporting Trump.  Here’s a list of celebrities who said NO to invites to perform at the Trump Inauguration.  Go buy their latest stuff today.  Go buy Springsteen’s new book or album too. He wasn’t asked to perform but is really speaking out against Trump.  Here are some other companies being boycotted by Trump supporters, we can show those companies some love.

Finally this link is to a Trump Supporter Reddit account who lists both companies and individuals for Trump supporters to both boycott and support. Don’t get lost in there!

The following are additional links to Trump Boycott opportunities and programs

There’s an App to Boycott Trump 

Facebook Share List


Action Plan

Day Five – January 5th

Target: Save our Healthcare System

Objective: Preserve Affordable & Accessible Health Care, Medicare & Medicaid


  1. Encourage everyone you know who still needs health insurance to sign up on the Marketplace by the January 31st deadline.  Adding to the record number of participants shows the power of the program. Visit
  2. Watch the TRO website and social media outlets for information on the January 15th Day of Action in NYC, and if you are not near NYC, find or create a Rally near you!
  3. Contact your elected Senators and Representative as well as your Governor and local elected officials.

When you contact your Senators and Representative, you should say the following:

“Please do not let millions of my fellow citizens lose the benefits they are enjoying with the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare.  We need to expand options for accessible, affordable health care, not take them apart.”

There is one topic up for discussion that impacts every American, and that is Health Care.  Trump has sent mixed signals on his intentions, but House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary, Rep. Tom Price and other Congressional leaders have made it clear that they intend to dismantle Obamacare.  No one quite knows yet what “Repeal and Replace” means or when changes would take effect; for now, insurers and providers have taken a business as usual approach.  Even less clear is what the impact of the new Administration and Congress will do to Medicaid and Medicare and how those changes will impact Americans dependent on those programs now and in the future.  We’re not waiting around to see what happens, we’re hoping to help influence those decisions today.

We need to get loud and tell Congress hands off our health care!

What you should know about the Affordable Care Act:

President Barack Obama met yesterday with House and Senate Democrats on a strategy to block the Republican effort to dismantle his signature health care law. Democratic leaders sent a notice to members last Friday to announce the rare bicameral meeting: “Soon enough, Republicans in Congress will once again turn to repealing a law that’s provided coverage to 20 million uninsured Americans, extended consumer protections to many millions more, improved the quality of care offered by our health professionals, and helped slow the growth of health care costs,” a White House official said. Obama will discuss the work still left to do, including the ideas he has put forth to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And he will share his perspective about the dangers posed by Congressional Republicans’ stated strategy to repeal the ACA before proposing any replacement, creating chaos in the health system in the short run — and holding hostage Americans’ health care — while Republicans develop their plan.” ~CNN

Premiums on the exchanges, the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, did indeed rise sharply this year, because insurers were losing money. But this wasn’t because of a surge in overall medical costs, which have risen much more slowly since the act was passed than they did before. It reflected, instead, the mix of people signing up — fewer healthy, low-cost people than expected, more people with chronic health issues. The question was whether this was a one-time adjustment or the start of a “death spiral,” in which higher premiums would drive healthy Americans out of the market, further worsening the mix, leading to even higher premiums, and so on. And the answer is that it looks like a one-shot affair. Despite higher premiums, enrollments in the exchanges are running ahead of their levels a year ago; no death spiral here. Meanwhile, analysts are reporting substantial financial improvement for insurers: The premium hikes are doing the job, ending their losses. ~ NY Times

Standard & Poor’s says that Obamacare isn’t failing at all  Not a single major organization representing patients, physicians, hospitals or others who work in the nation’s healthcare system backs the GOP’s Obamacare strategy.

New Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who caucuses with the Democrats, have joined forces to call for a “Day of Action” to save the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, asking Trump to veto any cuts to those programs. A press release from Bernie Sanders offers a warning of what is to come and issues a call to arms: Warning that congressional Republicans are about to “ram through a budget bill” to “throw our health care system into chaos,” Senate and House leaders have called for a nationwide “day of action” to mobilize grassroots support for programs that help millions of working families. Senate and House Democratic Leaders Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the new leader in charge of outreach for Senate Democrats sent a letter to congressional colleagues asking for their help organizing rallies or other events on January  15th  at locations around the United States. TRO has already announced its intention to organize a rally on January 15th in NYC; details are coming soon on time and place.

