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Issue 42.0: #24forDACA Today, Graham-Cassidy, Hurricane Maria
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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. #24forDACA Today

The deadline for DACA renewals is October 5. Those renewals cost $495, and while most recipients can cover it, many others have trouble. 51% of Dreamers say these fees “impose a financial hardship on themselves or their families.” The possibility of them losing their status because of these renewal fees is unconscionable. Every Dreamer, after all, came to the U.S. under the age of 16. A third of them came here under the age of 5.

#24forDACA is a 24-hour fundraiser running today to cover DACA renewal fees for those who need help. We kicked it off a few hours ago at midnight CST, and over $1,500 has already been donated since then!

The donations go to the Mission Asset Fund, a 501c3 with a long history of helping Dreamers. Approved scholarship recipients will receive a $495 check for the renewal within 48 hours. The fund had previously raised enough to cover 2,000 renewals, but demand is big, and more help is needed. That’s where you come in.

What you can do: (8 minutes)
Help cover DACA renewal fees today. This link will lead you to the donation page set up by the Mission Asset Fund to cover DACA renewals. After that, see if there are any people or organizations who you can help make a contribution or spread the word, and reach out as part of the #24forDACA campaign.

Click to spread the word on Twitter to get others involved.

Post the link on Facebook. 
Facebook doesn’t allow me to pre-fill text, so feel free to copy+paste this in, or tell a personal story: #24forDACA: A 24-hour fundraiser TODAY (September 21) to cover DACA renewals ($495) for those needing help by 10/5.

Share information about how to apply for these DACA scholarships with your networks. DACA recipients can fill out an online application and receive a $495 check made out to the Department of Homeland Security for the renewal fees.

Share these #24forDACA images on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Here’s a shortened URL to the donation page if it’s easy to direct people there: https://tinyurl.com/24forDACA

We can make a big difference today. I’ll be tweeting out updates throughout.

2. With the clock ticking, Senate plans to vote on new Obamacare repeal bill next week

What’s happening: (ABC)
“The Senate plans to vote on a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare next week, amid uncertain support from lawmakers and opposition from medical groups and health insurers. Support for the Graham-Cassidy bill, considered to be Republican’s last shot to follow through with a campaign promise to undo Obamacare, hinges on a handful of Senators who have not yet indicated how they plan to vote … Health insurance companies that have remained largely quiet about Graham-Cassidy came out in opposition. In a letter to Senate leadership, [insurers] say the bill does not stand up to their list of health care principles including stabilizing the individual insurance markets, and guaranteeing access to coverage for consumers, including those with pre-existing conditions. Medical organizations offered similar concerns about potential loss of coverage, including the American Hospitals Association, and American Medical Association.”

What you can do: (6 minutes)
Commit to show up on Monday, September 25. Across the country, concerned citizens will be staging sit-ins in congressional offices to protest Graham-Cassidy.

✓ Voters in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia: click on your state and make your voice heard. Each link has a host of resources from TrumpCareTen.com.

✓ Live in a blue state with two Democratic senators? Sign up to make a few calls now. This peer-to-peer dialing tool helps you call friendly voters in key swing states, and help connect them to their Senator’s offices.

✓ Watch and share Jimmy Kimmel’s monologues on the bill.

  1. Jimmy Kimmel on Bill Cassidy’s Health “Care” Bill
  2. Jimmy Kimmel Fights Back Against Bill Cassidy, Lindsey Graham & Chris Christie

3. Hurricane Maria Strikes, and Puerto Rico Goes Dark

What’s happening: (NYT)
“Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico in almost a century, ravaged the island on Wednesday, knocking out all electricity, deluging towns with flashfloods and mudslides and compounding the already considerable pain of residents here … This storm, which made landfall at 6 a.m. as a Category 4 hurricane, took out the island’s entire power grid, and only added to the woes of a commonwealth that has been groaning under the weight of an extended debt and bankruptcy crisis. Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said that the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico had very fragile power systems and that electricity was expected to remain out for a very long time.”

What you can do: (5 minutes)
✓ Ask your reps to support our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico. Use ContactingCongress.org to find your senators and house rep. Here’s a starting point.

“Hello, my name is [NAME] from [PLACE]. I’m calling to express solidarity with our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, as well as the other areas affected by Hurricane Maria. I’m asking [REPRESENTATIVE X] to do whatever we can to support the recovery.”

4. McCain joins effort to challenge Trump’s transgender troops ban

What’s happening: (Washington Post)
"The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee has joined an effort to challenge President Trump’s announced ban on transgender troops, a sign that open resistance to the order is growing … The announcement from McCain came as he joined Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, and committee members Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in introducing a bill to thwart the president’s plan."

What you can do: (3 minutes)
Use this 5calls.org script to call your reps to support the legislation protecting transgender troops.

Get involved with The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13–24.

5. Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign

What’s happening: (Washington Post)
“Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions. The emails are among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional investigators and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as they probe whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.” This comes on the heels of the revelation that Manafort was wiretapped

What you can do: (5 minutes)
Commit to a “Mueller firing rapid response” event near you.

✓ Call your senators to ask them to support legislation that checks the president’s ability to remove a special counsel without cause.
There are two bipartisan proposals being considered currently.

To do this, use ContactingCongress.org to find your senators. Here’s a starting point.

“My name is [NAME] from [TOWN]. I am concerned about recent reports that President Trump is considering avenues for firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. I am asking [SENATOR X] to support the bipartisan proposals currently being considered to check the president’s ability to remove the special counsel without cause. Does [SENATOR X] plan to support this legislation?”

One more action: Read these actions on Betsy Devos’ decision to revise Title IX protections (from the Activist Cartel). 


Additional reading:

  • McMaster says no redo on Paris climate deal decision (Washington Post)
  • Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact of Refugees (New York Times)
  • Trump Leaning Toward Decertifying Iran Nuclear Deal, Say Sources (NBC)
  • How the Rest of the World Heard Trump’s UN Speech (The Atlantic)
  • Turkish president: Trump apologized for indictment of security staff in brawl (The Guardian)
  • Price’s private-jet travel breaks precedent (Politico)
  • If threatened, U.S. will ‘totally destroy’ North Korea, Trump vows (Reuters)
  • Trump Resurrects His Claim That Both Sides Share Blame in Charlottesville Violence (New York Times)

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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