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Issue 56.0: March For Our Lives, Net Neutrality, Bank Rules
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re:act is a weekly list of a few concrete things you can do to take action during the Trump presidency.

1. Organizers plan for 500,000 attendees at ‘March For Our Lives’ gun-control march in Washington

What’s happening: (Washington Post)
“Organizers of a rally against mass shootings planned for next month in Washington are expecting up to 500,000 attendees, according to an event permit application … The application filed this week with the National Park Service indicates the “March for Our Lives” will be March 24, although a location hasn’t been determined. The rally, organized by survivors of last week’s school massacre in Parkland, Fla., will have “sister marches” in other major cities, organizers said.”

What you can do:
✓ Commit to going to an upcoming march.

Support the #MarchForOurLives through this GoFundMe page, which has already raised $2.6 million+. (Click to tweet)

Share this link to help 17 and 18-year-olds get pre-registered to vote. There are details and helpful links for every state. (Click to tweet)

✓ Use these 5calls.org scripts to call for expanded background checks and demand a federal assault weapons ban. On Monday, House Dems formally introduced a new ban.

✓ Read and share: “Seven in 10 favor tighter gun laws in wake of Parkland shooting” (Click to tweet) Also: “What Are States Doing About Gun Violence After the Florida Shooting?” (Click to tweet)

2. 23 state AGs refile lawsuit challenging net neutrality repeal

What’s happening: (CNET)
“A coalition of 23 state attorneys general refiled a lawsuit Thursday challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of Obama-era net neutrality regulations as the commission published its final notice of the repeal in the Federal Register … The coalition, lead by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, filed a lawsuit in January to block the repeal of the rules but agreed to withdraw it Friday and wait for the FCC’s publication. Publishing the notice to the Federal Register begins a 60-day clock until the rules are removed and allows for the filing of legal challenges.”

What you can do:
Join Operation #OneMoreVote today (Tuesday, February 27), a massive online action to preserve net neutrality: “Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to harness our power to secure the #OneMoreVote we need to pass the CRA resolution in the Senate.”

3. A decade after meltdown, Senate moves to roll back bank rules

What’s happening: (Politico)
“U.S. senators are planning to mark the 10th anniversary of Wall Street’s meltdown this year with a gift to the nation’s banks: a bill that would unravel regulations put in place after the crisis. The proposed rollback of some key post-crisis rules — which could advance in the coming weeks — is one of the few examples of bipartisanship in Washington since President Donald Trump’s election … The bill would scale back regulations that Democrats pushed through in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act — the sweeping statute that rewrote the rules of the financial industry and was one of President Barack Obama’s signature achievements.”

What you can do:
Read this background and call script from Indivisible. Tell your Senator to vote no the deceivingly-titled “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155).”

4. The Supreme Court may have just kept DACA on life support for several more months

What’s happening: (Vox)
“The judicial battle over the Trump administration’s efforts to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protected 690,000 young unauthorized immigrants from deportation, has just been extended by several months … On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a highly unusual request from the Trump administration: to skip over the second level of the federal court process (the courts of appeals) by having the Supreme Court consider an order made in January by a California district court judge.”

What you can do:
✓ Read and share this tweet from UnitedWeDream: These are the top 5 things you need to know about the Supreme Court #DACA announcement on February 26, 2018.”

Use this simple tool to record a ~30 second video to send to your reps in favor of DACA. As always, make sure you call them to demand a legislative fix as well

5. Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being replaced

What’s happening: (Reuters)
“The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being replaced at the behest of Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House … Masterson has been a popular figure among state election officials, many of whom have praised his expertise and leadership on cyber security issues and expressed chagrin at his pending departure … The action raises fresh questions over the degree to which Republican President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress are taking steps to protect the security of American elections, and some state officials have accused them of doing too little to address the threat.”

What you can do:
✓ Call your reps to support the Democratic proposal to provide funding to fight election interference
“Hello, my name is [NAME] from [TOWN]. Recently, Democratic leaders in Congress requested $300 million in funding to protect our elections from interference. They are requesting this appropriation to be added to the government funding bill set to pass by March 23. I’m calling on [REPRESENTATIVE X] to support these efforts. Will [REPRESENTATIVE X] do everything in [THEIR] power to get this funding passed?”

Four quick things to do in preparation for November elections

  1. Flip states: Find ways to get involved in flipping seats on the state level with Flippable.
  2. Swing the house: Find the nearest SwingLeft house district near you to flip the House. 
  3. Get registered: Go to vote.org to get registered, get absentee ballots, sign up for reminders, and find your polling place.
  4. Write postcards to voters at PostcardsToVoters.org.

Additional Reading

  • Millions of Americans won’t have health insurance next year (Axios)
  • Eric Holder’s group sues Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker over not calling special elections (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • A Federal Court Just Ruled For Gay Rights In A Major Discrimination Case (BuzzFeed)
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court draws ‘much more competitive’ district map to overturn Republican gerrymander (Washington Post)
  • Trump says he would have rushed into Florida school, unarmed (AP)
  • Fueled by a Democratic surge, Texans turn out in force on first day of early voting (Dallas News)
  • Exclusive: Trump privately pushing personal pilot to run FAA (Axios)
  • Democratic memo: FBI was investigating Trump campaign associates weeks before receiving dossier (POLITICO)
  • Interior Secretary Zinke asked for confidential energy data. So two scientists left (Washington Post)
  • Special counsel files 32-count indictment against former Trump campaign officials (ABC)
  • The Troll Farm: What We Know About 13 Russians Indicted by the U.S. (New York Times)
  • Trump’s Facebook advertising advantage, explained (Washington Post)

Thank you,
Derek

Editor's note: This list is not meant to be authoritative, exhaustive, or even expert. I'm just a guy letting you know some things I am doing every week.  I'd love for those with more legislative experience to recommend better levers to pull. I'd love for you to point out what I missed, because I will definitely miss things. 

Please send ideas or stories of your involvement ​my way at derek@reactletter.com
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