Additional Suggested Actions:

The following organizations are also acting to save and promote the #ACA Save Medicare and Expand Medicaid

Families USA    

Alliance for Retired Americans   

Community Catalyst


Action Plan

Day Four – January 4th

Target: Lend Your Support to Progressive Organizations

Objective: Promote non-profits resisting Trump or under attack

Non-profit organizations play an important role, including by providing education and services to underserved and at-risk groups and supporting important social issues. Many of these organizations are underfunded and under attack.

Today’s Action: commit to give whatever time or money (or both) you can to non-profits resisting, or subject to attack by, the administration, including:

  Planned Parenthood: Among progressive organizations that have seen an uptick in contributions, Planned Parenthood — which Mr. Trump has pledged to defund —  reported it received 80,000 single donations in the three days immediately following the Nov. 8 election. Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

American Civil Liberties Union: The ACLU has experienced “an influx of new members and donors unlike anything in the history of the organization.” Nationwide, membership by mid-December was up nearly 50 percent from pre-election levels and rose 55 percent in its Pennsylvania affiliate. While the organization considers itself “nonpartisan,” John Frisbee, Major Gifts Officer of ACLU’s Pennsylvania affiliate, said, “Insofar as Donald Trump has proposed policies which would violate the Constitution, our success will be measured by our effectiveness in stopping the implementation of those policies.” For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Southern Poverty Law Center: The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Sierra Club:  Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, the Sierra Club made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

National Organization for Women (N.O.W.): The National Organization for Women Foundation was established in 1986. The Foundation works to enhance the status of women in the United States and around the world through many strategies, including advocacy, litigation and education. The litigation efforts of the Foundation seek to protect reproductive health options, as well as focusing on other areas of concern to women, such as pregnancy discrimination, employment issues, discrimination against women in the military, sexual harassment and exploitation, lesbian and gay rights, civil rights, sex discrimination in insurance, and ending violence against women.

Some of us can give time, others can give what they can afford, many can and should do both.

“Coming on the heels of this year’s surprising and historic presidential election — experts on giving say year-end contributions are being accelerated by uncertainty about federal policy changes that could occur under the (Trump Administration). Among the factors driving the surge are Mr. Trump’s proposal to cap itemized tax deductions, including charitable contributions, and a flood of gifts to advocacy organizations that oppose his policies on hot-button issues such as gun control and abortion. ‘It’s kind of a perfect storm for charitable giving,” said Yvonne Maher, senior vice president of development and donor services at the Pittsburgh Foundation. “You have a really strong stock market, lots of appreciated securities and the proposed cap on charitable deductions.” – Pittsburgh Gazette, Dec. 24 2016.


Action Plan

Day Three – January 3rd

Target: Overturn Citizens United

Objective: Engage in the Fight Against Corporate Citizenship

The seventh Anniversary of the Citizens United Decision is on January 21st. There are several bills already introduced in Congress seeking to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution which would effectively overturn the Supreme Courts disastrous decision. Here is the verbiage from one petition from the group Move to Amend, (we’ve linked to others below)
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

ACTION: TRO members can help build awareness by marking the Anniversary of the Citizens United decision on Jan. 21st. Organize a candlelight vigil in your town to take place that night.  This can be a group activity and/or an individual at home action – leave your porch light on all night or a candle in the window if safe; change your social media profile picture to a burning candle for the day.

In addition, call your legislators to urge their support to overturn Citizens United and  sign a petition demanding it be revoked, including the petition by calling for an amendment to the Constitution rejecting the Citizens United ruling.  

Citizens United v. FEC was a 2010 Supreme Court case that overturned key provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2003. The Court’s decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, allowed unions and corporations to make unlimited political donations. It also held that such unlimited contributions from these groups and from individuals are acceptable because, in the Court’s view, they do not inappropriately influence elected officials’ policy decisions. We disagree. Citizens United has had serious consequences  in American politics and government.

The election of Donald Trump is a wake up call for those of us who care about working-class families. People all across the country are struggling to make ends meet and they feel like the economy is rigged against them in favor of the wealthy. Some of those voters felt disillusioned and frustrated that their voices weren’t being heard in For decades now, we have not adequately addressed the basic problems that continue to worsen for the working class. .Income inequality began to grow during the 1970’s as economic growth slowed. Concentration of wealth rose to the very top while safety nets protecting the most vulnerable have gradually been snipped away. Things have gone in the wrong direction for the majority of people. Explaining why this happened is often complex. On the campaign trail, Trump gave simple answers that preyed on people’s insecurities and anger, even if they weren’t solutions.

