Action Item: Call Jeff Duncan: Mandate Disclosure on Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

Courtesy of the Government Oversight committee-
Although Trump has business holdings around the world, he has been unwilling to divest himself of these holdings or report his conflicts of interest, raising the question of whether he is vulnerable to influence by foreign governments. This lack of disclosure is especially troubling given the pre-inauguration communication between members of his administration, most notably disgraced former NSA advisor Michael Flynn, and Russian diplomats.


Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced a bill that would require the Attorney General to release all non-classified materials related to Trump’s conflicts of interest, especially those related to payment from foreign governments, to the House of Representatives. The Republicans are bringing this up for a House Judiciary Committee vote on Tuesday—where they expect it will be voted down—in order to prevent Democrats from bringing the resolution directly to the floor, which would force all Republicans to take an embarrassing vote.


The South Carolina 3rd District angle: Call Jeff Duncan and urge him to co-sponsor House Resolution 111. It’s unlikely Duncan will do so, but he needs to know his constituents are watching him on this and that there will be a political price to pay for disregarding what should be bi-partisan standards and norms for the conduct of public officials.


Anderson: (864) 224-7401
Laurens: (864) 681-1028
DC: (202) 225-5301


THE BILL:
https://www.congress.gov/…/115th-congr…/house-resolution/111
TALKING POINTS FOR CALLS
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/…/mandate-disclosure-on-tr…
MORE INFORMATION
https://nadler.house.gov/…/congressman-nadler-calls-republi…
http://www.commondreams.org/…/want-congress-fulfill-oversig…

Action Item: Call Jeff Duncan and ask him to vote to retain the Electoral Assistance Commission

Courtesy of our government oversight group:

Remember hanging chads? Butterfly ballots? If so, gulp. If not, you haven’t had to because our national standards for voting have been at least somewhat upheld as of late. But not for long. Only four days after Trump was inaugurated the House Committee quietly fast tracked a bold move to eliminate a key federal commission.

The Electoral Assistance Commission was created after the election of 2000 in order to improve election administration and, while it has been paralyzed by inaction as of late (as has much of our government), its mission is clear, and 38 groups, including the NAACP, Common Cause, and others have all decried the elimination of the only institution that oversees state compliance with Federal voting laws.

Thus we have an action item this week for you to pitch in to ensure democracy actually works! It’s not a sexy policy issue but the fact that it is getting little notice is exactly what makes it dangerous. As The Nation puts it, House Republicans just voted to eliminate the only federal agency that makes sure voting machines can’t be hacked.

In late January the House Committee quietly voted (on partisan lines) to push forward HR 634 the “Federal Electoral Commission Elimination Bill” – soon our local representatives will have to vote on this issue. It will now go to the full House for a vote.

Action: Call Congressman Jeff Duncan and ask him to vote AGAINST HR 634 and to RETAIN the bipartisan Electoral Assistance Commission. Let’s let him know we are carefully watching his vote and that we care about this issue.

DC: (202) 225-5301

Anderson: (864) 224-7401

Laurens: (864) 681-1028

email link:  https://jeffduncan.house.gov/contact-me

As you likely know, South Carolina hasn’t had a stellar historical record in complying with federal voting laws and, therefore, as South Carolinians we have a special ethical imperative to push for the enforcement of fair national standards.

(Don’t be surprised if this action item comes back soon if it passes the House and moves to the Senate and we then have to contact our Senators… As we all know, it is a marathon, not a race but contacting Congressman Jeff Duncan is the focus for this week. We at Indivisible Clemson need to be vigilant and, dare we say, persistent.)

Here are some links with more information and also a link to INDIVISIBLE which provide some handy talking points for this topic.

The Bill

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/634/text

Information

https://www.thenation.com/article/house-republicans-just-voted-to-eliminate-the-only-federal-agency-that-makes-sure-voting-machines-cant-be-hacked/

https://www.brennancenter.org/press-release/house-committee-votes-terminate-agency-protects-voting-machines-hacking

http://www.democracy21.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Letter-to-House-Admin-opposing-bills.pdf

Talking points from Indivisible for phone calls

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resources-2/2017/2/9/election-assistance-commission

