The Week Ahead: The Face of Activism is Female
Last week, in what many hope was a preview of the 2018 election, we saw a 30 year old Democratic candidate, Jon Ossoff, finish first in a primary race in a congressional district that has been held by the GOP since 1979. Ossoff credited his win to a group of WOMEN volunteers who had never been involved in politics before, but could no longer stay quiet in the face of Trump and his cronies. Ignited by resistance to the Trump agenda, the historic Women’s March on Washington in January and Pantsuit Nation splinter groups like Together We Will–comprised mostly of women–have effectively inspired a new era of civic engagement.
Just over a week ago, many new activists took to the street in cities across the nation to participate in the Tax March, demanding Trump release his taxes and disclose his business holdings. Yet more activists attended town halls last week to let their members of Congress know that they support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Planned Parenthood, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Audiences reminded representatives of their job description chanting “You work for us!” and some even yelled “You lie!”
Saturday’s March for Science heralded the debut of another group that is fairly new to political activism–scientists. It was an Earth Day to remember as people marched in over 600 places from the global South to the North Pole to demonstrate their support for science and get their message across–”There is NO Planet B.” The momentum doesn’t stop there–the organizes are following up the march with a week of science actions and developing a longterm network of satellite organizations.
We must keep the pressure on members of Congress to face the facts and do the right thing–to work for us and not special interest groups, and to continue investigating Trump’s treasonous conflicts of interest and ties to Russia. This is America and our democracy is under siege!
- Despite promising that the repeal of the ACA was dead, the GOP is once again threatening to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare–despite the fact that over 50 percent of Americans now support the program.
- The House is holding a hearing on whether to build Trump’s wall, as well as discussing policy options after the bombing of Syria (better late than never).
- The Senate will finally hold its floor vote on Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture.
The ongoing effort to get Trump to release his taxes has been championed:
- The non-profit, Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a lawsuit arguing that there are Internal Revenue Service regulations which would allow for Trump’s taxes to be released.
- The watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, has also filed suit claiming Trump has violated the emoluments clause because he would have to disclose his taxes and business dealings to fight this lawsuit.
- ABC News, Democrat Ossoff finishes first in Georgia primary but falls short of threshold to avoid runoff
- CNN, More than half of Americans approve of Obamacare now, Gallup poll finds
- Independent, Lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of violating constitution could be key to releasing his taxes
- NBC News, Health care compromise circulates as Congress prepares to return
- NY Times, Group therapy and chastened lawmakers at raucous town halls
- The Washington Post, The Tax March: Protesters around the country call on Trump to release his taxes
Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 23 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.