The progressive movement offers real solutions to raise wages and get Americans back on solid economic footing, but it is going to take a grassroots effort to make our voices heard.

An interesting and important side note: Donald Trump’s deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, happens to be  the longtime president of Citizen United. Trump’s infamous “charitable” Foundation gave a $10,000 gift to David Bossie’s Citizens United Foundation to help finance a federal lawsuit against New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — the same public official who was suing Trump for fraud over the operations of Trump University and is currently investigating the Foundation..  Bossie remains a Trump Administration transition advisor but has not been formally named to a position YET in the Trump Administration.  Stay Tuned as we will announce an action campaign to prevent this man from serving in the Executive branch of our government…

Additional Suggested Actions: some of the following organizations are taking action against Citizens United :

American Promise End Citizens United


Find Contact Info Of Your Senators/Representative:

U.S. Representatives
U.S. Senators


Action Plan

Day Two – January 2nd

Target: Oppose Donald Trump’s Numerous Conflicts of Interest

Objective: Convince Trump to Divest from All Potential Conflicts

Due to his large and complicated array of business holdings, President-Elect Trump’s potential conflicts of interest are unrivaled in the history of American presidential politics. Trump Organization, of which Trump is CEO, is involved with hundreds of companies doing business in at least 20 countries around the world. As noted in the financial disclosure form submitted to the Office of Government Ethics, the organization’s primary sources of revenue come from golf courses and office-tower rents, but his interests also include hotels, media, entertainment, and retail. All of these businesses’ operations are subject to regulation or oversight from a large number of federal agencies, all of whom will be directed by Trump administration appointees. Rather than separate himself fully from the corporation he currently heads, as ethics experts say is necessary to remove all conflicts of interest, and thus opportunity for corruption, Trump has proposed to transfer control of all operations to his two sons but retain ownership. This arrangement would do nothing to eliminate the conflicts posed by President Trump’s ongoing connection to the Trump Organization.

While much has changed since 1789, certain premises of politics and human nature have held steady.  One of those truths is that private financial interests can subtly sway even the most virtuous leaders.  As careful students of history, the Framers were painfully aware that entanglements between American officials and foreign powers could pose a creeping, insidious risk to the Republic.  The Emoluments Clause was forged of their hard-won wisdom.  It is no relic of a bygone era, but rather an expression of insight into the nature of the human condition and the preconditions of self-governance.

A Partial list of Trump conflicts of interest 

⇒Domestic holdings involving licensing and operations of resorts, casinos, and hotels– conflicts could arise due to regulation from federal agencies such as the Employee Benefits Security Administration, the National Labor Relations Board, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and  OSHA.

⇒Domestic golf courses–conflicts could arise because of the federal agencies that regulate environmental issues involving golf courses, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Aviation Administration, which controls flight patterns that can benefit or harm golf courses.

⇒International business holdings– conflicts could arise with the policies and plans of the State Department, the Pentagon and more.

⇒Real estate holdings– conflicts could arise due to federal tax rules involving depreciation, taxation of capital gains, estate taxes and passive loss limitations. These regulations, laws and tax policies are enacted by Congress and the IRS.

⇒Retail operations– conflicts of interest could arise because of regulations and oversight provided from the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Labor Department and the U.S. Trade Representative.

⇒Financial holdings, including foreign and domestic lenders– conflicts of interest could arise as a result of Trump businesses being beholden to foreign debt holders, as well as to nations, corporations and industries which do business with Trump

⇒Security risks posed by properties affiliated with the Trump Organization—conflicts could arise as a result of the risks of actions, whether actual or perceived threats, against the properties owned or leased by the Trump organization or by those doing business with the Trump Organization, including businesses licensing the Trump name, which could have a direct impact on policy and actions taken by numerous Federal agencies, including the State Department and Office of Homeland Security.

Loudly voicing our opposition to the President-elect failing to divest or otherwise disentangle himself from the Trump Organization and all of his business interests is the immediate action.

There are efforts underway in the House and Senate to pass legislation on this issue. The bill which is intended to be introduced in the Senate bill is especially helpful as it directs “presidential appointees to recuse themselves from any specific matters involving the President’s financial conflicts of interest that come before their agencies.” If Trump fails to fully divest himself before taking office, this law would help mitigate the potential results of his business interests conflicting with US law and policy.

Directly contact your Congressional representatives and voice your outrage and disapproval that the President–elect has not taken any steps to disentangle and that Congress must take meaningful action in the regard. Visiting their local office or calling them will be the most effective way to engage your representative.

Below is a recommended script for your call to your representatives office:

“I am a concerned citizen and am outraged by the President-elects numerous conflicts of interest and insist that you require Mr. Trump to immediately divest and disentangle himself from the Trump Organization and it’s business interests. As your constituent,  I implore  you to support legislation which will require Mr. Trump to take such actions”.

Additional Suggested Actions: the following organizations are also acting against Trump’s Conflicts of Interest:

Common Cause

Center for American Progress

Find Contact Info Of Your Senators/Representative:

U.S. Representatives
U.S. Senators


Action Plan

Day One – January 1st

Target: Cabinet Nominee Tom Price, Department of Health & Human Services

Objective: Convince US Congress that Tom Price is wrong for HHS

Tom Price has introduced legislation to repeal Mr. Obama’s health law, including its expansion of Medicaid and subsidies for the purchase of private insurance. He advocates tax credits to help people buy insurance, greater use of individual health savings accounts and state-run “high-risk pools” for people with pre-existing conditions who might otherwise have difficulty finding affordable coverage. I As a member of the House Budget Committee, and then its chairman, Tom Price has supported proposals to shift Medicare away from its open-ended commitment to pay for medical services and toward a fixed government contribution for each beneficiary. Such proposals could increase costs for some beneficiaries or limit the amount of care they receive, health policy experts say. Mr. Price has also backed turning Medicaid into block grants to state governments. Critics say that states would probably respond by restricting eligibility, cutting Medicaid benefits or reducing payments to health care providers.

The American Medical Association swiftly endorsed the selection of one of its own, an orthopedic surgeon who has championed the role of physicians throughout his legislative career. Then the larger world of doctors and nurses weighed in on the beliefs and record of Mr. Price, a suburban Atlanta Republican — and the split among caregivers, especially doctors, quickly grew sharp. “The A.M.A. does not speak for us,” says a petition signed by more than 5,000 doctors. Mr. Trump and a Republican-held Congress are considering some of the biggest changes to the American health care system in generations: not only the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which is providing insurance to some 20 million people, but also the transformation of Medicare, for older Americans, and Medicaid, for low-income people. Mr. Price has favored those changes. Seven years ago, the A.M.A.’s support helped lift President Obama’s health care proposals toward passage, and the group has backed the law, with some reservations, since its adoption in 2010. But as Republicans push for its dismantlement, deep disagreements within the A.M.A., which has long wielded tremendous power in Washington, could lessen its influence. Price historically has been leading efforts to repeal the president’s health law, he is pursuing a goal in opposition to the policies of the A.M.A.

His bill would, among other things, roll back the federally financed expansion of Medicaid in 31 states and the District of Columbia, taking coverage away from 14 million poor people. It would severely cut federal subsidies that help individuals and families buy policies on government-run health exchanges. The reduced subsidies would make it hard, if not impossible, for millions to afford the coverage they have gotten since the Affordable Care Act went into effect. And the bill would no longer require insurers to cover addiction treatment, birth control, maternity care, prescription drugs and other essential medical services.  As for coverage of pre-existing medical conditions — a key element of the current law, requiring insurers to sell plans to those with health problems — Mr. Price’s bill has that protection only for those who maintained continuous health coverage with any insurer for the previous 18 months. This means that insurers would not be required to sell an affordable plan to anyone who did not have coverage for, say, a month while he or she was between jobs.

“In picking Representative Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump has chosen as his secretary of health and human services a man intent on systematically weakening, if not demolishing, the nation’s health care safety net…. The detailed legislation he introduced most recently in 2015 would destroy the reform law and is a good indication of his philosophy in managing the nation’s largest health programs: cut benefits and leave millions with no health care at all” ~NY Times

As concerned citizens of the United States, we must oppose this appointment and advise the Senate and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of our demand that Tom Price not be confirmed as Secretary of Health & Human Services, which demand will be delivered to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the full Senate. Join us by signing our petition:

We Demand the U.S. Senate not confirm Tom Price as Secretary of Health & Human Services

Click Below To Sign:

Additional Suggested Actions: some of the following organizations are acting against the Price nomination as well as supporting affordable health care :


National Physicians Alliance

Clinician Action Network (ask your doctor to sign!)

