Action Alerts

Concerned about the outcome of the last election?  Want to get involved and help defend progressive values? We will be making periodic postings of ways you can get involved in a range of projects with various non-DFL organizations.  (DFL events are listed on our DFL In the Know posts.)

 Here are some upcoming events:

  • Today through January 14 — Minnesota Open Enrollment, visit MNSure.org to check out insurance plans if you need coverage for new options. (Minnesota’s enrollment period is longer than states using the ACA exchange.)
  • December 16, 10:00 AM — Meet and Greet with CD3 Candidate Dean Phillips, Champlin Library, 12154 Ensign Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316
  • December 16, 1:30 PM — Meet and Greet with CD3 Candidate Adam Jennings, Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
  • December 20, 5:00 PM — Debra Hilstrom for Attorney General holiday party, at the home of Paul and Alicia Buchel, Party Room, 2320 Lexington Ave S, Mendota Heights, MN 55210. More information at debrahilstrommn@gmail.com.
  • December 21, 5:00 PM — Drinking Liberally, Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room, 5636 Manitou Rd, Excelsior, MN 55331. More information as it becomes available.
  • December 27, 6:30 PM — Monthly meeting of the Anoka-Hennepin area chapter of Sandy Hook Promise, Crooked Lake Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN. More information and RSVP here or email shpahregion@gmail.com.
  • January 4, 9:30 AM — DFL Women Meeting, 12800 Marion Ln W, Minnetonka, MN 55305.  Candidates for the State Auditor position will be joining them along with Brittany Edwards, who is running to fill the seat currently held for Lt. Gov. candidate Peggy Flanagan.
  • January 13, 8:30 AM — Stone Arch Discussion Group:  Health Care with Rep. Diane Loeffler, Wilde Café & Spirits, 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • January 13, 9:30 AM — League of Women Voter’s MEPH:  Redistricting for Fairness and Voter Participation presented by Secretary of State Steve Simon, Council Chambers, Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345.

NOTE:  Candidates for the CD3 DFL and Senate District endorsements should send event information to info@dfl3cd.org for posting on this listing and the CD3 DFL calendar.

Other ways to make your voice heard:

  • HandsOff.org is a coalition of organizations working against the Trump/GOP budget. Visit their site and leave your story of how this massive attack on the social safety net would impact you and your family’s life.
  • Indivisible CD3 Petition:  Erik Paulsen — Release Trump’s Taxes
  • Moveon.org is looking for local volunteers to become MoveOn Mobilizers for their Resistance Summer.  If you’re interested, you can apply online here.
  • ProPublica is looking for people to monitor Facebook campaign ads. In the wake of the Russian government purchasing pro-Trump/anti-Clinton ads in 2016, this is a good project. Here’s a link to their article, there’s a link to a Chrome web browser extension you can add that will collect the ads in your Facebook feed.

Hold Congressman Paulsen Accountable

Here’s the latest Call Topic from Indivisible MN03:  #NetNeutrality

Net neutrality vote is scheduled for Thursday, Dec 14. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai favors 4 Internet Service Providers over small businesses, low-income and rural Americans and everyone who believes that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally.

Do you have time to make 4 phone calls?

  • Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, 202-418-1000
  • Erik Paulsen, 202-225-2871 (DC) or 952-405-8510 (MN)
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar, 202-224-3244
  • Senator Al Franken, 202-224-5641

BACKGROUND

The FCC has confirmed that they will vote on Thursday, Dec 14 to abolish the regulations that prevent internet service providers from blocking access to certain sites, throttling internet speeds, and otherwise controlling what websites and online services are available to their customers.

Internet users scored a significant victory in 2014 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) installed protections for net neutrality and the “open Internet.” Net neutrality allows all users to have equal access to everything available on the Internet, and prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from essentially turning the internet into cable television — creating fast and slow speeds for sites of their choosing and charging consumers premium prices for upgraded access. Without net neutrality, small businesses, low-income individuals, and much of rural America would lose access to affordable, reasonably-fast internet service.

