Action Alerts 2018

Action Alerts 2018

October 10, 2018

CURRENT REGIME PROPOSES NEW LIMITS ON OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ASSEMBLY RIGHTS IN DC: URGENT ACTION NEEDED BEFORE OCTOBER 15!

Trumpist Republicans are busy casting themselves as victims by labeling all of us as “mobs” – actually “angry,” “dangerous,” and “paid liberal” “mobs,” simply for exercising our First Amendment Rights in opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s ascension to the highest court. Meanwhile, under the radar, a little-known proposal by the National Park Service has been working its way toward a deadline of October 15 for public comment. This action will drastically limit protesters’ rights to demonstrate near the National Mall and the White House by closing a substantial portion of the White House sidewalks and for the first time by charging what some are calling a “protest tax.” These National Park Service (NPS) proposals are quite technical, so allow us to borrow from an itemized list published recently by DC Jobs with Justice and the DC chapter of the ACLU:

  • End a protest at any time for a perceived violation of a permit
  • Limit protests at the Martin Luther King Memorial
  • Add uncertainty in the permitting process that would make it difficult or even impossible to plan for buses, sound, stages, interpretation, or other key elements
  • Close 80% of the White House sidewalk
  • Prohibit basics like literature tables unless a permit is secured at parks that currently require no permit
  • Charge demonstrators for certain fees such as “sanitation and trash removal,” which would make it impossible for some groups to protest.

#45’s animosity toward protesters is well-known, of course, and he would like nothing better than to crack down on dissent: to curtail our ability to gather freely and lift our voice in opposition. If we don’t collectively act soon, this autocratic leader may soon get what he wants!

ACT BEFORE OCT. 15 BY TAKING 2 ACTIONS IN ONE EASY STEP:

  1. Sign this Petition by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund to Oppose Charges When Activists Use Public Land to Exercise their First Amendment Rights.
  1. Once you sign the Petition, you will be prompted to comment. (Before issuing new regulations, government agencies are required to publish them and to accept and consider public comments.) DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15. Please comment and submit. If for some reason you do not want to sign this petition, Click here to commentonly.

NOTE: For those of you who want a more detailed, legal breakdown of the proposals, clickhere to read the formal comments submitted by the ACLU legal department on October 8.

 


 

September 19, 2018

WNDC Demands Kavanaugh Vote Be Delayed

We at the Woman’s National Democratic Club have been painfully aware that the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh originally scheduled for the Senate Judiciary Committee this week and for the Floor vote soon thereafter will be among the most crucial ones ever recorded. However, the consideration of this nominee for our highest court has taken on greater urgency in the past several days.

Background

Our opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings centers around the following issues: (1) Roe v Wade, protecting a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices; (2) Affordable Care Act, forcing higher premiums and stripping protections for pre-existing conditions; regulations to protect the environment, labor, small business, and fair elections; and common-sense gun reforms; (3) bipartisanship, from his work under Ken Starr’s Clinton impeachment to his involvement in the Bush v Gore decision; (4) withholding the needed documents to the committee (only 10% of his entire work product has been made available, all handpicked by a partisan friend); and (5) honest answers, such as stating Roe v Wade is established law as a precedent; contradicting previous writings; and making a dubious claim that “no president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds, to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination.” In addition, there is the looming concern about an “unindicted co-conspirator” having the ability to ram through a judge who very well may rule in favor of a president who appointed him.

And, of course, the abject unfairness surrounding Merrick Garland’s nomination — the refusal to even bring forth this qualified and thoroughly vetted nominee — will forever haunt us.

Urgency for Action

On Sunday a woman accusing Kavanaugh of a high-school sexual assault identified herself and told her story publicly for the first time. Her account is harrowing. The woman, now a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, describes a violent assault, and a polygraph test has corroborated her story. Kavanaugh, of course, categorically denies this accusation, but his proclivity toward untruths has unleashed new and heightened concerns.

