It's week 2 of the Donald Trump Presidency -- and there are many, many places our voices are urgently needed to protect our country and our families. It can feel overwhelming.
MomsRising is here for you: We are sorting through the chaos and bringing you the top 5 ways to make an impact right now -- and each week. This is week 2 of our #Top5Actions list project so we can come together and be a wave of change.
Check out the list below. You can take one action a day, or all on the same day, and you can take action any time of day or night, your choice. (Feel free to share this list on Facebook and social media too. Your friends will thank you. We are getting lots of requests for action lists).
Here are our top 5 actions for this week:
1- Tell the U.S. Senate to "Vote NO on Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General": Take 30 seconds now and call 1-855-976-1895. It's easy and will have a big impact. When you dial the number, you'll be connected directly to the office of a key U.S. Senator to tell them to: "Reject Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General." The clock is ticking on this because votes are happening starting tomorrow!
→ ACTION: Call 1-855-976-1895 to tell key U.S. Senators #StopSessions.
Background: News reports are saying that voting on U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions will begin in the next 36 hours. U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions has a record of racist rhetoric and embracing policies that would undermine basic civil rights. When you call, you'll be connected to key U.S. Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee. We'll walk you through every step of the way!
2- Stop the immigration bans! Send a mini Statue of Liberty and a strong message to Congress, President Trump, and the media that the immigration ban is NOT okay.
→ ACTION: Send A Mini Statute of Liberty to Trump Towers -- http://action.momsrising.org/sign/Immigration_Ban/
Background: In response to President Trump advancing immigration actions that harm families, destroy communities, hurts our economy and national security, and is putting our nation on the verge of a U.S. Constitutional crisis, MomsRising is sending thousands of mini Statue of Liberties along with messages from people across the nation about the importance of liberty & justice for ALL (and we do mean ALL!) to Trump Towers. Click above to join us in making a splash that can't be ignored by the media, Congress, or President Trump.
3- Urge the U.S. Senate to Reject Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education -- After last week's hearing in the U.S. Senate of Betsy DeVos, President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, we are seriously worrying about what will become of our nation's public schools and our kids' education if she is confirmed.
→ ACTION: Sign on a letter to your U.S. Senators TODAY and ask them to reject Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education -- http://action.momsrising.org/sign/reject_DeVos/
Background: During Betsy DeVos's confirmation hearing, she couldn't answer basic questions about education policy and declined to commit to protecting funds for public schools. She would not commit enforcing gun-free zones at schools, to enforcing laws designed to prevent and punish sexual assault on college campuses, and to supporting measures that would help ensure that children with disabilities are well-served by our schools.
4- Tell Congressional Leaders and Donald Trump to remove Steve Bannon -- This "alt-right" leader should not be chief White House strategist and senior counselor, nor should he be on the National Security Council.
→ ACTION: Sign on a letter to Congressional Leaders and Donald Trump urging Steve Bannon's removal from a leadership position in the White House -http://action.momsrising.org/sign/bannon_trump/
Background: Donald Trump selected an "alt-right" leader, Steve Bannon, as the chief White House strategist and senior counselor. Further, just this last weekend, the New York Times reported that Trump signed an "executive order giving the rumpled right-wing agitator [Steve Bannon] a full seat on the 'principals committee' of the National Security Council -- while downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence." This is deeply concerning, and as Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice Tweeted, "Stone cold crazy." Why the concern? In addition to the fact that Bannon doesn't have the background for this job, according to multiple news sources, including the New York Times, Bannon has a history of promoting sexism, anti-semitism, homophobia, transphobia and white supremacy.
5- Protect Healthcare! -- Now is a critical time to make our voices heard to protect healthcare coverage. The coverage of nearly 30 million people is at risk. Send a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper to speak out for quality, affordable healthcare via this easy link! (It's truly easy. Sample language and direct links to papers are on the link when you click it. Hundreds of letters to the editor from MomsRising members have already been printed and it's making a big impact. Let's keep the MOMentum going!).
→ ACTION: Click to help protect healthcare by sending an easy Letter to the Editor to your local paper: http://action.momsrising.org/lte/Healthcare
And that's the top 5 actions for this week. Thanks for being a part of the movement that is #StillMarching!
Now, you might be wondering: What is MomsRising, anyway? MomsRising is an organization of over a million people, including people in every state in our nation, that's working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation that works for everyone. We open avenues for busy people to make an impact and have an impressive track record of wins at the city, state, and federal levels. One thing we've learned over and over again throughout our past 10 years together is that together we truly are a powerful force!
→ YOU ARE INVITED! → For your last action of the week, we invite you to sign on with us and we'll bring you regular, high impact ways to #KeepMarching in the coming weeks as well: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/stand_with_momsrising/?source=stand
Why sign on with us? The unfair treatment of any one of us, hurts us all. Silence is not an option. Our freedoms are intertwined. So we rise together.
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