Action Plan

Day One – January 1st

Target: Rex Tillerson, nominee for Secretary of State

Objective: Convince US Congress that Rex Tillerson is wrong for State Dept.

The ExxonMobil chief executive was an unorthodox pick for the nation's top diplomatic job, one that The Washington Post reported came at the last minute via an offhand recommendation from Bush Administration veterans Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates, both of whom have business relationships with Exxon. Tillerson has extensive business ties to Russia and, specifically, to President Vladimir Putin. The two worked together to seal energy and drilling deals in the face of U.S. sanctions against Russia, and Tillerson even accepted an award from Moscow. German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung reported that Tillerson also ran a U.S.-Russian oil firm in the Bahamas, a tax haven. Watchdogs say it's problematic for any secretary of state to have such close financial and personal ties to any country, but the fact that it's Russia only heightens bipartisan concern in Washington that Trump is too friendly toward a nation that a decisive majority of U.S. political and intelligence leaders believe is more of a foe. The Russian ties are even more urgent in the wake of US actions versus Russia due to hacking and US Election tampering accusations Then there’s that whole climate change and Exxon thing.

Rex Tillerson does not believe in climate change. As was recently outlined by the New York Times, some people may inaccurately believe that Tillerson is NOT a climate change denier.  Statements he made as Exxon CEO indicating that he believes in climate change may have been made simply to enhance Exxon’s Public Relations.  According to the Times article,  ‘While Mr. Tillerson’s Exxon Mobil has stopped funding several groups that loudly denied climate science, it still funds organizations that pursue a broader agenda of fighting measures to address climate change.’  We have no reason to believe that Mr. Trump would select someone in as important a position as Secretary of State who did not agree with him that on climate change.

Tillerson has long cast doubt on the accuracy of climate models, for example saying at a 2013 ExxonMobil annual shareholder meeting: our ability to project with any degree of certainty the future is continuing to be very limited … our examination about the models are that they’re not competent. This line of argument led to the question Tillerson posed at the company’s 2015 annual meeting: What if everything we do, it turns out our models are lousy, and we don’t get the effects we predict? The answer to that question is that we get the co-benefits associated with reduced burning of fossil fuels: cleaner air, cleaner water, healthier people, green jobs and economic growth, energy independence, and so on. But the point is that Tillerson tries to cast doubt on scientists’ ability to project what will happen in the future, because the projections show that we need to leave most fossil fuel reserves in the ground. For Exxon, that’s bad for business.

Since at least 1900, previous Secretary of States had some form of significant prior government experience. If approved by the Senate, Rex Tillerson, will be the 1st Secretary of State in over a century to have NO government experience. Based on his past behaviors, it is clear that Tillerson places little to no value on doing what is best for the nation or to adhering to US foreign policy.  In Kurdistan, in 2011 Tillerson disregarded official State Department policy and cut an independent oil deal with the Kurds. After he cut the deal he spoke to State Department officials and said, ‘I had to do what was best for my shareholders.’  How can we reasonably expect him to demand that large US companies adhere to US policy, if as CEO of Exxon Mobil he did not adhere to official US policies?

Being tight with Putin is a red line for some high-profile Senate Republicans, including Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Rand Paul (Ky.).They sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will vote first on Tillerson. If just one or two vote against the nomination, that would swing the panel against the nod. Senators John McCain (AZ), Lindsey Graham (SC),  and James Lankford (OK) have also indicated they will oppose Tillerson’s nomination. The confirmation hearing is tentatively scheduled for January 11th

As concerned citizens of the United States, we must oppose this appointment and advise the Senate and the Foreign Relations Committee of our demand that Rex Tillerson not be confirmed as Secretary of State, which demand will be delivered to the Foreign Relations Committee and the full Senate.  Join us by signing our petition:

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Additional Suggested Actions: some of the following organizations are acting against the Tillerson nomination

Food and Water Watch opposing Fracking 

Climate Hawks Vote

Climate Truth

NextGen Climate


Sierra Club


Action Plan

Day One – January 1st

Cabinet Nominee Andrew Puzder, Labor Secretary

Objective: Convince US Congress that Andrew Puzder is wrong for Labor

Andrew Puzder is among Trump's more controversial Cabinet picks because he has publicly opposed the overtime rule and various other Department of Labor regulations, and because the fast-food industry, from which Puzder hails, is a top wage-theft enforcement target at the department. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants, which includes Carl’s Jr. and Hardee's. It’s actually very hard to imagine a worse choice for Labor Secretary than Andy Puzder. The Labor Secretary’s job is to look out for American workers. Trump's Labor nominee has opposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour and efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay. TRO members need to spread the word and Just Say No Puzder at Labor

It would be kind of funny if it wasn’t so serious. During the election, Trump made a lot of promises to create good jobs. But he’s filling his cabinet with CEOs and right-wing billionaires who have spent their lives undermining working people’s rights to come together in unions, while fighting minimum wage increases, paid sick leave and family leave policies.

The evidence clearly demonstrates that protecting the rights of the people who work at Puzder’s company or its franchisees doesn’t seem to be his priority. Puzder has run a business model that has produced widespread labor abuses at the companies. According to data compiled by Bloomberg BNA, over the previous seven years, about 60 percent of all Labor Department investigations of Carl’s Jr. Restaurants found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. While working people at his fast food chains sometimes were making below minimum wage, Puzder was taking big compensation packages. In 2012, he made 291 times as much as workers at his restaurants. Now, he could be in charge of enforcing our nation’s labor laws—from ensuring workplace safety to investigating wage theft.

His companies had the fourth highest incidents of wage theft reported to the government.  ‘Wage theft is a rampant, everyday problem in the fast-food industry: Nearly nine out of 10 fast-food workers across the country report having money stolen from their paychecks by their boss,’ Kendall Fells, the Fight for $15 national organizing director, told Bloomberg BNA via e-mail.,” Bloomberg reported. “Fells referred to a 2014 poll commissioned by the campaign of more than 1,000 fast-food workers nationwide. The survey documented such common worker complaints as being forced to perform tasks before clocking in or after clocking out, having the cost of uniforms deducted from their paychecks, and not receiving breaks during long shifts.”

Puzder’s Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain also has a history of sexist television He thinks it’s appropriate to peddle sex to kids if it sells the product. “We believe in putting hot models in our commercials, because ugly ones don’t sell burgers,” said the CEO in a 2011 press release, according to Fortune. “We target hungry guys, and we get young kids that want to be young hungry guys.” Let’s target Puzder’s nomination instead.  Call and write your Senator and representative.

As concerned citizens of the United States, we must oppose this appointment and advise the Senate and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of our demand that Andrew Puzder not be confirmed as Secretary of Labor,  which demand will be delivered to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the full Senate.  Join us by signing our petition:

We Demand that the U. S. Senate not confirm Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor

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Additional Suggested Actions: The following organizations are acting against the Puzder nomination:

United Farm Workers


Naral Pro Choice America

Action Plan

Day One – January 1st

Cabinet Nominee Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary

Objective: Convince US Congress that Steven Mnuchin is wrong for Treasury

President Elect Trump’s nominee of Steven Mnuchin for Secretary of The Treasury is without question an untenable fit for America. Like Trump, the former Goldman Sachs Executive and Finance Director of Trump's campaign has no former experience in government. Mnuchin quintessentially represents Wall Street elite, and has used his connections to enrich himself at the expense of millions homeowners who were devastated by the recession. He must not be confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury.

Steve Mnuchin’s role in predatory mortgage foreclosures during the financial crisis, resulting in thousands of American families losing their homes, should alone disqualify Mnuchin from Any cabinet position.

