Weekly Actions – December 12, 2016

Welcome from Katie and Andrea!

A warm welcome to our faithful Community Action Group members and new additions alike! Since our first in-person community meeting in November we’ve been busy making changes, growing and evolving, and we are happy to announce that we officially have a name: we are now Action Utah! We are still the same team of regular, concerned citizens working toward the same goal of informing and mobilizing everyday Utahns to take action and make an impact. But now we are becoming more organized, with an informative website hub to come and lots of great things in the works, including our next community meeting and more important actions we hope you will take. Please read on to find out more!

Community Action Meeting

We are in the process of finalizing the date for our next community action meeting in January, 2017 in Salt Lake City! The meeting will focus on the impact we can make in the upcoming state legislative session, including:

  • citizen lobbyist training
  • a presentation of current session bills by state legislators and sponsors
  • the opportunity to learn how to make an impact on these bills
The legislative session in Utah is very short with only 45 days on the hill starting January 23rd. Action Utah hopes to mobilize our forces in a big way to make an impact during the session in a range of progressive policies like health, environment, etc. This is your opportunity to help make a difference!Look for more details to come!

Weekly calls to actionLocal Utah Issues

This week we are focussing on the upcoming Electoral College vote on Monday, December 19th and what you can do locally to make an impact. PLEASE ACT URGENTLY TO:

  1. Write letters to our Utah electors – Go to directelection.org and click on “Letter to Utah Electors” for a set of letters to send to our 6 electors. All you have to do is add your name and address, print and mail IMMEDIATELY!
  2. Call, tweet, Facebook or email Utah electors – Use this cool toolfrom Make Democracy Matter to contact electors TODAY! Be sure to let electors know about the Electors Trust, which offers free and confidental legal consultation to electors. You can also encourage them to sign this bi-partisan letter to James Clapper by emailing a request to sign to: electoralcollege16@gmail.com.
  3. Rally! Gather together to ask our electors to vote their conscience at these two events:
 
National IssuesThere are actions you can take on the national scale to help impact the Electoral College election. Please act URGENTLY TODAY to:
1. Call the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper to request he provide intelligence briefings to the Electors. (703) 733-8600. You may have to wait on hold for a minute.

2. Call President Obama to request he allow electors to get the intelligence briefing they requested before the December 19th vote. 1-855-999-1663 (You’ll be connected directly to the White House.)You can say something like this:

“The electors have a right and a duty to receive a full intelligence briefing regarding Russian interference in November’s election prior to casting their votes on Monday, December 19. The integrity of U.S. elections—and our democracy—depends on you taking this action now.”

3. Sign these petitions – Take 30 seconds to sign this Change.org petition to Nancy Pelosi to postpone the Electoral College Vote and Inauguration pending an investigation of Trump’s Russian ties, this MoveOn petition calling on Obama to declassify all evidence of Russian interference and host a briefing with electors before Dec 19, this Change.org petition to the Electoral College and this petition to President Obama requesting a public statement on the Russian interference.

If you still have time after you’ve taken the above actions on the Electoral College vote, you can also try taking these actions:

1. Trump’s conflicts of interest – Support Senator Warren’s request of the General Accounting Office to audit President-Elect Trump’s finances for conflicts of interest by sending one email addressed to the following GAO staff: siggerudk@gao.gov, minellit@gao.gov, congrel@gao.gov

You can write something like this:

Re: Audit for President-Elect Trump’s financial concerns
Dear Ms. Siggerud and Mr. Minnelli,
I’m writing in support of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s request for an audit of our incoming President-Elect Trump’s finances, to prohibit conflicts of interest that would prevent him from carrying out the responsibilities of the office without corrupt influence.
Sincerely,

2. Russian interference in the election – Call the following Republican members of the Committee on Foreign Relations who might be split off to support an investigation of Russian interference with our election:

Rubio is so close to being swayed, and the other two can be brought along. Ask them to join Senators McCain and Graham in the investigation they’re suggesting. If you live in Florida, Wyoming or Georgia or have family or friends living in those states, be sure to mention it when calling senators from those states.

You can say something like this:

“I’m calling to express my support for an immediate and full investigation into U.S. election tampering by a foreign entity. Mr. Trump’s refusal to accept the conclusion of our security experts raises concerns of potential treason and colluding with Russia to influence and undermine our democracy.”

The calls only take a few minutes, so if you have a few minutes more, please also call three more senators from the Foreign Relations Committee (these three are lower priority).

Remember to make mention of it if you’re from Wisconsin, Arizona or Kentucky, or if you have friends and family there.

Helping ActionUtah.orgAs Action Utah continues to grow, we will be seeking community volunteers to help. We are currently in search of a great team of graphic designers, web developers and database builders willing to volunteer time to help us get off the ground. If you have special skills in any of these areas and are willing to devote time to our cause, please contact Andrea Himoff at everydayearthiness@gmail.com. Thank you!

Thank you for taking time to make an impact–every action counts!

With tremendous appreciation from your devoted colleagues,
Katie Lieberman & Andrea Himoff

PS – Feel free to forward this to friends who are interested in taking action. They can subscribe to our weekly action alerts by clicking here.

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