December 18, 2018
TELL THE DC CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE YES ON THE RED FLAG BILL
WNDC’s Task Force to Prevent Gun Violence calls on all DC residents to contact their City Council members and tell them to vote YES on Tuesday, December 18, for the Red Flag bill, also known as the “extreme risk civil protection order.” The Red Flag bill was introduced by Ward 1 DC Council member Brianne K. Nadeau in July 2017. The legislation is finally coming to a vote.
The Red Flag bill allows residents and police to petition the court for a temporary extreme civil protection order where there is probable cause that the named individual will cause injury to self or others. Further, it allows police to immediately remove guns and prevents the individual named in the order from legally purchasing other firearms for 10 days. After 10 days, the court will decide based on testimony and evidence if there is probable cause of harm to self or others to justify removing the firearms for a one-year period. This will allow for treatment and other measures.
Research on a similar Connecticut law found that a life is saved for every 10-20 risk warrants issued. This bill will help reduce gun violence in the District of Columbia.
WNDC members in DC should call or email your Council members and their legislative staff immediately,and ask them to vote YES on the Red Flag bill. Alert your personal networks. This bill could help to ensure a better and safer 2019 for DC families!
December 17, 2018
Call Your Senators and Tell Them to Reauthorize VAWA
October 20, 2018
There are 18 days left to the election. The Woman’s National Democratic Club is supporting the non-partisan, nonprofit Vote.org in a final push to increase voting by college students this November. And it turns out the best way to reach college students is to reach them through their college newspapers!
Vote.org has raised $500,000 of the $1 million needed by Monday night to run ads in college newspapers in 21 states and competitive districts to get students out to vote. Please join us at the WNDC by making a tax-deductible contribution to this effort at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/wndc-vote#
Please also share this request with friends and family and ask them to make a tax-deductible contribution at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/wndc-vote#
Thank you. And thank you for everything you are doing to help turn the House blue! You know how important this is.
GOTV Task Force
Hear what President Obama has to say.
Virginia: Vote.org sent 1,471,085 texts to 428,240 registered POC voters in Virginia. Initial texts reminded the voters that an election was coming. The final texts proactively provided polling place information to the voters, along with a reminder to vote.
Alabama: Vote.org provided polling place data via SMS to 585,000 POC in Alabama, representing over 50% of all registered black voters.
Learn more about the voter purges
October 19, 2018
NEW EPA RULE ON ENERY PRODUCTION
The EPA under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has the same agenda as it did under Scott Pruitt: weaken environmental regulations to benefit big corporations. The Obama Clean Power Plan (CPP), if implemented, would have greatly cut greenhouse gas emissions and pollutants from the generation of electrical energy. EPA now wants to make coal great again with the misnamed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. It would allow states to set their own regulations on power plant emissions, with basically no national standards or accountability. ACE would allow considerably more carbon dioxide emissions than envisaged by the CPP, and it would also lift requirements for controls on the poisons that accompany coal-fired electric generation (e.g., sulfur dioxide, soot, methane, nitrogen oxide.) As reported by the Washington Post, it would also incentivize owners of failing coal plants to keep them running longer.
If this proposal is enacted, it will save some energy companies money by lifting regulatory requirements, but it will be terribly costly in many other ways. Weakening steps to reduce greenhouse gas production is a dangerous backward step in the face of the current and future impacts of climate change. Further, allowing more emissions of particulants and toxic gases into our air will have immediate and long-term effects on public health in the form of more asthma, various cancers, and heart disease.
The deadline to submit public comments on this poisonous plan is October 31st. You are urged to submit your comments in opposition to the dangerous ACE rule now. You can submit a comment either directly to the EPA, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355, or through the Union of Concerned Scientists at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oppose the Administration’s attempts to sacrifice our health and the future of our planet to short-term company profits!
Chair, Earth and Environment TF
 Washington Post, August 21, 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:
#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:
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
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.
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:
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:
• Sign an online petition, for instance at https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/deny-merger-of-sinclair
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!