A light at the end of the tunnel of endless war

Deadline: Now through June (at least) - Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to the defense spending bill, proposed by Representative Barbara Lee, that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Military Force (AUMF). The AUMF, first passed in 2001, gave the President the power to use military force without prior Congressional approval, … Continue reading A light at the end of the tunnel of endless war

Save our healthcare, save our lives

Deadline: Do it now! - Our healthcare is under attack by the GOP, again -- or to be accurate -- STILL! In December 2018, the trial court in Texas v. US, a lawsuit brought in February 2018 by several states' conservative Attorneys General, ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act is invalid. That's bad, but it's … Continue reading Save our healthcare, save our lives

Repeal the Hyde Amendment for EACH Woman

In 1973, abortion was legalized throughout the US in Roe v. Wade. A short three years later, low-income women all over the country effectively had that right put out of reach by the Hyde Amendment, which prohibited federal Medicaid funding for almost all abortion services. The Hyde Amendment has been an impenetrable fortress in Congress year … Continue reading Repeal the Hyde Amendment for EACH Woman

Dumpster Fire’s Budget: $8.6 B for the wall, slash social services

One thing we can say for the Dumpster Fire-in-Chief: he doesn't give up. OK, we could say more, but let's stick with that for the moment. He doesn't give up. His budget for 2020 is out, and he's still at it with the damn funding for the damn Wall. 8.6 billion dollars, to be specific, … Continue reading Dumpster Fire’s Budget: $8.6 B for the wall, slash social services

Bring the Resolution (for a Green New Deal)

You may have heard since our last post on the Green New Deal that we now have a pair of resolutions in the House and the Senate "Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to enact a Green New Deal"! To keep the Green New Deal on our policy agenda, call your representatives and urge them: to vote … Continue reading Bring the Resolution (for a Green New Deal)

Repeal the AUMF, NOW

Deadline: Before we bomb anywhere else - After 9/11, Congress enacted Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to retaliate against Al Qaeda and to wage war in Iraq. Congress never intended those AUMFs to be open-ended blank checks for presidents to create or pursue wars on their own; yet 18 years later, they are … Continue reading Repeal the AUMF, NOW

Tell our MoCs: no raiding the budget for wall funding

Our Members of Congress have been consistent opponents of Trump’s efforts to increase militarization of our country’s southern border. But on February 14, all of them other than Senator Kamala Harris voted for H.J. Res. 31, providing $1.375 billion for border “fencing,” rejecting Democrats’ demands to limits on funding for immigrant detention funding for ICE, … Continue reading Tell our MoCs: no raiding the budget for wall funding

No Boots No Beds No Wall

Action Deadline - ASAP: Tell Your MoCs to Reject a Budget Deal that Expands ICE and Funds Trump's Border Wall As the clock ticks down to another government shutdown, negotiations on the federal budget funding deal continue, with Senate leaders saying on February 11 that they reached a tentative agreement including $1.375 billion for border "barriers," … Continue reading No Boots No Beds No Wall

First vote on the Green New Deal!

By Sylvia Chi Action deadline: February 4, 2019 and ongoing - The year has hardly started, and our Members of Congress are about to get a chance to vote to show - and act on - their support for the Green New Deal, when two resolutions supporting the Green New Deal are proposed in the House … Continue reading First vote on the Green New Deal!

H.R. 1 is Priority One

By Ion Yannopoulos and Ann Daniels Even little kids know how voting works: you vote, your vote gets counted, everyone else’s vote gets counted, the totals are added up, and the winner is the one who gets the most votes. Simple. Or not. In real-life elections, there are so many ways this goes wrong. Let’s … Continue reading H.R. 1 is Priority One