The four major ISPs (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and AT&T) have been lobbying against the 2014 net neutrality regulations, frustrated by the constraints placed on their ability to profit from those who need their services the most. They have specifically targeted the classification of ISPs as Title II services, a category that requires more strict federal oversight.

In response to their lobbying efforts, the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has pledged to roll back these net neutrality protections with a softer Title I classification and will allow ISPs to instead make voluntary, unenforceable commitments that they will maintain the open Internet.

Don’t forget to record your call/Resistbot/fax/email/postcard/LTE on our Office Call Tracker, Indivisiblecd3.com. This helps us identify which issues you are actively supporting.

SCRIPT

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a concerned constituent from [YOUR CITY].

Calling the FCC: I’m calling to express my disapproval that the FCC is trying to kill net neutrality and the strong Title II oversight of Internet Service Providers. Preserving an open internet is crucial for fair and equal access to the resources and information available on it.

Calling Erik Paulsen: I’m calling to express my support for Net Neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I ask that Rep. Paulsen contact FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and demand he abandon his plan to overturn Net Neutrality and Title II oversight. It is time for Congress to take a stand and urge Chairman Pai to cancel the vote in December.

Calling Amy Klobuchar: I’m calling to express my support for Net Neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I ask that Senator Klobuchar contact FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and demand he abandon his plan to overturn Net Neutrality and Title II oversight. It is time for Congress to take a stand and urge Chairman Pai to cancel the vote in December.

Calling Al Franken: I’m calling to express my support for Net Neutrality and a fair and open Internet. I ask that Senator Franken contact FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and demand he abandon his plan to overturn Net Neutrality and Title II oversight. It is time for Congress to take a stand and urge Chairman Pai to cancel the vote in December.

Congressman Paulsen’s Lack of Public Town Halls

Ongoing — Want to contact Cong. Paulsen regularly about progressive issues?  Calls for Change is offering ways to do that:  It’s easier than you think to do something to advance women and equality. Calling members of Congress is one of the most effective ways to influence the political process, and Calls for Change makes it simple and fast. Each week we’ll send you all the information you need — from the right phone number to a sample script — so in just ten minutes you can make sure your voice is heard. Learn more about the issues we’re focused on.

  • Ongoing — Constituents running into road blocks in contacting Rep. Erik Paulsen to express their wish for an in-person town hall meeting have created this FaceBook group. If you agree and would like to participate, please join and help.
  • Ongoing — StandUpMN Indivisible CD3 asks that residents of Congressional District 3 sign their online petition requesting Cong. Paulsen hold quarterly town hall meetings to address concerns about the Trump agenda and then share it with their friends.
  • Ongoing — Rep. Scott Peters of California has an online petition that can be signed urging other Congress members to hold town halls in their districts (we haven’t completed the form, so we don’t know, but it’s pretty common to have a contribution ask at the end that isn’t mandatory).
  • ResistanceRecess.com has a website where you can sign a pledge to contact Rep. Paulsen, and find out about more activities in our area here.

Looking for tools to help you move through the Trump years?