ACTION ITEM, February 23, Oppose dismantling of Endangered Species Act of 1973

ACTION ITEM (courtesy of our Environment group): Urgent Action Needed as Republican Congress Begin Effort to Gut the Endangered Species Act
We need everyone to call our Senators and demand that they oppose efforts to dismantle the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
If the Endangered Species Act of 1973 had not been passed, we might have lost the very symbol of our democracy: the bald eagle. “Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed,” said President Richard Nixon while signing the act on December 28, 1973. Yet last Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held hearings on legislation that would roll back environmental regulations and protections under the Act. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/the-endangered-species-a…/…

Dozens of animals and plants have been saved by the Endangered Species Act, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which designates species at risk and ensures for the protection of these species and their habitats. Herein lies the problem, according to House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who wants to repeal it entirely. He argues that “it has never been used for the rehabilitation of species” but instead has “been used to control the land.” What Bishop does not seem to understand is that the number one cause of extinction is habitat destruction. Land equals habitat, so of course land use must be controlled if an endangered species depends upon it for survival.

Other species saved from extinction by the act include the grizzly bear, the whooping crane, the peregrine falcon, alligators, the Florida panther, and the California condor. Saving a species preserves not only that single species but also the biological diversity of an ecosystem. The species within an ecosystem are interrelated in ways we don’t always realize. Why should we care? Many people believe that every species has a right to exist for its own sake. But what can saving endangered species do for humans?

  • Drive economic and social development through ecotourism. Many countries that cannot afford conservation efforts have instead turned valuable ecosystems, which support endangered species, into tourist destinations.
  • Improve on modern agriculture. Wild plants can provide new genetic material to modern crops by conferring natural pest resistance, increasing yield, quality and adaptiveness to environmental conditions.
  • Provide potential medicines for human diseases. Indigenous populations, and animals, have used plants to treat various ailments for eons. Possibly, a cure for cancer and other human afflictions may be found in plants that are endangered, depend on an endangered species, or exist within an area protected for endangered species.
  • Enable the planet to continue functioning as it has for millennia. Rainforests recycle oxygen, soil nutrients, water purification, and flood protection as well as provide food and shelter for other plants and for animals, including endangered species. By protecting an endangered species’ habitat, we are actually ensuring the ecosystem’s ability to continue these vital functions.

This, Rep. Bishop, is why the land must be controlled. It sustains the endangered species; and so much more.
Please call Senator Scott and Senator Graham and ask them to preserve the Endangered Species Act.
Lindsey Graham:
Greenville Office: 864-250-1417
Columbia Office: 803-933-0112
Florence Office: 843-669-1505
Mount Pleasant Office: 843 849-3887
Rock Hill Office: 803-366-2828
Pendleton Office: 864-646-4090
DC Office: 202-224-5972 (only has voicemail options lately, so it’s probably better to call one of the other offices.)

Tim Scott:
DC: (202) 224-6121, Toll Free: (855) 425-6324
Greenville: (864) 233-5366
Columbia: (803) 771-6112
Charleston: (843) 727-4525

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ACTION ITEM #2 February 13, Call your senators today! Oppose Pruitt for Head of EPA

Action Alert for Monday, February 13: visit Lindsey Graham’s office and call your 2 Senators today.

Please call your Members of Congress today and ask them to oppose Scott Pruitt for Head of the Environmental Protection Agency. His confirmation hearing is set for 10am Tuesday, February 14, so we need as many people as possible to call. Also, we need everyone to write a note and deliver it to the office of Lindsey Graham—said to be on the fence about this nomination—in Pendleton. We will meet on the square at 10am and at 5pm today, Monday, February 13. We are making a difference but must continue our momentum!

Pruitt has been nominated to be the head of the EPA, which he has sued at least 50 times. Is this the man we need at the helm of the agency charged with protecting our air and water? No, because Pruitt has proven himself to be anti-regulatory, a climate-change skeptic, and would like to remove government regulations for benefit of the oil and gas industry—from which he received more than $300,000 in campaign contributions. He has led coalitions that sought to reduce carbon pollution and protect the water supply. His appointment would weaken the government’s ability to regulate industries that would place profit over environmental protection.

