TWW Roundup: Trick or Treat?
Definitely a trick and not a treat
Have you been to any Halloween stores this year? Disturbingly, you may find a section of orange Trump masks on one of the aisles. Although presidential masks are nothing new, from Nixon to Obama, the cheetoh stained, crazy hair trump head is definitely one of the most frightening!
In the spirit of the season, this past week saw continued dissimulation and diversion by the Trump administration. Much of the rancor may be due to the fact that the Mueller Investigation had been gearing up for a major announcement. Late on Friday, CNN reported that the federal grand jury had approved the first charges in the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election and other issues that have come to light through the investigation. And on Monday, it was revealed that three men with ties to the Trump campaign – Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos – face numerous criminal charges including making false statements, money laundering, tax fraud, and conspiracy against the U.S.
Many TWW groups and affiliates have been on alert with Rapid Response teams, who are ready to protest should Trump attempt to take any actions against Mueller or the investigation. Some see the prospect of any attempts by Trump to impede this investigation as obvious impeachable actions. That would be a trick we would take this Halloween!
You can find Rapid Response teams in your area by entering your zip code here, or you can organize your own team if none are close by. The Mueller Firing Rapid Response teams are organized in partnership with TWW, MoveOn.org, Indivisible, Stand Up America and other national resistance groups.
From the Mueller Rapid Response organizers:
If Trump Fires Mueller: Remember that if Trump fires Mueller before 2 p.m. local time, we have decided to do our protest at 5 p.m. local time. If he fires Mueller after 2 p.m. local time, we will protest the following day at 12 noon local time.
Let Congress know we are watching. Write a letter to the editor and reach out to our Senators and House Representatives using the switchboard number (202) 224-3121. Ask them to support the bipartisan Senate (S. 1741, S. 1735) and House bills (H.R. 3771) to protect the investigation and to ensure that there is a robust and ongoing Congressional investigation as well.
On a brighter note, there has been a bipartisan effort to resolve the looming specter of the health care crisis. Sponsored by Senators Patty Murray(D-Wash.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the bill would fund important insurer subsidies and give states more flexibility to adjust their health care programs. Remarkably, there are 12 cosponsors of the bill on each side of the aisle, giving it a good chance of passing the Senate. The bill, titled the Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017, is also known as the Alexander-Murray bill.
On Wednesday of last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the bill could actually decrease the deficit by $4 billion, and assist many Americans to retain their health insurance. Amazingly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would not bring the bill to a vote in the Senate unless Trump approves. The hypocrisy of the GOP agenda is astounding.
Call your Senators to encourage them to cosponsor, and to support this bipartisan bill!
You may have seen the ranks of resisters attending congressional sessions, or at various state houses, dressed in red robes and white bonnets in reference to the fabulously dystopic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale. Certainly, that will be a big costume this year. Now the League of Women Voters of Asheville–Buncombe County has found another creative and fun way to to protest the ridiculous district-splitting gerrymandering that has taken majorities away from many democratic districts. The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a 5K run that will take place along the gerrymandered border between Congressional Districts. Although Asheville is a progressive city, gerrymandering has permitted Republicans to hold seats there. The Gerrymander 5K run will be held on November 4th. Sign up here if you would like to run off some of that Halloween candy!
Jacqui Viale is an educator and activist living in Long Beach, California with her husband, two teenagers, two cats, a dog and a lizard. Jacqui holds a masters in Educational Administration from California State University, Long Beach.