Here are but a few of the reasons that we stand united against the nomination:

  • As a former partner at Goldman Sachs Mnuchin has deep ties to Wall Street and he ran a hedge fund which played a major role in the housing crisis by operating what amounted to a foreclosure machine which made him fabulously wealthy at the expense of those whose homes were foreclosed. Specifically his investment in a bank, then called IndyMac, that foreclosed on about 36,000 California homeowners during the housing crisis, (despite receiving about $900 million in federal bailout money);
  • In recent years, OneWest has foreclosed on at least 50,000 people, often in circumstances that consumer advocates say run counter to federal rules. President-elect Trump’s nomination of Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary has prompted new scrutiny of OneWest’s foreclosure practices. Mnuchin was the lead investor and chairman of the company during the years it ramped up its foreclosure efforts.
  • Mnuchin has been clear that he intends to roll back the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which critics say is costly and stifles economic activity. Proponents say it is a necessary response to abuses in banking, securities, mortgages, and rating agencies which preceded the 2007 collapse. In the past though, Mnuchin has said there are good and bad aspects of the statute, a position that few Republicans agree with. It appears he is adjusting his past positions to more closely align with the incoming Administration’s policies.;
  • Mnuchin also supports issuing 50–100 year government bonds. Long term bonds have been criticized as reflecting extremely poor fiscal policy, with risk of substantial capital losses to the holders and undue burden to citizens.

As concerned citizens of the United States, we must oppose this appointment and advise the Senate and the Finance Committee of our demand that Steve Mnuchin not be confirmed as Secretary of Treasury,  which demand will be delivered to the Finance Committee and the full Senate. Join us by signing our petition:

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Additional Suggested Actions: some of the following organizations are acting against the Mnuchin nomination:

US Senate Dems Action Page


Sen. Jeff Merkley

Action Plan

Day One – January 1st

Target: Cabinet Nominee Pruitt, EPA

Objective: Convince US Congress that Scott Pruitt is wrong for the EPA

Scott Pruitt is the Trump pick for heading the EPA, established in 1970 to ensure clean air and clean water, as the danger of pollution threatened the health and welfare of the US population. Scott Pruitt served as Attorney General in the state of Oklahoma, where he has demonstrated fealty to the oil and energy industries, bringing suit against the EPA and attempting to block Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a measure designed to cap harmful output of carbon from power plants and take real action against climate change. His Oklahoma state’s attorney's office was used as a virtual law firm for the energy lobby, where he established a legal defense fund for energy companies to fund cases against the EPA’s measures to protect the environment. He has written statements that clearly define him as a climate change denier

The consensus among democratic senators is that the Pruitt appointment is unlikely to be blocked, but some feel it might be possible. The Senate needs to turn a few Republican seats, and there are a few who have come out for climate change.

Three republicans are potential targets for democrats to convince to oppose Pruitt’s confirmation: 

Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina – Susan Collins, R-Maine -Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee

Also on the pressure list for the Pruitt vote are:

Dean Heller, R-Nevada (faces re-election bid in 2018)

Jeff Flake, R-Arizona (faces re-election bid in 2018)

Rob Portman, R-Ohio (has championed clean energy proposals)

Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (the energy committee chairwoman, who allies with her home state’s oil and gas companies but has prioritized global warming). Conversely, while Democrats might look to turn republican senators who have prioritized global warming against Pruitt, some moderate Dems are likely to feel pressure to back Pruitt, and they represent a group that could be pressured not to cave to a dangerous threat to the environment. “[West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wrote to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday urging him to back Pruitt, a pointed step given that the ambitious Morrisey is seen as a potential reelection challenger for Manchin. The Democrat responded by praising Pruitt’s “impressive résumé” but declined to commit to a “yes” vote until he can talk with Pruitt about “how he intends to right-size the EPA.” However, Pruitt also has challenged the federal government’s ethanol mandate before the Supreme Court — a move that may not sit well with farm-friendly Democrats. “I’m still learning about him, but I have serious concerns about his record of opposing” the ethanol policy that he would have to enforce, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) said of Pruitt in a statement last week. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) “is very concerned about Mr. Pruitt’s history of not protecting clean air and clean water, which is a constitutional right in Montana,” spokesman Dave Kuntz said by email. “That said, he looks forward to reviewing Mr. Pruitt’s full resume, asking him tough questions to ensure he understands Montana’s values of responsible energy development, transparency and a ‘clean and healthful environment.’ ”Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is “reserving judgment on President-elect Trump’s nominees until their confirmation hearings”

As concerned citizens of the United States, we must oppose this appointment and advise the Senate and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of our demand that Scott Pruitt not be confirmed as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,  which demand will be delivered to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the full Senate. Join us by signing our petition:

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Additional Suggested Actions: some of the following organizations are acting against the Pruitt EPA nomination :

 National Resources Defense Council