Please call your Senators today then meet at Senator Graham’s office today to deliver your message: Oppose Scott Pruitt for head of the EPA!
Graham’s contact info:
DC Office: 202-224-5972
Greenville Office: 864-250-1417
Columbia Office: 803-933-0112
Florence Office: 843-669-1505
Mount Pleasant Office: 843 849-3887
Rock Hill Office: 803-366-2828
Pendleton Office: 864-646-4090

ACTION ITEM February 13 – City of Clemson City Council Work Session

“For those interested in City of Clemson issues, and in particular transportation and making Clemson more pedestrian and bike-friendly: 
On Monday, February 13th at 6:30 pm, the Clemson City Council will be holding a work session regarding the proposal to reduce parking for future mixed-use developments in downtown Clemson. My understanding is that developers would have the option to build fewer parking spaces and instead would pay fees that would go into a transportation fund to improve the bus service and pedestrian and bike access downtown. The work session is open to the public and provides an opportunity to learn more about the proposal and get a sense of the council members’ thoughts on the proposal and whether or not they will support it.” -Pam

Link to city council event: http://www.cityofclemson.org/city/city-council-work-session-02132017

ACTION ITEM! Voter Registration for Young Democrats February 9th –

The previous state senator for district 03 in Northern Anderson County, Republican Kevin Bryant, has become Lt. Governor and so there is a special election to fill his seat, with a primary in April and the general election in May. This will be the first electoral test of our newfound energy, so let’s do it right! Getting people registered to vote is crucial to our cause, particularly in light of sustained efforts from those in power to make it MORE difficult to vote rather than easier. The Young Democrats of Anderson Country are having a voter registration drive and need people to help. Please consider signing up to help this effort. Once you complete the short form you will be contacted about your availability for days and times. Sign up with a friend or group of friends and make it a social event!

ACTION ALERT January 31

Call both of your US Senators to tell them you oppose Pruitt to head the EPA! Then click the pinned post poll. Call again if you’ve already called. The hearing is at 3pm tomorrow 2/1. You can also participate in a nationwide tweet and Facebook tag storm today and tomorrow (1/31 and 2/1). 2 Hours a Week put out this call for a call and tweet storm at 3pm today, but they only put it out 2 hours before. So we’ll jump on when we can.

From Two Hours a Week: SAVE LIVES STOP PRUITT: TWEETSTORM AND FB STORM!

Do you like your water drinkable and your air breathable? Scott Pruitt is set to dismantle the EPA. Pruitt is a Koch brothers plant who does not believe the EPA should exist. For a rundown of why he is so scary, see our Action 49. HIS COMMITTEE HEARING IS TOMORROW. SAVE LIVES, STOP PRUITT.

1. TODAY, TUESDAY Feb 31, 3pm: There is a coordinated tweetstorm and Facebook storm. Get online and help.
• 5 min: Tweet or Facebook these tags: #SaveLivesStopPruitt#PollutingPruitt
• 10 minutes: See below for a shortened list of retweets and articles to post on FB. We spelled it all out for you! Just repost.
• 20 minutes or more: Here’s the full list of things to tweet, superb resource.

2. THURSDAY, Feb 2, 12-1PM, lunchtime rally: If you live in NY: to support Chuck Schumer in his resistance to Trump’s anti-environmental agenda. This is a positive pressure rally but one that should also get press. Bring signs, dress up as a fish or carry earth posters. Pruitt’s nomination is not getting enough attention. Here’s the Facebook event. If you don’t live in NY, please send us any actions you know this week resisting Pruitt, we’ll repost.

ACTION ITEM for Monday, January 30th

If you complete this action, please update the poll for this week if you are on the Facebook group (pinned post at the top).

According to this article in Charleston’s Post and Courier, Tim Scott says he is receiving thousands of calls from angry voters from outside of SC asking him to vote against Betsy DeVos. So, let’s flood his phone lines with calls asking him to oppose DeVos, and be sure to emphasize that you are a SC resident! If you would like a script/talking points for the call, scroll down for last week’s action item re: DeVos. It is sufficient just to say that you oppose DeVos. Just be sure to give them your address – whether they ask for it or not! The HELP committee vote is currently scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st at 10 am. Scott is a member of this committee.

Is anyone up for paying a visit to Scott’s Greenville office on Monday to express opposition to DeVos in person? Or perhaps coordinating a group to go? If so, please leave a comment on this post. The address for his office is: 104 South Main Street, Suite 803, Greenville, SC 29601

Scott’s office phone numbers are:
DC: (202) 224-6121, Toll Free: (855) 425-6324
Greenville: (864) 233-5366
Columbia: (803) 771-6112
Charleston: (843) 727-4525