It’s Time To Get To Work! Weekly Actions 1/4

It’s time to get to work.

Welcome to 2017, Utahns. This is a year that needs you. On Tuesday the 115th U.S. Congress was sworn in, and Senate hearings on Trump’s cabinet picks are coming right up, and so is Trump’s inauguration.

In the meantime, the Utah State Legislative Session is also coming right up, with plenty of bills on the table that Action Utah members care deeply about. A date has been set for our next community action meeting in Salt Lake City on January 18th to give you the tools to engage the issues that matter to you.

Now is not the time to feel complacent or helpless. It’s time to grab the opportunity to make a difference like never before, and we vow to continue giving you the tools and resources to do so.

Action Utah’s Next Community Meeting!

January 18th, 6:00-8:00p – Publik Coffee Roasters, 975 S W Temple, SLC

It’s official — our next action meeting is coming right up, and it’s a big one! Join us January 18th to learn about how everyday people like you can make a difference in state policymaking during the upcoming legislative session.

The Utah state legislative session happens once a year and lasts only 45 days starting January 23rd. This is our biggest and best chance to affect state policy, but we need large numbers of citizens speaking out to force policymakers to listen. We can all take actions large and small — all across the state — to make a real impact on the Hill. Action Utah will be rallying our troops of ordinary people for 45 days to support and block a series of bills. We invite you take part in this historic effort! The January 18th meeting will include:

  • citizen lobbyist training
  • presentation of bills by legislative representatives
  • the opportunity for ordinary citizens to engage the issues and make a real impact
  • an update on Action Utah and where we are heading

Please let us know you’re coming so we can accommodate everyone with enough space and chairs. RSVP by clicking one of the buttons below.

         

Were you at our first meeting? That’s awesome! This time please bring a friend!

Can’t be there in person? That’s okay! You can join us live online via Livestream on our Facebook page.

Weekly Actions

Local Utah Issues

Whether you live in Salt Lake City, Logan, Mexican Hat or anywhere in between, we all have an important role to play in our state policymaking. Here’s what you can do to start making an impact in our state like never before:

  1. Make a plan to attend our community action meeting on January 18th, whether in person or online. Get someone else (or a group of people) to go with you. We welcome Democrats and Republicans, youth and elders, and people from all backgrounds, religions and ethnicities. Be sure to RSVP by clicking one of the buttons above.
  2. Gear up for the State Legislative Session – As Action Utah heads to the Hill for 45 days, we will be calling on you to join us, to make calls, to write letters, etc. Take note of what days and times you can commit to taking action from January 23 – March 9. Remember, the legislative session only happens only once a year, so now is the time to stand up and be heard.
  3. Know how to contact your representatives – Find out who your state representatives are and how to contact them by clicking here. Save this contact information somewhere you can access it easily, like in your smartphone.

National Issues

Congress is now in session and able to demand safeguards against corruption and protect American democracy from Donald Trump’s unprecedented, unconstitutional conflicts of interest. Today we’re joining People for the American Way and their partners to call on our Utah Senators and Representatives to address the dangers of Trump’s financial conflicts.

1. Use this toll-free number to call our Senators TODAY:

Senate: 1-866-985-2543

Tell your senators to support a review of Trump’s financial arrangements AND support Sen. Warren’s new bill requiring the president to divest and disclose all business affairs in order to avoid serious and unconstitutional conflicts of interest.

2. Use this toll-free number to call your House Representative TODAY:

House: 1-866-948-8977

Urge your representative to support — and call for — a congressional investigation to review Trump’s financial arrangements in order to identify and protect against conflicts of interest.

3. If you can’t call today, use these direct numbers to call our Senators and House Representatives this week:

Sen. Orrin Hatch – D.C.  (202) 224-5251, UT  (435) 586-8435
Sen. Mike Lee – D.C.  (202) 224-5444, UT  (801) 392-9633
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT01) – D.C. (202) 225-0453, UT (801) 625-0107
Rep. Chris Stewart (UT02) – D.C. (202) 225-9730, UT (801) 364-5550
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT03) – D.C. (202) 225-7751, UT  (801) 851-2500
Rep. Mia Love (UT04) – D.C. (202) 225-3011, UT (801) 996-8729

Here’s some additional information from PFAW that might be helpful for your calls:

  • President-elect Donald Trump’s has conflicts of interest that are dangerous and unprecedented for an American president. If nothing changes, we could have a sitting president receiving payments from business interests and foreign entities as of the very first day of Trump’s presidency. The latter would be a direct violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause.
  • Trump hasn’t come clean on how he will resolve these dangerous conflicts like every other President and cabinet official before him. Americans have been given little more than vague pledges about transferring operations and nothing about transferring ownership. Ethics officials from Republican and Democratic administrations agree that this is completely inadequate and does not resolve Trump’s dangerous conflicts.
  • Trump’s business interests are already affecting foreign policy — he has used official conversations with foreign leaders to promote his business interests, and even has put those interests ahead of American values by cozying up with the likes of the Philippines’ brutal President Duterte, who is responsible for massacring thousands of civilians but is a potential ally of Trump’s businesses in the Philippines.
  • Congress must act to protect the interests of the American people and the integrity of our government. Trump must resolve his conflicts of interest and Congress has the power require that Trump discloses his finances, and divests from his business conflicts.

Let’s get going!

Action Utah has big plans for 2017, but we need your help! Keep up the good work of taking actions that make a difference. And please continue to spread the word to others. New members can join our email list by clicking here. The bigger our ranks, the more impact we can make!

Andrea & Katie

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