We must tell Republican Senators in no uncertain terms that it is dangerous to proceed with this nomination as long as questions linger over the integrity of this nominee. The matter must be thoroughly investigated. Remind them that the country has functioned well with eight justices before, and it can do it again.

Call these Senator’s offices: 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — 224-2541
Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley — 224-3744
Sen. Susan Collins — 224-2523
Sen. Robert Corker — 224-3344
Sen. Jeff Flake — 224-4521
Sen. Lisa Murkowski — 224-6665

 

Action Alert

April 13, 2018

WNDC Public Policy and Political Action Committee Opposes the Sinclair and Tribune Media Merger and Urges Action Against It

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) are reviewing the merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media, a $3.9 billion dollar deal that would result in a combined company reaching almost three out of four US television households. Sinclair is the largest local news provider in the country, with 173 broadcast television stations in 81 markets. Tribune has 42 broadcast television stations in 33 markets.

The majority of Americans who get their news from television look to local broadcast stations over network and cable, according to a recent Pew Research survey. A merger would create a conservative-leaning broadcaster with unparalleled reach, whose mandated corporate messaging threatens the independence and transparency of local news and journalistic integrity. Such messaging recently invoked Trump’s “Fake News” rhetoric, which jeopardizes First Amendment protections and endangers journalists around the world by giving political leaders justification to quell journalist voices.

Recently, a video that went viral shows newscasters on multiple Sinclair stations reading from the same mandatory (“must-run”) script, which includes statements that “[t]he sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media. More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first. Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’ … This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.” The Public Policy and Political Action Committee of the Woman’s National Democratic Club (WNDC) finds this divisive, mandatory national messaging itself to be dangerous to our democracy.

Moreover, House Democrats have called for the FCC to investigate Chairman Ajit Pai over whether the timing of rolling back certain regulations was to clear the way for the Sinclair – Tribune merger. The merger would not be possible but for the FCC’s relaxation of regulations including allowing a single broadcaster to own two as opposed to one of the top four stations in each market, and reopening a media ownership loophole that makes it possible to reach a larger percentage of US households than previously permitted.

The WNDC Public Policy and Political Action Committee opposes this merger and urges WNDC members to take action.

To oppose the merger of Sinclair and Tribune:

  • Visit https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/ . Enter filing number 17-179. Then complete the form.
  • Call your Congressional members and urge them to oppose the merger (House and Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121. You will be connected automatically to your House Representative or Senators’ offices.)

•        Sign an online petition, for instance at https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/deny-merger-of-sinclair

 


Action Alert

January 22, 2018

Take Action to Condemn Trump’s Racist and Anti-American Remarks

The White House and its allies are betting they can brush off the latest racist comments from this President. We cannot let that happen. His uninformed, uncouth, and cruel remarks disparaging immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations are unprecedented coming from our nation’s highest office. This latest bigoted outburst not only defiles the honor of the office but also, as our own WNDC President said, rips the “moral fabric of our nation” even further, here at home and especially abroad. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, had this to say: “There is no other word one can use but “racist.” You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as “shitholes,” whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome.”

Members of WNDC cannot simply wring our hands and accept that this behavior has become normal.

There are two actions you can take right away:

(1)  Sign this “Petition to the Congress of the United States for the Redress of Grievances Under the First Amendment Requesting that President Trump be Censured.”

Your signature is a crucial step in making this a reality. Sign here.

(2)  Call your Congressional Representatives, demanding they sign on to the following censure resolution to be introduced in the Congress (call the Capitol switchboard, 202- 224-3121, to be connected to your Representative’s office). Two top Democrats in the House of Representatives (Rep. Cedric Richmond-LA and Rep. Jerrold Nadler-NY) plan to introduce a censure resolution in the next few days. “This censure resolution is important because America is a beacon of hope. We have to show the world that this president does not represent the real feelings of most of the American people which is part of the reason why he lost the popular vote,” Richmond and Nadler said in a joint statement. “Congress must speak with one voice in condemning these offensive and anti-American remarks. There is no excuse for it.”

TAKE ACTION NOW, TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT RESIST!