Issue 48.0: Indictments, Tax Reveal, Open Enrollment, Elections
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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.

Sending this out later than usual, but there's certainly no shortage of things that deserve our attention:

1. Former Trump Aides Charged as Prosecutors Reveal New Campaign Ties With Russia

What’s happening: (New York Times)
“The special counsel announced charges on Monday against three advisers to President Trump’s campaign and laid out the most explicit evidence to date that his campaign was eager to coordinate with the Russian government to damage his rival, Hillary Clinton. The former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, surrendered to the F.B.I … Rick Gates, Mr. Manafort’s longtime associate as well as a campaign adviser, was also charged and turned himself in. But information that could prove most politically damaging to Mr. Trump came an hour later, when Mr. Mueller announced that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and was cooperating with investigators.” Papadopolous said Trump campaign officials agreed to a pre-election meeting with representatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sam Clovis, who is involved in the probe, has also withdrawn from consideration to be the Department of Agriculture’s chief scientist.

What you can do:
✓ Call your senators to ask them to
support legislation that checks the president’s ability to remove a special counsel without cause. To do this, use to find your senators. Here’s a starting point.

“My name is [NAME] from [TOWN]. I am asking [SENATOR X] to support the bipartisan proposals currently being considered to check the president’s ability to remove the special counsel. Will [SENATOR X] support this legislation?”

Commit to a “Mueller Firing Rapid Response” event near you

✓ Speaking of Manafort being out on bail, check out
Civil Rights Corps’ work to end wealth-based pretrial detention, and consider donating to the org. Clint Smith tweets: “As you watch Manafort go back home after leaving court, remember the half a million people sitting in jail because they’re too poor to afford bail.”

2. Senate littered with tax reform land mines

What’s happening: (Politico)
“The fanfare surrounding the House GOP tax plan on Thursday masked a brewing storm in the other chamber … Senate Republicans will have to sway a host of GOP swing votes as they try to jam through their own tax overhaul with almost no margin for error. Fiscal hawks are squawking about how tax legislation could balloon the deficit. Moderates like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine are worried tax cuts will disproportionately favor the rich. Even an Obamacare-related row could bubble up and trip up passage.”

What you can do:
Call your reps to oppose this legislation using this script.

Use this form to submit a letter to the editor to your local newspapers on the so-called tax reform. Includes tips, samples, and more. (Click to tweet)

Read and share this Event Organizing Guide from Indivisible.

✓ Read and share: “60 percent of Americans say Trump tax plan will benefit wealthy (POLL)”

3. Obama, Democrats push open enrollment period

What’s happening: (ABC)
“With the open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act beginning today, former President Barack Obama released an ad encouraging Americans to buy health care insurance and remain insured under his signature law During the next six weeks, Americans who are self-employed, who do not get insurance from their employers or who just want to shop for more options, can sign up and purchase plans sold online on state and federally run marketplaces.”

What you can do:
Spread the word about open enrollment using these organizing tools. 

Like and share this Facebook video of Barack Obama sharing information about this year’s open enrollment period.

4. A.C.L.U. Sues Trump Administration Over Detention of 10-Year-Old Immigrant

What’s happening: (New York Times)
“The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over its detention of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was stopped by Border Patrol agents in Texas last week on her way to surgery. The girl, Rosa Maria Hernandez, had been living in Laredo, Tex., with her parents, where she was brought illegally from Mexico when she was 3 months old. Rosa Maria was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint at 2 a.m. on Oct. 24 while traveling in an ambulance.”

What you can do:
Call the Office of Refugee Resettlement today and demand they release her back to her family immediately.

5. Upcoming Elections (Many are on 11/7!!!)

Read and share: “100 Million Americans Have an Election This November”

Sign up with Indivisible to phonebank for Virginia over the next four days.

Support candidates in Virginia and Washington state. You can also contribute to Ralph Northram for Governor. Election is November 7!

✓ Support Doug Jones for Senate in Alabama. You can do so by signing up to volunteer or contributing to his campaign. His opponent, Roy Moore, is unfit to serve. Election is December 12.

Additional stories:

  • Puerto Rico Is Burning Its Dead, And We May Never Know How Many People The Hurricane Really Killed (BuzzFeed)
  • Trump pressures Justice Department to investigate ‘Crooked Hillary’ (Washington Post)
  • Protect Alaska’s Wildlife Refuge from Oil and Gas Companies (
  • Advocate for a Bipartisan Renewal of CHIP Funding (
  • Departing Twitter employee deactivates Donald Trump’s account (DailyMail)
  • ‘I’m The Only One That Matters,’ Trump Says Of State Dept. Job Vacancies (NPR)
  • A Month After Las Vegas, Rapid-Fire Bump Stocks Are Untouched (NBC)
  • Exclusive: Carter Page testifies he told Sessions about Russia trip (CNN)
  • Jared Kushner’s team turned over documents to special counsel in Russia investigation (Washington Post)
  • Sessions Rejected Russian Proposal by Campaign Adviser, Source Says (NBC)
  • Mueller Reveals New Manafort Link to Organized Crime (Daily Beast)
  • Hedge Fund Billionaire Robert Mercer Will Step Down As CEO Of His Company Following BuzzFeed News Exposé (BuzzFeed)
  • The social media ads Russia wanted Americans to see (POLITICO)
  • Trump vows even-more-extreme vetting (Axios)
  • Russian content on Facebook, Google and Twitter reached far more users than companies first disclosed, congressional testimony says (Washington Post)


Thank you.

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. 

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