  • 5 Calls is an app that helps people make the move from passive participation into active resistance. Spend 5 minutes making 5 calls a day. Here’s a link to the iTunes preview, and a link to the Android preview.
  • ACLU Resistance Training — Weren’t able to watch the original livestream of this training? You can watch it here.
  • Boycott Trump — there is a free application available in the App Store and GooglePlay listing all the organizations that have been involved with Donald J. Trump and how to help you make decisions on where to spend your money.
  • Brave News — Need some positive news to help keep you energized? Subscribe to this newsletter for true stories of courage and resistance.
  • BuzzFeed is maintaining a running list of Pres. Trump’s lies here.
  • The Center for American Progress Action Fund has a podcast, OffKilter, that focuses on poverty and inequality. You can listen online or subscribe on iTunes.
  • Committee to Investigate Russia — The Russian Active Measures campaign aimed at the US has been exposed. This committee is a nonprofit, non-partisan resource provided to help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy. All relevant information is aggregated in one place to provide context and allow users to see the full picture of what Russia has done and will continue to do unless we start paying closer attention. Here’s a link to their site.
  • Countable — Contact Congress and Vote on Bills is an application that allows you to do just that, follow what’s happening in Congress. Free download on both Android and iPhone.
  • DailyAction.org — sign up on their website and receive a daily text of issues to call your representative about.
  • EMILY’s List — EMILY’s List recruits, trains and supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates at every level of the ballot. By helping to elect these women to office in 2017, we’re not only building a farm team, but we’re also putting strong women in charge of decisions that affect women and families every day — from the legislators who write laws, the attorneys general who defend and enforce them, and the secretaries of state who ensure access to the ballot. Contribute to help them do this important work.
  • Flippable.org this organization is up and running and working to get progressive elected to office at the state and federal level.
  • Help Our Muslim FamilyMedium.com has 20 ways you can do this.
  • Indivisible.com has developed an activist guide book that is a free PDF download.
  • Libraries Serve Refugees — this group is looking for librarians, researchers, editors, lawyers and site administrators to help them find the best resources for refugee and immigrant populations. Here’s a link to their site.
  • Need to Impeach — This is an effort started by environmental activist Tom Steyer. Not much information out yet beyond his funding the effort, just a petition at this point and a video from Mr. Steyer.
  • Obama Foundation — President and Mrs. Obama have launched an organization. You can find out more here.
  • PeoplePower.org —The ACLU has created this group to help organize the resistance to what we see being done to people in this political climate
  • Resistance Calendar — looking for an action locally get participate in?  Check out this site.  Have an event, you can enter that, as well.
  • Resistance Manual — is an interactive site where you can find out about issues nationally and locally.
  • Run for Something — this is an organization that is looking to recruit and support progressive candidates running for office. If progressives aren’t elected, progressive ideas can’t be implemented. Check it out and think about serving on your city commissions, running for city, county and state offices — maybe higher office.
  • The Sister District Projectthis group is matching people in safe, blue districts around the country with red districts to help flip the U.S. House. Sign up to be notified of events here.
  • Take Back Your State Minnesota — a website created by a Minnesota couple to consolidate information on legislation, contacting your representative, etc.  Visit their site for more information.
  • The Town Hall Project — This group is creating a spreadsheet of where elected representatives are holding their meetings. Here’s a link.
  • TrumpAccountable.org — A new organization that wants to make the public aware of the impact of the Trump Administration and Donald Trump. Here’s a link.
  • Tweet Congress this website allows you to tweet directly to Congress members, either all of them or selectively.
  • WeAreNewYork — Why are we listing this site where it’s New York-centric?  Jeanne Heifetz, who’s the site’s creator, has created a manual to help people interested in creating a similar site in other areas. Just send her an email at wearenewyorkvalues@gmail.com to let her know you’re interested.
  • Indivisible Radio — Per their website, the national conversation about America in a time of change on public radio. Visit their website, join their mailing list and you’ll be aware of how things are moving forward.
  • CD3 DFL — You can also volunteer on our website to help within the DFL party.

Don’t forget to bookmark our website, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Organizations to support:

  • DFL CD3 — we’re here to elect people to office who hold progressive values. There’s a PayPal donate button in the upper right corner of this page.
  • ACLU — they’re always at the forefront of fights to maintain our rights. Contribute to them here.
  • Center for Constitutional Rights — The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here’s a link to their site
  • Committee to Protect Journalists — With Trump Administration staffer Kellyanne Conway calling for reporters who “talk smack” about Pres. Trump to be fired, we need to keep the people reporting safe from a president who’s proved he will sue at the drop of a hat. Here’s a link to their site.
  • Movementvote.org is a new platform to help progressive donate money in areas that will help make their dollars go further. Check it out here.
  • It Starts Now — This is a group focusing on flipping the U.S. House in the 2018 midterm elections:  The 2018 midterm election is our first chance to flip the House and the Senate and install some checks and balances on the Trump-Pence White House —We must start right now. They’re asking for a monthly contribution to grow their war chest.  Here’s a link to their site.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center — The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Here’s a link to their site.

And, if you want to show people where you stand on issues, here’s a site that’s offering clothing, etc. with a portion of the proceeds going to support the resistance efforts: